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09 December 2019 - NW1206

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of learners (a) fell pregnant from 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2019, (b) what is the age range of the learners and (c) what is the name of each province in which the pregnancies were recorded?

Reply:

(a)(b)(c)

The Department of Health (DoH) has been recording data on the number of deliveries in health facilities since 2017 through the District Information Health System (DHIS). As at April 2018 – March 2019, the DHIS report showed the number of teen births between 10 – 19 years in all nine (9) provinces was 121 099 compared to 117 055 in the 2017/18 financial year. A total of 3 529 deliveries were reported among 10 – 14-year-olds and 121 099 among 15 – 19-year-olds respectively.

Link below is the 2018/19 data per province:

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW1206Table.pdf

Source: Department of Health: District Information Health System

09 December 2019 - NW1365

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details furnished in each case) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did his department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?

Reply:

(a)(i & ii) No.

(b)(i & ii) No.

(c)(i & ii) No.

END

09 December 2019 - NW1399

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) What is the status of the evaluation report on scholar transport that was prepared by her department, in co-operation with the Department of Transport and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (b) by what date will the specified report be released to the public and (c) what public participation processes will be accommodated; (2) what is the status on steps to impose standardised criteria and/or minimum standards on provinces, with specific reference to the (a) status of learner transport policies in each province and (b) progress made by each province to accommodate learners with disabilities in this regard?

Reply:

1.  (a) The Evaluation of the Learner Transport was commissioned by the Standing Committee on Appropriations and was led by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, Department of Transport and the National Treasury. The report was completed and approved by the Project Steering Committee in June 2019. An improvement plan responding to evaluation recommendations was also developed and finalised by the Project Steering Committee.

(b) According to evaluation processes spelt out in the National Evaluation Policy Framework, 2011 an evaluation report, improvement plan and management response (endorsed by DOT and DBE) are to be presented to Cabinet by the DPME. To date, the DBE has submitted the management response. The submission from the Department of Transport (DOT) is still outstanding. It is then after which the evaluation report, management response and improvement plan will be presented to the Social Protection, Community and Human Development Cluster (SPCHD) for approval and to be tabled to Cabinet. Once the report is approved by Cabinet, it is then that it can be made public.

(c) Public participation has been factored in during the evaluation process from data collection and through stakeholder validation process which saw civil society organisations participate in the process. The same civil society organisations were requested to provide feedback to the evaluation report before it got finalised.

2. (a) The National Learner Transport Policy section 6.8 dictates that all provinces must develop provincial learner transport plans and strategies aligned with the National Learner Transport Policy but specific to their own environments. To date all provinces have developed their provincial learner transport policies and KwaZulu-Natal province is currently reviewing its learner transport policy.

(b) The National Learner Transport Policy section 3.9 dictates that the sector must work towards universal design, in that all vehicles transporting learners must adhere to the requirements and principles of universal design, especially those transporting learners with disabilities. As part of the mainstreaming of the learner transport programme, to date the sector is providing learner transport to learners with special education needs as follows:

Learners transported per quarter (with Disabilities) Q2 of 2019-20

PED

NEEDS

TARGET

Q2 Progress

 

No. of Learners in Need

No. of Schools in Need

No. of Learners Targeted

No. of Schools Targeted

% of Learners Targeted

No. of Learners Transported in Q1

No. of Learners Transported in Q2

No. of Schools

% Learners against the Target

% Learners against the need

EC

1482

6

1347

6

91%

1169

1419

6

105.00%

96.00%

FS

1618

5

1618

5

100%

1618

1618

5

100.00%

100.00%

GP

13262

39

976

4

7%

1206

1206

4

9.01%

9.01%

KZN

14853

74

5783

74

39%

5783

6926

74

119.76%

46.63%

LP

266

2

266

2

100%

266

232

2

87.21%

87.21%

MP

800

4

800

4

100%

800

800

4

100.00%

100.00%

NW

13

1

13

1

100%

13

13

1

100.00%

100.00%

NC

139

2

139

2

100%

100

102

2

73.38%

73.38%

WC

8991

48

8991

48

100%

8991

8991

48

100.00%

100.00%

TOTAL

41424

181

19933

146

48%

19946

21307

146

106.89%

51.43%

Source: Quarterly Report from Provincial Education Departments and Transport.

09 December 2019 - NW654

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the statement of the former President, Mr Jacob Zuma in his 2011 state of the nation address that all indigent school girls will receive free sanitary pads, (a)(i) what number of sanitary pads has been delivered to indigent school girls so far and (ii) in which provinces, (b) what number of indigent school girls have been identified by the Government as being in need of sanitary pads and (c) what is the time frame to ensure that all indigent school girls have access to sanitary pads?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education does not have a programme on sanitary pads. As such, the data on sanitary pads offered in schools is not kept by the Department. In this regard, the question can be referred to the Department of Social Development and the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities who offer such programmes.

09 December 2019 - NW1193

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether the National Prosecuting Authority is planning on prosecuting a certain person (name furnished); (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can only prosecute when there is a complainant who opened a criminal docket at the police station. At this stage, we are not aware of any case lodged with the police against the person referred to.
  2. No,

06 December 2019 - NW16

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether he has received the response from the SA Airways since his reply to question 3735 on 9 January 2019; if so, what (a) are the (i) full names and (ii) details of the (aa) middle person supplier and (bb) original manufacturer of equipment, parts, consumables and services procured by (aaa) the SA Airways and (bbb) its subsidiaries since 1 April 2017, (b) is the value of supplies of each commodity procured from each middle person supplier and (c) is the actual or estimated price premium paid for each commodity?

Reply:

According to the information received from South African Airways:

SAA Corporate mainly procures in the following categories: cleaning services, employee assistance services, facilities and maintenance, financial services, insurance, IT services, legal services, recruitment, medical services, security services, rates and taxes etc. These items and services do not fall under the definition of original equipment manufacturing.

All food and beverage is procured from source e.g. wines from Zorgvliet and Weltevreden Wineries, soft drinks from Coca Cola Beverages South Africa and beer from SAB.

The SAA Group buys all fleet vehicles from OEM’s through the relevant channels and using the necessary National Treasury Transversal agreements for ground fleet.

SAA is unable to provide detail per line item on middlemen and premium paid without expending significant man-hours and cost for the following reasons:

1. Due to the current system utilisation, SAA buys most of their items on free text. This makes a procurement history analysis an extremely time intensive exercise [manually matching various different description into a normalised description], then identifying the various vendors and identifying which ones are OEMS and middlemen and then determining an estimated premium paid.

2. SAA is in the process of implementing the SAP ARIBA solution with an expected go-live date of April 2020. This system will enable SAA to provide this information from the transaction history based on master data, within a year after go live.

Subsidiaries

The SAAT utilises the AMOS system that carries item masters for traceability purposes as required by aviation legislation and Air Chefs are more advanced in the utilisation of the SAP system, thus can provide the information as required. Air Chefs uses Bill of materials in procuring their requirement hence this information can be reported by Air Chefs as follows.

Air Chefs, the catering subsidiary of SAA, procures mainly meat, fruit and vegetables, confectionery products and dry groceries in order to produce meals, either directly from producers or from third party suppliers at market related prices. Some third parties have arrangements with producers based on volumes offering better competitive pricing.

Mango: 95% of Mango spend is attributed to fuel, aircraft and engine maintenance by SAA Technical, navigation, property rentals by ACSA, licensing by SACAA, aircraft leases, ground handling services, catering services and advertising services. Mango does not procure through any middle person supplier. Mango contracts directly with suppliers that are supplying the goods and services after a robust procurement processes.

Please find the list of foreign supplier from April 2017 to date:

Aergen Aircraft Five Limited

Airline Tariff Publishing Company

CRED Acro Aircraft Seating Ltd

CRED Amadeus IT Group SA

CRED APB Winglets Company LLC

CRED Aviation Performance Solutions

CRED Aviation Quality Services GmbH

CRED Aviation Safety and Quality Solutions

CRED Celestial Aviation Trading 41 Ltd C/O GE Capital Aviati

CRED ENGINE LEASE FINANCE CORPORATION

CRED ezy Webwekstaden

CRED Flitepartners Ltd

CRED Galley Tours and Safaris

CRED GOOGLE IRELAND LIMITED

CRED HADID International Services FZE

CRED HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL

CRED JEPPESEN GMBH

CRED Jordan Aircraft Maintanance Limited

CRED Lufthansa Technic AG

CRED Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Ireland) Limited

CRED MOMONDO A/S

CRED PACKAGING USD CONTROL ACC

CRED RESOURCE AND REVENUE MANAGEMENT

CRED SAMA JET INTERNATIONAL FZE

CRED Scaleout Software Inc

CRED START IRELAND LEASING  LIMITED

CRED The Boeing Company

CRED Travelpoint International LTD

SAA Technical (SAAT)

SAAT procured spares/components/material that were sourced from 383 different suppliers during the period under review. A list (Annexure A) with suppliers from whom South African Airways Technical SoC procured equipment, parts, consumables and services is attached containing:

a) full names and (ii) (a) details of the middle person supplier (ii) (bb) name of original manufacturer

b) Value of supplies per commodity per middle person supplier (Annexure B)

c) Estimated premium paid per supplier

06 December 2019 - NW1519

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

What (a) number of premises or properties are leased or rented by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and (b) are the full relevant details of the lease agreements, including the (i) name of the landlord(s), (ii) description of the property or properties, (iii) usage of the property or properties, (iv) annual rental and (v) terms of the lease?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as follows:

ICASA leases 9 premises across the country. The details of the properties are provided in the table below:

ICASA Office Premises Rental Costs (a)

Lessor b (i)

Description & Size (b)(ii-iii)

Rental p. a (b)(iv)

Expiry Date (b)(v)

  1. WESTERN CAPE REGION

Redefine Properties

599.5 square metres office space

1,317,548.04

30/09/2024

         

2.    FREE STATE REGION

Factaprops 185

827 square metres office space

1,250,180.16

31/10/2020

         
         

3.    EASTERN CAPE REGION

Reotic

500 square metres office space

981,238.92

30/11/2021

         
         

4.   KWAZULU –NATAL REGION

Delta Properties

500 square metres office space

963,475.80

31/05/2021

         
         

5.    LIMPOPO REGION

Valzone 104

339 square metres office space

819,743.22

28/02/2023

         
         

6. MPUMALANGA REGION

Bousaam Trust

197 square metres office space

398,359.56

28/02/2021

         
         

7. NORTH WEST REGION

SABC

125 square metres office space

313,255.92

31/08/2020

         
         

8. NORTHERN CAPE REGION

Prestige Properties

135 square metres office space

197,949.50

30/11/2019

         
         
         

9. HEAD OFFICE (CENTURION)

Centurion Vision

9320 square metres office space

26,031,896.57

30/09/2028

         
         

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER

06 December 2019 - NW1633

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the (a) current value of the National Housing Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) warranty fund and (b) insurance liability; (2) what was the total income of the NHBRC in the (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18 financial years; (3) whether she and the NHBRC management will consider reducing the 1.3% enrolment fee given the current economic conditions; if not, why not; if so, on what date will the reduction be considered?

Reply:

(1) (a) The current value of the National Housing Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) warranty fund as at 31 October 2019 was R6.9 billion.

(b) The current insurance liability of the NHBRC as at 31 October 2019 was R1.5 billion.

(2) The total income of the NHBRC is as follows:

  1. 2015/16: R801,115,468
  2. 2016/17: R879,420,519
  3. 2017/18: R776,683,510

(3) I am aware of and sympathetic to the economic hardships that are confronting the country and companies operating in the construction sector. For this reason my department is interacting with the NHBRC and the National Treasury on the best sustainable measures to stimulate and support the construction industry. This includes a possible review of the enrolment fees, the outcome of which will be published once completed.

 

06 December 2019 - NW781

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a)What amount was spent on advertising by (i) her department and (ii) state-owned entities reporting to her in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what amount of the total expenditure incurred by (a) her department and (b) state-owned entities reporting to her went to (i) each specified black-owned media company and (ii) outdoor advertising in each specified financial year and (c) on outdoor advertising by her department and state-owned entities reporting to him went to each black-owned media company in each specified financial year? NW1896E

Reply:

I have been advised by the departments and entities as follows:

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL SERVICES

See the link below 1(a)-(b) 

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW781_Table1.pdf

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW781_Table2.pdf

2(a)(ii) N/A. There was no outdoor advertising by the Department.

2(c) N/A. There was no outdoor advertising by the Department.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

1 (i) (aa) (bb) and (cc) The amount spent by the Department of Communications is reflected as per the table below.

DOC Advertising Spend

Financial Year

Amount

2016/17

R 1,229,768.66

2017/18

R 2,943,619.13

2018/19

R 2,059,150.79

Total

R 6,232,538.58

2 (a) (i) The amount spent by the Department of Communications is reflected in the tables below:

Financial Year 2016/17

Supplier

Order Amount

Ownership

Infinity Media Networks

R 958,689.84

Black owned

Total

R 958,689.84

 -

Financial Year 2017/18

Supplier

Order Amount

Ownership

Tiso Blackstar Group

R 125 377.20

 Black Owned

Community Radio Stations

Order Amount

Ownership

Aganang community radio

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Alfred Nzo community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Barberton community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Cosmo FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Eden FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Eldo's FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Emalahleni FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Good News community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Icora FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Impact radio

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Inanda FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Kanyamazane radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Lekoa FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Makhado FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Mmabatho FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Modiri FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Mohodi community radio

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Moletsi community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Moretele community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Mosupatsela FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Myeza Network

R 16 000.00

Black owned

Nkqubela community radio

R 36 000.00

Black owned

North Coast radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Nqubeko community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Pheli FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Pongola FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Radio 786

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Radio Gamkaland

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Radio KC

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Radio Mafisa

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Radio Zibonele

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Ratlou FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Revival FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Rise community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Sedibeng FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Siyathuthuka FM

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Sound fusion

R 6 840.00

Black owned

Takalani community radio

R 36 000.00

Black owned

The voice of the Cape

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Tubatse community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Ugu Youth Radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Umgungundlovu FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Univen radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Forte community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Vukani community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Westside FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Worcester FM

R 36 000.00

Black owned

Zebediela community radio

R 42 000.00

Black owned

Zululand FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Total

R 1 648 217.20

 

Financial Year 2018/19

Owneship

Supplier

Order Amount

 

Tiso Blackstar Group

R 813 141.54

Black Owned

Community Radio Stations

Order Amount

Ownership

Aganang Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Bojanala FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Eldo's FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Emalahleni FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Hlanganani FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Icora FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Impact radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Inanda FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Inkonjane FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Intokozo FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Itheku FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Kanyamazane radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Makhado FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Malamulele Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Mkhondo FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Mmabatho FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Modiri FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Mohodi Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Moletsi community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Moretele community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Mosupatsela FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Motheo FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Moutse Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Nongoma FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

North Coast Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Nqubeko Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Pheli FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Radio 786

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Radio KC

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Ratlou FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Rise community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Sajonisi Youth Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Siyathuthuka FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Takalani Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Tubatse community radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Ugu Youth Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Vibe FM

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Vukani Community Radio

R 6 000.00

Black owned

Total

R 1 041 141, 54

 

2 (ii) (c) The Department of Communications did not spend any amount herein.

FILMS AND PUBLICATIONS BOARD (FPB)

1 (a) (ii) (aa) (bb) (cc) The amount spent by the FPB is reflected as per the table below.

Films and Publications Board Advertising Spend

Financial Year

Amount

2016/17

R 517 389.26

2017/18

R 608 513.76

2018/19

R 1 074 158.10

Total

R 2 200 061.12

2 (b) and The blacked owned media company for the said financial years.

FINANCIAL YEAR: 2016/17

Media Platform and Owner

Ownership Status

Amount

Pretoria News:  Independent Media SA (Pty) Ltd: Newspaper Division

54.90% White owned

42 388.20

Cape Times:  Independent Media SA (Pty) Ltd: Newspaper Division

54.90% White owned

74 161.06

The Star: Independent Media SA (Pty) Ltd: Newspaper Division

54.90% White owned

101 178.30

The Mercury: Independent Media SA (Pty) Ltd: Newspaper Division 

54.90% White owned

59 594.90

Screen Africa:  Sun Circle Publishers t/a Screen Africa

100% White owned

108 300.00

The Loeries: The Loerie Awards Company NPC

100% White owned

9 875.00

Sunday Times: Tiso Blackstar: Newspapers 

53.25% Black owned

121 888.80

TOTAL

 

517 389.26

     
     

FINANCIAL YEAR: 2017/18

Media Platform and Owner

Ownership Status

Amount

Screen Africa:  Sun Circle Publishers t/a Screen Africa

100% White owned

15 960.00

Callsheet:  Film & Event Media

100% White owned

28 500.00

Sunday Times: Tiso Blackstar: Newspapers

53.25% Black owned

369 313.83

Stuff Mag:  Stuff Group (Pty) Ltd 

100% White owned

75 998.67

GQ Magazine: Independent Media SA (Pty) Ltd

54.90% White owned

118 741.26

TOTAL

 

608 513.76

     

FINANCIAL YEAR: 2018/19

 

 

 

Media Platform and Owner

Ownership Status

Amount

City Press:  Media24: News

60% White owned

68 629.00

Business Day: Tiso Blackstar: Newspapers 

53.25% Black owned

50 542.50

Government Handbook: Yes Media 

100% White owned

74 750.00

     
     

City Press: Media24: News

60% White owned

89 239.00

Daily Sun:  Media24: News

60% White owned

87 375.00

Mail and Guardian: M&G Media Limited

100% White owned

34 414.10

Sunday Times: Tiso Blackstar: Newspapers

53.25% Black owned

182 655.00

SABC Radio (Motsweding FM; Mhlobo Wenene FM; 5FM; RSG)

State Owned Entity

486 553.50

TOTAL

 

1 074 158.10

SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SABC)

1 (a) (ii) (aa) (bb) and (cc)

SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SABC)

Financial Year

Amount

2016/17

R42, 296,162.00

2017/18

R22, 298,233.00

2018/19

R5, 187,878.00

Total

R 69 722 273.00

2 (a) Not applicable

2 (b) (i) The SABC’s media buying and advertising were done through a media buying agency “The Media Shop”. The Media Shop was appointed in 2010 through a procurement process. SABC does not negotiate directly with media owners but this is done via the agency “The Media Shop”. The Media Shop is a Level 1 Contributor.

(ii) Outdoor advertising

SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SABC)/ OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

Financial Year

Amount

2016/17

R 29, 179,391.00

2017/18

R 13, 494,927.00

2018/19

R 3, 658,578.00

Total

R 46, 332, 896 .00

(c) The SABC media buying and advertising were done through a media buying agency “The Media Shop”. The Media Shop was appointed in 2010 through a procurement process. SABC does not negotiate directly with media owners but this is done via “The Media Shop”. The Media Shop is a Level 1 Contributor.

ICASA

1(a) (ii)

ICASA Advertising Spend

Financial Year

Amount

2016/17

R 122 842.27

2017/18

R 1 737 664. 17

2018/19

R 7 102 589.84

Total

R 8 963 096. 28

2 (b)(i)

Recruitment advertising 2016-2017 total – R122 842.27

Ownership status

Black-Owned

Media Platform

Amount

Jozi Media

100% Black owned

Full page colour advert

R 21 090.00

Ultimate Recruitment Solutions

 

Adverts 4 positions

R15 398.21

Basadzi Personnel

 

Advert: PE

R 1 228.12

Basadzi Personnel

 

Advert: JHB

R 24 699.54

Ultimate Recruitment Solutions

 

Adverts 2 pos – Snr Man Facilities

R 24 637.13

Basadzi Personnel

 

Adverts advert 4 positions

R 10 982.36

Kone Staffing Solutions

 

adverts market analyst

R 24 806.91

 Total

 

 

R122 842.27

Recruitment advertising 2017-2018 total – R343 798.26

Ownership status

Black-Owned

Media Platform

Amount

Basadzi Personnel

100% Black owned

CCC Vacancies

R 77 911.03

Basadzi Personnel

 

Vacancy Adverts

R 24 931.53

Ayanda Mbanga Communications

 

Advert for CEO

R 25 471.21

Human Communications

 

Manager Type Approval Advert

R 26 845.63

Human Communications

 

Technical Officer Eastern Cape

R 2 190.99

Ayanda Mbanga Communications

 

Adverts for Adm Manager

R 25 474.63

Ayanda Mbanga Communications

 

Ayanda Mbanga - Advertisements

R 25 474.63

Basadzi Personnel

 

CCC, ITRC, Applications Develop

R 106 232.61

Nugen Media

 

Placement of adverts

R 29 266.00

 Total

 

 

R 343 798.26

Recruitment advertising 2018-2019 total – R166 623.72

Ownership status

Black-Owned

Media Platform

Amount

Human Communications

100% Black owned

Recruitment Advertising

R 26 691.88

Basadzi Personnel

 

Adverts x2 Sunday times

R 26 580.73

Basadzi Personnel

 

2 x adverts

R 26 598.09

Kone Staffing Solutions

 

Adverts Sunday Times City Press

R 28 039.39

Human Communications

 

Adverts Rf Specialist

R 28 823.63

Kwanza Communications

 

Advert Supervisor procurement

R 29 890.00

 Total

 

 

R 166 623.72

2. (b) Not Applicable

(ii)Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

DTPS ENTITIES

1.(a)(ii)(aa,bb,cc)

ENTITY

2016-17

2017/18

2018/19

USAASA

R48 693.85

R1 000.00

R4 174.80

NEMISA

R96 900.00

R50 000.00

R57 384.00

ZADNA

R3 675 165.00

R1 210 485.00

R77 611.00

SITA

R1 755 277.50

R1 316 466.69

R3 542 576.98

BBI

R199 500.00

R22 344.00

R56 868.00

SAPO

R11 109 283.99

R4 179 423.60

R7 878 262.52

SENTECH

R255 417.00

R387 452.37

R737 606.06

2. (b)(i,ii)

ENTITY

BLACK OWNED MEDIA

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

USAASA

-

-

-

-

NEMISA

-

-

-

-

ZADNA

Independent Newspaper

R386 536.61

   
 

Pure Brown

 

R16 000.00

 
 

Lebone

 

R131 314.12

 
 

Eclipse

 

R69 563.75

 
 

Pesiyanto Stationery

 

R5 700.00

-

SITA

Off-the-Wall

R1 595 000.00

   
 

Flash Marketing

 

R1 316 466.69

R3 542 576.98

BBI

-

-

-

-

SAPO

MOD Management Consulting, Polokwane

R62 888.00

   
 

MA Executive CC, Laudium

R26 803.50

   
 

Morwamphtshe Trading Projects

R22 701.00

   
 

Sondlo &Knopp Advertising

R308 829.54

   

SENTECH

Highbury Media

R127 053.00

 

R80 000.05

 

Whoodoo Media & Advertising

   

R40 589.25

 

Times Media Pty Ltd

R17 784.00

R55 723.20

 

(c)

ENTITY

Outdoor Advertising

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

USAASA

-

-

-

-

NEMISA

-

-

-

-

ZADNA

-

-

-

-

SITA

Flash Marketing

-

R93 000.00

-

SABC

-

-

-

-

BBI

-

-

-

-

SENTECH

-

-

-

-

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER

06 December 2019 - NW582

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether a certain person (name furnished) was requested to conduct a workshop for the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) management; if so, (a) was the specified person paid, (b) what amount was the specified person paid and (c) in what capacity was the specified person invited to conduct the workshop; (2) whether the specified person attended the PIC workshop conducted for the PIC management; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he has found that the inclusion of a certain person (name furnished) presents a conflict of interest, noting the person’s previous responsibilities and proximity to the specified person who conducted the workshop?

Reply:

The Public Investment Corporation did not request a certain person (name furnished) to conduct a workshop for the PIC.

The rest of the question falls away.

06 December 2019 - NW1696

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

With reference to her department’s mandate to champion the advancement of women’s socio-economic empowerment and the promotion of gender equality, what steps and/or programmes has her department undertaken in collaboration with other government departments, such as the Departments of Justice and Health the SA Police Service, to sensitise government officials in respect of the needs and challenges of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual community?

Reply:

The department is aware that LGBTQIA+ persons have different safety and security needs than that of cisgender women based on how laws, policies, practices and systems are conceptualised on the basis of heteronormativity.

The Department since 2016 has been rolling out Community Dialogues to understand the lived experiences including challenges of communities and do a needs assessment. To this end sector specific dialogues including LGBQTIA+ sector have been conducted. The dialogues are implemented in partnership with local civil society organisations and government departments including Police; Justice and Health. The findings of the dialogues have generally been shared with departments particularly those involved in service delivery.

The department together with National Treasury is working on the institutionalisation of the Gender-Responsive Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Auditing (GRPBMEA) framework into departmental strategic plans, and annual performance plans. The first attempt focused on enabling gender responsive budgeting through sex disaggregated data. The success of this process will lead to the elevation of mainstreaming of gender non-conforming persons’ in the work of government officials.

The department continues to oversee, guide and work in collaboration with the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) for Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), including relevant government departments in ensuring the adoption of the GBVF NSP. The GBVF NSP development processes have been finalised.

The department consulted on the GBVF NSP the DGs Clusters on 1) Social Protection, Community and Human Development (SPCHD) where the departments of Health and Justice are members and 2) Justice Crime Prevention & Security (JCPS) where Justice and Police are members.

Issues of LGBTQIA+ persons have been elevated in the GBVF NSP. The interventions raised in the GBVF NSP include the roll-out of sensitisation and training programmes for frontline government officials on victim-centric, survivor focused services, with a specific drive to promote gender diversity and obliterate negative social norms and attitudes.

The rollout of social behaviour programmes portraying positive images of gender equality, sensitive reporting on LGBTQIA+ communities will further enhance social cohesion and combat harmful gender stereotypes that perpetuate patriarchal norms. This also includes a standardisation approach to the sheltering system so as to address needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.

A national study to understand the extent of violence against LGBTQIA+ persons is also set to be conducted to raise awareness of the needs and challenges of the LGBTQIA+ sector. Such surveys basically include training workshops for officials involved in data collection on understanding the sector, appropriate language and principle of intersectionality.

06 December 2019 - NW1398

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperatives

Whether, with reference to the New York Project (NYPP) and the alleged contradicting reports by officials, she can indicate (a) if the agreement on the NYPP in any way entails an agreement between her department and a Gupta – subsidiary company, (b) what total amount has her department paid to date in respect of the project and (c) what will be the penalties if her department cancelled the agreement. NW2612E

Reply:

a) No, the agreement is between the Department and Simeka Group (Pty) Ltd and Regiments Capital (Pty) Ltd. The appointed companies incorporated a Special Purpose Vehicle in terms of the Companies Act, viz Lemascene (Pty) Ltd and the Department concluded a Project Preparation Agreement with Lemascene (Pty) Ltd

b) The amount paid spent USD 9 million (R 117 million).

c) The penalties are not yet determined as the matterr is before the courts, wherein Lemascene (Pty) Ltd filed summons against the Department on claiming that it has breached the agreement. In terms of the summons Lemascene seeks the following relief:

  • Specific performance - in that the Department be directed to honour its obligations in terms of the provisions contained in the Project Preparation Agreement and tender award; or
  • Payment of damages in the total amount of R598 606 379.82 plus interest thereon at a rate of 15,5% per annum for loss of profits and out of pocket costs.

06 December 2019 - NW1536

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Please give reasons why Purchase Order number 4500441320 of Transnet National ports Authority, contractor Fegro Enterprise – a SMME, was cancelled?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet:

Fergo Enterprise was issued with PO number 4500441320 dated 04 April 2019, in the amount of R48 300.00 (Incl. VAT) to conduct NDT on the Synchrolift Hoist Base and Main Beams on a quotation issued on 29 March 2019.

Upon receipt of the said PO, Fegro Enterprise informed Transnet National Ports Authority that their quoted prices do not cover the entire scope of works as per the quote issued and explanation in the RFQ briefing session.

A decision was then taken to re-issue the RFQ, to the same initial three (3) companies and Fegro Enterprise quoted price [R91 540.00 (Incl. VAT)] was above the other responses received. (Whilst the other companies did maintain their initial quoted price).

On this basis PO number 4500441320 was then cancelled and a new Purchase Order number 4500447708, dated 26 September 2019, was issued to Entabeni Global Group (Pty) Ltd (Also a Level 1 BBBEEE company) in the amount of R59 028.64 (Incl. VAT).

06 December 2019 - NW1530

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Has her department been informed of any Reconstruction and Development Programme houses that have illegally been sold by beneficiaries to foreign nationals in (a) Brandvlei, (b) the Hantam Local Municipality and (c) the Karoo Highlands Local Municipality in the Northern Cape (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019?

Reply:

No. On inquiring about the matter raised by the Honourable Member, the Karoo Highlands Local Municipality indicated that it was not aware of such activities in the Municipality. Furthermore, there were no members of the public who came to complain to the Municipality about the issue in question.

I would be grateful if the Honourable member could provide me with more information on this matter in order for my department to investigate further.

 

06 December 2019 - NW663

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she has been informed of the position expressed by an official of the South African Central Authority at an African regional and international conference held recently that the principle of subsidiarity necessitates that adoptable South African children be institutionalised within their communities rather than adopted into families outside of those communities or internationally; if so, what (a) is the position of Government on the issue, in light of (i) the principle that the child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every case involving that child, (ii) the constitutional right every child has to family life and (iii) the hierarchy of placement options that the Republic has committed itself to by acceding to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention in which institutionalisation is seen as the last resort, (b) steps will she take to formally retract the statement made by the official, (c) steps will she take to advise the Hague authorities and conference delegates of this retraction and that such statement is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and case precedent and (d) steps will she take to ensure that the specified official and all members of the department are empowered with the correct information regarding the applicability of the international legal principle of subsidiarity in the Republic; if not, (2) whether she will investigate the allegation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister has not been informed of the position expressed by an official who is from South African Central Authority, and represented the department at an African regional and international conference in April 2019 in Cape Town. The said official is holding the position of a Director and is responsible for adoptions and international social services. The official was requested to present to the conference on the situation of intercountry adoptions in the country. The presentation made was authorised by the relevant principals in the department, beforehand.

Amongst other things the presentation touched on the principle of subsidiarity, which basically means that children should be placed with families within the country before intercountry adoption could be considered which is in line with the best interest of the child to retain culture, language amongst other things.

(a)The government of South Africa requires that the principle of subsidiarity should be applied in all cases involving children; which states that “Children should be raised by his or her birth family or extended family whenever possible. If that is not possible other forms of permanent family care in the country of origin should be considered. Only after due consideration has been given to national solutions intercountry adoption should be considered.” This is as per section 47 of Guide no.1 of 2008, which relates to subsidiarity in The Guide to Good Practice on Inter Country Adoptions. This is also the position of the South African Government as signatories of the Hague convention.

(i)The Department’s position is consistent with the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoptions, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Children’s Act (Act no.38 of 2005) which are the guiding tools to render adoption services. As a result the Government upholds the principle that the best interests of the child are of paramount importance in every case when adoption is being facilitated.

(ii)The Department complies with the constitutional right as articulated in section 28 (1) (b) that every child has a right to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from family environment. Therefore when children are adopted this right is respected and upheld by the department.

(iii)The Department applies the hierarchy of placement options for children in a manner that befits the best interests of the children, in line with the principle of subsidiary and measures are taken to place the children within their country of origin first before intercountry adoption is considered. Institutionalisation is considered a last resort for children when suitable families cannot be found in the country. This is in line with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions.

(b) The presentation done by Director responsible for adoptions and international social services was in line with the position of South Africa, Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. The presentation touched on challenges experienced which amongst others included the implementation and compliance to the subsidiarity principle. This challenge sparked the discussion as the Director was requested by the Chair Person of the session Judge Connie Mocumi to clarify what subsidiarity principle means in simple terms. The department is of the view that there is no need to retract the statement or position made at the conference on subsidiarity as it is compliant with the position of South Africa. Here with attached is the presentation done, conclusions and recommendations made at the conference.

(c) The Department adhered to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions and authorities from the Hague Secretariat were present at the conference and did not object to the presentation made by the Director for adoptions and international social services on behalf of the Department. The department would like to confirm that the officials from Hague Secretariat are aware and understands the South African Government position.

(d) The Hague Secretariat fully understands the position of South Africa in relation to the principle of subsidiarity. South Africa acceded to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in December 2003. Since then the relationship between the Department and The Hague Secretariat has been good. So far there have not been challenges and concerns regarding the implementation of the Convention. As the result there is no need to take steps to empower officials on the applicability of the international legal principle of subsidiarity.

2. The department has taken a resolution not to investigate the allegations raised since what was presented is in line with The Hague convention guide to good practice and it’s also the position of the department on the principle of subsidiarity.

________________________

Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

06 December 2019 - NW1109

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

By what date does her department envisage that the White Paper on Human Settlements will be finalised?

Reply:

During the 2014 – 2019 Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) period, the Department of Human Settlements commenced with the process of developing a White Paper on Human Settlements. However, this process was paused due to the fact that the process of developing a White Paper started at the same time as the process of evaluating policy programmes. The evaluation piece was done by the Department of Human Settlements in partnership with the Presidency, driven by the Cabinet approved evaluation program.

The Department is in the process of developing a Macro Policy Framework for Human Settlements. Extensive progress has been made in this regard, including a series of dialogues with sector stakeholders who are currently grappling with the causal pathways on the issue of Housing and Human Settlements – allowing for a Human Settlements legislative reform by the end of 2020. It must be emphasized that, the Comprehensive Plan for the creation of the Sustainable Human Settlements commonly known as the (Breaking New Ground (BNG) remains valid and in place as the legal framework on Human Settlements.

06 December 2019 - NW368

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) he and (ii) his deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

The Ministry is yet to finalize its international engagement programme but ordinarily, Ministers and Deputy Ministers undertake these trips at the request and permission of the President or in response to invitations from the international organizations of relevance to their mandates. Attendance by officials and costs thereof, will depend on the nature of the engagement.

06 December 2019 - NW1514

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

On what date will the De Hoop Dam in Sekhukhune become operational and (b) what are the reasons for the delay?

Reply:

(a) &(b) Honourable Member, the construction of the De Hoop Dam is unfolding in various phases. Phase 2A of the De Hoop Dam in Sekhukhune is complete and the dam has been operational since October 2018.

However, completion of the remaining phases is critical for the dam to be utilised optimally. The remaining phases are as indicated below:

  • Phase 2B – Pipeline Flag Boshielo Dam to Mokopane, design complete, construction to commence once funding is available.
  • Phase 2C – 40 km long pipeline from De Hoop Dam to Steelpoort, construction completed in 2017. Phase 2C interlinks to Phase 2A and the remaining phases 2D, 2E and 2F of the scheme.
  • Phase 2D – New pipeline from Steelpoort to Mooihoek and Balancing Dam, pipeline design completed and final work packages for tender purposes was submitted to DWS and are under review. The project is ready to commence with the construction stage, however, the confirmation of funding for the entire project is required. In addition, delays in the finalisation of the acquisition of land may adversely impact on progress with the construction programme due to the required relocations/ resettlements.
  • Phase 2E – 10 km gravity pipeline from Mooihoek to Havercroft Junction, tender design stage. This phase is currently on hold due to no funding being allocated.
  • Phase 2F – 46 km gravity pipeline from Havercroft Junction to the existing Olifantspoort WTW, tender design stage. This phase is currently on hold due to no funding being allocated.

 

06 December 2019 - NW1407

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to (a) certain items (details furnished) in the period 1 April 2017 up to 31 March 2018 and (b) certain other items (details furnished) in the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 on the Schedule of Specialised Audit Services’ Investigations and Performance Audits dated 26 October 2018 received from the National Treasury, in each case, what are the details of the (i) purpose of each investigation and audit and (ii)(aa) findings and (bb) recommendations?

Reply:

(i) The details of purpose of investigation or specialised performance audit conducted is reflected as the title of each report, as listed in Annexure A of Parliamentary Question 3072, dated 26 October 2018, as attached.

(ii) (aa) The details of findings are contained in the detailed reports of the organ of state concern and should be required from the relevant organisation.

(iii) (bb) The details of recommendations are contained in the detailed reports of the organ of state concern and should be required from the relevant organisation.

06 December 2019 - NW1424

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications

What precisely was the R540 million interest free loan from SA Social Security Agency to the SA Post Office used for?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

Following the withdrawal of the cash payment tender by SASSA, the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) requested SAPO to look into assisting with the distribution of cash payments to beneficiaries through utilising SAPO infrastructure. An agreement was reached between the parties (SAPO and SASSA) to focus on the immediate needs to ensure that beneficiaries are serviced. SAPO was required to perform a detailed review of its current infrastructure to determine if any upgrades would be required to be able to adequately render the service to SASSA. The analysis indicated that SAPO would require R541 million in the FY 2018/19 to address all immediate needs which include the following capacity areas:

  • IGPS licenses and a new instance for Cash (Biopay). This environment was subsequently funded by Postbank.
  • Front End Infrastructure for Retail
  • Dignity services
  • Network Upgrade/ Refresher and banking host infrastructure
  • CIT, Guarding and Response Service
  • Risk Management (Insurance)
  • Branch staffing
  • Banking charges

The actual expenditure in the identified areas that was funded from the R541 million advance are reflected in the link below:

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW1424Table.pdf

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER

06 December 2019 - NW576

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What number of (a) security, (b) cleaning and (c) general worker personnel who work in buildings, facilities and all other infrastructure are employed through tenders obtained by their companies or third party service providers at (i) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, (ii) the SA Post Office and (iii) Telkom; (2) what total amount does the SA Broadcasting Corporation, the SA Post Office and Telkom spend from their current budget on security, cleaning and general worker personnel who work in their buildings, facilities and all other infrastructure? NW1573E

Reply:

I have been advised by the department and entities as follows:

SA BROADCASTING CORPORATION:

1. (a) Number of Security Personnel

Area

Number of personnel

SABC HEAD OFFICE - AUCKLAND PARK

157

SABC MPUMALANGA

14

SABC NORTH WEST

32

SABC LIMPOPO

29

SABC EASTERN CAPE

23

SABC NORTHERN CAPE

12

SABC TSHWANE

21

SABC FREE STATE

16

SABC WESTERN CAPE

16

SABC KZN

26

1. (b) Number of Cleaning Personnel

Area

Number of personnel

SABC HEAD OFFICE - AUCKLAND PARK

117

SABC MPUMALANGA

2

SABC NORTH WEST

17

SABC LIMPOPO

15

SABC EASTERN CAPE

14

SABC NORTHERN CAPE

8

SABC TSHWANE

5

SABC FREE STATE

9

SABC WESTERN CAPE

11

SABC KZN

8

(c) Number of General Workers

Zero

2. Total amount budgeted for FY2019/20 on:

Security Services: R64.1 million

Cleaning Services: R23.1 million

General Workers: Zero

SA POST OFFICE

1. (a) SAPO’s total number of guards in all provinces is 6 010.

(b) SAPO’s total number of cleaning service personnel is 134 in all provinces.

(c) SAPO does not have general worker personnel.

2. SAPO security budget for the 2019/2020 financial year is R 827 104 090.00 (eight hundred and twenty-seven million one hundred and four thousand and ninety rand). To date as at the end of October 2019 the amount spent is R 457 000 000 (four hundred and fifty-seven million rand). On cleaning services R22 924 551. 61 was spent and no amount on general workers.

TELKOM

Telkom is exempted from entire provisions of section 51 of the PFMA which deals with, among other things, procurement of goods and services in general and the submission by the public entity of all reports, returns, notices and other information to Parliament.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER

05 December 2019 - NW1577

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

In each of the past four financial years, what (a) amount was spent on (i) technical assistance interventions and (ii) training by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (b) number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were (i) assisted through technical interventions and (ii) trained by NYDA, (c) number of jobs were created by the specified SMEs and (d) number of the SMEs still exist and are still trading?

Reply:

SMEs assisted through technical interventions and trained

Description

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

TOTAL

No. of SME’s assisted through technical assistance

7975

12 170

14 513

17 711

52 369

SME’s trained

7665

9367

7295

6231

30 558

Amount spent on technical assistance

R1 769 000

R17 182 000

R6 878 000

R8 388 000

R34 217 000

Amount spent on training

R6 936 000

R8 398 000

R5 234 000

R4 770 000

R25 338 000

Jobs created through technical intervention

959

1990

1698

4192

8839

The NYDA conducts repaid assessments every two years and has done two on its entrepreneurship programs. In rapid assessment 1, 72% of businesses were sustainable post two years after technical assistance. In rapid assessment 2, 100% of businesses were sustainable post two years after technical assistance.

05 December 2019 - NW1281

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she and/or her department have been informed of houses collapsing in Umboboyi Street in Ward 95 in Ekurhuleni because of a sinkhole in the area; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps are being taken to safeguard peoples’ houses against collapse?

Reply:

Yes, the Department has been informed about the sinkhole in Umboboyi Street, Mfundo Park, Extension 30 in Vosloorus. On 02 November 2019 the City of Ekurhuleni deployed its Dolomite Risk Management Section to the area and their inspections revealed that the sinkhole was approximately two meters in circumference and one meter deep.

The City of Ekurhuleni has confirmed that some houses suffered cracks, but none were reported to have collapsed.

A process is underway to assess the structural integrity of all the affected houses whilst the residents who are in immediate danger are being consulted before they are relocated to a safe location.

The municipality has commenced with a process to solicit the services of a sinkhole specialist contractor to rehabilitate the sinkhole for the safety of the residents and thereby also mitigate potential future risks to nearby dwellings.

 

05 December 2019 - NW1697

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

Whether, with reference to the Emergency Response Action Plan that was announced on 18 September 2019 as an initiative to ensure urgent emergency response to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) article 4, point H of the GBVF declaration speaks directly to an action plan that must accompany the National Strategic Plan, will a different action plan be developed in contrast to the emergency response assistance plan noting that the declaration was signed in March 2019?

Reply:

a) During the process of developing a Gender Based Violence & Femicide-National Strategic Plan (GBVF NSP), an urgent need arose that required concerted, focused and results-oriented emergency interventions at all levels of society.

b) In September 2019, there was a noticeable spike in the national interest with several high level femicide cases raising awareness of the on-going scourge of violence against women.

c) The Emergency Response Action Plan was developed in response to the September 2019 femicide related incidents and the call for urgent action by civil society, whilst the NSP is being concluded.

d) The Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) is aligned to priorities raised in the National Strategic Plan (NSP).

e) Article 4 point H of the Presidential Summit states that the national multi-sectoral coordinating body shall develop a National Strategy with Action Plan for Gender-Based Violence and Femicide not later than six months after its establishment.

f) Currently, the NSP is serving through Cabinet processes. Once Cabinet approves the NSP, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) together with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) will develop and monitor the implementation framework for the NSP.

g) The NSP implementation framework will provide more details in terms of interventions to be delivered, indicators, targets and responsible stakeholder(s).

h) The NSP implementation framework will build onto, consolidate and expand on the key interventions of the Emergency Response Action Plan (October 2019 – March 2020).

i) Some of the interventions in the Emergency Response Action Plan that are on-going in nature (that is going beyond the life-span of the Emergency Response Action Plan) will be phased into the NSP implementation framework.

j) Over and above the NSP implementation framework the proposed National Council for Gender Based Violence and Femicide once established, will develop its operational plan.

05 December 2019 - NW1509

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

In light of the escalating violence against lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, has she considered advocating in Cabinet for amending the (a) existing legislation and (b) Criminal Law Amendment Act, Act 38 of 2007, to include harsher minimum sentences for corrective rape and/or hate crimes in general?

Reply:

(a)

There is adequate legislative framework that provides protection of the human rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer, or commonly referred to as the LGBTIQ, sector. Their rights are human rights too as entrenched in Chapter 2 of the Constitution, in particular s9 (3) on the issue of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

South Africa became the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. We are also the fifth country in the world and the first country in Africa to legalise same-sex marriages.

Furthermore, in 2003 South Africa enacted the Alteration of Sex Descriptors and Sex Status 49 of 2003, which allows citizens to change their descriptors on their identification documents. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 governs the judicial interpretation of the Equality Clause. In 2005 the promulgation of the Judicial Matters Amendment Act of 2005 changed the legal status of intersex people in South Africa. The amendment saw the Promotion of Equality Act and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 amended at section 1 by the insertion the definition of “intersex” and the definition of ‘sex’ to include intersex.

This demonstrates that our biggest challenges lie beyond legislation. Discriminatory societal beliefs influence attitudes, perspectives about lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender as well as intersex people, and attribute those to culture. For example, in some communities, Intersex infants are seen as ‘bad omens’, some perceive the infants as punishment from God and a curse on the family tree. The on-going dialogues conducted by the department seeks to address these stereotypes.

(b)

Our immediate task is to work collectively in closing the gap between legislation and implementation, through intervention mechanisms to protect the rights of the LGBTIQ+ sector.

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is also a member of the National Task Team on gender and sexual orientation-based violence established by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in 2011.

The National task Team, which is constituted by government departments, chapter nine institutions and civil society organisations that specialise in issues related to LGBTI persons is currently developing a National Intervention Strategy for the LGBTIQ+ sector.

Members of the Criminal Justice System are equal partners in this dialogue. The courts have been playing an important role in enforcing the law to protect citizens against hate crimes, and in handing down harsher minimum sentences for corrective rape. Our mandate is that of advocacy, and we will continue to play an advocacy role in this regard.

05 December 2019 - NW1501

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What number of luxury vehicles exceeding R600 000 were purchased by the SA National Defence Force for senior management in the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18 and (e) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what was the total cost of the specified luxury vehicles in each specified financial year; (3) what (a) make, (b) model and (c) quantity of each type of luxury vehicle was purchased in each financial year; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. No luxury vehicles exceeding R600 000 were purchased by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2014-15 to 2016-17 financial years. Twenty luxury vehicles were procured in the 2017-18 financial year, and two vehicles were procured in the 2018-19 financial year.

2. The total cost of the specified luxury vehicles in each specified financial year is as indicated in Enclosure 1.

3. The (a) make, (b) model and (c) quantity of each type of luxury vehicle is as indicated in Enclosure 1.

Enclosure 1

SER NO

FINANCIAL YEAR

NUMBER OF VEHICLES PROCURED

1

2014/15

NIL

2

2015/16

NIL

3

2016/17

NIL

4

2017/18

20

   

VEHICLE MAKE AND MODEL

COST

SERVICE/DIVISION

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Audi 6

R 631, 365.06

Joint Operations Division

   

BMW 540i

R 831, 976. 80

Joint Operations Division

   

BMW X5

R 916, 883. 50

SA Army

   

BMW X5

R 916, 883. 50

SA Army

   

BMW330D

R 635, 200. 00

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW X5

R 947, 633. 50

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW 540i

R 849, 526. 80

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW750i

R 1, 683, 811. 04

Logistics Division

   

BMW750i

R 1, 559, 340. 00

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

BMW 540i

R 823, 326.80

Defence Intelligence Division

     

R19, 023824.33

 

5

2018/19

2

   

BMW520i

R 651, 862. 47

Defence Foreign Relations

   

BMW540i

R 812, 563. 87

Defence Foreign Relations

     

R 1, 464, 426. 34

 
   

GRAND TOTAL

R20, 488, 250. 67

 

05 December 2019 - NW1226

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

(1)With regard to the deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) under Operation Prosper for the period 18 July 2019 to 16 September 2019, (a) what amount of the approved budget of R23 million was spent in this period, (b) from which cost centre within the SANDF budget was the funding of the deployment sourced, (c) how was the average cost of R8 712,12 per person for each month determined and (d) what are the details and justification of the spending for each cost item; (2) whether the whole budget was spent; if not, (a) why was (i) it spent only on the confirmed deployed strength of 421 persons versus the approved strength of 1 320 persons and (ii) the remainder of the R23 million not utilised for the deployment of more companies and (b) what will happen with the unspent amount; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) An amount of Rm35, 963, 32 has already been spent against the projected Rm23.

(1)(b) Funding is done through reprioritisation within the departmental budget.

(1)(c) The allowance consists of Standby (R80.75), Danger (R15.58) and
Deprivation Allowances (R326.35) to the amount R12, 680.40. These allowance are taxable and therefore the members qualify for R8 084, 59 after tax depending on the member’s taxable income.

(1)(d) The allowances (Rm 14,5) are based on the number of deployed members multiplied by amounts stated in (1)(c). Of the Rm35,963, 32 , Rm4.5 will be paid for the purchase of showers and ablution facilities by the end of November and Rm4, 665,820, will be paid to the South African Air Force. Rm2,322,500 is for Fuel Oil and Lubricants (FOL) and Rm 9,975 for rations.

(2) The whole budget was spent as explained in (1)(a).

05 December 2019 - NW1096

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether she has been informed of the poor state of maintenance of the properties and infrastructure in the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion; (2) whether any plans have been put in place to address the poor state of maintenance of the properties and infrastructure in the specified base; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is well informed of the poor condition of facilities in the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion, which is a serious matter of concern to her. Cognisance must be taken that Thaba Tshwane was built on dolomite land, and with virtually no upgrade or renovations during the last two decades due to predominantly a lack of funds and a huge backlog of maintenance and repair, poses serious structural maintenance problems for both the Department of Defence (DOD) and Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI).

Buildings and land that the units occupy are managed and maintained by the DPWI, who is the custodian of state land and facilities and therefore responsible for the maintenance and repair of these facilities, however, partly the DOD is responsible for the failure to address poor maintenance of own properties and infrastructure, by not taking the initiative to repair its facilities on realising that DPWI is failing in its mandate. Repairs and renovations of sewer, storm water and roads, as well as sinkholes are in process to take place. A Facility Strategic Plan has been compiled with the Thaba Tshwane military area as one of the first priorities to be addressed. The Defence Works Formation is in the process to capacitate itself to be able to execute maintenance and repair work.

05 December 2019 - NW1698

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

In light of the fact that the term of the Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), which was tasked to establish a permanent multi-sectoral co-ordinating structure, effectively came to an end in October 2019, (a) will the term of the Interim Steering Committee on GBVF be extended and (b) on what date will the permanent multi-sectoral co-ordinating structure be appointed?

Reply:

(a) 

Following the Presidential Summit a proposal was tabled and adopted on 15 November 2018 to use the Steering Committee that was responsible for organising the Summit, as the core for the Interim Steering Committee.

Initially, the Interim Steering Committee deliverables were supposed to be concluded within six months in line with article 3 of the Declaration amongst other articles. The article purports for a National Strategic Plan to end Gender Based Violence & Femicide (NSP GBVF), and a Multi-Sectoral Structure to serve as a Council. The rationale was three-fold: (1) Continuity; (2) Operational coherence; and (3) Pragmatic sense given the short duration for the structure. Once the task is concluded the committee would be disbanded.

The process of drafting the NSP took longer than anticipated due extensive consultation sessions that were required across all relevant sectors and all 9 provinces. This impacted on the establishment of the Council, as in principle strategy informs structure. An additional responsibility was entrusted on the Interim Steering Committee to oversee the crafting and implementation of the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) to end Gender Based Violence and Femicide. The ERAP was announced by the President on 18 September, and is being implemented over six months between October 2019 and March 2020.

b)

The Cabinet processes are at an advanced stage regarding approval of the NSP and Council. Once the proposed council is endorsed, the nomination process will be embarked upon towards the establishment of a National Council to end Gender Based Violence and Femicide.

05 December 2019 - NW1397

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department hosted an event in celebration of Africa Day on 12 May 2019; if not, why not; f so, (a) where was the specified event hosted, (b) why was the particular venue selected to host the event, (c) what was the total cost for hosting the event and (d) which African countries’ ambassadors and/ or Heads of State (i) were invited to attend and (ii) attended the event? NW2611E

Reply:

South Africa as a member of the African Union commemorates Africa Day annually, however this year, the Department was unable to host the Africa Day event as it coincided with the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 May 2019.

05 December 2019 - NW1322

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

In view of the fact that the National Treasury only approved a budget of R50 billion against a Defence Review driven budget requirement of R80 billion (details furnished), how does she account for the R1 billion already spent from the defence budget on the Cuban mechanics, known as Project Thusano, while it is common knowledge that the technical skills were available in the Republic and it was an ideal catalyst for the intake, job creation and providing of much-needed technical skills to young soldiers, thus adding to reducing the unemployment in the Republic and upskilling the soldiers of the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

1. The figures as indicated above are inaccurate. The expenditure on Project Thusano is as indicated in the table below per financial year:

Ser No

Financial Year

Amount Spent

 

a

b

1

2015/16

R6 Million

2

2016/17

R144 Million

3

2017/18

R163 Million

4

2018/19

R261 Million

5

2019/20

R25 Million

 

Total Expenditure

R599 Million

2. The total expenditure of R599 million, minus the planned expenditure of R229 million over five years on the initial contract terms equals to R370 million. This is an insignificant escalation compared to savings and recovered funds over five years.

3. It is estimated that the Department of Defence (DOD) will save R1, 9 billion, plus R192 million (10% inflation), that equals to R2.1 billion over the period of five years of the contract, excluding the costs of, amongst others:

a) labour;

b) reduced spares;

c) repair of components;

d) spray painting for the J Ops Division;

e) maintenance and repair at Special Forces;

f) support to internal and external operations;

g) maintenance and repair at Infantry School, and

h) training and qualifying of one-thousand-one-hundred-and-eighty-one (1181) apprentices.

4. The above mentioned calculations are based on R384 million that was saved in the FYs 2014/15 and 2015/16 of the initial contract and inclusive of the current contracted period.

5. Vocational and technical skills that have been developed over the past three years came with not only college-text book-theory, but along with excellent work ethic that is military-operational results driven; which cannot be found in any civilian institution. A feeder system to this initiative by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) recruitment, whereby youth is trained and employed every year; therefore in this case the project has indeed, and continues to contribute towards national objectives of creating sustainable jobs whilst imparting unparalleled skills development with a unique twist of excellent military operational work ethics.

6. Members of Parliament are invited to visit Project Thusano workshops to equate recovered and savings by observation on the ground, especially in the Department’s preservation facilities in Walmansthall (Pretoria) and De Brug (Bloemfontein).

05 December 2019 - NW1576

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

In each of the past four financial years, what (a) amount of funding was disbursed by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (b) number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were funded by NYDA, (c) number of jobs were created by the specified SMEs and (d) number of the SMEs still exist and are still trading?

Reply:

SMEs supported by NYDA

Description

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

TOTAL

No of SME’s funded

673

698

801

1103

3275

Amount of funding

R29 974 000

R30 486 000

R34 611 000

R58 686 000

R153 757 000

Number of jobs created and sustained

500

1728

2373

2929

7530

The NYDA conducts repaid assessments every two years and has done two on its entrepreneurship programs. In rapid assessment 1, 72% of businesses were sustainable post two years after funding. In rapid assessment 2, 100% of businesses were sustainable post two years after funding.

 

05 December 2019 - NW894

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether the Government built Silulu Secondary School in Kamaqhekeza in Mpumalanga Province; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was it built and (b) what total amount did it cost to build the school?

Reply:

a) The Department has not yet built Silulu Secondary School but conducted planning and design in the 2018/19 Financial year and earmarked construction commencement in the 2019/20 and completion in the 2020/21 financial year. The Project was out on tender in May, however was withdrawn and will be re-advertised in the 4th quarter of the 2019/20 Financial Year.

b) The estimated total project cost is R63 250 000.

04 December 2019 - NW1279

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has reinstated Lieutenant Colonel Babalo Mvithi according to the recommendations contained in the report of the Public Protector titled Allegations of failure by the South African National Defence Force to properly implement the recommendations of the Military Ombud in the case of Lieutenant Colonel Babalo Mvithi, Report 10 of 2017-18; if not, why not; if so, on what date did she reinstate the specified officer?

Reply:

On 27 November 2019, the North Gauteng High Court declared the report of the Public Protector (Report no 10 of 2017/18) unlawful and unconstitutional and declared that it has been reviewed and set aside in review proceedings brought by the Department of Defence. 

03 December 2019 - NW1516

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What steps has she taken as at the latest specified date to resolve the problems faced by the Ndabeni land claimants in Cape Town?

Reply:

The Department has appointed legal representatives for the Ndabeni Communal Property Trust, in order to oppose a sequestration application lodged against the Trust.  The Cape High Court decided in favour of the Trust and the sequestration application was defeated.

The Department, in collaboration with the Master of the High Court, Cape Town was instrumental in having two [2] independent trustees appointed to the Trust in order to secure the trust assets and finalize the verification process of all Trust members.

END

03 December 2019 - NW1252

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What (a) is the current vacancy rate at his department’s offices in the Western Cape, (b) number of vacancies exist at each office and (c) is the job title of each vacancy in each case; (2) what number of immigration officers are currently employed at each of his department’s offices in the Western Cape; (3) how often do his department’s immigration officers travel to Mossel Bay?

Reply:

(1)(a-b) Currently no funded vacancies exist within the Western Cape. Due to austerity measures all posts become unfunded when they become vacant.

(1)(c) No funded vacancies exist.

(2) The Western Cape Province has 46 Immigration Officers in total distributed as follows:

  • George Office = 4 x Immigration Officers
  • Mosselbay Office = 1 x Immigration Officer,
  • Oudtshoorn Office = 3 x Immigration Officers,
  • Beaufort West Office = 2 x Immigration Officers,
  • Cape Town Office = 16 x Immigration Officers
  • Khayelithsa Office = 6 x Immigration Officers,
  • Caledon Office = 3 x Immigration Officers,
  • Paarl Office = 5 x Immigration Officers,
  • Worcester Office = 2 x Immigration Officers,
  • Malmesbury Office = 3 x Immigration Officers,
  • Vredendal Office = 1 x Immigration Officer

(3) The Department has one Immigration Officer stationed at the Mosselbay Office responsible to perform inspectorate functions. The Mosselbay Harbour is serviced from the Cape Town Port Control Office on a call out basis for clearances of crew.

END

03 December 2019 - NW1257

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What are the reasons that his department has failed to address the matter of Ms Emmarencia Stevens (details furnished) since she applied for her identity document in 2003, (b) who determined at that time that her identity number be marked for deletion, (c) what are the (i) additional requirements of his department that must be met in order to reinstate the identity number and (ii) time frames for the reinstatement after the requirements have been met?

Reply:

a) The application made in 2003 was rejected based on incorrect information submitted to the Department. The parents have since then never submitted any updated birth registration application with the correct information required.

b) The Head Office processing centre in Pretoria.

c) (i) A birth registration application that meets the Late Registration of Birth (LRB) application process requirements and standard operating procedures.

  (ii) Estimated time may take up to 180 days subjected to compliance with LRB processes.

END

03 December 2019 - NW1518

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) amount has her department spent on the Recapitalisation and Development (RECAP) programme annually, (b)(i) number of farmers and/or projects were part of the RECAP programme and (ii) amount has been spent on each farmer and/or project for the duration of the implementation of the programme and (c)(i) number of farmers applied for the RECAP programme and were not assisted and (ii) were the reasons why the farmers were not assisted?

Reply:

(a) Please refer to the table below

Year

2009-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Amount Spent

R 995 379 034

R 1 151 028 123

R 1 081 827 772

R 461 957 000

R 836 612 144

R 308 311 000

b) (i) 1 675 projects were part of the RECAP programme.

    (ii) Please refer to Annexure “A”

c) (i) 375

(ii) Discontinuation of the RECAP programme.

03 December 2019 - NW1508

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) number of companies have been contracted by her department to provide mentorship to land reform beneficiaries across the Republic, (b) is the name of each company and (c) is the monetary value of each contract in this regard?

Reply:

(a) There are seventy (70) companies that were contracted to provide mentorship to Land Reform beneficiaries.

(b),(c) Please refer to the table below.

b) Name of the Company

c) Monetary Value

Imbumba Beef Production (Pty) LTD

R 180 000

SARDI- Mr. Johnson Lwalanda

R 180 000

ATS Consulting Management Services by Frikkie Coetzee

R 180 000

Umnga Farmers Training

R 180 000

Nonezile Trading Enterprise

R 180 000

UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE-ARDRI (Prof. PJ Masike (ARDRI

R 180 000

Agricon Mzansi Farming PTY Ltd

R 180 000

Mgudlwa Farming & Consulting

R 180 000

RULIV

R 180 000

EDEN Agri Services by Shaun Brown

R 180 000

Vusiphango Agency and Consulting cc

R 180 000

Simasonke Agri

R 180 000

Ebeye Consulting Agencies

R 180 000

Riverside Advisory Services

R 180 000

BEST LAND STRATEGIES HOLDINGS (BLS HOLDINGS)

R 180 000

OVK PTY(Ltd)

R 180 000

Grain SA

R 180 000

FSI Consultant

R 180 000

Rhenosterrivier

R 180 000

Agridelight

R 180 000

VKB

R 180 000

Amandla Fresh Fresh Produce Cooperation (Mr. Gert Veljion)

R 180 000

Masisizane Fund

R 180 000

Mlungiseleli Construction 7 cc - Mr. Sandile Luthuli

R 180 000

Tongaat Hullett Sugar (TSB Sugar)

R 180 000

Umoda Development Pty Ltd

R 180 000

Masakhane Trust - Mr. Higgins

R 180 000

Hahisa Consulting

R 180 000

Just Veggies by Dawie Du Plessis

R 180 000

Propa Development and Agric Consultant by Isaac Madiba

R 180 000

Baker Farming Trust

R 180 000

KLK

R 180 000

Resource Africa

R 180 000

Womiwu

R 180 000

Vinny Project Developers by Mr. Vincent Makamu

R 180 000

Agriesy Trading

R 180 000

NKANDANI TRADING

R 180 000

Maphala Technologies and Management

R 180 000

Zwelakhe Investment Group (PTY)

R 180 000

MASDT

R 180 000

TechnoServe

R 180 000

SAL Nkosi Company

R 180 000

Encimanzi

R 180 000

Pharon 59

R 180 000

Mposa Agricultural Consultant -Mr. Alphons Dube

R 180 000

Beef master

R 180 000

GWK Beperk Limited

R 180 000

Lubern Voere by Mr. Sweigers

R 180 000

Matiti Trading and Projects

R 180 000

YOUR TRADE TRAINING & CONSULTANTS

R 180 000

Momano Agric Services

R 180 000

BAFKENAGRIC ENTERPRISE CC

R 180 000

The Ackerman/Pick n Pay Enterprise Development Foundation

R 180 000

Tropical Eden Trading 151 cc t/a Thanniah consultants

R 180 000

AgricultSURE and Farming Service CC

R 180 000

Agri-Start - Mr. F. J.N. Harman

R 180 000

Pan African Business Dev Institute

R 180 000

Reyalema Agric Consultancy cc

R 180 000

Crooks Brothers Limited

R 180 000

Two-A-Day group

R 180 000

BKB

R 180 000

Renosterrivier

R 180 000

Caryki Consulting

R 180 000

Rony Farming (PTY) Ltd

R 180 000

Land Breeze Trading 641

R 180 000

Karsten Group

R 180 000

Dipalemo

R 180 000

Bloemfontein Abbatoire

R 180 000

Herbal View Nursing

R 180 000

ASNAPP

R 180 000

03 December 2019 - NW1254

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What was the average turnaround time of his department’s services, including immigration and customs, pertaining to the (a) import and (b) export of goods at each port of entry in the Western Cape (i) in each of the past three years and (ii) since 1 January 2019?

Reply:

The mandate of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) relates to the management of migration involving processing of movements of people, and not goods. 

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is best suited to deal with matters of Customs and the import and export of goods.

END

03 December 2019 - NW1612

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Cabinet discussed the withdrawal of the Republic from the (a) Commonwealth and /or (b) International Criminal Court since 1 June 2019; if so, in each case, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) details of the outcome of the discussion?

Reply:

(A) Commonwealth

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is not aware that Cabinet has discussed South Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth. Since its return to the Commonwealth in 1994, South Africa has participated in summits, ministerial meetings and the governing bodies of the Commonwealth and worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing politically, financially, and in terms of capacity and expertise to the work of the Organisation. The work of the Commonwealth is in line with South Africa’s foreign policy commitments to human rights, democracy, good governance, justice and international law, peace, economic development, multilateralism, and promoting the African Agenda. For South Africa, the Commonwealth provides a platform to forge common approaches to these matters of global importance, and to promote trade, investment and the exchange of skills and knowledge between countries. In this regard, South Africa has worked together with fellow Commonwealth member countries to promote the value, relevance and effectiveness of the association.

(B) International Criminal Court

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is not aware that Cabinet has discussed the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 1 June 2019. This matter falls under the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

03 December 2019 - NW1087

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she has found that her department is managing any legislation that is hampering the importation of medicinal cannabis seeds into the Republic; if so, (a) what legislation and (b) what steps is her department taking to amend the specified legislation?

Reply:

a) There is no legislation within the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development which hampers the importation of medical cannabis seeds into the Republic. However, there is regulation which governs the importation of plants and plant products into South Africa. The importation of plant and plant products are subject to the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No.36 of 1983). The purpose of the Agricultural Pests Act is to provide for measures by which agricultural pests may be prevented and combated.

In terms of Section 3 of the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No.36 of 1983) (APA), no person shall import into the Republic any plant except on the authority of a permit. Under the said Act “Plant” is defined as any live or dead part of a plant and any derivation of plant. In this regard, any importation of plant including the seeds thereof should meet the phytosanitary import requirements of the Republic under the Agricultural Pests Act.

Cannabis seed for medical, industrial or any other purpose is subject to the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983. It therefore has to be imported under the certain conditions which are informed by a pest risk assessment.

In the past, pre-2001, Cannabis sativa was declared a weed in terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act 43 of 1983) (CARA) under Regulation 15 and subsequently there has been an amendment in 2001 which was promulgated in 2001 and Cannabis was removed from the list of declared weeds. The list of CARA under regulation 15 was interlinked with R.846 of 12 April 1985 of the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No.36 of 1983) used to regulate the importation of Cannabis: live plants or seeds only for research purpose. Regulation R.846 of 12 April 1985 provides for importation of plants that are listed under Regulation 15 of CARA list as a declared weed or invader plant. Subsequently, the CARA list was amended in 2001 and Cannabis was removed from the list. The reason for removal of cannabis includes that  Cannabis does not affect agricultural production and does not meet the CARA criteria and further that it is being regulated by other pieces of legislation, namely:

    • Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992: Section 3 (Part III): Department of Justice and Correctional Services,
    • Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 as amended, Department of Health.

b) There is currently no need for amending the Agricultural Pest Act, 1983, to accommodate the importation of Cannabis seed into South Africa. The only requirement is that import conditions needs to be developed based on a pest risk assessment. The pest risk assessment and the development of import conditions is a consultative process which is currently underway and expected to be concluded before the end of 2019. It should be noted that the importation of Cannabis sativa will still be subjected to the requirements of the legislation of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services and the Department of Health.

03 December 2019 - NW1256

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Why has the gender of a certain person (name and details furnished) still not been amended from male to female after 18 months as per the request submitted on 6 April 2018 and (b) what (i) are the outstanding issues and (ii) is the envisaged time frame for resolution of this matter?

Reply:

a) The application process for amendments and rectifications is manual and non-automated thereby entails the manual retrieval of records prior to it being finalised. Applications in this regard are forwarded by front offices to head office and upon receipt thereof by the postal receipts unit, all such applications would then be sent to fingerprint verification unit and ultimately to the amendment section for final processing. Once the application is received at amendments, the birth records have to be traced from the archives based at various storage facilities. The turnaround time for the amendment process is eight (8) weeks. This is however subjected to the availability of record as there are instances where there is no trace of records which results in the applicant being notified to complete forms DHA 24 and DHA 288 for the re-construction of such records. The Department has approximately 286 million records in its possession and these records are paper based. Records have to be searched manually which causes further delays. However, the concerned persons’ matter was revisited and all issues have been addressed.

b) i) There are no outstanding issues.

ii) This matter was finalized and the gender was amended from male to female as at 21st October 2019. A new identity number of a female has subsequently been allocated.

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03 December 2019 - NW1088

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether the Recapitalisation and Development Programme project was the subject of any forensic and/or other investigations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No. The department is currently analysing the farm assessment report for the purpose of recovery of funds.

03 December 2019 - NW1274

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether a certain person (name furnished) is an employee of a certain company (name furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was he employed, (b) was the position advertised and (c) on what date was the post advertised; (2) whether the board of the specified company played any role in the appointment of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what role did the board play and (b) will he furnish Mr N F Shivambu with the minutes of the board deliberations and decisions?

Reply:

1. The certain person (name furnished) is an employee of a certain company (name furnished) within the Corporate Affairs Department. He was first employed as a Consultant from 01 August 2016 to March 2018. He was appointed as an Investor Relations Specialist on 02 April 2018. The position was advertised internally on the 7th of March 2018.

The certain person (name furnished) was seconded for a period of one year to the Ministry of Public Entities (DPE) to assist with skills development in that Ministry. A formal secondment agreement was entered into between the PIC and DPE. The DPE also reimbursed the certain company (name furnished) for a certain person’s services. The said agreement expired on 31 July 2019.

2. The appointment of employees to positions within the certain company rests with management. The appointment of a certain person was initiated and concluded by the certain company management. The Board of the certain company had no role in the appointment of a certain person (name furnished), first as a Consultant and later to the position of Investor Relations Specialist.

03 December 2019 - NW1288

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

(a) What total number of soldiers have (i) been diagnosed with mental health illness as a result of the nature of their work and (ii) committed suicide over the past five years and (b) what mental health programmes are there in her department to assist soldiers who suffer from mental illness?

Reply:

Mental disorder (Mental Health Illness) per se manifest in a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking and behaviour. The defined main groups are mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder), personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, trauma-related disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder) and substance abuse disorders. Given the complexity of the development and later manifestation of such disorders it is not possible to quantify the numbers that are involved without deep analysis of patient history per incident.

The suicide incidence is a problematic aspect. Suicides are classed as unnatural deaths and is therefore reverts to the state coroner for final classification. The cause of death coding is vague with most capturing indicated as “death unspecified”

All members have access to the full spectrum of clinicians in managing mental disorders. The SAHMS does have management and defusing programmes in place to render care after traumatic incidents and after every deployment. As mental health presents, more frequently than not, differently in individual, each individual group programmes are not commonly used.

Given the complexity of the clinical environment under discussion it would be prudent to do a complete study to be able to answer the question.

02 December 2019 - NW1638

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

(1) What are the details of the planned refurbishment and/or renovations of the three parliamentary villages, including (a) the scope of work at each village and (b) a detailed breakdown of the projected costs for each village; (2) whether supply chain procedures were followed; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details; (3) whether project role players have been appointed; if not, on what date is it envisaged that they will be appointed; if so, on what date were they appointed; (4) what are the envisaged (a) commencement dates and (b) completion dates at each village?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1638 (1) (a) The scope of work for the planned refurbishment project at the three parliamentary villages is as follows:

The project is meant to address the current Building Regulations in terms of refurbishments of each unit. The scope of work for the project includes but not limited to, the following:

  • General building renovations and maintenance (internally and externally); this includes painting, tiling, floor coverings, roof coverings, brickwork, plastering windows and doors
  • Upgrading of the Electrical installation services, i.e. solar heaters, replacement of DB’s, rewiring of units
  • Upgrading the alarms and intercoms systems linking them to the gate security system
  • Structural work (where required), this will include repairs to the cracks, trusses and all related items
  • Reconfiguring bathrooms to allow for showers; each bathroom will have a combination of a bathtub and shower to accommodate the User Clients
  • Addressing the plumbing issues where necessary
  • Maintenance of Joinery items, this will include kitchen and bedroom cupboards, door handles, etc.
  • The replacement of kitchen appliances, stoves, etc. where necessary

The scope of work mainly focuses on maintenance items that are as a result of a lack of or periodic and routine maintenance of the identified units within the three (3) villages. These defects have been documented onto room data plans identifying the locations as well as the descriptions of the defects during the conditional assessments done by the professional team.

(a) The detailed breakdown of the project cost is as follows:

ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COST (excluding CPAP and fees)

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE IN THREE PARLIAMENTARY VILLAGES

1

Acacia Park renovations (A-D)

R 12,975,114.00

2

Acacia Park renovations (E)

R 7,360,865.00

3

Pelican Park renovations

R 13,056,490.00

5

Laboria Park renovations

R 11,223,805.00

6

Provisional Sums (inclusive of Joinery, Appliances,

R 9,173,000.00

9

Electrical & electronic [including mark-up]

R 6,200,000.00

11

EPWP

R 2,999,464.00

12

Preliminaries

R 10,494,497.00

14

Sub total

R 73,483,235.00

16

Escalation

R 5,992,928.00

17

Contingency allowance

R 3,937,808.00

 

Sub total

R 83,413,971.00

18

VAT 15%

R 12,517,496.00

 

GRAND CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATED COST

R 95,931,467.00

Further breakdown is as follows:

The refurbishment cost per unit is R 361 882. This cost is broken down as follows:

  • Kitchen upgrades R37 450
  • Bathroom upgrades(incl. showers and bath tubs) R56 536
  • Upgrading of all floors R20 094
  • Repair/redecorate walls internally & externally R39 834
  • Repair/replace doors, windows, burglar bars, gates & bedroom cupboards R11 923
  • Structural repairs to walls and floors R11 923
  • Redecorate/replace ceilings and cornices R17 204
  • Repair/replace/clean roofs, gutters, eaves, downpipes R46 937
  • Repair/replace paving, stormwater channels, yard walls and gates R26 174
  • Electrical compliance upgrade R41 479
  • New solar panels R19 270
  • New alarm system R7 008

Each house will be assessed before any work is carried out; the work will be done according to the needs of each unit.

2. The Department and the appointed Implementing Agency subscribes to the PFMA, CIDB standards of uniformity and all the governing procurement legislation for procuring service providers.

  • The Bid Specification Committee (BSC) approved the Procurement Plan for this project on 19 August 2019.
  • An open tender process was followed to solicit bids.
  • Tenders were advertised as through the following mediums:

(i) Government Tender Bulletin on 30 August 2019;

(ii) National Treasury e-Tender Portal Publication on 30 August 2019;

(iii) CIDB i-Tender on 29 August 2019; and

(iv) CDC Website on 30 August 2019.

  • Thirty-six (36) bid documents were collected from the CDC’s Cape Town Offices situated at South African Reserve Bank Building, Office 1101, 11th Floor, 60 St George’s Mall, Cape Town; from Friday, 30 August 2019.
  • A mandatory briefing meeting was conducted on Friday, 13th September 2019, at 14h00 at the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure, Customs House Building, Lower Heerengracht Street, 11th Floor, South Wing Boardroom, Cape Town, Western Cape, and was attended by CDC representatives, consultants, and Thirty-eight (38) prospective bidders.
  • The closing date for submission of bids was on 1 October 2019 at 12:00 as advertised in the Government Gazette, National Treasury e-Tender Portal, CIDB i-Tender, and on the CDC website.
  • Twenty (20) bids were received and there were no late submissions.
  • The bids were opened in public and the bid opening was attended by CDC representatives and bidders.
  • Evaluation of bids was done by at least three (3) CDC members of staff (Procurement Manager and two Project Managers after the opening of the bids)
  • BAC approval (Procurement Committee meeting) obtained on the 19th November 2019;
  • Final CDC EXMA approval is envisaged for the 28th November 2019
  • Letters of regret to be issued to unsuccessful bidders on the 28th November 2019 with 7 days appeal period.

3. All Consultancy was ceded over to the CDC by the DPWI for the implementation is envisaged for the appointment of the Contractor will be concluded by the 13th December 2019. The appointed contractor is expected to comply with security Clearance requirements by the 13th January 2020.

4. The schedule below depicts the current implementation plan for the project with the anticipated start and end dates

The appointed contractor shall submit a definitive Construction Project Schedule for CDC approval which is expected by the 13th January 2020

The detailed programme below illustrates the cycle of the units that will be renovated in every village with a time duration of 4 months for 50 units. This programme was workshopped with the DPWI as a decanting plan and also included in the tender document to inform contractors as to how the works in these units will be phased with decanting etc.

02 December 2019 - NW1639

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

(1) What (a) was the rationale behind the decision to construct braai facilities at Ministerial residences and (b) number of houses received the braai facilities; (2) What was the (a) total cost of the braai facilities and (b) duration of the project; (3) Whether she has found that proper supply chain processes were followed in awarding the tender; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that in 2017 (a) The rationale was to enhance functionality and property value.

(b) There were three (3) Ministerial residences that received braai facilities

2. (a) The total cost for the three (3) braai facilities was R 523,985.51

(b) The duration for the contract was six months

3. This was an open tender procurement process. It was advertised under tender number: CPT1029/16

  • Advert date: 2 December 2016
  • Closing Date: 25 January 2017
  • There were eleven (11) bid documents received.
  • The average value of all acceptable tenders was: R 1 063 942.89
  • The lowest awarded contract value was: R 592 904. 48 ( Excl Vat)
  • The Department had omission/exclusions of R 133 268. 07 ( Excl Vat
  • The contract adjustment price became R 459 636. 41 (Excl vat)
  • The final contract value was: R 523 985. 51 (Inclusive Vat)

 

02 December 2019 - NW1640

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

(1) In view of the 460 vacancies that reportedly exist in the Property Management Trading Entity, what (a) is the impact on the ability of the entity to deliver on its mandate and (b) number of the specified positions are funded in the current financial year, (2) what (a) number of the specified positions are deemed critical, (b) measures are put in place to fill the critical positions and (c) are the time frames for filling the positions? NW2997E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The the impact was softened by the pool of contract appointments made in critical areas like project construction, facilities management, and property management focusing on the leasing portfolio, amongst others. The Department had also ring-fenced approximately R200 million for identified priority positions to fill. Various factors delayed the finalisation of the filling of these positions including but the department has been granted approval to steam ahead and process these positions including the reconfiguration of DPWI.

(b) The number of the specified positions that are funded in the current financial year and staff establishment is 4 962. Permanent positions are 4 296 and contract positions are 666. The 460 vacancies are funded.

2. (a) The identified 268 posts are deemed critical covering various areas across the Property Management Trading Entity

(b) Approval has been granted for the Department to fill and conclude the process of filling of these positions by the end of the Financial Year 2019/20. A recruitment plan has been concluded to guide the process of filling. The huge pool of contract appointments against existing vacancies remains a challenge.

(c) Yes, there are timeframes as indicated in the response in 2(b) above that the process of filling of these priority positions is guided by the recruitment plan and will be concluded by the 31 March 2020.

02 December 2019 - NW1628

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) are the reasons that no mobile units are currently in operational status within Gauteng and (b)(i) total number of mobile units are parked at the Germiston and Braamfontein regional offices and not being used and (ii) are the reasons that the mobile units are parked and not utilised; (2) (a) are the mobile units equipped to do applications for the new smart id cards, (b) what total number of field workers are allocated to the Gauteng Department of Home Affairs and what are their duties and (c) how often are the systems offline during a week in Gauteng. What extended hours are offered for the community? (3) What (a) are the details of the staff compliment and staff shortages in each Home Affairs office in Gauteng and (b) number of funded positions have not been filled; (4) On what date is it envisaged that the Boksburg Home Affairs offices will be completed and the department will move in?

Reply:

(1)(a) Gauteng has eleven (11) mobile units and all are not yet modernised. The mobile units have been decommissioned as they are still operating on the old manual system. Currently four (4) trucks have been refurbished and modernisation equipment is being installed and one (1) is equipped with live capture system and it is envisaged that it will be connected to the SITA/ MTN network by latest 29 November 2019.

(b)(i) Two (2) mobile units which are not modernised are currently parked at Germiston Office. There is no mobile unit parked at Braamfontein office, being the Provincial Office, as it is not an office to serve the public.

(b)(ii) Mobile units are in a process of being modernised and refurbished to meet the required and current operational model.

(2)(a) Yes.

(b) There are eight (8) mobile operators and six (6) support staff and their duties is to drive to schools, informal settlements and communities and assist them with applications for enabling documents.

(c) There are regular system interruptions in the Province but the Regional IT Managers are always on site to give support and ensure system stability. There are no extended hours worked by officials, other than on voluntary basis after hours and over weekends.

(3)(a) The current staff compliment is 1249 and the staff shortage is 124 in Gauteng.

(b) There is only one funded vacant position of a Regional IT Manager: Westrand that has not been filled.

(4)  June 2020 is envisaged for occupation, as currently the tender process to acquire the alternative accommodation is near completion.

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