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15 April 2021 - NW284

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

Whether she will furnish Ms E L Powell with the (a)(i) full names and (ii) details of the position of the National Procurement Officer according to the Government Gazette No 464 that was published on 15 April 2020 and (b) details of the (i) recruitment and (ii) selection process followed in the appointment process of the National Procurement Officer; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the said Regulations do not make provision for a National Procurement Officer.

Rand Water was appointed to provide programme management for the provision of water tanks, water tankers and augmentation of water resources such as the equipping of boreholes as part of the COVID-19 intervention. Rand Water utilised its internal staff for the procurement of all goods and services for the implementation of the COVID-19 Intervention Project on behalf of the Department of Water and Sanitation. Further, Rand Water’s emergency procurement processes were applied for the procurement of goods as per the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and the Water and Sanitation Emergency Procurement Covid-19 Disaster Response Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10(8) of the Regulations issued under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002). The Government Gazette containing the Directions referred to is attached as Annexure A.

15 April 2021 - NW285

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

Whether she will furnish Ms E L Powell with the (a) specifications of the Travel With Flair tender, (b) date on which the tender was awarded, (c) total value of the tender, (d) total costs spent against the tender from commencement of the contract to date, (e) notice of any deviations processed in order to procure personal protective equipment from Travel with Flair, (f) legislative prescripts upon which the deviation relied, (g) notice of approval of the deviation and (h) contract value of the deviation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) The tender specification of Travel With Flair (TWF) is attached as Annexure A.

(b) The tender was awarded to Travel with Flair on 16 October 2017.

(c) & (d) From the commencement date of the tender until to date the department paid R401 113 751.00. This is a total amount spent inclusive of local accommodation provided, international accommodation provided, local air transport, international air transport, local land transport, community events management, conferences, seminars, departmental functions, information sessions, training sessions, departmental management meetings (away from department’s offices and usually with other spheres of government), travel agency service fees, travel agency back office processing fees and travel agency conference and events management fees.

(e) to (h) There were no deviations processed. The personal protective equipment paid for were part of the costs of community events the company coordinated or managed on behalf of the department. This was to ensure that the events comply with requirements of the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and SAPS as well as the disaster management regulations on Covid-19 issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

 

15 April 2021 - NW981

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the percentage of vacant posts currently in state hospitals in each province and (b) number of chief executive officers are still in an acting capacity; (2) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a full report on the infrastructure upgrades of state hospitals in each province; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

The following information is as received from the Provincial Departments of Health.

1. (a) The overall percentage (%) rate for vacant posts in state hospitals in each province is 13%. The table below indicates the percentage (%) of vacant posts in Government Hospitals per Province as at end February 2021.

Province

% Vacant posts in Hospitals

Eastern Cape

13%

Free State

21%

Gauteng

11%

KwaZulu Natal

14%

Limpopo Province

7%

Mpumalanga

12%

North West

14%

Northern Cape

17%

Western Cape

15%

Overall Total

13%

2. The total number of Chief Executive Officers in acting positions is 64. The table below illustrates numbers per Province.

Total acting CEOs per Province

Province

Acting CEO's

Eastern Cape

14

Free State

6

Gauteng

10

KwaZulu Natal

 -

Limpopo Province

11

Mpumalanga

7

North West

7

Northern Cape

7

Western Cape

2

Overall Total

64

The National Department of Health (NDoH) acknowledges the reported number of acting Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) as high. As a result, the Director-General has written letters to the Provincial Heads of Health Departments to prioritise the appointment of experienced eligible candidates permanently to the positions of CEOs at their earliest convenience to ensure stability and service delivery continuity in the affected Hospitals.

(2) A full report on the infrastructure upgrades of state hospitals in each province is herewith attached as Annexure 1.

END.

15 April 2021 - NW933

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

Whether she will furnish Ms E L Powell with the (a) nature and purpose, (b) full cost of each event, (c) total number of persons in attendance, including the attendance register, (d) all invoices for all the costs incurred, (e) photographs of distribution activities, (f) photographs of original events prior to distribution events, (g) agenda of each original event, (h) agenda of each distribution event, (i) name of the Master of Ceremonies of each original event and (j) list of speakers for events which took place as per the Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment from External Service Providers Presentation sent to Members of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 7 September 2020 after which personal protective equipment was distributed (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Nature and purpose  of vents:

Honourable Member community outreach engagements are part of our work, each Member of Parliament is accountable to the public. These sessions are meant to raise awareness and afford us an opportunity to account directly to our communities. The Community Outreach drive is done in partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to raise awareness on Informal Settlements Upgrading, Emergency Housing, and the COVID-19 pandemic and its implication on affected communities throughout the country.

 

 

 (b)       Full cost of the events:                         

Total Costs

R487 735.00

R431 710.00

R496 715.20

R272 005.00

R492 595.00

R199 105.00

 

(c)        Total number of persons in attendance, including the attendance register:

Based on a headcount by members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and our Security Management, the number of community members gathered varied between 50 and 100.  The figures varied based on the number of people allowed as per the different Gazetted COVID-19 Lockdown Levels.

(d)       A copy of the report tabled at the Portfolio Committee has been attached.

(e) to (j) The information requested by the Honourable Member is available on the departmental website, and is public information. Further, alerts are sent out before events and media statements are issued afterwards. The Honourable Member is encouraged to join us to have first-hand information of the work we do. We also publicise our work, including events, in our Breaking New Ground (BNG) Journal.  

15 April 2021 - NW959

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What are the details for (a) each (i) town and (ii) city that has had their name changed since 1994, (b) the timeframe taken for each name change and (c) the amount each name change cost?

Reply:

(a). (i)(ii). Attached is the list of all towns and cities whose names have been changed since 1994.

(b). The timeframes for names standardisation vary from province to province but is estimated at nine months for each name. This estimated period includes the consultation period by the Provincial Geographical Names Committees, the sitting of the South African Geographical Names Council, and the gazetting of the names by the Government Printers.

(c) The costs for geographical names standardisation are budgeted for both at the provincial and national Departments responsible for Sport, Arts and Culture.

 

NO

NEW NAMNEW NAME

PREVIOUS NAME OR STATUS CHANGE.

PROVINCE

FEATURE

DATE GAZETTED

 

Gqeberha

Change of name from Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape

City

2021/02/22

 

Kariega

Change of name from Uitenhage

Eastern Cape

City

2021/02/22

 

Ntabozuko

Change of name from Berlin

Eastern Cape

Town

2021/02/22

 

Nqanqarhu

Change of name from MaClear Town

Eastern Cape

Town

2021/02/22

 

Makhanda

change of

name from

Grahamstown

Eastern

Cape.

Town

2018/06/29

 

eMthonjaneni

Change of

name Melomoth

KZN

Town

2017/12/15

 

Cacadu

Change of name from Lady Frere

Eastern Cape

Town

2016/02/09

 

Komani

change of name from Queenstown

Eastern Cape

Town

2016/02/09

 

Khowa

change of name from Elliot

Eastern Cape

Town

2016/02/09

 

KwaBhaca

change of name from Mount Frere

Eastern Cape

Town

2016/02/09

 

Dikeni

change of name from Alice

Eastern Cape

Town, Post Office and Railway Station

2016/06/17

 

Qumrhra

correction of spelling from Komga

Eastern Cape

Town

2015/05/15

 

Maletswai

Change of name from Aliwal North

Eastern Cape

Town

2015/09/11

 

James Calata

Change of name from Jamestown

Eastern Cape

Town

2015/09/11

 

Hlohlolwane

change of name from Clocolan

Free State

Town

2015/12/09

 

Makhado

change of name from Louis Trichardt

Limpopo

Town

2014/11/25

 

Nthorwane

change of name Greylingstad

Mpumalanga

Town

2013/03/28

 

Thaba-Kgwali

change of name from Grootvlei

Mpumalanga

Town

2013/03/28

 

Mbizana

Correction of spelling from Bhizana

Eastern Cape

Town, River and Post Office in the Mhlonto Municipality in the Eastern Cape

2013/08/08

 

eMuziwezinto

correction of spelling from Mzinto

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2013/10/02

 

Mamafubedu

change of name from Petrus Steyn

Free State

Town

2012/11/02

 

Makhado

change of name from Louis Trichardt

Limpopo

Town

2011/10/14

 

eMkhuze

correction of spelling from Mkuze

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2011/10/07

 

Nokakgolo

new name

Free State

Town

2011/10/07

 

eMdloti

correction of spelling from Town Umdloti

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2010/10/01

 

eManzimtoti

correction of spelling Town

from Amanzimtotl

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2010/10/01

 

KwaKhangela

correction of spelling from Congella

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2010/10/01

 

Tshwane

registration of a Town in Gauteng

Municipal Council name as a

geographical feature

Gauteng

City

2010/01/29

 

eMkhondo

change of name from Town in Mpumalanga

Piet Ritief

Mpumalanga

Town

2010/01/29

 

eManzana

eManzana (Change of name

from

A town in Badplaas in Mpumalanga

8adplaas)

Change of name from A town in Badplaas in Mpumalanga

adplaas

Mpumalanga

Town

2009/09/18

 

Bhisho

Correction of spelling from Bisho

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Boardwalk Meander

Registration of new settlement

Free State

Town

2006/07/27

 

Centane

Correction of spelling from Kantane

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Dutywa

Correction of Spelling from Idutywa

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Early Dawn

Registration of new settlement

North West

Town

2006/07/27

 

EMalahleni

Formerly Witbank

Mpumalanga

Town

2006/07/27

 

Emshinini

Formerly Lydenburg

Mpumalanga

Town

2006/07/27

 

Hammanskraal West

Registration of existing settlement

Free State

Town

2006/07/27

 

Khumula Estate

Registration of new settlement

Mpumalanga

Town

2005/05/01

 

KwaDukuza

change of name from Stanger

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2006/07/27

 

Lakeside Estates

Registration of new settlement

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Malalane

correction of spelling from Malelane

Mpumalanga

Town

2006/07/27

 

Midstream Estate

Correction of spelling

Gauteng

Town

2006/07/27

 

Modjadjiskloof

Change of name from

Duiwelskloof

Limpopo

Town

2006/07/27

 

Mookgophong

Former Naboomspruit

Limpopo

Town

2006/07/27

 

Mthatha

Correction of Spelling from Mtata

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Mvane

Correction of Spelling from Imvani

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Ngcobo

Correction of Spelling from Engcobo

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Ngqamakhwe

Correction of Spelling from Nqamakwe

Eastern Cape

Town

2006/07/27

 

Orlando Ekhaya

Registration of existing settlement

Gauteng

Town

2006/06/30

 

Wigwam

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2004/04/08

 

Magobe Extension 1

Registration of existing settlement

Northern Cape

Town

2005/02/25

 

Ntabankulu

Correction of Spelling from Tabankulu

Eastern Cape

Town

2005/02/25

 

Pirintsho

Correction of Spelling from Pirintsu

Eastern Cape

Town

2005/07/01

 

Riverside Township

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Town

2005/07/01

 

Summerfields

Change of name from Crystal Park Ext 17

Gauteng

Town

2005/05/27

 

Lethabong

Formerly Hartbeesfontein

North West

Town

2004/05/28

 

Thembani

Registration of existing settlement

Eastern Cape

Town

2004/10/01

 

Umhlanga Gateway

Not indicated on the gazette

KwaZulu-Natal

Town

2003/06/06

 

Lephalale

Ellisras

Limpopo

Town

2002/05/01

 

Modimolle

Formerly Nylstroom

Limpopo

Town

2002/05/01

 

Bela-Bela

Change of name from Warmbaths

Limpopo

Town

2002/06/14

 

Mogwadi

Dendron

Limpopo

Town

2002/10/01

 

Mokopane

Formerly Potgietersrus

Limpopo

Town

2002/05/01

 

Ormonde View

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Town

2002/11/08

 

Musina

Formerly Messina

Limpopo

Town

2002/05/01

 

Polokwane

Formerly Pietersburg

Limpopo

Town

2002/05/01

 

Boardwalk Manor

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Residential Town

2001/04/09

 

Boshoek

Registration of existing setllement

North West

Town

2001/04/09

 

Isisekelo

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Town

2001/10/29

 

N12 Highway Park

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Town

2001/02/16

 

Ditshoka

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Freedom Park

 

Registration of new settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Reagile

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Nkaikela

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Mmaleupa

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Mantsie

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Kgosing

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Go-Nkwe

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Goedgevonden

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Ga-Seane

Registration of existing settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Freedom Park

Registration of new settlement

North West

Town

2001/11/16

 

Chief A Luthuli Park

Registration of new settlement

Gauteng

Town

2000/09/22

15 April 2021 - NW973

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Given the continued closure of determination and retention of citizenship services in his department, what number of (a) determination applications and (b) retention of citizenship applications were processed before the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 was declared in the 2019-20 financial year; (2) What number of staff who receive determination and retention of citizenship applications (a) have been working in front offices of his department as at 11 March 2021 and (b) are currently not sick but have been at home due to COVID 19 restrictions as at 11 March 2021; (3) Given that the number of determination and retention of citizenship requests are a fraction of other types of civic services, on what medical, scientific and/or COVID-risk evidence are these services remaining closed; (4) Whether determination and retention of citizenship services will only be opened after the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 is over; if not, on what date will determination and retention of citizenship services be opened; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) 35 795

(b) 1875

(2)(a) 120

(b) 0

(3) This is as a result of the observation by the Department of a high number of staff being affected in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 variant, followed by front offices being temporarily closed due to decontamination and sanitising thereof. This then necessitated and made it imperative for the Department to reduce some of its operational services as part of an attempt to reduce the number of clients who visit our offices who may further exacerbate the spread of Covid-19 among clients and staff.

The Department thereby made a determination to prioritise key services and to offer critical and mandatory enabling documents such as registration of births, death and identity documents. This strategy would not perpetuate high client volumes with the enduring queues, hence the COVID-19 administrative protocols applied as a containment measure to limit the further spread of the virus.

(4) The Department will from time to time conduct a review and consult with relevant structures including the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). When the situation improves, a determination will then be made to resume pending services including determination and retention applications, in a phased approach and will then be pronounced, as a result.

END

15 April 2021 - NW967

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

1)(a) What is the total budget allocated to the established Ministerial Advisory Team (MAT) in the 2021-22 financial year and (b) where will the budget come from; (2) whether he consulted other sectors in the industry before appointing the MAT; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what was the reason (a) for establishing the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and (b)(i) that there is no budget for the CCIFSA and (ii) the MAT was appointed to do what CCIFSA should be doing?

Reply:

(1)(a).The total budget allocated to the established Ministerial Advisory Team (MAT) amounts to three million (R3 million)

(b). The budget is sourced from the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Goods and Services allocations.

(2). Yes, the sectors in the industry were consulted during several meeting at Freedom Park addressing the challenges faced by the sector.

(3) CCIFSA was established to address challenges of fragmentation in the arts and culture sector. The Department only provided the necessary support for the establishment. CCIFSA is therefore an industry body that was established to lead activism in cultural and creative policy development, and to guarantee coherent implementation of developmental programs. For this, CCIFSA is a structure that is independent from the DSAC and government.

(b)(i). The Department has provided financial support to CCIFSA in the past years, including in this financial year. Given our mandate, it is only reasonable to continue supporting CCIFSA for the benefit of the sector.

(ii) MAT was established not to replace CCIFSA but to assist with the current challenges faced by the sector as a result of COVID-19 impact on the sector. The new challenges warrant new or different approaches to ensure stability and sustainability in the sector; MAT will approach these challenges by employing five (5) work streams to ensure that practitioners are taken care of during the pandemic, as we are not sure as to when the world will return to the usual normal. CCIFSA is part of MAT, responsible for one of the five work streams, namely Wellness Programme working closely with DSAC and service providers to develop well-structured communication between practitioners and implementers of desired services.

15 April 2021 - NW705

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)When last did his department conduct oversight of the (a) academic programmes offered to and (b) living conditions of students studying in the Republic of Cuba as part of the Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme; (2) whether his department made any changes to the programme over the past five academic years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what number of (a) students enrolled in the programme in every academic year since its inception and (b) the specified students graduated with a medical degree after completion of the programme?

Reply:

In order to respond to this Question, information must be sourced from the provinces. The Department is still in the process of sourcing this information and as soon as all the information is received, the Minister will provide the response to the Question.

END.

15 April 2021 - NW927

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

(Given that his department donated funds for COVID-19 relief where applicants were promised to receive three payments of R2 200 over three months, totalling an amount of R6 600, what (a) total amount was made available for the COVID-19 Relief Fund by his department, (b)(i) were the dates for applications and (ii) number of applicants applied and (c) are the (i) names of the beneficiaries, (ii) dates of application for the funding and (iii) relevant details of the payments made in each case?

Reply:

The R6 600 was applicable in the 2ND Wave of Covid-19 Relief funding cycle and was never broken down over three months.

a) Total amount made available was R20 million split equally between BASA and NAC.

b) (i) The applications opened on 17 August 2020 and closed on 11th September 2020.

(ii) 2809 applications were received.

c) (i) See attached list

(ii) All applicants applied within the window period of 17 August 2020 to 11th September 2020.

(iii) So far, 582 approved applicants were each paid R6 600.

 

15 April 2021 - NW660

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

(a) What is the annual amount spent by the Department of Human Settlements on the Breaking New Ground (BNG) television show hosted by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and (b) will she furnish Ms E L Powell with the details of all (i) contractors involved in the production of the television, (ii) the terms of agreement and (iii) any contractual documents between the SABC and the specified department with regard to the screening of the BNG television show?

Reply:

a) The amount spent by the Department of Human Settlements on the Breaking New Ground (BNG) television show hosted by the SA Broadcast Corporation (SABC) was R11 417 699.00 for the 2020/21 financial year.

No

Description

Amount (Rands)

 

SABC 2 Airtime through GCIS

7,335 199.00

 

BNG TV Production through GCIS

4,082 500.00

 

TOTAL

11, 417 699.00

(b) Tsalena Media was appointed through the Government Communication Information System (GCIS). The terms of the agreement can be obtained from GCIS.

15 April 2021 - NW856

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the imported KN95 masks that have been supplied to many of the healthcare professionals in the Republic to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic of which the majority were found to be below par in efficiency, what (a) number of the specified KN95 masks were imported for use and/or supply to SA healthcare workers and (b) was the total amount paid to the suppliers of these masks during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic;

Reply:

The following information has been received from the Provincial Departments of Health:

  1. The following table reflects the details in this regard:

PROVINCES

(a) number of the specified KN95 masks were imported for use and/or supply to SA healthcare workers

(b) total amount paid to the suppliers of these masks during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

Eastern Cape

900,000

R38,270,000.00

Free State

450,000

R20,501,000.00

Gauteng

12,165,760

R114,863,550.03

KwaZulu-Natal

The only KN95 masks received were all donated stock.

R0.00

Limpopo

600,002

R16,500,025.00

Mpumalanga

450,000

R20,501,000.00

Northern Cape

280,000

R11,028,800.00

North West

165,000

R2,863,500.00

Western Cape

600,000

R28,715,000.00

(2) During the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic the only supplier contracted as part of the transversal contract was for Respirators that complied with the N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84) standard. The USA government during this period placed an embargo on the exportation of N95 respirators due to the demand for these in the USA. This situation impacted on the availability of N95 respirators in South Africa.

To manage the procurement of PPE, in this case respirators within the context of a global shortage, Treasury Notes 3 and 5 of 2020/21 made special provisions for the procurement of PPE in an emergency. National Treasury issued Treasury Note 3 of 2020/21 to allow for a central procurement mechanism which would have assisted provinces. However due to objections raised by stakeholders this note was repealed and replaced by Treasury Note 5 of 2020/21. Treasury Note 5 of 2020/218 then enabled local procurement of PPE within the framework of emergency procurement under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), as amended, and up to a value of R30 million on a decentralised basis by provinces.

(3) The Infection Prevention and Control guidelines developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic recommends the use of respirators in environments where aerosol generating procedures are performed.

These respirators or filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), are subject to various regulatory standards around the world. These standards specify certain required physical properties and performance characteristics for respirators to claim compliance with the particular standard.

  • N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
  • FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)
  • KN95 (China GB2626-2006)

Noting that all of the above standards are comparable as per the below table.