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24 February 2016 - NW64

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Atkinson, Mr P to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1) Did (a) he and/or (b) the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, hold any formal meetings outside of the plenaries with other delegates to the 2016 World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland; if not, why not; if so, (i) how many meetings did (aa) he and/or (bb) the President attend and (ii) with whom were the meetings; (2) in light of the President’s non-attendance at a meeting he was due to address as part of a panel of African leaders at the specified conference, what value has accrued to the South African economy and South Africa in general by his and the President’s attendance at the specified conference

Reply:

1. The President led a high-powered Team South Africa delegation to the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos towards the end of January 2016. Team South Africa comprised of Cabinet Ministers, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, CEOs of major companies and other captains of industry. The key message that Team South Africa took to Davos was that South Africa is open to business. The message was positively received by global investors who were at Davos.

In pursuit of Team South Africa’s mission in Davos, the President held several meetings with investors, CEOs, and other participants. Together with a delegation of Cabinet Ministers they met the global investors in a session called the Business Interaction Group on South Africa. This is a forum in which global investors to the South African economy meet with the President and Ministers to discuss the economic and investment climate in South Africa. Progress we are making in implementing the National Development Plan as well as our commitment to sound economic and fiscal policies were welcomed by the investors. They also assured the delegation of thier continued confidence in South Africa and their belief that our country continues to be an attractive destination for investment.

The President also met with the delegation of South African business persons and captains of industry to discuss steps that we all need to take to ensure that our economy grows and creates jobs. This was in addition to meetings held with other important global business players such as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Siemens, which is a global company with huge investments in our country that create jobs for thousands of our citizens.

The President also met with the Prime Minister of Sweden, a country with which we enjoy strong bilateral relations. As it has become a tradition during our visits to Davos, the President met with the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, to discuss the state of the global economy and the steps South Africa is taking to respond to global economic headwinds.

2. The Presidency informed the organisers of the session in question a week before the departure to Davos that the President would not be able to attend the session and the advance team that arrived early in Davos also confirmed the message to organisers a few days before arrival. Our goal in Davos as Team South Africa was to communicate a message that South Africa is open to business, and that we are taking important steps to turn stimulate the growth of our economy and create jobs for the millions of citizens who seek employment. This message was positively received by many investors whom we met and interacted with. They expressed their confidence in the measures we are taking and assured us that that to them South Africa continues to be an attractive country to invest in.

Indeed the belief and confidence in our country is demonstrated by several global companies that have recently made signifcant investments to our economy. These companies include Mercedes, BMW, Nestle, Hisense, Beijing Automobile International Corporation, Marriot Hotels, and many others.

Although our economy faces major challenges, the steps we are taking today, including the efforts of Team South Africa in Davos, will ensure that we reap the benefits when the global economy recovers.

24 February 2016 - NW156

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether, in light of various reports in the media quoting Cameroonian military sources who say that the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) stationed in Cameroon is now operating Ratel 20s to counter terrorism, he can confirm whether any Ratel 20s were delivered to Cameroon; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the specified Ratel 20s were (a) sold to Cameroon or (b) transferred at no costs, in each case specifying (i) whether the prescribed procedures were followed and (ii) that no deviations were allowed?

Reply:

The quantity of Ratel Vehicles transferred to Cameroon in 2015, is 12. Past years for transaction in the Medium Term (up to 2013) were checked and it was found that no other transfers occurred in those years.

The Ratel Vehicles in question were sold to Cameroon and not transferred at a cost.

When these transactions are considered, they are evaluated in terms of Section 15 of the Act. The NCACC will authorize such transfers once satisfied that the transaction qualifies according to criteria as prescribed in the Act. The procedures were followed and there have been no deviations from the prescripts of the Act.

Furthermore, NCACC activities are subject to the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa, who perform annual evaluations and assessments on qualitative aspects of the work undertaken, per given period. The past period performances of the NCACC by the AG in this regard, was found to be without qualification.

08 December 2015 - NW4206

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether the National Conventional Arms Control Committee approved any export of arms to foreign states under section 14 of the National Conventional Arms Control Act, Act 41 of 2002 (a) in the (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2015; if not, why not; if so, (aa) to which states, (bb) and what are the further relevant details;

Reply:

There have been exports in terms of Section 14 which were authorised by the NCACC to foreign countries in the years 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014.The reporting cycle is on a calendar year basis and not on financial year basis, in line with section 23 of the NCAC Act. Therefore the reports are from January to December of each year. This means that the 2015 export report will only be available in 2016.

The NCACC considers all applications against set criteria in terms of section 15 as provided for in the NCAC Act and this occurs after a deliberate process by various Government Departments.

The Reports on Transfers of controlled items are compiled quarterly (4 quarters), as well as annually and are tabled in Parliament through the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. These reports are subsequently referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

These exports are further reported on to the United Nations in line with International obligations of South Africa in terms of Treaties and Conventions, in accordance with International Law.

From the ensuing, it is the intention of South Africa to ensure that arms transferred do not end up with rogue elements elsewhere in the world. South Africa is committed to contributing to Peace and Security in the world.

Lastly, the NCACC activities are subject to the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa, who perform annual evaluations and assessments on qualitative aspects of the work undertaken, per given period. The past period performance of the NCACC by the AG in this regard was found to be without qualification.

 

Approved / Not Approved

Mr J T Radebe, MP

Minister in The Presidency

Date:

08 October 2015 - NW3637

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Mente, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to his reply to question 3309 on 11 September 2015, on what page of the 2014-15 Annual Report of his department that was tabled in the National Assembly are the specified costs indicated?

Reply:

On page 96 of the Annual Report 2014/15 ‘Travel and Substance’ are listed under Appropriation per Economic Classification under ‘Goods and Services’. Also listed, amongst others, is the Final Appropriation and audited Actual Expenditure in regard to travel and subsistence. But more specifically, the figures obtained from the travel agent show that Minister and Deputy Minister travelled between Cape Town and Johannesburg 35 times at a total cost of R202 488 and 33 times at a total cost of R222 693, respectively during the financial year in question.

08 October 2015 - NW3354

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With regard to the call for nomination of individuals to serve on the National Planning Commission for a new five-year term which closed on 10 April 2015, (a) how many nominations were received, (b) why has no announcement been forthcoming about the appointment of Commissioners and (c) who has been advising the Government on how best to implement the National Development Plan in the absence of a constituted National Planning Commission?

Reply:

A total of 127 nominations were received. On 17 September 2015 President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of 25 new members of the National Planning Commission in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, for a period of five years.

In regard to the last part of the enquiry, the Honourable Member will recall that Government developed the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF 2014-15) which is the first five year building block to implement the NDP. Government has been implementing, monitoring and reporting on the progress being made on the implementation of the NDP imperative under the guidance of Cabinet and Minister in the Presidency. There was therefore no vacuum in the absence of the National Planning Commission.

08 October 2015 - NW3527

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Gcume, Ms NP to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)With reference to his reply to oral question 341 on 26 August 2015, (a) who are the members of the task team appointed by the Deputy Minister in The Presidency, (b) on what basis was the task team appointed and (c) what amount are the members of the specified task team remunerated; (2) will the Deputy Minister in The Presidency make the draft National Expansion and Co-ordination Framework on National Youth Service Programme available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will the final report of the specified task team be made public; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date will the specified report be made public and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The members of the Task Team appointed by the Minister in The Presidency are:

1.  Dept of Arts and Culture

2.  Dept of Basic Education

3.  City Year South Africa

4.  Department of Communications (GCIS)

5.  COSATU

6.  Dept of Defence

7.  Dept of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

8.  Dept of Human Settlements

9.  Dept of Labour

10. Dept of Public Works

11.  Dept. of Rural Development and Land Reform 

12.  Dept of Social Development

13.  Dept of Higher Education and Training

14.  Lovelife

15.  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

16.  Banking Association of SA

17.  Communication Specialist - Ms Jabulile Buthelezi

18.  Construction SETA

19.  National Treasury

20.  Dept of Public Service and Administration

21.  South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA)

22.  South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

23.  South African Youth Council (SAYC)

24.  Youth in Action

25.  Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Task Team was appointed on the basis of including key government departments that have experience in implementing National Youth Service (NYS) programmes, including government departments that may have a strong role to play in the expansion of the NYS.  The Task Team also includes civil society organisations and the private sector so that the views and experiences of these sectors in relation to NYS are incorporated. The work of the Task Team is voluntary and no members are remunerated.

Once the Task Team has concluded on the draft NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency will release the draft framework for public comment and will accordingly engage with relevant stakeholders.

The draft framework will be made public together with a planned stakeholder engagement process.  The inputs gathered will further strengthen the draft framework.   

The final NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and will subsequently be made public.

 

 

 

MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Tel: (012) 300 5200, Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER: 3527

3527. Ms P T van Damme (DA) to ask the Minister in The Presidency:

(1) With reference to his reply to oral question 341 on 26 August 2015, (a) who are the members of the task team appointed by the Deputy Minister in The Presidency, (b) on what basis was the task team appointed and (c) what amount are the members of the specified task team remunerated;

(2) will the Deputy Minister in The Presidency make the draft National Expansion and Co-ordination Framework on National Youth Service Programme available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) will the final report of the specified task team be made public; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date will the specified report be made public and (b) what are the further relevant details? NW4192E

The members of the Task Team appointed by the Minister in The Presidency are:

1. Dept of Arts and Culture

2.  Dept of Basic Education

3.  City Year South Africa

4.  Department of Communications (GCIS)

5.  COSATU

6.  Dept of Defence

7.  Dept of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

8.  Dept of Human Settlements

9.  Dept of Labour

10. Dept of Public Works

11.  Dept. of Rural Development and Land Reform 

12.  Dept of Social Development

13.  Dept of Higher Education and Training

14.  Lovelife

15.  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

16.  Banking Association of SA

17.  Communication Specialist - Ms Jabulile Buthelezi

18.  Construction SETA

19.  National Treasury

20.  Dept of Public Service and Administration

21.  South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA)

22.  South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

23.  South African Youth Council (SAYC)

24.  Youth in Action

25.  Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Task Team was appointed on the basis of including key government departments that have experience in implementing National Youth Service (NYS) programmes, including government departments that may have a strong role to play in the expansion of the NYS. The Task Team also includes civil society organisations and the private sector so that the views and experiences of these sectors in relation to NYS are incorporated. The work of the Task Team is voluntary and no members are remunerated.

 

Once the Task Team has concluded on the draft NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency will release the draft framework for public comment and will accordingly engage with relevant stakeholders.

The draft framework will be made public together with a planned stakeholder engagement process. The inputs gathered will further strengthen the draft framework.

The final NYS Expansion and Coordination Framework will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and will subsequently be made public.

22 September 2015 - NW2995

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister in the Presidency

How many (a) government departments have established measures to combat corruption in order to comply with Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) Standard Prevention of Fraud and Corruption and (b) of the specified departments comply with the specified standard at Level 3 or higher?

Reply:

The Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) standard on prevention of Fraud and Corruption assesses whether department have measures and requisite capacity in place to prevent and combat corruption. Elements that are assessed in the standard are on:

  • whether departments have fraud prevention plans and whistle blowing policies minimum anti-corruption capacity to prevent fraud and corruption;
  • whether departments are providing feedback on anti-corruption hotline cases to the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC); and
  • whether disciplinary and criminal procedures are being instituted where fraud and corruption occurs.

    a) Whereas the 2014 MPAT assessments results are in the process of being finalised, the 2013 results showed a total number of 55 departments (25 national and 30 provincial) are compliant with this standard.

    b) The 2013 results also shows that twenty five (25) departments (11 national and 14 provincial) met the level 3 compliance requirements, whilst 30 exceeded the requirements (14 national and 16 provincial).


    END

22 September 2015 - NW2996

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister in the Presidency

How many (a) government departments have systems in place to promote ethical behaviour in order to comply with Management Performance Assessment Tool Standard, Assessment of Policies and Systems to Ensure Professional Ethics and (b) of the specified departments meet the specified standard at Level 3 or higher?

Reply:

The Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) standard on assessment of Policies and Systems to ensure Professional Ethics seeks to promote:

  • compliance with chapters 2 and 3 of the Public Service Regulations, 2001;
  • chapter 9 of the SMS Handbook (2003);
  • Financial Disclosure Framework;
  • section 6 of the Public Sector Integrity Management Framework;
  • section 195 of the Constitution; and
  • the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, Act 3 of 2000.

The elements that are assessed in the standards are on:

  • whether members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) in departments are complying with the requirements to submit their financial disclosures by 31 May of each financial year; and
  • whether disciplinary action is taken against SMS members who do not comply with these requirements.
  • In addition, the standard assesses whether departments have mechanisms of communicating sections or provisions of the Public Service Code of Conduct to new and existing employees on an annual basis.

    a)   Whilst the 2014 MPAT assessment results are still being finalised, the results show that there was a notable improvement between 2012 and 2013 assessments, with the average compliance moving from 1.8 in 2012 to 2.8 in 2013. The total number of departments that complied with this standard are 118 out of a total of 152 departments.

    b)   90 departments (24 national and 66 provincial) met the level 3 requirements of the standard whilst 28 departments (9 national and 19 provincial) exceeded the requirements.

    END

22 September 2015 - NW2998

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With the increasing number of youth in need of financial assistance on the one hand and limited resources on the other and the waste of resources together with corruption resulting in the National Youth Development Agency applying for R4,8 million preservation orders, in respect of forfeiture of assets of employees who committed fraudulent activities, (a) why were these employees who committed fraudulent activities not arrested and (b) has the money been recovered; if not, why not; if so, how much?

Reply:

All citizens have the responsibility to report cases of fraud and crime to the South African Police Services. The Honourable Member is encouraged to do the same. The Police will investigate and if there is sufficient evidence, they will arrest those who commit these crimes. The Courts are tasked with the responsibility to test the evidence and pass judgement regarding those who are found guilty.

END

11 September 2015 - NW3309

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Mente, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did The Presidency spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did The Presidency spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did The Presidency spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did The Presidency spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

I wish to refer the Honourable Member to the unqualified Annual Report (2014/2015) and audited clean Financial Statements of my department that were tabled in Parliament on 2 September 2015 and published in the ATC of 7 September 2015, wherein travel costs are reflected under the item ‘Travel and Subsistence’.

In regard to accommodation, I wish to remind the Honourable Member that accommodation of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Cape Town and Gauteng is provided through the Department of Public Works.

11 September 2015 - NW3197

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Were the Immigration Regulations that were introduced in 2014 assessed through the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System in his Office to (a) ensure alignment with the National Development Plan and (b) reduce the risk of unintended consequences; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant findings?

Reply:

The above Bill and Regulations have not been subjected to the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIAS). SEIAS was only introduced this year after approval by Cabinet in February 2015. The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) conducted series of awareness and inductions between April and June 2015 for departments to institutionalise the SEIAS.

The implementation of SEIAS for developing or amending policies, legislations and regulations came into effect from 01 July 2015.

11 September 2015 - NW3196

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Has the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, which is currently awaiting the President’s assent, been assessed through the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System in his Office to (a) ensure alignment with the National Development Plan and (b) reduce the risk of unintended consequences; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant findings?

Reply:

The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill has not been subjected to the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIAS). SEIAS was only introduced this year after approval by Cabinet in February 2015. The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) conducted a series of awareness and inductions between April and June 2015 for departments to institutionalise the SEIAS. About 136 officials in 33 departments were trained on SEIAS application.

The implementation of SEIAS for developing or amending policies, legislations and regulations came into effect from 01 July 2015.

 

04 September 2015 - NW3133

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister in the Presidency

In light of the fact that the Tourism Satellite Account provides information at a national level, what are the plans for Statistics South Africa to assist provinces and municipalities to produce tourism statistics at a local level in order to improve (a) planning and (b) budgeting?

Reply:

The methodology for Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA) is only developed to monitor the contribution of the tourism sector to the economy on a national level. Noting that tourism, and the management thereof, is of particular interest to policy makers and government structures on a sub-national level, the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) embarked on a process to develop Tourism Economic Accounts (TEA) that will allow for similar information on a lower level of geographic disaggregation.

This will take a number of years as there is no agreed international framework or standard. The development of provincial TEA is driven by UNWTO which produced a provisional set of concepts and definitions in May 2015. This is currently open for global consultation until September 2015.