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22 March 2019 - NW50

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the housing backlog in each municipality in each Province as at 1 February 2019, according to the records of the municipality?

Reply:

1. No municipality in South Africa will be in a position to provide the exact information on the housing backlog, due to the daily and uncontrollable migration of people within our borders.

2. Collecting the type of information that the Member is requesting would require a National Census, which we only do every 10 years in South Africa.

3. Municipalities make use of the Community Survey for their planning purposes and the latest Community Survey was conducted in 2016. The Information on Household’s Indicators per Municipality, from the 2016 Community Survey, is attached to this response for ease of reference.

22 March 2019 - NW403

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and TraditionalAffairs

What measures has he put in place to recover debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial departments and state-owned entities as nonpayment affects the efforts of municipalities to deliver basic services to communities?

Reply:

The debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial government departments remains a challenge.

The debt owed by organs of state was R6.3 billion as at 31 December 2016 and R9.7 billion as at 31 December 2018, and the debt continue to grow due to accruing interest and insufficient funds allocation by organs of state to service arrears.

Some of the reasons include insufficient budget allocations by organs of state to service current year debt and historic debt.

COGTA, in collaboration with Treasury, has structures in place to assist municipalities to recover the amounts owed by organs of state and to facilitate the resolution of disputes between organs of state and municipalities.

These structures discuss the debt owed to the municipalities, evaluate progress on the reconciliation of intergovernmental debt undertaken by municipalities and organs of state, billing challenges, progress on payments and find amicable solution on challenges. The structures and measures put in place include:

  • The National COGTA has undertaken an initiative to support municipalities through simplified revenue project which is aimed at enhancing the municipal revenue management and debt collection system;
  • Provincial intergovernmental debt forums/sessions – this structure is championed by Provincial COGTAs and/ Provincial Treasuries;
  • The department participates in the National Public Works Steering Committee, which focus on amount owed by Provincial and National Public Works;
  • Chief Financial Officers’ forum;
  • National Treasury monitors the movement of the debt of various organs of state through MFMA section 71 reports.

The Inter Ministerial Task Team dealing with debts owed by municipalities to Eskom and Water Boards (IMTT) recommended the installation of electricity and water prepaid metering infrastructure. This will be one of the effective tools to eliminate the municipal debt, as the municipal service will be on a prepayment system nationwide.

Organs of state are urged to prioritise municipal services in their budgets. There is a process underway to request the National Treasury team responsible for monitoring Provincial and National budgets to ensure that municipal services are prioritized in municipal budgets.

  1. Section 96(a) of the Municipal Systems Act, states that municipalities must collect all money that is due and payable and section 96(b) state that municipality must adopt, maintain and implement a credit control and debt collection policy, which is consistent with its rates and tariff policies and complies with the provision of the Municipal Systems Act.
  2. Section 75(A)(1) of Municipal Systems Act empowers a municipality to levy and recover fees, charges or tariffs in respect of any function or service of the municipality and recover collection charges and interest on any outstanding amount.
  3. The credit control and debt collection policies adopted by municipalities are clear on debt collection; however, the municipalities still encounters challenges of collecting money that is due and payable mainly due to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems.
  4. The following are contributing factors to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems
  • Lack of debt reconciliation between municipalities and organ of state;
  • Incorrect billing by some of the municipalities;
  • Billing statements are not issued timeously and/not issued to the rightful owner within organ of state;
  • Payments not allocated timeously to the relevant accounts by municipalities;
  • Insufficient budget allocation by organ of state to service current year debt and historic debt;
  • Inadequate budgeting for municipal services and property rates by organ of state

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22 March 2019 - NW404

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Dlamini-Dubazana, Ms ZS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he has taken steps to intervene in the Mpofana Local Municipality which is confronted by a water crisis, as the affected community has requested urgent Government intervention?

Reply:

A three-fold intervention is being implemented in addressing the water issue in the Mpofana Local Municipality.

1. MISA Intervention

In the current financial year (2018/19), the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is developing a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan for Umgungundlovu District, which is a fundamental step towards water use efficiency and addressing Non Revenue Water.

The Umgungundlovu Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan will be finalised on the 19th March 2019 and includes:

  • Assessment of water infrastructure (Water Treatment Plants, Reservoirs, Pump Stations, Boreholes, Meters and Stand pipes) for current and future demands.
  • Assessment of Supply Reservoirs, Bulk Meters, Water Sources and pipelines.
  • Analysis of billing, metering issues and vandalism of water meters.

2. Joint Program between UMgungundlovu DM, Mpofana LM and Umgeni Water

Umgungundlovu District Municipality is aware of the issue of inconsistent supply of water to certain areas in Mpofana, including concerns about water quality. A joint strategy to overcome water challenges for Mpofana Local Municipality has been developed by a team consisting of Mpofana LM, UMgungundlovu DM and Umgeni Water representatives.

This joint programme seeks to minimise the risks of water supply interruptions to Mpofana Local Municipality, whilst the municipality is implementing the bulk water scheme and other projects that will bring will bring relief to the constrained water supply in Mpofana.

The strategy lists the long medium and short term interventions to ensure consistent water supply to the area of Mpofana and is attached as Annexure “A’’ for ease of reference.

3. Section 139 (b) Intervention to Mpofana Local Municipality

On the 08th December 2017 the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council resolved to intervene at Mpofana Municipality using section 139 (1)(b) of the constitution, due to service delivery and financial management challenges faced by the municipality. The Intervention Steering Committee which comprise of KZN CoGTA, COGTA National, MISA, SALGA, Provincial Treasury, the Municipality and other sector departments meet monthly to track the progress in addressing challenges faced by the municipality which are captured in the Sec 139 Intervention Recovery Plan. The Intervention Recovery Plan aims to address the challenges identified in the five Back to Basics Pillars i.e. Institutional Transformation and Development, Good Governance and Public Participation, Municipal Financial Viability and Management as well as Local Economic Development. The intervention is still in effect.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) is one of the ten district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the water service authority (WSA) and water service provider (WSP) to six of its seven local municipalities i.e. uMshwati, uMngeni, Mpofana, Mkhambathini, Impendle and Richmond Local Municipalities. The Msunduzi Municipality, has its own WSA status and does not form part of the strategy as it is not the responsibility of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

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22 March 2019 - NW400

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in light of the lack of information in communities regarding service delivery budget and implementation that often results in angry protests, he has found that all municipalities are complying with section 77 of the Municipal Structures Act, Act 117 of 1998, as required by law to ensure that there are frequent meetings with communities; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

​1.1 Certainly, municipalities are required by law to put in place mechanisms and processes to encourage communities to participate in the affairs of municipality. This is provided for in chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000.

1.2 Furthermore, Schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 makes provision for councillors as elected public representatives to be accountable to local communities and report back at least quarterly to their constituencies on council matters, including the performance of the municipality in terms of established indicators.

1.3. In order to ensure that councillors fulfil their obligation to communities, a Code of Conduct has been developed and makes provision for the following:

(i) Attendance of meetings-A councillor must attend each meeting of the municipal council and a committee which that councillor is a member (i.e. Ward Committee meetings and Community feedback meetings); and

(ii) Sanctions for not attending meetings-A municipal council may impose a fine as determined by the standing rules and orders of the municipal council on a councillor for not attending to meetings which that councillor is required to attend.

1.4  Although the legislation requires of councillors to convene community feedback meetings quarterly, the norm across most of the municipalities is that feedback meetings are convened on a monthly basis and councillors are required to produce portfolio of evidence to that effect i.e. attendance registers, minutes/reports of such meetings. Reports indicate that, of the total 4392 wards across the country, feedback meetings have been convened in approximately 90% of wards. Other community engagement mechanisms being used by municipalities are i.e. Integrated Service Delivery Models (War Rooms), IDP forums and ICT platforms i.e. social media platform.

1.5  In an effort to provide support and monitor performance in municipalities, the department introduced the Back to Basics Programme (B2B) that is anchored on five pillars, which involve putting people and their concerns first, creating conditions for delivering quality municipal services, good governance, among other things.

1.6  The following is an analysis report conducted through B2B by municipalities on the frequency of Ward Committee meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Committee meetings for the municipalities that reported in terms of the monthly B2B reporting was 15,09 per month in 2017/18, which was an increase from the 7,18 in 2016/17. This was to be expected given that Ward Committees first had to be established in the 2016/17 financial year after the August 2016 local government elections.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (5.15) and Northern Cape (5,67). The Northern Cape municipalities were also the lowest in 2016/17 (1,49) followed by Free State municipalities (4,40).
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1.7  The following is an analysis report on the frequency of Ward Councillor Report back meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Councillor Report Back meetings for reporting municipalities in the country was an average of 6.17 meetings per month in 2016/17, which increased to an average of 10.75 in 2017/18.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (4.21), followed by Northern Cape municipalities (6.03) and they were also amongst the lowest in 2016/17, 5.20 for Free State and 2,03 for Northern Cape. Western Cape (3.23) municipalities also reported a low average of monthly meetings in 2016/17 with 3,23 but this increased to an average of 8,19 in 2017/18.

2. BACKGROUND

2.1 Chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 requires of municipalities to develop a culture of community participation that complements formal representative government with a system of participatory governance and must for this purpose-

  • Encourage, and create conditions for, the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality, including in—
  • the preparation implementation and review of its integrated development plan in terms of Chapter 5;
  • the establishment, implementation and review of its performance management system in terms of Chapter 6:
  • the monitoring and review of its performance, including the outcomes and impact of such performance, the preparation of its budget; and strategic decisions relating to the provision of municipal services in

2.2 Councillors and staff to foster community participation; and use its resources, and annually allocate funds in its budget for this purpose.

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22 March 2019 - NW607

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that residents in the (a) Kempton Park and (b) Germiston areas within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality are experiencing constant sporadic and unreliable refuse collection services; (2) (a) in what number of instances has the municipality transgressed the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998, by failing to collect refuse once a week within seven days this calendar year, (b) which areas were affected, (c) what are the reasons for each transgression and (d) what steps is the municipality taking to ensure that it provides basic services to residents according to applicable legislation? NW730E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW391

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2248 on 13 September 2018, he has been informed of a report submitted to the Emfuleni Local Council, reference O/MM/AA6/Finance/Reports 2018/FS 124-18, for irregular expenditure by the specified municipality for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, which indicates a payment of R43 334 546,27 made by the municipality to a certain law firm (name furnished) for representation of employees to the SA Local Government Bargaining Council held in Benoni; (2) whether he and/or his department intends to recover any of the legal costs; if not, why not; if so, (a) why was the amount not included in the specified reply and (b) what steps has he taken or will he take to recover the irregular expenditure; (3) whether he has been informed that the municipality paid the legal costs of the employees in instances where it was not liable to do so; (4) whether the specified attorneys will continue to deliver legal services to the municipality; if not, what steps does he and his department intend to take to terminate the services of the attorneys; if so, why?NW415E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Emfuleni Local Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW695

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and/or the former minister and (ii) his deputy ministers (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

 

(aaa) 2016/17

(bbb) 2017/18

(bb) Since 1 April 2018

(i) Minister

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

(d) None

None

None

And or the Former Minister

(a) BMW

(b) X5

(c) R917 619.99

(d)September 2016

(a) Audi

(b) Q7

(c)R938547.18

(d) September 2016

None

None

(ii) Deputy Minister

(a)VOLVO

(b) XC90

(c) R1194650

(d)December 2017

None

None

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22 March 2019 - NW186

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What qualifications should the person responsible for the armoury at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have, (b) what qualification does the incumbent official have and (c) does the incumbent official meet the minimum requirements; (2) whether, due to the fact that the EMPD armoury audit has still not been finalised, the EMPD can add more weapons to the register; if so, what policy provision allows them to do so; (3) (a) whether he will provide Mr M Waters with a full list of all the weapons bought or ordered by the EMPD in the (i) 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) what are the financial implications for the purchasing of the specified weapons; (4) are any of these weapons currently being used by the EMPD; if so, (a) what number is being used and (b) in which divisions

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW448

Motshidi, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. Whether any female Firefighters employed by the City of Ekurhuleni were suspended for requesting a meeting with the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to highlight their grievances relating to alleged discrepancies in the payment of allowances around 23 August 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the (a) name of each person and (b) reason for suspension in each case; 2. Whether any of the specified persons have subsequently been reinstated; if so, what are the details of the conditions of their reinstatement? NW511E

Reply:

1. The information requested by the Honourable Member has been obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). The response to the question and its sub-components by the CoE is as outlined below.

No female Firefighters employed by the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) was suspended for requesting a meeting with the President of the Republic, Mr M.C Ramaphosa, to highlight their grievances relating to alleged discrepancies in the payment of allowances around 23 August 2018. However, Forty-seven (47) female Firefighters employed by the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) was suspended, with full remuneration, in September 2018 for undermining the established internal processes of the CoE to deal with labour disputes and for bringing the name of the City into disrepute when they participated in a protest at the Union Building whilst in full uniform of the CoEs’ Emergency Services.

(a) Names of Firefighters implicated in the matter

Names of Firefighters implicated in the matter

Employee / Firefighter

Pay number

KR Rakgoale

22312

BC Mtungwa

22582

PM Seete

18792

L Nkawane

16993AA

P Shipalana

17313

B Mavuso

Z0000103

R Mafunda

17276

A Magagula

22375AAby

J Mbedzi

23461

C Mapadimeng

19263AA

K Belle

Z0015671

TE Machave

22551AA

L Molefe

19353AA

F Mojapelo

15749

A Ratsema( Mogomezulu)

M091/21

V Kgapula

20637

S Mashinini

Z0017958

P Shabangu

17137

T Madlala

17404

S Mkwanazi

Z0017947

N Sibanyoni

Z0017941

N Mashaba

22536AA

NN Ngobeni

24903

DM Molefe

22394AA

ML Mangena

17263

SA Mokale

17043

BG Makhubu

23463

SF Nxumalo

22523AA

P Mbatha

41282

O Madolo

C27294

A Radebe

M548/21

V Mashile

15666

M Gandamipfa

22574AA

E Mabena

F0200572

T Mateke

35351

M Sindane

17120

P Makeke

C28487

P Mainganye

19334AA

Z Radebe

F0200644

M Lephoto

22564AA

KV Maredi

23466

NR Ramoshunya

15699

LJ Kumako

15686

RP Malatji

17373

MG Hlongwane

T036131

N Motseke

19283AA

DG Lushaba

C27421

(b) Reason for suspension in each case

All the female Firefighters listed were suspended, with full remuneration, in September 2018 for undermining the established internal processes of the CoE to deal with labour disputes and for bringing the name of the City into disrepute when they participated in a protest action at the Union Building whilst in full uniform of the CoE Emergency Services.

2. Thirty-seven (37) of the female Firefighters had entered into a plea agreement with the CoE during the disciplinary process. They received a Final Written warning as sanction for their misconduct, their suspensions were lifted and they were reinstated to perform their normal duty. Ten (10) female Firefighters remain on suspension, with full remuneration, pending the outcome of the ongoing disciplinary process.

Emergency Services is an essential service which protects the lives and property. The Labour Relations Act provides guidance on participation in industrial action by essential services members. The City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has signed a collective agreement with Labour setting out the requirements and conditions applicable to members of essential services. The behavior of Firefighters was inconsistent with this agreement hence the City had to effect the suspensions.

The NDMC is of the view that the City acted appropriately under the circumstances as participation in illegal industrial action by Firefighters has the potential to undermine the safety and well-being of communities who depend on them for response to fires, accidents and other life threatening situations.

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22 March 2019 - NW123

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

1

Travel privileges

Financial years

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

Total

(a) (i)Minister

None

None

None

None

None

None

(ii) Spouses

None

None

None

None

None

None

(b)(i) Deputy Minister

None

None

None

None

None

None

(ii)Spouses

None

None

None

None

None

None

(c)Minister widows/ widowers

None

None

None

None

None

None

(d) Deputy Minister widows/ widowers

None

None

None

None

None

None

             

(ii) Travel privileges since 1 April 2018 to Date

 

Minister

 

None

Spouses

 

None

Widows/ widowers

 

None

Deputy Minister

 

None

Spouses

 

None

Widowers

 

None

NB: The travel privileges of former Ministers/ Deputy Ministers and their spouses are paid for and administered by Parliament and I would therefore suggest that the Honourable Member approach Parliament in this regard.

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22 March 2019 - NW379

Motshidi, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Why has the City of Ekurhuleni not implemented the court order instructing it to relocate the illegal land occupiers in Brakpan Old Location?

Reply:

The information used to respond to this question was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The City of Ekurhuleni (COE) has noted the concern raised in relation to the alleged illegal occupation of portion 36 of the Weltervreden Farm 118, IR as well as the remaining extent of the farm, Weltervreden 118 IR, Brakpan.

We confirm that the area in question is described as follows:

Brakpan old location is located on the remainder of the farm Weltervreden 118 I.R. and portion 13 of the farm Weltevreden 118 I.R.

Locality: The property is situated in the south-eastern part of the Ekurhuleni Municipal area, within the Brakpan CCC administration area. South of and adjacent to Brakpan “Proper”. Specifically, it is located south/south-east of Brakpan “Proper”, north of the suburb of Brenthurst and separated by a spruit from Springs Airfield.

Property owner: Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The property is registered in Terms of Deeds of Transfer No. T80023/2000 the Remainder and T292/1947, Portion 13

The matter of the 872 unlawful occupation of land was acted upon and a legal process was followed to obtain a court order which was obtained on 20 October 2017.

Upon receipt of the court order, the COE engaged with its Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD), the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Brakpan Sheriff on the execution and enforcement of the court order. The EMPD undertook the clearing of 190 unoccupied, incomplete structures and is regularly monitoring to prevent new land invasion incidents.

The Sheriff has given assurance to ensure the execution of the court order for occupied structures. At this stage, sufficient funding is being sought to procure a resource to assist the Sheriff to demolish the occupied structures. Details of the exact date for the enforcement thereof will be communicated.

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22 March 2019 - NW514

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does his department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c)(i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property?

Reply:

(a)(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(aa)

(bb)

Five (5)

0

0

0

Five (5)

(b) (i)

(ii)

(c) (i)

(ii)

(iii)

R 0

Wheatboard (87 Hamilton Str),

21 years

Redefine Properties

R 1, 282 764.00

 

Nosa,

10 years

Delta Properties

R 488 876.71

 

Pencardia 1 & 2,

10 years

Columbia Falls

R 1 297 035.47

 

Riverside Office Park (NDMC) ,

06 years

Redefine Properties

R 442 543.37

 

Riverside Office Park (MISA) ,

07 years

Redefine Properties

R 735 448.86

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22 March 2019 - NW601

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the fire on 26 August 2018 at a house in Sycamore Street, Cresslawn, Kempton Park, what (a) are the reasons that emergency services did not answer the first several calls made at around 01:00am, (b) is the time recorded that a call was made to the emergency services notifying them of the fire and (c) time did the fire fighters arrive at the scene; 2) What are the reasons that (a) there was no water in the fire engine tanks, (b) the hose connection did not fit the nearest fire hydrant and (c) the fire fighters only started dousing the flames at 02.50am; 3) What actions have been taken with regard to a missing laptop and the safe being tampered with; 4) Whether he will initiate a full inquiry to investigate all of the above? NW724E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member was obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). The response to the question and its sub-components by the CoE is as outlined below.

1)

a) Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) confirms that the well alight house in Sycamore Street Kempton Park was serviced on the 26th of August 2018 by firefighting crews from Kempton Park Fire station, which is the primary firefighting station in the area. It is important to note that the emergency call centre receives a high volume of calls on its emergency lines from community members reporting emergencies, hence the result in overloading of the emergency lines and delays in answering all the calls. The primary role and objective of Emergency Services is to render quality service delivery to the entire community and take preventative measures to save lives and properties from fires. Thus, at all times, Fire Engines and Ambulances are always ready to respond to all emergencies that the City of Ekurhuleni is legally expected to respond to. The city also has capabilities to respond and support other cities beyond its borders.

b) DEMS would like to highlight that the first call received was at 01:27 in the morning and the firefighting crew from the Kempton Park fire station as primary responders, rapidly responded accordingly to the address given, 11 Sycamore road Kempton Park. It took firefighting crews only eight minutes to arrive on the scene after pulling out of the station to the address.

c) Firefighters arrived on the scene of fire eight minutes after leaving the Kempton Park Fire Station.

2) On arrival of fire engines from Kempton Park fire station i.e. (i) Major Industrial Pumper, (ii) Hydraulic Platform (HP) and (iii) Grass Unit, part of the house`s roof had already collapsed. Immediate intervention was initiated to extinguish the blaze. Water from the first arriving Major Pumper was used prior to connection from the water tanker which responded from Tembisa. The first Major pumper that arrived on scene had 3 400 litres of water in the tank, which can be emptied within minutes depending on the number of discharge hoses in use and the diameter thereof. On arrival of the water tanker which had 12 000 litres capacity tank, relay pumping was initiated to complement water from the first pump. HP is a fire engine without a water tank as per specifications. It consists of a hydraulically operated extension ladder which has water way leading to the tip of the same ladder. Its main purpose is to rescue people from high rise buildings and it gets its water supply from other pumpers, water tankers and water sources such as hydrants. In this case, it was not utilised because the structure was a single-storey building. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the hydraulic platform and the water tanker that was utilised on this incident as outlined below:

Picture 1: Hydraulic Platform based in Kempton Park

Picture 2: Type of water tanker used

  1. With regard to water hydrant connections, there are two main types of connections that are used within the Fire Brigade services and these are bayonet type or screw type standpipes. Both types of connection stand-pipes are part of the basic equipment readily available in the fire engines. Bayonet standpipe fits on a bayonet water hydrant outlet and the screw type standpipe is compatible with a screw type system water hydrant. It is important to note that these connections are not marked hence a Firefighter must open the lid and inspect before connecting the correct stand pipe. The correct standpipe was used on the day to sustain relay water supply to the fire through the pumps. Laying out of attack lines was done swiftly because firehoses are pre-packed. Thus, firefighting was initiated immediately on arrival. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the different types of standpipes as outlined below: