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03 July 2015 - NW2304

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether, with regard to her department’s report to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 3 June 2015 indicating the required investment in infrastructure over the next 10 years to be at R805 billion and available funding at only R46 billion for each year, her department has a plan in place to fund the R35 billion annual shortfall; if not, how does her department plan on managing the infrastructure; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, there is a plan to cater for the annual shortfall of R35 billion.

1.  As part of the development of the Water Sector Infrastructure Investment Framework in 2012, the Department developed a first order Water Financing Strategy published on 5 June 2012.

2.   In addition, my department has thus far successfully negotiated major increases in the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG), the establishment of a new Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG), as well as major increases in the Water Board’s infrastructure investment budgets. This was done in collaboration with the National Treasury as well as the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, with the aim of increasing budgeting for especially municipal infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M), addressing aged infrastructure, rehabilitation, and infrastructure replacement.

3.  Partnerships with Financial Institutions and the broader private sector are also vigorously pursued.

4.  As a result of financial constraints, there will be on-going prioritization of water supply areas to identify and sequence projects that offer the best economic and social returns and are addressing the most critical security of supply challenges.

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03 July 2015 - NW2224

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether she will consider Eskom’s request not to impose load shedding on the country’s water pumps and related infrastructure so as to ensure safe and continuous water supply and services; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

It is the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and not the Minister of Public Enterprises that can make determinations on the exemption of infrastructure or customers’ load shedding, as the impact on other customers and the national power system needs to be considered. The National Code of Practice for emergency demand reduction (NRS048-9) addresses the manner in which critical loads are treated – including water systems (section 7).

03 July 2015 - NW2299

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Are there any plans in place to release water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to assist the Free State towns of Ficksburg, Clocolan and Marquard which have been affected by drought; if not, (a) why not and (b) what other measures have been put into place to deal with the effects of water security resultant from the drought in these communities?

Reply:

Yes, a submission has been made to the Director-General on 21 May 2015 for the release of water from the Katse Dam (Lesotho Highlands Water Project).

(a) Falls away

(b) In order to ensure the sustainability of supply within the system, pumping at the Tienfontein Pump Station (Caledon River) should be maintained. This can only be achieved by releasing water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme (Katse Dam) into the Caledon River. The transfer of water from Knellpoort Dam via the Novo transfer scheme to Rustfontein Dam should also be maintained. Fast-track and intensify the implementation of water conservation and water demand management measures in all affected municipalities. Urgent implementation of the gazetted water restrictions and the monitoring of possible unlawful water use along the Modder River, upstream of Maselspoort Dam.

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03 July 2015 - NW2417

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

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Response from the Department

(a) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb) (cc)

Advertising Cost: 2012/13

The annual advertising cost per newspaper per financial year is indicated in the table below:

Newspaper

2012/13 Financial Year

2013/14 Financial Year

2014/15 Financial Year

Sowetan

R1 283 046.88

R1 146 164 .88

R511 733.97

Daily Sun

0

0

0

Response from the Entities

Entity

b (i)(aa)

b (i)(bb)

b (i)(cc)

b(ii)(aa)

b (ii)(bb)

b(ii)(cc)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

R 237 304

R 244 263

R 209 111

R 149 136

R 496 540

R 109 470

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

R 135 254.40

R 111 960

R 657 600

R63 354

R 6 960

R 37 040

National Gambling Board (NGB)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

R 56 363

R 461 183

R 438 039

R 78 229

Not Applicable

R 112 783

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

R 77 278.65

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

03 July 2015 - NW2217

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether the Government had completed a detailed financial analysis to put an estimate on the final cost of Medupi Power Station; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Government’s financial analysis corresponds with independent estimates that Medupi Power Staton will have cost the Government R300 billion rand or 10 times its cost at the signing of the contract; if so, what is the Government’s own estimate of the final cost; (3) does the Government’s final cost estimate differ with the independently estimated cost of R300 billion; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what amount below or above that mark, (b) will the Government explain what consequences will flow for all those who allowed the target to be overshot by the specified amount and (c) what measures has the Government implemented from 2009 to control the runaway costs; (4) will she make a statement on the handling and management of Medupi Power Station from its implementation up until the latest specified date for which information is available in light of the Government’s own fiduciary responsibility for Medupi Power Station? NW2574E

Reply:

(1) Yes. The cost to completion on the Medupi Project, as with other long term projects, is reviewed on an ongoing basis. The current approved cost to completion is R105bn. The Board of Eskom has not approved any further revision to the R105bn. The most recent review of the costs is currently undergoing internal Governance scrutiny. Should an increase to the current cost of completion be required, the Board will seek the necessary Shareholder approval through the PFMA process.

(2) Eskom is not familiar with the details, assumptions or factors that have been considered in the independent estimate of R300 billion, hence Eskom is not in a position to comment on the credibility of the estimate. The current approved project cost to completion on the Medupi Project is R105 billion.

(3) Eskom’s final cost estimate differs from the quoted independent estimate.

    (a) Eskom’s current approved cost to completion of Medupi of R105bn is R195 billion below the above mentioned independent estimate.

      (b) The Government is aware that the Medupi project might have cost overruns due to the various factors and Eskom will provide the detail of cost overruns to the Department in due course when all the Government processes have been completed.

     (c) Eskom is consistently incorporating techniques to improve performance and manage costs. These ideas for improvement are derived from lessons learnt on other local and international projects. The following main cost control measures have been implemented:

• The introduction of additional supervisory resources to manage construction interfaces and the quality of on-site construction activities and off-site fabrication works.

• The strengthening of construction techniques within the project.

• Implementation of a robust claims management strategy.

• Improved Project oversight and streamlined decision making via the Eskom Board Build Program Review Committee and Eskom’s Executive Build Program Review Committee.

(4) The Minister will continue with the shareholder oversight pertaining to the progress of the Medupi Power Station project. The operational issues of the project are handled by the Eskom and quarterly progress is provided to the Department. The Department has undertaken a study to evaluate Eskom’s build programme and there has been lessons learned which are to be implemented to the build programme.

03 July 2015 - NW2151

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to question 1629 on 25 May 2015, (a) on what date did the National Treasury’s forensic investigation into the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Integrated Public Transport system commence, (b) at what stage is the investigation, (c) when is the final report due to be released, (d) who is on the investigation team and (e) what (i) is the objective and (ii) are the terms of reference of this investigation?

Reply:

  1. National Treasury’s forensic investigation into the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality on the Integrated Public Transport system commenced on the 12th of November 2014. The Investigation is being conducted in phases as follows:
    • Phase 1: Establish the total amount paid on the projects since its inception in 1 July 2004, obtain and secure all available documentation; conduct preliminary investigation to verify the reasonableness of allegations. This phase was completed in March 2015.
    • Phase 2: An In-depth forensic investigation that is informed by the results of Phase 1, which commenced on 9 April 2015.
    • Other Phases This will be informed by the results of Phase 2 and might include criminal, civil or disciplinary action depending on the findings of the investigation.
  1. The investigation is still in progress for Phase 2, which is focusing on an in-depth investigation of all the alleged implicated service providers, officials and other parties.
  1. The final report on Phase 2 is estimated to be completed by the 15 August 2015, but subject to cooperation by the relevant parties to provide the required information to reach an informed conclusion.
  1. The Investigation Team is composed of National Treasury Special Audit Services officials and its co-sourced forensic investigation firm, Deloitte & Touche.
  1. (i) The objective is to conduct comprehensive investigation that will assist the Municipality to implement the appropriate corrective action.

(ii) The terms of reference include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation of IPTS since its inception.

03 July 2015 - NW1839

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she has taken any steps to implement the recommendations of the Auditor-General with regard to preventing the procurement of goods and services with a transaction value below R500 000 without obtaining the required price and quotations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details with regard to each recommendation;

Reply:

(1) Yes, steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Auditor- General with regard to preventing the procurement of goods and services with a transaction value below R500 000, refer below:

  • The Accounting officer invites and accepts written price quotations for requirement up to an estimated value of R500 000.00 from as many suppliers as possible, that are registered on the list of prospective suppliers.
  • Where no suitable suppliers are available from the list of prospective suppliers, written price quotations may be obtained from other possible suppliers.
  • If it is not possible to obtain at least three (3) written price quotations, the reason should be recorded and approved by the accounting officer/ authority or his /her delegate.
  • The Supply Chain Management policy which incorporates the above and other quotation process has been approved and is currently utilized within the Water Trading Entity as a guideline for the procurement process which include other related National Treasury practices notes and related circulars issued by other authorities within the Water and Infrastructure Sector e.g. CIDB Regulations.

(2) Yes, steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Auditor-General with regard to preventing the procurement of goods and services with a transaction value above R500 000.00, refer below:

  • Accounting officer invite competitive bids for all procurement above R500 000.00.
  • Competitive bids are advertised in the Government Tender Bulleting and in other appropriate media should an accounting officer deem it necessary to ensure greater exposure to potential bidders. The responsibility for advertisement cost lies with the relevant accounting officer.
  • Should it be impractical to invite competitive bids for specific procurement, such as in urgent or emergency cases or in cases of a sole supplier, the accounting officer/ authority may procure the required goods and services by other means, such as price quotations or negotiations in accordance with Treasury Regulation 16A6.4. The reasons for deviating from inviting competitive bids are recorded and approved by the accounting officer or his/ her delegate.
  • The Accounting officer reports within ten (10) working days to the relevant Treasury and the Auditor-General regarding all cases where goods and services above the value of R1 Million (VAT inclusive) and providing description of the goods or services, the name/s of the suppliers/s, the amount/s involved and the reasons for deviating from the prescribed competitive bidding process.
  • Goods, works or services may not deliberately be split into parts or items of lesser value merely for the sake of procuring the goods, works or service otherwise than through the prescribed procurement process. when determining transaction values, a requirement for goods , works or services consisting of different parts or items must as far as possible be treated and dealing with as a single transaction
  • Accounting officers apply the prescripts of the preferential procurement policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000) and its associated Regulations for all procurement equal to or above R30 000.00.00 (VAT included) less than
    that amount if and when appropriate.
  • The Supply Chain Management policy which incorporates the above and other bids processes has been approved and is currently utilized within the Water Trading Entity as a guide-line for the procurement process which include together with other related National Treasury practice notes and related circulars issued by other authorities within the Water and Infrastructure Sector e.g. CIDB Regulations.

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03 July 2015 - NW2065

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the total cost of the project to raise the wall of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape; (2) which company was appointed as supervisor of the project; (3) is the company a professional service provider (PSP) for her department; if not, why was the company appointed; if so, (a) when was the company appointed as a PSP and (b) in which category; (4) what are the project value parameters for each category of PSP as stipulated by her department?

Reply:

(1) The total cost of the Olifants-Doorn River Water Resources Project (Raising of Clanwilliam Dam wall) is estimated to be R2.2 billion. This amount excludes the relocation of the N7, the relocation of the secondary road, cost for land acquisition, construction engineering supervising costs, Project Management costs, heritage expert costs, Environmental Impact Assessment Practitioner, Environmental Control Officer, Hydro-power plant over and above the civil structure, communications, and escalation (inflation).

(2) Bigen Africa Services (Pty) Ltd was appointed for construction supervision and contract management of the project. Two more emerging companies, namely Tlou Integrated Tech cc and Batseta Engineering Services (BES Africa Engineering and Management Consulting (Pty) Ltd), from the panel were appointed for developmental and transformational purposes to work under the stewardship of Bigen Africa. This is intended to ensure that the scope is not entirely allocated to one Professional Services Provider (PSP) and that the technical expertise of a developed PSP (Bigen Africa) is used to develop emerging enterprises that are owned and managed by Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs).

(3) Bigen Africa Services (Pty) Ltd is part of the panel of PSPs that was created by the Department, (a) in 2013 under Contract WP0485-WTE (b) in Category five (5).

(4) The guideline project value thresholds is as follows:

Category

Projects with a value between

1

R0 up to R10,0 million

2

R10.1 million up to R50 million

3

R50,1 million up to R100 million

4

R100.1 million up to R250 million

5

R250.1 million up to R500 million

6

R500.1 million - unlimited

It should be noted that the above thresholds are only a guideline. The final Category chosen is determined based on the project’s scope and is determined, amongst others, the type of project, its complexity, its timeframes, developmental and transformational outputs to be achieved and the experience of companies in each of the categories.

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02 July 2015 - NW2352

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether all citizens, including those born outside South Africa, are entitled to be issued with the Smart ID card; if not, why not?

Reply:

The rollout of the Smart ID Card is in the first phase of implementation and currently Smart ID Cards are only being issued to South African citizens by birth. All other categories such as permanent residence holders and naturalized citizens are not to be processed through the Live Capture at this stage; as this will form part of phase two of the modernisation project. The department will make an announcement on citizens born outside South Africa as the roll out evolves.

02 July 2015 - NW2268

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to his department’s offices in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, is there a limit to the number of persons who can be assisted with the collection of documents such as identification documents, passports and residence permits in respect of each day; if so, (a) what is the maximum number of persons that can be assisted and (b) why can only a limited number of persons be assisted;

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes. When the office is busy and there are long queues, the office can assist at least 200 clients per day for both applications and collections of Smart Card IDs and Passports.

(1)(b) The office receives a large number of clients, due to the high demand for the acquisition of Smart ID Cards and the office can only serve the clients within the office operating hours. The increase in demand has been exacerbated by misinformation that has been given to the public, particularly the elderly.

For example, the elderly are being told that they would be charged a fee for the Smart ID Card if they do not apply immediately or they will not be paid their social grants by SASSA if not in possession of the Smart ID Card. This has resulted in a rush to acquire the Smart ID Cards which in turn causes overcrowding in the office as well as long queues.

The Department is working hard to counteract this misinformation and provide accurate information to clients through the channels of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, War Room meetings, Local Task Teams meetings, District Task Team meetings and other stakeholder engagements.

(2)(a) Yes. An additional collection counter will be installed as well as other resources that may be required within the limited space available.

(2)(b) An order is in the process of being issued for re-cabling and installation of additional data points so that the additional collection counter can be installed.

(2)(c) That will be determined once the additional counter has been added.

 

(3)(a-b) Yes, the clients are being informed by the floorwalkers and Office Manager about the numbers that can be assisted per day. Queuing numbers are issued to a certain number of clients that can be assisted per day while they are queuing outside. Moreover, the floorwalker is always available to check if all clients are being assisted and that they are seated in the correct queues. In addition, the floorwalker makes sure that the clients remaining outside are let in once there is availability of space in the office. Clients who are not able to be assisted on a particular day are informed.

02 July 2015 - NW2447

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

(1)With regard to the published Liquor Policy Review, has his department conducted a regulatory impact assessment to ascertain what the cost to the economy would be in terms of job losses should the specified policy be implemented;

Reply:

(1) The initial Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) was conducted to inform the liquor policy review process, and as the policy consultation process continues, assessment continues. RIA serves as an internal tool for government policy development process, and assessment of the cost to the economy is a component of the RIA process. The final RIA report will as submitted with the final liquor policy review document to Cabinet as per process, and the Liquor Amendment Bill will be introduced into Parliament thereafter.

(2)(a) Legal consideration has been applied to all proposals that are made in the liquor policy review document that has been published for public consultation. The proposal regarding suspension or revocation of a trading licence is intended to give the powers to effectively enforce conditions of the licence as per section 13 of the Liquor Act. Suspension or revocation of a licence will be an option available after all remedies within the Act, such as compliance notice, have been exhausted to achieve compliance.

(b)(i) No amendment will be made to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, Act 53 of 2003 as there is no need for such amendment.

(ii) No amendment will be made to the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 46 of 2013 as there is no need for such an amendment. There is a need for the liquor legislation to be amended to empower authorities to enforce adherence to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, and its codes, whatever the form.

(3) The draft policy has taken into consideration the Constitutional Court judgement where the dti acquired the exclusive regulation competence over macro manufacturing and distribution of liquor, while Provinces hold the regulation competence over micro manufacturing and retail sale of liquor. The Liquor Act provides for norms and standards in the regulation of liquor for harmonisation. This harmonisation is achieved through co-operative governance established through the National Liquor Policy Council comprising the Minister and the MECs who legitimately formulate such standards. The norms and standards were adopted in line with the mandate and is within the bounds of the Constitution. The provinces remain responsible for issuance of licences for micro manufacturers and retail sale.

02 July 2015 - NW2452

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Has his department or any of the entities reporting to him awarded any funding for the production of (a) the Uzalo television drama, produced by certain persons (names furnished) or (b) any other (i) film or (ii) television production involving the specified two individuals; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(a)   No approval has been given for the production of Uzalo television dram produced by Mr Duma Ka Ndlovu and Ms Gugu Ncube.

(b)   No film or television production involving the specified individuals has been awarded funding by the Department of Trade and Industry.

 

Entity

a

b (i)

a(ii)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Gambling Board (NGB)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

 

02 July 2015 - NW2236

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

Responses provided by the Department of Home Affairs, Government Printing Works and Electoral Commission are given below:

(a) Department of Home Affairs

The Department has not paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year until 31 March 2015.

(b) According to the Government Printing Works

The Government Printing Works did not pay out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to date.

(b)  According to the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission did not pay out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract from the 2008-09 financial year up to date.

01 July 2015 - NW1470

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) How many invoices from private contractors to his department currently remain unpaid for longer than 30 days and (b) in each case, what (i) are the details of the (aa) contractor and (bb) services provided and (ii) what is the (aa) date of the invoice and (bb) reason why the invoice was not paid within 30 days?

Reply:

  1. 27.
  2.  
  1. (aa)

(i) (bb)

  1. (aa)

(ii) (bb)

Metrofile

Storage of files

See attached Annexure A.

See attached Annexure A.

F & J Distributors

Newspapers

   

Century Office

Stationery

   

Cape Town International Conversation

Catering

   

01 July 2015 - NW2008

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Does his department maintain an updated asset register; if not, why not; if so, what is the (a) total number and (b) value of all motor vehicles recorded on such register?

Reply:

Yes.

  (a) Five.

    (b) R4,122,119.33

Annexure A

VEHICLES ON THE ASSET REGISTER

 

No

Description

User

Purchase Date

Price

1

Motor Vehicle M-Benz ML

Deputy Minister, Cape Town

06 July 2011

774,270.00

2

Motor Vehicle M-Benz S350

Deputy Minister, Head Office

19 September 2011

954,358.99

3

Motor Vehicle BMW 7 Series

Department

18 February 2010

1,200,100.00

4

Motor Vehicle Toyota

Department

03 March 2013

315,621.54

5

Motor Vehicle BMW X6

Minister, Head Office

30 July 2012

877,768.80

 

TOTAL

4,122,119.33

01 July 2015 - NW2086

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Luzipo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Is there any work that is being done by his department with regard to the challenges posed by transfer pricing, mispricing, as well as tax-base erosion and price fixing with other affected or relevant departments like the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Treasury; if not, why not; if so, how much ground has been covered?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources participates in the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Towns, which has initiated a process to investigate transfer pricing and related matters. The National Treasury and South African Revenue Services are leading this process.

01 July 2015 - NW2270

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)(a) Has a housing list been established for the uMshwathi Local Municipality and (b) what is the current back log of houses required;

Reply:

(1) (a) The Honourable member would be aware that I undertook to ensure that we have a credible Housing Database. This would include cleaning the housing waiting list and ensure that it is centralised to avoid double-dipping and related challenges. We also undertook to ensure that we prioritise the elderly and child-headed households. To this end, my Department has signed a service level agreement with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in line with this undertaking. The service level agreement with SITA caters for National Housing Needs Register on which households can record their housing needs.

Provinces and municipalities are encouraged to make use of the National Housing Needs Register system as it provides for a fair transparent and just process of selection of prospective subsidy beneficiaries and allows for regional specific preferential selection criteria. The System is linked to National Guidelines for the Allocation of Housing Opportunities created through the National Housing Programmes.

Currently, there are no records for uMshwathi Local Municipality on the National Housing Needs Register and the municipality has not implemented the National Housing Needs Register.

(2) (a) Based on project information registered on the Housing Subsidy System HSS), 182 houses were completed in the 2014 -15 financial year and

(b) The total cost for building these 182 houses was approximately R13 628 453;

(3) (a) The 2015/16 provincial business plan indicates that no houses are planned for construction in this financial year. There are two projects under the Integrated Residential Development Programme: Phase 1 and another project under the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme (EEDBS).

(b) The Umshwathi Slums Clearance project has a budget of R49 236 000 and the Umshwathi Dalton/ Cool Air project has a budget of R7 750 000. The Umshwathi Cool Air EEDBS Project has a project budget of R7 000.00.

01 July 2015 - NW1921

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) Who are the current chief financial officers of (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him and (b) what is the qualification of each chief financial officer?

Reply:

(a) Who are the current chief financial officers of (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him and (b) what is the qualification of each chief financial officer?

i)Dept

Department of Mineral Resources

  1. i) Mrs Rofhiwa Irene Singo
  1. B. Compt. Hons (CTA)
   

a)

b)

ii)Entities

Council for Geoscience

Mr Leonard Dibela Matsepe

  • Stage 1 Master of Business Administration, Finance Degree
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
 

MINTEK

Mr Sakhiseni Abednego Simelane

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Honours: Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Business Administration
 

State Diamond Trader

Mrs Nomonde Thamaga

  • Bachelor of Commerce (General)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Management
 

South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator

Mrs Mukondeleli Irene Tshifura

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Honours: Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Short Courses:

  • Customer Service Management
  • Executive Development Programme
  • Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP) Implementation in the SA Public Sector
  • Revenue, Expenditure, Assets and Liabilities Management
  • Advanced Financial Management Course for Snr. Govt. Officials
 

Mine Health and Safety Council

Mr David S Molapo

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Certificate in taxation
  • Master of Business Administration

01 July 2015 - NW1136

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What amount did (i) his department and (ii) state entities reporting to him spend on each newspaper subscription in each month (aa) in the (aaa) 2011-12, (bbb) 2012-13 and (ccc) 2013-14 financial years and (bb) during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how many copies of each newspaper were ordered on each day of the week (i) in each specified financial year and (ii) during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

(a) Department (i) (aa) (aaa) R127,697.86 (bbb) R539,975.57 (ccc) R520,438.02 (bb) R400,296.17 (b) (i) (ii).

Newspaper

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

 

Q

Amount

Q

Amount

Q

Amount

Q

amount

Business day

10

R28 000.00

20

R62 400.00

15

R61 200.00

10

R40 800.00

Cape Times

6

R 2 121.60

6

R 9 792.00

6

R 9 936.00

6

R 9 936.00

Citizen

13

R 2 028.00

17

R12 240.00

10

R 8 160.00

10

R 8 160.00

The Star

34

R10 961.60

66

R98 208.00

44

R70 752.00

35

R56 280.00

Sowetan

14

R 2 912.00

55

R52 800.00

45

R48 600.00

40

R43 200.00

The New Age

8

R 1 456.00

15

R12 600.00

15

R14 040.00

15

R14 040.00

Cape Argus

5

R 1 430.00

5

R 6 600.00

5

R 6 960.00

5

R 6 960.00

The times

31

R10 961.60

66

R107 712.00

58

R94 656.00

40

R65 280.00

Mail & Guardian

26

R33 664.80

45

R58 266,00

39

R52 728.00

20

R27 040.00

City press

3

R 2.028.00

3

R 2 028.00

3

R 2 402.40

3

R 2 402.40

Sunday Times

4

R 3 328.00

4

R 3 328.00

4

R 3 556.80

4

R 3 556.80

Sunday Independent

3

R 2 340.00

3

R 2 340.00

3

R 2 496.00

3

R 2 496.00

Sunday World

2

R 728.00

2

R 728.00

2

R 884.00

2

R 844.00

Pretoria News

11

R 3 546.40

50

R74 400.00

54

R86 832.00

44

R70 752.00

Beeld

1

R 322.40

1

R 1 488.00

1

R 1 488.00

1

R 1 488.00

Financial Mail

11

R11 428.56

22

R22 857.12

22

R58 080.00

18

R47 520.00

TOTAL

182

R127,697.86

380

R539 975.00

326

R520 438.02

256

R400 296.17

ii) State owned entities monthly expenditure between 2011 and 2014

State Diamond Trader (a)(ii)

Quest

Year

Subscription

Number of Copies

Annual Fee

Monthly Fee

(aaa)

2011-12

Business Day

1

 2,296.95

 191.41

   

Sowetan

1

745.58

62.13

 

Total

   

3,042.53

253.54

(bbb)

2012-13

The Star

1

1,237.28

103.11

   

Business Day

1

2,368.42

197.37

   

Sowetan

1

675.00

56.25

 

Total

   

4,280.70

356.73

(ccc)

2013-14

The Star

1

1,337.06

111.42

   

Sowetan

1

786.32

65.53

   

Business Day

1

2,368.42

197.37

 

Total

   

4,491.80

374.32

(aa)

2014 to date

Sowetan

1

1,023.16

85.26

   

Business Day

1

3,836.84

319.74

 

Total

   

4,860.00

405.00

       

 

 

 

Grand Total

   

6,675.03

1,389.59

Mintek

(a)(ii) The amounts on newspaper subscriptions spend during the period in question are depicted in the table below. Mintek subscribes annually and zero cost in any one month does therefore not suggest that no newspapers have been received for that month.

 aa)

aaa)

2011-2012

bbb)

2012-2013

ccc)

2013-2014

bb)

1 April 2014-28 February 2015

Total

R 41 614

R 63 981

R 44 786

R 51 014

SADPMR - (ii)

(aaa) 2011-12

(bbb) 2012-13

(ccc) 2013-14

(bb) 01 April 2014 -28 February 2015

(aa) R 3 273.25

(aa) R 3 311.71

(aa) R 3 530.20

(aa) R 870.00

Mine Health and Safety Council (a) (ii)

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014 -15

R0.00

R0.00

R26 942.20

R0.00

Council for Geoscience (a) (ii) and (b)

Financial Year

 

2011/2012

 

2012/2013

 

2013/2014

 

2014/2015

Newspaper

 

Number of copies

Amount

 

Number of copies

Amount

 

Number of copies

Amount

 

Number of copies

Amount

Beeld

 

2

R2,808.38

 

-

-

 

1

R2,035.63

 

1

R2,488.00

Business Day

 

4

R10,474.08

 

4

R10,800.00

 

4

R12,852.00

 

4

R12,852.00

Mail & Guardian

 

1

R892.92

 

1

R892.92

 

1

R1,249.92

 

1

R1,785.00

New Age

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

1

R792.00

 

1

R792.00

Pretoria News

 

2

R3,503.50

 

2

R2,275.00

 

1

R1,205.76

 

1

R2,889.25

Sowetan

 

2

R1,613.52

 

2

R1,792.80

 

2

R1,792.80

 

1

R896.40

Star

 

1

R1,319.50

 

1

R1,410.50

 

1

R1,524.25

 

1

R1,592.50

Sub total

 

12

ZAR 20 611.90

 

10

ZAR 17 171.22

 

11

ZAR 21 338.61

 

10

ZAR 23 295.15

                         

Notes:

                       

The Council for Geoscience newspaper renewal is annual and prices are based on a one year subscription

     

Question b (i) and (ii)

State Diamond Trader

(aaa) 2011-12

(bbb) 2012-13

(ccc) 2013-14

(ii) (bb) Period 1 April 2014 to date

  • Business Day-1 copy a week
  • Sowetan-1 copy a week
  • The Star-1 copy a week
  • Business Day-1 copy a week
  • Sowetan-1 copy a week
  • The Star-1 copy a week
  • Business Day-1 copy a week
  • Sowetan-1 copy a week
  • Business Day-1 copy a week
  • Sowetan-1 copy a week

Mintek

The number of copies of the newspapers is as per the table below. These newspapers are only delivered weekdays. There are no weekend newspapers.

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

1 April 2014-28 February 2015

Cost for 2014-2015 per newspaper

Business day

7

6

7

7

27 000

Sowetan

6

7

7

7

6 416

The Star

5

13

14

6

8 695

Mail & Guardian

2

8

7

7

8 904

South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator

(i) 2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014 - February 2015

  • The Star 14 per

day of the week

  • Business day 14

per day of the week

  • Mail & Guardian 5 only on Fridays
  • The Star 15 per day of the week
  • Business day 15 per day of the week
  • Mail & Guardian 5 only on Fridays
  • The Star 15 per day of the week
  • Business day 15 per day of the week
  • Mail & Guardian 6 only on Fridays
  • The Star 3 per day of the week
  • Mail & Guardian 3 only on Fridays

 

01 July 2015 - NW1101

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What amount did (a) his department and (b) entities reporting to him spend on advertising in The New Age newspaper in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

(a) (b) 00

(i), (ii) and (iii) Falls away

01 July 2015 - NW2377

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) How many environmental mineral resource inspectors have been designated by him in accordance with section 31BB (1) (a) of the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998;

Reply:

  1. 34
  2. (a) 34

(b) (i) 7 Regional Managers (including 3 with environmental qualification & 2 Legally qualified)

1 Director: Security Risk Management

1 Deputy Director: Mineral Laws

7 Deputy Directors: Environment

18 Assistant Directors

(ii) They are based in all 9 regional offices

3. The intention is to train a further 60 personnel in 2015/2016

4. All those who successfully complete the course shall be designated

01 July 2015 - NW877

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether his department or the entities reporting to him provides any type of sponsorships; if not, what is his department’s position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of each sponsorship, (b) what is the value of each sponsorship, (c) when were each of these sponsorship deals undertaken and (d) when will each of the sponsorship deals end;

Reply:

  1. The Department of Mineral Resources, Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), State Diamond Trader (SDT), Council for Geoscience (CGS) and South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (SADPMR) did not provide any sponsorship. The Department’s policy and that of the MHSC and CGS does not make provision for sponsorships. Mintek did provide the following sponsorships during the 2014/2015 financial year.

Recipient

Details

Value (R)

When were the deals undertaken

When will the deal end

THE MINERALS EDUCATION TRUST FUND

Annual Contribution

39 392

Jan-15

This was a once-off

SA INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURY

Sponsored a table at the annual banquet

12 540

Jan-15

This was a once-off

NATIONAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FUND

Sponsored a table at the annual banquet

30 000

Jun-14

This was a once-off

CORROSION INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA

Sponsored a table at the annual banquet

9 649

Sep-14

This was a once-off

2. (a & b) No, the Department, MHS, CGS and SDT have not planned to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in the 2015 - 16 and 2016 – 17 financial years. The Department’s policy and that of the MHSC and CGS does not make provision for sponsorships. The SADPMR does not intend to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years as they do not budget for any type of sponsorship as per National Treasury Practice note 4 of 2006/07.

Yes, Mintek does intend to enter into sponsorship deals similar to the deals mentioned in number 1 above. These sponsorships are for professional bodies and are assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into account affordability and benefit into consideration. They are of a once-off nature and there is no obligation to Mintek to continue with these sponsorships.

01 July 2015 - NW2252

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) (b) The Department and entities (Council for Geoscience, State Diamond Trader, Mintek, South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator and Mine Health and Safety Council) reporting to the Minister of Mineral Resources have never prematurely terminated the services of any employee who is on contract since 2008/ 09 to date. Therefore, has never had to make any pay out.

(i) (bb) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

01 July 2015 - NW2187

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Is his department currently involved in a work exchange and/or employment agreement with the Republic of Cuba; if so, (a) what number of Cuban nationals (i) are currently employed and (ii) are due to be employed by his department, (b) what specific work roles are envisaged for the Cuban nationals, (c) what are the specific skill sets of each of the Cuban nationals (i) currently employed and (ii) due to be employed, (d) what are the details of the process followed to ensure that the same skill set was or is not available in the country and amongst South African citizens and (e) what is the total cost of the (i) employment or (ii) prospective employment of such Cuban nationals?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources is currently not involved in any work exchange and/or employment agreement with Republic of Cuba.

 

01 July 2015 - NW2371

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)How many inspections to assess compliance with environmental management plans or programmes were conducted in respect of each region in the (a) 201314 and (b) 201415 financial years;

Reply:

REGIONS

Inspections 2013/14

Orders issued 2013/14

Inspections 2014/15

Orders issued 2014/15

Limpopo

261

147

268

211

Mpumalanga

290

19

284

64

Gauteng

167

71

173

48

North West

292

110

304

58

KwaZulu Natal

151

19

156

151

Eastern Cape

100

02

164

09

Free State

187

30

201

34

Western Cape

157

33

141

27

Northern Cape

263

42

165

11

TOTAL

1868

473

1856

613

30 June 2015 - NW2242

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether (a) the National Treasury and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) The National Treasury has not paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract for any financial year since 2008.

(b) Yes, the following entities paid out the remainder of the employees’ contractually stipulated date of termination of contacts for the specified period;

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2010-11 FY

R 35,741.50

Goitsimang April

Settlement agreement

 

R 445,677.08

Dineo Motsepe

CCMA Settlement agreement

2013-14 FY

R 93,970.00

Derick Letlonkane

Service no longer required

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2010-11 FY

R 1,548,217.00

M Ramataboe

Board agreement

GOVERNMENT PENSIONS ADMINISTRATION AGENCY

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2013-14 FY

R 191,799.00

Mr. J. Ramatlhape

Permanent CIO was appointed

LAND BANK

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2011-12 FY

R 527,769.64

Lehlohonolo Andrew Makenete

Mutual agreement

PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2014-15 FY

R 3,188,014.00

Confidentiality agreements

Voluntary termination of contract

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2008-09 FY

R 9,350,000.00

K Ngqula

Seperation Agreement

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICES

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2008-9 to 2014-15

R 4,745,571.68

Confidentiality agreements

Confidentiality agreements

SASRIA

Financial years

(i)(bb) Amount paid on early termination?

(ii) Names of payout recipients

(iii) Reasons for early termination

2010-11 FY

R 766,800.00

Mr Collin Macheke

Position became redundant after restructuring.

30 June 2015 - NW2315

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Does his department have any time-specific plans for remedying the situation in National Technical Education programmes in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges, in which Umalusi has identified certain problems (details furnished);

Reply:

  1. Initiatives to transform the National Accredited Technical Diploma (NATED) programmes require both immediate and long-term approaches. Currently, the Department and National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) are working collaboratively with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) as the lead partner to model the translation of the NATED programmes into occupationally registered qualifications under the QCTO. The Electrical, Plumbing and Financial Management programmes will be used as pilots in the modelling exercise involving all the relevant statutory, industry and education and training stakeholders. Once this process is completed, the model will be applied progressively to prioritise NATED programmes in engineering and some business related programmes. The curriculum, assessment, work-placement and certification requirements in the transformed qualifications are being addressed holistically, taking cognisance also of the quality assurance mechanisms that will apply across the qualification provision pipeline.

The Department has to rely on the services of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college lecturers to set and internally moderate question papers. All examiners and moderators are briefed annually in specially convened sessions prior to engaging in the setting and internal moderation of question papers. The completion of assessment grids, standards for marking guidelines and the rigour expected in the internal moderation of question papers are all addressed in these sessions.

Several additional examinations posts are to be advertised and filled by 31 March 2016 as part of the migration process, to facilitate the appointment of suitably qualified and experienced curriculum specialists. These officials will, amongst other duties, serve as moderators in the setting process and in so doing, address the completion of assessment grids, standards for marking guidelines and the rigour expected in the internal moderation of question papers.

Various examination centres submit inaccurate and poorly captured data in both electronic and hard copy format for resulting purposes per examination cycle. This does not only delay the approval of results, but brings the integrity of the process into question. The Department has recently completed and tested a national document on data verification standards of examinations for implementation by examination centres. All Information Technology (IT) service providers that service TVET colleges were involved in the process and the IT system administrators will be briefed when the Department hosts examinations support workshops across the nine provinces from August to October 2015.

The Department is not aware of any consolidated irregularity report that is still outstanding. The consolidated irregularity report for the November 2014 examinations cycle of the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training (GETC: ABET) Level 4 qualification was submitted late due to a delay in the response of the inputs required from Provincial Departments of Education. The Department has addressed this matter with the heads of examinations in provinces and agreed on the processes and timeframes to be adhered to for future examination cycles.

2) (a) Currently, there are 10 106 lecturers at TVET colleges.

(b) Work is underway to comprehend the skills shortfall of lecturers. Lecturers come from a varied background in some cases lacking pedagogical and technical skills. While an annual survey is done, it is not always possible to meaningfully identify the level of competence of lecturers.

(c) and (d) The Policy on Professional Qualifications for Lecturers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training was gazetted in May 2013. Universities are currently working on developing programmes that are aligned to the qualifications policy. The range of qualifications included in the policy will address the development needs of lecturers who are under-qualified, as well as those that may hold appropriate qualifications but need to develop pedagogical competence. The first programmes are likely to be offered in 2016, pending approval and accreditation by relevant bodies, and more will become available in 2017.

In the meantime, the Department has initiated a number of lecturer development activities such as continued curriculum updates on new curriculum. Recently, a Lecturer Support System was introduced with an aim to expand content updates to lecturers on a large scale. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Dutch government. In addition, we are also developing mechanisms for structured workplace exposure for lecturers. A protocol on lecturer exchanges will also be developed this year.

Compiler/Contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2315 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

30 June 2015 - NW2362

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with regard to her reply to question 271 on 25 May 2015, she will provide a copy of the policy that guides how the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) should address disaster relief;

Reply:

(1) Social relief of distress is provided in terms of the criteria set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004. The policy on SASSA responses to disaster is a guide for SASSA staff to implement the legislative requirements in a uniform and consistent manner.

(2) Please refer to Section 4 of the SASSA guidelines.

30 June 2015 - NW2253

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) Neither the National Department of Social Development (b) nor the NDA has paid the out the said amount since the 2008/09 financial year.

With regard to SASSA, an amount R1 151 317.20 was paid to Ms B Rankin (Executive Manager: Corporate Services) due to her early termination of her employment services in the 2008/09 financial year.

In the second case, an amount of R 313 267.51 was paid to Mr J Mofokeng (Chief Financial Officer) as a dispute settlement which resulted in early termination of employment contract.

30 June 2015 - NW2359

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 1818 on 26 May 2015, (a) what services were provided by the law firm for the R222 876.04 paid and (b) how was the law firm appointed?

Reply:

(a) The law firm reviewed the outcome of the constitutional court judgment on the payment tender and the leakage of information to media houses.

(b) The law firm was appointed in terms of SASSA‘s Annual Procurement General Exemptions SASSA-12/10 which enables the Minister to appoint a commission of enquiry, special investigating units, forensic auditors and also to enable the Agency to procure services to seek legal opinion from Legal Firms without following the procurement process due to the sensitivity of the nature of the service.

 

30 June 2015 - NW2208

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he will offer South African citizens a tax dispensation similar to that being offered by the new British government to its citizens, not to increase taxes for the duration of its term of office in order to give British taxpayers the certainty requisite to take out a mortgage to purchase a house; if not, why not; if so, when will he make such an announcement?

Reply:

South Africa is a sovereign country and would not copy or follow the tax policies of other countries without completing a thorough due diligence process to establish the benefits for our citizens. South Africa tax policy is developed in a transparent manner and outlined in the annual Budget and forms part of the fiscal framework which is shaped by the long-term objectives of the government as outlined in the National Development Plan and medium-term objectives like the Medium-Term Strategic Framework. Tax policy has been broadly stable since 1994 and provides relative certainty to all citizens and investors. Major tax policy changes are referred to expert committees like the Davis Tax Committee, which is currently considering various challenges faced by tax policy in South Africa. This follows on the work of the Katz Commission which shaped the tax policies of the democratic government soon after 1994. To the extent that changes in policy are made, they are done in a deeply consultative way and on the advice of expert committees and are not done in an ad-hoc manner. It should be noted that South Africa has different objectives and challenges to an advanced economy like Britain and our policies therefore reflect different priorities from Britain.

In considering the objective of encouraging South Africans to own their homes, I do not believe that tax certainty is an issue at all. The bigger challenges posing home ownership probably relates to non-tax issues like the cost of borrowing; availability and supply of housing, land; and the price and affordability of houses.

30 June 2015 - NW2229

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What was the estimated cost of developing the Recruitment and Retention Strategy for Social Workers which came into effect in 2006 and (b) was an implementation plan which is (i) time-bound, (ii) well-resourced and (iii) subject to project management developed and executed in terms of the specified strategy;

Reply:

(1) (a) The estimated cost of developing the Recruitment and Retention Strategy

for Social Workers which came into effect in 2006 was R500 000 and a further cost of Rapid Assessment Study of the strategy was R250 000; (b)(i)The implementation plan was not time bound but ongoing and Provinces were required to source funding from their Provincial Treasury to implement Recruitment and Retention Strategy for Social Workers; (ii) The National Department of Social Development has since the 2007/08 to the 2015/2016 financial year received an estimated R1, 6 billion as part of the resource for the recruitment part of the strategy (scholarship programme); (iii) the Rapid Assessment Study’s findings indicated some notable strides by provinces in the implementation of the strategy in terms of improved office accommodation, vehicle allocation, improved conditions of social workers salaries following the regrading of salaries of social workers. This is despite the many challenges that still need to be addressed.

2. The estimated cost to the department for hosting the Social Work Indaba in March 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban was R 12 119 060.97 of which R3m was spent on implementation of Communication plan for the event. It should however be noted that the costs for conferencing amounting to R2.8m were incurred and paid for by USAID.

3. The resolutions taken at the Social Work Indaba affirm the findings and recommendation of the strategy. The Social Work Indaba involved a broader representation of stakeholders which included social workers from NGOs, other government institutions, universities and national and provincial departments of Social Development. The Recruitment and Retention Strategy process involved only Provincial Departments of Social Development.

 

29 June 2015 - NW2096

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the Schools Infrastructure Backlogs Grants, or Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, (a) what progress has been made with the construction of the (i) Chief Henry Boklein Senior Secondary School and (ii) Bhekizulu Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape, (b) which contractor(s) are responsible for the project(s) and (c) what are their contact details?

Reply:

(a) Both construction contracts of Chief Boklein and Bhekizulu were terminated on 19 March 2015 due contractor’s non-performance.

  1. Progress at termination was 35% for Chief Henry Boklein Senior Secondary School
  2. Progress at termination for 26% for Bhekizulu Senior Secondary School

(b) The contractor which was appointed for both contracts was Leungo Construction

(c) The contractor’s contact details are Richard Farrar, kagi@leungoconstruction.co.za, 0722125467 or 073 609 1572

29 June 2015 - NW2187

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources:

Is his department currently involved in a work exchange and/or employment agreement with the Republic of Cuba; if so, (a) what number of Cuban nationals (i) are currently employed and (ii) are due to be employed by his department, (b) what specific work roles are envisaged for the Cuban nationals, (c) what are the specific skill sets of each of the Cuban nationals (i) currently employed and (ii) due to be employed, (d) what are the details of the process followed to ensure that the same skill set was or is not available in the country and amongst South African citizens and (e) what is the total cost of the (i) employment or (ii) prospective employment of such Cuban nationals?

Reply:

This Department is currently not involved in any work exchange and/or employment agreement with the Republic of Cuba,

29 June 2015 - NW2261

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?”

Reply:

(a) The department has not paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial years.

(b) The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); Technology Innovation Agency (TIA); Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Space Agency (SANSA) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) did not pay out the remainder of any employee’s contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination since the 2008-09 financial year to date,only the National Research Foundation (NRF) had a payout.

(i) (aa) Not applicable.

    (bb) The NRF paid out the amount of R4,607,381.93 (R3,122,466.41 after tax).

(ii) The payout was made to Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, the previous vice-president of the National Research Infrastructure and National Research Facilities.

(iii) The decision for the early termination of Dr Mazithulela’s employment contract arose following a decision by the NRF Board to restructure the NRF business.

29 June 2015 - NW2156

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether physical education forms part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement curriculum; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the (a) time allocated and (b) structure of the mandatory physical education sessions in public schools;

Reply:

  1. Yes, Physical Education forms part of the CAPS Life Skills / Life Orientation curriculum.
  2. (a)Physical education is mandatory for all learners in public ordinary schools.

(b) (i) Fixed time allocation is prescribed for Physical Education for each phase. The table below represents the time allocation per phase:

GRADES

TIME ALLOCATION PER WEEK

Gr R – 3

2 hours

Gr 4 – 6

1 hour

Gr 7 – 9

1 hour

Gr 10 - 12

  1. hour

(ii) The structure of Physical Education in each phase is as follows:

  • The CAPS Life Skills/Life Orientation clearly indicates that Physical Education is one of the core topics to be taught in all schools.
  • The sub-topics and content is specified for each grade.
  • The content for Physical Education across the phases relates to each other.
  • Each phase focuses on similar areas of skills, knowledge and values and prepares learners to continue with the subject in other grades – thus ensuring continuity.
  • All physical education periods will focus on practical physical and mass participation in movement activities for enjoyment and enrichment purposes.
  • The Physical Education Task (PET) is administered across all fours school terms in all grades.
  • Learner participation and movement performance in the PET will be assessed and reported at the end of each term. The focus of assessment falls into two broad categories viz: participation and movement.

The tables below highlight the topics/focus area for Physical Education in each of the grades/phases:

TABLE 1

FOUNDATION PHASE: Grades R - 3

Focus area:

  • Locomotion
  • Perceptual motor
  • Rhythm
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Laterality
  • Sports and Games
  • Play, movement, games and sports contribute to developing positive attitudes and values.
  • This area focuses on perceptual and locomotor development, rhythm, balance and laterality.
  • The focus in the Foundation Phase is on games and some activities that will form the basis of participating in sports later on.

TABLE 2

INTERMEDIATE PHASE: Grades 4 – 6

The following are the focus in the intermediate phase

GR 4

GR 5

GR 6

Movement

Movement

Physical fitness

Invasion games

Target games

Striking and fielding games

Rhythmic movement

Rhythmic movement

Rhythmic patterns of movement

Basic field/track & swimming activities

Variety of field, track and swimming activities

Refined sequences through gymnastics or swimming activities

Safety issues

Safety issues

Safety issues

TABLE 3

SENIOR PHASE: Grades 7 – 9

The following are the focus in the intermediate phase:

GR 7

GR 8

GR 9

Fitness programme

Physical activities that promotes fitness

Improvement of physical wellness level

Indigenous games

Target games

Develop game plan for individual or team sports

Sequence to physical activities

Programme to improve movement techniques

Refines own and peer performance in movement

Outdoor recreational programmes

Outdoor recreational activity

Outdoor recreational activities

Safety issues

Safety issues

Safety issue

TABLE 4

FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Grades 10 - 12

The following are the focus in the intermediate phase:

GR 10

GR 11

GR 12

Physical fitness programme

Personal level of fitness and health

Personal fitness and health goals

Skills in playground / community or indigenous games

Umpiring / leadership skills

Long term engagement in traditional /non-traditional sports/indigenous games/recreational activities

Environmentally responsible - outdoor recreational group/individual activities

Leadership roles in recreational group activity

 

Skills in traditional / non- traditional sports

Umpiring and leadership skills in self-designed and modified sports

 
 

Safety issues

 
  1. Whether the School Sport Policy has been finalized; if not why not and when will the policy be finalized; if so (a) when the policy will be gazette and (b) what are the details of her plan to achieve implementation of the policy

REPLY

Yes, the School Sport Policy has been presented to and approved by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM).

(a) The process to have the Policy gazetted has been initiated and will be finalised within this current financial year.

(b) The plan to deliver the school sport programme as per policy is embedded in the Integrated School Sport programme and Sport and Recreation Plan. The three levels of the School Sport Programme, that is: intra- school, inter-school and local/circuit festivals are currently being implemented. These provide the platform for participation at the district and provincial levels, culminating at the national championships.

29 June 2015 - NW2292

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

When will a (a) primary school and (b) high school be built in Birch Acres Ext 23-24, Kempton Park, Gauteng?

Reply:

 

(a) (b)

The response below was sourced from Gauteng Department of Education


There are no plans to build schools in Birch Acres Ext 23 -24. The building of a primary school in Birch Acres Ext 3 is planned for the 2018/19 financial year.

29 June 2015 - NW2245

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

 

(a) The Department of Basic Education was established on 1 April 2010. The Department cannot provide the information required for the period prior to 1 April 2010. No contracts were terminated before expiry and hence no payments were made.

(b) Entities outside of the Department manage their own appointments and terminations.

(i) aa - N/A

    bb -

ENTITIES

PAYOUT OF ANY EMPLOYEES CONTRACT BEFORE THE CONTRACTUALLY STIPULATED DATE OF TERMINATION SINCE 2008 – 2009 FINANCIAL YEAR

 

SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL OF EDUCATORS (SACE)

None

 
     

UMALUSI

None

 

 

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

29 June 2015 - NW2216

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to her department’s consultation process on the policy on home-schooling, her department has (a) finalised and (b) gazetted the policy; if not, on what date does she expect the policy to be finalised; if so, (i) on what date was the relevant Government Gazette published and (ii) under what Government Gazette number?

Reply:

(a) The policy on home-schooling has not yet been finalised; and

(b) therefore not gazetted. It is envisaged that the policy will be completed by 31 March 2016.

29 June 2015 - NW1605

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) How many schools were full-service schools and (b) what amount was spent to revamp these schools to provide full services in each province for the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years;

Reply:

(1) In May 2015 the number of Full-Service schools in the country stood at a total of 793. The total amount spent to revamp the schools to provide a full range of support services is not available for all provinces for the respective reporting years. According to reports received from four of the nine provinces the total amount spent in (i) 2013 – 2014 was R71 763 000 and in (ii) 2014 – 2015, R73 189 000 (Table 1 below gives a breakdown by Provincial Education Department).

(2) The number (a) of learners with (i) physical disabilities and (ii) other special needs enrolled in Full-Service Schools in 2014 was 19 735. Comprehensive disaggregated statistics on enrolment by category of disability are not available. This data will become available as the Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) is incrementally rolled out, commencing with Special and Full-Service Schools in 2015 to 2016.

Table 1: The table below provides statistics related to Full-Service Schools:

Province

Number of Full Service Schools

Expenditure in 2013/14

R’000

Expenditure in 2014/15

R’000

Number of learners with special needs (including learners with physical and sensory disabilities)

EC

 26

R 45 336

R620

2358

FS

134

-

-

1835

GT

74

R7 054-

R9 100

4310

KZN

101

-

R1 377

4295

LP

17

-

-

-

MP

 140

R690

3,500

3195

NC

4

-

-

489

NW

150

R24,827 

R60,638

2618

WC

147

R910

-

1720

Total

793

R71 763

R73 189

19735

Source: Reports submitted by PEDs in March 2015

The number of learners with physical and other disabilities enrolled in Special Schools respectively in 2013 and 2014 is provided in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Enrolment in Special Schools in 2013 - 2014

Province

Number of Special Schools

Number of Learners with Physical Disabilities (including sensory disabilities) in 2013

Number of learners with other special needs in 2013

Number of Learners with Physical Disabilities (including sensory disabilities) in 2014

Number of learners with other special needs in 2014

EC

42

2 406

6 852

2 276

8546

FS

21

1 584

4 546

1 487

4 691

GT

136

8 279

34 784

3 629

37 982

KZ

74

4 942

11 968

4 371

12 809

LP

34

2 597

6 095

2 445

6 085

MP

20

574

3 429

399

3 473

NC

11

411

1 374

300

1 597

NW

32

1 258

5 600

1 219

5 724

WC

83

3 326

17 459

3 114

16 491

SA

453

25377

92107

19240

97398

Source: Special School Snap Survey 2013, 2014

  1. The number of teachers in (a) schools for learners with special needs and (b) Full-Service schools who have been trained in special needs teaching methods is provided in Table 3 below.

Table 3: Number of teachers trained in areas of specialisation in Inclusive Education

Province

Number of Teachers Trained in Curriculum Differentiation in 2014/15

Number of Teachers Trained on Full-Service School Guidelines in 2014/15

Number of Teachers Trained on SNE Guidelines in 2014/15

Number of Teachers Trained in SASL in 2014/15

Number of Teachers Trained in Braille in 2014/15

EC

55

435

0

94

60

FS

766

558

 79

 59

 27

GT

6803

616

616

130

50

KZN

4176

2424

 1752

64

30

LP

102

34

102

33

30

MP

1450

0

0

576

140

NC

3783

200

265

28

11

NW

1200

1200

1200

58

50

WC

405

405

405

160

65

Total

18740

5872

4419

1202

463

(4)(a)(i) and b(i) The national target for establishing new special schools in (aa) 2013-14 was six (6) and for (bb) 2014-15 one (1). ( c )(i) A total of seven (7) new special schools were completed between 2013 and 2015.

(a)(ii) and b(ii) After a substantial growth in the number of designated Full-Service Schools from 30 in 2009 to 793 in 2015, most Provincial Education Departments have entered a phase of consolidation which would include implementation of the SIAS Policy, strengthening of School-based Support Teams, staff training, provision of assistive technology and physical infrastructure upgrading to comply with norms of universal design and access. The national target for converting additional ordinary schools into full-service schools in (aa) 2013-14 was 116 and for (bb) 2014-15, 21 .

( c )(ii) A total of 137 new full-service schools were completed between 2013 and 2015 .

Specific targets set by individual provinces for 2014 – 15:

Eastern Cape

Financial Year

Number of Special Schools to be established

Actual Achievement

Number of Full Service Schools to be established

Actual Achievement

2013/14

2

0

5

5

2014/15

2

0

21

21

Free State:

One Special School will be built in Xhariep District in the 2015/16 financial year. Two Full-Service Schools have been designated for upgrading in 2015/16.

Gauteng:

Gauteng Province had a target of 19 Full-Service Schools for 2013/14 and 2014/15. This target was achieved. A target of 45 has been set for 2015/16 and this target will be achieved as the province started capacitating certain schools in 2013/14 and 2014/15 in order to ensure that the number of Full-Service Schools can be increased to expand the support for learners who experience barriers to learning. No targets were set in 2013/14 and 2014/15 to increase the number of Special Schools. However, Gauteng is currently considering increasing the number of Special Schools.

Limpopo:

Due to budgetary constraints, Limpopo Province is concentrating on consolidating the Full-Service and Special Schools that have been converted or newly built over the past four years by training of teachers and provision of resources.

KwaZulu Natal:

Two new Special Schools were registered in 2014 and no new Full-Service schools have been designated in the period 2013 – 2015.

Mpumalanga

Tsakane Special School in Bushbuckridge was opened in October 2014 making provision for 120 learners with high levels of support needs. The province is awaiting the construction of a residential school for the Deaf and blind learners in Mbombela. There are no plans for designating any new Full Service Schools in 2015.

Northern Cape

In 2014 the Kleinzee Special School was established with donor funding from the Anglo American Corporation. No new Special or Full-Service schools will be built in 2015/16.

North West Province:

Full Service schools 2013-14

Full Service Schools 2014-15

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

20 (05 per district)

2013/14

20

20 (05 per district)

2014/15

20

Special schools 2013-14

Special Schools 2014-15

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

32

2013/14

32

0

2014/15

0

Western Cape

Full Service schools 2013-14

Full Service Schools 2014-15

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

32

2013/14

32

40

2013/14

40

Special schools 2013-14

Special Schools 2014-15

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

Target

Time Frame

Target achieved

71

2013/14

71

72

2014/15

72

29 June 2015 - NW2129

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What amount was spent on school furniture in respect of each province under Goods and Services (i) in the (aa) 2013-14 and (bb) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) to which schools was the school furniture delivered, (c) what was the inventory delivered and (d) when was the furniture delivered to each school?

Reply:

The responses below were sourced from the provincial education departments.

  1. (i) (aa) (bb) (ii)

PROVINCES

Spend 2013/14

Spend 2014/15

 

R'000

R'000

Eastern Cape

51 900 000

18 209 835

Free State

3 307 000

51 469 000

Gauteng

30 391 214

43 000 000

KwaZulu-Natal

47 455 000

88 990 716

Limpopo

30 002 000

297000

Mpumalanga

35 015 000

28 717 000

Northern Cape

1 389 000

16 367 000

North West

19 511 000

18 365 000

Western Cape

35 170 086

31 914 362

TOTAL

254 140 300

297 329 913

Information for 2015/16 has been requested from the province and will be made available once received.

  1. (c) (d)

 

2013/14 Financial year

2014/15 Financial year

PROVINCES

No of schools that received furniture in 2013/14

Total quantities delivered 2013/14

No of schools that received furniture in 2014/15

Total quantities delivered 2014/15

Eastern Cape

580

116083

1012

388 675

Free State

 

 

 

 

Gauteng

417

93354

380

53 162

KwaZulu-Natal

6

505

1631

151 215

Limpopo

320

41899

486

13 733

Mpumalanga

487

64201

449

74 749

Northern Cape

7

1368

7

93

North West

10

884

343

33 381

Western Cape

761

151192

814

75 602

TOTAL

2588

469486

5122

790610

NB: In KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape Provinces schools procure furniture using the Norms and Standard for school funding allocations. Outstanding information from the Free State Province has been requested and will be made available once received.

Quantities delivered include, combination desks, learners tables, chairs and teachers furniture.

29 June 2015 - NW2128

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department has the delivery notes in respect of the delivery of (a) workbooks and (b) textbooks delivered to each province in the 2015 academic year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a)  Workbooks

Workbooks are delivered directly to each public school. The National Department of Basic Education is in possession of electronic copies of proof of delivery notes for all schools that received their workbook consignments for volume 1 and volume 2 for the 2015 academic year.

(b)  Textbooks

The National Department of Basic Education does not deliver textbooks to schools. The responsibility is that of Provincial Departments of Education who are in possession of the proof of deliveries.