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08 June 2020 - NW952

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 61 for oral reply on 11 March 2020, of the total number of 88 685 learners who were allowed to participate in the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) dispensation, what number of learners (a) in each specified district participated in the MEOs, (b) wrote Matric and (c) were allowed to write MEOs in each specified school across the City of Ekurhuleni?

Reply:

With reference to her reply to question 61 for oral reply on 11 March 2020, of the total number of 88 685 learners who were allowed to participate in the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) dispensation, what number of learners (a) in each specified district participated in the MEOs, (b) wrote Matric and (c) were allowed to write MEOs in each specified school across the City of Ekurhuleni?                               

Response

Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) candidates are learners that are progressed from Grade 11 to Grade 12; and therefore, are allowed to write three or more subjects in their first examination sitting, and the remaining subjects in the second examination sitting.  In the case of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination, as indicated by the Minister, there were 88 685 candidates that opted for the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO).  These 88 685 candidates wrote three or more subjects in the 2019 NSC examination and they would have written the remaining subjects in the 2020 May/June examination.  However, with the National Lockdown emanating from COVID-19, the 2020 May/June examination has been re-scheduled to be written in October/November 2020, as a combined examination with the October/November 2020 examination.

(a) The number of MEO candidates per district for the October/November 2019 examination is provided as Annexure A.

(b) The number of candidates that would have written the 2020 May/June examination, so as to attain the NSC (Matric) will only be known after the 2020 October/November examination is written.

(c) The number of MEO candidates in the 2019 NSC examination for both the Ekhurhuleni North and Ekhurhuleni South districts is also provided as part of Annexure A.

08 June 2020 - NW680

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) Until what date will her department house learners temporarily at The Hill High School and the Sir John Adamson High School in Johannesburg, (b) why was such a temporary arrangement set up, (c)(i) where and (ii) by what date will the learners be permanently placed, (d)(i) what amount has her department budgeted for the temporary arrangement, (ii) over what period and (iii) from which budget has the allocation been made and (e) why are learners from another district being accommodated in the Johannesburg South district?

Reply:

The question was referred to Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) for response.  Please see attached Annexure A for detailed response as received from GDE.  

08 June 2020 - NW855

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

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that her Department has been tasked with identifying potential quarantine sites for the Covid-19 crisis, the identification of private hotels and accommodation facilities as suitable quarantine facilities to supplement her Department’s sites is limited to those already assessed and accredited by the Department of Health; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) why is it only four- and five-star graded establishments that are identified as suitable quarantine facilities; (3) whether, in view of the fact that establishments identified as quarantine facilities may have to be activated at short notice, her Department has concluded any contracts with such establishments; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of the contracts and (b) is the notice period that needs to be observed before persons placed in quarantine may be admitted in such establishments; (4) whether the specified establishments will be allowed to accommodate guests other than quarantined persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the specified establishments will be required to quarantine persons for the full 14 days, especially repatriated South Africans; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the process that would need to be followed by a quarantined person who has negative test results to be released from quarantine before the 14 days have elapsed and (b) further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) receives and enters offered facilities by private hotels into a national database. The list is submitted to the Department of Health to conduct an assessment of the facilities in line with its guidelines for quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID 19: Exposure and Infections.

(2) No, not only four- and five-start graded establishments are used. There are hotels lower than four and five-star graded establishments that are offered, assessed and declared suitable quarantine facilities.

(3) The Department concludes agreements with establishments.

(a) Standard service level agreement outlining the obligations of both parties.

(b) There is no notice period. The Department issues a letter of appointment to the establishment upon receipt of confirmation of the number of people that will be quarantined from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

(4) The establishment also accommodates staff that will be serving the quarantined people. This includes medical staff.

(5) The DPWI does not decide how long people are required to stay at quarantine and isolation facilities. This decision is the responsibility of the Department of Health.

(a) not applicable

(b) not applicable

08 June 2020 - NW776

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Employment and Labour to question 1554 on 13 December 2019, regarding a matter referred to the Public Prosecutor in Kempton Park pertaining to asbestos classrooms at the Chloorkop Primary School, what (a) is the status of the matter, (b) is the case number and (c) was the outcome of the matter after it was finalised?

Reply:

a) The matter was never reported to the SAPS. Instead, the Department of Labour’s file (19005/27 September 2016) was opened as per the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In terms of the Act, Labour inspectors have the power to investigate certain health and safety issues and after completion, submit their findings to the NPA for a decision to prosecute or not.

The NPA became aware of the case when the Principal of Chloorkop Primary School was summoned by the Department of Labour to appear in court in January 2020 on certain Health and Safety provisions. The prosecution was not satisfied with the readiness of the case for enrolment and declined to enroll it.

b) Consequently, there is no case number.

c) The matter is not finalized, the senior public prosecutor has requested submission of the investigation file for a determination on whether or not to prosecute.

 

08 June 2020 - NW831

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

Whether the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) will only allocate COVID-19 funding relief to qualifying entities according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds will the IDC’s COVID-19 funding relief rely to only allocate such funding to entities according to the specified Act and (b) what form of COVID-19 funding relief will be made available to other entities? [

Reply:

During the Portfolio Committee meeting held on 26 May 2020, I addressed the overall approach by the Department to transformation. In short, transformation of the economy is both a social and economic imperative. The bitter legacy of the past has not been reversed – the process of colonial dispossession took place over more than 300 years and inherited privilege (assets, skills and networks) reproduces itself beyond the removal of apartheid laws. The Constitutional values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms require active steps for their realisation.

The economy’s long-term growth rate will remain constrained if the level of involvement by tens of millions of citizens, black South Africans, women and young people remains low. The purpose of affirmative processes and laws is to enable this base to be broadened.

In terms of section 3 (c) of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Act, the IDC has an explicit statutory mandate to promote the economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged communities and persons. This has not meant that the IDC provides funding only to black South Africans, as the Honourable Member well knows. But it does mean that the IDC must give special emphasis on the promotion of broad-based empowerment.

The qualifying criteria for COVID-19 funding are set with the primary consideration to increase the availability of essential critical personal protective equipment products to supply the local market, in order to save lives. Therefore, the funding criteria cater for ALL South African registered businesses that have capacity to supply the critical products, including but not exclusively for B-BBEE companies.

I am advised that the IDC has now approved R535,5m in funding from this envelope, of which R444m are for companies at which black South Africans hold either a controlling stake or have at least 25% equity.

We should be proud of efforts to broaden the base of the economy, promote entrepreneurship and to foster efforts at greater equity in the economy. Financial incentives should of course be only one of a number of elements to support wider levels of entrepreneurship in society in order to achieve these objectives. Transformation is good social policy. It is good economics too. Government has a legislative mandate to promote these measures and during 2019, an overwhelming majority of citizens voted for political parties which supported broad-based empowerment.

 

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08 June 2020 - NW798

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1) What criteria are used to determine which sector of business can become functional at each level of the national lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Effective, 1 June 2020 the entire country has moved to Alert Level 3, which permits a substantial amount of economic activity.

Each alert level reflects a careful balance between the risk of infection and the readiness of the healthcare system. President Ramaphosa outlined the five levels of the risk-adjusted framework when he addressed the nation on 23 April 2020. As indicated by the President, when he stated:

“Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

 

Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.”

When determining which economic activity may be permitted under each of the alert level, Government has considered a number of elements, including, but not limited to:

  • The level of social distancing which can be maintained between co-workers and/or customers during the ordinary course of business;
  • How essential the functioning of the sector is to other businesses, including its export profile and contribution to GDP and jobs
  • Whether the sector performs critical services in the value chain of other economic sectors in South Africa;
  • Whether the sector has been able to develop appropriate health and safety protocols and whether the sector has evidenced preparedness with regards to personal protective equipment;
  • Whether the opening of the sector will result in substantially greater demand for public transport, and whether the sector is able to manage this increased demand by staggering working hours, or providing private transportation options; and
  • The economic impact of re-opening the sector on both the sector itself and the broader economy.

A careful balancing had to be achieved between the legitimate desire of the sectors and investors concerned to reopen as rapidly as possible with the critical consideration of saving lives.

As I indicated in an earlier reply to a Parliamentary Question:

the dtic has been working closely with industry from manufacturing, construction and retail to get updates on infections and to identify solutions which can be rolled out to the industry.

The success of each level proposed, and the allocation of economic sectors in particular levels, is measured by the contribution to containing the spread of the virus and flattening of the curve of infections. Where necessary, changes are made to the extent of economic activity to the wider objectives of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

The industry classification system was explained at a joint meeting of Parliamentary Committees dealing with Trade, Industry and Competition portfolio, on 1 May 2020, setting out criteria and the application of the three systems in the country moving from Level 5 to Level 4.

Government has engaged with a number of organisations, from business associations, trade unions, political parties, premiers of provinces, individual businesses and religious institutions to receive feedback on the systems and to consider representations on proposed changes.

The incremental opening of certain sectors of the economy is intended to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure that any spikes in infections can be identified and managed. In addition, it has enabled a greater level of preparedness in society and in the health system than was the case at the start of the pandemic in South Africa.

In the run-up to the decision to move to Level 3, we engaged a number of sectors on these and other relevant considerations and looked too at the aggregate effect of multiple sectors resuming work at the same time. In addition, Government consulted organised Business, Labour and Community representatives at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) which represents big and small business; established and informal enterprises; a wide range of primary, industrial and service sectors; and community organisations.

Where certain economic activities remain restricted during Alert Level 3, Government is actively engaging with some of the sectors to conduct an appropriate risk assessment and develop the necessary health and safety protocols to enable the safe re-opening of the sector.

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08 June 2020 - NW722

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

(1)  With reference to the various initiatives launched by her department to provide online learning to school learners and tertiary students during the national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, what number of learners residing in(a) urban and (b) rural areas received reliable internet connections in the Republic; (2) what coverage of the curriculum has she found (a) did online learning initiatives manage to cover for each grade and (b) did learners manage to catch up in each case?

Reply:

1)  With reference to the various initiatives launched by her department to provide online learning to school learners and tertiary students during the national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, what number of learners residing in 

(a) urban and (b) rural areas received reliable internet connections in the Republic;

Connectivity is the responsibility of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT). However, the DCDT and Department of Basic Education (DBE), in collaboration with Mobile Network Operators, have provided zero-rating to almost 200 websites.  These websites provide teachers and learners with educational resources.

(2)  (a) The websites provide CAPS-aligned Curriculum and enrichment content from Early Childhood Development to Grade 12.

(b) Not all learners have access to electronic devices, but learners manage to catch up.    

08 June 2020 - NW914

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Since the start of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, what has been the total number of persons in (a) public and (b) private hospitals, in each province who (i) were treated for hunger-related diseases, (ii) have died due to hunger-related diseases and (iii) are still being treated for hunger-related diseases; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) The District Health Information System (DHIS) only collects nutrition-related data on severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children under 5 years of age. The DHIS data is available for March and April 2020 and reflects that nationally 991 children were admitted in public hospitals for SAM in March 2020. In comparison 1220 children under 5 were admitted with SAM in March 2019. In April 2020 596 children under 5 were admitted to public hospitals with SAM compared to 1118 in April 2019. These data show that the number of children admitted with SAM were lower in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Refer to Annexure 1.

(ii) According to the DHIS in March 2020 there were 83 SAM related deaths in public hospitals while in April 2020 there were 50. In comparison in March 2019 and April 2019 there were 91 SAM related deaths each month. As for SAM admissions, SAM deaths were lower in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Refer to Annexure 1.

(iii) The DHIS does record the number of children or adults currently being treated for hunger-related diseases.

(b) The National Department of Health has no data from the private hospitals on number of people treated for hunger-related diseases, died from hunger related diseases or still being treated for hunger-related diseases.

(2) The statement has already been made on this matter.

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08 June 2020 - NW677

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What (a) total number of fuel storage tanks are owned by the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), (b) number of the specified storage tanks are in an operational condition and (c) is the volume of the tanks that are (i) in an operational condition and (ii) not in an operational condition; (2) what (a) number of the storage tanks are utilised by the SFF for strategic fuel reserves and (b) is the volume thereof; (3) what (a) number of the storage tanks are leased to other companies and (b) is the volume thereof?

Reply:

(1) (a) 45 Tanks;

(b) 6 Tanks operational;

(c) (i) 45 Million barrels operational;

(ii) 7,8 Million barrels not operational;

(2) (a) 2 tanks;

(b) 15 Million barrels;

(3) (a) 4 tanks;

(b) 30 Million barrels;

08 June 2020 - NW664

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of instances of (a) deaths, (b) segregations, (c) use of mechanical restraints and (d) use of force were reported to the Inspecting Judge as is required by sections 15(2), 30(6), 31(3)(d) and 32(6) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998, respectively in the past three years?

Reply:

Details are as follows

 

2017/2018

2018/2019

2019/2020

(a)

DEATHS - Section 15 (2)

518

557

528

(b)

SEGREGATION - Section 30 (6)

7694

8063

8204

(c)

USE OF MECHANICAL RESTRAINTS - Section 31 (3) (d)

63

52

67

(d)

USE OF FORCE - Section 32 (6)

690

618

508

TOTAL

8965

9290

9307

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08 June 2020 - NW876

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. Yes, the department will offer some form of relief/ assistance.

2. (a) The Covid 19 assistance will be allocated to qualifying businesses in line with the Small-Scale Mining Implementation Framework.

(b) All qualifying small scale mining companies will be assisted.

DDG: MPPP

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

08 June 2020 - NW960

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

What amount in funding did each national sports federation receive from (a) the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, (b) the Department of Sports and Recreation, (c) the National Lottery, (d) the SA Sporting Trust and (e) any other organisation in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

The Federations have indicated that they are unable to provide information required. They cannot access the records at their offices owing to the lockdown. Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW883

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. No, the Department will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

2. No, there will be no financial or other relief to be allocated. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

08 June 2020 - NW732

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether any payments were made to certain companies (names furnished) in terms of bid number BAC 10/16 for the nuclear new build; if so, (a) what was the amount of each payment made, (b) what value was received from the supplier with regard to each specified payment and (c) from which budget line item and programme was the payment drawn in each year in which a payment was made; (2) what role did certain persons (names furnished) play in the negotiations, implementation and/or facilitation of the specified deal; (3) whether either of the specified persons received any remuneration, commission and/or other fees as a result of the deal; if so, what is the quantum thereof; (4) what are the relevant details of the process that was followed in the awarding of the contract; (5) whether the Auditor-General has made any findings with regard to the specified process that was followed in awarding the contract; if so, what were the findings? NW936E

Reply:

1.  Payments were made to (a) (b)  Central Lake 149 Trading / Empire Technology (Pty) Ltd, no payment were made to (c) Edson power group

  • (i) R 22 800 000 (ii) 01/07/2016
  • (i) R 23 940 000 (ii) 28/09/2017
  • (i) R 51 642 000 (ii)  03/02/2017
  • (i) R 12 500 000  (ii) 19/092019
  • (i) R 51 568 000 (ii) 12/02/2019
  • (i) R 4 275 000  (ii) 26/03/2020
  • (i) R 4 275 000  (ii) 31/03/2020

 (iii)              Programme 5: Nuclear Energy

Responsibility    CD: Nuclear Safety & Technology

                   Objective:          Nuclear Safety & Technology

                  Item:                 CNS: BUS & ADV SER RESE & ADVISORY

2.         The Department does not know the role the certain individual played because the Department participated in terms of Treasury Regulations Section 16A6.6. on the contract which was secured by another organ of State, i.e. Provincial Treasury in Free State

3.         Please refer to response in under 2 above.

 4.         what are the relevant details of the process that was followed in the awarding of the contract;

  • The Department participated in terms of Treasury Regulations Section 16A6.6. on the contract which was secured by another organ of State, i.e. Provincial Treasury in Free State

5.         whether the Auditor-General has made any findings with regard to the specified process that was followed in awarding the contract; if so, what were the findings? NW936E

  • Yes -  The Auditor General raised an audit finding in the 2016/17 financial year

08 June 2020 - NW673

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he, his department and/or any entity reporting to him received any donation of personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of (a) the date on which the donation was received, (b) the name of the donor, (c) the monetary value of the donation, (d) the branding that appeared on the donated equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the donated equipment distributed?

Reply:

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, as well as the Special Investigating Unit and Legal Aid South Africa have not received any donations of personal protection equipment (PPE) since 1 February 2020.

However, the National Prosecuting Authority has received donations of PPE as follows:

  1. Date of donation: 23 April 2020
  2. Name of donor: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  3. Total Amount: R40 150.00
  4. No branding on the PPEs
  5. (i) The equipment was donated to Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) through Childline SA and were transported from UNODC offices in Pretoria, via courier service, to 5 provincial offices. The staff at those provincial offices transported the PPEs to the relevant TCCs and Childline offices.

(ii) Distribution to the five (5) provincial offices was as follows:

Office

Physical address (for delivery of goods)

Stock Allocation

KZN Childline National Office

24 Stephen Dlamini Road, Musgrave, Durban, 4001

  • 28 x Boxes of Gloves
  • 14 x Boxes of Masks
  • 15 x Bottles of Sanitisers

North West Childline

31 Retief Street, Potchefstroom 

  • 3 x Boxes of Gloves
  • 4 x Boxes of Masks
  • 4 x Bottles of Sanitisers

Free State Childline

54 Aliwal street, Arboretum, Bloemfontein

  • 3 x Boxes of Gloves
  • 5 x Boxes of Masks
  • 7 x Bottles of Sanitisers

Limpopo: Mankweng Thuthuzela Care Centre

Mankweng Hospital, Houtbosdorp Road, Sovenga, 0727

  • 4 x Boxes of Gloves
  • 4 x Boxes of Masks
  • 7 x Bottles of Sanitisers

Mpumalanga Childline

15 Kremetart Street, West Acres, Nelspruit 1200

  • 2 x Boxes of Gloves
  • 8 x Boxes of Masks
  • 7 x Bottles of Sanitisers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Price

40 boxes gloves (of 50 pieces each)

R10 200.00

35 boxes of masks (50 pieces each)

R26 250.00

20 Litres of hand sanitiser (40 bottles of 500ml)

R3 700.00

Total

R40 150.00

NOTE: The donation applicable to the NPA is only made to the TCCs. Childline does not fall under the NPA, however, the available distribution figures do not distinguish a further breakdown between TCCs and Childline at provincial level.

08 June 2020 - NW954

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) received a copy of the Pullinger Report; if so, (a) on what date did SASCOC consider the specified report and (b) what findings (i) were and (ii) were not implemented?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW731

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether offenders released on parole or after completion of their sentences will be screened for coronavirus infection; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the process that will be followed in testing the specified persons?

Reply:

Offenders released on parole or after completion of their sentences are screened for coronavirus infection in terms of the Departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Preparedness, Detection and Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

All presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 offenders who are due for parole or release are quarantined and isolated in DCS and parole suspended until confirmed negative.

Should the home environment allow for home quarantine or isolation (based on their individual health status) as determined by the Social Workers in Community Corrections, the offender may be paroled and linked with the District Tracer Teams.

These offenders will be subjected to a pre-release programme which includes information about their health condition (e.g. self-care and prevention measures) and provided with a two (2) months’ supply of medication.

Offenders whose sentences have ended are released and linked with the District Tracer Teams and referred in terms of the departmental health care referral procedures.

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08 June 2020 - NW955

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) total amount has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) spent on legal fees over the past 10 years on each court case, (b) was the nature of each specified case, (c) total amount was budgeted for legal costs in each year and (d) amount did SASCOC overspend on their legal budget in each year?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. . Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW767

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How often are health care professional staff tested, given that they are front line staff dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether a health care professional may refuse to test a person who wants to be tested; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The health professional staff are not tested routinely except if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or fulfil the criteria of a high-risk exposure with a person who tested positive with Covid-19. They may after seven days of self-isolation be clinically evaluated and tested on day 8 with the possibility of early return to work if they have a negative test and are clinically well. They will continue to be monitored for symptoms till day 14 and are counselled on personal hygiene measures. Health professional staff are monitored daily through symptom screening.

The rationale is that there are not enough test kits and targeted testing is needed. Risk assessments in health care settings, use of public health measures, personal hygiene, training on Covid-19 and personal protective equipment all contribute to a lowered risk of transmission exposure.

2. The health care professional cannot refuse to clinically evaluate and test the person based on the national Department of Health guideline of prioritized testing for patients in hospitals with respiratory conditions as well as health care workers.

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08 June 2020 - NW661

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What number of (a)(i) screenings and (ii) tests has the Government conducted in each municipality to test for the coronavirus disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 since 1 January 2020, (b) health professionals have tested positive and (c) persons (i) recovered from and (ii) died as a result of the contraction of COVID-19 in each municipality; (2) what (a) number of COVID-19 mobile testing units have not been delivered to the designated municipalities yet and (b) are the reasons that they have not been delivered in each case; (3) whether any backlog is being experienced in the processing of test samples; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) what number of (i) quarantine and (ii) testing facilities are available in each municipality and (b) where is each specified facility situated?

Reply:

1.(a) (i) The number of screenings as of 1 June 2020 across all 9 provinces in each municipality stands at 20,170,837;

(ii) The numbest of tests as 2 June 2020 across all 9 provinces in each municipality stands at 785,979;

(b) The number of health professionals as of 1 June 2020 that tested positive for COVID-19 is 2,084;

(c) (i) The number of health professionals as of 1 June 2020 that recovered from COVID-19 is 808;

(ii) and that died from COVID-19 is 18.

2. (a) All sixty-seven (67) NHLS mobile testing units have been delivered to all nine provinces. The testing mobile units rotate through the province depending on the schedule determined by the provincial department of health.

(b) Not applicable;

3. The backlog is experienced in the process of test samples due to inadequate supply of extraction kits to perform PCR tests and the high through put test kits for integrated testing platform like GeneXpert and Roche instruments;

4. (a) (i) A total of 136 out of 396 sites have been activated as of 1 June 2020 across all 9 provinces in each municipality;

(ii) testing facilities are available in each municipality;

(b) Refer to the table below

Table 1.

Province

  1. (ii) Laboratory location

(c) Municipality

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

 

Nelson Mandela Academic/Walter Sisulu University

OR Tambo Municipality

 

East London Laboratory, Frere Hospital

Buffalo City Municpality

Free State

Universitas Academic Hospital

Mangaung Metro

 

Pelonomi Hospital

Mangaung Metro

 

Manapo Hospital

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Gauteng

Charlotte Maxeke Johanessburg Academic Hospital

City of Johannesburg Metro

 

Tshwane Academic Division,University of Pretoria

City of Tshwane Metro

 

Dr George Mukhari Hospital

City of Tshwane Metro

 

Tambo Memorial Hospital

Ekurhuleni Metro

 

Braamfontein TB Laboratory

City of Johannesburg Metro

KwaZulu Natal

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Academic Hospital

Ethikwini Metro

 

Addington Hospital

Ethekwini Metro

Limpopo

Mankweng Provincial Hospital

Polokwane Municipality

 

Polokwane

Polokwane Municipality

Mpumalanga

Rob Ferreira

Mbombela

North West

Tshepong Hospital

Dr KK Municipality

 

Rustenburg Hospital

Bojanala Municipality

Western Cape

Greenpoint

City of Cape Town Metro

 

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

City of Cape Town Metro

 

Tygerberg Academic Hospital

Belville Municipality

END.

08 June 2020 - NW885

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; whether the COVID-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate COVID-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of COVID-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? [

Reply:

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) supported efforts by Government to provide relief to small businesses, in a number of ways. These include

  • Exemptions from certain provisions of the competition legislation to enable small retailers to meet together to discuss engagements with landlords on rental payments and evictions during the period
  • Exemptions from the same competition provisions to enable banks and financial institutions to meet to discuss ways of supporting customers, including small businesses, through among others payment holidays and other measures
  • Partnerships with development finance institutions to provide funding to among others small businesses
  • The issuing of Directions on a number of matters to support clarity and certainty to small businesses, and
  • Facilitating the local production of cloth face-masks by inter alia smaller businesses in the clothing industry.

The dtic mobilised resources for COVID-19 relief funding to support companies that are affected by the pandemic. The funding is implemented in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and Small Enterprise Financing Agency (sefa) as an industrial loan facility, to assist manufacturers of identified critical goods to combat the spread of corona virus. Furthermore, the department has granted an extension period for submission of applications and claims to companies affected by the pandemic across various incentive programmes administered by the Industrial Financing Branch.

During the Portfolio Committee meeting held on 26 May 2020, I addressed the overall approach by the Department to transformation. In short, transformation of the economy is both a social and economic imperative. The bitter legacy of the past has not been reversed – the process of colonial dispossession took place over more than 300 years and inherited privilege (assets, skills and networks) reproduces itself beyond the removal of apartheid laws. The Constitutional values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms require active steps for their realisation.

The goal of economic inclusion remain critical during the pandemic, as a number of smaller, more recently-established businesses owned by black South Africans, may be particularly vulnerable.

The economy’s long-term growth rate will remain constrained if the level of involvement by tens of millions of citizens, black South Africans, women and young people remains low. The purpose of affirmative processes and laws is to enable this base to be broadened and to foster wider levels of enterprise in society.

The funds deployed are available to all South African businesses, subject to the specific mandate of an entity. For example, the NEF provides funding to companies that meet its criteria, as set out in its legislation and policies. The IDC provides funding to black industrialists, in terms of section 3(c) of the Industrial Development Act. Both the IDC and NEF have also provided funding to companies with a mix of shareholding between black and white South Africans.

In addition to these efforts, the Department has also supported efforts to promote greater levels of local procurement, which can boost the participation of small businesses in the economy.

-END-

08 June 2020 - NW917

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;

Reply:

In accordance with procurement regulations, requests for quotations were sourced in relation to Covid-19 pandemic and the information is indicated in the table below.

(a) Name of the budiness

(b) Amount

(c) Service/ Product

Biologica Pharmaceuticals

R26 650.00

Mask surgical

Tripple N Medical

R2 044.00

Mask surgical

Ekhaya Investments

R11 500.00

Mask cloth

Evergreen Latex

R2 517.20

Gloves surgical and examination natural rubber

Lechoba Medicals

R15 187.50

Hand Sanitizers

Promed Technologies

R2 700.00

Disinfectant surface

Promed Technologies

R3 600.00

Temperature scanners

Multisurge

R4 600.00

Temperature scanners

Recreative Creativity

R27 950.00

Dispenser wipes

Oks iInvestment 2009

R89 700.00

Fumigation/ Building sanitization

Bizmak Trading

R17 000.00

Hand sanitizer dispensers

 

R39 000.00

Hand spray sanitizer

 

R6 000.00

Face shield

(2) Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case;

Answer:

There was no deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures.

(3)        What was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender;

Answer:

No tender was awarded in connection with Covid-19 pandemic. However, businesses awarded through request for quotations met the specifications and their prices were the cheapest from other competitors.

08 June 2020 - NW926

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The Department awarded a tender for the the provision of water tanks and water to 3 500 schools to alleviate the COVID 19 pandemic; 

        (a)    Rand Water Board

        (b)    R600m

        (c)    Water tanks and water to 3 500 schools across the country

(2) There was deviation from normal tender processes 

         (a)    Because of the emergency nature situation as the provision of water was a prerequisite to the reopening of schools. 

         (b)    The procurement was done in terms of National Treasury Instruction No. 5 of 2020/2021, read with treasury Instruction 16A6.4 and National Treasury Practice Note 8 of 2007/2008.

(3)    The tender was awarded to Rand Water due to their proven track record of delivering huge projects within a short space and also because they are an entity of government through the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).  To regulate the business relationship, a trilateral agreement (Implementation Protocol) was signed between the DWS, Rand Water, and the Department of Basic Education.

(4)   Yes, I will make a statement on this matter.

08 June 2020 - NW934

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The department has not awarded any open tender related to Covid-19 pandemic, however, awarded 3 Purchase Orders to date for Covid-19 related personal protective equipment (PPE) and 1 Purchase Order for antivirus software for the Secure Video Conferencing Solution through quotation processes to the following companies (i) Bidvest Steiner, (ii) Inhlanhla Ga Tshwarelo, (iii) Lechoba Medical Supplies and Ubuntu Technologies.

(2) Deviation process was followed to provide Secure Video Conferencing Solution for Government on an urgent basis to allow work to continue while minimising the health risks posed by infectious Covid-19 pandemic.

(3) The reason for choosing the said Information Technology supplier is that the department already had contracts with the two companies (i) Nanoteq and (ii) TrueConf that provided infrastructure to the department on secure communications and video conferencing solutions respectively. Consequently, the department approached the two companies to increase the number of licences they were already providing to the department with a view to minimize the risk of the Covid -19 pandemic.

(4) Not at this stage

08 June 2020 - NW791

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) steps has his department taken to recruit volunteer (i) nurses and (ii) doctors for the fight against Covid-19 and (b) total number of volunteer (i) nurses and (ii) doctors have been recruited in each province?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) and (ii) The Health Sector has placed advertisements on National and Provincial platforms to recruit volunteers and retired health professions (i.e. nurses and doctors) for the fight against Covid-19.

2. The table below informs of number of volunteers (i) nurses and (ii) doctors recruited in each Province:

Province

Status of responding to Covid-19 to date

Eastern Cape

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However,

in response to Covid-19 a total of 669 Nurses and 3 Medical Doctors have been employed.

Free State

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However,

in response to Covid-19 a total of 533 Nurses and 1 Medical Doctor have been employed.

Gauteng

Gauteng has appointed 9 volunteers (5 MO; 2 nurses and 2 Admin clerks as data capturers). 1200 volunteers are enlisted but not deployed as yet due to them not covered by COIDA.

Appointments for COVID-19 has been done in two phases: have 1- 404 appointments have been made up of 360 nurses and 44 Medical Officers

Phase 2 is in the process of ensuring that 169 Doctors; 915 nurses and Allied health professionals are appointed to a tune of R500 m

KwaZulu-Natal

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However, the Province has advertised posts with a closing date of 5 June 2020 and can only commence with a selection process after the said date.

Limpopo

A number of health care professionals have submitted their documents as an indication of their willingness to join the department.

A database is being developed, and costed in line with the expected increases.

The necessary approvals to recruit and appoint will be concluded, so that as and when it is necessary, the health professionals will be activated for appointment.

To date no one has been recruited as the level infections are still low.

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Department of Health has not appointed either Nurses or Doctors as volunteers for the fight against COVID - 19. However, up to the 30 April 2020, a total number of 492 Nurses have been appointed on a six-month contract.

Northern Cape

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However, the Province have since appointed additional personnel on a sessional basis or on fixed term contracts.

North West

The Province has only managed to recruit nurses and doctors on contract and no volunteers have been recruited. Province have since appointed additional personnel on a sessional basis or on fixed term contracts:

18 Professional nurses

6 Sessional doctors

34 Environmental Health Practitioners

Western Cape

The Province has established an online Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS). A total number of volunteers appointed to date are:

(i) Nurses 460

(ii) Doctors 256

Others

i. Student Nurses 20

ii. Student Doctors 6

iii. Pharmacy 90

iv. Pharmacy Assistants 180

v. Emergency Care Practitioners 317

END

08 June 2020 - NW789

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the total number of specialists who arrived in the Republic with the medical personnel from the Republic of Cuba on 27 April 2020 to assist the Republic in the fight against Covid-19, (b) are the respective fields of specialisation of each specialist and (c) are the details of the professional qualification(s) of each of the specified specialists; (2) what total number of the Cuban medical personnel are proficient in (a) English and/or (b) any other official South African language; (3) what is the (a) total cost associated with the deployment of the Cuban medical personnel in the Republic in the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 calendar years and (b) detailed itemised breakdown of how the costs were calculated?

Reply:

1. (a) To date the Republic of Cuba has availed 187 Medical Specialists who will be assisting South Africa in the response to Covid-19.

Epidemiology (Technologist)

Health Technology

Family Physician

Biostatistics Dr

Biotechnologist

Public Health Specialist

(b) The 187 Medical Specialists in the areas that the Country is unable to produce enough. These are qualified in Biostatistics, Epidemiologists, Family Physicians and Health Technologists

(c) Epidemiology (Technologist); Health Technology; Family Physician; Biostatistics, Biotechnologist and Public Health Specialist

2. All of them

3. The following table reflects the details in this regard

 

Activity

Number

Estimated Cost

Notes on the activities

Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

187

R734 100.00

It is a norm that the registration cost is paid by an individual health professional to the Council. However, as per the Government-to-Government Agreement, the South African pays the fee to the HPCSA and thereafter, deduct the full amount of registration from the individual health professionals’ first salary. This means there is no actual cost to be incurred by the South African Government, however it is a convenient process arranged to ensure that all of the professionals are registered accordingly.

Accommodation

187

 

Most Provinces have entered into agreements with providers for a 12 months period. Other provinces are only accommodating the brigade for May and June and then move them to hotspots Districts / communities. Therefore, the accommodation in these areas are still not confirmed, as negotiations are still underway. A table below shows the cost on accommodation where available. The Provinces will first consider Doctors quarters where the brigade will be stationed.

Salaries

187

R239 181 933

The estimated budget cost is informed by actual appointment levels of the Cuban Health Brigade as determined by their Registration category, which took into consideration years of experience. All the Family Physicians and Biostatisticians are appointed at Grade 2 of Medical Officer level and Epidemiology Technologists/ Health Technology and Public Health Specialists are at Deputy Director level while Biomedical Engineers are at ASD level. Table below give overall illustration of salary levels and numbers in each level.

 

ACCOMMODATION OF CUBAN BRIGADE IN PROVINCES

Province

Accomodation

Period

Costs

Eastern Cape

The brigade has been distributed in various Facilities across the Province. They are residing in B&Bs and should be accommodated for the full period of their contract

12 Months

R384 000.00

Free State

The brigade is currently accommodated at Premier Hotel in Bloemfontein, while going through orientation processes. They will be accommodated until end of June at Premier hotel.

After which from 1 July 2020, they will be distributed to facilities across the Province and they will be staying in Facility accommodation

May-June

July 2020-April 2021

R162 464.00

(R3500X17X10)

R595 000

Gauteng

The Brigade are accommodated at Burgers Park till 30 June 2020

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

15 May-30 June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

Negotiated rate at Burgers Park Hotel is R1000 per room include breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and hand sanitation

KwaZulu-Natal

Information from the Province will be submitted in due course.

   

Limpopo

The brigade is currently accommodated at Zanami Lodge (Polokwane), while being orientated.

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

19 May 2020 to June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

R252 000.00

Not yet finalised

Mpumalanga

Information outstanding

Want a formal letter to HOD

19 May-19 August

 

Northern Cape

The brigade is currently accommodated at B&B till June 2020

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

May –June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

R320 000.00

(9X12000X11)

R1 188 000.00

2 Doctors are at an Official Accommodation

North West

The brigades have been distributed across the Provincial districts staying in B&Bs and others in Hospital Accommodation

June 2020 – April 2021

R 2 016 000

Western Cape

The brigade is currently accommodated at B&B called Icon Luxury Apartments for 12 months.

12 months

R1 200 000 p/a

 

OVERALL - CUBAN BRIGADE HEALTH WORKFORCE

   
     

Qualification

Agreed Post Classification (DPSA)

No

Total cost

Family Physician

MO Gr 2

116

172,767,798

Health Technology (IM)

Deputy Director: Information Management

32

25,941,166

Epidemiology Technologists (IM)

Deputy Director: Information Management

18

14,715,735

Biostatistics (Medical Doctors)

MO Gr 2

13

19,566,449

Public Health Specialist

DPSA salary level 11 (NON OSD)

2

2,231,276

Biomedical Engineer

ASD Salary level 9

5

2,773,887

Nurse

Gr3

1

528,852

 

 

187

239,181,933

END.

08 June 2020 - NW880

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her Department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will not be offering any form of Covid-19 or any other relief to small businesses, as no funding is allocated for such purpose.

2. The Department will not allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended, as such funding will not be per the purpose of the vote for the Department.

08 June 2020 - NW875

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the COVID-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The question is not relevant to the Department of Correctional Services as it falls under the scope of the Department of Small Business and Development

END

08 June 2020 - NW956

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What are the reasons that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee website is out of date?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. . Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW957

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

(a) What progress has her Department made on the investigation into the alleged scam around quarantine sites, where repatriated South African citizens were diverted from pre-arranged hotels to government quarantine facilities by officials from her Department, (b) which hotels had been procured for the specified repatriated citizens, (c) what number of persons were diverted, (d) what was the (i) negotiated cost per person for the hotels that had been procured and (ii) cost per person for the government accommodation and (e) did her Department incur any losses as a result of this action in respect of monies paid to the hotels in advance?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a) I have instituted investigations into this matter, and the Director-General for Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), Adv. Sam Vukela, has appointed an investigator. The investigation is currently underway.

(b) The DPWI procured the following hotels for the repatriates on the day,

• Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel

• Radisson Blu-Gautrain Hotel

(c) The Department of Health reportedly allocated the passengers to the available rooms at the following facilities;

• Eskom (70 rooms),

• Transnet Esselen park (80 rooms) and

• Telkom (30 rooms).

(d) (i) Negotiated cost per room for the Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel is R1138.50, and for the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel is R1000.00

(ii) DPWI did not contract with public facilities.

(e) (i) The Department informed me that DPWI did not incur any losses as no monies were paid in advance to the two hotels.

08 June 2020 - NW951

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of (a) Post Level 1 and (b) Post Level 2 teachers in each province has been promoted to the level of principal in each of the past three calendar years?

Reply:

(a) Post Level 1

PROVINCE

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

EASTERN CAPE                                     

60

215

150

425

FREE STATE                                       

3

12

8

23

GAUTENG                                          

3

2

12

17

KWAZULU/NATAL                                    

80

105

127

312

LIMPOPO PROVINCE                                 

76

116

3

195

MPUMALANGA                                       

12

12

13

37

NORTH WEST                                       

27

23

25

75

NORTHERN CAPE                                    

14

20

14

48

WESTERN CAPE                                     

5

5

24

34

TOTAL

280

510

376

1166

Source: PERSAL

 

(b) Post Level 2 

PROVINCE

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

EASTERN CAPE                     

81

172

144

397

FREE STATE                                       

13

28

19

60

GAUTENG                                          

13

20

19

52

KWAZULU/NATAL                                    

149

210

168

527

LIMPOPO PROVINCE                                  

168

319

7

494

MPUMALANGA                                       

28

55

47

130

NORTH WEST                                       

49

51

64

164

NORTHERN CAPE                                    

4

10

9

23

WESTERN CAPE                                      

18

29

37

84

TOTAL

523

894

514

1931

Source: PERSAL

08 June 2020 - NW675

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What is the current status of the investigation into the sale, also known as stock rotation, of the strategic fuel stocks of the Strategic Fuel Fund; (2) whether the report of the investigation will be submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (3) has any (a) disciplinary, (b) criminal and/or (c) civil action been instituted against each person who is implicated; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) SFF has filed the papers and supplementary papers after the investigation. Report has been handed to the Law Enforcement Agency (Hawks) for further criminal investigation;

(2) At this stage the report cannot be shared with any member of the public as advised by the Law Enforcement Agency (Hawks);

(3) (a) Report is being reviewed internally for any evidence of misconduct and any recommendations will be implemented;

(b) As in (1) above the investigation is still with the Hawks;

(c) Report is being investigated by the Hawks and also internal review for any misconducts. Recommendations from the 2 investigations will be implemented;

NW877E

08 June 2020 - NW942

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)In view of recent reports on the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Republic’s correctional centres ahead of the scheduled release of approximately 19 000 prisoners, what are the plans regarding the (a) containment and quarantine after the release and (b) re-testing of those who are released; (2) how will the released detainees be monitored in light of the current challenges in respect of the monitoring of parolees?

Reply:

(1)(a) Should the released detainees require quarantine after release, they will be managed by the Department of Health facilities in their respective districts within which they are staying.

(1)(b) Those who are released will not be re-tested in the Department unless they meet testing criteria as indicated in the Clinical Management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases:

  • a suspected COVID-19 case includes any person presenting with an acute (≤14 days) respiratory tract infection or
  • other clinical illness compatible with COVID-19, or
  • an asymptomatic person who is a close contact to a confirmed case or
  • presenting with COVID-19 key respiratory syndrome symptoms which consist of ANY of the following:
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • The loss of sense or smell or an altered sense of taste.
  • Other symptoms which may include fever, weakness, myalgia, or diarrhoea.

(2) Monitoring of parolees and probationers under lockdown regulation between level three (03) and five (05), will be conducted through telephonic monitoring system. The Department is in discussion with the JCPS Cluster to involve Community Policing Forum (CPFs) as part of monitoring mechanism.

All released parolees and probationers come with classification from the Parole Board. The Department will be guided by this classification of the released parolees and probationers.

If released parolees and probationers are categorised as low and medium risk during the current level four and three of the lock down, the Department will monitor them through telecommunication

If released parolees and probationers are classified by the Parole Board as maximum, the Department will physically monitor the released offenders throughout the lockdown period.

The current arrangement of monitoring only applies from level 3 to level 5 of the lockdown. When the lockdown goes to level 2 and level 1 the monitoring arrangements will change and all categories will be monitored physically.

END

08 June 2020 - NW821

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Following the admission by the Office of The Presidency that information regarding Covid-19 was being withheld from the public, (a) what are the details of the information that is being withheld from the public, (b) how will the specified information affect public responses and (c) what is the true status of hospitals in handling the pandemic?

Reply:

(a)-(b) We are unsure which statement from the Presidency this question refers to. However there have been media requests for the modeling done by various groups to be made public. The National Department of Health convened a public symposium of all modelers on Thursday the 21st of May 2020 during which the models, together with the assumptions used for the modeling outputs were presented.

(c) Hospitals in the public sector are currently being prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. General beds are being repurposed into critical care beds and field hospitals are being built jin many provinces. In addition, a national ventilator project has been established by DTI and donations have been received (for example 1,000 ventilators donated by the US government - of which 50 have already been received).

END.

08 June 2020 - NW668

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether he, his Office and/or any entity reporting to him purchased any personal protection equipment since l February 2020; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details of(a) the date on which the equipment was purchased, (b) the name of the supplier where the equipment was purchased, (c) the monetary value of the purchase, (d) the branding that appeared on the purchased equipment, including the branding of any political party, and (e)(i) how and (ii) where was the purchased equipment distributed?

Reply:

The office of the Minister in the Presidency did not purchase any personal protection equipment since 1 February 2020

  1. Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)

MDDA purchased masks, sanitisers, hand wash and wet wipes between the 16-18° March 2020 from Dischem, Clicks and a Pharmacy for R2000.00.

  1. Brand South Africa has purchased the following personal protective equipment since 1 February 2020.

Purchase

Date

Supplier

Name

Item

Description

Quantity

Amount

Branding

Distribution

30 March 2020

Mini Hand sanitisers

Approx.

70

R585,72

None

Head Office

30-Apr-2020

AE Du Chenne Ent Pty Ltd

Sanitising the

building

 

R 6,844.11

None

Head office

04-May-2020

Biologica Pharmaceutical

Anti Bacterial Wipes

40 p/p

150

R14,826.00

None

Head office

04-May-2020

Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd t/a

Suprahealthcare

3ply Mask - Covid -

50’s

396

R216,315.00

None

Head office

04-May-2020

Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd t/a Suprahealthcare

Rbt-ResiduaI

Disinfectant - 1litre -

1’s

136

R23,303.60

None

Head office

04-May-2020

Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd t/a Suprahealthcare

Rbt-Residual

Disinfectant - Slitre -

1's

50

R31,567.50

None

Head office

04-May-2020

Supra Latex (Pty) Ltd t/a

Suprahealthcare

Thermometer Non-

Contact Infrared - 1's

2

R3,450.00

None

Head office

  1. Statistics South Africa

The attached schedules reflect procurement, from 1 February 2020 until 30 April 2020, of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) of R1 995 760.00 and disinfecting/cleaning services of offices for R550 697.31 in preparation for the staggered return to work of employees commencing in May 2020.

Approved / Not approved

Stats SA: Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Annexure A

A-312743

2020/04/02

Biologica

3 Ply Face Masks 50 in a box

No branding

200

R

1 332,50

R

266 500,00

Head Office/Provinces

A-312743

2020/04/02

KMO@]CD

Surgical gloves 100 in a box

No branding

 

R

460,00

R

46 000,00

Head Office

A-312743

2020/04/02

Biologica

Hand Sanitizers

No branding

100

R

350,00

R

35 000,00

Head Office

A-312744

2020/04/09

Be-sure Events

Temperature Scanners

The Infrared therometer ZF001

150

R

2 875,00

R

431 250,00

Head Office

A-312745

2020/04/16

Biologica

3 Ply Face Masks 50 in a box

No branding

300

R

460,00

R

138 000,00

Head Office

A-312745

2020/04/16

Biologica

Surgical glove5 100 in a box

No branding

600

R

1 332,50

R

799 500,00

Head Office

A-312605

2020/04/24

Chasandra Trading Enterprise

Face Masks-Limpopo

No branding

450

R

115,00

R

51 750,00

Limpopo Province

A-312607

2020/04/28

Label Lab

Face Masks NC

No branding

300

R

32,20

R

9 660,00

Northern Cape Province

A-312608

2020/04/30

Ammarentia Trading Pty Ltd

Face Masks Nonh West

No branding

360

R

40,00

R

14 400,00

North West Province

A-312610

2020/04/30

Global Hygenic CC

Face Masks Mpumalanga

No branding

400

R

58,25

R

23 300,00

Mpumalanga Province

A-312614

2020/04/30

The Divine Style

Face Masks

No branding

SOOO

R

35,00

R

175 000,00

Head Office

A-312617

2020/04/30

Kuhle Office Supplies

Empty spray bottles for hand sanitizer- Western Cape

No branding

200

R

27,00

R

5 400,00

Western Cape Province

                 

Total amount purchased until 30 April 2020

     

R

1 995 760,00

 

Stats SA: Disinfectingfcleaning services Annexure e

A-312746

2020/04/21

Suskia Trading 1114 (PTY) Ltd

Sanitising offices and vehicles NC

No branding

not applicable

R

48 994,60

Northern Cape Province

A-312747

2020/04/Z1

Rentokil Intital

Sanitising offices and vehicles EC

Nobranding

not applicable

R

52 066,25

Eastern Cape Province

A-312748

2020/04/22

Zululand Pest Control

Sanitising offices Empangeni& Mhuze (KZN)

No branding

not applicable

R

16 387,50

Kwazulu Natal Province

A-312749

2020/04/22

Total Pest Management

Sanitising offices Ethekweni, Ugu & Ilembe( MN)

No branding

R

25 416,00

Kwazulu Natal Province

A-312750

2020/04/22

Service Master

Sanitising offices Umzinyahti,UthukeIa, Amajuba &

Zululand( KZN)

No branding

not applicable

R

5 600,00

Kwazulu Natal Province

A-312601

2020/04/22

SWAT Exteminators

Sanitising offices Ixopo and Pietermarioburg( KZN)

No branding

not applicable

R

11 074,50

Kwazulu Natal Province

A-312602

2020/04/22

Rentokil lntital

Sanitising offices Limpopo

No branding

not applicable

R

27 082,50

Limpopo Province

A-312603

2020/04/24

Sthewetha Trading

Disinfection Benoni, Westrand, Sedibeng, Prov Office

No branding

not applicable

R

142 750,00

Gauteng Province

A-312606

2020/04/24

Happy Endings Plumbers

Disinfecting: Mpumalanga Offices

No branding

not applicable

R

67 439,45

Mpumalanga Province

A-312609

2020/04/30

Rentokil Initial

uis‹nrm›on wimaoatno, bus enourg, maeopane,

Klerksdorp and Vryburg

No branding

not applicable

R

35 777,00

North West Province

A-312611

2020/04/30

Rentokil initial

Disinfection Free State Province buildings and vehicles

No branding

not applicable

R

37 637,20

Free State Province

A-312612

2020/04/30

Tikedi Holdings

Disinfection Piketberg Offices

No branding

not applicable

R

27 885,00

Western Cape Province

A-312615

2020/04/30

Savage Wear Production

Disinfection George D/O

No branding

not applicable

R

14 990,00

Western Cape Province

A-312616

2020/04/30

Think Smart Clean

Disinfection Prov Office, Metro 1 and 2

No branding

not applicable

R

22 897,31

Western Cape Province

A-312618

2020/04/30

Qeda Structual Peat Management

Pest control, deep cleaning and disinfecting KZN offices

No branding

not applicable

R

14 700,00

Kwazulu Natal Province

                 

Total amount purchased until 30 April 2020

     

R550697,31

 

08 June 2020 - NW887

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether his Office will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

The Minister in the Presidency is not responsible for Small Business Development. The member is kindly advised to refer her question to the Minister of Small Business Development.

Approved / Not agreed

hon. Jackson Mthembu, MP

Minister in the Presidency
Date:

08 June 2020 - NW833

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

With reference to the risk-adjusted approach, what (a) are the specific matrix indicators that he is looking at to make recommendations to advance to Level 3 and (b) thresholds need to be met at each point in the matrix in this regard?

Reply:

The Parliamentary Question was received prior to the move of the country from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3. As the Honourable Member will know, effective, 1 June 2020 the entire country has moved to Alert Level 3, which permits a substantial reopening of economic activity.

As I noted in a recent Parliamentary Question, each alert level reflects a careful balance between the risk of infection and the readiness of the healthcare system. President Ramaphosa outlined the five levels of the risk-adjusted framework when he addressed the nation on 23 April 2020. As indicated by the President, when he stated:

“Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

 

Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.”

When determining which economic activity may be permitted under each of the alert level, Government has considered a number of elements, including, but not limited to:

  • The level of social distancing which can be maintained between co-workers and/or customers during the ordinary course of business;
  • How essential the functioning of the sector is to other businesses, including its export profile and contribution to GDP and jobs
  • Whether the sector performs critical services in the value chain of other economic sectors in South Africa;
  • Whether the sector has been able to develop appropriate health and safety protocols and whether the sector has evidenced preparedness with regards to personal protective equipment;
  • Whether the opening of the sector will result in substantially greater demand for public transport, and whether the sector is able to manage this increased demand by staggering working hours, or providing private transportation options; and
  • The economic impact of re-opening the sector on both the sector itself and the broader economy.

A careful balancing had to be achieved between the legitimate desire of the sectors and investors concerned to reopen as rapidly as possible with the critical consideration of saving lives. In addition, the cumulative effect on health risks of reopening a number of different sectors and economic activities at the same time, had to be considered.

As I also indicated in an earlier reply to a Parliamentary Question:

the dtic has been working closely with industry from manufacturing, construction and retail to get updates on infections and to identify solutions which can be rolled out to the industry.

The success of each level proposed, and the allocation of economic sectors in particular levels, is measured by the contribution to containing the spread of the virus and flattening of the curve of infections. Where necessary, changes are made to the extent of economic activity to the wider objectives of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

The industry classification system was explained at a joint meeting of Parliamentary Committees dealing with Trade, Industry and Competition portfolio, on 1 May 2020, setting out criteria and the application of the three systems in the country moving from Level 5 to Level 4.

Government has engaged with a number of organisations, from business associations, trade unions, political parties, premiers of provinces, individual businesses and religious institutions to receive feedback on the systems and to consider representations on proposed changes.

The incremental opening of certain sectors of the economy is intended to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure that any spikes in infections can be identified and managed. In addition, it has enabled a greater level of preparedness in society and in the health system than was the case at the start of the pandemic in South Africa.

In the run-up to the decision to move to Level 3, we engaged a number of sectors on these and other relevant considerations. In addition, Government consulted organised Business, Labour and Community representatives at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) which represents big and small business; established and informal enterprises; a wide range of primary, industrial and service sectors; and community organisations.

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08 June 2020 - NW769

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)In light of the shortage of test kits to test for the presence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes the Covid-19 disease, what steps is he taking in this regard; (2) whether he or his department has taken any steps to reduce the turnaround time of four to five days for the release of the results; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he intends to take any steps with regard to the general shortage of test kits and the very limited quantities available for testing in the testing sites and mass-screening areas which cause delays for effective testing; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant steps?

Reply:

(1) There is a global need for test kits with countries in the north taking up the majority of the kits that are available given the large number of positive patients in these countries. This has resulted in a global shortage of test kits. The Department has worked with the National Health Laboratory Service to increase the number of test kits that are available to South Africa. The Minister has engaged with some of the manufacturers of test kits to encourage them to increase the number of test kits that they supply to South Africa. A challenge is that the limited number of flights from countries that manufacture the test kits adds to the challenges being experienced.

(2) Yes, steps have been taken to reduce the turnaround time. In-hospital admission, patients under investigation are prioritised, and the turnaround time for these patients will be reduced to 48 hours. The turnaround time for the other samples are being addressed through utilisation of academic platform testing sites and private laboratories, as well as increased output at NHLS laboratories. Over the last week the number of tests have increased from 51,000/week to about 60,000/week.

As a result of the global shortage of COVID-19 test kits, including extraction kits, the criteria for testing has been amended. The Department has prioritised testing of patients in hospitals with respiratory conditions, as well as people who have had contact with a known positive patient as well as health care workers. As soon as serological (antibody) tests are registered by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPHRA) these will be used for population level surveillance to get prevalence rates.

(3) As noted above, the criteria for testing have been changed. We have halted mass testing as the target that was set of 14 million people screened through community screening has been achieved and we have moved to targeted screening and testing. In addition, as mentioned the number of laboratories that test for COVID-19 has increased. With respect to antibody testing, the NHLS and SAPHRA are fast tracking the validation and registration of these tests. However, it should be noted that these tests will largely be used for surveillance with the PCR test used to test individual patients for acute infections.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW824

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has plans to accredit laboratories in public hospitals to test for Covid-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date will hospitals be accredited?

Reply:

All the laboratories in public hospitals that test for COVID-19 are part of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). These laboratories are accredited with the Standard ISO 15189. Furthermore, all laboratories participate in the external quality assurance and proficiency testing schemes to ensure quality results.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW758

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, given that no prisoners are allowed to receive any visitors due to the COVID-19 lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, the families of Muslim prisoners will be allowed during the last week of Ramadan to bring them gift packs of sweet treats and drinks in celebration of Eid-ul Fitr; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No,

The State President announced a state of disaster in March 2020, putting the country in a state of lockdown. Subsequently, the Department suspended all visits to Correctional Centres.

Based on the above, Correctional Centres will not be able to receive any gift packs for offenders as there are no visits permitted during Level 05 and 04 of lockdown.

END

08 June 2020 - NW913

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me that it awarded tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. For purposes of the response a tender means a written offer or bid above a R500 000 threshold in a prescribed or stipulated form in response to an invitation by an organ of state for the provision of works, services or goods.

a) The names of the businesses to whom awards were made are indicated in Column C of attached Annexure A.

b) The amounts of each tender awarded are indicated in column D of Annexure A.

c) The service and/or product provided by each business is indicated in column B of Annexure A.

2. Yes, I was informed by the Department that there was a deviation from standard supply chain processes in awarding the tenders listed in Annexure A.

a) Recognising the declaration of the National State of Disaster by the State President due to the COVID 19 pandemic and a very high risk for loss of life (i.e. Death), negative health impact, negative economic impact and social impact in South Africa, it was deemed prudent to invoke the Departmental Emergency Procurement processes that deviate from standard supply chain procedures. This was done in line with Section 27(2)(L) of the Disaster Management Act, Act No. 57 of 2002, National Treasury Regulation 16A6.4 and National Treasury Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement COVID-19 in paragraph 3.5.1(i) that provide for the invocation of emergency procedures. In terms of the aforementioned NT Instruction Note, Accounting Officers are allowed to deviate from competitive bidding processes in cases that have been declared an emergency, without obtaining NT approval.

b) The relevant details for awarding in each case is indicated in column E of Annexure A.

3. The reasons for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender is indicated in column F of Annexure A.

4. No.

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DPWI)

ANNEXURE A: LIST OF TENDER (>R500 000.00) AWARDS CONNECTED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Column E

Column F

Serial No

Office

Commodity

Service Provider

Amount

Procurement Process

Reason for award to each business

1

CPT Regional Office

Procurement of 1000 hand sanitisers and servicing for 12 Months

Hornes Projects

R3 864 000.00

Emergency (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider installed all automatic hand sanitiser units and is also responsible for the servicing of the units for a 12 month period.

2

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Midlands District Municipality

Zulu Royal Civil Construction

R1 800 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

3

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in UMgungundlovu District Municipality

Themihlase

R1 877 246.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

4

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice.

Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Avellanche Projects

R1 885 987.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

5

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Ugu District Municipality

Kamanga Trading

R1 050 448.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

6

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Makumalou

R1 878 831.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

7

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Zululand District Municipality

Manceda Projects and Trading

R1 742 983.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

8

Head Office

Sanitiser - hand liquid

Crystal Pier Trading 148

R9 085 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer with ready stock available. Procured for 25 000 EPWP participants across the country. 7 service providers invited and 6 Quotations received.

9

Head Office

IT Server infrastructure

Odirile IT Holdings

R4 989 868.00

Emergency Procurement. Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months. Supplier compliance status was confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

10

Head Office

Video conference and virtual meeting rooms

YottaZetta

R2 932 500.00

Emergency Procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

11

Head Office

Remote management tools

Ikando t/a IT Master

R2 196 530.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

12

Head Office

Network / Security specialist

Tipp Focus Holdings

R2 382 800.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

13

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Infrastructure Contractor

Caledon River Properties t/a Magwa Construction

R37 176 844.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

14

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Principal Agent

Profteam cc

R3 259 071.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

15

Kimberley Regional Office

Installation and maintenance of 65 no touch hand sanitisers (automated dispensers plus monthly refills) for a period of 36 months.

Bidvest Steiner

R657 162.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

Initially awarded to (Rentokil-Initial) but could not fulfil the delivery of order, citing global shortage of the requested items. Shopping procedure was done with other service providers within Kimberley and only Steiner could secure the required units urgently for the Region.

16

Mmabatho Regional Office

Provision of sanitary services on a monthly basis for 12 months

Perfect Girlz

R994 529.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider offered the total solution at the most negotiable price

17

Pretoria Regional Office

Masks

Biological Pharmaceuticals

R2 132 000.00

National Treasury Contract: RT32-2019

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

18

Pretoria Regional Office

Cleaning services @ Momentum Building (DOJ)

Onkgopotse Enterprise

R553 631.00

Urgent Procurement (1 quote)

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

19

Pretoria Regional Office

Building Infrastructure Services, Salvokop Quarantine site

Labstyres (pty)ltd

R1 333 348.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Emergency work in response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 21 Lockdown at the Salvokop Isolation and Quarantine Centre. Service providers were appointed from Central Supplier Database and Construction Industrial Development Board respectively.

20

Pretoria Regional Office

Decontamination at CGO Building

 

MLA Consortia

 

R914 147.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Awarded on the basis of obtaining highest score

08 June 2020 - NW857

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

Whether, with reference to her decision that some sites identified by her Department and the provincial Department of public works for use as quarantine facilities are unsuitable for quarantine purposes, in particular the Eskom Training Facility in Midrand, she had visited the sites herself; if not, (a) what is the basis of her decision, (b) were the reports she received verified by her own officials following a site visit, (c) was she informed that the sites had already been used as much as four times for repatriated citizens, (d) who accredited the sites for use, (e) which protocols were used to accredit the sites and (f) why is there a difference between the perceived standards of suitability used by her Department and those used by the Department of Health in terms of the selection of sites for quarantine purposes; if so, what are the relevant details of her assessment?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Minister of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) did not declare any quarantine facility including Eskom Training Facility in Midrand unsuitable for purposes of quarantine. Such responsibility lies with the Department of Health.

b) Yes, only reports for facilities identified and availed from DPWI’s immovable asset register were verified by my Department’s officials. Eskom Training College is not one of them.

c) No, I was not informed.

d) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health

e) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health.

f) The determination of the suitability of the facility for use as a quarantine facility is the domain of Department of Health and not DPWI.

08 June 2020 - NW695

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of sentenced inmates housed in the Republic’s correctional centres as at 15 April 2020 have been diagnosed as (a) being HIV positive and/or (b) having tuberculosis?

Reply:

The number of sentenced inmates housed in the Republic’s correctional centres as at 15 April 2020 is as follows:

Management Area

Correctional Centre

(a) Number of HIV positive offenders

HIV/TB Co-infection (HIV Entry)

(b) Number of TB offenders

TB/HIV Co-infection (TB Entry)

EASTERN CAPE (EC) REGION

Amathole

Fort Beaufort

5

0

0

0

 

Grahamstown

28

1

2

1

 

King Williams Town

5

1

1

1

 

Middledrift

155

3

13

3

 

Stutterheim

3

0

0

0

 

TOTAL

196

5

16

5

East London

Med B

6

0

0

0

 

Med C

29

0

1

0

 

Maximum

224

1

14

1

 

Mdantsane

127

7

32

7

 

TOTAL

386

8

47

8

Kirkwood

Graaff-Reinet

0

0

14

4

 

Jansenville

0

0

0

0

 

Kirkwood

135

4

0

0

 

Somerset East

22

0

2

0

 

TOTAL

157

4

16

4

Mthatha

Bizana

2

0

0

0

 

Elliotdale

8

0

0

0

 

Flagstaff

19

1

1

1

 

Lusikisiki

45

1

2

1

 

Mt Ayliff

9

0

1

0

 

Mt Fletcher

25

0

2

0

 

Mt Frere

15

0

0

0

 

Mqanduli

31

0

3

0

 

Ngqeleni

15

0

0

0

 

Tabankulu

18

0

0

0

 

Medium

309

1

13

1

 

Remand

3

0

0

0

 

TOTAL

499

3

22

3

Sada

Barkley East

11

0

0

0

 

Burgersdorp

22

0

0

0

 

Butterworth

8

0

0

0

 

Cofimvaba

0

0

0

0

 

Cradock

19

0

0

0

 

Dordrecht

0

0

0

0

 

Dutywa

18

0

0

0

 

Lady Frere

5

0

0

0

 

Middelburg

130

0

0

0

 

Ngcobo

0

0

0

0

 

Nqamakwe

0

0

0

0

 

Queenstown

0

0

0

0

 

Sada

32

0

0

0

 

Willowvale

4

0

0

0

 

Sterkspruit

0

0

0

0

 

TOTAL

249

0

0

0

St Albans

Medium A

9

0

1

0

 

Maximum

329

2

23

2

 

Medium B

172

9

33

9

 

Patensie

44

0

0

0

 

Port Eli

18

0

3

0

 

TOTAL

572

11

60

11

EC REGIONAL TOTAL

2 059

31

161

31

 

FREE STATE & NORTHERN CAPE (FS&NC) REGION

Colesberg

Colesberg

20

0

1

0

 

De Aar

35

1

3

1

 

Richmond

3

0

0

0

 

Hopetown

5

0

1

0

 

Victoria West

9

0

0

0

 

Total

72

1

5

1

Goedemoed

Goedemoed Med A

155

0

1

0

 

Goedemoed Med B

104

0

2

0

 

Bethulie

10

0

1

0

 

Edenburg

10

0

0

0

 

Fauresmith

2

0

0

0

 

Zastron

6

0

0

0

 

Total

287

0

4

0

Grootvlei

Grootvlei Med A

236

2

6

2

 

Grootvlei Med B

84

2

5

1

 

Boshof

4

0

0

0

 

Brandfort

15

0

0

0

 

Ladybrand

9

0

0

0

 

Wepener

6

0

0

0

 

Winburg

23

0

0

0

 

Mangaung

700

0

13

1

 

Total

1077

4

24

4

Kimberley

Barkly West

4

0

0

0

 

Douglas

17

0

2

0

 

Kimberley

105

0

8

0

 

Tswelopele

390

3

12

1

 

Total

516

3

22

1

Upington

Kuruman

46

1

3

2

 

Springbok

6

0

6

0

 

Upington

95

4

9

0

 

Total

147

5

18

2

Groenpunt

Groenpunt Med.

179

0

0

0

 

Groenpunt Max.

536

2

9

0

 

Groenpunt Youth

31

0

1

0

 

Frankfort

16

0

0

0

 

Heilbron

5

0

0

0

 

Parys

8

0

0

0

 

Sasolburg

25

0

0

0

 

Vereeniging

104

0

0

0

 

Total

904

2

10

0

Bizzah Makhate

Centre A

279

4

4

0

 

Centre B

77

0

1

0

 

Centre C

120

0

0

0

 

Centre D

0

0

0

0

 

Bethlehem

33

2

2

0

 

Ficksburg

5

0

0

0

 

Harrismith

33

2

2

2

 

Hennenman

18

0

0

0

 

Hoopstad

5

0

0

0

 

Lindley

14

0

0

0

 

Odendaalsrus

94

0

0

0

 

Senekal

10

0

1

0

 

Ventersburg

29

0

0

0

 

Virginia

110

2

3

2

 

Total

827

10

13

4

FS&NC REGIONAL TOTAL

3 830

25

96

12

 

GAUTENG REGION

Baviaanspoort

Emthonjeni

6

0

0

0

 

Medium

175

0

0

0

 

Maximum

138

2

3

0

 

Total

319

2

3

0

Kgoši Mampuru II

Local

20

1

1

1

 

Female

76

0

0

0

 

Central

569

13

20

2

 

C max

70

0

0

0

 

Atteridgeville

174

2

3

0

 

Odi

324

4

6

1

 

Total

1233

20

30

4

Johannesburg

Med A

39

0

0

0

 

Med B

487

2

8

0

 

Med C

107

0

0

0

 

Female

128

0

3

0

 

Total

761

2

11

0

Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp

320

1

8

2

 

Total

320

1

8

2

Modderbee

Modderbee

526

5

11

1

 

Nigel

89

0

3

0

 

Devon

47

0

1

1

 

Total

883

3

2

1

Zonderwater

Medium A

356

1

2

0

 

Medium B

207

2

4

1

 

Total

563

3

6

1

Leeuwkop

Med A

213

1

1

0

 

Med B

123

0

0

0

 

Med C

226

0

1

0

 

Maximum

321

2

0

1

 

Total

883

3

2

1

Boksburg not included due nursing staff on quarantine

GAUTENG REGIONAL TOTAL

4 741

36

75

10

 

KWAZULU-NATAL REGION (KZN)

Durban

Medium B

1003

0

19

5

 

Medium C

94

2

5

2

 

Youth

29

0

1

0

 

Female

228

0

0

0

 

Umzinto

143

0

1

0

 

Total

1497

2

26

7

Empangeni

Qalakabusha

605

6

12

0

 

Empangeni Medium

60

2

4

0

 

Eshowe

316

3

6

0

 

Mthunzini

21

0

0

0

 

Stanger

30

0

0

0

 

Maphumulo

14

0

1

0

 

Ingwavuma

9

0

0

0

 

Total

1055

11

23

0

Gloencoe

Bergville

6

1

1

0

 

Dundee

8

0

0

0

 

Estcourt

84

0

1

0

 

Glencoe

236

0

0

0

 

Greytown

22

1

1

0

 

Kranskop

17

1 MDR

1

0

 

Ladysmith

64

0

0

0

 

Pomeroy

11

0

0

0

 

Total

448

3

4

0

Kokstad

Ebhongweni

324

3

8

3

 

Kokstad Medium

158

2

2

2

 

Portshepstone

28

0

0

0

 

Matatiele

18

0

0

0

 

Total

528

5

10

5

Ncome

Medium A

155

1

1

1

 

Medium B

343

4

5

4

 

Melmoth

20

0

0

0

 

Nkandla

9

0

0

0

 

Nongoma

23

0

0

0

 

Vryheid

22

0

0

0

 

Total

572

5

6

5

Pietermaritzburg

Medium A

1055

1

45

4

 

Medium B

59

2

2

0

 

Ixopo

50

2

2

2

 

New Hanover

98

0

2

0

 

Sevontein

387

1

4

1

 

Total

1649

6

55

7

Waterval

Medium A

273

0

2

0

 

Medium B

148

0

0

0

 

Ekuseni

11

0

1

0

 

Newcastle

60

0

0

0

 

Utrecht

2

0

0

0

 

Total

494

0

3

0

KZN REGIONAL TOTAL

6 243

32

127

24

 

LIMPOPO MPUMALANGA AND NORTH WEST REGION (LMN)

Thohoyandou

Medium A

110

2

4

0

 

Medium B

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Female/Juvenile

19

0

0

0

 

Makhado

28

1

1

0

 

Total

157

03

05

0

Polokwane

Polokwane

61

0

3

0

 

Modimolle

70

2

4

0

 

Tzaneen

6

0

0

0

 

Total

       

Klerksdorp

Potchefstroom

91

2

3

0

 

Klerksdorp

360

2

4

0

 

Christiana

20

0

0

0

 

Wolmaransstad

14

0

0

0

 

Total

485

4

7

0

Kutama-Sinthumule

Kutama-Sinthumule

637

1

2

0

 

Total

637

1

2

0

Witbank

Witbank

258

5

6

0

 

Middelburg

69

2

3

0

 

Carolina

4

0

0

0

 

Belfast

3

0

0

0

 

Total

334

7

9

0

Rusternburg

Losperfontein

212

2

11

2

 

Mogwase

105

0

3

0

 

Rustenburg Med A

56

1

1

1

 

Rustenburg COE

7

0

0

0

 

Total

380

3

15

3

Rooigrond

Medium A

256

1

1

0

 

Remand Det

0

0

0

0

 

Medium B

86

0

0

0

 

Lichtenburg

27

0

0

0

 

Zeerust

27

0

0

0

 

Total

396

1

1

0

Bethal

Bethal

180

2

4

2

 

Ermelo

82

0

0

0

 

Piet Retief

33

0

0

0

 

Standerton

149

2

1

1

 

Volksrust

27

0

0

0

 

Total

471

4

5

3

Barberton

Maximum

315

5

11

0

 

Nelspruit

32

6

8

1

 

Medium B

215

1

1

0

 

Town youth

15

0

0

0

 

Medium A

54

0

0

0

 

Lydenburg

35

0

0

0

 

Total

666

12

20

1

LMN REGIONAL TOTAL

3 663

37

71

7

 

WESTERN CAPE REGION

Allendale

Allandale

62

0

5

0

 

Paardeberg

30

1

4

0

 

Hawequa

4

0

0

0

 

Obiqua

31

0

0

0

 

Total

127

1

9

0

Brandvlei

Medium

47

1

2

1

 

Maximum

85

1

1

1

 

Youth

18

1

5

1

 

Total

150

3

8

3

Breederiver

Worcester Male

44

0

10

0

 

Worcester Female

48

1

3

0

 

Robertson

14

0

1

0

 

Warmbokkeveld

50

0

1

0

 

Dwarsrivier

41

0

5

0

 

Total

197

1

20

0

Drakenstein

Medium A

67

0

1

0

 

Medium B Youth

21

0

2

0

 

Maximum

70

1

5

1

 

Stellenbosch

9

0

0

0

 

Total

167

1

8

1

Goodwood

Goodwood

145

06

33

02

 

Total

145

6

33

2

Overberg

Medium

109

0

2

0

 

Maximum

120

1

7

1

 

Caledon

1

0

0

0

 

Buffeljagsrivier

0

0

0

0

 

Swellendam

109

0

2

0

 

Total

339

1

11

1

Pollsmoor

Female

19

0

3

0

 

Maximum

9

1

1

1

 

Medium A

3

0

0

0

 

Medium B

82

1

17

1

 

Medium C

18

0

6

0

 

Total

131

2

27

2

Southern Cape

George Male

38

1

3

0

 

George Female

22

0

0

0

 

Oudtshoorn Med A

21

0

1

0

 

Oudtshoorn Med B

22

0

0

0

 

Beaufort West

2

0

0

0

 

Ladismith

3

0

0

0

 

Prince Albert

10

0

0

0

 

Uniondale

6

0

0

0

 

Mosselbay

0

0

0

0

 

Knysna

10

0

1

0

 

Total

134

1

5

0

Voorberg

Medium A

16

2

3

2

 

Medium B

185

2

9

2

 

Van Rhynsdorp

38

0

18

0

 

Calvinia

2

0

0

0

 

Total

241

4

30

4

West Coast

Medium A

98

0

0

0

 

Medium B

3

0

1

0

 

Riebeeck West

3

0

1

0

 

Total

104

0

2

0

WESTERN CAPE REGIONAL TOTAL

1735

20

153

13

GRAND TOTAL

22 271

181

683

97

END

08 June 2020 - NW710

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Health

What measures does he intend to take to regulate retail stores which have emerged as a dangerous point of infection for COVID-19 to stop the surge in infections at such centres?

Reply:

Information from a number of provinces including the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Western Cape shows that during the lockdown retail stores became a node for the transmission of COVID-19. This should not surprise us as grocery shops were one of the essential parts of the economy that had to be kept open with high volumes of people congregating in them. Thus facilitating the spread of the virus. This also meant that infected shoppers – many of whom may have been asymptomatic (that is they didn’t know that they were infected) also infected employees in the retail sector. These employees then go back to their communities and the virus spreads in their local communities.

Provinces have implemented a number of steps to mitigate the risk of transmission in retail stores. In the Western Cape the Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism had several engagements with the owners and management of small and large retail outlets and mall management. They were provided with guidelines on the prevention of COVID-19 transmission, including deep cleaning, dealing with personal hygiene, dealing with staff that become symptomatic, making public announcements, etc. In Gauteng, the MECs for health and economic affairs met with the leadership of the retail sector in the province to discuss the implementation of measures to prevent transmission of the virus, including hand washing/ sanitizing and social distancing as well as the use of masks. The major retail stores are currently implementing these measures nation-wide. In the Eastern Cape, health officials have visited retail stores in urban areas to monitor compliance.

Workplace health and safety issues were also discussed at NEDLAC. These included the need to conduct risk assessments in all workplaces, implementation of public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus as well as personal hygiene measures. It was also agreed that sector specific guidelines will be produced and implemented

END.

08 June 2020 - NW900

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Why do quarantine protocols relating to the testing of persons differ from one site and/or facility to the next, as persons in the different sites and/or facilities are tested either on arrival or only after the expiry of 11 to 14 days of quarantine?

Reply:

As per the approved GUIDELINES FOR QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION IN RELATION TO COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND INFECTION it states that: “Because some quarantined people might be COVID-19 positive (or might become positive during the quarantine period), individuals in quarantine facilities must be kept under individual quarantine (self-quarantine) within the facility. Those who develop symptoms {meet the person-under-investigation (PUI) criteria} should be tested and managed appropriately.” It also indicates the following: “The recommended duration of quarantine for COVID-19 exposure is 14 days from the time of exposure (close contact or entering the country). If the patient remains well during the period of quarantine, they do not need to test/retest at the end of the 14-day period.”

There are certain circumstances that necessitate testing and others that do not. Testing is dependent on the risk assessment of the individual at any specific point in time.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW662

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has found that sufficient work is provided to all sentenced offenders as provided for in section 40(1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998; if not, (a) why not and (b) what proportion of sentenced offenders are provided with such sufficient work?

Reply:

(a) No, not all sentenced offenders can be eligible to work, such as offenders with further charges, disabilities and sentenced children unless for the purpose of training aimed at obtaining skills for their development, offenders who were declared unfit to perform labour.

Offenders are allocated work activities by Case Management Committees (CMC) considering the offender’s security risk classification.

Sentenced offenders are therefore provided with work opportunities internally and externally within the correctional centre environment. The allocation varies from centre to centre depending on available created work opportunities. The internal allocations include:

  • Office Cleaners;
  • Section Cleaners;
  • Care Givers;
  • Tutors – Peer Educators;
  • Barbers;
  • Laundry;
  • Kitchen Cleaners; and
  • Kitchen Cooks

The external allocations include but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance: Plumbers; Welders , Bricklayers, Electricians, Carpenters  and Painters;
  • Workshop: Textile, Steel and Wood;
  • Terrain Cleaning Team;
  • Agriculture: Vegetable, Dairy and Meat;
  • Skills Development;
  • Car Wash;
  • Visit Room Cleaners; and
  • Special projects – (Poverty Alleviation)

One of the major challenges is the allocation of work to a maximum offender which is based on risks posed. Such offenders are not allowed to leave the correctional centre, therefore all work opportunities are sourced or confined within the centre or a security plan must be available for such offender that needs to be taken out of the centre.

(b)  As at end March 2020, 3 3971 (70.52%) offenders out of 4 8170 with work opportunities performed work against a target of 56%. It should be noted that not all centres can highly perform due to demographics, and security classification of offenders accommodated per correctional centre.

On average, 1 500 offenders work in production workshops per day, while, on average, 3 000 offenders are working in agriculture/farms per day. The department is continuosly making an effort for sentenced offenders to be provided not only with work opportunities but also by following daily activites in a form of programmes and services as outlined by Structured Day Programme (SDP) and executed through rostering

END

08 June 2020 - NW878

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The government has put in place a support package for small businesses.

The Department of Small Business Development will provide the details of the support available. The support, is available from various departments, for example: Agriculture and Tourism

08 June 2020 - NW663

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether assessments are done of inmates admitted to correctional centres serving sentences of 24 months or less, as is required by section 38 of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) What rehabilitative and/or educational programmes are available to such inmates obliged to participate in such programmes?

Reply:

1. All sentenced offenders are subjected to an immediate risk and needs assessment (i.e. immediate educational needs, vulnerability to sexual violence and exploitation, social and psychological needs among others) within 6 hours upon admission. The classification of all offenders is also done for all categories to determine their risk levels. The dynamics of such an offender population must be considered. It is a very mobile population which has a significant impact on the time needed for a useful assessment. The compilation of the Correctional Sentence Plan however is reserved for offenders sentenced to longer than 24 months.

2. Correctional Programmes are available to sentenced offenders. Correctional Programmes are non – therapeutic in nature and rendered within the group work mode, meaning groups of 15 – 20 offenders in a group. Since the Department is focussing on offenders sentenced to longer than 24 months, when assessments are conducted and programmes rendered accordingly, these groups of offenders are not obliged to attend Correctional Programmes. The following thirteen (13) Correctional Programmes are however available to sentenced offenders:

  1. New Beginnings Orientation
  2. Anger Management (Anger In Anger Out)
  3. Cross Roads
  4. Restorative Justice Orientation
  5. Preparatory Programme on Sexual Offences
  6. Substance Abuse (Stop to Start)
  7. Behaviour Modification Programme on Gangsterism
  8. Economic Crime Programme (fraud related)
  9. Economic Crime Programme (theft related)
  10. Programme on Murder and related offences (Changing Lanes)
  11. Programme on Robbery and related offences (Change is possible)
  12. Correctional Programme for Female Offenders
  13. Pre – Release Programme

Educational Programmes

All offenders are subjected to assessment for placement in the various educational programmes. Educational programmes are offered to all inmates in the following:-

  • Pre – Literacy (for those who are illiterate): This programme is offered for offenders who cannot read or write
  • Adult Education and Training (AET) Levels 1- 4: This is equivalent to Grades 1-9 in normal mainstream education and it’s for offenders who want to pursue studies in the General Education and Training (GET) Band.
  • Further Education and Training (FET): Grades 10 - 12. All those offenders that have successfully completed the above-mentioned programme get an opportunity to pursue studies in the FET Band following a curriculum known as Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS), similar to all external schools within the education system of the country. These are offered by the DCS full time schools.
  • Higher Education and Training (HET): After completing their Grade 12 qualification, offenders are afforded an opportunity to advance their education through distant education.
  • Computer Based Training: This programme is offered to promote computer based learning and is offered in designated Computer Based Training Centres (CBT) where we offer basic Computer Literacy as well as the advanced International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL).

Skills Development Programmes

Skills Development programmes are available to offenders serving a sentence of 24 months or less, where resources are available the following options are available:

  • Vocational skills training programmes are offered as per availability at a Correctional Centre. Offenders are offered accredited and non-accredited training. The Department focuses on ensuring that offenders assigned to workplaces are offered accredited training, in addition to workplace learning, to ensure employability and self-sustainability upon release.
  • An example of the programmes available are hairdressing, nail technology, chef assistant training, waste management, new venture creation, welding, plumbing, and other entrepreneurial training programmes just to mention a few.
  • Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College programmes are available to offenders who want to enter the vocational educational field and it is also available as a post school option, at Correctional Centres where resources are available. The objective of the TVET College programme, is to yield job–linked programmes and graduates that are immediately employable. This is the contribution of DCS in counteracting the high rate of unemployment by improving skills and productivity of the incarcerated.

END

08 June 2020 - NW752

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Given the rising number of inmates being infected with COVID-19 at correctional facilities, what procedures are in place to ensure that deliberate attempts by inmates to infect one another are eliminated; (2) what (a) total number of inmates have been placed in quarantine since COVID-19 was declared a national disaster and (b) percentage of the specified number of inmates were quarantined outside the confines of the correctional service sites where the respective prisoners are serving their sentences; (3) what proactive arrangements are in place to ensure that the warden to inmate ratio remains stable in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, given the vulnerability of both wardens and inmates in contracting the virus; (4) what (a) is the budgetary allocation to educational programmes designed to create awareness about the coronavirus in correctional facilities and (b) percentage of this allocated budget has been spent to date?

Reply:

1. Awareness session on COVID-19 are held by unit managers and health care professionals whereby the psychological/psychosocial protocol and guidelines is shared with the inmates:

  • Explanation on what COVID-19 is and the mode of spread;
  • The signs and symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Measures to be taken to prevent spreading and/or acquiring COVID-19;
  • Compliance with basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures;
  • The responsibilities of reporting to the staff when experiencing signs and symptoms.

(2)(a) The total number of inmates that have been placed in quarantine since COVID-19 was declared a national disaster is three thousand six hundred and forty four
(3 644) from 01 April to 16 May 2020, and

(2)(b) None of the inmates were quarantined outside the confines of the correctional service sites.

3. The Department has a plan in place whereby non-centre based officials appointed in terms of the Correctional Service Act and the Public Service Act that have undergone basic training, will be transferred to centres where services are needed as a result of staff shortages as a result of Covid-19.

The Department has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African National Defence Force whereby reserves will be used to augment the services rendered by Correctional Officials.

In addition, the ex-Correctional Services officials will be appointed to augment the imminent shortage. This Contingency plan will ensure that the staff to inmate ratio remains stable and that the available Correctional officers are not overwhelmed.

4. There is no specific budgetary allocation for creating awareness amongst the inmates due to the fact that these sessions are rendered by departmental unit managers and health care professionals.

Budgetary allocation for education programmes designed to create awareness about the coronavirus in correctional facilities amongst officials:

REGION

  1. Budgetary allocation

Amount Spent

  1. % Spent

Eastern Cape

R 4 240 000.00

R 121 800.00

2.87%

Free State and Northern Cape (FS/NC)

R 2 962 700.00

R 146 690.00

4.95%

Gauteng

R 1 180 000.00

R 6 000.00

0.05%

KwaZulu-Natal

R 1 882 000.00

R 241 267.

13%

Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West (LMN)

R 1 904 000.00

R 172 268.

9.05%

Western Cape

R 1 402 000.00

R 92 263.

6.58%

Total

R 13 570 700.00

R 780 288

5.75%

The human resources development budget is currently exclusively being utilised for COVID-19 related training. Since most of the training is localised and the Department has also taken advantage of training also offered by the Department of Health for health care professionals.

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08 June 2020 - NW902

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the budget constraints in the public health sector, particularly at provincial level, (a) what has it cost his department to accommodate repatriated South Africans at the quarantine sites to date and (b) from which budget(s) were or will the costs be paid?

Reply:

(a) The State’s position has always been to first utilise state-owned facilities before utilising private facilities, the cost would differ based on facility availability, type of facility and ownership thereof.

For private-owned facilities the operational costs are included in the rate negotiated with the facilities and excludes all clinical services. The rate is negotiated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) for each site and as such the National Department of Health does not get involved in this other than to provide the clinical and support services.

The costs therefore would be a combination of costs associated with the clinical services, support services and operationalisation of these sites as carried by the Department of Health and the procurement of private facilities as currently carried by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

(b) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure will be responsible for the infrastructure costs relating to quarantine facilities and the Department of Health will be responsible for the operationalization costs of the quarantine facilities.

END.