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25 April 2016 - NW1146

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether any sections of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, Act 46 of 1998, have been officially suspended; if not, (a) why only certain aspects of the Act are currently being implemented, (b) why the demerit system is not currently being applied and (c) why the Act is being applied only in the particular geographic areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria; if so, (i) which sections and (ii) in terms of whith edition of the Government Gazette they have been so proclaimed?

Reply:

The original Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, Act 46 of 1998 was published in Government Gazette 19257 of 11 September 1998 where-after it was amended as follows:

  • Act No. 22 of 1999, published in Government Gazette 19972 of 28 April 1999;
  • Act No. 24 of 2000, published in Government Gazette 21428 of 02 August 2000; and
  • Act No. 72 of 2002, published in Government Gazette 24577 of 20 February 2003.

There were no further amendment to the Act after the 2006 amendments. Refer to the attached document.

(a) When the AARTO pilot commenced in 2008 only certain sections of the Act were implemented to ensure that there is no discrimination between traffic offenders in the AARTO area and the remainder of the country.

(b) The allocation of demerit points to infringers in the AARTO area; as well the prescribed process following the accumulation of the maximum number of points resulting in the suspension and cancellation of documents, were regarded as being of a discriminatory nature and therefore not implemented.

(c) Recognising the complicated nature of AARTO in terms of its involvement of a multiplicity of role-players and the need to ensure seamless integration with various existing systems and procedures, the launch of the AARTO on a pilot phase in the jurisdictional areas of Tshwane and Johannesburg was aimed at testing the functionality of the full system, including the development of the National Contravention Register (NCR) on the National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS), and a great variety of forms, processes and procedures. During the pilot the roles and responsibilities of the various key stakeholders was also identified in providing an efficient and effective system. The implementation of the pilot also allowed for impact assessments to be conducted on all systems, identify any weaknesses and allow for the necessary enhancements to be made.

    (i) The sections of the Act that are applicable in the geographic areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria are the following : 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35; and

    (ii) In terms of Government Gazette No. 31198 of 1 July 2008 the above sections of the Act came into operation in the area of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on 1 July 2008 and in terms of Government Gazette No. 31197 of 1 July 2008 the above sections came into operation in the area of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality on 1 November 2008.

25 April 2016 - NW1030

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When will the air quality assessment tests of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s Afro 4000 DC locomotives be completed so that it can be evaluated by the Rail Safety Regulator and (b) what are the details of the process that will be followed should the specified test findings not comply with the desired criteria?

Reply:

(a) I am informed that the tests were completed and a report was provided to the RSR on 12 April 2016.

(b) It is said that the report indicated safe levels of exposure for all areas where people could be exposed. This includes the safety of operating the AFRO 4000 in tunnels. There is no danger of exposure to harmful gases from the exhaust fumes.

25 April 2016 - NW1033

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) When was the tender for the collection of unpaid e-toll bills published, (b) to whom was the specified tender awarded, (c) what criteria had to be fulfilled, (d) what was the value of the specified tender and (e) what are the conditions of the specified tender; (2) whether any performance incentives are in place for the specified tender; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) how are the specified performance incentives monitored and (c) what are the conditions respectively?

Reply:

1. (a) SANRAL followed a tender process for the overall toll system design, build and operations thereof in 2009 in accordance with the SCM requirements at the time.

(b) Following this tender process, it appointed ETC Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer.

(c)This tender included the collection of outstanding e-Toll debt. This was revised to address the New Dispensation announced by the Deputy President, with specific reference to the 60% discount offering in respect of historic debt. ETC is therefore responsible for the collection of e-toll debt and may appoint parties to attend to this on their behalf. SANRAL only contracts (in terms of its Contract with ETC) with ETC and not directly with the 3rd party.

2. As stated, SANRAL only has an agreement with ETC Pty Ltd. There is therefore no "specified tender" by SANRAL in relation to the so called "unpaid e-toll bills" and in respect of which the question appears to be addressed. ETC is responsible for the collection of debt for the contract period. SANRAL appointed ETC in 2009, as explained above.

25 April 2016 - NW1029

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) When will the maintenance plans for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) Afro 4000 DC locomotives running on 25 KV lines be submitted to the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) and (b) what are the reasons for the delay in submitting the specified plans to the RSR; (2) (a) why have maintenance contracts for PRASA’s Afro 4000 DC locomotives running on 25 KV lines not been submitted to the RSR yet and (b) when will the specified contracts be submitted to the RSR?

Reply:

1. (a) I am informed that the maintenance plans for the Afro 4000 were submitted to RSR and also explained in the form of a presentation to the RSR. The plans were submitted in October 2015 as part of the required compliance documentation.

(b) See above.

2. (a)It is further reported that the maintenance contracts have not been concluded as this process is awaiting the outcome of the current legal process.

(b)The finalisation of the maintenance contract for the Afro 4000 will depend on the outcome of the Legal Process.

25 April 2016 - NW1022

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(A) Whether Denel Asia has applied for a Conventional Arms Permit as envisaged in the Act, before its incorporation as a Juristic Entity to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (i) if Denel Asia has indeed applied for such a permit, why would such a permit be considered. This is because the processing of such application as it is deemed to be an irregularity, (a) what is the NCACC going to do about this matter, granted that if they had indeed applied that would be an irregularity (ii) (a) when did the NCACC know about this matter (b) when did the Chairperson of the NCACC inform the Joint Standing Committee on Defence about this matter

Reply:

According to the records of the NCACC, Denel Asia has not applied for a Permit to the NCACC.

25 April 2016 - NW888

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Matlhoko, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Has he earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since his appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did he earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether his (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through his appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

  1. (2) (a)(b)

Minister has no additional business earning income from Government neither does his Spouse, children nor is he aware of any close family member/s.

25 April 2016 - NW988

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the R335 million paid by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to a certain company (name furnished) for technological improvements was paid for technological improvements on all locomotives; if not, was the specified amount only paid for technological improvements on locomotives received to date; (2) why were the extra technological improvements not included in the original tender awarded to the specified company; (3) whether the additional technological improvements were sent to the Rail and Safety Regulator (RSR); if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the opinion of the RSR in this regard and (b) was the opinion of the RSR taken into account before the additional technological improvements were approved; (4) whether, with regard to the tender awarded to the specified company for the construction and supply of locomotives to PRASA, the RSR had insights into the tender specification before being finalised and published for bidding; if not, why not; if so, (a) at what stage was the RSR involved in the decision process regarding the purchase of the Afro 4000 locomotives and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

 

  1. The need for technological improvements to the Afro 4000 locomotives are subject to a High Court application under case number: 2015/422196.
  2. See response in 1 above.
  3. PRASA did not follow due process in respect of the AFRO 4000 project. Therefore, the RSR was not privy to information and decisions that were taken regarding additional technological improvements.
  4. The RSR was not involved nor had insight into the tender specification before it was finalised and published by PRASA.

(a) The RSR had no input in respect of the entire acquisition process and was not involved in the decision process regarding the acquisition of the Afro 4000.

(b) Forensic investigators have been appointed by the Board of Control of PRASA to conduct a detailed investigation. This discovery is set out in the High Court application referred to in (1).

25 April 2016 - NW1116

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons for inviting tenders for the appointment of a panel of expert researchers on road safety engineering and road safety engineering related services to the Road Traffic Management Corporation for the period of three years (2) how does this differ from any other forums established for the same purpose; (3) what are the (a) terms of reference and (b) the commencement date of this panel?

Reply:

(1) The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is mandated in terms of the RTMC Act, 20 of 1999, section 2(i) to stimulate research in road traffic related matters. Further, section 28(1)(f) of the RTMC Act requires the Shareholders Committee of the RTMC to consider the need for research and technical investigations relating to road traffic regulations, and take steps for research and investigations to be conducted. As a result various research topics need to be undertaken and aligned to the South African context for such to be applicable to the unique circumstances of South Africa. New topics based on problem statements are also identified and researched.

The RTMC identified the need for the establishment of a panel of experts in the field of research and related services which will focus on road safety aspects of South Africa. This envisaged panel of research expects will ensure that participation is widened as the Corporation will have a wider pool of expertise from which to commission research.

(2) These would be service providers to be called upon to from time to time to conduct research on specified topics. A forum such as the Road Safety Advisory Council has regular meetings, provides strategic advise and may even identify areas that required research.

(3)(a) The Terms of Reference are attached.

(3)(b) The advertised expression of interest will close on 05 May 2016. Treasury regulations and guidelines on bid process will be followed in the evaluation and adjudicating of the responses from various bidders as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

25 April 2016 - NW1026

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a)(i) Who was invited to attend the National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit held on 12 March 2016 in Midrand, Gauteng, (ii) who did they represent and (b) what criteria was used to create the list of invitees; (2) what were the objectives of the specified summit; (3) were the objectives of the specified summit achieved; if so, how was this ascertained; (4) what did the specified summit cost by line item?

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) Non-governmental organisations involved in road safety

(ii) They represented the youth, faith-based organizations, people living with disabilities and others who advocate for road safety.

(b) Involvement in road safety activities or advocacy

(2) To discuss the development of the National Road Safety Strategy for 2016 – 2020

(3) Inputs were received and consolidated in the draft strategy document.

(4) R396 098 for venue hire for 500 invited guests

25 April 2016 - NW1043

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What amount has been paid to the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 financial years in the form of (aa) loans and (bb) requested financial assistance, (b) what were the reasons given for requests for financial assistance and (c) what amount has the SABC paid back to the Government in each specified financial year?

Reply:

(a) No money was paid to the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 financial years in the form of (aa) loans and (bb) requested financial assistance.

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1120

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to her reply to question 402 on 8 March 2016, what (a) is the deadline for the finalisation of the determination of the damages suffered by the plaintiff and (b) at what stage is Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The plaintiff’s claim has not been finalised as yet because PRASA still awaits the plaintiff to prove of damages to PRASA. Proving of damages is done by way of medical expert assessments, and PRASA is informed that this is underway and will be filed with PRASA and the Courts once completed. The process will culminate in a trial date and ultimately the matter will be settled.

(b) PRASA awaits the completion of the medical assessments and the filing of the matter for settlement in court.

25 April 2016 - NW1078

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Was he in Dubai at any time in December 2015; if so, (a) when and (b) what was the purpose of his visit; (2) Whether he held any meetings while in Dubai; if so, (a) what was the purpose of the specified meetings and (b) was any of the specified meetings with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma?

Reply:

(1) (2)

Minister can confirm that he was in Dubai during the month of December 2015. This was a private trip and no meetings were held where President Jacob Zuma or any member of the Gupta family was present.

25 April 2016 - NW1068

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he and/or the SA Police Service consulted the Office of the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament regarding the selection of a certain person (name furnished) as a representative of the provincial legislature at the official launch of the Office of the Judge of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation on 15 March 2016; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Police Mr Nkosinathi Nhleko and or the South African Police Services did not consult the Office of the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament regarding the selection of speakers or guests invited to the launch of the Office of the DPCI Judge on 15 March 2016. All Invited speakers and guests were directly sourced and invited by the responsible entity, Office of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Judge to attend and speak at the Launch.

25 April 2016 - NW781

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any municipalities currently under threat of having their electricity cut off by Eskom for non-payment are (a) under section 139 administration and/or (b) receiving support in terms of section 154 and/or (c) utilising a financial recovery plan imposed on the affected municipality in terms of section 139(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, (i) what is the status of the relevant interventions, (ii) when was it implemented and (iii) has there been any progress towards resolving the relevant municipality’s debt issue with Eskom?

Reply:

(a). On the list of affected municipalities that are currently under threat of disconnection by Eskom due to non-payment, Ventersdrop, Tswaing and Madibeng local municipality are the only municipalities that are under Section 139 of the Constitution.

(b). The Minister of CoGTA and the MEC in North West province have agreed to strengthen the capacity of the Administrators in Tswaing and Ventersdorp by developing Section 154 support packages. A political steering committee led by the Minister will be established to monitor and oversee the implementation of the 154 support package by the technical task team. The technical task team developed the terms of reference in February 2016 and the Administrators of Tswaing and Ventersdorp will be receiving support from the technical task team on identified areas of intervention.

(c). Yes; the affected municipalities under Section 139 of the Constitution do have financial recovery plans in place that are being monitored by the provincial treasuries.

(i). The intervention relevant to the municipal bulk electricity disconnections by Eskom in the various provinces triggered an intervention by Ministers of Cogta, Finance and Public Enterprises.

A task team was formed which constituted of Departments of Cooperative Governance, Public Enterprises, Eskom, SALGA, National Treasury and their provincial counterparts to conduct an in depth analysis into the financial status of the affected Municipalities in Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West Provinces.

The task team facilitated the development of new or revised agreements between the affected municipalities and Eskom. These are more realistic payment agreements after careful consideration of the individual municipality’s financial circumstances and taking into account other key creditors. The task team also proposed recovery plans for each municipality by identifying opportunities that will assist the municipalities to improve revenue collection and reduce non-revenue electricity.

The task team will continue to monitor adherence to the payment agreements and the implementation of the recovery plans.

(ii). The engagements with the affected municipalities were held during February and March 2016 as follows:

  • 15 -16 February 2016 for Northern Cape Municipalities;
  • 17 – 18 February 2016 for Free State Munuciplities
  • 25-26 February 2016 for Eastern Cape municipalities,
  • 26 January 2016 and 10 to 11 March 2016 for North West Municipalities;
  • 22 to 23 February and 29th of February 2016 to 04th March 2016 for Mpumalanga municipalities.

The monitoring will be a continuous process until the municipalities are up to date with their payments.

(iii). Yes; there has been progress because it is as a result of this intervention that the scheduled March 2016 disconnections were put on hold by Eskom on condition that the municipalities adhere to the payment agreements. Realistic payment plans have been signed between Eskom and most of the affected municipalities and the remaining are in the final stages of formalising the proposed agreements.

 

25 April 2016 - NW882

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) With reference to her answer to question 733 on 4 April 2016, why the Road Traffic Infringement Agency has not paid its account at the SA Post Office; (2) (a) what is the total outstanding amount payable and (b) when the account will be paid?

Reply:

  1. The SA Post office has not been paid by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency due a dispute between the Road Traffic Infringement Agency and SA Post office regarding proof of services rendered. SA Post office and Road Traffic Infringement Agency have been in discussions regarding the matter.
  2. (a) The total outstanding amount is R32 408 981.98

(b) The outstanding amount will be paid in 2 tranches. The 50% will be paid in April and the remaining 50% will be paid once the 2 parties have come to an agreement about the settlement amount.

25 April 2016 - NW890

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Economic Development

(1)Has he earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since his appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did he earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether his (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through his appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

Information on income is disclosed in annual parliamentary disclosures. No income was derived from businesses since my appointment as Minister. No family members earned income from businesses through my appointment as Minister.

-END-

25 April 2016 - NW1064

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to each community print media project funded by the Media Development and Diversity Agency in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years, (i) what was included in the operational costs, (ii) how many copies did ach project print (aa) weekly and (bb) monthly, (iii) how much did the printing of these copies cost per issue and (iv) how many copies did each project sell (aa) weekly and (bb) monthly in the specified financial years?

Reply:

Project Name

Funds Allocated

Frequency

copies

Cost

Operational costs

(a) 2013/14 Approvals

       

Tshireletso Against Women Abuse

R100, 000.00 (feasibility study).

       

Seipone Sa Sechaba

R471,400. 00(New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and internet, Lights and water, Stationery,Bank charges, and Audit fees.

UmthomboWolwazi Youth Services

R100,000.00 (feasibility study)

       

Greater Alex Today

R 492, 400.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and internet, Travel costs, Stationery, Bank charges,Audit fee and Rent.

Batlhabine Foundation

R 485, 300.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and airtime, Internet, Travel costs for Sales Team, Travel costs for Editorial Team, Stationery, Travel & Subsistence (Petrol ) – distribution of the newspaper, Rent, Bank charges and Audit Fees.

Gandhi Development Trust

R 572, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

15 000

Free

Audit Fee, Bank Charges, Stationery and Transport.

Africa Ignite

R 575, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-Monthly

40 000

Free

Telephone, Audit Fees and Bank Charges.

InquboYabantuAbancici

R 498, 500.00 (New)

Bi-Monthly

20 000

Free

Audit Fees, Bank Charges, Telephone & Internet, Office Rental, and Website Maintenance.

Gulova Magazine

R489,999.96 (Strengthening)

Monthly

5 000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipends, layout & design, telecommunications, bank charges and Audit Fees

Treasure Magazine

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Bi -monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, telecommunications, bank charges and Audit fees

Township Times

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, equipment, stipends, rent, furniture, telecommunications, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

APN Media/Impact 24/7

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, telecommunications, bank charges and Audit fees

North West on Sunday

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

5000

Free

Printing, distribution, rent,equipment,stipends, stationery, telecoms, bank charges and Audit fees

Rise ‘n Shine

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

20 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental, stipends, equipment, furniture stationery, insurance, bank charges and Audit fees

Mmaiseng News

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Fabuleux Magazine

R979,535.04 (New)

Bi- monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, mentorship, telecoms, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Religious News

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms,translators, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

(b) 2014/15 Approvals

       

Mamre News

R 498, 381.00 (New)

Monthly

5000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment,training,Website, insuarance, bank charges and Audit fees

Ledig Sun

R 479, 130.32 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and internet, Office rental, Stationery, Bank charges and Audit fee.

Bushbuckridge News

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Weekly

4000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipend and Bank charges

Kuruman Chronicle

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

8000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipend and Bank charges

Phetoho News

R350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipend, telecoms,stationery and Bank charges

2015/16 Approvals

       

The Youth Voice

R 821,700.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms,transport, website stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Ulwazi Newspaper

R 850,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Loxion News

R 750,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Transport, Rent, Stationery, Insurance, Audit Fees and Telephone.

Arise and Shine

R 619,251.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and internet,Stationery, Bank charges, Office Rental and Audit fees.

Dizindaba News

R 888,200.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

15000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rent, telecoms, and Audit fees

Ngoho News

R 811,120.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, rent, stipends, equipment, telecoms, website, bank charges and Audit fees

Ezakwazulu News

R 746,000.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, rent, stipends, equipment, telecoms, website, bank charges and Audit fees

Khanyisa News

R 1,081,248.00 (Strengthening)

Weekly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution and Audit fees

Puisano News

R 680,880.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

Rent, Bank Charges, Audit Fees, and Telephone and Internet.

Eastern Cape Women Magazine

R 807,000.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-monthly

10000

 

Printing, distribution, rental, stipends, stationery, telecoms and Audit fees

InquboYabantuAbancinci

R 530,242.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-Monthly

30 000

Free

Audit Fees, Bank Charges, Telephone & Internet, Office rental, and Website maintenance.

SMME News

R 793,500.00 (New)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms, website, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Xplore Magazine

R 1,232,600.00 (New)

Bi-monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, rental,equipment, furniture, stipends, telecoms,website, stationery, bank charges and Audit fees

Nkomazi Observer

R 603, 800.00 (Strengthening)

monthly

10000

free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rental, telecoms, website and Audit fees

Mmaiseng News

R 626, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rental, telecoms, website and Audit fees

Religious News

R 615,600.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rental, telecoms, website and Audit fees

Die Horison News

R 615,299.28 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rental, telecoms, website and Audit fees

Children Resource Centre

R 760,594.04 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone & Internet, Stationery and Bank charges.

Metro News

R 436, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rent telecoms and Audit fees

InhlosoYesizwe

R 430,200.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rent telecoms and Audit fees

Elitsha News

R 776,800.00 (New)

Monthly

200 000

Free

Office rent fee, Telecommunications(internet &telephones), Bank charges and Audit Fees

Nhlala News

R 696,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone and internet, Stationery, Office rental, Audit fees, Insurance and Bank charges.

Community News

R 663,244.00 (New)

Bi-Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone & Internet, Stationery, Bank charges, Insurance, Audit fees, Maintenance and build of database and website.

Youth Mate News

R 606,950.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone, Cell phone allowance (Editor & Sales & Marketing Officer), Travel costs for editorial team, Stationery, Office rent, electricity and water, Audit Fees, Insurance and Bank Charges.

(a) and (b) (iv) Treasure prints 10 000 copies bi-monthly. Treasure Magazine sold at R 24.95 per copy, Eastern Cape Women Magazine sold at R15,00 per copy and Gulova Magazine is sold at R5 per copy

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1069

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Police

How many (a) cases of vehicle accidents have been (i) reported and/or (ii) recorded against members of the VIP Protection Services resultant from speeding (aa) in the (aaa) 2009-10, (bbb) 2010-11, (ccc) 2011-12, (ddd) 2012-13, (eee) 2013-14 and (fff) 2014-15 and (ggg) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) of the specified cases have resulted in a sanction and/or penalty against service members in each of the specified financial years and period (c) sanctions and/or penalties in each category were issued in each of the specified financial years and period?

Reply:

Full details will folow soon as this numbers are still in the process of verification.

25 April 2016 - NW1063

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Whether the two community print media (names furnished) projects that received funding from the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in the 2014-15 financial year operated from existing offices and/or home-based offices in the years before they received funding; if not, what amount of funding was included in operational costs for office rental in each case; if so, what are the relevant details; (2)(a) how many copies does each of the specified projects print in each month, (b) what amount does each magazine and/or newspaper cost per issue and (c) how many magazines and/or newspapers has each project sold (i) since they started up in the 2012-13 financial year and (ii) since they started to receive funding from the MDDA in the 2014-15 financial year; (3) what is the detailed breakdown of the funding that each of the specified projects received from the MDDA in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(1) Ledig Sun was operating from an office that was donated or sponsored by Wesizwe Platinum as part of the mine’s Corporate Social Investment Programme.

Mamre was operating from home; however they were using the local library for the organisation’s meetings.

(2) (a) Ledig Sun prints 10 000 copies per month. Mamre prints 5 000 copies per month.

(b) Ledig Sun is distributed free of charge at a printing cost of R10, 669. 36. Mamre is distributed free of charge at a printing cost of R 7, 369. 50.

(c) (i) The two publications (Ledig Sun and Mamre) are distributed free of charge in the community and surrounding areas. They are not sold.

(ii) The two publications (Ledig Sun and Mamre) are distributed free of charge in the community and surrounding areas. They are not sold.

Funding breakdown for Ledig Sun

Ledig Sun:

Approved Budget

Item

Details

Qty

Unit cost

Total

Salaries

Editor

12

R 5,000.00

R 60,000.00

 

Sales & Marketing Manager

12

R 4,000.00

R 48,000.00

 

Journalist and Photographer

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Journalist

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Administrator & Bookkeeper

12

R 2,500.00

R 30,000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 210,000.00

Office equipments

Laptop for Editing

1

R 7, 000. 00

R 7, 000. 00

 

Desktop computer

2

R 14,000.00

R 14,000.00

 

Cameras

2

R 2, 999. 00

R 5,998.00

 

Printing Machine

1

R 700. 00

R 700. 00

 

Sub-Total

R 27, 698.00

Printing & Distribution

Printing of 8 page newspaper @ 10 000 copies

12

R 10, 669. 36

R128, 032. 32

 

Stipend for 2 distribution team members @R300.00 per person

12

R 600.00

R 7,200.00

 

Sub-Total

R 135,232.32

Operational Costs

Telephone and internet

12

R 1,000,00

R 12,000.00

 

Office rental

12

R 1, 500.00

R 18,000.00

 

Stationery

12

R 300.00

R 3,600.00

 

Bank charges

12

R 300.00

R 3, 600. 00

 

Audit fee

1

R 10,000.00

R10, 000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 47,200.00

Newspaper Development & Information Technology

Layout and design of a newspaper

12

R 2, 500. 00

R 30, 000. 00

 

Website design

1

R 5, 000. 00

R 5, 000. 00

 

Hosting

12

R 1, 000.00

R 12, 000. 00

 

Maintenance

12

R 1,000.00

R12, 000. 00

       

R 59, 000. 00

 
   

Grand Total

R 479,130.32

Funding breakdown for Mamre

Mamre News’ Approved Budget

Item

Description

Qty

Unit Price

Total

Personnel Costs

Editor

12

R 5,000.00

R 60,000.00

 

Finance and Administration Manager

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Marketing and Sales Manager

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

X2 Journalist

12

R 3,000.00

R 72,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 204,000.00

Capital Expenses

Laptop for Editorial work

1

R 6,650.00

R 6,650.00

 

Desktop

1

R 4,000.00

R 4,000.00

 

Cameras

2

R 2,999.00

R 5,998.00

 

4 in 1 printing machine

1

R 699.00

R 699.00

 

Indesign (software for layout and design of the newspaper)

1

R 5,000.00

R 5,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 22,347.00

Printing and Distribution Costs

8 page @ 5 000 copies

12

R 7,369.50

R 88,434.00

 

Distribution costs of the newspaper

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 94,434.00

Operational Costs

Telkom line and broadband

12

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Stationery

12

R 300.00

R 3,600.00

 

Office rental & electricity

12

R 1,500.00

R 18,000.00

 

Audit fees

1

R 10,000.00

R 10,000.00

 

Transport

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Insurance

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Bank charges

12

R 250.00

R 3,000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 58,600.00

Newspaper Development

& Training

Layout and design of a newspaper

12

R 2,500.00

R 30,000.00

 

Training in Sales and Marketing

2

R 20,000.00

R 40,000.00

 

Training in Writing and Editing

1

R 20,000.00

R 20,000.00

 

Website design and domain name

1

R 5,000.00

R 5,000.00

 

Website Hosting

12

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Website Maintenance

12intananceDomain nology

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 119,000.00

Grand Total

R 498,381.00

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW785

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 164 on 29 February 2016, any investigations have been launched to ascertain why the specified payments to the SA Post Office (SAPO) did not take place; if not, why not; if so, (a) what were the outcomes of such investigation(s), (b) who was responsible for the non-payment of the SAPO account, (c) how was the specified person(s) censured and (d) what mechanisms have been put in place to prevent a repetition of such an event in the future?

Reply:

No investigation was oredered on the non-payment, due to the fact that the Department was disputing the validity of the contract.

 (a) Falls away;

 (b) Since the invoice were issued and directed to TASIMA they were responsible for the payment of the Post Office services;

 (c) Falls away;

  (d) It was agreed that the invoices for those service will be billed for the Department’s account, wherein the Department will henceforth settle all the Post Office’s invoice relating to the eNaTis.

25 April 2016 - NW1070

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Police

What steps are being taken to (a) increase the capacity and (b) improve the effectiveness of the SA Police Service National Inspectorate as part of the Back to Basics strategy in order to strengthen accountability within the SA Police Service?

Reply:

Once all the steps that are being looked into are finalised , a full report will be provided.

25 April 2016 - NW1061

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) How many projects have been funded more than once since the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) started allocating funding to community print media projects and (b) what are the (i) names, (ii) street addresses and (iii) contact numbers of these projects; (2)(a) how was the second funding allocation determined in each case, (b) did each of the specified applicants provide financial statements of income and expenditure for the second application for funding and (c) did the specified applicants prove that they had advertising revenue which reflected in their magazines and/or newspaper copies; (3) how many of the specified projects (a) are still operational, in each case providing the (i) name of the project and (ii) contact details, (b) experienced (i) financial and/or (ii) any other difficulties, and (c) do not exist anymore?

Reply:

(1)(a) Community Print: 11 and Small Commercial Media: 34

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)

Project Name

Contact Person

Contact Number

Email Address

Physical Address

Africa Ignite

Antoinette Van Niekerk

031 303 5482

antoinette@africaignite.co.za

59 Henwood Road, Morningside, Durban

Gandhi Development Trust

Ela Gandhi

031 201 2067

egandhi@gdt.org.za

The foyer of M.L Sultan Campus of Durban University of Technology, Sultan Road, Durban

Children Resource Centre

Marcus Solomon

021 6330207

crcchild@telkomsa.net

Corner Mavis Road and Klipfontein Road. Rylands. AK Building.

Agenda Feminist Media

Shireen Ragunan

031 3047018

admin@agenda.org.za

Suite E302 - Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Avenue,Durban

Upstart Youth Magazine

Geoff Erasmus

046 603 7541

G.Erasmus@ru.ac.za

5 Prince Alfred Street,Grahamstown

Behind The Mask

Thuli Madi

011 403 5566

thuli@mask.org.za

Johannesburg

Sosh Times

Thabo Mooke

012 797 230

info@thabomooke.co.za

2249 Block F, Industrial Site, Pretoria.

iDekelethu/Hope Magazine

Thembisa Mjiba-Makasi

040 653 2146

dikelethunews@gmail.com

No 26 Mallock Street, Alice

Inqubo Yabantu Abancici

Adelaide Lor

0799307581

Ady.editor@gmail.com

Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Main Road Knysna

ZA Difference

Theresa Muller

011 463 8367

t.muller@zadifference.org

Johannesburg

Small Commercial Print

Name of the Project

Circulation area/District

Language

Contact Person

Cell phone

Email

Ezakwazulu News (Pinetown)

Ethekwini

Zulu

Masindi Mkhize (Publisher)

0734276113

masindimkhize@hotmail.com

Maputaland Mirror (Kwangwanase)

uMkhanyakude

Xirhonga & isiZulu

Sam S. Masinga (Publisher)

0823873970

Maputalandmirror@gmail.com

Isibani Somphakathi (Newcastle)

Amajuba

IsiZulu

James Nkosi (Publisher)

073 527 3883

isibani.newspaper@gmail.com

Inhloso Yesizwe (Ladysmith)

UThukela

Zulu

Sibusiso Shabalala (Publisher)

0832066687/ 078 810 9931

inhlosoyezwe@gmail.com

Free state News (Mangaung)

Mangaung Metro

Sesotho & English

Vinger, Moses

(Publisher)

051 447 1655

084 480 1330/ 082 477 2918

mongonana@webmail.co.za freestatenews@lantic.net

Lema Media House (Sasolburg)

Fezile Dabi

Sesotho

Mokoena, Lekhotla

(Publisher)

016 976 8285

079 185 0270

peoplesagenda@webmail.co.za

Phetoho News (Ficksburg)

Thabo Mofutsanyane District

Sotho and English

David Mokotjo

(Publisher)

 

0785356347/ 0787608237

davidmokotjo@gmail.com

Metro News (Botshabelo)

Mangaung Metro

Sotho, Xhosa and English

Pitso Mosetlhe

(Publisher)

 

0791378680

pitso@designquest.co.za

 

Masilonyana News (Theunissen)

Masilonyana

English & Sesotho

Moses, Liphoko

(Publisher)

057 733 1004

074 447 4203 / 079 564 1074

tankane@masnews.co.za / info@masnews.co.za

Taxi Talk (Mbizana)

OR Tambo

Xhosa & English

Baai, Christopher

(Publisher)

039 251 0887

083 948 4525

msabaai@gmail.com

Eastern Cape Women Magazine (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa& English

Pamela Timakwe

(Publisher)

 

0790646521

ecfmm@yahoo.com

Zithethele (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Xhosa

Motse Mfuleni

(Publisher)

041 582 2456

0829735916

motse@imbizogroup.com

.Rainbow News (Butterworth)

Emathole

Xhosa & English

Pikelela, Buhle

(Publisher)

 

083 372 9271

rainbownews@webmail.co.za

Ikhwezi News (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa

Monwabisi Khininda

(Publisher)

047 531 2124

073 260 8660

khininda@webmail.co.za

Balaodi Publishers (Polokwane)

Capricorn

SePedi

Bopape, Diphete

(Publisher)

015 291 1200

082 509 2154

dipheteb@absamail.co.za/ seipone@ magicmail.co.za

Rise & Shine (Mmodimolle)

Waterberg

English, Sipedi, Xitsonga & Tshivenda

Matodzi Gift Makananisa

Publisher

 

072 7857678, 014 717 4048 / 014 717 4637

editor@rise-n-shine.co.za

Ngoho/Bluesky Communications (Thohoyandou)

Thulamela District

Tshivenda

Pumudzo Makharimedza (Publisher)

 

082 436 8453

phumumakhara@webmail.co.za

Nhluvuko News (Polokwane/Giyani)

Mopani District

Tsonga

Ntswanwisi, Dunisani

(Publisher)

015 291 5472

073 981 8649

dunisani01@gmail.com

Coal City (Witbank)

Nkangala

English, SiSwati

& IsiZulu

Mashiane, Michelle

(Publisher)

013 690 2525

082 489 5954

michelle.coalcity@yahoo.com

2Khanyisa News (Ermelo)

Gert Sibande District

English and Zulu

Austin Moyo

(Publisher)

 

083 512 7096/ 071 219 3216/ 078 231 0019

khanyisamedia@gmail.com

Umjindi – Guardian (Barberton)

Elukwatini

SiSwati & English

Bheki Mashile

(Publisher)

 

076 748 9247

mashile.bmdmedia.bheki26@gmail.com

Bushbuckridge News(Hazyview)

Ehlanzeni District

Tsonga, Sepedi & English

Nelisiwe Ndlovu

(Publisher)

013 799 2186

0734901886

langamedia@gmail.com

Ziwaphi News (Nelspruit)

Ehlanzeni

English & Swati

Tom Nkosi

(Publisher)

013 752 6482

082 553 4067

tom@ziwaphi.com

Nkomazi Observer (Komartipoort)

Ehlanzeni

Siswati and English

Mduduzi Masimula

(Publisher)

 

0763083530

nkomaziobserver@gmail.com

Winelands Echo (Paarl)

Cape Winelands

Afrikaans & English

Joseph Bushby

(Publisher)

021 862 9278

076 219 6534

winelandsecho@exclusivemail.co.za ads.wlecho@gmail.com

Dizindaba Media (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

Xhosa

Edward Mangxaba

(Publisher)

021 591 1708

078 328 2168/0

dizindabanewspaper@gmail.com / anetta@dizindaba.co.za

Treasure Magazine (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Fadia Mohamed

(Publisher)

 

021 592 1897/ 073 478 1728

fadia@treasuremag.co.za

Heartbeat 24/7 (Atlantis)

City of Cape Town

Afrikaans, Xhosa & English

Peter Lategan

(Publisher)

 

082 4393 023

peter@impact247.co.za

Chalkline (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English & Afrikaans

Peach, Willida

(Publisher)

021 9877 062

083 452 6856

willida@peachcom.co.za

Die Horison (Upington)

Siyanda District

Afrikaans,Damara, Khoi, Xhosa & Tswana

John Cloete

(Publisher)

 

083 416 4539

diehorison@gmail.com

Kuruman Chronicle (Kuruman)

John Taolo Gaetseye

Setswana and English

Yvonne Chabaesele

(Publisher)

 

0783888259/0768682475

kurumanchronicle@gmail.com

platinumpress@webmail.co.za

Mmaiseng News (Pampierstad)

Francis Baard

English & Setswana

Sam Sera

Publisher

 

0764980936/ 0732985963

otladisasera@gmail.com

Mmekgadigang News (Mahikeng)

Ngaka Modiri Molema District

Tswana & English

Aaron Maleke(Publisher)

 

0798845863

Mmegadikgang@gmail.com

Northwest on Sunday (Mahikeng)

Ngaka Modiri Molema

English & Setswana

Paul Moola

Publisher

 

076 063 1319

northwestonsunday@webmail.co.za

(2)(a) Support for strengthening is determined on the basis of providing the grantee a financial boost to increase the distribution footprint and print run, while at the same moving the newspaper from printing monthly to fortnightly. It is also determined based on the socio economic conditions of the coverage area, taking note of the fact that the 12 months injection was not sufficient to enable the business to establish itself in the market and break even in term of income generation. The MDDA also takes consideration of how the project has conducted its operations, in respect to reporting and adherence to compliance issues as stipulated in the Grant in Aid Agreement. The Monitoring and Evaluation unit also makes recommendations for second support where it has identified existing potential in the projects monitored.

(b) Yes, the MDDA allocates funding for an audit to be conducted on the project’s operations when implementing the third tranche; this report is submitted to the MDDA with the third tranche narrative and financial report before the release of the fourth tranche. The financial statements are a determinant when recommending the project for strengthening as they give confidence in the project’s financial management potential.

(c) When reporting the projects submit copies of all publications which are reviewed as part of the report. Progress made by the project is also reflected in the narrative report.

(3)(a) Community Print

Project Name

Contact Person

Contact Number

Email Address

Physical Address

Africa Ignite

Antoinette Van Niekerk

031 303 5482

antoinette@africaignite.co.za

59 Henwood Road, Morningside, Durban

Children Resource Centre

Marcus Solomon

021 6330207

crcchild@telkomsa.net

Corner Mavis Road and Klipfontein Road. Rylands. AK Building.

Agenda Feminist Media

ShireenRagunan

031 3047018

admin@agenda.org.za

Suite E302 - Diakonia Centre, 20 DiakoniaAvenue,Durban

Upstart Youth Magazine

Geoff Erasmus

046 603 7541

G.Erasmus@ru.ac.za

5 Prince Alfred Street,Grahamstown

Sosh Times

Thabo Mooke

012 797 230

info@thabomooke.co.za

2249 Block F, Industrial Site, Pretoria.

iDekelethu/Hope Magazine

ThembisaMjiba-Makasi

040 653 2146

dikelethunews@gmail.com

No 26 Mallock Street, Alice

InquboYabantuAbancici

Adelaide Lor

0799307581

Ady.editor@gmail.com

Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Main Road Knysna

Small Commercial Print

Name of the Project

Circulation area/District

Language

Contact Person

Cell phone

Email

1. Ezakwazulu News (Pinetown)

Ethekwini

Zulu

MasindiMkhize (Publisher)

0734276113

masindimkhize@hotmail.com

2. Maputaland Mirror (Kwangwanase)

uMkhanyakude

Xirhonga& isiZulu

Sam S. Masinga (Publisher)

0823873970

Maputalandmirror@gmail.com

3. IsibaniSomphakathi (Newcastle)

Amajuba

IsiZulu

James Nkosi (Publisher)

073 527 3883

isibani.newspaper@gmail.com

4. InhlosoYesizwe (Ladysmith)

UThukela

Zulu

SibusisoShabalala (Publisher)

0832066687/ 078 810 9931

inhlosoyezwe@gmail.com

1.Free state News (Mangaung)

Mangaung Metro

Sesotho & English

Vinger, Moses

(Publisher)

051 447 1655

084 480 1330/ 082 477 2918

mongonana@webmail.co.zafreestatenews@lantic.net

2.Lema Media House (Sasolburg)

FezileDabi

Sesotho

Mokoena, Lekhotla

(Publisher)

016 976 8285

079 185 0270

peoplesagenda@webmail.co.za

3. Phetoho News (Ficksburg)

Thabo Mofutsanyane District

Sotho and English

David Mokotjo

(Publisher)

 

0785356347/ 0787608237

davidmokotjo@gmail.com

4. Metro News (Botshabelo)

Mangaung Metro

Sotho, Xhosa and English

PitsoMosetlhe

(Publisher)

 

0791378680

pitso@designquest.co.za

5.Masilonyana News (Theunissen)

Masilonyana

English & Sesotho

Moses, Liphoko

(Publisher)

057 733 1004

074 447 4203 / 079 564 1074

tankane@masnews.co.za / info@masnews.co.za

1.Taxi Talk (Mbizana)

OR Tambo

Xhosa & English

Baai, Christopher

(Publisher)

039 251 0887

083 948 4525

msabaai@gmail.com

2. Eastern Cape Women Magazine (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa& English

Pamela Timakwe

(Publisher)

 

0790646521

ecfmm@yahoo.com

3. Zithethele (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Xhosa

MotseMfuleni

(Publisher)

041 582 2456

0829735916

motse@imbizogroup.com

4.Rainbow News (Butterworth)

Emathole

Xhosa & English

Pikelela, Buhle

(Publisher)

 

083 372 9271

rainbownews@webmail.co.za

5. Ikhwezi News (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa

MonwabisiKhininda

(Publisher)

047 531 2124

073 260 8660

khininda@webmail.co.za

1.Balaodi Publishers (Polokwane)

Capricorn

SePedi

Bopape, Diphete

(Publisher)

015 291 1200

082 509 2154

dipheteb@absamail.co.za/ seipone@ magicmail.co.za

2. Ngoho/Bluesky Communications (Thohoyandou)

Thulamela District

Tshivenda

PumudzoMakharimedza (Publisher)

 

082 436 8453

phumumakhara@webmail.co.za

3.Nhluvuko News (Polokwane/Giyani)

Mopani District

Tsonga

Ntswanwisi, Dunisani

(Publisher)

015 291 5472

073 981 8649

dunisani01@gmail.com

1.Coal City (Witbank)

Nkangala

English, SiSwati

& IsiZulu

Mashiane, Michelle

(Publisher)

013 690 2525

082 489 5954

michelle.coalcity@yahoo.com

2. Khanyisa News (Ermelo)

GertSibande District

English and Zulu

Austin Moyo

(Publisher)

 

083 512 7096/ 071 219 3216/ 078 231 0019

khanyisamedia@gmail.com

3. Umjindi – Guardian (Barberton)

Elukwatini

SiSwati & English

BhekiMashile

(Publisher)

 

076 748 9247

mashile.bmdmedia.bheki26@gmail.com

4. Bushbuckridge News(Hazyview)

Ehlanzeni District

Tsonga, Sepedi& English

NelisiweNdlovu

(Publisher)

013 799 2186

0734901886

langamedia@gmail.com

5. Ziwaphi News (Nelspruit)

Ehlanzeni

English & Swati

Tom Nkosi

(Publisher)

013 752 6482

082 553 4067

tom@ziwaphi.com

6. Nkomazi Observer (Komartipoort)

Ehlanzeni

Siswati and English

MduduziMasimula

(Publisher)

 

0763083530

nkomaziobserver@gmail.com

1.Winelands Echo (Paarl)

Cape Winelands

Afrikaans & English

Joseph Bushby

(Publisher)

021 862 9278

076 219 6534

winelandsecho@exclusivemail.co.zaads.wlecho@gmail.com

2. Dizindaba Media (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

Xhosa

Edward Mangxaba

(Publisher)

021 591 1708

021 591 0408

078 328 2168/0

dizindabanewspaper@gmail.com / anetta@dizindaba.co.za

3. Treasure Magazine (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Fadia Mohamed

(Publisher)

 

021 592 1897/ 073 478 1728

fadia@treasuremag.co.za

4. Heartbeat 24/7 (Atlantis)

City of Cape Town

Afrikaans, Xhosa & English

Peter Lategan

(Publisher)

 

082 4393 023

peter@impact247.co.za

1. Die Horison (Upington)

Siyanda District

Afrikaans,Damara, Khoi, Xhosa & Tswana

John Cloete

(Publisher)

 

083 416 4539

diehorison@gmail.com

2. Kuruman Chronicle (Kuruman)

John TaoloGaetseye

Setswana and English

Yvonne Chabaesele

(Publisher)

 

0783888259/0768682475

kurumanchronicle@gmail.com

platinumpress@webmail.co.za

3. Mmaiseng News (Pampierstad)

Francis Baard

English & Setswana

Sam Sera

Publisher

 

0764980936/ 0732985963

otladisasera@gmail.com

1. Mmekgadigang News (Mahikeng)

NgakaModiriMolema District

Tswana & English

Aaron Maleke(Publisher)

 

0798845863

Mmegadikgang@gmail.com

2. Northwest on Sunday (Mahikeng)

NgakaModiriMolema

English & Setswana

Paul Moola

Publisher

 

076 063 1319

northwestonsunday@webmail.co.za

(b) (i) The list provided gives a view of projects that have completed their grant cycle who continue to receive any form of non financial support and projects that are currently in the cycle therefore receiving funding.

(ii) Project that are fully disbursed are likely to encounter challenges beyond the grant fund due to varying socio economic conditions in their areas of operation. These include challenges in retaining staff, printing consistantly due to delays in payments by clients including government, in some instances they experience challenges in paying rent and other operational costs.

(c) One project (Gandhi Development Trust) has informed the MDDA about the closure of its operations.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1040

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether the SA Broadcasting Corporation intends to hold elections for the best worker at the public broadcaster; if not, why not; if so, (a) what amount will be allocated as prize money for the staff members who win the election and (b) which budget will the funding be drawn from?

Reply:

Yes. The SABC has a formal Employee Recognition Award Programme which has just been recently approved. It is intended to be implemented in the year 2016/17. The staff will nominate the best employee. The nominated employees will be given different types of prizes that can range from cash, gifts, certificates, holiday packages and so on. The Programme forms part of organisational methods of recognizing excellence thereby improving the morale and performance.

a) It cannot determine in advance how much employees will get because it will depend on the categories they get voted for.

b) The organization budgets for these awards and will continue to do so based on the affordability

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

25 April 2016 - NW1032

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why has the water leakage problems experienced with the Gautrain project, particularly at the Rosebank station in Johannesburg, not yet been resolved, (b) when is it anticipated that the matter will be resolved, (c) what are the costs to date in this regard and (d)(i) who will bear the specified costs and (ii) why?

Reply:

(a) The portion of the Gautrain tunnel where the ingress of water is above specification and where Bombela have been ordered to carry out Tunnel Remedial Works in terms of an order of the Arbitration Federation of Southern Africa Tribunal is limited to a stretch of tunnel between Park Station and a shaft known as E2 some 2 km south of Rosebank. Bombela’s design of the Tunnel Remedial Works in this section necessary to comply with the Tribunal’s orders has reached an advanced stage. Bombela has however, in parallel, also decided to apply to the High Court to have the Tribunal’s orders to remedy the water ingress set aside. This opposing action of Bombela is currently delaying the implementation of the Tunnel Remedial Works.

(b) The matter is to be heard in the High Court on 6 and 7 June 2016. The resolution of the matter is dependent on the ruling of the Court. It is at this stage unclear how long the Court will take to make its ruling.

(c) There are no costs to date for the Province. Bombela’s cost related to the remedial works is unknown because Bombela is not obliged to make this information available to the Province.

(d) (i) Bombela must bear the costs.

     (ii) Bombela is obliged, in terms of the Tribunal’s Award, to remedy the tunnel water leakage problem between Park Station and Shaft E2, at its own cost.

25 April 2016 - NW1059

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) What type of training is provided to applicants who apply for funding through the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and (b) what are the full details of the training provided to each separate print media project in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years; (2) does the MDDA ensure that the type of printing used by the product owner in any given community print media project is the most cost effective to enable a bigger profit for the specified business owners; if not, why not; if so, does the product owner himself get comparative quotes for printing? NW1192E

Reply:

(1)(a) Annually, once the projects have been approved, the MDDA convenes a grantee orientation workshop. During the workshop various topics are covered, including reporting, basic financial management of the grant funds, financial reporting, and sales and marketing. The projects are exposed to various role players who share their experiences and knowledge of managing a media house. Other trainings and workshops are organised on the recommendations of the monitoring and evaluation unit or based on weaknesses as identified during reporting or during site visits by the officers.

(b)

Year

(a) Type of training

(b) Date

(b) Training Partner

(b) Cost (R)

(i) 2013/

2014

Training on broadcast & electronic media

July 2013

Media, Information & Technologies Sector Education & Training Authority (MICT-SETA): The Media Workshop, Spectrum School of Business; & IAJ

1, 050, 00

 

Grantee orientation workshop

17-18 February 2014

MDDA

324, 300

 

Training in Finance Management & pre-testing for MDDA Finance Management Guidebook

13 -14 January 2013

MDDA

200, 000

 

Media Literacy & Culture of Reading (MKK)

22-27 September 2013

Fried Ebert Stiftung(FES), Whale Coast Monitor & Bush Radio

200, 000

 

Media Literacy & Culture of Reading Summit

11-13 April 2014

Dept of Education Limpopo, GCIS, University of Limpopo & The Star Newspaper

343, 000

 

Media Literacy Photography Workshop

07 October 2013

MDDA

N/I

 

Corporate Governance Training

16 May 2013

Sizwe Media

270, 999

 

Spectrum Finance Management

March – February 2014

Spectrum School of business

200, 000

 

People Management & Marketing and Advertising

June - September 2014

IAJ

270, 835

 

Multi Media for Print

27-31 January 2014

IAJ

500, 000

 

Media Journalism course

October 2013 – April 2014

Media Workshop

230, 000

(ii) 2014/ 2015

Learning Forum

21-22 May 2015

MDDA

510, 000

 

Grantee Compliance Orientation Workshop

23-24 March 2015

MDDA

277, 372

(iii)2015/

2016

Media Literacy Summit

10 – 12 April 2015

Dept of Education Northern Cape/MDDA

300, 000

 

World Press Freedom Day - May 03

5 May 2015

MDDA/

UNESCO

150, 000

 

ML Exchange Programme

5 – 7 October 2015

MDDA

250, 500

 

Advanced Radio Certificate

2015/16

Wits Radio Academy

300, 000

 

Station Advisory and Monitoring

2016

Wits Radio Academy

374, 300

 

Grantee Orientation Workshop

30 March – 1 April 2016

MDDA

800, 000

 

Science Journalism

17 – 18 February 2016

MDDA/

SAASTA

155, 000

 

Online Training - The Writers Room Website

2016

Uhuru Press

161, 220

(2) During the Grantee Orientation, all the major print houses are invited to engage with the beneficiaries and they are taken through how the printing business works, how they should submit their work to the printers and on the layout and intricacies involved in printing a newspaper of magazine. As indicated in Question 3, the MDDA negotiates printing discounts and the Publishers are advised of these discounts, with the flexibility to select the nearest, preferred printing house. The MDDA intervenes regularly in instances where it is notified of relationship challenges between the printer and publisher.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW964

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) How many vacancies currently exist in each department in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, (b) what are the relevant details in each case, (c) what plans does NMBM have in place to fill the specified vacancies? (2) What are the required number of civil engineers for the specified municipality? (3) What are the relevant details of the specified municipality’s expenditure on (a) consultants, (b) legal fees and (c) marketing and communications (i) in the (aa) 2011-12, (bb) 2012-13, (cc) 2013-14, (dd) 2014-15 and (ee) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(1)(a)

According to the municipality, currently total number of vacant positions is 1774, out of an approved staff establishment of 7 234.

(1)(b)

The table below provides a detailed summary of the vacancies per Directorate, as provided by the municipality:

Directorate

Vacancies

Public Health

290

Special Programmes

14

Office of the Chief Operating Officer

24

Infrastructure and Engineering

523

Electricity and Energy

219

Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture

146

Municipal Manager

5

Budget and Treasury

158

Safety and Security

161

Executive Mayor

12

Human Settlements

117

Corporate Services

105

Total =

1774

All recruitment processes were stopped with the implementation of a moratorium on the filling of vacancies on 18 June 2015, due to financial constraints.

(1) (c)

According to the Municipality, the moratorium on the filling of critical vacancies has now been uplifted. A Critical Vacancy Task Team was established in December 2015 consisting of top management in the Municipality. This Task Team has been mandated to priorize the filling of critical vacancies, especially during the 2015/16 municipal financial year.

As from 1 April 2016 to date, 150 recruitment notices are at various stages of the internal HR processes. These recruitment notices represent approximately 200 critical vacant positions. To date four adverts have been placed with a minimum of fifteen positions to go out on a weekly basis as from the end of April 2016.

(2)

According to the municipality, the required number of Civil Engineers is 5 (2 Roads, 2 Water and 1 Transport).

3 (a)

According to the Municipality, the éstimated expenditure on consultants in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13,2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 since 1 April 2016 is R846,200 000.

See table below for expenditure per year:

FINANCIAL YEAR

Costs of consultants R (000)

2011/12

135.5

2012/13

170.9

2013/14

185.6

2014/15

191.3

2015/16 ( April 2016)

162.9

Total

846.2

(3) (b)

According to the Municipality, during the financial years in question, a total of R94 597 647 was spent on legal fees. The details per annum are provided in the table below.

Legal expenses for 2011-12; 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R15 339 703

2012/13

R14 746 821

2013/14

R17 677 108

2014/15

R22 173 641

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R24 660 374

TOTAL

R94 597 647

(3) (c)

According to the Municipality, during the financial years in question, R27 439 424 was spent on marketing and communications. The details per annum are provided in the table below.

Marketing and communications expenditure for 2011-12; 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R7 150 996

2012/13

R2 718 742

2013/14

R4 714 848

2014/15

R7 152 258

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R5 702 580

Total

R27 439 424

25 April 2016 - NW987

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Has the Afro 4000 locomotive which derailed at Modderrivier south of Kimberley, Northern Cape, been removed; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the cost of damage to the derailed locomotive and (b) can the repairs be done in South Africa?

Reply:

Yes the Afro 4000 has been removed.

(a) The cost of the derailed locomotive is R50m.

(b) All components of the sub-systems on the Afro 4000 locomotive have local suppliers and/or agents. Therefore it is possible to be repaired in South Africa. Local capability for the body repairs of the Afro 4000 is yet to be determined. The details will be confirmed once the current legal process is resolved and the procurement process for the repairs can be finalized.

25 April 2016 - NW1028

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Basson, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

What (i) is the planned launch date for the National Public Transport Regulator and (ii) are the (aa) timelines and (bb) time frames in this regard and (b) at what is the current status of this process?

Reply:

a) (i) 30 June 2016

(ii) (aa) and (bb) same as above

b) The Minister will gazette the opening of the National Public Transport Regulator for receiving applications for tourist transport services by May 2016. The date for receiving applications for interprovincial transport services will be phrased in at later stage.

25 April 2016 - NW929

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Economic Development

Has (a) he and/or (b) his Deputy Minister ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting?

Reply:

According to our records, no requests were received from the said family for bilateral meetings at their home for either business or social purposes in either the current or the previous administration. 

In the previous administration, members of the said family were present at public functions that I attended and addressed and were thus engaged at the events.

-END-

25 April 2016 - NW1062

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) What steps has the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) taken to assist community print media businesses in distress, taking into consideration the huge amounts of taxpayers’ monies invested in these projects; (2) what is the (a) success rate of allocation models used by the MDDA to fund community print media projects in terms of the number of projects that (i) have been funded and (ii) are still operational in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years, and (b) overall success rate as a percentage; (3)(a) what amount was allocated to each community print media project in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) what are the (i) names and (ii) amounts paid to each project in the specified period?

Reply:

(1) Support for strengthening is determined on the basis of providing the grantee a financial boost to increase the distribution footprint and print run, while at the same moving the newspaper from printing monthly to fortnightly. It is also determined based on the socio economic conditions of the coverage area, taking note of the fact that the 12 months injection was not sufficient to enable the business to establish itself in the market and break even in term of income generation.

(2) (a) The MDDA has funded a total of 53 community print projects, of which 24 are still operational, and 68 Small Commercial projects, of which 45 are still operational.

(b) About 70% of supported projects since inception are still operating. This percentage takes into consideration the fact that those that are no longer in the funding cycle are struggling to maintain momentum and thus to be consistent or operate at full capacity. Based on this analysis it can be argued that the success rate of models funded by the MDDA is good but there is room for improvement.

(3)(a)(i) and (b)(i) and (ii)

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2013/14 Approvals

Tshireletso Against Women Abuse

R100, 000.00 (feasibility study).

Seipone Sa Sechaba

R471,400. 00 (New)

Umthombo Wolwazi Youth Services

R100,000.00 (feasibility study)

Greater Alex Today

R 492, 400.00 (New)

Batlhabine Foundation

R 485, 300.00 (New)

Gandhi Development Trust

R 572, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Africa Ignite

R 575, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Inqubo Yabantu Abancici

R 498, 500.00 (New)

Gulova Magazine

R489,999.96 (Strengthening)

Treasure Magazine

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Township Times

R700,000.00 (New)

APN Media/Impact 24/7

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

North West on Sunday

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Rise ‘n Shine

R700,000.00 (New)

Mmaiseng News

R700,000.00 (New)

Fabuleux Magazine

R979,535.04 (New)

Religious News

R700,000.00 (New)

(a)(ii) and (b)(i) and (ii)

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2014/15 Approvals

Mamre News

R 498, 381.00 (New)

Ledig Sun

R 479, 130.32 (New)

Bushbuckridge News

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Kuruman Chronicle

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Phetoho News

R350,000.00 (Strengthening)

   

(a)(iii) and (b)(i) and (ii)

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2015/16 Approvals

The Youth Voice

R 821,700.00 (New)

Ulwazi Newspaper

R 850,000.00 (New)

Loxion News

R 750,000.00 (New)

Arise and Shine

R 619,251.00 (New)

Dizindaba News

R 888,200.00 (Strengthening)

Ngoho News

R 811,120.00 (Strengthening)

Ezakwazulu News

R 746,000.00 (Strengthening)

Khanyisa News

R 1,081,248.00 (Strengthening)

Puisano News

R 680,880.00 (Strengthening)

Eastern Cape Women Magazine

R 807,000.00 (Strengthening)

Inqubo Yabantu Abancinci

R 530,242.00 (Strengthening)

SMME News

R 793,500.00 (New)

Xplore Magazine

R 1,232,600.00 (New)

Nkomazi Observer

R 603, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Mmaiseng News

R 626, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Religious News

R 615,600.00 (Strengthening)

Die Horison News

R 615,299.28 (Strengthening)

Children Resource Centre

R 760,594.04 (Strengthening)

Metro News

R 436, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Inhloso Yesizwe

R 430,200.00 (Strengthening)

Elitsha News

R 776,800.00 (New)

Nhlala News

R 696,000.00 (New)

Community News

R 663,244.00 (New)

Youth Mate News

R 606,950.00 (New)

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1077

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether all the winners of the 15th Metro FM Awards held on 27 February 2016 have received their prize money; if not, (a) why not, (b) which of the winners have not received their prize money, (c) when will they receive their prize money and (d) in what format has/will the prize money be transferred?

Reply:

No, not all winners have received their prize money yet.(a) 

 (a) Various reasons, including:

  • Incorrect proof of banking supplied by artist and/or his Management Company.
  • Non submission of certified copies of identification from artist
  • No submission of supporting documents yet from artist and/or Management Company.

 (b) The following artists have not received payment:

  • Best Kwaito Album – DJBongs;
  • Best Remix Single – AKA;
  • Best Duo/Group - DBN Nyts;
  • Best Hip Hop - Casper Nyovest ;
  • Best Afro-Pop Album – Nathi;
  • Song of the Year – Nathi.

 (c) Three of the artists have submitted the required documentation and will be paid on 22 April 2016. The remaining two artists will be paid when their documentation is received.

 (d) EFT.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1042

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) How many internal disciplinary processes were lodged against staff (i) in the (aa) 2014-15 and (bb) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 in (aaa) her ministry, (bbb) department and (ccc) the entities reporting to her and (b) what are the reasons for the internal disciplinary processes in each instance; (2)  whether any of the specified staff members have been suspended with full pay; if so, (a) for how long has each staff member been suspended, (b) what is the total amount spent on the salaries and other benefits of the specified suspended staff members to date, (c) what other legal costs have been incurred in respect of the specified disciplinary actions and (d) what has her department's success rate been to date in the investigations of the specified suspensions; (3)  what measures has she put in place to curtail expenditure on disciplinary procedures and processes in the future, if any?

Reply:

Department of Communications:

1 (a) The Minister of Communications does not have any internal disciplinary processes that were lodged against staff (i) in the (aa) 2014-15 and (bb) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1April 2016 in (aaa) her ministry, (bbb) department (b) there are no reasons for internal disciplinary processes in each instance, (2) there are no suspensions with pay (a) therefore no duration of suspensions (c) there are no legal costs incurred and (d) there has been no investigations conducted for all the financial years , (3) There are no measures put in place as the Ministry did not and does not have disciplinary processes lodged against staff to date .

Government Communication and Information System:

1. a) (i) (aa) One (1) internal disciplinary process in 2014-15.

(bb) One (1) internal disciplinary process in 2015-16.

(ii) None since 1 April 2016.

b) (i) Gross and fraudulent misrepresentation of credentials. Using state resources for private business. Gross disrespect, insolence and insubordination towards supervisor.

(ii) Repeated absence from work without authorization. Prejudicing the administration, discipline and efficiency of the Department. Gross Dereliction of Duty. Gross Negligence. Financial Misconduct. Bringing the name of the department into disrepute.

2. Yes,

(a) (i) Suspended with full pay for six (6) months during 2014/15

(ii) Suspended with full pay for two (2) months during 2015/16

 (b) (i) Total : R453 970.14

(ii) Total: R117 582.96

 (c) (i) Yes, legal costs to the value of R312 509. 94 were incurred

(ii) None

 (d) (i) The case was finalised in November 2014. The official was discharged due to misconduct.

(ii) The case will be presided at Gauteng Public Service Sector Bargaining Council.

The department awaits hearing date.

3. The Executing Authority ensures that cases are dealt with within stipulated timeframes in accordance with Resolution 1/2003 as well adhering to MPAT standards on finalisation of cases through promoting and monitoring departmental consequence management for poor compliance.

South African Broadcasting Corporation:

(1)(i)(ccc) 37 in 2014/15 - dishonesty, negligence, non-compliance.

(i)(ccc) 26 in 2015/16 - dishonesty, negligence, non-compliance, sexual harassment and leaking of information.

(ii)(ccc) 155 since 1 April 2016 for dishonesty.

(1)(b) Reasons listed above.

(2)(a) There are 14 employees on suspension as at 31 March 2016. The SABC suspensions range between 1 to 18 months.

(b) The SABC believes the issue of the employees’ salaries should be respected and treated with strictest confidentiality.

(c) Any legal action and costs are confidential SABC matters, however, in both (b) and (c) once the financial costs have been calculated, they are disclosed in the audited financial statement as required by the Broadcasting Act and the PFMA which are published in the SABC’s Annual Report tabled in Parliament.

(d) A number of staff members have already been dismissed whilst others are still in the disciplinary process.

(3) The SABC has been providing training to staff on a number of its internal polices (including fraud and corruption awareness campaigns) in order to educate staff on policy matters and prevent any non-compliance to policies which can lead to disciplinary processes.

Brand South Africa:

(1)(a) (i) (aa) One.

(a) (i) (bb) One.

(a) (ii) (ccc) Zero.

(b) (a)(i)(aa) Unauthorised use of the credit card.

(b) (a) (i) (bb) Employee failed to carry out a recommendation to undergo staff management training.

(b) (ii) (ccc) None.

(2) Not applicable

(3)  This was an isolated case and it is not widespread. Measures and controls are currently in place to minimise the number of disciplinary hearings. The organisation will continue to workshop policies to new and existing employees. Management has decided to cancel the one credit card the organisation had.

Film and Publications Board:

(1) (a)(i)(aa) 16 cases relating to: Fruitless Expenditure (x3) resulting to Verbal Warnings; Non-Compliance with procedures (x4) resulting to Written Warnings; Unauthorised Absence (x 2) Written Warnings; Failure to Meet Performance Delivery resulting to Written Warning; Dereliction of Duty – Case withdrawn; Theft of FPB Materials (x2) resulting to Dismissal; Dishonesty / Disreputable behavior (x 3) resulting to Dismissal

(a)(i)(bb) 10 cases relating to: Non-compliance with procedures (x5) resulting to Verbal Warnings; Unauthorised Absence (x 2) resulting to Written Warnings; Disrespectful Conduct resulting to Verbal Warning; Disrespectful Conduct resulting to Written Warning; Improper Work Etiquette – Verbal Warning

(ii)(i)(ccc) No internal disciplinary processes were lodged against staff.

(2)(a) 5 employees have been suspended for periods ranging between 2 and 6 months.

(b) The total amount spent on salaries and benefits of the suspended employees to date is R747,868.00

(c) R415,413.00 was spent on legal representation

(d) One employee was reinstated as no evidence was found, one case was withdrawn as the employee’s contract ended, 3 employees were dismissed but one was reinstated by the CCMA.

(3) The FPB has negotiated preferential hourly-rate Service Level Agreements with Legal Firms on the service provider database. The FPB utilizes internal legal resources for prosecution of disciplinary cases, wherever practicable.

Media Development and Diversity Agency:

(1) (a)(i)(aa) No internal disciplinary processes was lodged against staff.

(a)(i)(bb) No internal disciplinary processes were lodged against staff.

(ii)(i)(ccc) No internal disciplinary processes were lodged against staff.

(2) No staff members were suspended with full pay.

(3) The MDDA has comprehensively reviewed its internal performance management and disciplinary process and procedures in 2015/16 to enable any identification of underperformance or irregular activity by staff members to minimize the potential for the full grievance and suspension procedures to be necessary.

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa:

(1) (a)(i)(aa) 9 cases relating to misconducted and 1 relating to incapacity due to poor work performance on probation

(a)(i)(bb) 6 cases relating to misconducted.

(ii)(i)(ccc) 2 cases relating to misconducted.

(2)(a) 7 employees have been suspended for periods ranging between 1.5 and 5 months.

(b) The total amount spent on salaries and benefits of the suspended employees to date is R927,186.26

(c) R102,600 was spent on legal representation

(d) All employees who were suspended were eventually dismissed, subsequent to disciplinary hearings. Three of them unsuccessfully lodged disputes at the CCMA.

(3) Measures to curtail expenditures includes:

  • A clear disciplinary code and procedure has been developed to guide both employees and line manager on employment conduct and disciplinary measures, and extensive training has been conducted throughout the organization on approved Disciplinary Code and Procedure.
  • ICASA has in the last financial year started to have managers trained on how to prepare, conduct and initiate disciplinary hearings.
  • Disciplinary hearings are conducted as an internal process, with the Employee Relations Specialist being an Employer Representative, without the constant involvement of Lawyers.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1058

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) What are the details of the model that the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) uses to allocate funding for community (i) print media and (ii) projects, (b) how are the allocations done and (c) what are the criteria for each allocation made; (2) whether at least three separate quotations are asked from printers before allocations are considered by the MDDA for the printing of magazines and/or newspapers of community print media projects; if not, how are the allocated amounts determined; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether at least three separate quotations are requested for (a) office rentals and (b) furniture that needs to be bought for each community (i) print media and (ii) radio project before funding allocations are considered by the MDDA; if not how does the MDDA allocate the money in each case; (4) does the applicant provide projected costs and/or monthly expenditure analysis to the MDDA when applying for funding; if not, why not; if so, how is it compiled; (5) does the applicant need any business skills and/or background before being  considered for funding by the MDDA; if not, do all applicants receive basic financial training?

Reply:

(a)(i) and (ii) see the link: http://www.pmg.org.za/files/RNW1058Circle.docx

(b) The allocation is done based on the applications received and budget available in the specific financial year.

(c) The criteria for funding is listed on the application forms that are easily downloadable from the MDDA website. Screening of the applications received is guided by the funding guidelines and criteria, which are based on the mandate of the MDDA as stipulated in Section 3 of the MDDA Act of 2002. These guidelines and criteria are also posted on the MDDA website for easy reference by the applicants. Please refer:

ttp://www.mdda.org.za/Application%20Requirements%20for%20MDDA%20F unding.pdf

2. Every financial year the MDDA engages the major national printing houses and negotiates printing discounts for all of its supported publications. These printing houses include CAXTON, PAARLCOLDSET and RISING SUN. The discounted rates range between 10% and 20% of the normal printing price, depending on the print run of each publication. During assessment of applications and engaging projects on budgeting, publishers are alerted to these discounts and are able to select a printer of their choice. The nearest printer to the publication is always a preferred option to avoid transport costs and the amount will be the discounted rates as quoted by the printers.

3. (a)(i) The MDDA research unit has compiled a standardised cost structure on rental, which acts as a guide.. The applicant advises on the area in which the office will be located, and an assessment is done on the standard rates of rental costs in the area. An estimate is recommended for approval, to which the beneficiary will be obliged to adhere to during implementation.

(a)(ii) The MDDA research unit has compiled a standardised cost structure on rental, which acts as a guide. The applicant advises on the area in which the office will be located, and an assessment is done on the standard rates of rental costs in the area. An estimate is recommended for approval, to which the beneficiary will be obliged to adhere to during implementation

(b)(i) The MDDA research unit has compiled a standardised cost structure on furniture and equipment, which acts as a guide. During on-site assessment, which involves budgeting, projects are engaged on these standardised costs from major retailers and the publisher advises which retailer is nearest, e.g. Game, Incredible Connexion etc. On approval, the Grant in Aid Agreement includes a clause which obliges the grantee to source three different quotes before procuring any equipment or furniture and purchase from the lowest bidder.

(b)(ii) The MDDA research unit has compiled a standardised cost structure on furniture and equipment, which acts as a guide. During on-site assessment, which involves budgeting, projects are engaged on these standardised costs from major retailers and the publisher advises which retailer is nearest, e.g. Game, Incredible Connexion etc. On approval, the Grant in Aid Agreement includes a clause which obliges the grantee to source three different quotes before procuring any equipment or furniture and purchase from the lowest bidder.

4. The applicants submit an application form together with a business plan amongst the documents required as part of compliance. If the applicant meets the criteria but the business plan does not have three year financial projections, the applicant will be required to submit these projections before an assessment is conducted on the project. During assessment, the MDDA official will probe these financial projections and all matters relating to sustainability plans. These form part of the Project Justification Reports that are submitted to the MDDA Board during adjudication. The Grant in Aid Agreement includes Annexure A - the Schedule of Particulars, which provides a detailed guide on how the funds will be spent over four tranches. These tranches are allocated over a cycle of 12 months, and if, at any time during this cycle, the project has not complied, corrective measures are put in place as provided in the Grant in Aid Agreement.

5. Applicants are required to submit, amongst other documents, their profiles or CVs; this also includes the copies or samples of their publications. Consideration is given based on the strength of the motivation, which includes the area in which the project will be based, and the experience, skills or qualifications demonstrated by the applicant. Business skills/background of the applicant is always an added advantage but not a deterrent. Experience in the publishing sector or media related qualifications are an added advantage. In instances where it has been identified that there are weakness in the applicant, but the project has strong relevance to Section 3 of the MDDA Act, the officer assessing the project may recommend that a mentor be allocated to the project for a certain period or recommend training.

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1118

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to her reply to question 490 on 16 March 2016, what (a) steps is each entity reporting to her taking to implement the plans mentioned, (b) are the deadlines in this regard and (c)(i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms exist to monitor this process in each respective entity?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

  1. The Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA) tracks progress against the Corporate Plan and where applicable will ensure alignment with the NATMAP.

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

  1. With reference to the National Transport Masterplan (NATMAP) and implementation thereof, ATNS is not in a position to answer the question as the plan is within the scope of the Department of Transport.
  2. Not applicable to ATNS.
  3. (i) Not Applicable to ATNS (ii) Not Applicable to ATNS and (iii) Not Applicable to ATNS.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

  1. With reference to the SACAA reply on NATMAP on 16 March 2016, (a) (b) (c) (i) (ii) (iii) the SACAA confirmed that the question was not relevant to the SACAA and therefore no further action was taken.

Roads Branch Entities

(a) NATMAP is still in a process of being approved by Parliament. Upon approval, the Department of Transport will ensure that the Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans of the entities align with NATMAP.

(b) Upon approval of NATMAP, the interventions identified by the entities will be aligned to the following timeframes:

  • Short term: 5 years intervention
  • Medium term: 10 years intervention, and
  • Long term: 20 years or more interventions.

(c) (i) (ii) Entities will be required to submit their Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans in line

Pwith the interventions proposed on the NATMAP. Upon submission of these plans, the Department will ensure that implementation of NATMAP within the entities takes place as per the plans approved by the Minister.

The Department will monitor the performance of the entities based on the targets set in their Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

(a) The short – medium term focus is on modernisation and renewal of the rail system. Many of these plans have already progressed significantly. Project management, monitoring and reporting mechanisms and structures are in place to ensure the successful implementation of these projects. These projects include:

  1. Rolling stock renewal
  2. Signaling renewal
  3. Station modernisation
  4. Depot modernisation
  5. Perway and Security Upgrades

(b) Deadlines / targets:

The deadlines and targets are aligned with the respective contracts especially those of a multi-year nature as well as capital programme allocation. The following targets for the multi-year projects as part of the PRASA Corporate plan and incorporated in the Shareholder Compact with the Minister of Transport:

Key Performance Area

Key Performance Indicators

Medium-term targets

 

 

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Delivering on the new Rolling Stock Programme

Train sets delivered and commissioned

From 11 -13 train sets accepted as per contract

From 4 - 5 train sets accepted as per contract

From 8 - 9 train sets accepted as per contract

Infrastructure Readiness

Traffic control centres completed

 

Completion of the buildings of 1-2 regions (Bellville, Durban)

Fully functional Traffic control systems (Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape)

 Infrastructure Readiness

Signal interlockings completed (Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape)

Between 11 - 14 Signal interlocking commissions completed

Between 33 - 44 signal interlocking commissions completed

Between 37 - 48 signal interlocking commissions completed

Infrastructure Readiness

Modernisation stations completed

Between 1 - 2 stations completed (Duff's Road and Phillipi or Oakmoor) as per contract.

Between 1 - 2 stations completed (Oakmoor,Phillipi) as per contract.

Between 3-5 stations completed.

 

Depot modernisation projects commencing, in construction and complete.

Alternative Test Facility at Wolmerton depot complete and handover to Gibela & Maintenance Facility at Wolmerton completed for 20 new production trains.

Commence Main depot construction at Braamfontein

Commence main depot construction at Salt River

Infrastructure Readiness

Track upgrade projects for 120km/h

Complete tender process for Track preparation for new Rolling Stock with placement of contract(s) for work.

Contract(s) for Track upgrade for modernisation commences

Contract(s) for Track upgrade for modernisation continues

As required by the PFMA and Treasury Regulations, PRASA reports to the Shareholder on a quarterly basis on the state of performance with reasons for variation and actions to improve performance

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

The National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) has not been incorporated by the RSR.

Ports Regulator (PR)

Since the Ports Regulator is not aware that NATMAP has been approved by Cabinet for implementation and has not received any directive in this regard from Department of Transport, (a) there are no steps that were planned or have been taken to implement the NATMAP. (b) No deadlines have been set and (c) no processes and mechanism are in place to monitor it.

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

  1. As indicted in response to parliamentary question 490 previously, the DoT has indicated that the NATMAP is under review and SAMSA still awaits direction from the department in this regard.
  2. This has dependency on response to (a) above
  3. This has dependency on response to (a) above

25 April 2016 - NW1027

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the current status of the N3 De Beers Pass development between Keeversfontein and Warden in the Free State, (b) impact assessments have been conducted to date, (c) were the outcomes of each assessment respectively and (d) are the planned (i) timeframes and (ii) time lines for this project?

Reply:

a) Environmental studies were undertaken to obtain the environmental authorisation and water use licence (WULA), and reports have been submitted to the relevant authorities for decision-making.

b) Two environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been undertaken to date; first one in 1998 and the second in 2010.

c) In 1999, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, issued an environmental authorisation for the construction and upgrading of the N3 Toll Road from Heidelberg to Cedara, comprising two sections, (i) Cedara to Heidelberg and (ii) Keveersfontein to Warden (De Beers Pass section). The environmental authorisation was issued subject to certain conditions requiring further environmental investigations on the De Beers pass section.

The purpose of the second EIA was to investigate and address the conditions and related issues flowing from the 1999 authorisation that are specific to the De Beers Pass section. Particular focus of this second EIA is to mitigate the impact of the new road on the wetland resources. The final EIA Report was submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on 24 March 2016, and the decision is pending. Estimated review period for decision-making by DEA is 120 days.

d) Further details with the N3 will be handled by the Department of Environmental Affairs. (i) and (ii) details will be available once the Department of Transport, SANRAL, Free State Government and PICC SIP2 engagement process is concluded.

Please note that the estimated time frame does not take into account the time that will be required to resolve any objections that may be lodged against the project.

25 April 2016 - NW904

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Has he earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since his appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did he earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether his (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through his appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

Ever since I have been a Minister, I have never earned extra income from any source, not a single member of my family has ever done business with government.

25 April 2016 - NW1060

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) How does the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) ensure that product owners of community print media who earn a profit do not remain dependent on funding from the MDDA; (2) whether the specified product owners receive constant support from the MDDA; if not, why not; if so, in what way; (3) whether she has found that grassroots print media projects who are self-established businesses are more likely to be successful, even though they do not receive funding from the MDDA; if so, how was this conclusion reached; (4) whether project owners of community print media projects supply monthly reports to the MDDA; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of each of these monthly reports provided to the MDDA?

Reply:

(1) The MDDA covers funding for basic operational costs to “kickstart” a project, and this therefore necessitates that the business owners find other sources of income in order to cover expenses that are not catered for in the grant. Non-financial support in the form of training, negotiating printing discounts, liaising with the GCIS and Media Buyers for advertising revenue is the additional support that the MDDA provides in order to assist the businesses stand on their feet

(2) MDDA projects receive financial and non-financial support from the agency. The non-financial support continues to be offered to projects even after the grant funding is complete and it is in the form of Learning Forums and Training Workshops that are relevant to the needs of the projects.

(3) The MDDA provides support to both existing and start up applicants. This is based on the applications received for additional support for the already self-established to promote media development and diversity as mandated through the MDDA Act. The MDDA has not conducted any study to ascertain whether the self-established are more likely to succeed even though not funded, however it suffice to note that, out of the 68 projects that have been funded by the MDDA since inception, 45 are currently on our database, and we are of the opinion that the MDDA has made significant strides and impact in empowering publishers in these communities.

(4) The MDDA projects submit reports to the agency on a quarterly basis as outlined in the Schedule of Particulars. What is detailed in the reports is an account of how the funds were used. The contents of the reports are the following – narrative report, financial report, valid tax clearance certificate, bank statements, schedule of paid stipends and invoices.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1065

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)(a) What was the vacancy rate at the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years, (b) which positions are still vacant as at 5 April 2016, (c) for how long have these positions been vacant, (d) why are they still vacant and (e) when will they be filled; (2) whether the specified vacancies are considered crucial for the MDDA’s operational success; if not, what are the relevant details; (3) whether all of the specified vacancies have been advertised; if not, why not; if so, (a) where and (b) when were these vacancies advertised; (4)(a) how many consultants are hired by the MDDA and (b) why, in each case; (5) what other challenges apart from vacancy rates are being experienced by the MDDA?

Reply:

(1)(a) (i) 2013/2014: 80 % filled with permanent appointments

(ii) 2014/2015: 53 % filled with permanent appointments

(iii) 2015-2016: approved headcount is 36 positions per organogram as at February 20th 2016. 15 are occupied by permanent employees (41.7%), 5 are contractors supplied by Agencies (13.9%), 16 vacant positions to be filled (44.4%)

(b) The following positions are still vacant

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO);
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO);
  • Company Secretary (Co. Sec.);
  • Executive Secretary (Exec. Sec.);
  • Internal Audit Manager;
  • Risk Specialist;
  • Knowledge Management Coordinator;
  • Internal Audit Officer;
  • Communications Officer;
  • HR and Corporate Services Manager;
  • HR Officer;
  • Strategy, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Director;
  • Projects Director;
  • Receptionist;
  • Research and Capacity-Building Manager;
  • Research and Capacity- Building Coordinator,
  • Legal and Compliance Officer;
  • Projects Manager: Broadcasting;
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Finance Administrator
  • Finance Manager

(c) Positions have been vacant as per the following:

  • Chief Executive Officer - since 1st July 2014. There is an acting CEO;
  • Chief Financial Officer – since 1st January 2015 after the resignation of the last CFO. There is an interim CFO appointed on a contract basis;;
  • Finance Manager – since 22nd October 2015. There is an interim Finance Manager appointed on a contract basis;
  • Finance Administrator - since 17th June 2015;
  • Company Secretary - since 11th March 2015. There is an interim Company Secretary appointed on a contract basis;
  • Executive Secretary – since 1st March 2015. There is an acting Executive Secretary;
  • Internal Audit Officer - since 1st January 2016 after the resignation of the last occupant of this position. The services are being provided by an external service provider in the interim;
  • HR and Corporate Services Manager since 1st November 2014; There is an interim HR and Corporate Services Manager appointed on a contract basis;
  • Projects Director, newly renamed and competencies revised (This position was previously called the Programme Director). The last fully appointed incumbent vacated this position on 31st May 2014. There is an Acting Programme Director.
  • Receptionist position at MDDA has been vacant since 1st February 2015 when occupant of this position was appointed to the Executive Secretary position. There is an Acting Receptionist. Post In the process of being filled;
  • Research and Capacity Building Manager - has been vacant since 16th May 2015;
  • Research and Capacity Building Coordinator - since 25th April 2015;
  • Legal and Contracts Manager – last occupied in 1st August 2014.This is no longer in the new organogram, but in its place is the revised position of Legal and Compliance Officer;
  • Projects Manager: Broadcasting – vacant following resignation in February 29th 2016;
  • Supply Chain Manager – position was vacated when incumbent resigned and it remained open from 10th June 2014 .Please note that this position has been revised down with the 2016 organogram and is now at Officer-level which has been filled.
  • Risk Management Officer – since 18th October 2014. Please note that this position has been revised with the 2016 organogram and is now at Specialist-level.

Please note that the other five positions are new in the organogram approved in February 2016: Strategy, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Knowledge Management Coordinator, Communications Officer, (previously Communications and Marketing Officer), Digital Media Coordinator, and HR Officer.

(d) The MDDA strategic planning held in September 2015 assessed in depth the future direction of the MDDA in terms of the rapidly changing media landscape. This resulted in the identification of new/changed competencies being required within the MDDA and subsequently the Board revised the organogram as per the above. The vacancies were therefore on hold until the new organogram was approved in January 2016 by the Board.

(e) Recruitment is underway with five of the positions having been in January 2016 and the remaining advertised on 10 April 2016,

2. All the positions were identified as necessary to have in the revision of the organogram. Crucial for MDDA’s operations to run are CEO, CFO, PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR and STRATEGY, POLICY MONITORING & EVALUATION DIRECTOR.

To run a legal, compliant organisation, meet governance requirements, as well as be an efficient entity, the organisation needs the HR, COMPANY SECRETARY, RISK SPECIALIST, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, INTERNAL AUDIT, RISK, FINANCE

(3) The vacancies have been advertised.

(a) The vacancies were advertised in the Star Workplace and the City Press, and via the MDDA website.

(b) Five vacancies were advertised in January 2016 and the remaining 17 were advertised on 10 April 2016.

(4) (a) Four Consultants servicing the HR area have been hired.

(b) One World Human Capital – supplies Human resource services including job evaluation, job grading, salary benchmarking to the MDDA.

Holystic Approach - supplies recruitment services to the MDDA

Deloitte Consulting Temporary and Permanent Recruitment Agreement – supplier of recruitment services to the MDDA.

Kwinana and Associates – supplier of recruitment services to the MDDA

5. The MDDA has many strong points but for purposes of this exercise the focus is on the, mainly internal, challenges, which are in many cases also exciting opportunities for the MDDA:

  • External factors include technological and business changes in the landscape.
  • Staff are committed but under resourced.
  • Need to identify skills gap and implement training / development: skills vs. qualifications.

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW986

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) How much of the Moloto road corridor has been transferred to the SA National Roads Agency in kilometres, (b) which sections have been transferred, (c) when was the transfer made and (d) what is the (i) total length and (ii) locality of the Moloto road corridor?

Reply:

(a) Approximately 92.4 kilometres has been transferred to SANRAL

(b) Section 2 in Mpumalanga Province (54.9 km) and Section 3 in Limpopo Province (37.5 km)

(c) Section 2 and 3 was transferred on 29th July 2015.

(d) (i) Total Length = 139.1 km

(ii) The R573 starts at Sefako Makgatho Drive (Pretoria North) and proceeds in north easterly direction through Gauteng Province, then passing through Moloto, Kwamhlanga, Tweefontein, Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga Province and continuing up to Marble Hall in Limpopo Province.

25 April 2016 - NW1106

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

Is the Special Investigating Unit currently involved in conducting any investigations into his department; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The President issued, in a government gazette no.39935, two Proclamations (Number R.18 and R.20) on 15 April 2016 in respect of the affairs of the Department of Correctional Services. The details of the proclamations relate to procurement irregularities.

25 April 2016 - NW862

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the (a) total number of beds and (b) shortage of beds at Butterworth Hospital; (2) how many patients are currently using benches as beds as a result of the shortage of beds in the specified hospital?

Reply:

According to the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health, the response is as follows:

  1. Butterworth Hospital has a total of 260 usable beds.
  2. There are no patients from the hospital that end up sleeping on benches. This is reflected in the hospital bed occupancy which range from 70%-75%. However, the problem arises when patients from the rural areas are referred by Butterworth Hospital to Frere or Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals. In order to be on time for the patient transport, they opt to sleep at the hospital’s patient waiting are the night before or when they return from these referrals, it is usually late in the day and they can no longer find transport back to their homes, and they opt to sleep on the benches at the hospital waiting area.

END.

25 April 2016 - NW924

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Has (a) he and/or (b) his Deputy Minister ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting?

Reply:

I and my Deputy have never had a meeting with the Gupta Family, nor their employees or a person who is a close associate of them.

25 April 2016 - NW883

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) Whether (a) the SA National Roads Agency and/or (b) its contractor, Electronic Toll Collections, followed a full tender process for the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) for collecting outstanding e-toll debt in Gauteng; if so, (2) whether the appointment of the specified company complied with the (a) Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, (b) Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, Act 5 of 2000, and (c) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003; if not, (i) why not and (ii) wat are the further relevant particulars; if so, what are the further relevant particulars; (3) what is the structure for the remuneration to be paid to the specified company for the collection of arrears e-toll debt in respect of (a) fees, (b) commission and (c) any other form of remuneration; (4) whether there is an option to renew the contract of the specified company; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) for what period the specified company has been appointed?

Reply:

  1. SANRAL followed a tender process for the overall toll system design, build and operations thereof, in 2009. Following this tender process, it appointed ETC Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer. This tender included the collection of outstanding e-Toll debt. This was revised to address the New Dispensation announced by the Deputy President, with specific reference to the 60% discount offering in respect of historic debt. ETC is therefore responsible for the collection of e-toll debt and may appoint 3rd parties to attend to this on their behalf. SANRAL only contracts (in terms of its Contract with ETC) with ETC and not directly with the 3rd party.

(2) As stated above, SANRAL appointed ETC in terms of the SCM requirements at the time (2009). SANRAL did not procure services with 3rd parties for debt collection. SANRAL has complied with all the requisite legislation.

(3) SANRAL does not pay the "specified company" and is not aware of the arrangements between ETC and that entity. SANRAL's contractual obligation is to ETC.

(4) As stated, SANRAL only has an agreement with ETC. ETC is responsible for the collection of debt for the contract period.

(4) SANRAL appointed ETC in 2009, as explained above. The contract will finish for the operations of the Transaction Clearing House (TCH) and the Violation Processing Centre (VPC) components of the project after 5 years of toll collection operations (ie. December 2013 to December 2018) and for the roadside equipment, maintenance and Open Road Toll (ORT) back office operations, after 8 years of toll collection operations. The collection of outstanding debt is managed within the VPC component of the contract.

25 April 2016 - NW1047

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department has conducted an audit of infrastructure and equipment at the SA Broadcasting Corporation; if not, why not; if so, (a) how much infrastructure and equipment needs to be replaced, (b) how much funding has been devoted to replacing outdated infrastructure and equipment and (c) how much has been spent on maintenance of existing infrastructure and equipment (i) in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14, (cc) 2014-15 and (dd) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

No, it is not within the Department’s ambit to conduct an audit of infrastructure and equipment at the SABC.

The SABC’s capital expenditure requirements are set out in a five year long term capex plan. Major components of this plan are broadcast infrastructure, information technology, building works and electrical and mechanical plant. Information from the detailed long term capex plan is incorporated into the SABC’s the annual corporate plan each year. Funding allocated to capital expenditure in the current corporate plan (2016/17 to 2018/19) amounts to R432.23m for2016/17, R450.0m for 2017/18 and R406.9m for 2018/19.

Expenditure on repairs and maintenance of buildings and equipment by the SABC for the past four years is as follows:

                 

Rm

2012/13

22.8

2013/14

29.3

2014/15

27.9

2015/16

35.2

Total

115.2

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1031

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) When will the human factor analysis conducted by the Rail Safety Regulator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with regard to the Afro 4000 DC locomotives be completed and (b) what are the details of the process that will be followed should the specified analysis’ findings not comply with the desired criteria?

Reply:

a)  Iam told that the human factors assessments will be conducted by PRASA and submitted to the RSR. To date, the report has not been submitted to the RSR to review and approve.

b) The RSR process will identify, once completed, any Cab Design challenges (If any) and these will be submitted to the Operator to provide a comprehensive rectification plan. Once this plan is approved by the regulator, the Locomotive will then be approved to be deployed in full operation.

25 April 2016 - NW1066

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to his reply to question 3602 on 13 October 2015, what interventions is the SA Police Service management planning to take to prioritise human resource allocation to the Detective Service in order to reduce investigating officers' caseloads?

Reply:

The following interventions will be implemented to address the capacitation of Detective Service:

  • The ringfencing of a percentage (as determined by the National Commissioner) of the entry level posts allocated on an annual basis for new police officers in order to capacitate Detective Service;
  • The continious identification and transfer of skilled and trained police officers from other environments to Detective Service; and
  • The annual advertisement of posts for the re-enlistment of former members especially detectives who left the Service.

25 April 2016 - NW1145

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to paragraph 3 of her reply to question 733 on 4 April 2016, she is referring to the suspension of the delivery of notices from the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) or the issuing authorities or both; (2) whether (a) from 1 January 2016, as she indicated, (b) from 17 March 2016, as the RTIA indicated by way of its notice, or (c) since October 2015, as was indicated in other sources, no notices are being issued; (3) (a) whether the lack of issuing notices is influencing the legality of the notices and (b) whether the issuing authorities and the RTIA, as applicable, will cancel the specified notices if they are found to be illegal; if not, (i) why the noncompliance with the provisions of the AARTO Act is not illegal, (ii) on the strength of which principles in the AARO Act or otherwise the notices will continue to remain valid and (iii) whether the validity continues ad infinitum, or whether there will come a point in time when they will indeed be unenforceable; if so, what are the relevant particulars; (4) whether notices that were issued in terms of section 17(1) of the AARTO Act and that do not conform to any of the requirements of the further subsections are still legal?

Reply:

 

  1. The suspension of delivery of notices was done by both the Road Traffic Infringement Agency as well as issuing authorities.
  2. The sending out of courtesy letters to South African Post Office for postage was suspended by the RTIA during the month of August 2015, and the suspension of postage of enforcement order notifications was effected in November 2015. The response on Parliamentary Question 733, indicated, as the question was making reference to 1 January, that since the said period no notice has been sent out.
  3. (a) According to the AARTO Regulations as well as speed prosecution guidelines issued on behalf of the prosecution services, an infringement notice must be served on the alleged infringer within 40 days from the date of the contravention, if the alleged infringer receives a notice later than the stipulated time frame, he or she may exercise one of the elective options such payment, if he or she admits guilt, submit a representation stating the non-compliance with time frames or elect to go to court, and (b) the issuing authorities may cancel notices that they feel were unjustly issued but in the case of the RTIA, the Act confers no powers to cancel notices unless when such a notice was disputed through submission of a representation; (i) where the non-compliance of the AARTO Act is proved then the necessary punitive measures are prescribed by the Act itself, (ii) the Act prescribes the procedures to be followed in order for a notice to be declared invalid or illegal, if such procedures and/or processes were not undertaken, the notice would still be active in the system until an issuing authority cancels such a notice or the alleged infringer challenges the notice by submitting a representation that if successful would be cancelled by the Representations Officer

adjudicating the matter, (iii) as indicated under the response on (ii) above the notices may only be cancelled by the issuing authorities or by a Representations Officer upon receipt of a representation challenging the notice.

4. The notices that were issued in terms of section 17(1) should comply with the prescribed processes if not, then the alleged infringer need to challenge such non-compliance in the prescribed manner by submitting a representation to the RTIA for adjudication.

 

25 April 2016 - NW1117

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the (i) total number of accidents that occurred in each province as a result of illegally converted minibus taxis (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016 and (ii) breakdown in terms of each category of accident that occurred in each month of the specified financial years and period, (b) how many persons have been (i) charged and (ii) arrested in this regard (c) what is being done to reduce the specified accidents, (d) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms exist to monitor the reduction of the specified accidents?

Reply:

(a) The RTMC does not have this kind of information. The information collected after each crash involving a minibus taxi reflect roadworthiness of the vehicle without determining whether it was legally or illegally converted.

(b) Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

(d) Not Applicable

25 April 2016 - NW760

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How many staff members resigned from their employ at the Aberdeen Hospital in the Eastern Cape (a) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2015; (2) whether exit interviews are conducted with staff who have resigned, before they leave; if not, why not; if so, what reasons have been supplied for the resignations in each case in each specified financial year; (3) whether he has taken any action to address concerns raised by employees who have resigned; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of such action?

Reply:

According to the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health, the response is as follows:

  1. The following tables reflect the details in this regard

Resignations for the periods 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Professional Nurse

3

Professional Nurse

2

Professional Nurse

3

   

Staff Nurse

1

Medical Officer

1

   

Radiographer*

1

Nursing Assistant

1

* There are currently 4 radiographers (3 permanent and 1 Community Service Radiographer)

Appointments for the periods 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Professional Nurse

3

Professional Nurse

2

Chief Executive Officer

1

Nursing Assistant

1

Staff Nurse

1

Nursing Assistant

1

       

Medical Officers (as of 22 March 2016)

2

2. Exit interviews are conducted when employees leave the employ of any facility within the Department. The following are some of the reasons that were forwarded for resignations at Aberdeen Hospital:

  • Desire to change to a different workplace;
  • Inconsistent application of policy; and
  • Lack of action in dealing with difficult employees.

3. The Department assesses all reasons for employees’ termination and provides feedback to line managers for corrective action.

  • In respect of employee leaving for personal change, no action was taken as the employees were leaving of their free will;
  • In respect of the other two reasons as mentioned above, the employees were engaged, but had indicated that they were no longer willing to stay.

END.

25 April 2016 - NW1067

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)(a) How many members have been assigned to the Crimes Against the State component of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (i) in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12, (dd) 2012-13, (ee) 2013-14, (ff) 2014-15 and (gg) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) how many investigations did it initiate in each of the specified financial years; (2) what are the full details of the specified component’s specific mandate?

Reply:

Full details will follow soon.