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04 May 2016 - NW625

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

In view of a certain person’s (name and details furnished) house that was demolished by the Kwadukuza Municipality in order for the specified municipality to build a community hall, whereupon the specified person was evicted, without explanation, from a house that was allocated by her department to the said person, whom is now left homeless, (a) why is the specified municipality abolishing houses without providing alternative accommodation when so many persons do not have decent houses and (b) when will her department allocate a new house to the specified person?

Reply:

I am particularly concerned about this matter. I would encourage the Honourable member to provide me with any information that will assist in resolving this matter. As public representatives, our first instinct should be the eagerness to assist in situations such as these. In essence, we need to find a way to assist the complainant to register for a BNG house.

Be that as it may, I have been advised that the case referred to by the Honourable member relates to the Etete Area, in Ward 7 in KwaDukuza. The Municipality has confirmed that the only structure it demolished in 2006 was an abandoned house on the land that the municipality acquired from the Palm Lakes Estate. The house was built with mud and was unoccupied for years. The house was a den of criminal activity and the community demanded both the municipality and SAPS to act against people who were using the dilapidated house for various criminal acts.  The property was on land owned by the municipality.

Further, eighteen (18) months after the demolition had been completed, the complainant claimed that the land the house was built on belonged to the complainant’s father. The complainant was informed that the land in question was never owned by the complainant’s late father but was owned by the owners/developers of Palm Lakes Estates, which the municipality acquired for housing and social facilities.

The complainant has not, according to the records of the Municipality, applied for the subsidised housing in the area called Etete, in which the municipality over the years has been working to eradicate informal settlements with funding from the Department of Human Settlements.  The municipality is currently working on the implementation of the last phase of the project, which is known as Phase 4. It appears that the same complainant is not part of the beneficiaries registered for this project.

04 May 2016 - NW602

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether her department undertook an analysis of statistics of private home ownership in the period 1 January 1996 up to the latest date for which information is available with a view of determining whether transformation of home ownership was occurring at a pace commensurate with the present demographic representation of South Africa’s diverse population; if not, why not; if so, how many homes, in each value bracket, were owned by the different groups; (2) whether her department was pursuing any policy to ensure that black home ownership, in particular, was surging ahead of the rest of the population to ensure that equity is obtained in respect of home ownership across all groups?

Reply:

(1) According to the latest the 2011 census 2011 conducted by Statistics South Africa, 4.9 million Black people owned fully paid homes as compared to just over 500,000 Whites, 415, 940 Coloured, 119,457 Indians/Asians. During the time when the census was undertaken, South African population consisted of 79% Africans, 8.9% Whites, 8.9% Coloured and 2.5% Asians and 0.5% other. These findings serve to prove that the majority population (Africans) in the country were the highest home owners, followed by Whites, Coloured then Indians/Asians. Therefore the pace of transformation already commensurate with demographic representation of the South Africa's diverse population.

According to the General Household Survey of 2014 of Statistics South Africa, the Population Group of Households Heads at that time was 53,686,358. Of this, Black/African household constituted 80%, followed by 8.9% of Coloureds, 8.5% Whites, and 2.5% Indians/Asians. In terms of the private property ownership, South Africans owned 35,929,172 properties. These properties constituted those owned but not yet paid off to the banks/ financial institutions, owned but not yet paid off to the private lender, and owned and fully paid off. From these properties, Blacks/ Africans owned 85% followed by Coloureds with 7.3%, Whites with 5.6% and Indians/ Asians with 2.1%. These are indications that property ownership in overall is taking place at a rate that is proportionate to the demographics of the population.

However, when considering different market values of properties, Blacks/ Africans, owned 92% of properties with the value up to R500, 000 and 66.2% of properties with the value above R500, 000. Coloureds owned 6.2% of properties with the value up to R500, 000 and 12% of properties with the value above R500, 000. Whites owned 1.1% of properties with the value up to R500, 000 and 17.3% of properties with the value above R500, 000. Indians/ Asians owned 0.7% of properties with the value up to R500, 000 and 4.6% of properties with the value above R500, 000.

Moreover, government's effort contributed immensely in ensuring that the poor South Africans are also registered in the property register of the country. According to the General Household Survey of 2014 of Statistics South Africa, state subsidised dwelling constituted 9,265,544 properties of which 8,357,475 belonged to Blacks/Africans, followed by 863,529 owned by Coloureds, 30,865 owed by Whites, and 13,675 properties owned by Indians/ Asians.

(2) The above information does indicate that the effort of government ranging from the normalisation of the lending environment together with increasing access to housing finance, the transfer of government old stock to the needy South Africans and the provision of the fully subsidised housing units to the poorest of South Africans, immensely improved access to housing assets. In an attempt to strengthen housing finance for the gap market, Finance Linked Individual Subsidy has been adjusted to accommodate the newly introduced Government Employee Housing Scheme, which gives an opportunity for public servants who have enrolled for housing needs to make application for subsidies, and expand the application of the programme beyond mortgage finance.

The Business Day Article dated 24 April 2016 titled “The truth about blacks and home ownership” addresses the question that the Honourable member is asking. Written independently of government, the article argues that providing housing and land ownership to black South Africans within the new democracy has been a huge success story. Indeed, we are on the right track and we will continue to make the lives of previously disadvantaged better. I am proud of the 4.3 million houses and opportunities delivered since 1994, benefiting over 20 million households.

04 May 2016 - NW921

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Economic Development

What alternative measures to avert price-fixing will he put in place, in view of the exorbitant prices for motor vehicles in the country, allegedly due to the monopoly held by a few individuals around the globe who control such prices and in view of the depreciation of new motor vehicles as soon as they leave the showroom floor with a further loss of value two years after the purchase date?

Reply:

The Competition authorities are mandated, in terms of the Competition Act, to investigate and prosecute allegations of cartel conduct, including price fixing. The authorities currently do not have in their possession information or evidence giving rise to a reasonable suspicion that the retail prices of motor vehicles in South Africa are as a result of price fixing or collusive conduct of car manufacturers or any other participants in the market for finished motor vehicles. Should the Competition Commission receive any such material, information or evidence, it may commence an investigation in terms of section 49B(2) of the Competition Act. The Competition Commission is currently investigating collusive conduct in relation to car parts. The prices of car parts contribute to the ultimate price of the finished product.

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04 May 2016 - NW878

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether, in view of the great historical significance of Sharpeville, her department has implemented any plans to transform the human settlements in the area in a manner and to an extent to express in an appropriate manner the lasting appreciation of South Africans to what had happened there on 21 March 1960; if not, why not; if so, in which way has human settlements in Sharpeville been uplifted and rewarded for helping to overthrow Apartheid; (2) whether she will make a statement on the necessity to accord Sharpeville and the human settlements of its surrounding area the attention and gratitude it deserves

Reply:

(1) Since 1994, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has made substantial progress to better the lives of the residents of Sharpeville and surrounding areas. It has provided 4 582 BNG houses to the beneficiaries and the details of the housing projects completed are provided below:

  • Tshepiso : 1 144 houses
  • Tshepiso North Extension 1: 278 houses
  • Tshepiso South Extension 1: 254 houses
  • Tshepiso North Extension 3: 1 432 houses
  • Tshepiso North Extension 4: 976 houses
  • Boipatong : 498 houses

In addition, the Provincial Department is planning for the following projects in the surrounding areas of Sharpeville that will deliver in total 10 629 BNG and Social Housing units:

  • Tshepiso North Extension 4: 1 149 houses
  • Leeuwkuil : 2 980 houses
  • Vereeniging Old Hospital : 1 500 Social Housing units
  • Vaal River City : 5 000 houses

(2) It is not necessary given the projects that have been completed and those that are still being planned for in Sharpeville and surrounding areas. Save to say, this government is committed to ensure that the lives of our people are improved and their dignity restored through the provision of sustainable human settlements.

 

 

04 May 2016 - NW595

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What progress has her department made with regard to the installation of clean running water, electricity and toilets at the Benoni Hostel?

Reply:

The Benoni Hostel (Wattville Hostel) is situated in the Gauteng Province and falls within the jurisdiction of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM), which owns and administers the hostel complex. The Municipality has indicated that the hostel residents are currently being provided with clean water, electricity connections as well as sanitation services.

The Provincial Department has initiated a project to redevelop the hostel. The projected output and outcome is intended to yield seven hundred and twenty six (726) redeveloped family units, which will encompass six (6) different typologies. The Province has appointed a service provider to finalise all planning work and the project is envisaged to go out on tender during July 2016 for the installation of services for the 1st phase of the project.

04 May 2016 - NW1039

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 855 on 13 April 2015, does the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) choir still exist; if so, (a) is it paid for by the SABC and (b) how much was budgeted for the specified choir in the (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17 financial years; (2) does the choir still sing songs about the SABC Chief Operations Officer, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, during staff meetings if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the words of the songs that the choir sings?

Reply:

I have not responded to question 855 on 13 April 2015 as no such question was not posed to me as it does not fall within the scope of the Department of Public Enterprises.

04 May 2016 - NW867

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether Eskom previously (a) purchased software from or (b) licensed software with Microsoft; if so, (i) what was the purpose of the purchasing of the software, (ii) whether it was taken into use, (iii) when it was taken into use, (iv) whether it is still being used and (v) what are the further relevant particulars; (2)(a) which purchase process was used for the previous software and (b) whether this complied with all the legal requirements; if so, what are the further relevant particulars?

Reply:

(1) (a) Eskom purchased software from Microsoft through a contract which followed Eskom’s commercial process.

(b) Yes, all purchased software is licensed.

(b) (i) The purpose of purchasing Microsoft software was based on the following factors:

  • To meet Eskom business requirements
  • Mitigate desktop risk on Office and Operating Systems.
  • To implement a best of suite strategy to lower the operational cost in terms of license expense
  • Support resource cost across Desktop, Messaging, Security
  • Ensure the Management and Windows Server Towers.

(b) (ii) Yes, the software is being used by the entire Organisation.

(b) (iii) A contract was entered into between Eskom and Microsoft in July 2010 prior to this Eskom purchased products including Microsoft software from third party suppliers.

(b) (iv) Yes, Eskom only maintains Microsoft Software that is in current use.

(b) (v) Eskom’s current contract with Microsoft is due to expire on 29 May 2016. A commercial process is currently underway for the renewal of the support and maintenance of the current contract. It must be noted that the bulk of this renewal is to maintain the current investment and ensure adequate maintenance and support.

(2) (a) Eskom’s commercial process which forms part of Eskom’s Procurement and Supply Chain Management Policy and Procedure was followed. The commercial process that was followed is in alignment with Eskom’s Procurement and Supply Chain Management Policy and Procedure and Public Finance Management Act.

(b) Yes, Eskom’s process followed regarding the Microsoft transaction satisfied all prescribed legal requirements. The details are that the commercial process which is provided for in Eskom’s supply chain policies is aligned to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA).

04 May 2016 - NW1037

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the impending grain imports as a result of the current drought in the country, and assurances by her department given in the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that all ports were ready to receive the grain imports, (a) what is (i) her department and (ii) Transnet doing to ensure that each port is ready for the massive expected influx of grain imports, (b) how many ships carrying grain are expected to dock at each of the ports, (c) which ports will be used and (d) what is the capacity of each port to accommodate the (i) ships and (ii) grain.

Reply:

(1) (a) Transnet has formed a working group represented by Transnet National Ports Authority (“TNPA”), Transnet Port Terminals (“TPT”) and Transnet Freight Rail (“TFR”) in ensuring that any challenges that may ensue are addressed by all affected operating divisions to ensure an efficient, effective and consistent safe operation. The import programme is coordinated by Grain South Africa’s Logistics and Planning Committee (SACOTA) and comprises of representatives from all the ports, railways, traders, silo owners and millers.

(b) The total number will be driven by the commercial agreements between the shippping lines and the cargo owners. In terms of berth availability, vessels will be allocated berths according to vessels length, parcel size, draft, method of handling and safety considerations.

(c) The ports that have the capacity to handle grain are listed as follows :

  • Port of Durban,
  • Port of Cape Town,
  • Port of East London, and
  • Port of Port Elizabeth

(d) (i) Ships

PORTS

AVAILABLE BERTHS

East London

2 Berths (T & S berth)

Port Elizabeth

4 Berths (Berth 8,9,10,11)

Cape Town

3 Berths (Multi-Purpose Terminal)

 

3 Berths (Fruit Purpose Terminal

Durban

3 Berths (Island View, Maydon Wharf, Maydon Wharf)

(ii) Grain

PORTS

CAPACITY (tons)

East London

1,344,000

Port Elizabeth

1,344,000

Cape Town

2,016,000

Durban (Agriport, SABT)

2,016,000

 

3,360,000

 

2,016,000

 

04 May 2016 - NW692

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)With regard to the building of Breaking New Ground houses in uMncube zone in Umthambeka Section ward 11, Tembisa, Gauteng, (a) how many houses are to be built, (b) who are the beneficiaries, (c) on what date did the project start and (d) who is the project manager; (2) (a) what is/are the name(s) of the contractor(s), (b) how many local residents are employed and (c) what are their names; (3) (a) what are the reasons that (i) the project has been stopped and (ii) that the people working on the project have not been paid, (b) when is it anticipated that the project will start again and (c) when can the beneficiaries of the houses expect the completion of the project?

Reply:

(1) (a) The project in uMncube zone in Umthambeka Section Ward 11, Tembisa, Gauteng entails the construction of 118 houses.

(b) The identified beneficiaries of the project are the residents of Umncube Section in Tembisa.

(c) The Provincial Department of Human Settlements appointed the contractor in November 2013, however construction could not commence due to a delay occasioned by the contractor not furnishing the required performance guarantee and agreement on the subsidy quantum of R63 366.00, which the contractor requested to be increased. The subsidy increase was only approved in the 2015/16 financial year. The contract for construction was signed in August 2015 with a date of completion being the 28th February 2016. The site was handed over the 13th August 2015 to the contractor.

(d) The Honourable member would be aware of Parliament’s convention which prohibits any public representatives, be it Members of the Executive or Honourable Members, from publishing names of people/contractors or companies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. Accordingly, I will not able to provide names of people on the housing list as requested. But, I can confirm that the project manager is an employee of the Gauteng Provincial Department of Human Settlements.

(2) (a) The Honourable member would be aware of Parliament’s convention which prohibits any public representatives, be it Members of the Executive or Honourable Members, from publishing names of people/contractors or companies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. Accordingly, I will not able to provide the names of people/contractors or companies as requested.

(b) A total of 24 employees were employed from local residents.

 

(c) The names of the beneficiaries will be made available subject to the relevant rules of privacy and confidentiality being adhered as is required in such disclosure, which requires approval from the households concerned and reasons for such request.

(3) (a) (i) The appointed contractor was deemed not to, by the Provincial Department in terms of its evaluation, have the functional and financial capacity to complete the project. The contractor committed to a construction programme which was not adhered to. In January 2016, progress on site was 19 Foundations and 9 wall-plates. The contract expired on the 28th February 2016. The contract was not extended to continue into the new financial year.

(ii) The Contractor was paid on the 07th March 2016 for 19 foundations and 4 wall-plates. The Province still has an outstanding claim, which is in the process of being evaluated for payment for 5 wall-plates.

(b) The balance of the project will be funded for completion in the 2016/17 financial year.

(c) The projected completion date for the project 31 March 2017.

04 May 2016 - NW1036

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)(a) How many Breaking New Ground houses are to be built in the uMmncube Zone in Ward 11 of the Umthambeka Section, Johannesburg, (b) who are the beneficiaries of the specified project, (c) when did the project start and (d) when is it expected to be completed; (2) (a) who are the (i) project managers and (ii) main contractors involved in the building of the specified houses and (b) how many local residents are employed in the specified project; (3) (a) why has the specified project been stopped and (b) when is the specified project expected to start again; (4) whether all contractors providing any services to the project have received all of their payments up to the latest specified payment date; if not, in each case, why not?

Reply:

(1) (a) The size of the project is 118 Breaking New Ground houses.

(b) The beneficiaries are the residents of Umncube Section in Umthambeka.

(c) The project commenced on 13 August 2015 when the site was handed over to the Contractor. (d) The expected date for the completion of the project is 31 March 2017.

(2) (a) (i) & (ii) The Honourable member would be aware of Parliament’s convention which prohibits any public representatives, be it Members of the Executive or Honourable Members, from publishing names of people/contractors or companies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. Accordingly, I will not able to provide names of people on the housing list as requested.

(b) There are 24 employees employed from the local residents.

(3) (a) The Contractor did not have the functional and financial capacity to complete the project and subsequently did not adhere to the agreed construction programme. By January 2016, only 19 foundations and 9 wall plates were constructed. The original contract provided for the completion of the project by 28 February 2016. However, due the Contractor’s inability to complete the project, the contract was not renewed and a new Contractor will be appointed to finalise the construction of the houses.

(b) It is anticipated that a new contractor will be appointed early in the financial year after which the project will commence.

(4) The Contractor has been paid on 7 March 2016 for the completion of 19 foundations and 4 wall plates. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements received an additional claim from the Contractor for the payment of the outstanding 5 wall plates. The Department confirmed that the payment is in progress and will be finalised in due course.

 

03 May 2016 - NW1152

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)With reference to his replies to questions 616, 723 and 724 on 17 March 2016 (details furnished), can he (a) explain why he sought answers from the National Gambling Board (NGB) when the specified questions specifically asked for a response from the provincial authority, the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), (b) provide the (i) name of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GGB, who had resigned in December 1997, after which Mr Mokhobo of Gobodo Incorporated took up the position of Acting CEO of the GGB between 1 January 1998 and 14 April 1998 and (ii) names of all the directors of Gobodo Incorporated at the time when the firm secured the contract to conduct probity checks on the aspiring applicants for casino licences and (c) confirm, in consultation with the specified CEO and/or the GGB, if Mr Bongani Biyela did in fact work for the GGB; (2) can he, after consultation with certain persons (names and details furnished), (a) provide the (i) name of the company, (ii) registration number of the specified company and (iii) names of the directors of the specified company who, together with Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd, appear on the records of the GGB at the public hearings held on 18 November 1997, convened for the purposes of hearing the application for the Gold Reef City Casino licence and (b) confirm whether (i) the names of all the directors of Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd have been included in his initial reply which was sourced from the NGB, (ii) Mr Reuel Khoza or any of the other directors of Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd held directorships in both of the joint successful applicants of the Gold Reef City Casino licence, (iii) the original bid application signed off by a certain person (name and details furnished) in June 1997, at the time of the application provided an undertaking that the joint applicants would erect a structure known as Freedom Park, (iv) the joint applicants for the Gold Reef City Casino Licence, following Mr Reuel Khoza's statutory declarations in the Bid Application in June 1997, five months later, at the public hearing on 18 November 1997, presented Freedom Park as their project for the public good and (v) the joint applicants for the Gold Reef City Casino licence at the public hearing on 18 November 1997 introduced a certain French woman (name furnished) who used a slide presentation to present her concept of Freedom Park to the GGB?NW1288E

Reply:

Response

  1. and (2) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

 

03 May 2016 - NW1007

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department issued citizenship to any members of a certain family (name furnished) residing in South Africa in accordance with the provisions of the SA Citizenship Act, Act 88 of 1995; if so, (a) on what date was citizenship granted in each case and (b) what conditions of the Act were met in order for the citizenship to be granted in each case?

Reply:

Yes, citizenship was granted to 4 members of the Gupta family residing in South Africa as follows:

Gupta V, Date of birth (d.o.b) 14 July 1986

  1. application approved 24 November 2015
  2. section 5(1) of the SA Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No 88 of 1995)

Gupta K, d.o.b 19 August 2015

  1. application approved on 03 March 2016
  2. section 5(4)(minors) of the SA Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995)

Gupta A, d.o.b 30 December 1945

  1. application approved on 27 July 2015
  2. section 5(9) (exceptional circumstances) of the SA Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995)

Gupta S, d.o.b 10 May 1970

  1. application approved on 27 July 2015
  2. section 5(9) (exceptional circumstances) of the SA Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995)

03 May 2016 - NW877

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

1. Whether his department is continuously monitoring increases in the price of basic foodstuff in the period 1 March 2015 to 31 March 216 and is therefore implementing special measures to keep the price of maize meal, for example, at an affordable level so that people did not starve during the approaching winter; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. Whether he will make a statement on food security in the country over the next nine months; if not, why not? NW1000E

Reply:

1. The NAMC monitors food prices at retail level and releases regular authoritative reports. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries established the Food Price Monitoring Committee (FPMC) at the NAMC to track and report on food price trends in South Africa and also to provide explanations on the observed trends and advise the department on any possible action that could be taken when national and household food security is threatened. The FPMC was established after the high food price episode of 2000/01 season. The functions of the FPMC were assumed by the NAMC after the FPMC completed its work in August 2004. The NAMC issues four quarterly Food Price Monitoring Reports annually and, since 2005, also publishes an annual Food Cost Review, which documents the margins between farm prices and retail prices of the major food products, among other topics. In 2015, the NAMC began releasing a quarterly Farm-to-Retail Price Spread (FTRPS) publication, which seeks to provide more insight into the factors driving commodity and food price margins. This publication, the Food Basket Price Monthly Report, is a result of recent discussions with industry, and the need to keep watch on the movements of food prices on a more regular basis than the current quarterly Food Price Monitor.

Part 2 of question 1; basic foodstuffs are Zero Rated food items in relation to VAT and thus is the mechanism used to protect the poor.

2. The Minister will make statements on food security in the country at various formal occasions such as the 20-16/2017 budget vote speech and at the yearly commemoration of World Food Day on the 16th October of each year as declared by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation to heighten awareness on food insecurity.

DAFF has established the Interdepartmental Food Insecurity Drought Task Team to address challenges that are posed by the current drought situation in the country.

03 May 2016 - NW1154

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)With reference to his replies to questions 616, 723 and 724 on 17 March 2016 (details furnished), can he, after consultation with Ms Astrid Ludin, Mr Rory Voller, Mr Flip Dwinger, Mr Douglas Mokaba, Mr Asogaren Chetty and Ms Lana Van Zyl of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) and/or the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), (a) confirm that the (i) Registrar of Companies (ROC), as was normal practice in 2001, in compliance with prescribed procedure, transmitted certain information (details furnished) to the SA Revenue Services (SARS) for the collection of taxes on behalf of the State and (ii) application for incorporation of SA Apartheid Museum was by way of a Special Power of Attorney secured through the legal services of certain persons (names and details furnished), (b) he secure from the ROC the mandatory CM5 Name Reservation Form which should, in terms of the information required, inform the general public of, inter alia, the persons who desired one of six names for the incorporation of SA Apartheid Museum, as the information in the specified form will also verify that the applicants, whomsoever they may be, have on a particular date, under the prescribed procedure, paid the mandatory fee in respect of the specified form and (c) provide the entire inception file, including the specified CM5 form that preceded the incorporation of SA Apartheid Museum as per the statutory declarations received from the applicants, whoever they may be, and which thereafter, along with Unique Company Registration Number 2001/019108/08 was transmitted to SARS; (2) can he, in view of the fact that the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and/or National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has not provided any explanation whatsoever for The South African Apartheid Museum at Freedom Park when the questions raised clearly relate to SA Apartheid Museum, and specifically after consultation with Ms Tintswalo Nkuna and Mr Vuyisa Gwam of the Compliance Division of the NLB and/or NLC and Mr Tsietsi Maselwa, attorney for the NLB and/or NLC, (a) confirm having investigated whether the grant-in-aid intended for SA Apartheid Museum and Mr Christopher Till may have been fraudulently diverted to another company for the unlawful benefit of persons within and/or outside of the NLB and/or NLC and (b) indicate, through Chairman Alfred Nevhutanda, Attorney Tsietsi Maselwa and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, (mindful of SCA Case Number 788/10), where the NLB and/or NLC, bound by its own procedural limitations, found legal authorisation to abide by anything other than the statutory declaration submitted by Mr Christopher Till, on behalf of his organisation which he clearly stated is incorporated under the name SA Apartheid Museum; (3) can he (a) after consultation with Profesor Dorcas Jafta, Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, Nkuna, Ludin, Ms Thabang Mampane, Gwam, Nevhuthanda, Mr Jeffrey Du Preez and Meselwa, confirm that the rules and regulations of the NLB and/or NLC apply to both Black and White applicants seeking funding from the NLB and/or NLC and whether according to the specified organisations Mr Richard Moloko and Mr Reuel Khoza can, under the rules and regulations, lawfully be condoned as independent referees of SA Apartheid Museum, (b) after consultation with the GGB, confirm that in terms of the provisions of the National Gambling Act, Act 7 of 2004, the joint owners of the Gold Reef City Casino license, like other casino licence holders, (i) are entitled to the profits earned from the structure promised in support of the application for the Gold Reef City Casino Licence, (ii) are responsible for the financial costs of erecting and sustaining their income generating structure and (iii) bearing in mind that Gold Reef Resorts Limited is, at the relevant times, the holding company for, among other entities, Gold Reef City Casino, as verified by the 2001-2002 Annual Report of Gold Reef Resorts Limited which confirms that Gold Reef City Casino contracted the Section 21 Company SA Apartheid Museum to manage the edifice they named The Apartheid Museum and given that it has a legal right to generate its own income and (c) can he together with the NGB and GGB confirm that, in terms of the provisions of the National Gambling Act, Act 7 of 2004, both Mr Reuel Khoza and Mr Richard Moloko, were legally required to have known this and ought to never have allowed Mr Christopher Till to submit an application for public funding to the National Lotteries Board; (4) can he, (a) specifically after consultation with Messrs Booysen, Lalumbe and Mafojane please provide the certificate to operate which was issued to Gold Reef City Casino when they initiated SA Apartheid Museum, to operate the edifice which they named The Apartheid Museum and (b) in view of the fact that whenever prima facie evidence of wrongdoing, irregularity and/or unlawful conduct arises and where a criminal investigation may follow, all the natural persons associated herein have legal rights which they may be entitled to exercise, provide the assurance that each and every official mentioned, along with others who may be affected, has been given a full appreciation of all that may affect them in their obligations to abide by the provisions of the law, including their obligations to Parliament; (5) can he, in the light of these follow-up questions, and, after having consulted with officials directly involved in these matters, clearly indicate all parts of his earlier reply which he will want corrected and/or expunged from the specified reply? NW1290E

Reply:

(1) According to the response received from the CIPC:

(a)(i) CIPRO did not have a procedure to transmit information to SARS but CIPC have done that since 2014.

(ii) The Special Power of Attorney and the certification of incorporation are attached for your further perusal.

(b) The CIPC does not have the CM 5 form in its records.

(c) The CM3 and Special Power of Attorney and Certification of Incorporation are attached hereto and marked as “Annex A, B and C respectively.

(2) According to the response received from the NLC:

The NLC can confirm that applications received, processed and adjudicated by the NLC all are from the SA Apartheid Museum.

(a) There has been no investigation by the Compliance Division on the SA Apartheid Museum or on the fraudulent diversion of funds.

(b) Yes, the application received was from the SA Apartheid Museum. All supporting information bears such name.

(3) (a) According to the response received from the NLC, yes.

(b)(i), (ii), (iii) and (c) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

(4) (a) and (b) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

(5) According to the information received from the CIPC, the CIPC indicated that the CM5 was included in its attachments in the previous response. When responding to the follow-up question and upon request of the CM5, it indicated that it does not have it in its records.

According to the information received from the NLC, there was no correction and/or an indication to expunge the original information provided. However, after receipt of its response and the telephonic conversation requesting further information with regard to question 1153(5)(b)(i), it confirmed that there was no adjudication which took place in 2008 for SA Apartheid Museum.

According to the information received from the NGB, the GGB is an independent entity and it is not in a position to respond on its behalf. It recommends that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

(5) According to the information received from the CIPC, the CIPC indicated that the CM5 was included in its attachments in the previous response. When responding to the follow-up question and upon request of the CM5, it indicated that it does not have it in its records.

According to the information received from the NLC, there was no correction and/or an indication to expunge the original information provided. However, after receipt of its response and the telephonic conversation requesting further information with regard to question 1153(5)(b)(i), it confirmed that there was no adjudication which took place in 2008 for SA Apartheid Museum.

According to the information received from the NGB, the GGB is an independent entity and it is not in a position to respond on its behalf. It recommends that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

03 May 2016 - NW1081

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

(a) Has any of his senior officials met with certain persons (names furnished) during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015 and (b) has any of the entities reporting to him awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

DAFF

(a) The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has effected payments to the following suppliers according to available BAS reports:

Supplier

Service description

Payment date

Amount

Vusizwe Media PTY LYD

Advert of Minister’s response to questions published in Thinker Magazine

29/06/2011

R 69 365.80

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Coverage of the Minister’s Budget Vote Speech

11/06/2012

R309 277.44

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Attendance of business briefing by 5 Delegates

22/10/2012

R    3 961.50

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Hosting of The New Age SABC2 Business Briefing where the Minister and Deputy Minister were the keynote speakers:250 delegates

20/12/2012

R 178 267.50

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

Vusizwe Media

Advert in The Thinker Magazine

14/11/2013

R39 888.60

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Minister’s Media Briefing on Morning Live (SABC 2) ON Female Farmer Entrepreneur Awards and Abor Week via the New Age

31/10/2013

R 842 886.36

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Booking for Business Briefing

11/02/2015

R 9 950.00

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Booking for Business Briefing

15/02/2016

R 26 315.79

OBP

  1. No senior official of Onderstepoort Biological Products has met with the Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. Onderstepoort Biological Product has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

PPECB

  1. No senior official of the PPECB ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. PPECB has not awarded any contracts to to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

ARC

  1. No senior official of the ARC ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The ARC has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

NCERA

  1. No one at Ncera Farms met with the said persons
  2. Ncera Farms did not award any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media

NAMC

  1. No senior official of the NAMC ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The NAMC has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

MLRF

  1. No senior official of the MLRF ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The MLRF has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

03 May 2016 - NW976

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) Why are the (i) Cape Town and (ii) Port Elizabeth refugee offices showing new applications received when they are not officially mandated to do so, (b) what is the total backlog of rejected refugee status appeals in the country and (c) what are the plans to address this situation, given that only 12% of the appeals for the 2015-16 financial year have been processed so far; (2) what are the main unfounded reasons given by Zimbabwean nationals when applying for asylum; (3) (a) has the demand for refugee identification documents been consistent each year during the past five financial years, (b) has supply always been around half of those requested in each financial year and (c) what is the related backlog in this regard

Reply:

(1)(a)(i-ii) The new asylum applicants relate to family joining. In the main there are two categories of those joining the files of existing asylum seekers, namely: new-born babies and also dependents who were declared by the principal applicant when applying before the closure of the office and they have now made the move to South Africa to join their principal applicants under section 3(c) of the Refugees Act.

(1)(b) The number of backlog cases as reported to the UNHCR in 2015 is 144 233. At the time 80 315 cases were active on the system. Since the July 2015 report shared with UNHCR, the Department is undergoing a process to properly audit and undertake a project to deal with this backlog. The outcome of the audit, on completion, will confirm the appeal backlog.

(1)(c) The Department, working with the UNHCR, has put together a planning team that is developing a project plan for the appeal backlog. Such planning is being conducted in parallel with the file auditing process mentioned above to inform the plan.

(2) Most unfounded claims relate to the political climate in Zimbabwe. Most applicants with this type of decision cite persecution on the grounds of political affiliation and perceived failure by the government to deal with such persecution and harassment of political opponents.

(3)(a) The overall number of applications for refugee identification documents has been consistent throughout the indicated period. However, during the 2012/2013 and 2013/14 financial years, a backlog began to build up because of limited capacity and was eventually cleared in late 2014/15.

(3)(b) As indicated above, capacity challenges affected the percentage of applications being processed within the stipulated time frames. However, such challenges do not mean that the other 50% of applicants do not receive their identity documents. Instead, it means that they receive their documents but outside the stipulated turnaround time.

(3)(c) Currently there is no backlog in the processing of both refugee identity documents and travel documents.

03 May 2016 - NW1095

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)In light of various accidents involving ministerial security convoys, are government security details for Ministers (a) exempt from the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996 Regulations and (b) ever (i) stopped and (ii) fined for road traffic act transgressions since 9 May 2009; if so, (2) (a) does the relevant department pay the fines involved and (b) has there been a national directive issued to all enforcement departments responsible for fine collections to ignore traffic fines via camera or any other means for vehicles belonging to the State; (3) what was the total amount of traffic fines that were issued to each Ministry in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years

Reply:

1. (a), Currently in terms of section 58 of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996) more in particular subsection (3) it provides amongst others that a traffic officer or a person appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995), who drives a vehicle in the carrying out of his or her duties or any person issued with the necessary authorisation and driving a vehicle may disregard the directions of a road traffic sign which is displayed in the prescribed manner. Section 60 of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 provides further that, notwithstanding the provisions of section 59, such may exceed the applicable general speed limit.

(b) (i) and (ii) No, they are not stopped whilst travelling with their lights on and therefore no fines are issued.

(2) (a) If a fine has been issued the relevant department pays the fines involved.

(b) No, a directive has been issued to disregard any offences committed by the Unit or any motor vehicle belonging to the state.

(3) The information requested is not available.

03 May 2016 - NW1153

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)With reference to his replies to questions 616, 723 and 724 on 17 March 2016 (details furnished), can he, after consultation with the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the second CEO Mr Mokhobo and the third CEO Mr Jacques Booysen, as well as attorney Mr Edward Lalumbe and Mr Prince Mafojane, Chairman of the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), (a) provide a copy of a letter, written by Mr Sello Loate and addressed to Mr Dan Mzizi and Mr Richard Moloko, dated 31 October 2000, in which Mr Loate, the technical monitor on behalf of the GGB, in the specified letter states that “these secret developments pose a potential risk to Akani, in the sense that Freedom Park is on a tight schedule” and (b) acknowledge that the specified letter is important, as it points to the fact that the National Gambling Board (NGB) provided him with incorrect information when it said that The Apartheid Museum was the Gold Reef City Casino project at the time of the application for the Gold Reef City Casino licence and also proves that three years after 1997 the GGB was only aware of Freedom Park, as the project promised by the Gold Reef City Casino; (2) can he, after consultation with the specified persons of the GGB, (a) confirm that the casino licence was awarded to the two applicants on 22 April 1998 on the condition that within a period of three years the joint owners of the Gold Reef City Casino licence must complete the Freedom Park project as promised, (b) confirm that Abraham and Solomon Krok were the principal shareholders of the promoters and that they were present at the public hearing for the Gold Reef City Casino licence on 18 November 1997 and that, under the mandatory provisions of the National Gambling Act, Act 7 of 2004, referred to as Black Economic Empowerment, the Chairperson Mr Reuel Khoza, placed Abraham and Solomon Krok centre stage as white persons who had over 40 years grown their wealth in the pharmaceuticals industry and (c) provide the further relevant details of the direct and/or indirect investment of Abraham and Solomon Krok; (3) (a) can he, in consultation with the NGB, the GGB and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) and/or the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) provide the company registration numbers for Tacasa Investment (Pty) Ltd and Casino Austria International Holding GmbH, together with the names of the directors at the inception of the specified two companies and (b) can he explain why he sought answers from CIPRO and/or CIPC when the questions raised by Mr B H Holomisa specifically asked for incorporation and other documents in the possession of the NLB and/or National Lotteries Commission (NLC); (4) (a) can he, specifically after consultation with Professor Dorcas Jafta and Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, the past and current Chairpersons of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Distribution Agency of the NLB and/or NLC and Ms Thabang Charlotte Mampane, the CEO of the specified distribution agency, as well as Mr Jeffrey Du Preez, the Chief Operations Officer of the NLB and/or NLC, confirm that the (i) statutory declaration of Mr Christopher Till, used in support of the application for funding submitted in November 2004, records the name of the applicant as SA Apartheid Museum under the Unique Company Registration Number 2001/019108/08 and (ii) specified person in his statutory declaration, in keeping with the rules and regulations set out by the NLB and/or NLC, stated the name of the bank account for the payment of the grant-in-aid as SA Apartheid Museum and (b) can he, after a reading of the evidence given under oath by Professor Dorcas Jafta and Tebogo Maitse on behalf of the NLB in Case No 788/10 in the Supreme Court of Appeal, explain why the R1,580,000 grant-in-aid was paid to The South African Apartheid Museum at Freedom Park, even though Mr Christopher Till of SA Apartheid Museum, under the imposed statutory obligation, provided no such information in his application for funding; (5) can he, specifically after consultation with the NLB and/or NLC finance department and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the appointed auditors for the NLB and/or NLC, (a) provide conclusive proof that SA Apartheid Museum and Mr Christopher Till in fact received the three tranches totalling R1,580,000 after the adjudication of the application for funding in 2008, (b) confirm that the (i) specified allocation is first listed in the 2006 Annual Financial Statements of the NLB, under the name SA Apartheid Museum and, after further consultation with the Auditor-General, explain how the grant-in-aid of R1,580,000 to SA Apartheid Museum is accounted for in the 2006 Annual Financial Statements when the application for funding, according to him, was not adjudicated until 2008, two years later and (ii) specified person in fact provided Annual Financial Statements for SA Apartheid Museum, prior to the adjudication of the specified person’s application in 2008 and (c) can he furnish the project number allocated to the specified application by the specified person for SA Apartheid Museum in November 2004?NW1289E

Reply:

(1) and (2) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

(3) (a) According to the response received from the CIPC, these two company names are not registered on the CIPC’s database.

(b) Information regarding incorporation of companies is best sourced from the CIPC.

(4) According to the response received from the NLC:

(a)(i) The Section 21 Company Registration Number is given as 2001/019108/08.

(ii) The bank account named in the application was SA Apartheid Museum.

(b) In light of the above naturally, any allocated funding will be paid into the account of the applicant/beneficiary as per the application form.

(5) According to the information received from the NLC:

(a) Three Payments were made to the SA Apartheid Museum as follows –

Tranche Amount

1. R600,000.00

2. R585,000.00

3. R400,000.00

All payments are disclosed in the NLC Annual Reports which can be located on our website: www.nlcsa.org.za

(b)(i) SA Apartheid Museum applied for grant funding during 2004 and tranches were paid as indicated above. In 2008 the NLC migrated information from Grant Management System (GMS) 1 to GMS 2. When the migration was done, certain information was corrupted in that applications adjudicated in 2004, 2005, and 2006 gave an impression that they were adjudicated in 2008 whereas there was no such adjudication of SA Apartheid Museum in 2008.

(ii) The Annual Financial Statements of the SA Apartheid Museum for financial years 2001, 2002 and 2003 were submitted with the original application on 24 November 2004.

(c) The project number for the application received by the NLC of the SA Apartheid Museum on 24 November 2004 is 18052.

01 May 2016 - NW1219

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has considered rolling out pre-exposure prophylaxis and test-and-treat to other people who are vulnerable in getting HIV other than sex workers, if not; why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have made an announcement of the roll-out of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Test and Treat during my Budget Speech.

END.

29 April 2016 - NW1128

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

(a) What are the reasons for the current shortages of (i) food and (ii) stationery in the Leeuwkop Medium C Correctional Facility in Gauteng and (b) why have horticulture courses been put on hold?

Reply:

a) (i) (ii) There is no shortage of food and stationery in the Leeuwkop Medium C Correctional Facility in Gauteng.

b) The Service Provider was not quality assured and therefore cannot provide training.

29 April 2016 - NW1071

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) What amount did her department provide to each teachers’ union in South Africa in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14, (vi) 2014-15 and (vii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) for what purpose were the specified amounts provided to each union in each of the specified financial years; (2) did each union account fully to her department for the annual expenditure of the specified amounts; if not, why not; if so (a) what are the relevant details, and (b) where can this information be obtained? NW1204E and (b) where can this information be obtained?

Reply:

(1) (a) What amount did her department provide to each teachers’ union in South Africa in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14, (vi) 2014-15 and (vii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) for what purpose were the specified amounts provided to each union in each of the specified financial years;

1. (a) (i) 2009/10 no amounts were allocated by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

1. (a) (ii) 2010/11 no amounts were allocated as the Teacher Collaboration only started in 2011/12

1. (a) (iii) 2011/12 a total of R36 800 000.00 was allocated to teacher unions for Curriculum Assessments Policy Statements (CAPS) orientation in Kwa Zulu-Natal (KZN) and Mpumalanga and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (iii)2011/12

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 6 700 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

NATU

R 6 200 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

SADTU

R 20 300 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

SAOU

R 2 500 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

PEU

R 1 100 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

1 (a) (iv) 2012/13 a total of R70 000 000.00 was allocated to Teacher Union Collaboration (TUC) implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (iv)2012/13

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 10 000 000

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

Improving Reading and Writing in Foundation Phase (FP)

NATU

R 12 000 000

Under qualified Teacher Training (Content Knowledge, Assessments and Lesson preparation)

   

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

School Management Team (SMT) Training (School Management)

   

Improving Reading and Writing in Foundation Phase

SADTU

R 33 343 330

SMT Curriculum Management Programme

   

District Based Professional Development Programme

SAOU

R 11 897 500

Teacher Development (CAPS)

PEU

R 2 759 170

Financial Management

   

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

Design and Development of Outcomes Based Learning

   

Project Management

   

Teaching English Second Language

1. (a) (v) There was no funding allocation in 2013/14.

1. (a) (vi) 2014/15 R19 500 000.00 was allocated for TUC implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (vi)2014/15

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 2 329 000

Further Education and Training (FET) Mathematics and Science

   

Curriculum Differentiation in Special Schools

   

Hand writing for Foundation Phase

   

CAPS for FET Phase

   

Promoting thinking skills in intermediate and Senior Phase Learners

   

Foundation Phase Mathematics Assessment

NATU

R 3 415 000

Assessment for Learning

SADTU

R 8 580 000

Foundation Phase Resource Development

   

Teacher Development through Communities of Practice and instructional leadership

SAOU

R 3 552 000

Curriculum Management for Principals

PEU

R 1 623 500

Screening Identification Assessment System (SIAS) and curriculum Differentiation

1. (a) (vii) 2015/16 R38 000 000.00 was allocated for TUC implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (vii)2015/16

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 5 000 000

Capacitating teachers at schools for the Deaf

   

Barriers to Handwriting FP

   

Inclusion in Assessment Strategies

   

Barriers to Reading

   

Developing a Maths Rich Classroom

   

Inclusion in FET Maths and Science

   

Barriers – Identifying Types

   

Inclusion in Fist Additional Language (FAL)

   

Second language teacher to second language learners

NATU

R 6 000 000

Assessment for Learning

   

Using learner’s responses to inform the teaching of Mathematics in Grades 1,3 and 6

SADTU

R 18 000 000

Foundation Phase Resource Development

   

Intermediate Phase Resource Development

SAOU

R 6 000 000

Financial management for Principals

PEU

R 2 950 000

SIAS orientation

(2) Did each union account fully to her department for the annual expenditure of the specified amounts; if not, why not; if so (a) what are the relevant details, and (b) where can this information be obtained?

2. (a) All Teacher Unions accounted to the DBE by submitting all relevant documents to substantiate their invoices and (b) all supporting documents are with the DBE.

29 April 2016 - NW1148

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether any tenders were advertised for the installation of solar energy systems in the 2015-16 financial year; if so, (a) when did the tenders close, (b) how many companies submitted tenders, (c) to which companies were the tenders awarded in each case and (d) how far the specified companies have progressed to date with the installation of solar energy systems; 2) whether any of the specified tenders set out had the intention of having the Department of Labour train unemployed persons in the installation of solar energy systems; if not, why not; if so, how many of the specified tenders contained this information and intention; 3) whether the specified tenders with specifications for training unemployed persons were awarded; if not, why not; if so, whether the solar energy systems are now being installed; 4) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1286E

Reply:

  1. No.
  2. No, because the training element is earmarked on the installation phase of the solar water heating programme and those have not yet been put under procurement processes.
  3. No, because the training element on solar water heating programme is part of the installation process, which has not yet commenced.
  4. The Solar Water Heating programme is one of the key programmes of the Department of Energy in the context of Energy Mix and therefore the Minister, from time to time, will make pronouncements as part of the implementation process.

28 April 2016 - NW752

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to her department’s Third Quarter Expenditure Report for the 2015-16 financial year, what capital assets were purchased from the R5,9 billion that was spent from her department’s operational budget between 1 April 2015 and 31 December 2015, in each case detailing (a) how much each item cost, (b) the (i) nature and (ii) location of each item and (c) the purpose of the specified acquisitions; 2) with reference to her department’s underspending of R3,275 billion with regard to Transfers and Subsidies and Operational Expenditure by the end of the third quarter of the 2015-16 financial year, what are the full details of the plans that have been put in place to ensure that her department achieves its targets by the end of the 2015-16 financial year without resorting to fiscal dumping; (3) (a) how many employees are (i) employed by her department and (ii) compensated through transfers from her department and (b) how much is spent on the compensation of employees at each different (i) salary scale and (ii) level of employment; (4) how does she reconcile the apparent contradiction between the statement in the report that read respectively that the slow spending is expected to be resolved as the implementation of projects gets accelerated towards the end of the financial year and that it is projected that the department will underspend towards the end of the financial year on the second to last page of the report; (5) (a) how did her department fund the 419.7% overspend on the Water Trading Entity: Operations and Maintenance budget line and (b) what was the reason for such a high overspend?

Reply:

(1) As at 31 December 2015, an amount of R47.864 million was spent on the adjusted allocation of R132.717 million for capital assets in the normal voted funds (operational budget) of the Department. The details of each item cost, and the location thereof are outlined in Annexure A.

  • Machinery and Equipment: These assets which can be used continuously or repeatedly in production for at least one year. Examples of Machinery and Equipment are water laboratory equipment, construction and maintenance equipment, auto visual equipment, photographic equipment, office furniture, computer hardware, printing equipment, etc
  • Software and Intangible Assets are the identifiable non-monetary asset without any physical substance. Examples of intangible fixed assets are computer software and miscellaneous other intangible fixed assets. To qualify as a fixed asset, the item must be intended for use in production for more than one year and its use must be restricted to the units that have established ownership rights over it or to units licensed by the owner. (The units that have established ownership rights refer to the entity that created the software for example “Microsoft” and units licensed by the owner refers to the unit buying a license to use or the right to use the software, but will not be able to change the software).

(2) Refer below for full details of the plans that have been put in place to ensure that the department achieves its targets by the end of the 2015-16 financial year without resorting to fiscal dumping. This will assist to expedite service delivery and improve expenditure. Over and above this, the following actions were to be taken;

  • Reallocation of budget within projects for improved level of expenditure between the slow and fast moving projects;
  • Dedicated efforts to collect outstanding invoices from all suppliers (Including municipalities) for work completed;
  • Drive and expedite the recruitment and selection processes for the recently advertised positions;
  • Improve working relations between line functions, finance and municipalities to improve supply chain management processes;
  • Perform an internal expenditure review and provide more realistic cash flow projections and practical measures (recovery plans) to put in place to ensure adherence to the cash flow projections (At project level, for all programmes).

(3) As at 31 December 2015, an amount of R1.021 billion was spent on the adjusted allocation of R1.428 billion for Compensation of Employees, refer to Annexure B.

(4) The Water Trading Entity spent the allocated funds in line with Treasury Regulations and Departmental Policy regarding the Budget.

(5) The Department’s operation and maintenance expenditure is reflected under operational clusters in the third quarter report. According to the report, there is no overspending reflected therein. The Audited financial statement for the 2014/15 financial year as reflected on the comprehensive income does not show any over expenditure on operation and maintenance.

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Annexure A

The details of each item cost, and the location thereof are outlined in the table below:

OFFICE

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT

SOFTWARE & INTANGIBLE ASSETS

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

 

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

     

EASTERN CAPE

8,019

2,082

26%

-

-

0%

8,019

2,082

26%

                   

FREE STATE

5,684

1,089

19%

 

-

0%

5,684

1,089

19%

                   

GAUTENG

2,742

1,372

50%

 

-

0%

2,742

1,372

50%

                   

KWAZULU-NATAL

1,865

985

53%

 

-

0%

1,905

985

52%

 

 

 

             

LIMPOPO

18,216

3,644

20%

 

-

0%

18,216

3,644

20%

                   

MPUMALANGA

3,874

1,164

30%

 

-

0%

3,874

1,164

30%

 

 

               

HEAD OFFICE

40,838

24,354

60%

40, 370

10,306

33%

81,168

34,661

43%

NORTH WEST

1,229

327

27%

 

-

0%

1,229

327

27%

 

 

 

       

 

   

NORTHERN CAPE

2,758

829

30%

 

-

0%

2,758

829

30%

 

 

         

 

   

WESTERN CAPE

7,122

1,706

24%

 

-

0%

7,122

1,706

24%

Grand Total

2,347

37,557

41%

40,370

10,306

33%

132,717

47,864

36%

Annexure B

The details for Compensation of Employees are outlined in the table below:

Classification Item

Programme

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES

ADMINISTRATION

645,589

481,719

75%

 

WATER PLANNING & INFORMATION MAN

350,644

244,837

70%

 

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEV

114,679

60,237

53%

 

WATER & SANITATION SERVICES

148,102

96,939

65%

 

WATER SECTOR REGULATION

169,383

137,694

81%

Grand Total

 

1,428,397

1,021,427

72%

The funds allocated to the department for each salary scale and) level of employment are as follows:

Salary Level

Number of officials

Original Budget per Salary Level

1

1

98

2

305

22,750

3

381

56,326

4

165

23,912

5

744

169,567

6

423

126,911

7

524

143,440

8

450

146,085

9

299

109,661

10

371

149,050

11

290

145,574

12

287

216,925

13

116

115,818

14

35

45,546

15

9

14,582

16

3

5,888

Total

4,404

1,492,133

28 April 2016 - NW960

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether his department (a) has provided or (b) has plans to provide any support to the canola oil production project in Alexandria in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

No, the Department of Rural Development is not involved in the Canola oil production project in Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.

(a) and (b) falls away.

28 April 2016 - NW1172

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

(1)(a) How many new companies have invested in the (i) Vulindlela Heights, (ii) Queenindustria, (iii) Isithebe, (iv) Botshabelo, (v) Babelegi and (vi) Seshego industrial parks since 1 April 2015, (b) how many new jobs were created at each of the specified industrial parks and (c) what incentives have been offered to each (i) municipality and (ii) provincial government in each of the specified industrial parks;

Reply:

1 c) and d) the dti is not providing any incentives specific for the Industrial Parks.

(2) The Industrial Parks are owned and operated by Agencies that fall under the provincial government. These Agencies manage the industrial parks including the collection of revenue, the provision of services and maintenance of the parks. Each Industrial Park has its own management structure. The table below provides details of the respective agencies and the human resources for the management of the Industrial Park. (See Annexure “A”)

Annexure “A”

INDUSTRIAL PARKS MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

INDUSTRIAL PARK

PROVINCE

Managed By:

Organisational structure

   

Vulindlela Industrial Heights

King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC)

Head Properties

Administrator

Personal assistant

Senior Manager Facilities

Senior Manager Property Investment and Development

Senior Manager Property Management.

Manger rentals and collections

Queendustria

Chris Hani Development Agency

Eastern Cape

Chris Hani Development Agency

Executive Manager Operations

Project administrator

Chief Investment Officer

Business Development manager

Project Manager

Social Facilitator

Finance and Admin Manger

Isithebe

Ithala Bank

KwaZulu-Natal

Ithala Bank

Ithala CEO

Properties Executive

Divisional Manager -Property Management

Divisional Manager -Facilities Management

Divisional Manager - Asset Management.

Botshabelo

Free State Development Corporation (FDC)

Free State

Free State Development Corporation (FDC)

FDC CEO

Executive Director – Core Operations

Properties and Facilities Manager

District Property Manager

Babelegi

North West Development Agency (NWDA)

North West

North West Development Corporation (NWDC)

Area Manager

Admin Officer

3 X Tenant Coordinators

1x Maintenance Supervisor

2x Handymen

2x Assistant Handymen

2x Gardeners

1x Refreshment officer

Seshego

Limpopo Development maintenance Agency (LEDA)

Limpopo

Limpopo Economic Development Agency

Executive Manager Industrialization

Head: Land &Property Development

Regional Manager

Facilities Manager

Electrician

Leasing Officer

Rental Controller

Office Admin

28 April 2016 - NW467

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the recent international trip undertaken by her deputy minister, (a) when did the trip take place, (b) to which country or countries did she travel, (c) what were the reasons for undertaking this trip and (d) how much did the trip cost? NW521E

Reply:

Deputy Minister recently undertook official international travel as follows:

a) From the 14th to the 20th of February 2016.

b) To the United States of America (New York).

c) Deputy Minister was invited to participate as a Speaker/ Panellist at the 19th Wallstreet Project Economic Summit, and to attend special B2B networking sessions co-hosted by the African Economic Expansion Network and its affiliates. The Wall Street Project was established to secure equal opportunity for minority employees, consumers, and entrepreneurs. The project’s mission is to promote inclusion, opportunity and economic growth by encouraging public and private industries to:

  • Provide more business opportunities for minority and women-owned companies on Wall Street and throughout the financial services industry
  • Encourage more minorities to participate in corporate boards
  • Allocate more capital to minority companies
  • Promote intra-trade relationships among diverse businesses

The areas of focus of this summit were found to be relevant to the Department of Small Business Development’s objective of facilitating radical economic transformation through increased participation of small businesses and cooperatives in the mainstream economy.

Deputy Minister also met with the US Small Business Administration, which is responsible for providing support to SMME’s in the US for purposes of benchmarking. Further meetings were attended with various American corporates to explore opportunities of them investing in South African previously disadvantaged communities and enterprises.

d) The department has not received final invoices yet but the budgeted amount was R479 769.46 for all officials who travelled.

26 April 2016 - NW1008

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How many Chinese nationals have been granted (a) permanent residence, (b) work and (c) business visas and (d) South African citizenship (i) in (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013, (cc) 2014 and (dd) 2015 and (ii) and since 1 January 2016?

Reply:

Chinese nationals that have been granted:

(a) Permanent residence:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 19

(i)(bb) 2013 = 538

(i)(cc) 2014 = 1341

(i)(dd) 2015 = 542

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 127

(b) Work Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 592

(i)(bb) 2013 = 1016

(i)(cc) 2014 = 909

(i)(dd) 2015 = 485

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 9

(c) Business Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 109

(i)(bb) 2013 = 321

(i)(cc) 2014 = 328

(i)(dd) 2015 = 18

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 127

(d) South African citizenship:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 4

(i)(bb) 2013 = 16

(i)(cc) 2014 = 6

(i)(dd) 2015 = 5

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 1

26 April 2016 - NW1103

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

(1) What is the total number of (a) domestic and (b) international trips that a certain person took in the 2015-16 financial year; (2) what were the costs incurred in terms of (a) airfare, (b) hotel accommodation, (c) car rental and (d) subsistence in each specified case; (3) (a) what (i) class of travel and (ii) star hotel was used by the specified person in each case, (b) what was the purpose of each specified trip and (c) what was the length of stay in each specified case?NW1235E

Reply:

Official in questiom

1(a)

1(b)

2(a)

2(b)

2(c)

2(d)

Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa

Seven (07)

Three (03)

Domestic:

R52 954.18

International

R99 576.72

Domestic:

R25 544. 13

International:

R89 637.54

Domestic:

R4 772.10

International:

R0.00

Domestic:

R0.00

International:

R49 938.91

(3) (a) what (i) class of travel and (ii) star hotel was used by the specified person in each case, (b) what was the purpose of each specified trip and (c) what was the length of stay in each specified case?NW1235E

Official in questiom

3(a)(i)

3(a)(ii)

3(b)

3(c)

Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa

Business Class

It varies based on affordability and availability at the time

DOMESTIC

  • National Budget Vote
  • Addressing Africa Investor conference on co-investment opportunities in partnership with NEF funded black industrialists.
  • Addressing stakeholders and the media at the launch of the Paardevlei hospital, built by NEF-funded company, BusaMed
  • Attended UCT MCom Development Finance Forum: Presidential Forum on development finance with the theme Empowering Africans: Role of Development Finance
  • Meeting with officials from Department of Rural and Land Reforms;
  • Meeting with officials from Department of Labour
  • Meeting with Hon. Minister Davies, Hon. Deputy Minister Masina, DG October;
  • Attended Parliamentary Briefing on the NEF's 2nd Quarter financial and non-financial report;
  • Stakeholder meeting with MEC for Health in KZN Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to discuss assistance by the NEF to black people who are awarded hospital licenses by the department. This was as a result of a worrying trend identified by the NEF whereby the department of Health awards licences to black people who end up selling the licenses to white owned companies because they do not have capital to commercialise such licences.

The outcome of this meeting was that the NEF supported a broad based group in further participating in a commercial hospital enterprise and the parties agreed to do more work on the issue of awarding of licenses.

  • Attended the State of the Nation address and meetings with various stakeholders to discuss NEF projects
  • Attended the National Budget Vote, meeting Minister Gugile Nkwinti to present the NEF’s portfolio of Rural and Community Development projects, requesting intervention of the Department in some of the projects; discuss collaboration between the Department and the NEF Rural and Community Development Fund in the implementation of projects, discuss NEF involvement in Department’s 50/50 project.

The meeting resulted in the NEF and the Department collaborating in supporting rural community development around the country. The NEF also assisted in conducting due diligence investigations and structuring of land acquisition projects by the department

  • Meeting with Minister Mildred Oliphant to discuss the large-scale retrenchments facing the country as a result of prevalent economic conditions: Discuss NEF proposed interventions to reduce the impact of retrenchments and to assist people who will be affected with funding and non-financial support for small business opportunities; Discuss potential involvement of the Department and its agencies (e.g. the UIF in supporting such SME’s)

The meeting resulted in further engagements between NEF, the Department and UIF for the benefit of unemployed and retrenched people in the country.

  • Attended Parliamentary Briefing on the NEF's 3rd quarter financial and non-financial report.

INTERNATIONAL

  • At the invitation of the South African Government participated in the Outward Mission and business forum “Invest in Senegal” in June 2015, where the CEO delivered presentations to highlight some of South Africa’s milestones for industrial, infrastructure and manufacturing projects.
  • The Senegalese Government hosted the business forum as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral economic relations and to promote Intra-African trade and economic integration between the two countries. The forum also provided a platform for the presentation of flagship projects that are aimed at attracting South African investors and SADC countries into the Senegalese market, which could potentially present prospects for export-oriented NEF investees. The CEO of the NEF was also invited specifically because of her proficiency in the French language. The conference was attended by several Senegalese Cabinet Ministers and well over 250 participants comprising Senegalese entrepreneurs

3) (b) (ii) Deauville, France

  • Following the request by the organisers of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2015, which took place in October 2015 in Deauville, France, Ms Mthethwa successfully mobilized the participation of women leaders from across South Africa's private sector in order to chart a path for global inclusive growth and for building the future with women’s vision, together with counterparts from different parts of the world. Ms Mthethwa subsequently led a team of South African businesswomen to the conference, which brings together leaders from all over the world from business, government, academia and from across civil society in order to mainstream gender across all spheres of human endeavour, and to propel women’s participation in the business world.
  • While in Deauville the CEO addressed, as a key note speaker, a business luncheon hosted by the South African Ambassador to France on the sidelines of the conference targeting key economic players from different sectors among the participating countries and companies for the purpose of mobilizing potential partners for the NEF’s black industrialist projects and for South Africa’s broader national economic interests.
  • Following engagements with the leadership of the organizing body, the CEO succeeded in securing agreement for South Africa to host a conference for one of the annual meetings of the WOMEN’S FORUM in 2017, a milestone which is expected to have important multiplier benefits for the domestic economy.

3) (b) (iii) Paris, France

  • The CEO met with officials of Areva in order to resuscitate the Junior Manager Development Programme (JMDP). In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris (CCIP) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the NEF ensured successful implementation of the Programme between 2010 and 2011, which saw 96 South African Junior Managers from different sectors of the economy, completing six-week experiential training with leading companies in France.
  • This began with a 2-week training seminar at a CCIP associated business school in Paris. The aim was to reinforce managerial skills, negotiation strategy, team building, and dynamics, as well as to facilitate the managers’ integration into their host companies by providing them with tools to understand the French and European business and cultural context. This was then followed up by a 4-week internship at French host companies, which were identified specific to the sector from which the participant had been selected in South Africa.

The sectors prioritized for skills development were government, energy, infrastructure, finance, information and communication technology, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), aerospace and agro processing. Following this important milestone, the NEF is keen to reintroduce the programme and the discussions with Areva were for that purpose.

3) (b) (iv) ) Paris, France

  • The CEO’s engagement in France was also with Axonia Partners, the number 1 adviser worldwide in terms of the number of African private equity funds raised. They also advise top General Partners from the US and Europe in their fundraising endeavours, and the engagement with Axonia was in pursuit of the mobilization of investments to commercialise the NEF’s portfolio of strategic industrial projects valued at R27 billion with an employment-creation potential of 80 000 jobs.

14 Business days

10 Business days

26 April 2016 - NW1187

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he travelled with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, and other Ministers to Dubai in March 2016 to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if not, what are the reasons for not joining the delegation which reportedly travelled to Dubai to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if so, (a) for how many days was he in Dubai, (b) what are the details of the official business conducted in Dubai and (c) what were the outcomes of the specified trip?

Reply:

The Minister did not form part of the President’s delegation to Dubai in March 2016.

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

26 April 2016 - NW1105

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

(1)With reference to his reply to question 693 on 1 April 2016 and the link to a certain advert selling a semi-automatic firearms (details furnished), (a) what action is his department taking against the specified person (name furnished), (b) who is the investigating officer and (c) what progress has been made in this case; (2) what immediate steps are being taken to stop the selling of firearms from the specified person’s private residential home?

Reply:

(1)(a) The South African Police Service has registered an enquiry investigation into the purported advertisement.

(1)(b) Particulars of the investigating officer are witheld to enable investigation without fear or favour.

(1)(c) The enquiry is still under investigation.

(2) Steps will be informed by the ensuing enquiry once all necessassy information has been obtained.

26 April 2016 - NW1129

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

What is the average police response time to (a) Alpha, (b) Bravo and (c) Charlie complaints (i) nationally, (ii) in each province respectively, and in the (iii) City of Tshwane Metropolitan, (iv) Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan, and (v) City of Johannesburg Metropolitan (aa) in the (aaa) 2011-12, (bbb) 2012-13, (ccc) 2013-14, (ddd) 2014-15 and (eee) 2015-16 financial years respectively and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) The avarage Police Response Time for Alpha complaints is 19:05.

(b) The avarage Police Response Time for Bravo complaints is 24:33.

(c) The avarage Police Response Time for Charlie complaints is 21:45.

(i) to (v) The Police Response Time for National, the respective Provinces and requested Metropolitan areas is attached, marked as Annexure “A”.

(aa) The Police Response Time in respect of the (aaa) 2011/2012, (bbb) 2012/2013, (ccc) 2013/2014 and (ddd) 2014/2015 financial years is attached, marked as Annexure “A”. The Police Response Time for the (eee) 2015/2016 financial year is currently being verified and extracted to the Efficiency Index System and will be published in the Annual Performance Report.

(bb) The Police Response Time since 1 April 2016 is not available.

26 April 2016 - NW1009

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How many nationals from the African continent have been granted (a) permanent residence, (b) work and (c) business visas and (d) South African citizenship (i) in (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013, (cc) 2014 and (dd) 2015 and (ii) since 1 January 2016?

Reply:

Nationals from the African continent that have been granted:

(a) Permanent residence:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 209

(i)(bb) 2013 = 5984

(i)(cc) 2014 = 13594

(i)(dd) 2015 = 3565

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 398

(b) Work Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 684

(i)(bb) 2013 = 616

(i)(cc) 2014 = 419

(i)(dd) 2015 = 1707

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 393

(c) Business Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 474

(i)(bb) 2013 = 839

(i)((cc) 2014 = 1203

(i)(dd) 2015 = 51

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 2

(d) South African citizenship

(i)(aa) 2012 = 397

(i)(bb) 2013 = 846

(i)(cc) 2014 = 526

(i)(dd) 2015 = 570

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 129

 

26 April 2016 - NW918

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home 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) No.

26 April 2016 - NW648

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the Tshakuma Fruit Market, which has been operating without running water, sanitation and sheltered stalls for more than 15 years while providing opportunities to more than 100 small vendors in order to provide for their families, what is she doing to help the vendors at the specified market to trade in a conducive environment?

Reply:

The department has been engaging with Makhado Municipality Local Economic Development (LED) Office regarding putting plans together to initiate improvements to put proper sheltered stalls and related infrastructure for Tshakhuma Fruit Market vendors. The Shared Economic Infrastructure Facility (SEIF) has been identified as an appropriate instrument to be used to support this project. SEIF is an incentive for infrastructure support for informal traders, it covers the funding of common infrastructure that is either new, upgrading or maintenance and shared by a number of businesses. To date the department has assisted the LED Office to package the application which is expected to be presented to the SEIF Adjudication Committee seating scheduled to take place on 29 March 2016.

 

26 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:

Kindly take note that the statistic which is reported relates to all types of incidents/accidents which have an element of speeding.

The summarised answers in terms of each sub-category of the question raised are as follows:

Sub-Category of a question relating (aaa) 2009-10

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (bbb) 2010-11

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

02

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Dismissal

01 No Steps taken

Sub-Category of a question relating (ccc) 2011-12

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (ddd) 2012-13

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

02

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

02

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

02FinalWritten Warning

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (eee) 2013-14

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

01

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Written warning and R200 fine

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (fff) 2014-15

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

01

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Case Withdrawn

01Dismissal suspended for 6 months

01 Written Warning

01 No Steps

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (ggg) 2015-2016 to date

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating 2016 to date

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

26 April 2016 - NW1017

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What number of Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) projects are still in their construction phase and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (2) (a) what number of SRI projects have not been completed due to problems experienced and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (3) whether any legal processes have been launched in terms of the projects which have not been completed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) which SRI projects have been successfully completed in the (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 financial years? NW1149E

Reply:

1(a) Twenty three (23) projects are still in their construction phase.

No.

(1b) (i) Project name

1(b) (ii)

Project budget (cost)

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

 

Mbashe, Coffee Bay, Mvezo N Mandela – Phase 3

R33,610,054

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

 

Mthonsi Lodge

R28,215,000

Nkonkobe Local Municipality

 

Steve Biko Heritage

R12,062,348

Buffalo City Local Municipality

 

Aliwal Spa Project - Phase 3

R 7,930,080

Makana Local Municipality

 

Qatywa Eco-Tourism Development

R23,750,000

Mbashe Local Municipality

 

Cradock Four Garden of Remembrance – Phase 2

R13,056,403

Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Accommodation Facilities at Metsi Matso Dam - Phase 3

R28,851,326

Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality

8.

Sentinel Peak Car Park Access

R11,432,622

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

9

Witsieshoek Mountain Hotel Project

R25,367,200

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

10.

Building a Guest House in Qwa Qwa

R16,906,319

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

GAUTENG

11.

Alexandra Mandela Yard Project

R24,631,000

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

12

Komjekejeke Heritage Site Project

R21,185,000

Metsweding District Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

13.

Muzi Pan

R 9,405,000

Jozini Local Municipality

14.

Lilani Hot springs

R18,810,000

Umvoti Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

15.

Khalanga Guest Lodge - Phase 2

R23,512,500

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

15.

Mahlathi Village Tourism

R17,575,181

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

16.

Mukumbani Waterfalls -Phase 3

R18,810,000

Thulamela Local Municipality

17.

Muyexe Tourism Project

R14,107,500

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

18.

Ngove Cultural Village - Phase 2

R20,133,951

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

19.

Tisane Cultural Village

R18,810,000

Makhudutamaga Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

20.

Middelburg Information Centre -

Phase 2

R 905,158

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

21

Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor

R24,784,279

Umjindi Local Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

22.

Caravan Park Kai Garib Project

R 6,474,163

!Kai! Garib Local Municipality

NORTH WEST

23.

Manyane Lodge Project

R47,515,112

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

2 (a) Six (6) projects have not been completed due to problems experienced

2(b)(i) and (ii) Projects that experienced problems.

No

2b(i) Name of project

2(b)(ii) Cost

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

R10,449,156

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

R 9,500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 2

R 9, 500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

R 3,372,500

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village – Phase 2

R 7,600,000

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village - Phase 2

R 9,500,000

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(3) Legal process and details per project:

No

(3) Name of project

(3) Relevant Details

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

  • Yes, a notice of breach of contract has been issued to the implementer.
  • Disciplinary action has been taken against the official for the dereliction of duty.
  • The department is now pursuing the option of cancellation of the contract and appointing another service provider to complete the project.

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

 

  • No, the project is one of those ceded from the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to the Department of Tourism following the split of the two departments in 2010.
  • The challenges were immediately identified, however the contract with the implementer had expired and the whereabouts of the implementer are unknown.
  • The department is looking into various options whether to complete the project or not.

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village - Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(4) (a) Projects that were successfully implemented in 2014/2015.

No.

4(a) 2014/15 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Manqondo Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

2.

Wonkumuntu Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

3.

IP OR Tambo Heritage

Mbizana Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

4.

Muzi Pan

Jozini Local Municipality

5.

Ntuzuma

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

LIMPOPO

6.

Mukumbani Waterfall

Thulamela Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Black Water Fly Fishing

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

8.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

4 (b) Projects that were successfully completed in 2015/2016

No

(4) (b) 2015/16 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

IP OR Tambo Heritage Route

Mbizana Local Municipality

2.

Bongolo Dam

Lukanji Local Municipality

3.

Ndlambe Tourism Infrastructure

Ndlambe Local Municipality

4.

Grahamstown Caravan Park

Makana Local Municipality

5.

Maluti Hiking and Horse Trail

Matatiele Municipality

FREE STATE

6.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

7.

Mpumalanga Gateway

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

8.

Frances Baard Park

Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality

WESTERN CAPE

9.

False Bay Ecology Project

City of Cape Town Metro

10.

Donkey Tracking Route - Phase 3

Cederberg Local Municipality

11.

Tourism Development for Atlantis - Phase 2

City of Cape Town Metro

26 April 2016 - NW1084

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Has any of his senior officials met with certain persons during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015, (b) have Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media participated in any of his department’s investment schemes and (c) has any of the entities reporting to him awarded any contracts to the specified companies in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

Some officials have on occasion participated in meetings where the highlighted individuals have been present, including business related events, conferences and business delgations. For example, during a State Visit to India, officials met with Mr Ajay Gupta as part of the engagement with business. On another occasion, officials engaged with Messrs Ajay and Atul Gupta during the BRICS Summit in March 2013. On a different occasion, an offical interacted with Mr Atul Gupta at an ICT Steering Committee tasked to deal with the ICT Policy review under the Department of Communications and Postal Services. All of these interactions were conducted as part of the dti’s stakeholder engagement process on core area work.

the dti Marketing team have interacted with The New Age (TNA) officials for media buying purposes like any other print media house.

The advertising team procured advertising space based on advertising plans for various campaigns.

The companies cited above have not participated in any of the dti investment schemes.

Response from the Entities

No Entities apart from the NEF have interacted with the Guptas, as Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa served on the Board of Afripalm Resources with Mr Atul Gupta and resigned from this board in 2010.

26 April 2016 - NW1000

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Police

How many VIPs (a) in total and (b) by detailed breakdown of their designations, in terms of visiting Presidents, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, spouses or identified dignitaries, were protected by the SA Police Services VIP Protection Services (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:

(a) Total number protected according to the RIMAS System is 589.

(b) Presidents, First Ladies, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and identified dignitaries.

(i)(aa) 2011-12

143 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(bb) 2012-13

232 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(cc) 2013-2014

81 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(dd) 2014-15

56 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(ee) 2015-16

76 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(ii) Since 1 April 2016

1 Foreign Dignitary excluding Heads of State

The total number of identified dignitaries recorded above does not include Foreign Ministers, Deputy Ministers, identified dignitaries and Heads of State who attended Major and Special Events in the country.

26 April 2016 - NW1006

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Where were the interviews held of the Independent Electoral Commission’s vacancy selection panel and (b) what were the costs associated with conducting the specified interviews in terms of (i) travel, (ii)(aa) accommodation and (bb) catering costs, (iii) remuneration of any persons and (iv) any other specified costs?

Reply:

(a-b) The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has indicated that it is the Constitutional Court who arranged and conducted the interviews and incurred costs in this regard.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - NW901

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

(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. No.
  2. No.

END.

25 April 2016 - NW914

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of State Security

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:

  • In terms of the Executive Members Ethics Act, 1988 and Parliament’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members Interests, the Minister of State Security has always without fail submitted his financial interests
  • These are matters of public record and the Member is referred to check same.

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.