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07 August 2015 - NW2357

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department has any plans to upgrade the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng through a private-public partnership; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the (i) relevant details and (ii) applicable timelines and (b) is the estimated cost of such an upgrade; (2) whether any previous attempts have been made to upgrade the hospital through a private-public partnership; if so, (a) when, (b) who were the parties involved and (c) what amount was spent in respect of each attempt?

Reply:

  1. Yes there is a plan to upgrade the Hospital as part of our hospital revitalisation programme – but not necessarily through a private-public-partnership (PPP).
  2. No. The Hospital has had its casualty upgraded before the FIFA 2010 World Cup but not through a PPP. It was done by the Department of Public Works in Gauteng.

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07 August 2015 - NW2634

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in light of South Africa’s international and domestic legal obligations, a court order for the arrest of president Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan for genocide was at any stage issued in terms of the legislation which grants the International Criminal Court jurisdiction in South Africa; if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister wishes to inform the Honorable member that  at the time the original genocide warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court in July 2010 against President Al Bashir, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development received confirmation from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) that the second warrant relating to genocide charge and accompanying statements had been dispatched but that it had not been received at the Department for processing.

Following the receipt of this Parliamentary question, the Department has since forwarded a request to DIRCO urging them to obtain confirmation from South Africa’s Mission in The Hague of the specific date upon which the  original genocide warrant was transmitted to DIRCO for onward transmission to DOJCD. The Department therefore awaits a response in this regard from our Mission in The Hague.

As there had been difficulty locating the whereabouts of the original genocide warrant, the Magistrate’s Court for the District of Pretoria has not as yet been seized with the task of endorsing and ultimately issuing the second warrant against President Al Bashir for crimes of genocide for which he has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on 12 July 2010.

06 August 2015 - NW239

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014. The question was to determine total amount that (a) her department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred though the Department of Communications for advertising.

Reply:

Between, 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has spent funds on advertising as appended hereunder:

  • Departmental Campaign promotion/advertising : R 980 179.16

ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount:

       

14 February 2013

SA PRESS ASSOCIATION

Print

60 000.00

19 February 2013

THOBELA FM

Radio

114 000.00

22 April 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

16 092.00

11 June 2013

SABC

Radio

142 614.00

26 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

27 June 2013

PICASSO HEADLINE

Print

23 940.00

28 June 2013

ALL MEDIA AFRICA INTERNATIONAL

Print

47 000.00

28 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

10 October 2013

KAYA FM D8301

Radio

200 000.00

10 October 2013

ALIVE ADVERTSING D7360

Outdoor

143 838.36

23 October 2013

BENHLE MEDIA BN033/

BETHEL HOUSE MEDIA

Print

15 100.00

04 February 2014

HIGHBURY SAFIKA L9478

Print

27 314.40

11 March 2014

KASHAN ADVERTISING R0154

Print

81 022.80

Total

   

R 980 179.16

  • Departmental Recruitment Advertising : R11 330 928.45

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount

       

January 2013

Sunday Times, City Press & New Age

Print

477 351.87

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 082.95

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

February 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

359 965.23

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

486 045.71

July 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

August 2013

Legal Brief

Print

73 341.05

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 299.02

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

405 454.98

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 199.36

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 351.87

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 352.89

May 2014

Legal Brief

Print

75 155.90

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

352 005.07

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 470.75

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 370.30

July 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

465 418.23

TOTAL

   

R11 330 928.45

06 August 2015 - NW2557

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1201 on 26 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2370

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

(1)With reference to Rand Water’s appointment as water service provider to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in the 201314 financial year, how many (a) villages had water at the time of the takeover and (b) more villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water; (2) what is the status of phase one of the reticulation project; (3) what are the reasons for the escalation in the cost of implementation of phase one from R121 million to R278 million as per council reports; (4) what has been the progress of the reticulation project from the 2013-14 to 2014 15 financial years?

Reply:

(1)(a) According to Census 2011, 11,9% of the population in Bushbuckridge had access to piped water in their dwellings, the remaining was supplied with water at Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) standard (i.e Boreholes/communal taps) and Water Carts.

(1)(b) A total of 24 villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water.

(2) All projects which were implemented under Phase 1 to reticulate 24 villages in Bushbuckridge were completed.

(3) Initially, the scope of the work was under estimated, upon assessment and finalization of technical designs of the projects, it was discovered that bulk of the work was not included in the initial scope of the work, therefore additional budget was required to complete the projects.

(4) The intervention was initiated in the 2013/14 financial year, 24 villages were completed in the 2014/15 financial year and a further
15 villages are currently being reticulated.

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06 August 2015 - NW1594

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Mpontshane, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) How many criminal dockets were opened with the SA Police Service for (i) failing to comply with water use authorizations or (ii) using water without authorization as required by the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (2) (a) how many criminal dockets were handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years for offences in terms of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (3) (a) how many criminal dockets for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, did the NPA decline to prosecute in the specified periods and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (4) how many convictions were secured in each of the specified periods for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (5) What was the (a) highest monetary fine and (b) longest sentence of direct imprisonment obtained for convictions for offences of transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, in each specified period?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department has opened a total of Sixty Seven (67) cases with the South African Police Service (SAPS) for contravening the National Water Act (Act no 36 of 1998) (NWA). (i), one (1) case was opened for not complying with water use authorizations and (ii) Fifty Eight (58) were cases opened for engaging in water uses without authorisation.

(1)(b) Below is the region and sector breakdown of criminal cases opened:

Criminal Cases Opened with SAPS

  1. Region
  1. Sectors
 

Mining

Agriculture

Industries

Water Services Authorities

Tourism

Total

Eastern Cape

-

-

-

-

-

-

Free State

-

1

-

7

-

8

Gauteng

2

6

-

-

-

8

KwaZulu-Natal

10

-

1

-

-

11

Limpopo

-

1

-

-

-

1

Mpumalanga

9

14

3

1

1

28

North West

1

2

-

1

-

4

Northern Cape

4

-

-

-

-

4

Western Cape

-

-

2

1

-

3

Total

26

24

6

10

1

67

(2) The relevant Department to answer the question is the South African Police Service (SAPS).

 

(3) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(4) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(5)(a) The highest monetary fine was One Million Rand (R1 000 000.00) in 2013/2014.

(5)(b) No imprisonment was obtained for convictions for the offences of transgressions of the NWA.

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06 August 2015 - NW2560

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1501 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2423

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation did not spend any funds on advertising in the Sowetan and the Daily Sun newspapers during the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 financial years.

06 August 2015 - NW2559

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1200 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2111

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department will provide the results of the surveys on patient satisfaction conducted in health facilities in 2014; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The Provincial Departments of Health have conducted patient satisfaction surveys in health facilities during 2014/15.2.
  2. Nationally 42% of public health facilities conducted patient satisfaction surveys during 2014/15 financial year;
  3. In total 1 810 334 patients participated in surveys at these facilities, and from these 1 377 851 patients were satisfied with services rendered at public health facilities.
  4. In addition STATSA conducts patients satisfaction surveys as part of the Annual Household surveys.

END.

06 August 2015 - NW2558

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1275 on 19 May 2015, it is not in the interest of the public to disclose the requested information; if not, why not;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW620

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

For each forensic chemistry laboratory in the country, (a) what amount of (i) postmortem and (ii) premortem drunk driving blood alcohol samples were unprocessed as at 28 February 2015 and (b) how many (i) new samples have been received in 2015 and (ii) of these new samples have been processed to date?

Reply:

(a)  (i) Post Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 6 980

31 July 2015; 3 964

(ii) Pre Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 54 129

31 July 2015; 39 433

(b)  (i) New samples that have been received from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 41 925

(ii) New samples that have been processed from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 63 431

This means that new samples received by the 31 July 2015 since the beginning of the year are 41 925, but in that period 63 431 samples were processed.

This is because we have divided all samples into two categories. One category is for new samples which must be done immediately to avoid backlogs. The second category is for historically backlog samples. These are done bit-by-bit as soon as the current samples are done. Hence the 20 000 extra samples are from this backlog category.

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06 August 2015 - NW1838

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

(1)Whether any contracts were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) how many contracts were awarded, (ii) what are the details of each contract, (iii) to which project was each such contract linked and (iv) what was the value of each contract; (2) whether any officials were (a) implicated, (b) charged and/or (c) dismissed for their involvement, in each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, there were contracts which were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in 2013/2014.

(1)(b) None in 2014/2015.

(1)(b)(i) Four (4) Contracts were awarded.

(1)(b)(ii) Details of each contract awarded listed below:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

(1)(b)(iii) These goods and services were not linked to specific projects but they were normal day to day operational activities.

(1)(b)(iv) The value of each award is indicated below on the amount column:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Amount

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

R18 724,50

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

R 8 669,00

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

R15 340,00

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

R 6 508,00

(2)(a) Yes, they were 3 employees who were implicated.

(2)(b) Letters were issued to the employees concerned. Employee Relations is in the process of drawing up the charges, this process will proceed in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

(2)(c) Measures have been put in place to stop the contravention of Treasury Regulations 16A8.4 where employees are disciplined for the transgression and an internal circular was circulated to all employees.

(3) Yes, measures have been put in place by means of an internal circular to all employees to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation.

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06 August 2015 - NW2700

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

(a) Yes, I undertook a trip to China from 09 - 12 September 2014.

(b) No, the Deputy Minister did not travel to China during the 2014/15 financial year.

(c) I was accompanied by my Special Advisor: Mr J Pampallis, Chief Director: International Relations: Mr G Jeppie, Media Liaison Officer: Mr K Nkwanyana, and my Personal Assistant: Ms M Sako.

(i) The purpose of my visit was to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which took place in Tianjin, China, from 09 - 12 September 2014. I was requested by the WEF to chair a working session titled “Skilling STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)” on 11 September 2014.

(ii) (aa) The total cost of the visit was R293 416.62.

(bb) The breakdown of costs are as follows:

  • Flights: R161 485.00
  • Accommodation: R47 354.65
  • Ground transport: R34 892.97
  • Daily allowance: R49 684.00

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2700 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

05 August 2015 - NW402

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether at any stage during the lengthy and substantial security upgrade at his residence in Nkandla, he had requested either the Minister of Police or the Minister of Public Works or any government official to (a) meet with him, (b) inform him, (c) consult with him or (d) furnish him with progress reports regarding (i) plans and drawings for the security upgrade, (ii) estimated costs of each aspect of the upgrades, (iii) name and details of architectural firms to undertake the drawings and supervise the construction, (iv) name and clearance details of the contractors to do the work and (v) the length of time required for the completion of the project; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what official information did he receive at all stages of the security upgrade project and (bb) how did he respond to the information provided to him 2) Whether at any stage he had raised any queries as to why non-security upgrades were being constructed or provided for at Nkandla; if not, why not?

Reply:

I set out in a detailed report to Parliament the facts and circumstances of which I had knowledge relating to the security enhancements at my Nkandla residence. The report is attached for ease of reference.

NW478E

05 August 2015 - NW1863

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the average ambulance response time at ODI District Hospital in Mabopane; 2) (a) which area does the specified hospital serve and (b) what is the size of this area in square kilometers; (3) which hospitals serve wards 9, 12, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24 in Tshwane?

Reply:

  1. The EMS Priority 1 (P1) response rate under 60 minutes in the Odi District is 78.7%;

The EMS Priority 1 (P1) urban response rate under 15 minutes in the Odi District is 40.4%.

The provincial average response times are indicated below:

Indicator

Period

Sort Order

Indicator Name

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Grand Total

104

EMS call transport rate

89.2

97.7

92.1

90.4

92.5

105

EMS inter-facility transfer rate

0.0

0.0

88.5

90.4

42.9

106

EMS obstetric client transport rate

36.5

31.1

31.9

34.9

33.4

107

EMS operational ambulance coverage (annualized)

 

109

EMS operational Obstetric Emergency Unit coverage

 

110

EMS P1 call response under 60 minutes rate

46.7

100.0

50.0

100.0

78.7

111

EMS P1 rural responses under 40 minutes rate

 

112

EMS P1 urban response under 15 minutes rate

46.7

28.6

50.0

45.0

40.0

334

EMS P1 Urban Maternity and obstetric call under 15 minutes response rate

100.0

100.0

(a)   It serves Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Winterveldt, in Gauteng Province.

(b)    Botshabelo, Hebron, Hoekfontein, Kgabalatsane, Klipgat, Koedoespoort,Kromkuil, Madidi, Makau, Makaunyane, Mothutlung, Odinburg, Rabokala – all in North West Province.

2.  Odi Hospital, which refers to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW623

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What was the intake of (a) interns, (b) community service medical officers and (c) registrars in KwaZulu-Natal in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011, (iv) 2012, (v) 2013, (vi) 2014 and (vii) 2015; (2) whether there has been a decrease in the intake in any of these categories in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; if so, what were the reasons for the decrease in each category; (3) (a) what amount was allocated for compensation of these posts in each category (i) in the 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) how was this money actually spent?

Reply:

  1. (a) Interns

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

350

371

374

361

369

384

271

 

(b) Community Service Medical Officers

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

223

229

202

193

198

215

230

 

(c) Registrars

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

150

170

209

194

165

39

0

2.  (a) 2014:

(i)  Interns – Yes.

As a result of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) reverting to a six-year programme for medical students there were no students in 2014 completing the sixth year and this reduced the number of students that could be placed for internship.

(ii)  Community Service Medical Officers – No decrease.

(iii)  Registrars – Yes, due to limited available funding.

3.  (a) (i) and (ii) No fixed amount was allocated.

(b) (i) 2013-14

Interns: R363,583,000.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R138,136,500.00

Registrars: R471,970,000.00

(ii) 2014-15

Medical Interns: R373,614,200.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R155,466,000.00

Registrars: R430,000,000.00

END.

05 August 2015 - NW2746

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her comments that the Government is slashing its advertising budget to mainstream newspapers (details furnished), (a) what is her department’s definition of mainstream newspapers and (b) what official publications does her department consider to be mainstream newspapers?

Reply:

(a)   Mainstream newspapers are defined as the dominant or established newspapers in the South African media landscape. This reference is widely understood and used in the collaborative publication Media Landscape 2014, Celebrating 20 Years of South Africa’s Media.

(b)   Therefore the mainstream newspapers referred to are commercial newspapers that fall under the following stables: Times Media Group; Caxton, Independent News and Media SA, and Media24.

MR D LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GCIS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

05 August 2015 - NW1880

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Since 1 January 2015, has his department installed generators at any of (a) its offices or (b) the offices of the entities reporting to him as a result of load shedding; if so, what is the total cost of the (i) installation and (ii) running of these generators?

Reply:

CIVITAS BUILDING:

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The existing generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2010. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

Forensic Chemistry Laboratories buildings (4)

(i) No generators were installed at the three forensic chemistry laboratories ( Pretoria; Johannesburg and Cape Town) since 1st January 2015.. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

A new generator has been installed at the newly operational Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in Durban (85 Magwaza Maphalala street) on 31 March 2015 at a cost of R294,120.00 as a standard feature for any of our forensic laboratories.

(ii) The maintenance costs are included in the monthly rental payment to the Department of Public Works.

Medical Bureau for Occupational Disease (MBOD) /Compesation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD)

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since at the MBOD/ CCOD building since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2007. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

PUBLIC ENTITIES:

The South African Medical Research Council

(i) In the process of replacing the generator at an estimated cost of R1 500 000.00.

(ii) There is no actual fuel consumption data to provide cost nor associated maintenance cost as the installation has not been started. The specifications for fuel consumption for the generator that will be installed are 199 g/kwh to 206 g/kwh at 100% capacity.

The Council for Medical Schemes

(i) In the current year the old generator was replaced at a total cost of R569, 621. The amount includes a trade in / rebate amount on the old generator set.

 

The Council for Medical Schemes has a service level agreement with the supplier to test and maintain the generator at a contractual rate. Actual running costs of the generator for the period 1 January 2015 to 30 May 2015, including total cost paid to the supplier for servicing and replacing parts amounts to R19, 618. R27, 221 was spent on diesel. (The estimated running costs of diesel are estimated at R1, 575 per load shedding event.)

END.

05 August 2015 - NW2631

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is developing a protocol to (a) document and (b) receive climate refugees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW3006

Reply:

(a)  There is no specific protocol in place for climate refugees. The department is not presently developing a protocol to document climate refugees.

The Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the documentation of all asylum seekers and refugees respectively in terms of section 22 and 24 (3) of the Act.

Refugee status is granted on merit and on the credibility of each asylum claim in terms of provisions transcribed under section 3 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 which stipulates that, a person qualifies for refugee status for the purposes of this Act if that person –

(i)  Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country, or, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his or her former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it; or

(ii)  Owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order in either a part or the whole of his or her country of origin or nationality, is compelled to leave his or her place of habitual residence in order to seek refuge elsewhere; or

(iii)  Is a dependant of a person contemplated in paragraph (i) or (ii).

As part of the existing protocol to document refugees, the department provides enabling documents to recognised refugees such as Refugee Certification in terms of section 27(C), Refugee Identity Documents in terms of section 30 (1) and Refugee Travel Documents in terms of section 31.

(b)  The department is not developing a protocol to receive climate refugees. This is because refugee status is already clearly outlined in the current legislation and international protocols. Section 21 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the reception of all those who - because of reasons indicated in Section 3 of the same Act – have been forced to migrate and seek asylum in South Africa.

Asylum seekers are received, registered, accepted and processed with their claims adjudicated according to the relevant domestic legislation (The Constitution, Refugees Act No 130 of 1998) and international protocols (1951 UN Convention, the 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Protocol).

05 August 2015 - NW2600

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be moved or relocated; if not, (a) what is to happen to the patients currently at the hospital and (b) where will new patients go to; if so, (i) where is the hospital to be relocated, (ii) at what cost and (iii) when will the relocation commence?

Reply:

Portions 87, 148, 149 were sold through an open tender by the Department of Local Government and Housing. As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital.

(a)   The patience currently at the Hospital will remain at the Hospital until relocation. Any patients that will be at the Hospital when the new premises is complete will be relocated to the new premises.

(b)   New patients will continue to be admitted at the Hospital until the relocation, after which all new patients will be admitted at the new premises.

(i) The Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital;

(ii) As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the successful bidder will relocate the Hospital at his own cost;

(iii) The relocation will only commence once the developer complete the construction and commissioning of the new premises.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW236

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the recommendation made by the Public Protector, in the report titled Secure in Comfort, that he repays a reasonable percentage of the costs of the measures involved in building his private Nkandla residence, (a) what progress has been made in the determination and calculation of said costs and (b) on what date will the repayment of the said costs be made?

Reply:

All reports, including my report to Parliament, are currently under consideration by the Adhoc Committee on the Police Minister’s Nkandla Report appointed by Parliament. Such committee is still seized with the matter and in the circumstances it would be improper and premature for me to comment.

NW110E

04 August 2015 - NW1445

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Communications

Does her department have a Regulatory Burden Reduction strategy in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the strategy?

Reply:

No, the department does not have a Regulatory Burden Reduction Strategy.

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2002

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

Yes the department maintain an updated asset register.

(a)  Five motor vehicles

(b)  Total value for five vehicles is R2 926 330.69

All these vehicles are more than five years old and purchased as follows;

  • BMW 525i (Kept and being used when other vehicles went for service)

Price; R349 561.40

Purchase date: 30 June 2004

MINISTER

  • Mercedes-Benz E200

Price; R451 804.00

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

  • Mercedes-Benz E500

Price; R760 794.01

Purchase date: 08 January 2010

DEPUTY MINISTER

  • BMW 520d

Price; R466 449.30

Purchase date: 15 February 2011

  • BMW 740i

Price; R897 721.99

Purchase date: 07 March 2011

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) What proposals for the revision of planning models for the inspection of valid work permits have been completed by her department, (b) how do these propose to protect vulnerable workers and (c)(i) when and (ii) where will it be published? NW2634E

Reply:

 

(a)  The Department of Labour does not have a planning model for the inspection of valid work permits as this is a legislative responsibility of the Department of the Home Affairs and South African Police.

(b)  In its normal work aligned with granting of work permits the Department of Labour mere conducts inspections at work places to determine compliance with prescribed conditions of employment. Furthermore the Department notifies the Department of Home Affairs should it discover employees without valid work permits.

(c)  (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

04 August 2015 - NW2109

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How many foreign nationals did the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) accredit to work as (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other medical practitioners between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015; (2) how many (a) South African medical doctors and (b) South Africans who obtained their qualifications as medical doctors outside of the country were accredited by the HPCSA between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015; (3) (a) how many South Africans who qualified as medical doctors outside the country and who applied for accreditation between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2015 were not successful in their applications and (b) what remedy is available to medical doctors who have taken but failed the HPCSA accreditation examination three or more times; (4) will he make a list of foreign institutions accredited by the HPCSA available to the public; (5) how the skills of doctors who qualified outside of South Africa will be utilised until such doctors obtain proper accreditation from the HPCSA?

Reply:

  1. (a) 1 623;

(b) No nurse is ever registered with the HPCSA;

(c) I do not understand what “other medical practitioners” means.

2. (a) 6 729;

(b) 61;

3.  (a) 22;

(b) There is no remedy available for practitioners who have failed the examination three times.

4. There is currently no list of accredited qualifications obtained outside South Africa.

5. Since registration is a pre-requisite for practising the profession of medicine in South Africa, applicants will not be able to work as medical practitioners until such time as they are appropriately registered with the Medical and Dental Board.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1294

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 439 on 17 March 2015, (a) how many initiates in each province were admitted to hospital during the 2014-15 summer initiation season and (b) what were the types of injuries suffered by the initiates in this period requiring them to be hospitalised?

Reply:

(a) The table below reflects the details in this regard.

PROVINCE

ADMISSIONS

Eastern Cape

284

Other provinces do not collect this information as the boys arrive at health facilities as general patients and not as initiates. The Eastern Cape Province is able to collect the information because the boys are brought by members of initiation monitoring teams at hospitals.

(b) The types of injuries suffered by the initiates in this period requiring them to be hospitalised were as follows:

  • Penile mutilations including amputations
  • Assaults

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2506

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

Why have no (a) disciplinary steps or (b) criminal action taken in the last three financial years against SABC employees responsible for (i) making payments without contracts and (ii) failing to follow procurement processes? ________________________________________________________________

Reply:

Due to the dynamic nature of SABC operations, there are instances where the SABC is required to broadcast without a contract in place, however, endeavours are carried out to regularise the agreements after the fact.

The SABC has initiated a project to review and align the SABC Procurement Policy to PFMA requirements in terms of original tax clearance certificate.

Disciplinary and criminal action has been instituted where warranted.

MR N MUNZHELELE

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2181

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

Yes.

  1. (i) A total of 210 Cuban medical doctors.

(ii) A total of 26 Cuban medical doctors.

  1. Medical Practitioners.
  1. The following table reflects the details on the skills profile

(i) Currently employed:

Clinical Discipline

Number

Anaesthesia

7

Anatomy

1

Biochemistry

1

Biostatistics

1

Cardiology

1

Clinical Laboratory

1

Dermatology

3

Embryology

1

Ear Nose and Throat

4

Epidemiology

2

Family Medicine

105

Gastroenterology

1

General surgery

13

Internal Medicine

20

Maxillo Facial

3

Neurology

1

Obstetric and Gynaecology

12

Opthalmology

4

Orthopaedics

8

Paediatrics

8

Pathology

1

Pharmacology

1

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

2

Psychiatry

3

Public Health

1

Urology

3

Total

210

(ii) Due to be employed

Clinical Discipline

Number

Cardiology

1

Emergency Medicine

1

Family Medicine

10

Internal Medicine

1

Maxillo Medicine

1

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

1

Opthalmology

2

Orthopaedics

2

Paediatrics

4

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1

Radiology

1

Rheumatology

1

Total

26

 

  1. It is generally acknowledged that there is a big shortage of medical doctors in the public health care system.
  1. The doctors recruited from Cuba earn the same remuneration as other doctors employed by the Government based on the years of experience and expertise.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW800

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Kwankwa, Mr NL to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) With reference to the funeral of the late multi-award winning traditional music presenter (name furnished) of uMhlobo Wenene FM under the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), what (a) procedure and (b) criteria is used by (i) her department and (ii) SABC to decide which funerals to broadcast live and/or cover widely;

Reply:

It is the prerogative of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals, together with the Presidency, to declare the status of funerals, whether they are national or provincial.

The SABC is then obliged to follow the broadcast coverage, as prescribed in the regulations pertaining to official funerals.

Irrespective of the individual (or public appeal or popularity), the broadcast parameters are clearly stipulated in the regulations.

Whether a funeral is covered “live” or not, is not at the discretion of the SABC, but what is dictated in the regulations.

In the case in question, the deceased was neither honoured with a State or Provincial funeral status.

The SABC did however cover the announcement of his death widely on all our platforms. Television and radio carried extensive obituaries. All the memorial services were covered in all the news bulletins as was the actual funeral.

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW871

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department or the entities reporting to him provides any type of sponsorships; if not, what is his department’s position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of each sponsorship, (b) what is the value of each sponsorship, (c) when were each of these sponsorship deals undertaken and (d) when will each of the sponsorship deals end; (2) whether his department or any of the entities reporting to him intends to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in the (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 financial years; if not, why not; if so, (i) with whom will each sponsorship deal or contract be made, (ii) what will the terms of each of the sponsorship deals or contracts be, (iii) when will each of the sponsorship deals or contracts (aa) commence and (bb) end and (iv) what is the value of each of the sponsorship deals or contracts?

Reply:

  1. None of the entities reporting to the Minister of Health provided any type of sponsorship.
  2. None of the entities reporting to the Minister of Health intends to enter into any type of sponsorship deal or contract in the 2015 and 2016 financial years and the reasons provided are as follows:
  • The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) - due to the current financial situation; and
  • The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC); the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) – do not provide any sponsorship deals or contracts.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW1708

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) How many state operated abortion facilities in Mpumalanga are currently operational, (b) what is the legal gestation period to perform an abortion, (c) how accessible is illegal and/or unsafe abortion and (d) what is the cost of an abortion; (2) (a) what were the (i) legal and (ii) illegal abortion statistics for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, (b) how many deaths were caused by illegal and/or unsafe abortions, (c) what (i) was the (aa) legal and (bb) illegal and/or unsafe abortion ratio and (ii) were the statistics of children between the ages of 12 and 16 who had abortions and (d) how many of these children had the consent of the parents to do so; (3) whether any study or research has been undertaken by (a) his department or the (b) Mpumalanga Health Department into (i) why women seek abortions from illegal or unsafe providers and (ii) abortion rates in comparison with the rest of the world; if so, in each case what were the findings; (4) what plan of action does his department have in place to prevent unsafe abortion statistics from escalating in Mpumalanga?

Reply:

(1) (a) A total of 6 facilities in Mpumalanga are currently operational.

(b) Please refer to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 (Act No. 92 of 1996)

(c) and (d) The Department of Health provides the service at no cost to the clients if indigent and costs are determined depending on the income of the patient in public hospitals as for any other medical condition.

(2) (a) (i) Legal termination of pregnancy statistics are recorded below:

 

(aa) 2012-2013

(bb) 2013 - 2014

(cc) 2014- 2015

 

3,104

3,046

2,539

(ii) The National and Provincial Departments of Health do not keep a record of illegal abortion statistics.

(b) This is not known as statistics for illegal abortions are not recorded separately.

(c) (i) (aa)-(bb) The Department does not keep a record of separating legal and illegal abortion statistics.

(ii) Statistics of children between the age 12 and 16 years who had terminations of pregnancy over the periods are:

PERIOD

NUMBER

2012-2013

55

2013-2014

49

2014-2015

52

(d) “The provisions of the Choice of Termination Act, Act No. 92 Of 1996: Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act92, 1996. Is applicable with respect to consent.

(3) (a)-(b) No study has been conducted by both National Department of Health or the Mpumalanga Health Department that we are aware off.

(4) The Department of Health provides Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) in the designated health facilities which comply with the prescripts of the CTOP Act for safe performance of the procedure. The Department is continuously conducting value clarification workshops to address the issue of limited TOP services.

In addition the Department is conducting Manual Vacuum Aspiration training in partnership with partners that support the implementation of TOP services has introduced medical abortion services to increase access to this service.

However, the key to reducing unwanted pregnancies is to increase knowledge and access to sexual and reproductive health services. In line with this the department launched a revised Contraceptive Policy and introduced the contraception implant as a new and additional contraception method to increase the range of contraceptives available to woman.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2060

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any plans in place to assist young people to easily access family planning centres in order to prevent teenage pregnancy; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Health has several initiatives to assist young people to access contraceptive and family planning services.

-  Ensuring that all primary health care facilities are adolescent and youth friendly. Facilities that are classified as youth friendly need the following standards:

  • Policies and processes to support adolescent and youth health rights available;
  • Provision of safe and supportive environment;
  • Systems to train and develop staff on youth issues;
  • Individualised care with privacy and confidentiality maintained; and
  • Effective referral systems in place.

The Department has contracted and NGO (loveLife) to assist with the training of clinic personnel and to ensure that standards listed above are in place. We have trained 615 health professionals during the past year and will be training an additional 375 during this financial year.

  • An effort to increase condom use among the youth in particular, the Department has decided to procure coloured and scented male condoms. A contract to supply 50 million coloured and scented condoms has been awarded and 38 million have already been distributed in universities and TVET colleges. The distribution of these condoms is a partnership between the Departments of Higher Education and Training and of Health – the ‘First Things First’ campaign for institutions of higher learning – which has been implemented on an annual basis since 2011. The aim of this campaign is to offer HIV counselling and testing, Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), TB screening, condom distribution, appropriate prevention messages and treatment referrals to the students in Universities and TVETs. Condoms are also distributed during HCT as dual protection against unplanned pregnancies, STIs and HIV. Over 100 000 students were reached in the last financial year;
  • In order to expand the range of contraceptive commodities available the Department introduced the sub-dermal implant in April 2014 and to date more than 850,000 women have had the implant inserted. Although the implant method was not specifically targeted at the youth, earlier indications seem to be showing that the majority of the 850 000 women are actually young people who have never been on any contraception before;
  • In collaboration with Soul City, the Society for Family Health and Stellenbosch University and funding from a development partner, the Department is implementing the ‘Families Matter’ project whose objective is to prepare youth to make informed health choices, including sexual and reproductive health choices. The project is currently running in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape;
  • With funding from the Department of Health and Global Fund, Soul City is implementing the Rise Women’s clubs (the clubs target young women between 15-24 years of age with health education messages and has currently reached 17,000 young women through 1 000 Rise Young Women’s clubs) and Soul Buddies clubs (to empower primary school children to make healthy life choices). In addition, the Department of Health funds loveLife’s ground breakers programme which is a peer-to-peer programme that focuses on learners in high school and out of school and empowers them to make healthy life choices;
  • As part of the Integrated School Health Programme (which is a collaborative programme between the Departments of Health and of Basic Education), school health teams provide age-appropriate messages and information to learners in both primary and secondary schools.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2583

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with regard to a South African citizen, Stephen McGowan, who has been held hostage in Mali since November 2011, the Government has taken any steps to secure the specific person’s release; if not; why not; if so, what (a) steps have been taken and (b) are the reasons for the specific person not yet having been released?

Reply:

  1. Yes.

The Government continues to pursue diplomatic channels to secure the release of the South African hostage, Steven McGowan.

(a)  A Task Team chaired by DIRCO was established comprising security departments to oversee this case. The Task Team meets regularly and informs the McGowan’s family of developments. In Mali, the South African Embassy is part of the Troika comprising the Netherlands and Sweden. The Troika holds meetings and engages with the Malian government to get updates on developments regarding this matter. This Troika has since been reduced to two members following the release of the Dutch hostage by the French security forces. Furthermore, a Special Envoy was sent to Mauritania in February 2015 specifically to establish more information on the kidnaping and raise South Africa’s concerns on the continued kidnapping.

(b)  The political and security situation in North Mali makes it difficult for the Malian government to engage with the kidnappers but efforts continues from both the South African and Malian governments to secure Mr McGowan’s release.

UNQUOTE

04 August 2015 - NW2273

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) Do all labour inspectors have access to the necessary equipment to conduct their inspections properly and (b) what is her department doing to adequately capacitate the labour inspectors who do not have access to the necessary equipment?

Reply:

     (a)  Yes

     (b)  The Department makes provision for the procurement of the necessary or required equipment.

04 August 2015 - NW1842

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has set clear criteria for the removal of underperforming hospital managers as per the goals listed in the National Development Plan; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the criteria be set; if so, what are the criteria?

Reply:

Yes, there are clear criteria set for the removal of underperforming hospital managers as per the goals listed in the National Development Plan (NDP).

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2539

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he had used departmental officials to investigate who had instructed HIV-infected women to be sterilised without their written consent and had used that investigation to bring to book those who had transgressed medical ethics and violated the right to bodily integrity safeguarded in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In June 2012 the Department of Health requested Professor Jack Moodley (Chairperson of the National Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths), and Dr Nat Khaole (then Acting Chief Director for Maternal and Women’s Health) to investigate allegations that HIV positive women have been sterilized without their consent. They visited two hospitals in Durban, namely, Addington Hospital and King Edward Hospital and found two evidence of systematic abuse of the consent process as alleged by the researchers.

When the issue was first brought to the attention of the Department of Health, I requested that details be provided, including names of the complainants, to enable the Department to investigate the matter fully. However, the Department was informed that the complainants did not wish to be identified to the Department as they were afraid of being victimised, despite our reassurance that I would personally ensure that the complainants are not victimised.

In 2015 the issue of forced sterilisation was raised with the Department of Health again. The Department again requested the NGO, Her Rights Initiative, to provide the names of the complainants, to enable the Department to fully investigate the allegations. In addition, a commitment was made that an independent team would investigate the allegations, if need be. However, to date, there has been great reluctance in providing the Department with the information necessary to investigate this matter.

The Department’s policy on any surgical procedure, including sterilization, is very clear – all surgical procedures require informed consent. In this regard, transgression will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will follow transgression when there is evidence to this effect.

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2422

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following Tables reflect the situation in this regard:

(a) The Department of Health

Newspaper

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Sowetan

R564,376.17

R153,029.57

R256,159.31

Daily Sun

R245,149.33

R230,794.39

R175,800.71

(b) Entities

Neither the Council for Medical Schemes, the Office of Health Standards Compliance, nor the South African Medical Research Council spent on advertising in either of the newspapers in questions during the stated period.

The National Health Laboratory Service spent on advertising as follows:

Newspaper

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Sowetan

R226,896.48

Nil

Nil

Daily Sun

Nil

Nil

Nil

END.

04 August 2015 - NW2385

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to oral question 145 on 10 June 2015, what is the (a) name and (b) date of appointment of the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

Reply:

(a) Mr Frans Matlala

(b) 01 July 2015

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

04 August 2015 - NW2275

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)What action is taken by her department when labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit; (2) are employees who are found to not have valid work permits removed from the work place? NW2635E

Reply:

 

  1. When Labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit, the matter will be reported to Home Affairs who has jurisdiction over such matters.
  2. The Department of Labour does not have a legal mandate or powers to remove such employees from the workplace but will refer the matter to Home Affairs to take further action.

04 August 2015 - NW2356

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the current availability of the drugs (a) bedaquiline and (b) linezolid in the country; (2) whether there are any plans for a wider national roll-out of the specified drugs, including but not limited to (i) mines, (ii) prisons and (iii) other communities heavily affected by tuberculosis; (3) whether there are any financing plans in place for purchasing the specified drugs at affordable and sustainable prices?

Reply:

  1. (a) 60% of patients on bedaquiline are in South Africa, i.e 361 patients in South Africa out of a total of 600 worldwide.

(b) A tender to procure Linezolid is being prepared. Linezolid is available off code in the meantime.

2.  (i) and (ii) For year 1 (1st April 2015 to 31 March 2016) we are prioritising XDR-TB, pre-XDR-TB and MRD-TB with hearing impairment, renal impairment and those to be operated.

Because the main focus will be on XDR-TB, we have started rolling out at our 12 facilities responsible for treating XDR-TB which are:

  • Jose Pearson and Fort Grey Hospitals (Eastern Cape);
  • Dr J S Moroka (Free State);
  • Sizwe Hospital (Gauteng);
  • King Dinuzulu Complex Hospital (KZN);
  • FH Odendaal (Limpopo);
  • Witbank TB Hospital (Mpumalanga);
  • Dr Harry Surtie and West End (Northern Cape);
  • Tshepong Hospital (North West);
  • Brooklyn Chest and Khayelitsha (Western Cape)

The 12 facilities treat all XDR-TB patients in the country.

  • Jose Pearson, Fort Grey, King Dinuzulu, Sizwe and Brooklyn Chest Hospitals treat 50% to 60% of all MDR-TB in the country.
  • So we believe that there will be a good coverage to years 1, 2 and 3;
  • Mines and prisons will follow after 2 to 3 years.

3. A costed plan to make the drugs available has been developed and budgeted for in the HIV Conditional Grant. The drugs will be made available to 3 000 patients in year 1 (1st April 2015 to 31 March 2016), and then gradually increase to 6 000 at the end of year 3.

END.

03 August 2015 - NW1036

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)What are the (a) details and (b) all relevant dates of all steps that have been taken to facilitate and ensure the effective functioning of his department’s compliance monitoring and enforcement since 1 January 2009;

Reply:

  1. (a) (b) In June 2011, the Department established a compliance and enforcement structure in the Mineral Regulation. In 2013 funding was made available and accordingly utilised to enhance environment authorisation capacity.

(2) (a) (b) National Treasury has allocated funding sufficient to fund 22 positions, which are currently in the process of being filled.

(3)(a) 34 personnel have been appointed and designated.

(b) 28 persons have been successfully trained as Environmental Mineral Resource Inspectors whilst 6 had been previously trained. A further 60 persons will undergo training during this financial year.

(c) See (a) above

(4) The mining sector information will be provided to the Department of Environmental Affairs for inclusion into their relevant report.

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A. Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2015

31 July 2015 - NW2239

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

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

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and Entities as follows:-

DEPARTMENT:

  1. Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Contract Period

Contract terminated

(iii) Termination reason

Contract period paid out

(i)(aa) Amount

S D L Dhlomo

13 July 2009 to 13 January 2011

31 May 2010

The Post of Deputy Director: Subsistence and Travel was not approved on the organisational structure.

The appointment was made irregularly.

The employee’s contract was terminated accordingly. The employee then took the department to arbitration.

1 June 2010 to 13 January 2011

Salary:

R 249 192-70

South African Post Office (SAPO)

(b) Yes,

It is not a practice of the SAPO to pay the remaining value of the contract in cases where Executives leave the organisation before the expiry date of the employment contract. The Executives in the table below were only paid the arbitration awards agreed to, between the employees, their legal representatives, and the company. However, these payments are not linked to the contracted term of employment

See arbitration figures paid since the 2008/9 financial year to current within the SAPO Group.

 

(ii) Name

Job Title

(iii) Reason for Termination

(i)(bb) Settlement Amount

Settlement Date

JP WENTZEL

COO (2 A)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

548,058.25

10/07/2011

RM NESHUNZHI

GM (3)

End of Contract (Arbitration settlement - (Contract paid until 31 May 2012)

532,493.50

11/30/2011

MM LEFOKA

GCEO (1)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

1,466,810.00

01/24/2012

MS DIAZ

GE (2 B)

Resignation (Disciplinary hearing - Deed of settlement signed) Arbitration settlement

370,217.25

11/28/2013

ME LANCASTER

GE (2 A)

Retrenchment severance package (Voluntary Retrenchment Agreement)

1,698,977.00

12/3/2013

BS BULUNGA

COMPANY SECRETARY (3)

Dismissal (Settlement at CCMA)

404,615.93

26/3/2014

ZADNA

(b) No

ZaDNA has not had an employee’s contract terminated before its stipulated termination.

SENTECH

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name of Employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Process

Mr. Cassim Mohammed Siddique

Chief Financial Officer

2010

R 360 000.00

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Mosala Mojaki Frederick

Head: Employee Relations

2010

R 257 393.00

Dismissed

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

Steenkamp Carin

Portfolio Manager: Special Projects

2010

R 515 824.47

Retrenched

Retrenchment

Ramokhufi Rachel Neo

Executive: Strategy and Co-ordination

2010

R 250 698.34

Ongoing disciplinary hearing

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

 

Email

info@pmg.org.za

 

Chief Financial Officer

2012

R 142 482.84

Claimed Constructive - Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Nevhutalu Tendani Gaylord

Head: Financial Accounting

2012

R 62 000

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Emerich Rian

General Manager: Marketing and Sales

2012

R 83 503.27

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

NEMISA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Chief Operations Officer

2013-2014

R 779 055.00

Mutual Separation Agreement

BROADBAND INFRACO

(b) Yes,

From 2008-09 up to date, Broadband Infraco had no early terminations of contracts which involved paying out the remainder of an employee’s fixed term contract. However, Broadband Infraco did terminate the employment contract of three (3) employees due to disciplinary processes and after an assessment that it would cost the Company far less to have conclude a mutual separation agreement with each of the employees instead of pursuing long protracted legal proceedings and committing company resources and labour in pursuit of the legal cases against the employees. Refer to the table below:

(ii) Name of employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii)Reason for Settlement

Process

Suren Maharaj

Chief Financial Officer

March 2011

R 395 916.50

The Board decided to part ways with the CFO after he was issued with a final written warning for dereliction of duties

Employee had been issued with a Final written warning

S Mapatagane

SHEQ Manager

June 2011

R 123 527.34

The settlement was paid out due to legal costs that were increasing and lawyers for the Company advised on paying the settlement to minimise litigation costs

Employee had been subjected to a disciplinary hearing

Ray Hamilton

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

August 2014

R 400 000

Paid a negotiated settlement for four (4) months for mutual separation with R Hamilton.

Disciplinary Process- he exceeded his delegation of authority

USAASA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Salary Level

Salary per annum

(i)(bb) Amount Paid

(iii)Reason

Date of Exit

Senior Manager: Human Resources

13

R 540 429

R 135 107

Mutual agreement

31 May 2008

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 099 824

R 458 260

Mutual Agreement

31 May 2010

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 120 935

R 499 292

Mutual Agreement

30 March 2012

Senior Manager: USAF

13

R 782 883

R 547 000

CCMA Settlement Agreement

30 September 2015

Board Administrator

10

R 405 390

R 99 534

Mutual Agreement

31 December 2014

Payroll Administrator

9

R 296 100

R 74 025

CCMA Settlement Agreement

20 April 2015

SITA

(b) Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Designation

(i)(bb) Gross Pay Out

Date paid

(iii) Reason for Termination

Blake Mosley-Lefatola

Chief Executive Officer

R 1 439 606.45

May 2013

Early termination of contract (Board Decision)

Nontobeko Ntsinde

Chief Executive Officer

R 574 991.00

June 2013

Unfair termination of contract (Labour Court Decision)

Thandi Zide

SITA Company Secretary

R 550 000.00

August 2013

Unfair Dismissal (CCMA Decision)

Khumbuzo Ntshevheni

Chief Operating Officer

R 1 899 000.00

June 2014

Early termination of contract (Referred to Labour Court and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

Tshidi Gumbi

Head of Department: Human Resource

R 265 898.52

May 2015

Unfair Dismissal (Referred to CCMA and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

31 July 2015 - NW2550

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

In respect of each province and district, (a) how many Grade 12 learners and (b) what percentage of Grade 12 learners in public ordinary schools are (i) enrolled to study Mathematics for the 2015 academic year, (ii) registered to write the Mathematics National Senior Certificate Examination for the 2015 academic year and (iii) targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016, (cc) 2020 and (dd) 2030 academic years?

Reply:

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

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

In terms of the data provided below, the number enrolled to study and the number registered to write the Mathematics NSC examination for the 2015 academic year are the same.

PROVINCE

Province

Total Enrolled

Maths Enrolled

% Maths

EASTERN CAPE

92 059

41 265

44.8

FREE STATE

35 246

11 847

33.6

GAUTENG

112 192

37 920

33.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

172 796

90 219

52.2

LIMPOPO

103 276

41 851

40.5

MPUMALANGA

56 133

21 059

37.5

NORTH WEST

33 844

10 867

32.1

NORTHERN CAPE

12 852

3 384

26.3

WESTERN CAPE

56 331

17 195

30.5

NATIONAL

674 729

275 607

40.8

DISTRICT

PROVINCE

DISTRICT

TOTAL ENROLLED

MATHS ENROLLED

% MATHS

EASTERN CAPE

BUTTERWORTH

4 614

2 559

55.5

EASTERN CAPE

COFIMVABA

2 069

1 529

73.9

EASTERN CAPE

CRADOCK

1 032

185

17.9

EASTERN CAPE

DUTYWA

5 819

3 536

60.8

EASTERN CAPE

EAST LONDON

7 779

2 693

34.6

EASTERN CAPE

FORT BEAUFORT

2 178

521

23.9

EASTERN CAPE

GRAAFF-REINET

985

133

13.5

EASTERN CAPE

GRAHAMSTOWN

1 222

301

24.6

EASTERN CAPE

KING WILLIAMS TOWN

6 005

1 506

25.1

EASTERN CAPE

LADY FRERE

2 044

961

47.0

EASTERN CAPE

LIBODE

7 696

3 954

51.4

EASTERN CAPE

LUSIKISIKI

5 342

2 735

51.2

EASTERN CAPE

MALUTI

2 622

1 563

59.6

EASTERN CAPE

MBIZANA

4 499

2 384

53.0

EASTERN CAPE

MT FLETCHER

2 365

1 006

42.5

EASTERN CAPE

MT FRERE

3 246

1 716

52.9

EASTERN CAPE

MTHATHA

6 933

4 964

71.6

EASTERN CAPE

NGCOBO

2 871

1 597

55.6

EASTERN CAPE

PORT ELIZABETH

9 775

2 911

29.8

EASTERN CAPE

QUEENSTOWN

3 325

1 056

31.8

EASTERN CAPE

QUMBU

3 088

1 708

55.3

EASTERN CAPE

STERKSPRUIT

3 015

901

29.9

EASTERN CAPE

UITENHAGE

3 535

846

23.9

FREE STATE

FEZILE DABI

5 527

1 684

30.5

FREE STATE

LEJWELEPUTSWA

7 516

2 370

31.5

FREE STATE

MOTHEO

11 738

3 922

33.4

FREE STATE

THABO MOFUTSANYANA

9 044

3 586

39.7

FREE STATE

XHARIEP

1 421

285

20.1

GAUTENG

EKURHULENI NORTH

10 096

3 769

37.3

GAUTENG

EKURHULENI SOUTH

11 744

3 666

31.2

GAUTENG

GAUTENG EAST

8 144

1 982

24.3

GAUTENG

GAUTENG NORTH

2 173

651

30.0

GAUTENG

GAUTENG WEST

7 388

2 063

27.9

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL

9 578

2 800

29.2

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG EAST

8 067

3 224

40.0

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG NORTH

7 580

2 812

37.1

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH

6 733

2 262

33.6

GAUTENG

JOHANNESBURG WEST

5 295

1 448

27.3

GAUTENG

SEDIBENG EAST

2 987

1 020

34.1

GAUTENG

SEDIBENG WEST

6 187

1 953

31.6

GAUTENG

TSHWANE NORTH

7 034

2 444

34.7

GAUTENG

TSHWANE SOUTH

11 340

5 177

45.7

GAUTENG

TSHWANE WEST

7 846

2 649

33.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

AMAJUBA

9 727

4 400

45.2

KWAZULU-NATAL

ILEMBE

9 521

5 240

55.0

KWAZULU-NATAL

PINETOWN

21 180

8 274

39.1

KWAZULU-NATAL

SISONKE

7 104

2 944

41.4

KWAZULU-NATAL

UGU

12 189

5 736

47.1

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMGUNGUNDLOVU

15 257

6 620

43.4

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMKHANYAKUDE

14 792

7 167

48.5

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMLAZI

23 204

12 022

51.8

KWAZULU-NATAL

UMZINYATHI

10 506

6 728

64.0

KWAZULU-NATAL

UTHUKELA

11 512

6 404

55.6

KWAZULU-NATAL

UTHUNGULU

20 163

12 758

63.3

KWAZULU-NATAL

ZULULAND

17 641

11 926

67.6

LIMPOPO

CAPRICORN

25 262

11 403

45.1

LIMPOPO

GREATER SEKHUKHUNE

21 945

9 417

42.9

LIMPOPO

MOPANI

19 483

5 828

29.9

LIMPOPO

VHEMBE

26 822

11 404

42.5

LIMPOPO

WATERBERG

9 764

3 799

38.9

MPUMALANGA

BOHLABELA DISTRICT

11 562

4 624

40.0

MPUMALANGA

EHLANZENI DISTRICT

16 546

5 846

35.3

MPUMALANGA

GERT SIBANDE DISTRIC

14 020

5 394

38.5

MPUMALANGA

NKANGALA DISTRICT

14 005

5 195

37.1

NORTH WEST

BOJANALA PLATINUM DI

12 638

4 168

33.0

NORTH WEST

DR. K. KAUNDA DISTRI

6 615

2 216

33.5

NORTH WEST

DR. R.S. MOMPATI DIS

5 870

1 534

26.1

NORTH WEST

NGAKA M. MOLEMA DIST

8 721

2 949

33.8

NORTHERN CAPE

FRANCES BAARD

4 764

1 370

28.8

NORTHERN CAPE

JOHN TAOLO GAETSEWE

2 721

934

34.3

NORTHERN CAPE

NAMAQUA

1 051

227

21.6

NORTHERN CAPE

PIXLEY KA SEME

1 757

331

18.8

NORTHERN CAPE

Z F MGCAWU

2 559

522

20.4

WESTERN CAPE

CAPE WINELANDS EDUCA

8 313

2 104

25.3

WESTERN CAPE

EDEN & CENTRAL KAROO

6 199

1 219

19.7

WESTERN CAPE

METRO CENTRAL EDUCAT

9 332

3 789

40.6

WESTERN CAPE

METRO EAST EDUCATION

8 622

2 500

29.0

WESTERN CAPE

METRO NORTH EDUCATIO

10 538

3 685

35.0

WESTERN CAPE

METRO SOUTH EDUCATIO

9035

2 975

32.9

WESTERN CAPE

OVERBERG EDUCATION D

1919

376

19.6

WESTERN CAPE

WEST COAST EDUCATION

2373

547

23.1

The source is (Data as from the Examination Computer System as at 14 July 2015.)
Note:

The data presented is preliminary data extracted from the examination data base. The DBE is currently verifying the data. Final data will be available in August. 

(iii) The number of Grade 12 learners targeted to be studying Mathematics in the (aa) 2015, (bb) 2016, (cc) 2020 and (dd) 2030 academic years, are as follows:

PROVINCES

2015

2016

2020

2030

EC

39992

41992

51041

62219

FS

10616

11147

13549

16516

GP

40691

42726

51933

63306

KZN

80503

84529

102745

125246

LP

39203

41163

50034

60991

MP

21389

22458

27298

33276

NW

12024

12625

15346

18706

NC

3461

3634

4417

5384

WC

18385

19305

23465

28603

TOTAL

266264

279579

339828

414247

31 July 2015 - NW2534

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether his department and/or the Government was pursuing any programme or implementing any policy to make townships in South Africa economically viable through (a) incubating small manufacturing businesses and transferring these to qualifying entrepreneurs in the townships, (b) developing suitable small factories in the townships, supported with the necessary infrastructure, to attract families or groups to set up small-scale manufacturing businesses, (c) interacting with other relevant departments and stakeholders to promote artisanal businesses using township creativity and talent, (d) setting up a one-stop business and manufacturing service and support centers in each township to provide assistance with regulations and skills transfer and (e) creating a scheme for township entrepreneurs to obtain affordable family or group loans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) The department is in the process of development a Township and Rural Economic Development Strategy that will be aimed at supporting informal businesses, SMMEs, Co-operatives, youth, gender, people with disabilities, and rural enterprises. The support will range from the provision of financial and non-financial support to the creation of an enabling legislative and regulatory environment.

Currently, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) works closely with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) in relation to government’s small business incubation programme called the Seda Technology Programme (STP). Seda is the custodian of the government’s incubation programme and provides incubating businesses with non-financial and affordable rental space. Sefa in turn, provides financial support in the form of working capital, asset financing and revolving loan facilities to qualify businesses in these incubation centres.

(b) Sefa, administers a property portfolio comprising a mixture of commercial and industrial properties in the provinces of Gauteng, North-West, Free State, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. These are old properties that were inherited from the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), now known as Business Partners, and are located in townships and peri-urban areas and provide affordable industrial premises to manufacturing enterprises. As at 31 March 2015, sefa provided support to 958 entrepreneurs through its property portfolio. These are old properties which were

(c) The department, together with the Departments of Arts and Culture, Economic Development and Tourism, Sports and Culture, provincial investment promotion agencies and the South African Bureau of Standards work together to promote artisanal businesses using township creativity and talent. The National Craft and Design Coordinating Body (NCDCB), in which all the stakeholders mentioned are represented, monitors the implementation of the craft and design programmes at national and provincial level. The NCDCB also serves as a platform through which government departments and the provincial agencies coordinate the information on the craft and design programmes.

31 July 2015 - NW2335

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

(1) Whether there has been any effort by her department to review the regulatory environment in which small businesses operate in an effort to ease their operations; (2) whether, since her reply to question 1766 on 5 June 2015, any transversal agreements have been concluded with other departments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2696E

Reply:

1. The department intends to review the National Small Business Act, 1996 (Act No. 102 of 1996), read with the National Small Business Amendment Act, 2003 (Act No. 26 of 2003). The reasons to introduce an amending legislation are to provide for the alignment of the Act to the mandate of the department, to provide a framework for business growth,
investment and the facilitation of small business development and promotion.

The areas to be reviewed are as follows:

  1. The definitions of small businesses,
  2. The schedule or sectoral classifications,
  3. Provision for the informal economy,
  4. Provision for the roles of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa),
  5. To institutionalise the coordination of a periodical national survey for SMMEs, and
  6. The role and composition of the Small Business Advisory Council.

2. The department has not concluded any transversal agreements with other departments since the last reply. This is partly due to the complexity of requirements and conditions which must be met and be favourable to all parties. As a result, consultations take longer and require a detailed execution plan with specific deliverables and timelines.

The department, however, intends to conclude and sign a transversal agreement with the National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2015 in which the parties have mutually agreed to collaborate on training and development of co-operatives and SMMEs. The overall aim of this collaboration is to develop and enhance the capacity base of these small businesses to enable them to access procurement opportunities within PRASA. The department will be responsible for the building capacity of the suppliers with regards to technical and business management training whilst DHET, through the relevant Skills Education and Training Authorities (Setas), will provide technical training to co-operatives and SMMEs.

The department also intends to conclude transversal agreements with the following institutions in the near future:

  1. Department of Human Settlements: to focus on procurement opportunities for small businesses and co-operatives in the development of industrial or commercial parks in the Western Cape.
  2. Department of Public Enterprises: to develop and prioritise support and increase opportunities for emerging small businesses and designated groups through diverse small business support programmes.
  3. Massmart: partnership with Massmart is focused on the Supplier Development Programme to improve local procurement linkages for Cooperatives and SMMEs. The programme will focus on three main areas: manufacturing, fresh produce and services to suppliers.
  4. SAB Miller: the focus is on procurement opportunities to improve local linkages for Cooperatives and SMMEs. The programme will focus on three main areas: Maize, Barley and Wheat production.
  5. The Swiss Confederation, represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO): the overall goal of the pilot project is to establish a web-based centralized system where Business Development Service Providers (BDSP) register after a quality check, and will be assessed by their clients based on the performance of the service delivered. This will allow for the identification of the skills gap of services providers.

31 July 2015 - NW2379

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the status of the revision of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014? No:

Reply:

The Department is not reviewing the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014, as amendment Acts are normally not reviewed.

31 July 2015 - NW1641

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1) What steps has she taken to engage with the (a) Premier of Gauteng and (b) Small Enterprise Finance Agency to urgently address the state of neglect and disrepair at Gauteng’s township industrial parks; (2) does her department intend to investigate claims by the parks’ tenants that they were promised titles to their premises after 10 years of continuous payment of occupational rent; if not, why not? NW1858E

Reply:

1. (a) Minister is seriously concerned about the poor state of the Gauteng’s township industrial park and although has not engaged with the Premier of Gauteng regarding the matter, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), which reports to the Department of Small Business Development, is handling the matters of Gauteng’s township industrial parks.

(b) So far Sefa has reported that it will engage with the Office of the Premier of Gauteng through the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) in order to understand the Gauteng Province’s plans for property revitilisation. Sefa is in the process of conducting visits to the industrial parks to determine the extent of neglect and disrepair on these industrial parks: this includes assessing the physical state of these properties in order to perform all the necessary repairs and maintenance to these properties in the coming months.

 

2. Sefa has done investigations to the validity of these claims, and has so far obtained some information on the matter dating back to 1999. During the 2014/15 financial year, Sefa held discussions with the Tenants Association on the terms and conditions of transfer of ownership of these properties. Sefa is now in a process to meet individual Tenants Associations to discuss the framework for the transfer of ownership of these properties to tenants who qualify under the initial framework for transfer.

30 July 2015 - NW2607

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What matters have been investigated by her department’s Accident and Incident Investigations Division in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years, in each case, (b) when were the specified investigations (i) initiated and (ii) concluded and (c) what were the outcomes in respect of each investigation?

Reply:

(a) The Accident and Incident Investigation Division investigates all major crashes that occur on the roads. Major crashes are defined as: (i) crashes where five or more people died, (ii) crashes where there are four or more vehicles involved with a fatality, (iii) crashes involving transportation of hazardous substances and there is a fatality and (iv) any crash that the Corporation may deem necessary to investigate.

  1. In 2012 -13 there were 107 major crashes investigated
  2. In 2013 – 14 there were 122 major crashes investigated
  3. In 2014 – 15 there were 109 major crashes investigated

(b) (i) Investigations were initiated as soon as a crashes occurred and (ii) concluded on average after three months.

(c) (i) In 2012-13, 99 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

(ii) In 2013-14, 118 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

(iii) In 2014-15, 71 cases were referred to the SAPS for prosecution.

 

30 July 2015 - NW2589

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1650 on 9 June 2015, she will provide a copy of the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme concept document?

Reply:

This question has already been replied to and the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme (ICROP) concept document was sent for the Honourable Member’s attention on 16 July 2015.