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25 April 2016 - NW805

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What was the purpose of the trip to China from 23 to 27 July 2015 (b) what are the (i) names and (ii) positions of the persons who accompanied her and (c) what was the (i) total cost and (ii) breakdown of the costs of the specified trip?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is duly advised to refer to the attached Parliamentary Question 2714.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1030

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1022

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1034

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether there are any plans to extend the network of A Re Yeng, the Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit system, to (a) Atteridgeville, (b) Ga-Rankuwa, (c) Mamelodi, (d) Soshanguve, (e) Mabopane, (f) Winterveldt and/or (g) Temba; if not, why not in each case; if so, in each case, what are the (i) relevant details, (ii) current timeframes and (iii) anticipated date for (aa) infrastructure development and (bb) roll out of services to each of the specified areas?

Reply:

BACKGROUND

In 2011, the City of Tshwane (CoT) Mayoral Committee approved the Phase 1 report for the implementation of the BRT system. The Phase 1 network design comprises two trunk line services and numerous feeder services supplemented by a comprehensive NMT network. The trunk line service is divided into two (2) sections namely:

  • Line 1 – Pretoria CBD to Kopanong and
  • Line 2 – Pretoria CBD to Mahube Valley.

The trunk network is comprised of approximately 69 km (refer to ) of median dedicated trunk infrastructure and low floor median trunk stations. The BRT network integrates with the rail network at five key railway stations, these being Kopanong, Wonderboom, Pretoria Station, Hatfield as well as Denneboom. This provides for multimodal service integration to the North as well as the East of Pretoria CBD.

Furthermore, in February 2016 the CoT Mayoral Committee approved Line 3 evaluation report study which contains the BRT alignment between Pretoria CBD and Atteridgeville. The route alignment is 14.6km in length and integrates with the rail network at Saulsville rail station. shows A Re Yeng alignments.

The details below are based on Division of Revenue Act’s Public Transport Network Grant allocation. see the link: http://www.pmg.org.za/files/RNW1034-DivisionofRevenueAct.docx

Figure 1: A Re Yeng Alignment

Intermodal Facilities

Six public transport intermodal facilities are planned along the BRT network. This will allow for the affected operators (i.e. minibus taxi associations and bus operators) to transfer passenger to A Re Yeng services. The CoT is on the process of entering into agreement with affected operators to provide the feeder service between the suburbs/township and intermodal facilities.

The public transport intermodal facilities are earmarked at the following nodes:

  • Kopanong,
  • Wonderboom,
  • Akasia,
  • Saulsville,
  • Pretoria Station,
  • Menlyn, and
  • Denneboom.

Current A Re Yeng Operations

A Re Yeng inception phase (Line 2A) which operates between Pretoria CBD and Hatfield became operational in December 2014. The construction of A Re Yeng trunk route between Pretoria CBD and Wonderboom / Rainbow Junction (Line 1A) is underway and it is anticipated to become operational in 2016. The Rainbow Junction interim minibus taxi facility is also under construction. The purpose of these facilities is to enable seamless transfer of passengers between minibus taxi operators and A Re Yeng.

Three affected minibus taxi associations were selected to transfer passengers at (Wonderboom Station) Rainbow Junction. The affected minibus taxi associations are:

  • Hammanskraal Taxi Organisation (HATO);
  • Ga-Mokone, Hammanskraal, Stinkwater Taxi Association (GHSTA); and
  • Stinkwater Eersterust Taxi Association (SETA).

Permanent Rainbow Junction intermodal facility is planned to become operational in 2018 and additional affected operators will be required to transfer passengers at this facility.

RESPONSE

a) (i),(ii) Atteridgeville

A Re Yeng services to Atteridgeville are planned to become operational in 2020. Affected operators will transfer passengers at Saulsville intermodal facility and A Re Yeng stations along the route.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

b) (i),(ii) Ga-Rankuwa

Affected operators will provide the feeder services between Ga-Rankuwa and Akasia intermodal

facility. A Re Yeng services to Akasia are planned to become operational in 2019.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

c) (i),(ii) Mamelodi

A Re Yeng services to Mamelodi (Denneboom Intermodal Facility) are planned to become operational in 2020. Affected operators will provide feeder services between Mamelodi township and Denneboom Intermodal Facility.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

d) (i),(ii) Soshanguve

A Re Yeng services to Soshanguve (Kopanong Intermodal Facility) are planned to become operational in 2020. Affected operators will transfer passengers at A Re Yeng stations and at the following three intermodal facilities:

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

e) (i),(ii) Mabopane

A Re Yeng services to Soshanguve (Kopanong Intermodal Facility) are planned to become operational in 2020. Affected operators from Mabopane will transfer passengers at A Re Yeng stations and three intermodal facilities at:

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

f) (i),(ii) Winterveldt

A Re Yeng services to Soshanguve (Kopanong Intermodal Facility) are planned become operational in 2020. Affected operators from Winterveldt will transfer passengers at A Re Yeng stations and at the following three intermodal facilities:

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

g) (i),(ii) Temba/Hammanskraal

A Re Yeng services to Rainbow Junction/ Wonderboom (Line 1A) are planned to become operational in 2016. Affected operators from Hammanskraal (i.e. HATO) will transfer passengers at Rainbow Junction interim minibus taxi transfer facility.

(iii) (aa) (bb) Refer to Figure 1 for more details.

NW1166E

25 April 2016 - NW1116

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1043

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1120

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1078

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

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

Reply:

(1) (2)

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

25 April 2016 - NW946

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

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

Reply:

(a) and (b) No

(i) (aa) No

(bb) No

(cc) No

(ii) (aa) No

(bb) No

(aaa) Not applicable.

(bbb) (aaaa) Not applicable.

(bbbb) Not applicable.

(ccc) Not applicable.

25 April 2016 - NW882

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW890

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Economic Development

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

Reply:

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

-END-

25 April 2016 - NW1064

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

Project Name

Funds Allocated

Frequency

copies

Cost

Operational costs

(a) 2013/14 Approvals

       

Tshireletso Against Women Abuse

R100, 000.00 (feasibility study).

       

Seipone Sa Sechaba

R471,400. 00(New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

UmthomboWolwazi Youth Services

R100,000.00 (feasibility study)

       

Greater Alex Today

R 492, 400.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Batlhabine Foundation

R 485, 300.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Gandhi Development Trust

R 572, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

15 000

Free

Audit Fee, Bank Charges, Stationery and Transport.

Africa Ignite

R 575, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-Monthly

40 000

Free

Telephone, Audit Fees and Bank Charges.

InquboYabantuAbancici

R 498, 500.00 (New)

Bi-Monthly

20 000

Free

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

Gulova Magazine

R489,999.96 (Strengthening)

Monthly

5 000

Free

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

Treasure Magazine

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Bi -monthly

10 000

Free

Printing, distribution, telecommunications, bank charges and Audit fees

Township Times

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

APN Media/Impact 24/7

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

North West on Sunday

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

5000

Free

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

Rise ‘n Shine

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

20 000

Free

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

Mmaiseng News

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Fabuleux Magazine

R979,535.04 (New)

Bi- monthly

10 000

Free

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

Religious News

R700,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

(b) 2014/15 Approvals

       

Mamre News

R 498, 381.00 (New)

Monthly

5000

Free

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

Ledig Sun

R 479, 130.32 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Bushbuckridge News

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Weekly

4000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipend and Bank charges

Kuruman Chronicle

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

8000

Free

Printing, distribution,rent,stipend and Bank charges

Phetoho News

R350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

2015/16 Approvals

       

The Youth Voice

R 821,700.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Ulwazi Newspaper

R 850,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10000

Free

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

Loxion News

R 750,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Arise and Shine

R 619,251.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Dizindaba News

R 888,200.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

15000

Free

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

Ngoho News

R 811,120.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

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

Ezakwazulu News

R 746,000.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10000

Free

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

Khanyisa News

R 1,081,248.00 (Strengthening)

Weekly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution and Audit fees

Puisano News

R 680,880.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

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

Eastern Cape Women Magazine

R 807,000.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-monthly

10000

 

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

InquboYabantuAbancinci

R 530,242.00 (Strengthening)

Bi-Monthly

30 000

Free

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

SMME News

R 793,500.00 (New)

Monthly

10000

Free

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

Xplore Magazine

R 1,232,600.00 (New)

Bi-monthly

10000

Free

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

Nkomazi Observer

R 603, 800.00 (Strengthening)

monthly

10000

free

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

Mmaiseng News

R 626, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Fortnightly

10 000

Free

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

Religious News

R 615,600.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Die Horison News

R 615,299.28 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Children Resource Centre

R 760,594.04 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10 000

Free

Telephone & Internet, Stationery and Bank charges.

Metro News

R 436, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rent telecoms and Audit fees

InhlosoYesizwe

R 430,200.00 (Strengthening)

Monthly

10000

Free

Printing, distribution, stipends, rent telecoms and Audit fees

Elitsha News

R 776,800.00 (New)

Monthly

200 000

Free

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

Nhlala News

R 696,000.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Community News

R 663,244.00 (New)

Bi-Monthly

10 000

Free

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

Youth Mate News

R 606,950.00 (New)

Monthly

10 000

Free

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

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

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1069

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1063

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding breakdown for Ledig Sun

Ledig Sun:

Approved Budget

Item

Details

Qty

Unit cost

Total

Salaries

Editor

12

R 5,000.00

R 60,000.00

 

Sales & Marketing Manager

12

R 4,000.00

R 48,000.00

 

Journalist and Photographer

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Journalist

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Administrator & Bookkeeper

12

R 2,500.00

R 30,000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 210,000.00

Office equipments

Laptop for Editing

1

R 7, 000. 00

R 7, 000. 00

 

Desktop computer

2

R 14,000.00

R 14,000.00

 

Cameras

2

R 2, 999. 00

R 5,998.00

 

Printing Machine

1

R 700. 00

R 700. 00

 

Sub-Total

R 27, 698.00

Printing & Distribution

Printing of 8 page newspaper @ 10 000 copies

12

R 10, 669. 36

R128, 032. 32

 

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

12

R 600.00

R 7,200.00

 

Sub-Total

R 135,232.32

Operational Costs

Telephone and internet

12

R 1,000,00

R 12,000.00

 

Office rental

12

R 1, 500.00

R 18,000.00

 

Stationery

12

R 300.00

R 3,600.00

 

Bank charges

12

R 300.00

R 3, 600. 00

 

Audit fee

1

R 10,000.00

R10, 000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 47,200.00

Newspaper Development & Information Technology

Layout and design of a newspaper

12

R 2, 500. 00

R 30, 000. 00

 

Website design

1

R 5, 000. 00

R 5, 000. 00

 

Hosting

12

R 1, 000.00

R 12, 000. 00

 

Maintenance

12

R 1,000.00

R12, 000. 00

       

R 59, 000. 00

 
   

Grand Total

R 479,130.32

Funding breakdown for Mamre

Mamre News’ Approved Budget

Item

Description

Qty

Unit Price

Total

Personnel Costs

Editor

12

R 5,000.00

R 60,000.00

 

Finance and Administration Manager

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

Marketing and Sales Manager

12

R 3,000.00

R 36,000.00

 

X2 Journalist

12

R 3,000.00

R 72,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 204,000.00

Capital Expenses

Laptop for Editorial work

1

R 6,650.00

R 6,650.00

 

Desktop

1

R 4,000.00

R 4,000.00

 

Cameras

2

R 2,999.00

R 5,998.00

 

4 in 1 printing machine

1

R 699.00

R 699.00

 

Indesign (software for layout and design of the newspaper)

1

R 5,000.00

R 5,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 22,347.00

Printing and Distribution Costs

8 page @ 5 000 copies

12

R 7,369.50

R 88,434.00

 

Distribution costs of the newspaper

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 94,434.00

Operational Costs

Telkom line and broadband

12

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Stationery

12

R 300.00

R 3,600.00

 

Office rental & electricity

12

R 1,500.00

R 18,000.00

 

Audit fees

1

R 10,000.00

R 10,000.00

 

Transport

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Insurance

12

R 500.00

R 6,000.00

 

Bank charges

12

R 250.00

R 3,000.00

 

Sub-Total

R 58,600.00

Newspaper Development

& Training

Layout and design of a newspaper

12

R 2,500.00

R 30,000.00

 

Training in Sales and Marketing

2

R 20,000.00

R 40,000.00

 

Training in Writing and Editing

1

R 20,000.00

R 20,000.00

 

Website design and domain name

1

R 5,000.00

R 5,000.00

 

Website Hosting

12

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Website Maintenance

12intananceDomain nology

R 1,000.00

R 12,000.00

 

Sub Total

R 119,000.00

Grand Total

R 498,381.00

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW985

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Which schools in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality were connected to the internet by (a) his department and/or (b) any entities reporting to him in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2016; (2) in each case, what are the relevant details of the connectivity solutions provided by his department in terms of (a) hardware, (b) software, (c) training, (d) cost and (e) service providers?

Reply:

1. (a)-(b)(i -iii)

I have been informed by the Department and Entities as follows:

Schools Connectivity in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

 

USAASA

BBI

Sentech

(1.b.(i)

2014

Phefeni High School (Soweto)

Mphethi Mahlatse Secondary School in Orange Farm

Zandspruit Primary School

(1.b.(ii)

2015

None

None

None

(1.b.(iii)

2016

None

None

 

2(a)

Hardware

40 Tablets, 120GB of data

V SAT Internet

IBurst WI-Fi @ 10Mbs uncapped for 24 months

Fully equipped computer Lab that includes 20 desktop computers

2(b)

Software

Android Software

None

Microsoft office

(2c)

Training

Training on usage of Labs

None

None

(2d)

Cost

R257 600.00

Wi-Fi= R48 016.80 Hardware Installation = R5 016.00

cost of establishing the Lab was R268 264.00

(2e)

Service Providers

B-Wired Telecoms

IBurst

Moagi Technologies

25 April 2016 - NW443

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether her department was ready to initiate an adequate number of desalination plants, using the latest proven and most cost-effective technology, especially in areas which long term forecasts have indicated will experience water shortage in the foreseeable future; if not, why not; if so, (a) when, (b) where and (c) with or without partners; (2) Whether her department will acknowledge Operation Hydrate in an appropriate manner and develop close working relationship with the specified group to ensure clean drinking water for all?

Reply:

1. My Department encourages measures to extend the available water resources in South Africa which include the utilization of ground water, re-use of water, rainwater harvesting and desalination of sea water. A sea water desalination plant is essentially a water purification plant and the norm is for water purification plants to be developed and owned by Water Boards and Water Services Providers (municipalities). In the conciliation strategies developed for the coastal towns, sea water desalination is an important option being considered for implementation by Water Boards and Municipalities, depending on the particular institutional situation in the area  Currently the Durban area is investigating the desalination as an option and there will be a decision made soon on whether to implement a medium sized sea water desalination plant to the south of the city, or to develop conventional water storage close by is expected soon. 

Experience shows that sea water desalination is becoming more and more economically competitive when compared with other available water resource options and with the comparative advantage of coastal cities having an abundance of sea water available close by, we can expect see medium to large sea water desalination plants being implemented there in future.  We can also expect to see small sea water desalination plants, making use of less expensive beach well raw water abstraction (as compared with expensive ocean abstraction for larger sea water desalination plants) becoming viable in certain local applications. 

(2) I have noted and acknowledged the humanitarian support that the civil society is playing in distributing drinking water to needy communities across the country. In this regard the effort by Operation Hydrate, Gift of the Givers, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly South Africa, among others, are greatly appreciated. These organizations are most encouraged to work with my Department in continuously monitoring and identifying communities that have been hit the most by the drought, and therefore who can benefit the most from this gesture.

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25 April 2016 - NW1070

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1061

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

Project Name

Contact Person

Contact Number

Email Address

Physical Address

Africa Ignite

Antoinette Van Niekerk

031 303 5482

antoinette@africaignite.co.za

59 Henwood Road, Morningside, Durban

Gandhi Development Trust

Ela Gandhi

031 201 2067

egandhi@gdt.org.za

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

Children Resource Centre

Marcus Solomon

021 6330207

crcchild@telkomsa.net

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

Agenda Feminist Media

Shireen Ragunan

031 3047018

admin@agenda.org.za

Suite E302 - Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Avenue,Durban

Upstart Youth Magazine

Geoff Erasmus

046 603 7541

G.Erasmus@ru.ac.za

5 Prince Alfred Street,Grahamstown

Behind The Mask

Thuli Madi

011 403 5566

thuli@mask.org.za

Johannesburg

Sosh Times

Thabo Mooke

012 797 230

info@thabomooke.co.za

2249 Block F, Industrial Site, Pretoria.

iDekelethu/Hope Magazine

Thembisa Mjiba-Makasi

040 653 2146

dikelethunews@gmail.com

No 26 Mallock Street, Alice

Inqubo Yabantu Abancici

Adelaide Lor

0799307581

Ady.editor@gmail.com

Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Main Road Knysna

ZA Difference

Theresa Muller

011 463 8367

t.muller@zadifference.org

Johannesburg

Small Commercial Print

Name of the Project

Circulation area/District

Language

Contact Person

Cell phone

Email

Ezakwazulu News (Pinetown)

Ethekwini

Zulu

Masindi Mkhize (Publisher)

0734276113

masindimkhize@hotmail.com

Maputaland Mirror (Kwangwanase)

uMkhanyakude

Xirhonga & isiZulu

Sam S. Masinga (Publisher)

0823873970

Maputalandmirror@gmail.com

Isibani Somphakathi (Newcastle)

Amajuba

IsiZulu

James Nkosi (Publisher)

073 527 3883

isibani.newspaper@gmail.com

Inhloso Yesizwe (Ladysmith)

UThukela

Zulu

Sibusiso Shabalala (Publisher)

0832066687/ 078 810 9931

inhlosoyezwe@gmail.com

Free state News (Mangaung)

Mangaung Metro

Sesotho & English

Vinger, Moses

(Publisher)

051 447 1655

084 480 1330/ 082 477 2918

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

Lema Media House (Sasolburg)

Fezile Dabi

Sesotho

Mokoena, Lekhotla

(Publisher)

016 976 8285

079 185 0270

peoplesagenda@webmail.co.za

Phetoho News (Ficksburg)

Thabo Mofutsanyane District

Sotho and English

David Mokotjo

(Publisher)

 

0785356347/ 0787608237

davidmokotjo@gmail.com

Metro News (Botshabelo)

Mangaung Metro

Sotho, Xhosa and English

Pitso Mosetlhe

(Publisher)

 

0791378680

pitso@designquest.co.za

 

Masilonyana News (Theunissen)

Masilonyana

English & Sesotho

Moses, Liphoko

(Publisher)

057 733 1004

074 447 4203 / 079 564 1074

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

Taxi Talk (Mbizana)

OR Tambo

Xhosa & English

Baai, Christopher

(Publisher)

039 251 0887

083 948 4525

msabaai@gmail.com

Eastern Cape Women Magazine (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa& English

Pamela Timakwe

(Publisher)

 

0790646521

ecfmm@yahoo.com

Zithethele (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Xhosa

Motse Mfuleni

(Publisher)

041 582 2456

0829735916

motse@imbizogroup.com

.Rainbow News (Butterworth)

Emathole

Xhosa & English

Pikelela, Buhle

(Publisher)

 

083 372 9271

rainbownews@webmail.co.za

Ikhwezi News (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa

Monwabisi Khininda

(Publisher)

047 531 2124

073 260 8660

khininda@webmail.co.za

Balaodi Publishers (Polokwane)

Capricorn

SePedi

Bopape, Diphete

(Publisher)

015 291 1200

082 509 2154

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

Rise & Shine (Mmodimolle)

Waterberg

English, Sipedi, Xitsonga & Tshivenda

Matodzi Gift Makananisa

Publisher

 

072 7857678, 014 717 4048 / 014 717 4637

editor@rise-n-shine.co.za

Ngoho/Bluesky Communications (Thohoyandou)

Thulamela District

Tshivenda

Pumudzo Makharimedza (Publisher)

 

082 436 8453

phumumakhara@webmail.co.za

Nhluvuko News (Polokwane/Giyani)

Mopani District

Tsonga

Ntswanwisi, Dunisani

(Publisher)

015 291 5472

073 981 8649

dunisani01@gmail.com

Coal City (Witbank)

Nkangala

English, SiSwati

& IsiZulu

Mashiane, Michelle

(Publisher)

013 690 2525

082 489 5954

michelle.coalcity@yahoo.com

2Khanyisa News (Ermelo)

Gert Sibande District

English and Zulu

Austin Moyo

(Publisher)

 

083 512 7096/ 071 219 3216/ 078 231 0019

khanyisamedia@gmail.com

Umjindi – Guardian (Barberton)

Elukwatini

SiSwati & English

Bheki Mashile

(Publisher)

 

076 748 9247

mashile.bmdmedia.bheki26@gmail.com

Bushbuckridge News(Hazyview)

Ehlanzeni District

Tsonga, Sepedi & English

Nelisiwe Ndlovu

(Publisher)

013 799 2186

0734901886

langamedia@gmail.com

Ziwaphi News (Nelspruit)

Ehlanzeni

English & Swati

Tom Nkosi

(Publisher)

013 752 6482

082 553 4067

tom@ziwaphi.com

Nkomazi Observer (Komartipoort)

Ehlanzeni

Siswati and English

Mduduzi Masimula

(Publisher)

 

0763083530

nkomaziobserver@gmail.com

Winelands Echo (Paarl)

Cape Winelands

Afrikaans & English

Joseph Bushby

(Publisher)

021 862 9278

076 219 6534

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

Dizindaba Media (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

Xhosa

Edward Mangxaba

(Publisher)

021 591 1708

078 328 2168/0

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

Treasure Magazine (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Fadia Mohamed

(Publisher)

 

021 592 1897/ 073 478 1728

fadia@treasuremag.co.za

Heartbeat 24/7 (Atlantis)

City of Cape Town

Afrikaans, Xhosa & English

Peter Lategan

(Publisher)

 

082 4393 023

peter@impact247.co.za

Chalkline (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English & Afrikaans

Peach, Willida

(Publisher)

021 9877 062

083 452 6856

willida@peachcom.co.za

Die Horison (Upington)

Siyanda District

Afrikaans,Damara, Khoi, Xhosa & Tswana

John Cloete

(Publisher)

 

083 416 4539

diehorison@gmail.com

Kuruman Chronicle (Kuruman)

John Taolo Gaetseye

Setswana and English

Yvonne Chabaesele

(Publisher)

 

0783888259/0768682475

kurumanchronicle@gmail.com

platinumpress@webmail.co.za

Mmaiseng News (Pampierstad)

Francis Baard

English & Setswana

Sam Sera

Publisher

 

0764980936/ 0732985963

otladisasera@gmail.com

Mmekgadigang News (Mahikeng)

Ngaka Modiri Molema District

Tswana & English

Aaron Maleke(Publisher)

 

0798845863

Mmegadikgang@gmail.com

Northwest on Sunday (Mahikeng)

Ngaka Modiri Molema

English & Setswana

Paul Moola

Publisher

 

076 063 1319

northwestonsunday@webmail.co.za

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

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

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

(3)(a) Community Print

Project Name

Contact Person

Contact Number

Email Address

Physical Address

Africa Ignite

Antoinette Van Niekerk

031 303 5482

antoinette@africaignite.co.za

59 Henwood Road, Morningside, Durban

Children Resource Centre

Marcus Solomon

021 6330207

crcchild@telkomsa.net

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

Agenda Feminist Media

ShireenRagunan

031 3047018

admin@agenda.org.za

Suite E302 - Diakonia Centre, 20 DiakoniaAvenue,Durban

Upstart Youth Magazine

Geoff Erasmus

046 603 7541

G.Erasmus@ru.ac.za

5 Prince Alfred Street,Grahamstown

Sosh Times

Thabo Mooke

012 797 230

info@thabomooke.co.za

2249 Block F, Industrial Site, Pretoria.

iDekelethu/Hope Magazine

ThembisaMjiba-Makasi

040 653 2146

dikelethunews@gmail.com

No 26 Mallock Street, Alice

InquboYabantuAbancici

Adelaide Lor

0799307581

Ady.editor@gmail.com

Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Main Road Knysna

Small Commercial Print

Name of the Project

Circulation area/District

Language

Contact Person

Cell phone

Email

1. Ezakwazulu News (Pinetown)

Ethekwini

Zulu

MasindiMkhize (Publisher)

0734276113

masindimkhize@hotmail.com

2. Maputaland Mirror (Kwangwanase)

uMkhanyakude

Xirhonga& isiZulu

Sam S. Masinga (Publisher)

0823873970

Maputalandmirror@gmail.com

3. IsibaniSomphakathi (Newcastle)

Amajuba

IsiZulu

James Nkosi (Publisher)

073 527 3883

isibani.newspaper@gmail.com

4. InhlosoYesizwe (Ladysmith)

UThukela

Zulu

SibusisoShabalala (Publisher)

0832066687/ 078 810 9931

inhlosoyezwe@gmail.com

1.Free state News (Mangaung)

Mangaung Metro

Sesotho & English

Vinger, Moses

(Publisher)

051 447 1655

084 480 1330/ 082 477 2918

mongonana@webmail.co.zafreestatenews@lantic.net

2.Lema Media House (Sasolburg)

FezileDabi

Sesotho

Mokoena, Lekhotla

(Publisher)

016 976 8285

079 185 0270

peoplesagenda@webmail.co.za

3. Phetoho News (Ficksburg)

Thabo Mofutsanyane District

Sotho and English

David Mokotjo

(Publisher)

 

0785356347/ 0787608237

davidmokotjo@gmail.com

4. Metro News (Botshabelo)

Mangaung Metro

Sotho, Xhosa and English

PitsoMosetlhe

(Publisher)

 

0791378680

pitso@designquest.co.za

5.Masilonyana News (Theunissen)

Masilonyana

English & Sesotho

Moses, Liphoko

(Publisher)

057 733 1004

074 447 4203 / 079 564 1074

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

1.Taxi Talk (Mbizana)

OR Tambo

Xhosa & English

Baai, Christopher

(Publisher)

039 251 0887

083 948 4525

msabaai@gmail.com

2. Eastern Cape Women Magazine (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa& English

Pamela Timakwe

(Publisher)

 

0790646521

ecfmm@yahoo.com

3. Zithethele (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Xhosa

MotseMfuleni

(Publisher)

041 582 2456

0829735916

motse@imbizogroup.com

4.Rainbow News (Butterworth)

Emathole

Xhosa & English

Pikelela, Buhle

(Publisher)

 

083 372 9271

rainbownews@webmail.co.za

5. Ikhwezi News (Umthatha)

OR Tambo

Xhosa

MonwabisiKhininda

(Publisher)

047 531 2124

073 260 8660

khininda@webmail.co.za

1.Balaodi Publishers (Polokwane)

Capricorn

SePedi

Bopape, Diphete

(Publisher)

015 291 1200

082 509 2154

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

2. Ngoho/Bluesky Communications (Thohoyandou)

Thulamela District

Tshivenda

PumudzoMakharimedza (Publisher)

 

082 436 8453

phumumakhara@webmail.co.za

3.Nhluvuko News (Polokwane/Giyani)

Mopani District

Tsonga

Ntswanwisi, Dunisani

(Publisher)

015 291 5472

073 981 8649

dunisani01@gmail.com

1.Coal City (Witbank)

Nkangala

English, SiSwati

& IsiZulu

Mashiane, Michelle

(Publisher)

013 690 2525

082 489 5954

michelle.coalcity@yahoo.com

2. Khanyisa News (Ermelo)

GertSibande District

English and Zulu

Austin Moyo

(Publisher)

 

083 512 7096/ 071 219 3216/ 078 231 0019

khanyisamedia@gmail.com

3. Umjindi – Guardian (Barberton)

Elukwatini

SiSwati & English

BhekiMashile

(Publisher)

 

076 748 9247

mashile.bmdmedia.bheki26@gmail.com

4. Bushbuckridge News(Hazyview)

Ehlanzeni District

Tsonga, Sepedi& English

NelisiweNdlovu

(Publisher)

013 799 2186

0734901886

langamedia@gmail.com

5. Ziwaphi News (Nelspruit)

Ehlanzeni

English & Swati

Tom Nkosi

(Publisher)

013 752 6482

082 553 4067

tom@ziwaphi.com

6. Nkomazi Observer (Komartipoort)

Ehlanzeni

Siswati and English

MduduziMasimula

(Publisher)

 

0763083530

nkomaziobserver@gmail.com

1.Winelands Echo (Paarl)

Cape Winelands

Afrikaans & English

Joseph Bushby

(Publisher)

021 862 9278

076 219 6534

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

2. Dizindaba Media (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

Xhosa

Edward Mangxaba

(Publisher)

021 591 1708

021 591 0408

078 328 2168/0

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

3. Treasure Magazine (Cape Town)

City of Cape Town

English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Fadia Mohamed

(Publisher)

 

021 592 1897/ 073 478 1728

fadia@treasuremag.co.za

4. Heartbeat 24/7 (Atlantis)

City of Cape Town

Afrikaans, Xhosa & English

Peter Lategan

(Publisher)

 

082 4393 023

peter@impact247.co.za

1. Die Horison (Upington)

Siyanda District

Afrikaans,Damara, Khoi, Xhosa & Tswana

John Cloete

(Publisher)

 

083 416 4539

diehorison@gmail.com

2. Kuruman Chronicle (Kuruman)

John TaoloGaetseye

Setswana and English

Yvonne Chabaesele

(Publisher)

 

0783888259/0768682475

kurumanchronicle@gmail.com

platinumpress@webmail.co.za

3. Mmaiseng News (Pampierstad)

Francis Baard

English & Setswana

Sam Sera

Publisher

 

0764980936/ 0732985963

otladisasera@gmail.com

1. Mmekgadigang News (Mahikeng)

NgakaModiriMolema District

Tswana & English

Aaron Maleke(Publisher)

 

0798845863

Mmegadikgang@gmail.com

2. Northwest on Sunday (Mahikeng)

NgakaModiriMolema

English & Setswana

Paul Moola

Publisher

 

076 063 1319

northwestonsunday@webmail.co.za

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

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

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

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1040

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

25 April 2016 - NW1059

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

(b)

Year

(a) Type of training

(b) Date

(b) Training Partner

(b) Cost (R)

(i) 2013/

2014

Training on broadcast & electronic media

July 2013

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

1, 050, 00

 

Grantee orientation workshop

17-18 February 2014

MDDA

324, 300

 

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

13 -14 January 2013

MDDA

200, 000

 

Media Literacy & Culture of Reading (MKK)

22-27 September 2013

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

200, 000

 

Media Literacy & Culture of Reading Summit

11-13 April 2014

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

343, 000

 

Media Literacy Photography Workshop

07 October 2013

MDDA

N/I

 

Corporate Governance Training

16 May 2013

Sizwe Media

270, 999

 

Spectrum Finance Management

March – February 2014

Spectrum School of business

200, 000

 

People Management & Marketing and Advertising

June - September 2014

IAJ

270, 835

 

Multi Media for Print

27-31 January 2014

IAJ

500, 000

 

Media Journalism course

October 2013 – April 2014

Media Workshop

230, 000

(ii) 2014/ 2015

Learning Forum

21-22 May 2015

MDDA

510, 000

 

Grantee Compliance Orientation Workshop

23-24 March 2015

MDDA

277, 372

(iii)2015/

2016

Media Literacy Summit

10 – 12 April 2015

Dept of Education Northern Cape/MDDA

300, 000

 

World Press Freedom Day - May 03

5 May 2015

MDDA/

UNESCO

150, 000

 

ML Exchange Programme

5 – 7 October 2015

MDDA

250, 500

 

Advanced Radio Certificate

2015/16

Wits Radio Academy

300, 000

 

Station Advisory and Monitoring

2016

Wits Radio Academy

374, 300

 

Grantee Orientation Workshop

30 March – 1 April 2016

MDDA

800, 000

 

Science Journalism

17 – 18 February 2016

MDDA/

SAASTA

155, 000

 

Online Training - The Writers Room Website

2016

Uhuru Press

161, 220

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

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW379

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Public Works

With reference to President Jacob G Zuma’s undertaking in his State of the Nation Address delivered on 12 February 2015, that the Government will set aside 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement for purchasing from Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises, what percentage of the total procurement of (a) his department and (b) every entity reporting to him went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

(a) (i) and (ii) I would like to point out to the Honourable Member that the current reporting systems within the Department of Public Works (DPW) do not cater for capturing of information in the particular categories of cooperatives, township enterprises and rural enterprises, as the focus has shifted to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status level of contribution. Whilst the DPW systems do not make provision for recording procurement in terms of the specific categories, to ensure monitoring and reporting on these designated categories, the Supply Chain Management Directory is negotiating with the system service provider to reconfigure the procurement module to provide the relevant statistics.

In terms of procurement from SMMEs, the DPW can report the following:

For the period 01 April 2015 to 31 January 2016 the percentage of procurement from SMMEs by the Department of Public Works is as follows:

Goods and Services including day-to-day maintenance:-

A total of 3 688 (100%) with a value of R181 311 457.46 was awarded to SMMEs.

Consultancies (Built Environment):-

Out of a total of 233 appointments with a total value of R68 957 445.61, a total of 152 appointments (66%) were made with a total value of R31 761 929.55 awarded to SMMEs.

Construction Projects:-

Out of 166 tenders* awarded with a total value of R1.8 billion, 95 tenders (57%) were awarded to SMMEs, worth a total value of R171 349 536.90.

*90.5% of the construction projects (with a value of R1.6 billion) were awarded according to the CIDB grading system.

(b) Entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works

Entity

  1. SMMEs
  1. Co-operatives

Council for the Built Environment (CBE) (01 April 2015 – 29 February 2016)

R12 928 645-00 (57.58% of R22 453 970-58)

Nil

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) (1 April 2015 – 31 January 2016

R7 149 988.15 (15.41% of R46 387 686.84)

Nil

Independent Development Trust (IDT) (1 April 2015 – 29 February 2016)

IDT spent the following amounts towards SMMEs out of its infrastructure programme:

  • Goods and services including day-to-day maintenance:

R30 877 470.73 (100%)

  • Built environment consultants:

R285 408 176.00 (99%)

  • Construction Projects

R677 736 177.60 (96%)

Nil

Agrément South Africa (01 April 2015 – 29 February 2016)

The procurement of goods and services for Agrément South Africa (ASA) was done through the shared services under the CSIR. The CSIR response to this question through the Department of Science and Technology has therefore included ASA’s procurement spent towards the SMMEs.

Nil

25 April 2016 - NW892

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Has she earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since her appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did she earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether her (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through her 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 (a) (b) (c) (d) Falls away
  2. No (a) (b) (c) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) Falls away

25 April 2016 - NW1142

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the soldiers deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal game parks, (details furnished), (a) which game park has the highest poaching numbers and (b) what are the reasons for the highest number of poaching incidents; (2) whether she has found that the protection zones do not endanger the rhinos even more because the navigators of the poaching gangs know exactly where the rhinos are; (3) has the number of (a) soldiers and (b) rangers been increased and intensified in the specified protection zones; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The SANDF is not in a position to comment on the poaching statistics in the game parks. These questions should be directed to SANPARKS.

(2) This question should be directed to SANPARKS.

(3) Soldiers of the SANDF are not deployed in the KZN game parks per se but are responsible for border safeguarding operations, amongst other, along the KZN-Mozambican border. It is for this reason that soldiers are not deployed in so-called protection zones either. Questions pertaining to the protection zones should be directed to SANPARKS.

25 April 2016 - NW964

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

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

Reply:

(1)(a)

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

(1)(b)

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

Directorate

Vacancies

Public Health

290

Special Programmes

14

Office of the Chief Operating Officer

24

Infrastructure and Engineering

523

Electricity and Energy

219

Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture

146

Municipal Manager

5

Budget and Treasury

158

Safety and Security

161

Executive Mayor

12

Human Settlements

117

Corporate Services

105

Total =

1774

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

(1) (c)

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

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

(2)

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

3 (a)

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

See table below for expenditure per year:

FINANCIAL YEAR

Costs of consultants R (000)

2011/12

135.5

2012/13

170.9

2013/14

185.6

2014/15

191.3

2015/16 ( April 2016)

162.9

Total

846.2

(3) (b)

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

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

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R15 339 703

2012/13

R14 746 821

2013/14

R17 677 108

2014/15

R22 173 641

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R24 660 374

TOTAL

R94 597 647

(3) (c)

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

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

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R7 150 996

2012/13

R2 718 742

2013/14

R4 714 848

2014/15

R7 152 258

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R5 702 580

Total

R27 439 424

25 April 2016 - NW987

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

Yes the Afro 4000 has been removed.

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1062

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2013/14 Approvals

Tshireletso Against Women Abuse

R100, 000.00 (feasibility study).

Seipone Sa Sechaba

R471,400. 00 (New)

Umthombo Wolwazi Youth Services

R100,000.00 (feasibility study)

Greater Alex Today

R 492, 400.00 (New)

Batlhabine Foundation

R 485, 300.00 (New)

Gandhi Development Trust

R 572, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Africa Ignite

R 575, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Inqubo Yabantu Abancici

R 498, 500.00 (New)

Gulova Magazine

R489,999.96 (Strengthening)

Treasure Magazine

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Township Times

R700,000.00 (New)

APN Media/Impact 24/7

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

North West on Sunday

R490,000.00 (Strengthening)

Rise ‘n Shine

R700,000.00 (New)

Mmaiseng News

R700,000.00 (New)

Fabuleux Magazine

R979,535.04 (New)

Religious News

R700,000.00 (New)

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

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2014/15 Approvals

Mamre News

R 498, 381.00 (New)

Ledig Sun

R 479, 130.32 (New)

Bushbuckridge News

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Kuruman Chronicle

R 350,000.00 (Strengthening)

Phetoho News

R350,000.00 (Strengthening)

   

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

Project Name

Funds Allocated

2015/16 Approvals

The Youth Voice

R 821,700.00 (New)

Ulwazi Newspaper

R 850,000.00 (New)

Loxion News

R 750,000.00 (New)

Arise and Shine

R 619,251.00 (New)

Dizindaba News

R 888,200.00 (Strengthening)

Ngoho News

R 811,120.00 (Strengthening)

Ezakwazulu News

R 746,000.00 (Strengthening)

Khanyisa News

R 1,081,248.00 (Strengthening)

Puisano News

R 680,880.00 (Strengthening)

Eastern Cape Women Magazine

R 807,000.00 (Strengthening)

Inqubo Yabantu Abancinci

R 530,242.00 (Strengthening)

SMME News

R 793,500.00 (New)

Xplore Magazine

R 1,232,600.00 (New)

Nkomazi Observer

R 603, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Mmaiseng News

R 626, 600.00 (Strengthening)

Religious News

R 615,600.00 (Strengthening)

Die Horison News

R 615,299.28 (Strengthening)

Children Resource Centre

R 760,594.04 (Strengthening)

Metro News

R 436, 800.00 (Strengthening)

Inhloso Yesizwe

R 430,200.00 (Strengthening)

Elitsha News

R 776,800.00 (New)

Nhlala News

R 696,000.00 (New)

Community News

R 663,244.00 (New)

Youth Mate News

R 606,950.00 (New)

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1077

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

 (a) Various reasons, including:

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

 (b) The following artists have not received payment:

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

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

 (d) EFT.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1042

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

Department of Communications:

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

Government Communication and Information System:

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

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

(ii) None since 1 April 2016.

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

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

2. Yes,

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

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

 (b) (i) Total : R453 970.14

(ii) Total: R117 582.96

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

(ii) None

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

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

The department awaits hearing date.

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

South African Broadcasting Corporation:

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

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

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

(1)(b) Reasons listed above.

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

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

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

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

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

Brand South Africa:

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

(a) (i) (bb) One.

(a) (ii) (ccc) Zero.

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

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

(b) (ii) (ccc) None.

(2) Not applicable

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

Film and Publications Board:

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

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

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

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

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

(c) R415,413.00 was spent on legal representation

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

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

Media Development and Diversity Agency:

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

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

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

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

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

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa:

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

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

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

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

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

(c) R102,600 was spent on legal representation

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

(3) Measures to curtail expenditures includes:

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

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1058

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1143

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veternas

(1)Why is the SA National Defence Force still unable to successfully prevent the infiltration of our national parks by poachers, in spite of the fact that these parks and their perimeters are policed and patrolled by trained military personnel, drones, and helicopters which make extensive use of night vision and detection equipment; (2) has this matter been investigated by her department; if so, what were the findings of the specified investigation; (3) did her department conduct an investigation on any form of collusion that may exist between military personnel and the poachers, which is allowing the poachers unfettered access to our national parks; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified investigation?

Reply:

(1) The SANDF’s primary mandate is to safeguard the integrity of our international borders. The SANDF conducting operational tasks such as listening posts, observation posts, foot and mobile patrols, reaction forces conducted in conjunction with SANPARKS and the SAPS, specifically for the Kruger National Park. Technology and air support are being utilised as a force multiplier to achieve successes. The SANDF is not the lead department in the Kruger National Park. The SAPS and SANPARKS are the lead Government Departments and the SANDF is in support.

(2) No formal investigation was conducted. An Informal discussion between the SANDF, Chief of Joint Operations (C J Ops) and SANPARKS have taken place in January 2016, with specific reference to refining of the cooperation at the Joint Operational Centre (JOC) level in the Kruger National Park for effective and maximum deployments.

(3) It must be categorically stated that there are no form of collusion between the soldiers and poachers. During the conclusion of the recent informal discussions the following aspects were highlighted;

(a) More soldiers were required due to the vastness of the area to effectively minimise the infiltration into the Kruger National Park.

(b) Closer and effective cooperation between the various role players must be achieved and remains the objective.

25 April 2016 - NW1027

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW904

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

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1065

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

(b) The following positions are still vacant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(3) The vacancies have been advertised.

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

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

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

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

Holystic Approach - supplies recruitment services to the MDDA

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

Kwinana and Associates – supplier of recruitment services to the MDDA

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

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

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW1041

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Communications

What is the detailed list of decisions taken by the SA Broadcasting Corporation Chief Operations Officer, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, since he returned to work in December 2015?

Reply:

Section 14(1) of the Act stipulates that the affairs of the Corporation are administered by an executive committee consisting of the Group Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer and no more than 11 other executive members, therefore the COO does not act alone in the decision-making function. However, there are instances, where decisions are taken by the COO relating to the strategic operations of the core business reporting to the COO, in support of the broader mandate of the SABC.

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW933

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

(a) No.

(b) No.

END.

25 April 2016 - NW986

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

(a) Approximately 92.4 kilometres has been transferred to SANRAL

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

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

(d) (i) Total Length = 139.1 km

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

25 April 2016 - NW954

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

(a-ccc) Minister and Deputy Minister of Transport have never ever met with any member, employee or close associate of the Gupta Family at the Gutpta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or anywhere else since taking office.

25 April 2016 - NW436

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Works

Whether his department has found the necessary supporting documents which reportedly could not be found by the Auditor-General for leases to the tune of R800 million; if not, why not; if so, (a) for which buildings were the value leases, (b) for which departments were the buildings rented and (c) who owns the buildings?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

It must be noted that the alleged R800 million leases worth reported by the Auditor – General is a figure which was calculated for outstanding documents over a period of more than one financial year, and goes back about five years.

In 2013, the Department of Public Works launched a special lease review intervention aimed at identifying all active private leases and verifying lease validity for leases registered on the Department’s property management information system.

In 2014, a second special lease review intervention was launched with the aim of consolidating information and matching documentation (lease agreements).

As a result of the above lease interventions, all 2 619 active leases have valid lease documents and are logged on a master database.

25 April 2016 - NW1106

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

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW862

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

END.

25 April 2016 - NW924

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

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1047

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply:

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

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

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

                 

Rm

2012/13

22.8

2013/14

29.3

2014/15

27.9

2015/16

35.2

Total

115.2

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

25 April 2016 - NW473

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to her 2015 Budget Speech, where she highlighted the fact that there are too few white individuals in the SA National Defence Force and indicated that a robust recruitment programme will be embarked on to rectify the demographics, (a) what are the criteria for the appointment of white recruits, (b) how many applications were received and (c) how many of the specified recruits who applied were subsequently appointed; (2) whether any policy is in place which requires a minimum level of education of new recruits; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons for not (a) responding to the applications of white candidates with A-aggregates on their national senior certificates and (b) appointing white applicants with A-aggregates on their National Senior Certificates?

Reply:

1. (a) An effort was made to encourage white candidates to apply through media reports encouraging them to apply and by extending application dates to get a broader pool of candidates.

(b) 405 MSDS applications were received

(c) 99 white candidates were appointed and are undergoing Basic Military Training at the different training institutions

2. Yes, there is a Revised Implementation Instruction on the Military Skills Development System (DS/CDHRPP/DSS/R/104/31/2/1 dated 05 December 2003 ) in place which spells minimum level of education of new recruits and the Services have in addition own specific requirements which are reflected on their application forms.

(a) The SA Army did not use specific criteria to appoint white candidates. The SA Navy selected applicants that had Mathematics and Science with the minimum level of 3 and above for both subjects.

(b) The SAMHS appointed 18 white candidates with A aggregate and 15 with B-aggregate whereas 33 white candidates with A-aggregate could not be utilised as they were awaiting their Grade 12 results. The SA Army does not have specific criteria in appointing white candidates. Out of the 235 that the SA Army invited for the selection board process 124 reported and 111 did not. 49 white candidates did not meet the criteria in the SA Army. The SA Navy selected white candidates with level 3 and above in both Maths and Science on their National Senior Certificates.

25 April 2016 - NW1031

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1066

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1145

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

 

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

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

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

 

25 April 2016 - NW760

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

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

Reply:

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

  1. The following tables reflect the details in this regard

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

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Professional Nurse

3

Professional Nurse

2

Professional Nurse

3

   

Staff Nurse

1

Medical Officer

1

   

Radiographer*

1

Nursing Assistant

1

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

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

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Designation

Number

Professional Nurse

3

Professional Nurse

2

Chief Executive Officer

1

Nursing Assistant

1

Staff Nurse

1

Nursing Assistant

1

       

Medical Officers (as of 22 March 2016)

2

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

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

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

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

END.

25 April 2016 - NW1109

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the position of Project Manager for the Art Bank has been advertised; if not, when will the specified position be advertised; if so, on what date was the specified position advertised? (2) by when must the specified position be filled?

Reply:

(1) Yes. The position of Project Manager was advertised as follows:

    • National Museum web site – 31 July 2015
    • Sunday Times – 02 August 2015
    • Sowetan – 04 August 2015
    • Express – 05 August 2015
    • Volksblad – 05 August 2015
    • The advertisement was also circulated by the National Museum and the Department of Arts and Culture to various stakeholders via e-mail, who in turn posted it on their web sites.

(2)The position was filled on 1 April 2016.

25 April 2016 - NW623

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What is the procedure of patient referral from a district hospital to a regional hospital and (b) how long does the process take; (2) why are patients left unattended for a long period before they are transferred from Empilisweni Hospital to Umlawuli Regional Hospital?

Reply:

1. (a) To refer from a district to a regional hospital involves a consultation and agreement between the doctor at the referring hospital and the referral hospital. This is then firmed through a written referral note that will accompany the patient to the referral hospital.

 (b) The process is immediate for critical cases and for cold cases appointment can be granted to a six week period;

2. Transfer of a patient will depend on the bed availability at the receiving hospital as well as ambulance availability to execute the transfer.

END.

25 April 2016 - NW1067

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

Full details will follow soon.