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14 October 2020 - NW2129

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the current status of land claim LCC 37 / 2018; (2) whether she has been informed that the claim was originally gazetted in the 1997-98 financial year and again in June 2014; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the reason for the specified claim not being finalised; (3) whether she has been informed that the current owner could not develop this land since the land claim was gazetted in 1997; (4) (a) what are the relevant details of the persons who are beneficiaries of this land claim and (b) will she furnish Mrs A Steyn with the research document for the claim?

Reply:

1. The current land owner referred the matter to court towards the end of 2018 as he did not accept the offer that was presented by the Office of the Valuer General. The Office of the Valuer General informed the Regional Land Claims Commissioner that a new valuer should be appointed, as the original valuation did not take into account Section 25 Subsection 3 of the Constitution. The office has since appointed a valuer.

2. Yes, the claim was gazetted in 1997-1998 financial year and gazetted in 2014. The 1997-1998 gazette was based on the Rule 3 Research Report of the Commission. Further investigation had to be conducted in terms of Rule 5, and that led to the gazette of 2014;

The claim has not been finalised. The office had the following delays in settlement of the claim:

  • The Tsitsikamma Development Trust (TDT) was formed on the 9th March 1994 with the assistance of the Legal Resources Centre (LRS), to coordinate and manage the affairs of all the land that was dispossessed from AmaMfengu. It was during this time when the then Department of Land Affairs gave some farms to the community through what was known as Allocation Advisory Commission on Land (ACLA). The properties were registered to the Tsitsikama Development Trust.
  • Community verification: some members of community not in agreement on the actual number of Originally Dispossessed Individual families.
  • Board of Trustees: legal timeframe lapsed for elections of the new board of trustees and tensions between community and Tsitsikama Development Trust made it difficult for the office to process the claim
  • Multiple Executive Committees: many community representative structures were formed as the Tsitsikama Development Trust was no longer regarded as a legitimate structure, thus the office not allowed by the community and Trust of Deeds Act to engage with the Tsitsikama Development Trust.

3. No

4. (a) The beneficiaries are the Amamfengu Community

(b) Yes, the report will be made available.

14 October 2020 - NW1399

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

1.What arrangements are in place during the Republic’s national lockdown to move mail and parcels to and from international destinations? 2. Whether there is any mail backlog at the (a) Johannesburg, (b) Durban and/or (c) Cape Town international receiving centres of the SA Post Office; if so, (i) what is the total number of (aa) parcels and (bb) letters at each specified location, inbound and outbound and (ii) by what date(s) are the mail backlogs expected to be cleared; 3. Whether there are any international destinations that are closed to mail due to the outbreak of Covid-19; if so, what are the (a) names of such international destinations and (b) envisaged reopening dates in each case? NW1770E

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. The South African Post Office is currently dispatching and receiving mail from the following countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dubai, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, London (UK), Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, Botswana, ESwatini, Lesotho and Mozambique. Swisscargo is currently utilised as the dispatching and receiving airline.

2. At the time of drafting of the response,theDurban office of exchange was the only centre without mail on hand. As for Johannesburg and Cape Town offices of exchange there has been a backlog from the time that SAPO was allowed to reopen the Office of Exchange. Due to the regulatory requirements to maintain social distancing and at some point that only a third of the workforce could be in attendance, the working off the backlog is not as fast as it would usually take.

The volumes were as depicted in the table below represents in the two centres:

2.1 Johannesburg Office of Exchange (JIMC)

Product

Mail Bag

Mail items

Inbound

Outbound

Total

EMS

101

568

568

0

568

Small packets

5900

997320

997320

0

997320

Parcels

173

4697

4697

168

4865

Registers

3088

3220

3220

1687

4907

TOTAL

9262

1005805

1005805

1855

1007660

2.2 Cape Town Office of Exchange

Product

Mail Bags

Mail Items

Inbound

Outbound

Total

EMS

0

0

0

0

0

Small packets

0

4654

4654

0

4654

Parcels

0

168

168

0

168

Registers

17

1745

1745

0

1745

TOTAL

17

6567

6567

0

6567

(3)(a) The designated postal operators of Namibia, Singapore and Australia are international postal destinations that are closed to mail due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

(3)(b) Namibia mail is affected by air transportation which is not yet operational. SAPO is looking at the option of transporting Namibia mail to Gaborone in Botswana, and Namibia Post can collect from there. SAPO’s plan has been communicated to Namibia and SAPO is waiting for the response from Namibia Post whether the proposed arrangement is suitable.

The designated postal operators of Singapore and Australia have opted for the alternative of sending mail by road or sea to South Africa. The mail will be received at the Durban Office of Exchange. This will include transit mail into Africa. With regards to other international postal destinations, SAPO’s capacity to dispatch still remains dependent of the availability of flights. SAPO continue to observe the situation and as more flights become available the list of countries where dispatch is possible will be updated and the public informed.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

14 October 2020 - NW1885

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What total amount has (i) the NationalTreasury and (ii) all entities reporting to him spent on (aa) Covid-19 related activities and (bb) personal protective equipment from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020, (b) what goods and/or services were procured, (c) what procurement processes were followed, (d) what are the details of each company that was awarded a contract, (e) on what date was each contract awarded and (f) what was the monetary value of each contract?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

(i) The department procured the following goods and services connected to the Covid-19 pandemic:

(d)

Name of company

(aa)

Covid-19 related activities

(bb)

Personal Protective Equipment

(c)

Method of procurement

(b)

Service and/or product that each company rendered

Lechoba Medical Technologies

R182 263.50

-

Three quotations

Hand sanitizers

Masana Hygiene Services

R156 302.26

-

Three quotations

Hand sanitizers liquid dispensers

 

R121 446.00

-

Three quotations

Building decontamination

 

R3 801.00

-

Three quotations

 
 

R10 500.00

-

Three quotations

 

Nesoscope Holdings (Pty) Ltd

R68 410.50

-

Emergency deviation on existing contract

Surface sanitizers

MPM Enviro Enterprise

-

R342 125.00

Three quotations

N95 masks and latex gloves

Class Three Medical Solution

R12 128.82

-

Three quotations

Thermometers

Tsuamo Civils (Pty) Ltd.

R9 000.00

-

Three quotations

Building decontamination

 

R1 900.00

-

1 quotation amount below R2000.00 SCM threshold

 
 

R75 950.00

-

Emergency deviation memo approved

 
 

R80 850.00

-

Three quotations

 

Khulanathi Black Ginger

-

R135 125.00

Three quotations

Cloth masks reusable

Benixo Utility Services

R98 640.00

-

Three quotations

Building decontamination

Armani Office Solutions

R5 900.65

-

Three quotations

Face shields

Techcon Systems Pty Ltd

(f)

R332 062.50

-

Three quotations

(e)

Contract signed on
7 July 2020

Rental, supply, installation, replenishing and maintenance of foot operated hand sanitizer dispensers.

TOTAL

(a) R1 636 405.23

   

ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD

(a)(aa) R2 592.29

(bb) R2 681.00

(b)

Lockdown expenditure to enable staff to work from home

 

What?

From whom?

Process

Month

Amount

1 Printer cartridge

Reimbursement of staff member

Internet purchase by staff member from Takealot

30 June 2020

R229.00

DATA top up

MTN

Existing contract

May, June, July

R2 104.00

Zoom license

Zoom

Internet purchase

15 July 2020

R259.29

PPE

       

3 COVID 19 posters

UVO Communications

3 written quotes

28 May 2020

R414.00

3 Ply facemasks

Takealot

3 written quotes

30 June 2020

R370.00

1 infrared thermometer

Alphabetsoup

3 written quotes

8 May 2020

R1 897.00

CO-OPERATIVE BANKS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

The CBDA did not send on Covid-19 related activities since CBDA is housed in the National

Treasury (NT) building and follow NT protocols.

DEVELOPMENT BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA

a) ii) (aa) R 57,530,574-20

(bb) R 27,578,337-70

 

b) Drilling and equipping of borehole pumps

Isolation Pods

Screening Units

PCR Testing machinery and consumables

Microbial Fogging

Deep Cleaning

PPE

 

c) Drilling and equipping of borehole pumps – open advertised tender

Isolation Pods – single source emergency COVID19 procurement

Screening Units – open advertised tender

PCR Testing machinery and consumables – sole source

Microbial Fogging – 1 quote emergency COVID19 procurement

Deep Cleaning – Request for Quote to 3 service providers

PPE – where value was less than R10,000, 1 quote. Where value exceeded R10000, competitive Request for Quotation to 32 companies.

The following section constitutes responses to sections (d), (e) and (f) in tabular format:

Description of goods and services

(d)

(e)

(f)

 

Company name

Company Registration

Date contract was awarded

Contract

Amount

Drilling and equipping of borehole pumps

MVULA TECH

2001/046344/23

25 June 2020

R 807,058.50

 

MICROZONE PROJECTS

2014/114267/07

 

R 2,962,860.00

 

KOLWANA

2010/102453/23

 

R 2,684,675.00

 

NDZALO

2016/294581/07

 

R 1,674,342.50

 

BLUE STAR

2011/036213/23

 

R 2,218,177.50

 

MAGISTRA

2015/170215/07

 

R 2,205,700.00

 

ZHEMVELO

2016/412151/07

 

R 769,860.00

 

ZITHUNZUZO

2006/103795/23

 

R 377,775.00

 

ZITHUNZUZO

2006/103795/23

 

R 368,000.00

 

MTHOMBELI

2008/190157/23

 

R 855,660.38

 

MSK CONSTRUCTIONS

2014/174945/07

 

R 442,218.13

Isolation pods

Everblock SA

 

24 June 2020

R 14,124,600.00

Description of goods and services

(d)

(e)

(f)

 

Company name

Company Registration

Date contract was awarded

Contract

Amount

Screening units

Abacus Space Solutions - Division of Waco Africa

 

02 July 2020

R 827,087.48

 

Container Conversions

   

R 1,054,099.20

 

Kwikspace Modular Buildings

   

R 2,345,550.81

PCR Testing machinery and consumables

LTC Tech SA Pty Ltd

 

15 May 2020

R 22,341,159.74

Microbial Fogging

Kagollo

2012/024874/07

26 March 2020 and 28 April 2020

R 480,000.00 and

R 480,000.00

Deep Cleaning

Lapeng la gae

2009/032219/23

18 March 2020 and

05 May 2020

R 241,500.00 and

R 270,250.00

Description of goods and services

(d)

(e)

(f)

 

Company name

Company Registration

Date contract was awarded

Contract

Amount

PPE

Supra-Health Care (Pty) Ltd

2007/027848/07

21 May 2020

R 1,815,401.50

 

BEADICA 423 CC

2011/085389/23

03 July 2020

R 3,010,781.25

 

PSR Solutions (Pty) Ltd

2014/183355/07

18 June 2020 and

03 July 2020

R 2,547,000.00

and R770,525.00

 

DPA Diesel and Electrical Services (PTY) LTD T/A DPA Chem

1961/000129/07

18 June 2020 and

03 July 2020

R 4,990,198.00

and R 2,325,250.00

 

GTL Consulting (Pty) Ltd

2016/202388/07

18 June 2020

R 11,765,000.00

 

Tumis Projects

2014/073200/07/23

29 July 2020

R 85,750.00

 

Melokuhle

2012/197977/07

18 May 2020 and 21 May 2020

R 75,637.82

 

Mmusi

2009/101050/23

15 June 2020 and

05 August 2020

R 9,400.00

And

R4,700.00

 

Steiner

1969/005893/07

from 30 March 2020 to 13 July 2020

R 37,557.68

Description of goods and services

(d)

(e)

(f)

 

Company name

Company Registration

Date contract was awarded

Contract

Amount

PPE

KPRG

1996/051772/23

18 March 2020 and

24 March 2020

R 32,056.25

 

Protechnik Laboratories

1968/008611/30

18 May 2020

R 9,394.70

 

Life Occupation

2012/07783/07

30 March 2020

R 1,185.30

 

Servest

1997/006391/07

04 June 2020

R 4,844.20

 

Hamisi

2015/077626/07

30 April 2020

R 93,656.00

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE

FINANCIAL SERVICES CONDUCT AUTHORITY

FSCA spent for Covid-19 related activities and personal protective equipment is as follows:

a) The total amount of R341 884.20 was spent from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020.

b) goods and/ services that were procured are:

  1. Cloth masks;
  2. Hand sanitizers;
  3. All-purpose wipes / cloths;
  4. Digital body thermometer infrared non-contact;
  5. Disposable gloves; and
  6. Sanitizing/Disinfecting of FSCA and FST Buildings;

c) All items were procured from existing cleaning, hygiene and pest control services contract with Masana Hygiene Services except for cloth masks which were procured from The Express Penguin Consultancy (Pty)Ltd identified from the list of SMEs provided by National Treasury.

d) Details of suppliers:

(i) Masana Hygiene Service (Pty) Ltd, Registration number - 2014/110265/07, Business Address - Block 1 Falcon Crest Office Park, 142 South Street, Dooringkloof, Centurion; Contact numbers - 012 663 1626; 071 571 7311. Owned by TSHILILO CYNTHIA MKHOMBO and MIKATEKO RICHARD MKHOMBO;

(ii) The Express Penguin Consultancy (Pty) Ltd, Registration number 2015/194676/07, Business Address - 33 Dane Road, Castenhof, Midrand, contact numbers – 084 974 0016, Owned by Pamela Lozizwe Ngwenya

e) No new contract was awarded between 01 March 2020 to 29 July 2020.

f) Not applicable, see (a) and (e) above.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND

(aa) The GEPF spend a total of R74 462.45 on Covid-19 related activities.

(bb) The GEPF spend a total of R35 552.23 on personal protective equipment

(b) The GEPF purchase the following personal protective equipment:

  • Masks
  • Cloves
  • Face shields
  • Bottle spray trigger
  • Sanitizer
  • Protective overalls
  • Infra red thermometer
  • Multi surface wet wipes

The GEPF disinfected its office space on two occasions after positive Covid-19 cases were reported.

(c) Emergency procurement processes were followed to disinfect the GEPF’s offices and the existing contract with a cleaning service was utilized. All personal protective equipment was purchased from suppliers.

(d) MasanaHigiene Services disinfected the GEPF’s offices.

(e) The GEPF’s offices was disinfected on 6 May and 8 June 2020.

(f) The total value was R38 910.23

GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL ADVISORY CENTRE

a) Total spent on:

aa) Covid19 activities is R446, 562.27

bb) PPE from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020 isR27,500.00

b) Goods procured include:

  1. 500 branded face masks for GTAC employees.
  2. Clear Perspex screens to serve as desk dividers.
  3. Additional data sim cards were procured to enable staff to work from home.

c) All procurement took the form of Requests for Quotations. Data sim cards were requested on the existing Vodacom RT15 contract.

d) See table below.

e) See table below.

f) See table below.

SUMMARY TABLE FOR COVID-19 RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR GTAC

Description

Method of Procurement

Request No

Date Procured

Service Provider

Companies Registration Nr

Quantity

Total Invoice

GTAC branded 2-ply netted face masks

RFQ

RFQ/2020-21/185

2020/05/28

Mothizamo Trading

2016/445473/07

500

R27,500.00

COVID19 clear perspex screens for all GTAC desks: Phase 1 (Programme 1 and 3)

RFQ

RFQ/2020-21/191

2020/07/06

Maverick Business Solutions

Agreement with NT Reg: 2012/111721/07

305.7m

R165,385.81

COVID19 clear perspex screens for all GTAC desks: Phase 2 (Programme 2)

RFQ

RFQ/2020-21/195

2020/08/21

Pheladi Maisa Trading

2009/214327/23

84.4m

R53,500.00

Mobile Voice and Data - Working From Home

Existing Vodacom RT15-2016 Contract

N/A

April - August 2020

Vodacom

N/A

7 Voice Lines

39 Data Sims

Data claims from staff without Vodacom connectivity up to maximum of R487.50 per month

R200, 176.46

GOVERNMENT PENSIONS ADMINISTRATIONS AGENCY

The Government Pensions Administrations Agency has kept a spreadsheet to monitor the Covid-19 expenditure incurred.

Please find attached the most recently updated spreadsheet to answer (aa), (bb), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f).

INDEPENDENT REGULATORY BOARD FOR AUDITORS

1 - COVID-19 related activities between 1 March and 29 July 2020

     

GOODS AND SERVICES PROCURED

PROCUREMENT PROCESSES FOLLOWED

COMPANIES APPOINTED

COMPANY REGISTRATION NUMBER

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

VALUE OF EACH CONTRACT

(b)

(c)

(d)

(d)

(d)

(f)

SANITISERS AND WET WIPES

3 QUOTATIONS

SERVEST

1997/006391/07

11/03/2020

3 795.00

SURFACE DISINFECTANT, THERMOMETERS

3 QUOTATIONS

WE CLEAN IT ALL SHOP

2017/509402/07

29/04/2020

5 500.00

           

HAND SANITIZER REFILL SACHETS

3 QUOTATIONS

WE CLEAN IT ALL SHOP

2017/509402/07

11/06/2020

10 800.00

       
  1. (aa)

20 095.00

2 - Spent on procurement of PPEs

         

GOODS AND SERVICES PROCURED

PROCUREMENT PROCESSES FOLLOWED

COMPANIES APPOINTED

COMPANY REGISTRATION NUMBER

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

VALUE OF EACH CONTRACT

(b)

(c)

(d)

(d)

(d)

(f)

180 x FACE MASKS FOR STAFF MEMBERS ( Note 1)

 3 QUOTATIONS

RITA HATTINGH (employee of the IRBA)

IRBA STAFF MEMBER - NO COMPANY ESTABLISHED

09/06/2020

3 150.00

HAND SANITISERS

3 QUOTATIONS

SERVEST

1997/006391/07

29/04/2020

6 513.60

RECEPTION DESK SCREEN

3 QUOTATIONS

SIGNARAMA

2011/099901/23

03/06/2020

4 143.43

GLOVES

3 QUOTATIONS

WE CLEAN IT ALL SHOP

2017/509402/07

29/04/2020

1 850.00

SANITATION STATIONS

3 QUOTATIONS

WE CLEAN  IT ALL SHOP

2017/509402/07

11/06/2020

12 150.00

       
  1. (bb)

27 807.03

Note 1:

The face masks were obtained by obtaining 3 quotes and the IRBA employee was the cheapest. A first batch of 90 masks were ordered and when the OHS regulations were published an additional batch of 90 were purchased. Total transaction value of R3 150.

PENSION FUNDS ADJUDICATOR

LAND BANK

(aa) Covid-19 related activities:

(bb) personal protective equipment from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020, (b) what goods and/or services were procured, (c) what procurement processes were followed, (d) what are the details of each company that was awarded a contract, (e) on what date was each contract awarded and (f) what was the monetary value of each contract?

OFFICE OF THE OMBUD FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDERS

The total value of procurement for the period 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020 was as follows:

SUMMARY OF PROCUREMENT SPEND ON COVID19 BY THE FAISOMBUD 1 MARCH 2020 TO 29 JULY 2020

1.

Covid19 related expenditure

99 089.98

2.

Personal protective equipment

142 120.27

TOTAL

241 210.25

The detailed breakdown is as follows:

COVID19 RELATED ACTIVITIES

DATE

COMMODITY

METHOD OF PROCUREMENT

SUPPLIER

SUPPLIER REGISTRATION

NUMBER

VALUEOFCONTRACT

(RAND)

29-04-2020

Disinfection, sanitation, fumigation anddeepcleaningoftheofficefora period of 6months

Deviation (One supplier responded to ourrequest)1

Masana Hygiene Services (Pty) Ltd

2014/110265/07

90 098.13

21-07-2020

Emergency disinfection of the office (New Covid19 Case)

Emergency

Masana Hygiene Services (Pty) Ltd

2014/110265/07

8 991.85

TOTAL

99 089.98

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

ITEM

DATE

COMMODITY

METHOD OF PROCUREMENT

SUPPLIER

SUPPLIER REGISTRATION

NUMBER

VALUEOF CONTRACT

(RAND)

1.

01-05-2020

Cloth masks and digital thermometers

Deviation: Emergency

Masana Hygiene Services (Pty)Ltd

2014/110265/07

R23 768,02

2.

07-05-2020

Surgical masks

Deviation (One supplier responded to ourrequest)2

Dante SA (Pty) Ltd

2014/000057/07

R38 812.50

3.

07-05-2020

Aprons and face shields

Deviation: Emergency

Masana Hygiene Services (Pty)Ltd

2014/110265/07

R4 421,75

4.

11-05-2020

Surgical gloves, stand-alone units and hand sanitizers

Deviation (One supplier responded to ourrequest)3

Dante SA (Pty) Ltd

2014/000057/07

R57 149,25

5.

12-07-2020

Surgical masks

Normal

Vuma Furniture Projects (Pty) Ltd trading as Vuma Office

Supplies

2006/019558/07

R17 968.75

TOTAL

142 120.27

PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION

  1. The COVID-19 related procurement of the PIC was done in line with the National Treasury Instruction 08 of 2019/20.
  2. These purchases consisted of PPE and other COVID-19 related items.
  3. PPE purchases relate to masks and latex gloves for staff, visitors and service providers working on site.
  4. Other COVID-19 purchases are composed of temperature scanning equipment, sanitisers including foot pedal dispensers, regular microbial fogging of the building and deep cleaning premises.
  5. The table below summarises the COVID-19 related expenditure of the PIC. We have also attached Annexure A which shows the expenditure in detail.

Description

Amount (R)

COVID-19 Normal Procurement

153, 515.00

PPE- Deviations as per Instruction 3.5.1

67, 783.00

Other COVID-19 Deviations as per Instruction 3.5.1

114, 925.00

Total

336, 223.00

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICES

(a)(i) NT to respond

(ii) A total of R 32, 796, 893 was spent by SARS on Covid-19 related activities and PPE’s from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020.

(aa) Total spend on Covid 19 related activities amounts to R 15, 901, 463.

(bb) Total spend on PPE related expenses amounts to R 16, 895, 430.

(b) Services and goods procured is tabled below. Further detail is provided as Annexure A.

Bio boxes & bags

Surgical mask

Dust coats

Dust mask

IT costs

Delivery costs

Tape and Stickers

Cloth masks

Wipes

Spray bottles

Tissues

Covid tests

Glass dividers

Thermometer Scanners

Disinfectants

Sanitisers

Face Shields

Detergents

Gloves

Thermometer

Masks

Decontamination foggers

The IT related cost was to enable staff to work from home. Delivery cost was for centralised purchases to be distributed to regional offices.

(c) The Procurement processes followed includes:

RFQ Process (3 Quotes),

National Treasury Prescribed Emergency Deviation,

Petty Cash,

(d)(e)(f) The detailed information of the Companies used, Dates awarded as well as the monetary value is attached as annexure A.

SASRIA

Spend on COVID-19 related activities between 1 March and 29 July 2020

       

Business requirements

Goods and services procured

Procurement processes followed

Companies appointed

Date of Appointment

Value of contract

1

Hygiene Services - Due to COVID19 pandemic, management took decision to install hand sanitizer dispensers and related chemicals (sanitizers) at entrance and exit points of the buildings for staff hygiene

Hand sanitizer Stands and related sanitizers (alcohol based)

Extension of the existing contract for office hygiene services

Perla Hygiene Solutions (Pty) Ltd (2006/009521/07)

18-Mar-20

R17 955,00

2

Security Services - Due to lockdown, there was a need to extend security service to day services since the offices would not have been manned by Sasria staff

One Grade D security officer

Emergency procurement

CKN Security Services CC (2006/192256/23)

25-Mar-20

R138 150,00

3

Hygiene, Health & Safety Services - In preparation of the offices for staff returning to work after lockdown, certain hygiene measures had to be put in place in the office to ensure safety of staff and visitors in line with the set regulations

• Conduct COVID Site Specific Risk Assessment;
• Develop and Implement COVID Workplace Policy;
• Submit COVID Policy to Department of Employment and Labour;
• Provide HPCSA Registered Medic;
• 1 x COVID – 19 Isolation Booth;
• COVID – 19 Training (Online Training Portal);
• COVID – 19 Screening/Monitoring/Recordkeeping System (Online);
• 2 x No-Touch Thermometers;
• 2 x Automated Disinfectant Tunnel/Sanitazation booth; and
• 200 x Disinfectant Solution/Sanitiser

Emergency procurement

Altra Medical Productions CC (1997/056694/23)

15-May-20

R271 950,00

 

Spend on PPE between 1 March and 29 July 2020

Business Requirement

PPEs procured

Procurement processes followed

Companies awarded contract including company registration number

Date of procurement

Value of contract

1

PPE - staff welcome back-pack (in anticipation for staff to return to the office)

2 x Washable Face Masks, Small Hand Sanitizer, Face Shield and 10 x New Filters

Emergency procurement

Altra Medical Productions CC (1997/056694/23)

15-May-20

R41 250,00

Note: This PPE purchase is included in the 3rd transaction listed above.

TAX OMBUD

  1. (aa). The Office of the Tax Ombud has spent R 224 888.20 on COVID-19 related activities between 1 March and 29 July 2020.
  2. (bb). The Office has spent R 25 764.09 on the procurement of PPEs between 1 March and 29 July 2020. There were other PPEs centrally procured by SARS and shared with OTO, the costs and procurement details is accounted for by SARS.
  3. Table 1 below details (b) goods and/or services procured, (c) procurement processes followed, (d) the details of each company that was awarded a contract, (e) the date was each contract awarded and (f) the monetary value of each contract.

TABLE 1: DETAIL EXPENDITURE ON COVID-19 AND PPE

No

Goods and Services (b)

Process followed (c )

Company awarded (d)

Date of procurement (e)

Value (R)

(f)

1

Surface cleaner, soap dispenser, hand wash, wipes

Petty cash

Clicks

Mar-20

       652.20

2

Surface cleaner, soap dispenser, hand wash, wipes

Petty cash

Dischem

Mar-20

 229.90

3

Disinfectants

Petty cash

Checkers

Mar-20

     474.80

4

Sanitisers

Petty cash

Picknpay

Mar-20

     111.90

5

Sanitisers

Petty cash

Pep Stores

Mar-20

    109.90

5

Sanitisers/Disinfectants

Petty cash

Makro

Mar-20

1 002.30

7

Disposable Gloves

Petty cash

Makro

Mar-20

      726.90

8

Disinfectants, Wipes

Petty cash

Dischem

Mar-20

   160.30

9

Sanitisers

Petty cash

Crazy Plastics

Mar-20

      269.80

10

Bottles for sanitiser

Petty cash

Picknpay

May-20

         79.99

11

Thermometer batteries

Petty cash

Picknpay

May-20

 1 953.20

12

Sanitizing Spray, wet wipes, batteries

Petty cash

Game

Jun-20

      790.80

13

Face shields

Petty cash

Clicks

Jun-20

  652.20

14

Branded Cloth Masks

Request For Quotation (RFQ)

Tammy Tailor Nails

Jul-20

9 275.50

15

Face shields (50) & Wet wipes buckets (2)

SARS Contract

JD Strategic Investments

Jul-20

6 726.60

16

Laptops (8)

Request For Quotation (RFQ)

Ubuntu Technologies

Jul-2020

211 744.40

17

Data Costs  (March to June 2020)

Vodacom Contract with SARS

Vodacom Contract with SARS

Jul-2020

13 143.80

18

Plexiglass shield (4)

Request For Quotation (RFQ)

Domelanco

Jul-20

3 200.00

14 October 2020 - NW2000

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether public funding of any nature has ever been paid to (a) certain persons (names furnished) and/or certain entities or initiatives (names and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether there was an application of any nature to obtain state funding and/or tenders by the specified persons, entities and/or initiatives; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1(a) National Treasury only has access to payments information from national and provincial departments using the BAS payment system. In order to search for information against individuals, the National Treasury would need the identification numbers as a search by names may result in inaccurate results.

1(b) A search was done on the BAS payment system for the period 1 April 2017 to date and no payments were found that were made to the entities or initiatives mentioned.

2 The National Treasury is not aware of any application of any nature to obtain state funding and/or tenders by the specified persons, entities and/or initiatives.

14 October 2020 - NW311

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)  What is the total number of social grant recipients who are being paid (a) through the SA Post Office channels, (b) in cash, (c) via SA Social Security Agency card and (d) directly into bank transactional and/or credit card accounts; (2) What (a) total number of cash payment points are currently being used and (b) are the total costs of each pay point per month, since the inception of the SA Post Office and the Department of Social Development agreement

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. (a,b,c) In terms of payments SAPO has information as per “Withdrawal transactions” and not beneficiary numbers. The reason for this is that one beneficiary is doing more than 1 transaction in a month (balance enquiry, 2x withdrawals maybe, and so forth). Out of 8,1 million beneficiaries SAPO paid during the month of February 2020, total transactions that were done were 63,155,360 which far exceed the 8,1 grants that gets paid through SAPO channel. However, SAPO is able to ascertain that of this transaction total 57,97% make use of ATMs, 31,55% use Retailers; those that access their grants making use of SAPO branches and CPPs are 4,38% and 7,50% respectively. These figures fluctuate slightly around these percentages on monthly basis.

(d) SAPO disburse to Special Disbursement Accounts (SDA – commonly known as a SASSA Cards). SASSA client (beneficiaries) that are not using SDA are handled direct by SASSA through their EFT process to their bank accounts. SAPO is not privileged to those numbers.

2. a) SAPO is contracted to service 1740 Cash Pay Points (CPPs) with SASSA.

b) The cost of cash pay points since inception is R962 million: September 2018 to March 2019: R267 million; 2019/20 Financial Year is R695 million.  The average cost of each Cash Pay Point per month is R40, 000 (17,703 CPPs (Apr – Feb) / R695m = R39,259).

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 

14 October 2020 - NW1624

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What (a) are the reasons for the cancellation by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) of the tender for the appointment of a panel of suppliers for the procurement of 32-inch Integrated Digital Television (IDTVs) for indigent 2020 matriculants, (b) total amount was budgeted to purchase the IDTVs and (c) number of IDTVs did USAASA intend to procure?

Reply:

I have been advised by the USAASA as follows:

a) Tender USAF – IDTV/01/2020 was a multifaceted tender which was divided into Part A (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for indigent households with matric learners) and Part B (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for the BDM Phase 2 roll out).This tender was cancelled for two reasons; namely (i)localisation and local production was not clearly defined in the initial tender which has major economic consequences for South Africa; (ii) the tender needed to be split into two (2) separate tenders to ease the evaluation and adjudication of the tenders and administration thereof.

The two separated tenders were re-advertised on 12 June 2020 with closing date of 2 July 2020 in the Tender Bulletin with the Tender Numbers (i)USAF-IDTV/02/2020 and (ii) USAF- IDTV/03/2020. USAASA indicated they are at the Bid Evaluation stage to appoint suppliers for the 32 inch IDTV, it is envisaged that the Adjudication will be done in September 2020 and thereafter the distribution of the IDTVs will take effect. 

b) The procurement of IDTV’s for indigent households with matric learners is a Covid- 19 initiative which was not budgeted for. However, National Treasury was approached to approve utilising accumulated interest to the amount of R242 million.

c) USAASA is working closely with seven (7) provincial Departments of Basic Education to collect information regarding indigent households with matric learners. The final numbers of indigent households with matric learners are not yet finalised. The total number of IDTV’s to be procured will be for the total amount of R242 million, at a market price.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

14 October 2020 - NW2087

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the details of the work that a certain company (name furnished) is doing for (a) the SA Social Security Agency and/or (b) its partners with regard to the distribution of grants?

Reply:

(a) SASSA does not have any contract with Blue Label

(b) N/A

National AssemblyWritten Reply: 2087 of 2020

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

14 October 2020 - NW2083

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, for any of the contracts that were awarded to the Public Affairs Research Institute and payments made up to October 2018, there was any declaration of conflict of interest at that time by any persons in the National Treasury and/or the Government Technical Advisory Centre; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who made a declaration and (b) what was the nature of the conflict of interest?

Reply:

National Treasury has not awarded any contracts to the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) up to October 2018.

Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) awarded three contracts awarded to PARI.

These were for;

  1. the provision of action learning support to the Eastern Cape Department of Education turnaround project;
  2. the provision of technical advisory services to the Eastern Cape Department of Education with the schools’ rationalisation project for knowledge management specialist advisory services, and;
  3. an expenditure and performance review of the National Language Services.

The procurement and selection processes for all three of these bids were fully complied with. They included a properly constituted panel, which followed all required governance processes, including the signing of a Declaration of Conflict of Interest form. Each of the individuals in each of the three evaluation committees indicated in their Declaration of Conflict of Interest form that they had no conflict of interest to declare.

There was one additional project undertaken by PARI during the period under discussion. The work completed was a set of longitudinal city case studies for the Cities Support Programme. The mechanism utilized to complete this work was a Memorandum of Understanding between PARI and GTAC which was in place. This process did not require separate procuring of the required skill and the work was therefore delivered within the terms of this MoU.

14 October 2020 - NW2068

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What total number of applicants for the Covid-19 social relief grant have had their applications approved, but are yet to receive the specified grant and (b) by what date will she ensure that all the specified applicants whose applications were approved will receive their social relief grants?

Reply:

Below is a table depicting the applications for each month which were considered, rejected, approved and paid.

PROCESS

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

Applications considered for the month¹

6 605 445

7 518 308

8 346 136

8 881 380

Applications Rejected²

2 180 725

2 454 765

2 770 122

Means tested

Applications Approved

4 424 720

5 063 543

5 576 014

 

Applications in Payment Process³

1 335

331 796

774 154

 

Clients Paid

4 423 385

4 731 747

4 801 860

 

Consideration¹:

Every month every application from the previous months as well as new applications received in that month are reconsidered and re-verified against all databases (even if they were rejected in the previous months) as circumstances of applicants may have changed.

Validation Process to determine rejected or approved²

During the consideration and validation process, applications are validated against various databases such as SASSA Social Grants, UIF, NSFAS, Persal, Correctional Services etc. Applications are also sent to SARS to validate whether the applicants are registered on the IRP-5 database at SARS and results are then provided to SASSA.

Any findings which AGSA may have raised are also considered and applied, since AGSA has databases which SASSA does not yet have.

From the month of August the bank accounts of applicants are also tested to determine whether there was any income into the account in the prior month.

The above tests are all applied to confirm that approved applicants have no income, as required in terms of the signed Directions for this grant.

Applications in the Payment Process³

Once an applicant is approved he/she is informed of the outcome and his/her banking preference is requested (either being paid in his own account or paid through cash send to his mobile number). Unfortunately a significant number of clients are slow in providing details, provide incorrect details or want their money to be paid into someone else’s account. (SASSA cannot pay the money into someone else’s account or cellphone number.)When an applicant provides the banking details, an account verification process is undertaken whereby National Treasury verifies the bank details with the Banks. This process ensures that the bank account belongs to the applicant and that all details are correct.

As indicated, experience has shown that the applicants make quite a number of errors such as indicating their account is a savings account instead of a transmission account, etc. The technical team attempts to resolve these minor challenges for instance incorrect account type (saving vs transmission etc.). Where it is not possible to assist in resolving the challenges, SASSA opens accounts with Post Bank for the clients who did not provide banking details, provided incorrect details or where the bank verification process failed. For high risk clients, accounts are opened with Post Bank for initial face-to-face contact and verification.From August cellphone numbers are validated and added to a specialized Risk Management Process to ensure that SASSA pays the correct applicant.

The group of applicants outstanding for May, June and July are all clients where SASSA has not received banking details, received incorrect details or other challenges exist. The remaining unpaid May clients are currently in the process of being contacted individually by SASSA to assist them in resolving their challenges, where after the same will be done for the June and July clients.

SASSA has recently concluded a week where clients were invited to update their banking details and all these details have now been sent for account verification. It is trusted that a number of the June and July clients would now have provided their banking details which will facilitate the payments.

For the August clients, the means test with banks have been concluded and payments will commence from 10 September. The delay has been as a result of the above processes, but also to stagger the payments which are accessed through the Post Office, which has been busy with the normal social grant payments until 7 September 2020.The staggering of payments is done to limit the numbers of people who report to Post Offices daily to collect their money, to minimise the exposure to the COVID threat.

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

National AssemblyWritten Reply: 2068 of 2020

14 October 2020 - NW1601

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether all captive-bred wildlife will be open to farming for slaughter and consumption; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000) (“the Act”) does not prescribe which animals are to be farmed or slaughtered for consumption.However, it promotes the safety of the products and welfare of the animals listed under Schedule 1 of the Act. The afore-mentioned applies, irrespective of whether the animal is a conventional farm animal, game or wild animal, and regardless of whether game or wild animals originate from a captive-bred facility or from a natural system.

The Act provides for measures to:

  • promote meat safety and the safety of animal products;
  • establish and maintain essential national standards in respect of abattoirs;
  • regulate the importation and exportation of meat;
  • establish meat safety schemes; and
  • provide for matters connected therewith.

The Department has made a proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act, which contains a list of animals to which the Act applies. The schedule proposes the expansion of the list of animals to which the Act applies, in order to ensure that where animals are slaughtered for human or animal consumption, these are slaughtered in a hygienic manner and animal welfare is observed.

14 October 2020 - NW1713

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

Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Basic Education to question 1444 on 13 July 2020, her department requested the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) to assist Grade 12 learners by providing locally-produced 32-inch television sets which saw a certain tender (details furnished) being put out; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, Friday, 24 July 2020 669 INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NO 28 - 2020 why was the specified tender cancelled only to be put out again under a different reference number; (2) Why did USAASA deem it fit to provide television sets to learners instead of other technological devices such as laptops and/or tablets? (3) Which areas in the seven provinces are earmarked to receive the specified TV sets? (4) By what date does USAASA envisage to complete the whole process from the bidding to the delivery of the television sets to households; (5) (a)(i) what total number of Grade 12 learners have applied to receive a television set and (ii) which schools are the learners from, (b) which company and/or companies won the bid to supply the TV sets to Grade 12 learners and (c) for what total amount, including the relevant breakdown of costs, was the tender awarded?

Reply:

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:

1. The provision of IDTV’s to indigent households with grade 12 learners, but do not have access to a television, is a Covid 19 initiative to assist the most vulnerable Grade 12 learners to keep up educationally with their peers who have more resources.

The provision of a 32-inch IDTV to these indigent households enables the Grade 12 learners to view educational programmes broadcast on SABC channels in preparation for the 2020 matric exams. Tender USAF – IDTV/01/2020 was a multi-facetted tender which was divided into Part A – Establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for indigent households with Grade 12 learners and Part B – Establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for the BDM Phase 2 roll out.

This tender was cancelled for the following 2 reasons: Localisation and local production was not clearly defined in the initial tender which has major economic consequences for South Africa and that the tender was to be split into 2 separate tenders in order to ease the evaluation and adjudication of the tenders and the administration thereof.

The two tenders were published on 12 June 2020 with a closing date of 2 July 2020 in the Tender Bulletin with the Tender Numbers (i) USAF-IDTV/02/2020 and (ii) USAF- IDTV/03/2020

2. The IDTVs were chosen as it is a technology that has already been approved by Cabinet for Phase 2 of the BDM project. IDTVs enable any person to actively participate in TV programs and live debates on key issues that are important for the society as a whole. Thus, transforming a formerly passive device into an active medium for spreading information and opinion. The IDTVs for Grade 12 learners from Indigent households is an early implementation of the Phase 2 of the BDM project and will be continued and phased in to the process. USAASA is therefore not in a position to provide any other technology such as laptops etc, as these will be misaligned to Phase 2 of the BDM project.

3. The IDTVs are intended for indigent households with Grade 12 Learners, who do not have access to a TV, primarily in the following provinces and areas/district as per the attached Annexure A for ease of reference:

a. Limpopo

b. Eastern Cape

c. North West

d. Northern Cape

e. Mpumalanga

f. Free State

g. KZN

4. The tender is currently at the bid evaluation stage. It is envisaged that the tender would be adjudicated in September 2020 and thereafter the distribution of the IDTVs will take effect.

5 (a) (i) USAASA is still in the process of collating lists of qualifying households through the assistance of Department of Basic Education. Application forms have been sent to all the schools as stated in section 3 above. Information is being received from the various schools and is being consolidated. As such, the list of qualifying Grade 12 learners has not yet been finalised.

(ii) The list of schools has not been finalised.

(b) The tender has not been awarded as yet.

(c) The final cost of the IDTVs is not yet known as the procurement process is still underway. However, approval was received from National treasury to retain R242 million from accumulated interest from the 2019/20 financial year.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

      

13 October 2020 - NW734

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

(a) What are the relevant details of the subsidies that her department allocated to each school in the Johannesburg South District, (b) what (i) criteria and (ii) formulae are used by her department for such subsidies and (c)(i) how and (ii) to whom do schools apply for the subsidies?

Reply:

(a) (b) and (c) The question has been referred to Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and response will be provided once received from the GDE. 

12 October 2020 - NW2113

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) total amount has the SA Sports Trust spent on providing (i) sporting infrastructure, (ii) kit, (iii) equipment and (iv) programmes aimed at developing the young persons of the Republic in each financial year since its inception and (b) in each case, which sporting codes were the beneficiaries and/or recipients?

Reply:

Due to staff working remotely South African Sports Trust unable to provide us with the response to this question.

12 October 2020 - NW2098

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, prior to the amendment of the lockdown regulations promulgated on 20 April 2020, she relied on any (a) statutory, (b) regulatory and/or (c) other grounds on which the sale of cooked hot food was prohibited under Level 5 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) & (b) In the quest to contribute to protecting the public from the negative effects of Covid-19, the Minister relied on Section 27(2)(n) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).

(c) The Minister, through the NATJOINTS structures obtained advice and a legal opinion on the matter. The principle of the matter was also consulted with Cabinet Ministers through the various structures. The regulations were subsequently amended to bring legal clarity on the matter with a view to contribute to limiting the frequency of peoples’ movement in order to contribute towards flattening the curve of infections.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW1560

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

What actions will her department take to recover the R3 billion in irregular expenditure incurred by the O.R. Tambo District Municipality.

Reply:

Section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act outline the process of treating irregular expenditure, which requires the municipality to recover irregular expenditure from the person liable for that expenditure unless the expenditure certified by the municipal council, after investigation by a council committee, as irrecoverable and written off by the council.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Cogta issued a notice to invoke section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act on the 17 June 2020 to investigate allegations of irregular expenditure. The Department will collaborate with the Province to ensure that the municipality complies with section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act which requires investigation of irregular expenditure.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW2076

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Why did her department order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof in Gauteng by the Red Ants without a court order; (2) whether she is aware of the lives lost during the eviction process; if so, what action will she take against those persons responsible for the specified deaths?

Reply:

(1) The National Department of Human Settlements did not order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof.

(2) Honourable Member, I learnt of the regrettable death of a man at the scene of the evictions in Fleurhof. I am informed that the matter is currently the subject of investigations by the relevant law enforcement agencies.

Further, the Honourable Member will recall that at the Portfolio Committee meeting of 6 October 2020 she asked me about the Fleurhof eviction and I promised to table a report on the matter once it has been finalised.

12 October 2020 - NW2112

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

With reference to his reply to question 1359 on 16 July 2020, what total amount has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee spent on High Performance of Sport, Preparation and Delivery of Team South Africa to multi-coded international events in each financial year since its inception to date?

Reply:

(a). In response to this question the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee indicated that due to or staff still working remotely, they will need more time to collate the information. They further indicated that they would only be able to retrieve information for the past 5 years.

12 October 2020 - NW1881

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she will introduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations and allow sales at school events, taking into consideration the lessons learnt during the pandemic that increasing alcohol trading hours increases alcohol-related harm; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, I will notintroduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations. The Minister is however aware of the Liquor Products Amendment Bill and the Liquor Amendment Bill [B10B-2016] but would not be able to provide the requested details as these draft piece of legislation does not fall within the policy or legislative mandate assigned to the Minister of COGTA. Accordingly, it is best if the question is directed at the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition who is best placed to provide a response in terms of the draft Bill and the national liquor policy.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW2126

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department is currently developing a (a) Green Paper and/or (b) White Paper on local government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) are the objectives, (ii) is the nature and (iii) is the extent of the policy review being contemplated?

Reply:

The Department of Cooperative Governance is currently not developing

a) A Green Paper and/or a

b) A White Paper on local government.

The Department is implementing the District Development Model (DDM) as approved by Cabinet on 21 August 2019. The DDM is designed to improve collaborative planning amongst the three spheres of government, and the establishment of a One District,One Plan and One Budget for each of the 44 districts and 8 metros.The Department is reviewing several of its legislations and is developing regulations and frameworks to strengthen these legislations. These include but are not limited to:

  • Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill, 2019. The objectives of the Amendment Bill are to inter alia:
    • Assist municipalities to build the skills base necessary to exercise their powers and perform their functions by appointing suitably qualified people and competent senior managers; and
    • To professionalise local public administrations.
  • Local Government Demarcation Bill, 2020 to provide for, amongst other, criteria and procedures for the determination and redetermination of municipal and ward boundaries, as well as the establishment of an Appeals Authority.
  • An amendment of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, 117 of 1998, to amongst other issues:
    • Provide for a minimum of 10 councillors per municipality;
    • Provide for the prohibition of a councillor who was found guilty of a breach of the code of conduct for councillors for a period of two years;
    • Provide for additional functions of the speaker;
    • Provide for a whip of municipal council;
    • Clarify the formula for the composition of an executive committee; and
    • Provide for a Code of Conduct for Councillors.
  • A review of Sections 84 and 85 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 117 of 1998 and the development of regulations to guide the ministerial authorization and revocation of powers and functions in terms of section 84(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures act, 117 of 1998.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW1873

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the proposal to extend his department’s contract with VFS Global to process visa applications on its behalf for another 12 months, (a) what is the current status of the implementation of his department’s Central Adjudication Hub and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the Hub will be fully implemented?

Reply:

The Department established a Central Adjudication Hub at Head Office in November 2019 when it commenced with the testing of eVisa. Adjudication of eVisa applications from abroad was successfully tested at this Central Adjudication Hub. The eVisa is currently being tested in South Africa together with the Biometric Movement Control System (BMCS) and once these systems are fully implemented, the Central Adjudication Hub will also begin to adjudicate eVisa applications in a phased-in approach.

END

 

12 October 2020 - NW1694

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the breakdown of the allocation of title deeds in each municipality in each province; (2) what are the full relevant details of the number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province?

Reply:

  1. The provincial breakdown for the allocation of title deeds per province per municipality is attached as Annexure A.
  2. The number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province is attached as Annexure B.

Annexure B indicates the number of households per province that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR).

The total number of households per province are presented as follow:

  • Approved On Housing Subsidy System (HSS): indicates the total number of households on the NHNR that have completed subsidy application forms and these subsidy applications forms were approved against the relevant project.
  • On NHNR Only: indicates the total number of households that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the NHNR. These households have not completed the subsidy applications forms to date.

Please note that the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements is not utilizing the NHNR.

12 October 2020 - NW2124

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) is the rationale behind budget cuts in infrastructure spending for the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) programmes and (b) will the MISA budget be repurposed for?

Reply:

a) The budget cuts were effected by National Treasury in response to COVID-19 needs. MISA has allocated the budget cuts mainly under subsistence and travel allowance and depreciation. It should be noted that all infrastructure related projects that MISA is implementing in support of municipalities will not be affected by the budget reduction of R5.9million.

b) Based on discussions held with National Treasury, there was no indication that MISA’s budget will be repurposed for as the budget cuts were effected throughout the whole CoGTA portfolio and other departments.

End

12 October 2020 - NW1338

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What measures has she taken to intervene in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality under section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, and/or any other empowering provision in respect of the (a) prolonged suspension of the municipal manager since September 2018, (b) failure of the municipal council to elect an executive mayor since December 2019 and (c) purported appointment of and/or assumption of office by a councillor in the position of an acting executive mayor?

Reply:

Section 139(7) of the Constitution was never invoked in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. In the 2018/19 financial year, the City experienced political challenges which resulted in the City Manager being suspended in October 2018 and the Mayor being removed from his position in December 2019. Based on the above challenges the National, Provincial COGTA, National Treasury and SALGA together with the Metro developed a Section154 support plan to ensure that the Metro remains functional so as to continue providing services to the communities. The support plan focused on service delivery, financial management, governance and service delivery.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW2111

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee received any incident reports by any SA team doctors in the past three financial years; if so, (a) what is the total number of reports that were submitted, (b) who was implicated in each report and (c) what were the matters that were highlighted in each report?

Reply:

1. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated that they received reports from the Chief Medical Officer at each games

a) A total of 6 reports were submitted

b) and c) SASCOC indicated that the details of people implicated and matters highlighted cannot be provided due to the medical legal protocol confidentiality

12 October 2020 - NW2054

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the confirmation received with regard to the immigration status of the previous Executive Mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality (details furnished), his department has successfully taken further legal action against the Council of the Setsoto Local Municipality to enforce compliance with the Immigration Act, Act 13 of 2002; if not, what are the reasons for not taking further action; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The matter with regard to the Executive Mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality was investigated by the department and the outcome was communicated to the Mayor and the local municipality. Subsequent to this a court proceedings were initiated by the Mayor and pending the outcome of this process the department is not able to take further action.

END

12 October 2020 - NW2162

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

1). What are the total (a) costs for the SA Football Association (SAFA) on legal fees from 1 January 2018 until the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) legal costs to SAFA to fight (i) journalists and/or (ii) any media house to date; (2). whether SAFA has lost any cases to (a) federations, (b) companies and/or (c) individuals in the recent past; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) is the total number of cases and (ii) are the total costs incurred?

Reply:

We are still waiting for response from SAFA.

12 October 2020 - NW2108

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) are the details of the travel agencies that arrange trips for the SA SportsConfederation and Olympic Committee(SASCOC), (b) date (i) was the tender advertised and (ii) will a new tender be awarded and (c) is the total amount spent annually on the travel agency since it commenced to render the travel services to SASCOC?

Reply:

The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee has indicated that;

a) There is no specific travel agency that arrange trips for SASCOC

b) (i) No tender was advertised and (ii) no new tender will be awarded

c) No amount is spent on travel agency

SASCOC indicated that where possible they book directly online. For the major games they deal directly with airlines to facilitate the travel of the team.

12 October 2020 - NW1919

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) Whether the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protectors report No 58 (details furnished); if not, why not and (b) what action does she intend taking to ensure that they fulfil the remedial action dictated by the Public Protector; if so, what action did the CoE take in respect of each individual’s remedial action dictated by the Public Protector?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the City of Ekurhuleni:

a) Yes, the City of Ekurhuleni meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protector’s report No 58.

b) The following actions were taken by the CoE in respect of the Public Protector’s Report No 58:

No

Remedial as per Report No 58

Remedial action taken by the CoE

7.1

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, disclose all irregular expenditure to the Council, Treasury and Auditor General incurred by Municipality in connection with the irregular appointment of Mr Mulder to the position of a Divisional Head Maintenance.

City of Ekurhuleni quarterly presents a report to Council on Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful (UIFW) expenditure as part of the SCM Policy implementation report which is quarterly sent to the provincial CoGTA, provincial Treasury and National Treasury.

7.2

Within 60 working days from the date of this report ensure that the Recruitment and Selection Policy of the Municipality is amended to provide for clarity and clear policy direction on the head-hunting process within the Municipality.

The revised Recruitment and Selection Policy of the City has already been presented at the Corporate and Share Service Oversight Workshop and is being processed to be presented before Council for approval in the near future.

7.3

Disciplinary processes are instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara within 60 working days from the date of this report, as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of section 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. However, Dr Mashazi should not be part of the disciplinary proceedings herself since she was a panel member of the interview herself.

No disciplinary proceeding could be instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara as Ms Gumbi resigned from the City several years before report No 58 was finalised and Ms Makara (an observer during the interview of Mr Mulder) was never employed by the City.

7.4

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, She (City Manager) initiates a judicial review process as prescribed in terms of sections 6 and 7 of the PAJA to set aside the appointment of Mr Mulder on the basis that he was irregularly appointed as per the job advertisement.

The Judicial Review Process which recommended against the appointment of Mr Mulder could not be embarked upon as his appointment and contract pertinent to the findings in Report 58 had long been terminated by the time the report was issued.

7.5

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members are instituted against Dr I Mashazi within 60 working days from the date of this for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. According to the schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of the municipal staff members, Dr I Mashazi acted contrary to section 2 (d) as she failed to act in the best interest of the Municipality during the appointment of Mr Mulder and such conduct compromised the credibility and integrity of the Municipality.

There was a disciplinary process and report was compiled and sent to Council advising on the outcome.

7.6

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Myeza for the final award of tender number A-IS (RW) 03-2012 for the upgrading and construction of roads and storm water infrastructure, without adhering to procurement processes as provided for in the MFMA.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individual because he left the employ of the City.

7.7

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Mulder, Mr van der Merwe, Mr Mohlabi, Mr Strydom, Mr Myeza and Mr Rautenbach for issuing appointment letters and making payments to contrators regarding tender number A-IS (RW) 05-2012 which was not approved by the former Municipal Manager: Mr Ngema.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individuals because all had left the employ of the City.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW2123

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she has been informed that participants of the Community Work Programme received their remuneration late for the third consecutive month and that the implementing agents blame her department for the delay of payments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the delay in payments?

Reply:

The payment process was adjusted as CWP Sites had to be closed in compliance with restrictions. As a result, the process of capturing CWP Participants Wage Payment information, which is undertaken at CWP sites could not be undertaken as normal. This required that the capturing of CWP Participants Wage Payment information undertaken at CWP sites, be transferred to DCoG headquarters (CWP Data Centre) for processing. It is important to note that the CWP Data Centre officials were also themselves observing the COVID-19 Lockdown restrictions. This meant that the CWP Data Centre capacity had to be reduced as per the COVID-19 regulations, and therefore could not operate at full capacity; andonce the CWP Sites resume activities, all processes will automatically go back to normal.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW1967

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance andTraditional Affairs

On what facts did she rely to take the decision to end drought relief, considering that someareas of the Republic are still drought-stricken and in great need of the relief assistance; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter. NW2521E

Reply:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) did not take a decision to end drought relief. The national state of disaster lapsed on 04 July 2020 according to its legislated timeframe. Kindly note that the decision not to extend the state of disaster was informed by the fact that pockets of drought that still exist in some parts of the country can be managed through existing legislation and contingency arrangements.

It is important to indicate that implementation of drought relief measures by relevant organs of state is currently underway with funding and resources from disaster grants within COGTA and budgets and grants of line-function organs of state to address drought and water scarcity conditions.

It is however important to note that disaster management cannot solely be achieved through disaster relief measures but the underpinning principle is disaster risk reduction measures which require of all relevant role players to prepare and implement Disaster Management Plans to mitigate the effects of any disaster including drought and water scarcity conditions. As such the declaration of a state of disaster is only an interim interventionist measure which cannot serve as a mainstay for managing disaster risks.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW1966

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the apparent growing number of municipalities that do not pay their employees’ medical aid and retirement fund contributions to the various retirement and medial aid funds, what steps are being taken by her department to ensure that all contributions are timeously paid, so that municipal employees are not being prejudiced and excluded from medical care through their medical funds and from receiving their just benefits from their retirement funds. (2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?NW2520E

Reply:

1. Section 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996) provides that the National Treasury must enforce compliance measures to ensure both transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government, by introducing generally recognised accounting practice, uniform expenditure classifications and uniform treasury norms and standards. All municipal bills fall within the scope of the National Treasury, therefore National Treasury not the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is in better position to respond the question correctly.

2. No. National Treasury which administers the legislation referred to above is better placed to issue a statement, if necessary.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW2110

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1). What (a) are the reasons that no South African spectators attended the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and (b) is the name of the person at the SASports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) who failed to meet the deadline to apply for travel tickets; (2). whether any Sascoc board members attended the specified games; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is the name of each member who attended, (b) was the cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other relevant expenses and (c) were the reasons for attending the games? NW2671E

Reply:

1. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated that;

a). No spectators attended the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi because no South African athletes were participating at the Games

b). There is no specific person who was supposed to apply for the travel tickets

2. SASCOC indicated no SASCOC Board member attended the Sochi Games because there were no South African athlete participating at the Games

12 October 2020 - NW2109

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Which travel agency qualified to run the Olympic hospitality programmes including selling packages to supporters for air tickets, event tickets and accommodation, (b) what are the criteria for selecting a qualifying agency, (c) on what date was the tender advertised and (d) what is the estimated monetary value of the contract in each financial year?

Reply:

(a). In response to this question the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) indicated that due to staff still working remotely, they will need more time to collate the information.

12 October 2020 - NW1745

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether municipalities currently provide free basic electricity under programmes other than the Free Basic Electricity programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) to whom and (b) what are the relevant details; (2) whether the installation and maintenance of electricity prepaid meters would be (a) subsidised by municipalities or (b) free under certain parameters; if not, why not; if so, (i) under what parameters and (ii) what are the relevant details; (3) whether municipalities prescribe electricity tariffs and rates to consumers in order to ensure that the most vulnerable and indigent communities receive free basic electricity; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what manner and (b) what are the relevant details?NW2131E

Reply:

1. The local government equitable share supports Government’s policy on free basic electricity programme by providing funding for municipalities to deliver free basic services like electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal to poor households.

2. The installation of prepaid meters is still at pilot phase now and as such the Department does not have details in terms of costs hence it cannot determine whether government will subsidise the cost or not.

3. No. Because municipalities are charging tariffs in terms of their tariffs policies approved by councils and have to be cost reflective.

End.

12 October 2020 - NW1471

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) measures has she put in place to stop the City of Cape Town from forcefully evicting people from their homes (i) during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (ii) in the middle of winter and (b) challenges has she encountered in the face of belligerent city councils who are adamant on evicting people from the homes despite her previous announcement that evictions would be disallowed during the lockdown to curb the spread of the virus?

Reply:

Honourable Member, we received a number of complaints regarding evictions and therefore ensured that the following regulations were issued for the duration of the lockdown period.

The Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act of 2002 by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, on 16 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43232) on the prohibition on evictions, states that “no person may be evicted from their place of residence. Regardless of whether it is a formal or informal residence or a farm dwelling, for the duration of the lockdown."

Moreover, Regulation 19 of the Regulations issued on 29 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43258) on the Prohibition on Evictions provides that:

“A competent court may grant an order for the eviction of any person from land or a home in terms of the provisions of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998: Provided that any order of eviction shall be stayed and suspended until the last day Alert Level 4, unless a court decides that it is not just and equitable to stay and suspend the order until the last day of the Alert Level 4 period”.

Although the said regulations were issued, the implementation thereof fall under different authorities. In upholding and affirming the regulations cited above, Imade a public appeal to municipalities and private property owners to suspend evictions during the lockdown and instead for all parties to prioritise measures aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have intervened in cases where we had been made aware of this and have also communicated these details to the public.

On 16 July 2020, I issued a media statement wherein I urged the City of Cape Town to adhere to the Alert Level 3 Regulations which prohibit the evictions of persons from their homes. I also confirmed my unwavering commitment to support the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements to provide basic services such as water and sanitation in their rollout of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Program.

12 October 2020 - NW1979

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Given that the community of Hammanskraal is drinking contaminated water due to the ageing Temba Water Treatment Plant which is unable to function properly, what (a) short-term plans does her department have to ensure the purification of the water for the specified community, (b) kind of maintenance has been identified by her department that is needed for the specified treatment plant and (c) steps is she taking to ensure that the treatment plant is functioning properly?

Reply:

(a) Water purification is a function that resides with the Water Services Authorities (municipalities) according to Water Services Act no 108, 1997.

(b) The Temba Water Treatment Plant has been upgraded and handed over to the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) in February 2020.

(c) The Department of Water and Sanitation monitors the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) by conducting technical inspections to ensure:

    • that the plant is operated by qualified Process Controllers and a qualified maintenance team;
    • availability of operational manual and operational log books.

12 October 2020 - NW2161

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1).Whether, with reference to concerns surrounding a certain senior office bearer (name furnished) of the SA Football Association (SAFA) for allegedly the money of the specified organisation to fight personal court cases, he will advise on (a) the total amount SAFA used to fight cases involving the specified person and certain officials (names furnished) and/or any other costs involved including the writing of letters and (b) who will be liable for the costs since SAFA is taking Mr T W Mhlongo to court; if not, why not; if so, (2). whether SAFA is using the Federation’s money to fight its President’s litigation; if not, what are the details of the resources SAFA is using to assist in defending court cases of the specified person; if so, what is the total cost as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

1. The South African Football Association in its response indicated that;

(a) The only cost incurred is for the letter which amounted to R3,841.00. There is no case to defend from Mr Gay Mokoena and Mr Dennis Mumble noting that he is not a SAFA member. Therefore, there are no costs for associated with the two individual’s cases. SAFA further indicated that its NEC will decide, in its meeting that is scheduled for 19 September 2020, if there should be further action on these matters.

(b) SAFA indicated that there are no cases for SAFA to defend on behalf of any member in any court.

2. SAFA indicated that there are no cases for SAFA to defend on behalf of any member in any court.

12 October 2020 - NW1874

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What are the relevant details of the type of visa(s) issued to each of the Cuban medical personnel who arrived in the Republic around 27 April 2020 to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) in what time frame was each visa processed?

Reply:

The Cuban medical personnel who arrived in the Republic around 27 April 2020 to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic were issued with Treaty visas. These visas were issued until 27 April 2021 in terms of the Treaty Agreement between South Africa and Cuba.

END

12 October 2020 - NW2101

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What total number of work visas has been issued to citizens from (a) Chile, (b) Argentina, (c) India, (d) The People’s Republic of China, (e) Canada, (f) United States of America, (g) Russia and (h) Australia since 2016 in order to work in the mining sector of the Republic?

Reply:

  1. Chile – 06
  2. Argentina – 20
  3. India – 3547
  4. The People’s Republic of China – 507
  5. Canada – 71
  6. United States of America – 356
  7. Russia – 52
  8. Australia – 85

END

02 October 2020 - NW1851

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Given that the African Development Bank approved funding to the Northern Cape amounting to R3 billion and further funding amounting to USD658 million from a Saudi Arabian renewable energy developer company ACWA Power, meant to create more than 800 jobs and supply power to more than 210 000 homes once operational, what (a) progress has been made to date on the 100MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, noting that the specified project was meant to be in its commissioning stage in 2018 and (b)(i) total number of jobs have been created and (ii) in what trades?

Reply:

The project in question has not yet reached financial close.Consequently there is no construction taking place and therefore no jobs to measure.

02 October 2020 - NW1501

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What is the exact location and/or GPS co-ordinates of the national monument and memorial commissioned by the Mine Health and Safety Council in 2017; (2) Whether he will furnish Mrs C Phillips with the (a) confirmation of the total allocated budget of R4 800 000,00 including value-added tax and (b) total amount paid to a certain service provider (name furnished); if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?NW1872E

Reply:

1. Answer:The GPS co-ordinates, MHSC has experienced various delays in the finalisation of the projects especially on the approval of site location after the City of Joburg change in position on their original approval of site location for the projects. The details will be provided at the later stage the location of new MHSC offices is confirmed.

2. Answer: (a) Initial total project amount is confirmed to be R4 800 000,00 inclusive of value added Tax.

(b) Total amount paid to the service provider is R4 457 741.14 on original project plan. This excludes the additional costs incurred for additional technical R 191 291.32 for more technical work and storage costs.R 104 291.32 was spent onNew Site Additional Costs (Drawings, Design & Artworks) for Johannesburg Land Company application requirements R 87 000.32 Storage Costs as Result of Delays in Installation of the Monument. Therefore the total amount paid to date on the project is R 4 649 032,46.

02 October 2020 - NW2155

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services to question 776 on 8 June 2020, what are the (a) latest details regarding the case and (b) reasons that the principal of the school was summoned to court whereas it is the Department of Basic Education’s responsibility to replace asbestos classrooms?

Reply:

a) The latest details are that this matter is still ongoing. The School Principal in the presence of the Department of Employment and Labour handed the names and capacities of the Department of Basic Education officials over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

b) Then the NPA subpoenaed the Department of Basic Education officials regarding non-compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in some classrooms of that particular school.

02 October 2020 - NW2067

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Health

What has been the state of the availability of beds in emergency centres in hospitals since the reopening of alcohol sales?

Reply:

Hospitals do not have beds in the emergency centers, and as such the information that is required is not available. The Department does however have a record of the head count for the casualty per province for the same period, which is reflected here below, which does not show marked change. This could be due to the fact that the opening of alcohol sales was for a shorter period with added restrictions, coupled with health education.

Province

Element

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

Eastern Cape

Casualty headcount - total

19 523

17 371

21 618

19 232

Free State

Casualty headcount - total

5378

6294

7036

6727

Gauteng

Casualty headcount - total

10 520

10 930

14 876

7 244

KwaZulu-Natal

Casualty headcount - total

23456

23966

25521

27460

Limpopo

Casualty headcount - total

17661

16584

18103

16147

Mpumalanga

Casualty headcount - total

12 096

13 705

15 312

13 686

Northern Cape

Casualty headcount - total

4 353

3 288

4 740

3 791

North West

Casualty headcount - total

7483

9652

10734

9330

Western Cape

Casualty headcount - total

5275

2701

1636

2391

South Africa

Casualty headcount - total

96 000

95 594

112 320

116 482

NB: Western Cape

The figures for Western Cape are low due to the fact that they conducted a sentinel trauma survey in the following hospitals to establish the trends in the number of alcohol induced injuries treated at hospitals: Michell’s Plain, Groote Schuur, George, Heideveld and Tygerberg Hospitals

END.

02 October 2020 - NW1822

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether any person has applied to his department for prospecting rights of diamond mines in Limpopo in the past two years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who is the applicant?

Reply:

List of application for Prospecting Rightlodged in Limpopo for the past two years

DATE LODGED

COMPANY

MINERAL

16 Feb 2018

KADOSH MINING PTY LTD

COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),GEMSTONE EXCEPT DIAMONDS,GOLD,PHOSPHATE,PGM

01 March 2018

DE BEERS CONDOLIDATED MINES PTY LTD

DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL), DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE)

27 Nov 2018

BOLDMAN MINING ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD

COAL,COPPER,DIAMOND,MAGNESITE,URANIUM

15 March 2019

GABBINS HOLDINGS PTY

DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE),DIAMOND ALLUVIAL),GOLD,PGM,SILVER

09 April 2019

KDB MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND (GENERAL)

15 April 2019

WIZA MINING PTY LTD

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

15 April 2019

BASADZI PELE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND PROJECTS

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

27 May 2019

ANGLO EXPLORATION HOLDINGS PTY LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND(GENERAL),GOLD,IRON,LIMESTONE,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,SILVER,TIN,ZINC

03 June 2019

VHARANANI MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND, GOLD

22 Aug 2019

NKUZI YA MANANGA GROUP PTY LTD

GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD ORE, TUNGSTEN ORE, ZINC ORE

21 Oct 2019

YUGASET PTY LTD

DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)

22 Oct 2019

Atok Mining House Pty Ltd Limpopo

COPPER ORE , DOLOMITE, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, SILICA SAND (GENERAL)

10 Dec 2019

ANOITED MINING (PTY) LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIENSION STONE, GOLD,IRON,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,METALLURGICAL,NICKEL,PGM,SILICA SAND (GENERAL),SILICA SAND (SILICA) SILICON,SILVER

17 Dec 2019

BARWA BA PHALADI MINING AND PROJECTS CC

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

17 Dec 2019

ON REEF INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

25 Feb 2020

BOO WANDO HOLDINGS

AGGREGATE,CHRONME,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMON (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE),GOLD,GRAVEL,IRON,NICKEL,PGM,RARE EARTHS,SILVER,SULPHUR(IN PYRITE)

27 Feb 2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

27 Feb2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

04 Mar 2020

MIHLOTI MINING (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

27 Mar 2020

TSHIKUNDA MINING (PTY) LTD

NICKEL,LEAD,IRON,GRAPHITE,GOLD,GARNET(GEMSTONE),GARNET(ABBASIVE),DIAMOND (KIMBERLIET), DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (GENERAL),COPPER,CORUNDUM, COBALT,BRYTES

24 April 2020   

MAFURI MINING CONSTRUCTION (MPUMALANGA) PTY LTD

COPPER, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD, Phosphate, URANIUM,
VERMICULITE

09 July 2020

MBOKOTO MIINING GROUP (PTY) LTD:

BRYTES, COBALT, COPPER ORE, CORUNDUM, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GARNET (ABRASIVE) ,GARNET (GEMSTONE) ,GOLD ORE ,IRON ORE, LEAD, NICKEL ORE

10 July 2020

MAKANYAGO GENERAL BUSSINESS ENETERPRISE

DIAMON (GENERAL)
DIAMOND
DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)
DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

17 July 2020

MAMPURU RED GRANITE INVESTMENTS

COBALT, COPPER ORE, DIAMON (GENERAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GOLD ORE, IRON ORE, MANGANESE ORE, NICKEL ORE QUARTZ (GEMSTONE), SILCRETE (SILICA), SILICA SAND (GENERAL) URANIUM ORE, VANADIUM ORE, VERMICULITE, ZINC ORE

29 July 2020

MARALE COMPANY PTY LTD

AGGREGATE, COAL, DIAMOND, PSEUDOCOAL, TORBANITE/OIL SHALE

 

02 October 2020 - NW2069

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Health

By what date will a certain person (name and details furnished) be suspended and investigated for allegedly misleading and covering up an unconsented sterilisation of a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

Information on this matter is still being sought from the provincial Department of Health to enable the Minister to respond to the question. The response will be furnished as soon as the relevant information has been solicited from the Province in this regard.

END.

02 October 2020 - NW2055

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department is currently engaged in a contract with a service provider to supply services related to thesystems applications and products of any kind; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the scope of the agreement, (b) what is the name of the service provider, (c) where is the service provider based and (d) what is the value of the contract?

Reply:

Yes, theDepartment has a contract as follows:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

SAP Roadmap Implementation (Please see the attached business case)

Tech Mahindra SA

It is an international company that has it South African branch based in Gauteng, Midrand and its headquarters are in Pune, INDIA

Total Contract amount is R434 751 219.66

UIF is currently engaged in the following contracts:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

Biometric system implementation

(Supply thumbprint devices, implementation and support)

2Identify

Pretoria

Contract value R 8 748 559.85 for 3 years to Dec 2021

Ufiling and VO support and maintenance including system enhancements and System migration

Interfile

Randburg

Contract value R 123 950 737.50 for 3 years from August 2020 to Aug 2023

Queue Management System Implementation and support

Emerge Customer flow Management

Centurion

Contract value R49 366 744.28 for 3 years to August 2021

Provision of ICT Resources

Vindhya Systems

Sandton

Resources (in house)

R 51 030 840.30 3 years to August 2021

The Compensation Fund is currently engaged in:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

Development, maintenance and support of Claims management system (CompEasy) on SAP for Insurance (S4i) for a period of six years

Dimension Data.

Gauteng, Johannesburg

Contract value is R287 829 047.00

02 October 2020 - NW2100

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What total number of regional offices of his department are still closed under Level 2 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

(a) No Regional Offices of DMRE are still closed under Level 2.

All sixteen (16) Regional Offices of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy are operating during lock down level 2. However, these offices are operating at the capacity of 30% to curb the spread of Covid-19.

02 October 2020 - NW1403

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)What number of (a) prospecting rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (2) of the prospecting rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued; (3) what number of (a) mining rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (4) of the mining rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued?

Reply:

(1) Two prospecting rights were issued

(b) There is no specified timeframe with regard to issuing of rights.

(2) Please see (1)(b) above

(3) No mining rights were issued since 01 April 2020

(4) Please see (3) above

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

01 October 2020 - NW2070

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has distributed the Covid-19 relief grant to the taxi industry; if not, by what date will the specified measure be implemented; if so, (a) what (i) total number of taxi owners have benefited from the specified grant to date and (ii) criteria were used to identify the qualifying taxi owners and (b) who have been the recipients?

Reply:

1. The Department secured a once-off relief fund to the tune of R1,135 million, as part of government’s response package. The funds werebased on a principle of ex gratia payment and were not intended to compensate for loss of income. The following conditions were put in place for operators to qualify for the relief:

  1. The taxi operation must be formally registered as a business entity,
  2. The business must be registered for Income Tax and other applicable taxes related to running a business in South Africa
  3. The registration process should also include registration of employees with the Unemployment Insurance Fund, Compensation Commission etc.
  4. They must be in possession of a valid Operating License or receipt as proof of application for an operating license.

The qualifying criteria was developed as an opportunity to formalise the taxi industry. The benefits of using the relief process as a springboard towards formalisation is that, once the industry is formalised, it would be equipped for future participation in, amongst others, subsidisation. In this regard, the Department solicited the services of the South African Revenue Service as the vendor and Implementation Agency to administer the disbursement of the relief funds primarily due to their experience and capacity in dealing with such systems but also to authenticate the registration of these operators as business entities. Regardless of extensive consultationsbetween the Department and the taxi industry, the industry objected the conditions put in place as qualifying criteria arguing that the conditions were too stringent. The relief process has since stalled and the funds have not been distributed to date.

2. Therefore:

a) i) No taxi owner has benefited from the scheme to date

ii) Qualifying criteria are as per 1.1 to 1.4 above

b) Funds have not been disbursed todate

01 October 2020 - NW2092

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether a tender process has been followed in order to replace the SA Civil Aviation Authority’s calibration Cessna Citation aircraft that crashed in January 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the closing date of the tender and (b) where was the tender advertised; (2) whether a successful bidder has been selected; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who is the successful bidder and (b) what are the details of experience of the successful bidder in terms of (i) qualifications and (ii) calibration equipment for aircrafts?

Reply:

1. South African Civil Aviation Authority has followed a tender process for the replacement of the Cessna Citation Aircraft that crashed in January 2020.Three separate tender bids were issued.

(a) irst tender was advertised on the 13 July 2018 and closed on the 10 August 2018

Second tender was advertised on the 12 April 2019 and closed on the 10 May 2019 and

Third tender was advertised on the 01 November 2019 and closed on the 22 November 2020.

(b) The tenders were advertised as follows:

  • First and Second tender - SACAA website and National Treasury e-Tender Portal.
  • Third tender - SACAA website, National Treasury e-Tender Portal and Tender Tiger (International Advertising portal).

2. Whether a successful bidder was selected:

(a)

  • The first tender was cancelled as none of the bidders met the functionality requirements of the bid;
  • The second tender was also cancelled as none of the bidders met the functionality requirements;
  • The third tender was also cancelled as the price for the successful bidder for a second-hand used aircraft was more expensive than a brand-new aircraft from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). After engagements with the National Treasury (NT), SACAA received approval from NT to acquire a new aircraft directly from the OEM manufacturer.

b) (i)

National Treasury approved that SACAA can purchase a new aircraft directly from the OEM as it is more cost effective than the tendered price for a used aircraft.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and SACAA’s financial position a Board decision was taken to delay the acquisition of the Aircraft until the next financial year.

No contract has been concluded with the OEM as yet.

b) (ii)

A separate tender will be issued for the calibration equipment and the process of the calibration is underway.