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06 November 2015 - NW3840

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to his reply to question 3175 on 22 September 2015, (a) what is the exact status of the completion of the Vredefort Dome project currently, (b) what is the estimated cost of the completion of the project and (c) whether the Government is in discussion at all with Unesco regarding the reasons for the delay in the finalisation of the specified project; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant particulars?

Reply:

(a) A tender process to recruit a service provider to complete the project was advertised with a closing date of 03 November 2015. The briefing session with prospective bidders was held on 22 October 2015 at Vredefort Dome. The evaluation and adjudication of the tender will take place in November 2015, and it is expected that an appointment will be made in December 2015. The project will be completed during the 2016/17 financial year.

(b) The estimated cost of the completion of the project will be based on the proposals received once the tender process is complete.

(c) No, the department did not consult Unesco, as the interpretation centre is outside the declared protected area.

05 November 2015 - NW3781

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether he intends to collaborate with the Minister of Water and Sanitation to mount a joint programme to relieve the dire situation in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, where a severe drought has caused agriculture to collapse and rivers to dry up leading to great hardships for the persons residing in the specified area; if not, why not; if so, what joint actions was his department and the Department of Water and Sanitation going to embark upon to support the drought stricken communities in the specified area and elsewhere in the country where similar conditions prevail? NW4523E

Reply:

The management of drought requires integrated and multi-disciplinary approaches flowing from mandates of various sector departments and other role players. It is on this basis that the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries collaborates with all relevant Ministers including the Minister of Water and Sanitation in dealing with the Northern KwaZulu-Natal drought situation under the support of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as the custodian of the Disaster Management Act of 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).

If not, why?

The Republic of South Africa has governing piece of legislation on disaster management that guides spheres of government as well as organs of state on how to deal with cross cutting issues. In the case of disasters and disaster risk management there is the Disaster Management Act, no. 57 of 2002, the National Disaster Management Framework of 2005 and the Public Finance Management Act of 1999 (Act 1 of 1009). The above legislation stipulate the roles and responsibilities of all organs of state which among others is to provide for an integrated and coordinated disaster management policy focusing on preventing or reducing the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity thereof, preparedness, rapid and effective response to disasters and post-disaster recovery. The Disaster Management Act 2002 places statutory responsibilities for disaster risk reduction on every organ of state in each of the three spheres of government and gives a mandate for the establishment of disaster risk management centres in all the spheres.

The national disaster response and recovery coordination is done by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) through the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC). So DAFF is working under the coordination of DCoG and other relevant sector departments in addressing the disaster relief programmes nationally. The provinces and municipalities also collaborate with the Minister of Water and Sanitation in dealing with the Northern KwaZulu-Natal situation and other affected areas. The provincial Department of Agriculture of KZN put R6 million aside to assist the affected farming communities with supply of fodder to small scale and subsistence farmers. The national drought relief request is submitted to NDMC for both classification and declaration of a state of drought disaster.

05 November 2015 - NW3755

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Whether the Government is taking proactive steps to deal with water shortages in all of the provinces afflicted by drought so that farmers can continue their operations by using the limited supplies in the best manner possible; (2) whether water recycling was occurring optimally in the specified and other province allow for food production to take place with the greatest availability of water that technology can make possible; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will make a statement on how the extraction of water from aquifers is managed scientifically and through regulatory means? NW4439E

Reply:

  1. The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) continues to monitor conditions in the provinces and issue updated early warning information/ advisory information to the sector which includes strategies to implement during dry conditions. Such strategies include:
  • Usage of grey water especially in food gardens.
  • Harvesting water during rainy days.
  • Irrigating in the late afternoon/ early evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Using drip irrigation instead of sprinklers as it saves water.

The provincial departments of agriculture have made funding requests to the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) through their Provincial Disaster Management Centres (PDMC) requesting assistance in the form of rehabilitation and construction of water resources in farms hardly hit by drought. The provincial requests are made through normal drought disaster declaration and classification processes.

In addition to the normal disaster funding applications, the department is furthermore implementing the Prevention and Mitigation of Disaster Risks projects which is aimed at risk reduction that addresses mitigation and prevention measures. These projects considers the drilling and equipping of boreholes in provinces, especially those in dire need as a result of dry conditions or drought. To date, boreholes have been drilled and equipped in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and North West Provinces.

In mitigating the impact of dry conditions that culminate to water shortage and drought on farmers, the department has further developed coping strategies of various natural hazards. To date, coping strategies for drought have been developed and published into all official languages to be understood by all. These strategies were issued to farmers and officials. Farmers are constantly encouraged to adapt to the changing conditions, that is, to consider suitable farming operations and implement good farming practices as conditions are also aggravated by poor practices.

Furthermore, roving seminars on weather and climate are continually being conducted in all the provinces. The main objective of these seminars is to make farmers more self-reliant by helping them become better informed about effective weather and climate risk management for the sustainable use of natural resources for agricultural production.

2. This is the mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

3. This s the mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

05 November 2015 - NW3771

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

What plans does his department have in place to assist livestock farmers who are affected by severe drought especially in KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

The KZN Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) conducted a joint assessment with relevant stakeholders in order to establish the extent of the disaster and to establish the number farming communities affected. The provincial assessment reports were then submitted for declaration processes to the Provincial Disaster Management Center (PDMC) and further to the National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) for classification of National Disaster as per Disaster Management processes. The Provincial departments of agriculture have compiled a request for funding through their respective PDMC’s to the NDMC.

Currently a state of disaster was declared in KwaZulu Natal and agriculture was not included on the declaration; however the process of re - declarations of state of disaster for Agriculture and other sectors are underway and the classification will follow at a later stage. The KwaZulu Natal province in the meantime established a provincial drought scheme and is currently implementing an amount of R6 Million on the purchase of livestock feed to assist the affected farmers. The drought assistance has been further sourced from Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) and Land bank and were advised to consider other farmers within their drought schemes.

DAFF continues to provide support and guidance to the provinces regarding disaster related matters particularly on the promotion of Disaster Risk Reduction Measures as prescribed by the Disaster Management Act (57 of 2002). Early warning information and advisory information are issued to the sector, which include strategies to implement during dry conditions; also coping strategies for drought have been developed and disseminated to the farming communities and officials in the sector. The Provincial Departments of Agriculture are also requested to establish Disaster Risk Management Units to enhance risk management operations in their provinces.

05 November 2015 - NW3761

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

(1) Whether in view of the wide-scale destruction of bee colonies in the Western Cape through Foul Brood Disease, the Government has taken steps to scale up and accelerate plans in support of year round foraging for bees by encouraging all sectors of society to use gardens, parks, road verges and farm strips to grow plants that will support foraging by bees in order that pollination of key economic crops is guaranteed, farm workers and owners have their livelihoods protected, prices of food remain highly affordable through plentiful supply, importation of honey from Argentina and elsewhere can be eliminated and South African beekeepers have a guaranteed livelihood; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) continues to work closely with the various South African national honeybee commodity organisations aimed at supporting honeybee health in South Africa. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has been conducting research on South Africa’s honeybees, as an indigenous part of this country’s biodiversity. It has investigated the relevant resources underpinning the managed honey bee industry. Earlier in 2015, a project was completed that has been funded by the Working for Water Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and implemented by SANBI and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). It showed that eucalyptus trees, certain crops (e.g.  sunflower, citrus and canola), as well as indigenous trees and shrubs, in addition to various flowering plants in suburban gardens and on roadsides (wildflowers or weeds) are critically important to South Africa’s indigenous honey bees. It is to be expected that the various role players will act on this information in support of the South African honeybee.

In 2013, DAFF promulgated a control measure, Regulation 858, under the Agricultural Pests Act 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983) to ensure beekeepers register with DAFF on an annual basis. Beekeepers must mark their beehives with the registration number and inspect colonies on a regular basis to check for symptoms of regulated bee diseases such as American Foul Brood (AFB), and the social parasite, Apis mellifera capensis. If a beekeeper detects AFB, a management plan must be implemented to manage the pest and DAFF must be notified regarding a detection. The aim of the control measure is to ensure reliable and timeous notification of AFB outbreaks in the country. Unfortunately, DAFF has received very few notifications from individual beekeepers to pinpoint the exact locations of the detections. However, serious outbreaks are indicated by the Beekeeper associations such as the South African Beekeeping Industry Organisation (SABIO). These were also reflected in the media on several occasions. The DAFF has developed a Biosecurity Strategy for AFB which will be finalised depending on a delimiting sampling process. It is hoped this will provide scientific evidence of the presence and virulence of the AFB disease in the Western Cape and elsewhere in the country.

04 November 2015 - NW3711

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether his department participated in the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers Conference held in Ekurhuleni in October 2015; if so, (a) what was the nature of the participation, (b) what were the costs associated with such participation, (c) what were the specified costs intended to cover and (d) why was his department’s stand at the specified conference unmanned?

Reply:

Yes. The Department participated in the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers Conference (IMFO) held in Ekurhuleni in October 2015.

(a) The Executive Manager: Municipal Audit Outcomes and Revenue Management participated as a panel member on the Effective Governance – Audit & Risk Management Back to Basics: Ethics enhancing local government accountability discussion. The panellists made a brief presentation on the subject and fielded specific questions from the floor.

The Senior Manager Revenue Management and the Manager Municipal Audit Outcomes participated as delegates to the conference; they are the relevant personnel to attend because of the municipal financial management support nature of their work that is directly linked to the work of IMFO.

(b) Conference fees amounting to R 6906.50 per person, were paid for the two delegates. No conference fees were paid for the Executive Manager, as she was participating on IMFO’s invitation as a panellist.

(c) The conference fees amounting to R 6906.50 per person (R13 813 in total) covered the attendance of the conference for the three days. The topics of interest to the department were the following: Back to Basics Sound Governance in relation to Audit Opinions, Effective Governance, Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts, Revenue Value Chain, Ethics Enhancing Local Government Accountability, Role of Councillors in Financial Management, Oversight, Effective Performance Management Systems in the Local Government and The Implication in Implementing the central database: Local Government.

(d) To the best of our knowledge, the Departmental stand was manned throughout the conference, one staff member from the department was assigned for the exhibition. The setup of the stall commenced on the 04 October and the stall was only dismantled on the 07th October at 14:00 after the conference.

04 November 2015 - NW3779

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether his department held an urgent meeting with the leadership of the University of Fort Hare to discuss the decision of the specified university to exclude students who had defaulted on fee payments from writing their examinations at the end of the 2015 academic year; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the outcome of the specified meeting and (b) why did the university wait until October to take such a decision?

Reply:

No, the Department did not have a meeting with the leadership of the University of Fort Hare (UFH) to discuss the decision to exclude students who had defaulted on fee payments from writing their examinations at the end of the 2015 academic year. In terms of the Higher Education Act of 1997, Councils of universities are governing bodies and have the autonomy to decide on university governance matters, including settling of fees. Councils are the highest decision making bodies of our respective universities. There was no request from UFH for intervention by the Department. The matter is still being handled by UFH’s internal structures.

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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04 November 2015 - NW3763

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

1.Since his reply to question 1373 on 11 May 2015 (a) what total amount do national and provincial departments owe to municipalities in unpaid services such as rates and taxes and (b) what amount of the specified debts is (i) 30 days, (ii) 60 days, (iii) 90 days and (iv) 120 or more days overdue; (2) What is (a) the total interest charged and (b) he doing to ensure that the specified debts are settled?

Reply:

  1. The total owed by national and provincial departments to municipalities in unpaid services and rates amounts to R4.7 billion as at June 2015.

(b).The debtor’s age analysis is as follows

 

2. (a) The total interest charged amounts to R 291 million

(b) In ensuring that the specified debt is settled; the department participates in an inter-governmental task team that has been established to expedite the payment of debt owed by government departments to municipalities. This task team is led by the Department of Public Works.

Through the work of the task team we moved to a point where Government is improving the payment of current debt that is undisputed. The remaining challenge is older arrear debt and disputed current debt.

To accelerate payment and mitigate against disputed invoices, the Department of Public Works has employed a service provider (managed at DPW) to conduct the verification and authentication of invoices.

FOSAD has also resolved that while the debt is in disputes, departments must pay a minimum of 80% of their disputed debt whilst they are still querying it with the municipality and when verified can either be paid in full or credited to their account later on.

04 November 2015 - NW3817

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What amount of financial aid was given to student organisations and societies by each university in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; (2) with regard to each university, (a) what is the source of the specified financial aid and (b) what percentage of the specified financial aid was sourced from state subsidies in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years; (3) (a) what formula is currently used to allocate financial aid to student organisations at each university and (c) who is responsible for allocating such financial aid at each specified university

Reply:

  1. All student clubs, societies and organisations apply to the Student Representative Council (SRC) for affiliation. Applications for affiliation are made as per provision of the Constitution of the SRC of an institution. Affiliation entitles a club, society or organisation to:
  • apply for a financial grant from the SRC;
  • use any premises on the University with approval from the respective University department;
  • use designated notice boards provided that those notices are signed by the SRC;
  • use SRC transport subject to the specified rules; and
  • use other resources incidental to its existence as a club, society or organisation subject to the specified rules of the University.

The Department does not have access to the financial records of the SRCs as they are governed by their (SRC) individual constitutions in terms of reporting and accountability to students. Furthermore, the allocation and management of funds by the SRC are done in line with the financial policy of the individual universities. The Student Parliament should, by a simple majority, recommend to the SRC, affiliation and budgets of student structures subject to specified criteria and the SRC making the final decision.

2. The source of budget of all SRC affiliated structures is made up of the allocation from the respective SRCs as well as donations that should be declared. SRC affiliates do not receive or source any funds directly from the state subsidy. All funds made available by the University for student governance is applied and managed in accordance with an approved budget and financial policies of the University. All affiliated structures submit annual budgets in prescribed form to the SRC.

3. In order to be recognised as a legitimate student organisation, and receive a financial grant from the SRC, a candidate-organisation must submit an application on the prescribed form and attach a founding declaration by a minimum of fifty (50) students (the number varies from one institution to the other) that they have committed to become members of an organisation. This declaration must contain the names, student numbers and signatures of these founding members, and a draft constitution for the new organisation, which includes at least the proposed name of the organisation, purpose and main objectives, management structure and the duties and responsibilities of its office-bearers. The club or society should also submit a programme of action to be considered by the SRC and the Student Parliament. Upon submission of all these documents, the SRC will consider for approval and affiliation of the new structure.

A newly affiliated organisation must present audited financial statements and an acceptable annual report at the Annual General Meeting held in the second semester of a year in which they receive recognition as an SRC affiliate (reporting differs from institution to institution). Failure to do so could result in the SRC withholding further use of the resources and/or penalising the organisation in the following year.

The Treasurer of the SRC is accountable for the budget of the SRC and affiliates, financial transactions and records, and fundraising in accordance with financial policies and rules of the University. Affiliated organisations shall receive funding as determined by the SRC budgetary guidelines which are approved by the SRC in consultation with the Student Parliament, but may approach the SRC for additional financial assistance if such is considered and justified in terms of their approved programme of activities for the current year.

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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04 November 2015 - NW3456

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

Whether the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) has withdrawn any funding from the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) that had already been committed to municipal infrastructure work and in particular the Siyenza sanitation project; if not, (a) why has ADM not paid the sub-contractors employed under the Siyenza contract for work completed to date, (b) why has work been suspended on the project and (c) when can the sub-contractors expect to receive payment for work completed to date; if so, (i) on what grounds was the specified funding withdrawn, (ii) how does the ADM intend to refund the monies already expended on this project to DBSA and (iii) what contingency plans has ADM put in place to ensure the (aa) payment of its contractual obligations and (bb) completion of work by the contractors on site; (2) whether a certain company (name furnished) continues to be remunerated and/or employed in terms of this project; if so, on what grounds is the specified company selectively employed to continue operations; (3) (a) what are the reasons for the ADM’s move into the R200 million new offices, when it is unable to meet its financial obligations towards the contractors mentioned above and (b) how is this move being funded; (4) what is his position with regard to the alleged extravagance which does not directly contribute to service delivery; (5) Whether the funding should not instead be channelled into finishing the half- completed work on the sanitation project mentioned above?

Reply:

1. The DBSA has indicated that it has not withdrawn funding from Amathole District Municipality.

a)   The DBSA has indicated that it signed a loan agreement with Amathole District Municipality to advance a portion of its future MIG allocations for the accelerated sanitation programme, with the pledging period expiring on 30 June 2015. The total amount to be advanced as per the loan agreement was R631 million, with the first tranche of R286 million disbursed to the Municipality at the start of the programme (January 2015). Due to the fact that the programme was delayed, the Municipality could not draw the full amount of R631 million before the end of the pledging period. However, the loan availability is still active until 31 December 2016. This means the District Municipality may still apply to National Treasury for the extension of the pledging period. Regarding payment of subcontractors, this is a contractual matter between the Siyenza Group and the affected sub-contractors as the liability for the payment of these subcontractors rests with the Siyenza Group.

b)   The Amathole District Municipality has indicated to COGTA that it has terminated its contract with the Siyenza Group, which was carrying out the construction work. This is the reason why the work has stopped.

c) As indicated above, the payment of subcontractors is a matter between the Siyenza Group and the subcontractors concerned.

    i. As indicated above, the DBSA has indicated that it has not withdrawn funding.

    ii. As per the loan agreement between DBSA and Amathole District Municipality, the loan amounts are to be repaid to DBSA over the next two financial years (2015/16 and 2016/17), utilising a portion of MIG funding to the Municipality.

    iii. The Municipality has indicated that, should National Treasury extend the pledging period, the Municipality will, following required procurement processes, contract directly with as many of the sub-contractors as possible to complete the project.

2. As indicated above, the Municipality has indicated to COGTA that it has terminated its contract with the Siyenza group. Questions regarding the details of this termination and whether any further payments are due to the contractor should be referred to the Municipality.

3. (a) Reasons for own office accommodation

According to the Amathole District Municipality, the business case to acquire its own offices was prepared as far back as 2004. The ADM has over the years spent a substantial amount on rented office accommodation around East London from its operational budget. It was also felt that a single office structure to accommodate its head office staff was more beneficial than having departments and business units scattered around the city. It remains the aim of the ADM to own its own premises in order to house its office staff, rather than to carry on renting office space.

Reasons for relocation to Stutterheim

According to Amathole District Municipality, prior to 2011, the Buffalo City Municipality was one of the local municipalities situated within the jurisdiction of the ADM. According to the location of the ADM’s head office and seat of council in East London at the material time, were within its area of jurisdication:

However, after Buffalo City Municipality was established as a metropolitan municipality following the 2011 local government elections, it ceased to form a part of the ADM. This gave result in a situation where the ADM, which is a largely rural based municipality, having its head office outside its area of jurisdiction. Consequently it does not make economic sense for the ADM to rent property outside its boundaries.

Hence following the establishment of the BCMM, the Council of the ADM resolved that the head office and seat of the ADM must be relocated to within its own jurisdiction. Following a feasibility study, the town of Stutterheim was identified as a suitable home for the ADM.

(b) Possible Funding for office accommodation

A public private partnership process (PPP) was initiated. However, suitable private partners could not be identified to work with the ADM to develop suitable premises.

Currently, the ADM is exploring other funding models for the development of its head office in Stutterheim. Whilst it may be possible to secure funding amounting to R200 million for this purpose, for the ADM to commit itself to such a funding arrangement, would require the approval of National Treasury.

4. It would be imprudent for me to comment on a policy decision that is based on factors that are not within my knowledge. I suggest that the Honourable member should pose the question directly to the Amathole District Municipality for a direct reply.

5. The Policy considerations in this matter are peculiarly within the knowledge of the Municipal Council. I suggest that this question be directed to the Mayor of Amathole District Municipality.

We certainly agree that the maximum part of expenditure in the municipality should be spent on services for the public.

  1. BACKGROUND
    1. The DBSA signed a loan agreement with Amathole District Municipality to advance a portion of its future MIG allocations for the accelerated sanitation programme expiring in December 2015.The loan agreement was dependent on approval by National Treasury to allow Amathole District Municipality to use a portion of its future MIG to pay the DBSA for funds advanced to accelerate the sanitation programme. The loan agreement is valid till December 2016. However, National Treasury approval for the municipality to pledge its conditional grant had a validity period up to June 2015, with an additional grace period of three months thereafter. This meant that the municipality had until September 2015 to complete the programme. The total amount to be advanced as per the loan agreement was R631 million with the first tranche of R286 million disbursed to the Municipality at the start of the programme (January 2015). Due to the fact that the programme was delayed, the district could not draw the full amount of R631 million before the end of the pledging period as approved by National Treasury.
    1. However, the Municipality had submitted a further claim of R81 million to DBSA before 30 June 2015. As per the loan agreement signed between the parties, disbursements were to be made subject to the Municipality providing the Bank with confirmation of work done in the form of payment certificates. The payment certificates submitted with the claim of R81 million could not support work done and the parties acknowledged that it could have been caused by the fact that the contract with the main contractor was in the process of being cancelled. As such Amathole undertook to conduct verification using internal resources.
    1. The Municipality submitted the results of the verification in the form of happy letters signed by recipients of completed toilets to DBSA on 17 August 2015. The Bank and the Municipality assessed the happy letters as well as delivery notes of material on site and confirmed that 30,409 units had been completed and 15, 911 of uninstalled units have been delivered. There was, however, no onsite verification (verification that can confirm the existence of reported quantity, appropriate quality as well as compliance). The DBSA received a signed letter from the Municipal Manager to confirm this information. The DBSA is processing the payment of R92million based on the information provided. The rest of the balance is depended on approval of National Treasury for extension of the pledging period and extension of the loan availability by the DBSA.
  1. DISCUSSION

Amathole District Municipality is alleging that the reason the project has stopped is because National Treasury has refused to extend the pledging period beyond June 2015.

National Treasury has, however, indicated that it approved the Amathole Business case in August 2014 with a condition that the implementation of the project was going to happen over a nine (09) months period as indicated and motivated for by the Amathole District Municipality in their Business Case. This meant that implementation was to complete on 30 June 2015. Since approval was granted by National Treasury, Amathole District Municipality never approached National Treasury regarding the extension of the time on the pledge with the exception of the meeting dated the 30 July 2015 where a formal presentation was made to National Treasury by the Municipality. Further, in the business case that was approved, the Amathole District Municipality had indicated that they may require an additional three months to accommodate for unforeseeable circumstances. This meant that the implementation period could stretch until the end of September 2015. By virtue of the approval of the business case, National Treasury allowed the Amathole District Municipality the full twelve months of implementation time.

National Treasury indicated that, following the above meeting, National Treasury wrote a letter to the Municipality formally alerting the municipality to the fact that the pledge is lapsing as at the end of September 2015 and has asked for the municipality’s intention going forward. To date the National Treasury has not received any response from the municipality in this regard.  

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04 November 2015 - NW3720

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

In view of the fact that the Tourism Satellite Account provides information at a national level and in view of the Minister in The Presidency’s reply to question 3133 on 4 September 2015 in which he states that the United Nations has embarked on a process to develop provincial tourism economic accounts that will allow for similar information on a lower level of geographic disaggregation, which will take a number of years to come to fruition, what plans does his department have in place for Statistics South Africa to assist (a) provinces and (b) municipalities to produce tourism statistics at a local level to improve planning and budgeting?

Reply:

It is important note from onset that the limitations with regards to compilation of tourism economic account at sub-national level are not unique to South Africa. It is for this reason that the development of such a framework is being championed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Thus, at this stage, there is no framework that can be used for production of statistics at provincial and municipal level in the same manner that the Tourism Satellite Account is produced.

The Department has establish the National Tourism Research and Knowledge Management Committee, a technical committee comprised of officials responsible for tourism data at provincial level. This committee serves as a platform to strengthen initiatives related to tourism data collection at provincial and local level. Statistics South Africa is a standing member of this committee. This committee, was afford an opportunity to make input into the UNWTO process of developing a tourism economic account.

Furthermore, the department invites StatsSA on a regular basis to engage with tourism stakeholders at platforms such as the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF) which constitutes of representatives from government i.e. ((a) provinces and (b) municipalities) and private sector to share information related to tourism statistics. This information includes methodologies for compilation of different data sets as well as tourism standard definitions to ensure comparability.

04 November 2015 - NW3849

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether, in view of a report that he received in 2012 from a working group chaired by a certain person (name furnished), which he commissioned to investigate the possibility of fee-free university education, the specified report shows that a fee-free university education is possible; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) when will he release the specified report to the public?

Reply:

1.Yes, I have investigated the feasibility of providing free quality education for the poor and working class. In 2012, the Ministerial Working Group on Fee-Free Higher Education was established, to investigate and advise on the feasibility of making university education fee-free for the poor in South Africa. The responsibilities of the Working Group included the following:

a) determine the actual cost of introducing fee-free university education for poor people in South Africa; in other words, what would it cost South Africa to offer fee-free university education to cover people classified as poor;

b) suggest a working definition of poor people in South Africa, if necessary suggesting different categories and how all can be provided fee-free university education;

c) consider existing policy provision and broadly consult documentation of other task teams/working groups in the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) which deal or dealt with related fields;

d) examine various models and options of providing fee-free higher education for poor people used elsewhere in the world and make recommendations to the Minister; and

e) contemplate all possible implications and consequences of providing fee-free university education for the poor.

The Working Group acknowledged that at this point in time in the development of South Africa, a well-considered system of free university education for the poor could go a long way towards increasing both access to and the quality of higher education, and in so doing help to tackle unemployment and poverty, reduce inequality and deepen democracy. It concluded that free university education for the poor in South Africa is feasible, but will require significant additional funding for both the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the university system.

The Ministerial Working Group on Fee-Free Higher Education advised that fee-free university education for the poor is feasible, if built on the current NSFAS cost sharing and recovery model. The implementation of fee-free university education is dependent on significant funding being made available, but the quantum of funding required varies depending on the range of parameters and policy decisions.

The report recommended that NSFAS be strengthened to implement the scheme and that a policy dialogue should be put in place to discuss the parameters and develop regulations for implementation. However, before the final policy and regulations are published, funding to support the scheme must be committed.

A Policy Dialogue comprising of the DHET, NSFAS, Universities South Africa, the University Council Chairs Forum, National Treasury, the South African Union of Students and the Council on Higher Education has been established to identify current and projected funding challenges and propose policy and legislative amendments in line with the recommendations of the Working Group on fee-free education, as well as the recommendations articulated in the National Development Plan that “all students who qualify for NSFAS must be provided access to full funding through loans and bursaries to cover costs of tuition, books, accommodation and living expenses”.

2. A copy of the report is available on the following link:

http://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/OrgUniversities.aspx

 

 

 

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04 November 2015 - NW3850

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

Is there a contract between the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd in relation to the sBux scheme; if not, (a) who are the parties to the contract relating to the sBux scheme and (b) what is the nature of that contract; if so, what is the nature of the specified contract between NSFAS and Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd?

Reply:

Yes, there is a service level agreement in place between the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd.

  (a) The parties to the sBux Scheme consist of NSFAS, Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd, students who receive allowances in the form of cell phone vouchers via the sBux Scheme and designated merchants who contract with both NSFAS and Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd.

There are several agreements in place which regulate the relationship between various parties participating in the sBux Scheme. The type of agreements and the parties to those agreements are provided below:

  • a service level agreement between NSFAS and Celbux SA (Pty) Ltd;
  • loan and/or bursary agreements are concluded between NSFAS and students in terms of which allowances are allocated to students; and
  • merchant registration agreements are concluded between NSFAS, Celbux and merchants.

 (b) NSFAS and Celbux have contracted in the form of a service level agreement in terms of which NSFAS has procured access to the technology, licences, authorisations and facilities to offer a mobile payment solution which ensures that the sBux service is available to the students at all times. The sBux service is a free service which is available to NSFAS students who are eligible for allowances. Presently however, only students registered at the eleven institutions participating in the new student centred model are able to receive their allowances in the form of cell phone vouchers.

NSFAS enters into contracts with students for the provision of non-cash allowances in the form of unique cell phone vouchers across four spending categories. These categories include books, meals, private accommodation and transport. However, as the transport category is not yet enabled, students receive cash vouchers in lieu of transport. In the latter case, the students are able to withdraw cash up to predetermined daily limits from registered cash withdrawal agents such as Shoprite (Pty) Ltd and Boxer (Pty) Ltd.

The agreement with Celbux makes provision for an audit trail for all transactions made on the system and additionally makes provision for fraud monitoring services.

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04 November 2015 - NW3818

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Is a certain person (name furnished) still employed by his department; if not, (a) during what period was the specified person employed by his department, (b) in what position(s) was the specified person employed, (c) what salary did the specified person receive in each specified financial year, (d) where did the specified person report for work during the period of employment and (e) for how many working days did the specified person report for work at the specified location in each specified financial year; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a. Yes, Mr Amos Monyela is still an employee of the Department of Higher Education and Training. He was seconded to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) as he was elected as an Office Bearer in the Provincial Office.

b. He was appointed in the position of Deputy Director: Human Resource Management.

c. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to divulge the salary particulars of employees without consent.

d. and (e) The official reports for work at the Gauteng Provincial Offices of NEHAWU in Johannesburg, with effect from 1 February 2012 to date.

 

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04 November 2015 - NW3710

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

(1)    What amount was written off as (a) irrecoverable debt, (b) irregular expenditure, (c) fruitless and wasteful expenditure and (d) unauthorised expenditure in each metropolitan municipality in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) What amount was condoned by the council as (a) irregular expenditure, (b) fruitless and wasteful expenditure and (c) unauthorised expenditure in each metropolitan municipality in the specified financial year? (3) What amount of the municipal infrastructure grant went unspent in each metropolitan municipality in the specified financial year? NW4392E

Reply:

  1. and (2) The table below presents the amounts written off as irrecoverable debt; the amounts incurred, condoned and written off as irregular expenditure as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure for each metropolitan municipality in the 2014/15 financial year. The information was sourced from the National Treasury.

Metropolitan Municipality

1(a) Irrecoverable Debt

Irregular Expenditure

Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure

Unauthorised Expenditure

 

Amount

Written-off in 2014/2015

1(b) Amount Incurred in 2014/15 FY

2(a) Written-off/ Condoned

1(c) Amount Incurred in 2014/15 FY

2(b) Written-off/ Condoned

1(d) Amount Incurred in 2014/15 FY

2(c) Written-off/ Condoned

Buffalo City

R 151,514,667

R377,136, 842

R-

R479,621

R-

R245,355,953

R-

Nelson Mandela Bay

R 257,092,457

R237,405,522

R8,184,320

R1,265,661

R198,938

R32,399,251

R640,829,075

Mangaung

R 687,414,714

R8,066,258

R-

R209,103

R-

R990,840,558

R-

Ekurhuleni

R 1,391,546,895

R30,385,244

29,340,359

R31,124,642

R1,165,930

R29,570,789

R-

City of Johannesburg

R -

R-

R-

R45,000

R-

R-

R-

City of Tshwane

R -

R65,323,586

R50,611

R992,600

R329,768

R1,023,573,003

R1,193,981,952

Ethekwini

R 111,311,000.00

R129,961,000

R402,900,000

R-

R-

R-

R-

City of Cape Town

R 691,852,000.00

R-

R45,000

R-

R-

R-

R-

(3) Metropolitan municipalities do not receive Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG).

03 November 2015 - NW3531

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Health

(1)In view of the high incident levels of breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), what is the statistics on the number of (a) reported cases across all hospitals for (i) stage 2 to 4 breast cancer and (ii) DCIS and (b) procedures undertaken for (i) double mastectomies, (ii) single mastectomies and (iii) lumpectomies in (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013 and (cc) 2014; (2) does his department (a) train intern surgeons and (b) promote the performance of (i) reconstructive surgery and (ii) oncoplastic procedures; if not, why not, in each case, taking into consideration the dignity of and the emotional impact it has on a patient; if so, how many procedures were performed in the specified years?

Reply:

Honourable Member will remember that the Cancer Register has just been established in our country to try and record such statistics about Cancer.

It is only in April this year that National Treasury has started funding it directly from the fiscus rather than through the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) as it were. But the training of Registers and reconstructive surgery is definitely going on.

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03 November 2015 - NW3813

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Has the SA Human Rights Commission made a follow-up on their recommendations with regard to report reference number MP/2011/0134, in respect of the Emalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, to ensure compliance; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I have been informed by the South African Human Rights Commission, that yes, the Commission has made follow-ups in this regard.

I have furthermore been informed that following numerous correspondences (including a letter in February 2015) sent to the Municipality requesting an update on the implementation of the recommendations in the report, the Municipality appealed the Commission’s findings.

In September 2015, the Office of the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission dismissed the Municipality’s appeal and the provincial office is now engaging the Municipality with a view to obtain the Municipality’s time-framed implementation plan aimed at effecting the recommendations in the report.

 

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03 November 2015 - NW3773

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What reasons will the South African Government provide the Assembly of States for non-compliance with the International Criminal Court order to arrest President, Mr Omar Al-Bashir?

Reply:

The South African Government has requested the International Criminal Court for an extension of the time-limit to submit our view on the events surrounding Omar Al Bashir’s attendance of the African Union Summit in Johannesburg from 13 to 15 June 2015, until such time as the ongoing judicial proceedings before the South African Courts are finalized.

The Pre- Trial Chamber of the ICC has granted an extension and has ordered the competent authorities in the Republic of South Africa to report to the Chamber on any developments in the judicial proceedings as they occur; and should no such developments occur prior to 15 December 2015, to submit a report detailing the status of the relevant domestic judicial proceedings not later than 31 December 2015.

The Honourable Member’s request for reasons is therefore premature.

 

03 November 2015 - NW3694

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

In light of the claim by the workers at Magwa Tea Plantation in Ntabankulu, Eastern Cape, that they have not been paid since July 2014, which is contrary to his claim in his reply to question 2366 on 13 July 2015, what steps does he intend to take to ensure that the specified workers are paid their salaries on time? NW4362E

Reply:

The provincial department of agriculture in the Eastern Cape called the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian reform has reported that R1.9 million was paid to Magwa tea plantation for the workers’ salaries in 2015/16. The province has indicated that this amount is what they could afford in the current financial year but there is a huge backlog. This project is funded through the equitable share and was never funded through the conditional grants. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has been informed that a business rescue plan has been developed which indicates that at least R66 million is needed to turnaround the business, this figure includes outstanding payments due to workers. The DAFF welcomes the business rescue plan and will set up a team to verify this report by the province and determine the actual outstanding payments to workers as well as support the province in its bid to get additional funding to support the project. It is stated that the business is currently not profitable and no assurances can be made for workers to be paid their salaries on time under current situation.

03 November 2015 - NW3656

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the Digital Terrestrial Television tenders relating to the set-top boxes and antennae administered by her department, (a) what amount has been paid to each specified supplier to date, (b) when was the specified amount paid and (c) what are the terms of payment of the balance due in terms of the contract arising from the specified tenders?

Reply:

(a) Contracts were entered into between USAASA and the Manufacturers of which terms of references

(b) Payments are part of the terms of the reference between USAASA and manufacturers

(c) Terms of payment are part of the contract terms of reference between USAASA and manufacturers

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

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MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

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03 November 2015 - NW3065

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

a) As the Department we understand Red tape as set of processes/ systems that requires excessive formality or routine to perform or execute functions that impediments the department to achieve its set objectives within a reasonable time period.

b) (i) The department holds monthly management meetings to address all challenges faced by the department. Furthermore, there are Forums in place and functional i.e. Chief Financial Officers Forums, Technical Advisory Committee to National Health Council and National Health Council.

(ii) (aa) (bb) (aaa) The Department has approved policies in place and fully implemented, are in line with national policies and regulations. The department has management tracking system register in place and fully functional to track and reduce the red tapes.

The public entities reporting to the Minister of Health defines red tape as follows:

  • The Office of Health Standards Compliance: excessive regulation of external stakeholders (health establishments) and internal business operations which hinders flexibility in the business operations of the regulated stakeholders and internal business operations of the entity.
  • The National Health Laboratory Service: excessive regulation and bureaucratic practices which hinder timeous decision making.
  • The South African Medical Research Council: there is no legal / public policy instrument that gives an official meaning to the concept of “red tape”. However, the general understanding is that the concept would refer to an “unnecessary delay”.

- The Council for Medical Schemes: excessive regulation as well as rigid conformity to formal policies and procedures and as bureaucratic processes between the entity and the Executive Authority.

(b) (i) The specific interventions and/or (ii) systems implemented to identify (aa) and (bb) reduce red tape in the (bbb) entities reporting to the Minister of Health are as follows:

  • The Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC): Regulates health establishments in the country through regulations which get processed for promulgation by involving stakeholders through publication of the draft regulations for public comments to identify through comments received, any provisions in the draft regulations which may be considered Red Tape by stakeholders. Review of the comments received provide the OHSC an opportunity to identify and reduce “red tape” by ensuring that provisions in the regulations allow for flexibility in how the regulated stakeholders conduct their business, but without compromising on the compliance requirements (public protection) to ensure quality in the provision of health services by health establishments.

Internally OHSC also has policies in place which provide guidance in terms of how decisions should be made to avoid “red tape”. The policies go through a rigorous process of review by OHSC governance structures (Management and Board Committees) before approval by the Board as the ultimate Accounting Authority. This review process is meant to ensure that any provisions in the policies of the entity which may be considered “red tape” are identified and reduced by considering flexible ways for decision making. The OHSC has a delegation of authority policy which also assists in dealing with “red tape” by ensuring that operational decisions are left for management to take and that only strategic decisions are reserved for the Board.  

  • The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS): The NHLS Board has clear mandate as outlined in the NHLS Act and Board Charter. These instruments allow the Board and Executives to make decisions within the confines of the delegated powers and authority. Issues requiring Ministerial approval are referred to the Department in writing and feedback is received timeously.
  • The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC): Due to the lack of legal / authoritative premise to support the concept, the SAMRC does not have a standing policy on identifying “red tape”. However, the SAMRC has the internal policies that guide it on delivering its mandate and engagements with other health / science cluster entities or with the ministry or the departments.

In particular, among others, the SAMRC uses the following processes to ensure that no unnecessary delays result from any of the SAMRC processes:

  • A review of the key processes to identify bottlenecks and areas that can be improved from an efficiency perspective without compromising compliance with the relevant legislation; and
  • Feedback from customers and staff.

The following interventions have been introduced to reduce delays”:

  • Automated processes wherever possible to speed up transaction times and reduce manual intervention;
  • The coordination of key processes in a shared services environment to ensure processes are consistent and as efficient as possible;
  • Automated help desks in areas such as IT, facilities, finance and supply chain management to enable staff and customers to communicate problems quickly and enable their resolution to be tracked; and
  • Service level agreements for departments with target turnaround times for services provided which are tracked and published to staff and customers.

Laws such as the Inter-governmental Relations Framework Act, existence of the Research Ethics Committee as well as the Significance and Materiality Framework agreed between the SAMRC and the Ministry of Health in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, form part of the regulatory regime the SAMRC utilises to manage its engagements.

  • The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS): The CMS develops Memorandum of Understanding with entities it works with and departments within the CMS, this allows for more efficient processes to be followed. Policies and procedures are presented to the different governance structures within CMS where the policies are interrogated to ensure that they are not cumbersome and that CMS is able to carry out its mandate with minimal amount of “red tape”, it allows for flexibility without compromising CMS in terms of compliance with relevant legislation. Through its risk management process CMS is able to identify key areas where there are delays in processes that may hinder CMS in executing its mandate. Automated processes e.g. Real time monitoring of schemes financials have been introduced to stakeholders to allow for submission of regulatory information with as little “red tape” as possible. CMS deals with the Executive Authority through the office of the Health Regulation and Compliance division at the National Department of Health (NDoH) and further a task team has been established between CMS and NDoH in order to promote communication to avoid unnecessary “red tape”.

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03 November 2015 - NW3765

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

In respect of the respect of the recent presidential pardons granted to political prisoners, what are the relevant details of the rehabilitative and reintegrative steps and procedures that are in place to assist those who have received such pardon to successfully reintegrate back into the society?

Reply:

A Special Dispensation was adopted on 21 November 2007 following an announcement by the President addressing a Joint Sitting of Parliament in order to facilitate the granting of Presidential pardon for individuals who have committed offences they believe were in pursuit of political objectives in terms of section 84 (2) (j) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. On 19 January 2008 the President announced the appointment of a Reference Group that will consider applications for pardoning and to advise the President of the "special process" for the pardoning. The Reference Group and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development handled and managed the administration of the process. After consultation with the office of the President, the department has resuscitated this process and it is now at an advanced stage. However, it should be emphasized that only those individuals who applied for the presidential pardon are currently considered by a Ministerial Task Team.

At this stage it can be confirmed that no presidential pardons were granted to sentenced offenders. However, offenders in the above mentioned category who qualifies in terms of the normal parole placement policy are considered for parole placement and only those who comply with all requirements are released on parole. The Ministerial Task Team ensured that offenders who applied in terms of the Special Dispensation and still incarcerated have done the following programs to prepare them for eventual parole release:

  • Life skills with social workers (orientation, defining of self- image, completion of collage presentation, self-knowledge and self- acceptance , development , motivation, future planning).
  • Life skills with psychologists
  • Pre-release (health education, financial management, relationships, restorative justice, finding employment, parole conditions, substance abuse relapse prevention)
  • Cross roads
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger in anger out
  • Heart lines
  • Restorative justice / VOD / VOM
  • Recreational programs
  • Spiritual care
  • Hope Foundation: purple ribbon for peace: (conflict analysis, emotional planning, active listening, assertiveness, problem solving, negotiation, mediation)

03 November 2015 - NW3557

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

Whether any internal investigation has been conducted into the municipal manager of Kareeberg Local Municipality in the Northern Cape, Mr Willem de Bruin, because of (a) his appointment without meeting the minimum requirements for the position in terms of his department and National Treasury's regulations, (b) criminal charges laid against him (CAS96/3/2015) for his misuse of the municipal commonage for personal gain and (c) his unlawful interventions in the tender processes of the municipality; if not, why not; if so, what is the current status of the internal investigation?NW 4224E

Reply:

The Department has requested the MEC responsible for local government in the Northern Cape Province to investigate this matter and report back to the Minister. The Honourable Member will be furnished with a reply once the information referred herein is received

03 November 2015 - NW3546

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

With reference to proper environmental measures that must be undertaken by large scale mining operations with regard to mining rehabilitation which will also prevent illegal mining, what is his department doing to transform illegal mining operations into legitimate mining businesses that will contribute to the economy of the country and create employment opportunities?

Reply:

The Department issues mining rights and permits to promote legitimate mining and removal of exposed minerals at sites which are viable to mine.

03 November 2015 - NW3758

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department has evaluated the number of requests from citizens and organizations to the Public Protector to investigate complaints of the abuse of authority from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2015, in order to (a) pick out the common threads and deal with it systemically through legislative reform, (b) draw the attention of the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, and the national executive to deal with such abuse of power, (c) work with the Minister of Police to ensure that hotspots of corruption in the Government are regularly and systematically investigated and transgressors prosecuted to maintain the confidence of citizens in the Government, (d) work with the Minister of Finance and the Auditor-General to ensure that better systems are put in place to prevent the serial and large-scale abuse of state funds and resources by rogue elements in the Government and (e) determine how best to provide the Public Protector’s Office with adequate resources in order to meet the avalanche of requests for the specified office to investigate; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a), (b), (c) and (d):

As the Honourable member is aware, in terms of section 181(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, all organs of state, through legislative and others measures, must assist and protect all the institutions supporting constitutional democracy, including the Public Protector, to ensure the independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness of these institutions.

It is, therefore, the responsibility of all organs of state, including the President, the national executive and Government, as referred to by the Honourable member, to evaluate the number of requests from citizens and organisations to the Public Protector to investigate the complaints of the abuse of authority from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2015, in order to act upon it as indicated in paragraphs (a) to (d) of the Honourable member’s question.

In view of the above, I would kindly advise the Honourable member to scrutinize the relevant findings in all the Public Protector’s reports during the period in question and if necessary address his questions to the organs of state concerned.

As far as could be ascertained from the reports of the Public Protector during the period in question, there were no requests from citizens and organisations to the Public Protector to investigate complaints of the abuse of authority against the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and it was therefore not necessary for the Department to act upon it as indicated in paragraphs (a) to (d) of the Honourable member’s question.

(e) Government has been supportive of the Public Protector’s requests for increasing its investigative capacity as is evident by the significant increase in its budget allocation throughout the previous Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) periods. The Honourable member may also be aware that Parliament approved the revised organizational structure of the Public Protector comprising of 420 posts in the 2012/2013 financial year. At the time, the Public Protector was advised by my colleague the Minister of Finance to develop a multi-year implementation plan to ensure that critical posts are prioritized and filled within the medium term expenditure framework allocations. During his 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on 21 October 2015, the Minister of Finance also indicated that the Public Protector will receive an additional allocation to address capacity challenges.

It should also be noted that within the current economic climate it is expected of all institutions supporting constitutional democracy, including the Public Protector, to work together to determine how to deal with matters in a more economic, cost effective and efficient manner and to ensure that there is no duplication as it relates to their mandates.

The Honourable member may further be aware, that the National Assembly is still seized with the report of the Ad hoc Committee on the Review of Chapter 9 and associated Institutions often referred to as the Kader Asmal report. This report contains a number of recommendations that may have far-reaching implications for the institutions supporting constitutional democracy, including the Public Protector. The Speaker of the National Assembly recently convened a workshop of relevant stakeholders in order to exchange views and to finalize the National Assembly’s position in order to help Parliament to adopt the report.

With all the above in mind and given our limited resources, it is my view that the Public Protector should be able to execute its mandate and deliver on its core business responsibilities within the budget allocation and assistance that was provided for by Government.

 

03 November 2015 - NW3830

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Has he or his department contacted or been contacted by any organ of state of the United States of America (USA) in respect of the ongoing investigation and indictment into allegations of corruption with regard to the Fifa 2010 Soccer World Cup Tournament; if not, why has he not contacted any USA organ of state in this regard; if so, in each case, (a) when and (b) what are the relevant details of such communication?

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that yes, I and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development have received a communication from the Legal Attaché of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in South Africa in this regard.

(a) During June 2015, the Legal Attaché (FBI) in South Africa, forwarded a letter to the Department, attaching a copy of an indictment related to the FIFA matter.

(b) The purpose of the letter was to bring the contents of the indictment under the attention of the Department. It was also stated in the letter that the FBI was looking forward to the continued partnership between the FBI, the American Department of Justice and the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

The Department submitted the letter to me in a memorandum, informing me of the contents of the letter as well as the indictment. I was also informed that a formal request for assistance has not yet been received from the American authorities. I noted the contents of the memorandum, including the indictment, and forwarded copies of the indictment to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Corruption, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT).

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03 November 2015 - NW3742

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

With reference to his reply to question 2388 on 7 October 2015, has his department now sourced the information; if not, when will the information be made available; if so, what were the (a) salaries, (b) bonuses, (c) travel, airtime and data allowances and (d) stipends payable to the (i) Chief Executive Officer and (ii) Chairperson of the (aa) 2010 Fifa World Cup Bid Committee and (bb) 2010 Local Organising Committee in the (aaa) 2004-05, (bbb) 2005-06, (ccc) 2006-07, (ddd) 2007-08, (eee) 2008-09, (fff) 2009-10 and (ggg) 2010-11 financial years?

Reply:

We are still trying to source this information as the Bid Company has long winded up its affairs and the information required is not readily available.

03 November 2015 - NW3751

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1)With reference to the allocation of the boxing bouts of Boxing South Africa, which province was assigned the boxing bout for 25 September 2015; (2) is the specified province responsible for financing the specified boxing bout; if not, which entity is responsible for financing the specified boxing bout; (3) (a) will the specified boxing bout be televised, (b) who was selected as the promoter of the specified boxing bout and (c) where is the specified promoter based; (4) has the specified promoter previously been selected to promote any boxing bout; if so, (a) which bouts has the specified promoter previously promoted and (b) how has the specified promoter arrange the (i) allocation and (ii) adjudication of the specified boxing bout; (5) has the Eastern Cape been assigned a boxing bout; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was the specified boxing bout scheduled to take place and (b) who is responsible for the allocation of the boxing bouts of Boxing South Africa?

Reply:

We are still trying to source information and consulting with the Boxing South Africa (BSA) on this matter.

03 November 2015 - NW3413

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Who is paying for the consumption of 28,2% of electricity that is purchased and distributed by the City of Johannesburg and lost through illegal connections amounting to R2,5 billion in monetary value?

Reply:

The following information was provided by City Power Johannesburg:

The electricity distribution industry is characterised by distribution losses, and categorised into technical and non-technical losses.

Technical losses represent the energy lost when transmitted and distributed through overhead lines, transformers and cables to reach the customer, while non-technical losses represent losses due to theft of electricity, unbilled and incorrectly billed customers, Large Power Users illegally converted to pre-paid mode, vandalism and bypassing of meters and illegal connections.

The 28,2% losses with a monetary value of R2,5 billion refers to the 2013/14 financial year, and reflects the total distribution losses, technical and non-technical. Technical losses are calculated at 9% and non-technical losses are the difference between the total distribution and the technical losses.

For the 2014/15 financial year the total distribution losses was reduced to 18,63% with technical losses at 9% and non-technical losses at 9,63% amounting to R1,524 billion.

The City of Johannesburg annually makes budget provision for the purchase of electricity and the sale thereof and due to non-technical losses, the actual sales is less than the budget. The City of Johannesburg therefor pays for the non-technical losses.

03 November 2015 - NW2980

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

Whether his department has made any progress in establishing any prisoner transfer agreements with other countries; if not, what (a) impediments are preventing the negotiation of such agreements and (b) action is her department taking to overcome the specified impediments; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, progress has been made in that all relevant Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Departments were consulted and a process of approaching Cabinet for a decision on a South African position on prisoner transfer agreements with other countries has been initiated.

(a) and (b). Fall away.

03 November 2015 - NW3725

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether his department is aware that municipal disaster funds were utilised to repair the ring road in Kwanomzamo, Riebeek East in Makana Municipality in June and July 2015; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details: 2. Who was the contractor appointed to repair the specified Ring Road?

Reply:

1.The municipal disaster funds were not utilised to repair the specific Ring Road at Kwanomzamo, Riebeek East in Makana Local Municipality.

This road is not specified within the approved Independent Assessment and Verified Report for the disaster declared in Makana Local Municipality in 2012. According to the report received from the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre, the Ring Road at Kwanomzamo, Riebeek East was not part of the assessed and verified project, as approved in the Independent Assessment and Verification report.

2. According to the report received from the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre, the Contractor appointed to repair the Ring Road is Izana Civils.

03 November 2015 - NW3655

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Whether three companies (names furnished) have been instructed to produce set-top boxes (STBs) arising from the four Digital Terrestrial Television programme tenders; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, (a) how many (i) STBs and (ii) antennae from each tender were ordered from each of the specified suppliers and (b) what are the costs of the specified items of each supplier, (2) whether any orders have been placed with other suppliers beside the specified suppliers; if so, (a) with which companies have these orders been placed, (b) when were the specified orders placed and (c) what is the delivery date of the specified orders; (3) whether a non-disclosure agreement by the Universal Service Access Agency of South Africa has been imposed on (a) her department and/or (b) the specified companies who have secured orders in terms of the specified tenders?

Reply:

(1) USAASA, as an entity, is responsible for the procurement of STBs and has confirmed placement of orders with the manufacturers of:

(a) (i) One million five hundred thousand (1.5 million)

(ii) One million antennae

(b) Department is still in the process of engagement with USAASA regarding the purchase prices of STBs and accessories

(2) USAASA has confirmed placement of purchase orders with the manufactures from the established panel of suppliers of STBs:

(a) USAASA has confirmed placing purchase orders with three companies

(b) Orders were placed in August 2015

(c) Delivery of STBs is dependent on the manufacturers satisfying Conformance Regime and the testing of STBs on the network. Actual delivery is to consider a lag period of eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks from ordering of components by manufacturers from suppliers.

(3)

(a) Any agreement for the production and supply of STBs is between USAASA and manufacturers

(b) Any agreement for the production and supply of STBs is between USAASA and manufacturers

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

03 November 2015 - NW3115

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 2600 on 5 August 2015, (a) what is the estimated cost of building the new hospital, (b) what is the expected completion date and (c) how many patients is the new hospital going to accommodate?

Reply:

a) The estimated cost of building the new hospital will be determined once the relocation of the existing hospital has been finalised and planning of the new hospital is complete. As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the successful bidder will relocate the hospital and build new hospital at his own cost.

b) The expected completion date will be determined once the relocation of the existing hospital has been finalised and planning of the new hospital is complete.

c) The existing hospital has 266 usable beds. The bed utilisation rate is currently 60%. 150 patients are currently admitted with 116 beds empty. The hospital will be relocated with the same bed capacity of 266 beds.

END.

03 November 2015 - NW3418

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September, Ms CC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No;

The Department does not meet the 2% Employment Equity target at present.

The Department acknowledges that achieving disability equity is imperative to the transformational agenda set by the Constitution (1996), the White Paper on Affirmative Action (1998) and other subsequent legislations.

Employees with Disabilities make up to 1.4 % (percent) of employees in the Department. The low representation of person with disabilities in the Department emanate from the rule that disability disclosure is done on a voluntary basis.

Concreted efforts are been made to allow persons with disabilities to apply for position in the Department and to apply for positions in the Department and encourage those that are within to disclose their disabilities status in order to meet or exceed the required 2% targets.

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03 November 2015 - NW3721

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether a certain person (name furnished) is a consultant to his department; if not, in what capacity does the specified person work for his department; if so (a) what are the set key performance areas and outcomes of the specified person and (b) how is the specified person remunerated?

Reply:

The person referred to is not a consultant, but is employed as a Special Advisor to the Minister.

(a) The person referred to is appointed as a Special Advisor in accordance with Public Service Act Section 12A (i), to:

  1. Advise the Executive Authority on the exercise/performance of the Executive Authority’s powers and duties
  2. Advise the Executive Authority on the development of policy that will promote the department’s objectives and
  3. Perform such tasks as appropriate in respect of the exercise/performance of the Executive Authority’s powers and duties

(b) The person referred to is remunerated in accordance with Section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994 and the relevant dispensation for Special Advisors, as contained in Section 17 of the Act.

03 November 2015 - NW3533

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether patients who have no medical aid cover are required to make any additional payments, including administration fees when making use of State hospital services; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether patients such as Transmed members, who do have medical aid cover and who are required to make use of State hospitals, are required to make any additional payments, including administration fees, when making use of State hospital services; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) how many patients in State hospitals have (i) died or (ii) been injured due to negligence or deliberate actions by the employees and/or management of State hospitals in each year from 1 January 1995 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what type of malpractices in State hospitals have brought about the most (i) deaths and (ii) injuries; (4) (a) how much compensation has been paid out in the specified period, (b) on what legal grounds were the payments made and (c) how many of the payments took place due to (i) court orders or (ii) settlement agreements; (5) what steps has he taken and will he take to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in State hospitals?

Reply:

  1. Cash-paying patients, i.e those with no medical aid are classified according to UPFS (Uniform Patient Fee Schedule).

Patients in H1 category paying nothing.

Patient in H2 paying part of the fee and patient in H3 category pay full hospital fees.

2. When a patient on medical aid utilises public health facilities, they are not required to pay only extra cash above what the medical aid pay for them.

3. Honourable Member, death of a patient due to a deliberate action by employees and/or management of state hospitals to me means murdering such a patient – that is what deliberate action will mean to me.

We have never had a report of such.

4. Since the various litigations are directed at provinces and not at the Minister, and payments are done by provinces, I am still collecting this data.

5. Honourable Member, it will to a long way for you to be a bit specific about the deaths you are referring to, in order to help me answer your question.

Number of deaths from what? HIV/AIDS? TB? Pneumonia? Diarrhoea? Diabetes, Stroke, Cancer? Hepatitis? Meningitis? Heart failure? Liver failure? Prematurity?

And what type of injuries – motor vehicle accidents? Gunshots wounds? Assault? Stab wounds? Burn wounds? What exactly?

END.

03 November 2015 - NW3699

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in light of the trauma suffered by mothers of still-born babies who are not allowed to bury their babies if they are born at 26 weeks or younger and do not survive (details furnished), (a) his department is aware of this consequence of the existing legislation and (b) he intends to introduce amendments to current legislation that regulates the disposal of medical waste; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a)-(b) We are aware of the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registrations Act (Act No 51 of 1992), which is the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs. According to the Act a death below 26 weeks of intrauterine life, is not classified as a still-birth and thus does not qualify to receive a death certificate. Midwives and doctors provide counselling to the mother and her partner to come to terms with the still-birth and refer them for further counselling should this be necessary.

END.

03 November 2015 - NW3450

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

When does she intend to introduce the Media Development and Diversity Agency’s amending Bill in Parliament?

Reply:

The Department anticipates that the MDDA Amendment Bill will be introduced in Parliament during the fourth (4) quarter of 2015/16 Financial year

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

03 November 2015 - NW2953

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 1570 on 21 October 2014, what amount of the total expense allowance afforded to the (a) Chief Executive Officer, (b) Chief Financial Officer and (c) Chief Operating Officer, as executive board members, is attributed to (i) housing allowance, (ii) car allowance, (iii) cell phone allowance, (iv) other cash allowance, (v) entertainment allowance, (vi) subsistence allowance, (vii) benefit replacement allowance, (viii) insurance allowance, (ix) acting allowance and (x) special allowance, in each specified case?

Reply:

The information on the total expense allowance afforded to the CEO, COO, and CFO is contained in the 2015 Annual Report of the SABC.

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

03 November 2015 - NW3785

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Why was the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) transaction not included in the nuclear co-operation framework agreement that was signed with the Russian Federation in 2014; (2) is the Government selling the PBMR hardware or intellectual property; (3) whether any tender process has been undertaken in this regard; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) PBMR has been placed under care and maintenance since 2010 and has not been involved in any commercial transactions other than the disposal of non-strategic assets that was approved as part of the care and maintenance. The Rosatom transaction reported in the National Treasury Annual Report was declined on this basis.

Issues relating to nuclear co-operation framework agreement and what is included therein, are within the domain of the Minister of Energy.

(2) Government is not selling any of PBMR hardware or intellectual property.

(3) There are no commercial activities taking place within PBMR as it is under care and maintenance, therefore no tender processes have been undertaken.

 

03 November 2015 - NW3446

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2858 on 2 September 2015 and in respect of each case, (a) what (i) was the cost of the individual flights and (ii) class did she travel, (b) who accompanied her, (c) what was the cost of (i) the flights for those who accompanied her and (ii) accommodation for (aa) her and (bb) those who accompanied her and (d) what amount did her department spend on (i) other specified expenses and (ii) allowances for (aa) her and (bb) those who accompanied her?

Reply:

This question has been previously responded to in details. Refer to a response to Question number 2858 that was published on 7 August 2015.

 

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

03 November 2015 - NW2978

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

(a) How many foreign nationals are currently incarcerated in correctional centres as (i) sentenced offenders, (ii) remand detainees and (iii) detainees awaiting deportation, (b) what is the breakdown of the specified foreign nationals in respect of their country of origin and (c) what services does his department provide to the specified foreign nationals?

Reply:

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

NUMBER OF FOREIGN NATIONALS AS ON 10 AUGUST 2015

NATIONALITY

SENTENCE GROUPS

 

REMAND DETAINEES

DETAINEES AWAITING DEPORTATION

SENTENCED

ALL SENTENCE GROUPS

ALGERIA

0

 

1

1

AMERICAN SAMOA

0

 

2

2

ANGOLA

14

 

65

79

ARGENTINA

0

 

2

2

AUSTRALIA

0

 

1

1

AUSTRIA

0

 

2

2

BANGLADESH

14

 

5

19

BENIN

1

 

3

4

BOLIVIA

1

 

44

45

BOTSWANA

4

 

11

15

BRAZIL

2

 

20

22

BRIT. CARRIBEAN FED (JA,WL,WV)

0

 

1

1

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY

0

 

2

2

BULGARIA

4

 

6

10

BURUNDI

17

 

18

35

CAMEROON

4

 

11

15

CANADA

0

 

1

1

CAPE VERDE

0

 

2

2

CHINA

8

 

15

23

COLOMBIA

0

 

4

4

CONGO

57

 

67

124

CZECH REPUBLIC

1

 

0

1

DENMARK

0

 

1

1

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

0

 

1

1

ECUADOR

0

 

5

5

EGYPT

2

 

1

3

EL SALVADOR

0

 

1

1

ERITREA

0

 

1

1

ETHIOPIA

18

 

13

31

FRANCE

0

 

2

2

FRENCH GUIANA

0

 

1

1

GAMBIA

1

 

0

1

GHANA

3

 

16

19

GUINEA

2

 

3

5

GUINEA-BISSAU

0

 

2

2

GUYANA

1

 

9

10

ICELAND

0

 

0

0

INDIA

3

 

8

11

IRELAND

1

 

0

1

ISRAEL

1

 

0

1

JAMAICA

0

 

2

2

KENYA

7

 

18

25

LATVIA

1

 

0

1

LESOTHO

467

11

1044

1522

LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA

0

 

1

1

LIBERIA

2

 

1

3

LIECHTENSTEIN

1

 

0

1

MACAO

1

 

0

1

MALAWI

317

26

218

561

MALI

0

 

1

1

MAURITIUS

0

 

1

1

MOZAMBIQUE

710

8

1665

2383

NAMIBIA

17

 

23

40

NETHERLANDS

0

 

1

1

NIGER

3

 

1

4

NIGERIA

202

 

250

452

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

0

 

1

1

PAKISTAN

23

 

21

44

PARAGUAY

0

 

4

4

PERU

1

 

23

24

PORTUGAL

0

 

3

3

RWANDA

0

 

1

1

SENEGAL

0

 

3

3

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

1

 

3

4

SIERRA LEONE

1

 

1

2

SOMALIA

28

 

17

45

SPAIN

1

 

4

5

SUDAN

1

 

2

3

SWAZILAND

41

 

180

221

TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA

0

 

3

3

TAJIKISTAN

1

 

0

1

TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF

141

2

188

331

THAILAND

0

 

1

1

TOGO

1

 

0

1

TURKEY

0

 

1

1

UGANDA

10

2

20

32

UNITED KINGDOM

0

 

5

5

UNITED STATES

0

 

1

1

VENEZUELA

1

 

3

4

VIET NAM

2

 

4

6

ZAIRE

0

 

5

5

ZAMBIA

4

 

17

21

ZIMBABWE

1324

9

2234

3567

TOTAL

3468

58

6318

9844

(c) Services are provided to all inmates within the South African Corrections System irrespective of their nationality. However, it is internationally accepted that foreign nationals in the correctional system of any country present a challenge due to their unfamiliarity with the language and culture as well as the lack of close contact with their families.

02 November 2015 - NW3702

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

Why was the employment contract of the suspended Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Arno Lamoer, not renewed?

Reply:

Lieutenant General Lamoer entered into a five year contract as the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape with effect from 1 December 2010 with an expiry date of 30 November 2015. Section 7(1) of the South African Police Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995) stipulates that an appointed Provincial Commissioner shall occupy that office for a period of five years from the date of his or her appointment or such shorter period as may be determined at the time of his or her appointment by the National Commissioner in consultation with the member of the Executive Council of the relevant province.

Section 7(2) of the Act provides for the National Commissioner to extend the term at the expiry thereof for a period not exceeding five years at a time, subject to consultation with the member of the Executive Council of the relevant province. The non-renewal of Lieutenant General Lamoer’s contract is a decision arrived in compliance with the above policy provisions.

02 November 2015 - NW3701

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to the National Treasury’s 2014-15 Annual Report which states that the National Treasury compiled a memorandum on Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) training and research educational assets as well as the transaction with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, why was the specified PBMR transaction not included in the nuclear co-operation framework agreement signed with the Russian Federation in 2014; (2) (a) what is the nature and extent of the Government’s transaction with Rosatom and (b) is the Government selling the PBMR (i) hardware and/or (ii) intellectual property; (3) What is the total value of the specified PBMR transaction; (4) What tender process has been undertaken in this regard; (5) Does the specified transaction comply with South Africa’s commitments under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1968?

Reply:

  1. Government of South Africa’s intention is to procure the Nuclear New Build Programme including the 9.6 GW of nuclear energy. The Department of Energy would respectfully advise you to further consult with National Treasury regarding their annual report statements.
  2. a) There is no transaction between Government and Rosatom apart from the signed Nuclear Framework Agreement.

b) No the Government is not selling the PBMR, i) nor is it selling the Hardware and/or ii) Intellectual Property.

3. See answer in 2) above.

4. There is no tender process involving PBMR taking place as stated above.

5. There is no specified transaction on this matter.

02 November 2015 - NW3092

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) Who are the stakeholders and partners involved with the Academy for Leadership and Management in Healthcare and (b) what is the (i) nature and (ii) extent of their involvement; (2) whether the academy has presented any training courses and/or workshops; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the nature of the specified training courses and/or workshops, (b) who underwent training or attended the workshops and (c) when did each training course and/or workshop take place; (3) whether the academy has accredited any health care management courses at education and training providers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the names of the courses, (b) where are these courses presented, (c) since when have they been presented and (d) how many persons have graduated from each of these courses; (4) has the academy set norms and standards in health management; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the academy has detailed the competency and qualification requirements for hospital managers; if not, why not; if so, what are they?

Reply:

(1) (a) The Academy for Leadership and Management in Health has not yet been established. The Public Health Enhancement Fund (which represents a grouping of companies operating in the private health care sector in South Africa), namely the Social Compact Forum, are assisting the Advisory Committee for the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health.

(b) (i) Funding and monitoring implementation of initiatives of the Advisory Committee of the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health to improve the management capacity and skills of health managers as well as the process to finalise the institutional framework for the establishment of the Academy for leadership and Management in Health.

(ii) The extent of their involvement is as follows:

  • Receive recommendations from the Advisory Committee of the Academy for leadership and Management in Health;
  • Ensure alignment and approval of these initiatives from the Department of Health;
  • Consider and grant approval for funding; and
  • Monitor progress and report back to the Social Compact Forum and the Department of Health.

(2) to (5) The Academy has not yet been established.

END.

02 November 2015 - NW3331

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Whether the Government has ever discussed or intends to discuss at a diplomatic level with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the issue of religious freedom in Iran; (2) Whether she is aware that Christians in the country are frustrated to know that the Government has good diplomatic relations with Iran and yet does not seem to consider the issue of religious freedom and the persecution of Christians in Iran as a serious matter or even a concern; (3) has she taken any steps with regard to this issue; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps has she taken and (b) are there further relevant details in this regard

Reply:

(1). Yes. South Africa and Iran are in the process of concluding a Modality Framework Agreement for the establishment of a Structured Dialogue Forum specifically focused on Human Rights. Once concluded, the Dialogue Forum will convene regularly and constitute a platform for both countries to hold frank discussions on issues and concerns regarding domestic human rights.

(2) The Dialogue Forum will allow the two countries to engage on all issues of human rights as contained in the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. South Africa and Iran already discuss human rights issues within the Joint Commission and the Dialogue Forum will provide a further platform for deeper engagement and cooperation.

(3) (a) During the 12th Joint Commission between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran held in Tehran on 10 to 11 May 2015 the two sides agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights in international fora among others. My Department, together with our Iranian counterparts are in the process of finalising a Modality Framework Agreement to establish a Structured Dialogue Forum.

(b). Not applicable.

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02 November 2015 - NW3762

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Energy

In light of the recent unveiling of the R150m clean energy power plant by Anglo American Platinum to reduce its reliance and draw on the national energy grid thus reducing demand for electricity from Eskom, has she considered promoting the specified kind of self-help and self-reliance strategy to other mining organisations and industries as this would greatly assist in reducing supply side shortages of electricity; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The electricity Regulation Act permits generation for own use (under schedule 2). This greatly assists in reducing demand for those entities like Anglo Platinum, that are able to provide their own power instead of relying on Eskom.

02 November 2015 - NW3825

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Has she done any assessment of possible changes in poverty levels at schools since the introduction of the quintile system; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the specified assessments and (b) what were the results thereof; (2) does she intend to review the quintile system in view of the hardship that the system is causing to many schools that are serving very poor learners; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) how?

Reply:

(1) (a) The quintile system was introduced through the publication of the National Norms and Standards for School Funding in 1998. Paragraph 107 of the National Norms and Standards for School Funding (NNSSF) determines that Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) must annually, subject to the availability of new data which is sufficiently reliable, consider reviewing the poverty scores of schools and/or the poverty ranking of a school and make the necessary adjustments to effect equity. In addition to these annual assessments by PEDs, the Department of Basic Education continuously monitors the implementation of the funding policy and its impact on schools through surveys as well as periodic reviews of the funding system. Findings from the 2003 report on the Review of the Financing, Resourcing and Costs of Education in Public Schools and the 2009 survey report on School Funding and Management in South Africa were instrumental in informing policy reform.

(b) Assessment of poverty levels in schools at both provincial and national levels had the following results, amongst others: No fee schools were introduced in 2007 (quintiles 1 and 2) and were expanded to include school in quintile 3 from 2010; The number of learners accommodated in no fee schools increased by more than 70% from approximately 5.2 million learners in 2007 to about 9.2 learners in 2015; between 2010 and 2015 more than 1 000 schools nationally were reclassified into quintiles 1-3 from quintiles 4 and 5; allocations to no fee schools were equalized at the level of quintile 1 as from 2010; some Provincial Education Departments are also providing allocations above the national targets to certain schools in quintiles 4 and 5.

(2) (a) The Department is currently in the process of reviewing the use of the quintile system as it relates to the school allocation.

(b) The following have been proposed to happen in order to de-link a school’s allocation from its quintile ranking and distinguish between only two broad categories of schools i.e. no fee schools and fee paying schools on which to determine the structure and level of the school allocation:

(i) Progressively equalise the school allocation for all existing no fee schools (Q 1-3);

(ii) The voluntary reclassification of certain Quintile 4 and 5 schools as no fee schools; and

(iii) The introduction of an alternative, fee-based, funding system for determining the level of the school allocation to fee paying schools.

(Equalization of the school allocation to no fee schools, as per 2(b) (i) above, has already been implemented. In terms of 2(b) (ii) above, up to now, no additional funding could be secured. Some provinces are, however, to a limited degree and from their existing budgets, offering choices to selected schools in quintiles 4 and 5 to be voluntarily declared as no fee schools. The voluntary reclassification of Quintile 4 and 5 schools as no fee schools will, however, in the absence of securing additional funding, be difficult to implement nationally. The introduction of an alternative, fee-based, funding model for determining the level of school allocation to fee paying schools (as per 2(b) (iii) above) will also require an injection of additional funding, as well as amendments to the current funding policy. Full implementation of the proposals emanating from the review is dependent on securing of adequate funding.

02 November 2015 - NW3648

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to question 3111 on 8 September 2015, regarding the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnisned), he has found that the health of the nearby residents will not be placed in danger with the proposed development and possible disturbance of anthrax graves; (2) whether he intends to stop the development due to the specified health risks; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

1. This matter does not fall within the mandate of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

2. Not applicable.

 

02 November 2015 - NW3789

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether, his department conducted any (a) security or (b) qualifications vetting process in respect of any member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery during the Fifth Parliament; if so, in the case of each person belonging to the specific group, (i) what were the reasons for the vetting, (ii) on how many such occasions has the specified vetting process taken place (iii) at whose request was the specified vetting done and (iv) what is the intended outcome of the specified vetting process.

Reply:

The State Security Agency has never conducted any security vetting process in respect of any member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery during the Fifth Parliament.