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29 February 2016 - NW50

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

Whether the SA Post Office (SAPO) received any complaints from the Universal Postal Union regarding the SAPO’s failure to deliver or dispatch international mail according to the contracted service delivery agreement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what was the nature of the specified complaints?

Reply:

I have been advised the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:-

The South African Post Office has not received any complaints from the Universal Postal Union (UPU). SAPO informed its international counterparts (international postal operators) about the impact of the strike in 2014 via the UPU platform.

29 February 2016 - NW62

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to his reply to question 3723 on 2 November 2015, what is the current status of his department’s investigation into CAS 123/03/2014 opened at the Nkandla Police Station?

Reply:

The case docket is at the National Director for Public Prosecutions for decision. The decision is not yet made.

29 February 2016 - NW182

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education

How many (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015?

Reply:

(a) (i) In 2011/12, (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts.

PROVINCE

(a)

(b)

GRAND TOTAL

 

PRINCIPAL

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

HOD

TEACHER

 

EASTERN CAPE

60

16

51

550

677

FREE STATE

17

7

32

269

325

GAUTENG

7

23

107

1 190

1 327

KWAZULU-NATAL

47

26

156

1 034

1 263

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

46

9

45

263

363

MPUMALANGA

11

6

17

147

181

NORTH WEST

18

6

20

150

194

NORTHERN CAPE

6

3

7

105

121

WESTERN CAPE

2

2

4

55

63

GRAND TOTAL

214

98

439

3 763

4 514

Source: Persal

(ii) In 2012/13, (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts.

PROVINCE

(a)

(b)

GRAND TOTAL

 

PRINCIPAL

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

HOD

TEACHER

 

EASTERN CAPE

50

12

67

532

661

FREE STATE

10

10

37

259

316

GAUTENG

37

32

171

1 153

1 393

KWAZULU-NATAL

93

39

217

1 274

1 623

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

26

12

39

246

323

MPUMALANGA

21

18

52

418

509

NORTH WEST

20

8

22

177

227

NORTHERN CAPE

5

2

12

106

125

WESTERN CAPE

7

7

30

400

444

GRAND TOTAL

269

140

647

4 565

5 621

Source: Persal

(iii) In 2013/14, (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts.

PROVINCE

(a)

(b)

GRAND TOTAL

 

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

HOD

PRINCIPAL

TEACHER

 

EASTERN CAPE

19

75

73

641

808

FREE STATE

14

51

20

301

386

GAUTENG

48

287

36

1 198

1 569

KWAZULU-NATAL

45

240

105

1 086

1 476

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

16

59

42

293

410

MPUMALANGA

20

96

30

449

595

NORTH WEST

17

47

22

214

300

NORTHERN CAPE

6

13

10

85

114

WESTERN CAPE

13

66

18

404

501

GRAND TOTAL

198

934

356

4 671

6 159

Source: Persal

(iv) In 2014/15, (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts.

PROVINCE

(a)

(b)

GRAND TOTAL

 

PRINCIPAL

HOD

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

TEACHER

 

EASTERN CAPE

166

192

34

1068

1460

FREE STATE

28

105

24

478

635

GAUTENG

44

442

77

1 639

2 202

KWAZULU-NATAL

96

227

46

936

1 305

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

104

135

38

750

1 027

MPUMALANGA

26

113

20

444

603

NORTH WEST

49

135

43

685

912

NORTHERN CAPE

33

44

9

160

246

WESTERN CAPE

5

35

17

178

235

GRAND TOTAL

545

1 428

308

6 338

8 619

Source: Persal

(v) In 2015/16, up to December 2015 (a) principals and (b) educators in each province resigned from their posts.

PROVINCE

(a)

(b)

GRAND TOTAL

 

PRINCIPAL

HOD

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

TEACHER

 

EASTERN CAPE

61

56

9

690

816

FREE STATE

12

25

11

324

372

GAUTENG

18

81

21

1 005

1 125

KWAZULU-NATAL

44

71

15

854

984

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

21

49

10

595

675

MPUMALANGA

7

13

8

224

252

NORTH WEST

5

21

7

249

282

NORTHERN CAPE

2

15

5

124

146

WESTERN CAPE

1

15

4

149

169

GRAND TOTAL

171

346

90

4 214

4 821

Source: Persal

29 February 2016 - NW60

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, with reference to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate's (IPID) participation in the investigative task team that was established in terms of the recommendation of the Farlam Commission, any accommodation of the resourcing requirements was made during the IPID budget adjustments in November 2015 to improve the resource allocation for its work relating to the Task Team; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate's (IPID) has costed and made a request during the 2015 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) for an amount of R5 million as part of unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure application in order to fully implement the Farlam Commission recommendations that were announced after the approval of the current financial year` budget. However, according to the National Treasury feedback communique of the 18 September 2016, the request was not approved by the Ministers` Committee on the Budget. Reference is made to paragraph 4 of the attached response by National Treasury.

29 February 2016 - NW10

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Mncwabe, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she intends to intervene in respect of the involvement of a certain teachers union (details furnished) in the selling of teacher posts in KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

The Chairperson of the Ministerial Task Team that probes the allegations of the selling of posts has provided the Minister with an interim report. The final report is envisaged to be made available at the end of February 2016, whereafter the Minister will implement the recommendations of the Ministerial Task Team.

29 February 2016 - NW70

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether the Miller Congregational School in the Graaff-Reinet district in the Eastern Cape has been closed; if so, (a) why, (b) when, (c) how many learners have been affected and (d) what alternative arrangement has been made to accommodate the learners who were attending the school; (2) whether the requirements for the closure of a school as described in the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, have been complied with in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Information received from the Eastern Cape Department of Education indicates that the Miller Congregational (Primary) School in the Graaff-Reinet district in the Eastern Cape was closed down.

(a) The reason for its closure was that it had 17 learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7 and had one educator. The only educator was appointed as a Head of Department at Willowmore Secondary School. The school was therefore unviable as it did not have the minimum enrolment figures of 135 learners required in terms of the Regulations Relating to Minimum Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure.

(b) The school was closed down at the end of the second term on 26 June 2015.

(c) 17 Learners were affected by this closure.

(d) The Learners were transferred to Willowmore Primary School and are being accommodated in a School Hostel.

2. The requirements in terms of the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996 were complied with in the process of closing the school.

29 February 2016 - NW12

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) How many students have registered to write supplementary exams in each province; (2) are there any measures in place to assist these students in order to pass the specified exams; if not, why not; if so, what are those measures?

Reply:

1) The table below represents the number of full-time candidates who registered to write the 2015 supplementary examination:

Province

Total Entered

EASTERN CAPE

22 696

FREE STATE

4 168

GAUTENG

12 518

KWAZULU-NATAL

35 102

LIMPOPO

17 465

MPUMALANGA

7 097

NORTH WEST

4 043

NORTHERN CAPE

2 741

WESTERN CAPE

7 785

NATIONAL

113 615

Source: NSC Computerised Exam system as per 27/02/2016.

(2) Yes. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) launched the Second Chance Programme on 6 January 2016.

The programme will be implemented in three phases, of which phase I and II will be piloted in 2016:

  1. Phase I – Support to learners who qualified to write the Supplementary examinations in February/March 2016;
  2. Phase II – Support to progressed learners who opted to modularise and therefore did not attempt all 6 subjects in the 2015 October/November examinations, and who will write the May/June 2016 examinations; and
  3. Phase III - Support to candidates who did not meet all the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and who will register to write the October/November examinations. This phase will be planned for in 2016, and implemented in 2017.

The pilot provides support as follows:

  1. Face to face classes in two districts per province and in two venues per district chosen by the provinces;
  2. The subjects offered for the pilot are Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Science, Life Sciences, Accounting, Geography, Business Studies and Economics;
  3. Broadcast solutions – at venues where the Mindset content may be viewed via satellite on the HD Open View decoders;
  4. Internet – Vodacom Centres/ teacher centres – learners may access content via the Vodacom website or the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website where the telematics and Internet Broadcasting Programme (IBP) video lessons, amongst others, are available, at no cost to the learner;
  5. Any learner who is a Vodacom subscriber may access all material via the Vodacom website www.vodacom.co.za/e-school, at no cost to the learner; 
  6. A Face book page – Second Chance Programme has been created for learners to request information or support. Subject specialists will provide answers; and
  7. All lists of available access points as indicated are available on the DBE website www.education.gov.za with the Second Chance Link.

29 February 2016 - NW57

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a)What was the contracted term of the lease of the premises that the SA Post Office in Bryanston, Gauteng, used, (b) on what date was it signed and (c) what is the rental (i) period and (ii) amount; (2) what is the outstanding amount owed for (a) rent and (b) utilities at the specified premises; (3) Whether any mail and other postal items including equipment are still in the post office; if so, what arrangements have been made to retrieve these items; (4) have arrangements have been made to settle the outstanding rental; if not, when will the outstanding rent be settled; if so, what are the terms?

Reply:

I have been advised the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:-

  1. (a) The Bryanston Post Office was on a 3-year lease.

(b) The lease was signed on 2015/10/09 for Retail, Mail delivery lease is in circulation for signature

(c) Rental is as follows: Retail= R89 877.60 per month, mail delivery = R147 507.16 per month

(i) Commenced on 2011/11/01 and expired on 2014/10/30, the renewal delayed due to negotiations;

2. According to the landlord the following amounts are overdue and SAPO is busy with its reconciliation of the outstanding amounts as it is not in full agreement:

(a) Mail delivery R422 609.47, Retail R18 703.23, Total due R441 312.70, all-inclusive and

(b) Amounts include utilities;

3. Mail has been retrieved. The equipment is still on site. The landlord will only release the equipment once the payment is made in full.

4. No settlement arrangements have been made because SAPO is currently doing a reconciliation of the outstanding amounts.

29 February 2016 - NW79

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether she has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has she undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

29 February 2016 - NW51

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

(1) (a) How many SA Post Offices were closed due to non-payment of rent during 2015, (b) what are their names, and (c) what amount was owed in each case; (2) of the specified post offices, (a) how many remain closed to date, (b) when will their outstanding rent amounts be settled and (c) when will they open for business again?

Reply:

I have been advised the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:-

(1)(a) Fifteen (15) Post Office branches have been closed due to non-payment of rental.

(1)(b) The names and (c) amount owing in each case are listed below see the link:

www.pmg.org.za/files/RNW51-160229TABLE.docx

(2)(a) Of the (15) fifteen branches, (14) fourteen branches have been closed permanently, of which only (2) two have outstanding amounts owed. (1) One branch (the Bryanston West Depot) is still locked by the landlord requiring full settlement of the rental.

(2)(b) The outstanding amounts will be settled when there are cash flow improvements however, in the Bryanston Depot case, reconciliation of the outstanding amounts and escalations is in progress given that according to the landlord the total amount due is R 441 312.70, which does not reconcile with SAPO’s records.

(2)(c) The Bryanston Depot will be opened when the outstanding amounts are settled which is dependent on cash-flow improvements and the outcome of the reconciliation process. The Bryanston Post Office has in the interim been relocated to the Sloan Square Shopping Centre and is trading.

27 February 2016 - NW209

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Tourism

Has his department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount?

Reply:

(a) 2012-13: No

(b) 2013-14: No

(c) 2014-15: No

27 February 2016 - NW31

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the MINISTER OF TOURISM

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

The Ministry has no frozen vacant positions.

27 February 2016 - NW259

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a)2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?

Reply:

a) 2012-13: No

b) 2013-14: No

c) 2014-15: No

27 February 2016 - NW103

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, all Ministers are subject to Performance Agreements with the President.

(a) Key indicators and targets from the MTSF reflected in the Agreement:

Outcome

Key indicator

4

Tourism strategy interventions towards growth, employment creation and higher incomes for poor households underway.

 

Develop and review realistic and sustainable strategy to grow output and employment and improve equality, support alignment across the state, manage monitoring of actions, address blockages and identify new opportunities and risks as they arise.

 

Sector and cross cutting interventions towards growth, employment creation and higher incomes for poor households underway in specified jobs drivers.

7

Differentiated plans for economic development in targeted areas of economic potential in rural areas completed.

 

Number of rural enterprises in rural district municipalities established.

 

Number of new industries in rural district municipalities established.

 

Number of people employed in rural enterprises.

 

Percentage of enterprises in rural district municipalities supported.

 

Percentage of existing industries in rural district municipalities supported.

11

Increase international tourism revenue contribution to the economy.

 

Increased international tourist arrivals.

(b) Performance is presented to Cabinet on a quarterly basis.

(c) to (e) Refer to the department’s Quarterly and Annual Reports.

27 February 2016 - NW43

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What are the reasons for the resignation of the South African Tourism’s (SAT) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), (b) what interim management measures have been put in place to ensure the effective operation of SAT and (c) what measures have been put in place to facilitate the appointment of a new CEO; (2) what steps have been taken, to date, to implement the recommendations issued by the full-scale review, launched last year to ensure the creation of jobs, given the importance of growing South Africa’s tourism sector within the current economic climate?

Reply:

1. (a) By mutual agreement, Mr Thulani Nzima gave notice of his departure from South African Tourism with effect from 04 December 2015, following discussion with the Board.

(b) Ms Sthembiso Dlamini, the current COO has been appointed as the Acting CEO as of 05 December 2015.

(c) The Board is working on appointing a new CEO. The position was advertised in the SA Tourism social media platforms and the Sunday Times and City Press on 07 February 2016.

(2) In light of the findings of the Ministerial Review of the organisation, SA Tourism has undertaken an exercise to evaluate its Tourism Growth Strategy with the aim to bolster tourism’s contribution to the overall economy and job creation. The intervention is focused on reviewing the performance of South Africa as a tourism destination, understanding the key growth drivers and barriers, defining the goal of the organization and identifying the critical steps towards achieving that goal.

27 February 2016 - NW126

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications

(1) Are any regulatory amendments to the Broadcasting Act, Act 4 of 1999, being drafted to waive the requirements for recipients of the government-subsidised set-top boxes to have valid TV licenses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any discussions have taken place with the SA Broadcasting Corporation on the specified issue; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant  details of (a) any such discussions and (b) any (i) decisions and/or (ii) action plans emanating from the specified discussions?

Reply:

  1. No amendments to the Broadcasting Act, Act 4 of 1999 have been drafted for the waiver of TV Licenses.
  2. The need for TV license as a requirement for recipients of the government subsidized set-top-boxes issue has been tabled by the DoC before

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

27 February 2016 - NW38

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

(a) There are no frozen vacant positions in the Ministry.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

 

 

 

MR NN MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

27 February 2016 - NW76

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether she has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has she undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, the Minister of Communications has signed the Performance Agreement with the President JG Zuma.

(a) The following indicators and targets are reflected in the Minister’s Performance Agreement:

Impact Indicators

Target 2019

Identity based on self-description

60% of population describing themselves as South Africans

Pride in being South African

75% of South African reflecting to be South African by 2018/19

Pride in our national sporting teams

66% percent of South Africans proud of our national sporting teams

A diverse broadcasting system that preserves informs and reflects the cultural heritage of all South Africans

70% of content reflects South Africans

b) Performance assessments are done on a quarterly basis, and presented to Cabinet.

c) The following is a synopsis of the progress made thus far:

Impact Indicators

Target 2019

Q3

Identity based on self-description

60% of population describing themselves as South

82% of population describe themselves as South Africans

Pride in being South African

75% of South African reflecting to be South African by 2018/19

96% of South African are proud to be South Africans

Pride in our national sporting teams

66% percent of South Africans proud of the national sporting teams

82% of South Africans are proud of the national sporting teams

A diverse broadcasting system that preserves informs and reflects the cultural heritage of all South Africans

70% of content reflects South Africans

70% of content reflects South Africans

d) None

e) Not applicable.

 

 

MR N MUNZHELELE

DIRECTOR GENERAL [ACTING]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI (MP)

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE

26 February 2016 - NW200

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Nkomo, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

(a) There are no vacant posts in the Ministry.

(b-c) Not applicable.

 

 

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Mkuseli Apleni Malusi Gigaba, MP

Director-General Minister of Home Affairs

Date: Date:

26 February 2016 - NW372

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

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

Reply:

a) (i) and (ii) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has indicated that the Department is submitting information in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) balanced scorecard as prescribed by the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 5 of 2000. For the period 1 April 2015 to 31 January 2016, 86.78% of the Departmental procurement spending was directed to contributor level 1-3.

B-BBEE Level of Contributor

No. of contracts

Total value

Percentage (%)

1

327

40 008 403.52

12.69%

2

215

178 607 300.06

56.67%

3

388

54 912 409.49

17.42%

Furthermore, Government officials can only act within the prescribed regulatory framework and the Department therefore awaits National Treasury comprehensive review of the existing Supply Chain Management legislative framework in respect of various specific goals, i.e., Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises.

The National Prosecuting Authority has indicated that the total spent on contracts with Small Medium and Micro-Enterprises, is R77,5 million out of R94,1 million total spend, i.e., 82.35%.

(b)(i) The Special Investigating Unit has indicated that the percentage of total procurement spend on SMME is sixty (60%) percent.

(ii) The SIU further indicated that no procurement was made from or in support of co-operatives and rural enterprises.

26 February 2016 - NW80

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether she has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has she undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, all Ministers are subject to performance agreements with the President.

(a) The Performance Management Framework for Ministers is the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019 which is the first 5-year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance targets and indicators are derived from the 14 Outcomes which government seeks to achieve.

These outcomes and targets constitute government’s Programme of Action (POA), against which performance is tracked and reported at least on a quarterly basis. POA reports are publicly available on the government’s website.

(b) to (e) Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the NDP 2030/MTSF 2014-2019 through POA Reports. These reports are tabled before an Implementation Forum of a Cluster of Ministers collectively responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet, where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementations are discussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

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26 February 2016 - NW249

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified year?

Reply:

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has placed advertisements in The New Age Newspaper through the Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) (a) 2012/13 and (c) 2014/15.

(b) No advertisement was placed in 2013/14.

(i) 6 times.

(ii) Total amount of R1 409 452.27 which consists of (a) for 2012/13: R526 906.78; (b) for 2013/14: Nil; and (c) for 2014/15, R882 545.49. Media buying has been centralized at the GCIS to take advantage of bulk buying in terms of cost containment measures.

The National Prosecuting Authority indicated that the NPA placed a recruitment advertisement in the New Age in (b) 2013/14, (i) once (1 time); and (ii) for the amount of R18 400.

The Special Investigating Unit confirmed that the SIU has not placed advertisements in the New Age Newspaper for the financial years mentioned.

26 February 2016 - NW93

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether she has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has she undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, all Ministers are subject to Performance Agreements with the President.

(a) The Performance Management Framework for Ministers is the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, which is the first 5-year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance targets and indicators are derived from the 14 Outcomes which government seeks to achieve. These outcomes and targets constitute government’s Programme of Action (POA), against which performance is tracked and reported at least on a quarterly basis. POA reports are publically available on the government’s website.

(b) - (e) Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the NDP 2030/MTFS 2014-2019 through POA Reports. These reports are tabled before an Implementation Forum of a Cluster of Ministers collectively responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet, where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementation are discussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

 

25 February 2016 - NW85

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr. Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, the Minister of Home Affairs entered into a performance agreement with President JG Zuma for the 2014-2019 term of office.

a) The following key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement:

  • Establish the Integrated Border Management Agency (BMA).
  • Develop an Over-arching Strategy to defend, protect, secure and ensure well-managed borders and ensure it is fully implemented by 2018/19.
  • Ensure that registration at birth is the only entry point for SA to the new national identity system (NIS):
  • By 2018/19, 90% of total births registered within 30 calendar days as prescribed by law (approximately 950 000 births to be registered by 2018/19).
  • Ensure that systems are in place to enable the capturing of biometric data of all travellers who enter or exit SA legally:
    • All designated ports of entry equipped with biometric systems capable of processing 100% of travellers (for ports equipped with EMCS) by 2018/19.
  • Reduce regulatory burdens and reduce the time required for importing requisite skills for the economy and for investment, including by introducing a “one stop shop” at government level: 
    • Changes to subsidiary legislation on immigration to facilitate the importation of economic important skills and for workers as identified by economics and infrastructure departments, SOCs and producers.
  • Maximum period for approval to import required skills:
    • 3 months approval from application to approval for import of skills for productive investors and SOCs.
  • Improved feedback opportunities for citizens and other service users:
    • Improvements in facilities based on repeat monitoring and feedback.

b) No formal performance assessments have been undertaken but the MTSF indicators and targets in the agreement are monitored through departmental reports to clusters, cabinet memoranda and through Minister’s bilateral with the President

c) Refer to attached table marked Annexure A for progress against MTSF priorities.

d) The environment and the complexity of issues within which the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has to function in the implementation of key priorities such as the immigration policy and Border Management Agency is a highly contested one. Also the perception is that the DHA is a purely administrative department. Without recognising the need for the DHA to function within a highly secure environment this can be an obstacle. This has also exacerbated the historical under-funding of the DHA over time.

e) In order to address some of the challenges the Department will be developing a business case to reposition the DHA as a highly secure, professional and modern department. Some of the key priorities include the following:

  • Completion of the Modernisation Programme with the main deliverables being integrated digital systems and re-engineered processes managed and protected by the required compliment of effective professionals.
  • Upgrading of key ports of entry focusing on the piloting of a new model with significant improvements in respect of infrastructure, processes and leadership.
  • Comprehensive review of the Immigration Policy culminating in the approval of a Green Paper and White Paper and new comprehensive legislation drafted.
  • Improving client experience through leadership – the Moetapele programme.
  • Improved stakeholder consultation and forging of partnerships with the private sector to deliver on key departmental priorities, for example signing of memoranda of understandings with the banking sector for issuance of smart ID cards and passports.

25 February 2016 - NW96

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes.

(a),(b),(c),(d),(e) The Performance Management Framework for Ministers is the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, which is the first five year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance indicators and targets are reflected in the Annual Performance Plans (APPs).  APPs form the basis upon which Departments are held accountable by Parliament on a quarterly basis and also held accountable by the public. The performance agreement of the Minister is therefore publicly assessed through the Portfolio Committees on a regular basis. 

In addition, the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999 compels all Executing Authorities to subject their departmental expenditure to the Auditor General for auditing. This again is a measure that ensures full accountability in respect of public funds. Furthermore, Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 and MTSF 2014-2019 through the Programme of Action (POA) reports. These reports are tabled before an implementation forum of a cluster of Ministers collectively responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementation are dicussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

25 February 2016 - NW128

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

With reference to his reply to question 4180 on 14 December 2015, (a) how many of the 186 105 applicants who received funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in the 2014-15 financial year received (i) full funding or (ii) partial funding and (b) what amount of funding was paid out in each of the specified categories; (2) of those applicants who received partial funding from NSFAS, (a) how many applicants received between (i) 0 and 24,9% funding, (ii) 25 and 49,9% funding, (iii) 50 and 74,9% funding and (iv) 75 and 99,9% funding and (b) what amount of funding was paid out to each of the specified categories?

Reply:

1 (a) Based on information provided to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) by universities:

  1. 130 818 students were fully funded; and
  2. 55 287 students were partially funded.

1 (b) and 2 The loan agreements, completed by universities on the old system, only reflect the loan amount and do not show the actual cost of study. These costs will be captured in future by NSFAS as they migrate to the new student-centred model. As a consequence, NSFAS is unable to provide the requested information based on the categories provided.

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 128 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

25 February 2016 - NW254

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?

Reply:

(a),(b),(c)(i),(ii) Please refer to the table below.

The New Age Advertising

  1. 2012 – 13

No

  1. 2013 – 2014

Yes

  1. 2014 – 2015

Yes

(i)

0

4

1

(ii)

R0

R475 159. 68

R62 586. 00

25 February 2016 - NW29

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

No, there are no frozen vacant positions within the office of my Ministry.

 

 

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Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 29 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

25 February 2016 - NW84

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, all Ministers are subject to Performance Agreements with the President.

(a) The Performance Management Framework for Ministers is the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, which is the first 5-year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance targets and indicators are derived from the 14 Outcomes which government seeks to achieve.

These outcomes and targets constitute government’s Programme of Action (POA), against which performance is tracked and reported at least on a quarterly basis. POA reports are publicly available on government’s website.

(b) – (e) Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the NDP 2030/MTSF 2014-2019 through POA reports. These reports are tabled before an Implementation Forum of a   Cluster of Ministers collectively responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet, where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementation are discussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

 

 

Compiler/contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 84 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

25 February 2016 - NW260

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

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?

Reply:

(a) (b) (c) (i) (ii)

Advertising space was procured in most newspapers, including The New Age. This was to promote and advertise the various initiatives, services and products of the dti. Examples of these amongst others were the National Pavilions, SA Premier Business Awards, BRICS and various incentive programmes.

Financial Year

Number

Amount

2012 - 2013

15

R1,009,737.90

2013 – 2014

4

R387,793.80

2014 – 2015

11

R463,705.60

 

25 February 2016 - NW24

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether her Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

There are no vacancies in the Ministry of Transport (a) (b) (c) Falls away

25 February 2016 - NW32

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

No.

(a),(b),(c) Falls away.

25 February 2016 - NW288

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)How many (a) imports and (b) exports did South Africa have during the period 1 January 2015 and 31 January 2016 in each month;

Reply:

The trade statistics between South Africa and the world per month for the period 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015 are reflected in the table below as reflected on the dti trade statistics. Trade statistics for Jan 2016 will only be available at the end of February 2016.

Period

RSA Exports To the World

RSA Imports From the World

Trade Balance

15-Jan

R 67 711 278 171.00

R 91 246 139 654.00

R -23 534 861 483.00

15-Feb

R 77 501 216 358.00

R 85 347 719 814.00

R -7 846 503 456.00

15-Mar

R 92 468 791 675.00

R 90 845 067 889.00

R 1 623 723 786.00

15-Apr

R 83 770 337 974.00

R 86 234 008 823.00

R -2 463 670 849.00

15-May

R 88 363 040 731.00

R 83 871 362 021.00

R 4 491 678 710.00

15-Jun

R 89 929 880 048.00

R 84 469 615 781.00

R 5 460 264 267.00

15-Jul

R 93 022 192 254.00

R 94 161 166 050.00

R -1 138 973 796.00

15-Aug

R 87 255 431 865.00

R 97 551 304 536.00

R -10 295 872 671.00

15-Sep

R 91 389 099 696.00

R 93 130 209 473.00

R -1 741 109 777.00

15-Oct

R 85 298 508 022.00

R 107 390 729 251.00

R -22 092 221 229.00

15-Nov

R 93 572 841 546.00

R 92 889 891 297.00

R 682 950 249.00

15-Dec

R 88 770 527 510.00

R 80 549 461 697.00

R 8 221 065 813.00

(2) how much direct foreign (a) investment and (b) disinvestment did South Africa have during the period 1 January 2015 and 31 January 2016 in each month? NW296E

Response:

(2) (a) The recording of direct investment on the financial account is the function of the South Africa Reserve Bank. The Reserve Bank publishes such via a quarterly bulletin. The latest report covering the period up to December 2015 will only be available by the Reserve Bank in the fourth quarter bulletin later this month (March 2016).

the dti investment unit develops a pipeline of potential investment projects and for Q3 of the financial year 2015/16 recorded an investment pipeline of R 63.7 bn. This includes commitments by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the State Visit in December 2015 to invest in infrastructure and a green fields automotive plant of $ 800 million. The pipeline includes committed investments and launches by Unilever, Hunting, AVK Valves amongst others.

It should be noted that Multinationals operating in South Africa generally fund their new investments and expansions from the balance sheet of their local operations and utilize local banks to raise loans rather than receive funding from their foreign headquarters.

(b) The department does not record disinvestments. Disinvestment occurs as a result of a number of factors including reactions to prevailing global and local conditions and environment and also changes in business focus. For example in the Apartheid era there was a deliberate policy by international companies to disinvest from South Africa. However there are international companies that have invested and failed and therefore closed shop eg. Evraz has put Highveld Steel into business rescue because of the depressed steel demand and low prices of steel. This is not a disinvestment but a commercial decision driven by market conditions.

24 February 2016 - NW15

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to South Africa’s 9600 megawatt nuclear reactor procurement programme, South Africa has the contractual latitude to consider and possibly substitute better reactor designs should they become available in the future; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Nuclear Energy Policy of 2008 declares South Africa’s intention to pursue amongst others a Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) programme. Under the ambit of the Nuclear New Build Programme for a 9600 MW capacity, this remains the guiding principle for reactor designs under consideration. The Pressurised Water Reactor remains the longest operating reactor type worldwide. As such this reactor type has seen multiple advancements and improvements which can be noted in the design offerings of various vendor countries.

It is important to note that the procurement has not strated and therefore there are no contractual arrangements entered into with any nuclear supplier of the envisaged technology

24 February 2016 - NW130

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What was the average fee increment at Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges for the (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and (d) 2015 academic years, in each case providing a detailed breakdown of all expenses covered by the average full cost of study in each of the specified years?

Reply:

Based on the Departmental approved fees, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are permitted to adjust these fees up to 10% in terms of the National Norms and Standards for Funding TVET Colleges.

The Department uses a costing model designed to calculate the cost per Ministerial approved programme. These include personnel costs, capital expenditure and other costs such as learner material, printing, stationery, lecturer support material, etc. Capital costs are costs related to the depreciation of assets owned and utilised by TVET colleges in the delivery of teaching and learning.

For 2013, 2014 and 2015, Compensation of Employee (CoE) costs were increased by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) + 1% as per the collective agreement reached over a three-year period, as well as 1.5% for pay progression for both TVET college lecturing and support staff as tabulated below:

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

CoE Adjustment

10%

8%

9.4%

7.1%

The increase in Capital and Non-Personnel Non-Capital items were based on CPI adjustments only. The prescribed Departmental programme cost (fees) per student for TVET colleges for both the National Certificate (Vocational) [NC (V)] and Report 191 Programmes were as follows (calculated as an average cost of the programme):

NC (V) Programmes

Year

Full Programme Cost (R)

Funded by the State (80%) of the Full Programme Cost (R)

Annual increase (%)

2012

39 528

29 387

6.2%

2013

42 240

33 792

6.9%

2014

46 171

36 937

9.3%

2015

49 261

39 409

6.7%

REPORT 191 Programmes

Year

Full Programme Cost (R)

Funded by the State (80%) of the Full Programme Cost (R)

Annual increase (%)

2012

21 078

16 862

N/A

2013

24 832

19 866

18%

2014

26 861

21 489

8%

2015

28 986

23 181

8%

 

 

N.B: There was no incremental adjustment from 2011, since Report 191 was re-introduced in 2012.

In both programmes, funding is used to cater for direct costs such as learner materials, text books, subscriptions, excursions, printing, stationery, first aid kit, consumables, protective clothing, research, CoE, as well as indirect costs such water and electricity and CoE relating to support staff.

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Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 130 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

24 February 2016 - NW147

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

When does he envisage that naturalised citizens will be able to apply for the new smart ID card?

Reply:

The rollout of smart ID cards by the Department has been implemented in phases. The first phase focuses on South African born citizens and those born abroad from South African parents. The second phase will be based on other categories including naturalised citizens as there is a need to verify their records.

Currently records for naturalised citizens are archived in manual paper form. The Department is to set up a mechanism to digitise such records first to enable verification of naturalised citizens with ease. An announcement will be made by the Department once such process is concluded.

24 February 2016 - NW155

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)When will the National Conventional Arms Control Committee publish its 2014-15 annual report listing all the arms exports; (2) when does he intend to brief the Joint Standing Committee on Defence on (a) the specified and (b) other related arms transactions

Reply:

The reporting cycle for the NCACC is on a calendar year basis (Jan-Dec) and not financial (April-Mar). Therefore, the annual report is due in the 1st Quarter of the subsequent year. It is also important to note that Reports on Transfer of controlled items are compiled quarterly and submitted to Parliament.

The appearance before the Joint Standing Committee on Defence is upon invitation by the Committee. Should this invitation be received the briefing will be done as prescribed by section 23 of the NCAC Act.

24 February 2016 - NW391

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

The Department of Women procured goods & services from 1 April 2015 up to 31 January 2016 as follows:

a) Department of Women

(i) SMME’s – 69.38%

(ii) Co-operatives – 0.00%

b) Not Applicable

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

24 February 2016 - NW37

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether her Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

 

Not applicable.

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

24 February 2016 - NW205

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

Yes, vacant positions have been frozen.

(a) 117 vacant positions have been frozen as at 19 February 2016;

 

(b)

(c)

No

Designation of position

Period vacant (months)

1

Deputy Director: Regulatory Impact Assessment

3.2

2

Director: Legal Support & Enforcement

3.1

3

Admin Clerk: Fin Management

6.1

4

Senior Accounting Clerk

3.0

5

Asst State Accountant: Salary Payments

18.3

6

Senior Accounting Clerk

3.1

7

Senior Provisioning Administration Clerk

5.9

8

Advanced Team Assistant

4.1

9

Advanced Team Assistant

4.1

10

Call Centre Agent

4.1

11

Internal Auditor

2.0

12

Internal Auditor

5.1

13

Performance Auditor

4.1

14

Senior State Accountant

15.2

15

Assistant Director: Manufacturing Industries

2.2

16

Assistant Director: Media Buyer

20.3

17

Assistant Director: Salaries Travel & Subsistence

2.0

18

Economist

16.2

19

Deputy Director: Economic Research

4.1

20

Deputy Director: Economic Research

4.1

21

Director: Compliance And Forensic Audit

4.1

22

Director: Regulatory Compliance & Registrations

0.0

23

Director: Immigration, Labour & Talent

0.0

24

Director: One Stop Shop

0.0

25

Chief Director: Economic Research

0.0

26

Chief Director: Policy Research

0.0

 

Designation of post

Period vacant (months)

27

Chief Provisioning Administration Clerk

1.0

28

State Accountant

1.0

29

Senior Administrative Officer

1.0

30

Senior State Accountant

1.0

31

Assistant Director: Budget Management

3.0

32

Specialist: Computer Audit

1.0

33

Call Centre Agent

0.0

34

Deputy Director: Stakeholder Management

0.0

35

Advanced Team Assistant

0.0

36

Assistant Director: HR Support

1.0

37

Deputy Director: National Industrial Participation

5.8

38

Chief Director: Agro Processing

4.1

39

Personal Assistant

1.0

40

Deputy Director: Industrial Waste Man & Recycling

1.0

41

Advanced Team Assistant

0.0

42

Director: Renewable Energy

0.0

43

Messenger

2.1

44

Administrative Assistant

4.1

45

Advanced Team Assistant

3.0

46

ICT Help Desktop Services

2.0

47

Senior Communication Technician

2.1

48

Assistant Director: Human Resource Operations

7.6

49

Assistant Director: Performance Management

3.0

50

Assistant Director: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying

1.5

51

Assistant Director: Conditions of Service And Remuneration

2.0

52

Deputy Director: Recruitment Strategy & Policy

7.1

53

Deputy Director: Database Administration

3.8

54

Deputy Director: Employment Relations

15.2

55

Deputy Director: Business Relationship Management

8.1

56

Deputy Director: Business Analysis

3.1

57

Deputy Director: Applications Architecture

18.3

58

MR6 Legal Administration Officer Senior

4.1

59

MR6 Legal Administration Officer Senior

17.2

60

Recruitment Administrative Clerk

1.0

61

Registry Clerk

1.0

62

Vetting Officer

1.0

63

Advanced Team Assistant

1.0

64

Advanced Team Assistant

1.0

65

Deputy Director: Applications Development & Support

1.0

66

Work Study Officer

0.0

67

Director: Litigation

0.0

68

Advanced Team Assistant

2.4

69

Advanced Team Assistant

5.1

70

Personal Assistant

2.0

71

Assistant Director: Trade Rules

8.1

72

Deputy Director: Trade In Services

10.2

73

Deputy Director: Non-Proliferation

4.1

 

Designation of post

Period vacant (months)

74

Director: South African Development Community

2.0

75

Director: Multilaterals

2.0

76

Director: SADC

2.0

77

Chief Director: Non-Proliferation

4.1

78

Advanced Team Assistant

0.0

79

Administration Clerk Grade III Senior

6.1

80

Snr Admin Clerk

14.2

81

Advanced Team Assistant

9.2

82

Advanced Team Assistant

6.8

83

Trade and Industry Advisor: Legal Service

7.1

84

Personal Assistant

6.1

85

Trade and Industry Advisor: Agro Processing & Textiles

4.6

86

Trade and Industry Advisor: Paper, Chemicals and Plastics

12.1

87

Trade and Industry Advisor: Infrastructure Intensive Sectors

14.2

88

Assistant Director: EMIA

2.0

89

Deputy Director: Applications & Claims (PAIS&MHCV)

22.3

90

Deputy Director: Manufacturing Investment Cluster (MIC)

7.1

91

Deputy Director: Applications & Claims

22.3

92

Director: Operations

6.1

93

Deputy Director: Legal Services

0.4

94

Deputy Director: Agro Processing

0.0

95

Assistant Director: Agro Processing & Textiles

0.0

96

Trade and Industry Advisor: Export Info Services

8.1

97

Trade and Industry Advisor: Small Exporter Development

5.1

98

Executive Assistant

2.0

99

Deputy Director: Service Industries

4.1

100

Deputy Director: Manufacturing Industries

2.0

101

Deputy Director: Services Industries

2.0

102

Deputy Director: Trade Opportunities

1.0

103

Deputy Director: strategic Support

0.0

104

Private Secretary

2.0

105

Personal Assistant

3.0

106

Deputy Director: Black Economic Empowerment

3.1

107

Director: BEE

10.2

108

Director

0.0

109

Personal Assistant

0.0

110

Programme Manager

0.0

111

Director

0.0

112

Manager: Legal Services

0.0

113

Chief Director

0.0

114

Executive Manager: Compliance Education & Advocacy

0.0

115

Chief Director

4.1

116

Programme Manager

0.9

117

Director: Economic Infrastructure & Logistics

0.0

24 February 2016 - NW23

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether her Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

No; and (a) not applicable, (b) not applicable and (c) not applicable

24 February 2016 - NW156

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether, in light of various reports in the media quoting Cameroonian military sources who say that the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) stationed in Cameroon is now operating Ratel 20s to counter terrorism, he can confirm whether any Ratel 20s were delivered to Cameroon; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the specified Ratel 20s were (a) sold to Cameroon or (b) transferred at no costs, in each case specifying (i) whether the prescribed procedures were followed and (ii) that no deviations were allowed?

Reply:

The quantity of Ratel Vehicles transferred to Cameroon in 2015, is 12. Past years for transaction in the Medium Term (up to 2013) were checked and it was found that no other transfers occurred in those years.

The Ratel Vehicles in question were sold to Cameroon and not transferred at a cost.

When these transactions are considered, they are evaluated in terms of Section 15 of the Act. The NCACC will authorize such transfers once satisfied that the transaction qualifies according to criteria as prescribed in the Act. The procedures were followed and there have been no deviations from the prescripts of the Act.

Furthermore, NCACC activities are subject to the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa, who perform annual evaluations and assessments on qualitative aspects of the work undertaken, per given period. The past period performances of the NCACC by the AG in this regard, was found to be without qualification.

24 February 2016 - NW349

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

Whether any regulatory impact assessments have been done for the black industrialists programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details an (b) how many jobs will be created once the 100 black industrialists in the programme have been appointed?

Reply:

(a) The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment was conducted by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency as a pre-approval condition by Cabinet and the certificate was granted to the dti on the 13th October 2015.

(b) It envisaged that the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) will accelerate the quantitative and qualitative increase and participation of Black Industrialists in the national economy that will contribute towards South Africa’s developmental objectives, such as job creation, exports, skills development, supplier development, industrial decentralisation and localisation. Projects will be assessed on their merits in relation to their contribution to these objectives and catalytic impacts.

24 February 2016 - NW64

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Atkinson, Mr P to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1) Did (a) he and/or (b) the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, hold any formal meetings outside of the plenaries with other delegates to the 2016 World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland; if not, why not; if so, (i) how many meetings did (aa) he and/or (bb) the President attend and (ii) with whom were the meetings; (2) in light of the President’s non-attendance at a meeting he was due to address as part of a panel of African leaders at the specified conference, what value has accrued to the South African economy and South Africa in general by his and the President’s attendance at the specified conference

Reply:

1. The President led a high-powered Team South Africa delegation to the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos towards the end of January 2016. Team South Africa comprised of Cabinet Ministers, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, CEOs of major companies and other captains of industry. The key message that Team South Africa took to Davos was that South Africa is open to business. The message was positively received by global investors who were at Davos.

In pursuit of Team South Africa’s mission in Davos, the President held several meetings with investors, CEOs, and other participants. Together with a delegation of Cabinet Ministers they met the global investors in a session called the Business Interaction Group on South Africa. This is a forum in which global investors to the South African economy meet with the President and Ministers to discuss the economic and investment climate in South Africa. Progress we are making in implementing the National Development Plan as well as our commitment to sound economic and fiscal policies were welcomed by the investors. They also assured the delegation of thier continued confidence in South Africa and their belief that our country continues to be an attractive destination for investment.

The President also met with the delegation of South African business persons and captains of industry to discuss steps that we all need to take to ensure that our economy grows and creates jobs. This was in addition to meetings held with other important global business players such as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Siemens, which is a global company with huge investments in our country that create jobs for thousands of our citizens.

The President also met with the Prime Minister of Sweden, a country with which we enjoy strong bilateral relations. As it has become a tradition during our visits to Davos, the President met with the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, to discuss the state of the global economy and the steps South Africa is taking to respond to global economic headwinds.

2. The Presidency informed the organisers of the session in question a week before the departure to Davos that the President would not be able to attend the session and the advance team that arrived early in Davos also confirmed the message to organisers a few days before arrival. Our goal in Davos as Team South Africa was to communicate a message that South Africa is open to business, and that we are taking important steps to turn stimulate the growth of our economy and create jobs for the millions of citizens who seek employment. This message was positively received by many investors whom we met and interacted with. They expressed their confidence in the measures we are taking and assured us that that to them South Africa continues to be an attractive country to invest in.

Indeed the belief and confidence in our country is demonstrated by several global companies that have recently made signifcant investments to our economy. These companies include Mercedes, BMW, Nestle, Hisense, Beijing Automobile International Corporation, Marriot Hotels, and many others.

Although our economy faces major challenges, the steps we are taking today, including the efforts of Team South Africa in Davos, will ensure that we reap the benefits when the global economy recovers.

24 February 2016 - NW91

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

All Ministers are subject to Performance Agreements with the President.The Performance Management Framework for Ministers is the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, which is the first 5-year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance targets and indicators are derived from the 14 Outcomes which government seeks to achieve. These outcomes and targets constitute government’s Programme of Action (POA), against which performance is tracked and reported on at least on a quarterly basis. POA reports are publicly availble on the government’s website.

Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the NDP 2030/MTSF 2014-2019 through POA Reports. These reports are tabled before an Implementation Forum of a Cluster of Ministers collectively responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet, where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementation are dicussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

24 February 2016 - NW22

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether her Ministry has frozen vacancies positions, if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant? NW 22 E

Reply:

  1. None
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable

 

24 February 2016 - NW388

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

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

Reply:

(a) (i) (ii)

For the period 1 April 2015 to date, 66% of the department’s total procurement spent was allocated to SMME’s including Co-operatives.

(b) (i) (ii)

The information from the entities is being collated and will be made available as soon as possible.

24 February 2016 - NW268

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether his department, seen against the background of the current economic challenges, unemployment and the decline in food production because of the drought and other factors, has conducted a complete study to establish how much food is wasted in South Africa for example by way of the discarding of fruit that does not meet form standards, supermarkets that throw away old products and restaurants that throw away unused food; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant particulars; (2) whether he will consider undertaking such a study; (3) whether he will consider ordering an investigation to establish how the edible throwaway food could be made available to food banks and bodies that would distribute is effectively to needy people; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant particulars?NW272E

Reply:

(1) The Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) are the most suitable departments to deal with this matter. Food Control section within DoH is responsible for ensuring the safety of food in South Africa. This service is based on the basic needs of communities and the right of South Africans to make informed food choices without being misled. According to a presentation by DAFF in a Workshop to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries held on 2 and 3 February 2016; on Food Security and Food Safety; the food wastage in South Africa is approximately 9.04 million tons every year. In this regard, a presentation is attached as “Annex A”, please see the penultimate page of the presentation.

(2) The Minister of Trade and Industry will not be undertaking any such study.

(3) The Minister of Trade and Industry will not be considering ordering an investigation to establish how the edible throwaway food could be made available to food banks and bodies that would distribute is effectively to needy people as this function does not fall within the ambit of trade and industry but the DoH and DAFF.

 

24 February 2016 - NW208

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Has his department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount?

Reply:

(a) (b) (c) (i) (ii)

Information requested in the format above is not available as only particulars of companies are recorded within the financial systems in the department; not the details of any directors.

23 February 2016 - NW167

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What salary increases were given to Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) staff in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) in respect of each specified case (i) what amount was given to each staff member and (ii) on what basis was each specified amount determined; (2) (a) what are the salaries of the (i) chiefs and (ii) deputy chiefs of the RTMC, (b) how were these salaries determined and (c) when were the specified individuals appointed respectively; (3) whether State Security Agency (SSA) clearances were obtained for the appointment of each specified individual; if not, why not; if so, (a) what were the results of the obtained SSA clearances and (b) in what form did they come?

Reply:

  1. (i) 2012 - 2013

5% increment was approved for levels 13 and up as per DPSA circular 1 0f 2012. Increments for the 2012—13 salaries of staff were 7% across the board for all employees that fall within salary levels 1-12. The implementation date was as per Resolution 1 of 2012, Agreement between RTMC and Labour.

(ii) 2013/2014

Increments for the financial year 2013/14 as per the Resolution 1 of 2013, were implemented as follows:

Level

Increment

13 and above

5.6

11-12

7%

8-10

7.5%

1-7

8%

(iii) 2014/2015

Increments for the financial year 2013/14 were implemented as per Migration Plan from Equate (DPSA) dispensation to Patterson Job grading

Level

Increment

14

5%

13

5.5%

12-11

6.5%

10-7

Total Cost To Company (DPSA Packages as at 30 June 2015 + R40,000.00

6 (NTP)

Total Cost To Company increased to 50th percentile midpoint of B4/B5 (R233,860)

(b)(i) The amount given to each staff member is confidential information

(ii) All salary increments were subject to salary negotiations with recognised Labour.

(2) (a) (i) (ii) The salaries of all personnel in the Road Traffic Management Corporation including those of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs are negotiable and confidential and cannot be disclosed to the public as this will be a contravention to the Protection of Information Policy approved by the board. (b) the salaries were negotiated with individuals based on the Paterson remuneration model and against their previous packages and erstwhile employers packages.

(3) (a)(b) The employment clearances conducted were in accordance with section 11.6 of the Recruitment, Selection and Placement Procedure. Confirmation of qualifications, and criminal records however they were not done by the State Security Agency (SSA) but by an independent verification company. Obtaining a clearance from SSA for senior managers in the RTMC is not a requirements in accordance with the RTMC recruitment policy.