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18 December 2017 - NW3582

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(i) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) her Department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

1(a) and (b) The following table outlines the information of the payment of invoices as from the month of November with 30 days and beyond, and the outstanding amounts:

Dept.

Entity

(aa)

More than 30 days

(bb)

More than 60 days

(cc)

More than 90 days

(dd)

More than 120 days

Total

DPSA

0

0

0

0

0

CPSI

0

0

0

0

0

NSG

0

0

0

0

0

PSC

0

0

0

0

0

18 December 2017 - NW3973

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any (a) staff member and/or (b) commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission has ever been to the Russian Federation for any (i) observer mission and/or (ii) any other official visit; if so what (aa) are the names of the individuals that went to Russia, (bb) was the purpose of the visit in each case, (cc) were the dates of each trip and (dd) were the total costs of each trip?

Reply:

The Electoral Commission responds as follows:

a) Yes

(i) Yes

 (ii) Not applicable

(aa) The delegation consisted of Commissioner Terry Tselane; Ms Nkaro Mateta; Mr Thabo Masemula and Ms Belinda Mbeleni.

(bb) Election Observation

(cc) 9 – 16 September 2014 for Ms Mateta, Mr Masemula and Ms Mbeleni, and 7-9 September 2014 for Commissioner Tselane.

(dd) The total cost of the trip was R136 558

18 December 2017 - NW3975

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether the Independent Electoral Commission has signed any Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with any country; if so, (a) which countries, (b) on what date was each specified MOU signed and (c) what is the nature of each MOU?

Reply:

The Electoral Commission responded as follows:

Yes, the Electoral Commission has signed MOUs with its counterparts from the following countries:

a) Country                                b) Date            c) Nature

Elections Commission of India

11/10/2011

  • Exchange of knowledge related to the study, reform and management.
  • Promotion and implementation of educational research and training programmes on election management and administration.
  • Facilitation of mutual exchanges to enhance experience in election management and administration.
  • Holding of conferences on topics of common interest.
  • Any other modality of cooperation agreed upon.

Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico

29/06/2012

  • Exchange of knowledge related to the study, reform and management.
  • Promotion and implementation of educational research and training programmes on election management and administration.
  • Facilitation of mutual exchanges to enhance experience in election management and administration.
  • Holding of conferences on topics of common interest.
  • Any other modality of cooperation agreed upon.

Central Elections Commission of Palestine

03/09/2013

  • Identify areas of mutual benefit through exchange and cooperation.
  • Identify and undertake capacity-building initiatives in any discipline in modern electoral management practices.

Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

08/09/2014

  • Promotion of exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organization and technical development of electoral process, with a view to developing the practice of management and administration.
  • Support in exchanging information, materials, expertise and organizing training of personnel.
  • Facilitate relationships with other electoral authorities and organizations.
  • Production and distribution of materials pertaining to electoral systems, voting technology, voter education and awareness, participation of women, minorities, people with disabilities.
  • Any other modality of cooperation agreed upon.

18 December 2017 - NW3762

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

(a) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her procured services from a certain company (Travel With Flair Ltd ); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to specified company in each case. (b) Whether the specified company provided services related to to international travel to (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (i) what was the travel route and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply:

1(a)

i) Services were procured

ii) Total amount paid

 

Services were procured

Total amount paid

Yes, the DST procured services through Travel With Flair Ltd from April 2012 to March 2015

International Air Travel (Int)

33 529 172

 

Domestic Air Travel (Dom)

30 673 628

 

Accommodation (Acc)

24 704 386

 

Paid to TWF

3 957 367

 

Car Hire (Car)

2 700 065

 

Transfers Domestic (Tra)

2 607 826

 

Accommodation International & Cross Borders (Aci)

2 024 718

 

Group Conference & Incentives (Cfr)

1 564 018

 

Air Charter International (Che)

1 340 151

 

Air Charter Domestic (Chw)

436 516

 

Car Hire Booking Cxl Penalty (Cap)

128 288

 

Airport Parking (Aap)

79 956

 

Insurance (Ins)

40 717

 

Railways, Bus , Ferry Res. (Rai)

28 460

 

Restaurant Reservation (Res)

23 156

 

Regional Ticket (Reg)

7 799

 

International Accommodation (Inh)

7 351

1(b)

Entity

  1. Services were procured
  1. Total amount paid

NRF

Yes, the NRF procured services through Travel With Flair Ltd from March 2016 to October 2017

Accommodation

R 4 696 493.53

   

Transfers and Shuttles

R 265 210.66

   

Car Hire

R 334 277.95

   

Conference

R 6 355 549.01

   

Domestic Air Travel

R 2 249 213.11

   

Insurance and Foreign exchange

R 15 930.12

   

International Air Travel

R 7 456 141.58

   

Visas and Passports

R 176 053.00

ASSAf

Yes, ASSAf procured services through Travel With Flair Ltd from 16 July 2016 to 31 October 2017

Booking of flights

R 2 200 989.80

   

Booking of accommodation

R 376 164.38

   

Car hire

R 32 407.95

   

Conferencing

R 47 8941.34

   

Travel insurance

R 7 580.00

SANSA

Yes, the SANSA procured services through Travel With Flair Ltd from 1 July 2017 to 20 November 2017

International Air Travel

R 532,308.00

   

Domestic Air Travel

R 527,910.00

   

Accommodation

R 405,122.00

   

Car Hire

R 96,723.00

   

Food & Beverage

R 39,722.00

   

Railway /Bus / Ferry

R 27,025.00

   

Transfers

R 25,275.00

   

Other

R 10,486.00

   

Regional Air Travel

R 3,449.00

   

Visas And Passports

R 2,879.00

   

Groups Conference & Incentives

R 2,850.00

   

Conference Venue Hire

R 1,000.00

   

Deposit Refundable

R 0.00

CSIR, TIA and HSRC

No, the CSIR, TIA and HSRC has not procure any services from Travel With Flair Ltd

Not applicable

Not applicable

2(a)

Entity

  1. Person travelled
  1. Route travelled
  1. Total amount paid

Yes, Travel with Flair Ltd provided services related to International Travel

Please refer to Annexure A

2(b)

Entity

  1. Person travelled
  1. Route travelled
  1. Total amount paid

NRF

Yes, Travel with Flair Ltd provided services related to International Travel

Please refer to Annexure B

ASSAf

Yes, Travel with Flair Ltd provided services related to International Travel

Please refer to Annexure C

SANSA

Yes, Travel with Flair Ltd provided services related to International Travel

Please refer to Annexure D

CSIR TIA, and HSRC

No, the CSIR, TIA and HSRC has not procured services from Travel with Flair Ltd in relation to international travel

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

18 December 2017 - NW3709

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

Whether any disciplinary steps have been taken against her department’s Chief Information Officer; if not, why not; if so (a) why were the steps taken; (b) what are the details of the steps that have been taken and (c) what were the findings and sentence imposed?

Reply:

1. The investigation has been concluded and subsequent steps are being considered by the Department.

a) Subsequent steps are being considered.

b) No steps have yet to be taken;

c) Findings and sanctions will depend on the steps outlined in (a) and (b).

UNQUOTE:

18 December 2017 - NW3974

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any software and/or hardware for the Independent Electoral Commission has been bought from any company registered in the Russian Federation; if so, what (a) is the purpose of the software and/or hardware and (b) is the cost in each case?

Reply:

The Electoral Commission responded as follows:

No.

a) Not applicable

b) Not applicable

18 December 2017 - NW3794

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Why has the reliability of the information regarding the verification of the performance on the outreach programmes of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) remained a challenge for several years and (b) what plans are in place to realistically address the specified issue given the complexity of the IEC’s operations?

Reply:

The Electoral Commission responded as follows:

(a) The Electoral Commission’s Outreach Programme has received a qualified audit from the Auditor General of South Africa for 3 consecutive financial years: 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. The common reason for qualification in all three instances has been the reliability of information regarding the verification on Outreach Targets. The source of this has largely centred on the verification of performance against the target for Civic & Democracy Education (CDE) Events. “Events” in this instance refer to an activity with an educational objective targeting a specific audience of least 20 people as defined year on year in the Technical Indicator Descriptions that accompany the Annual Performance Plan. This is one target out of several that measures the performance of the Outreach Programme.

An event has to be supported by auditable evidence to demonstrate the minimum number of attendees per event and – for purposes of usefulness – educational substance.

The system on which CDE events are captured is known as the Outreach Management System (OMS). Before its advent, events were captured on Excel Spreadsheets and supporting evidence stored manually. This was labour-intensive, cumbersome and an inefficient way of collecting and collating management data. Thus the OMS was designed to – amongst other things:

  • Avail management information and statistical data;
  • Monitor performance indicators and targets at various levels of the organisation; and
  • Facilitate quality and risk assurance;

The OMS came into use in April 2015. All the performance data for CDE events for the 2015-2016 financial year audits was stored in, generated by, and drawn from the OMS.

Reliability has been a challenge due to the following factors:

    1. From the outset, there were repeated shortcomings in the capturing and uploading of auditable evidence;
    2. Most events take place in provincial and local offices of the Electoral Commission. During non-election years the responsibility for capturing the events and the supporting documentation on the OMS falls on Electoral Project Coordinators (EPCs). During election years, added contract capacity takes on this responsibility. The events and the supporting documentation are supposed to be reviewed and approved by Regional Supervisors. Provincial staff has supervisory duties to ensure this happens. This scheme has proved fraught and has resulted in events not being captured on time and those that are captured being approved without the requisite supporting documents. In turn has resulted in three consecutive qualifications;
    3. Poor quality of auditable data was in evidence. Audit findings showed that incorrect evidence was uploaded, or that the educational substance could not be determined rendering the target inadequate for purposes of usefulness; and
    4. Inadequate and ineffective internal controls to ensure proper record keeping in a timely manner which in turn compromised completeness, relevance and accuracy of the information captured.

b) The remedial measures that have been taken include:

  1. Revision of the Technical Indicator Description that makes it compulsory to upload both a register with a minimum of 20 attendees and evidence of educational substance;
  2. National Office monthly quality assurance which is effected before an event is approved and thus recorded on the OMS;
  3. Enhancement of the OMS to improve the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls such as segregation of approval duties; and
  4. Improved communication throughout the value chain and re-training of end-users.

18 December 2017 - NW3995

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)What are the terms of reference of the Oversight Committee of the Southern African (2) whether the Oversight Committee has achieved its mandate to date; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) what are the terms of reference of the establishment of the multidimensional SADC standby force in Lesotho and (b) on what date is its mandate ending; (4) has the contingent mission achieved its mandate in Lesotho; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW4541E

Reply:

1. The Oversight Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Kingdom of Lesotho Committee is appointed to:

a) Act as an overall monitoring body and early warning mechanism in the event of signs of instability.

b) Follow up and support the implementation of the recommendations of the SADC Facilitator’s Report, in particular constitutional and security reforms.

c) Follow up on the implementation of SADC decisions and the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

d) Liaise and work closely with the Government of Lesotho and all relevant stakeholders.

e) Examine any other matters relevant to the SADC decisions on the Political and Security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

f) Propose appropriate intervention measures in consultation with the SADC Facilitator.

g) The Oversight Committee shall compile and submit, to the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, monthly reports of its activities.

h) The Oversight Committee shall compile and submit, to the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, a final report eight (8) days after the completion of its assignment.

REPLY:

2. Yes. The Oversight Committee has achieved its mandate.

The Oversight Committee has been on the ground in the Kingdom of Lesotho, serving as adeterrent, since 3 June 2015, after the Double Troika Summit held in Pretoria, South Africa, approved its establishmentto act as an overall monitoring body and early warning mechanism in the event of signs of instability, and intervene as appropriate in consultation with the SADC Facilitator. The Oversight Committee continuously files reports to the SADC Facilitator on developments in the country and has engaged relevant stakeholders in the Kingdom of Lesotho for the implementation of SADC decisions and its presence has proven useful to stabilise the Kingdom.

REPLY:

3 (a) The terms of reference, as approved by the Double Troika Summit of 15 September 2017, of the Contingent Mission are as follows:

  1. to strengthen peace and security, implement Security Sector Reforms, and implement the recommendations of the SADC Commission of Enquiry;
  2. monitor and ensure that the rule of law is complied with in the process of implementing the recommendations of the SADC Commission of Enquiry;
  3. identify immediate areas of priority that are to be implemented urgently, including the specific amendments in the Constitution, and amendments of the LDF and LMPS Acts with a view to ensuring separation of powers between the Army and Police;
  4. to support the Kingdom of Lesotho in undertaking re-training of its personnel especially in the area of Civil Military Relations (CIMIC);
  5. to monitor and assist where necessary in the investigation of the assassinations of Lt. Gen Motšomotšo and other alleged killings in Lesotho; and
  6. lend assistance in the implementation of Constitutional, Public and Security Sector reforms and monitor the implementation of SADC Decisions;

(b) The Preventative Mission was officially launched on 2 December 2017 and the deployment would be for a period of 6 months.

REPLY:

4. The Contingent Mission was only officially launched on 02 December 2017 for a period of 6 months and thus an evaluation of its mandate can only be done after 6 months.

UNQUOTE

18 December 2017 - NW3573

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

The information received from the Department and the entities are tabulated as follows:

a) Department of Home Affairs

  1. (i)
  1. Number of supplier invoices
  1. Total amount outstanding

(aa) more than 30 days

27

1 226 438.62

(bb) more than 60 days

7

160 512.14

(cc) more than 90 days

1

1 240.31

(dd) more than 120 days

3

4 898.52

GRAND TOTAL

32

1 393 089.59

b) Government Printing Works

  1. (i)
  1. Number of supplier invoices
  1. Total amount outstanding

(aa) more than 30 days

1

15 352.02

(bb) more than 60 days

2

59 022.36

(cc) more than 90 days

0

0

(dd) more than 120 days

3

44 114.30

GRAND TOTAL

6

  1. 488.68

c) Electoral Commission

  1. (i)
  1. Number of supplier invoices
  1. Total amount outstanding

(aa) more than 30 days

11

119 422.00

(bb) more than 60 days

2

2 156.00

(cc) more than 90 days

0

0

(dd) more than 120 days

19

32 818.00

GRAND TOTAL

32

154 396.00

18 December 2017 - NW3744

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her procured services from a certain company Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd (TWF); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case; (2) Whether the specified company provided services related to international travel to (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (ii) what was the travel route and (iii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply:

1 (a), (b) and (c) The requested information is contained in previous years financial statements and it will also be declared in current and future financial year statements.

The tabling is in line with Section 65 of the PFMA, Act No.1 of 1999 through which I will amongst others table Section 40 of the PFMA, Act No.1 of 1999 Reports to Parliament.

2 (a), (b) and (c) Same as above.

18 December 2017 - NW3796

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What additional resources are required to complete the process of developing the system for piloting full biometric Exercise Movement Control Systems at ports of entry?

Reply:

There is no system called Biometric Exercise Movement Control System in the Department. The Department is in the process of developing the Biometric enhanced Movement Control System (BeMCS), as part of the modernisation project.

Discussions are underway to explore a comprehensive approach to DHA System as part of the Repositioning Process.

18 December 2017 - NW3976

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with regard to the report by the Public Protector entitled Inappropriate Moves, the Independent Electoral Commission has acted on all of the recommendations; if not, (a) which recommendations have not been acted upon and (b) what are the reasons in each case; if so, what action was taken with regard to each recommendation?

Reply:

Yes.

a) Not applicable

b) Not applicable

18 December 2017 - NW3619

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii), what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

  1. (a) and (b) The Department of Public Service and Administration and all three (3) entities in the portfolio do not own land.

15 December 2017 - NW3801

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

Why (a) did he request the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to proclaim Special lnvestjgating Unit investigations into the finances of the (i) Sekhukhune District Municipality and (ii) Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality in Limpopo and (b) were the investigations subsequently withdrawn?

Reply:

(a) The allegations as contemplated in section 2(2) of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) ('SIU Act') were made to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in respect of the affairs of the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality and the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality ("the Municipalities"). The allegations pointed towards loss having been suffered by the two municipalities and as such had to be recovered. In order to recover the losses suffered by the municipalities, the SIU made an application to the President of the Republic of South Africa with the support of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in order to apply for a proclamation. The SIU deemed it necessary that the said allegations should be investigated, and civil proceedings emanating from such investigations should be adjudicated upon.

(b) The investigation in respect of the Proclamation in the two municipalities were never withdrawn and they are still on going.
 

15 December 2017 - NW2783

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the R10 million allocated by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and/or repair of priority roads and storm-water infrastructure that was damaged during the November 2016 flooding, what amount was spent on (a)(i) bridges and (ii) roads in Edenvale and (b) the Eastleigh spruit?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality through the Gauteng Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs provided the information:

The Roads and Storm Water Department of the City of Ekurhuleni appointed Consultants for the assessment of the roads and storm water infrastructure under its jurisdiction, damaged during the floods in Edenvale and Eastleigh Spruit at an estimated fees amount or R4, 3m from its own consulting fees budget allocation.

R 10 million was not allocated for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and/or repair of priority roads and storm-water infrastructure. The R10 million funding was earmarked within the disaster management vote to be used for the structural assessment, design and implementation of roads and storm water infrastructure projects following the flooding that occurred in November 2016. During the procurement process, it was realised that the earmarked allocation cannot be utilised as this may be against the municipal supply chain policies.

(a)(i) No amount was spent on the repair bridges. , roads in Edenvale and the Eastleigh spruit.

(ii) No amount was used to repair roads in Edenvale.

(b) No amount was used to repair the Eastleigh Spruit

15 December 2017 - NW3984

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) With regard to the Ministerial residences managed by his department, (a) what is the total value of each property, (b) where is each property located and which Minister occupies each property and (c) what total amount was spent on the maintenance and upgrading of each property over the past three financial years; (2) (a) what is the total amount spent on acquiring and/or purchasing new Ministerial residences since 2009 and (b) in each case, what is the (i) name and location of residence, (ii) purchase price, (iii) purpose for which the property was purchased, (iv) total amount spent on upgrades and maintenance and (v) current value?

Reply:

a) The evaluation section is currently busy valuating the properties, the latest information will be provided as soon as it is available.

b) In terms of security reasons we cannot disclose which Minister occupies which property.

The Ministerial residences in Cape Town are located in:

  • Rondebosch
  • Groote Schuur Estate
  • Kenilworth
  • Claremont
  • Oude Westhof
  • Gardens
  • Newlands
  • Van Riebeeckshof
  • Platekoof
  • Mouille Point
  • Milnerton
  • Bishopscourt
  • Welgemoed
  • Parliament Village
  • Sunset Beach
  • Mowbray
  • Woodstock
  • Seapoint

The Ministerial residences in Pretoria are located in:

  • Bryntirion Estate
  • Waterkloof
  • Fearie Glen
  • Moreleta Park
  • Brooklyn
  • Mooikloof
  • The Wild Estate

c) Maintenance Expenditure

Cape Town:

Property

(i) 2014/15

Oct 2014-Mar 2015

(ii) 2015/16

Apr 2015-Mar 2016

(iii) 2016/17

Apr 2016- Mar 2017

1

62,479.98

155,723.95

154,802.88

2

16,861.74

86,056.76

34,733.52

3

72,271.44

226,883.39

174,726.97

4

105,826.20

355,908.13

705,797.16

5

67,959.96

176,119.12

165,370.87

6

141,979.02

327,572.31

313,827.96

7

66,625.02

231,348.56

194,234.24

8

134,008.14

316,195.80

279,961.34

9

67,930.32

259,840.64

449,981.19

10

120,948.30

308,431.49

253,007.95

12

121,553.64

246,294.72

246,294.72

13

145,962.18

293,258.16

293,258.16

14

107,418.78

239,411.08

215,637.84

       

15

104,348.76

209,495.52

236,643.48

16

144,097.14

299,509.74

309,058.56

17

352,320.42

1,960,033.67

828,366.80

18

149,473.38

596,665.12

301,137.84

19

136,451.16

281,788.85

274,475.52

20

117,552.24

248,602.06

238,606.56

21

72,347.82

238,108.33

262,343.91

22

82,595.28

172,544.93

170,542.81

23

97,737.90

197,812.25

196,526.88

24

101,896.62

206,555.69

220,111.20

25

96,007.38

201,386.06

210,158.90

26

77,069.70

161,839.65

169,817.71

27

80,250.30

167,726.95

168,339.24

28

112,443.90

255,889.67

303,727.33

29

82,207.68

178,308.04

176,560.73

30

78,027.30

157,529.76

164,871.52

31

67,507.38

136,430.64

180,480.02

32

114,308.94

549,985.32

256,291.38

33

63,145.74

196,832.62

169,603.11

34

79,746.42

214,542.54

217,707.65

35

68,173.14

212,825.50

462,111.38

36

62,400.18

141,654.92

515,571.54

37

60,627.48

141,890.48

217,049.10

38

98,061.66

223,121.78

320,707.80

39

84,103.50

189,661.95

197,490.96

40

89,821.74

205,080.18

200,138.40

41

77,437.92

172,013.87

288,480.63

42

109,675.98

235,810.52

240,699.60

43

101,760.96

280,127.63

515,039.33

44

116,786.16

234,967.68

234,967.68

45

85,378.02

198,747.94

589,947.50

46

121,585.56

301,902.34

282,295.66

47

73,783.08

190,880.76

184,722.41

48

27,964.20

56,922.48

56,922.48

49

28,226.40

57,250.80

63,526.60

50

20,982.84

76,840.36

44,875.43

51

59,268.60

143,810.57

155,329.21

52

57,262.20

151,081.02

151,088.41

53

112,804.14

239,647.83

283,916.03

54

100,897.98

202,847.04

218,390.18

55

54,550.14

110,151.36

123,865.70

56

53,660.94

167,869.28

108,372.96

       

57

54,686.94

114,238.73

133,341.70

58

53,729.34

127,321.20

125,909.02

59

50,193.06

114,654.75

105,167.80

60

50,307.06

101,710.80

101,710.80

61

76,976.22

261,580.08

299,899.71

62

64,020.12

182,400.01

234,515.07

63

79,294.98

194,842.04

736,907.09

Grand Total

5,535,780.72

14,886,485.45

15,729,966.11

c) Maintenance Expenditure

Pretoria:

PROPERTY

(c) 2014 – 15 FY

2015 – 16 FY

2016 – 17 FY

1

R 98 062,21

   

2

R 10 409,67

 

R89, 940

3

R 312 956,70

R375, 259

R148, 567

4

R 8 629,42

R44, 026

R7, 173

5

R 130 892,42

R7, 480

R59, 756

6

R 82 980,56

R11, 507

R308, 013

7

R 429 430,50

R400, 010

R75, 336

8

R 6 657,60

R6, 657

R15, 394

9

 

R8, 263

R16, 249

10

R 112 005,00

   

11

 

   

12

 

   

13

R 40 413,06

   

14

 

   

15

 

   

16

 

R38, 818

R332, 125

17

R 2 300,00

R2,300

R5, 073

18

R 1 852,04

R214, 933

R29, 176

19

R 1 648 181,00

R1, 106, 419

R2, 706, 338

20

R 438 345,20

R424, 997

R14, 198

21

 

R418, 550

R39, 297

22

R 113 311,50

R890, 798

R51, 703

23

R 129 716,30

R129, 136

R180, 494

24

 

R74, 038

R289, 364

25

 

R1, 334, 274

R221, 158

26

 

R19,614

R92, 116

27

 

R785, 545

R126, 798

28

 

R1, 121, 381

R64, 876

       

29

 

R1, 855, 682

R174, 558

30

 

R29, 568

R48, 387

31

 

R2, 145, 814

R123, 256

32

 

R205, 687

 

33

 

R197, 314

R135, 307

34

 

R547, 882

R32, 018

35

R 10 697,39

R158, 540

R156, 598

36

R 147 836,40

R1, 028, 012

R189, 624

37

 

R40, 106

R147, 898

38

 

R6, 564

R76, 579

39

R 32 479,84

R421, 847

R463, 552

40

 

R35, 644

R403, 290

41

 

R1, 218,565

R283, 406

42

R 12 003,00

R183, 032

R113, 156

43

R 45 930,42

R948, 443

R473, 396

44

R 5 640,00

R173, 464

R313, 890

45

R 50 801,95

R1, 009, 990

R458, 879

46

R 27 629,03

R2, 689, 301

R302, 634

47

 

R617, 585

R488, 831

48

 

 

R86, 691

49

 

R85, 203

R81, 680

50

R 2 885,67

R21, 317

R107, 459

51

 

R3, 293

R50, 261

52

 

 

R28, 660

53

 

 

R103, 042

54

 

 

R162, 163

55

 

   

56

 

 

R1, 163

57

 

   

58

 

R24, 202

R37, 470

59

   

R198, 087

60

   

R178, 132

61

   

R103, 847

       

c) Upgrades

Cape Town:

RESIDENCE

PROJECT AMOUNT

SCOPE OF WORKS

1

R 2 141 127.07

Construction of boundary walls, Construction of guard hut, Installation of cameras and monitors, Installation of electric fence.

2

R 3 420 177.74

Construction of boundary walls, Construction of guard hut, Installation of cameras and monitors, Installation of electric fence.

3

R 3 830 050.66

Construction of boundary walls, Construction of guard hut, Installation of cameras and monitors, Installation of electric fence.

4

R 58 771.61

Entertainment Facility

5

R 34 468.03

Entertainment facility

c) Upgrades

Pretoria:

PROPERTY

2014/2015

2015/16

2016/17

1

R 0.00

R 158 301.19

R 2 107 035.90

2

R 0.00

 

R 1 835 818.72

3

R 0.00

 

R 1 319 303.55

4

R 0.00

R 2 398 350.77

R 89 124.35

5

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 2 597 583.51

6

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 2 828 604.88

7

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 2 784 102.34

8

R 0.00

R 3 133 499.05

R 333 263.99

9

R 0.00

R 197 826.19

R 2 501 531.73

10

R 0.00

R 920 961.98

R 1 200 680.99

11

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 2 658 529.98

 

Grand Total

R0.00

R 6 808 939.18

R 20 255 579.94

(2) (a)

Acquisitions:

Cape Town

RESIDENCE

PURCHASE PRICE

AREA

1

R 8, 000 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

2

R 6 039 363.00

Claremont

3

R 6 100 000.00

Platekloof

4

R 7 000 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

5

R 5 950 000.00

Milnerton

6

R 6 142 203.00

Claremont

7

R 6 041 917.00

Newlands

8

R 4 138 878.00

Newlands

9

R 5 500 000.00

Milnerton

10

R 5 700 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

11

R 8 900 000.00

Kenilworth

12

R 8 500 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

13

R 6 650 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

14

R 7 203 398.00

Sunset Beach

15

R 5 139 515.00

Kenilworth

16

R 8 600 000.00

Kenilworth

17

R 5 942 166.00

Newlands

18

R 4 850 000.00

Van Riebeeckshof

Grand Total

R116,397,440

 

2. (a)

Acquisitions (Pretoria)

Residence

(ii) Purchase price

(iii) Purpose for which the property was purchased

(iv) Total amount spent on upgrades and maintenance

1

R5 445 131

Residential accommodation

 

2

R4 747 822

Residential accommodation

 

3

R4 033 091

Residential accommodation

 

4

R4 546 625

Residential accommodation

 

5

R4 548 107

Residential accommodation

 

6

R5 814 200

Residential accommodation

R882,645.33

7

R6 351 080

Residential accommodation

R1, 191, 328.00

8

R6 351 080

Residential accommodation

R1, 611, 423.00

9

R6 148 800

Residential accommodation

R1, 039 ,586.00

10

R4 941 190

Residential accommodation

R1, 230, 492.00

11

R3 663 210

Residential accommodation

 

12

R6 245 950

Residential accommodation

 

13

R3 634 780

Residential accommodation

R542, 336.00

14

R2 928 585

Residential accommodation

 

15

R2 425 165

Residential accommodation

R1,774,540.37

Grand Total

R71,824,816

 

R8,272,350.70

(v) The Valuation Section is still busy with valuations.

15 December 2017 - NW2490

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

(1) (a) What amount of funding was budgeted for the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) stormwater infrastructure in each ward of Carolina in the Albert Luthuli Local Municipality in Mpumalanga in each of the past five municipal financial years and (b) what amount of the specified funding was spent on the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) stormwater infrastructure in each specified municipal financial year;

Reply:

The following response was provided by the Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality:

(1) (a) (i)(ii)

The municipality budgets for the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) storm-water infrastructure covering all wards. It doesn’t budget ward-wise.

The municipality budgeted a total amount of R 9 000,00 thousand for the past five years from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. The year-wise budget amounts are detailed below in thousand Rand:

Roads and storm-water maintenance budget for 2012-2017 period

2012/13

(000 )

2013/14

(000 )

2014/15

(000 )

2015/16 (000 )

2016/17

(000 )

TOTAL

(000 )

1 100,00

2 400,00

1 900,00

1 400,00

2 200,00

9 000,00

(1) (b)(i)(ii)

According to the municipality, it spent a total amount of R 2 500,00 thousand for the past five years from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. The year-wise expenditure amounts are detailed below in thousand Rand:

Expenditure for roads and storm-water during 2012-2017 period

2012/13

(000 )

2013/14

(000 )

2014/15

(000 )

2015/16 (000 )

2016/17

(000 )

TOTAL

(000 )

450,00

600,00

550,00

600,00

300,00

2 500,00

(2) According to the municipality, it allocated a total budget of R 1 800,00 thousand for the 2017-2018 financial year for maintenance and repair of roads and storm-water.

15 December 2017 - NW3981

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to her department’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 7 November 2017, why are the school transport incidents (details furnished) not included in the provincial totals for (a) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

The information on the incidents mentioned has been requested from the Eastern Cape and the KwaZulu-Natal Departments of Education and will be provided as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3747

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him procured services from a certain company (name furnished); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case; (2) whether the specified company provided services related to international travel to (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (ii) what was the travel route and (iii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply:

1. (a) No procurement and/or services were made to Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd by the Department of Energy

(i) Not applicable

(ii) No payments were made to Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd.

(b) (i) Other than the National Nuclear Regulator none of the other entities reporting to the Minister of Energy have procured any services from Travel With Flair

(ii) R 2, 027, 867.96

2. (a) Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd did not provide international travel for the Department of Energy.

(i) Not applicable

(ii) Not applicable

(iii) Not applicable

(b) (i) The revelation of such information would allow others to develop a profile of the operations of the National Nuclear Regulator which could impact on both safety and security.

15 December 2017 - NW3529

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

What number of persons worked in the office of the (a) Mayor, (b) Speaker, (c) Chief Whip, (d) each Mayoral Committee Member and (f) each chairperson of a committee at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council, on (i) 1 August 2016 and (ii) 1 August 2017?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3894

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What number of housing projects were undertaken in the (a) Modimolle, (b) Mookgopong, (c) Bela-Bela, (d) Lephalale and (e) Thabazimbi Local Municipalities in Limpopo since the 2014-15 financial year; (2) whether the specified projects were completed; if not, in each case, (a) why not, (b) what was the monetary value of each project and (c) who were the contractors; (3) what are the details of the waiting list used to allocate houses from these housing projects to needy citizens; (4) did the residents receive title deeds of allocated houses?

Reply:

(1) The number of projects undertaken since the 2014/15 financial year in Limpopo in:

(a) Modimolle LM: 4 projects;

(b) Mookgopong LM: 6 projects;

(c) Bela Bela LM: 9 projects;

(d) Lephalale LM: 15 projects;

(e) Thabazimbi LM: 2 projects.

(2) (a) According to the information provided by the Provincial Department, not all projects mentioned above have been completed. Some projects are being implemented over multi-year periods.

(b) The names of incomplete projects and their monetary value are indicated in the table below:

NO.

PROJECT INFORMATION

(b) MONETARY VALUE

1.

WATERBERG/ MODIMOLLE / HOMES 2000 (78)

(Delayed due to contract not being signed by the contractor)

R6 474 000

2.

WATERBERG/BELA-BELA/ MMAMOLOKO (86 URBAN)

R7 138 000

3.

WATERBERG/BELA-BELA/ HIGH POINT (92) URBAN

R7 636 000

4.

WATERBERG/BELA-BELA/ BARORISI (92) RURAL

R7 636 000

 

(for the three projects above, site handover is in process after recently appointing contractors)

 

 

 

(c) Honourable Member, in accordance with the established practise applicable to parliamentary questions contained in the document titled, “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly”, I will not be able to provide names of the contractors as requested. The document referred to prohibits Members of Parliament, including the Executive, from divulging names of persons, bodies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. It specifically states the following:

 

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(3) All the specified municipalities, except the Thabazimbi Local Municipality, use waiting lists. Thabazimbi Local Municipality is making use of the previous instrument, the Beneficiary Status Report. Beneficiaries were approved using this instrument. The Limpopo Province’s current waiting list is still a manual one, and is not yet automated as is the case with the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR). The province is in a process of uploading data the NHNR system.

(4) Yes, 3 205 beneficiaries have title deeds registered in their names for houses built in the specified (new) projects.

15 December 2017 - NW4000

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What number of title deeds (a) does the Limpopo Provincial Government still need to transfer in the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality and (b) have been transferred since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the department and the reply below was sourced from the Housing Development Agency and the Provincial Deeds Office in Limpopo Province.

There are a total number of 3594 units which still needs to be transferred by the Limpopo Provincial Government to Modimolle-Mookgopong local municipality. The breakdown is provided in the table below.

Municipality Name (amalgamation considered)

Place name

Number of title deeds

Modimolle Local Municipality

Phagameng Ext 8

22

 

Phagameng Ext 10

35

 

Phagameng Ext 4

413

 

Phagameng Ext 11

220

 

Phagameng Ext 12

716

 

Vaalwater

670

 

Vaalwater Ext 1

668

 

Vaalwater Ext 4

505

Mookhopong Local Municipality

Mookgopong Ext 5

345

Total outstanding title deeds

3 594

According to the records from the office of the Deeds Registry in Limpopo Province, there are no properties from the Provincial Government of Limpopo which were transferred to Modimolle-Mookgopong Local Municipality since 01 January 2017.

15 December 2017 - NW3521

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1651 on 29 August 2017, how did the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council spend R24,714,000 on affordable and social housing during the 2015-16 financial year and yet no units were built; (2) (a) what are the reasons that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council’s ability to spend its housing budget declined from 83% in the 2014-15 financial year to 30,5% in the 2016-17 financial year and (b) what amount has been allocated to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for the 2017-18 financial year; (3) what are the reasons that the cost per unit dropped of each RDP house that was constructed during the 2016-17 financial year, to R66 000, whilst it cost R111 000 per unit during the 2015-16 financial year?

Reply:

(1) I have been informed by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality that the reported expenditure of R24 714 000 was for work in progress. The social housing projects are multi-year projects and the housing units are reported when the block of social housing units are complete, handed over and a completion certificate is issued. The projects have since been completed with 256 units delivered, in Germiston Fire station phase 1(144 units) and Delville (112 units) respectively, at the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

(2) (a) The contract of the appointed service providers had expired on 30 June 2016, therefore no construction could commence until new service providers were appointed. The appointment of the new service provider was finalised on 18 November 2016 and appointment letters from the Tender Office were issued on 15 December 2016. There was a period of six months where the Municipality had no service providers for the construction of houses. In addition, the late gazetting of the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) funds by the Province to Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality also contributed to the poor expenditure of 2016/17. The Metropolitan Municipality received this part of HDSG in March 2017.

(b) The Municipality received an Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) allocation of R1, 985 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year.

(3) The approved National Subsidy Quantum is R111 000. The Provincial Subsidy Quantum on the other hand is capped at R102 953.55. The unit cost did not reduce as the National Subsidy Quantum stands at R111 000. Further, the Metropolitan Municipality reported that there were certain houses under the category of work in progress, as they were at various phases of construction. In addition, there were expenses for completed houses which were not included as they were subject to internal payment approval process at the time of reporting.

15 December 2017 - NW2614

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to reports that for the 10th consecutive year the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality has rolled over a R50 million-a-month security tender citing situations of emergency as the reason for deviating from proper procurement processes, (a) what were the situations of emergency that were proffered for the deviations over the past 10 years, (b) what are the names of companies that have benefitted from these deviations and (c) who are the owners/shareholders of the companies in question; (2) will his department undertake an investigation into this matter; if not why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The matter raised by the Honourable Member can best be responded to by the National Treasury, as the competent authority.

15 December 2017 - NW3646

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether his department has engaged in any formal or informal discussions with energy companies in the past year; if so, (a) what are the names of the energy companies, (b) on what dates did the discussions take place, (c) who represented his department and (d) where did the discussions take place?

Reply:

In carrying out its mandate, the Department develops legislation, undertakes programs and projects, and in that process interacts with a plethora of stakeholders and industry players of varying nature. This for example may take a form of bilateral meetings, visits, conferences, etc. and therefore it is practically impossible to mention with specific engagements that the department, often represented by different officials at different levels, has undertaken.

15 December 2017 - NW3882

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) Whether his department took a decision regarding the long-term future of the property since his reply to question 972 on 22 May 2017; if not, why has a decision not been taken; if so, what was the decision; (2) have any steps been taken by his department to curb the vandalism and illegal occupation of the property until a decision is taken; if not, why not; if so, what time line will be linked to this; (3) whether his department was informed that the house on the property has been assessed as a structure worthy of preservation; if so, what is his department’s plans for the future of the property?

Reply:

1. The unsolicited offers received in May 2017 were not considered and the Department is in the process of advertising all its surplus properties to solicit
offers from the public.

2. Yes. The Department has appointed security services to safeguard the property.

3. No. The Department has not been informed of any assessment done on the structure relating to the preservation of the property.

15 December 2017 - NW2577

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

When are the application dates (a) opening and (b) closing for the board positions of all entities and councils reporting to him?

Reply:

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA) AND SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES NETWORK (SACN)

a) Not applicable. In respect of Salga, positions are filled through elective conference linked to the Local Government Elections while the board members of the SACN are mandated by their respective municipalities to form part of the board based on municipal council resolutions of each municipality.

b) Not applicable. Positions are filled through elective conference linked to the Local Government Elections.

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD

(a) (b) The applications for persons to be appointed as a member board are advertised in accordance with Section 8(1)(a) of the Municipal Demarcation Act, Act 27 of 1998.

COMMISSION FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND LINGUISTIC COMMUNITIES (CLR COMMISSION)

(a) (b) The current Commissioners were appointed in March 2014 for a five-year period, expiring in March 2019.

15 December 2017 - NW3852

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Energy

(a) What was the total cost of the involvement of the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation’s mobile hot cell in the removal of high activity sealed radioactive sources from 87 teletherapy units in the Federative Republic of Brazil and (b) what amount has been budgeted for the mobile hot cell’s operation?

Reply:

a) The total cost of the involvement of the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation ‘s mobile hot cell in the removal of high activity sealed radioactive sources from 87 teletherapy units in the Federative Republic of Brazil was R 35 663 397.17.

b) No funds were budgeted by NECSA for the Mobile Hot Cell operation as the operation was in Brazil and funded by the United States Department of Energy and the Government of Brazil.

15 December 2017 - NW3505

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the (a) land purchased by the Bela-Bela Local Municipality in Limpopo to deal with its housing backlog from 1 July 2011 to date, (b) purchase amount in each case, (c) municipal value of each piece of land and (d) person and/or entity the specified pieces of land were purchased from in each case; (2) whether housing development projects took place on each of the specified pieces of land; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The municipality has not purchased land on its own from the year 2011 to date. However, the Housing Development Agency (HDA) bought land to address housing backlogs in Bela- Bela. The land in question was registered in the Deeds Office by HDA. Size of the land is 72.5 hectors off stand 1491, portion 170 of the farm Roodepoort 467KR.

(b) The cost for the land as per the Deeds information is R65 400 000.00, the land is owned by HDA.

(c) In the municipal valuation roll these piece of land (stand 1491 Ext 25) is not valued.

(d) The previous owner of the land as per documents in the municipal record was Messrs SBNP Family Trust, Number IT3162/2004.

(2) HDA had finalised detail design of 1200 units in this area. The housing project has not yet started. Progress on this project matter can be provided by the HDA and Coghsta Limpopo.

15 December 2017 - NW2785

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) With regard to the Eastleigh river flowing through Edenvale within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (a) who is responsible to ensure that the river is cleared of invasive and/or alien vegetation and debris from the November 2016 flood, (b) why has the responsible authority not fulfilled their legal responsibilities, (c) what penalties can be imposed on the defaulting authority and (d) what action does he intend taking in this regard; (2) Whether the river will be cleared before the spring rains begin; if not why not; if so by what date?

Reply:

The response is still awaited from the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

15 December 2017 - NW3380

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

Given that the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) originally instructed Eskom to reveal its coal contracts and costs in its latest tariff application for 19.9%, (a) why did NERSA reverse this decision and allow Eskom to blackout the coal contracts and costs and (b) who instructed NERSA to reverse its decisions; 2) Whether (a) the Minister and/or (b) his department instructed and/or his department instructed and/or caused by any other means NERSA to reverse its decision?

Reply:

1. a) NERSA did not reverse any decision related to Eskom‘s coal contracts and costs. The decision taken by NERSA was that Eskom‘s information relating to coal contracts and cost not be published as it contained commercially sensitive information. Eskom has submitted all requested information to NERSA.

b) NERSA did not reverse any decision. (Limiting information only to the personnel of the Regulator is standard practice with all commercially sensitive information).

2. a) No decision was reversed by NERSA.

b) No decision was reversed by NERSA

15 December 2017 - NW3164

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) What are the details including the ranks of service providers and/or contractors from which (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her procured services in the past five years; (2) what (a) service was provided by each service provider and/or contractor and (b) amount was each service provider and/or contractor paid; (3) (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid? NW3488E

Reply:

The Department utilises many service providers over the a wide range of service areas. The number of service providers utilised by the Department over the past five years is average. In accordance with the kind of services the Department renders.

UNQUOTE.

15 December 2017 - NW3962

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether he accompanied certain persons (name furnished) on a trip to the Russian Federation in or around August 2017;if so, did (a) a meeting take place with representatives of a certain company (name furnished) and (b) officials of the Central Energy Fund form part of the delegation?

Reply:

a) The matter was asked during the meeting of the Portfolio committee on Energy on the 22 November 2017.

b) The Minister reaffirms the same answer provided to the committee.

15 December 2017 - NW3107

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

(1)Whether any municipalities have been late in paying (a) councillor salaries and/or (b) municipal staff salaries from 1 October 2016 to date; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (i) which municipality and (ii) what was the reason for the late payment; (2) whether all outstanding amounts have now been paid; if not, what measures has each respective municipality put in place to ensure that the situation does not re-occur?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3449

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1) How many officials and/or employees in his department were granted permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings in the past three financial years; (2) are any of the officials and/or employees that have permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings doing business with the Government; if so, (a) what was the purpose of each business transaction, (b) when did each business transaction occur and (c) what was the value of each business transaction?

Reply:

(1) There were 22 employees who submitted applications for remunerative work outside of official hours, and were covered in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994, Section 30, Subsection 3(b), as no formal permission was granted by the Executive Authority.

(2)(a), (b) and (c) None of the 22 employees have declared any business dealings with Government.

15 December 2017 - NW3980

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to her department’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 7 November 2017, has the Free State government spent 91,57% of their budget in only two financial quarters; if so, how will school transport in the remaining two financial quarters be funded?

Reply:

The Free State Government has spent 91.57% of their Learner Transport Budget in the first two financial quarters. Information received from the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport indicate that the Executive Committee of the Free State Government has earmarked Learner Transport to receive provincially earmarked funds. The funds will be made available during the budget adjustments and services will proceed without interruptions. An additional R10m was already made available on the adjustments budget and the Department is busy assessing internal funds for reprioritisation.

15 December 2017 - NW2782

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any national departments conducted an assessment of damage caused by the flood in the Edenvale area in November 2016; if not, why not; if so, (a) which departments conducted the assessment and (b) what is the cost of the damage; (2)will he provide Mr W Horn with a copy of the assessment report?

Reply:

(1)(a)Yes, the National Disaster Management Centre assessed the flooding.

(b) No costs were determined.

(2)Yes.

15 December 2017 - NW2786

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

With regard to the closing of the bridges in (a) Central Avenue, (b) Van Riebeeck Avenue, (c) 4th Avenue and (d) 1st Avenue in Edenvale in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (i) what assessment of the structural damage to each specified bridge has been completed, (ii) what were the findings of each assessment, (iii) what will the cost be to rehabilitate each bridge and (iv) by what date (aa) does the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality intend to start repairing each bridge and (bb) will each bridge be re-opened?

Reply:

The response from Ekhurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is narrated underneath:

The Municipality appointed consultants to investigate the bridges. They had submitted the report to the Municipality. The answers are based on the report and Municipal comments.

(a) Central Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(b) Van Riebeeck Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(c) 4th Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(d) 1st Avenue in Edenvale

This was the only bridge that was closed as the visual inspection indicated damage to the deck overlay. It is a small bridge constructed with culverts, which is the reason for closing the bridge until it could be certified as stable/ safe by specialist consultant. However, the bridge was opened for traffic after getting certification from the consultant.

(i) The appointed consultant assessed the stability and safety of the mentioned bridges for any movement/ displacement that could have taken place. They checked the stability of the abutments, floor slabs, approach roads and discharge/ downstream apron slabs. They also checked the extent of the erosion of the embankments and any movement/ damage to the decks/ overlays.

(ii) The consultant’s finding confirmed that all the bridges were structurally stable. They recommended that the upstream and downstream embankments require extensive rehabilitation due to the erosion and/ or flood damage to the areas around the wing walls.

(iii) The estimated costs for the remedial measure or to rehabilitate the bridges are as bellow:

(a) Central Avenue bridge: R 63 000 000.00 (it may vary depending on which design option is acceptable to the Consultants and Department of Water and Sanitation)

(b) Van Riebeeck Avenue bridge : R 300 000.00

(c)4th Avenue bridge/canal: R 5 600 000.00

(d) 1st Avenue bridge: R 800 000.00

(iv) The process has already been started. In order to execute the remedial measures designed by Specialist Consultants, approval from GDARD and Department of Water and Sanitation is required. These approvals and authorization requests have been submitted and approval is awaited.

(aa) Yes it does. The process has already been started. The municipality is awaiting the approvals and authorization of the design requests have been submitted and approval is awaited form GDARD and Department of Water and Sanitation.

(bb) All the bridges have been declared stable and have been open for traffic for quite some time now.

15 December 2017 - NW3993

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any of the provincial basic education departments provide free sanitary pads to female learners; if not, why not; if so, (i) what number of schools have received the free sanitary pads and (ii) what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) The Department of Basic Education (DBE) does not have resources in the voted funds to provide sanitary towels to female learners.

b) Provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal have implemented local initiatives to provide sanitary towels to female learners.

(i) (ii)The project is a provincial initiative that is led and funded by each of the provinces. The school lists and relevant details remain in the custody of the said Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) and the question may be referred to the said PEDs.

 

15 December 2017 - NW359

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(i) & (ii) The information requested by the Honourable Member is available in the Department’s Annual Report.

 

15 December 2017 - NW3809

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

(1)Whether the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality in Mpumalanga made any payments in the settlement of the outstanding debt it owes to Eskom either in (a) October and/or (b) November 2017; if not, why not; if so, (i) on which date(s) were payments made, (ii) what amount was paid in each case and (iii) were any adjustments, deviations and/or virements to make the specified amount available to pay Eskom approved by the council of the specified local municipality; (2) whether the municipality sourced any of the funds used to pay Eskom from any private individual, organisation and/or company; if not, where was the funding sourced from; if so; (3) whether any benefit was expected in return for providing the funds; if not, on what basis was the funding provided; if so, what benefit was promised and/or granted in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3979

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With regard to her reply to question 3270 on 9 November 2017, have any of the 184 Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative schools not yet received their building maintenance certificate; if so, (a) which schools have not received a certificate and (b) what are the reasons for the delay?

Reply:

Once schools are fit for purpose, a practical completion certificate is awarded. Upon final completion, the asset is handed over to the relevant Provincial Department who then makes sure that there is a maintenance budget and maintenance plan for the school. All 184 schools have been issued with their practical completion certificates.

15 December 2017 - NW3165

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What are the details including the ranks of service providers and/or contractors from which (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her procured services in the past five years; (2) what (a) service was provided by each service provider and/or contractor and (b) amount was each service provider and/or contractor paid; (3) (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid?

Reply:

Honourable Member, in accordance with the established practise applicable to parliamentary questions contained in the document titled, “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly”, I will not be able to provide names of the service providers as requested. The document referred to prohibits Members of Parliament, including the Executive, from divulging names of persons, bodies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. It specifically states the following:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

In addition, to spend time sourcing information for the past five financial years will take time and it would not be prudent to spend resources on a project such as this one. The Honourable Member is, however, encouraged to provide me with specific areas of concern that she might have in respect of any service provider used by my Department and the entities reporting to me.

 

15 December 2017 - NW2776

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the flooding in Edenvale in November 2016, on which date did the (a) Mayor, (b) Member of the Executive Council for Safety and (c) Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Safety visit Edenvale to assess the damage for themselves?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality through the Gauteng Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs provided the information:

The Emergency Management Services Department can confirm that the Executive Mayor, Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) Community Safety, other political office bearers and the Gauteng Premier did visit the areas that were affected by floods in the City of Ekurhuleni. However, the department cannot confirm whether the Executive Mayor and other political office bearers specifically visited Edenvale. The Office of the Executive Mayor and / or Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) Community Safety or the Chairperson of the Community Safety Portfolio is well placed to respond to the specific visit to Edenvale from Honourable E R Wilson from Democratic Alliance.

15 December 2017 - NW3999

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Is the Local Labour Forum in the Modimolle - Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo currently functional; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? Who is currently part of the Local Labour Forum? (3) (a) when last did the Local Labour Forum meet and (b) what was discussed?

Reply:

According to the information received from Limpopo Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs:

1. Yes, the Local Labour Forum in the Modimolle - Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo is currently functional.

2. Three Councillors, Trade unions (IMATU and SAMWU), Management (Municipal Manager, Manager: Corporate Services, Manager: Technical Services, Manager: Social Services, Area Manager: Vaalwater and Mookgophong: Legal, Human Resources and Labour Relations Officer.

3. (a) 16 October 2017 (postponed on 27 October 2017, 1 November 2017 and 28 November 2017.

(b) (i) New Limpopo Collective Agreement;

     (ii) Essential Service Agreement;

     (iii) Protective clothing;

     (iv) One job one salary;

     (v) Paid leave; and

     (vi) Progress report of job evaluation and placement.

 

15 December 2017 - NW3960

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Mr G R Davis (DA) to as the Minister of Energy

Whether he met with a delegation from the Russian Federation on or around Monday,16 October 2017;if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,(a) with whom did he meet,(b) where did the meeting take place,(c)what was discussed and (d) what was the outcome of the meeting?

Reply:

No

15 December 2017 - NW3725

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Local Government and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of residences in the Lehurutshe area in North West currently (a) have running water, (b) have flush toilets and (c) still have pit toilets; (2) what steps his department is taking to improve the conditions of residents in the specified area; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW2714

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

(1)Whether any municipalities which have made payment agreements with Eskom to address outstanding debt have defaulted on those agreements in each of the past three financial years; if so, (a) which municipalities defaulted and (b) what actions have been taken to assist these municipalities to meet their financial obligations in each case; (2) whether any of the specified municipalities are at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1)

Yes, there are municipalities which have made payment agreements (PA’s) with Eskom and have defaulted on those agreements in each of the past three financial years.

(1)(a)

Annexure A presents the municipalities which have made payment agreements with Eskom and have defaulted on those agreements at some point within each of the past three financial years.

(1)(b)

Eskom together with the intervention of national and provincial (Treasury and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs) have engaged municipalities in order to agree on realistic payment plans.

(2)

Yes, from the specified municipalities in Table 1 above there are municipalities at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom. Planned interruptions dates for municipalities at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom are presented in Table 1 below.

Table 1:

Province

Municipality

Planned Interruption Date

Free State

Nketoana

Mantsopa

Tokologo

Masilonyana

Nala

Dihlabeng

Moqhaka

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

Limpopo

Thabazimbi

21-Sep-17

Northern Cape

Siyancuma

Renosterberg

Thembelihle1

Tsantsabane

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

Although Thembelihle municipality electricity supply will be interrupted, the municipality does not have a payment arrangement with Eskom.

Annexure A:

Province

2015_2016 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2015/16 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2015/16 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

5

1. Maletswai (Now Walter Sisulu)

2. Nkonkobe (Now Raymond Mhlaba)

3. Nxuba (Now Raymond Mhlaba)

4. Makana

5. Gariep Municipality (Now Walter Sisulu)

0

5

Free State

8

1.  Dihlabeng

2.  Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Matjabeng

5. Nketoana

6. Maluti A Phofung

7. Metsimaholo Munic

8. Nala Local Munic

1

7

Gauteng

3

1.  Midvaal

2.  Randfontein

3. Westonaria

3

0

KZN

2

1. Abaqulusi

2. Ulundi

1

1

Limpopo

2

  1. Thabazimbi Munic
  1. Mookgophong

0

2

Province

2015_2016 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2015/16 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2015/16 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Mpumalanga

10

1. Emalahleni

2. Msukaligwa

3.  Govan Mbeki

4.  Lekwa

5.  Emakhazeni

6. Mkhondo

7. Nkomazi

8. Thaba Chweu

9. Chief Albert Luthuli

10. Umjindi

1

9

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Tswaing

8. Maquassi Hills

9. Madibeng

2

7

Northern Cape

11

1. Kamiesberg

2. Khara Hais

3. Khai - Ma

4.  Nama Khoi

5.  Renosterberg

6.  Tsantsabane

7.  Magareng

8. Siyathemba

9. Siyancuma

10. Dikgatlong

11. Ubuntu

3

8

Western Cape

3

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

3. Cederberg

2

1

Province

2016_2017 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2016/17 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2016/17 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

4

1. Dr Beyers Naude (Former Ikwezi)

2. Makana

3. Raymond Mhlaba

4. Walter Sisulu (former Gariep and Maletswai)

1

3

Free State

8

1. Dihlabeng

2. Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Moqhaka

5. Nala

6. Nketoana

7. Phumelela

8. Tokologo

2

6

Gauteng

7

1. Midvaal

2. Randfontein

3. Lesedi

4. Mogale City

5. Emfuleni

6. Merafong

7. Westonaria

7

0

KZN

4

1. Mpofana

2. eDumbe

3. Ulundi

4. Abaqulusi

3

1

Limpopo

5

1. Musina

2.  Bela-Bela

3. Modimolle

4. Mookgophong

5. Thabazimbi

0

5

Mpumalanga

11

1.    Emalahleni

2.    Msukaligwa

3.    Thaba Chweu

4.    Govan Mbeki

5.    Lekwa

6.    Emakhazeni

7.    Mkhondo

8.    Albert Lithuli

9. Dipalaseng

10. Victor Khanye

11. City of Mbombela

1

10

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Ramotshere

8. Tswaing

9. Ventersdorp

4

5

Northern Cape

18

1.   Kai Garib (Keimoes)

2.  Kai Garib (Kenhardt)

3.  Kai Garib (Kakamas)

4.    Kamiesberg

5.    Khai - Ma

6.    Nama Khoi

7.    Kgatelopele

8.    Renosterberg

9.  Tsantsabane

10. Magareng

11. Ga-Segonyana

12. Phokwane/Hartswater

13. Emthanjeni

14. Gamagara

15. Siyathemba

16. Siyancuma

17. Dikgatlong

18. Ubuntu

2

16

Western Cape

2

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

1

1

Province

2017_2018 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2017/18 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2017/18 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

5

1. Dr Beyers Naude (Former Ikwezi)

2. KSD

3. Makana

4. Raymond Mhlaba

5. Walter Sisulu (former Gariep and Maletswai)

1

4

Free State

8

1. Dihlabeng

2. Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Moqhaka

5. Nala

6. Nketoana

7. Phumelela

8.. Tokologo

1

7

Gauteng

4

1. Emfuleni

2. Merafong

3. Mogale City

4. Randfontein

0

4

KZN

6

1. eDumbe

2. Mpofana

3. Newcastle

4. Phongolo

5. Ulundi

6. Zululand

4

2

Limpopo

4

1. Modimolle

2.. Mookgophong

3. Musina

4. Thabazimbi

0

4

Mpumalanga

10

1. Albert Lithuli

2. Dipaleseng

3. Emakhazeni

4. Emalahleni

5. Govan Mbeki

6. Lekwa

7. Mkhondo

8. Msukaligwa

9. Thaba Chweu

10. Victor Khanye

0

10

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Ramotshere

8. Tswaing

9. Ventersdorp

2

7

Northern Cape

14

1. Dikgatlong

2. Emthanjeni

3. Gamagara

4. Ga-Segonyana

5. Kai Garib

6. Kgatelopele

7. Magareng

8. Nama Khoi

9. Phokwane/Hartswater

10. Renosterberg

11. Siyancuma

12. Siyathemba

13. Tsantsabane

14. Ubuntu

4

10

Western Cape

2

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

1

1

15 December 2017 - NW3961

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether he accompanied the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to meet the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin, in August 2014 in Novo-Ogariovo; if so, (a) was nuclear energy discussed at the meeting and (b) was the meeting related to the intergovernmental agreement with Russia that was signed a month later?

Reply:

a) Yes, I accompanied H.E President Jacob Zuma on a working visit to the Russian Federation.

b) No

15 December 2017 - NW3513

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Energy

On what basis is his department disputing the Auditor-General’s qualified findings against his department’s 2016-17 financial statements and (b) what (i) are the details of the areas of concern identified by the Auditor-General that need to be addressed, (ii) steps will his department take to address the areas of concern and (iii) what mechanisms will be instituted to avoid the concerns being identified again in the 2017-18 financial statements?

Reply:

a) At the conclusion of the Audit there was a dispute between the Department and the Auditor- General on the amount of irregular expenditure. The Minister of Energy has since met with the Auditor-General and the matter in dispute has been resolved.

b) (i) The area of concern that had been identified by the Auditor- General was understatement of irregular expenditure.

(ii) Steps to be taken to address the areas of concern include strengthening of internal controls.

(iii) As indicated in (ii) above mechanisms will be instituted to avoid the concerns identified again in 2017/18 financial statements as part of the remedial action plan. The Minister and the audit committee will oversee the administration on quarterly basis.