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03 May 2016 - NW1153

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)With reference to his replies to questions 616, 723 and 724 on 17 March 2016 (details furnished), can he, after consultation with the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the second CEO Mr Mokhobo and the third CEO Mr Jacques Booysen, as well as attorney Mr Edward Lalumbe and Mr Prince Mafojane, Chairman of the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), (a) provide a copy of a letter, written by Mr Sello Loate and addressed to Mr Dan Mzizi and Mr Richard Moloko, dated 31 October 2000, in which Mr Loate, the technical monitor on behalf of the GGB, in the specified letter states that “these secret developments pose a potential risk to Akani, in the sense that Freedom Park is on a tight schedule” and (b) acknowledge that the specified letter is important, as it points to the fact that the National Gambling Board (NGB) provided him with incorrect information when it said that The Apartheid Museum was the Gold Reef City Casino project at the time of the application for the Gold Reef City Casino licence and also proves that three years after 1997 the GGB was only aware of Freedom Park, as the project promised by the Gold Reef City Casino; (2) can he, after consultation with the specified persons of the GGB, (a) confirm that the casino licence was awarded to the two applicants on 22 April 1998 on the condition that within a period of three years the joint owners of the Gold Reef City Casino licence must complete the Freedom Park project as promised, (b) confirm that Abraham and Solomon Krok were the principal shareholders of the promoters and that they were present at the public hearing for the Gold Reef City Casino licence on 18 November 1997 and that, under the mandatory provisions of the National Gambling Act, Act 7 of 2004, referred to as Black Economic Empowerment, the Chairperson Mr Reuel Khoza, placed Abraham and Solomon Krok centre stage as white persons who had over 40 years grown their wealth in the pharmaceuticals industry and (c) provide the further relevant details of the direct and/or indirect investment of Abraham and Solomon Krok; (3) (a) can he, in consultation with the NGB, the GGB and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) and/or the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) provide the company registration numbers for Tacasa Investment (Pty) Ltd and Casino Austria International Holding GmbH, together with the names of the directors at the inception of the specified two companies and (b) can he explain why he sought answers from CIPRO and/or CIPC when the questions raised by Mr B H Holomisa specifically asked for incorporation and other documents in the possession of the NLB and/or National Lotteries Commission (NLC); (4) (a) can he, specifically after consultation with Professor Dorcas Jafta and Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, the past and current Chairpersons of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Distribution Agency of the NLB and/or NLC and Ms Thabang Charlotte Mampane, the CEO of the specified distribution agency, as well as Mr Jeffrey Du Preez, the Chief Operations Officer of the NLB and/or NLC, confirm that the (i) statutory declaration of Mr Christopher Till, used in support of the application for funding submitted in November 2004, records the name of the applicant as SA Apartheid Museum under the Unique Company Registration Number 2001/019108/08 and (ii) specified person in his statutory declaration, in keeping with the rules and regulations set out by the NLB and/or NLC, stated the name of the bank account for the payment of the grant-in-aid as SA Apartheid Museum and (b) can he, after a reading of the evidence given under oath by Professor Dorcas Jafta and Tebogo Maitse on behalf of the NLB in Case No 788/10 in the Supreme Court of Appeal, explain why the R1,580,000 grant-in-aid was paid to The South African Apartheid Museum at Freedom Park, even though Mr Christopher Till of SA Apartheid Museum, under the imposed statutory obligation, provided no such information in his application for funding; (5) can he, specifically after consultation with the NLB and/or NLC finance department and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the appointed auditors for the NLB and/or NLC, (a) provide conclusive proof that SA Apartheid Museum and Mr Christopher Till in fact received the three tranches totalling R1,580,000 after the adjudication of the application for funding in 2008, (b) confirm that the (i) specified allocation is first listed in the 2006 Annual Financial Statements of the NLB, under the name SA Apartheid Museum and, after further consultation with the Auditor-General, explain how the grant-in-aid of R1,580,000 to SA Apartheid Museum is accounted for in the 2006 Annual Financial Statements when the application for funding, according to him, was not adjudicated until 2008, two years later and (ii) specified person in fact provided Annual Financial Statements for SA Apartheid Museum, prior to the adjudication of the specified person’s application in 2008 and (c) can he furnish the project number allocated to the specified application by the specified person for SA Apartheid Museum in November 2004?NW1289E

Reply:

(1) and (2) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

(3) (a) According to the response received from the CIPC, these two company names are not registered on the CIPC’s database.

(b) Information regarding incorporation of companies is best sourced from the CIPC.

(4) According to the response received from the NLC:

(a)(i) The Section 21 Company Registration Number is given as 2001/019108/08.

(ii) The bank account named in the application was SA Apartheid Museum.

(b) In light of the above naturally, any allocated funding will be paid into the account of the applicant/beneficiary as per the application form.

(5) According to the information received from the NLC:

(a) Three Payments were made to the SA Apartheid Museum as follows –

Tranche Amount

1. R600,000.00

2. R585,000.00

3. R400,000.00

All payments are disclosed in the NLC Annual Reports which can be located on our website: www.nlcsa.org.za

(b)(i) SA Apartheid Museum applied for grant funding during 2004 and tranches were paid as indicated above. In 2008 the NLC migrated information from Grant Management System (GMS) 1 to GMS 2. When the migration was done, certain information was corrupted in that applications adjudicated in 2004, 2005, and 2006 gave an impression that they were adjudicated in 2008 whereas there was no such adjudication of SA Apartheid Museum in 2008.

(ii) The Annual Financial Statements of the SA Apartheid Museum for financial years 2001, 2002 and 2003 were submitted with the original application on 24 November 2004.

(c) The project number for the application received by the NLC of the SA Apartheid Museum on 24 November 2004 is 18052.

03 May 2016 - NW1081

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

(a) Has any of his senior officials met with certain persons (names furnished) during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015 and (b) has any of the entities reporting to him awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

DAFF

(a) The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has effected payments to the following suppliers according to available BAS reports:

Supplier

Service description

Payment date

Amount

Vusizwe Media PTY LYD

Advert of Minister’s response to questions published in Thinker Magazine

29/06/2011

R 69 365.80

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Coverage of the Minister’s Budget Vote Speech

11/06/2012

R309 277.44

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Attendance of business briefing by 5 Delegates

22/10/2012

R    3 961.50

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Hosting of The New Age SABC2 Business Briefing where the Minister and Deputy Minister were the keynote speakers:250 delegates

20/12/2012

R 178 267.50

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Awareness campaign for World Food Day

20/12/2012

R647 054.88

Vusizwe Media

Advert in The Thinker Magazine

14/11/2013

R39 888.60

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Minister’s Media Briefing on Morning Live (SABC 2) ON Female Farmer Entrepreneur Awards and Abor Week via the New Age

31/10/2013

R 842 886.36

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Booking for Business Briefing

11/02/2015

R 9 950.00

TNA MEDIA PTY LTD

Booking for Business Briefing

15/02/2016

R 26 315.79

OBP

  1. No senior official of Onderstepoort Biological Products has met with the Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. Onderstepoort Biological Product has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

PPECB

  1. No senior official of the PPECB ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. PPECB has not awarded any contracts to to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

ARC

  1. No senior official of the ARC ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The ARC has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

NCERA

  1. No one at Ncera Farms met with the said persons
  2. Ncera Farms did not award any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media

NAMC

  1. No senior official of the NAMC ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The NAMC has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

MLRF

  1. No senior official of the MLRF ever met with Atul, Ajay or Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma between 2009 and 2015
  2. The MLRF has never awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period

03 May 2016 - NW1152

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)With reference to his replies to questions 616, 723 and 724 on 17 March 2016 (details furnished), can he (a) explain why he sought answers from the National Gambling Board (NGB) when the specified questions specifically asked for a response from the provincial authority, the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), (b) provide the (i) name of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GGB, who had resigned in December 1997, after which Mr Mokhobo of Gobodo Incorporated took up the position of Acting CEO of the GGB between 1 January 1998 and 14 April 1998 and (ii) names of all the directors of Gobodo Incorporated at the time when the firm secured the contract to conduct probity checks on the aspiring applicants for casino licences and (c) confirm, in consultation with the specified CEO and/or the GGB, if Mr Bongani Biyela did in fact work for the GGB; (2) can he, after consultation with certain persons (names and details furnished), (a) provide the (i) name of the company, (ii) registration number of the specified company and (iii) names of the directors of the specified company who, together with Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd, appear on the records of the GGB at the public hearings held on 18 November 1997, convened for the purposes of hearing the application for the Gold Reef City Casino licence and (b) confirm whether (i) the names of all the directors of Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd have been included in his initial reply which was sourced from the NGB, (ii) Mr Reuel Khoza or any of the other directors of Akani Egoli (Pty) Ltd held directorships in both of the joint successful applicants of the Gold Reef City Casino licence, (iii) the original bid application signed off by a certain person (name and details furnished) in June 1997, at the time of the application provided an undertaking that the joint applicants would erect a structure known as Freedom Park, (iv) the joint applicants for the Gold Reef City Casino Licence, following Mr Reuel Khoza's statutory declarations in the Bid Application in June 1997, five months later, at the public hearing on 18 November 1997, presented Freedom Park as their project for the public good and (v) the joint applicants for the Gold Reef City Casino licence at the public hearing on 18 November 1997 introduced a certain French woman (name furnished) who used a slide presentation to present her concept of Freedom Park to the GGB?NW1288E

Reply:

Response

  1. and (2) The GGB is an independent entity which does not account to the dti as the national department. Therefore it is recommended that the Honourable Member source information directly from the Gauteng Gambling Board.

 

01 May 2016 - NW1219

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he has considered rolling out pre-exposure prophylaxis and test-and-treat to other people who are vulnerable in getting HIV other than sex workers, if not; why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have made an announcement of the roll-out of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Test and Treat during my Budget Speech.

END.

29 April 2016 - NW1148

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether any tenders were advertised for the installation of solar energy systems in the 2015-16 financial year; if so, (a) when did the tenders close, (b) how many companies submitted tenders, (c) to which companies were the tenders awarded in each case and (d) how far the specified companies have progressed to date with the installation of solar energy systems; 2) whether any of the specified tenders set out had the intention of having the Department of Labour train unemployed persons in the installation of solar energy systems; if not, why not; if so, how many of the specified tenders contained this information and intention; 3) whether the specified tenders with specifications for training unemployed persons were awarded; if not, why not; if so, whether the solar energy systems are now being installed; 4) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1286E

Reply:

  1. No.
  2. No, because the training element is earmarked on the installation phase of the solar water heating programme and those have not yet been put under procurement processes.
  3. No, because the training element on solar water heating programme is part of the installation process, which has not yet commenced.
  4. The Solar Water Heating programme is one of the key programmes of the Department of Energy in the context of Energy Mix and therefore the Minister, from time to time, will make pronouncements as part of the implementation process.

29 April 2016 - NW1128

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

(a) What are the reasons for the current shortages of (i) food and (ii) stationery in the Leeuwkop Medium C Correctional Facility in Gauteng and (b) why have horticulture courses been put on hold?

Reply:

a) (i) (ii) There is no shortage of food and stationery in the Leeuwkop Medium C Correctional Facility in Gauteng.

b) The Service Provider was not quality assured and therefore cannot provide training.

29 April 2016 - NW1071

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)(a) What amount did her department provide to each teachers’ union in South Africa in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14, (vi) 2014-15 and (vii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) for what purpose were the specified amounts provided to each union in each of the specified financial years; (2) did each union account fully to her department for the annual expenditure of the specified amounts; if not, why not; if so (a) what are the relevant details, and (b) where can this information be obtained? NW1204E and (b) where can this information be obtained?

Reply:

(1) (a) What amount did her department provide to each teachers’ union in South Africa in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14, (vi) 2014-15 and (vii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) for what purpose were the specified amounts provided to each union in each of the specified financial years;

1. (a) (i) 2009/10 no amounts were allocated by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

1. (a) (ii) 2010/11 no amounts were allocated as the Teacher Collaboration only started in 2011/12

1. (a) (iii) 2011/12 a total of R36 800 000.00 was allocated to teacher unions for Curriculum Assessments Policy Statements (CAPS) orientation in Kwa Zulu-Natal (KZN) and Mpumalanga and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (iii)2011/12

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 6 700 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

NATU

R 6 200 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

SADTU

R 20 300 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

SAOU

R 2 500 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

PEU

R 1 100 000

CAPS orientation in KZN and Mpumalanga

1 (a) (iv) 2012/13 a total of R70 000 000.00 was allocated to Teacher Union Collaboration (TUC) implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (iv)2012/13

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 10 000 000

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

Improving Reading and Writing in Foundation Phase (FP)

NATU

R 12 000 000

Under qualified Teacher Training (Content Knowledge, Assessments and Lesson preparation)

   

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

School Management Team (SMT) Training (School Management)

   

Improving Reading and Writing in Foundation Phase

SADTU

R 33 343 330

SMT Curriculum Management Programme

   

District Based Professional Development Programme

SAOU

R 11 897 500

Teacher Development (CAPS)

PEU

R 2 759 170

Financial Management

   

Teacher Development (CAPS)

   

Design and Development of Outcomes Based Learning

   

Project Management

   

Teaching English Second Language

1. (a) (v) There was no funding allocation in 2013/14.

1. (a) (vi) 2014/15 R19 500 000.00 was allocated for TUC implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (vi)2014/15

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 2 329 000

Further Education and Training (FET) Mathematics and Science

   

Curriculum Differentiation in Special Schools

   

Hand writing for Foundation Phase

   

CAPS for FET Phase

   

Promoting thinking skills in intermediate and Senior Phase Learners

   

Foundation Phase Mathematics Assessment

NATU

R 3 415 000

Assessment for Learning

SADTU

R 8 580 000

Foundation Phase Resource Development

   

Teacher Development through Communities of Practice and instructional leadership

SAOU

R 3 552 000

Curriculum Management for Principals

PEU

R 1 623 500

Screening Identification Assessment System (SIAS) and curriculum Differentiation

1. (a) (vii) 2015/16 R38 000 000.00 was allocated for TUC implementation in various teacher development activities and was utilised as follows:

Teacher

Union

1. (a) (vii)2015/16

1. (b) For what purpose?

NAPTOSA

R 5 000 000

Capacitating teachers at schools for the Deaf

   

Barriers to Handwriting FP

   

Inclusion in Assessment Strategies

   

Barriers to Reading

   

Developing a Maths Rich Classroom

   

Inclusion in FET Maths and Science

   

Barriers – Identifying Types

   

Inclusion in Fist Additional Language (FAL)

   

Second language teacher to second language learners

NATU

R 6 000 000

Assessment for Learning

   

Using learner’s responses to inform the teaching of Mathematics in Grades 1,3 and 6

SADTU

R 18 000 000

Foundation Phase Resource Development

   

Intermediate Phase Resource Development

SAOU

R 6 000 000

Financial management for Principals

PEU

R 2 950 000

SIAS orientation

(2) Did each union account fully to her department for the annual expenditure of the specified amounts; if not, why not; if so (a) what are the relevant details, and (b) where can this information be obtained?

2. (a) All Teacher Unions accounted to the DBE by submitting all relevant documents to substantiate their invoices and (b) all supporting documents are with the DBE.

28 April 2016 - NW960

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Whether his department (a) has provided or (b) has plans to provide any support to the canola oil production project in Alexandria in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

No, the Department of Rural Development is not involved in the Canola oil production project in Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.

(a) and (b) falls away.

28 April 2016 - NW1172

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

(1)(a) How many new companies have invested in the (i) Vulindlela Heights, (ii) Queenindustria, (iii) Isithebe, (iv) Botshabelo, (v) Babelegi and (vi) Seshego industrial parks since 1 April 2015, (b) how many new jobs were created at each of the specified industrial parks and (c) what incentives have been offered to each (i) municipality and (ii) provincial government in each of the specified industrial parks;

Reply:

1 c) and d) the dti is not providing any incentives specific for the Industrial Parks.

(2) The Industrial Parks are owned and operated by Agencies that fall under the provincial government. These Agencies manage the industrial parks including the collection of revenue, the provision of services and maintenance of the parks. Each Industrial Park has its own management structure. The table below provides details of the respective agencies and the human resources for the management of the Industrial Park. (See Annexure “A”)

Annexure “A”

INDUSTRIAL PARKS MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

INDUSTRIAL PARK

PROVINCE

Managed By:

Organisational structure

   

Vulindlela Industrial Heights

King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC)

Head Properties

Administrator

Personal assistant

Senior Manager Facilities

Senior Manager Property Investment and Development

Senior Manager Property Management.

Manger rentals and collections

Queendustria

Chris Hani Development Agency

Eastern Cape

Chris Hani Development Agency

Executive Manager Operations

Project administrator

Chief Investment Officer

Business Development manager

Project Manager

Social Facilitator

Finance and Admin Manger

Isithebe

Ithala Bank

KwaZulu-Natal

Ithala Bank

Ithala CEO

Properties Executive

Divisional Manager -Property Management

Divisional Manager -Facilities Management

Divisional Manager - Asset Management.

Botshabelo

Free State Development Corporation (FDC)

Free State

Free State Development Corporation (FDC)

FDC CEO

Executive Director – Core Operations

Properties and Facilities Manager

District Property Manager

Babelegi

North West Development Agency (NWDA)

North West

North West Development Corporation (NWDC)

Area Manager

Admin Officer

3 X Tenant Coordinators

1x Maintenance Supervisor

2x Handymen

2x Assistant Handymen

2x Gardeners

1x Refreshment officer

Seshego

Limpopo Development maintenance Agency (LEDA)

Limpopo

Limpopo Economic Development Agency

Executive Manager Industrialization

Head: Land &Property Development

Regional Manager

Facilities Manager

Electrician

Leasing Officer

Rental Controller

Office Admin

28 April 2016 - NW467

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the recent international trip undertaken by her deputy minister, (a) when did the trip take place, (b) to which country or countries did she travel, (c) what were the reasons for undertaking this trip and (d) how much did the trip cost? NW521E

Reply:

Deputy Minister recently undertook official international travel as follows:

a) From the 14th to the 20th of February 2016.

b) To the United States of America (New York).

c) Deputy Minister was invited to participate as a Speaker/ Panellist at the 19th Wallstreet Project Economic Summit, and to attend special B2B networking sessions co-hosted by the African Economic Expansion Network and its affiliates. The Wall Street Project was established to secure equal opportunity for minority employees, consumers, and entrepreneurs. The project’s mission is to promote inclusion, opportunity and economic growth by encouraging public and private industries to:

  • Provide more business opportunities for minority and women-owned companies on Wall Street and throughout the financial services industry
  • Encourage more minorities to participate in corporate boards
  • Allocate more capital to minority companies
  • Promote intra-trade relationships among diverse businesses

The areas of focus of this summit were found to be relevant to the Department of Small Business Development’s objective of facilitating radical economic transformation through increased participation of small businesses and cooperatives in the mainstream economy.

Deputy Minister also met with the US Small Business Administration, which is responsible for providing support to SMME’s in the US for purposes of benchmarking. Further meetings were attended with various American corporates to explore opportunities of them investing in South African previously disadvantaged communities and enterprises.

d) The department has not received final invoices yet but the budgeted amount was R479 769.46 for all officials who travelled.

28 April 2016 - NW752

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to her department’s Third Quarter Expenditure Report for the 2015-16 financial year, what capital assets were purchased from the R5,9 billion that was spent from her department’s operational budget between 1 April 2015 and 31 December 2015, in each case detailing (a) how much each item cost, (b) the (i) nature and (ii) location of each item and (c) the purpose of the specified acquisitions; 2) with reference to her department’s underspending of R3,275 billion with regard to Transfers and Subsidies and Operational Expenditure by the end of the third quarter of the 2015-16 financial year, what are the full details of the plans that have been put in place to ensure that her department achieves its targets by the end of the 2015-16 financial year without resorting to fiscal dumping; (3) (a) how many employees are (i) employed by her department and (ii) compensated through transfers from her department and (b) how much is spent on the compensation of employees at each different (i) salary scale and (ii) level of employment; (4) how does she reconcile the apparent contradiction between the statement in the report that read respectively that the slow spending is expected to be resolved as the implementation of projects gets accelerated towards the end of the financial year and that it is projected that the department will underspend towards the end of the financial year on the second to last page of the report; (5) (a) how did her department fund the 419.7% overspend on the Water Trading Entity: Operations and Maintenance budget line and (b) what was the reason for such a high overspend?

Reply:

(1) As at 31 December 2015, an amount of R47.864 million was spent on the adjusted allocation of R132.717 million for capital assets in the normal voted funds (operational budget) of the Department. The details of each item cost, and the location thereof are outlined in Annexure A.

  • Machinery and Equipment: These assets which can be used continuously or repeatedly in production for at least one year. Examples of Machinery and Equipment are water laboratory equipment, construction and maintenance equipment, auto visual equipment, photographic equipment, office furniture, computer hardware, printing equipment, etc
  • Software and Intangible Assets are the identifiable non-monetary asset without any physical substance. Examples of intangible fixed assets are computer software and miscellaneous other intangible fixed assets. To qualify as a fixed asset, the item must be intended for use in production for more than one year and its use must be restricted to the units that have established ownership rights over it or to units licensed by the owner. (The units that have established ownership rights refer to the entity that created the software for example “Microsoft” and units licensed by the owner refers to the unit buying a license to use or the right to use the software, but will not be able to change the software).

(2) Refer below for full details of the plans that have been put in place to ensure that the department achieves its targets by the end of the 2015-16 financial year without resorting to fiscal dumping. This will assist to expedite service delivery and improve expenditure. Over and above this, the following actions were to be taken;

  • Reallocation of budget within projects for improved level of expenditure between the slow and fast moving projects;
  • Dedicated efforts to collect outstanding invoices from all suppliers (Including municipalities) for work completed;
  • Drive and expedite the recruitment and selection processes for the recently advertised positions;
  • Improve working relations between line functions, finance and municipalities to improve supply chain management processes;
  • Perform an internal expenditure review and provide more realistic cash flow projections and practical measures (recovery plans) to put in place to ensure adherence to the cash flow projections (At project level, for all programmes).

(3) As at 31 December 2015, an amount of R1.021 billion was spent on the adjusted allocation of R1.428 billion for Compensation of Employees, refer to Annexure B.

(4) The Water Trading Entity spent the allocated funds in line with Treasury Regulations and Departmental Policy regarding the Budget.

(5) The Department’s operation and maintenance expenditure is reflected under operational clusters in the third quarter report. According to the report, there is no overspending reflected therein. The Audited financial statement for the 2014/15 financial year as reflected on the comprehensive income does not show any over expenditure on operation and maintenance.

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Annexure A

The details of each item cost, and the location thereof are outlined in the table below:

OFFICE

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT

SOFTWARE & INTANGIBLE ASSETS

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

 

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

     

EASTERN CAPE

8,019

2,082

26%

-

-

0%

8,019

2,082

26%

                   

FREE STATE

5,684

1,089

19%

 

-

0%

5,684

1,089

19%

                   

GAUTENG

2,742

1,372

50%

 

-

0%

2,742

1,372

50%

                   

KWAZULU-NATAL

1,865

985

53%

 

-

0%

1,905

985

52%

 

 

 

             

LIMPOPO

18,216

3,644

20%

 

-

0%

18,216

3,644

20%

                   

MPUMALANGA

3,874

1,164

30%

 

-

0%

3,874

1,164

30%

 

 

               

HEAD OFFICE

40,838

24,354

60%

40, 370

10,306

33%

81,168

34,661

43%

NORTH WEST

1,229

327

27%

 

-

0%

1,229

327

27%

 

 

 

       

 

   

NORTHERN CAPE

2,758

829

30%

 

-

0%

2,758

829

30%

 

 

         

 

   

WESTERN CAPE

7,122

1,706

24%

 

-

0%

7,122

1,706

24%

Grand Total

2,347

37,557

41%

40,370

10,306

33%

132,717

47,864

36%

Annexure B

The details for Compensation of Employees are outlined in the table below:

Classification Item

Programme

Adjusted Budget

Spent

31 Dec 15

%

Spent

COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES

ADMINISTRATION

645,589

481,719

75%

 

WATER PLANNING & INFORMATION MAN

350,644

244,837

70%

 

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEV

114,679

60,237

53%

 

WATER & SANITATION SERVICES

148,102

96,939

65%

 

WATER SECTOR REGULATION

169,383

137,694

81%

Grand Total

 

1,428,397

1,021,427

72%

The funds allocated to the department for each salary scale and) level of employment are as follows:

Salary Level

Number of officials

Original Budget per Salary Level

1

1

98

2

305

22,750

3

381

56,326

4

165

23,912

5

744

169,567

6

423

126,911

7

524

143,440

8

450

146,085

9

299

109,661

10

371

149,050

11

290

145,574

12

287

216,925

13

116

115,818

14

35

45,546

15

9

14,582

16

3

5,888

Total

4,404

1,492,133

26 April 2016 - NW1129

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

What is the average police response time to (a) Alpha, (b) Bravo and (c) Charlie complaints (i) nationally, (ii) in each province respectively, and in the (iii) City of Tshwane Metropolitan, (iv) Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan, and (v) City of Johannesburg Metropolitan (aa) in the (aaa) 2011-12, (bbb) 2012-13, (ccc) 2013-14, (ddd) 2014-15 and (eee) 2015-16 financial years respectively and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) The avarage Police Response Time for Alpha complaints is 19:05.

(b) The avarage Police Response Time for Bravo complaints is 24:33.

(c) The avarage Police Response Time for Charlie complaints is 21:45.

(i) to (v) The Police Response Time for National, the respective Provinces and requested Metropolitan areas is attached, marked as Annexure “A”.

(aa) The Police Response Time in respect of the (aaa) 2011/2012, (bbb) 2012/2013, (ccc) 2013/2014 and (ddd) 2014/2015 financial years is attached, marked as Annexure “A”. The Police Response Time for the (eee) 2015/2016 financial year is currently being verified and extracted to the Efficiency Index System and will be published in the Annual Performance Report.

(bb) The Police Response Time since 1 April 2016 is not available.

26 April 2016 - NW1008

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How many Chinese nationals have been granted (a) permanent residence, (b) work and (c) business visas and (d) South African citizenship (i) in (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013, (cc) 2014 and (dd) 2015 and (ii) and since 1 January 2016?

Reply:

Chinese nationals that have been granted:

(a) Permanent residence:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 19

(i)(bb) 2013 = 538

(i)(cc) 2014 = 1341

(i)(dd) 2015 = 542

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 127

(b) Work Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 592

(i)(bb) 2013 = 1016

(i)(cc) 2014 = 909

(i)(dd) 2015 = 485

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 9

(c) Business Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 109

(i)(bb) 2013 = 321

(i)(cc) 2014 = 328

(i)(dd) 2015 = 18

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 127

(d) South African citizenship:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 4

(i)(bb) 2013 = 16

(i)(cc) 2014 = 6

(i)(dd) 2015 = 5

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 1

26 April 2016 - NW1006

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Where were the interviews held of the Independent Electoral Commission’s vacancy selection panel and (b) what were the costs associated with conducting the specified interviews in terms of (i) travel, (ii)(aa) accommodation and (bb) catering costs, (iii) remuneration of any persons and (iv) any other specified costs?

Reply:

(a-b) The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has indicated that it is the Constitutional Court who arranged and conducted the interviews and incurred costs in this regard.

26 April 2016 - NW1103

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

(1) What is the total number of (a) domestic and (b) international trips that a certain person took in the 2015-16 financial year; (2) what were the costs incurred in terms of (a) airfare, (b) hotel accommodation, (c) car rental and (d) subsistence in each specified case; (3) (a) what (i) class of travel and (ii) star hotel was used by the specified person in each case, (b) what was the purpose of each specified trip and (c) what was the length of stay in each specified case?NW1235E

Reply:

Official in questiom

1(a)

1(b)

2(a)

2(b)

2(c)

2(d)

Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa

Seven (07)

Three (03)

Domestic:

R52 954.18

International

R99 576.72

Domestic:

R25 544. 13

International:

R89 637.54

Domestic:

R4 772.10

International:

R0.00

Domestic:

R0.00

International:

R49 938.91

(3) (a) what (i) class of travel and (ii) star hotel was used by the specified person in each case, (b) what was the purpose of each specified trip and (c) what was the length of stay in each specified case?NW1235E

Official in questiom

3(a)(i)

3(a)(ii)

3(b)

3(c)

Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa

Business Class

It varies based on affordability and availability at the time

DOMESTIC

  • National Budget Vote
  • Addressing Africa Investor conference on co-investment opportunities in partnership with NEF funded black industrialists.
  • Addressing stakeholders and the media at the launch of the Paardevlei hospital, built by NEF-funded company, BusaMed
  • Attended UCT MCom Development Finance Forum: Presidential Forum on development finance with the theme Empowering Africans: Role of Development Finance
  • Meeting with officials from Department of Rural and Land Reforms;
  • Meeting with officials from Department of Labour
  • Meeting with Hon. Minister Davies, Hon. Deputy Minister Masina, DG October;
  • Attended Parliamentary Briefing on the NEF's 2nd Quarter financial and non-financial report;
  • Stakeholder meeting with MEC for Health in KZN Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to discuss assistance by the NEF to black people who are awarded hospital licenses by the department. This was as a result of a worrying trend identified by the NEF whereby the department of Health awards licences to black people who end up selling the licenses to white owned companies because they do not have capital to commercialise such licences.

The outcome of this meeting was that the NEF supported a broad based group in further participating in a commercial hospital enterprise and the parties agreed to do more work on the issue of awarding of licenses.

  • Attended the State of the Nation address and meetings with various stakeholders to discuss NEF projects
  • Attended the National Budget Vote, meeting Minister Gugile Nkwinti to present the NEF’s portfolio of Rural and Community Development projects, requesting intervention of the Department in some of the projects; discuss collaboration between the Department and the NEF Rural and Community Development Fund in the implementation of projects, discuss NEF involvement in Department’s 50/50 project.

The meeting resulted in the NEF and the Department collaborating in supporting rural community development around the country. The NEF also assisted in conducting due diligence investigations and structuring of land acquisition projects by the department

  • Meeting with Minister Mildred Oliphant to discuss the large-scale retrenchments facing the country as a result of prevalent economic conditions: Discuss NEF proposed interventions to reduce the impact of retrenchments and to assist people who will be affected with funding and non-financial support for small business opportunities; Discuss potential involvement of the Department and its agencies (e.g. the UIF in supporting such SME’s)

The meeting resulted in further engagements between NEF, the Department and UIF for the benefit of unemployed and retrenched people in the country.

  • Attended Parliamentary Briefing on the NEF's 3rd quarter financial and non-financial report.

INTERNATIONAL

  • At the invitation of the South African Government participated in the Outward Mission and business forum “Invest in Senegal” in June 2015, where the CEO delivered presentations to highlight some of South Africa’s milestones for industrial, infrastructure and manufacturing projects.
  • The Senegalese Government hosted the business forum as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral economic relations and to promote Intra-African trade and economic integration between the two countries. The forum also provided a platform for the presentation of flagship projects that are aimed at attracting South African investors and SADC countries into the Senegalese market, which could potentially present prospects for export-oriented NEF investees. The CEO of the NEF was also invited specifically because of her proficiency in the French language. The conference was attended by several Senegalese Cabinet Ministers and well over 250 participants comprising Senegalese entrepreneurs

3) (b) (ii) Deauville, France

  • Following the request by the organisers of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2015, which took place in October 2015 in Deauville, France, Ms Mthethwa successfully mobilized the participation of women leaders from across South Africa's private sector in order to chart a path for global inclusive growth and for building the future with women’s vision, together with counterparts from different parts of the world. Ms Mthethwa subsequently led a team of South African businesswomen to the conference, which brings together leaders from all over the world from business, government, academia and from across civil society in order to mainstream gender across all spheres of human endeavour, and to propel women’s participation in the business world.
  • While in Deauville the CEO addressed, as a key note speaker, a business luncheon hosted by the South African Ambassador to France on the sidelines of the conference targeting key economic players from different sectors among the participating countries and companies for the purpose of mobilizing potential partners for the NEF’s black industrialist projects and for South Africa’s broader national economic interests.
  • Following engagements with the leadership of the organizing body, the CEO succeeded in securing agreement for South Africa to host a conference for one of the annual meetings of the WOMEN’S FORUM in 2017, a milestone which is expected to have important multiplier benefits for the domestic economy.

3) (b) (iii) Paris, France

  • The CEO met with officials of Areva in order to resuscitate the Junior Manager Development Programme (JMDP). In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris (CCIP) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the NEF ensured successful implementation of the Programme between 2010 and 2011, which saw 96 South African Junior Managers from different sectors of the economy, completing six-week experiential training with leading companies in France.
  • This began with a 2-week training seminar at a CCIP associated business school in Paris. The aim was to reinforce managerial skills, negotiation strategy, team building, and dynamics, as well as to facilitate the managers’ integration into their host companies by providing them with tools to understand the French and European business and cultural context. This was then followed up by a 4-week internship at French host companies, which were identified specific to the sector from which the participant had been selected in South Africa.

The sectors prioritized for skills development were government, energy, infrastructure, finance, information and communication technology, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), aerospace and agro processing. Following this important milestone, the NEF is keen to reintroduce the programme and the discussions with Areva were for that purpose.

3) (b) (iv) ) Paris, France

  • The CEO’s engagement in France was also with Axonia Partners, the number 1 adviser worldwide in terms of the number of African private equity funds raised. They also advise top General Partners from the US and Europe in their fundraising endeavours, and the engagement with Axonia was in pursuit of the mobilization of investments to commercialise the NEF’s portfolio of strategic industrial projects valued at R27 billion with an employment-creation potential of 80 000 jobs.

14 Business days

10 Business days

26 April 2016 - NW918

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

(1-2) No.

26 April 2016 - NW1009

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How many nationals from the African continent have been granted (a) permanent residence, (b) work and (c) business visas and (d) South African citizenship (i) in (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013, (cc) 2014 and (dd) 2015 and (ii) since 1 January 2016?

Reply:

Nationals from the African continent that have been granted:

(a) Permanent residence:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 209

(i)(bb) 2013 = 5984

(i)(cc) 2014 = 13594

(i)(dd) 2015 = 3565

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 398

(b) Work Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 684

(i)(bb) 2013 = 616

(i)(cc) 2014 = 419

(i)(dd) 2015 = 1707

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 393

(c) Business Visas:

(i)(aa) 2012 = 474

(i)(bb) 2013 = 839

(i)((cc) 2014 = 1203

(i)(dd) 2015 = 51

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 2

(d) South African citizenship

(i)(aa) 2012 = 397

(i)(bb) 2013 = 846

(i)(cc) 2014 = 526

(i)(dd) 2015 = 570

(ii) Since 1 January 2016 = 129

 

26 April 2016 - NW648

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the Tshakuma Fruit Market, which has been operating without running water, sanitation and sheltered stalls for more than 15 years while providing opportunities to more than 100 small vendors in order to provide for their families, what is she doing to help the vendors at the specified market to trade in a conducive environment?

Reply:

The department has been engaging with Makhado Municipality Local Economic Development (LED) Office regarding putting plans together to initiate improvements to put proper sheltered stalls and related infrastructure for Tshakhuma Fruit Market vendors. The Shared Economic Infrastructure Facility (SEIF) has been identified as an appropriate instrument to be used to support this project. SEIF is an incentive for infrastructure support for informal traders, it covers the funding of common infrastructure that is either new, upgrading or maintenance and shared by a number of businesses. To date the department has assisted the LED Office to package the application which is expected to be presented to the SEIF Adjudication Committee seating scheduled to take place on 29 March 2016.

 

26 April 2016 - NW1069

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

Kindly take note that the statistic which is reported relates to all types of incidents/accidents which have an element of speeding.

The summarised answers in terms of each sub-category of the question raised are as follows:

Sub-Category of a question relating (aaa) 2009-10

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (bbb) 2010-11

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

02

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Dismissal

01 No Steps taken

Sub-Category of a question relating (ccc) 2011-12

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (ddd) 2012-13

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

02

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

02

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

02FinalWritten Warning

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (eee) 2013-14

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

01

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Written warning and R200 fine

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (fff) 2014-15

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

01

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

01

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

01 Case Withdrawn

01Dismissal suspended for 6 months

01 Written Warning

01 No Steps

 

Sub-Category of a question relating (ggg) 2015-2016 to date

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

 

Sub-Category of a question relating 2016 to date

Total

a) Cases of vehicle accidents reported and/or recorded

0

b) Sanctions Imposed/disciplinary steps taken

0

c) Types of Sanctions/Penalties issued

0

26 April 2016 - NW1105

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

(1)With reference to his reply to question 693 on 1 April 2016 and the link to a certain advert selling a semi-automatic firearms (details furnished), (a) what action is his department taking against the specified person (name furnished), (b) who is the investigating officer and (c) what progress has been made in this case; (2) what immediate steps are being taken to stop the selling of firearms from the specified person’s private residential home?

Reply:

(1)(a) The South African Police Service has registered an enquiry investigation into the purported advertisement.

(1)(b) Particulars of the investigating officer are witheld to enable investigation without fear or favour.

(1)(c) The enquiry is still under investigation.

(2) Steps will be informed by the ensuing enquiry once all necessassy information has been obtained.

26 April 2016 - NW1084

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

Has any of his senior officials met with certain persons during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015, (b) have Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media participated in any of his department’s investment schemes and (c) has any of the entities reporting to him awarded any contracts to the specified companies in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

Some officials have on occasion participated in meetings where the highlighted individuals have been present, including business related events, conferences and business delgations. For example, during a State Visit to India, officials met with Mr Ajay Gupta as part of the engagement with business. On another occasion, officials engaged with Messrs Ajay and Atul Gupta during the BRICS Summit in March 2013. On a different occasion, an offical interacted with Mr Atul Gupta at an ICT Steering Committee tasked to deal with the ICT Policy review under the Department of Communications and Postal Services. All of these interactions were conducted as part of the dti’s stakeholder engagement process on core area work.

the dti Marketing team have interacted with The New Age (TNA) officials for media buying purposes like any other print media house.

The advertising team procured advertising space based on advertising plans for various campaigns.

The companies cited above have not participated in any of the dti investment schemes.

Response from the Entities

No Entities apart from the NEF have interacted with the Guptas, as Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa served on the Board of Afripalm Resources with Mr Atul Gupta and resigned from this board in 2010.

26 April 2016 - NW1000

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Police

How many VIPs (a) in total and (b) by detailed breakdown of their designations, in terms of visiting Presidents, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, spouses or identified dignitaries, were protected by the SA Police Services VIP Protection Services (i) in the (aa) 2011-12, (bb) 2012-13, (cc) 2013-14, (dd) 2014-15 and (ee) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) Total number protected according to the RIMAS System is 589.

(b) Presidents, First Ladies, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and identified dignitaries.

(i)(aa) 2011-12

143 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(bb) 2012-13

232 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(cc) 2013-2014

81 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(dd) 2014-15

56 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(i)(ee) 2015-16

76 Foreign Dignitaries including Heads of State

(ii) Since 1 April 2016

1 Foreign Dignitary excluding Heads of State

The total number of identified dignitaries recorded above does not include Foreign Ministers, Deputy Ministers, identified dignitaries and Heads of State who attended Major and Special Events in the country.

26 April 2016 - NW1017

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What number of Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) projects are still in their construction phase and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (2) (a) what number of SRI projects have not been completed due to problems experienced and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (3) whether any legal processes have been launched in terms of the projects which have not been completed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) which SRI projects have been successfully completed in the (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 financial years? NW1149E

Reply:

1(a) Twenty three (23) projects are still in their construction phase.

No.

(1b) (i) Project name

1(b) (ii)

Project budget (cost)

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

 

Mbashe, Coffee Bay, Mvezo N Mandela – Phase 3

R33,610,054

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

 

Mthonsi Lodge

R28,215,000

Nkonkobe Local Municipality

 

Steve Biko Heritage

R12,062,348

Buffalo City Local Municipality

 

Aliwal Spa Project - Phase 3

R 7,930,080

Makana Local Municipality

 

Qatywa Eco-Tourism Development

R23,750,000

Mbashe Local Municipality

 

Cradock Four Garden of Remembrance – Phase 2

R13,056,403

Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Accommodation Facilities at Metsi Matso Dam - Phase 3

R28,851,326

Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality

8.

Sentinel Peak Car Park Access

R11,432,622

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

9

Witsieshoek Mountain Hotel Project

R25,367,200

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

10.

Building a Guest House in Qwa Qwa

R16,906,319

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

GAUTENG

11.

Alexandra Mandela Yard Project

R24,631,000

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

12

Komjekejeke Heritage Site Project

R21,185,000

Metsweding District Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

13.

Muzi Pan

R 9,405,000

Jozini Local Municipality

14.

Lilani Hot springs

R18,810,000

Umvoti Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

15.

Khalanga Guest Lodge - Phase 2

R23,512,500

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

15.

Mahlathi Village Tourism

R17,575,181

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

16.

Mukumbani Waterfalls -Phase 3

R18,810,000

Thulamela Local Municipality

17.

Muyexe Tourism Project

R14,107,500

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

18.

Ngove Cultural Village - Phase 2

R20,133,951

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

19.

Tisane Cultural Village

R18,810,000

Makhudutamaga Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

20.

Middelburg Information Centre -

Phase 2

R 905,158

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

21

Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor

R24,784,279

Umjindi Local Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

22.

Caravan Park Kai Garib Project

R 6,474,163

!Kai! Garib Local Municipality

NORTH WEST

23.

Manyane Lodge Project

R47,515,112

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

2 (a) Six (6) projects have not been completed due to problems experienced

2(b)(i) and (ii) Projects that experienced problems.

No

2b(i) Name of project

2(b)(ii) Cost

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

R10,449,156

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

R 9,500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 2

R 9, 500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

R 3,372,500

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village – Phase 2

R 7,600,000

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village - Phase 2

R 9,500,000

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(3) Legal process and details per project:

No

(3) Name of project

(3) Relevant Details

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

  • Yes, a notice of breach of contract has been issued to the implementer.
  • Disciplinary action has been taken against the official for the dereliction of duty.
  • The department is now pursuing the option of cancellation of the contract and appointing another service provider to complete the project.

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

 

  • No, the project is one of those ceded from the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to the Department of Tourism following the split of the two departments in 2010.
  • The challenges were immediately identified, however the contract with the implementer had expired and the whereabouts of the implementer are unknown.
  • The department is looking into various options whether to complete the project or not.

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village - Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(4) (a) Projects that were successfully implemented in 2014/2015.

No.

4(a) 2014/15 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Manqondo Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

2.

Wonkumuntu Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

3.

IP OR Tambo Heritage

Mbizana Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

4.

Muzi Pan

Jozini Local Municipality

5.

Ntuzuma

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

LIMPOPO

6.

Mukumbani Waterfall

Thulamela Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Black Water Fly Fishing

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

8.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

4 (b) Projects that were successfully completed in 2015/2016

No

(4) (b) 2015/16 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

IP OR Tambo Heritage Route

Mbizana Local Municipality

2.

Bongolo Dam

Lukanji Local Municipality

3.

Ndlambe Tourism Infrastructure

Ndlambe Local Municipality

4.

Grahamstown Caravan Park

Makana Local Municipality

5.

Maluti Hiking and Horse Trail

Matatiele Municipality

FREE STATE

6.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

7.

Mpumalanga Gateway

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

8.

Frances Baard Park

Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality

WESTERN CAPE

9.

False Bay Ecology Project

City of Cape Town Metro

10.

Donkey Tracking Route - Phase 3

Cederberg Local Municipality

11.

Tourism Development for Atlantis - Phase 2

City of Cape Town Metro

26 April 2016 - NW1187

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he travelled with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, and other Ministers to Dubai in March 2016 to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if not, what are the reasons for not joining the delegation which reportedly travelled to Dubai to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if so, (a) for how many days was he in Dubai, (b) what are the details of the official business conducted in Dubai and (c) what were the outcomes of the specified trip?

Reply:

The Minister did not form part of the President’s delegation to Dubai in March 2016.

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

25 April 2016 - NW473

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

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

Reply:

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

(b) 405 MSDS applications were received

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

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

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1117

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the (i) total number of accidents that occurred in each province as a result of illegally converted minibus taxis (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016 and (ii) breakdown in terms of each category of accident that occurred in each month of the specified financial years and period, (b) how many persons have been (i) charged and (ii) arrested in this regard (c) what is being done to reduce the specified accidents, (d) what (i) processes, (ii) procedures and (iii) mechanisms exist to monitor the reduction of the specified accidents?

Reply:

(a) The RTMC does not have this kind of information. The information collected after each crash involving a minibus taxi reflect roadworthiness of the vehicle without determining whether it was legally or illegally converted.

(b) Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

(d) Not Applicable

25 April 2016 - NW1143

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1022

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister in the Presidency

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW1034

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

BACKGROUND

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

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

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

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

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

Figure 1: A Re Yeng Alignment

Intermodal Facilities

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

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

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

Current A Re Yeng Operations

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

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

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

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

RESPONSE

a) (i),(ii) Atteridgeville

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

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

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

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

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

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

c) (i),(ii) Mamelodi

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

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

d) (i),(ii) Soshanguve

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

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

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

e) (i),(ii) Mabopane

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

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

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

f) (i),(ii) Winterveldt

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

  • Kopanong,
  • Akasia, and
  • Rainbow Junction.

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

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

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

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

NW1166E

25 April 2016 - NW988

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the R335 million paid by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to a certain company (name furnished) for technological improvements was paid for technological improvements on all locomotives; if not, was the specified amount only paid for technological improvements on locomotives received to date; (2) why were the extra technological improvements not included in the original tender awarded to the specified company; (3) whether the additional technological improvements were sent to the Rail and Safety Regulator (RSR); if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the opinion of the RSR in this regard and (b) was the opinion of the RSR taken into account before the additional technological improvements were approved; (4) whether, with regard to the tender awarded to the specified company for the construction and supply of locomotives to PRASA, the RSR had insights into the tender specification before being finalised and published for bidding; if not, why not; if so, (a) at what stage was the RSR involved in the decision process regarding the purchase of the Afro 4000 locomotives and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

 

  1. The need for technological improvements to the Afro 4000 locomotives are subject to a High Court application under case number: 2015/422196.
  2. See response in 1 above.
  3. PRASA did not follow due process in respect of the AFRO 4000 project. Therefore, the RSR was not privy to information and decisions that were taken regarding additional technological improvements.
  4. The RSR was not involved nor had insight into the tender specification before it was finalised and published by PRASA.

(a) The RSR had no input in respect of the entire acquisition process and was not involved in the decision process regarding the acquisition of the Afro 4000.

(b) Forensic investigators have been appointed by the Board of Control of PRASA to conduct a detailed investigation. This discovery is set out in the High Court application referred to in (1).

25 April 2016 - NW1026

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a)(i) Who was invited to attend the National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit held on 12 March 2016 in Midrand, Gauteng, (ii) who did they represent and (b) what criteria was used to create the list of invitees; (2) what were the objectives of the specified summit; (3) were the objectives of the specified summit achieved; if so, how was this ascertained; (4) what did the specified summit cost by line item?

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) Non-governmental organisations involved in road safety

(ii) They represented the youth, faith-based organizations, people living with disabilities and others who advocate for road safety.

(b) Involvement in road safety activities or advocacy

(2) To discuss the development of the National Road Safety Strategy for 2016 – 2020

(3) Inputs were received and consolidated in the draft strategy document.

(4) R396 098 for venue hire for 500 invited guests

25 April 2016 - NW946

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

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

Reply:

(a) and (b) No

(i) (aa) No

(bb) No

(cc) No

(ii) (aa) No

(bb) No

(aaa) Not applicable.

(bbb) (aaaa) Not applicable.

(bbbb) Not applicable.

(ccc) Not applicable.

25 April 2016 - NW781

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

(1)Whether any municipalities currently under threat of having their electricity cut off by Eskom for non-payment are (a) under section 139 administration and/or (b) receiving support in terms of section 154 and/or (c) utilising a financial recovery plan imposed on the affected municipality in terms of section 139(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, (i) what is the status of the relevant interventions, (ii) when was it implemented and (iii) has there been any progress towards resolving the relevant municipality’s debt issue with Eskom?

Reply:

(a). On the list of affected municipalities that are currently under threat of disconnection by Eskom due to non-payment, Ventersdrop, Tswaing and Madibeng local municipality are the only municipalities that are under Section 139 of the Constitution.

(b). The Minister of CoGTA and the MEC in North West province have agreed to strengthen the capacity of the Administrators in Tswaing and Ventersdorp by developing Section 154 support packages. A political steering committee led by the Minister will be established to monitor and oversee the implementation of the 154 support package by the technical task team. The technical task team developed the terms of reference in February 2016 and the Administrators of Tswaing and Ventersdorp will be receiving support from the technical task team on identified areas of intervention.

(c). Yes; the affected municipalities under Section 139 of the Constitution do have financial recovery plans in place that are being monitored by the provincial treasuries.

(i). The intervention relevant to the municipal bulk electricity disconnections by Eskom in the various provinces triggered an intervention by Ministers of Cogta, Finance and Public Enterprises.

A task team was formed which constituted of Departments of Cooperative Governance, Public Enterprises, Eskom, SALGA, National Treasury and their provincial counterparts to conduct an in depth analysis into the financial status of the affected Municipalities in Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West Provinces.

The task team facilitated the development of new or revised agreements between the affected municipalities and Eskom. These are more realistic payment agreements after careful consideration of the individual municipality’s financial circumstances and taking into account other key creditors. The task team also proposed recovery plans for each municipality by identifying opportunities that will assist the municipalities to improve revenue collection and reduce non-revenue electricity.

The task team will continue to monitor adherence to the payment agreements and the implementation of the recovery plans.

(ii). The engagements with the affected municipalities were held during February and March 2016 as follows:

  • 15 -16 February 2016 for Northern Cape Municipalities;
  • 17 – 18 February 2016 for Free State Munuciplities
  • 25-26 February 2016 for Eastern Cape municipalities,
  • 26 January 2016 and 10 to 11 March 2016 for North West Municipalities;
  • 22 to 23 February and 29th of February 2016 to 04th March 2016 for Mpumalanga municipalities.

The monitoring will be a continuous process until the municipalities are up to date with their payments.

(iii). Yes; there has been progress because it is as a result of this intervention that the scheduled March 2016 disconnections were put on hold by Eskom on condition that the municipalities adhere to the payment agreements. Realistic payment plans have been signed between Eskom and most of the affected municipalities and the remaining are in the final stages of formalising the proposed agreements.

 

25 April 2016 - NW882

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW985

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

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

Reply:

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

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

Schools Connectivity in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

 

USAASA

BBI

Sentech

(1.b.(i)

2014

Phefeni High School (Soweto)

Mphethi Mahlatse Secondary School in Orange Farm

Zandspruit Primary School

(1.b.(ii)

2015

None

None

None

(1.b.(iii)

2016

None

None

 

2(a)

Hardware

40 Tablets, 120GB of data

V SAT Internet

IBurst WI-Fi @ 10Mbs uncapped for 24 months

Fully equipped computer Lab that includes 20 desktop computers

2(b)

Software

Android Software

None

Microsoft office

(2c)

Training

Training on usage of Labs

None

None

(2d)

Cost

R257 600.00

Wi-Fi= R48 016.80 Hardware Installation = R5 016.00

cost of establishing the Lab was R268 264.00

(2e)

Service Providers

B-Wired Telecoms

IBurst

Moagi Technologies

25 April 2016 - NW443

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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25 April 2016 - NW1075

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)      (a) How many computers did the State Information Technology Agency SOC Ltd (Sita) purchase for use by state departments for every year during the period 10 May 1994 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what amount did the specified purchases cost in each of the specified years, (c) what was the average cost of each computer bought in each of the specified years and (d) who were the five top suppliers of the purchased computers in each of the specified years; (2) Whether Sita, in line with its mandate to achieve cost savings through scale, increase delivery capabilities and enhanced interoperability of the State’s information technology (IT) resources, has set a maximum amount for the purchase of any IT resource; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether Sita has ever purchased any computers from a certain company (name and details furnished) for government use; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW 1208E

Reply:

I have been advised by SITA as follows:

1 (a) SITA SOC LTD does not purchase computers for State departments. Instead State departments purchase through a transversal contract that SITA established in 2005 on behalf of the Department of Public Service and Administration. Transaction are done under this contract are between the State departments and accredited suppliers directly.

(b) State departments purchase computers directly using the transversal contract mentioned above.

(c) See (b)

(d) Details are unknown since departments were transacting directly with the suppliers.

2. SITA negotiated a maximum price with manufacturers. The resellers will provide mark-up percentages on the maximum price negotiated with the manufacturers. The negotiated maximum price caters for cost savings through economies of scale.

3. No

25 April 2016 - NW1141

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the soldiers deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal game parks (details furnished), the soldiers in carrying out their duties follow the same principles and fall under the same command as the rangers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the rangers who fall under the same command as the soldiers are armed; if not, why not; if so, with what?

Reply:

(1) Soldiers of the SANDF are not deployed in the KZN game parks per se but are responsible for border safeguarding operations, amongst other, along the KZN-Mozambican border. They do not fall under any other command but that of the SANDF. The rangers, on the other hand, are under command of SANPARKS.

(2) The rangers do not fall under command of the SANDF. Details with respect to their armaments should be obtained from SANPARKS.

25 April 2016 - NW1032

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why has the water leakage problems experienced with the Gautrain project, particularly at the Rosebank station in Johannesburg, not yet been resolved, (b) when is it anticipated that the matter will be resolved, (c) what are the costs to date in this regard and (d)(i) who will bear the specified costs and (ii) why?

Reply:

(a) The portion of the Gautrain tunnel where the ingress of water is above specification and where Bombela have been ordered to carry out Tunnel Remedial Works in terms of an order of the Arbitration Federation of Southern Africa Tribunal is limited to a stretch of tunnel between Park Station and a shaft known as E2 some 2 km south of Rosebank. Bombela’s design of the Tunnel Remedial Works in this section necessary to comply with the Tribunal’s orders has reached an advanced stage. Bombela has however, in parallel, also decided to apply to the High Court to have the Tribunal’s orders to remedy the water ingress set aside. This opposing action of Bombela is currently delaying the implementation of the Tunnel Remedial Works.

(b) The matter is to be heard in the High Court on 6 and 7 June 2016. The resolution of the matter is dependent on the ruling of the Court. It is at this stage unclear how long the Court will take to make its ruling.

(c) There are no costs to date for the Province. Bombela’s cost related to the remedial works is unknown because Bombela is not obliged to make this information available to the Province.

(d) (i) Bombela must bear the costs.

     (ii) Bombela is obliged, in terms of the Tribunal’s Award, to remedy the tunnel water leakage problem between Park Station and Shaft E2, at its own cost.

25 April 2016 - NW379

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Public Works

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

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

Consultancies (Built Environment):-

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

Construction Projects:-

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

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

(b) Entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works

Entity

  1. SMMEs
  1. Co-operatives

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

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

Nil

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

R7 149 988.15 (15.41% of R46 387 686.84)

Nil

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

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

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

R30 877 470.73 (100%)

  • Built environment consultants:

R285 408 176.00 (99%)

  • Construction Projects

R677 736 177.60 (96%)

Nil

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

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

Nil

25 April 2016 - NW892

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

  1. No (a) (b) (c) (d) Falls away
  2. No (a) (b) (c) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) Falls away

25 April 2016 - NW1142

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

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

Reply:

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

(2) This question should be directed to SANPARKS.

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

25 April 2016 - NW987

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

Yes the Afro 4000 has been removed.

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW1033

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) When was the tender for the collection of unpaid e-toll bills published, (b) to whom was the specified tender awarded, (c) what criteria had to be fulfilled, (d) what was the value of the specified tender and (e) what are the conditions of the specified tender; (2) whether any performance incentives are in place for the specified tender; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) how are the specified performance incentives monitored and (c) what are the conditions respectively?

Reply:

1. (a) SANRAL followed a tender process for the overall toll system design, build and operations thereof in 2009 in accordance with the SCM requirements at the time.

(b) Following this tender process, it appointed ETC Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer.

(c)This tender included the collection of outstanding e-Toll debt. This was revised to address the New Dispensation announced by the Deputy President, with specific reference to the 60% discount offering in respect of historic debt. ETC is therefore responsible for the collection of e-toll debt and may appoint parties to attend to this on their behalf. SANRAL only contracts (in terms of its Contract with ETC) with ETC and not directly with the 3rd party.

2. As stated, SANRAL only has an agreement with ETC Pty Ltd. There is therefore no "specified tender" by SANRAL in relation to the so called "unpaid e-toll bills" and in respect of which the question appears to be addressed. ETC is responsible for the collection of debt for the contract period. SANRAL appointed ETC in 2009, as explained above.

25 April 2016 - NW1088

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

(a) What are the reasons for the closure of the SA Post Office branch in Bloubergrant, postal code 7443 and (b) were any residents of the Bloubergrant consulted before the branch was closed; (2) Have residents of the specified area been provided with any alternative postal service; if not, why not; if so, what are these alternatives?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. (a) The Bloubergrant Post Office was closed due to non-payment of rental. SAPO could not make regular rental payments to the landlord on time due to SAPO cash flow challenges. SAPO was subsequently given notice by the landlord to vacate the premises by 8 April 2016.

(b) In view of the fact that the eviction was sudden and unexpected, no prior consultations could take place with the residents, but notices of the closure were placed at the Post Office and around the post boxes area.

2. The residents have been informed that the Table View Post Office which is situated 2.8km from Bloubergrant could be used as an alternative service point. The post boxes will, however, remain at the old site for the convenience of residents.

25 April 2016 - NW986

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

(a) Approximately 92.4 kilometres has been transferred to SANRAL

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

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

(d) (i) Total Length = 139.1 km

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

25 April 2016 - NW954

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Transport

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

Reply:

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

25 April 2016 - NW436

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Works

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

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

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

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

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

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

25 April 2016 - NW862

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

END.

25 April 2016 - NW883

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) Whether (a) the SA National Roads Agency and/or (b) its contractor, Electronic Toll Collections, followed a full tender process for the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) for collecting outstanding e-toll debt in Gauteng; if so, (2) whether the appointment of the specified company complied with the (a) Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, (b) Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, Act 5 of 2000, and (c) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003; if not, (i) why not and (ii) wat are the further relevant particulars; if so, what are the further relevant particulars; (3) what is the structure for the remuneration to be paid to the specified company for the collection of arrears e-toll debt in respect of (a) fees, (b) commission and (c) any other form of remuneration; (4) whether there is an option to renew the contract of the specified company; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) for what period the specified company has been appointed?

Reply:

  1. SANRAL followed a tender process for the overall toll system design, build and operations thereof, in 2009. Following this tender process, it appointed ETC Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer. This tender included the collection of outstanding e-Toll debt. This was revised to address the New Dispensation announced by the Deputy President, with specific reference to the 60% discount offering in respect of historic debt. ETC is therefore responsible for the collection of e-toll debt and may appoint 3rd parties to attend to this on their behalf. SANRAL only contracts (in terms of its Contract with ETC) with ETC and not directly with the 3rd party.

(2) As stated above, SANRAL appointed ETC in terms of the SCM requirements at the time (2009). SANRAL did not procure services with 3rd parties for debt collection. SANRAL has complied with all the requisite legislation.

(3) SANRAL does not pay the "specified company" and is not aware of the arrangements between ETC and that entity. SANRAL's contractual obligation is to ETC.

(4) As stated, SANRAL only has an agreement with ETC. ETC is responsible for the collection of debt for the contract period.

(4) SANRAL appointed ETC in 2009, as explained above. The contract will finish for the operations of the Transaction Clearing House (TCH) and the Violation Processing Centre (VPC) components of the project after 5 years of toll collection operations (ie. December 2013 to December 2018) and for the roadside equipment, maintenance and Open Road Toll (ORT) back office operations, after 8 years of toll collection operations. The collection of outstanding debt is managed within the VPC component of the contract.