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10 November 2017 - NW3262

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the Presidency’s 2016-17 Annual Report, what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs of the 10 international trips that he undertook from 6 April 2016 to 10 February 2017?

Reply:

The Presidency does not incur costs for the President’s international trips.

When the President undertakes official international trips, host countries often extend courtesies for the President’s travelling expenses. In the absence of these courtesies, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for the cost of the logistical arrangements with the Department of Defence being responsible for air travel.

10 November 2017 - NW3554

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why have the outstanding overtime payments of Road Traffic Management Corporation officers and staff not been made, (b) by which date will the payments be made and (c) why have staff members been requested to take time off in lieu of overtime payment?

Reply:

a) All overtime has been paid and

b) N/A

c) The policy allows staff members to take time off in lieu of overtime

10 November 2017 - NW3219

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

Wheteher he instituted disciplinary action against the officials of his department who were found to have been implicated in the adverse findings of the auditor-general ‘s 2016-17 report on the financial statements of his department; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the total number of officials who have faced disciplinary action and (b) what are the detail in case?

Reply:

a) The total number of officials who have faced disciplinary action were 18.

b) Details of disciplinary action in each are as follows:

Incident Description

Official No 1

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 2

Procurement of services not done through SCM

 

Incident Description

Official No 3

Decision to appoint the service provider not done by a delegated official. Supplier/service provider appointed without having an original Tax Clearance Certificate and BBEE Cetificate

 

Incident Description

Official No 4

Procurement of services not done through SCM and no evidence of recommending and approval by the Accounting Officer

 

Payments made to the supplier in excess of the approved contract amount and no approval of extension of contract by the Accounting Officer

 

Incident Description

Official No 5

Performing artists appointed not registered on CSD

 

Incident Description

Official No 6

Procurement of service not done through SCM and approval not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 7

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 8

Supplier/service provider appointed without having an original Tax Clearance Certificate and BBEE Cetificate

 

Incident Description

Official No 9

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 10

Procurement of services not done through SCM and reasons provided to deviate are not justifiable

 

Incident Description

Official No 11

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of appointment of service provider not done by the delegated official (DG).

 

Incident Description

Official No 12

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of additional items not done by the delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 13

Method or procurement used is incosistent with those prescribed in terms of PN 8 of 2007/2008 paragraph 3.2

 

Incident Description

Official No 14

Decision to appoint the service provider not done by a delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 15

No tax clearance certificate was submitted by the supplier during the procurement of services

 

Incident Description

Official No 16

Procurement of services not done through SCM and approval of repairs not done by delegated official

 

Incident Description

Official No 17

Award of procurement was made without an original Tax Clearance Certificate and no completion of SBD documents

 

Incident Description

Official No 18

Appointment of consultants without following a competitive bidding process

 

Competitive bidding process were not followed in in the awards of bids

 

Procurement of services not done through SCM and reasons provided to deviate were not justifiable

 

Request for quotations did not stipulate the preference point system to be applied

 

Appointment of service providers without valid tax clearance certificate

 

Three quotations were not obtained and reasons provided were not justifiable

 

BBEE points allocated on invaliud certificate resulting in incorrect award

 

Expenditure not committed by a delegated official

 

Evaluation criteria applied differs from original request for quotation

 

Supplier with lowest quote not selected and no reasons provided and approved by the delegated official

 

Performing artist appointed not registered on CSD

 

Variation order in excess of 15% not approved by National Treasury

 

Required number of quotes not obtained and reasons provided were not justifiable

 

No evidence that the bid was received before the closing date and time

 

EME affidavit used to allocate BBEEE points instead of certificate, resulting in incorrect allocation of points and award

 

 

10 November 2017 - NW3500

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Has Swifambo Rail Leasing (SRL) taken back the Vossloh Espana-built locomotives; if not, (a) why not and (b) where are the locomotives currently; if so, by what date; (2) what (a) has happened to the balance of the budget, (b) alternatives are being considered upon failure of the judgement and return of locomotives to SRL and (c) is the setback in terms of loss to upgrade the services to passengers in relation to the initial refurbishment plan?

Reply:

1. No

(a) Swifambo is appealing the judgement

(b) The Locomotives are currently staged in the following depots:

Braamfontein: 6 locomotives,

Bloemfontein: 3 locomotives,

Beaufort West: 1 locomotive,

East London: 2 locomotives, and

Port Elizabeth: 1 locomotive.

2. (a) The whole matter has been put on hold pending the appeal

(b) See (a) above

(c) The availability and reliability of locomotives are the biggest challenge to ensure reliable inter-city services in the Main Line Passenger Services (MLPS) business, as well as for Metrorail operations in the Eastern Cape. The original PRASA locomotive programme intended to address this challenge. While the height of the locomotives provides some limitations on certain lines, the AFRO4000 locomotives could be deployed on corridors without over-head power structures or with power over-head power structures of correct profile.

PRASA has entered into an agreement with Transnet to purchase 7 x 7E refurbished locomotives for use in the Eastern Cape. Due to the lack of available locomotives for the MLPS business, PRASA will approaching the market for the lease of locomotives especially for the upcoming high peak season over December/January.

10 November 2017 - NW3333

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the total number of vehicles in each gross vehicle mass category that are registered in each metropolitan municipality?

Reply:

It should be noted that vehicles are categorised on the National Traffic Information System in the following manner:

  • Heavy load vehicle with a GVM exceeding 3500Kg which is equip to draw
  • Heavy load vehicle with a GVM exceeding 3500Kg, not equipped to draw
  • Heavy passenger motor vehicle designed to carry 12 or more persons
  • Light load vehicle with a GVM 3500Kg or less
  • Light passenger motor vehicle designed to carry less than 12 persons
  • Motorcycle, Motor-tricycle, Motor Quadru-cycle
  • Special Vehicles
  • Unknown: In this instance, the GVM is known but the vehicle category is unknown. This is old data and it is usually farming equipment that is specially classified.

Annexure A Table 1 contains a summary of the above-mentioned categories per metropolitan municipality. Data as found on the NaTIS as on 30 September 2017.

Annexure A

Table1:

 

 

 

Vehicle Population per Category and Metropolitan Municipality as at 30 September 2017

 

Metropolitan Municipality

Heavy load veh(GVM>3500Kg equip to draw)

Heavy load veh(GVM>3500Kg, not to draw)

Heavy passenger mv (12 or more persons)

Light load vehicle (GVM 3500Kg or less)

Light passenger mv(less than 12 persons)

Motorcycle / Motortricycle / Quadrucycle

Special Vehicle

Unknown

Grand Total

Bloemfontein

6607

5485

2906

50211

102801

7535

4870

685

181100

Buffalo City

2195

2137

4098

40264

94900

2839

2645

281

149359

City of Cape Town

19741

13899

19204

263116

915221

56544

15120

1556

1304401

Ekurhuleni

47848

36604

24863

315273

768452

36745

24067

643

1254495

eThekwini

20542

16413

22829

180856

569450

16763

9218

666

836737

Johannesburg

27727

21557

39927

367802

1175211

50612

16030

847

1699713

Mogale City*

5383

3489

4951

59097

118303

6124

4515

184

202046

Nelson Mandela Bay

4847

5100

5088

69036

181752

11645

4537

856

282861

Pretoria

21236

15470

24546

313808

763596

39256

21625

874

1200411

Sedibeng*

10145

7250

7458

92034

194083

10097

8347

256

329670

Grand Total

166271

127404

155870

1751497

4883769

238160

110974

6848

7440793

* Not officially declared as Metropolitan Municipalities but regarded as substantial.

10 November 2017 - NW3548

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the functions taken over from Tasima, (a) who has taken over these functions, (b) what are the functions, (c) how is it ensured that functions are properly executed, (d) what (i) are the costs since taking over these functions, (ii) additional staff have been appointed for this purpose and (iii) are their functions and (e) when were they appointed?

Reply:

a) The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s Road Traffic Information Systems (RTIS) Unit took over all functions related to the operation and managements of the NaTIS with effect from 05 April 2017.

b) The functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Software Development
  2. Business Engagement
  3. Business Intelligence
  4. NaTIS User Training
  5. NaTIS Infrastructure Support
  6. Project Office – deployment of new NaTIS sites, replacement of equipment, deployment of communication services
  7. NaTIS Site Support – Hardware and network support
  8. System Support – End-user Software Trouble shooting
  9. Information System Security and Governance, Risk and Compliance
  10. NKP Physical Security

c) The Corporation employed a compliment of technical staff with over 700 years accumulated NaTIS experience in 2015. This staff compliment has been augmented with existing support functions in Finance, Human Capital, Risk Management, etc to ensure that all functions are properly executed.

d)

(i) Costs to date

Road Traffic Information Systems costs incurred, YTD September2017

 

 

 

 

 

Economic classification

 

 

 

Amount

Compensation of Employees

 

 

 

R39 011 781.40

 

 

 

 

 

Goods & Services

 

 

 

R56 878 696.10

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Expenditure

 

 

 

R 1 528 044.60

 

 

 

 

 

Total spent on eNaTIS

 

 

  R

97 418 522.10

 

 

 

 

 

(ii) No additional staff have been appointed in the RTIS Unit since the takeover. Corporation continues to review its staff requirements in terms of its strategic mandate.

(iii) Not applicable, see (d)(ii) above as no new staff have been appointed.

e) Not applicable, see (d)(ii) above.

10 November 2017 - NW3418

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Which taxi associations received government grants in the past three financial years and (ii) what were the grant amounts in each case, (b) what criteria are used to decide on qualifying taxi associations, (c) what is the purpose of the grant in each case, (d)(i) what key performance areas and specific actions are the taxi associations expected to perform and (ii) how often and how do the taxi associations report to his department, (e) what disqualified a taxi association from receiving future grants and (f)(i) which grants have been denied, (ii) to which taxi associations and (iii) why in each case in the past three financial years?

Reply:

(a) Taxi Associations operate at local level and by their very own nature are self-sustainable. The Department of Transport does not provide any direct financial assistance in the form of grants to Taxi Associations and neither are we aware of any provincial or local government that provides grants to these Associations.

(b) Refer to response number (a);

(c) Refer to response number (a);

(d) Refer to response number (a);

(e) Refer to response number (a);

(f) Refer to response number (a).

10 November 2017 - NW2962

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)(a) What total amount of additional revenue will be raised by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) following its amendments to the allowable deductions from taxes for persons with disabilities and (b) why did SARS (i) make the determination on the specified amendment, (ii) not phase the changes out and (iii) apply the specified amendments retroactively; (2) whether SARS has conducted any studies and/or investigations to determine what the financial and economic consequences of the specified amendments will be on taxpaying (a) persons with disabilities and (b) the dependants of the specified persons; if not, in each case, why not; if so, how (i) will the specified (aa) persons and (bb) dependants be affected and (ii) were these outcomes determined?

Reply:

1. It is not clear which amendments the honourable member is referring to, so it is assumed that reference is being made to the list of qualifying disability expenses that SARS is currently in the process of updating. The changes in the list are not about raising additional revenue. The changes are being made to ensure that the list of expenses prescribed by SARS is as comprehensive as possible and that the expenses are in line with the paragraph (c) of the definition of “qualifying medical expense” in section 6B(1). This will ensure that the list does not create inequity as far as persons who do not have a physical impairment or disability are concerned. (e.g. If a person with a disability purchases a vehicle because a person is using a wheelchair, it will unfair to allow such an expense instead of only allowing modifications to the vehicle to allow the wheelchair easy access in and out of the vehicle). The prescribed expenses must, as far as possible, only include expenses without which a person with physical impairment or disability will not be able to perform activities of daily living. (e.g. If a person cannot walk, the wheelchair is an aid that assists that person to be able to move from point A to point B. Without this wheelchair, the person cannot do this activity of daily living on his or her own and will always require assistance from other people to do so.) The amendments are, therefore being made to ensure that the list is line with the requirements of the legislation; which are based on practice in other leading democracies, such as Canada. It is understood that SARS’ understanding of the requirements of the legislation has been unsuccessfully challenged by “at least” one taxpayer in the Tax Board. SARS will monitor the outcome of any appeal to inform its future decision making. The amendments will only come in on the effective date of the updated list going forward and are not made with retrospective effect.

2. Since the list is only being amended to ensure that it is as comprehensive as possible, while ensuring that the expenses listed are in full compliance with the legislation, SARS has not conducted any studies and/or investigations to determine what the financial and economic consequences of the changes to the list are to persons with disabilities and their dependants. National Treasury would determine the financial and economic consequences of substantial changes in legislative policy, such as the change from a deduction to a tax credit system for these expenses. 

10 November 2017 - NW3320

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE

1. Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and (b) Chief Financial Officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis, if not, 2. Whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION NO. 3320-2017 FOR WRITTEN REPLY Date of publication in the internal question paper 27 October 2017, internal question paper number 39-2017 Mr S P MHLONGO (EFF) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE: 1. Whether the (a) Chief Executive Officer and (b) Chief Financial Officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis, if not, 2. Whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end? NW3709E REPLY: (1) (a) No, not all the Chief Executive Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis, (b) Not all the Chief Financial Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis (2) (a) and (b), (i) and (ii) are attached for ease of reference

Reply:

(1) (a) No, not all the Chief Executive Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis,

(b) Not all the Chief Financial Officers reporting to the Minister of Arts and Culture are employed on a permanent basis

(2) (a) and (b), (i) and (ii) are attached for ease of reference

10 November 2017 - NW3528

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What subsidy has his department paid to the Brakpan Bus Company over the past three financial years; (2) whether he has been informed of a 2014 feasibility study into future options of the specified bus company; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which option does his department support; (3) (a) what are the relevant details of the kind of oversight that this department has over the bus company, in view of the subsidy paid by the taxpayer; (4) (a) what (i) fraud and/or (ii) corruption has been identified in the running of the bus company and (b) why is the bus company running at a loss?

Reply:

(1) Subsidized bus services are managed and administered by Provincial Departments of Transport and subsidy is paid by Provinces through the Public Transport Operations Grant, which is a supplementary grant. The Brakpan Bus Company contract is managed by Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and their subsidy allocation for the past three financial years is:

  • 2014/15 – R11 554 076.00
  • 2015/16 – R18 291 488.00
  • 2016/17 – R23 293 376.00

2. Brakpan Bus Service is a municipal owned bus company and any decision about the future of the company is the prerogative of the municipality as long as it is aligned with all legislative prescripts governing public transport. The Department is conscious of the fact that Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has appointed CSIR to conduct a due diligent exercise for all subsidized bus contracts in the Province, including Brakpan, with the aim of designing new public transport contracts in future.

3. The bus company is monitored by the Province through a Supervisory and Monitoring Firm (SMF) appointed by Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport to ensure that the operator complies with all contractual obligations.

4. a) The running and performance of the bus company is solely the obligation of the municipality as the owner.

b) Same as (a) above.

10 November 2017 - NW3235

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether any progress has been made by the National Director of Public Prosecutions in dealing with the final report that was prepared by a certain person (name furnished), into the collapse of African Bank, (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The South African Reserve Bank referred its report into the collapse of African Bank to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) on 17 May 2016. The NDPP requested the Head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) to attend to the matter as it fell within the mandate of the SCCU.

In March 2017, in response to Parliamentary Question No. 200, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advised that the report was in its final stages of preparation. The prosecutor allocated the matter finalised a comprehensive report wherein he sets out that criminal investigations related to fraud, the Banks Act 94 of 1990 and Companies Act 71 of 2008 were warranted. He therefore recommended that the matter be referred to the South African Police Service for investigation and that a prosecutor be allocated to guide the investigations in the matter. Currently, the matter is under investigation by the Serious Economic Offences Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

 

10 November 2017 - NW3318

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

The tables below provide information of the appointed Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and Chief Financial Officers (CFO) of entities reporting to me:

Name of Entity

Type of employment

 

CEO Permanent

CEO Fixed Term

CFO Permanent

CFO Fixed Term

1. Legal Aid South Africa

No

Yes

Yes

No

2. Special Investigating Unit (SIU)

Yes

No

No

Yes

3. South African Board for Sheriffs

No

Yes

No

Yes

4. Council for Debt Collectors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5. South African Law Reform Commission

The South African Law Reform Commission does not have its own CEO and CFO as the Commission is part of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD).

6. Legal Practice Council

(a) The Executive Officer of the National Forum (NF) is Ms Charity Mhlungu, appointed on 1 December 2015 and will be in this position until the dissolution of NF. She is seconded from the DoJ&CD, and was a full time employee of the DoJ&CD Finance Department.

(b) The NF’s budget is held by the DoJ&CD; therefore the financial reporting is done by the CFO of the Department.

7. Rules Board for Courts of Law

The Rules Board does not have its own CEO and CFO as it is part of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

8. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

The NPA does not have CEO and CFO positions in its organisational structure

Name of Officers employed on Fixed Term

Period of employment of the CEO

Period of employment of the CFO

CEO

CFO

Start Date

Completion Date

Start Date

Completion Date

CEO of Legal Aid South Africa: Ms V Vedalankar

Not Applicable

28/10/2002 (The contract was renewed periodically based on performance)

31/10/2019

Not Applicable

CEO of SIU: Not Applicable

CFO: Mr A Gernandt

Not Applicable

17/10/2016

31/03/2018

CEO of SA Board for Sheriffs: Ms S Snell

CFO: Mr A Simon

01/08/2015

31/07/2018

01/01/2012

31/12/2017

10 November 2017 - NW3180

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

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

Reply:

1. The information required to respond to the question posed by the Honourable Member is detailed and is archived by the National Treasury. I have requested the National Treasury to release such information, the process takes long. However, as soon as the information is availed by the National Treasury I will forward it to the Member.

10 November 2017 - NW3218

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

What is the total number of bursaries the National Film and Video Foundation awarded to students that belong to each racial group, including intra-racial classifications (a) in the (i) 2014-2015,(ii) 2016-2017 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017.

Reply:

The table below explains how the National Film and Video Foundation awarded bursaries to students :-

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

 

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

 

45 Black

33 Black

29 Black

22 Black

58 Black

62 Black

2 Black

2 Black

 

12 Coloured

5 Coloured

6 Coloured

5 Coloured

17 Coloured

6 Coloured

   
 

4 Indian

2 Indian

1 Indian

2 Indian

3 Indian

4 Indian

   
 

10 White

5 White

6 White

2 White

10 White

5 White

   
         

1 Chinese

     
 

71

45

42

31

89

77

2

2

TOTAL

116

73

166

4

10 November 2017 - NW3550

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what date will a new Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) be appointed, (b) why has a new board not been appointed, (c) how is Prasa functioning without a board, (d) how are financial documents signed off in the absence of a board?

Reply:

(a) The Interim Board of PRASA was appointed with effect from 19 October 2017.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

(d) All the financials will be signed off by the PRASA Board of Control.

10 November 2017 - NW3458

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

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

Reply:

1. No officials were granted permission to have business and or do business dealings with government in the past three financial years; however, ten (10) officials were granted approval by the Executive Authority to conduct Remunerative Work outside the Public Service over the past three years.

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

0

4

6

 

2. No officials were granted permission to do business with the State, however, permission was granted to officials to participate in marking, training, teaching and lecturing at public institutions. The approval was granted in line with the exclusion as set out in Annexure A, of the Directive on Conducting Business with an Organ of State issued in January 2017.

a) Purpose

b) When did the Business Occur

c) Value of each Business transaction

E-Tutoring

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Training

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Board Member

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Marking of Assignment & Examination

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

Moderation of Exams

Currently on-going

Not disclosed

10 November 2017 - NW3263

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

What are the relevant details of the total (a) annual salary of and (b) performance bonus amounts paid to each of his five advisors (names and details furnished) in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

The remuneration of the advisors is regulated in terms of the Dispensation for the Appointment and Remuneration of Persons (Special Advisers) appointed to Executive Authorities on Ground of Policy Considerations issued by the Minster of the Public Service and Administration. The Dispensation is attached for the benefit of the Honourable Member.

10 November 2017 - NW3556

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the provincial regulating entities and the applications for licenses, (a) what (i) are the reasons for delays in these applications, (ii) is being done to get up-to-date on applications and (iii) is the average turn-around time in processing applications, (b) how is this average turn-around time calculated, (c) what is being done to reduce turn-around times in future and (d) what mechanisms, processes and procedures have been put in place in this regard?

Reply:

a) (i) Slowness of the system, National Land Transport Information System (NLTIS), used to process applications for operating licences and failure by operators to submit required or additional information for upliftment of licences.

(ii) In the short term, officials work overtime to process as many applications as possible. The medium term solution is to redesign the NLTIS.

(iii) Approximately 90 days for the processing of applications. However, the turnaround time differs in each Province, subject to capacity constraints in each Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE).

b) Calculated using the first-come-first-processed scheduler. Complete application will take a minimum of 5 days at phase 1: helpdesk, 35 days at registration and publication phase, 10 days for board preparations and adjudication and 10 days for board minutes and upliftment of operating licences.

c) PREs have developed standard procedure manuals. The PRE committee has delegated the over the counter transactions to officials to reduce the turnaround time.

d) The Department is in a process of redesigning the system (NLTIS).

10 November 2017 - NW3412

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Prasa signalling systems and maintenance work thereof, (a) what are the details of the work that is still outstanding in the 2017-18 financial year in each province, (b) why have these maintenance projects not been completed, (c) what is being done to resume and complete the maintanance work in each area respectively, (d) what are the timelines and deadlines for each area in this regard, (e) what are the amounts already paid in respect of each project and (f) (i) what are the total outstanding amounts in respect of each project and (ii) when will the outstanding amounts be paid in each case?

Reply:

Capital Expansion program for Resignalling

(a)(b) (c) (d)(e)

In 2013, PRASA commenced with a 7 year rollout of the new modern signaling system to replace existing signaling interlocking, which consist mainly of obsolete mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, with electronic interlocking as the technology of the future. In the Gauteng region, Stages 1 and 2 have been integrated into one overall programme whose contract was awarded to Siemens at an investment totaling R3.8 billion (exclude inflation). In the Durban and Western Cape regions, the signalling contracts were awarded to Bombardier for R1.3 billion (exclude inflation) and Thales/Maziya for R1.8 billion (exclude inflation), respectively. The overall investment amounts to approximately R7 billion across the three regions.

The scope of work of the signaling programme across the three regions includes the construction of central control centres for trial monitoring and control. Further, the programme includes the installation of new interlocking systems to improve operational capacity, safety and flexibility.

The overall Gauteng signalling work is currently at 48.9 per cent completion against a planned target of 55.9 per cent. The lagging behind against the planned target is due to additional scope of works which include the implementation of the Automatic Train Protection system between Pienaarspoort and Pretoria station in line with the introduction of a new service. To date, 19 (of 92) stations (Midway, Lenz, Lawley, Stretford, Grasmere, Residensia, Irene, Olifantsfontein, Kaalfontein, Leralla, Tembisa, Randfontein, Robinson, Krugersdorp, Luipaardsvlei, Roodepoort, Boksburg East, Dunswart, Benoni) have already been commissioned

The Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) building is 100 per cent complete and already operational. The GNC currently operates Irene, Olifantsfontein, Kaalfontein, Leralla and Tembisa Corridor. The Southern line (Midway – Residensia) is next to being migrated to the GNC before the end of the current financial year. In total, eight Centralized Traffic Control Center’s (CTC’s) across Gauteng will be migrated to the GNC. The remaining mini control centres (Pretoria North, Germiston, George Goch, New Canada and Dunswart) will be migrated over a period ahead.

Project expenditure for Gauteng up to October 2017 amounts to R3 billion (including inflation adjustments).

The overall progress in Western Cape is at 68.3 percent completion, which includes design work, ordering of long lead items, pilot installations of signalling and communication, trenching and cable laying and installation of track side equipment for first two phases. The works currently underway and yet to be concluded include the construction of the Cape Metrorail Control Centre (CMCC) at Bellville and the installation of new interlocking systems at various rail lines. In addition, the works currently underway includes telecoms, power supply, OHTE and Perway adjustments across the different railway lines. Project expenditure up to October 2017 amounts to R842 million.

In KwaZulu Natal, the current works of the project includes the establishment of the Durban Central Traffic Control (CTC) at Rossborough and the installation of new interlocking systems from KwaMashu – Durban – Umlazi, Isipingo- Umbogwintini, Pinetown line and Crossmoor line. The overall Signalling work in Kwa-Zulu Natal is at 58.7 percent completion, consisting of detailed designs, track work installations, civil works, ordering of bulk material items and installation of first new point sets and signalling equipment. It is anticipated that the Pinetown line will be commissioned with a new signalling system by the fourth quarter of the current financial year. Project expenditure up to October 2017 amounts to R653 million.

Rehabilitation Program

The above renewal programme is a long term plan that will renew the system once all the projects are completed. In the interim, minor rehabilitation projects and maintenance of the existing system are taking place to ensure continuity of operations while the projects are being rolled out.

The Details of work covered during the 2017/18 financial year covers the following

  • Replacement of vandalized and stolen signalling system which directly affects train services
  • Constructive maintenance on worn-out signaling equipment affecting system reliability. Majority of this work is covered by a resignalling program discussed above
  • Routine maintenance and minor corrective work covered under operational maintenance

The above interventions are aimed sustaining the reliability and safety of the current (old) signalling system; however there remains a backlog of maintenance and repairs. This outstanding work is caused by ongoing theft and vandalism of signalling equipment and lack of human capital to deal with obsolete equipment and constraints in the operational funding for maintenance.

These challenges are addressed through major renewal program discussed above and the capital intervention program (minor rehabilitation projects). The Gauteng signalling rehabilitation amounts to R32.5 mil, KwaZulu Natal amounts to R8mil and Western Cape amounts to R19.5mil. In total the signalling rehabilitation program amounts to R60 mil covering all three regions; the actual spending is R22mil with projects still in execution and planned to be completed by end of the financial year. The outstanding amount of R38mil will be fully utilized by end of the 2017/18 financial year with the completion of the various rehabilitation projects.

10 November 2017 - NW3195

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Finance

Has he found that South Africa can afford nuclear energy?

Reply:

National Treasury conducted preliminary analysis on the costs and economic impact of a nuclear build on the fiscus and the economy in 2015. This was based on the 2013 pre-feasibility study undertaken by the Department of Energy to procure and build 9.6GW of nuclear generated energy, as per the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan.

With limited information available in the pre-feasibility study, the analysis show that a 9.6GW nuclear programme would have significant implications for national income, South Africa’s total debt burden, international financial position, the balance of payments, for taxpayers and electricity consumers who will bear the full costs of the programme.

The deteriorating fiscal position and increasing fiscal risks, as outlined in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement makes it harder to finance and/or guarantee a programme of this nature. An accurate assessment of the affordability of the nuclear new build programme needs to be based on a full socio economic cost benefit analysis, which shows the price path, affordability to households, implications for inflation and national income.

10 November 2017 - NW3546

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What steps has been taken by his department to ensure that all (i) metered taxis and (ii) e-hailed taxis are operating legally, (b) what number of the specified taxis were found to be operating illegally in the past three financial years and (c) what are the details of sanctions that were imposed on the illegal taxis?

Reply:

a) On the 19th July 2017 I met with the Minister of Police and the Acting National Commissioner and his team to discuss the state of affairs between the metered taxis and /app-based operators and to propose a more focussed enforcement strategy.

In addition, I met with the MEC for Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the MMC’s of the relevant metropolitan municipalities on the 24th July 2017.

Furthermore, I met with the Gauteng Metered Taxi Council, the Concerned Metered Taxi Operators and the app-based operators on the 27th July 2017 in Midrand.

I also arranged a walk-about programme on 11th September 2017 in Sandton to sensitize operators that they must abide by the prescripts of the law which requires them to have a valid operating licence and that there will be no compromise on law enforcement.

b) During the above engagements, the Gauteng Province indicated they have received 6001 applications for e-hailing services as at 15 September 2017. Only 2077 applications were approved and only 1 was rejected. The Gauteng province further indicated that 3923 applications are still pending before the Gauteng Provincial Regulatory Entity (GPRE).

Regarding the metered taxi service, the GPRE received 3326 applications and 1368 of those applications were approved. GPRE also rejected 1958 applications.

During the October month the Province embarked on an outreach program where a total of 1078 applications were received and 162 licences were issued after this program. However, the information changes all the time as the Province is busy processing the licences to assist those who want to comply.

c) The National Land Transport Act, 05 of 2009 creates an offence to anyone who provides a public transport service without the necessary operating licence. If found to be providing public transport services without the licence, the relevant vehicle must be impounded and a determined fine must be paid before the vehicle is released by law enforcement. The fine varies from Province to Province since this power rests with the MECs and it goes up on a second and third offence.

10 November 2017 - NW3421

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the bridge over the N3 that collapsed in August 2017, (a) what was the cost of the repair, (b) on what dates were inspections of the bridge undertaken in the past three financial years, (c) what did each respective report reflect, (d) who prepared the reports respectively, (e) (i) on what date was the report on the August 2017 collapse finalised, (ii) what did the report reflect and (iii) who prepared the report and (f) what early warning systems have been put in place before any bridge collapses?

Reply:

a) The bridge has not been repaired yet.

b) A detailed inspection was done in 29 July 2016 by consulting firm Arcus Gibb according to requirements of the Committee of Transport Officials (COTO) of South Africa.

c) The inspection report reported "minor" defects with minimum "relevancy". No repairs were necessary.

d) The 29 July 2016 inspection report was done by consulting firm Arcus Gibb.

e) (i) The report was completed on 31 August 2017.

(ii) The report reflected that an 18.1 ton coil of steel came off a truck and impacted the pier above the protective barrier. The pier complied with the then TPA impact requirements when the bridge was constructed in 1978. The report also highlighted that the large impact was considered an extremely rare occurrence. The report did not deal with why the steel coil came off the truck. The report concluded that the collapse of the bridge was as a result of this impact and not any maintenance issues. All reinforcing and pre-stressing steel was not corroded and lack of maintenance did not lead to the collapse.

(iii) The bridge collapse report was compiled by the consulting firm Superstructures Consulting Engineers.

f) Although the highway is monitored with 24-hour CCTV, these systems cannot detect and warn against a bridge collapse caused by vehicle accident as experienced with this incident.

10 November 2017 - NW3299

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

1. Transport Entities CEO’s are appointed on a five (5) years fixed term contract. Some of the entities CFOs are appointed on a permanent basis and others on a five (5) years fixed term contract.

2. Department of Transport entities CEO’s and CFO’s employment status

 

Name of Entity

Name of CEO

Contract Expiry Date

Name of CFO

Contract Expiry Date

1

SANRAL

Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma

30 November 2021

Ms Inge Mulder

Permanent

2

PRASA

Mr Lindikaya Zide

Acting

Ms Yvonne Page

Acting

3.

ATNS

Mr Thabani Mthiyane

30 June 2018

Mr Mtome Moholola

Acting

4.

SAMSA

Mr Sobantu Tilayi

Acting

Mr Phumlani Myeni

Permanent

5.

SACAA

Ms Poppy Khoza

30 Novemeber 2018

Mr Asruf Seedat

30 November 2021

6

ACSA

Mr Bongani Maseko

30 May 2018

Mr Dirk Kunz (Acting)

Acting

7

Ports Regulator

Mr Mahesh Fakir

30 April 2019

Mr Thokozani Mhlongo

31 October 2020

8

C-BRTA

Mr Sipho Khumalo

30 June 2021

Mr Nchaupe Maepa

Acting

9

Road Accident Fund

Ms Lindelwa Jabavu

Acting

Mr Rodney Gounden

31 August 2022

10

RSR

Mr Nkululeko Poya

31 October 2021

Mr Regardt Gouws

Permanent

11

RTMC

Adv Makhosini Msibi

31 December 2018

Ms Liana Moolman

Permanent

12

RTIA

Mr Japh Chuwe

30 September 2021

Ms Palesa Moalusi

Contract

31 July 2018

10 November 2017 - NW3357

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Tlhaole, Mr L S to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

1. Whether (a) he or (b) his Deputy Minister made use of a chartered private jet during the period 1 January 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what (i) were the reasons for using a chartered private jet, (ii) was the travel in each case and (iii) did the use of the jet cost the department in each case?

Reply:

  1. The Department did not procure any use of a chartered private jet for the Minister or Deputy Minister.

10 November 2017 - NW3428

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) How is the current tariff system of the National Ports Authority calculated and (b) how does it compare to international tariff systems and structures?

Reply:

(a) The tariffs of the NPA are calculated on the basis of a comprehensive Tariff Methodology based on the widely used internationally best practice Required Revenue approach. The current tariff decision is based on the third tariff methodology published by the Regulator having been aproved and published in March 2017 after a number of rounds of public consultation. See annexure A: Port Tariff Methodology For Tariff Years 2018/19 – 2020/21

The tariff strategy published in July 2015 sets out a transparent and rational approach to an efficient and cost reflective pricing structure. Long term tariff targets are published on an annual basis to increase transparency and stability in the sector and significant progress have been made in the rebalancing of port tariffs on a sustainable basis. The tariff strategy is fairly unique as very few port pricing systems are publicly regulated but does reflect an advanced approach to port infrastructure pricing. Please see Annexure B: Tariff Strategy for the South African Ports System 2015/16.

10 November 2017 - NW3034

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Carter, Ms D to ask the President of the Republic

(1)In light of a statement issued by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which indicates that he will issue a proclamation in due course authorising an investigation by the SIU into Eskom, (a) what matters does he intend that the SIU investigate regarding Eskom and (b) over what period; (2) whether he will request that the SIU investigation should cover the emergency coal and diesel contracts that Eskom had entered into since 1 January 2001; if not, why not

Reply:

I have not yet received the Proclamation relating to ESKOM from the SIU.

10 November 2017 - NW3419

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the payment of overtime for officers and staff members in the Road Traffic Management Corporation since 2015, (a) why has some overtime payments owed not been paid to the officials concerned and (b) when will these payments be paid; (2) will interest on these overdue payments be paid to those affected; if not, why not; if so, what amount in percentage interest will be paid; (3) will those affected be compensated in a different way; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of how they will be compensated?

Reply:

  1. All overtime due to officers and staff members has been paid and there is no outstanding payment.
  2. See (1) above
  3. See (1) above

10 November 2017 - NW3538

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Road Accident Fund has been appointed; if so, (a) who has been appointed, (b) what criteria were used to appoint the new CEO, (c) (i) how many applications were received and (ii) what are the names of each candidate and (d) why were the unsuccessful applicants not successful in each case?

Reply:

The next Chief Executive Officer of the Road Accident Fund has not been appointed, and paragraph (a)(b)(c)(i)(c)(ii) are therefore not applicable

10 November 2017 - NW3220

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

(a) What are the full reasons that his department achieved only 58% of its predetermined objectives while it spent 99% of its budget in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

The Department achieved 73% (52/71) of its predetermined objectives in contrast to the 58% achievement stated in the question. Similarly, the Department spent 97.4% (3.9 billion) of its appropriated budget and not the 99% indicated in the question.

Below are the generic reasons that resulted in the non-achievement of some of the planned performance target.

  • Delays due to prolonged consultative processes.
  • Compensation budget constraints.
  • Delays in the submission of compliance documents by the beneficiaries to allow the Department to process payment.
  • Delays in the procurement processes

The 2016-17 Annual Report contains specific details for each target that was not achieved.

10 November 2017 - NW3415

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What plans are in place to integrate minibus taxis into an integrated public transport system,(b) what are the time frames, time lines and milestones in this regard,(c)(i) what consultation has taken place (ii) with whom (d) what are the main features of the integration?

Reply:

a) In terms of public transport strategy the incumbent operators (taxi and bus operators) should be the core of the integrated public transport system. Currently, the Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTNs) are being operated by the incumbent operators as envisaged in the strategy. In most of the cities minibus taxi are feeding to the trunk or will feed to the trunk once the system is up and running.

b) The system is being rolled out in phases, as a result of that various cities are at different stages in terms of their system roll out.

c) (i) Consultation has taken place with various affected taxi associations and operators

(ii) It is mandatory for municipalities to consult all affected operators (minibus taxi and bus operators) when planning to implement the IPTNs.

d) In some corridors minibus taxi operators withdraw their operations and join the Vehicle Operating Company (VOC), whereas in certain cases minibus taxis remain in operation either as a feeder to the trunk of the public transport system or compete with the public transport system.

 

10 November 2017 - NW3381

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

Whether he intends to remove Mr M C Ramaphosa from the position of Deputy President of the Republic, in terms of the powers conferred on him in section 91 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

My office has already publicly refuted the reports that suggest that I am intending to remove Mr Cyril Ramaphosa as the Deputy President of the country.

10 November 2017 - NW2673

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What is the total number of mines that his department has found to be not fully compliant with obligations of the Mining Social and Labour Plans (SLP) as required by the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, (a) in the 2016-17 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

Number of companies found to be not fully compliant with Social and Labour Plan

 (a) 76

 (b) 65

 

Approved/Not Approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

10 November 2017 - NW3555

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to a certain court case (details furnished), (a) what are the costs of the specified court case to date, (b) what are the reasons for the costs, (c) what are the relevant details of the cost orders to date and (d)(i) why is a certain company (name furnished) applying for leave to appeal the ruling and (ii) what has he found to be the reason for the specified application?

Reply:

(a) The costs are unknown at this stage as the Department is yet to receive the accounts of the Departmental Advocates from the State Attorney.

(b) The costs are for the services rendered to the Department by the Advocates.

(c) The Court ordered the Department to pay the costs of Comair and the Court Order became suspended when the Department filed the leave to appeal through the State Attorney.

(d)(i) Another Court could come to a different conclusion as the High Court may have erred in concluding that the Air Services Licensing Council has taken a decision to suspend a license of an applicant (Comair), when there was an existing interim order directing the Air Service Licensing Council not to take a decision.

(d)(ii) The Air Service Licensing Council ought to be allowed the space to make a decision on the shareholding issue to ensure clarity and finality on the matter.

10 November 2017 - NW2830

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the total amount of value-added tax that the SA Revenue Service received from the sales of (a) domestic airline tickets and (b) international airline tickets for each airline (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

The SARS systems do not differentiate the various transactions that are subject to VAT in a manner which will allow SARS to identify the VAT transactions for airline tickets separately. It should be noted further that International Airline tickets are charged VAT at 0% as they are exported services.

SARS is therefore unable to provide the data as requested.

10 November 2017 - NW3046

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the comments that he made when he recently handed over a minibus to a certain maskandi group (name and details furnished), (a) what is the total amount of the bonus, (b) what was the reasoning and legislative basis behind the allocation of the bonus and (c) who is the employer in question?

Reply:

The President of the Republic is remunerated in terms of Section 2(1) of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act of 1998 and there is no provision for a bonus. The matter of the bonus was thus raised on a lighter note rather than in the literal sense.

09 November 2017 - NW3179

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

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

Reply:

(1)(a),(b),(2)(a),(b),(3)(a),(b),(c) Please refer to Annexures A and B.

09 November 2017 - NW3385

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether any cell phones and/or other communication devices were confiscated by rangers from alleged poachers in each national park since 01 January 2017; if so, (a) what number of communication devices were confiscated in each specified park and (b) what are the details of the processes followed after confiscation; (2) whether the specified devices were handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS); if so, have the devices been used as evidence in investigations?

Reply:

(1) Yes, ninety three (93) cellular phones were confiscated during arrests, by Rangers, of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park.

(2) Yes, all cellular phones recovered from South African National Parks (SANParks) anti-poaching operations/ arrests are handed over to the SAPS for further investigation. The intention is for all cellular phone evidence to be used in investigation processes. The SAPS is in a better position to give an account on whether the devices have been used as evidence in investigations.

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09 November 2017 - NW2751

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Public Works

What are the relevant details of the aged analysis list of each outstanding debtor for his department as at the latest date for which information is available

Reply:

The attached annexure contains the details of debt owed per client department, per service line rendered, and aged appropriately. The outstanding debtor balance as at 31 August 2017 can be summarised as follows:

 

Rand

% of balance

Current

827 261 485.97

20.2%

30days

989 493 488.15

24.2%

60days

74 082 995.07

1.8%

90days

399 916 208.13

9.8%

Less than 1 year

734 410 005.35

17.9%

More than 1 year

1 068 588 630.25

26.1%

Total

4 093 752 812.92

100%

09 November 2017 - NW2593

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

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

Reply:

The current term of both the Castle Control Board (CCB) and ARMSCOR will end in 2019 and in April 2020 respectively.

09 November 2017 - NW3030

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he intends withdrawing his statements at the relaunch of the SA Police Service Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Tracking Teams (details furnished); if not, why not?

Reply:

The Minister does not intend withdrawing the comments made at the launch of the SAPS Tactical Response Teams in Pretoria. The minister used accepted higher grade standard language in both isiZulu and English.

“Crushing of balls” means crushing violent criminals courage, it is accepted that the courage or aggression could come from the amount of testosterone produced hence the English saying.

“Bazowuchama bawuphuze” means those who do whatever acts (in this case, violent criminals) would receive concomitant and proportional response hence the isiZulu a idiom loosely translated as “they shall pee and drink their urine”

The Minister is on record promoting his new policy of de-escalation policing, depoliticized, professionalized and constitutional democracy policing.

09 November 2017 - NW3085

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Public Works

(a) What is the (i) total amount and (ii) detailed breakdown of the amount spent on the Expanded Public Works Programme (aa) in the 2016-17 financial year and (bb) since 1 April 2017, (b) what is the total number of work opportunities that were created in each case and (c) what was the average cost of creating each work opportunity in each case?

Reply:

(a) The total expenditure on wages for EPWP participants:

(i) &(ii) A total of R8,2 billion has been spent in wages for the EPWP participants from April 2016 to June 2017 across all sectors of the programme.

(aa) For the 2016-17 financial year, a total of R7 billion has been spent on wages for the EPWP participants across all sectors of the programme.

(bb) Between April and June 2017, a total of R1 billion has been spent on wages for the participants,

(b) A total of 779 245 work opportunities have been created in 2016/17 financial year whilst 352 330 work opportunities have been created between April and June 2017.

(c) The average cost of creating work opportunities is R22 000 for 2016/17 and the average cost of work opportunities for the first quarter of 2017/18 was R6 471 across all sectors.

09 November 2017 - NW3258

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the need for infantry support equipment and vehicles, the Africa Truck project undertaken by Denel and procured by Armscor has been developed specifically for the environment and geographical requirements of the troops in the United Nations Peacekeeping mission territories in Central Africa; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will the requirements be met; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has made a commitment to meet other capital equipment requirements of the SA National Defence Force; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Commitments to meet capital equipment requirements of the SANDF are part of the DOD Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan (SCAMP) which will be adjusted and aligned with the work of the Defence Review Implementation Planning Team (DRIPT).

09 November 2017 - NW2753

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Public Works

Whether any progress has been made with updating his department’s incomplete and inaccurate asset register, as indicated during discussions on his department’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works on 9 June 2015; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has compiled a complete and accurate Immovable Asset Regigister (IAR) that is also compliant with the relevant lesiglation and standards such as the Governemnt Immovable Asset Management Act (GIAMA), National Treasury Guidelines and Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP) Standards, notwithstanding areas highlighted by Auditor General (AGSA) of which management has put a plan in place.

09 November 2017 - NW3259

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

(1)With reference to the role of Armscor as the procurement arm and the role of her department as the procurer of defence equipment, vehicles and other assets, what steps has she taken to boost the capabilities of the defence industry as the preferred supplier to the SA Arms Industry in order to stimulate the economy and increase exports; (2) whether any steps have been taken to streamline and coordinate the work done by Armscor and Denel in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details pertaining to the cooperation and accountability between Armscor and Denel?

Reply:

Armscor is promoting SA Defence Industry (SADI) products by:

  1. Engaging other Defence forces and global NGOs to promote the sales of SA Arms industry products, primarily on a government to government level which ensures that the engagement is not a once-off transaction but results in broad sustained inter-state trade.
  2. Facilitating workshops to derive integrated South African defence solutions that address the requirements of SA government departments including the Department of Correctional Services, Border Management Agency etc, which promotes SADI products nationally.
  3. Facilitated seminars with foreign procurement authorities to promote awareness of South Africa’s defence capabilities, and sales of SADI products.
  4. Engaging financial solution providers to assist potential export clients in their funding of initiatives where SADI is often a participant.
  5. Armscor has co-sponsored and organised a Summit to expose key United Nations procurement personnel to SADI capabilities, and vice versa exposure of SADI and SA companies providing security solutions to the United Nations system to promote South Africa benefiting from the UN spend on Peace Keeping Operations in Africa.
  6. Focussing Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) obligations of foreign suppliers to facilitate the transfer of technology to South African Defence Industry (SADI) companies and also to facilitate the export of South African Defence Industry products. The execution of DIP programs at SADI companies has resulted in significant export sales and has also enhanced the technological capabilities of SADI companies, contributing to their increased competitiveness in the international marketplace.

QUESTION 2

(2) whether any steps have been taken to streamline and coordinate the work done by Armscor and Denel in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details pertaining to the cooperation and accountability between Armscor and Denel?

RESPONSE

In terms of the Service Level Agreement between Armscor and the Department of Defence, Armscor facilitates the processes for satisfying requests from the SADI including Denel, for marketing support in the form of equipment, personnel, matériel aid and visits to SANDF facilities, as well as the licencing of Intellectual Property, on behalf of the DOD.

The DOD actively supports the SADI by making its personnel, equipment (matériel) and facilities available to assist in the marketing initiatives of the domestic defence industry, and to promote defence related export by assisting industry in getting international exposure through shows and exhibitions and to assist Armscor departments and SADI in arranging and coordinating events.

Armscor is also assisting the DOD and SADI in arranging and coordinating the local AAD exhibition for SADI to promote and market its products.

For work done for the non-SANDF client, Armscor has facilitated workshops with Denel and other SADI personnel for the promotion of SADI products to both local and international markets. The targeted local market is the security cluster. The international markets are primarily African defence forces, NGOs and the United Nations.

09 November 2017 - NW311

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What amount of funding has the African Development Bank provided for her department’s Expression of Interest on an Enterprise Development Pilot Project Supporting Local Economic Development (ADB/BD/WP/2016/0142) project, (b) why does the timeframe for the specified project only extend to two years in view of the urgent need to develop the local economies of the six districts mentioned in the specified project, (c) to what extent will the specified project be expanded to other municipalities once the pilot project is completed and (d) why is the pilot project confined to former mining towns only?”

Reply:

a) The Enterprise Development Pilot activities are divided between the dti and the DSBD. The total budget for the entire project is R 23 754 129 inclusive of the other activities undertaken by the dti and the amount allocated for the Enterprise Development Pilot Project Supporting Local Economic Development (ADB/BD/WP/2016/0142) is R 11 949 756.

b) The project will extend for only two years because the type of the intervention that will be implemented in these six districts will take a period of two years.

c) Depending the outcomes of the pilot project and budget availability the project will be extended to other municipalities.

d) During the discussions that took place between the Bank and the dti at the time, the agreement that was reached was that because of limited funding that was available the projects identified should be those that have a potential of having a higher impact. The former mining towns are the worst affected by the economic decline and therefore these were prioritized following the establishment of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Revitalising Distressed Mining Communities. The intention of the project is to provide capacity building support for municipalities and local stakeholders to enable them to work together to explore diversification of economic activities post-closer of mines and to further revitalize the economic activities in these mining towns.

09 November 2017 - NW3280

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)Whether her department took any steps to address the alleged consistent failure to meet its performance targets by (a) developing specific measurable, achievable and realistic time-bound key indicators for its 2017-18 annual performance plan and (b) prioritising fewer strategic targets to ensure budget and human resources efficacy to achieve the specified plan and/or prevent any future change to the specified plan during the specified financial year; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) what is the total amount spent on the strategic planning session of her department held in or around August 2017?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department developed specific measurable, achievable and realistic time-bound key indicators for its 2017-18 Annual Performance Plan, in line with the Framework for Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans.

(b) The Department is currently implementing the 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan in its entirety as tabled.

2. The Department has not held a strategic planning session in or around August 2017.

_______________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

09 November 2017 - NW2895

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Public Works

What is the detailed (a) breakdown of and (b) valuation for current and non-current assets and investments held by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him according to (aa) listed assets (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held and (bb) unlisted investments (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held by each of the entities, in each case breaking the current assets and investments down by 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and beyond 12 months?

Reply:

Department of Public works:

(a) (b) (ii) Breakdown and evaluation of current and non-current assets

(aa) listed assets (yes/no)

(aaa) directly held (yes/no)

(bbb) indirectly held (yes/No)

0-3 months

3-6 months

6-12 months

Beyond 12 months

       

R ‘000

R ‘000

R ‘000

R ‘000

Current Assets

Unauthorised expenditure

No

Yes

No

-

-

 

261 169

Cash and cash equivalents

No

Yes

No

126

-

-

-

Prepayments and advances

No

Yes

No

-

-

36 325

-

Receivables

No

Yes

No

   

45 202

 

Non – current assets

Receivables

     

-

-

-

58 011

Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE):

(a) (b) (ii) None

(aaa) (bbb) (bb) (aaa) (bbb) Not applicable

Current Assets

2016/17

R’000

Receivables from exchange transactions

4 859 391

Receivables from Non-exchange transactions

66

Operating lease asset (straight – lining)

713 292

Cash and cash equivalents

2 934

Non-current assets

 

Property, plant and equipment (immovable assets, vehicles and equipment)

132 828 415

Investment property (immovable assets)

5 540 246

Heritage assets (immovable assets)

646 923

Intangible assets (software)

20 890

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ENTITIES:

Council for Built Environment (CBE)

(a) (b) (ii) None

(aaa) (bbb) (bb) (aaa) (bbb) Not applicable

Agrement South Africa (ASA)

(a) (b) (ii) None

(aaa) (bbb) (bb) (aaa) (bbb) Not applicable

At present, Agrement South Africa has up to 31 March 2017 been reported as a division under the CSIR and will partly continue to do so up to 31 March 2018.

At 31 March 2018, the net book value of the division will transfer from the CSIR to Agrement South Africa. At present the CSIR is functioning as a service provider to Agrement South Africa and therefore managing R13 126 000.00 of the allocated funds in terms of the approved budget on behalf of Agrement South Africa.

At present, there are no current and non-current assets and investments held by the entity reporting to NDPW according to (aa) listed assets (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held and (bb) unlisted investments (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held by each of the entities outside if the bank accounts containing cash to be utilised in the current financial period to procure infrastructure to become a fully operational entity and related operational cost. Therefore, there are no current assets and investments down by 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and beyond 12 months, outside the cash value of R15 919 000.00 (0-6 months) less expenses from 1 August 2017. The CSIR will report on all current assets and investments up to 31 March 2018, where after it will transfer to Agrement South Africa.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

(a) (b) (ii) None

(aaa) (bbb) (bb) (aaa) (bbb) Not applicable

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

Breakdown of and valuation for current and non-current assets

(a) (b) (ii) Breakdown and evaluation of current and non-current assets

(aa) listed assets (yes/no)

(aaa) directly held (yes/no)

(bbb) indirectly held (yes/No)

 
       

0-3 months

R ‘000

3-6 months

R ‘000

6-12 months

R ‘000

Beyond 12 months

R ‘000

Current Assets

             

Trade and other receivables

No

Yes

No

136 804

48 261

0

0

Cash and cash equivalents

No

Yes

No

2 783

0

0

0

Non – current assets

 

Property Plant and Equipment.

No

Yes

No

0

0

0

29 434

Breakdown of and valuation for current and non-current investments

(a) (b) (ii) Breakdown and evaluation of current and non-current investments

(bb)

Unlisted investments

 

(aaa)

Directly held

(bbb)

Indirectly held

 

       

0-3 months

R ‘000

3-6 months

R ‘000

6-12 months

R ‘000

Beyond 12 months

R ‘000

Current Investments

             

(a)(b)

0-3 months

3-6 months

6-12 months

Over 12 months

(ii)

       

Current Assets

39,712,858.64

4,888,818.72

2,730,957.88

4,647,360.82

Non – current assets

16,986,946.36

18,448,593.02

20,041,648.99

22,725,163.41

Investments

170,485,289.73

169,418,304.49

169,250,003.57

140,939,304.09

Investments held with financial institutions(unlisted)

No

Yes

No

43 037

0

0

0

Non- Current Investments

             

Investments held with financial institutions(unlisted)

No

Yes

No

0

0

0

8 412

09 November 2017 - NW1716

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

The only information of personnel doing business with the state is one that was provided by the AGSA through the regulatory audits (FY 2014/15 and FY 2016/17). There were no requirements for the DOD to document employees doing business with the state. However, DOD officials doing business with the state in particular, the DOD, are expected to complete the Standard Bid Document (SBD) 4, as is applicable to all suppliers. An investigation on the status of whether the employees identified in the regulatory audit did business the DOD is currently in process. This will enable the DOD to respond to details of the contract(s) in instances where contracts were awarded, or agreement(s) were concluded as amounts in each case. The DOD does not have the capabilities to provide the information for business conducted with other state entities.

09 November 2017 - NW2972

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

With reference to her reply to question 2245 on 6 September 2017, (a) how many taverns or shebeens in close proximity to schools in each school district in each province have been closed, (b) what has been the result of these closures, (c) how many taverns or shebeens are still operating in close proximity to school in each school district in each province, (d)(i) how many provinces have signed the Provincial Partnership Protocols and (ii) who are the partners in the specified protocols and (ii) who are the partners in the specified Protocols and (e) what (i) is the amount of the national budget to train and monitor the implementation of programmes by provinces and (ii) do these programmes entails?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education has engaged the Provincial Departments of Education and the South African Police Services (SAPS) to request this information. The information will be provided to parliament as soon as it is received.

 

COMPILER

MS NEMAGUVHUNI

SECRETARY: SCHOOL SAFETY

DATE:

MR NJOBE

DIRECTOR: SCHOOL SAFETY

DATE:

DR G WHITTLE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL: CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES

DATE:

MR HM MWELI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

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QUESTION NO. 2972 SUPPORTED/NOT SUPPORTED/SUPPORTED WITH AMENDMENTS

MR ME SURTY, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

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QUESTION NO. 2972 APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED

MRS ANGIE MOTSHEKGA, MP

MINISTER OF BASIC EDUCATION

DATE:

09 November 2017 - NW3017

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)What is the (a) total amount that was paid out in bonuses to employees in her department and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that was paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2016-17 financial year; (2) what is the (a) total estimated amount that will be paid out in bonuses to employees in her department and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that will be paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2017-18 financial year?”

Reply:

(1)(a) Total amount paid: R 1 069 175,43 – inclusive of all payments made during the 2016-17 financial year.

(b) Breakdown of bonuses paid in the 2016-17 financial year:

SURNAME AND INITIALS

SALARY LEVEL

AMOUNT (R)

BALOYI IT

5

12,276.63

CETSHWAYO SI

5

12,276.63

JIYANE BS

7

17,665.02

TSHIKHUDO PA

10

32,549.31

TSHIKHUDO PA (2013-14)

10

20,261.34

HLABIOA TP

11

66,424.86

DAMON RPL

8

22,600.62

SEHLAKO PM

10

35,590.05

MABUNDA ET

7

17,930.16

NOGOMBA K

10

34,545.96

MASHISHI ET

3

8,926.47

THINANE JT

5

12,276.63

CHAUKE AL

10

33,532.92

CRONJE M

8

39,018.42

LEBAEA TI

10

33,036.93

MOLEKO EM

12

62,584.11

PHIRI ET

7

17,665.02

MPUTA NJN

8

23,632.83

DLAMINI NT

10

35,590.05

MKAZA NS

12

60,748.11

MSHUDULU VJ

12

60,748.11

DOLO TV

8

23,987.07

MAHLANGU AM

6

15,414.57

MAMPANE DT

8

23,987.07

MATHABATHE MC

10

35,590.05

MOGANE SL

8

23,632.83

SEKEE ME

7

27,891.36

KOMETSI ME

8

22,600.62

MABENA RP

8

24,347.25

MALOKA SVK

8

22,266.90

MATHONSI P

10

35,064.36

MOKAILA ML

12

61,659.63

MOSHOESHOE ET

8

22,600.62

NETSHIVHAMBE M

8

22,939.47

NKADIMENG RM

8

22,600.62

NSIMBINI ZM

8

24,712.83

GRAND TOTAL

1,069 175.43

(2)(a) Estimated amount that will be paid out in bonuses cannot exceed 1.5% of the compensation of employees. The 2017/18 original allocation is R137,452,000 and the 1.5% translates into R2,061,780.

(b) The Department will finalise the moderation process by the end of October 2017. The submissions will be drafted for approval and the final lists can only be made available after approval.