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28 September 2015 - NW3503

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

When does he intend to issue regulations in terms of section 52 of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, Act 16 of 2013?

Reply:

The final Regulations to the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 were gazetted on 23 March 2015 as per Regulation Gazette Notice No 10397. As required in terms of Regulation 37, the commencement date for the regulations will be published in the government gazette.

 

28 September 2015 - NW3417

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether she has found that teacher training programmes equip them with the capacity to deal with cases of (a) gender-based violence and (b) rape in schools; (2) whether her department has any plans in place to employ social workers in schools to deal with the learners who are the victims of gender-based violence and rape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what other mechanisms does her department have in place in order to inform learners and teachers about steps to take in instances where rape or sexual assault by a fellow learner or learners takes place?

Reply:

1. Whether teachers have the capacity to deal with cases of (a) gender-based violence and (b) rape in schools;

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has several programmes that coalesce to provide a comprehensive response to gender-based violence. These programmes have been institutionalised in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) in the Life Orientation Curriculum across all grades and bands. The Department uses a human rights-based approach to address gender-based violence. Following are some of the programmes that the Department is undertaking in its response in dealing with gender based violence:

The Bill of Responsibilities (BOR): “Building a culture of humanity and accountability in schools”

This programme, which is captured as Rights and Responsibilities in the Life Orientation Curriculum, includes gender rights. The programme is supported by a Bill of Responsibilities that is premised on the Bill of Rights that each right comes with corresponding responsibilities. The programme is further supported by a teacher training manual that provides the content and activities for teachers to teach about rights and responsibilities. The programme has been supported by other Departments and many of our partners, including Faith-Based Organisations. Thus far all provinces have received training in the Bill of Responsibility.

Training of Master Trainers on Gender-Based Violence

During 2014/15, the Department undertook a national training programme targeting master trainers. The purpose of this training was to enable them to identify and respond to Violence against Women (VAW) and Violence against Children (VAC), including Gender-Based Violence (GBV), using the revised training manual called Opening Our Eyes. About 400 master trainers were reached. The training touched on the following topics:

• Gender-based violence: an introduction;

• Dealing with hate crimes at schools;

• Responding to situations of sexual abuse;

• Recognising harassment and taking action;

• Gender and HIV – the link;

• Educators as facilitators of healing;

• A school policy on GBV; and

• A whole school approach on GBV.

Challenging Homophobic Bullying in Schools

The Challenging Homophobic Bullying in Schools guide explains what homophobic bullying is and what teachers, parents and learners can do to make schools safer for all learners. It provides clear and simple steps that teachers and learners can take in challenging homophobic bullying in schools. Distribution of the manual has been done to all provinces, with the purpose to further deliver to schools.

The Department has completed training provincial master trainers on the roll out of the National School Safety Framework. The master trainers will cascade the training to schools.

2. Whether her department has any plans in place to employ social workers in schools to deal with the learners who are the victims of gender-based violence and rape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Currently a limited number of social workers and psychologists have been employed by some Provincial Education Departments at district level. The Department of Basic Education is in the process of developing integrated norms for funding, staffing and infrastructure for inclusive education, including psycho-social support. These norms are aimed at ensuring an equitable distribution of these scarce resources in each district to serve the needs of learners with specialised needs in ordinary, full-service and special schools. It is recommended that support services be based at district level. These services will include support to victims and survivors of violence, including gender-based violence, in schools. The Department plans to complete the norms by March 2016 for incremental implementation up to 2019.

(3) What other mechanisms does her department have in place in order to inform learners and teachers about steps to take in instances where rape or sexual assault by a fellow learner or learners takes place?

Speak Out Against Abuse

The Department has developed an advocacy programme for learners that inform them of their rights and the course of action if they are sexually harassed or raped. The advocacy programme is supported by a comprehensive and learner friendly handbook entitled “Speak Out” Youth report sexual abuse-A handbook for learners, on how to prevent sexual abuse in public schools. The advocacy programme utilises school dialogues and role-playing to address gender-based violence in schools.

Prevent Violence in Schools Training focuses on enabling and supporting learners to take action to prevent violence in their own schools. About five hundred (500) master trainers have been trained across all provinces and they will, in turn, train learners. The following were the topics covered during training:

• Introduction to prevent violence in schools;

• Understanding violence;

• Gender Based Violence;

• Analysing violence;

• Reporting violence;

• My school, my reality; and

• Taking action.

 

28 September 2015 - NW3634

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

(1)In view of our outbound foreign direct investment which grew by 17% this year, in contrast to foreign direct investment into the country which has fallen by 24%, can he provide an explanation as to why there seems to be an overarching desire by South African businesses to grow offshore than to invest locally; (2) what steps is his department taking in order to foster an environment which will attract foreign capital investment in the country? NW4211E

Reply:

(1) According to the World Investment Report released by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in June 2015 aggregate global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows declined by 16% in 2014 as a result of the continued uneven and weak recovery of the global economy after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Not surprisingly, South Africa was also impacted and FDI inflows slowed from US$8.3 billion in 2013. The fdi report 2015 by fdi intelligence which tracks investment projects also reports a decline in greenfield fdi projects globally.

Nevertheless, South Africa still attracted a substantial US$ 5.7 billion in 2014. By comparison, Nigeria attracted US$ 4.6 billion, Mozambique US$4.9 billion, Kenya US$ 900 million and Mauritius US$ 418 million. In 2014, South Africa was again the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent. South Africa remains an attractive investment destination as per the latest Ernest and Young attractive destination survey launched in June 2015. According to the EY survey South Africa remains the top destination in Africa for fdi projects. Over the past five years South Africa received twice as many fdi projects as any African country. Multinationals have affirmed South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub and have retained and expanded their investments in new plants. Companies such as Unilever have invested R 4 billion in expansions, upgrades and new plants in South Africa.

In addition to South Africa being a destination for FDI, we are now also a leading source of FDI on the African continent. As this Government has stated on many occasions, our domestic market is simply too small to – on its own – sustain high economic growth rates over the long-term. The African continent is now widely acknowledged as the next growth frontier and South Africa is in the fortunate position of having identified the growth opportunities in Africa many years ago already.

This is why our trade policy prioritises regional development through the Southern African Development Community (SADC); the Tripartite Free Trade Area (T-FTA) signed in June 2015 in Sharm el-Sheikh and the Continental Free Trade Area (C-FTA).

These Agreements do not only open the door to South African exporters. They also provide investment opportunities for companies owned by South Africans or domiciled in South Africa.

Companies such as Vodacom, MTN, SAB-Miller, Standard Bank, Pick n Pay, Shoprite-Checkers, Woolworths, Nando’s and mining companies are just a few of the many South African brands which have become instantly recognisable across Africa. These investments partly account for FDI outflows from South Africa and show the extent to which South African entrepreneurs and companies have become serious participants in the global economy. In most cases, these outward investments draw on their South African value-chains, expertise and financial resources.

These outward investments are positive and should be celebrated. Market opportunities are arising as Africa’s population urbanises and consumer demand grows off a low base in many African countries. We encourage our firms to seize these opportunities, noting that their ability to do so is precisely because they are able to leverage off the financial resources and market successes in South Africa.

Such investments by South African companies contribute to Regional Integration, Infrastructure Development and Industrialisation of the African such as Scaw Metals investment in Ghana.

 

(2) President Zuma during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), 12th February 2015 announced a nine point plan to push the economy forward, ignite growth and create jobs. Government is also committed to improving the investment climate and ease of doing business. Also announced during the SONA was the establishment of a one stop Inter-Departmental Clearing House to attend to investor complaints and problems. the dti has given effect to the Inter- Departmental Clearing House and has established a dedicated division for investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare. Specialised capacity is been added that will fast track, unblock and reduce red tape in Government. Investors are encouraged to contact the dti investment unit for this clearing house service.

28 September 2015 - NW3395

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)What percentage of learners at schools have been (a) threatened with violence, (b) assaulted, (c) sexually abused and (d) exposed to corporal punishment by a person at the relevant school in each (i) province and (ii) district in the 2013-14 financial year; (2) which schools in each (a) province and (b) district have implemented the Early Warning System which is a guide and management tool that was designed by her department in conjunction with the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention for school management teams, school governing bodies and teachers and learners to identify and report on risks and threats at schools; (3) which schools in each (a) province and (b) district are still aligned to the Safety in Education Partnership Protocol between her department and the SA Police Service signed in 2011 to reduce crime and violence in schools and in communities; (4) which schools in each (a) province and (b) district are utilising the SA School Administration and Management System to report on behavioural transgressions, crimes and violence; (5) how many schools in each (a) province and (b) district have established Safe School Committees?

Reply:

1. Extrapolated from the National School Violence Study of 2012 (released in 2013) amongst randomly selected secondary schools from all provinces (of which the sample comprised of 5939 learners, 121 principals and 239 educators),

(a) 12, 2% had been threatened with violence by someone at school;

(b) 6. 3% have been assaulted;

(c) 4, 7% had been sexually assaulted or raped;

(d) in terms of the National School Violence study of 2012, an overall of 49,8% of learners claimed to have been caned or spanked by an educator or principal.

Provincial rates of corporal punishment ranged from 22.4% to 73.7%, with the highest levels of corporal punishment observed in KwaZulu-Natal (73.7%).

When assessing the rates per province, the data shows increases as well as decreases in the rates of corporal punishment by schools across the country.

Increases in the use of corporal punishment over the past four years were noted for Mpumalanga (rates increased from 43.6% in 2008 to 63.5% in 2012), the Eastern Cape (rates increased from 58.5% in 2008 to 66.9% in 2012), KwaZulu-Natal (rates increased from 48.7% in 2008 to 73.7% in 2012) and the Western Cape (rates increased from 17.1% in 2008 to 22.4% in 2012).

The most significant decrease in the rates of corporal punishment reported by learners was observed for Gauteng, with rates dropping from 61% in 2008 to 22.8% in 2012.

The use of corporal punishment as a means of discipline was also less frequently reported in Limpopo, the Free State, the North West and the Northern Cape in the 2012 wave of the study.

While the difference between male and female learners was not significant, males (50.4%) did report fractionally higher levels of corporal or physical punishment than female (49.4%) learners

(2) The Early Warning System (currently referred to as the National School Safety Framework) was approved in April 2015 and the training of Provincial Master Trainers commenced on 1 June 2015 and was completed on 27 August 2015. The roll out of school-based training workshops by the trained Provincial Master Trainers will commence in January 2016. Therefore no statistical data is available regarding implementation in (a) provinces and (b) district.

(3) The Partnership Protocol between Department of Basic Education and South African Police Services (SAPS) is still valid and schools linked to local police stations are collaborating with police officials in terms of combatting crime and violence in schools.

(4) Training workshops conducted by Information Management Systems are currently underway (a) in provinces and (b) districts on the utilization of the South African School Administration and Management System (SA-SAMS) to report on behavioural transgressions, crimes and violence.

(5) As part of the Partnership Protocol between the Department and SAPS 16603 (verified data) schools have been link to local police stations and established School Safety Committees.

28 September 2015 - NW3599

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Is his department currently working on any (a) financial and/or (b) economic empowerment initiatives in collaboration with the Department of Women in The Presidency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified initiatives?

Reply:

  1. The dti fully recognises the challenges that women face in society and in the economy. The department recognises that women tend to face more barriers that hinder them from contributing meaningfully and effectively to the country’s economic aspiration of becoming a globally competitive industrial economy. It is for this reason that one of the objectives of our industrial policy is to promote increasing participation of previously marginalised citizens and regions in the mainstream industrial economy.
  2. Currently, the dti does not have any collaboration or joint projects with the Department for Women in the Presidency. The department is, however, open to such collaborations should the opportunity arise.
  3. The dti continues to provide a wide range of measures aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs and increasing their participation in the economy. Our wide range of incentives provides support to entrepreneurs and industrialists, including women. These incentives include those that support women entrepreneurs (e.g. Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme, National Exporter Development Programme, Film, Incubation), women students and researchers (THRIP and SPII) and job placement of women graduates (ITUKISE). Some selected achievements include the placement of 645 women graduates in jobs through ITUKISE Programme in 2015; employment of over 14 700 women through the Business Processing Services incentives in 2015; supporting 574 women-owned companies through EMIA between 2011 and 2014; supporting 351 women-owned companies through the Exporter Development Programme between 2013 and 2015. To date, THRIP has supported 585 female students and 335 women researchers. However, the dti recognises that more can be done and, indeed, more will be done.
  4. When the President established the Department for Small Business Development, some of the functions of the dti were transferred to the new Department. Women and Gender Programmes, together with all responsible officials and business units, were also transferred.
  5. However, the dti has since established a new Women Empowerment Chief Directorate to drive women empowerment. A Chief Director has been appointed and has started to develop women empowerment programmes and initiatives. Once these programmes and initiatives have been finalised and concretised, we will gladly share them with you and the public.

 

28 September 2015 - NW3572

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Considering the usefulness of visiting other countries and learning lessons from their practices and experiences, (a) how many days has he spent out of the country in (i) 2014 and (ii) since 1 January 2015, (b) which countries did he visit and (c) what useful lessons did he learn; (2) (a) have any of the useful lessons learnt been implemented in South Africa and (b) did the specified lessons yield positive results; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the results in each case? NW4239E

Reply:

(1) and (2) After years of international isolation because of Apartheid policies, South Africa was accepted into the global community with the onset of democracy in 1994. Responding to these new opportunities was a strategic imperative of the new democratic government in order to build mutually beneficial regional and global relations to advance South Africa’s trade, industrial policy and economic development objectives. All the working visits detailed below in Annexure A were undertaken in support of this strategic imperative; which in turn yielded a number of notable outcomes.

For further detailed information regarding the working visits and these outcomes, the Honourable Member is advised to consult the dti Annual Report 2013/2014 and several previous Parliamentary Questions on the same matter.

28 September 2015 - NW3391

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)How many applications by (a) educators and (b) non-teaching staff employed by each provincial department of education are still awaiting processing for (i) incapacity leave and (ii) retirement on the grounds of ill-health; (2) with reference specifically to employees of each provincial department of education, what is the (a) average and (b) maximum time that lapses between the date of application and the date of processing the application for (i) incapacity leave and (ii) retirement on the grounds of ill-health; (3) (a) why is there a backlog in respect of the processing of incapacity leave and applications for retirement on the grounds of ill-health, (b) what is being done to address the backlog in each province and (c) by when will the backlog be cleared; (4) has she made the Minister of Public Service and Administration aware of the backlogs; if not, why not; (5) has the Minister of Public Service and Administration communicated any action that he has taken in respect of the specified backlogs; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) How many applications by (a) educators and (b) non-educators employed by provincial departments of education are still awaiting processing for (i) incapacity leave and (ii) ill-health retirement in each province?

1 (a) (b) (i) and (ii)

The table below captures the number of educator and non-educator applications for i) incapacity and ii) ill health retirement per province.

Outstanding Incapacity Leave and Ill-Health Retirement Applications- Jan 2006 - May 2015

PED

Educators

Non-teaching Staff

 

Incapacity Leave

Ill-Health Retirement

Incapacity Leave

Ill-Health Retirement

EC

12 375

126

2 924

8

FS

1 682

11

577

0

GP

140

1

35

2

KZN

6 929

6

1 556

2

LIM

1 943

6

219

1

MP

3 198

96

498

5

NC

1 579

8

631

0

NW

873

5

191

4

WC

2 444

4

443

5

(2) with reference specifically to employees of each provincial department of education, what is the (a) average and (b) maximum time that lapses between the date of application and the date of processing the application for (i) incapacity leave and (ii) retirement on the grounds of ill-health;

Details on the turnaround times regarding the processing of applications are currently not available nor collected in the normal process of monitoring by the Department. This information will be requested from the provinces and will be provided accordingly.

(3) (a) why is there a backlog in respect of the processing of incapacity leave and applications for retirement on the grounds of ill-health, (b) what is being done to address the backlog in each province and (c) by when will the backlog be cleared;

(a) The processing and finalisation of an application for incapacity leave involves many steps and procedures and involves various entities, that is, the employer, the employee, the Health Risk Manager and Health Practitioners. It also involves the submission of various documentation. Delays, mainly administrative, can happen at any stage of the process thus leading to backlogs.

b) The Department of Basic Education (DBE) decided, as part of the plan to address underlying pressures that affect quality teaching and learning, that the nature and extent of backlogged PILIR cases be examined and resolved through direct involvement with Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). The DBE visited all PEDs to discuss the nature and extent of backlogged PILIR cases; discussed challenges and possible ways of resolving the blockages and formulated a management plan to resolve the backlogged PILIR cases. Subsequently, the DBE draws reports from PERSAL to monitor whether the management and administration of PILIR is improving. These reports are shared with the PEDs.

(c) The administrative and infrastructure complexities within Provinces prevent the PEDs from providing a definitive deadline as to when all backlogs will be cleared. This is a continuing process that has the commitment of all PEDs.

(4) has she made the Minister of Public Service and Administration aware of the backlogs; if not, why not;

The Minister of Basic Education has been communicating regularly with the Minister of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) since January 2013, informing her of the growing backlogs and their impact on the sector. This included explaining that, due to the imperative that there must be a teacher in every classroom, the PEDs have to appoint substitute teachers whilst teachers were sick for long periods, and this was exerting further pressure on already stretched compensation budgets.

(5) has the Minister of Public Service and Administration communicated any action that he has taken in respect of the specified backlogs; if so, what are the relevant details?

No direct response to the Minister of Basic Education has been received from the Minister of Public Service and Administration with respect to PILIR backlogs. However, the Department of Public Service and Administration communicates regularly with all government departments on PILIR matters through circulars to all Heads of Department.

28 September 2015 - NW3396

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)In respect of each province and each district, (a) how many identified Provincial Master Trainers have been trained on the National School Safety Framework and (b) when will these trainers train (i) school governing bodies, (ii) senior management teams and (iii) other relevant educators and support staff; (2) in respect of each province and each district, (a) what are the minimum standards for safety at schools and (b) who determines what these standards should be; (3) in respect of each province and each district, (a) how many schools conduct risk assessments twice per annum and (b) are these reports (i) forwarded to the relevant provincial education departments, (ii) provided to her department and (iii) available to the public?

Reply:

 

1. Training workshops for provincial master trainers on the National School Safety Framework (NSSF) have been conducted in all nine provinces in collaboration with the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), supported by UNICEF. These workshops started on 27 June and were completed on 27 August 2015;

In respect of each province and each district, (a) Provincial Coordinators for School Safety were responsible for the identification and selection of the relevant trainees at provincial and district levels. The Trained Master Trainers are obligated to roll out school-based training workshops in all schools (b) starting at the beginning of 2016, which will (i) include training for school governing bodies, (ii) senior management teams and (iii) other relevant educators and support staff;

2. The NSSF is located within a range of international and national laws and policies that recognize the safety of learners and educators as a prerequisite for quality teaching and learning. In terms of provinces and districts the following minimum standards have been identified (a) minimum school-level policies and procedures are implemented and enforced; safety audits are undertaken annually; safety plans are formulated, adopted, submitted and revised annually; consistent engagement with community structures and actors; school safety teams are established and functional; Codes of conduct have been formulated, adopted and implemented; reporting and response systems are developed, utilised, and reviewed continuously; and referral systems and networks are established and functional,

3. In terms of the NSSF risk assessments have to be conducted at school-level after which school safety plans have to be drawn up and executed. As mentioned the roll out of the NSSF will commence in 2016 and with respect to provinces and districts, (a) schools must conduct risk assessments twice per annum to be used internally to identify risks and threats in terms of violence in schools and to draft a school-based Safety Plan (b) and forward these School Safety Plans (i) to the relevant district (School Safety Coordinator) and provincial (School Safety Coordinator), (ii) it is expected that from the school safety plans provinces will be able to identify the prevalence and trends of incidences of violence and work collaboratively with schools, districts and all relevant stakeholders to address violence in schools. (ii) the risk assessments implemented at a school-based level and are internally used to determine risks and threats and to develop programmes to address specific issues related to violence. .

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25 September 2015 - NW3083

21 AUGUST 2015Mr S M Gana to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

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

Reply:

(i) & (ii) The Department and the entities who report to the Minister of Human Settlements define red tape to, inter alia, include:

  • Excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that are bureaucratic, and hinder or prevent action or decision-making. This includes the collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, that is complex and time-consuming, to be addressed as per prescribed procedures
  • Series of actions or complicated tasks that seem unnecessary but that a government or organization requires you to do in order to get or do something;
  • Processes that are onerous to navigate when one is trying to get some service, usually from Government.
  • Certain legislative and policy compliance aspects and processes being too excessive when dealing with various compliance matters which are aligned to and is complemented by founding legislation and organisational policies governing specific processes of Government.

(b)(i)(aa) &b (ii)(bb) The following specific interventions and/or systems have been implemented to identify and reduce red tape in the department and the entities reporting to the Minister and include:

  • The Department and entities interact with officials and have meetings with those especially involved in transactions. The minutes are kept of these meetings as a record of discussions and resolutions taken; when excessive problems are apparent they are escalated to senior management or even to board members;
  • Entities including NHFC utlilize their own internal qualified personnel, but also has access to external resources when required. They have efficient administrative processes to avoid delays; they also communicate with the officials within the Department and National Treasury to get clarity on what is required (where applicable) if there is uncertainty; others utilise processes that are prescribed in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999) and the Treasury Regulations to address matters if they are unnecessarily protracted;
  • The CSoS utilizes a dispute Resolution Model to receive and resolve complaints on an end-to-end basis. They also make use of an Enterprise Resource Planning system which includes facilities for self-service / self-tracking of complaints lodged. This system allows citizens to keep track or the progress on their particular cases and complaints, monitor the turn-around times, as well as register and escalate complaints where the service provided is slower than promised;
  • The EAAB continuously embarks on stakeholder awareness activities and educational programmes, they have optimised certain processes by creating online options and electronic means for stakeholders to use in their interactions with the entity; other processes employed to protect the interests of the consumer, include internal control measures, regulations, policy and other procedures as defined by legislative and policy prescripts;
  • The SHRA support in capacitating Social Housing Institution’s and making social housing projects ready for awarding the Restructuring Capital Grant is regarded as an intervention in identifying and reducing red tape.
  • The HDA has all the necessary policies and procedures in place to ensure the smooth, complaint and on-going delivery of targets, systems as envisaged in the Public Finance Management Act and complementary legislation are employed.

 

25 September 2015 - NW3399

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether, in the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2015, her department had (a) to contend with any community-organised housing protests either in demand for houses and/or to draw attention to corrupt practices or shoddy construction, (b) substantially addressed the accommodation needs of backyarders, especially in townships where congestion was so acute as to make fire hazards and disease a serious and constant danger, (c) done anything substantial to address the accommodation needs of people living in informal settlements and/or at the very least provided such communities with proper planning and adequate services, (d) worked harmoniously and co-operatively with provincial and municipal governments in each province to accelerate housing delivery and (e) worked in partnership with the private sector to develop affordable housing for the working class where income did not exceed a certain threshold; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) The National Department in terms of the Constitution as well as relevant policies and legislation is not directly responsible for the programme and project planning, prioritisation and implementation of National Housing Programmes, as contained in the National Housing Code.

The mandate to plan and implement human settlements and housing projects in terms of the various National Housing Programmes vests with the nine Provincial Governments and the Municipalities. The various community organised protests, as they may be related to human settlements and housing, are therefore by and large organised and directed to local municipalities and/or the provincial departments. There are isolated cased community protests that are directed to national department offices.

(b) Each human settlement development project is unique and requires tailored and specific planning and design to meet the prevailing circumstances and housing specific needs and priorities. The Provinces and Municipalities endeavour to follow a balanced, integrated and developmental approach in the targeting of the most vulnerable households that require housing assistance. This means that projects will, where possible and required, be designed to accommodate predetermined percentages of households from the diversity of the housing backlog in an area, including households residing in informal backyard rental units, who wish to relocate to permanent ownership housing financed properties when such becomes available.

(c) The upgrading, relocation and redevelopment of informal settlements remains a priority developmental objective of Government. The Provinces allocate the majority of the annual Human Settlement Development Grant (HSDG) allocation for informal settlement upgrading projects and the Government remains committed to improve the lives of our communities who are residing in these areas on a priority basis. In the case of the Metropolitan Municipalities, the Department during the 2011/12 financial year introduced the Urban Settlements Development Grant with the object of prioritisation of funding allocations for land development and servicing aimed at households residing in informal settlements. The first phase intervention under the National Housing Programme for the Upgrading of informal Settlements is the identification of provision of emergency services needs and the design and deployment of such emergency services to curtail any health and life threatening situations.

A fundamental objective of the Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme is the participation, involvement and consultation with targeted communities in all aspects of the planning and implementation of their housing development solutions.

(d) The Department and the nine provincial human settlement departments and the metropolitan municipalities are collaborating in the planning and implementation of priority development areas. The Department is furthermore conducting quarterly performance reviews in collaboration with the provinces and municipalities to ensure that planned targets are pursued and to address any constraints where such is encountered.

(e) The Department has recently initiated an enhanced housing programme for the provision of assistance to households who are able to access mortgage finance and the rollout of the programme was aided by the important role that was fulfilled by the National Housing Finance Corporation as the National Programme Management Agent. The Department is furthermore continuously monitoring the implementation of the National Housing Programme in collaboration with the private sector and further enhancements to the programme are already in an advance stage of development.

25 September 2015 - NW3219

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether her department has withheld or caused to be withheld any grants to (a) local, (b) district or (c) metropolitan municipalities (i) in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2015; if so, in respect of each specified case, (aa) what amount was withheld, (bb) what were the reasons for withholding the grant and (cc) in terms of which legislation and/or regulations was the grant withheld; (2) whether her department consulted with the National Treasury in respect of each specified case; if not, why not; if so, what was the National Treasury’s advice in this regard; (3) whether her department notified the affected municipalities properly of her department’s intentions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Human Settlements transfers the allocations for grants to nine Provinces and eight Metropolitan Municipalities. The Department does not transfer allocations for any grant to district municipalities as implied in the Honourable member’s question.

 

During the 2014/15 financial year, the department withheld the Municipal Human Settlements Capacity Grant (MHSCG) to six metropolitan municipalities until such time that Metropolitan Municipalities had demonstrated that they had spent this conditional grant for the purpose for which it was intended as envisaged in the relevant prescripts, in particular the Division of Revenue Act (DORA).

In actual fact Honourable member, the grant referred to in the question is not the only one giving my MECs and I sleepless nights. The misuse of the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) is also worrisome. We need to review the grants framework to address serious anomalies. To illustrate my point, the USDG was introduced as a conditional grant to ensure the provision of bulk connector, link and internal services; well-located land and public amenities because we realised that these plagued the optimum performance of the human settlements sector. Metropolitan municipalities spend the USDG on other things such as roads, street lighting and social facilities when there are still bulk infrastructure constraints. This is frustrating to say the least.

The Honourable should be interested how this grant is used by the City of Cape Town allocated the USDG funds for 2014/15 financial year as indicated below:

Description

Allocated Budget

% Total Available Funds

Spent by Municipality

% Spent

Variance

% Unspent

R’00

R’00

R’00

Electricity

231 698

14.1

189 286

81.7

42 412

18.3

Solid Waste Management

50 000

3.0

50 000

100.0

 

0.0

Water and Sanitation

195923

11.9

182 885

93.3

13 038

6.7

City Parks

30 595

1.9

24 797

81.0

5 798

19.0

Sport, Recreation and Amenities

41 636

2.5

34 423

82.7

7 213

17.3

Library and Information Services

23 644

1.4

23 644

100.0

 

0.0

Assets Management and Maintenance (Transport)

262 765

16.0

195 118

74.3

67 647

25.7

City Health Sub Districts

7 467

0.5

7 391

99.0

76

1.0

HS Development & Delivery

120 608

7.3

97 695

81.0

22 913

19.0

HS Planning and National Housing Programmes Development

419 900

25.5

416 727

99.2

3 173

0.8

Public Housing and Customer Services

42 674

2.6

27 853

65.3

14 821

34.7

HS Urbanisation

92 332

5.6

79 003

85.6

13 329

14.4

Disaster Risk Management

5 500

0.3

5 492

99.9

8

0.1

Spatial Planning and Urban Design

1 230

0.1

1 230

100.0

 

0.0

Provincial Allocation

49 048

3.0

49 048

100.0

 

0.0

Project Pre-Planning

68 405

4.2

24 964

36.5

43 441

63.5

Human Settlements - Title Deeds

500

0.0

343

68.6

157

31.4

Project Managemnet

1 500

0.1

 

 

1 500

100.0

VAT

 

 

72 031

 

- 72 031

 

Total

1 645 425

100.0

1 481 930

90.1

235 526

14.3

 

In summary, the table indicates the following:

  • From the R1.6 billion total allocated budget, Human Settlements Planning is allocated a larger portion of R419.9 million or 25.5% whereas 99.2% of those funds were spent. The expenditure is attributable to land purchase amounting to R416.7 million.
  • The second highest allocation is on Assets Management and Maintenance at R262.8 million or 16% of the total allocated budget of which only 74.3% of those funds were spent.
  • At least four of the services spent 100% of their budget at year end i.e. Solid Waste Management, Library/Information Services, Spatial Planning/Urban Design and Provincial Allocations.

We are required intervene to ensure that we provide the much needed houses for our people. I will certainly not abdicate my responsibilities by not acting when funds are not spent in line with the DORA. Not a cent from the USDG should be used for amenities or stadium construction while housing infrastructure is lacking or in some cases is non-existent.

23 September 2015 - NW3094

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

How many nurses qualified at each type of training institution in each province in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014?

Reply:

The production of nurses and midwives are provided in the template below indicating the Public Colleges, Universities and Private Colleges from 2010-2014.

OUTPUT 4-YEAR PROGRAMME (2010-2014) NURSING COLLEGES

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

EASTERN CAPE

364

580

502

549

558

LIMPOPO

207

248

339

220

271

NORTH WEST

327

234

297

322

230

MPUMALANGA

216

140

120

197

145

GAUTENG

784

663

757

793

842

FREE STATE

182

174

147

174

153

KWAZULU NATAL

555

570

604

586

630

NORTHERN CAPE

62

56

3

0

0

WESTERN CAPE

269

301

456

420

392

OUTPUT 4YEAR PROGRAMME(2010-2014)UNIVERSITIES

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

81

24

109

72

94

NORTH WEST

18

44

60

57

64

MPUMALANGA

  0

  0

  0

 0

  0

GAUTENG

127

92

110

113

100

FREE STATE

47

33

49

35

32

KWAZULU NATAL

69

70

70

62

124

NORTHERN CAPE

0

  0

  0

  0

  0

WESTERN CAPE

168

191

227

170

179

EASTERN CAPE

119

136

127

142

147

           
 

OUTPUT MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME PUBLIC INSTITUTION 2010-2014

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

300

132

242

161

136

NORTH WEST

35

45

41

22

79

MPUMALANGA

163

93

122

180

102

GAUTENG

61

18

39

187

138

FREE STATE

44

63

22

74

18

KWAZULU NATAL

343

355

356

499

263

NORTHERN CAPE

  0

 0

19

26

8

WESTERN CAPE

10

5

0

0

70

EASTERN CAPE

118

87

81

69

77

           

OUTPUT MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME PRIVATE INSTITUTION 2010-2014

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH WEST

  0

  0

  0

 0

 0

MPUMALANGA

 0

0

 0

 0

  0

GAUTENG

  0

  0

  0

4

0

FREE STATE

  0

  0

  0

  0

  0

KWAZULU NATAL

22

40

36

52

53

NORTHERN CAPE

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN CAPE

  0

  0

  0

  0

  0

EASTERN CAPE

  0

  0

  0

3

1

           
           

OUTPUT NURSING AUXILIARIES PUBLIC COLLEGES 2010-2014

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

237

123

38

55

30

NORTH WEST

102

110

76

40

202

MPUMALANGA

43

137

107

68

7

GAUTENG

  0

  0

  0

  0

  0

FREE STATE

106

165

180

190

110

KWAZULU NATAL

18

 

110

108

15

NORTHERN CAPE

7

  0

  0

  0

  0

WESTERN CAPE

40

50

53

53

64

EASTERN CAPE

346

380

323

666

539

           

OUTPUT NURSING AUXILIARIES PRIVATE COLLEGES 2010-2014

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

272

146

130

147

174

NORTH WEST

37

60

57

85

74

MPUMALANGA

93

186

243

276

305

GAUTENG

2276

2293

2253

2441

2696

FREE STATE

83

79

59

108

109

KWAZULU NATAL

929

993

959

1075

1134

NORTHERN CAPE

  0

  0

  0

  0

 0

WESTERN CAPE

454

405

361

436

478

EASTERN CAPE

82

105

60

161

204

OUTPUT ENROLLED NURSES PUBLIC COLLEGES 2010-2014

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

494

436

409

162

134

NORTH WEST

  0

  0

  0

23

41

MPUMALANGA

211

219

211

271

216

GAUTENG

401

396

540

802

394

FREE STATE

139

126

173

129

154

KWAZULU NATAL

413

524

536

634

297

NORTHERN CAPE

 0

  0

  0

 0

  0

WESTERN CAPE

257

164

119

212

164

EASTERN CAPE

399

368

501

416

377

           

OUTPUT ENROLLED NURSES PRIVATE COLLEGE 2010-2014

   

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

105

92

99

120

132

NORTH WEST

165

171

103

183

153

MPUMALANGA

12

34

34

46

25

GAUTENG

2099

2079

1978

2345

1998

FREE STATE

39

47

41

62

57

KWAZULU NATAL

2383

2278

2448

2951

2301

NORTHERN CAPE

  0

  0

  0

 0

 0

WESTERN CAPE

296

307

345

387

260

EASTERN CAPE

98

150

195

211

246

OUTPUT PSYCHIATRIC NURSING PROGRAMME 2010-2014 PUBLIC COLLEGES

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

LIMPOPO

  0

9

7

55

57

NORTH WEST

12

7

6

10

2

MPUMALANGA

0

0

0

0

0

GAUTENG

1

2

  0

6

16

FREE STATE

0

0

0

0

0

KWAZULU NATAL

14

37

28

35

37

NORTHERN CAPE

0

0

0

0

0

WESTERN CAPE

15

0

0

17

0

EASTERN CAPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3095

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What are the categories of specialty for nurses in South Africa and (b) how many registered nurses are there in each category; (2) which training institutions offer nurses training in each category of specialty; (3) whether nurses specialising in neonatal care are trained at any type of institution; if not, why not; if so, (a) at which institutions and (b) how many nurses specialising in neonatal care have been trained since 1 January 2009?

Reply:

  1. (a), (b) and (2)

The categories of nurse and midwife specialists and production is covered in the template provided below depicting Universities and Public Colleges that offered such specializations.

UNIVERSITIES

 

NURISNG EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

PROGRAMME

 

YEAR OBTAINED

 

               

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

TOTAL

CPUT

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

15

12

1

12

1

41

 

Treatment and Care

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 

Occupational Health Nursing

28

21

28

21

0

98

 

Oncology

12

6

 0

12

6

36

 

Nursing Administration

39

20

 0

20

39

118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Nursing Education

6

10

19

10

19

64

 

Nursing Administration

8

23

84

25

78

218

 

Community Nursing

28

43

117

28

100

316

 

Operating Theatre Nursing

10

3

14

3

12

42

 

Nursing Science: Neonatal Nursing

 0

 

27

 0

 0

27

 

Advanced Psychiatric Nursing

7

3

8

9

8

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF STELLEBOSCH

Advanced Psychiatric Nursing

14

13

14

12

13

66

 

Nursing Administration

8

61

18

12

25

124

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

58

142

58

34

45

337

 

Treatment and Care

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 

Nursing Education

42

26

59

42

36

205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUT

Occupational Health Nursing

62

99

25

35

24

245

 

Oncology

23

10

14

13

20

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

Nursing Administration

54

25

46

34

 

159

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF VENDA

Nursing Administration & Community Health

23

16

15

23

26

103

 

Psychiatric Nursing

15

31

73

34

13

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNISA

BA Cur Health Science Education & community

18

63

164

45

32

322

 

Specializing in Occupational Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA Cur Health Science Education & Health Service

7

36

42

48

23

156

 

Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Science Education, Community Health Nursing

58

48

36

40

41

223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITS UNIVERSITY

Nephrology Nursing

6

10

13

10

8

47

 

Nursing Education

1

2

10

5

7

25

 

Nursing Administration

5

1

8

5

6

25

 

Trauma & Emergency Nursing

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

Occupational Health

11

4

0

0

0

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KZN UNIVERSITY

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

3

24

70

68

73

238

 

Treatment and Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursing Administration

55

42

25

38

40

200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DURBAN UNIV OF TECHNOLOGY

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

3

1

1

7

8

20

 

Treatment and Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN

Nephrology Nursing

9

11

15

14

19

68

UNIVERSITY

Nursing Education

0

3

0

0

0

3

 

Critical Care Nursing

4

5

7

6

3

25

 

Advanced Midwifery& Neonatal Nursing Science

4

8

7

9

5

33

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

2

5

8

9

9

33

 

Treatment and Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Psychiatric Nursing

1

3

5

2

1

12

 

Nursing Administration

5

8

9

5

12

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE

PSYC (880)

6

5

6

6

6

29

 

PSYC (212)

3

7

3

2

3

18

 

Occupational Health Nursing

32

26

29

24

23

134

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

80

25

44

45

40

234

 

Treatment and Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Nursing Science

12

14

2

8

12

48

 

Critical Care

8

4

4

6

5

27

 

Advanced Midwifery& Neonatal Nursing

7

17

9

9

6

48

 

Operating Theatre

17

14

5

7

9

52

 

Nursing Administration

81

15

22

26

23

167

 

Nursing Education

10

15

10

15

17

67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POTCHEFSTROOM UNIVERSITY

Nursing Management

50

141

21

34

22

268

 

Nursing Education

82

23

23

26

25

179

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma: Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,

13

10

9

13

15

60

 

Treatment and Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science

2

14

7

3

6

32

 

 

12

35

26

19

20

112

 

Occupational Health Nursing

22

35

31

25

32

145

 

Nursing Administration

13

38

16

17

20

104

 

Nursing Education

12

14

15

18

16

75

 

Community Health Nursing

5

6

1

8

5

25

 

Medical & Surgical Nursing Science Critical care

1

1

5

7

6

20

 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Science

2

1

1

3

4

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NURSING COLLEGES

NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

PROGRAMME

YEAR OBTAINED

     

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

TOTAL

NET CARE EDUCATION

Critical Care Nursing: General

12

6

7

13

10

48

 

Operating Room Nursing

8

9

11

11

14

53

 

Trauma and Emergency Nursing

14

17

4

4

18

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SG LOURENS NURSING COLLEGE

Psychiatric Nursing Science

15

17

19

32

10

93

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment

32

29

28

89

45

223

 

Treatment & Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARAGWANATH NURSING SCIENCE

Nephrology Nursing Science

12

10

3

25

15

65

 

Child Nursing Science

12

12

6

30

30

90

 

Critical Care Nursing: General

 

35

8

43

34

120

 

Ophthalmic Nursing Science

16

13

5

34

15

83

 

Trauma and Emergency

21

13

3

37

22

96

 

Oncology Nursing Science

6

12

2

20

13

53

 

Operating Theatre Nursing Science

17

20

2

39

17

95

 

Orthopeadic Nursing Science

17

10

6

33

28

94

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment

45

23

5

73

56

202

 

Treatment & Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing

35

25

16

76

23

175

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE STATE COLLEGE

Critical Care Nursing

11

12

10

15

15

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCCORD HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment

45

38

43

42

36

204

 

Diagnosis, Treatment & Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LILITHA COLLEGE OF NURSING

Ophthalmological Nursing Science

9

12

10

10

16

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orthopeadic Nursing Science

12

8

13

11

14

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE COLLEGE

Operating Theatre Nursing

6

4

9

13

8

40

 

Emergency Nursing

19

13

10

29

12

83

 

Critical Care Nursing: General

5

14

10

19

13

61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KZN COLLEGE OF NURSING

Critical Care Nursing Science

15

15

15

15

15

75

 

Child Nursing Science

14

14

14

14

14

70

 

Orthopeadic Nursing Science

15

15

15

15

15

75

 

Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science

24

24

24

24

24

120

 

Child Nursing Science

16

16

16

16

16

80

 

Ophthalmic Nursing Science

15

15

15

15

15

75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANN LATSKY NURSING COLLEGE

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment

61

59

44

53

41

258

 

Treatment & Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GA-RANKUWA

Midwifery & Neonatal Nursing Science

35

32

36

23

20

146

 

Child Nursing Science

30

21

20

12

23

106

 

Operating Theatre Nursing

20

18

12

12

16

78

 

Critical Care Nursing: General

18

12

12

16

15

73

 

Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment

18

16

27

30

23

114

 

Treatment & Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY PRODUCTION OF SPECIALIST NURSES: NURSING COLLEGES

PROGRAME

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Advanced Midwifery& Neonatal Nursing Science

94

77

76

123

67

Advanced Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Science

15

17

19

32

10

Child Nursing Science

72

63

62

54

62

Clinical Nursing Science Health Assessment Treatment & Care

201

165

147

287

201

Community Nursing Science

0

0

0

0

0

Critical Care General

61

94

69

121

108

Critical Care Trauma

0

0

0

0

0

Critical Care Trauma & Emergency

14

17

4

4

18

Nephrology Nursing Science

87

36

16

81

55

Nursing Administration

0

0

0

0

0

Nursing Education

0

0

0

0

0

Occupational Health Nursing Science

0

0

0

0

0

Oncology Nursing Science

6

12

2

20

13

Operating Theatre Nursing

51

51

34

86

100

Ophthalmological Nursing Science

24

27

25

25

72

Orthopaedic Nursing Science

27

23

28

26

73

           

SUMMARY PRODUCTION OF SPECIALIST NURSES: UNIVERSITIES

PROGRAME

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Advanced Midwifery& Neonatal Nursing Science

13

39

50

21

17

Advanced Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Science

48

63

110

68

48

Child Nursing Science

12

14

2

8

12

Clinical Nursing Science Health Assessment Treatment & Care

169

219

182

238

176

Community Nursing Science

62

73

136

84

126

Critical Care General

13

10

16

19

14

Critical Care Trauma

0

0

0

0

0

Critical Care Trauma & Emergency

0

0

1

0

0

Nephrology Nursing Science

15

21

28

24

27

Nursing Administration

290

366

260

225

263

Nursing Education

162

125

218

139

136

Occupational Health Nursing Science

155

185

113

105

79

Oncology Nursing Science

35

16

14

25

26

Operating Theatre Nursing

27

17

19

10

21

Ophthalmological Nursing Science

0

0

0

0

0

Orthopaedic Nursing Science

0

0

0

0

0

           

(3) (a) Yes, the University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria;

(b) A total of 310 since 1 January 2009, however, this programme has been discontinued after it was identified that there were no Regulations related to the offering of such programme. It should also be noted that candidates who underwent such training were duly registered based on Council resolution.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3424

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Whether any measures have been put in place to ensure that there is further growth of the Southern African Large Telescope and its instruments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? ˮ

Reply:

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is an international facility with South Africa holding a 33% share. In 2012, the SALT Board resolved to start a R75m Development Fund for the purpose of providing the resources necessary for continued development of the telescope and its instruments. Each of the partners in the telescope consortium had committed to pay a pro-rata share of the fund in proportion to its shareholding in the telescope and the contributions are meant to be made by May 2016. South Africa’s contribution amounts to R25m and this amount has already been paid. To date approximately R33m, both in-kind and in cash, has been received from the SALT partners, and this matter is raised at each meeting of the SALT directors. The DST is using its bilateral inter-governmental engagements with the relevant countries to solicit higher levels of government support to the respective consortium partners so that they may contribute their outstanding share to the development fund. In addition, the DST and NRF are actively seeking new partners to extend and recapitalise the consortium.

23 September 2015 - NW3096

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there are any (a) hospitals, (b) hospital wards, (c) clinics and/or (d) any other health facilities dedicated to treating patients with (i) tuberculosis and (ii) multi-drug or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what are the names of the specified facilities, (bb) where are they situated and (cc) what is the treatment capacity of each specified facility?

Reply:

Patients with Tuberculosis are diagnosed and started on treatment in all public sector hospitals and clinics as well as 154 facilities in the private sctor and 243 owned by the South African Military Health Services and NGOs. Patients with MDR and XDR TB are treated in 9 specialised central hospitals and 298 decentralised sites and 272 satellite sites. There are also 150 injection teams that manage some of the patients at home (on an ambulatory basis).

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23 September 2015 - NW2903

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)For each pilot district of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI), what have been the major (a) successes and (b) failures of the implementation of the NHI in that specific pilot site; (2) how many private general practitioners have contracted with the State to work in the pilot districts?

Reply:

1.   The National Health Insurance pilot districts are significantly varied in terms of institutional and organizational capacity. This variability is partly due to the selection methodology that was applied but also reflective of the geographic areas within which they are located.

​a)   Nonetheless, many of the programmes that have been piloted in the past few years have recorded significant successes such as establishment of fully functional Primary Health Care (PHC), namely Municipal Ward-based Outreach, District Clinical Specialists and Integrated School Health teams; strengthening of monitoring and evaluation capacity through appointment of key personnel; improved coordination and oversight of district planning through appointment of the provincial NHI coordinators; improved infrastructure maintenance and planning through involvement in the Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic Realisation project; innovation dispensing and distribution of chronic medication as well as making steady progress towards e-Health-based patient registration systems, among many others.

b)    Given the nature of the pilot districts, it is anticipated that challenges will exist in some districts, such as OR Tambo and Pixley Ka Seme, the ability to attract key health personnel to form part of the District Clinical Specialist Teams. Weak supply chain management systems and unforeseen delays in procuring key items is a key challenge that characterizes majority of the districts.

2.   To date, 307 health practitioners have been contracted to render health services in public clinics across the pilot districts.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3099

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What is the total number of prisoners in correctional facilities who have (i) tuberculosis and (ii) multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and (b) which facilities have the highest number of prisoners infected with tuberculosis; (2) whether he has implemented any infection control measures at the specified correctional facilities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there is a national database for prisoners infected with tuberculosis in the country’s correctional facilities; (4) whether there are guidelines for tuberculosis (a) diagnosis and (b) care in the country’s correctional facilities; (5) whether he has put any specific measures in place to combat (a) tuberculosis and (b) multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the country’s correctional facilities?

Reply:

  1. (a) A total of 127,830 tests were conducted from October 2013, the time the Department of Health got involved with the management of TB in Correctional Services, until August 2015. Those confirmed with TB were 6,273 (4.9%) of whom, 263 (4.2%) had MDR-TB. The yearly breakdown is indicated in the Table below.

(b) There are 8 Management Areas with the highest number of inmates with TB disease. The list of these management areas by region are shown in the table below.

Region

Department of Correctional Services Management Areas with highest number of inmates infected with TB

Eastern Cape

St Albans

 

Mthatha

Free State

Groenpunt

Northern Cape

Kimberly

Gauteng

Kgoši Mampuru

 

Johannesburg

KZN

Durban Westville

 

Pietermaritzburg

Western cape

Pollsmoor

 

Allandale

(2) The Department of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, has conducted infection risk assessments in selected correctional facilities to determine the risk for the spread of TB infection. There is routine screening of inmates for TB. Inmates with TB are isolated until they are non infectious. Inmates are also provided with education/information about TB, including information on how TB is spread and the symptoms of TB.

(3) Information about inmates with TB is contained in relevant TB registers kept at the respective correctional facilities.

(4) The National Department of Health developed “Guidelines for the Management of Tuberculosis (TB), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Correctional Facilities” and were launched by the Deputy President in March 2013.

(5) The following interventions are implemented in correctional facilities to combat tuberculosis and MDR-TB:

  1. Infection control measures;
  2. Preventive therapy is provided to inmates who are at high risk of developing the TB disease, especially those living with HIV;
  3. Screening all inmates for TB at least twice a year and testing those with TB symptoms using GeneXpert;
  4. All inmates with TB are retained on treatment until completion;
  5. Inmates living with TB and HIV are initiated on ARVs.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3102

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With regard to his reply to question 441 on 8 June 2015, in respect of each province, (a) how many new clinics or community health centres will be built in accordance with the relevant infrastructure plan, (b) where will they be located and (c) what are the relevant time frames for the building of each clinic; (2) in respect of each province, (a) what are the names of the clinics and community health centres that require refurbishment, (b) where are they located and (c) what are the relevant time frames of the refurbishment of each clinic?

Reply:

1. (a) In the NHI Pilot Districts 16 clinics and 5 CHCs will be built in accordance with the relevant infrastructure plan.

(b) The clinics are located as follows: Limpopo Province (Magwedzha, Makonde, Mulenzhe, Thengwe and Kutama), Free State Province (Borwa, Clocolan and Lusuka) and Eastern Cape Province (Lusikisiki, Sakhele, Nolita, Genqe, Lutubeni, Maxwele, Lotana and Nkanga). The CHCs are located in Mpumalanga (Mkhondo, Msukaligwa, Nhlazatshe 6, Vukuzakhe, Balfour).

(c) Relevant timeframes for building clinics range from 12 to 18 months.

2. (a) The Department of Health is busy with the repair and upgrade of Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities in the Pilot Districts of the NHI programme. The first phase currently of the programme includes the implementation of a multi-disciplinary building condition technical assessment and to establish the status-quo of the relevant services and installations, recommend appropriate remedial interventions, where required, prioritise these in terms of criticality, and determine the associated cost estimates. This will put the Department in a position to appoint contractors to do repairs to PHC facilities and to plan any facility upgrades and/or replacements within annual allocated funding.

(b) The Department intends to repair and upgrade all the health facilities in the NHI pilot districts to a set standard.

(c) Relevant timeframes for the refurbishment of each clinic can range from 1 to 12 months.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3213

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the Advanced Quality HIV rapid test kit supplied by certain companies (names furnished) to his department since 1 April 2014 is a World Health Organisation approved test; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Advanced Quality met all the specifications for award as per the advert. This included two pre-qualifications by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3097

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department has identified certain areas as tuberculosis hot spots; if so, which areas have been identified; (2) what criteria were used to identify the specified areas as tuberculosis hot spots?

Reply:

(1) The Department has identified 17 districts as TB hotpsots for enhanced intervention (See Table 1).

Table 1: TB hotspots

Province

TB Hotspots Districts

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City

 

Cacadu

 

Chris Hani

Free Sate

Lejweleputswa

Gauteng

Johannesburg Metro

 

West Rand

KwaZulu Natal

eThekwini

Limpopo

Sekhukhune

 

Waterberg

Mpumalanga

Ehlanzeni

North West

Bojanala

 

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Western Cape

City of Cape Town

 

West Coast

(2) The following criteria were used to identify TB hotspots:

  1. Number of people diagnosed with TB (exceeding 5,000 per year);
  2. Treatment success (below 80%);
  3. Defaulter Rate (exceeding 6.2%);
  4. Death Rate (exceeding 5.6%);
  5. Transferred Out Rate (exceeding 2.4%);
  6. Drug resistant TB burden;
  7. High concentration of (especially gold) mining

END.

23 September 2015 - NW2902

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the country will meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 relating to health this year; if not, (a) which of the goals and/or targets will not be met, (b) why will the specified goals and/or targets not be met, (c) who will be held accountable for the missed goals and/or targets and (d) what measures has he implemented to ensure that missed goals and/or targets are met?

Reply:

(a), (b), (c) and (d) Honourable Member, the final target for MDGs is end of September 2015. The United Nations General Assembly is meeting then to finalise and release the final results for each country. You may have to be a bit patient until that final moment. But generally the United Nations is of the view that MDGs 4, 5 and 6 are going to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

END.

23 September 2015 - NW2637

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is his department’s policy and regulations regarding the disposal of foetuses in (a) public hospitals and (b) abortion clinics; (2) which companies in each of the provinces have contracts to dispose of foetuses aborted at (a) public hospitals and (b) clinics. (3) (a) what are the laws and regulations regarding foetuses being used for experimental purposes and (b) how is this practice monitored?

Reply:

1.  Public Hospitals use the following regulations as stipulated in the National Health Act No. 61 of 2003 to dispose of foetuses:​

(i)   ​R. 177 Regulations relating to the use of human biological material Section 2. In terms of section 68 of the Act, - regulates who should remove human biological material from health institutions.

(ii)   R. 180 Regulations regarding the general control of human bodies, tissue, blood, blood products and gametes, Section 68(1) – regulates handling of deceased bodies/human biological material.

(iii)  R. No. Regulations relating to health care waste management in health establishments – the Environmental Health Directorate within the National Department of Health has developed the above mentioned regulation and it has just been approved.

2.  (a)-(b) Contracted companies for disposal of foetuses in both public hospitals and abortion clinics are:

Province

Company

Eastern Cape

Compass Waste Management Services

Free State

Solid Waste Management Services

Gauteng

Buhle Waste Management Services

KwaZulu-Natal

Compass Waste Management Services

Limpopo

Buhle Waste Management Services

Mpumalanga

Buhle Waste Management Services

North West

Buhle Waste Management Services

Northern Cape

Tshenolo Waste Management Services

Western Cape

Solid Waste Management Services

3.   (a) The Department of Health is currently guided by the following regulation:

  • R. 180 Regulations regarding the general control of human bodies, tissue, blood, blood products and gametes section 68 (1) in conjunction with section 90 of the National Health Act stating

“Any person who acquires the body of a deceased person or any tissue, blood or gamete by virtue of any provision of the Act and these regulations, shall, subject to any restrictions in terms of the Act or any other law and provided she or he uses the body, tissue, blood or gamete for the purposes for which it has been donated, handed over or supplied to her or to him, on receipt of that body, tissue, blood or gamete acquire exclusive rights in respect thereof.”

(b)  The National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) is a statutory body established in terms of The National Health Act (NHA) to set norms and standards for conducting research on humans, to monitor and institute appropriate disciplinary actions in cases of violation of ethics and human rights. It monitors ethical conduct in research, including the use of fetuses for experimental purposes. Section 72(7) particularly makes provision for “clinical trials” which includes experiments involving human subjects for research purposes. (NHA s 73(1)) requires that every organisation/institution, health agency and health establishment at which health and health-related research involving human participants must have access to a registered Human Research Ethics Committee (REC) that review research involving human participants must be assessed and register with the NHREC (NHA s 73(1)). The NHA (s 72(1)) requires that proposals to conduct ‘health research’ must undergo independent ethics review before the research is commenced.

  • Section 3.3.5 of the 2015 Ethics Guidelines relates to Restrictions on collection of biological materials. The document highlights certain persons who are specially protected. The guidelines explains that without Ministerial permission, biological materials may not be taken from mentally ill persons; biological materials that are not naturally replaceable may not be taken from a minor; no gametes may be taken from a minor; and no fetal biological material except for umbilical cord progenitor cells may be collected from anyone. These restrictions are absolute which means that research with the categories of person mentioned requires special permission. RECs must satisfy themselves that the necessary special permission has been obtained, where appropriate.

Furthermore, the Department has established a National Health Research Database (NHRD) to register and monitor all research being conducted in the country. All research studies have to be approved by the Ethics committee and registered in the database before commencement.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW2898

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he or officials of his department are aware of the key findings of an investigation conducted by a team of professionals in the built environment and the Special Investigating Unit into possible financial mismanagement and corrupt practises that may have taken place and resulted in the delayed completion of the construction of the new mental health facility in Kimberley, Northern Cape?

Reply:

We are indeed aware of the findings. This investigation was in fact initiated by the National Department of Health. The investigations you refer to forms part of a more holistic assessment of the project. The initial phase of the investigation, focussed on technical issues, has been concluded. The team is now busy with an assessment of procedural and contractual issues. For obvious reasons, we cannot at this stage discuss the detail of the findings, as this will jeopardise the balance of the investigation.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3098

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How many GeneXpert instruments have been rolled out across the country and (b) where are the specified instruments situated?

Reply:

a)  A total of 309 Xpert instruments of varying sizes (GX4: 110; GX16:190; GX48: 3; GX80:8) have been placed in 221 sites. The placement includes seven Correctional Service facilities and six mobile vans.

b)  The Table 1 below reflects the details in this regard

Province and District

GX4

GX16

Infinity GX48

Infinity GX80

Total

Eastern Cape

15

27

 

2

44

Alfred Nzo

 

4

   

4

Amathole

3

6

 

1

10

Cacadu

3

1

   

4

Chris Hani

3

5

   

8

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

 

2

 

1

3

O.R Tambo

3

4

   

7

O.R. Tambo

 

3

   

3

Ukhahlamba

3

2

   

5

Free State

8

10

 

1

19

Fezile Dabi

 

2

   

2

Lejweleputswa

6

1

   

7

Motheo

2

   

1

3

Thabo Mofutsanyane

 

6

   

6

Groenpunt Correctional Facility

 

1

   

1

Gauteng

12

28

 

2

42

City of Johannesburg

5

8

 

1

14

City of Tshwane

3

8

   

11

Ekurhuleni

2

3

 

1

6

Sedibeng

 

3

   

3

West Rand

 

6

   

6

Westrand

2

     

2

Kwazulu-Natal

34

49

1

1

85

Amajuba

1

2

   

3

eThekwini

9

13

 

1

23

iLembe

2

4

   

6

Sisonke

4

3

   

7

Ugu

 

4

   

4

uMgungundlovu

1

6

   

7

Umkhanyakude

4

4

   

8

Umzinyathi

 

4

   

4

Uthukela

3

3

   

6

Uthungulu

8

2

1

 

11

Zululand

2

4

   

6

Limpopo

15

25

   

40

Capricorn

1

7

   

8

Greater Sekhukhune

1

5

   

6

Mopani

3

4

   

7

Sekhukhune

2

     

2

Vhembe

2

5

   

7

Waterberg

6

4

   

10

Mpumalanga

4

14

 

1

19

Ehlanzeni

2

6

 

1

9

Gert Sibande

2

3

   

5

Nkangala

 

5

   

5

North West

6

16

   

22

Bojanala Platinum

3

4

   

7

Dr Kenneth Kaunda (Southern)

2

5

   

7

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Bophirima)

1

3

   

4

Ngaka Modiri Molema (Central)

 

4

   

4

Northern Cape

 

3

   

3

Frances Baard

 

2

   

2

John Taolo Gaetsewe (Kgalagadi)

 

1

   

1

Nothern Cape

2

3

   

5

Namakwa

2

     

2

Pixley ka Seme

 

1

   

1

Siyanda

 

2

   

2

Western Cape

16

13

 

1

30

Cape Winelands

 

4

   

4

City of Cape Town

11

5

 

1

17

Eden

3

3

   

6

Karoo

 

1

   

1

West Coast

2

     

2

Grand Total

112

188

1

8

309

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23 September 2015 - NW3106

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the brand name of the rapid HIV test kits provided by each of the suppliers who were awarded a contract by his department; (2) whether the specified test kits provided by the different suppliers are from the same manufacturer; if so, why was there no attempt to diversify the types of HIV test kits that were made available in the country?

Reply:

  1. (a) ADVANCED QUALITY ONE STEP ANTI-HIV (1&2) Test (InTec Products Inc): Used for screening;

          (b) ABON HIV 1/2/O Tri-Line Human Immunodeficiency Virus Rapid Test (ABON Biopharm Hangzhou Co., Ltd): Used for confirmatory;

     2. No, the specified test kits are not from the same manufacturer as specified below:

ADVANCED QUALITY is used for screening and ABON is used for is used for confirmatory. ADVANCED QUALITY is supplied by 2 suppliers because it is used for screening and needed in large quantities, while ABON is supplied by another different supplier and is from a different manufacturer.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3100

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to his reply to question 442 on 26 May 2015, what is the maternal mortality ratio per 100 000 live births in each province in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; (2) whether his department has identified the main causes of the high maternal mortality ratio; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) steps has he taken to address the main causes since 1 June 2014?

Reply:

  1. (a)-(c) The latest data for maternal mortality ratio was published in 2013, by the Medical Research Council in the Rapid Mortality Surveillance Report. The maternal mortality ratio in 2011 was estimated to be 197 per 100,000 live births.

The National Committee on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths monitors maternal deaths that occur within health facilities. The most recent data from this Committee is reflected below.

Institutional Maternal Mortality Ratio (Saving Mothers report 2011-2013)

 

PROVINCE

2011

2012

2013

 
 

Eastern Cape

164.74

153.71

172.73

 
 

Free State

246.84

149.34

185.08

 
 

Gauteng

136.44

163.67

114.99

 
 

KwaZulu-Natal

197.60

170.19

146.54

 
 

Limpopo

196.40

192.89

201.21

 
 

Mpumalanga

199.74

177.39

150.25

 
 

North West

173.05

164.80

168.48

 
 

North West

193.62

166.53

158.32

 
 

Western Cape

62.64

81.81

83.91

 
 

South Africa

174.56

157.81

153.50

 
           

2. Yes the causes are known through the work done by National Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death (NCCEMD) established by the Minister of Health.

a) The main causes of Maternal Mortality according to the latest NCCEMD triennial, 2011-2013 report are as follows:

  • HIV/AIDS which accounts for 50% of the deaths;
  • Obstetric Hemorrhages;
  • Hypertension;
  • Health professional training;
  • Health system strengthening

(b) Interventions to address the main causes of maternal deaths being implemented include:

(i) Option B plus to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV

This policy was adopted and implemented from 01 January 2015. The policy stipulates that all HIV pregnant and breastfeeding women must be initiated on lifelong antiretroviral treatment (ART) for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and their own health regardless of CD4 count and on diagnosis.

(ii) Essential Steps in the Management of Obstetric Emergencies (ESMOE) and Emergency Obstetric Simulation Training (EOST)

  • ESMOE are trainings for doctors and midwives to improve their skills to manage, among others, hemorrhage and hypertension and are currently being done in all facilities rendering maternity care;
  • EOST are fire drills to simulate the real obstetric emergency situations to refine and reinforce the clinical skills;
  • To date, 1937 doctors and 5110 professional nurses have been trained on ESMOE. This has led to a 30% decline in maternal mortality due to improved health care providers’ skills in the management of mothers, neonates and children in the districts that we have conducted ESMOE training in;

(iii) Community mobilization efforts

  • Mom-Connect services which is an electronic cellular system to give health messages to pregnant women to help them access care early in pregnancy as well as post delivery. Currently over 508 000 women have been registered and receive weekly messages about their pregnancy and care for the infant post delivery;

(iv) Efforts of Health System Strengthening

  • The District Specialist Teams (DCST’s) include specialists in maternal, newborn and child care, have been appointed in all 52 districts. This team is responsible for clinical governance within all public facilities and specifically focusing on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health;

​(v) Efforts to address access to services

  • Maternity waiting homes: Currently there are 81 maternity waiting homes + 18 on site beds nationally;
  • Nationally there are 241 dedicated obstetric ambulances to improve access to health facilities;

(vi) Family planning

The launching of the family planning campaign in 2014 and introduction of sub-dermal implant as a long term method of family planning had a positive impact on family planning practices. The Couple Year Protection Rate has improved from 37.7% in F/Y 2013/2014 to 52.7% in F/Y 2014/15. Improvement of family planning strategies assists in preventing unwanted pregnancies as well as teenage pregnancies which may lead to maternal mortality.

END.

23 September 2015 - NW3380

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the estimated timeline for the appointment of a permanent chief executive officer (CEO) for the National Health Laboratory Service; (2) whether a certain official of his department (name and details furnished) was or is in any way involved with the appointment process; if so, what is the extent of the specified official’s involvement; (3) whether the specified official (a) attended any of the interviews for the vacant CEO position and/or (b) gave any instruction to the selection interview panel; if so, (i) why and (ii) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  Ms. Joyce Mogale was appointed as the full-time CEO of the NHLS on the 28th of August 2015.

2.  Three officials were involved with the recruitment process, namely Mr Andre Venter and Dr Devanand Moonasar – in their capacity as Members of the Board of the NHLS, and Ms Malebone Precious Matsoso in her capacity as an independent technical expert;

3.  Ms. Matsoso attended the second round of interviews, but provided no instruction to the Selection Panel. Ms. Matsoso as the Director-General: Health did not participate in any discussion or process that resulted in a preferred candidate being identified.

The process of appointing the CEO of the NHLS was as follows:

The NHLS placed an advert in the Mail and Guardian for a CEO on a 5-year contract in November 2015. The NHLS board determined that a selection panel would oversee the recruitment process, from the short-listing through to interviews and making a recommendation to the NHLS board on a preferred candidate. Mr. Andre Venter as the chair of the Finance Committee of the NHLS and a NHLS Board member was appointed as a member of the selection panel.

Both Mr. Venter and Dr Moonasar participated in the shortlisting process. During the shortlisting 8 candidates were identified as meeting the requirements as advertised.

A first round of interviews was conducted. The panel established constituted the selection panel as well as any other board members who were available. Both Mr. Venter and Dr Moonasar participated in the first round of interviews.

The result of the first round of interviews was that the top 4 candidates were called in for a second round of interviews. In addition to the selection panel members, any NHLS board member who was available was invited to participate in the interviews.

In the second round, the Director-General: Health (Ms MP Matsoso) was the only official from the NDOH that participated. Mr Venter (due to ill health) and Dr Moonasar (prior commitments) did not attend.

Ms Matsoso’s role was only to provide an external assessment of the candidates, and upon completion of the interviews she excused herself from the process. The Selection panel, after the departure of Ms Matsoso, consolidated the scores of each candidate.

The selection panel made a recommendation to the NHLS Board, that the top 2 candidates are subject to a proficiency assessment. Following which, a teleconference was convened to inform all those present during the second round interviews of the outcome of the proficiency testing. Ms Matsoso and Mr. Venter participated in this teleconference.

Following the disclosure of the results of the proficiency test, Ms. Matsoso informed the NHLS chairperson, that her role was complete and asked to be excused. The Chairperson thanked Ms Matsoso for her contribution and confirmed that she was excused. Once Ms Matsoso was excused, the selection panel deliberated on the interview and proficiency results. A recommendation was then drafted and tabled to the NHLS board at the meeting held on the 29th of July 2015. Mr. Venter participated in the in drafting of the recommendation.

The NHLS board mandated the NHLS Chairperson to inform the Minister of Health of the outcome of the selection process. Both Mr. Venter and Dr Moonasar participated in the Board meeting in their capacity as Board Members of the NHLS.

The Minister of Health duly noted the outcome and was satisfied that the Board had followed a fair and rigorous process. As such, the Minister supported the recommendation of the NHLS Board to appoint Ms. Mogale as the CEO of the NHLS on a 5-year contract.

END.

22 September 2015 - NW2802

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

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

Reply:

No, the Department has not yet met this target. However, the Department has disabled people who refuse to be classified as such. Hence the Department dropped below 1% on this target.

END.

22 September 2015 - NW3355

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Economic Development

Is his advisory panel that was announced in 2010 (details furnished) still in existence; if not, why not; if so, (a) who are the members of the specified advisory panel, (b) how often has the specified advisory panel met since 1 January 2010 and (c) what recommendations has the specified advisory panel made on (i) economic growth and (ii) employment?

Reply:

The Advisory Panel as announced in 2010 met formally on 25 May 2010, 14 July 2010 and 16 January 2011 to provide advice and information relevant to the conclusion of the New Growth Path policy document of government as well as on ways to step up industrial funding, promote the green economy and develop pro-employment measures.

After the completion of this first phase of the Panel’s work, from which we benefitted in a number of ways, I engaged with individual members of the Panel on an ‘as needed’ basis on matters connected to economic development.

These included engagements on a number of occasions with Professor Joseph Stiglitz on matters as diverse as global economic developments relevant to South Africa; and on the terms of the final submission of a competitor supplier fund proposal to the Competition Appeal Court in the Walmart merger. In this latter instance, this contributed to the final decision of the Court to impose a R240 million Fund to promote the Walmart local and small-business supply chain.

In addition, I have benefitted from the insights of Michael Power on the emergence of new economic powers; the changing role of China and its impact on the global economy; and the trade-offs inherent in different exchange-rate policies, among others.

Other members of the Panel provided their insights on contemporary economic policy matters as requested from time to time.

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22 September 2015 - NW3474

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)What is the official policy with regard to travel undertaken by (a) judge presidents and (b) deputy judge presidents of superior courts (i) domestically and (ii) internationally in respect of the (aa) number of trips which may be undertaken and (bb)(aaa) number and (bbb) position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations; (2) (a) how many (i) domestic and (ii) international trips were undertaken by each specified judge president and deputy judge president in the past 12 months and (b) what (i) number of persons formed part of the delegation, (ii) was the position/status of each person in the delegation and (iii) was the total cost of each specified trip?

Reply:

 

 

(1) The Judges Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act & Regulations, 2001, does not prescribe the number of trips that may be undertaken domestically or internationally and the number, position and status of persons forming part of such delegations. However, Paragraph 8.4.11.5.3.(i) of the Departmental Financial Instructions of the Office of the Chief Justice provides that “official travelling of Judicial Officers to foreign countries must be approved by the Chief Justice”.

In line with the above, the established practice is that the relevant Judge who wishes to travel abroad must first approach the Head of Court with the request. The Head of Court will apply his/her mind and formally agree that the Judge may travel abroad accordingly provided that (1) the allocation of cases onto the court roll will be managed accordingly; and (2) the administration of justice will not be negatively affected. Such permission from the Head of Court as well as the detailed request by the Judge who wishes to travel, are then presented to the Chief Justice for consideration and approval.

2. (a) (i) The following domestic trips (air flights) were undertaken by Judges President and Deputy Judges President from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015:

  • L Mpati: President of the SCA – 1 trip
  • B Waglay: JP – 15 trips
  • CT Sangoni: JP – 4 trips
  • AS Jappie: JP – 9 trips
  • M Molemela: JP – 7 trips
  • F Kgomo: JP – 4 trips
  • M Leeuw: JP – 1 trip
  • M Hlope: JP – 1Trip
  • Y Meer: AJP – 9 trips
  • M Mojapelo: DJP – 4 trips
  • J Traverso: DJP -1 trip
  • A Ledwaba: DJP – 1 trip

(ii) No international trips were undertaken by Judges President or Deputy Judges President during the period.

(b) No officials were part of any delegation for any Judge President or Deputy Judge President.



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22 September 2015 - NW3259

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) What (a) total amount did his department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) what is the total amount that his department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

 

1.  (a) The total amount spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town on officials of the Department of Public Works attending official Parliamentary business during the 2014/15 financial year is R238 670.94

     (b) The total number of trips undertaken is 48.

2.  (a) The total amount spent on accommodation is R79 666.50

     (b) The total cost of car rental was R25 844.61

 

22 September 2015 - NW2907

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Chewane, Dr H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he is aware of the lack of water in most health facilities in John Taolo Gaetsewe district in the Northern Cape, which resulted in some important procedures not being performed; if so, what is he doing to ensure that the poor people in the specified district, who depend on the public healthcare system, are not compromised by the lack of water?

Reply:

Yes, the Department of Health is aware of the water problem in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District in the Northern Cape, but it is not in most facilities as claimed by the question. The problem is in 10 out of 42 Primary Health Care facilities (PHCs). Most of these facilities are located in the deep rural areas of the District where there is no connection to the municipality’s water supply source. In areas where there is a connection it has been difficult for the municipality to meet the demand.

The District engaged the municipality to supply water tanks and fill them regularly with water. Interruptions have been very minimal.

The following were done as remedial action:

  1. Skilled technical officials have been appointed by the Department;
  2. An action plan has been developed;
  3. The District and the Department are in the process of procuring service providers to erect boreholes to supplement water supply;
  4. Approval has been granted to procure 5 000 litre water tanks for all 10 facilities; and
  5. The procurement process was anticipated to commence in the week of 24 August 2015.

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22 September 2015 - NW3343

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2926 on 25 August 2015, how many rail accidents involving (a) Spoornet, (b) Prasa and (c) Metrorail trains took place (i) in (aa) 2010, (bb) 2011, (cc) 2012, (dd) 2013 and (ee) 2014 and (ii) from 1 January 2015 until the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) how many passengers in each accident in each separate year (i) were injured and (ii) died, (b) where did each specified accident take place and (c) what was the cause of each specified accident; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

It should be noted that with reference to the question on the number of accidents, the Honourable member, Dr PJ Groenewald (FF-Plus) is asking the same question he had asked in PQ 2926 and I have already provided a response in that regard. The only difference is that this time Dr Groenewald focuses on PASSENGERS whereas in the previous PQ on this matter, his focus was on PERSONS in general. For the record, the Honourable member should take note that Transnet does not operate passenger trains at all and questions related to the operations of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) should be referred to the Minister of Transport.




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22 September 2015 - NW3096

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there are any (a) hospitals, (b) hospital wards, (c) clinics and/or (d) any other health facilities dedicated to treating patients with (i) tuberculosis and (ii) multi-drug or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what are the names of the specified facilities, (bb) where are they situated and (cc) what is the treatment capacity of each specified facility?

Reply:

Patients with Tuberculosis are diagnosed and started on treatment in all public sector hospitals and clinics as well as 154 facilities in the private sctor and 243 owned by the South African Military Health Services and NGOs. Patients with MDR and XDR TB are treated in 9 specialised central hospitals and 298 decentralised sites and 272 satellite sites. There are also 150 injection teams that manage some of the patients at home (on an ambulatory basis).

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22 September 2015 - NW3184

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Did he advise the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, of the request of the former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, to have (a) Ms Nomgcobo Jiba and (b) Mr Lawrence Mwrebi suspended or removed from office?

Reply:

Yes.

22 September 2015 - NW3345

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any insurance money was paid out due to damages sustained after pressure tests at the Duvha Power Station; if not, why not; if so, what (a) amount was paid out for repair work, (b) amount was paid out due to loss of business and (c) other amounts were paid out by the insurers; (2) whether the full amount that was paid out for repairs to the damaged units was, indeed, utilised for the specified repairs; if not, (a) why not, (b) what amount was utilised for the repairs and (c) what was the remaining money used for; (3) whether any repair work on the damaged units has already commenced; if not, why not; if so, when will the repair work be completed; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The insurance claim has not yet been concluded and no money has been paid out.

(2) Not applicable as no money has been paid to Eskom.

(3) The Duvha Unit 3 Recovery Project execution strategy has not yet been approved by the Eskom Board. Only preservation and site preparation work has commenced. Timelines into recovery will only be definite once a service provider has been appointed.

(4) The relevant stakeholders will be kept abreast of these developments as required.



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22 September 2015 - NW3105

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the recently recalled defective rapid HIV test kits came from a batch or batches that were tested for quality by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD); if not, why not; if so, provide a copy of the report(s) issued by the NICD for these batches; (2) how many batches of rapid HIV test kits have been imported by certain suppliers (names furnished) in each case since 1 April 2014; (3) whether each of the specified batches were tested for quality by the NICD before distribution; if not, why not; if so, in respect of each of the batches, (a) what was the batch number, (b) when was an NICD report on the quality of the relevant product issued and (c) what were the findings of each report?

Reply:

(1) Yes the batches were tested by the NICD prior to distribution. Pre distribution reports attached. At the time of initial testing, the batches met the requirements.

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015011616_PMS FEB 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015010602_PMS JAN 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 201501 615_PMS FEB 2015


(2)

 

SUPPLIER

NO. OF BATCHES RECEIVED AND TESTED

 

ABON

26

 

TITIMA MEDICAL

13

 

ADVANCED QUALITY ARMADA

9


(3) (a)-(c) Reports attached with batch numbers. All reports met the required specifications.

Herewith the batches distributed by Armada / Advanced Quality as from the start of the new tender in 2014:

2014071401

2014071701

2014080101

2014090221

2014091821

2014092308

2014112702

2014121510

2014122409

Total of 9 batches distributed to date.

 

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22 September 2015 - NW3473

None to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) What is the official policy with regard to travel undertaken by regional court presidents (a) domestically and (b) internationally in respect of the (i) number of trips which may be undertaken and (ii)(aa) number and (bb) position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations; (2)(a) how many (i) domestic and (ii) international trips were undertaken by each regional court president in the past 12 months and (b) what (i) number of persons formed part of the delegation, (ii) was the position and/or status of each person in the delegation and (iii) was the total cost of the trip?

Reply:

 

1. Regulations in terms of the Magistrates Act, 1993 (Act No 90 of 1993) does not prescribe the number of trips that may be undertaken domestically or internationally. Furthermore neither does the said regulation advocate the number as well as position and/or status of persons forming part of such delegations.

Regulation 47 reads as follows:

(i) All official journeys of which itineraries are submitted shall be authorised by the head of office who shall ensure that the journeys are necessary and in the interest of the administration of justice”

(ii) The head of office referred to in subregulation (1) shall consider each application for an official journey, having regard to costs, availability of transport, route, timespan and any other relevant circumstances.

With the exclusion of the Director-General, Deputy Directors-General and persons holding equivalent ranks, paragraph 8.4.10.5.1 of the Departmental Financial Instructions (DFI) limits the number of employees travelling on official duty to address the same matter to three (3).

In addition paragraph 8.4.10.12 of the DFI specifies the following with regards to international travel:

“International travel must be limited to meetings or events that are considered absolutely critical and the number of employees attending such meetings or events must be limited to those employees that are directly involved in the subject matter related to such meetings or events”.

Paragraph 8.4.10.5.3 prescribes that prior approval from the Minister is required for magistrates’ travelling abroad.

2.  (i) domestic trips: please see attached.

    (ii) The Magistrates Commission only dealt with one application by a Regional Court President to travel abroad in the past 12 months from Regional Court President J Wessels.  She received an invitation by UN: Women And UNFPA In Partnership With UNDP And UNODC To The Global Technical Consultation On The Police And Justice Sector’s Response To Violence Against Women And Girls - Marrakech, 1 to 4 July 2014. 

Travel to and accommodation in Marrakech were carried by the organisers.  

The Magistrates Commission also indicated that Ms Wessels took no delegation with her. There was therefore no expenditure by the Regional Court Presidents on overseas trips



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22 September 2015 - NW3322

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

The information on travel and accommodation costs requested is contained in the respective 2014-15 Annual Report of the Department of Defence that was tabled in Parliament.


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22 September 2015 - NW3262

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Labour

(1) What (a) total amount did her department spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014 - 15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken? (2) what is the total amount that her department spent on accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

 

The Annual Report of the Department that I tabled during September 2015 provides information on the expenses incurred by the Department including travelling and accommodation both locally and abroad by all our officials. The Auditor General audited all this information. The Annual Financial Statements format did not however allow us to provide a breakdown of this information in the manner that the Honourable member requires.

22 September 2015 - NW3183

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What amount has been spent on the traveling costs of the (a) Chief Justice and (b) his entourage, including the breakdown of the names of persons and their specific ranks, in the (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

 

(a)  (i) During the period 2012-13, the Chief Justice travelled on official international trips to the Seychelles, Korea, France, Italy, Russia, Germany, Ghana, Mozambique and Mauritius. The total costs for these official trips amounted to R677 214.21

(a)  (ii) In the year 2013-14, the Chief Justice travelled on official international trips to Benin, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Tanzania, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Nigeria. The total costs for these trips amounted to R879 073.72

(b)  (i) 2012-13 - Chief Justice’s entourage

Official trip to Seychelles

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • Justice Y Mokgoro, retired Judge of the Constitutional Court
  • Justice L Theron, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Dr G Moshoeu, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Judicial Education Institute
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aid to the Chief Justice

Official trip to Korea

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

  • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s spouse
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aid to the Chief Justice

Official trip to France, Italy, Russia and Germany

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All four countries)
  • Justice C Jafta, Justice of the Constitutional Court (All four countries)
  • Dr K De Wee, Acting Secretary General of the Office of the Chief Justice (As he was then) (All four countries)
  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Chief Director: Court Services (As she was then) (All four countries)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support (All four countries)

Official trips to Ghana and Mozambique

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Chief Director: Court Services (As she was then)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support

Official trip to Mauritius

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

    • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s Spouse
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support
  • Ms R Leyds, Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Justice.

The costs for the Chief Justice’s entourage for all the official international trips for the period 2012-13 amounted to R1 122 751. 28.

(b) (ii) 2013-14 - Chief Justice’s entourage

Official trip to Benin

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice
  • Mr M Mama, Security Coordinator

Official trips to Germany, United Kingdom, Norway

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following Judicial Officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three countries)
  • Deputy President K Mthiyane, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three countries)
  • Justice J Van Der Westhuizen, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice S Khampepe, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice J Froneman, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice C Jafta, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Justice R Zondo, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Germany only)
  • Judge President M Leeuw, Judge President of the North West Division of the High Court (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Judge President D Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court (United Kingdom only)
  • Ms M Sejosengwe, Secretary General of the Office of the Chief Justice (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research (All three countries)
  • Mr S Masisi, Director: Executive Support (United Kingdom and Norway)
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice (All three countries)
  • Mr Z Jekeqa, Protocol Coordinator (All three countries)

Official trip to Tanzania

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following officials:

  • Mr S Chiloane, Acting Chief Director: Judicial Policy and Research
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice
  • Mr Z Ntswanti, Deputy Director: Research

Official trips to Malaysia, Qatar and Singapore

The Chief Justice’s entourage for the consisted of the following Judicial officers and officials:

  • President L Mpati, President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (All three)
  • Deputy President K Mthiyane, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Justice S Majiedt, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge President M Leeuw, Judge President of the North West Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge President D Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge M Rampai, Acting Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court, (as he was then) (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge N Erasmus, Judge of the Western Cape Division of the High Court (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Judge A Jappie, Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (All three countries)
  • Mr K Nqadala, Regional Court President (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr D Niar, Chief Magistrate (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Dr G Moshoeu, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Judicial Education Institute (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr M Doralingo, Chief Director: Court Administration (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr P Gagai, Director: Judicial Policy (All three countries)
  • Adv E Seema, Director: Superior Courts (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr S Ntsimane, Executive Manager, Information, Communication and Technology (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr G Lesiba, Chairperson of the Integrated Justice System Board (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Mr A Slingers, Executive Aide to the Chief Justice (All three countries)
  • Mr Z Jekeqa, Protocol Coordinator (Malaysia and Singapore)

Official trip to Nigeria

The Chief Justice’s entourage consisted of the following persons:

  • Mrs A Mogoeng, Chief Justice’s spouse
  • Mr M Mama, Security Coordinator

The costs for the Chief Justice’s entourage for all the international trips for the period 2013-14 amounted to R4 287 509. 48.




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22 September 2015 - NW3185

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What progress has been made in the (a) investigation and/or (b) prosecution in a certain matter (details furnished) which was formerly investigated by the Specialised Investigating Unit and which is currently with the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit in Pretoria?

Reply:

a)   I wish to inform the Honourable Member that the investigation is at an advanced stage after suffering delays when both the lead investigator in the South African Police Services and prosecutor in the National Prosecuting Authority left the case in the middle before the investigation was completed.

b)   The investigation is anticipated to be finalised during the course of this year (2015).



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22 September 2015 - NW3255

Leader of Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) Following the recommendations of the reports of the (a) Public Protector (b) Special Investigating Unit and (c) Inter-Ministerial Committee on the irregular expenditure related to the private Nkandla residence of the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, what (i) remedial, (ii) disciplinary and (iii) other actions have been taken against (aa) officials and (bb) staff in his department to date; (2) (a) what action has his department taken to recover monies from (i) contractors, (ii) staff and (iii) suppliers who were identified and found to have contributed to the irregular expenditure related to the President’s specified residence; (3) has his department recovered any monies from the specified persons or companies to date; if so, what amount has been recovered?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

(1) (a), (b) and (c) (i) The Department of Public Works has taken the following remedial action:

  • Improved systems and training of staff members
  • Appropriate delegation of authority to Regional Offices was implemented to ensure operational effectiveness in service delivery. As a form of control to ensure that Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes are adhered to, all successful tenders awarded by Regional Offices are now reviewed at the Head Office by the Compliance Inspectorate to check for compliance with the SCM framework prior to being confirmed.
  • A change management programme is being implemented in the Department that seeks to build on three fundamentals underlying infrastructure delivery. These include business process re-engineering through the implementation of the Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS), human resource capacity development, as well as governance and accountability improvements.

          The IDMS, which was developed in partnership between the Public Works sector (national and provincial), along with             National Treasury, is a best practice methodology for the delivery of infrastructure. Its implementation will result in                 improved achievement of infrastructure delivery targets with respect to time, quality and budget.

  • The Department of Public Works, with the assistance of the State Security Agency (SSA), has embarked on a vetting project of all its SCM officials. The vetting of SCM officials at the Head Office has been prioritized, as well as at the Regional Offices that have a significant portfolio of Prestige projects (Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria Regional Office).
  • As part of the overall DPW Turnaround Strategy, the Department has concluded a detailed review of its business processes, which resulted in extensive business process re-engineering to vastly improve the SCM system. The 7-year reform path for SCM business processes began with a phase of the correction of inefficiencies to stabilisation (2014 – 2017) and will move ultimately to standardization, integration and optimization of the SCM business process (to take place during the period 2017 – 2020). This will ensure that DPW supply chain management is fully compliant with the regulatory framework and will also be able to meet its business requirements effectively. The SCM reform initiatives are pursued in collaboration with National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Office. The Department of Public Works was selected by the Minister of Finance as a pilot site for the implementation of general procurement reforms in the public sector.
  • The DPW has reviewed its SCM Policy, which now promotes stricter governance and compliance. The SCM policy is to be reviewed annually. For every SCM activity that is performed, there is a mapped out process flow with activity checklists, templates and reports. Utilisation of the mentioned documentation now enhances compliance, thereby contributing to reducing irregular expenditure.
  • The organizational structure of SCM has also been reviewed and a new structure was developed to meet business requirements. The structure is geared to focus on the support of the various functional streams of the Department through the correct mix of skills sets and competencies. The new structure provides for adequate segregation of duties and thus conflicts of interest will be avoided.
  • The Department’s Inspectorate and Compliance Unit is now a key role player in SCM processes prior to the award of every bid or quotation. This unit verifies that every SCM activity leading up to the recommendation of the bid has been complied with. Only upon receipt of the approved compliance checklist, will the bid be forwarded to the relevant committee for approval.
  • The Department is examining the guidelines, policies, norms and standards for the implementation of security measures at the private and official residences of the Executive and the Legislature in general, as well as certain administrative buildings, for consultation with the security cluster departments. It is envisaged that these consultations as well as those planned with the Department of Public Service and Administration will result in a refined procedural framework with respect to the implementation of physical security measures for tabling before Cabinet.

(ii) The following disciplinary action has been taken against the staff in DPW:

  • The investigation by Special Investigating Unit (SIU) indicated that 12 employees or former employees of the Department were probably guilty of misconduct due to acts and omissions in 30 separate matters related to the appointment of contractors for the security upgrades at President’s residence in Nkandla.
  • The Department has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the 12 officials. One official has since pleaded guilty with a sanction of two months suspension without pay and a final written warning and barred from participating in procurement processes for three years until he has undergone training. Disciplinary cases with respect to the remaining 11 employees are still on hold pending the high court application for media access to the disciplinary hearings by various media houses.

(iii) (aa) and (bb) No other action has been taken against officials or staff of the Department of Public Works.

(2) (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) The SIU investigation into the conduct of contractors/service providers has provided a basis for civil action against the architect, Mr M Makhanya for the recovery of R155 million. As the Principal Agent, Mr Makhanya bore the overall responsibility for the project.

The civil claim against the Principal Agent was instituted by the SIU on 11 August 2014 for the recovery of R155 324 516.49, being the amount of losses suffered by the Department for over-billing. The matter is before court and the hearing is pending.

(3) See the paragraph (2) (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) above. There is currently no basis in terms of a finding to warrant recovery of money from any staff member of DPW.

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22 September 2015 - NW2925

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

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

Reply:

The Office of the Chief Justice received its own budget vote with effect from 1 April 2015. I can report that to date the employment equity rate for the employment of persons with disabilities in the Office of the Chief Justice is at 1.2% which is below the national target of 2% by 0.8%.



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22 September 2015 - NW3298

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

(1) (a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

The Minister of Energy and the Deputy Minister travel to Gauteng and Cape Town as per official government responsibilities.



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22 September 2015 - NW3341

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Why did Transnet not pay out the bonus expected by the middle of 2015 to pensioners who are members of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and are drawing a pension of R15 000 or less per year?

Reply:

As responded to in PQ3010 submitted on 27 August 2015, the ex gratia payments made by Transnet to qualifying pensioners of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund are discretionary amounts. No decision has been taken by Transnet to make a payment in the 2015 calendar year.




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22 September 2015 - NW3170

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What is her department’s position in respect of the statement by Eskom’s spokesperson that Eskom’s financial issues were only partly responsible for the country’s rolling blackouts; (2) whether this is an indication of a greater Government culpability in respect of the blackouts; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.   Eskom’s financial issues are responsible for load shedding in as far as limited funding for maintenance and restrictions on diesel purchases for Open Cycle Gas Turbines are concerned.

​2.  In the main load shedding has been caused by maintenance deferred in the past which resulted in a backlog of maintenance and decline in plant reliability.



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22 September 2015 - NW3101

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 441 on 8 June 2015, what are the relevant details of the workload indicators for staffing need (WISN) work that had been done in the clinics?

Reply:

The Workload Indicators for Staffing Norms (WISN) method is an evidence-based Human Resource planning and management tool developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This tool was applied in sampled facilities located within the NHI pilot sites to determine the number of health workers of a particular category required to cope with the workload of the given health facility. The findings from this work were subsequently used to develop health workforce normative guides and standards for Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities.

Implementation guidelines of health workforce normative guides and standards for fixed PHC facilities are available. This guideline will be used in the process of determining staffing requirements in all fixed PHC facilities by benchmarking facility staffing against normative guides using facility headcount as a proxy of workload.

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22 September 2015 - NW3295

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

(1) (a)(i) What total amount did his department spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake between Cape Town and Gauteng in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did his department spend on each Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips between Gauteng and Cape Town did each Deputy Minister undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for each Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(1)(a) (i) The Department spent R479 694 on my air travel costs between Pretoria and Cape Town for the 2014/15 financial year; and R508 844 for car rentals, which comes to a total of R988 538;

        (ii) I undertook 47 trips between Cape Town and Gauteng to attend Parliamentary business in Cape Town for the specified financial year;

(b)(i) I spent R32 023 on hotel accommodation; and

   (ii) regarding residential and other accommodation, this information is not readily available, as I live in my own house in Pretoria, Gauteng when in Pretoria; and I live in the Parliamentary Village in Cape Town when in Parliamentary session in Cape Town.

(2)(a)(i) Regarding the costs of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department spent an amount of R202 926 on air travel for 2014/15 and R154 662 for car rentals, which comes to a total of R357 588;

(ii) 67 trips were undertaken between Cape Town and Gauteng by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development;

(b)(i) An amount of R972.00 was spent on hotel accommodation for the relevant Deputy Minister; and

(ii) regarding residential and other accommodation, this information is not readily available, as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development lives in his own house in Gauteng; and he lives in the Parliamentary Village in Cape Town when in Parliamentary session in Cape Town.


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22 September 2015 - NW3270

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister in The Presidency: Women

(1) What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) What is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

(1) a) The total amount that the department spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R1, 442,598.01.

(b) The total number of return trips that were undertaken was 68.

(2) (a) The total amount spent by the department on accommodation in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R257, 626.03.

(b) The total amount spent by the department on car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year is R107, 251.02.

 

Approved by the Minister on
Date: 22/09/2015