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31 August 2017 - NW2483

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) How many reports of reportable irregularities were received by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), in terms of section 45 of the Auditing Profession Act, Act 26 of 2005, in respect of each major public entity as outlined in Schedule 2 of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, (i) in each of the past ten financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) on what date was each such report received, (c) what is the name of the auditor from which each such report was received, (d) what are the particulars of the matters addressed in each report and (e) what action was taken following receipt of the report by IRBA in each case?

Reply:

With regards to the above information requested please see attachment - Annexure A.

 

 

31 August 2017 - NW2432

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether his department has made any progress in the past 12 months to reduce the cost to communicate in South Africa, which remains amongst the highest in the world; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is currently working on transparency mechanisms to regulate the expiry of data bundles. Initial interventions will ensure provisions to ensure that all segments of data bundles do not automatically expire after 30 days but have a cascading scale as proposed in ICASA’s Draft Regulations:

1MB to 50MB: 10 days

50MB to 500MB: 30 days

500MB to 1GB: 60 days

1GB to 5GB: 90 days

5GB to 10GB: 180 days

10GB to 20GB: 12 months

>20GB: 24 months

In terms of the Draft Regulations:

Industry will be required to inform consumers as data gets depleted due to use, and also allow them an option to choose whether to purchase more data bundles as opposed to the usual default to out of bundle rates. The final regulations will be in place by the end of October 2017.

The Competition Commission has announced the commencement of its inquiry into the ICT market and the data market in particular (from 18 September 2017 to 31 August 2018). The intervention of the Commission will include the following actions:

 (a) Obtain a clear understanding of the data services value chain, including interactions and commercial relationships between different levels of the value chain as well as the relationship with other parts of the ICT sector and the broader economy;

 (b) Assess the state of competition throughout the value chain in order to identify areas of market power where consumers may be exploited and to identify any structural, behavioural and regulatory factors that may influence pricing;

 (c) Benchmark South African data pricing against those of other countries; and

 (d) Establish whether data supply quality and coverage is adequate by international standards and the country's developmental needs.

Approved/Not Approved

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

31 August 2017 - NW2413

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Does the Air Traffic Navigation Services SOC Ltd (ATNS) provide its services to SA Airways (SAA) on an equal basis as it does to all other airlines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what are the relevant details of (a) each service that ATNS provides to (i) SAA and (ii) each other airline, (b) the rates that are charged for the specified services, (c) the payment terms given and (d) total amounts owed as at 31 July 2017 and (e) age analysis of the amounts owed as at 31 July 2017 in each case; (3) whether ATNS made any changes in the payment terms given to the SAA from 1 April 2017 up to 31 July 2017; if so, what are the full details of the changed payment terms

Reply:

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

1. ATNS provides its services equally to all airspace users, and our credit terms are 30 days from date of invoice. SAA has from 01 April 2017 to date been settling their invoices on average 45 days after due date and as a result ATNS has been charging SAA interest due to late payment.

2. (a)(i) ATNS provides air traffic control services, air traffic flow management services, aeronautical information management services and alerting services to SAA and (ii) similarly to all other airspace users, (b) the rates charged are as per government gazette no 40552 dated 20 January 2017, Notice 29 of 2017, (c) ATNS credit terms are 30 days from date of invoice and this applies to SAA as well, (d) The total amount owed by SAA as at 31 July 2017 was R 65 610 477, (e) The below table is the age analysis as at 31 July 2017:

Customer Name

Customer Balance

Current

31 - 60 Days

61 - 90 Days

91 - 120 Days

121 & Over

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

65,610,477

33,278,543

32,158,541

173,394

-

-

3. ATNS never extended/agreed to change its payment terms to SAA, from 01 April to 31 July 2017, SAA has not adhered to ATNS credit terms and as such ATNS charged SAA interest on late payments.

31 August 2017 - NW2361

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

With reference to the contract signed between the South African Post Office (SAPO) and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), (a) what is the monetary value of the contract, (b) what is the period of the contract and (c) will SAPO be able to comply with the relevant requirements of the contract applicable to them to ensure that the Constitutional Court deadline in terms of SASSA being ready to pay out grants on behalf of the State is met?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

SAPO does not have a contract with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as yet. SAPO has, however, received a letter of intention to work with SASSA.

(a) The final monetary value will be determined out of engagements between SAPO and SASSA.

(b) Not applicable as no contract has been signed.

(c) SAPO has submitted its proposal including its capacity to SASSA. Further, SAPO has informed me that it has the capacity to deal with various aspects of the value chain including banking services.

Approved/Not Approved

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

31 August 2017 - NW2286

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

(a) What progress has been made with regard to certain cases (names and details furnished) in the prosecutorial process and (b) without disclosing privileged information, (i) what are the next steps in the process and (ii) by what date will the specified steps be taken?

Reply:

(a) S v (names and details furnished)

The matter relates to a rhino crime syndicate in the Musina district and involves 1870 counts of rhino crimes and racketeering. The next appearance date for the case is 29 January 2018. One of the accused has lodged representations and the process of considering such representations is currently underway.

(b) S v (names and details furnished) (syndicate)

The matter relates to 318 counts of rhino-related crimes and racketeering; including theft of rhino horns from the Nature Conservation office in Giyani. The next appearance date is 15 September 2017 in the North Gauteng High Court. The motion application in which, inter alia, the presumptions contained in certain provincial legislation are being questioned, is being addressed.

(c) S v (names and details furnished)

This matter involves a (names and details furnished) who is involved in large scale dealing in rhino horn. He and accomplices are charged with, among others, various counts of C/S 57 of NEMBA. The matter has been postponed to 31 August 2017 for a new attorney and an application by the State for the recusal of the magistrate.

(d) S v (names and details furnished)

There are 12 accused in the matter, two of whom are members of SAPS. The accused are regarded as a rhino poaching syndicate also involved in other kinds of crime. The case against has been remanded to 28 November 2017 in the regional court, Skukuza. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) North Gauteng has directed that the case must be transferred to the High Court for trial and the case has been remanded awaiting the High Court date.

(e) S v (names and details furnished) and Others

The accused were charged with counts of dealing in rhino horn; alternatively possession of rhino horn. The trial was scheduled to take place on
23 August 2017, but Accused no 1 was murdered with his wife a few days prior to the commission of the trial. The matter has subsequently been postponed to
6 September 2017 for the State to consider its position against Accused no 2 and 3.

31 August 2017 - NW2381

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

(1)(a) What are the terms of reference for the inquiry being undertaken by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into the spectrum requirements of the proposed Wholesale Open Access Network, (b) what amount will be paid to CSIR to conduct the inquiry and (c) what is the expected delivery date of the report resulting from this inquiry; (2) Whether (a) the CSIR or (b) any industry sector stakeholder requested an extension of the specified deadline for the delivery of the report; if not, will such a request be favourably considered in the future; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2628E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(1)(a) To advise the Department on the amount of spectrum required to ensure that the Wireless Open Access Network is viable.

(1)(b) R 1 197 022, 80 (VAT Inclusive)

(1)(c) End of August 2017

(2)(a)&(b) No. This is an internal study to inform the implementation of the policy. The Minister is required by law to engage stakeholders and the general public on policy and policy directions. The study will inform the future policy direction, and I will consult stakeholders as it becomes necessary.

Approved/Not Approved

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

31 August 2017 - NW2453

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Malawi and (b) imported from Malawi to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Malawi in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R 163,157,897

H210690: Other food preparations not elsewhere specified

R 133,314,749

H390210: Polypropylene

R 121,339,450

H380893: Herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators

R 94,252,581

H271012: Light oils and preparations:

R 91,965,903

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Malawi in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value (in Million Rands)

H090240: Other black tea (fermented) and other partly fermented tea

R 394,218,297

H240120: Tobacco, partly or wholly stemmed or stripped

R 60,900,308

H170199: Other cane or beet sugar containing flavouring or coloring matter

R 40,980,620

H400129: Other latex rubber products not pre-vulcanised

R 35,945,579

H441299: Other products of plywood, veneered panels and similar laminated products

R 26,991,161

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2380

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

(a) What budget allocations have been or will be transferred from his department’s estimates of expenditure to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to (i) conduct enquiries to identify priority markets in the telecommunications sector and (ii) address the high cost of communication and (b) from which of his department’s programmes will the funding be drawn?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

(a)-(b) No budget allocations from the Department’s estimates of expenditure have been or will be transferred to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). ICASA has budgeted for this area of work as reflected in its Annual Performance Plan.

Approved/Not Approved

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

31 August 2017 - NW2301

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Why has he not finally declared a restriction or prohibition on the granting of any rights or permits in terms of section 49(1) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), Act 28 of 2002, in relation to the (a) the buffer zone around the Mapungubwe National Park, which was initiated by the former Minister of Mineral Resources, Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, by the publication of his intention to declare a restriction and prohibition in the Government Gazette 38004 of 12 September 2014 and (b) the Chrissiesmeer Biodiversity Site, which was initiated by the former Minister of Mineral Resources, Ms S Shabangu, by the publication of her intention to declare a restriction and prohibition in Government Gazette 34051 of 11 March 2011; (2) given the environmental significance of the wetlands and grasslands in the Wakkerstroom area and the extreme sensitivity of those wetlands and grasslands to prospecting and mining, why has he not exercised his discretion in terms of section 49(1) of the MPRDA to declare a restriction or prohibition against the granting of new prospecting and mining rights in that area?

Reply:

  1. The Minister will exercise his discretion in terms of Section 49 (1) of the MPRDA for mining in the area subsequent to the submission of a technical report currently been compiled by the Joint Planning Task Team comprising officials from the Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Water and Sanitation.
  2. On the strength of the information received, the Minister is considering to restrict the granting of any right over the properties within a buffer zone of the Mapungubwe work Heritage site. The environmental sensitivity of the wetlands and grasslands as well as the overall occurrence of certain species were duly considered when the area was declared to be a buffer zone. If the area falls outside the buffer zone as declared, the necessary studies shall be conducted and the result thereof shall be presented for further consideration by the Minister. The restriction would not constitute prohibition and each case will be considered on its merits.

Approved/Not Approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

31 August 2017 - NW2521

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Why has there been underspending with regard to the Rail Safety Amendment Bill, (ii) what has been done to change the situation and (iii) how is this being monitored and (b)(i) why have the (aa) deliverables, (bb) timelines, (cc) timeframes and (dd) deadlines not been met and (ii) what is being done to change the situation in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) The Department appointed a service provider to assist with the drafting of the Railway Safety Bill and payment of invoices are aligned to project deliverables/milestones. The Department only process payment once it is satisfied with the deliverables and delays in finalising the deliverables subsequently leads to under expenditure.

(ii) The project team has regular engagements to fast-track the deliverables.

(iii) This is monitored through constant engagement, progress reports and regular follow ups with the service provider.

(b) (i)(aa)(bb)(cc)(dd) The Railway Safety Bill had to undergo the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System(SEIAS) process, which was not anticipated, as the SEIAS process was not yet introduced by the time the project timelines were drafted. The stakeholder consultations process also took longer than was anticipated and this further prolonged the completion of the deliverables. This subsequently also negatively affected the timeframes and the deadlines.

(ii) The draft Railway Safety Bill has been finalised and it is due for submission to Cabinet for approval for further broader consultation.

NW2778E

31 August 2017 - NW2423

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)What were the circumstances surrounding and reasons for the suspension of a certain person (name and details furnished); (2) has the matter been investigated and resolved; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings and outcomes?

Reply:

(1) The suspension of Mr Aphane is still a matter between the department and the employee. The circumstance leading to the suspension cannot be disclosed to anyone as this is still under investigation. This cannot be revealed as it might taint the integrity of the investigation.

(2) The matter is still under investigation and the processes are within the 60 days prescribed by the law and no findings and outcomes have been reached. The matter will be subjected to disciplinary processes as guided by Chapter 7 of SMS handbook.

31 August 2017 - NW2447

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Namibia and (b) imported from Namibia to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Namibia in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H271012: Light oils and preparations

R2,261,295,005

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R2,108,908,680

H271600: Electrical energy 1000 kwh

R1,527,564,830

H300490: Unspecified Medicaments

R862,922,173

H170114: Other cane sugar

R750,358,210

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Namibia in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H220300: Beer made from malt

R715,769,582

H010229: Unspecified live bovine animal

R624,109,615

H710231: Unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted

R445,852,448

H790120: Zinc alloys

R274,928,114

H030355: Jack and horse mackerel

R269,110,278

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2452

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Zambia and (b) imported from Zambia to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Zambia in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H271012: Light oils and preparations:

R 2,077,475,340

H843149: Parts for boring or sinking machinery

R 712,322,890

H271600: Electrical energy 1000 kwh

R 686,494,530

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R 541,189,908

H310290: Other, including mixtures not specified in the foregoing subheadings

R 498,243,927

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Zambia in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H740311: Cathodes and sections of cathodes

R 720,415,928

H740811: Of which the maximum cross-sectional dimension exceeds 6 mm

R 475,504,693

H520100: Cotton, not carded or combed:

R 269,585,968

H720221: Containing mass more than 55 per cent of silicon

141,168,698

H854449: Insulated copper wire

115,810,930

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2445

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

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Zimbabwe and (b) imported from Zimbabwe to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Zimbabwe in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H271600: Electrical energy 1000 kwh

R2,000,576,962

H100590: Unspecified maize

R1,534,766,472

H271012: Light oils and preparations

R752,936,660

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R558,812,658

H150710: Crude oil, whether or not degummed

R530,622,383

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Zimbabwe in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H750110: Nickel mattes

R2,229,094,553

H260400: Nickel ores and concentrates

R1,366,860,404

H240120: Tobacco, partly or wholly stemmed or stripped

R769,540,454

H253090: Minerals not elsewhere specified

R175,025,246

H261000: Chromium ores and concentrates

R124,332,647

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2522

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Why has there been under expenditure with regard to the National Rail Safety Strategy, (ii) what has his department done to change this and (iii) how is this being monitored and (b)(i) why were (aa) deliverables, (bb) timelines, (cc) timeframes and (dd) deadlines not met and (ii) what is being done to change the situation in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) The Department has appointed a service provider to assist with the development of the National Railway Safety Strategy. Payments of invoices are aligned to project deliverables/milestones. The Department only process payment once it is satisfied with the deliverables and any delay in finalising the deliverables subsequently leads to under expenditure for that period.

(ii) The project team had regular engagements with the service provider in order to fast-track the deliverables

(iii) This is monitored through constant engagement, progress reports and regular follow ups with the service provider.

(b)(i) (aa)(bb)(cc)(dd) The period which was initially set out for stakeholder consultation proved to be not sufficient which affected deliverables, the timelines, the timeframes and the deadlines.

(ii) The the timelines, the timeframes and the deadlines are interrelated and in addressing them the Department continuously work closely with the service provider to ensure that the missed time-frames/timelines/deadlines are corrected.

NW2781E

31 August 2017 - NW2446

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Lesotho and (b) imported from Lesotho to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Lesotho in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H271012: Light oils and preparations

R1,880,742,274

H100590: Unspecified Maize

R497,459,187

H110313: Maize meal

R355,693,456

H853890: Unspecified Parts

R298,432,918

H252329:Unspecified cement

R242,309,390

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Lesotho in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H853620: Automatic circuit breakers:

R353,169,564

H940190: Seats (excluding those of heading 9402)

R313,721,058

H620342: Mens or boys suits made of cotton

R273,217,737

H510529: Wool not Combed

R212,947,375

H610910: T-shirts made of cotton

R201,385,719

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2384

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Communications

What total amount has been spent on the set-top box procurement process to date in terms of (a) legal costs, (b) administration costs, (c) outsourced consulting costs and (d) any other costs that may have been incurred?

Reply:

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) is in a better position to provide a Reply to this Parliamentary Question. This Parliamentary Question should be redirected to DTPS

31 August 2017 - NW1857

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he received the letter (details furnished) pertaining to the comments made by a certain person (name and details furnished); if so, (a) on what date will he acknowledge receipt of such correspondence and (b) what action is he taking in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The letter, dated 23 May 2017, from Michael Waters MP (Deputy Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance), was received on 12 June 2017. The office of the Provincial Commissioner, acknowledge of receipt, thereof.

(b) A case of crimen injuria and corruption (bribery) was opened, as per Edenvale CAS 108/06/2017. The matter was reported to the Cluster Community Police Board, for the necessary disciplinary action to be instituted against the Chairperson. A date was set for, 20 June 2017.

31 August 2017 - NW2247

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)How does (a) her department and/or (b) the provincial departments intend to distribute the R477 million Medium-Term Expenditure Framework conditional grant for profoundly intellectually disabled children; (2) how will the specified grant be used to benefit (a) learners and (b) teachers in the implementation of the Policy and Learning Programme; (3) did any legal settlements prompt the introduction of the grant?

Reply:

1. (a) The funding allocation to Provincial Education Departments is as follows:

Province

Allocation 2017/18

Allocation 2018/19

Allocation 2019/20

 

R’000

R’000

R’000

Eastern Cape

3 537

12 283

14 622

Free State

11 368

28 864

34 360

Gauteng

12 632

30 707

36 554

KwaZulu-Natal

5 558

14 739

17 545

Limpopo

9 853

24 565

29 243

Mpumalanga

12 883

31 322

37 285

Northern Cape

2 021

6 142

7 312

North West

2 274

6 756

8 042

Western Cape

11 874

30 093

35 822

Total

72 000

185 471

220 785

(b) Provinces will distribute the grant in accordance with the following guidelines as stipulated in the Grant Framework:

  • 13% for training of teachers and the 31 Outreach Teams;
  • 11% for Learning and Teaching Support Materials, toolkits and equipment for centres and designated schools;
  • 56% for compensation of itinerant teams and provincial co-ordinators; as well as
  • 20% for administration including travel, vehicles, accommodation and subsistence.

(2) (a) The Grant will be used to benefit learners in the following ways:

  • To provide therapeutic and psycho-social intervention to learners and their families in targeted 186 schools and 280 care centres by appointing and training 155 specialised staff, who will provide the therapeutic intervention and procuring equipment as well as learning teaching support materials (LTSM) to be used by the staff;
  • To track, provide learner-specific support and follow up on their progress by creating a comprehensive and reliable database of learners in the targeted schools and care centres;
  • To provide quality education and support to learners by further developing the professional capacity, knowledge and skills of caregivers and teachers in the 280 care centres, 186 schools;
  • To facilitate leaners’ access to various government services and other intervention programmes through working collaboratively with other government departments and non-governmental organisations (NGO); and
  • To advocate for learners’ rights to access public-funded quality education through documenting and reporting on the Grant’s achievements.

(b) The Grant will be used to benefit teachers in the following ways:

  • To provide accredited training programmes to teachers in 186 schools, caregivers in 280 care centres and 155 therapists, on disability and on how to implement the Learning Programme for Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability;
  • To develop teachers’ and caregivers’ professional practice in managing learners with severe to profound intellectual disability, through the provision of onsite training and support by a team of therapists and special needs teachers; and
  • To provide caregivers in 280 targeted care centres an opportunity to acquire a Level 5 qualification, which is currently being developed by the DBE in collaboration with the University of Cape Town.

(3) Yes. The grant was prompted by the judgement of the Western Cape High Court in 2010, in the case of the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability against the Government of South Africa and the Government of the Province of the Western Cape (Case No: 18678/2007).

31 August 2017 - NW2394

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) How many asbestos mines have been rehabilitated since the inception of his department’s asbestos rehabilitation project in 2008, (b) what amount has been spent to date and (c)(i) what are the names of the mines that have been rehabilitated and (ii) where are these mines located; (2) (a) how many asbestos mines still need to be rehabilitated and (b) what is the estimated rehabilitation costs; (3) by what date does his department anticipate to conclude the rehabilitation of asbestos mines?

Reply:

1. (a) 21 sites

(b) R154 152 385.16

(c)

  1. Strelley Northern Cape
  2. Jebolo: Northern Cape
  3. Prieska Old Hospital: Northern Cape
  4. Langley Limpopo:
  5. Mafefe Kappa: Limpopo
  6. Prieska Parkland Creation: Northern Cape
  7. Heuningvlei: Northern Cape
  8. Vergenoeg: Northern Cape
  9. Ga-Lotolo: Northern Cape
  10. Lokaleng Northern Cape
  11. Ditabogong: Limpopo
  12. Mahlatjane: Limpopo
  13. Klipriver: Kwazulu Natal
  14. Sithilo: Kwazulu Natal
  15. Ga-Madiba: Limpopo
  16. Betle: Limpopo
  17. Mang le Mang: Limpopo
  18. Masaneng: Northern Cape
  19. Buisvlei South: Northern Cape
  20. Buisvlei North: Northern Cape
  21. Motsane: Limpopo

2. (a) 234

(b) R1 701 278 865

3. 2029

Approved/Not Approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

31 August 2017 - NW2451

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

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Angola and (b) imported from Angola to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Angola in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H843143: Parts for boring or sinking machinery of subheading 843041 or 843049

R518,496,654

H880230: Aeroplanes and other aircraft, of an unladen mass exceeding 2 000 kg but not exceeding 15 000 kg

R360,413,163

H110313: Maize meal (corn):

R312,714,968

H271012: Light oils and preparations:

R205,893,309

H240220: Cigarettes containing tobacco:

R186,216,177

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Angola in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H270900: Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude

R18,556,018,256

H710231: Unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted

R20,209,823

H732690: Other articles of iron and steal

R7,162,152

H843143: Parts for boring or sinking machinery of subheading 843041 or 843049

R7,159,374

H847990: Parts of Machines and mechanical appliances not else specified

R6,918,335

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW2370

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)With reference to his reply to question 1917 on 28 July 2017, what are the reasons for the vast differences in the numbers of staff appointed full-time and part-time at the nine Community Education and Training Colleges (CET); (2) will his department be working towards a more standardised staff establishment model for CET colleges; if so, (a) what staff establishment model is deemed appropriate to ensure quality service delivery in this regard, (b) what steps will be needed to move towards such a dispensation and (c) by what date will the staff establishment model be implemented?

Reply:

1. The appointed staff within Community Education and Training (CET) colleges was transferred from the erstwhile Adult Education and Training units within the Provincial Departments of Education to the Department of Higher Education and Training under Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act of 1995. The conditions of service for these appointed staff can only be changed through a collective bargaining process in terms of both the Labour Relation Act and Public Service Act.

2. The Department intends to standardise the post establishment model.

(a) In the short-term, the Department is applying the post provisioning model to CET colleges whilst the Department is working towards a programme funded model, which is deemed to be more efficient. The outcome of the programme diversification pilot will assist the Department in determining which programmes are in demand, and what are the cost drivers for each programme.

(b) The implementation of a standardised post establishment model will require the allocation of additional funding. The Department has compiled a draft costed model for the standardisation of the conditions of employment for CET college staff. The model has to be subjected to a collective bargaining process and tabling to National Treasury for additional funding through a bidding process. The speed at which the collective bargaining process progresses depends on the Public Service Central Bargaining Council’s (PSCBC) determination on whether the CET college lecturers’ conditions of service are collectively bargained for in the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council or any other collective bargaining council which the PSCBC may determine.

(c) The implementation of a standardized post establishment model is subject to the availability of funding and conclusion of a collective agreement with Labour. Service Sector Bargaining Council

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

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QUESTION 2370 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

31 August 2017 - NW2449

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to the United Republic of Tanzania and (b) imported from the United Republic of Tanzania to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to the United Republic of Tanzania in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H720839: Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hot-rolled, not clad, plated or coated of a thickness of less than 3 mm

R358,002,635

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R341,876,063

H480810: Corrugated paper and paperboard, whether or not perforated

R185,115,280

H720711: Semi-Finished products of iron or non- alloy steel of rectangular (including square) cross-section, the width measuring less than twice the thickness

R148,088,917

H390210: Polypropylene:

R134,075,221

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from the United Republic of Tanzania in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H090240: Other black tea (fermented) and other partly fermented tea

R63,291,536

H610910: T-shirts, singlets and other vests, knitted or crocheted of cotton

R53,910,173

H090111: Coffee (Not decaffeinated)

R51,046,486

H710231: Unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted

R38,273,794

H240220: Cigarettes containing tobacco

R19,419,945

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

31 August 2017 - NW1821

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether she travelled to Dubai as it is allegedly revealed in the recently leaked Gupta emails; if so, (a) on what date did she travel, (b) what was the purpose of her trip, (c) who paid for her (i) hotel accommodation (ii) car hire and (iii) spa treatment?

Reply:

Guidelines on Parliamentary Questions published on the Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports (ATC) dated 25 November 2017 indicate that “Questions may not refer to matters under consideration of a parliamentary committee or deal with matters within the jurisdiction of the chairperson of a parliamentary committee or a House of Parliament;". The matter on travel to Dubai is with Office of the Members’ Interest for consideration by the Parliamentary Committee on Ethics and Member’s Interests.

31 August 2017 - NW2313

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service

With reference to his reply to question number 1761 on 11 July 2017, was there a threat and risk assessment conducted which recommended that the National Director of Public Prosecution be awarded VIP security through the SA Police Service; if not, on what basis is the specified security provided; if so, (a) on what date was the specified assessment done, (b) what were the recommendations of the specified threat assessment, (c) on what date will the situation next be reviewed and (d) will he make a copy of the threat assessment report available to Mr Z N Mbhele?

Reply:

The provision and implementation of close-in-transit protection services, is provided to the National Director of Public Prosecutions. This was done after a Threats and Risk Assessment have been done many years back and has been the norm with all other predecessors appointed to hold the same office. Security services are therefore provided to the Office of the NDPP, irrespective of the person holding such office at any time. Threats and Risk Assessments are done as and when required and the outcome thereof will determine the kind of security required. Threat assessment reports remain confidential.

31 August 2017 - NW2386

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)With reference to her media release on 24 July 2017 (details furnished), wherein it is stated that 15 out of 35 rhinos that were translocated were poached, (a) where were the 35 rhinos translocated from and (b) which facility were they translocated to; (2) have there been any successful arrests regarding this specific incident; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what steps have been taken by her department to protect the remaining 20 rhinos in the affected facility; (4) what is the size, translated in quantity in tonnes, of the rhino horn stockpile currently held by (a) her department and/or (b) other government agencies?

Reply:

(1) (a) The rhinos were translocated from the Kruger National Park; and

(b) were translocated to Langgeluk Beleggings property in Kroonstad which comprises several farms across the Kroonstad district.

(2) The 20 rhinos are in private ownership and management.

(3) Private rhino owners authorised to possess rhinos are responsible for the security of their rhinos. Government supports such rhino owners, either upon request or through the overall national and provincial programs like the Intergrated Strategic Management Approach.

(4) (a) and (b)

The size and the whereabouts of the stockpile cannot be disclosed for security reasons.

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31 August 2017 - NW2377

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) What are the (i) names and (ii) professional designations of each member appointed to the National Cybersecurity Advisory Council (NCAC) in response to the advertisement for nominations published on 23 April 2017, (b) what are the names of the information communication technology, cybersecurity or other sector companies or organisations that employ each of the specified council members and (c) how many nominations were received; (2) Whether the names of the proposed council members were approved by Cabinet; if not, (a) why not and (b) by when will the list be approved; if so, on which date was it approved; (3) Whether he has met with the council yet; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date does he plan to meet with them; if so, on which date; (4) What (a) is the mandate of the council and (b) deadlines have been set for deliverables?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

1(a) (i) The Department has not finalised the appointment of the NCAC members. The Department is reviewing the received applications and thereafter the appointment process will be finalised.

(ii) As indicated in 1(a)(i) above, the appointment process has not yet been concluded, however, the professional designations of the applicants are as follows: (5) five from the legal fraternity, (4) four government officials, (5) five from academia, (16) sixteen from the ICT-sector, (1) one member of a research council and (3) three members of NGO’s.

(1)(b) The appointment of NCAC members have not been finalised.

(1)(c) 34 nominations were received

(2) No

(2)(a) Cabinet approval is not a prerequisite, however, according to the NCAC Terms of Reference, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has the responsibility to appoint the Council Members.

(2)(b) See (2)(a) above

(3) The Minister will meet with the Council as soon as the members of the Council have been appointed.

(4)(a) According to the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework the mandate of the NCAC is to advise the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on policy and technical issues, and other matters pertinent to Cybersecurity pursuant to building confidence and trust in the secure use of ICTs.

(4)(b) After appointment, the NCAC will engage with the Department and the Minister, thereafter it will adopt a work plan which will detail the deliverables for the term of the Council.

Approved/Not Approved

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

31 August 2017 - NW2369

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, with reference to his answer to question 1614 on 4 August 2017, he can indicate (a) What number of complaints have been lodged with the Ombudsman and (b) what number of the complaints submitted, expressed as percentages,

Reply:

(a) What number of complaints have been lodged with the Ombudsman

Financial period

Total number

2013/14

156

2014/15

1270

2015/16

2133

NB: Final information relating to the 2016/17 will be made available once the Annual Report is tabled in Parliament. In regard to earlier Parliamentary Question 1614, details relating to 2016/17 were provisional and were still to be verified.

and (b) what number of the complaints submitted, expressed as percentages,

(i) were successful for the applicant(s) and (ii) were unsuccessful in that there was no merit in the applications? NW2614E

Year

Successful for taxpayer

Unsuccessful for taxpayer

2013/14

80%

20%

2014/15

84%

16%

2015/16

87%

13%

NB: The 2016/17 information will be made available once the Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament.

31 August 2017 - NW2455

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1993 on 4 August 2017, the companies importing the products are recorded when his department records import; if so, (a) who are the companies who accounted for the top five imports in each category and (b) what was the rand value in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years?

Reply:

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is the legislatively empowered controlling entity for statistics on the importation and exportation of goods. Exercising this control entails record-keeping, verification, publication and analysis of trade data. SARS does not ordinarily disclose the names of either importing or exporting companies to the Department of Trade and Industry. SARS considers this information to be highly confidential and, in acting within the confines of the Customs and Excise Act, Act 91 of 1964 as amended, SARS may only disclose such information in very limited circumstances.

 

 

31 August 2017 - NW2524

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)(i) Why has there been under expenditure with regard to the Rail Safety Strategy (ii) what has his department done to change this and (iii) how is this being monitored and (b)(i) why has there been (aa) deliverables, (bb) timelines, (cc) timeframes and (dd) deadlines that were not met and (ii) what is being done to change the situation in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) The Department has appointed a service provider to assist with the development of the National Railway Safety Strategy. Payments of invoices are aligned to project deliverables/milestones. The Department only process payment once it is satisfied with the deliverables and any delay in finalising the deliverables subsequently leads to under expenditure for that period.

(ii) The project team had regular engagements with the service provider in order to fast-track the deliverables

(iii) This is monitored through constant engagement, progress reports and regular follow ups with the service provider.

(b)(i) (aa))bb)(cc)(dd) The period which was initially set out for stakeholder consultation proved to be insufficient and this affected delivery period that has subsequently affected the timelines, timeframes and deadlines.

(ii) The timelines, timeframes and deadlines are interrelated and in addressing them the Department continuously work closely with the service provider to ensure that the missed time-frames/timelines/deadlines are corrected.

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31 August 2017 - NW2448

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five goods, listed in accordance with their Rand value, that are (a) exported from South Africa to Swaziland and (b) imported from Swaziland to South Africa?

Reply:

(a) The top five exports by South Africa to Swaziland in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H271012: Light oils and preparations:

R1,626,086,619

H271600: Electrical energy 1000 kwh

R862,164,842

H100590: Unspecified maize

R487,222,526

H330210: preparations used in the food or drink industries

R360,638,988

H870421: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods not exceeding 5t

R230,763,011

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

(b) The top five imports by South Africa from Swaziland in 2016; listed at 6-digit HS Code level and in accordance with Rand value; were the following:

Products

Value in 2016

H330210: Mixtures of odoriferous substances used in the food or drink industries

R4,501,258,031

H382490: Unspecified chemical products

R1,845,841,148

H170113: Cane sugar specified in Subheading Note 2 to this Chapter

R1,772,053,266

H170114: Other cane sugar

R760,772,322

H620462: Trousers made of cotton

R437,624,046

Source: www.thedti.gov.za

30 August 2017 - NW2372

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

(1)Whether the new framework for the auditing of universities has been piloted by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) as promised for 2017; if not, (a) why not, (b) on what date will the pilot take place and (c) in which university will it be piloted; if so, will he furnish Prof B Bozzoli with a copy of the framework; (2) is there a timetable for the actual audit cycle for all universities after piloting; if not, why not; if so, when will each university be audited?

Reply:

(1) The Council on Higher Education (CHE) has been utilising a consultative approach to engage with higher education institutions for the past year on how best to undertake institutional quality assurance, underpinned by a review of recent trends in quality assurance internationally. In line with these trends, the CHE is preparing a framework document for the new process, which will be called Institutional Quality Reviews (IQRs). IQRs will assess the effectiveness of institutions’ quality assurance systems. The framework document will be presented to the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) on 9 November 2017, where after a copy can be made available. The process will be piloted in February 2018. Volunteers to undergo pilots will be solicited at a meeting of Deputy Vice-Chancellors: Academic as well as Teaching and Learning on 20 September 2017.

(2) The implementation of IQRs is scheduled to begin in the 2018/19 financial year, provided funding is made available.

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS:

EXT:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

QUESTION 2372 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

30 August 2017 - NW2269

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

(a) What is the total number of director-generals that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has had since 12 May 2009, (b) what are their names and (c) for what period did they serve in each case?

Reply:

(a) Four (4)

(b) and (c)

DESIGNATION

NAME

PERIOD SERVED IN POSITION

Director - General

Ms N. Nduli

16 July 2008 to 15 October 2009

Director - General

Mr L. Zita

16 September 2010 to 16 August 2012

Director - General

Prof EV Vries

01 October 2013 to 22 September 2015

Director - General

Mr MM Mlengana

01 July 2016 – current (Was placed on pre- cautionary suspension on 11 July 2017).

30 August 2017 - NW2363

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

In respect of the biodiversity compliance workshop that her department hosted with muti traders and traditional leaders in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on 8 June 2017, what (a) were the outcomes of the workshop and (b) steps are being taken by her department to prevent the continuing trade in critical and endangered species at the Durban and other muti markets in operation around the country?

Reply:

(a) The compliance promotion and awareness workshop held on 08 June 2017 produced positive outcomes in relation to the implementation of the department’s environmental legislation. The workshop provided:

i) the competent authorities (national Department of Environmental Affairs, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Ethekwini Municipality) with an opportunity to present to the traditional healers, muti traders and muti collectors all applicable environmental legislation and to promote awareness of all legal requirements that have to be complied with when they carry out their business;

ii) the traditional healers and muti traders and muti collectors with an opportunity to provide an insight into their understanding of the various legal requirements that they have to comply with;

iii) the traditional healers, muti traders and muti collectors with an opportunity to provide proof of their willingness to comply with environmental legislation and the steps or initiatives undertaken to ensure that they operate within the ambit of the law; and

iv) the traditional healers, muti traders and muti collectors also had an opportunity to highlight the challenges and frustration they encounter in respect of the permit application process and the delay in issuing permits by some of the authorities. They also requested authorities to consider reviewing the duration of the permit with a view to increasing the validity period from one year to two or three years.

The highlight of the workshop was the announcement by Mr Zihlahlazemithi Cele (a traditional healer from the area of uMlazi, who has cultivated more than 500 indigenous plants species with medicinal value) that he no longer harvests from the wild. The department is accordingly encouraging all traditional healers to be like Mr Cele and establish their own muti-gardens.

(b) The department is working with all relevant stakeholders in the province, namely, the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the provincial environmental authorities, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the eThekwini Municipality and the leadership of traditional healers to ensure that there is increasing compliance with environmental legislation. The department is working closely with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife which is a permitting authority in the province to ensure that permits are issued as speedily as possible. These initiatives are aimed at preventing the trade in critical and endangered species at the various muti markets in operation around the country and is the first phase of an ongoing compliance drive being pioneered in this economic and medicinal sector.

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30 August 2017 - NW2401

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)What were the (a) overall budgets of each Student Representative Council in each campus of the (i) University of KwaZulu-Natal, (ii) Mangosuthu University of Technology, (iii) Durban University of Technology and (iv) University of Zululand in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (b) findings of the auditor-general in each case; (2) whether the auditor-general made recommendations on the budgets of the specified Student Representative Councils in the specified financial years; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the overall state subsidy for each student at each of the specified universities in each of the specified financial years?

Reply:

(1) The Department does not receive infomation on the overall budgets of Student Representative Councils and neither does the annual financial reports reflect these budgeted amounts. The Auditor-General does not conduct audits at universities as these audits are undertaken by private auditing firms.

(2) See reponse to (1).

(3) The table link below summarises the total state grant for each university and calculates the budget per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student.

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW2401-170830Table.pdf

The overall state subsidy for each university is based on block and earmarked grants as set out in the annual public document, i.e. Ministerial Statement on University Funding, which is available on the Department’s website.

When comparing the budget allocation per FTE student of universities, it should be noted that the offering of certain academic programmes, such as Medicine and Engineering, are more expensive to offer than other programmes, and that the University of Zululand does not offer these programmes.

COMPILER/CONTACT PERSONS:

EXT:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

QUESTION 2401 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

30 August 2017 - NW2288

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What efforts are being made to uncover, track and expeditiously bring to justice the main operators of the rhino horn organised trade syndicates within South Africa’s borders and those profiting most from it?

Reply:

Significant efforts continue to be made to investigate and disrupt those syndicates responsible for rhino poaching and the trafficking of rhino horn. Due to the organised nature of these crimes the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (“the Hawks”) takes a lead role supported by other units within the South Africa Police Service, the South African Revenue Service, the Financial Intelligence Centre, the National Prosecuting Authority as well as SANParks, the provincial conservations authorities and the Department of Environmental Affairs. This integrated approach is realising success at higher levels within the syndicates (and not only those individuals responsible for poaching).

During 2016 this integrated approach resulted in the dismantling of levels 3 to 4 rhino horn trafficking activities as follows:

Arrests @ levels 3 and 4: 19

Total Rhino horns seized: 165

While in the first six months of 2017 the following activities related to levels 3 and 4 within these rhino trafficking syndicates:

Arrests @ levels 3 and 4: 12 suspects

Estimated Rhino horn weight: 138.46 kilogram

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has confirmed that they currently have two (2) projects under investigation; six (6) major investigations and 4 wildlife trafficking syndicates on the court roll. Senior State Advocates from the National Prosecuting Authority have been assigned to support the investigations and lead these prosecutions.

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30 August 2017 - NW2062

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

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entities reporting to him are funding, including by way of discretionary funding, any institution of research and development (i) domestically and/or (ii) internationally; if so, (aa)(aaa) what are the names of the specified institutions and (bbb) what are their functions, (bb) from what date has his department or any entity reporting to him been funding them and (cc) what amount has his department contributed towards such funding?

Reply:

DAFF

1. (a) The department funds a number of research and development institutions including the science councils through the Research and Technology Fund (RTF). The RTF is administered on behalf of the department by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

103 research projects were approved for funding through the RTF in 2015 and the funding is for 3 years

21 Institutions (Universities, Science Councils and 1 Research Station) are currently receiving funding through the RTF.

(aaa) Name of Institution:

National Research Foundation (NRF)

(bbb) Functions of the institution

The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998). According to Section 3 of the Act, the objective of the NRF is to:

Promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of research, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all the people of the Republic.

(bb) Funding period

2013/14 to 2019/20

(cc) Funding Allocations:

2013/14 R7.0 million

2014/15 R15.0 million

2015/16 R20.8 million

2016/17 R15, 6 million

2017/18 R17.3 million

 

2. (a) The department also funds the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) through the parliamentary grant as follows

(aaa) Name of Institution:

Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

(bbb) Functions of the institution

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) was established by the Agricultural Research Act (1990) and is the main agricultural research institution in South Africa. In terms of the act, the council’s primary mandate is to conduct research and development, and effect the transfer of technology in order to promote agriculture and industry, contribute to a better quality of life, and facilitate and ensure conservation of natural resources.

(bb) Funding period

From 1994/95 to date

(cc) Funding Allocations:

1994/95 R246.4 million

1995/96 R287.0 million

1996/97 R331.1 million

1997/98 R354.3 million

1998/99 R302.6 million

1999/2000 R294.1 million

2000/01 R276.8 million

2001/02 R271.2 million

2002/03 R275.0 million

2003/04` R309.0 million

2004/05 R342.1 million

2005/06 R360.9 million

2006/07 R500.4 million

2007/08 R488.5 million

2008/09 R514.6 million

2009/10 R525.4 million

2010/11 R622.3 million

2011/12 R755.5 million

2012/13 R943.0 million

2013/14 R950.2 million

2014/15 R1.029 million

2015/16 R803.9 million

2016/17 R812.9 million

2017/18 R974.6 million

(b) Funding by Public entities reporting to DAFF

1. (aaa) Name of institution

Perishable products control board (PPECB)

Entity

Agricultural Research Council

Posting Date

30/07/2015

Reason

4x4 Rally Sponsorship- Marketing

Amount

R 2,000.00

 

Entity

Citrus Research International

Posting Date

01/04/2016

Reason

Silver Sponsorship - Research Symposium

Amount

R 28,500.00

 

Entity

Citrus Research International

Posting Date

28/05/2014

Reason

Silver Sponsorship - Research Symposium

Amount

R 18,810.00

2. (aaa) Name of institution:

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP)

OBP is not funding any institution of research and development

3. (aaa) Name of institution

NCERA Farms (Pty) Limited

NCERA is not funding any institution of research and development

4. (aaa) Name of institution

Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

ARC is not funding any institution of research and development

5. (aaa) Name of institution

National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC)

NAMC is not funding any institution of research and development.

6. (aaa) Name of institution

Marine Living Resources Fund (MLRF)

MLRF is not funding any institution of research and development

29 August 2017 - NW2047

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the reply to question 1861 on 22 September 2016, how many vehicles were delivered for the detective division at the Norkem Park Police Station by 31 January 2017?

Reply:

None.

However, in March 2017, one vehicle was delivered to the Norkem Park Detective Service.

29 August 2017 - NW1969

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

Has a certain person (name and details furnished) supplied him with reasons why he should not be suspended from his current position (details furnished); if not, what deadline has he set in this regard; if so, (a) what reasons did the person provide and (b)(i) what determination did he make as far as the suspension of the person from the current position is concerned and (ii) what are the reasons for said determination?

Reply:

The specified person (name and details furnished), did not supply the Minister of Police with reasons why he should not be suspended, as the matter was dealt with by the Acting National Commissioner (Lieutenant General LJ Mothiba), as required by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Discipline Regulations. The Acting National Commissioner served the specified person with a Notice of Intended Suspension, and provided the specified person with an opportunity to submit reasons why he should not be suspended.

(a) No reasons were submitted by the certain person;

(b)(i) The specified person was suspended with effect from, 10 June 2017; and

(b)(ii) The allegations were of a serious nature.

29 August 2017 - NW2040

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Police

How many drug-related cases from the Elsburg Police Station in Gauteng (a) went to court and (b) ended in successful convictions in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) 159 Drug-related cases were referred to court from the Elsburg Police Station in 2016/2017.

(b) 88 Drug-related cases referred to court resulted in successful convictions.

29 August 2017 - NW2048

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the reply to question 1865 on 23 September 2016, how many vehicles were delivered for the detective division at the Primrose Police Station by 31 January 2017?

Reply:

None.

However, in March 2017 and May 2017, two vehicles were delivered to the Primrose Detective Service.

29 August 2017 - NW1971

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What are the (a) names and (b) designations of all individuals that were present at the meeting that took place between a certain person (name and details furnished) and the Department of Defence to discuss security arrangements for Ministers attending a conference of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association; (2) whether he will make the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting available to Mr Z N Mbhele; if not, in each case, what are the reasons for his refusal; if so, in each case, (i) by what date and (ii) where will the documentation be available?

Reply:

  1. and (2)

No information about the meeting will be disclosed, owing to the sensitivity of the matter, as it concerns the security arrangements for Ministers.

29 August 2017 - NW2043

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Police

How many drug-related cases from the Edenvale Police Station in Gauteng (a) went to court and (b) ended in successful convictions in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) 206 Drug-related cases were referred to court from the Edenvale Police Station in 2016/2017.

(b) 80 Drug-related cases referred to court resulted in successful convictions.

29 August 2017 - NW2036

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Police

How many drug-related cases from the Tembisa Police Station in Gauteng (a) went to court and (b) ended in successful convictions in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) 515 Drug-related cases were referred to court from the Tembisa Police Station in 2016/2017.

(b) 132 Drug-related cases referred to court resulted in successful convictions.

29 August 2017 - NW2012

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether, with reference to the signing of the non-statutory force (NSF) document approving the promotion and appointment of NSF members by the Acting National Police Commissioner, Mr Lesetja Mothiba, the affected NSF members benefitted from demobilisation packages at any time; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) (a) what ranks do certain persons (names furnished) hold in the SA Police Service and (b) where is each specified person posted; (3) (a) what functions did a certain person (name furnished) perform at a meeting held at the Pretoria West Police College on 14 June 2017 and (b) on whose instructions?

Reply:

(1) The South African Police Service (SAPS), Non-Statutory Force (NSF), re-ranking project, is headed by the Minister of Police and is currently a work in progress.

Recommendations, upon the finalisation thereof, will be made to the Minister of Police and the necessary announcements will be made.

(2)(a) Smanga Simelane, holds the rank of Colonel in the SAPS and

Feroz Khan, also holds the rank of Colonel in the SAPS.

(2)(b) Colonel Smanga Simelane is posted in the Office of the Acting Divisional Commissioner: Crime Intelligence and Colonel Feroz Khan, is the Acting Section Head: Surveillance, Crime Intelligence Head Office.

(3)(a)(b) On 14 June 2017, at the SAPS Academy, Pretoria West, Colonel Smanga Simelane performed functions, related to the Office of the Acting Divisional Commissioner: Crime Intelligence.

29 August 2017 - NW2309

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION:

(a) What number of imbizos has her department held since 1 April 2017, (b) (i) what has been the cost and (ii) what number of tenders have been issued for the imbizos and (c) who have the tenders been issued to?

Reply:

a) It is one of our Governments priority to ensure that all members of executive engage in Izimbizo to stay in contact with its people and to listen to their concerns and to be responsive to their needs. The mandate of the Department of Public Service and Administration amongst others are to ensure the values and principles governing public administration as per 195(i) are entrenched in the work of all Government employees including Section 195(ii) the administration in every sphere of government, organ of state and public enterprises. It is therefore a powerful tool for the Ministry for the Public Service and Administration to regularly engage with ordinary South Africans to assess whether these values and principles are lived by government officials.

The Ministry for the Public Service and Administration has hosted various Izimbizo to date.

Minister

  • Meloding, Matjhabeng local Municipality in the Free State Province
  • Manguzi Village, uMhlabuyalingana Local Municipality, Kwa-Zulu Natal Province
  • Madundubala and Mnini Village, Ethekwini Municipality, Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.
  • Davhana Village , LIM345 Local Municipality, Limpopo Province
  • Mafikeng Local Municipality, North West Province
  • Setlagole Village, Ratlou Local Municipality, North West Province
  • City Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province
  • Mhinga Village in Limpopo Province

Deputy Minister

  • Khayalisha in the Western Cape Province
  • Mokopane in Limpopo Province
  • Moletji in Limpopo Province

(b)(i) The total cost to date of all the Izimbizo is R3 174 627.70 were the Ministry has engaged with a total number of about 22 200 attendees. Numerous letters and reports were forwarded to national, provincial and local government departments to follow up on issued raised by the citizens.

(b)(ii) Forty Two (42) service providers were appointed to render various services for the Izimbizo.

c) The following service providers were appointed :

  • MASA Catering Services Ltd
  • C-Squared Consumer Connectedness
  • I-Blink Information Technology
  • Nokuhle Projects
  • Crocia Events (Pty) Ltd
  • BTS Security
  • Duduzuthandi Trading
  • Hlobs and Tgees Trading Enterprise
  • Andimahle Trading Enterprise cc
  • Philcon Trading Enterprise
  • Focused Enterprises T/A Mboma Corp
  • Mr T Conference Village 16
  • MMP 1985 Property and Investment
  • Refilwe Botsalano Trading Enterprise
  • Tshidisaneo Protection Services
  • Dintwe Transport Services and Tours
  • Bonolo Supply
  • Baksumi Distributors
  • Ludify Suppliers
  • LNT Enterprises
  • Lina Mandla Trading Project
  • Imvusa Trading 2328
  • Makgoboketsa Manyashi Catering
  • KS Engineerings
  • Blackwater Current (Pty) Ltd
  • Kekulo Investment Holdings
  • Waterberg Emergency Services
  • Mbovana Trading Enterprise
  • A Ba Phomelele Trading Enterprises
  • Awesome Events
  • Limpopo Centre of Sign Language
  • Janeklaas Trading
  • Mohokwadi Catering
  • Moletsi Community Media (MCM)

END

29 August 2017 - NW2014

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 408 on 24 March 2017, the RSS Security Company had police clearance to transport the Mayor of Mkhondo in a security convoy detail; if not, why not; if so, (a) on which statutory grounds and (b) who gave the clearance; (2) what is the current status of the investigation into CAS 208/08/2016 opened at the Piet Retief Police Station in Mpumalanga; (3) why has the investigation into the specified case taken more than 10 months to investigate; (4) whether the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been asked to assist with the investigation into the specified case to ensure that the investigation is being properly conducted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) It is not the responsibility of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to issue clearances to a security company, to transport the Mayor of Mkhondo. The Local Government in Limpopo Province, is responsible for the transportation of mayors.

(2) The case docket, Piet Retief CAS 208/08/2016, is still under investigation. It was received back from the office of the Public Prosecutor, on 29 June 2017, for further investigation.

(3) The case docket was referred to the Public Prosecutor, who requested additional investigation to be conducted.

(4) The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), has not been tasked to assist with the investigation, as it is not part of their mandate.

29 August 2017 - NW1970

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

How many security threat assessments has his department and/or any entity reporting to him made recommending the assigning of (a) protection and security services and/or (b) Presidential protection services to individuals in the (i)(aa) 2010-11, (bb) 2011-12, (cc) 2012-13, (dd) 2013-14, (ee) 2014-15, (ff) 2015-16 and (gg) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

(a) Protection and Security Services

(i)(aa) 2010-2011.

None.

(i)(bb) 2011-2012.

None.

(i)(cc) 2012-2013.

None.

(i)(dd) 2013-2014.

None.

(i)(ee) 2014-2015.

None.

(i)(ff) 2015-2016.

One threat.

(i)(gg) 2016-2017.

Two threats.

(ii) Since 1 April 2017.

None.

(b) Presidential Protection Service

(i)(aa) 2010-2011.

None.

(i)(bb) 2011-2012.

None.

(i)(cc) 2012-2013.

None.

(i)(dd) 2013-2014.

None.

(i)(ee) 2014-2015.

None.

(i)(ff) 2015-2016.

None.

(i)(gg) 2016-2017.

None.

(ii) Since 1 April 2017.

None.

29 August 2017 - NW1684

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Police

How many drug-busting operations were conducted by the (a) SA Police Service and/or (b) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation at the (i) Witdraai, (ii) Kenhardt, (iii) Belmont, (iv) Douglas, (v) Vioolsdrif, (vi) Onseepkans, (vii) Brandvlei and (viii) Loeriesfontein police stations in the Northern Cape in each of the past 10 financial years?

Reply:

a) The total number of operations targeting illicit drugs conducted, during the specified period, by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape is as follows:

NUMBER OF OPERATIONS TARGETING ILLICIT DRUGS CONDUCTED AT THE STIPULATED STATIONS IN THE NORTHERN CAPE

STATION NAME

2007 / 2008

2008 / 2009

2009 / 2010

2010/2011

2011/ 2012

2012/ 2013

2013/ 2014

2014/ 2015

2015/ 2016

2016/ 2017

(i) Witdraai

33

27

782

832

868

299

82

68

70

89

(ii) Kenhardt

0

14

35

28

56

392

119

68

122

59

(iii) Belmont

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

3

32

57

(iv) Douglas

35

292

240

215

217

247

248

162

89

392

(v) Vioolsdrif

18

29

268

362

802

373

42

43

110

151

(vi) Onseepkans

8

2

408

460

438

431

436

35

301

195

(vii) Brandvlei

1

3

38

172

90

39

28

22

37

126

(viii) Loeriesfontein

22

0

11

0

16

392

34

23

55

106

(b) The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) was established in 2009 under SA Police Service Amendment Act 57 of 2008, as amended SAPS 10 of 2012, the reply provided is, therefore, a consolidation of the last eight financial years.

NUMBER OF OPERATIONS TARGETING ILLICIT DRUGS CONDUCTED AT THE STIPULATED STATIONS BY DPCI

STATION NAME

 

 (i) Witdraai

0

(ii) Kenhardt

0

(iii) Belmont

0

(iv) Douglas

0

(v) Vioolsdrif

3

(vi) Onseepkans

0

(vii) Brandvlei

0

(viii) Loeriesfontein

0

29 August 2017 - NW2011

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Police

(a) On what date did the Acting National Commissioner, Mr Lesetja Mothiba, sign the non-statutory force (NSF) document approving the promotion and appointment of NSF members, (b) what informed this decision, (c) how many promotions and appointments will be made, (d) what is the (i) current and (ii) new ranks of promotions and appointments, (e) where will each member be posted and (f) what will the total cost be in each case?

Reply:

(a) to (f)

The South African Police Service (SAPS), Non-Statutory Force (NSF) re-ranking project, is headed by the Minister of Police and is currently a work in progress.

Recommendations, upon the finalisation thereof, will be made to the Minister of Police and the necessary announcements will be made.