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08 September 2015 - NW2411

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

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Department of Defence

(i) Sowetan

(aa) R67.921.20

(bb) R 98.280.00

(cc) R 171.536.00

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) R 00

(bb) R 00

(cc) R 98.280.00

08 September 2015 - NW2340

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

(1)(a) How (i) effective is her department’s communication and marketing strategy and (ii) is this measured objectively and (b) why have targets in respect of the specified strategy been amended from the previous year; (2) what (a) challenges have been experienced in respect of implementing the specified strategy and (b) has her department’s performance been with respect to implementing the specified strategy from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (3) what (a) human resources have been allocated to each provincial office for implementing the strategy, (b) systems and processes are implemented at each provincial office, (c) are the office hours of each provincial office, (d) materials and information are accessible from each provincial office and (e) are the qualifications of the staff members employed to implement the strategy; (4) whether any further training and development is being provided by her department with regard to the strategy; if so, what are the related costs; (5) (a) what are the current financial implications for each provincial office toward the implementation of the strategy, (b) why has Provincial Offices: Its Capacity and Accessibility not been listed as a key performance indicator and (c) how is the increase from R4 481 million to R8 780 million on communication being applied?

Reply:

  1. (1) (a) How (i)

The communications strategy is being rolled out and making some impact in so far as sharing information primarily through direct engagements using roadshows, stakeholder briefings with Military Veterans Associations including SANMVA the umbrella body as well as use of means such as media the website and publications. The fact that there is no national footprint and limitation of the communications structure limits capacity to reach the desired impact.

  1. Yes
  1. Targets were not amended. According to the Annual Performance Plan targets per Quarter, it is only the implementation and monitoring of the strategy.

(2)(a) The Department is currently the Department has a challenge with the organisational structure. This has limited the implementation of the Communication Strategy.

(2)(b) The Department is currently finalising its Q1 Performance review which will include amongst others, the implementation of the communication strategy. Furthermore, the Department is also running a communication campaign through GCIS. This communication campaign is focused at promoting the progress made by the Department thus far.

3.

(a) The current approved structure does not have communications staff members in provinces ,

(b) The current mode of communication with the provinces is through emails and telephones. The ICT is currently preparing for an intranet that will serve as a platform for internal communications at national and provincial level to assist in quicker relay of information to military veterans. The website capacity is also being beefed up.

(c) 07:30 – 16:30 pm are the official working hours though the officials go an extra mile and works on many occasions overtime and on weekends to cover and profile the departmental events.

(d) In the absence of physical structure of offices in provinces information is disseminated through Head Office.

(e) Not applicable

4. There is training and development planned for management and provincial coordinators to assist in the communication and marketing strategy implementation. The dates for training through a course with the School of Governance (former PALAMA) are between the 29th of July and the middle of August 2015. The current costs are R27 000

5.(a) Currently there is None.

(b) DMV is in a process of revisiting and reviewing the key performance indicators that will include that.

(c) The increase has been based on the DMV Annual Performance Plan as well as supporting key deliverables of the Department and the corporate communications programmes and activities. These include media engagements, advertorials, stakeholder engagements, use of own publications and media, branding and marketing as well as internal communications programmes. The budget is being reviewed to ensure that advertorials and other means such as social media are utilised more.

08 September 2015 - NW3012

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished) (a) how does her department intend to inform the public about anthrax and its symptoms and (b) what is the radius of the identified area in which the public will be informed?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW3009

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether the Government is taking steps to ensure that more resources are being ploughed into the uptake of sign language training, considering that more than a million South Africans are afflicted with deafness and that, as a result of more persons learning sign language and being able to communicate in sign language, it would make it possible for deaf persons to have wider engagement in society and broader opportunities; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) outcomes thereof?

Reply:

(a). Yes, my department, as part of the broad programme of government to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous country, we are taking steps to ensure that more resources are being ploughed into the uptake of sign language training, by promoting, and creating conditions for the development of South African Sign Language (SASL) through funding and training projects that focus on the development and use of SASL.The department is also awarding language bursaries to Universities which are offering the training of the South African Sign Language as one of their courses.

(b). By funding training projects and awarding language bursaries we create a pool of professional sign language interpreters. Through sign language interpreters, communities are able to communicate with deaf people at a societal level.

08 September 2015 - NW3132

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) What interactions has his (i) department or (ii) the SA Connect project office had with (aa) national and (bb) provincial government departments to determine and audit what information technology infrastructure projects are in process or being planned and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details of (i) departments, (ii) their projects and (iii) the budgeted costs over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework; (2) What strategy is being developed by the SA Connect project office in the case where no interactions have been held to ensure compliance by all government departments with the protocols of SA Connect?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department has engaged all provinces, particularly those that will form part of Phase 1 of the broadband rollout programme. The purpose of the engagements was to ensure alignment between provincial initiatives and the SA Connect; communicate the intentions of the Departments with respect to Phase 1 of SA Connect; ensure that that there is optimum coordination between provincial line departments and the service providers who may rollout the programme.

(b) Only two provinces have funding for Broadband Projects, Gauteng (R1.2bn over 5 years) and Western Cape (R1.3bn over 7 years). Other provinces have broadband plans that do not have dedicated funding.

(2) The Department has established Provincial Broadband Steering Committees (PBSC). The PBSCs are provincially based structures that will support the co-ordination, alignment and increased professionalism of broadband implementation in the provinces. In order to fully achieve the effects of well managed broadband initiatives, the management of a combined approach between provinces and municipalities have been recognised.

Priority was given to provinces that are targeted for the first phase of Digital Development implementation. Gauteng and Western Cape Provinces will also be engaged on how to collaborate for the development of the implementation plans of facilities in the respective provinces.

08 September 2015 - NW3018

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, (a) how many wetlands have been identified in the specified area, (b) how are these wetlands to be protected, (c) what animal species live in and around the wetlands and (d) what flora species grow in and around the wetlands?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW3076

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE:

(a). How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him 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) his department and (bbb) entities reporting to him? NW3617E REPLY: Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape, 2012 define red tape as rules, regulations, and / or bureaucratic procedures and processes which are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and / or costs which exceed their benefits, and / or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created. Red tape results in undesirable economic, business and / or social impacts or outcomes as a result of negatively impacting on productivity. Red tape involves excessive, or unevenly enforced, regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents effective action or decision-making. Government recognizes the need to review its policy and regulatory environment that continue to hinder the development, growth and competitiveness of small businesses. Government has requested all spheres to institutionalise the guidelines aimed at reducing red tape at local government level. Government sets-aside 30% of appropriate categories of State procurement for purchasing from SMMEs, cooperatives as well as township and rural enterprises. It’s proposed that the design of a National Red Tape Reduction Programme, with coordinated implementation by the Presidency’s Office, will be informed by lessons learnt from recent and current national red tape initiatives designed to accelerate national competitiveness & economic growth by setting targets to reduce the total costs of government imposed regulations on business. Other Specific interventions by Government Enacted Policies, Regulations and Legislation i. e. (the 30 days payment policy). Establishment of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation located in the Presidency The National Development Plan –vision 2030 Institutionalizing of Performance management System across all spheres of government Development of Risk assessment strategies by all departments and entities Establishment of Fraud and Corruption fighting mechanisms and many more

Reply:

Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape, 2012 define red tape as rules, regulations, and / or bureaucratic procedures and processes which are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and / or costs which exceed their benefits, and / or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created. Red tape results in undesirable economic, business and / or social impacts or outcomes as a result of negatively impacting on productivity. Red tape involves excessive, or unevenly enforced, regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents effective action or decision-making.

Government recognizes the need to review its policy and regulatory environment that continue to hinder the development, growth and competitiveness of small businesses. Government has requested all spheres to institutionalise the guidelines aimed at reducing red tape at local government level.

Government sets-aside 30% of appropriate categories of State procurement for purchasing from SMMEs, cooperatives as well as township and rural enterprises.

It’s proposed that the design of a National Red Tape Reduction Programme, with coordinated implementation by the Presidency’s Office, will be informed by lessons learnt from recent and current national red tape initiatives designed to accelerate national competitiveness & economic growth by setting targets to reduce the total costs of government imposed regulations on business.

Other Specific interventions by Government

  • Enacted Policies, Regulations and Legislation i. e. (the 30 days payment policy).
  • Establishment of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation located in the Presidency
  • The National Development Plan –vision 2030
  • Institutionalizing of Performance management System across all spheres of government
  • Development of Risk assessment strategies by all departments and entities
  • Establishment of Fraud and Corruption fighting mechanisms and many more

08 September 2015 - NW2960

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

(a) What system protocols have been determined to ensure open access integration and data integrity with the national broadband network as envisaged in SA Connect, (b) how were the specified protocols determined, (c) which (i) state entities, (ii) private sector companies or (iii) individuals, were involved in drawing up the specified protocols and (d) who is responsible for ensuring the adherence, effective implementation and ongoing operation of the specified protocols?

Reply:

(a) The Department is undertaking work on Open Access within the broader scope of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. The white paper policy will determine, amongst other things, the appropriate policy and regulatory remedies for the management and regulation of the open access framework. Should the white paper process determine that there is a need to publish open access regulations, the system protocols will be outlined as part of the functional specification that is defined to implement the regulations.

(b) The protocols have not been defined yet but would be defined as part of the work related to the implementation of the open access regulation.

(c) See response above

(d) Oversight over the development and implementation of the functional specifications would fall within the ambit of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

08 September 2015 - NW2731

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

Why are four ministerial priorities not mentioned when comparing the 2012-16 Strategic Plan to the 2015-19 Strategic Plan?

Reply:

The Ministerial priorities that have been promulgated in the DOD Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 are related to Milestone 1 of the SA Defence Review 2014. It is emphasised that the priorities as reflected in the Strategic Plan for the fiscal years 2011/12 – 2015/16 are embedded in the following priorities which are as follows:

Strategic Leadership.

Defence Funding Model.

Organisational Renewal.

Human Resources Renewal.

Capability Renewal

Defence Industry.

Defence Commitments.

Prior to the promulgation of these latest Ministerial priorities, an assessment was made of all previous Ministerial priorities and their implementation progress. After such an assessment a determination was made that all the priorities that were not exhaustively implemented, be incorporated under the 2015 -2020 MOD&MV high level priorities.

No Ministerial priorities were dropped, but were however incorporated under the high level Ministerial priorities. The DOD will, at its presentation of the Defence Review Implementation Plan to Parliament, make this point visible.

08 September 2015 - NW2853

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2143 on 27 July 2015, a forensic investigation was not commissioned, despite the Makhado Municipal Council having resolved to conduct the specified investigation on the matter as indicated in his reply to question 338 on 12 March 2015, if not, how does he reconcile his reply to question 2143 on 27 July 2015 with the fact that the investigation was not commissioned; if so, (a) who took the decision not to commission the forensic investigation, (b) what date was the decision taken not to commission the investigation and (c) on what grounds was the decision taken not to commission the investigation?

Reply:

The Department is currently conducting further consultations with the province to establish why a forensic investigation was not commissioned as per the Council resolution. A reply on the matter will be provided once the information is available from the province.

08 September 2015 - NW3245

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

With reference to the summary report entitled An Examination of Aspects of Initial Teacher Education Curricula at Five Higher Education Institutions in The Initial Teacher Education Research Project, compiled by JET Education Services and issued in August 2014, for each of the key findings, what are the details of the action which (a) has already been taken and (b) will be taken to rectify the shortcomings in the university education of intermediate phase teachers identified in each of the key findings?

Reply:

The Initial Teacher Education Research Project (ITERP) that is currently being conducted by JET Education Services is a partnership project between JET, the Education Deans Forum and Departments of Basic Education, and Higher Education and Training. It is a longitudinal project, which is investigating initial teacher education programme delivery at a selected sample of universities. It is also tracking new teacher graduates as they take up posts in schools in an attempt to understand their readiness as beginning teachers and their ability to make the transition from teacher education into teaching.

The ITERP was conceptualised and is being implemented as part of efforts to strengthen teacher education and is not separate from this. The project findings are fed directly back to universities through engagements with individual universities and regular reporting on findings at the quarterly meetings of the Education Deans Forum.

It must be noted that the ITERP is researching the initial teacher education programmes that were designed and implemented in line with the former teacher education qualifications policy, i.e. the Norms and Standards for Educators in Schooling of 2000. All teacher education programmes have to be redesigned to align with the new standards set by the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework of 2007, revised in 2013 and the Policy on Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (MRTEQ) of 2011, revised in 2015. One of the main purposes of the ITERP is to inform the design of new teacher education programmes.

The MRTEQ sets standards for teacher education at the programme level. Initial teacher education programmes have to meet the standards set for teaching specialisations in terms of knowledge mix, credits and levels. This will assist to respond to one of the key findings that emerged from the ITERP and the degree of variation between programmes offered by different universities.

The MRTEQ also, more closely, regulates the teaching practice component of teacher education programmes to strengthen this component of initial teacher education programmes. It sets standards regarding the nature of schools to be used for teaching practice, the nature of the teaching practice component within initial teacher education programmes, and the time spent in schools.

A national Teacher Education Programme Evaluation Committee (TEPEC) has been set up, chaired by the Department of Higher Education and Training, involving the participation of the Department of Basic Education, South African Council of Educators and Education and the Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA). This committee reviews all teacher education programmes to ensure that they meet the requirements stipulated in the Policy on Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications.

In addition to the policy measures that have been put in place to strengthen teacher education, the Department of Higher Education and Training is implementing a 5 year (2015/16 – 2019/20) Teaching and Learning Development Capacity Improvement Programme (TLDCIP) that will support universities to strengthen teacher education programmes at the level of curriculum structure and curriculum delivery.

A specific project in the TLDCIP will focus on strengthening university capacity for primary teacher education. It will involve the implementation of a range of activities to strengthen the capacity and capability of universities for the delivery of quality primary school teacher education programmes, including the following:

  • Establish new initial teacher education programmes at universities where specific specialisations are not yet offered but which are needed and which the university is interested to offer;
  • Develop and roll-out a national advocacy campaign for teaching generally, specifically Foundation Phase teaching as a viable and attractive career choice;
  • Support academic communities of practice focused on priority teaching subject specialisations (Mathematics, Languages, Science and Technology), which would have the responsibility to understand university practices across the system with respect to the specialisation, with a view towards the development of knowledge and practice standards for the teaching specialisation, which could assist to achieve greater convergence and rigour in teacher education curricula;
  • Support appropriate research, programme development and material development activities that will improve the quality of initial teacher education programme delivery;
  • Finalise norms and standards for professional practice and teaching schools as well as mechanisms for their establishment;
  • Develop a national database of schools that will be developed as professional practice schools;
  • Support universities to develop business plans for the establishment of teaching schools;
  • Develop a national programme to support the professional development of school teachers that act as tutors and mentors to initial teacher education students, which can be delivered in a blended mode, with a significant online component; and
  • Develop an online platform/course for the teaching practice/work-integrated learning component of teacher education programmes.

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3245 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

08 September 2015 - NW2977

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) how many technical and vocational education and training colleges are registered in each district in Mpumalanga, (b) what are the names of the specified colleges and (c) how students are enrolled in each specified college; (2) what is the annual student registration fee in each specified college; (3) how many of the specified colleges have increased their registration fees; (4) (a) how many students at these colleges are not receiving their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) subsidies, (b) what are the reasons for this and (c) how many students have (i) been forced to suspend their studies or (ii) not attended classes due to non-payment of NSFAS subsidies?

Reply:

  1. – (3) There are three Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in Mpumalanga. The table below provides further details to questions 1 (b) to 3:
  1. TVET college
  1. Student enrolment
  1. Annual Student Registration Fees
  1. Increment on Registration Fees
  1. Ehlanzeni TVET college

8 043

None

Not applicable

  1. Gert Sibande TVET college

9 123

None

Not applicable

  1. Nkangala TVET college

11 603

None

Not applicable

Total

28 769

   
  1. The table below responds to questions 4 (a) and (c):

TVET college

Number of students awarded NSFAS allowances

  1. Number of students not receiving NSFAS allowances

b) Reasons for students not receiving NSFAS

  1. Number of students
       

(i) forced to suspend their studies

(ii) not attended classes due to non-payment of NSFAS subsidies

  1. Ehlanzeni TVET college

3 330

153

Students providing incorrect bank accounts

0

0

  1. Gert Sibande TVET college

2 798

403

Lost Identity Documents and incorrect bank accounts

0

0

  1. Nkangala TVET college

2 290

1 236

Students not submitting claims to finance timeously.

0

0

Total

8 418

1 792

 

0

0

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2977 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

08 September 2015 - NW2655

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

Has he signed a performance agreement with the director-general of his department; if not, what are the reasons for this; if so, when was the performance agreement signed?

Reply:

Yes ,the Director –General signed on 01 April to March 2015.

 

08 September 2015 - NW3128

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

(1)(a) When was the Child Online Protection (COP) programme developed and (b) who developed the specified programme; (2) (a) what public participation process was held, (b) with whom was the specified process held, (c) on what date(s) and (d) where was the specified process held; (3) Whether the COP programme was published for public comment; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was it published, (b) where was it published and (c) how many responses were received; (4) (a) in which provinces was the COP programme launched, (b) who is responsible for implementing the COP programme in the specified provinces and (c) how is it being (i) implemented and (ii) monitored; (5) What is the plan for implementing the COP programme in other provinces?

Reply:

(1)(a) In 2010

(1)(b) It emanates from a resolution of the International Telecommunications Union that was taken in 2009 and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) responded as a Member State of the ITU by developing the Child Online Protection Programme that was developed in 2010.

(2)(a) Consultation workshops took place in all provinces on the Children Strategy which included the Online Protection Programme.

(2)(b) Children’s Rights Organisations; Children’s Organisations that work in the ICT Sector; State-Owned Companies, Department of Basic Education, Department of Social Development, National Prosecuting Authority, South African Police Service, the former Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities; and International Bodies such as Unicef and the ITU.

(2)(c) During the financial years 2010/2011 and 2011/12.

(2)(d) Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Free State Province, North West Province, Gauteng, Northern Cape Province and the Eastern Cape Province.

(3) No, but an advertisement ran on national television and radio. Further, a Webpage was set up for the programme;

(4)(a) On 19 August 2015 in KZN as part of the launch of the Children and ICT Strategy;

(4)(b) The DTPS and Non-Profit Organisations namely; Resources Aimed at Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention; Childline South Africa, Disabled Children’s Action Group (DICAG); and the Film and Publication Board.

 

(4)(b)(i) Through School-based Awareness Workshops and in this regard we have conducted (5) five workshops in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Western Cape, and North West Province.

(4)(b)(ii) Evaluation workshops are conducted with the schools where the programme is implemented and in this regard we have done one evaluation workshop in KZN this year.

08 September 2015 - NW2648

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether any performance requirements are prescribed to persons who receive social grants such as dependant children that are compelled to attend school and unemployed parents are compelled to look for work,; if not, why not, in the light of the unsustainability of social grants in the long term; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Both education and social security are constitutional rights. Section 27(1)(c) of the constitution provides that everyone has the right to have access to social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance. The South African Schools Act and accompanying regulations make schooling compulsory for all children, while the Social Assistance Act and regulations emphasizes the parental responsibilities of caregivers while making social work services available to those caregivers who are struggling. At present this seems to be working well with over 96% of social grant beneficiaries in school. The current legislation is developmental in nature; however the department is continuously reviewing it with the view of improving and giving better expression to the rights afforded to all in the Constitution. Well researched inputs that promote development without compromising the values of society, expressed in our constitution, are always welcomed.

From a fiscal stance the National Treasury does not seem to be worried about sustainability of the social grants, and they have publicly pronounced on this: “From a fiscal point of view, there is nothing unsustainable about the financing of the current system of social grants”.

(http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2013/07/02/treasury-assures-on-south-africas-welfare-bubble). The department agrees with this view and has not seen any evidence suggesting any need to be alarmed. Furthermore, social grants remain one of government’s largest poverty alleviation programmes that also make a large impact on inequality. Both poverty and inequality is unsustainable in the long term.

08 September 2015 - NW3109

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), on what basis can the applicant crudely ignore a request for a risk management plan from a provincial department; (2) why did the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development insist on such a risk management plan?

Reply:

This question should be re-directed to the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which is the competent authority to respond.

08 September 2015 - NW3052

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(a) How does (i) her office 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 office and (bbb) the entities reporting to her?

Reply:

Not applicable.

 

 

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

08 September 2015 - NW3014

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), what steps is her department taking to ensure that (a) no damage occurs to any of the wetlands and (b) the developers adhere to all the necessary precautions?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW3015

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether, with regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), the specified plan include provisions to prevent that chemicals used by the demolished hospital contaminate the ground water and the surrounding soil; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will her department ensure that the ecological and social systems are not contaminated?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW2796

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

With reference to his reply to question 660 on 31 March 2015, what ( a ) is the status on the investigation done by Deloitte and Touche and (b ) was the outcome of the investigation by the specified company; (2) whether he intends to make the report available; if so, when will he make the report available to the public; (3) whether the report exposed the names of the ( a ) persons and ( b ) service providers involved; if so, (4) whether he intends to provide the list of ( a ) names and ( b ) service providers mentioned in the specified report?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the Provincial Treasury in Kwazulu Natal:

  1. The investigation being conducted by Deloitte and Touche within the Umkhanyukude District Municipality is at various stages:
  • Some of the allegations are already the subject of disciplinary enquiries within the municipality (with the assistance of Deloitte);
  • Some of the allegations have been referred to the Province’s Anti-Corruption Task Team in order for a criminal case to be opened.

 

2. The Department is in consultation with the Province to determine whether or not the report is at a stage where it could be made available to the public;

3. The names of the people and the service providers implicated are covered in the report;

4. Depending on the outcome of the consultations with the Province, the names of the people and service providers implicated could be made available.

08 September 2015 - NW2429

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Social Development

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The Department and its entities advertise in different media groups. The member is referred to the annual reports of the aforementioned financial years.

08 September 2015 - NW2732

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

What are the latest details of all service level agreements and memoranda of understanding signed by her department?

Reply:

Department of Defence

The following are in place:

Service Level Agreement between the DOD and Armscor concerning the services to be rendered by Armscor to the DOD.

Memorandum of Understanding between DOD and CSIR (DPSS) concerning the services to be rendered by CSIR.

Service Level Agreement between SITA and DOD concerning services to be rendered by SITA

08 September 2015 - NW2882

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)What targeted interventions has his department (a) already put in place and (b) have planned for the long term to increase access to internet connectivity for citizens in (i) underdeveloped communities and (ii) rural areas in the short to medium term; (2) does his department have plans in place to subsidise (a) internet connectivity, (b) the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and (c) mobile data providers’ prices in order to ensure increased access to those technologies for citizens in (i) underdeveloped communities and (ii) rural areas?

Reply:

(1)(a) Intervention put in place are SA Connect a programme of government to connect 100% of the country to the internet.

(b)(i) Planned interventions are Broadband Infrastructure rollout, E-strategy, internet strategy and USAASA interventions, ICT Policy review

(ii) Broadband rollout to 8 district municipalities including associated digital opportunity programmes.

(2)(a) Yes. Through USAASA, there will be an initiative to subsidise schools, public access points and people in underserved areas.

(b) Yes, in areas where it is not economically viable for operators.

(c)(i-ii) No. The Department does not have plans to subsidise mobile data providers’ prices. The department will pursue policy interventions for the reduction of voice and data costs.

08 September 2015 - NW3085

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

(1) Whether the municipal manager of Maruleng Local Municipality in Limpopo was suspended at a special council meeting held on 5 August 2015; if so, (a) on what grounds was the municipal manager suspended and (b) was the council meeting legally constituted in terms of the requisite notice of the council meeting having been provided and the agenda circulated; if not, what was the purpose of the council meeting; (2) (a) how many special council meetings have been held by the Maruleng Local Municipality since 1 January 2015 and (b) for each meeting, (i) what was the purpose of the meeting and (ii) what notice was given of the meeting; (3) was an agenda circulated for each specified meeting; if not, why not?

Reply:

The response below is based on information received from the Maruleng Local Municipality:

(1) Yes, the municipal manager of Maruleng Local Municipality in Limpopo was suspended at a special council meeting held on 5 August 2015.

(a) Misconduct
(b) Yes, the Council meeting was legally constituted.
(2) (a) Five (5) special council meetings have been held by the Maruleng Local Municipality since 1 January 2015.

(b) (i)
• 25 January 2015: The acting allowance for the Chief Traffic Officer, the acting allowance for the Director: Corporate Services, the suspension of employees and the informal settlement upgrading by Housing Development.

• 9 February 2015: Approval of adjustment budget.

• 29 May 2015: 2015/16 budget approval.

• 23 July 2015: Notice of suspension of the municipal manager.

• 5 August 2015: Suspension of the municipal manager.

(ii) Invitations were issued.

(3) Yes, the agenda for each specified meeting was circulated

08 September 2015 - NW3021

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), what are the differences between the two sets of regulations; (2) whether the specified application is indeed exempted from the 2010 NEMA EIA Regulations?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW3111

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnisned), he has found that the health of the nearby residents will not be placed in danger with the proposed development and possible disturbance of anthrax graves; (2) whether he intends to stop the development due to the specified health risks; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

This question should be re-directed to the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which is the competent authority to respond.

08 September 2015 - NW3045

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

(1)With reference to a recent United Nations Office of Internal Oversight report (details furnished) on sexual offences committed by peacekeepers, which identified members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as amongst major offending military forces, (a) what action has been taken in this regard and (b) what metrics have been employed to measure the success of interventions; (2) what is the number of reported sexual offences committed by members of the SANDF whilst on peacekeeping missions; (3) whether any members of the SANDF have faced disciplinary action for sexual offences committed whilst on peacekeeping missions; if so, (a) how many and (b) what was the outcome of said action in each case?

Reply:

Question 1(a). The Operations Support Legal Satellite Office (OSL) receives all incidents reported to the United Nations (UN) that involves allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against members of the SANDF. Upon receipt the OSL deploys a team to investigate such allegations and where prima facie evidence of a commission of an offence is disclosed, the necessary disciplinary action is instituted.

Question 1(b). This OSL provides monthly feedback to the UN on all pending sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) cases. It should be noted that the recent UN report highlights the fact that South Africa is the only country to do so.

Question 2. Number of reported cases: 14. All the allegations lodged at the UN were investigated. Out of the 14 reported matters in only two cases the evidence disclosed prima facie evidence. These matters were finalised and the rest of the matters were reported closed due to no prima facie evidence.

Question 3(a). Members that faced disciplinary action: 2

Question 3(b). In both cases the members were convicted by a military court

Question 4. The submissions for assignment of Regular Force members and Reserve Force members as Senior Military Judges and Military Judges in terms of Section 14 of the Military Discipline Supplementary Measures Act, Act 16 of 1999, is with the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans for consideration.

Question 5. The number of outstanding cases within the military justice system is 1 588 cases.

08 September 2015 - NW3130

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

(1) (a) What is the mandate of the implementing agency for the digital implementation plan, (b) how is the appointment process being conducted, (c) who are the stakeholders being consulted, (d) when will the appointment be made and (e) what is the cost of the specified agency over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(1) (a) The implementing agency will lead and coordinate State-Owned Companies in the rollout of broadband infrastructure in the identified areas to facilitate government connectivity.

(b) The Department is following the relevant treasury regulation and supply chain management processes.

(c) Cabinet; the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) Cluster; and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) will be consulted.

(d) The appointment will be made once due process has been followed and Cabinet, National Treasury and the Auditor General have been informed.

(e) The agency will not incur any cost for the Department. The operational expenditure of the agency over the MTEF will not be attributed to the Department.

08 September 2015 - NW2948

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)What is her department’s position on ISO 17025 accreditation for air quality seeing that it is the internationally recognised tool for quality assured measurements; (2) what is her department currently doing to obtain the specified accreditation; (3) when can the specified accreditation be achieved; (4) is the specified tool being used at a municipal level; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is a tool to support quality assurance of ambient monitoring stations in South Africa. The department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SANAS with the view to ensuring that emission monitoring measurements from all point sources and all ambient monitoring stations in the country are accredited in terms of ISO 17025.

The accreditation process entails the development of accreditation procedures such as guidelines, assessment protocols, as well as the capability of technical staff responsible for running the monitoring stations and associated equipment. The department’s officials are members of the Ambient and Emissions Monitoring SANAS Technical Committee (STC), a body that provides technical advice to the SANAS Chief Executive Officer on various matters regarding ambient and emission monitoring accreditation.

(2) The department has submitted an application to SANAS for ISO 17025 accreditation for its three Air Quality Monitoring Stations located in the Waterberg-Bojanala Priority Area and is currently awaiting the completion of the assessment of these stations by SANAS.

In the meantime, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) is in the processes of applying for SANAS accreditation for the monitoring stations in other Priority Areas (Vaal Triangle and Highveld) which it (SAWS) is managing on behalf of the department.

(3) It is envisaged that accreditation will be granted for all the stations in Waterberg, Highveld and Vaal Triangle networks by the end of 2015/16 financial year.

(4) With respect to other ambient monitoring networks nationwide, the department is providing technical support towards improved station and data management to all government-owned networks with the view to getting these networks to ultimately achieve SANAS accreditation into the future. To this end the department is working on the development of quality assurance (QA) systems to assist these government networks. These QA systems will form part of the Norms and Standards for Ambient Air Quality Monitoring and the standards are under development in the department.

Currently the City of Cape Town is ISO 17025 accredited for Sulphur Dioxide (SO2). There is a lack of expertise and resources at municipal level; hence the management of these stations is always outsourced to service providers. Furthermore, there are only few municipalities managing their stations in-house. The department is currently conducting a comprehensive Ambient Air Quality Monitoring course across all provinces (currently five provinces have been trained and those are; the Gauteng Province; the KwaZulu-Natal Province; the Northwest Province; the Northern Cape Province and the Free State Province).

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08 September 2015 - NW3135

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With reference to the Algoa Bay Aquaculture Development Zone (ABADZ), (a) has his department (i) conducted a cost-benefit analysis regarding the potential impact on tourism and (ii) identified other suitable locations for the ABADZ given the numerous concerns and objections lodged and (b) when will his department make the decision on the site for the ABADZ?

Reply:

(a) & (b) The question should be routed to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW3017

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), what is (a) meant by significant fish and wildlife habitat and (b) the anticipated negative impact on the specified habitats, in each case; and (2) what steps will her department take to ensure that mitigation measures are included in the plan?

Reply:

(1) and (2) The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW2966

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)      Has his department had any interactions with the information and communication technology companies about employee retrenchments; if not, does he intend to initiate any interactions; if so, 2) (a) what was the purpose of the specified interactions, (b)with whom were the specified interactions held, (c) what was the (i) format and (ii) objective of the specified interactions, (d) what (i) agreements or (ii) understandings were reached and (e) what are the further relevant details of the specified (i) agreements or (ii) understandings of the specified interactions?

Reply:

 

  1. The Department has not as yet specifically interacted with the ICT Companies about employee retrenchments. The Department intends to hold consultations during the 3rd and 4th quarters to address the issues affecting employment in the sector.
  2. The Department will communicate the format and objectives of the interactions once held. Outcomes will also be communicated.

08 September 2015 - NW3016

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether, with regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished), all graves and/or grave yards on the specified property that are over 60 years old will be declared as a heritage site; if not, why not; (2) whether she (a) has found that all the graves older than 60 years have been identified and (b) will ensure that no graves will be damaged or destroyed during the construction phase?

Reply:

 

(1) and (2) The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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08 September 2015 - NW2312

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

Have tenders been called by Sentech for the R185 million equipment upgrade; if so, in each case, (a) what were the relevant details of the tender and (b) on what (i) date and (ii) under which Government Gazette number were the tender proposals published?

Reply:

I have been advised by Sentech as follows:-

No, Sentech has not called tenders for equipment upgrade to the value of R185 million.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

08 September 2015 - NW3055

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(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:

1.a, (i) (ii) Red tape refers to the hindrance caused to service delivery by bureaucratic processes within Government.

(b) (i)(II) An example of an intervention to mitigate effect of red tape is: Payment to SMMEs within 30 days as required by the Presidency and the department of Small Business Development. The DOD has a fast track process (to counter) red tape and to make sure that the SMMEs are paid within 30 days after invoicing. This is done with an understanding of the impact on the SMMEs if payments are delayed.

08 September 2015 - NW3150

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister in the Presidency: Presidency

Is her department, in co-operation with the Minister of Police, working on (a) policy documents and/or (b) strategic plans to address the issues of (i) domestic violence, (ii) gender-based violence, (iii) crimes against members of the National Intervention Strategy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community, particularly women living in urban informal settlements and (iv) femicide; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified policy documents and/or strategic plans?

Reply:

Government has adopted a multi-sectoral approach to addressing Gender based violence which includes the department as well as the Justice Crime Prevention and Security cluster departments under the leadership of the Department of Social Development. This multi-sectoral approach takes into account existing policies, strategic plans, relevant legislation and is focused on implementation of the Integrated Program of Action on Violence Against Women.

The government has also established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Gender Based Violence which takes into account violence against all women and children regardless of their sexual orientation and geographic location. The government Programme of Action on Violence against women and children requires that communities are engaged which would be in urban, peri-urban as well as rural area.

 

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

08 September 2015 - NW3129

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

(a) Who heads his department’s South Africa Connect project office, (b) how many full-time staff members work in the specified office, (c) what are their roles, (d) what is the budgeted cost of the specified office over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period and (e) what (i) is the mandate and (ii) are the (aa) deliverable targets and (bb) deadlines?

Reply:

I have been advised the Department as follows:-

(a)(i) Mr. Kefilwe Madingoane heads the Department’s South Africa Connect project office

(b) The project office comprises of eighteen (18) full time departmental staff members.

(c) Their roles include:

• Broadband infrastructure gap analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools

• High-level broadband technical planning to determine appropriate technology options and to develop the technical specification

• Stakeholder engagement at a National Government level to ensure coordination of the rollout plan with the requirements of the line Departments

• Stakeholder engagement at Provincial and Local Government level to ensure that there is coordination between the rollout programme and the readiness of the targeted facilities. Also to assist Provincial Governments with setting up appropriate provincial broadband steering committees to drive the rollout programme at the provincial and local government level.

• Development of relevant business cases to secure funding for the rollout of broadband initiatives.

• Coordination with stakeholders such as State-Owned Companies and the private sector to ensure alignment with public and private sector initiatives.

(d) The budgeted cost for the office over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework is as shown below. The budget includes broadband rollout, remuneration, goods and service and professional services.

Financial Year (over MTEF)

Budget:R’000

2015/16

R 227,150

2016/17

R 380,181

2017/18

R 390,361

(e)(i)(ii)(iii) The mandate is to execute on the four (4) strategies of the SA Connect Policy. The deliverable target is to achieve 100% broadband penetration by 2020 as per Outcome 6 of Medium Term Strategic Framework.

 

08 September 2015 - NW3140

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

Did the State Information and Technology Agency play any role in the broadband projects planned and implemented by (a) the City of Johannesburg, (b) the City of Tshwane, (c) the City of Pietermaritzburg, and (d) the City of Cape Town; if so, in what form did this take place?

Reply:

I have been advised by SITA as follows:-

(a-d) No, SITA did not play a role in planning or implementation of the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane, City of Pietermaritzburg and the City of Cape Town broadband projects.

08 September 2015 - NW2225

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, since her reply to question 249 on 18 March 2014, the Commission of Inquiry into the Dakota Air Disaster of 5 December 2012, in which the aircraft crashed into Giant’s Castle, has now been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of the investigation; (2) whether the aircraft concerned deviated from its flight route; if so, what was the reason for this; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. Yes the inquiry was finalised on 28 March 2014, and the findings are as follows:
  • The Dakota Cargo crashed because it was flown at an altitude to low to provide sufficient terrain clearance and in weather that made visibility marginal.
  • The route flown also contributed to the accident as it did not ensure that the aircraft remain clear of the Drakensberg Mountains.
  • It was found that it was highly unlikely that a proper pre-flight crew briefing was held, which should have identified the flaws in the selected flight plan.
  • The aircraft was serviceable prior to the accident with no history of significant defects, and therefore did not contribute to the accident.

2. No, the Dakota aircraft did not deviate from the flight route.

3. No

08 September 2015 - NW2620

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

(1)Whether the (a) Director: Promotion of Access to Information, (b) Deputy Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (c) Deputy Director: Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support, (d) Assistant Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (e) Assistant Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (f) Chief Administration Clerk: Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support and (g) Chief Administration Clerk: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point have been appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) in respect of each specified position, (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) qualifications of the person who was appointed and (b) how many persons were (i) shortlisted and (ii) interviewed for each position?

Reply:

The information requested is depicted in the Table:

SN

Post

Advertisement Closing Date

Number of Members Shortlisted

Number of Members Interviewed

Comments

 

a

b

c

d

e

1

Director Promotion of Access to Information

11 July 2014

9

9 invited or interviews

5 Interviews held on 8 July 2015

4 Interviews to be held on 14 August 2015

2

Deputy Direction Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

10

8 Interviewed

2 Declined

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

3

Deputy Direction Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support

19 June 2014

8

6 Interviewed

1 Declined

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

4

Assistant Director Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

13

9 Interviewed

4 Declined

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

5

Assistant Director Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

4

3 Interviewed

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

6

Chief Administration Clerk Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

5

4 Interviewed

1 Declined

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

7

Chief Administration Clerk Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support

19 June 2014

5

3 Interviewed

2 Declined

Mr F. Davhana was appointed and assumed duty on 6 July 2015. Mr Davhana has a BCom in Business Management meeting the criteria for the advertised post which required a Diploma/Certificate/NQF Level 4/5 (Supply Chain Management and Financial Management).

08 September 2015 - NW3068

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him 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) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

(a) and (b) At the time of compilation, eighteen out of the twenty-six entities have responded to the question.

Name

(ii) How do you define red tape?

a) What specific interventions/systems that have been applied to identify red tape

(b) What specific interventions / systems that have been implemented to reduce red tape

  1. Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department does not have its own definition of red tape. Using the conventional use of the word “red tape”, it is understood to be unnecessary delays caused by a lack or non-existence of delegations of authority to lower levels and/or too many officials having to be in the decision-making processes of an organisation.

  • I have approved the Delegations of Authority to the Director-General in respect to the Public Service Act and Public Service Regulations, and the Director-General has further delegated some of the functions to other performer levels. Further to this, the College Councils of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Community Education and Training (CET) colleges are empowered by the Continuing Education and Training Act to make certain decisions and consult, and report to the Minister on decisions made where necessary. This is to ensure that decisions are made at lower levels to ensure that there is efficient and effective management as well as governance of institutions.
  • Service standards in certain operational areas and a service delivery charter have been developed to assist in monitoring delays in the operations of the department. The standard operating procedures have been developed in certain operational areas, aimed at ensuring that the decision-making processes are clear and applied consistently across the Department within set timeframes.
  1. Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA)

Red tape is understood to be the regulations and/or rules that are considered unnecessary that hinders and delays work done as decision-making process is rather lengthy and negatively impacting stakeholders depending on the outcome and decisions of processes.

  • The frequency of Board meetings in a year
  • Through previous experiences or lessons learned over the years.
  • Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Stakeholder Forums and Sub-Committees’ feedback.
  • Assessment of time taken for standard applications to be processed.
  • BANKSETA has a flat organisational structure with its Heads of Departments given a mandate to make decisions that allow the daily running of the business. This means that it is not in all instances where the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has to make decisions. In the event where the CEO is out of the country, the acting CEO has the delegated rights and responsibilities of the CEO to action decisions needed.
  • The Accounting Authority has also delegated some responsibilities and provided the CEO with the mandate to make certain decisions to aid the business to proceed with operations without waiting for the Board sitting.
  • In the event where urgent decisions need to be made which falls outside the delegation to the CEO; urgent meetings/teleconference can be arranged to allow the Accounting Authority opportunity to consider what is put forth and make a decision. The other option is having round robin decision by the Accounting Authority.
  1. Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA)

Defined as administrative (i.e. rules, procedures, procedures and processes) and regulatory hurdles, to achieving the original purpose, that affect or impose unnecessary delays, inaction, costs that exceed their benefits, productivity, and/or delivery (Including competitiveness).

  • We track and monitor the intended application of the regulatory requirements (i.e. Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations, Skills Development Act, etc.) to address non-compliance.
  • There are now relevant registers (i.e. Supply Chain Management, Asset Management, Financial Management, etc.) in place that assists in identifying red tape.
  • Appointed leadership that is committed to continuous improvements and rooting out corruption.
  • Trained staff as part of capacitating them and improving their skills so that they provide excellent service to all our stakeholders.
  • Refocused management to effectively manage performance, processes, systems, people and finances.
  • Improved supply chain management practices in order to address irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures.
  • Set tools and monitoring mechanisms in order to track payment of suppliers within the 30 days period from receipt date of invoice.
  1. Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA)

The bureaucracy that results in delays in service delivery.

  • Continuous development and review of organisation’s operational framework.
  • Monthly dashboard analysis of divisional targets and achievements.
  • Monitoring of turnaround times of key performance indicators of executives and managers and implanting strategies to address deviations.
  • Line managers have been empowered to make decisions within the broad spectrum of the organisation’s operational strategy and are fully involved in strategic and business planning.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and tracking of performance against targets and continuous review and development of strategy to optimise return.
  • Business process reengineering to ensure maximum efficiency, effectiveness and economy for core business processes.
  • Replacement of manual processes with increasingly automated systems.
  • Enforcing a culture of delivery, client orientation and focus maximising return of investment.
  1. Council on Higher Education (CHE)

CHE does not have its own definition of red tape.

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET)

Non-essential procedures, forms, reporting and regulations where cost heavily outweighs benefit and stands in the way of skills development.

  • Management meetings are held fortnightly to discuss issues relating to efficient and effective delivery of the SETA.
  • The SETA also interacts regularly with DHET and provides input to various matters of engagement.
  • An Enterprise-wide risk management system is in place to ensure optimal management of all risks associated with the performance of functions and delivery of services to support governance responsibilities.
  • Robust Quality Management System is also in place.
  • Furthermore, the staff at the SETA understands and delivers on reporting requirements.
  1. Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA)

The process undertaken to facilitate decision making without making the processes too onerous and time consuming in order to ensure efficiency and enhancing service delivery.

The SETA developed and adopted a new business model, which resulted in the review and enhancement of business processes.

  • A more flattened organisational structure was developed and implemented to fast-track service delivery and decision making.
  • The SETA has adopted a more direct reporting line and structure.
  • The delegation of authority was reviewed by the Executive Authority to broaden and provide increased capacity for the CEO.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Board Committee Structures have been streamlined for effectiveness and efficiency.
  1. Food and Beverages Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FOODBEV SETA)

Red tape refers to excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that are considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making.

None

None

  1. Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)

A tedious process of decision making which has an adverse effect on the beneficiaries of the service being rendered.

  • The stakeholder sessions of the Board.
  • Delivery model of the HWSETA.
  • Innovation sessions with all stakeholders.
  • Service Delivery Charter.
  • Revision of the delegation of authority.
  • Decentralisation and devolution of powers.
  1. Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)

Unnecessary and invalid / irrelevant requirements.

Process mapping and stakeholder feedback.

Bi-annual updates to processes and guidelines.

  1. Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA)

MERSETA does not have its own definition of red tape.

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)

Lengthy policies that hinder progress of activities that need to be carried out.

Engagement in tender processes as

it takes too long to finalise a tender, ±60 days is a long process including 21 days of advertisement.

Improved policies, that are more enabling, are being investigated.

  1. National Skills Fund (NSF)

The NSF does not have a formal definition for red tape.

The NSF implemented Project Siyaphambili aimed at improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the entity. This included a current state assessment of the NSF to identify inefficiencies throughout the organisation, taking into consideration various reviews conducted on the skills levy system and NSF specifically.

The NSF will improve efficiencies in the organisation through the implementation of enabling technology (ERP system, document management system, monitoring technology, etc.) and through delegations of authority to a more efficient restructured organisation. Turn-around times will be monitored throughout all processes.

  1. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

NSFAS does not have its own definition of red tape.

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA)

Red tape is bottlenecks/ bureaucratic procedures that take long to achieve/ approve matters for implementation in the organisation, which inhibits performance.

No specific intervention or system has been applied to identify red tape.

  • Clearly defined workflows.
  • Standard Operating Procedures that outline roles and responsibilities, and turnaround times.
  • Delegations of Authority Framework.
  • Regular management meetings to review performance and to fast track decision-making.
  1. Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

Needlessly time-consuming procedures.

QCTO regularly monitors their procedures to identity areas of red tape, by reviewing the number of days allocated to process applications or requests received from stakeholders and by continually monitoring the chain of command in the processing of requests to improve turnaround time.

Systems and processes are continuously assessed to reduce red tape. Moreover, processes are governed by policies and procedures which stipulate turnaround times for processes. These timeframes are also part of the QCTO’s key performance indicators against which the organisation is audited.

  1. South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Unnecessary steps or procedures in our processes that client’s need to follow to access our services.

  • SAQA’s systems are reviewed constantly in line with our established client service standards.
  • SAQA has a customer care helpline/helpdesk that records any customer complaints. These complaints are reviewed and the effects on the turnaround times are scrutinised so that SAQA can ensure continuous improvements in terms of its service delivery.

SAQA ensures that all unnecessary steps are eliminated from the processes.

  1. Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA)

Excessive rules and/or regulations which are redundant and prevent action taking place or decision-making.

Delegations of authority are in place, which are aligned to National Treasury prescripts and promote governance per PFMA requirements. Since the body is under administration, the delegations of authority are under review.

  • Segregation of duties to employees in the entity to allow approvals / recommendations at various committees / levels.
  • Operational plans that are linked to the mandate of the organisation are in place to ensure tasks at various levels are outlined and agreed upon. These operational plans are translated into performance assessment contracts.
  1. Services SETA

It is any unnecessary and unjustifiable processes that have the effect of making it impossible for role players to achieve required goals and therefore hinder service delivery.

An Organisational Development process has been embarked upon to analyse all processes, procedures and policies with a view to eliminating anything unnecessary and shortening anything which may be too lengthy or cumbersome, but without compromising quality and compliance.

  • The discretionary grant application system has been simplified and automated.
  • Project implementation steps are clearly articulated in the offer letters to service providers.
  • Documentation required for disbursements is clearly outlined and disbursements are based on pre-agreed deliverables outlined in contracts.
  • Stakeholders receive direct support and training on requirements so as to reduce the amount of back and forth engagement on matters.
  • A tool is being developed to enable real time reconciliation of learner attendance to facilitate timely payments of learner stipends.

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

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Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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08 September 2015 - NW3292

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

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 the 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 the 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 the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year? (NW3896E) REPLY Ministers and Deputy Ministers are expected to travel between Gauteng and the Western Cape to carry out official duties, including parliamentary duties according the Parliamentary Programme. Costs incurred during the execution of the tasks outlined above are readily made available in Annual Reports which will be tabled in Parliament no later than the end of this month.

Reply:

Ministers and Deputy Ministers are expected to travel between Gauteng and the Western Cape to carry out official duties, including parliamentary duties according the Parliamentary Programme.

Costs incurred during the execution of the tasks outlined above are readily made available in Annual Reports which will be tabled in Parliament no later than the end of this month.

     

08 September 2015 - NW2992

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

What (a) steps has her department taken to resolve disputes between members of a certain formation (name furnished) and (b) impact have the specified disputes had on the verification of the members of the specified formation?

Reply:

(a) All formations have their constitution which does accommodate dispute resolutions amongst their members. The Department is in the moment, finalising the dispute resolution mechanisms for those who want to appeal after they have been rejected by the department to enrol in the database. Processes are already in place.

(b) Individuals are expected to present themselves to the Department for inclusion in the National Military Veterans Database and the dispute will be between the Department and the individual.

08 September 2015 - NW3000

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

(1) Whether, with regard to the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) by the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, the project management unit for which the specified company is hired is an internal municipality unit; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) for what project and (b) at what value was the specified company appointed?

Reply:

COGTA has engaged with the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM) in order to obtain answers to these questions. The municipality has responded as follows:

  1. The Project Management Unit (PMU) is an internal unit of the municipality. It has been established under the Technical Services Section within the municipality, as provided for in the PMU Guidelines developed by the Department of Cooperative Governance.

The appointment of the company was prompted by a critical shortage of technical staff in the municipality. This included a shortage of planning, engineering and project management expertise. This had resulted in the municipality failing to spend its allocated MIG and other funds for projects within specified timeframes.

Currently, the company has suspended its support to the municipality due to non-payment of outstanding invoices by the municipality.

(2)(a) The company was appointed by the municipality for a period of three years with effect from 2 September 2013, ending on 31 August 2016, to provide technical support to the PMU unit. The company was appointed to carry out the following tasks as contained in the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the appointment:

• Provision of quality technical support and advice over the Project Life Cycle, which includes inception, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting and close-out on the infrastructure programme in the municipality

• The development of contract briefs for submission to the Professional Service Providers appointed by the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM).

• In respect of each project, scrutinize, approve and verify the accuracy and correctness of all practical and final completion certificates and recommend approval by the Senior Manager of the PMU

• Verification of all technical and financial aspects of the Infrastructure Programme

• Preparation of all required documentation for submission to the departments responsible for conditional grants and any other required reporting.

(2)(b)The contract amount over this period is R21,6 million from the municipality’s Equitable Share budget. Given that the NMMDM receives approximately R300 million per annum from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), the municipality is within the 5% allowance for PMU costs in the MIG framework.

08 September 2015 - NW3168

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Whether he is aware of students who graduated but did not receive their certificates at the Motheo FET/TVET College in Thaba Nchu between 2008 and 2010; (2) has the specified matter been investigated; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. There are no outstanding National Accredited Technical Diploma (NATED) Report 190/1 certificates, as these are issued within 3 months after the release of results as per the national policy.

There are however students who did not receive their National Certificate (Vocational) [NC (V)] certificates at the Thaba Nchu campus of Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college for the period 2008 to 2010. The table below provides details on the number of outstanding NC (V) certificates:

Examination cycle

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Total

200811

2

8

0

10

200903

8

0

0

8

200911

6

13

5

24

201003

9

3

5

17

201011

27

9

19

55

Total

52

33

29

114

2)  Yes. The outstanding NC(V) certificates affect all public TVET and private colleges and are due to a consolidation error on the examinations Information Technology (IT) system managed and maintained by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA). Through the intervention made by my Director-General and the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, SITA has sourced additional project management and technical capacity from an outside IT service provider to eliminate the backlog and ensure that it does not recur. In accordance with the project plan tabled to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training in August 2015, all outstanding NC (V) certificates will be available at TVET college examination centres by January 2016.

The Department is intervening, on behalf of graduates being denied access to the workplace and/or higher education study programmes due to outstanding certificates, respectively in the following manner:

  • Letters of verification are issued on request;
  • Employers are contacted on behalf of students; and
  • Higher education institutions are contacted on behalf of students.

 

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Contact number:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

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Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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08 September 2015 - NW2813

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

Whether the Air Force Base Swartkop is currently being used by any members of the SA National Defence Force as an operational airbase; if so, what are (a) the reasons for this, (b) the implications for (i) staffing and (ii) command of the specified base and (c) the cost of running the specified base?

Reply:

Yes the AIR Force Base Swartkop is being used as an operational airbase by the SA National Defence Force

(a) The Air Force Base Swartkop forms part of the South African Air Force Strategy and this is to ensure the uninterrupted force preparation and force employment activities in support of the mandate of the South African National Defence Force

(b) (i) The re-alignment of existing structures and posts has taken place to ensure effective command and control of the base is centralised under one command. No additional posts are currently.

(ii) Direct command of the greater Swartkop facility will fall under the Officer Commanding Swartkop

(iii) There are no additional costs for the SAAF since the resident force structure elements continue to function with funding from the current budget in accordance with the existing projections in the MTEF.

08 September 2015 - NW3057

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(a) How does her Department 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:

(a) Red tape is considered to be an excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that are considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevent decision-making.

(b) (i) (aa) (aaa) The Department is always mindful of the impact of unnecessary bureaucracy on the economy and the service delivery to the public. The Department, on a continuous basis, reconsider processes and make them more efficient and effective in its day to day operations. The socio-economic impact assessments that government needs to conduct as part of the process when new policies and legislation are developed will also ensure that unnecessary red tape is avoided.

(bb) (aaa) The Department developed norms and standards to replace the requirement to apply for licenses for certain activities. It also develops other environmental management instruments that will have the effect that the environmental impact assessment process is shortened, be more cost effective, that fewer studies would be required and that decision-making would be based on better and standardised information. The setting of minimum information requirements for certain applications will ensure that the applicant will know up-front what information the competent authority will need to make a decision, and it would be the same whether the competent authority is the national Department or provincial Department. The thresholds for activities listed under the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, are periodically reconsidered as information on their impacts on the environment becomes known.

(bbb) The Department believes that the entities also have their own systems for addressing any red tapes that might be there.

(ii) (aa) (aaa) The Department is currently reviewing its business processes to ensure that the processes are effective and that delays are avoided or minimized. The reviewing and mapping processes identify bottlenecks, which can then be eliminated. Existing mapped processes are monitored and improved.

(bb) (aaa) The Department introduced electronic systems, such as National Environmental Authorisation System, Livelink Opentext and Waste information system; and it is busy developing an electronic licensing system called Integrated Permit Management System that will be rolled out in the near future. The Department is also developing a screening tool that would upfront identify the feasibility of a particular project for which an environmental authorization is applied.

(bbb) South African Weather Service implemented the National Air Quality Information System Phase I.

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08 September 2015 - NW3013

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to the awarding of the tender for the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and in view of the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report Gaut: 002/13-14/E0153 (details furnished) (a) who are the qualified specialists that conducted the specified peer review, (b) what are their qualifications, (c) for whom do they work and (d) what were the findings of the specified peer review?

Reply:

The National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has no record of an application for environmental authorisation for the abovementioned project. The application was lodged with the provincial department of environmental affairs, the Gauteng Department of Rural Development (GDARD), for which the MEC is the competent authority in terms of S24C of NEMA. Please contact the GDARD for a response.

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07 September 2015 - NW3050

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

(1)On whose authority did Mr Solomon Makgale release a media statement that the Provincial SA Police Service Commissioners have full confidence in the National Commissioner; (2) did the National Police Commissioner sign off on the statement; (3) did the National Police Commissioner give an order that any of the nine Provincial Commissioners must sign the specified statement; if so, to which of the Provincial Commissioners did she give such an order; (4) (a) how many Provincial Commissioners did not wish to have their names attached to the document and (b) what are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

  1. The Board of Commissioners.
  2. No.
  3. No. The statement was signed off by all the 9 Provincial Commissioners.

(4)(a) None.

(4)(b) Not applicable.

07 September 2015 - NW2967

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Police

(1)Whether the SA Police Service(SAPS) has policies or guidelines for enforcing legislation on sex work and suspected sex workers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether SAPS members are trained about the specified policies or guidelines; (3) whether the specified training includes (a) apprehending suspected sex workers, (b) searching their person and (c) identifying suspected sex workers; (4) (a) how many complaints against SAPS members regarding (i) assault and/or (ii) abuse of suspected sex workers have been received in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (b)(i) what were the outcomes of the specified investigations and (ii) what action has been taken against the specified SAPS members?

Reply:

  1. The South African Police Service does not have a specific policy or guidelines for enforcing legislation on sex work and suspected sex workers. There are however generic policies and guidelines utilized by members instead of policy and guidelines for specific offences.

Members of the South African Police Service carry out their functions and exercise their powers in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), including the lawful arrest of sex workers. The circumstances under which any arrest may be performed and the method of arrest is set out in Standing Order (General) 341 (Arrest and the treatment of an arrested person until such person is handed over to the community service centre commander).

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and related matters) Amendment Act of 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) created an offence relating to the client of the sex worker (i.e engaging the sexual services of persons 18 years or older). National Instruction 3 of 2008 on Sexual Offences provides for the implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007). 

2.  SAPS members receive training in the following disciplines that also apply to law enforcement in respect of sex work:

  • Human Rights in Policing
  • Victim Empowerment
  • Dealing with Vulnerable Groups
  • Apprehension of Suspects

3.  The SAPS does not have specific training programmes that deal with the apprehension and searching of sex workers. The training provided is based in SAPS directives mentioned in par (1) above and applies to all individuals apprehended by the SAPS, irrespective of the alleged crime.

4.  SAPS is unfortunately not able to provide the details within the given time frame as the information is not readily available and must be obtained from the provinces. A request is hereby made for an extension in order for us to provide quality and correct information as soon as it is received.