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22 September 2015 - NW3336

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) (a) What is the total number of (i) housing and (ii) apartment units that exist in all parliamentary villages in Cape Town and (b) how many of them are (i) in a condition for habitation and (ii) currently not available for use; (2) how many of the (a) housing and (b) apartment units are currently allocated to (i) Members of Parliament and (ii) other persons or entities; (3) how many Members of Parliament have not been allocated units within the parliamentary villages despite their requests to be accommodated there; (4) can he provide a breakdown of the (a) persons or entities the specified units in all parliamentary villages in Cape Town were allocated to, (b) departments the specified persons or entities belong to and (c) rationale for the allocation in each case; (5) whether any members of the newly established Chamber Support Unit within the Parliamentary Protection Services have been allocated units within the parliamentary villages; if so, on what basis?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

(1)(a)(i) There are 507 housing units at the three Parliamentary villages.

(ii) There are 155 apartment units at the three parliamentary villages.

(b)(i) 621 units are in a condition for habitation.

(ii) 41 units are not available for use currently.

(2)(a)(i) 347 housing units have been allocated to Members of Parliament.

(ii) 160 housing units have been allocated to other persons or entities.

(b)(i) 2 of the 155 apartment units have been allocated to Members of Parliament.

(ii) 127 apartment units have been allocated to other persons or entities.

(3) There are currently no Members of Parliament (MPs) who have requested accommodation and who have not been allocated units within the Parliamentary villages.

(4)(a) Persons allocated accommodation in the Parliamentary villages include Sessional Officials, Public Works Officials who are servicing the Parliamentary Villages, Party Support Staff, Aides to disabled Members of Parliament, domestic workers and a former Member of Parliament’s dependents residing in the parliamentary villages.

(b) Sessional Officials employed by the following Government departments are accommodated at the parliamentary villages:

1. Ministry of Public Enterprises

2. Ministry of Social Development

3. Ministry of Health

4. Ministry of National Treasury

5. Ministry of Water Affairs

6. Ministry of Communications

7. Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans

8. Ministry of Arts and Culture

9. Ministry of Rural Development

10. Ministry of Trade and Industry

11. Department of Energy

12. Ministry of the Presidency

13. Ministry of Human Settlements

14. Ministry of Public Works

15. Ministry of Police

16. Ministry of State Security

17. Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities

18. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

19. Ministry of Labour

20. Ministry of Tourism

21. Ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

22. National Youth and Development Agency

23. International Relations and Co-operation

24. Ministry of Sports and recreation

25. Ministry of Science and Technology

26. Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services

27. Ministry of Higher Education

28. Ministry of Economic Development

29. Ministry of Home Affairs

30. Ministry of Small Business Development

31. Ministry of Basic Education

32. Ministry of Environmental Affairs

33. Ministry of Mineral Resources

34. Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services

35. Ministry of Water and Sanitation

(c) The rationale for accommodating the categories mentioned above, is as follows:

  • Sessional Officials designated by the Heads of their Departments for a Parliamentary session are accommodated at the Parliamentary villages.
  • Officials employed by the Department of Public Works who perform standby duties at the parliamentary villages are accommodated at the parliamentary villages.
  • Party Support Staff / Aides to disabled Members of Parliament: Special ministerial approval was granted for aides to disabled Members of Parliament to be accommodated at the Parliamentary villages.
  • Domestic workers who are registered by a legal tenant at the Parliamentary villages and approved by the Department of Public Works.
  • Former MP’s dependents: Extension of stay was granted after the commencement of the Fifth Parliament, as the dependents were still attending school. Subsequent notices to vacate were ignored. A final notice to vacate is being processed, where after the case is to be handed over to the office of the State Attorney for eviction, should the subjects ignore the final notice to vacate.

(5) No members of the newly established Chamber Support Unit within the Parliamentary Protection Services have been allocated units within the Parliamentary villages.

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22 September 2015 - NW3364

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What amount has his department spent on overseas travel for (i) the Deputy Minister (ii) the Director-General and (iii) the Deputy Directors-General. In the period 1 May 2014 until 1 September 2015 (b) what was the purpose of each specified visit in each case. (c) what were the destinations and (d) what amount was spent on (i) flights (ii) accommodation and (iii) daily allowances?

Reply:

 

(a) How much was spent

(b) Purpose of the Visit

(c) Destination

(d) (i)

Flights

(d) (ii)

Accommodation

(d) (iii)

Daily allowances

(i) Deputy Minister

Total:

R 191 764.88

To attend the China Incentives. Business Travel & Meetings (CIBTM) in China and World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Dublin.

China: Beijing

Date: 17 - 19 September 2014

Ireland: Dublin

Date: 22 - 25 September 2014

Flight:

R 114 212.00

Accommodation:

R 51 917.79

Allowance:

R 25 635.09

 

Total:

R 73 390.97

To attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association(IORA) First Tourism and Travel Mart in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 21 - 22 November 2014

Flight:

R 59 603.39

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance:

R 13 787.58

 

Total:

R 73 291.04

To attend the World Exhibition for Incentive Travel. Meeting and Events (IMEX) 2015 and to participate in the IMEX Politicians Forum to be held in Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt

Germany: Frankfurt

Date: 19 - 21 May 2015

Flight :

R 67 436.72

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance

R 5 854.32

 

Total:

R 122 651.19

To attend a South East Asia Tourism Trade Roadshow in Malaysia. Singapore and Indonesia.

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

Date:16 - 17 August 2015

City: Singapore:

Date: 17 August 2015

Indonesia: Jakarta

Date: 18 - 19 August 2015

Flight:

R 84 960.72

Accommodation:

R 28 600.00

Advance:

R 9 090.47

(ii) Director General

Not applicable

The DG did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 - 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director-General

Policy and Knowledge Management

Not applicable

The DDG: PKS did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -- 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director General

Domestic Tourism Management

Total:

R 97 842.95

To attend the 5th Carnival International de Victoria in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 22 - 27 April 2015

Flight:

R 49 904.72

Accommodation:

R 33 120.00

Allowance:

R 14 818.23

 

Total:

R 73 338.01

Attended the Home Stay Study Tour in Malaysia

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

15 - 22 August 2015

Flight: R66 341.72

Accommodation:

R 2000.00

Allowance:

R 4 996.29

(iii) Deputy Director General

International Tourism Management

Total:

R 99 856.37

To attend IMEX and related side meeting

Germany. Frankfurt

17 - 23 May 2014

Flight:

R 61 624.00

Accommodation:

R 30 462.07

Allowance:

R 7 770.30

 

Total:

R 24 879.70

To attend the SADC Meeting

Zambia: Livingstone

17 - 21 June 2014

Flight:

R 6 924.00

Accommodation:

R 13 616.00

Allowance:

R 4 339.70

 

Total:

R 105 135.84

To attend the World Youth Student Conference where South Africa was announced as the host for the 2015 Conference

Ireland. Dublin

21 - 28 September 2014

Flight:

R 68 966.00

Accommodation:

R 17 500.85

Allowance:

R 18 668.99

 

Total:

R135 193.82

To attend the World Travel Market

United Kingdom: London

02 - 07 November 2014

Flight:

R 84 475.39

Accommodation:

R 37 999.98

Allowance:

R 12 718.45

 

Total:

R 76 984.48

To attend and present a paper at the 13th Global Forum on Tourism Statistics and UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism Statistics

Japan: Nara

14 - 21 November 2014

Flight:

R62 385.39

Accommodation:

R 6 115.47

Allowance:

R 8 483.62

 

Total:

R 18 618.15

To attend the Extra Ordinary SADC Meeting

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

25 - 29 November 2014

Flight:

R 7 122.39

Accommodation:

R 7 530.89

Allowance:

R 3 964.87

 

Total:

R 97 927.03

To attend the ITB and visit SA Tourism’s offices

Germany: Berlin

Italy. Milan

02 - 08 March 2015

Flight:

R 65 358.39

Accommodation:

R 23 996.76

Allowance:

R 8 571.88

 

Total:

R108 888.15

To attend the 100th UNWTO Executive Council meeting. South Africa through the National Department of Tourism was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the UNWTO for the period 2014- 2017.

Croatia: Rovinj

25 - 29 May 2015

Flight:

R 83 938.72

Accommodation:

R 17 564.99

Allowance:

R 7 384.44

 

Total:

R 26 064.40

To attend the 54th RETOSA Board and Annual General meetings

Malawi: Lilongwe

28 July 2015

Flight:

R 14 520.72

Accommodation:

R 8 920.00

Allowance:

R 2 623.68

(iii) Deputy Director General/ Chief Operations Officer

Not applicable

The COO did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

22 September 2015 - NW2511

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What amounts did the Tshwane TV receive from the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (a) in the form of sponsorships and (b)(i) for advertising and (ii) any other specified service it provided to the specified metropolitan municipality in the 2013-14 financial year?

Reply:

REPLY: MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Department has no knowledge of support received by Tshwane TV from the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.


END

22 September 2015 - NW2995

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister in the Presidency

How many (a) government departments have established measures to combat corruption in order to comply with Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) Standard Prevention of Fraud and Corruption and (b) of the specified departments comply with the specified standard at Level 3 or higher?

Reply:

The Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) standard on prevention of Fraud and Corruption assesses whether department have measures and requisite capacity in place to prevent and combat corruption. Elements that are assessed in the standard are on:

  • whether departments have fraud prevention plans and whistle blowing policies minimum anti-corruption capacity to prevent fraud and corruption;
  • whether departments are providing feedback on anti-corruption hotline cases to the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC); and
  • whether disciplinary and criminal procedures are being instituted where fraud and corruption occurs.

    a) Whereas the 2014 MPAT assessments results are in the process of being finalised, the 2013 results showed a total number of 55 departments (25 national and 30 provincial) are compliant with this standard.

    b) The 2013 results also shows that twenty five (25) departments (11 national and 14 provincial) met the level 3 compliance requirements, whilst 30 exceeded the requirements (14 national and 16 provincial).


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22 September 2015 - NW2802

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

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

Reply:

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

END.

22 September 2015 - NW3330

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

(a) (i) The department spent R275, 905 on travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year for the Minister.

(ii) The Minister undertook 27 trips between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year

(b) (i) (aa) Not applicable.
(ii) (aa) Not applicable.

(i) (bb) Not applicable.

(ii) (bb) Not applicable

Approved by the Minister on
Date
: 18/09/2015

22 September 2015 - NW3255

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

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

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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22 September 2015 - NW3337

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether she is aware of the burgeoning tiger trade in the country which is steadily growing with exports of canned tiger hunting trophies, tiger skins and bones, as well as live tigers; if not, what steps does she intend to take in this regard; (2) in view of the more than 50 tigers that are reportedly kept by a Vietnamese national in the North West whose operation is reportedly not registered with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (details furnished), what steps does she intend to take in respect of reports that current relevant legislation in the country is extremely fragmented, inadequate and renders very little protection to these non-indigenous animals and requires an urgent regulatory framework; (3) what steps will she take with regard to (a) the absence of regulations regarding the possession of tiger derivatives, processing carcasses, or the sale or trade in carcasses and derivatives and (b) reports that private operators in Gauteng and North West are allowed to conduct all sorts of unethical tiger business under the Transvaal Nature Conservation Ordinance No 12 of 1983, as it only deals with the import and release of tigers?

Reply:

 

1.     Yes, The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is aware of international trade in tiger and tiger products from South Africa. The following table, obtained from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Trade Database (http://trade.cites.org) reflects the exports from South Africa from 2004 till 2014:

Taxon

Term

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Panthera tigris

bodies

       

1

   

1

1

   

Panthera tigris

claws

             

1

     

Panthera tigris

live

8

18

5

4

11

25

32

29

33

21

4

Panthera tigris

skins

 

1

1

1

   

2

2

2

   

Panthera tigris

skulls

 

1

           

1

   

Panthera tigris

trophies

4

 

2

   

6

3

4

3

1

 

Panthera tigris altaica

live

         

4

   

2

   

Panthera tigris altaica

trophies

         

1

         

It is clear from the above that the majority of trade is in live specimens. Trade in tiger specimens is regulated in terms of the CITES Regulations, promulgated in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004). It should be noted that due to the fact that tiger is listed in CITES Appendix I, import permits are issued by importing countries before an export permit can be issued by South Africa. The import permit must specify the purpose of the transaction and because commercial trade is not allowed in Appendix I specimens, the international trade authorised in terms CITES will be for non-commercial purposes only and this will be reflected on both the import and export permits. Compliance with the CITES Regulations and requirements are monitored by the Environmental Management Inspectors, who are responsible for the inspection of consignments and the endorsement of permits prior to export.

2.      The CITES Regulations, 2010 are implemented by all provinces as well as the Department of Environmental Affairs and provides a uniform regulatory framework to implement and enforce the provisions of the Convention. In terms of these regulations a captive breeding facility or a person who trades internationally in CITES Appendix I species (tiger) must be registered with the relevant provincial CITES Management Authority.

The Department identified the need to strengthen regulatory provisions relating to the activities involving CITES Appendix I listed specimens that are imported to South Africa and in this regard the following provisions have been included in the draft Threatened or Protected Species Regulations that was published for public participation in terms of Section 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004) on 31 March 2015:

Specific circumstances relating to the prohibition to possess and trade in listed protected species that are also included in Appendix I of CITES

74. (1) A person may not possess—

     (a) an imported specimen of a listed protected species that is also included in Appendix 1 of CITES; or

     (b) The off-spring of a specimen contemplated in paragraph (a);

     unless such person is authorized by a permit issued in accordance with these Regulations to possess such imported            specimen or the off-spring of such imported specimen.

(2) A person may not sell or donate an imported specimen contemplated in subregulation (1)(a), unless—

(a) such imported specimen originates from a commercial captive breeding facility that has been registered with the CITES Secretariat; and

(b) the selling or donation of such specimen is authorized by a permit issued in accordance with these Regulations.

(3)   (a) The regulatory provisions referred to above address the possession of tiger specimens as well as the captive breeding of tiger.

(b)    Illegal activities should be reported to the Department through the Hotline number: 0800 205 005. Concerns relating to the Transvaal Nature Conservation Ordinance No 12 of 1983 should be addressed to the relevant provincial legislature.

 

 

 

 

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22 September 2015 - NW3105

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015011616_PMS FEB 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 2015010602_PMS JAN 2015

Advanced Quality Titima Medical 201501 615_PMS FEB 2015


(2)

 

SUPPLIER

NO. OF BATCHES RECEIVED AND TESTED

 

ABON

26

 

TITIMA MEDICAL

13

 

ADVANCED QUALITY ARMADA

9


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

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

2014071401

2014071701

2014080101

2014090221

2014091821

2014092308

2014112702

2014121510

2014122409

Total of 9 batches distributed to date.

 

END.

22 September 2015 - NW3259

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Public Works

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

Reply:

 

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

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

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

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

 

22 September 2015 - NW3298

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

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

Reply:

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



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22 September 2015 - NW3081

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) (a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and for (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:

Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

a) Red Tape refers to unduly strict regulations that often make it difficult for small emerging enterprises to thrive and hinders aggressive competition with medium and macro enterprises that do business with government. It also refers to rules, regulations, and I or bureaucratic procedures and processes which are excessively complex and which impose unnecessary delay(s), inaction and I or costs which exceed their benefits, and I or is no longer effective in achieving the purpose for which they were originally created. Red tape results in undesirable economic, business and I or social impacts or outcomes as a result of negatively impacting on productivity.

(b) (i) The department has implemented key actions to facilitate a progressive improvement in the payment of suppliers, within the prescribed 30-day period, such as the centralisation of the receipt and recording of invoices as well as an integrated order and payment tracking system.

In addition to the above, the Departments are currently implementing parts of the Shared Services Model between DCOG, OTA and MISA and are working together with National Treasury's Technical Assistance Unit to enhance and refine the model. Lastly, the department is also implementing the automated submission system, which will improve efficiency in decision making processes within the departments.

South African Cities Network

1. The South African Cities Network (SACN) (ii) defines red tape as an expression used to describe rigid conformity to formal rules that may hinder or slow down the decision-making process.

(b)(i) The SACN believes in early submission of documentation that requires approval to allow enough time for the recipient to thoroughly engage with the documentation without compromising the deadlines

(ii) The Annual Performance Plan assists in forward planning and eventual execution of tasks and this is reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure we are still working within the correct timeframes.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

1. (ii) Red tape refers to excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making.

(b)(i) Development of an automated procurement system to eliminate the lengthy manual processes to ease decision-making and action or implementation.

(c) (ii)(aa)(bb) Systems implemented to enhance efficiencies without compromising on compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Automated requests, workflows, approvals and reporting have been implemented to ensure effective service delivery.

Municipal Demarcation Board (MOB)

1. (a)(ii) Defines Red tape as the excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making.

(b)(i) No specific interventions have been implemented;
(b)(ii) (aa) and (bb) Systems and processes have been implemented to enhance efficiency without compromising on compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Applicable work processes, public and stakeholder consultation forums, reporting and approval structures have been implemented to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission)


(1)(a)(ii)

The CRL Rights Commission defines red tape as the duplication of processes that lead to waste of resources and strict adherence to official rules and formalities.

(b )(i)(bbb)

The Commission has streamlined its internal process and developed Standard Operating Procedures with the view of improving efficiency. Furthermore, these were processed through internal governance structures of the Entity and communicated to general staff.

The CRL Rights Commission utilise the strategic plan and annual performance plan to ensure that there are no duplication in functions and that every program deliver on a unique specialisation in the mandate of the Commission. In planning ahead it helps the Commission to be able to reach its goals without having to deal with unplanned and other issues that just crop up.

22 September 2015 - NW3322

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

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

Reply:

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


END

22 September 2015 - NW3263

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

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

Reply:

 

 

(1) & (2) The information requested by the Honourable member is provided in the 2014/15 annual report of the Department which has already been tabled in Parliament on 28 August 2015.

 

 

END

22 September 2015 - NW3262

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Labour

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

Reply:

 

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

22 September 2015 - NW3306

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

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

Reply:

I wish to refer the Honourable Member to the unqualified Annual Report (2014/2015) and audited clean Financial Statements of my department that were tabled in Parliament on 28 August 2015 and published in the ATC dated 28 August 2015, wherein travel costs are reflected under the item ‘Travel and Subsistence’.

In regard to accommodation, I wish to remind the Honourable Member that accommodation of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Cape Town and Gauteng is provided through the Department of Public Works.

 

END

21 September 2015 - NW3389

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What has he done to expedite the filling of the post of the chairperson for the Public Service Commission that has been vacant for 10 months?

Reply:

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent constitutional body established in terms of Section 196 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. It comprises 14 Commissioners appointed by the President of which five (5) are approved by the National Assembly and nine (9) are nominated by each of the Premiers of the respective province.

Section 4(1) and (2) of the Public Service Commission Act, 1997 states that:

“(1) Whenever the President is required to appoint a commissioner who has been approved by the National Assembly, the President shall address a request in writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly that a fit and proper person contemplated in section 196(10) of the Constitution be approved of as soon as may be practicable by the National Assembly in accordance with section 196(8)(a) of the said Act”, and

“(2) Whenever the President is required to appoint a commissioner who has been nominated by the Premier of a province, the President shall address a request in writing to the premier of that province that a fit and proper person contemplated in section 196(10) of the Constitution be nominated as soon as may be practicable by that Premier in accordance with section 196(8)(b)”,

In terms of Section 5(1) of the Public Service Commission Act, 1997, “the President shall designate one commissioner as chairperson and another as deputy chairperson of the Commission”.

Therefore, the chairperson of the Public Service Commission is not a direct appointment as the vacancy does not get advertised but the chairperson is drawn from amongst Commissioners within the employ of the Public Service Commission. It is the prerogative of the President to designate one Commissioner as the chairperson and another as a deputy chairperson of the Public Service Commission.

The President is waiting for the filling of the vacant post at national level of which the National Assembly of Parliament is in a process of identifying the candidate for nomination and recommendation to fill this vacant post.


END

21 September 2015 - NW3093

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1) In respect of each category of nursing specialty in the public sector in each province, how many (a) budgeted posts are there, (b) posts were vacant as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (c) of these posts were vacant as a result of being frozen and (d) of the posts which were not frozen have remained vacant for longer than six months; (2) what is the salary scale of each category of nursing specialty in the public sector; (3) how many nurses in each category of nursing specialty in each province are currently working in the private sector?

Reply:

Honourable Member, I have repeatedly mentioned that our methods of determining the number of posts for health workers cannot be deemed reliable as it is derived from organograms which were drawn up long ago and not based on any scientific tool. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with a new scientific tool called WISN (Work Indicators for Staffing Norms). We have just finished calculating WISN norms for Primary Health Care facilities only. We have just started working out the numbers in hospitals.

WISN will be the only reliable indicator of staffing in the healthcare system.

END.

21 September 2015 - NW3253

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)For each of the four vehicles on his department’s asset register, what (a) was (i) the cost price and (ii) date of acquisition and (b) is (i) the odometer reading, (ii) model number and (iii) description of each of the specified vehicles; (2) have any of the specified vehicles been fitted with optional equipment which does not come standard with the basic models available from the factory; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) was the cost of these options; (3) in which centre or city is each of the specified vehicles normally in use?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b)

(a)(i)(ii)

(a)(i) – Cost Price

  • YZF721GP - R678 248.85
  • BF66SVGP - R995 512.00
  • BJ01DPGP - R948 612.00
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - R319 228.41

(ii) – Acquisition Date

  • YZF721GP – 17 February 2010
  • BF66SVGP – 17 March 2011
  • BJ01DPGP – 14 June 2011
  • 2RD85CA4574599 – 9 March 2012

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)

(b)(i) – Odometer Reading

  • YZF721GP – 98937 km’s
  • BF66SVGP – 84664 km’s
  • BJ01DPGP – 79172 km’s
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - 7045 km’s

(ii) – Model Number

  • YZF721GP – E350 CDI
  • BF66SVGP – S350
  • BJ01DPGP – S350
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - KB300 LX

(iii) – Vehicle Description

  • YZF721GP – Mercedes Benz four door sedan
  • BF66SVGP – Mercedes Benz four door sedan
  • BJ01DPGP – Mercedes Benz four door sedan
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - Isuzu double cab LDV

(2) Yes

(a)(i) – Optional Equipment Fitted are:

  • YZF721GP – Center Console Rear View Entertainment
  • BF66SVGP – None
  • BJ01DPGP – None
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - None

(ii) – Optional Equipment Fitted

  • YZF721GP – R11 398.86

(3) Yes. The cities are Pretoria and Cape Town:

  • YZF721GP – Pretoria
  • BF66SVGP – Pretoria
  • BJ01DPGP – Cape Town
  • 2RD85CA4574599 - Pretoria. Vehicle has been disposed.





    END

21 September 2015 - NW3386

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) What has his department done to address backlogs in respect of the compulsory induction programme for civil servants and (b) to what extent have these backlogs been addressed?

Reply:

(a)(b) The National School of Government (NSG) is taking the following steps to address the backlog:

1.  Entering into Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with Provincial Academies and other State Colleges to include the CIP in their course offerings so that they could help to eliminate the backlog within the two years as projected.
 
2.  Discussion with the Department of Public Service and Administration around the utilisation of public servants for public service training and a proposed approach is at an advance stage for submission for approval.

​3.  Continues support to fully equipped trainers, for example, the number of departmental trainers that were trained for the delivery of the compulsory induction programme (CIP) has increased from 775 in 2014/15 to 868, of which 848 trainers have been screened to date. Of this number, 483 are “ready to train” and will be supported to be fully equipped as trainers; and 172 departmental trainers have been actively delivering on the CIP.

The backlog remains a challenge. There is a turnaround strategy in place to build dedicated capacity within the National School of Government for compulsory induction programme (CIP) training and administration. This capacity, together with department-based trainers, will assist in providing the institutional support for the delivery of high volume training in the public service.



END 

21 September 2015 - NW3269

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Mente, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

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

Reply:

(1) (a) The total amount spent on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary businesses in the 2014-15 financial year is R983 417.69.

(b) Total number of trips on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary businesses in the 2014-15 financial year is one hundred and fifty (150)

(2) (a) The total amount spent on accommodation for employees attending Parliamentary businesses for the 2014-15 financial year is R362 555.05

(b) The total amount spent on car rental for employees attending Parliamentary businesses for the 2014-15 financial year is R111 693.96



END

21 September 2015 - NW3496

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the reply of the Minister of Basic Education to question 2973 on 1 September 2015, (a) how many unemployed matriculants have been employed in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in respect of (i) each province and (ii) education district and (b) in what positions were the specified unemployed matriculants employed in (i) each province and (ii) education district since the inception of the programme; (2) (a) how many opportunities exist in the EPWP for unemployed matriculants to assist at schools as (i) administrative staff and (ii) teacher aides, (b) what is the contract period for each specified work opportunity, (c) what is the stipend provided to each matriculant for each specified work opportunity, (d) are any formal developmental opportunities provided to the matriculants in order to enhance their skills and (e) how are the schools to which the matriculants are allocated selected in respect of (i) each province and (ii) education district?

Reply:

This question is too broad and it is about the work of other departments. The member must ask the question to the departments concerned as well as provinces concerned.



END

21 September 2015 - NW3261

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Malema, Mr J to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

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

Reply:

(1)(a) R1243610.64

    (b) 225

(2)(a) R330081.57

    (b) R208225.73

 

21 September 2015 - NW3172

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

1. With reference to her replies to question 727 on 30 April 2015 and questions 952, 1011 and 1596 on 26 May 2015, what were the total costs to her department in terms of (a) facilitating, (b) participating in or (c) hosting one (i) AIDS Conference, (ii) Institute of Security Studies and (iii) African Union Conference; (2) what was the breakdown of costs for each of the events in terms of (a) accommodation for delegates, (b) travel costs, (c) meals and (d) daily allowances; (3) under which (a) account, (b) department or (c) entity were the budgets for each of the events sourced; (4) (a) how many delegates were sent by her department to each of the events held in foreign countries listed above and (b) on what criteria were the delegates selected to go and attend these events in foreign countries?

Reply:

The Honorable Member must refer to previous replies to question 727 on 30 April 2015 and questions 952, 1011 and 1596 on 26 May 2015, and question 3171.




END 

 

 

21 September 2015 - NW3318

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether his department is keeping statistics of visitors to (a) our national game parks, (b) geological or botanical wonders such as the Cango Caves, the Big Tree and the Tsitsikamma Forest, (c) important historical sites such as Robben Island and Blood River, (d) cultural villages and museums and (e) any other places of unique interest; if not, why not, in each case; if so, (i) where did such visitors originate from and (ii) how many such visitors were South Africans during the period 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2015; (2) Will he make a statement on the sustainability and viability of all unique sites and places most frequently visited by overseas as well as South African tourists?

Reply:

1. (a)-(e) No, the Department of Tourism does not keep statistics of visitors to specific sites. Such information may be obtained from the relevant management authorities on request. Some of these entities publish such information on their annual reports. The Department uses such information in planning for tourism development.
(i)  Not Applicable
(ii) Not Applicable

 

2. Part of the department’s strategy is enhancement of important tourist destinations. This will ensure that there is enhanced quality experience and increased activities for our tourists. However, this is dependent on availability of financial resources. Other organs of state also have responsibilities and contribute to the upkeep and successful running of some of our iconic attractions.

 

 

END 

21 September 2015 - NW3276

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

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

Reply:

1.           (a) Total Amount Air travel:                  R503 358.12

              (b) Number of trips:                              81 trips

 

2.             (a) Total Amount on accommodation:  R139 064.16

                (b) Total amount on car rental:             R40 639.25



END

21 September 2015 - NW3146

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 2478 on 30 July 2015 and the fact that she is aware that being in consultation with VIP services since 2013 does mean that authorisation was granted for employees of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to perform close protection services, when will she answer the question of whether the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) obtained authorisation from the SA Police Service to provide the services which are not within SASSA’s mandate?

Reply:

Please refer to my previous reply to question 115 on 17 March 2015 in which I explained the reasons for the provision of close protection services for SASSA employees and other affected officials.



END

21 September 2015 - NW3529

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What are the details of the (i) RTMC’s advertising budget for the 2015-16 financial year, (ii) types of advertising procured or to be procured and (iii) rationality thereof in view of the functions and responsibilities of the RMTC and (b) what (i) are the (aa) costs and (bb) types of advertising procured for the recent One Day International cricket match between the Proteas and New Zealand and (ii) is the rationale behind the specified advertising in view of the functions and responsibilities of the RMTC?

Reply:

 

(a)(i) The RTMC budget for the 2015/16 year is R30 000 000

(a)(ii) The budget incorporates digital, print, television and radio mediums.

(a)(iii) The advertising budget is informed by the mandate of the RTMC as expressed in both the National Road Traffic Management Act (NRTA) and the Road Traffic Management Act (RTMCA) and the strategic documents as approved.

Section 52 of the NRTA prescribes as follows:

The Chief Executive Officer may:

Give guidance regarding road safety in the Republic by means of national congresses, symposia, summer schools, study weeks and mass communication media and in any other manner deemed fit by the Chief Executive Officer”

Section 18(1) of the RTMCA prescribes as follows:

The RTMCA prescribes one of the ten (10) functional areas of the RTMC is communication and education that should be in line with the business and financial plan.

2015 – 2020 Strategy and 2015/16 Annual Performance Plan

The 2015-2020 Strategy of the RTMC as approved by the Shareholders Committee provides for Goal 1: To promote and create a safer road environment, this is where the marketing and communication efforts of the corporation find strategic expression in terms of its deliverables. The Annual Performance Plan (APP) Key Performance Indicator (KPI) 5 is number of national road safety marketing campaigns implemented in line with the 365-day programme.

(b)(i)(aa) The cost of advertising is R 1 820 000 excluding vat and production of static perimeter boards for international and domestic rights to advertise during the 2015/16 cricket season for a year. This is cost effective when compared with a newspapers advertisement on a Sunday newspaper which can cost R800 000 for a single placing..

(b)(i)(bb) The type of advertising is the branding of the RTMC and broadcasting of road safety related messages using LED platform at South African National Cricket Team matches and static perimeter boards at all cricket stadiums for the domestic league.

(b)(ii) The rationale behind the adertising is informed by the mandate of the RTMC as expressed in (a)(iii) above.






END

21 September 2015 - NW3394

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) Do all speed cameras in Mpumalanga have valid calibrator certificates, (b) which company or companies are currently appointed to service the specified speed cameras, (c) do all operators of the specified speed cameras have operator's certificates and (d) are these certificates valid; (2) what class of speed camera is used in Mpumalanga; (3) (a) who mans the vehicles fitted with automatic number plate recognition devices in Mpumalanga, (b) what qualifications do these officials require to operate the specified devices, (c) do these officials have the requisite qualifications and (d) under what law are these officials authorised to compel motorists to pay outstanding fines without proof that summons were received?

Reply:

1. (a) Yes all speed cameras have valid calibrator certificates.

 

(b) Truvelo Manufactures for Prolaser cameras,

  • Trans Atlantic Equipment for Trumcam and Radar (Medaco)
  • InterCalibration Natal for Radar and Laser – (Traffic Management Technology) and (Syntel)

(c) Yes, all operators of the above specified speed cameras have operator’s certificates.

(d) Yes, all certificates are valid

(2) Trucam

  • Radar,
  • Prolaser II & III
  • Laser I

(3)(a) ANPR is man by Traffic Officers and Medaco officials who have been trained and appointed as assistant Clerk of the court for any payments.

(b) Officials are trained to work on Trafman and Remcom system and Magistrate is training the same officials as assistant Clerk of the court.

(c) Yes all officials have the requisite qualifications and are duly appointed.

(d) Motorist are not compelled to pay unless it is an outstanding warrant of arrest which was authorised by Magistrate and is executed in terms of Criminal Procedure Act.

If motorists did not receive the Section 54 notice they are notified of the outstanding payment and given the option to make payment to the service provider or to deposit the money through the departmental account.

Offender’s rights are given to them before any payment is received should they wish to make payment on the ANPR bus.



END

21 September 2015 - NW3530

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to salary structures of employees within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, including but not limited to access controllers, ticket examiners, drivers and administrators, there are salary differences between employees employed in the Cape Town Metropolitan area and Johannesburg Metropolitan area; if so, (a) what are the reasons for the differences, (b) what steps is she taking to rectify the specified situation and (c) by what date will the situation be rectified?

Reply:

PRASA has no differential salaries for any employee grade on the basis of their geographic location either in the Cape Town, Johannesburg or any other Metropolitan area that provides commuter rail services. PRASA has a centralised salary grading system applicable to all its regions.

a)  Any differences that may exist would be based on the banding within each salary grade, consisting of three to four notches. An employee progresses within these notches based on the length of service and performance review outcomes.

b)  Not applicable

c)  Not applicable

21 September 2015 - NW3472

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) How will (i) her department and (ii) the SA Social Security Agency ensure that Cash Paymaster Services complies with all the relevant legislation and regulations regarding the payment of social grants and (b) what measures has her department put in place to restrict third party creditor access to the social grant beneficiaries’ bank account?

Reply:

(a)  (i) The Department of Social Development through the Social Assistance Act, 2004 (Act No.13 of 2004) has entrusted the responsibility to administer social assistance and pay social grants to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). In an effort to fulfill its oversight responsibility the Department has further established formalized engagement structures where matters relating to the administration of social assistance including payment of social grants and compliance with norms and standards are discussed.

(ii) The department is busy looking at the options of protecting older persons’ accounts from unscrupulous loan sharks and other schemes.

(b) The bank accounts of social grant beneficiaries operate within the confines of the national payment system rules. Therefore, although Regulation 26A in terms of the Social Assistance Act, allows deductions for a funeral policy or scheme to take place directly from a social grant before the grant money is paid into a beneficiary’s bank account, however once the grant money is transferred into the bank account of a beneficiary this Regulation ceases to operate.



END

21 September 2015 - NW3040

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

In respect of each district in each province (a) which (i) special needs schools, (ii) resource centres, and (iii) full service schools have boarding facilities, (b) how many of the specified boarding schools are fully equipped to cater for the needs of the (i) physical disabled, (ii) blind, (iii) deaf, (iv) mentally impaired and (v) autistic learners and (c) what is the number of (i) house mothers or fathers, (ii) household aids, (iii) kitchen staff, (iv) general assistants and (v) nurses or sisters that have been appointed in each specified school category, in respect of each province?

Reply:

RESPONSE:

The data for each of the questions requested is available in the specified annexures as follows:

a)   (i) The districts in each province that have boarding facilities attached to special schools, special school resource centres and full-service schools (Annexure A);

      (ii) The names of the specified special schools and special school resource centres that have boarding facilities (Annexure A); and

      (iii) The names of full-services schools that have boarding facilities (Annexure B).

b)   The information about the extent to which boarding schools are equipped to meet the needs of learners with (i) physical disability, (ii) visual impairment, (iii) deafness, (iv) intellectual disability and (v) autism that has been made available by the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, North West and Western Cape Provincial Education Departments (Annexure A). Data on compliance with principles of universal design, is collected by School Infrastructure Planning through the monitoring process of the implementation of the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure (2013);

c)    Statistics on personnel provisioning in boarding facilities are provided for the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, North West and Western Cape Provinces in respect of the number of:

  1. house mothers and fathers (Annexure A);
  2. household aids (Annexure A);
  3. kitchen staff(Annexure A);
  4. general assistants (Annexure A);
  5. nurses or sisters (Annexure A);

Information has been requested from all provinces and will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

ANNEXURE A

Data in response to questions (a)(i), (a)(ii), (b)(i), (b)(ii), (b)(iii), (b)(iv), (c)(i), (c)(ii), (c)(iii), (c)(iv), (c)(v)

Sources: Data provided by provinces in August 2015

Province

District

(a)(i)

Names of Special Schools with Hostels

(a)(ii)

Names of Resource Centres with Hostels

(b)(i)

How many Hostels are equipped for learners with physical disability

(b)(ii)

How many Hostels are equipped for learners who are blind

(b)(iii)

How many Hostels are equipped for learners with intellectual disability

(b)(iv)

How many Hostels are equipped for learners with autism

(c)(i)

Number of housemothers/fathers

(c)(ii) Number of household aids

(c)(iii) Number of kitchen staff

(c)(iv) Number of general assistants

(c)(v) Number of nurses

EC

Port Elizabeth

Cape Recife

Cape Recife

yes

-

-

-

13

13

0

24

1

 

Port Elizabeth

Northern Lights

-

-

-

-

-

0

0

0

3

0

 

Port Elizabeth

Merryvale

Merryvale

-

-

yes

-

20

6

2

7

1

 

Port Elizabeth

Quest

Quest

-

-

-

yes

16

6

1

0

0

 

Port Elizabeth

Reubin Birin

Reubin Birin

-

-

-

-

7

8

2

3

0

 

Port Elizabeth

Khanyisa PE

Khanyisa PE

-

yes

-

-

15

2

4

10

2

 

Qumbu

Tsolo

Tsolo

-

-

yes

-

19

8

2

3

0

 

Mbizana

Zamokuhle

Zamokuhle

-

yes

-

-

27

2

3

2

0

 

East London

Arcadia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

18

0

 

East London

Parkland

-

-

-

-

-

1

4

1

15

0

 

East London

Vukuhambe

Vukuhambe

yes

-

-

-

25

6

9

13

1

 

Mthatha

Ikhwezi Lokusa

Ikhwezi Lokusa

yes

-

-

-

25

22

6

3

1

 

Mbizana

Vukuzenzele

Vukuzenzele

yes

-

-

-

28

15

8

9

0

 

Mbizana

Nompulanga

Nompulanga

-

-

yes

-

22

5

6

9

0

 

Graaff-Reinet

                     
       

4

2

3

1

218

97

44

119

6

FS

Fezile Dabi

Fakkel

 

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Fezile Dabi

Johan Slabbert

                   
 

Fezile Dabi

Mphatlalatsane

                   
 

Lejweleputswa

Orion

                   
 

Lejweleputswa

Nobilis

                   
 

Lejweleputswa

Amari

                   
 

Motheo

Pholoho

Martie du Plessis

                 
 

Motheo

Bartimea

Tswellang

                 
 

Motheo

Böhmer

                   
 

Motheo

Ladybrand

                   
 

Motheo

Jimmie Roos

                   
 

Motheo

Rosenhof

                   
 

Motheo

Tatello

                   
 

Motheo

Lettie Fouche

                   
 

Thabo Mofutsanyana

 

Tiboloha

                 
 

Thabo Mofutsanyana

 

Maluti

                 
 

Xhariep

                     
 

Xhariep

                     
 

Xhariep

                     

GT

Tshwane South

Nuwe Hoopskool

Unicaskool

1

0

1

1

       

4

 

Gauteng West

 

Wesrandse Skool - West Rand School

1

0

1

1

       

1

 

Gauteng East

Sonitusskool

Muriel Brandskool

1

0

1

1

       

4

 

Ekurhuleni South

 

Ezibeleni School For Physically Disabled Children

1

0

1

1

       

2

 

Johannesburg South

Transvaliaskool-School

Jiswa Training Centre

2

0

2

2

       

4

 

Sedibeng East

Muriel Brandskool

Krugerlaanskool

1

0

2

2

       

3

 

Johannesburg South

Frances Vorwergskool

Sizwile School For The Deaf

1

0

1

0

       

4

 

Johannesburg West

Rotaraskool

Randburgskool (Kliniekskool- Gestremde Leerlinge)

1

 

1

1

       

2

 

Johannesburg North

Bethesda Special School

Gresswold Senior School

0

0

2

0

       

4

   

Felicitasskool - School

Via Nova School For The Mentally Disabled

1

0

2

0

       

4

 

Tshwane West

Ezibeleni School For Physically Disabled Children

Pretoriaskool Vir Serebraal Gestremdes

2

0

2

0

       

3

 

Johannesburg East

Dr. W.K. Du Plessis-Skool

Dominican School For The Deaf

1

0

1

0

       

3

 

Tswhane South

Rant-En-Dal Kliniekskool

 

0

0

1

1

       

1

 

Tswhane West

Transoranje-Skool Vir Dowes

 

0

0

1

0

       

1

 

Tshwane West

Takalani

 

0

0

1

0

       

2

 

Ekhuruleni South

Adelaide Tambo School

 

1

0

1

0

       

2

 

Gauteng East

Hope School-Skool

 

1

 

1

0

       

1

 

Tswhane North

Eurekaskool

 

0

0

1

         

2

 

Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni School For The Deaf

 

1

0

 

0

       

2

 

Tshwane West

Prinshofskool

   

1

           

2

 

Sedibeng East

Sibonile School For The Blind

   

1

           

2

   

Ithembalihle School

                 

2

 

Tshwane North

Dominican School For The Deaf

                 

2

 

Tshwane West

Filadelfia

   

1

           

2

KZN

Uthukela

Kwazamokuhle

 

27

27

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Ugu

Harding

                   
   

St Martins

                   
   

Suid-Natal

                   
 

Zululand

Inkanyiso

                   
   

Zamimpilo

                   
   

Musa

                   
   

Bawelisile

                   
 

Umlazi

Golden Hours

                   
   

Open Air

                   
   

Reunion

                   
   

Mason Lincoln

                   
 

Uthungulu

Vuleka

                   
   

Masisizane

                   
   

Sthandiwe

                   
   

Thembimfundo

                   
 

Umgungundlovu

Peter Pan Training Centre

                   
   

Ekukhanyeni

                   
   

H.S. Ebrahim

                   
   

Open Gate

                   
   

St Christopher’s

                   
   

Arthur Blaxall

                   
   

Indaleni

                   
   

Newton

                   
 

Amajuba

Bumbisizwe (Madadeni)

                   
   

Newcastle School of Industries

                   
   

Tugela Prevocational School

                   
   

Bergsig Special School

                   
 

Pinetown

Sunfield Home

                   
   

AM Moola

                   
   

KwaThintwa

                   
   

Ethembeni

                   
   

Fulton

                   
   

The Browns

                   
   

Tongaat

                   
   

VN Naik

                   
 

Sisonke

Vulekani

                   
   

Daniel Mzamo

                   
 

Umkhanyakude

Sisizakele

                   
   

Intuthuko

                   
   

Khulani

                   
 

Umzinyathi

Pro Nobis

                   

LP

                       

NW

Bojanala

Meerhof

Meerhof

1

0

0

10

9

3

3

10

1

 

Rustenburg

Kutlwanong

Kutwanong

0

0

1

0

10

1

42

0

0

 

Bojanala

Oom Paul

0

0

0

1

0

11

1

6

0

0

 

Dr Ruth S Mompati

MM Sebitloane

M M Sebitloane (New hostel, awaiting handover)

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

   

Christiana School (Blind)

0

1

1

1

1

6

13

7

0

0

 

Ngaka Modiri Molema

Tlamelang

0

1

0

1

0

17

1

Service Provider

31

1

   

Coligny

0

1

0

1

0

2

2

2

2

0

   

Bophelong

Bophelong (New hostel, awaiting handover)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Daeraad

0

0

0

2

0

3

6

0

0

1

   

Janie Schneider

Janie Schneider

1

0

1

0

2

2

1

1

1

   

Keurhof

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

6

5

0

   

North West Secondary

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

1

0

   

Die Wilge

0

0

0

1

0

1

9

3

5

0

   

ES Le Grange

0

0

0

5

0

11

16

8

2

2

   

Ikalafeng

Ikalafeng

4

0

4

4

2

16

14

9

1

WC

Overberg

Agulhas

Agulhas

   

2

   

13

   

0

 

CENTRAL

ASTRA

ASTRA

CP and Physical Disabled

6

     

18

   

2

 

North

Athlone School for the Blind

Athlone School for the Blind

 

2

     

19

   

1

 

East

Alta du Toit

     

3

   

44

   

1

 

North

Atlantis

     

2

   

11

   

1

 

North

Bet el

     

2

   

21

     
 

Eden

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

   

2 (Spectrum)

   

12

   

1

 

North

De Grendel

     

2

   

14

   

0

 

Cape W

De la Bat

De la Bat

 

DEAF =11

     

20

   

1

 

South

Dominican Wittebome

   

DEAF = 6

     

18

   

1

 

Central

Dominican Grimley

   

DEAF = 6

     

8

   

0

                         
 

Eden

Eljada Kairos

Eljada Kairos

   

4

   

31

   

1

 

Central

Eros

 

2

       

24

   

1

 

East

Jan Kriel

Jan Kriel

   

SLD =4

   

38

   

1

 

Cape W

Langerug

     

SLD = 2

   

6

   

1 X Itinerant

 

Central

Mary Harding

Mary Harding

   

2

   

13

   

1

 

Overberg

Mispah

     

5

   

19

   

0

 

Cape W

Nuwe Hoop

   

DEAF = 8

     

43

   

1

 

Eden

Olympia

     

MMID = 2

   

13

   

0

 

Eden

Oudtshoorn

     

MMID = 2

   

11

   

0

 

East

Paarl

Paarl

2

       

13

   

1

 

Cape W

Pioneer

   

6

     

31

   

1

 

West Coast

Riebeeck Valley

Riebeeck Valley

   

MMID = 2

   

20

   

0

 

Cape W

Steinthal

     

MMID = 2

   

9

   

0

 

Central

Tembaletu

 

2

       

8

   

1

 

Eden

Van kervel

     

MMID=2

   

12

   

0

 

Central

Vera

Vera

     

2

 

16

   

0

 

West Coast

Weskus

Weskus

   

MMID-3

3

 

19

   

0

 

North

Westcliff

     

MMID=2

1

 

9

   

0

ANNEXURE B

Names of Full-Services Schools with Boarding Facilities, per District

Source: EMIS data collated from the Annual School Survey, 2014

Province

District

Name of School

EC

Graaff-Reinet

Aberdeen P Public School

FS

Motheo

Brebner P/S

FS

Lejweleputswa

Bultfontein C/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Graanveld P/S

FS

Xhariep

Jacobsdal P/S

FS

Xhariep

Jagersfontein I/S

FS

Lejweleputswa

Kegomoditswe P/S

FS

Xhariep

Koffiefontein C/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Letlotlo P/S

FS

Xhariep

Luckhoff P/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Paul Roux I/S

FS

Motheo

Polokehong P/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Pulamadiboho P/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Reitz C/S

FS

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Senekal P/S

FS

Motheo

Sentraal P/S

FS

Motheo

Unicom P/S

FS

Lejweleputswa

Winburg C/S

FS

Xhariep

Zastron P/S

LP

Capricorn

Harry Oppenheimer Secondary

LP

Greater Sekhukhune

Laerskool Roossenekal

LP

Capricorn

St. Brendan's Catholic Secondary

MP

Not Applicable

Lothair Primary School

MP

Not Applicable

Qhubekani Primary School

MP

Not Applicable

Relane Lower Primary

NC

Pixley Ka Seme

Alpha Primêre Skool

NW

Lichtenburg

Hoërskool Coligny

NW

Madibeng

Hoërskool Wagpos

NW

Zeerust

Lencoe Primary School

NW

Greater Delareyville

Manamolela Primary School

NW

Mafikeng

Phera Primary School

NW

Mafikeng

Sol Plaatjie Secondary School

WC

West Coast

Dirkie Uys Laerskool

WC

West Coast

Elizabethfontein Mor Prim.

WC

West Coast

Steynville Prim.

WC

West Coast

Swartland Laerskool.

21 September 2015 - NW3501

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Has his department (a) identified environmentally sensitive areas where applications for mineral rights will not be accepted and (b) adopted a policy in this regard; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) how many (a) inspectors are currently employed by the department in each province to inspect mines and (b) trainee inspectors are currently being trained as inspectors?

Reply:

  1. (a)Yes, all proclaimed conservation and heritage areas are so identified

          (b) Section 48(2)(c) of the MPRDA prohibits the issuing of rights, permits or permissions on areas reserved in terms of any law.

(2) (a)

REGIONS

OFFICIALS

Head Office

04

KwaZulu Natal

03

Eastern Cape

03

Western Cape

03

Limpopo

05

Mpumalanga

05

North West

04

Gauteng

02

Free State

03

Northern Cape

03

   

TOTAL

35

(b) 30 officials are currently attending training and a further 30 officials will start training in October 2015.

 

 

 

END

21 September 2015 - NW3342

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Why (a) the Government’s subsidy to the Voortrekker Monument has been terminated and (b) was there no prior notice to or discussions with the management of the Voortrekker Monument; (2) whether not giving notice is standard practice for his department; if not, (a) why did his department deviate from customary practice and (b) what steps does he intends to take to correct this action; if so, in what way does this action meet the constitutional requirement of fair administrative action; (3) Whether he will consider reinstating the subsidy; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1(a). The Department has not stopped paying a subsidy to the Voortrekker Monument. The Voortrekker Monument is not a Declared Cultural Institution in terms of the Cultural Institutions Act and therefore does not receive a subsidy from the Department. However, the Department does provide funding to the Monument on an adhoc basis subject to the availability of funds. The Department has committed to transfer R1.3 Million to the Monument for the 2015/2016 financial year. To date, the DAC has transferred R1, 170 000 to the Voortrekker Monument in August 2015, and will transfer R130 000 on submission of a satisfactory expenditure report before the end of the current financial year.

(b). No discussion or prior notice was necessary since the MOU for the funding stipulates the terms and the funding period.

2(a). Non notification is not DAC standard practice.

(b). Standard practice was not deviated from as no discussion or prior notice was necessary since the MOU for the funding stipulates the terms and the funding period. No notification was required as the Voortrekker Monument receives ad hoc funding from the DAC and not annual funding as it is not a Declared Cultural Institution. My department has had several engagements with the Monument to see how best it can accommodate the Monument depending on the availability of funds.

3. As the Minister of Arts and Culture, I cannot reinstate a subsidy that did not exist. The Voortrekker Monument does not receive an annual subsidy as it is not a Declared Cultural Institution in terms of the Cultural Institutions Act.





END

21 September 2015 - NW2769

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the Government had formally requested or will request provincial legislatures through the means available to it to undertake all extensive audits of the (a) maintenance, (b) management and (c) functioning of hospitals with a view of compiling a national report on the quality, appropriateness and speed of healthcare in the country so that appropriate actions can be taken by national government to deal with horror stories of neglect, indifference, rodent infestation, shortages and mismanagement; if not, why not; if so, when will his department request such a report from provincial legislatures in order to table a consolidated national report before Parliament?

Reply:

No, we do not think that it is the job of Provincial Legislatures to undertake extensive audits of –

a) maintenance;

b) management;

c) functioning hospitals

The Provincial Departments of Health are doing so already, through various projects in partnership with the National Department of Health.

The National Department of Health has implemented a multi-disciplinary technical assessment of health facilities starting in the NHI Pilot Districts, to establish the status of the relevant services and installation, recommend appropriate remedial interventions, where required, prioritise these in terms of criticality and determine the associated cost estimates.

On the issue of management of hospitals, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) conducted a comprehensive assessment on management of hospitals. This led to a policy change whereby only people with a health background may be CEOs of hospitals.

On the issue of functioning of hospitals, the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) conducts inspections on quality of health services.

END.

21 September 2015 - NW2697

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

The Minister visited China to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions 2014, in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China from 10 to 12 September 2014. Minister used this opportunity to honour a long standing invitation to pay an official visit to China from Minister Li Bin, the Minister of Health and Family Planning of the People’s Republic of China. This official visit took place on the 9th of September 2014.

He was accompanied by Dr Anban Pillay: Deputy Director General: Health Regulation and Compliance Management and PA, Ms M Sethosa.

Return Air Tickets: R 316 576.00

Accommodation: R 78 000.00

Daily allowances: R 35 249.34

Vehicles: R 75 000.00

VIP Lounges: R 20 000.00

The total cost for the visit was R 524 825.34.

 

Another delegation of Senior Officials visited China from 18 to 22 August 2014 to attend the Global Health Diplomacy Executive Training Course in Beijing, China. The delegation consisted of Deputy Director-General: International Health Development and Support, Ms MK Matsau, Mr M Modisenyane, Director: Africa Relations and the Deputy-Director: South-South Relations, Ms T Khosa.

Return Air Tickets: R 135 108.00

Accommodation: R 24 717.00

Daily allowances: R 16 756.20

The total cost for the visit was R 176 581.20

Please note that the trip was sponsored, tickets, accommodation and local transport were paid for by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of the People’s Republic of China.

END.

21 September 2015 - NW3502

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Will he or any representatives of his department be participating in the forthcoming Forum on China-Africa Co-operation to be held in November 2015; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the engagement and (b) what are the objectives of such engagement?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has not received an invitation to participate in the said Forum from responsible authorities.

a.   Not applicable
b.   Not applicable

 

 

END

21 September 2015 - NW3171

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to her replies to question 727 on 30 April 2015 and questions 952, 1011 and 1596 on 26 May 2015, what were the total costs to her department in terms of (a) facilitating, (b) participating in or (c) hosting (i) two European Union Conferences, (ii) three Japan International Co-operation Agency Conferences, (iii) one Southern African Development Community Conference, (2) what was the breakdown of costs for each of the events in terms of (a) accommodation for delegates, (b) travel costs, (c) meals and (d) daily allowances; (3) under which (a) account, (b) department or (c) entity were the budgets for each of the events sourced; (4) (a) how many delegates were sent by her department to each of the events held in foreign countries listed above and (b) on what criteria were the delegates selected to go and attend these events in foreign countries?

Reply:

Honourable Members refer to previous question 727 on 30 April 2015 and questions 952, 1011 and 1596 on 26 May 2015.




END

 

21 September 2015 - NW3131

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

(1) (a) What interactions has his department’s SA Connect project office had with the private information and communication technology sector about their role as set out in SA Connect, (b) how many times have they met, (c) where did the specified meetings take place, (d) what are the details of the interactions since 1 May 2014 and (e) what interactions are planned for the rest of the (i) 2015-16 financial year and (ii) Medium Term Economic Framework; (2) (a) which (i) companies, (ii) organisations or (iii) councils have been included in the specified interactions, (b) what has been the nature of the specified interactions and (c) where were they held; (3) (a) what are the expected outcomes of the specified interactions and (b) when will the outcomes of the specified interactions be available for public comment?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department has had a number of interactions in the form of bilateral meetings with State-Owned Entities and the private sector with the purpose of understanding the current broadband infrastructure gap, understanding the different technology options as well as understanding the different approaches undertaken by the private sector in implementing various broadband initiatives.

(b) Several meetings were held to provide the Department with better insight into the possible solutions to the broadband infrastructure problem and to assist with the costing of the broadband business case.

(c) The specified meetings were mainly held at the offices of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

(d) Meetings were held with the private Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The purpose of the interaction with the private ICT sector on South Africa Connect was with the view to understand the technology trends, roadmap and infrastructure capabilities to achieve the SA Connect target and the broadband gaps. The purpose was also to understand the economic and social impact of the broadband initiatives to assist with setting up the parameters for monitoring the impact over the long term. Further to understand the different approaches to national Broadband Implementation Strategies implemented in other countries and the challenges and success thereof.

(e)(i)(ii) Meetings will be held with the private sector and are aimed at (i) Establishing key indicators to measure the impact of broadband infrastructure on the economy and (ii) Understanding how to further improve the current coverage.

(2)(a) (i) The Department has had interactions with the following companies to discuss technology options for broadband:

  • Isizwe projects;
  • Huawei Technologies;
  • Alcatel-Lucent;
  • Altec;
  • Nokia,
  • Seacom,
  • the Living Labs project
  • Viasat
  • Avanti Communication Group

The following companies have been consulted to determine the extent of their infrastructure investment:

    • MTN
    • Vodacom
    • Neotel
    • Cell C
    • Altron
    • Telkom
    • Sentech
    • Dark Fibre Africa
    • Eskom
    • SACF
    • SANRAL

(ii) The following organisations were included in the interactions:

  • Universal Service and Access and Agency of South Africa (USAASA);
  • Council for Scientific Research (CSIR),
  • BMI-T; and,
  • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

(iii) The National Broadband Advisory Council (NBAC) Working Group is the

Council has facilitated presentation from the Department and industry. The National ICT Forum has now been established to drive some of the industry interactions in a coordinated manner.

(b) The interactions were mainly in a form of bilateral meetings.

(c) The specified meetings were mainly held at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services offices and CSIR convention centre

(3)(a) The engagement with the private ICT sector assisted the Department to understand the infrastructure gaps and various technology options and approaches to close the gaps.

(b) The outcome of the interactions with the private ICT sector assisted with the development of the broadband business case and implementation plan, and ensured that the duplication of infrastructure is avoided as much as possible during the planning process.



END

21 September 2015 - NW3158

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2116 on 11 December 2014, particularly in relation to the Provincial Youth Camp in Mpumalanga, which company or companies were awarded the tender(s) for the supply of (a) tracksuits, (b) t-shirts, (c) golf-shirts, (d) running shoes and (e) toiletry bags; (2) (a) how many other tender bids were received for rendering the specified services and (b) which company was noted as quoting the lowest amount; (3) what criteria were used to select the young person’s attending the specified camp; (4) what skills development training took place at the specified camp?

Reply:

Provincial Youth Camps are conducted by the provinces themselves. Since the Honourable Member is interested in province-specific issues, the details of which I do not readily have, I advise that the Honourable Member liaise directly with the relevant Provincial MEC




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21 September 2015 - NW2865

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there are any mechanisms in place to ensure that he, as the National Minister of Health, plays a role in the appointment of competent provincial MECs for health; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps does he intend to take to address this shortcoming which has a potential of resulting in poor health service delivery in various provinces if incompetent MECs for Health is appointed?

Reply:

Honourable Member, as a Member of the Legislature and an Honourable Member of this House, I am sure you are well aware that the matter you are raising is clearly a Constitutional matter and not for the National Minister of Health and any Minister from the National Sphere of Government for that matter, to participate in.

If I can just assist the Honourable Member, please refer to Section 91(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996), on the appointment of Ministers by the President of the Republic. Similarly, the Honourable Member may refer to Section 132(2) of the Constitution, on the appointment of MECs by the Premier of a Province.

Therefore from these provisions of the Constitution, the Honourable Member will see that the matter of the appointment and/or dismissal of MECs is clearly articulated. Nowhere in the Constitution, as Supreme Law, or in any law of this Country is it provided for that a Minister should be involved in the appointment or dismissal of MECs in anyway whatsoever.

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21 September 2015 - NW2652

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Nkomo, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has taken any steps to (a) monitor initiation schools in the country and (b) ensure that the nurses and surgeons in attendance at these initiation schools have the requisite training; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Honourable Member, let me mention upfront that the establishment of initiation schools is under the control of the Department of Coorperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

As Health, we play a supportive role in terms of the health needs of initiates. Together with Cogta, we have negotiated with CONTRALESA (the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa) whereby the Department will make available a sum of R20 million per Province. With this money, the traditional leader should look for medical doctors who are also practitioners and affiliates of that particular culture and have themselves gone through cultural initiation schools, to take care of the health needs of the initiates and to perform the actual circumcision, including post-operative care.

Some traditional leaders have accepted this option and where it is implemented, there is absolutely no death or no amputations.

However, some are still very resistant to this proposal and that is where death commonly occurs. A large number of deaths happen in illegal schools which are unknown even to the traditional leaders.

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21 September 2015 - NW3388

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

With reference to his reply to question 1947 on 18 June 2015, has there been punitive measures taken against managers in the Public Service who have allowed long periods of incapacity leave to public servants under their management not due to such public servants; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

An employee’s applications for long periods of incapacity leave must in terms of the Policy and Procedure on Incapacity Leave be dealt with in keeping with defined time frames. The Head of Department has the authority to consider such an application taking into account all available information such as the employee’s application, additional medical information, including the advice of the Health Risk Manager. Managers are in terms of their core management responsibilities as defined in their core management criteria (CMC’s), responsible for the management of their staff. Therefore, if a manager fails to properly manage long periods of incapacity leave, the relevant Executive Authority and/or Head of Department can discipline that particular manager for not executing his/her responsibilities. Therefore relevant Heads Department (HODs) are in a better position to indicate the measures taken in this regard.


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21 September 2015 - NW3390

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister for Public Service and Administration

(1) On what dates did he formally consult with the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs in respect of the local government remuneration framework as published in April 2015; (2) what (a) did he communicate to the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, (b) did the specified Minister communicate to him and (c) were the conclusions of the consultation; (3) what is his (a) position and (b) the respective reasons thereof regarding the draft salary bands for (i) municipal managers and (ii) senior managers in local government?

Reply:

1. The Minister for Public Service and Administration formally consulted with the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, in a letter dated 23 June 2015, in respect of the local government remuneration framework as published in April 2015.

​2. (a) Minister communicated the following:

  • agreement with the proposed extension of the number of categories for the classification of municipalities from 8 to 10 for purposes of the remuneration of Senior Managers;
  • noted that the proposed annual (2015) increase of the minimum and maximum remuneration for the revised municipal categories ranges between 12% and 18.7% for Municipal Managers and 12.7% and 60.9% for Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers; and
  • recommended that the 2015 increases should be based on National Treasury’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast of 4.8% for the 2015/16 financial year.

(b) and (c) There was no further official communication received from the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs after the afore-mentioned letter dated 23 June 2015.

3.  (a)(b) That the 2015 salary increases for Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers should be based on National Treasury’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast of 4.8% for the 2015/16 financial year.



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18 September 2015 - NW3339

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

No, the current employment equity ratio for persons with disabilities is at 1.54%. In its recruitment strategy the department advertisement for posts encourages people with disability to apply for positions in the department, however in many cases those who do apply do not meet the minimum requirements for the posts. We are considering partnerships with organisations like Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) to try and mitigate this recruitment challenge.



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18 September 2015 - NW2306

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

Has the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) paid any money towards the legal fees of a certain person (name furnished) from 4 October 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so (a) what amount has the SABC paid towards the specified person s legal fees, (b) to which law firms has the money been paid, (c) which cases was the money used for, (d) who authorized the expenditure and (e) which (i) policy, (ii) legislation and/or (i ) any other relevant documentation was used to justify such expenditure?

Reply:


King III and the introduction of The Companies Act in 2008 has rendered Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance crucial for all companies regardless of size or incorporation. The SABC as such took such an insurance cover and all legal fees for Hlaudi Motsoeneng were submitted to the Insurers for payment.

(a)SABC has not paid any amount towards the legal fees
(b) Not Applicable
(c) Not Applicable
(d) Not Applicable
(e) Not Applicable



Parliamentary question 2306 of 2015


MR N MUNZHELELE
[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE: 24/07/15

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS
DATE:

18 September 2015 - NW3155

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the IT server at the (a) Edenvale Home Affairs office and (b) Kempton Park Home Affairs office, (i) what amount of down-time or server failure has been experienced by each office’s IT server in (aa) 2014 and (bb) since 1 January 2015, (ii) what was the length of time of each down-time and (iii) what was the reason for each down-time?

Reply:

(i) The information for both offices is hereby provided as follows:

(a) Edenvale:

           (aa) 2014 - none

           (bb) April 2015 – one (1),

                 June 2015 – seven (7),

                 July 2015 - eight (8) and

                 August 2015 two (2).

b) Kempton Park:

         (aa) April 2014 - six (06),

         (bb) May 2015 - four (4),

               June 2015 - three (3),

              July 2015 – six (06) and

             August 2015 – two (2).

(ii-iii) Details in tabular format attached below:

OFFICE

MONTH

FREQUENCY OF DOWNTIMES

Duration of Down Time

Reason for Down Time

EDENVALE

APRIL 2015

01

The whole day

Photo booth and Front Line Officer (FLO) workstation offline/ power off

 

JUNE 2015

07

The whole day

FLO workstation and photo booth offline

 

JULY 2015

08

The whole day

Photo booth offline and Integrated Receipting Engine (IRE) for cash registers faulty

 

AUGUST 2015

02

The whole day

Integrated Receipting Engine (IRE) faulty. Photo booth offline and Xerox was faulty

         

KEMPTON PARK

APRIL 2015

06

2 Hours

Server was down due upgrade and generator kick in

 

MAY 2015

04

3 Hours

Problem with Server and generator failed to kick in

 

JUNE 2015

03

3 Hours

Problem with server generator failed to kick in

 

JULY 2015

06

The whole day

Back Office re-started the server

 

AUGUST 2015

02

3 Hours

Problem with server generator failed to kick in

18 September 2015 - NW3244

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) Who is the founder of the Dambuza Community Trust, (b) who is the current chief executive officer of the Trust, (c) where is it operating and (d) who sits on its board; (2) what is the amount of all funding supplied to the Trust from (a) all sector education and training authorities and (b) the National Skills Fund in the (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15 financial years; (3) how many learners in each field of study (a) did the Trust indicate it would train when applying for funds, (b) were admitted to each programme and (c) were trained to completion through the Trust in respect of each grant awarded; (4) (a) for how long have the learners been trained and (b) from which accredited authority have the learners received their certificates or equivalent qualification?

Reply:

The Dambuza Community Development Trust is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 to promote community participation in the development of the Dambuza and greater Edendale areas, including education and training opportunities for the youth.

The honourable member is welcome to request any information directly from the Trust.

 

 

Compiler/Contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 3244 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

18 September 2015 - NW3227

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) How many South African citizens lost their citizenship in terms of section 6 of the South African Citizenship Act, Act 88 of 1995, in the (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13 and (iv) 2014-15 financial years, (b) from which countries did the specified persons acquire citizenship and (c) what attempts are being made to inform citizens who are abroad about the specified provision of the Act; (2) have immigration departments in other countries been briefed in order to inform South African citizens in those countries about the implications of acquiring citizenship of another country?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) 2010-2011 - 619

(1)(a)(ii) 2011-2012 - 540

(1)(a)(iii) 2012-2013 - 364

(1)(a)(iv) 2014-2014 - 509

(1)(b) A majority of cases relate to citizens taking up citizenship in Australia, Western Europe, Canada, United States of America and other countries.

(1)(c) The website of the department was updated in relation to the Citizenship Act, as it is the responsibility of each citizen to familiarise themselves with the Act, prior to taking up other country’s citizenship.

(2) No, the onus is on the individuals and those receiving countries.



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18 September 2015 - NW3215

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Police

Whether any progress has been made in respect of the investigation of the complaints laid by a certain person (name furnished) with regard to (a)(i) CAS 752/04/2011, (ii) CAS 06/05/2011 and (iii) CAS 217/05/2011 opened at the Springs Police Station, (b) CAS 889/05/2011 opened at the Cape Town Police Station and (c) CAS 33/05/2011 opened at the Scottburgh Police Station?

Reply:

Yes, progress had been made with the mentioned case dockets

(a)(i) Springs CAS 752/04/2011 (Fraud) – The case docket had been fully investigated and presented to the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision on prosecution. The Senior Public Prosecutor declined to institute prosecution, citing that it is a civil matter.

(a)(ii) Springs CAS 06/05/2011 (Fraud) – The case docket had been transferred to Scottburgh police station in KwaZulu-Natal and Scottburgh CAS 33/05/2011 had been registered for this case. This case docket is therefore a duplicate of Scottburgh CAS 33/05/2011.

(a)(iii) Springs CAS 217/05/2011 (Fraud) – The case docket had been fully investigated and presented to the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision on prosecution. The Senior Public Prosecutor declined to institute prosecution, citing that it is a civil matter.

(b) Cape Town Central CAS 889/05/2011 (Fraud) – The case docket had been fully investigated and presented to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Western Cape for a decision on prosecution. The Director of Public Prosecutions declined to institute prosecution, citing that it is a civil matter.

(c) Scottburgh CAS 33/05/2011 (Fraud) – The case docket had been fully investigated and presented to the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision on prosecution. The Senior Public Prosecutor declined to institute prosecution, citing that it is a civil matter.


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