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12 August 2015 - NW1434

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Does his department have a Regulatory Burden Reduction strategy in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the strategy?

Reply:

No,

The current Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) aptly identifies the need to consider the compliance burden and complexity of laws and regulations, and the need to improve consistency and remove unnecessary obstacles to business development. In this regard, capacity has been created in the Presidency to carry out thorough impact assessments of both new and existing legislation and regulations, in order to ensure alignment with the NDP and reduce the risk of unintended consequences.

Government will also streamline and improve the efficiency of regulatory processes, in areas such as building licences, environmental impact assessments, company registration, tax compliance, work permits for scarce skills, mining licences, water licences and access to municipal infrastructure services.

The regulatory burden reduction strategy cuts across a number of legislation/regulatory instruments that are not only administered within the DMR. Capacity for a comprehensive regulatory burden reduction strategy has resultantly been established at a central point in government and constitutes a requirement for the legislation development within government.

12 August 2015 - NW2750

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What steps is her department taking to ensure that law-abiding road users are not inconvenienced by the many errors and wrong invoices sent to them regard to their e-toll bills?

Reply:

The facts show differently. The system correctly captures more than 99% of the number plates & transactions. SANRAL accepts that no system is flawless. However, there are customer service options available to users through customer service centres, call centre, and the web to make e-toll enquiries. Also, the honourable member would appreciate that these so called errors and invoices would be minimized if the honourable member would join me in encouraging road users to register their details on the toll system.

12 August 2015 - NW2625

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Social Development

How many people who are receiving a disability grant are visually impaired in each province?

Reply:

When a disability grant is approved, the approval is based on set criteria and is not related to the type of disability. Therefore no such information regarding the specifics of the disability is retained on the database. The system only captures the fact that the beneficiary is disabled and not the type of disability.

12 August 2015 - NW2701

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Economic Development

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)(a) total cost and (b) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

Neither the Minister, Deputy Minister nor Officials of the Economic Development Department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

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12 August 2015 - NW2502

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the President of the Republic

(1) Was he aware of (a) the removal of certain persons (names furnished) by the SA Broadcasting Corporation board and (b) the parliamentary legal opinion commissioned by the Portfolio Committee on Communications (details furnished)? 2. Did he consider the parliamentary legal opinion when appointing a certain person (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, why did he reject the findings of the parliamentary legal opinion? 3. Did he seek legal advice on the specified issue; if so, did the advice differ from that of the parliamentary legal opinion?

Reply:

The three former Non-Executive Directors of the SABC were removed by the Board of Directors of the SABC in terms of section 71 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008.

The Minister of Communications as the shareholder representative in respect of the SABC SOC Ltd had informed me to note the resolution of the SABC Board of Directors in respect of the removal of the said Non-Executive Directors.

In making any appointment, I apply my mind to all aspects deserving of consideration.

12 August 2015 - NW2623

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

(1) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from private companies and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the lessor due to non-payment of rent; (2) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from the Redefine Group and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the specified company due to non-payment of rent?

Reply:

  1. (a) The South African Post Office (SAPO) is currently leasing one thousand two

hundred and forty three (1243) properties from private companies. These consist of Retail outlets, Depots, Office Space and Mail Centres.

(b) As of 6 August 2015 a total of six (6) Retail outlets were locked by the land lord due to non-payment of rentals. Four (4) of these Retail Outlets are located in Kwa-Zulu Natal and two (2) in the Witwatersrand region. In addition, electricity has been disconnected by the land lords in five (5) Retail outlets due to non-payment of rental.

In addition to the abovementioned closed offices, a total of twelve (12) Retail outlets have been closed due to eviction by the land lords since March 2015. Furthermore, five (5) Retail Postal Agencies have been closed by the Agents due to non-payment of their monthly allowance.

2. (a) SAPO is leasing eighteen (18) properties from the Redefine Group.

(b) None of the eighteen (18) properties rented from the Redefine Group are closed

12 August 2015 - NW2838

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) With regard to the procurement of clothing, textiles, and leather goods, how many applications has his department received for exemption from the 100% local content requirement to import raw materials (2) What is the turnaround time for responding to the specified applications (3) Is his department considering ways of making the administrative process for establishing local content in the clothing, textiles and leather goods sector more (a) practical and (b) user friendly? NW 3311E

Reply:

(1) the dti has received a total of 1864 applications from 2012 to date requesting exemption letters for the importation of raw materials which are not readily available in South Africa. These raw materials include polyester, nylon, acrylic fibres and textiles dyes and chemicals. The fibres are converted into finished products after manufacturing the yarns and fabrics in the country. Some technical fabrics which were imported in 2012 are now being woven in the country using high performance yarn like aramid yarns and high performance continuous filament polyester and nylon yarns.

(2) The turnaround time for responding to applications is 48 hours maximum due to high volumes received on a daily basis. The turnaround time is within 24 hours if all documentation including supporting letters from suppliers is provided with the applications.

(3) the dti established the South African Sustainable Textiles and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC) through the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) in close collaboration with all stakeholders. SASTAC is undertaking a comprehensive audit of textile manufacturing capacity and capabilities in the country, amongst other programmes. It is also in the process of developing a website which will make this information, inclusive of traceability, available to both Government entities and any potential supplier to government.

12 August 2015 - NW2749

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) When were the respective certificates of compliance for the (i) Gauteng Open Road Tolling, (ii) Transaction Clearing House and (iii) Violations Processing Centre systems issued to the contractor(s) of each of the systems; (2) in each case, (a) who signed the specified certificates and (b) under what conditions were they issued; (3) (a) how many faults were outstanding by the launch date of 3 December 2013, (b) what were the faults with regard to each certificate and (c)(i) how many and (ii) which of the specified faults were categorised as critical or serious faults; (4) (a) why was each of the operations allowed to continue, (b) how was the contractor penalised in accordance with the rules of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and (c) what were the actual (i) amounts and (ii) dates of payment releases to the contractor in respect of services provided for the period 1 July to 15 December 2013?

Reply:

(1) The commissioning certificates were issued in sections and in accordance with the provisions of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for design, build and operate projects (FIDIC), being the contract which applies to the project. The commissioning certificate for the sections comprising the Gauteng Open Road Tolling system and the Transaction Clearing House was issued on 18 December 2013 and effective from 2 December 2013. The section certificate for the relevant part of the Violations Processing Centre (VPC) was issued on 30 April 2015 and effective from 15 December 2014. Although the section of the system comprising the VPC was only commissioned with effect from 15 December 2014, it was considered ready for operation from toll commencement based on the contractor's confirmation (and extensive testing, trial operations and pilot testing) that the system and operations were ready from toll commencement. This all in accordance with FIDIC.

(2) The Employer's Representative, in terms of Sub clause 11.6 of FIDIC, issued the section commissioning certificates. Certificates were issued were in terms of Sub clause 11.6 of FIDIC and that in terms of Sub clause 11.5 of FIDIC which provides that:

"i. Issue the Commissioning Certificate to the Contractor, stating the date on which the Works or Section were completed in accordance with the Contract, except for any minor outstanding work and defects which will not substantially affect the use of the Works or Section for their intended purpose…"

(3) There were no "faults" outstanding on the launch date of 3 December 2013. FIDIC contemplates and as will be appreciated from the section of FIDIC recorded above, that the commissioning certificates are issued subject to certain outstanding work and defects. This is addressed in Clause 12 of FIDIC and this is the basis upon which the section completion certificates were issued.

(4) The operations continued based on the requirements of FIDIC and the issuing of the requisite commissioning certificates. Delays were dealt with in accordance with the delay damages provisions of the contract and were applied accordingly where delay occurred. For the period 1 July 2013 to 15 December 2013 the following amounts were paid to the contractor in respect of the services provided.

 

Month

Operations

Jul-13

R 29 827 326.93

Aug-13

R 15 126 538.85

Sep-13

R 30 559 820.76

Oct-13

R 33 290 653.38

Nov-13

R 47 446 297.39

Dec-13

R 80 869 591.90

The followings are to be noted in this regard:

(i) The payments to the contractor, in addition to payments for the services provided by the contractor, payment for the maintenance of all buildings and gantry's maintained by the contractor, payments for systems maintenance, payments in respect of utilities (water and electricity), rentals of customer kiosks and operations undertaken by the contractor including those for the benefit of the road user;

(ii) The contractor was required, at all times, to be operationally ready not knowing the toll commencement date and having regard to the various court cases;

(iii) The increases in payments in October, November and December 2013 should be viewed in light of the ramp-up of operations required for purposes of toll commencement;

(iv) All payments are determined based on a measurement based contract (add-measured contract) and accordingly the contractor is only paid for services actually rendered; and

(v) The December payment is for the full months services not just to 15 December 2013 as a result of the end of the year industry shut down.

12 August 2015 - NW2754

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) are the (i) estimated and (ii) actual costs incurred by the Government in respect of drunken driving and (b) has been the economic impact of drunken driving in each (i) province and (ii) local authority for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is funded by a levy on fuel sold, which serves as an indirect tax used to fund the payment of compensation and to rehabilitate qualifying persons injured in road crashes. The fuel levy is also used to pay for the loss of support and funeral costs of those qualifying dependents that lost breadwinners in road crashes.

Although drunken driving has an impact on the incidence of road crashes and therefore on the cost of providing compensation, rehabilitation, support and funeral cover; the RAF does not currently maintain information or statistics (a)(i) of the estimated cost, and (ii) actual cost incurred by the RAF as a result of drunken driving and (b) does not have information or statistics of the economic cost of drunken driving in each (i) province and (ii) local authority for the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years.

12 August 2015 - NW2756

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Has an investigation been lodged into the train collision that took place at Booysens, Johannesburg, on 17 July 2015, (b) when will the specified investigation report be released, (c) who is conducting the specified investigation, (d) what are the total damages caused in the specified collision, (e) what compensation has been paid to passengers thus far and (f) what criteria was used to determine such compensation?

Reply:

(a) A preliminary investigation was conducted immediately after the accident by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), the preliminary report was released on Monday, 20th July 2015. A Board of Inquiry (BOI) is currently underway to determine the root cause that led to the accident.

(b) It is estimated that the BOI process will take three to four months to finalise.

(c) The RSR has appointed specialists for the BOI with a Chairperson of the BOI, Human Factors Specialist and Signaling Specialist.

(d) The estimated cost of damage to both the Rolling Stock and the Infrastructure is R7 567 999.14

(e) Information not yet complete.

(f) See response in (e).

Ministerial Note:

Criteria used to determine compensation?

In the ordinary course of business, and because passengers who get involved in accidents of the nature this one is would invariably sustain injuries which affect each one of them differently, given the extent of such injuries, an opportunity gets created for claims to arise and for litigation to be instituted, by way of exercise of one’s rights, to recover damages that emanates from such accidents.

Ordinarily, the root cause of these types of accidents would be some negligence on the part of PRASA or its operators, and in full cognisance of the fact that passengers involved are affected and inconvenienced in a variety of ways, PRASA has had to, in the past, recognise that most of the passengers who are affected, require assistance that caters for their immediate medical expenses and other damages of the like, depending on the unique personal circumstances of the affected and injured persons. This recognition has led to some acceptance that indeed it is a responsible act of compassion to assist those very passengers PRASA is out to serve, which assistance normally takes place only in circumstances stated here under:

  • (a)  That an accident, or incident of the nature this one is must have occurred;

          (b) That any passenger so to be assisted, or compensated, must have been involved in such an accident;

          (c) That such an involved passenger must have sustained bodily injuries, alternatively must have experienced traumatic emotional shock, which then necessitate medical treatment;

       (d)  That such an injured passenger must have received treatment, as a result of the accident and the injuries involved, from the hospital, a clinic or any other medical facility were medical treatment would be rendered; and

      (e) That such injuries sustained have resulted in passengers incurring medical and hospital expenses, or loss of income, or that in future there would be a need for medical treatment, and/or that non pecuniary losses, often referred to as general damages, are indicated.

It is against the background above that PRASA would engage with the affected and injured commuters in order that such a determination for the damages suffered, and/or compensation sought, be made. This exercise normally leads to settlements with the different passengers affected, and subsequently to compensation, as may be, depending on the nature of the injuries suffered.

Further, it is to be noted that over and above verifying the details and the information or documents as indicated above, and in respect on non-pecuniary damages, PRASA embarks upon a strict process of assessing damages by relying on useful legal tools and remedies that solely depend on legal authorities given the seriousness of the injury or injuries involved. The assessment of general damages, it must be added, is to a great extent arbitrary and incapable of true economic evaluation. There are strict guidelines, though, that are followed, that are dictated to by documents like the Quantum Yearbook, by Robert Koch, and Quantum of Damages, by Corbett & Buchanan, as an indication of what the estimation of such compensation should be.

There are no statutory limitations on what an affected passenger can recover from PRASA, and such passengers have a constitutional right, on common law grounds, to institute proceedings against PRASA, which they normally do through the assistance of attorneys.

12 August 2015 - NW2747

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What (i) advertising and (ii) media space has her department purchased in the 2014-15 financial year (aa) in print, (bb) on radio, (cc) on billboards, or (dd) in any format to promote, advertise, educate or inform the public about the Cape Winelands Toll Project and (b) in each case, (i) where was this space sold in each specified month and (ii) what did it cost in each month?

Reply:

(a) (i) There was no advertising (ii) and no media space purchased by the department in the 2014-15 financial year (aa) in print, (bb) on radio, (cc) on billboards, or (dd) in any format to promote, advertise, educate or inform the public about the Cape Winelands Toll Project and

(b) in each case, (i) no space was sold in each month and (ii) no costs were incurred in each month.

12 August 2015 - NW2748

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to tollgates situated in areas outside of Gauteng, (a) what is being done by her department to alleviate the long build-up of queues, especially over weekends, (b) what studies have been undertaken pertaining to vehicle build-up and blockages and trends in this regard and (c) what lessons has her department learnt from these studies?

Reply:

(a) The specified queue lengths are monitored at all plazas. CCTV surveillance systems are in place at the toll plazas to monitor this. All Plazas’ performance and operating efficiency is assessed to ensure adequate capacity exists to meet demand.

Several additional measures, as the circumstance demands, have been implemented at toll plazas that operate at near full capacity. These include the following:

  • The implementation of tandem tolling which is a mechanism of allowing two vehicles to be processed at the same time in a single lane. This allows an increase in throughput of vehicles in comparison with normal lanes.
  • Additional personnel are deployed in the lane area to ensure that motorists who pay toll fees in cash have the correct change, in advance of getting to the toll booth.

Further, to alleviate toll plaza capacity problems and increase vehicle processing speeds, additional, automated electronic toll payment method is being implemented at the toll plazas. This will allow non-stop passage through the lane via payment with an electronic tag. This system has been in operation for over ten years on the Platinum Toll Road, and is in an advanced stage of testing at most of the toll plazas. This will greatly assist with alleviating plaza capacity problems and long queue build-up. As has already been clearly demonstrated at the Platinum Toll Route Plazas, the processing rate of toll lanes dedicated for tag users, is 3 times that of manual payment methods.

(b) Historic traffic volumes, catering for traffic volumes from major events (sporting, cultural, etc.), seasonal traffic shifts, school holidays, long weekends, public holidays, etc. are analysed to plan for the future.

The traffic volumes at the plazas are also regularly monitored and examined. Traffic criteria such as the 30th highest hour traffic volumes and higher than average projected traffic growth rate, which could be indicative of the need to trigger dedicated electronic tag lanes, or a toll plaza expansion is regularly reviewed.

Regular analysis of the traffic volumes is undertaken to optimise the distribution of payment methods available to the road user as well as determining appropriate lane configurations.

(c) Regular traffic and capacity planning together with trained vehicle toll collectors improve the through flow. Flexible lane configuration allows for the accommodation of directional traffic flows so as to minimize the queue length.

The rapid deployment of the automated electronic toll payment method – payment of toll via electronic tag will greatly improve vehicle processing speed at the toll plazas.

Freeway Management Systems and Incident Management, with the assistance of CCTV surveillance of the road network, have facilitated rapid responses to incidents that may impact throughput at the plazas and thereby minimise the impact on traffic flow. These systems can also inform of traffic flows to and from the plaza.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2609

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to her reply to question 1560 on 30 April 2015, (a) who are the members of the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR), (b) what are the qualifications of each specified member and (c) what is the anticipated date on which the NPTR will become operational?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

 

NAME AND SURNAME

Designation

Qualifications

1.

Mr Charles Maluleke

Chairperson

B Com

MBA

2.

Mr Lesedi Dinte

Deputy Chairperson

Baccalaureus Juris

Baccalaureus Legum

3.

Mr Titus Malaza

Member

B Degree Police Science

Masters in Public Administration

 

4.

Professor Imtiaz Vally

Member

Masters in Accountancy

5.

Professor Ntombizozuko Dyani - Mhango

Member

LLB

Master of Legum

Doctor of Law

6.

Ms Divhane Tshivhase

Member

Secondary teachers diploma

B Com

7.

Mr Paul Browning

Member

Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

(C) March 2016

12 August 2015 - NW2622

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

(1) Has his department been consulted by the Department of Public Service and Administration in respect of the strategy for e-government; if so, in what form has this consultation taken place; (2) Has the State Information Technology Company been consulted in respect of the specified strategy; if so, (a) in what form has this consultation taken place and (b) how does this strategy align with the (i) 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and (ii) SA Connect programme?

Reply:

(1) No. However the DTPS, DPSA and SITA have been collaborating on matters regarding e-Government and e-Enablement of the prioritised 5 e-Services. The consultations in between the three institutions was conducted through a working group established by the Directors Generals of the two departments as well as the then SITA CEO. The discussions were continued June and Jul 2105 and SITA was tasked by the DPSA on 15 July 2015 to initiate programmes around the prioritised e-Services.

(2) Yes the SITA has been consulted in respect of the specified strategy. SITA, DPSA and DTPS are collaborating on the e-Enablement of the 5 prioritised Services as outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019 Outcome 12.4.6 and the DPSA Annual Operation Plan 2015/2016. This strategy is aligned with the 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and SA Connect programme.

12 August 2015 - NW2753

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

a)What are the qualifications of the former head of Engineering at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mr Daniel Mthimkhulu, (b) from which institutions were the specified qualifications received, (c) on what basis was he appointed in his former position, (d) how were his qualifications verified prior to his appointment, (e) why was he suspended, (f) what processes will be followed with the specified person now that he has resigned while on suspension, (g) what are the time frames in this regard and (h) who is currently fulfilling his function?

Reply:

(a) Matric and a few subjects in Mechanical Engineering according to a personnel file.

(b) Matric is from Fundulwazi Senior Secondary school in Sebokeng, whilst the mechanical engineering subjects are from Vaal University of technology.

(c) Mr Mthimkhulu joined Metrorail as an intern in 2000 and went through the ranks to Head: Engineering in PRASA Rail.

(d) Mr. Mtimkhulu may have given his peers the impression that he had the necessary qualifications and thus without being detected slipped through the verification process.

(e) Gross dishonesty and submission of fraudulent qualifications.

(f) PRASA Rail will not accept his resignation however criminal/Fraud charges are being pursued. A legal opinion was requested prior to take the appropriate actions against an employee who submitted his resignation.

(g)  The legal process will take its course.

(h) Acting Executive Manager: Engineering Services Mr Letsane Rathaba.

12 August 2015 - NW2592

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with regard to her reply to question 1960 on 23 June 2015, she can confirm that no international trips were taken to benchmark the different payment systems in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2013 by (i) her, (ii) any official in her department and (iii) any entities that report to her; if not, why not?

Reply:

The Honourable Member must refer to my previous reply to question 1960 in which I have outlined the international trips undertaken for benchmarking purposes. The Honourable Member must also be clear in terms of what she is asking for because in the previous question the focus was on the period leading up to SASSA’s promulgation and now the question includes this period post SASSA’s establishment.

12 August 2015 - NW2475

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1011 on 26 May 2015, she can indicate in which quarterly reports all the information requested is contained; if not, can she provide the information as requested in question 1011?

Reply:

The reports are in the quarterly reports that the Department and its entities submit to the Portfolio Committee and the annual reports of each respective financial year.

12 August 2015 - NW2593

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With regard to her department’s report on Old Age Home Condition Assessments (details furnished), what progress has been made regarding (a) maintenance, (b) reconfiguration, (c) refurbishment, (d) renovations and (e) repairs for each specified old age home; (2) what amount has been spent to date on each old age home?

Reply:

At the time of replying to this question the Department was still awaiting a comprehensive response from provincial departments which are responsible for this function. I will furnish the Honourable Member with a reply upon receipt of provincial inputs.

The Member can also look for information through the relevant Provinces.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2835

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)What discussions did he hold with the Department of Energy regarding the designation of local content for the Government’s proposed nuclear build programme; (2) what steps did he take to ensure that local content requirements were included in the various memoranda of understanding signed by the specified department; (3) what (a) value and/or (b) benefits will the local manufacturing sector derive from the nuclear build programme, including (i) job creation and (ii) investment in manufacturing; (4) has any person from his department been appointed to assist the specified department with local content and procurement; if so, (a) who has been appointed, (b) how were they selected and (c) what qualifications do they hold? NW3308E

Reply:

1-4 Government promulgated the revised Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 - 2030 (IRP2010) in March 2011. The IRP made provision for 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity expansion.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) chaired the Nuclear Energy Sub-Working Group (NESWG) on Localisation, Industrialisation and Skills Development, with key economic departments and state owned companies (SOC) as participants, in support of the Nuclear Energy Working Group (NEWG).

The NESWG on Localisation, Industrialisation and Skills Development submitted its reports to the Department of Energy (DoE) dealing with all matters assigned to it.

All documents of the NESWG are classified as Top Secret and are in the possession of the DoE.

The Minister and Department of Energy have a constitutional mandate for national energy and energy related matters, inclusive of nuclear energy. Requests for programme specific information should therefore be directed to the Minister of Energy.

 

12 August 2015 - NW2839

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

(1) Has his department had discussions with the National Treasury about the proposed new procurement regulations for tenders under R10 million; if so, what are the (a) substance of these discussions and (b) further relevant details; (2) Has his department found that the proposed regulations are at odds with the (a) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, Act 53 of 2003 and (b) B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice?NW3312E.

Reply:

  1. and (2)

The National Treasury recently circulated proposed draft amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Regulations, 2015 for comment. The Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) has since responded officially to the draft amendments to the Regulations through the Office of the Director-General.

In the main, the dti confined its comments to the preference point system, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and local content. The substance of the comments is contained in the Submission to the National Treasury. An official response is awaited from the National Treasury.

Furthermore the dti has requested a further engagement with the National Treasury to support and clarify its comments, if the need arises. The position of the dti is that public procurement is an important industrial policy instrument and should be appropriately enshrined in any amendments to the Regulations of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act in combination with other policy objectives, inclusive of broad-based black economic empowerment.

12 August 2015 - NW2755

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to her reply to question 2495 on 14 July 2015, what (a) empirical evidence was used by her department to come to the conclusions stated in the reply, more specifically that (i) the overall economic impact was positive, (ii) delays on the road network has decreased, (iii) traffic growth of more than 20% in many instances could be accommodated and (iv) the development that took place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges such as Lynnwood, Atterbury, Garsfontein, John Vorster, Allandale, etcetera reflects the positive impact the road improvement project had on Gauteng and (b) economic studies is her department referring to in the specified reply when she indicates that the project renders a high return on investment and a B:C ratio of 8 to 1?

Reply:

(a) The information used in the formulation of the response to question 2495 on 14 July 2015, included the following

(i) The positive overall economic impact was assessed from:

  1. The information from the toll gantries and SANRAL’s Comprehensive Traffic Observation (CTO) stations located on the freeways and interchange approach roads measuring the alternative road network.
  2. The data recorded at the toll gantries
  3. The original traffic and transport planning studies regarding the travel time savings and how it is linked to economic spin offs (economic reports)

(ii) The measurement of travel time and hence delays for the entire network are obtained from traffic studies which includes a traffic model that was developed and used for this purpose. The original model was calibrated to the 2006 conditions and the current situation has been validated against the traffic data obtained from the GFIP traffic monitoring systems as well as independent data from TomTom. The reduction in the delays on the roads considers all time periods and takes into account the reduction in the duration of the morning and afternoon peak periods where higher traffic volumes are moving through the road network in a shorter time period.

(iii) Traffic volumes and speeds on national and other roads are continually recorded through SANRAL’s Comprehensive Traffic Observations (CTO) programme, which has been in operation since the early 1990s. These consist of physical counting stations installed in the road surface. In addition, in 2006 when the traffic models mentioned above were developed a comprehensive exercise of additional traffic surveys were undertaken at interchanges in the GFIP network. The comparison of the 2006 and 2014 traffic data provided the evidence that there were many instances where traffic increases of more than 20% could be accommodated. At specific locations, i.e. the Malibongwe, William Nicol and Rivonia Interchanges increases in traffic volumes during the morning peak hour were 32%, 25% and 38% respectively. On the freeways, the highest increase in traffic has been on the Albertina Sisulu (R21) freeway, but also in the peak direction on the highly trafficked section of the N1 and N12.

(iv)  Arial photographs pre and post the upgrades of these interchanges reflects the development that has taken place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges. It should be noted that development rights are dependent on adequate road capacity on the freeways and through interchanges being available to accommodate the traffic generated by the proposed developments. In the past, many of these developments could not take place due to the lack of capacity available at these interchanges

(b) There are two economic studies:

(i) Studies performed by the Business School of the University of Cape Town and ARUP

(ii) A study performed by economist Roelof Botha

12 August 2015 - NW2591

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1956 on 24 June 2015, she can indicate on which page of the annual report and financial statements the specific requested information is contained; if not, (a) when will she provide the information as requested in the original question and (b) why did she indicate that this information is in the annual report and financial statements; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. & (b) The Honourable Member is referred to Table 18 on Page 51 of SASSA’s

Annual Report 2014/15 Financial Year.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2636

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, given the fact that the Public Service already broadly reflects the national demographics of the country, he will consider scrapping affirmative action in the Public Service; if not, (a) why not and (b) which constitutional provisions are still forcing the Government to enforce affirmative action, when the requirement that the Public Service should broadly reflect the national demographics has already been achieved; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister for Public Service and Administration (MPSA) is not a custodian of the Employment Equity Act, (Act 55 of 1998). Compliance with the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998 (EEA) falls under the purview of the Minister of Labour who receives periodic compliance reports from all employers in the country, including state organs, much of the information requested in this question concerns compliance with the EEA. Therefore, the Minister of Labour is in a better position to reply to this question.

11 August 2015 - NW2626

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Ms k Steyn [DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

With regard to the current drought in South Africa, (a) which regions have been declared drought areas, (b) what assistance is his department currently providing to affected farmers, (c) what are the details of (i) current and (ii) projected losses to the agricultural sector as a result of the brought, (d) what impact does this drought have an the country's food security and je) aside from any assistance provided to farmers, what other steps is his department taking to minimise the impact of this drought? NW3001E

Reply:


(a) Requests for declaration were submitted to the relevant Provincial Disaster Management Centers (PDMCs) by the Provincial Departments of Agriculture as declaration of state disaster is a competency of the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) as per the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). The role of sector departments is to make requests and submissions to DCOG regarding declarations, The declarations are made available through Government Gazette.

(b)The drought reports were submitted to relevant Provincial Disaster Management Centres (PDMCs) by the Provincial Departments of Agriculture for the declaration of state of disaster as well as funding requests to National Treasury as per the procedure prescribed in the Disaster Management Act (57 of 2002). Government continues to consult with relevant stakeholders since Disaster Risk Management is a shared responsibility. Furthermore "is DAFF continues Io assist in terms of the Disaster Management Act (Act57 of 2002) through the dissemination of Agrometeorological Advisories for prevention and mitigation of disaster risks. Drought assessments continue to undertaken to monitor the conditions by both Provincial Department and DAFF as well as provided advisories to farming communities.

Attached please find here: Question Continued

11 August 2015 - NW2572

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Will she provide a copy of the book entitled Defence Technology Made Easy, which was launched by Denel as part of the group’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

Yes, Denel will distribute copies of said book to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, at the tabling of its Annual Report 2014/15.

11 August 2015 - NW2604

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)(a) What are the names of each of the proposed sites where the new nuclear power plants will be built and (b) where are each of these sites located; (2) whether any environmental impact assessments have been done at each of these sites; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what were the detailed findings of these assessments; (3) in respect of each of the proposed sites, are there currently transmission lines in place to connect the power generated from the nuclear power station to the national power grid? NW2979E

Reply:

  1. (a) and (b) Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape

Dunefontein in the Western Cape

Bantamsklip in the Western Cape

Brazil in Northern Cape

Schulpfontein in the Western Cape

KwaZulu-Natal the names of sites and locations yet to be identified investigated in detail

2. (a) The Environmental Impact Assessment has been done for Thyspunt, Dunefontein and Batamsklip

(b) The detailed findings of the assessments of these sites are public available on Eskom Nuclear's 1 EIA website.

The Brazil and Schulpfontein sites were scoped out during scoping phase

The EIA has not started in potential sites in KwaZulu-Natal as these still have to be confirmed

3. The transmission to the grid is contained in the EIA report.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2342

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 1192 on 18 May 2015, (a) why could she not provide the details required in paragraphs (1) and (2) of the question, given that her department provides the majority of the funding for the National Education Collaboration Trust and (b) what are the relevant details as requested?

Reply:

The responses below are for previously asked question 1192 from 1 – 2 and were sourced from the National Education Collaboration Framework (NECT).

  1. (a)

The NECT is a Trust founded on the basis of the Trust Law. It is a public benefit organisation with the primary objective to improve the quality of schooling and systems for monitoring and supporting schools. The NECT is guided by the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) which is a blueprint for partnership between government and other social partners which aims to:

  • influence and support the implementation of government’s education reform;
  • increase the effectiveness, value for money and sustainability of private sector social investment in education; and
  • improve educational outcomes.

The names of the trustees are provided below in line with the stakeholder categories:

Business (Business Leadership South Africa): Sizwe Nxasana (Chairman), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FirstRand Limited; Mark Lamberti, CEO of Imperial Holding; and Futhi Mtoba, TeachSA

Government: Minister AM Motshekga, MP and Acting Director-General, Mr SG Padayachee

Unions: Nkosana Dolopi, South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) Deputy Secretary-General and Basil Manuel, NAPTOSA President

Civil Society: Prof Brian Figaji

Chief Executive Officer: Godwin Khosa

The following managers are officials comprising the NECT:

The CEO, two (2) Education Specialists, the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), the Office Manager, two secondees, four trainees and three administrators.

(1)(b)

The NECT is governed by the Trust Deed and its various committee charters. The NECT has procurement policies as well as staff manuals that govern the conduct and the operations of the NECT.

EXCO Members: Sizwe Nxasana (chairperson), Mark Lamberti, Futhi Mtoba, Nkosana Dolopi, Minister AM Motshekga, MP; Acting Director-General, Mr SG Padayachee

Audit and Risk Committee: Sizwe Nxasana, Mark Lamberti, Futhi Mtoba (Chairperson), Nkosana Dolopi, Minister AM Motshekga, MP

  1. (c) (i) (ii)

See attached Excel spreadsheet Annexure A on meetings held.

2(a) (i) (ii) (iii)

The terms of reference of the NECT are set out in the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) which draws from Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Education Action Plan 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2019. The ECF was drafted out of consultations involving over 100 role-players in education from a cross-section of education stakeholders. It was launched by the then Deputy President, Mr Motlanthe, at the Presidential Guesthouse on 16 July 2013. The plans and targets for 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 are set out in the Interim Integrated Report published in December 2014, that can be downloaded from www.nect.org.za.

11 August 2015 - NW2355

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)For each provincial department of health, (a) who signs off on the (i) tenders and (ii) payments for medication and (b)(i) which pharmaceutical companies are used and (ii) why; (2) with regard to the current medicine shortages, what (a) are the details of each case where the shortages are due to procurement issues and (b) went wrong in each case; (3) whether any of the medicine shortages were due or in part due to acquiring medicines that were not affordable; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) how does his department ensure that the acquisition of medicines is financially viable?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) The following provinces do not have provincial contracts:

  • Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North West.

Officials in provinces who sign off on provincial tenders are:

  • Eastern Cape: Depot Manager and Director: Supply Chain Management.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Head of Department.
  • Gauteng: Chairperson of the Provincial Bid Adjudication Committee.
  • Western Cape: Officials according to financial delegations.

(ii) Provincial officials who sign off on the payments for medication are:

 

  • Eastern Cape: Director: Finance at the depot.
  • Free State: CEO, Depot Manager, Head of Pharmaceutical Services and Finance Manager, according to financial delegations.
  • Gauteng: Director: Finance at the medical supplies depot.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Assistant Manager: Pharmaceutical supply depot.
  • Limpopo: Senior Manager: Pharmaceutical Services and Financial Manager.
  • Mpumalanga: Chief Financial Officer.
  • Northern Cape: Director: Financial Services, Depot Manager, Deputy Director: Finance, Administrative Officers and Clerks according to financial delegations.
  • North West: Head of Department, Chief Financial Officer and Director: Supply Chain Management.
  • Western Cape: Assistant Director as Head of Finance Division at the depot.

(b) (i) The list of pharmaceutical companies is attached as Annexure A.

 

(ii) The companies are contracted using a competitive bidding process. Provinces purchase medicines from these contracted suppliers unless there is a breach of contract.

(2) (a) & (b) Medicine shortage is never a permanent problem. It changes almost everyday. Please supply the list of medicines which you believe we are short of and we will provide you with a reason.

(3) No. Medicines procured on tender are either approved essential medicines or formulary items reviewed by Provincial Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committees. The approval of an essential medicine includes a systematic evaluation of affordability which involves application of various pharmaco-economic tools.

(4) In the tendering process a competitive bidding process is used. Prior to advertisement of tender, provinces submit estimates and sign off on the estimated expenditure. In addition, price negotiations are entered into before a tender is finalised.

END.

11 August 2015 - NW2670

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1821 on 9 June 2015, what (a) were the relevant details of the undertaking between the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and Lesedi Biogas and (b) amount of funding was given to Lesedi Biogas; (2) was the funding to the Lesedi Biogas project stopped due to actual or suspected fraud; if so, (a) when did the CEF become aware of the suspected or actual fraud and (b) when did the funding to this project cease; (3) what (a) steps did the CEF take to recover the funds given to Lesedi Biogas and (b) amount was (i) recovered and (ii) lost; (4) why was the Lesedi Biogas matter only reported to the National Prosecuting Authority in March 2012? NW3101E

Reply:

  1. (a) the undertaking was to further development the project,

(b) the amount spent was R2.2million.

2. (a) No, funding was stopped because the project did not achieve certain required conditions.

(b) funding ceased during May 2009.

3. The matter was reported to the Commercial Crimes Unit for Investigation.

4. The CEF internal investigation commenced towards end of 2010 and was finalized in 2011. The matter was immediately reported to the National Prosecuting Authority after being considered internally.

11 August 2015 - NW2621

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1205 on 11 September 2014, the existing backlogs for water in each of the 23 district municipalities were confirmed by March 2015; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will this process be completed; if so, what is the current backlog information for each of the specified municipalities; (2) with reference to his reply to question 1533 on 18 May 2015, when will the process of updating information for water, sanitation, electricity and waste management be completed; (3) whether the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has been added to the 23 municipalities to be prioritised because of their significant backlogs; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation has completed the process of compiling the information on water backlogs in respect of each of the 23 priority District Municipalities. The number of priority District Municipalities has since increased to 27. The information is attached as Annexure A.

2. Sanitation, electricity and waste management information for the 23 Priority District Municipalities will be completed by end September 2015.

3. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has not been added to the 23 priority District Municipalities.

11 August 2015 - NW2628

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

(1)Whether any member of the SA Police Service (SAPS) in each province has been linked to suppliers used by the SAPS for building contracts (a) in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2015; if so, in each specified case, what are the names and ranks of the specified SAPS members; (2) (a) whether the prescribed tender process was followed by the SAPS in awarding each specified contract and (b) what was the value of each specified contract; (3) in each of the specified cases, (a) which building contracts exceeded their budgets and (b) by how much?

Reply:

  1. According to information available at the Division: SCM there are no SAPS members linked to any supplier used by the SAPS for building contracts in the mentioned periods. However, on 14 August 2012 during a Police Portfolio Committee Meeting at Parliament (Building Police Stations: SAPS progress report: SAPS Quarterly Performance 2012), Ms Kohler Barnard stated “a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation revealed that 115 SAPS members linked to suppliers for building contracts came to R50 Million …..” (See attached PCOP Minutes - Page 8). Neither this information nor any subsequent progress thereafter has ever been reported to the Division: SCM.
  2. Unknown as this is linked to (1) above.
  3. Unknown as this is linked to (1) above.

Original signed MAJOR GENERAL

ACTING DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

RS PILLAY

Date: 27 July 2015

Reply to Question 2628 recommended/not recommended

LIEUTENANT GENERAL

DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

SJP SCHUTTE

Date:

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GENERAL

NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

MV PHIYEGA

Date:

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MINISTER OF POLICE

NPT NHLEKO, MP

Date:

11 August 2015 - NW2570

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 635 on 13 March 2015, her department has decided on the number of (a) high and (b) low pressure solar water heaters to be installed in the 2015-16 financial year; if so, what is the total number of each type of solar water heater to be installed?

Reply:

No.

11 August 2015 - NW2739

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Basic Education

1) (a) When was the Cool Air Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal built, (b) how many students are currently attending the school, (c) how many teachers are employed at the school and (d) how many teaching days were lost in the 2014 academic year due to teacher sick leave: (2) (a) what amount was spent on infrastructure maintenance in 2014. (b)(i) what budget has been allocated for infrastructure maintenance in the in the academic year and (ii) what hill this be spent on and (c) are any major upgrades planned for the school in the next three years? (2) (a) what amount was spent on infrastructure maintenance in 2014. (b)(i) what budget has been allocated for infrastructure maintenance in the in the academic year and (ii) what hill this be spent on and (c) are any major upgrades planned for the school in the next three years?

Reply:


The response below was received from the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department,

1. (a) The school was handed over to the community in September 1983.

(b) The current enrolment at the school is 1050.

(c) A total o£ 34 educators are employed at the school.

(d) This information is not readily available to the Department of Basic Education. The information has been requested from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. Once the in Formation has been received, it will be Forwarded accordingly.

2. (a) The school spent is R92 124.01 on infrastructure maintenance in 2014.

(b) (i) An amount of R62 729.16 has been allocated for maintenance from the Norms and Standards allocation to the school.

(ii) The allocation will be utilized to conduct day to day maintenance of the school.

(c) The school is prioritized for maintenance related works. which includes electrification and roofing works (including gutters. downpipes and ceiling boards) in the current financial year.

11 August 2015 - NW2565

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Economic Development

With regard to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), what are the names of each of the companies registered to import fuel?

Reply:

ITAC does not have a list of registration of companies to import fuel. ITAC issues import permits for the importation of fuels of tariff heading chapters 27.08 to 27.15.

-END-

11 August 2015 - NW2273

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) Do all labour inspectors have access to the necessary equipment to conduct their inspections properly and (b) what is her department doing to adequately capacitate the labour inspectors who do not have access to the necessary equipment?

Reply:

(a) Yes

(b) The Department makes provision for the procurement of the necessary or required equipment.

11 August 2015 - NW2774

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, in view of the state of affairs in many public enterprises, the Government intends to introduce legislation that will require that all managers holding posts or seeking appointments to management positions in public enterprises must have a recognised MBA qualification and for those persons who have the relevant qualification to have attended a required number of annual refresher MBA courses to keep abreast of the latest developments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department is in the process of developing the Government Shareholder Management (GSM) Bill, the Regulations of which will incorporate the current tools and frameworks of the Department and provide a guideline for the recruitment and appointment of Chief Executives.

While it is appreciated that recognized qualifications both generic and specific can be set as a broad guide, the qualification requirements will be informed by the role to be performed by the potential candidate of each State Owned Company (SOC). As a result; the legislation will not include MBA as the only qualifying criteria for potential appointment for a senior management position.

11 August 2015 - NW2567

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1968 on 19 June 2015, the Independent Power Producer Office is accountable to her department; if so, when will she answer question 1968 as originally submitted?

Reply:

The IPP Office is funded by fees collected from prospective bidders.

11 August 2015 - NW2274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) What proposals for the revision of planning models for the inspection of valid work permits have been completed by her department, (b) how do these propose to protect vulnerable workers and (c)(i) when and (ii) where will it be published? NW2634E

Reply:

  1. The Department of Labour does not have a planning model for the inspection of valid work permits as this is a legislative responsibility of the Department of the Home Affairs and South African Police.
  2. In its normal work aligned with granting of work permits the Department of Labour mere conducts inspections at work places to determine compliance with prescribed conditions of employment. Furthermore the Department notifies the Department of Home Affairs should it discover employees without valid work permits.
  3. (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

11 August 2015 - NW1489

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of (i) financial, (ii) forensic and/or (iii) other investigations that were commissioned by his department have been completed since 1 April 2013 and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details on the (i) investigation including a synopsis of the facts and findings of each case, (ii) persons or third parties responsible for each investigation, (iii) total cost to date of each investigation and (iv) appropriate steps taken against officials and third parties implicated of wrongdoing in the findings of the investigations?

Reply:

(a)(i) Nil

(a)(ii) Three (3) – Detailed forensic accounting investigations

(a)(iii) Nil

(b)(i) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: Fraud and/or Theft against the principal member of Durban Bay Trust Company Limited. Durban Bay Trust Company Limited offered services dealing with participation bonds, loans and investments, as well as the administration of deceased estates. It was alleged that during the period 1996 to 2005 the accused and /or associated entities accepted capital from members of the public to invest, inter alia, on the stock exchange and property. They also operated a trust dealing with estates; and trust monies were used to repay investors.

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: The accused together with other accomplices operated an investments scheme in the Vaal Triangle from about the mid 1990’s to approximately June 2002. The accused started a cash loan business in the Vaal Triangle which was later expanded to six cash loan outlets in the Vaal Triangle. The accused acquired a close corporation during 1998, through which the accused’s family elicited deposits from the public to finance the cash loan enterprises. The investors were promised a return of 10% interest per month on their investments. The operation of the accused and the family came to the attention of the Department of Trade and Industry during 1999. The accused also acquired another company during 2001 in which shares were issued without complying with legal requirements.

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: The accused conducted a fraudulent pyramid scheme. The evidence disclosed that the funds obtained from investors were primarily deposited in the bank account of a company. The accused also channeled some of the funds through an account in the name of his father-in-law.

(b)(ii) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: LMD Africa Forensics (Pty) Ltd.

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Audit Advisory Forensics

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: Deloitte & Touche Registered Auditors, Risk Advisory and Legal

(b)(iii) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: R432 313.31

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: R357 033.75

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: R282 282.24

(b)(iv) Durban-Central CAS 2001/08/2005: Accused was sentenced to 5

years imprisonment

PARK ROAD CAS 476/06/2003: Accused was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, suspended in full for 5 years and 36 months correctional supervision.

KABEGA PARK CAS 277/05/2004: The accused was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

11 August 2015 - NW2615

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the President of the Republic

Has he granted a certain person (name and details furnished) a presidential pardon in terms of section 84(2)(j) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if so, (a) on what date was the presidential pardon granted and (b) what facts were considered in arriving at the decision to pardon the specified person?

Reply:

No pardon has been granted to the individual in question.

11 August 2015 - NW2436

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Energy

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

Reply:

The Department spent the following on (i) Sowetan (aa) 2012 – 2013 R43 299.77

(bb) 2013 - 2014 R433 319.35 (cc) 2014 – 2015 R145 230.82. The Department spent the following on (ii) Daily Sun in (aa) 2012 – 2013 R61 221. 42, bb) 2013 - 2014 No advert made, (cc) 2014 – 2015 R163 257.12)

11 August 2015 - NW2454

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to the Mmamabula Power Purchase Agreement drafted between Eskom and the independent power producer (IPP), CIC Energy, that allowed for a potential electricity supply of 4 800MW and the proposed Mmamabula Energy Project emanating from the specified agreement; (a) what were the detailed reasons for aborting this project so suddenly and completely and (b) was her department involved in the decision making process responsible for aborting this project; if not, why not; if so, to what extent;

Reply:

  1. Eskom did not have the financial capacity to conclude the transaction and hence the project negotiations were aborted. However, the IPP office has revived the project.
  2. Yes, IPP’s play an important role, side by side with Eskom, in bringing more MW into the grid. The current RSA IPP programme has been acknowledged as one of the best IPP programmes globally.

11 August 2015 - NW2629

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2395 on 6 July 2015, the requested information is now available; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the information become available; if so, what are the relevant details of the requested information?

Reply:

Yes, the requested information is now available. Please see the reply to Question in Parliament number 2395.

11 August 2015 - NW2571

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       Has her department made any progress in developing alternative and innovative funding arrangements, in light of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s recent decision to dismiss Eskom’s latest tariff increase application; (2) what has she done to reduce Eskom’s dependence on funding from the fiscus since her appointment on 26 May 2014; (3) will she, in light of the restructuring and partial privatisation of Denel in 2002 that led the specified company experiencing a highly successful turnaround whilst remaining 100% state-owned, consider implementing a similar model for the urgent turnaround needed at Eskom; if not, what is her position with regard to the (a) privatisation and/or (b) partial privatisation of Eskom as a means of attracting private capital into the state-owned company; if so, will she concede that the privatisation or partial privatisation of Eskom is a reasonable capital-raising exercise as a way out of the company’s financial plights? NW2945E

Reply:

(1) Eskom will continue executing the funding plan as approved and where there is a gap as a result of the NERSA decision, bridging finance will be sought.

(2) Eskom continues to drive cost containment programmes to drive efficiencies and is reviewing the Eskom business model to optimally manage the operations.

(3)(a) Privatisation of Eskom in any form is not an option which is being considered as it is not aligned with current Government policy direction.

(3)(b) Options of raising capital in a more sustainable manner (other than full or partial privatisation of Eskom Company) are being evaluated and will be tabled for consideration by the relevant stakeholders of Eskom.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2758

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

1.Does his Department own the vessels (a) Susan Kruger; (b) The Dias and (c) Sikhululekile; if not (i) what is the (aa) name and (bb) registration number of the company that owns each specified vessel and (ii) which vessels transport staff and tourists to Robben Island; 2. Does his Department contract with private vessel owners to transport staff and tourists to Robben Island; if so, what are the names of the private vessel owners?

Reply:

  1. The then, Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, which was split into two separate departments in 2002, owned the vessels, Susan Kruger and The Dias. The Robben Island Museum owns the vessel Sikhululekile.

(i)(aa) the vessels are owned by Government, (bb) the registration numbers of the companies are not required because the vessels are owned by Government, and (ii) all three vessels transport staff and tourist when operational.

   2. The Robben Island Museum does contract with private vessel owners to transport staff and tourists to Robben Island, namely:- Heritage Charters; Nauticat Charters; Southern Right Charters; Silver Buckle Trade 21 CC; Ferry Charters (Schooner Cruisers Pty Ltd); Waterfront Expeditions and Thembekile Maritime Services.


 

11 August 2015 - NW2584

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

With reference to the new visa regulations, which according to reports from various tourism bodies have adversely affected both the tourism and hospitality industries, has she taken steps to engage with the Minister of Home Affairs in order to mitigate the risk of job losses in either of the specified industries; if so, what steps?

Reply:

I suggest the Honourable member to direct this questions to Minister of Home Affairs or Minister of Tourism.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2680

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

(1)How many public service employees have completed official training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace either through the (a) National School of Government (NSG) or (b) any of the former government schools in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years; (2) were any of the specified training programmes accredited by the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA); if so, (a) what are the (i) names and (ii) registration numbers of these qualifications or modules on the national qualification framework and (b) how many public service employees were successfully credited through the (i) NSG and/or (ii) any former government schools for completion of the programmes by the SAQA; (3) has he found that his department is adequately meeting the training needs regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues within the public service; if not, what are his plans and targets in this regard?

Reply:

(1) The number of public service employees completed officials training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 financial years were included in the Annual Report of the Public Administration Leadership Academy and the National School of Government tabled in Parliament (iii) the auditing process on the 2014-2015 figures has not been completed, this figures will be included in the National School of Government 2014-2015 Annual Report to Parliament.

(2) The National School of Government is in contacts with the South African Qualifications Authority, Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Public Service Sector Education and Training Assurer for accreditation of its training programmes, a list of accredited training programme will be released once this process is completed.

(3) The Department of Public Service and Administration has developed a pool of expert to assist departments in relation to management of discipline, review of the policies to improve capacity of public servants to meet the requirements of the National Development Plan are at an advance stage, when completed, public servants will be required to undergo through these training programmes.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2744

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)Why did she transfer a certain person (details furnished) from the Compensation Fund without first instituting disciplinary proceedings against the specified person; (2) will disciplinary proceedings still be initiated against the specified person; if not, why not?

Reply:

 

  1. At this point transfer is the best solution
  2. No, reason being no misconduct has been established.

11 August 2015 - NW2576

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)Has PetroSA been in discussions with the company James Street Capital Partners; if so, what were the nature of these discussions; (2) were any agreements signed between the two companies; if so, what are the relevant details of each of these agreements; (3) are there still any ongoing discussions taking place between PetroSA and the specified company; if so, what are the relevant details of these discussions; (4) did the specified company withdraw a business proposal to solve one of the business problems within PetroSA; if not, what is the status of this business proposal by the specified company; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of this proposal and (b) why was the business proposal withdrawn? NW2951E

Reply:

  1. During the first half of 2015, PetroSA representatives had exploratory discussions with James Street Capital Partners (JSCP). In these exploratory discussions JSCP expressed an interest in partnering with PetroSA in the trading function of the business. In the three meetings held with JSCP representatives, PetroSA outlined the workings of its procurement policy and procedures, and the requirement to always adhere to these. The discussions with JSCP never materialised into any agreements.
  2. No agreements were concluded with JSCP.
  3. There are no ongoing discussions with JSCP.
  4. PetroSA policies require the National Oil Company to perform a due-diligence probe on the company that is presenting a proposal. The policies also stipulate that such potential partners need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. In the case of JSCP, their proposal could not be progressed as the process of verification was never finalised.

11 August 2015 - NW2272

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of labour

How many (a) individual claims were lodged with the Compensation Fund and(b) claims were settled through payments to (i) workers and/or (ii) their medical service provider(s) in the (aa) 2010-11, (bb) 2011-12, (cc) 2012-13, (dd) 2013-14, and (ee) 2013-15 financial years?

Reply:

 

Claims Processed between 2010 and 2015

 

Year

Claims Registered

No of Medical Payments

No of claims Paid

2010/2011

215 493

868 284

329 091

2011/2012

141 437

824 924

205 150

2012/2013

196 509

934 834

325 981

2013/2014

310 710

1 817 383

304 234