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11 August 2015 - NW2561

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to her reply to question 1622 on 26 May 2015, (a) are there currently railway lines available to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga, (b) how many trucks in respect of each day will Eskom require to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga and (c) what has been her assessment of the impact of the specified additional trucks on our already heavy congested roads?

Reply:

(a) There is rail infrastructure available; however the current capacity is limited.

(b) Eskom does not currently require coal from the Waterberg and will not use trucks if so required. The cost will be too high.

(c) This has not been considered as trucking of coal from the Waterberg has not been considered.

 

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 - NW2275

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(1)What action is taken by her department when labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit; (2) are employees who are found to not have valid work permits removed from the work place?

Reply:

  1. When Labour inspectors find that an employee does not have a valid work permit, the matter will be reported to Home Affairs who has jurisdiction over such matters.
  2. The Department of Labour does not have a legal mandate or powers to remove such employees from the workplace but will refer the matter to Home Affairs to take further action.

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 - NW2685

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

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:

(a) and (c) Yes. (i) The purpose of the visit was to lead an MPSA delegation to Beijing, China to attend the 2014 Global City Information Forum (GCIF) from 2 to 6 November 2014, (ii)(aa)(bb) auditing process has not been completed, the costs will covered in the 2014-2015 Audited Financial Statements of the Annual Report for the Department of Public Service and Administration to Parliament.

(b) No

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 - NW2596

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)How many (a) vehicles does the detective division at the Edenvale Police Station currently have and (b) of the specified vehicles are currently in working condition; (2) how many (a) detectives are there at the Edenvale Police Station and (b) dockets is each detective currently investigating; (3) whether the detectives at the Edenvale Police Station will receive additional vehicles; if not, how are the detectives expected to investigate cases without enough vehicles; if so, (a) how many additional vehicles will the detectives at Edenvale Police Station receive and (b) when?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Detective division at Edenvale Police Station currently has 11 vehicles.

(1)(b) Nine (9) vehicles are currently in working condition.

(2)(a) There are 27 detectives at the Edenvale Police Station.

(2)(b) Each detective is currently investigating ± 80 dockets.

(3) Yes, the Edenvale Detective Service will receive additional vehicles for the 2015/2016 financial year.

(3)(a) 2 vehicles are planned for the Edenvale Detective Service.

(3)(b) Within the 2015/2016 financial year.

Signed by Lt Gen V Moonoo

DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER: DETECTIVE SERVICE

Date: 27 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 recommended

Signed LIEUTENANT GENERAL

DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: POLICING

KJ SITOLE (SOE)

Date: 28 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 recommended

 

Signed GENERAL

NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

MV PHIYEGA

Date: 29 July 2015

Reply to question 2596 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE

NPT NHLEKO, MP

Date:

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 - NW2742

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

Does the Chief Financial Officer of the Unemployment Insurance Fund have a turnaround strategy for the Compensation Fund and (b) what does the plan entail?

Reply:

 

  1. Yes. We have put together a plan that aims to address the basic bottlenecks in service delivery and sound financial management. It entails focusing on improving the financial administration, improving the levels of customer service in the Fund, addressing human resource constraints in the Fund.
  2. This is to be achieved by addressing the system deficiencies that prevent performance of basic financial management functions, improving access to benefits for clients though a number of initiatives which include easing the process of access to chronic medication, filling the critical vacancies required in the adjudication of claims and addressing all systems problems that contribute to slow rate of processing claims.

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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 - NW2588

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether the Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its report into the appointment of General Manager Fraud Compliance for the SA Social Security Agency; if so, (a) when was the report completed and (b) when was it sent to the Minister of Social Development; (2) whether the PSC received a legal opinion from the Department of Social Development to address the issues that were raised in the report; if so, (a) when was such a legal opinion received and (b) what was the PSC’s response in this regard; (3) what are the findings of the report; (4) can he provide a full and complete copy of the report?

Reply:

  1. The Public Service Commission submitted a draft report on the investigation into the appointment of the General Manager Fraud Compliance at the SA Social Security to the Minister of Social Development on 12 September 2013 for comments.

(2)(a) The Public Service Commission received a legal opinion on the draft report on the 14 October 2014

(2)(b) The Public Service Commission withdrew its draft report after consideration of the comments received from the Department of Social Development. The decision to withdraw the report was based on the fact that the Public Service Commission’s jurisdiction does not extend to public entities.

3.  The Public Service Commission did not issue a final report.

4.  There is no full and complete report by the Public Service Commission on the matter.

11 August 2015 - NW2573

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Energy

Is her department considering to source electricity from energy ships and power barges run by the company Karpower; if not, why not; if so, when can the citizens expect to have these ships producing electricity on our shores?

Reply:

Yes, we have issued a Request for Information in relation to any initiative to relieve the grid constraints, including through power barges. The Request for Information results have been collated and the procurement process will follow within the next 2 months.

11 August 2015 - NW2696

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her 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:

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11 August 2015 - NW2705

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her 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:

(a) No

(a)(i) None

(a)(ii)(aa) R0

(a)(ii)(bb) R0

 

(b) Yes. Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe, Deputy Director-General: Manufacturing Enterprises, Mr Kgathatso Tlhakudi and Ms Vuyo Tlali, Chief Director: Manufacturing Enterprises travelled to China on 29 October – 01 November 2014

(b)(i) The delegation attended, and the Deputy Minister delivered an address at the 2014 World Investment Summit in Beijing (generally referred to as COFAIR). COFAIR 2014 was devoted to decrease or eliminate the information asymmetry between investors and investment attraction units, and create opportunities on initiatives for developers and investors in order to promote the worldwide optimal configuration on capital, project and resource. Such a platform is critical for the Department of Public Enterprises as it allows the department an opportunity to introduce new investors to the South African SOCs, and their capabilities.

(b)(ii)(aa) Total cost for the visit is R172, 102.07.

(b)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

Deputy Minister Mr Magwanishe

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R63, 092.14

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R11, 424.04

 

DDG: Manufacturing Enterprises Mr Tlhakudi

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R54, 611.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

Personal Assistant to the Minister, Ms Makhanya

Flight (Economy)

R23, 355.00

R41, 441.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143. 10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R12, 194.72

R12, 194.72

Total costs

R172, 102.07

(c) Yes. Ms Matsietsi Mokholo, Acting Director-General, Ms Jacky Molisane, Deputy Director-General: Strategic Partnerships and Mr Mzwandile Radebe, Chief Director: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Relations travelled to China from 14 to 19 November 2014.

(c)(i) The purpose of the working visit was the formalization of the establishment of the SASAC/DPE Steering Committee and agree on the Plan of Action for the MOU signed on 03 December 2013. The team also went on the site visit to learn on the management of mega projects.

(c)(ii)(aa) The total cost for the visit is R159 020.21

(c)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

DG Ms Mokholo – R37, 960.39

Flight (Business)

R35, 960.39

R56, 756.14

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6168.31

 

DDG: Strategic Partnerships Ms Molisane

Flight (Business)

R37, 960.39

R59, 245.25

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

Chief Director: Inter-Governmental and Stakeholder Relations Mr Radebe

Flight (Economy)

R10, 992.39

R29, 844.53

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R13, 174.29

R13, 174.29

Total costs

R159, 020.21

 

11 August 2015 - NW2718

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1) Whether she has determined the staff complement required for the efficient operation of (a) public ordinary schools and (b) special needs school hostels; if not, when will such a determination be completed; if so, what is her determination in each case: (2) whether posts required to operate a school hostel must be provided and funded by the relevant provincial department of education; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will these posts be funded; if so, what posts are currently being provided and funded; (3) whether posts at school hostels are differently graded according to responsibility or skill level; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether district officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels; if not, why not; if so, what are the requirements of such monitoring?

Reply:

(1) Whether she has determined the staff complement required for the efficient operation of (a) public ordinary schools and (b) special needs school hostels; if not, when will such a determination be completed; if so, what is her determination in each case;

(1) (a) Norms and Standards for provisioning of school-based educators posts and support staff (administrative and grounds) are determined nationally in terms of the Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) and the policy on provisioning of support staff to schools. Both policies provides for the determination of post allocation based. mainly, on the number of learners. Therefore, allocation of posts based on the norms and standards will ensure that each school has the adequate number of posts for both educators and non-educators to enable it to operate efficiently.

(b) There is currently no national determination on the norms for staffing of special schools hostels. Each Provincial Education Department (PED) determines the norms and standards with regards to staffing. There is a process to develop comprehensive national norms and standards for the resourcing of special and full service schools. The provisioning for both professional and non-professional support staff is pan of the process.

(2) Whether posts required to operate a school hostel must be provided and funded by the relevant provincial department of education; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will these posts be funded; if so, what posts are currently being provided and funded;

(a) Where norms and standards are determined, such posts must be funded by the PED in line with the provincial norms and standards. information has been requested from all PEDs and a full response will be provided once the information is received.

(3) Whether posts at school hostels are differently graded according to responsibility or skill level; if not, why not; if so, what arc the relevant details;

(3) As indicated above, the norms and standards for provisioning of personnel in hostels is determined at provincial level. information on provision and post levels has been requested from PEDs and will be provided as soon as it is received.

(4) Whether district officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels; if not, why not; if so, what are the requirements of such monitoring?

(4) Yes, District Officials are required to monitor conditions at school hostels as part of their monitoring of schools.

School hostels are monitored in line with the Department of Basic Education Guidelines for the provision of boarding facilities in public ordinary schools and Provincial Education Department Hostel Policies for Public Ordinary Schools.

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 - NW2575

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Energy

(1)With reference to the three executives (Nosiviwe Nokwe-Macamo, Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and Andrew Diepenaar) at PetroSA who were recently placed on forced leave pending an investigation into their performance, what are the detailed reasons for suspending each of the three executives; (2) Has the investigation into the specified three executives been concluded; if not, why not; if so, what are the detailed results of the investigations? NW2950E

Reply:

  1. PetroSA will declare a substantial loss of approximately R15 billion for the financial year ending 31 March 2015.

In discharging its fiduciary duty, the Board of Directors of PetroSA resolved to conduct an investigation into the causes of the substantial loss and PetroSA's poor performance as well as the role played by PetroSA's executive team including the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), the Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) and the Vice President – Upstream in relation thereto. The Board of Directors formed the prima facie view that PetroSA's poor financial performance was, at least in part, attributable to the three executives given their role, duties and responsibilities as employees of PetroSA.

2. The investigation is currently still in progress. It was envisaged that the investigation would be completed within a period of approximately two months. At this stage, it is anticipated that the investigation will be completed towards the end of August. In light of the fact that the investigation is still underway, no results are available.

11 August 2015 - NW2566

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to her reply to question 1612 on 26 May 2015, what were the reasons for not referring the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2013 to Cabinet?

Reply:

The policy adjustment process is not yet completed.

11 August 2015 - NW2535

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether her department, in pursuing a nuclear energy build programme, had (a) carefully factored in the Government’s policy position as captured in the Integrated Resource Plan and the National Development Plan (NDP), particularly the caution of the NDP for Government to evaluate the potentially prohibitive capital costs of nuclear energy as this required a level of investment unprecedented in the country, (b) worked out plans A, B and C to comfortably meet cost overruns of 50%, 75% and 100% in an increasingly costlier capital market following a possible down grading by rating agencies and (c) requested the Portfolio Committee on Energy to conduct public hearings with a view to reporting to Parliament the inputs received from experts and the public and the recommendations that the Portfolio Committee on Energy was therefore making to Parliament; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a)  The Department of Energy has carefully factored in the relevant government policies in preparation for rollout of the nuclear new build including the requirements of the National Development Plan(NDP) and Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030 (IRP 2010-2030).

(b) The IRP2010-2030 provides a schedule to start commission the nuclear power plants from 2023 to 2030. The Department of Energy has identified a government State Owned Entity as an Implementing Agent for the nuclear new build programme. The Implementing Agent will work out specific detailed implementation plans to rollout the programme.

(c) South Africa has signed the Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with Nuclear Vendor countries (USA, South Korea, China, France and Russia). The Department of Energy has tabled these IGAs to Parliament for deliberations and ratification. The Department awaits feedback from the Portfolio Energy Committee on this matter.

11 August 2015 - NW2568

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to her reply to question 2074 on 9 June 2015, what are the relevant details of the proper financial provisions made with reference to the nuclear build programme?

Reply:

The Nuclear New Build Programme Funding requirement is being discussed within National Treasury.

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 - 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 - 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 - NW2276

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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 or (ii) their medical service provider(s) in the (aa) 2005-06, (bb) 2006-07, (cc) 2007-08, (dd) 2008-09 and (e) 2009-10 financial years?

Reply:

Claims Processed between 2005 and 2010

Year

Claims Registered

No of Medical Payments

No of claims Paid

2005/2006

230 030

721 011

54 730

2006/2007

213 246

886 577

331 672

2007/2008

209 830

777 320

335 345

2008/2009

203 711

815 045

327 647

2009/2010

200 560

781 249

340 159

 

07 August 2015 - NW2634

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in light of South Africa’s international and domestic legal obligations, a court order for the arrest of president Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan for genocide was at any stage issued in terms of the legislation which grants the International Criminal Court jurisdiction in South Africa; if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister wishes to inform the Honorable member that  at the time the original genocide warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court in July 2010 against President Al Bashir, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development received confirmation from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) that the second warrant relating to genocide charge and accompanying statements had been dispatched but that it had not been received at the Department for processing.

Following the receipt of this Parliamentary question, the Department has since forwarded a request to DIRCO urging them to obtain confirmation from South Africa’s Mission in The Hague of the specific date upon which the  original genocide warrant was transmitted to DIRCO for onward transmission to DOJCD. The Department therefore awaits a response in this regard from our Mission in The Hague.

As there had been difficulty locating the whereabouts of the original genocide warrant, the Magistrate’s Court for the District of Pretoria has not as yet been seized with the task of endorsing and ultimately issuing the second warrant against President Al Bashir for crimes of genocide for which he has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on 12 July 2010.

07 August 2015 - NW2357

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department has any plans to upgrade the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng through a private-public partnership; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the (i) relevant details and (ii) applicable timelines and (b) is the estimated cost of such an upgrade; (2) whether any previous attempts have been made to upgrade the hospital through a private-public partnership; if so, (a) when, (b) who were the parties involved and (c) what amount was spent in respect of each attempt?

Reply:

  1. Yes there is a plan to upgrade the Hospital as part of our hospital revitalisation programme – but not necessarily through a private-public-partnership (PPP).
  2. No. The Hospital has had its casualty upgraded before the FIFA 2010 World Cup but not through a PPP. It was done by the Department of Public Works in Gauteng.

END.

07 August 2015 - NW2703

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

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:

(a) Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi and (c) the officials of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year on two occasions, See details below.

A. 2014 China Mining Congress and Expo (Tianjin-Beijing, 21 - 22 October 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit:

China Mining is a standing item on the international promotional programme of the DMR. Minister Ramatlhodi led the Department’s participation in 2014. The DMR has participated in the past five sessions of China Mining, including the 2014-15 financial year. The assessment is that it will continue doing so, because the Conference offers South Africa an opportunity to engage with the investment community in the mining sector and to promote the country as a top mining investment destination.

The following officials provided support to the Minister: Dr T. Ramontja (DG Mineral Resources); J. Raphela (DDG Mineral Regulation); P. Mabelebele (Media Liaison Officer); and R. Motau (PA to the Minister).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 89 149.24

Air travel

R 276 307.00

TOTAL

R 365 456.24

B. Kimberly Process Certification Scheme

South Africa is a founding member of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2003, aimed at preventing trade of conflict diamonds:

  • Plenary Meeting (Guangzhou, 10 - 14 November 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit: The KP Plenary is the highest decision body of the scheme. Minister Ramatlhodi travelled to China as part of the country’s standing obligation. The following officials provided support to the Minister: Dr T. Ramontja (DG Mineral Resources); R. Muthige (DD Mineral Policy); and T. Sekaya (Assistant PA to the Minister).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 169 285.91

Air travel

R 159 636.56

Ground transportation

R 40 300.33

 Total cost

R 369 222.80

  • Intersessional Meeting (Shanghai, 9 - 12 June 2014)

(i) The purpose of the visit: The Intersessional Meeting is implementing structure of decisions taken at the highest decision body of the scheme, KP Plenary. The DMR participated in this Meeting as part of the country’s standing obligation. One DMR official attended the KP Intersessional Meeting: R. Muthige (DD Mineral Policy).

(ii) (aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of costs of the visit:

Accommodation

R 36 200.00

Air travel

R 27 000.00

 Total cost

R 63 200.00

(b) Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant did not travel to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

Approved/not approved

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2015

06 August 2015 - NW2560

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1501 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2559

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1200 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2111

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department will provide the results of the surveys on patient satisfaction conducted in health facilities in 2014; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The Provincial Departments of Health have conducted patient satisfaction surveys in health facilities during 2014/15.2.
  2. Nationally 42% of public health facilities conducted patient satisfaction surveys during 2014/15 financial year;
  3. In total 1 810 334 patients participated in surveys at these facilities, and from these 1 377 851 patients were satisfied with services rendered at public health facilities.
  4. In addition STATSA conducts patients satisfaction surveys as part of the Annual Household surveys.

END.

06 August 2015 - NW1838

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether any contracts were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) how many contracts were awarded, (ii) what are the details of each contract, (iii) to which project was each such contract linked and (iv) what was the value of each contract; (2) whether any officials were (a) implicated, (b) charged and/or (c) dismissed for their involvement, in each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, there were contracts which were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in 2013/2014.

(1)(b) None in 2014/2015.

(1)(b)(i) Four (4) Contracts were awarded.

(1)(b)(ii) Details of each contract awarded listed below:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

(1)(b)(iii) These goods and services were not linked to specific projects but they were normal day to day operational activities.

(1)(b)(iv) The value of each award is indicated below on the amount column:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Amount

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

R18 724,50

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

R 8 669,00

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

R15 340,00

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

R 6 508,00

(2)(a) Yes, they were 3 employees who were implicated.

(2)(b) Letters were issued to the employees concerned. Employee Relations is in the process of drawing up the charges, this process will proceed in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

(2)(c) Measures have been put in place to stop the contravention of Treasury Regulations 16A8.4 where employees are disciplined for the transgression and an internal circular was circulated to all employees.

(3) Yes, measures have been put in place by means of an internal circular to all employees to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation.

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06 August 2015 - NW2423

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation did not spend any funds on advertising in the Sowetan and the Daily Sun newspapers during the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 financial years.

06 August 2015 - NW620

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James, Dr WG to ask the Minister of Health

For each forensic chemistry laboratory in the country, (a) what amount of (i) postmortem and (ii) premortem drunk driving blood alcohol samples were unprocessed as at 28 February 2015 and (b) how many (i) new samples have been received in 2015 and (ii) of these new samples have been processed to date?

Reply:

(a)  (i) Post Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 6 980

31 July 2015; 3 964

(ii) Pre Mortem unprocessed drunk driving blood alcohol samples:

28 February 2015: 54 129

31 July 2015; 39 433

(b)  (i) New samples that have been received from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 41 925

(ii) New samples that have been processed from January 2015 to 31st July 2015: 63 431

This means that new samples received by the 31 July 2015 since the beginning of the year are 41 925, but in that period 63 431 samples were processed.

This is because we have divided all samples into two categories. One category is for new samples which must be done immediately to avoid backlogs. The second category is for historically backlog samples. These are done bit-by-bit as soon as the current samples are done. Hence the 20 000 extra samples are from this backlog category.

END.

06 August 2015 - NW1594

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Mpontshane, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) How many criminal dockets were opened with the SA Police Service for (i) failing to comply with water use authorizations or (ii) using water without authorization as required by the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (2) (a) how many criminal dockets were handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years for offences in terms of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (3) (a) how many criminal dockets for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, did the NPA decline to prosecute in the specified periods and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (4) how many convictions were secured in each of the specified periods for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (5) What was the (a) highest monetary fine and (b) longest sentence of direct imprisonment obtained for convictions for offences of transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, in each specified period?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department has opened a total of Sixty Seven (67) cases with the South African Police Service (SAPS) for contravening the National Water Act (Act no 36 of 1998) (NWA). (i), one (1) case was opened for not complying with water use authorizations and (ii) Fifty Eight (58) were cases opened for engaging in water uses without authorisation.

(1)(b) Below is the region and sector breakdown of criminal cases opened:

Criminal Cases Opened with SAPS

  1. Region
  1. Sectors
 

Mining

Agriculture

Industries

Water Services Authorities

Tourism

Total

Eastern Cape

-

-

-

-

-

-

Free State

-

1

-

7

-

8

Gauteng

2

6

-

-

-

8

KwaZulu-Natal

10

-

1

-

-

11

Limpopo

-

1

-

-

-

1

Mpumalanga

9

14

3

1

1

28

North West

1

2

-

1

-

4

Northern Cape

4

-

-

-

-

4

Western Cape

-

-

2

1

-

3

Total

26

24

6

10

1

67

(2) The relevant Department to answer the question is the South African Police Service (SAPS).

 

(3) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(4) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(5)(a) The highest monetary fine was One Million Rand (R1 000 000.00) in 2013/2014.

(5)(b) No imprisonment was obtained for convictions for the offences of transgressions of the NWA.

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06 August 2015 - NW2370

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to Rand Water’s appointment as water service provider to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in the 201314 financial year, how many (a) villages had water at the time of the takeover and (b) more villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water; (2) what is the status of phase one of the reticulation project; (3) what are the reasons for the escalation in the cost of implementation of phase one from R121 million to R278 million as per council reports; (4) what has been the progress of the reticulation project from the 2013-14 to 2014 15 financial years?

Reply:

(1)(a) According to Census 2011, 11,9% of the population in Bushbuckridge had access to piped water in their dwellings, the remaining was supplied with water at Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) standard (i.e Boreholes/communal taps) and Water Carts.

(1)(b) A total of 24 villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water.

(2) All projects which were implemented under Phase 1 to reticulate 24 villages in Bushbuckridge were completed.

(3) Initially, the scope of the work was under estimated, upon assessment and finalization of technical designs of the projects, it was discovered that bulk of the work was not included in the initial scope of the work, therefore additional budget was required to complete the projects.

(4) The intervention was initiated in the 2013/14 financial year, 24 villages were completed in the 2014/15 financial year and a further
15 villages are currently being reticulated.

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06 August 2015 - NW2557

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1201 on 26 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW239

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014. The question was to determine total amount that (a) her department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred though the Department of Communications for advertising.

Reply:

Between, 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has spent funds on advertising as appended hereunder:

  • Departmental Campaign promotion/advertising : R 980 179.16

ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount:

       

14 February 2013

SA PRESS ASSOCIATION

Print

60 000.00

19 February 2013

THOBELA FM

Radio

114 000.00

22 April 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

16 092.00

11 June 2013

SABC

Radio

142 614.00

26 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

27 June 2013

PICASSO HEADLINE

Print

23 940.00

28 June 2013

ALL MEDIA AFRICA INTERNATIONAL

Print

47 000.00

28 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

10 October 2013

KAYA FM D8301

Radio

200 000.00

10 October 2013

ALIVE ADVERTSING D7360

Outdoor

143 838.36

23 October 2013

BENHLE MEDIA BN033/

BETHEL HOUSE MEDIA

Print

15 100.00

04 February 2014

HIGHBURY SAFIKA L9478

Print

27 314.40

11 March 2014

KASHAN ADVERTISING R0154

Print

81 022.80

Total

   

R 980 179.16

  • Departmental Recruitment Advertising : R11 330 928.45

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount

       

January 2013

Sunday Times, City Press & New Age

Print

477 351.87

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 082.95

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

February 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

359 965.23

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

486 045.71

July 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

August 2013

Legal Brief

Print

73 341.05

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 299.02

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

405 454.98

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 199.36

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 351.87

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 352.89

May 2014

Legal Brief

Print

75 155.90

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

352 005.07

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 470.75

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 370.30

July 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

465 418.23

TOTAL

   

R11 330 928.45

06 August 2015 - NW2700

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

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:

(a) Yes, I undertook a trip to China from 09 - 12 September 2014.

(b) No, the Deputy Minister did not travel to China during the 2014/15 financial year.

(c) I was accompanied by my Special Advisor: Mr J Pampallis, Chief Director: International Relations: Mr G Jeppie, Media Liaison Officer: Mr K Nkwanyana, and my Personal Assistant: Ms M Sako.

(i) The purpose of my visit was to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which took place in Tianjin, China, from 09 - 12 September 2014. I was requested by the WEF to chair a working session titled “Skilling STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)” on 11 September 2014.

(ii) (aa) The total cost of the visit was R293 416.62.

(bb) The breakdown of costs are as follows:

  • Flights: R161 485.00
  • Accommodation: R47 354.65
  • Ground transport: R34 892.97
  • Daily allowance: R49 684.00

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2700 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

06 August 2015 - NW2558

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1275 on 19 May 2015, it is not in the interest of the public to disclose the requested information; if not, why not;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

05 August 2015 - NW402

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the President of the Republic

Whether at any stage during the lengthy and substantial security upgrade at his residence in Nkandla, he had requested either the Minister of Police or the Minister of Public Works or any government official to (a) meet with him, (b) inform him, (c) consult with him or (d) furnish him with progress reports regarding (i) plans and drawings for the security upgrade, (ii) estimated costs of each aspect of the upgrades, (iii) name and details of architectural firms to undertake the drawings and supervise the construction, (iv) name and clearance details of the contractors to do the work and (v) the length of time required for the completion of the project; if not, why not; if so, (aa) what official information did he receive at all stages of the security upgrade project and (bb) how did he respond to the information provided to him 2) Whether at any stage he had raised any queries as to why non-security upgrades were being constructed or provided for at Nkandla; if not, why not?

Reply:

I set out in a detailed report to Parliament the facts and circumstances of which I had knowledge relating to the security enhancements at my Nkandla residence. The report is attached for ease of reference.

NW478E

05 August 2015 - NW1863

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the average ambulance response time at ODI District Hospital in Mabopane; 2) (a) which area does the specified hospital serve and (b) what is the size of this area in square kilometers; (3) which hospitals serve wards 9, 12, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24 in Tshwane?

Reply:

  1. The EMS Priority 1 (P1) response rate under 60 minutes in the Odi District is 78.7%;

The EMS Priority 1 (P1) urban response rate under 15 minutes in the Odi District is 40.4%.

The provincial average response times are indicated below:

Indicator

Period

Sort Order

Indicator Name

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Grand Total

104

EMS call transport rate

89.2

97.7

92.1

90.4

92.5

105

EMS inter-facility transfer rate

0.0

0.0

88.5

90.4

42.9

106

EMS obstetric client transport rate

36.5

31.1

31.9

34.9

33.4

107

EMS operational ambulance coverage (annualized)

 

109

EMS operational Obstetric Emergency Unit coverage

 

110

EMS P1 call response under 60 minutes rate

46.7

100.0

50.0

100.0

78.7

111

EMS P1 rural responses under 40 minutes rate

 

112

EMS P1 urban response under 15 minutes rate

46.7

28.6

50.0

45.0

40.0

334

EMS P1 Urban Maternity and obstetric call under 15 minutes response rate

100.0

100.0

(a)   It serves Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Winterveldt, in Gauteng Province.

(b)    Botshabelo, Hebron, Hoekfontein, Kgabalatsane, Klipgat, Koedoespoort,Kromkuil, Madidi, Makau, Makaunyane, Mothutlung, Odinburg, Rabokala – all in North West Province.

2.  Odi Hospital, which refers to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital.

END.

05 August 2015 - NW623

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What was the intake of (a) interns, (b) community service medical officers and (c) registrars in KwaZulu-Natal in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011, (iv) 2012, (v) 2013, (vi) 2014 and (vii) 2015; (2) whether there has been a decrease in the intake in any of these categories in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; if so, what were the reasons for the decrease in each category; (3) (a) what amount was allocated for compensation of these posts in each category (i) in the 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) how was this money actually spent?

Reply:

  1. (a) Interns

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

350

371

374

361

369

384

271

 

(b) Community Service Medical Officers

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

223

229

202

193

198

215

230

 

(c) Registrars

Year

Number

  1. 2009
  1. 2010
  1. 2011
  1. 2012
  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015

150

170

209

194

165

39

0

2.  (a) 2014:

(i)  Interns – Yes.

As a result of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) reverting to a six-year programme for medical students there were no students in 2014 completing the sixth year and this reduced the number of students that could be placed for internship.

(ii)  Community Service Medical Officers – No decrease.

(iii)  Registrars – Yes, due to limited available funding.

3.  (a) (i) and (ii) No fixed amount was allocated.

(b) (i) 2013-14

Interns: R363,583,000.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R138,136,500.00

Registrars: R471,970,000.00

(ii) 2014-15

Medical Interns: R373,614,200.00

Community Service Medical Officers: R155,466,000.00

Registrars: R430,000,000.00

END.

05 August 2015 - NW2631

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is developing a protocol to (a) document and (b) receive climate refugees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW3006

Reply:

(a)  There is no specific protocol in place for climate refugees. The department is not presently developing a protocol to document climate refugees.

The Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the documentation of all asylum seekers and refugees respectively in terms of section 22 and 24 (3) of the Act.

Refugee status is granted on merit and on the credibility of each asylum claim in terms of provisions transcribed under section 3 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 which stipulates that, a person qualifies for refugee status for the purposes of this Act if that person –

(i)  Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country, or, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his or her former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it; or

(ii)  Owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order in either a part or the whole of his or her country of origin or nationality, is compelled to leave his or her place of habitual residence in order to seek refuge elsewhere; or

(iii)  Is a dependant of a person contemplated in paragraph (i) or (ii).

As part of the existing protocol to document refugees, the department provides enabling documents to recognised refugees such as Refugee Certification in terms of section 27(C), Refugee Identity Documents in terms of section 30 (1) and Refugee Travel Documents in terms of section 31.

(b)  The department is not developing a protocol to receive climate refugees. This is because refugee status is already clearly outlined in the current legislation and international protocols. Section 21 of the Refugees Act No 130 of 1998 provides for the reception of all those who - because of reasons indicated in Section 3 of the same Act – have been forced to migrate and seek asylum in South Africa.

Asylum seekers are received, registered, accepted and processed with their claims adjudicated according to the relevant domestic legislation (The Constitution, Refugees Act No 130 of 1998) and international protocols (1951 UN Convention, the 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Protocol).

05 August 2015 - NW236

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the recommendation made by the Public Protector, in the report titled Secure in Comfort, that he repays a reasonable percentage of the costs of the measures involved in building his private Nkandla residence, (a) what progress has been made in the determination and calculation of said costs and (b) on what date will the repayment of the said costs be made?

Reply:

All reports, including my report to Parliament, are currently under consideration by the Adhoc Committee on the Police Minister’s Nkandla Report appointed by Parliament. Such committee is still seized with the matter and in the circumstances it would be improper and premature for me to comment.

NW110E

05 August 2015 - NW2600

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the development of Portions 87, 148, 149 and the remainder of Portion 1 of the farm Rietfontein 61 IR, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be moved or relocated; if not, (a) what is to happen to the patients currently at the hospital and (b) where will new patients go to; if so, (i) where is the hospital to be relocated, (ii) at what cost and (iii) when will the relocation commence?

Reply:

Portions 87, 148, 149 were sold through an open tender by the Department of Local Government and Housing. As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital.

(a)   The patience currently at the Hospital will remain at the Hospital until relocation. Any patients that will be at the Hospital when the new premises is complete will be relocated to the new premises.

(b)   New patients will continue to be admitted at the Hospital until the relocation, after which all new patients will be admitted at the new premises.

(i) The Hospital will be relocated to a site opposite Edenvale Hospital;

(ii) As part of the agreement with the successful bidder, the successful bidder will relocate the Hospital at his own cost;

(iii) The relocation will only commence once the developer complete the construction and commissioning of the new premises.

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05 August 2015 - NW2746

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Davis, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her comments that the Government is slashing its advertising budget to mainstream newspapers (details furnished), (a) what is her department’s definition of mainstream newspapers and (b) what official publications does her department consider to be mainstream newspapers?

Reply:

(a)   Mainstream newspapers are defined as the dominant or established newspapers in the South African media landscape. This reference is widely understood and used in the collaborative publication Media Landscape 2014, Celebrating 20 Years of South Africa’s Media.

(b)   Therefore the mainstream newspapers referred to are commercial newspapers that fall under the following stables: Times Media Group; Caxton, Independent News and Media SA, and Media24.

MR D LIPHOKO

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

GCIS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

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05 August 2015 - NW1880

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Health

Since 1 January 2015, has his department installed generators at any of (a) its offices or (b) the offices of the entities reporting to him as a result of load shedding; if so, what is the total cost of the (i) installation and (ii) running of these generators?

Reply:

CIVITAS BUILDING:

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The existing generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2010. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

Forensic Chemistry Laboratories buildings (4)

(i) No generators were installed at the three forensic chemistry laboratories ( Pretoria; Johannesburg and Cape Town) since 1st January 2015.. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since 1 January 2015.

A new generator has been installed at the newly operational Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in Durban (85 Magwaza Maphalala street) on 31 March 2015 at a cost of R294,120.00 as a standard feature for any of our forensic laboratories.

(ii) The maintenance costs are included in the monthly rental payment to the Department of Public Works.

Medical Bureau for Occupational Disease (MBOD) /Compesation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD)

(i) No. The National Department of Health has not installed any generator since at the MBOD/ CCOD building since 1 January 2015.

(ii) The generator installation costs were included in the overall major upgrading of the building four which was completed in 2007. The running costs are included in the monthly rental payment to Public Works.

PUBLIC ENTITIES:

The South African Medical Research Council

(i) In the process of replacing the generator at an estimated cost of R1 500 000.00.

(ii) There is no actual fuel consumption data to provide cost nor associated maintenance cost as the installation has not been started. The specifications for fuel consumption for the generator that will be installed are 199 g/kwh to 206 g/kwh at 100% capacity.

The Council for Medical Schemes

(i) In the current year the old generator was replaced at a total cost of R569, 621. The amount includes a trade in / rebate amount on the old generator set.

 

The Council for Medical Schemes has a service level agreement with the supplier to test and maintain the generator at a contractual rate. Actual running costs of the generator for the period 1 January 2015 to 30 May 2015, including total cost paid to the supplier for servicing and replacing parts amounts to R19, 618. R27, 221 was spent on diesel. (The estimated running costs of diesel are estimated at R1, 575 per load shedding event.)

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04 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:

 

(a)  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.

(b)  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.

(c)  (i) N/A and (ii) N/A

04 August 2015 - NW2060

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any plans in place to assist young people to easily access family planning centres in order to prevent teenage pregnancy; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Health has several initiatives to assist young people to access contraceptive and family planning services.

-  Ensuring that all primary health care facilities are adolescent and youth friendly. Facilities that are classified as youth friendly need the following standards:

  • Policies and processes to support adolescent and youth health rights available;
  • Provision of safe and supportive environment;
  • Systems to train and develop staff on youth issues;
  • Individualised care with privacy and confidentiality maintained; and
  • Effective referral systems in place.

The Department has contracted and NGO (loveLife) to assist with the training of clinic personnel and to ensure that standards listed above are in place. We have trained 615 health professionals during the past year and will be training an additional 375 during this financial year.

  • An effort to increase condom use among the youth in particular, the Department has decided to procure coloured and scented male condoms. A contract to supply 50 million coloured and scented condoms has been awarded and 38 million have already been distributed in universities and TVET colleges. The distribution of these condoms is a partnership between the Departments of Higher Education and Training and of Health – the ‘First Things First’ campaign for institutions of higher learning – which has been implemented on an annual basis since 2011. The aim of this campaign is to offer HIV counselling and testing, Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), TB screening, condom distribution, appropriate prevention messages and treatment referrals to the students in Universities and TVETs. Condoms are also distributed during HCT as dual protection against unplanned pregnancies, STIs and HIV. Over 100 000 students were reached in the last financial year;
  • In order to expand the range of contraceptive commodities available the Department introduced the sub-dermal implant in April 2014 and to date more than 850,000 women have had the implant inserted. Although the implant method was not specifically targeted at the youth, earlier indications seem to be showing that the majority of the 850 000 women are actually young people who have never been on any contraception before;
  • In collaboration with Soul City, the Society for Family Health and Stellenbosch University and funding from a development partner, the Department is implementing the ‘Families Matter’ project whose objective is to prepare youth to make informed health choices, including sexual and reproductive health choices. The project is currently running in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape;
  • With funding from the Department of Health and Global Fund, Soul City is implementing the Rise Women’s clubs (the clubs target young women between 15-24 years of age with health education messages and has currently reached 17,000 young women through 1 000 Rise Young Women’s clubs) and Soul Buddies clubs (to empower primary school children to make healthy life choices). In addition, the Department of Health funds loveLife’s ground breakers programme which is a peer-to-peer programme that focuses on learners in high school and out of school and empowers them to make healthy life choices;
  • As part of the Integrated School Health Programme (which is a collaborative programme between the Departments of Health and of Basic Education), school health teams provide age-appropriate messages and information to learners in both primary and secondary schools.

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