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27 July 2015 - NW2123

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Labour

(a) What does her department mean by vulnerable workers and (b) can she provide a definition as used by her department? (b) can she provide a definition as used by her department?

Reply:

Vulnerable workers are workers in ordinary employment who are less likely to have formal working arrangements and are therefore likely to lack decent working conditions, inadequate or no social security, no voice through a trade union and are characterised by inadequate earnings and difficult conditions of work. Often their fundamental workers’ rights are undermined or violated willy-nilly.

27 July 2015 - NW2421

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

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? NW2787E

Reply:

(a) (i) The Department of Basic Education spent R50 800 on advertising in the Sowetan Newspaper during the period (aa) 2012 - 2013 while R14 080 was spent during the period (bb) 2013-14 and a further R 29.611.20 in the (cc) 2014-15 financial years

(ii) The Department of Basic Education spent R 56,640.00 on advertising in the Daily Sun Newspaper during the period (aa) 2012 -2013, R28,240.00 during the period (bb) 2013-14 and R 67 929 in the (cc) 2014-15 financial years

(b) Umalusi (i) Umalusi did not spend on advertising in the Sowetan during the period (2012 - 15) (ii) Umalusi did not spend on advertising in the Daily Sun during the (aa) 2012-13 and the (bb) 2013-14 financial years, R 93 270.44 was spent during the (cc) 2014-15 financial year.

(b) South African Council for Educators (SACE) did not spend any money on advertising in the (i) Sowetan nor did it spend in the (ii) Daily Sun during the (aa) 2012-2013, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years.

27 July 2015 - NW2283

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Lovemore, Ms AT to ask the Ms A T Lovemore (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

(1) What (a) are the details of the baseline assessments carried out in February 2015 prior to the commencement of the piloting of three alternative interventions in selected schools in the districts of (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema and (ii) Dr Kenneth Kaunda in April 2015 and (b) methodology was utilised in each of the interventions: (2) who (a) developed and (b) provided the training to the teachers involved in the specified interventions: (3) whether the teachers' abilities to teach reading skills were assessed either before or after the training; if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details: (4) what are the relevant details of other alternative interventions to address reading and literacy being (a) piloted. (b) implemented and (c) planned elsewhere in the country.? NW2644F.

Reply:

(1) What (a) are the details of the baseline assessments carried out in February 2015 prior to the commencement of the piloting of three alternative interventions in selected schools in the districts of (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema and (ii) Dr Kenneth Kaunda in April 2015 and (b) methodology was utilised in each of the interventions;

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is evaluating three new interventions aimed at improving early grade reading. The evaluation is being conducted through a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate the causal impacts of the following three interventions: (i) a teacher training course focused specifically on the teaching of Setswana reading and literacy. accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials; (ii) an on-site support programme to teachers from reading coaches, accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials; (iii) and a package designed to improve parent involvement in - and monitoring of - learning to read.

Each intervention is being implemented in a group of 50 schools over a period of two years in North-West Province (specifically, in the education districts of Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Kenneth Kaunda). A further 80 schools have been selected as a comparison group.

The project has two arms: 1) a service provider undertaking the implementation of the project interventions. 2) An independent service provider conducting the assessment of the project's impact.
The separation of the services required is in line with best practices to maintain objectivity between implementers of the interventions and assessors of the impact in order to attain objective findings.
Both service providers have been appointed.

(1a)
In line with the RCT design and project plan. a baseline assessment of all the 230 schools in the research project was conducted from 3-24 February 2015 by the appointed service provider. The service provider was not informed of the distinct groups of schools as part of the mechanisms to eliminate a bias.

The service provider that conducted the baseline assessment is still in the process of finalising the data collected. The DBE, in partnership with a Research Team of local and international experts, will then process the data and compile a baseline report by October 2015.

(1b)
The same assessment methodology was used in the baseline assessment for all 230 schools in the research project. The baseline assessment consisted of the testing of 20 Grade I learners in each of the 230 schools in the research project. The test focused on pre-literacy skills and was administered orally by an independent fieldworker in Setswana. In addition, questionnaires were administered to the Grade 1 teachers and school principals. A home background questionnaire was also administered.

(2) Who (a) developed and (b) provided the training to the teachers involved in the specified interventions;

As indicated above, the DBE appointed a second service provider to implement all three interventions in the research project according to the approved Terms of Reference. Each of the three interventions requires specific deliverable5 from the service provider; the same applies for the interventions based on teacher training and on-site support. The service provider has considerable experience in running similar training programmes in the sector and has therefore developed and improved the content over a period of time. The content was then adapted for this project by the service provider. The training and on-site support is provided by employees of the service provider, including former teachers who are fluent in Setswana.

The Terms of Reference specify that all material developed/used for the research interventions must be Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) aligned. A Reference Group consisting of the implementation service provider, representative from the North West Provincial Education Department (PED), Subject Advisors from the Ngaka Modiri Molema District and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District as well as DBE officials in the Curriculum Branch has ken established to review the materials used for the project.

(3)Whether the teachers' abilities to teach reading skills were assessed either before or after the training; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

The study did not administer any substantive assessment of teacher knowledge or pedagogical skill for those teachers receiving the training programme. The research design would require that such a test would be valuable if it were administered to all teachers in the evaluation. i.e. also those teachers in the control group.

The research design in its current format. as it follows an RCT methodology, would have allowed the testing of only the 50 schools in the intervention (i) a teacher training course focused specifically on the reaching of Setswana reading and literacy. accompanied by scripted lesson plans and graded reading materials. This would provide the DBE with information on these schools only but the same information would not be available for the remaining 180 schools, and thus no comparison would be possible. Therefore. testing only those teachers who are participating in the training programme would have been of limited value.

The DBE did. however. administer teacher questionnaires in all 230 schools as pan of the data collection effort. These questionnaires collect information about teaching beliefs and practices (thus providing some indication of pedagogical knowledge). The DBE will again collect this information at the end of the interventions to examine whether teachers improved their knowledge of effective teaching methods through the programme. A small component of the teacher questionnaire administered at baseline was also a short reading fluency test in Setswana.


This was a very rudimentary assessment, but it will enable the department to explore whether the success of a training programme depends on the teacher's own reading fluency. The DBE plans on assessing reading fluency after the intervention again, to see whether their own reading fluency might have improved through the training.

All the data collected in this project will be made available for public release for further research purposes once the project reaches completion. i.e. no sooner than July 2017.

(4) What are the relevant details of other alternative interventions to address reading And literacy being (a) piloted, (b) implemented and (c) planned elsewhere in the county?

a) Piloted

The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) is currently being piloted in 1000 schools nationally in Grades 1 to 3 in all 11 official languages.

b) Implemented

The resuscitation of the Drop All and Read programme is being implemented nationally. The English Across the Curriculum (EAC) programme is being implemented in Grades 4 to 12 to support the acquisition of English as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT). The provision of Workbooks. reading resources, the hosting of the annual National Spelling Bee Competition, the establishment of reading clubs and the implementation of the Annual National Assessments (ANA) in Grades I to 9 in 2015 is aimed at improving reading and literacy outcomes.


c) Planned elsewhere in the country? The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) has rolled out literacy projects in the Foundation and intermediate phases in targeted districts in KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Mpumalanga. This project i s currently being replicated in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

27 July 2015 - NW2347

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether the Chief Justice undertook any international trips in the (a) 2014-15 financial year and (b) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) to which countries, (ii)(aa) how many persons formed part of the Chief Justice’s delegation and (bb) what is their official designation and (iii) what class of (aa) transport and (bb) accommodation was utilised for each person forming part of the delegation?

Reply:

(a) Yes.

(b) Yes.

2014 / 2015 Financial year:

The Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa is, in accordance with section 165 of the Constitution, the Head of the Judiciary, an independent arm of the State and by virtue of his position, receives invitations from various international judicial bodies which he sometimes has to honour. Additionally, the Chief Justice is also one of the Vice-Presidents of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa, a body comprising 34 members of Constitutional Courts and Constitutional Councils in Africa, established to promote constitutional justice within the Continent and responsible for ensuring compliance with the Constitution. He is also a member of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum, a body comprising of all the Chief Justices in the Southern and East Africa intended to deal with issues affecting the Judiciary in the SADC region. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa is also a member of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice comprising of 71 Constitutional Courts, Councils and Supreme Courts, with the aim of promoting constitutional justice.

(i) Turkey

In April 2014, the Chief Justice attended the 2nd Congress of the Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions, and the 52nd Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Turkey, in his capacity as the Vice-President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa which was held in Instanbul, Turkey, at the invitation of the President of the Turkish Constitutional Court. The Chief Justice gave a speech at the conference and also chaired a session on “The Role of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts in the Protection of Constitutional Order”.

(ii) (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Acting Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Nigeria

In July 2014, the Chief Justice attended and addressed a Judicial Reforms Conference at the invitation of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association which was held in Abuja, Nigeria.

(ii) (aa) Five.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Justice; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Zambia

In September 2014, the Chief Justice attended the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum at the invitation of the acting Chief Justice of Zambia.

(ii) (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Protocol Coordinator.

(i) South Korea

In September 2014, the Chief Justice attended the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice of which the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa is a member, at the invitation of the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Korea and the President of the Venice Commission. The Chief Justice chaired a session and gave remarks on “Constitutional Instruments Enhancing / Dealing with / for Social Integration.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) United Kingdom

In October 2014, the Chief Justice attended the Opening of the Legal Year in England and Wales at the invitation of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Singapore

In October 2014, the Chief Justice went to Singapore and delivered a Lecture on “Twenty Years of the South African Constitution – Origins, Aspirations and Deliveryto the Singapore Academy of Law at the invitation of the Chief Justice of Singapore and President of the Singapore Academy of Law. The Office of the Chief Justice in Singapore paid for the air travel and accommodation for the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and his Spouse.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Director: Executive Support Services; Executive Personal Assistant; and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Swaziland

In November 2014, the Chief Justice was requested by the Executive Committee of the SADC Lawyers Association, International Commission of Jurists and the Justices of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa to discuss concerns regarding the Swaziland Judiciary.

  1. (aa) Two.

(bb) Director: Executive Support Services and the Security Coordinator.

(i) Mozambique

In February 2015, the Chief Justice attended the Fifth Session of the Executive Bureau of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) as Vice President of the CCJA, at the invitation of the President of the CCJA.

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services and the Security Coordinator.

(i) United Kingdom

In February 2015, the Chief Justice attended and addressed the Global Law Summit marking the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta at the invitation of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom.

  1. (aa) Three

(bb) Director: Executive Support Services; Protocol Coordinator; the Security Coordinator.

The following is applicable to all the official visits abroad for the 2014 / 2015 financial year as listed above:

 

  1. (aa) The Director-General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the relevant officials may use air travel in business class to render the required in transit close proximity support to the Chief Justice as provided for in paragraph 3.2 of the Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers, the “Ministerial handbook”. The Office of the Chief Justice uses the Ministerial Handbook as a guide in the absence of an approved handbook for the Judiciary. The referred paragraph stipulates as follows: “In cases where Members perform official functions by virtue of their office, and where this is in their opinion warranted, a member (or members, as the nature of the official duty prescribe) of the Private Office staff may accompany them and stay in the same hostelry and travel in the same class at Government expense”.

(bb) To enable the members of the delegation to render close proximity support to the Chief Justice whilst in the foreign country and in keeping with the provisions of paragraph 3.2 of the Ministerial handbook as quoted in paragraph (iii) (aa) above, the Director-General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the delegation use the same accommodation as the Chief Justice.

2015 / 2016 Financial year

(i) Republic of Gabon

In May 2015, the Chief Justice attended the Third Congress of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) in his capacity as Vice President of the CCJA, at the invitation of the President of the CCJA. The Chief Justice chaired a session on the “The Synthesis of Responses to the Questionnaire by the Anglophone Constitutional Courts and Councils.”

  1. (aa) Four.

(bb) Chief Justice’s Spouse; Acting Head: Judicial Policy, Research and JSC; Director: Executive Support Services; and the Security Coordinator.

  1. (aa) The Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the relevant officials may use air travel in business class to render the required in transit close proximity support to the Chief Justice as provided for in paragraph 3.2 of the Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers, the “Ministerial handbook”. The Office of the Chief Justice uses the Ministerial Handbook as a guide in the absence of an approved handbook for the Judiciary. The referred paragraph stipulates as follows: “In cases where Members perform official functions by virtue of their office, and where this is in their opinion warranted, a member (or members, as the nature of the official duty prescribe) of the Private Office staff may accompany them and stay in the same hostelry and travel in the same class at Government expense”.

(bb) To enable the members of the delegation to render close proximity support to the Chief Justice whilst in the foreign country and in keeping with the provisions of paragraph 3.2 of the Ministerial handbook as quoted in paragraph (iii) (aa) above, the Secretary-General of the Office of the Chief Justice, approved that the delegation use the same accommodation as the Chief Justice.

27 July 2015 - NW2290

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

(1)(a) How many family advocate offices are there, (b) at which courts are the specified offices situated and (c) how many social workers dealing with custody matters are at each of the specified offices; (2) (a) which welfare organisations does his department rely upon to deal with custody matters and (b) what financial subsidy does his department give each welfare organisation? NW2651E

Reply:

  1. The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services wishes the Honourable member to know that there are a total of 25 Family Advocate Offices countrywide. A full description of the services are as follows:
  1. Name of Office
  1. Location
  1. Number of Social Workers dealing with custody matters

Family Advocate Pretoria

4th Floor, Die Meent Building, c/o Thabo Sehume & Pretorius Streets

12

Family Advocate Johannesburg

94 Pritchard Street, 13th Floor, Schreiner Chambers, Johannesburg

10

Family Advocate Palm Ridge

Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Vossman

Vossman Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Nelspruit

No 3 Marloth Street, Nelspruit

7

Family Advocate Polokwane

Wyndom park Building, 23 Rabie Street, Polokwane

7

Family Advocate Sibasa

Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Mafikeng

461/805 Steve Biko Drive, Unit 2, Mmabatho

4

Family Advocate Rustenburg

Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Kimberley

5th Floor, New Public Building (Magistrate Court), c/o Knight & Stead Street, Kimberley

7

Family Advocate Upington

Upington Magistrate’s Court

2

Family Advocate Durban

15th Floor Maritime House, 143 Grove Street Durban

10

Family Advocate Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court

6

Family Advocate New Castle

New Castle Magistrate’s Court

3

Family Advocate Ntuzuma

Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Cape Town

55 Union Castle Building, 10th Floor ,c/o House Street & St George’s Mall, Cape Town

10

Family Advocate George

Batleur Park Building, Cnr Cathedral & Cradock Street, George

3

Family Advocate Worcester

67 High Street, Worcester

2

Family Advocate Mitchells Plein

Mitchells Plein Magistrate’s Court

1

Family Advocate Port Elizabeth

No. 1 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth

10

Family Advocate East London

29 St Peters Road , Southernwood, East London

4

Family Advocate Graaff Reinett

Graaff Reinett Magistrate’s Court

3

Family Advocate Mthatha

29 St Peters Road , Southernwood, East London

2

Family Advocate Bloemfontein

163 A Nelson Mandela Drive, 2nd Floor Sanlam Building, Bloemfontein

8

Family Advocate Welkom

Welkom Magistrate’s Court

2

2. (a) The office of the Family Advocate does not rely on external Welfare Organisations for Custody matters but obtains collateral reports from the following organisations when necessary:

PROVINCE

ORGANISATIONS

LIMPOPO

  • Child Welfare
  • Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie
  • Huis Maroela
  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)

GAUTENG

  • Department of Social Development

MPUMALANGA

  • N. A.

NORTH WEST

  • Mental Health
  • Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie
  • Child Welfare SA

EASTERN CAPE

  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging( ACVV)
  • Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR)
  • Department of Social Development

FREE STATE

  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging( ACVV)
  • Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR)
  • Department of Social Development

WESTERN CAPE

  • Child Welfare
  • Badisa
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV)
  • CMC
  • Ukakhanya
  • Parent Centre
  • Child Line
  • Mosaic
  • Litha labantu
  • Valley development projects

NORTHERN CAPE

  • Families South Africa (FAMSA)
  • Department of Social Development
  • Child Welfare
  • NG Welsyn
  • Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV)
  • South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (SANCA)

2. (b) No subsidies are paid out to welfare organisations by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

27 July 2015 - NW2323

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether steps (a) have been or (b) are to be taken to prevent the use of unauthorised communication devices within prisons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how many unauthorised communication devices have been (a) confiscated from remand detainees and (b) convicted prisoners (i) in the (aa) 2009 10, (bb) 2010 11, (cc) 2011 12, (dd) 2012 13, (ee) 2013 14 and (ff) 2014 15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (3) what (a) type and (b) quantity of communication devices were confiscated from (i) remand detainees and (ii) convicted prisoners in the case of each financial year and time period?

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) Yes, the Department is / has taken various steps to prevent or reduce the use of unauthorized communication devices within Correctional Centres. These steps include the following:

  • The launching of a Back-2-Basics security campaign aimed at reasserting the importance of basic security measures and competencies such as searching of persons and goods.
  • As part of broader engagements, the Department is part of an inter-departmental process exploring technical counter-measures in part response to gangs as a security threat group. This is a conscious effort to partner with other state law enforcement agencies in finding sustainable solutions to the holistic challenges (including integrity management of personnel).
  • The searching of inmate cells and belongings at irregular (extraordinary) times to find and remove unauthorized communication devices that may have entered the Correctional facilities.
  • The installation of cell phone detection systems in various Correctional Centres to assist officials in the identification and removing of unauthorized communication devices. Cell phone detection systems have been installed (or are currently in the process of being installed) at 39 Correctional Centres.
  • The Department is also in the process of installing 14 Body Scanners at 7 Correctional Centres to further assist officials.
  • The Department has initiated a process of engagement with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to explore various technical and/or legal solutions – including but not limited to cellphone jamming.

(2)&(3) In response to questions 2 and 3 the following information is provided in table format:

(2)How many unauthorised communication devices have been confiscated from:

(i)(aa) 200910,

(i)(bb) 201011

(i)(cc) 201112,

(i)(dd) 201213

(i)(ee) 201314

(i)(ff) 201415

(ii)1 April 2015 up to 31 May 2015

2(a) Remand detainees

2899

4276

7238

10399

9394

13119

2498

3(a)(i) Type and quantity of communication devices confiscated

Cell phones

1712

2908

4808

6722

6167

8482

1693

SIM Cards

1187

1368

2422

3665

3214

4616

792

DSTV Walker device

0

0

0

2

2

5

0

Chargers

0

0

8

10

10

12

13

Cell phone watch

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Memory cards

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

Memory sticks (usb)

0

0

 

0

0

1

0

2(b) Convicted Inmates

1191

2865

5479

7594

11976

15482

4003

3(a)(ii) Type and quantity of communication devices confiscated

Cell phones

767

2071

3614

5227

8070

9447

2430

SIM Cards

346

673

1677

2100

3395

5486

1475

DSTV Walker device

0

0

0

1

11

4

2

Chargers

0

0

0

0

8

28

3

Cell phone watch

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Memory sticks

3

8

11

4

6

3

3

Memory cards

72

99

173

259

475

486

89

Cellphone battery

0

0

0

0

4

7

0

Modem

3

3

4

3

3

2

1

Drifter

0

0

0

0

3

19

0

Bank cards

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

Hard drive

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

27 July 2015 - NW279

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What Road Accident Fund roadshows were hosted in the 2013-14 financial year in each province and (b) what were the (i) budgets and (ii) expenditure for each roadshow in each province?

Reply:

In the 2013-14 financial year -

(a) the following national Road Accident Fund roadshows were hosted:

in the following provinces:

(b)(i) the budget for the respective roadshows were:

(b)(ii) the expenditure for the respective roadshows were:

Balfour

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 72 053.40

Mamelodi

Gauteng

R 350 000

R 145 400.00

Cape Town - Nyanga

Western Cape

R 350 000

R 100 000.00 

Venda - Thohoyandou

Limpopo

R 350 000

R 215 266,00

Welkom - Thabong

Free State

R 350 000

R 184 268.60

Mafikeng - Barolong

North West

R 350 000

R 264 063.00

Eastern Cape - Mt. Frere

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 201 708.00

Kwazulu Natal - Port Shepstone

Kwazulu Natal

R 350 000

R 197 831.34

Polokwane

Limpopo

R 350 000

R 185 668.6

Kimberley

Northern Cape

R 350 000

R 599 014.54

Bloemfontein - Mangaung

Free State

R 350 000

R 547 692.04

Port Elizabeth: Kwa - Zakhele

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 75 580.00

Bushbuckridge

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 122 655.00

Upington

Northern Cape

R 350 000

R 298 930.98

Eastern Cape - Umthatha

Eastern Cape

R 350 000

R 486 401.52

Gauteng - Soweto

Gauteng

R 350 000

R 228 994.42

Durban - Umlazi

Kwazulu Natal

R 350 000

R 332 458.00

Secunda

Mpumalanga

R 350 000

R 259 269.75

In the 2013-14 financial year the Road Accident Fund assisted a total of 20 490 people at RAF on the Road.

27 July 2015 - NW2545

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the perceived inconsistency in the manner in which the Department of Correctional Services is handling medical parole applications, (a) how many applications for parole were received in the 2013-14 financial year, (b) how many of the specified applications were successful and (c) how many of the applicants whose applications were not successful died in incarceration?

Reply:

(a) One hundred and twelve (112) applications for medical parole were received in the 2013-2014 financial year.

(b) Thirty eight (38) applications were recommended by the Medical Parole Advisory Board (MPAB) and out of this thirty seven (37) were successfully released. One (01) not released due to lack of family support.

(c) Fifty nine (59) applications were not recommended by the MPAB for medical parole as they did not meet criteria for release. None of these applicants died whilst incarcerated.

For the remaining fifteen (15):

  • Seven (7) died before they could be examined by the Medical Parole Advisory Board (MPAB):
  • One (1) died whilst awaiting further medical examination and
  • Seven (7) are awaiting further review by the MPAB.

27 July 2015 - NW2394

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) How many witnesses have (a) been attacked or (b) died while under witness protection (i) in the (aa) 2009/10; (bb) 2010/11, (cc) 2011/12, (dd)2012/13, (ee) 2013/14 and (ff) 2014/15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) How many of the specified incidences resulted in investigations (a) which are still in progress and (b) which have been completed in respect of each specified financial year or time period; (3) How many investigated cases were found to involve breaches in security committed by members of SA Police Service in respect of each specified financial year or time period?

Reply:

The Office for Witness Protection (OWP) is an independent covert office and is a sub-programme of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Its mandate is derived from the Witness Protection Act 112 of 1998.

Witness protection, in terms of the Witness Protection Act, is not a police or prosecution function; therefore the honourable Minister of Police is not the correct minister to respond to the said questions (as in PQ 2395).

Regarding the question posed to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, I wish to inform the Honorable member as follows:               

  1. For the financial periods 2001/02 up to 2014/15 and current financial year up to date, no witness or their related person/s were attacked, threatened or killed while in the programme.
  2. Falls away.
  3. Falls away.

27 July 2015 - NW2453

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What are the detailed relevant reasons for suddenly and completely aborting theMmamabula Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) drafted between Eskom and the independent power producer, CIC Energy, which allowed for a potential electricity supply of 4 800MW and the proposed Mmamabula Energy project; (2) has she found that (a) the project could have contributed to preventing the occurrence of load-shedding and (b) aborting this project was a mistake; (3) who were the key decision-makers responsible for aborting this project

Reply:

(1) An intergovernmental agreement was signed between the governments of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Botswana in 2006. Further to this an MOU was signed between Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Eskom in 2006 giving effect to PPA discussions. Following this, the PPA negotiations commenced between Eskom and CIC Energy. CIC Energy presented a commercial offer to Eskom in March 2009. Eskom indicated that it would defer its decision on the offer until such time as an appropriate enabling environment had been created and the funding model resolved. These events were then superseded by the gazetting of the Integrated Resources Plan 2010 (IRP 2010) and the Regulations on New Power Generation projects by the Department of Energy (DoE). This put the onus of procurement on DoE. The Honorable Member is therefore advised to redirect this particular question to the Minister of Energy.

(2)(a) This is unknown. As an example the new and smaller Moropule B power plant in Botswana is experiencing significant time delays and performance issues. Assuming the construction of Mmamabula was concluded on time and performed reliably, the level of reduction in load shedding would have been commensurate with the capacity purchased by the RSA. Therefore, load shedding may not have been possible to prevent even with this project in commercial operation at this time.

(2)(b) I am not in a position to respond on the entire project as the power to stop or commence with the project lies with the developer. Eskom is not aware of whether or not the developer engaged with the DoE regarding advancing the project further. The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

(3) The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

27 July 2015 - NW2409

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him 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:

  1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spent the following amounts on advertising:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

N.A.

R1,899,151.22

R2,207,842.37

  1. Daily Sun

N.A.

R2,184,923.24

R1,894,286.46

  1. (i)Legal Aid SA:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

R60,374.40

R154,967.04

R90,944.64

  1. Daily Sun

R112,039.20

R186,732.00

R149,385.60

(iii) National Prosecuting Authority:

Publication

(aa) 2012/2013

(bb) 2013/2014

(cc) 2014/2015

  1. Sowetan

R28,892.16

R18,374.76

R275,193.26

  1. Daily Sun

N. A.

N.A.

R59,635.68

 

(ii) Special Investigation Unit:

The SIU has reported that they have not spent on advertising in the Sowetan and Daily Sun newspapers in the period in question.

Department of Correctional Services

The details pertaining to amount spent on advertising are as follows:

(i) The Sowetan

(aa) 2012-13 financial year : None

(bb) 2013-14 financial year : None

(cc) 2014-15 financial year : R59 540.83

(ii) The Daily Sun

(aa) 2012-13 financial year : None

(bb) 2013-14 financial year : None

(cc) 2014-15 financial year: None

Office of the Chief justice and judicial administration

The Office of the Chief Justice did not place any advertisements in the (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun newspapers in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years, consequently no monies were spent towards advertising.

24 July 2015 - NW2364

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether her department is assisting the running of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s department of human settlements due to allegations of corruption in the specified department; if not, why did her department assist; if so; what are the relevant details of the alleged corruption;

Reply:

(1) I wish to refer the Honourable member to the statement issued by the Cabinet giving approval for the intergovernmental Human Settlement Programme to assist the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) in the implementation of the Human Settlements Programmes. The statement referred to is attached.

(2) Yes. However, I am currently not in position to provide any information regarding investigations conducted or yet to be conducted.

24 July 2015 - NW2336

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)What is the Emfuleni Local Municipality’s intention with the Kwa-Masiza Hostel, comprising of 42 four-storey buildings situated on portion 61 of the Farm Sebokeng, number 574, registration division IQ, Gauteng;

Reply:

(1) The Emfuleni Local Municipality together with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is in the process of refurbishing the Kwa-Masiza hostel. After the completion of the project, the units will be rented out to qualifying beneficiaries. Currently, occupants who do not qualify for the rental programme are being relocated to BNG houses in Golden Gardens. These beneficiaries have been screened, verified and approved through the Provincial and National subsidy approval process. This approach is being followed in order to create space for the contractor to refurbish units at Kwa-Masiza Hostel.

(2) (a) A total amount of R52 000 000 was spent in the 2012/2013 financial year. Due to budget constraints only R46 000 000 was available during this budgeting period. It must be noted that there were other expenses incurred e.g.: provision of Temporary Relocation Units which are used to accommodate occupants from the hostel during renovations. As the financial year progressed, funds were sourced from projects which delivered slower than planned to cover for these expenses; hence the total amount spent exceeded the original budget allocated.

(b) During the first year of construction (2012/2013), the contractor installed water and sewer services inside the premises. Some original hostel residents are still occupying the units whilst the Department continues with the relocation process to Golden Gardens as mentioned above. No new refurbished units were completed to date and therefore no families have taken occupation.

(3) (a) Occupants that have been approved for BNG houses are being moved to Golden Gardens and the Department is assisting with the relocations. To date, more than 800 qualifying families have been moved from Kwa-Masiza hostel to Golden Gardens and the department has provided transport to assist with relocation.

(b) Water and sewer services were not in an acceptable condition as there were a number of leaks and burst pipes. The contractor has been appointed to upgrade the system for every block and each unit will have running water after completion. The contractor has been requested to provide water stand pipes to the hostel blocks which do not have water in the interim. Electricity has not been operating for the past couple of years as the occupants were not paying for these services.

After the power was cut off by the authorities, the occupants then resorted to illegal connections from the adjacent township. The department is now busy with the refurbishment of the entire electrical network. Once completed, all the units will be legally connected and every occupant will be responsible for paying their respective electrical consumption bills. Qualifying beneficiaries that will be allocated to the newly refurbished hostel units are those whom qualify to benefit from the Community Residential Units Programme and will be liable for rent and electricity payments.

(4) The water canal is not part of the scope of work of the contractor appointed by the Department of Human Settlements. However, Emfuleni Local Municipality are currently busy with an investigation into the storm water canal which is located on the west side of the property. Once this study has been concluded, a decision will be taken regarding the best possible option available for the ducting of water.

(5) Notice must be taken that there is VIVCA 20 and VIVCA 41 whose directors were the same people and Kwa - Masiza Hostel was owned by VIVCA 20.

It was determined in 2008 that Kwa-Masiza Hostel was not fit for human habitation and that necessary measures were to be taken to address the situation. Several measures such as a feasibility study to be carried out by the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing (now Human Settlements) into possible development of the property, were adopted to correct the situation. It would be necessary to mention that Emfuleni held rights in the property before such measures could be realised and thus Council resolved as per Mayoral Committee resolution of 22-07- 2008 ( item G1.6) and Council resolution of 30-09 2008 (Item A 1040) that the property should be expropriated.

The previous offer by VIVCA 20 for the sale of the property for the written offer, as was requested by the municipality’s Attorneys of Record, is for the sale of the properties in question for an amount of R15 million The offer entailed that Emfuleni Local Municipality shall relinquish all its claims against VIVCA, including the one that is being pursued via the involuntary liquidation application instituted by Emfuleni Local Municipality against VIVCA 41. The Municipal valuation of the property put its value at just above R18,9 million in 2009, which can reasonably be assumed to be the current value. The debt owed to the Municipality by VIVCA 20 was last computed to be R3 665 678.92 and the ArcelorMittal Bond of about R5 million excluding interest thus the offer for R15 million.

It was however discovered that there has been misrepresentation of facts relating to the alleged Bond held over the property by ArcelorMittal. The Bond was payable immediately and VIVCA 20 had failed to pay such and that the debt had accumulated interest. Contact was then made with ArcelorMittal and they ceded its rights over the bond in respect of Kwa Masiza in favour of Emfuleni Local Municipality to the value of R10m (the initial bond of R5m had attracted interest of R5m) The condition put forward by ArcelorMittal is for the Emfuleni Local Municipality to acknowledge the donation and put an advertisement to this effect as a contribution towards the rehabilitation of Kwa-Masiza. Taking the above into consideration, VIVCA was paid the sum of R5m by way of entering into a sales agreement with the municipality rather than giving it the money as compensation for expropriation.

22 July 2015 - NW2392

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Police

(1)What (a) is the cause of the delay in the implementation of the Integrated Justice System Programme and (b) sanctions (i) are to be implemented and (ii) have been implemented in respect of departments of the SA Police Service (SAPS) who fail to meet deadlines and targets of the specified programme;

Reply:

(1)(a) The Integrated Justice System (IJS) Programme comprises a number of Departmental Sub-Programmes of which each is overseen by the respective Departmental Government IT Officer (GITO) and a Senior Departmental Business representative, who represent the participating departments at the IJS Board that is chaired by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DOJ&CS).

Overall coordination of the IJS Programme is provided by the appointed IJS Programme Management Office (IJS PMO) personnel on behalf of the IJS Board that are under the auspice of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD).

Notwithstanding the deliverables which have already been achieved, there are at least three (3) major factors that contribute to the delay in the implementation of IJS, which includes:

  • The network capacity constraints and sites upgrades to support the latest technologies.

There have been delays in setting up the contracts for the NNUP, by SITA. It has taken at least 3 x years before there could be some significant advancement in carrying out the Network upgrades, the process which was finally handled by SAPS in December 2014; when constraints in advancing the NNUP via SITA could not be resolved.

The long lead times for network capacity upgrades therefore impact on the rate at which new technology can be deployed.

  • Ability to source and retain technical expertise / technologies / solutions to execute on services required.

SITA has reported a generic difficulty in appointing and retaining skilled technical expertise to execute some critical services, such as architectural services, both within the IJS Programme as well as within the Departmental Programme. This impacts on timely finalization of projects.

  • Other Departments’ network capacity and system applications delays.

This delay impact negatively on the testing and rolling out of SAPS upgrade integration developments, which are intended to share / transmit the information within the value chain.

Further details may be obtained from the IJS Board Chairperson in this regard.

(1)(b) Although accountability vests with each department, sanctions for non-performance of Departments should also be handled at IJS Board level as coordinating and monitoring mechanism. These details may also be obtained from the IJS Board Chairperson and/or DOJ&CS, which is the overall, lead Department driving the IJS Programme.

(2) The South African Police Service (SAPS) in essence has a decentralised system for its procurement and supply chain management and not a centralised system, except for certain items such as weapons, ammunition and clothing. The adequacy of the central environment in order to promote compliance is also an important aspect that has to be taken into account. This is in accordance with and in terms of section 217 of the Constitution, the PFMA, the regulations of the PPPFA and National Treasury Regulations whereby delegations have been granted to all Divisions, Provinces, Clusters and Accounting Stations to procure according to the delegation of authority as well as to manage their own assets according to SAPS prescripts. This also includes procurement actions from transversal contracts that have been established by National Treasury.

22 July 2015 - NW2154

The Leader of the Opposition to ask the Deputy President

(1)With regard to his constitutionally mandated duties to oversee the Government's Anti-Poverty and Short-Term Job Creation Programmes, (a) what progress has been made in respect of skills development initiatives and (b) how many further education and training colleges have been recapitalised in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years as part of the specified programme;

Reply:

The responsibilities of the Deputy President with respect to anti-poverty programmes and short-term job creation programmes are not constitutionally mandated. They are responsibilities assigned by the President.

In terms of the Constitution, the role of the Deputy President is to assist the President in the execution of the functions of government, as stated in section 91(5), and he is responsible for the powers and functions assigned to him by the President, in terms of section 92(1).

The role of the Deputy President with respect to anti-poverty programmes and short-term job creation programmes, working with the Inter-Ministrial Committee, includes:

  • Providing strategic oversight to enable rapid scaling up of short-term job creation while managing associated risks.
  • Coordinating multiple stakeholders and addressing institutional and other obstacles.
  • Building accords with partners outside government, especially labour, business and communities.
  • Ensuring that the programmes reach the most marginalised people and communities in our country.

  • Supporting innovative approaches to creating employment, and creating opportunities for cross-cutting learning.

The initiatives that form part of these programmes are implemented through the relevant departments.

  • National Skills Fund

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has been advancing the strategic objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy III through the Discretionary Funding Window for skills development of the National Skills Fund (NSF). This is done by providing financial support to projects that contribute towards improvement of human capacity. The acquisition of skills and knowledge by beneficiaries is meant to enhance their participation in the economy.

To date, the NSF has provided funding for state-owned companies, namely Denel and South African Airways Technical (SAAT), Eskom and Transnet, which has together amounted to R430 679 128. The total number of beneficiaries is 2 583 evenly spread across all nine provinces of South Africa.

Eskom will train 1 250, Transnet 1 000, Denel 197 and SAAT 136 artisans. Eskom and Transnet will train artisans in various trades, such as welders, electricians, fitters, tool makers, and mechanics, whereas Denel and SAAT will train artisans in aircraft related trades such avionics, aircraft structures and aircraft electricians.

The apprenticeship training is in progress and at various completion phases. The majority of learners at Denel and Transnet will be preparing for trade tests in 2015.

  • Maritime Skills Development

Furthermore, the NSF made a grant for maritime skills development, which commenced on 21 August 2012. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) project seeks to unlock the potential opportunities lying in the maritime sector.

The total funding for SAMSA amounts to R93 610 300 targeting 420 beneficiaries across various programmes, which include the following:

  • National Cadetship Programme for 150 learners;
  • Conversion of unemployed mechanical engineers, targeting 100 learners;
  • Training on board the SA Agulhas for 120 learners;
  • Subvention for 30 lecturers;
  • Assisting 20 learners with disabilities across the programme.
  • TVET College Infrastructure

The TVET Infrastructure Programme entails the building of 12 new campuses and refurbishment of 2 existing campuses. The new campuses are evenly spread across the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The total funding of the programme is R2.5 billion.

Ingwe TVET College campuses in the rural part of the Eastern Cape are also receiving new and refurbished workshops and trade testing centres. Funding for infrastructure and capacity building is R187 000 000.

No funding for recapitalisation was allocated to TVET colleges in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years. The Recapitalisation Project started in 2005 with the planning phase and an allocation of R50 million. Over the 2006 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), R1.860 billion was allocated to fund and recapitalise 50 TVET colleges:

Strategic Objectives

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

Total

R’000

  1. Human Resources Development

23 025

23 323

25 676

70 724

  1. Development of Systems and Procedures

27 905

28 020

36 345

92 270

  1. Upgrading of Infrastructure

174 312

174 622

195 368

544 302

  1. Upgrading of College Sites

25 603

38 118

16 836

80 557

  1. Buying or building of infrastructure

59 406

136 364

283 862

479 632

  1. Purchase of Equipment

118 739

153 913

183840

456 492

  1. Develop programme/curriculum material

41 011

40 640

53 242

134 893

Total

470 001

595 000

795 169

1 860 170

Of the total budget allocation (R1.860 billion) indicated in the table above, 98 percent had been spent by the end of the project (2008/09). The unspent committed funds at the end of the project were rolled over and transferred to TVET colleges in the following financial year (2009/10) to complete these projects.

  • National Rural Youth Service Corps Programmes (NARYSEC)

The National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC) project aims to recruit and develop youth aged 18-35 years to be trained as para-professionals in the rural areas. The specific objectives of the programme are:

  • Skills development of the rural youth through the TVET colleges which will result in the youth obtaining a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level certificate;
  • Practical work experience for 6 months at the workplace;
  • Ensuring that participants obtain NQF credits after completion of each training phase; and,
  • Exit strategy linked to further study, increased employment opportunities, deployment opportunities, cooperatives or business opportunities.
  • Expanded Public Works Programme

One of the most notable initiatives undertaken is the implementation of the third phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which began on 1 April 2014, and which aims to create 6 million work opportunities by 31 March 2019.

The EPWP created 1,103,983 work opportunities in the 2014/2015 financial year. Of these, 563,031 were taken up by the youth. To intensify efforts for the participation of youth in the EPWP, the Non-State Sector (NPO Programme) has collaborated with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to bring 2 000 young people to participate in the programme for a duration of three years starting from the 2014/2015 financial year.

The training provided by EPWP targets skills that the economy demands. It is envisaged that the youth from the Supervision of Construction Processes Learnership Programmes and Artisan Development Programmes will be absorbed into the formal economy.

  • Small Business Development

The Department of Small Business Development has undertaken the following initiatives as measures to reduce poverty and to create opportunities for poor and marginalised individuals to begin to earn decent incomes through jobs or self-employment:

  • The establishment of Centres for Entrepreneurship at further education and training institutions and higher education institutions funded by DHET to educate students in entrepreneurship. The department is in collaboration with five institutions of higher learning: Ekurhuleni West College in Gauteng, False Bay Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Western Cape, Gert Sibande TVET in Mpumalanga, Orbit College in North West and the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal to host and implement the Centres for Entrepreneurship. The colleges are rolling out awareness campaigns to students on self-employment and entrepreneurship as career options.
  • The National Informal Businesses Upliftment Strategy, which was launched in 2014, supports local chambers, business associations and municipal local economic development offices to deliver and facilitate access to upliftment programmes that will provide business skills and infrastructure support to informal businesses.
  • The Department of Small Business Development collaborated with the Department of Energy to undertake the Renewable Energy Youth Cooperatives initiative, which focused on establishing youth cooperatives in the rural Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Eight youth cooperatives were trained at the Engcobo, Mbashe, Ubuhlebezwe and Ingwe local municipalities in technical skills to install, repair and maintain solar water heating equipment, as well as business skills to run a cooperative enterprise.
  • The department developed the Mass Youth Enterprise Creation programme (MYECP) and the Youth Business Support Development (YBSD) initiatives designed to provide non-financial and financial business support to youth enterprises.
  • Jobs Fund

The Jobs Fund leverages on existing capacity in the public and private sector through co-financing projects with the potential to contribute significantly to sustainable job creation. Through this collaboration, the Fund aims to improve the employment prospects of young people and foster innovative approaches to job creation. The Jobs Fund complements rather than displaces other public funding programmes. The Fund offers once-off grants in the areas of enterprise development, infrastructure, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building.

About 40 259 permanent jobs were created by Jobs Fund supported projects in 2014/15. Of these, 18 567 went to youth and 24 522 went to women. About 46,348 persons received training over this period. Of these 26,561 were youth and 29,825 were women.

  • Entrepreneurship

The Economic Development Department worked with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and its subsidiaries to provide funding for young entrepreneurs, with R144 million approved by the IDC for youth-led investment projects in the past 12 months. In the same period, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) disbursed R310 million to youth-owned businesses.

The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) is now tracking jobs on about 40 infrastructure projects, which currently employ an estimated 95 000 young workers.

While the youth unemployment rate has not decreased in this period, the number of new jobs created for young people rose by 240 000 in the past 12 months. However, 500 000 young people entered the labour market, so while jobs are being created for young people, they are not yet on the scale required.

The collective measurable impact of the initiatives that have been undertaken as part of the anti-poverty programme in lowering youth unemployment is yet to be determined with the assistance of Statistics South Africa.

22 July 2015 - NW135

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1892 of 27 November 2014, (a) how many media training sessions did she complete from the date of her appointment to 31 January 2015, (b) what was the total amount spent on each training session, (c) what was the duration of each session, (d) which modules have been completed and (e) how many modules are still to be completed;

Reply:

  1. The status quo remains. Minister did not attend further training.
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable

MR D LIPHOKO

[ACTING] DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

DATE:

22 July 2015 - NW2399

The Leader of the Opposition to ask the Minister of Police

Was he (a) instructed to adhere to and/or (b) informed with regard to the provisions of diplomatic immunities and privileges, published in the Government Gazette No. 38860 on 5 June 2015 and granted to diplomats travelling to attend the African Union Summit in Johannesburg; if so, (i) on which date was he instructed and/or informed to do so and (ii) by whom?

Reply:

  1. Not applicable.
  2. Notice was taken of the provisions of diplomatic immunities and privileges as published in the Government Gazette No. 38860 of 5 June 2015, applicable to the attendants of the African Union Summit;
  3. at a Cabinet meeting held on 10 June 2015;
  4. by the relevant departments.

22 July 2015 - NW2314

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the rail construction facilities in Ekurhuleni, has there been any (a) tender notices and/or (b) requests for proposals issued by Gibela to the local communities; if so, in each case, (i)(aa) on what date were they issued and (bb) what are their relevant details and (ii)(aa) what recruitment agency has been appointed and (bb) on what date was the specified agency appointed?

Reply:

 

(a) No

(b) No

(i)(aa) Not applicable

(i)(bb) Not applicable

(ii)(aa) I am informed that a Recruitment Process Outsourcing was appointed to work with the Department of Labour to process matters of adjacent community involvement.

(ii)(bb) I am also informed that the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Company was appointed by Gibela in April 2015.

21 July 2015 - NW1204

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

(1)In which municipalities are the estimated 127 000 bucket toilets in informal settlements;

Reply:

  1. The buckets in informal settlements are located in the provinces appearing in the table below. The Department is in a process to verifying and assessing all buckets in informal settlements by province and municipality. However it should be noted that with the proliferation of informal settlements, households utilizing the bucket toilets as a form of sanitation is a moving target hence backlog is not constant.

PROVINCE

NO OF SETTLEMENTS

NO OF HOUSEHOLDS

Eastern Cape

50

23 958

Western Cape

62

59 932

Gauteng

0

0

KwaZulu-Natal

0

0

Limpopo

0

0

Northern Cape

6

5 350

North West

21

4 150

Free State

75

46 758

Mpumalanga

3

600

TOTAL

217

140 748

(2) A preliminary figure is provided in the table above.

(3) The Department anticipates, subject to additional funding being made available that a further R4,3bn over the next 4 years will be required to address informal settlements.

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21 July 2015 - NW1403

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

(1)In which municipalities are the estimated 88 127 bucket toilets in formal areas;

Reply:

(1) A study conducted in July 2012 suggested that the backlog for buckets in formal areas is estimated at 58 010; a substantial drop from the 88 127. The latter was further clarified in as far as the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro which had 19 444 buckets with an unsubstantiated claim of a further 100 buckets in the informal areas which was to be deducted from the 88 127. A second clarification came from the Free State Province in that the initial backlog was 42 815, however, after clarification reduced to 32 042 (a drop in 10 773), thus arriving at 57 910 in formal areas.

However, the Department has verified the buckets in formal areas which amount to 58 453.

(2) Refer to table below.

Province

Municipality

Project Name

Total

Eastern Cape

Makana

Grahamstown

737

Makana 2

Grahamstown

288

Sundays River Valley

Patterson

1245

Baviaans

Steyterville

14

Joe Ggabi

Steynburg

985

Chris Hani

Indwe

89

Ikhwezi

Jansenville

21

Blue Crane

Somerset east

4

Ndlambe

Nemato

2230

TOTAL

5613

Province

Municipality

Project Area

Total

Northern Cape

Dikgatlong

Proteahof

277

Koopmansfontein

37

Phokoane

Malelwane

85

Ga-Segonyana

Bathlaros

498

Emthanjeni

Britstown

424

Thembelihle

Hopetown

52

Tsantsabane

Maranteng

791

Postdene

450

KharaHais

Rosedale

2682

Pabalello

533

Louisvale

800

DekotaWeg

306

Kameelmond

122

Kalksloot

138

Renosterburg

PetrusvillePh 2

20

Phillipstown

107

Siyacuma

Breipal

282

Bongani

555

Bongani - Reservoir

49

BonganiPhomolong

31

Griekwastad

527

Campbell

596

Siyathemba

Marydale

175

Sol Plaatjie

Ritchie

1345

Freedom Park

167

Promised Land

787

Ubuntu

Victoria West

890

Nama-Khoi

Various Sites

192

Kai Garib

Various Sites

800

TOTAL

13 718

North West

City of Matlosana

Jouberton /Kanana

293

Kanana

73

LekwaTeemane

Boitumelong

230

TOTAL

596

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Province

Municipality

Project Area

Total

Free State

Mohokare

Smithfield

148

Fauresmith

36

Bethulie

23

Trompsburg

149

Zastron

90

Rouxville

756

Naledi

Dewetsdorp

191

Dihlabeng LM

Rosendal

976

Mantsopa LM

Tweespruit

1266

Hobhouse

1224

Phumelela LM

Memel

568

Vrede

150

Mafube LM

Cornelia

612

Villiers

1056

Frankfort

2105

Tweeling

304

Ngwathe LM

Heilbron

1584

Vredefort

1120

Nala LM

Wesselsbron

1800

Masilonyana LM

Theunissen

1438

Hennenman

2848

Winburg

180

Matjhabeng LM

Virginia

2240

Matjhabeng LM

Odendaalsrus

264

Tokologo LM

Hertzogville

294

Setsoto LM

Marquard

1431

Ficksburg

5396

Senegal

2913

Clocolan

3379

Nketoana

PetrusSteyn

2424

Lindley

517

Arlington

210

Reitz

834

TOTAL

38526

(3)(a) All buckets in the formal areas will be eradicated by end of the financial year.

(3)(b) The programme is estimated to cost R975 339 000,00.

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21 July 2015 - NW2132

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform:

(1) (a) With reference to his statement on land ceilings in his Debate on Vote 39, Rural Development and Land Reform, Appropriation Bill, on 8 May 2015, which organisations or stakeholders advised against land caps or ceilings during his consultation sessions, (b) on what basis was this advice not taken and (c) can copies of all such submissions be provided; (2) (a) which stakeholders supported the land caps or land ceilings and (b) can copies of all such submissions be provided? NW2443E

Reply:


(1)(a) Agri-SA and the Agri-Sector Unity Forum (ASUF). However, the positions of Agri-SA and Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAUSA) vacillated, particularly at the September 2014 Land Tenure Summit.

(b) The advice of all stakeholders, whether for or against the proposal, was taken into consideration.

(c) Please refer to Annexures A and B for copies of comments received from Agri-SA and ASUF.

(2)(a) The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) supported the ceilings proposals subject to certain conditions. The conditional support by AgBiz and TAUSA representatives was that, if implemented, the policy on ceilings should:

- Consider the technical determinants for each district;

- Consider a sliding scale of floors and ceilings, depending on the circumstance of each district;

- Be coordinated at district level through the District Land Committees; and

- Initially target the large land holders.

(b) Yes. Please refer to Annexures C, 5 and E for AFASA's, and AgBiz's submissions as

well as the Summit Report, with reference to:

- Page 6 - 13 on stakeholder inputs;

- Pages 20 and 25 - 27 on Commission 4 that address ceilings as well as final recommendations on the matter; and

- The AFASA proposals are further outlined in Section F on page 27.


Attached find here: Annexure A of NA-QUES 2132 of 2015
Annexure B of NA-QUES 2132 of 2015

21 July 2015 - NW2520

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

How many (a) notices and (b) directives were issued to rights holders in each province in the (i) 2013/14 and (ii) 2014/15 financial years in response to (aa) noncompliance with (aaa) environmental management plans (EMPs) and (bbb) environmental management programmes (EMPRs) or (bb) mining or prospecting without an approved (aaa) EMP or (bbb) EMPR?

Reply:

(a) and (b) The Department of Environmental Affairs gives such notices and/or directives only in instances where there is non-compliance with specific Environmental Acts and EIA regulation.

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21 July 2015 - NW2497

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether any companies currently doing business with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa were found to be conducting (a) fraudulent and/or (b) illegal activities; if so, in each case, (i) what was the nature of such activities, (ii) when were such activities uncovered, (iii) what charges were brought as a result of such activities and (iv) what arrests were made in connection with such activities?

Reply:

Nether the department nor PRASA has given any information indicating of any investigation that can clarify the matter raised in the question.

21 July 2015 - NW2427

2427 Mr K S Mubu to ask the Minister of Transport

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:

Department

(a) (aa)

(bb) (i) R280 740.96

(ii) R32 864.83

(cc) (i) 0

(ii) 0

Air Traffic & Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

I am imformed that ATNS has not advertised in any of the mentioned publications in the financial years indicated.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

(a) I am informed that it is not applicable and (b) the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s advertising spend in the (i)(aa) Sowetan was R0 in the 2012-13, R72 368,04 in the 2013-14 and (i)(cc) R23 118,62 in the 2014-15 financial years and in the (ii)(aa)(bb)(cc) Daily Sun it was R0 during the same periods.

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

I am informed that, “ACSA does not procure its advertising services with these newspapers directly, but uses marketing agencies who then choose respective newspapers”. ACSA therefore does not have records of amounts spent per newspaper.

(b) Road Accident Fund (RAF)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R133 966.87

R101 183.44

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R111 398.97

R269 472.04

(b) Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(b) Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R186 250.87

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(b) South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R64 943

R2 061 673

R1 565 367

(ii) The Daily Sun

R100 711

R2 711 834

R1 787 011

(b) Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R 89 706.12

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R 63 635.04

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

(b) I am informed that No payment was made to any of the newspapers for any of the period stated above.

(i) (ii) (aa) (bb) (cc) Falls away

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

  1. I am informed that Railway Safety Regulator has spent the following amounts on advertisement in The Sowetan (Times Media):
  1. 2012-13 R56 886, 00
  2. 2013-14 R0,00
  3. 2014-15 R132 481,68
  1. I am also informed that Railway Safety Regulator has not placed advertisements in The Daily Sun on the mentioned financial years.

Passenger Rail South Africa (PRASA)

  1. The Sowetan
  2. 2012-13 R0
  3. 2013-14 R0
  4. 2014-15 R104,470.71
  5. The Daily Sun
  6. 2012-13 R0
  7. 2013-14 R0
  8. 2014/15 R0


21 July 2015 - NW2369

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

(1)With regard to the heavily polluted Olifants River in Mpumalanga, what impact is such pollution having on the wildlife in the Kruger National Park, particularly the aquatic animals living in and dependent on the specified river;

Reply:

  1. According to the assessment of the condition of aquatic animals, there is a negative impact especially on the fish which is used as an indicator for monitoring of river health.
  1. Yes, the Department is continuously taking action by conducting Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement of water users upstream of the Kruger National Park.
  1. No, there is no specific or single company that can be attributed to the impact on aquatic ecosystems as they are also impacted by natural disasters such as the recent floods in the lower Olifants, which caused damage to habitats of the aquatic animals.

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21 July 2015 - NW1625

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

(1)(a) Which company was awarded the contract to build the Vuwani pipeline from the Levubu river in Limpopo, (b) what is the scope of the work to be completed by the company and (c) what were the time frames stipulated;

Reply:

(1)(a) PART A: WK Construction (company), PART B: Ascul Construction (company) and PART C: Murray and Dickson (company). In addition to these appointments in this project the following companies were appointed: Vuwani/Valdezia pipeline: Internal Department of Water and Sanitation Construction North, Design and construction monitoring: Bigen Africa Services (company), and Specialist Quality Control: QPI/TIS (company).

(1)(b) Refer to the table below for the scope of the work to be completed by the company:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

The supplying dam is Nandoni Dam. The Luvuvhu River Government Water Scheme will supply water for domestic use to the area between Makhado and Punda Maria in the Limpopo Province, to about 800 000 people (380 communities) with the potential of reaching 1.3 million people.

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(1)(c) The original completion date for Ascul Construction was 5 July 2013, however was further extended to 30 November 2013 with anticipated completion date for Part B being 31 March 2014. The last anticipated delivery date is 31 July 2015 as proposed by the project engineer design and construction monitoring engineer: Bigen Africa Services (company). With the Defect liability expected to start from August 2015 to 31 March 2016.

During the extension of the contract the original cost of the contract was not affected, as the extension was only for the duration of the contract. The project encountered some delays due to a number of reasons, including some financial difficulties by one of the companies; as a result, some sub-contractors withdrawing from site; inclement weather resulted in flooding of trenches and pipes and long delays were experienced to clean the pipes. Rainy conditions also prevented work and humid conditions prevented repair of linings and coatings, some land owners not allowing contractors into their land, strike action by communities, availability of water for hydraulic testing, pipeline deflection defects; delays in the supply of pipes and fittings; etc.

It is confirmed that construction progress is currently standing at 95% overall completion.

(2)(a) W0497-WTE: Levuvhu Rever GWS-Construction of the 800mm diameter Vuwanisteel pipeline was advertised on 01 February 2012 and closed on 01 March 2012.

(2)(b) The contract was awarded in March 2012 and the contract was signed by the representative of the Department on 20 April 2012 and by the Contractor on the 23 April 2012.

(3)(a) Refer to the table below for the value of the contract:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

(3)(b) Refer to the table below for the amount paid to the contracting company to date:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

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(4)(a) Refer to the table below for the amount of work that has been completed on the project:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Percentage

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

99%

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

95%

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

99%

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

(4)(b) The construction progress is currently standing at 95% overall completion.

(4)(c) Contractor appointed will complete the project on 31 July 2015 with the Defect liability expected to start from August 2015 to 31 March 2016.

(5) Copies of the contracts as mentioned in (4)(a) are available for inspections.

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20 July 2015 - NW2514

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

What are the (a) names and (b) details of companies that (i) won and (ii) lost all tenders issued by and through the University of Fort Hare in the (aa) 201314 and (bb) 201415 financial years?

Reply:

Responses provided by the University of Fort Hare are tabulated below:

(aa) Tenders issued in the 2013-14 financial year

Contract Reference number

(a) and (b) Names and details of companies

(i) successful

bidder/contractor

(ii) bidders who lost the

tender

  1. UFH-SCM02/2013
  • Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd
  • VX Telecom
  1. UFH-SCM03/2013
  • Simo Solutions CC & Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd (Joint Venture)
  • Gijima
  • Datacentrix
  • Business Connexion
  1. UFH-SCM09/2013
  • Ntinga Projects Managers
  • DPV Quantity Surveyors
  • Lurco Trading 307
  • Indwe Quantity Surveyors
  • Ntlonzi Investments
  • Aurecon SA
  • Bigen Africa
  • PD Naidoo & Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Ngonyama Okpanum
  • Zintle's Rural Development
  • EOH Mthombo
  • Dimension Data
  1. UFH-SCM10/2013
  • SFM Electrical and Refrigeration CC
  • Interpro Trading cc
  • Amatola Airconditioning
  • Electric Link
  • Flat-Foot Air conditioners
  1. UFH-SCM13/2013
  • First Technology (Pty) Ltd
  • Aloe Office and Business Equipment
  • Allied Business Solutions
  • Dimension Data
  • Datacentrix
  1. UFH-SCM14/2013
  • Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd
  • First Technology
  • Ubuntu Technologies
  • Datacentrix
  • Store Tech
  • Business Connexion
  1. UFH-SCM15/2013
  • Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd
  • Datacentrix
  • Dimension Data
  • First Technology
  • Ceos Technologies
  1. UFH-SCM17/2013
  • KPMG Incorporated
  • Aza Kopano
  • Rakoma & Associates
  • Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo
  • PWC
  • Marais and Smith
  • Delloite & Touche
  • Moore Stephens
  • Nexia Sabat
  • Umnotho Business Consultant

(bb) Tenders issued in the 2014-15 financial year

Contract Reference number

(a) and (b) Names and details of companies

(i) successful

bidder/contractor

(ii) bidders who lost the

tender

  1. UFH-SCM02/2014
  • Kamo Construction (Pty) Ltd
  • Thalami Consortium
  • Golden Rewards cc
  • Impelelo Construction cc
  • MIS Maintenance
  1. UFH-SCM16/2013
  • Itec East Cape (Pty) Ltd
  • Aloe Office and business equipment t/a Xerox
  • Northern Cape Printing & Stationery
  • Vitom Technologies
  • Penit Printing & Stationery
  • NRG Office Solutions
  • Morvest Eratis
  • Pinnacle Business Solutions
  1. UFH-SCM05/2013
  • Asag and Isondlo Investments (Joint venture)
  • Iyevest Group & Partners
  • Inframax/Africast
  • Escotek Consortium
  • Transtuct Building & Civil
  • LDM Consortium
  • Crowie Projects
  • Focus & Enza Consortium
  • VDZ Construction
  • Kao Consortium
  • SMADA Property Holdings
  • Majestic Silver Trading 118
  • Equicent
  • CBD Consortium - Bigen Africa

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2514 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

20 July 2015 - NW2516

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

(a) When was a certain person (name and details furnished) employed by the University of Limpopo and (b) what are the specified person’s qualifications;

Reply:

The University of Limpopo has responded as follows:

  1. (a) Mr LL Lebelo was employed by the erstwhile University of the North, now the University

of Limpopo, on 1 June 1996.

(b) In 2014, the University embarked on a qualifications audit as Mr Lebelo could not

submit an original matriculation certificate.

  1. Managed Integrity Evaluation (Pty) Ltd was employed to perform the verification of his qualifications and was unable to verify his qualifications. He is currently subject to a disciplinary hearing.

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2516 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

17 July 2015 - NW2531

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether, in view of the lack of project management skills and controls, poor workmanship and in some cases no value for money associated with the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme projects in the tourism industry, his department has devised a plan to complete the poorly implemented projects; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

  1. Yes, forensic investigations were conducted in relation to non-compliance with the contractual agreements and suspected mismanagement of funds by project implementers. The department has decided on legal recourse in such cases. Where projects could not be completed due to cost escalations related to the changes in the built environment, the department will provide support for completion of such facilities based on availability of funds.

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  1. Yes, the department has undertaken a review of the Social Responsibility Implementation’s (SRI) planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes in relation to infrastructure projects to ensure closer alignment with the built environment requirements. SRI also undertakes continuous improvement based on annual audits and monitoring of project implementation.

(3) No, the department did not revise the method of appointment of project implementers. The appointment of implementers is governed by the public finance management requirements as contained in the Public Finance Management Act and its regulations.

(4) Thirteen projects have been subjected to forensic auditing.

17 July 2015 - NW2059

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any programmes to improve education about multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, specifically about the importance of testing; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Department of Health has several programmes and platforms that are being used to inform, educate and raise awareness about TB, including MDR-TB at community level.

(a)  The national and provincial TB programmes have Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation units with focal persons whose role is to, on a regular basis, disseminate information to members of the community on the importance of being screened, tested and treated for TB, including MDR-TB. Each of these units have focal persons who, sometimes with support from partner organisations, use various platforms including the media (radio, television, and print) to educate communities about TB. The units also disseminate information through posters, fliers and billboards and sometimes conduct door-to-door campaigns to engage household members on TB.

(b)  In 2010, during the advert of the FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa, the Department and Stellenbosch University conceptualised and implemented a communications platform called “Kick TB and HIV”, which uses community activations (campaign style) to educate members of the community on TB. Over the past year, 266 activations were conducted, and 467 817 people were reached.

(c)  The Deputy President launched, on 24 March 2015, a massive TB campaign that aims to mobilise millions of South Africans to be screened, tested and treated for TB, including MDR-TB.

(d) An integrated mass media communication and education campaign that will focus on HIV/AIDS, TB (including MRD-TB), maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, violence and injuries, has been developed and a tender is currently being evaluated to appoint a service provider to manage the campaign over the next 3 years.

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17 July 2015 - NW2265

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of their contracts since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) how much has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) The department did not exist in the financial years of 2008/09 - 2009/10.

The department has not paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract since the 2010/11 financial year until date.

(aa) (i) – (iii) Not applicable

(b) SA Tourism has paid out the remainder of a contract.

(bb)

  1. R1 512 781.90 (R1,080 022.90 was paid out 2011/12 and R437 759 was paid out 2012/2013)
  2. Previous CEO, Ms T January-McLean 2011/12- 2012/13
  3. Separation by mutual agreement with the SAT Board

17 July 2015 - NW2264

12 JUNE 2015 Ms P T van Damme to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) During February 2010, the Department of Human Settlements paid out an amount of

R 1,873,347.53 for the remainder of an employee’s contract due to termination before the contractually stipulated date of termination.

(b) None.

17 July 2015 - NW1716

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he had taken any action to engage the Government of the Eastern Cape to reverse its decision not to provide private clinics and pharmacies with free state-issued vaccines considering that this would impact negatively on poor working mothers who could not sacrifice being away from work and that it constituted a denial of right for children not to access vaccines in the most convenient way possible; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details and the outcome thereof?

Reply:

The Eastern Cape Province is considering this matter and will be making a decision shortly.

The key imperatives in considering this matter are:

  1. Our policy to provide Primary Health Care free at the point of delivery; and
  1. The need to increase our EPI coverage in a manner that also makes access to immunization services as easy as possible.

END.

17 July 2015 - NW2271

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What engagements have been undertaken by his department with the residents of Cool Air, uMshwathi Municipality, regarding the establishment of a municipal clinic at the local town hall;

Reply:

  1. The construction of Cool Air clinic was decided upon as part of the need to expand services to the underserved areas. The Cool Air clinic will be one of the clinics to be built out of the In-Kind-Grant in the 10 NHI Pilot Districts. Currently, the residents of Cool Air are serviced through the provision of a mobile clinic that visits the area twice a month as per schedule.
  1. (a) (i) The budget for the proposed clinic is R31 million;

(ii) The budget will be allocated during the 2016-2017 financial year.

(b) The clinic is expected to be in operation in 2018.

END.

16 July 2015 - NW2491

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What is the total number of applications for unabridged birth certificates that have been received by his department during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 and (b) how many applications were received by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (2) how many of the specified applications for unabridged birth certificates were (a) processed and (b) issued by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (3) how many applications for unabridged birth certificates can his department (a) process and (b) issue per day; (4) what is the Key Performance Indicator with regard to issuing unabridged birth certificates in terms of his department’s Annual Performance Plan; (5) what is the total amount received by his department in respect of applications for unabridged birth certificate applications during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015?

Reply:

(1)(a) There are 185 641 applications for Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) that have been received by the department during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015.

(1)(b)(i-ii) According to available information the number of UBC applications received and processed during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 at the department’s 9 regions / provinces and ready for collection are as follows:

Eastern Cape: 11 408

Free State: 5 589

Gauteng: 75 685

Kwazulu-Natal: 39 952

Limpopo: 4 645

Mpumalanga: 7 401

North West: 4 967

Northern Cape: 2 527

Western Cape: 33 467

 

(3)(a) The processing of UBC is dependent on the number of applications lodged on a particular day, and is a voluntary process.

(3(b) The issuance per day is dependent on the number of clients that come forth after notification was given to them, via an sms, that the UBC application is ready for collection.

(4)    6 to 8 weeks.

(5)   185 641

16 July 2015 - NW1861

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) With reference to the protest action that was embarked on by staff members of the Fisheries sector of his department at the beginning of May, has a memorandum of grievances been handed over to his department; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of their grievances, (b) which grievances have been attended to, (c) what actions were taken when attending to each grievance, (d)(i) which grievances have not yet been attended to and (ii) why have they not been attended to? NW2082E

Reply:

(a) - Yes

The list of demands is as follows:

  1. All vacant positions including all other posts beyond 12 levels in DAFF must be filled no later than Friday, 1 May 2015 to fulfil all departmental mandates (Food Security, Job creation and Economic Growth) and an end to chronic staff shortage we have at the moment.
  2. Finalise the integration of the three sector branches ( Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).
  3. Union representation to ensure compliance to government legislation.
  4. Improve the skills development plans of the officials in the department.
  5. Prioritise the departmental visits including to remote offices and sites.
  6. Equal pay for work of equal value.
  7. Forensic investigation
  8. Implementation of the Public Service Commission recommendation against the irregular appointment of Ms L Bouwer, Director: Human Recources Management.
  9. Immediate changes in the employer’s delegation at Departmental Bargaining Chamber.
  10. Immediate implementation of the sent inputs of the reviewed policies.

(b) All the grievances have been attended to.

(c) A letter dated 7 March 2015 was forwarded to the Chairperson of NEHAWU addressing the demands contined in their memorundum dated 22 April 2015. The department responded as follows in each of the demands listed below:

  1. All vacant positions including all other posts beyond 12 levels in DAFF must be filling no later than Friday, 1 May 2015, to fulfil all departmental mandates (food security, job creation and economic growth) and an end to a chronic staff shortage we have at the moment.

Response from the department.

The Department has considered this demand. However, it is not possible to fill all the vacant positions on such short notice due to the recruitment and selection processes which must be complied with as well as the financial constraints as a result of the budget cuts.

2. Finalise the integration of the three sector branches (Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).

Response from the department.

The process of integration of the three branches has commenced and Organised Labour will continuously be consulted at the DBC in this regard.

3. Union representation to ensure compliance to government legislation.

Response from the department.

The Department has management structures and any issues with labour impact will be dealt with in terms of the Labour Relations Act, No. 66 of 1995, at the DBC and through the dispute resolution processes, where the need arises.

Furthermore, you are required to take note that as NEHAWU members you are also employees of the Department. No employees participate in management structures. The legitimate forum for consultation or engagement with unions is the DBC.

4.  Improve the skills development plans of the officials in the department.

Response from the department.

The Department has a HRD Strategy and a HR Plan. In addition, every employee has a Work Plan and Personal Development Plan in terms of the Employee Performance Management System (EPMDS). All individual cases should be dealt with in terms of the relevant policy and applicable procedures. In addition, the Department has an Internal Training and Development Committee (ITDC) at which Organised Labour is represented.

5.  Prioretise the departmental visits including to remote offices and sites.

Action taken by the department.

The Employer, with Organised Labour, conducted various operational visits to outside offices under the auspices of the DBC in the previous financial year. The proposed recommendations are due to be discussed at EXCO and MANCO due to their financial implications. Feedback will be provided at the DBC.

6.  Equal pay for work of equal value.

Response from the department.

The Department acknowledges this demand and will take the necessary steps to address the issue as it is also on the agenda of the DBC. Progress in this regard will be provided at this forum.

7.  Forensic investigation

Response from the department.

It is a legal requirement that all SMS members disclose their financial interests on an annual basis. The office of the Public Service Commission as well as the Office of the Auditor-General monitors such disclosures on an annual basis. It will be appreciated if NEHAWU could indicate the basis for the allegations to enable the Department to conduct forensic investigations.

8.  Implementation of the Public Service Commission recommendation against the irregular appointment of Ms L Bouwer, Director: Human Recources Management.

Response from the department.

A letter dated 25 October 2014 was forwarded to Mr M Mahamba, Branch Secretary of NEHAWU responding to the allegations regarding the appointment of the Director: Human Resources Management (Ms L Bouwer) without following the normal recruitment and selection processes.

9.  Immediate changes in the employer’s delegation at Departmental Bargaining Chamber.

Response from the department.

Employer representatives have been duly appointed to serve at the DBC.

10.  Immediate implemantation of the sent inputs of the reviewed policies.

Response from the department.

All relevant inputs on policies made at multilateral meetings needs the due policy development processes. In order to fast track the policy development process, it is advised that Organised Labour provides inputs at the first consultation process.

(d)(i) All the grievances have been addressed.

(d)(ii) Not applicable.

 

15 July 2015 - NW2415

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

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to it spend on advertising in (i) The Sowetan and (ii) The Daily Sun in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and Entities as follows:-

DEPARTMENT

(a) Nil

  1. (i) SAPO R 95 722.20

SITA R 241 216.61

Others Nil

(b)(ii) SAPO - R813 297.29

Others Nil.

15 July 2015 - NW2374

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

What was the revenue received by the SA Post Office (SAPO) from the Universal Postal Union for each month from 1 June 2014 to 30 April 2015?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office as follows:-

SAPO does not receive revenue from Universal Postal Union.

15 July 2015 - NW2308

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

Which department or government entities were involved in the drafting of the (a) scope of the project and (b) business plan for Phase One of the Government’s Broadband Roll-out project?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) and (b) In the development of the Project scope; Phase 1 Business Case and Plan; the Department engaged and consulted critical stakeholders including State-Owned Companies (SOCs) of the department who provided insight into the national footprint of infrastructure as part of the effort to determine the infrastructure gap. Provincial departments also provided input on their broadband rollout plans to ensure that they align with South Africa Connect and are integrated into the common plan of the DTPS. The national Departments of Health, Basic Education, Rural Development, National Treasury through the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), South African Police Services and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) were consulted to develop the user requirement specification for the broadband services as part of the development of the business case.

15 July 2015 - NW2515

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

Is the Ernst and Young forensic report on the University of Limpopo for the 2013-14 financial year publically available; if not, why not, if so, which (a) department or (b) departmental official is the custodian of the report?

Reply:

No. The forensic report on the University of Limpopo for the 2013/14 financial year is not publically available as it contains confidential information with regards to untested allegations against individuals and in order to avoid the infringement of the fundamental rights of individuals mentioned in the report, I will not be able to release the report.

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2515 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

15 July 2015 - NW2311

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

(a) What amount has Sentech invested in building South Africa’s digital broadcasting infrastructure and application system before March 2015, (b) what amount of this equipment and these systems are still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranties and (c) how many are operating without a manufacturer’s warranty?

Reply:

I have been advised by Sentech as follows:

  1. R1 287 609 781. 84.

(b-c) The Manufactures warranties cover equipment for maximum period of 24 months. The table below provides a span of equipment for active components of the DTT networks. There is a total of 4712 DTT assets amounting to R447 663 469 that falls outside manufacturers’ warranties (highlighted in yellow) and a total of 3206 assets amounting to R324 058 305 falling within manufacturers’ warranty period (highlighted in green).

Acquisition year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Warranty expiry date

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Acquisition value

R63 056 479

R91 020 130

R82 065 010

R91 433 270

R120 088 580

R30 067 142

R229 562 145

R64 429 018

R771 721 774

Total assets

328

936

1551

583

1314

1655

1077

474

7918

Warranty status

Out of warranty period

Within warranty period

15 July 2015 - NW2378

Ms V van Dyk to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the cause of the delay in publishing the (a) policy and (b) policy directions for the rapid deployment and provisioning of electronic communications facilities as stipulated in the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014;

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

(1)(a)&(b) The development of the policy and policy directions have been delayed due to the complexity of the task and a lack of dedicated staff within the Department to carry out the extensive consultation required.

(2)(a) Analysys Mason

(2)(b) Analysys Mason was appointed through a process managed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) from National Treasury, who is assisting the Department with several aspects of the implementation of the National Broadband Policy (SA Connect).

(2)(c)(i) The contract price is R 3.65 million

(2)(c)(ii) The consultant has been appointed to assist the Department in developing the Rapid Deployment Policy and Policy Directions and to consult with affected stakeholders. It is expected that the Rapid Deployment Policy should have been developed by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

15 July 2015 - NW2376

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Since his reply to question 416 on 27 March 2015, how many (a) persons are stationed and employed at the International
Mail Centre situated at Jet Park in Johannesburg as at 31 May 2015 and (b) of these persons are employed (i) as (aa) management, (bb) permanent, (cc) casual and (dd) temporary staff and (ii) by third parties such as the SA Police Service and the SA Revenue Service?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

  1. The total number of people employed at Johannesburg International Mail Centre (JIMC) is 237.

(b)(i) (aa) Management 5

(bb) Permanent 211

(cc) Casuals 21

15 July 2015 - NW2382

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

What is the status of his department’s disciplinary hearings of staff involved in the Media Corner deal,

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

  1. One Deputy Director-General: Still in progress

One Deputy Director-General: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Personal Assistant: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Departmental Bid Adjudicating Committee: Still in progress

Departmental Bid Evaluation Committee: Still in progress

  1. 12
  1. Two employees: Salary level 15

One employee: Salary level 8

Six employees: Salary level 13

One employee: Salary level 14

One employee: Salary level 11

One employee: Salary level 9

15 July 2015 - NW2307

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

(a) What are the relevant details of Phase One of the Government’s broadband roll-out project, (b) what amount did it cost, (c) what is the breakdown of the amounts spent and (d) from which (i) department and/or (ii) programme were the funds allocated?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) Government will rollout broadband services in Eight District Municipalities targeting schools, health facilities, police stations, post offices and other government facilities. The eight districts are:

• Dr Kenneth Kaunda

• Gert Sibande

• O.R. Tambo

• Pixley ka Seme

• Thabo Mofutsanyane

• Umgungundlovu

• Umzinyathi

• Vhembe

This rollout programme represents the first phase of the national implementation of the Digital Development strategic pillar of South Africa Connect and it is delivered parallel to the programmes initiated by Gauteng and the Western Cape Province in an effort to deliver on the targets set in the National Broadband policy. The project will deliver the connectivity services via a mix of technologies in line with the South Africa Connect Policy objectives.

(b-d) National Treasury has allocated a total of R739 million over the MTEF for the programme. For the first phase, R200 Million has been allocated. The funds have been allocated as follows:

No

Year

DTPS Request

NT Allocation

1

2015/16

R 225 402 697

R 200 000 000

2

2016/17

R 516 343 210

R 268 300 000

3

2017/18

R 719 525 698

R 271 700 000

MTEF Sub-Totals

R 1 416 024 135

R 739 000 000

15 July 2015 - NW2375

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

(a) How many foreign mail items were (i) received by the Johannesburg International Mail Centre in (aa) February, (bb) March and (cc) April 2015 and (ii) stopped for processing by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Division in each of the specified months and (b) what was the time period to process these items in each specified month;

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

1(a)(i) (aa) February 2015 - 56 161

(bb) March 2015 - 59 138

(cc) April 2015 - 60 010

(ii) All items are subject to import duties and are processed by SAPO. South African Revenue Service (SARS) stops items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

(b) The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

2. The South African Police Service (SAPS) work in conjunction with SARS to stop items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

No arrests have been made by SAPS for this period.

15 July 2015 - NW2310

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

(a) How will the R270 million allocated to the broadband sub-programme in the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure support programme be spent in the 2015-16 financial year, (b) what tenders have been invited for the projects to be funded by this sub-programme and (c)(i) on what date were the tenders published and (ii) what is the number of the Government Gazette in which the tenders were published?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) R 21 million has been allocated for Broadband Planning; and

R 200 million has been allocated for South Africa Connect.

The department will be buying services for the 8 identified districts from a service provider.

(b) No tenders have been issued for the implementation of the programme.

(c) N/A

15 July 2015 - NW2309

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

Were any external consultants involved in Phase One of Government’s broadband roll-out plan; if so, (a) how were they chosen, (b) what was the scope of their involvement and (c) what amount were they paid? NW2670

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

  1. Yes, External consultants were sourced to assist and provide support in the development of the Business Case.

The CSIR was chosen as a result of its access to broadband infrastructure info at a national scale.

The Department’s primary support was provided by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which assisted with the infrastructure information used to conduct the infrastructure gap analysis.

(b) Through the assistance of the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) who facilitated a competitive procurement process for service providers, the Department was also able to source the assistance of Deloitte to provide financial and procurement advisory services. The support of Deloitte assisted the department with the development of a financial model that could cost the project as part of the development of the business case.

(c) CSIR was paid R 5,643,000 and Deloitte was paid R850, 000

15 July 2015 - NW2544

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the application made on 23 September 2014 by a certain person (name furnished) for a vault copy of his birth certificate which has still not been processed by the Department of Home Affairs (details furnished), (a) why has nothing as yet been forthcoming, despite repeated requests for information from his department, (b) on what date is the application expected to be completed and the certificate issued to the specified person, (c) what are the full reasons for the delay in issuing this document and (d) what steps have been taken to ensure that this type of delay and lack of feedback to applicants by his department does not occur in the future?

Reply:

(a-c) Applications for both a computerised unabridged and a vault copy of birth certificate were captured on the system on 6 October 2014. However, due to an oversight on the part of the official who received the application, only the computerised unabridged birth certificate was processed on 10 October 2014 and printed at the office of application on 13 October 2014. The vault copy was processed on 29 June 2015.

(d) The Department has put in place mechanisms where clients can enquire about the progress on their applications through its call centre. In addition it will strengthen the current controls and monitoring of these areas.

15 July 2015 - NW2492

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

With regard to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into the irregularities around the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished) and noting that an application to set aside this appointment is being opposed by both Universal Service and Access Agency SA (USAASA) as well as the specified person in the High Court in Gauteng, is USAASA paying the legal costs of the specified person; if so,

Reply:

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:-

  1. The USAASA Board took a resolution to oppose the SIU Court Application. Supporting affidavits deposed by the CEO were filed by the Agency in support of its defence and to answer to the allegations involving the CEO. The Agency is therefore paying all the legal costs.
  1. The CEO will not be held liable for any legal costs incurred in the event the application is unsuccessful. The reason for this is that, the CEO is not defending this matter in his personal capacity. The Board is defending the matter because it is the Board’s decision to appoint the CEO that is being challenged by the SIU. The Board’s decision to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi is what is at issue in this Court Case.
  1. No steps will be taken to recover the specified legal costs if a cost order is awarded against the Agency. The Agency is defending its own decision
  1. The Board, as the Accounting Authority, has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Agency. The Board exercised its mind with due diligence when it decided to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi as its CEO and when it took a resolution to defend that decision and oppose the SIU Court application.