Questions and Replies

05 August 2019 - NW177

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to schools in Johannesburg Wards 23, 54, 55, 56, 57, 124 and 125, what (a) assessments have been done to ascertain the number of additional schools needed in each ward, (b) were the outcomes of the assessments, (c) plans are there to build additional schools in the specified area and (d) are the time frames and deadlines in each case?

Reply:

The response below is as received from the Gauteng Department of education.

a) The Gauteng Department of Education completed infrastructure assessments with regard to the number and type of facilities during the 2018/19 financial year. This data informs the number of additional facilities, including classrooms, required per school and by implication the number of new schools required in any given residential area.

b) There is a total of 38 public ordinary schools in the wards referred to above of which 28 are primary and 10 are secondary schools. There is a total shortage of 23 classrooms in 9 primary schools and 3 classrooms in 1 secondary school, whilst there is a surplus of 53 classrooms in 19 primary schools and 61 classrooms in 9 secondary schools, based on our learner: classroom ratio of 40:1.

c) There are no plans to build additional schools in the area as there isn’t a need for additional schools based on our learner: classroom ratio of 40:1. After the construction of Glenvista Primary School in 2015 the overcrowding in primary schools in these areas was significantly reduced.

d) See (c) above.

05 August 2019 - NW149

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In light of the shooting incident that recently took place along the border in the area of Ndumo in KwaZulu-Natal between South African soldiers and Mozambican Border Police resulting in the death of two Mozambican border police officials, what does she intend to do (a) with the findings of the board of inquiry’s investigation, (b) with the South African soldiers who are found to be involved in something untoward in respect of the incident and (c) in order to ease tensions and resume good relations between the two countries?

Reply:

1. (a) A Joint Multinational Board of Inquiry (BOI) was convened where the representatives of the respective countries involved will investigate the shooting incident. The agreed upon target date for the completion of the BOI is 30 July 2019. The normal legal process will be followed thereafter to ensure that the findings will be implemented.

(a) As this matter is sub judice at this stage, till the completion of the BOI, this question cannot be answered, but it needs to be mentioned that all members will be dealt with in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the BOI.

(b) With the SANDF agreeing to convene a Multinational Board of Inquiry to investigate the incident, it demonstrates the intention to be completely transparent and not to cover up any wrongdoing on the side of the SANDF members that resulted in the sad incident. This approach is believed to contribute and to ensure continued good relations between the two countries.

02 August 2019 - NW278

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) Honourable Member, there is no separate budget for the private office which is a component in the Ministry of Hunan Settlements, Water and Sanitation. My private office comprises of the Private Secretary, Assistant Private Secretary, Receptionist and two domestic workers.

(b) Conditions of employment such as salaries and qualifications of staff is confidential. The Protection of Personal Information Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, amongst others, protect the confidentiality of such information.

However, I wish to indicate to the Honourable Member that Private Secretaries, Assistant Private Secretaries, receptionist in offices of Ministers share the responsibilities of managing the Ministers’ diaries, providing administrative support and protocol services as well as coordinating all the meetings between the two offices, i.e. Pretoria and Cape Town. The two domestic workers assist the Executive in their Cape Town and Pretoria residences.

02 August 2019 - NW314

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether she will consider introducing a ban, as she did in False Bay, on octopus fishing in Mossel Bay, in order to prevent any further deaths of whales; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

At this stage we are not considering a further ban. Our marine scientists are currently in discussion with licence holders on mitigation measures that can be introduced in all licensed areas. These options still require testing. If however entanglements are reported the situation will be re-evaluated. In line with the Permit conditions of Octopus Exploratory Fishing, if there are entanglements of cetaceans, operators are required to suspend their fishing operations.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW298

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(a) What are the legislative requirements concerning the operational aspects of the offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay; and (b) what number of (i) litres of oil have been spilled since the specified operation commenced, (ii) ships have docked alongside the bunkering ship since the specified operation commenced, and (iii) people are directly employed as a result of this bunkering operation?

Reply:

a) Offshore oil bunkering operations are authorised through the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Application requirements and procedures are outlined in SAMSA’s Marine Notice No. 4 of 2016, which also identifies Section 21 of the South African Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability) Act, 1981 (Act No. 6 of 1981) as the main piece of legislation authorising this activity. There is currently no gazetted regulation or authorisation process in place for this activity (and there is no process in place for public participation/consultation with interested and affected parties prior to authorisation.)  

If an incident impacting on the environment were to occur, as a result of the bunker operations, the responsible parties are required to submit reports to the Department as per Section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998).

b) (i) The Department is aware of two (2) oil spill incidents related to offshore bunkering in Algoa Bay. The first incident took place on 14 August 2016 wherein approximately 100 liters of oil was spilled. The second incident occurred on 6 July 2019 and, reportedly, 200 liters of oil was spilled. This latest incident is still under investigation by SAMSA, after which a confirmed volume of oil spilled will be reported. Further information can be obtained from SAMSA.

(ii) and (iii) SAMSA and Transnet National Ports Authority for the Port of Ngqura are the authorities who jointly authorise and monitor the bunkering activities in Algoa Bay, and will therefore be able to provide this information.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW272

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a)

 

2019/20

 

Compensation

Operational

Total

 

R'000

R'000

R'000

Ministry Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

23 595

14 687

38 282

Minister

2 500

3 712

6 212

Ministerial Support

21 095

10 975

32 070

 

 

 

 

(b) i) ii) iii) iv) v)

 

NAME OF OFFICIAL

LEVEL

SALARY

POST NAME & JOB DESCRIPTION (Purpose)

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Feroze Shaik

L14

R1 327 974 pa

Chief of Staff:

To manage the office of and render a support service to the executive authority (EA).

B. Hon. Degree: Public Administration

2.

Mamonkwe Sipilica

L12

R922 335 pa

Private Secretary:

Provide assistance with secretarial services and support the EA with private obligations.

National Certificate:

Public Administration

National Diploma: Human Resource Management (Currently studying)

3.

Bongani Ngquba

L10

R646 193 pa

Stakeholder Relations Officer:

Provide assistance to the EA with community outreach and stakeholder relations management

National Diploma:

Productivity

4.

Liesel Jacobs

L9

R532 814 pa

Assistant Appointments Secretary:

Provide secretarial support to the EA

National Diploma:

Business Management

5.

Buchule Mbuli

L7

R443 929 pa

Secretary / Receptionist:

Provide secretarial support and Reception services to the EA.

B tech:

Public Management

6.

Gift Mnguni

L11

R863 748 pa

Cabinet and Parliamentary Officer:

To manage and coordinate matters

emanating from Parliament/ Cabinet / other legislative structures and community outreach

Certificate in Public Management

B. Degree:

Public Management

(Currently Studying)

7.

Sylvester Pandelani

L8

R528 654 pa

Registry Clerk:

Provide registry support services in the

office of the EA

Matric

Nat Diploma:

Public Management and Administration

(Currently Studying)

8.

Clifford Seanego

L6

R373 987 pa

Driver Messenger:

Provide messenger and driver services in the office of the EA

Matric

Certificate: Computer Literacy

9.

Nicholas Leontsinis

L11

R733 257pa

Media Content Manager:

To manage and coordinate the development of content for speeches/ inputs of the EA

Masters Degree: African Studies

BA Hon Degree

 

Regards

 

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

 

02 August 2019 - NW313

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1)(a) On what scientific data did her department rely when setting its quotas for octopus fishing in South African waters; (b) on what date was the scientific data collected; and (c) who collected the data (2) Whether her department appointed any independent observers to attest to the accuracy and veracity of the scientific data; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.

(a) The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.No quota has been set for octopus fishing in South African waters. The octopus fishery is managed by effort (number of pots).

Effort for this fishery was determined and set below the sustainable levels based on data collected through a desktop study prior to the establishment of the exploratory phase of the fishery.

(b) The desktop studies were conducted in 2003 and 2004 prior to the first phase of the experimental fishery and were further inferred by a PhD thesis titled: A Development and Management Framework for a New Octopus Vulgaris Fishery in South Africa, which was published by Ané Oosthuizen of Rhodes University. The study focussed on the first phase of the theoretical framework and protocol and was implemented by using a proposed octopus pot fishery in South Africa as a case study.

This was followed by a scientific paper in 2004 titled Economic Feasibility of an Experimental Octopus Fishery in South Africa which was published in the South African Journal of Science 100(11). The Study generated baseline information necessary in the design of the experimental fishery, giving guidelines as to which vessels, fishing gear and markets would be most feasible. The proposed fishery, gear and vessel type, fishing techniques and expected catch rates were described, the results of market research were also outlined, as well as the estimated cost of fishing.

(c) The data was collected by Departmental officials.

(2) No. The infromation was considered was information that was available in the reports and published works from a variety of sources. With regard to the long-term future of whether or not the Department plans to set up a permanent octopus fishery, we have instructed our marine scientists to urgently review all existing scientific data to inform the way forward with regard to this fishery. This process must be complete within this financial year.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW279

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level,(iii) job title,(iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

02 August 2019 - NW293

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in the Presidency:

(1) What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) Total amount budgeted for 2019-20: R30.5 million

(i) Total remuneration: R12, 152,230

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01 August 2019 - NW332

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 187 on 25 March 2019, she has received the information from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, by what date will the information be available; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

01 August 2019 - NW393

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Which municipal officials involved in opening or maintaining accounts for their respective municipalities with the Venda Building Society Mutual Bank (a) are still employed in their respective municipalities, (b) are currently on precautionary suspension, (c) have resigned from their positions and/or (d) resigned from their positions but were subsequently appointed in another municipality?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW347

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

What steps will her department institute in each of the 48 municipalities flagged by the Auditor-General as municipalities that need intervention in the 2017-18 Municipal Audit Outcomes?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW226

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she intends to introduce amending legislation in the National Assembly to devolve powers to local governments on matters such as transport and rail, energy supply and safety, in order to contribute to the professionalisation of local government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW223

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

Whether any (a) financial, (b) logistical and/or (c) administrative assistance has been provided to the Makana Local Municipality to deal with its ongoing water crisis; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, (i) what was the nature of the support provided, (ii) which service provider was appointed to provide support, (iii) what was the cost of rendering the support and (iv) what are the relevant details of the result of providing the assistance?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

01 August 2019 - NW331

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 188 on 25 March 2019, she has received the information from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, by what date will the information be available; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

01 August 2019 - NW390

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department will provide any financial assistance to the Sedibeng District Municipality to compensate for a R25 million operational deficit in its 2019-20 budget; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has found that the specified district municipality’s financial recovery plan will be successful; if not, what is the position in this regard?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW311

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What action has she taken against municipalities who have received poor audit outcomes in the past financial year and (b) have any officials been suspended and/or had disciplinary action been taken against them as a result of the specified outcomes?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW398

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What are the amounts of the debt owed to Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo, by (i) Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, (ii) Greater Giyani Local Municipality, (iii) Greater Letaba Local Municipality, (iv) Maruleng Local Municipality and (v) Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) for what period is the debt outstanding, (c) what is the reason for the non-payment in each case and (d) what steps have been taken by the district municipality to collect the outstanding debts; (2) whether her department intends to intervene in this matter; if so, (a) on what date and (b) in what way?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW405

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any municipalities awarded any tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) (a) in each of the past six financial years and/or (b) since 1 April 2019; if so, in each case, (i) which municipality awarded the tender, (ii) to which company was the tender awarded, (iii) what services were rendered and (iv) what was the cost of the services rendered; (2) whether she has found that any of the specified contracts were awarded by means of a deviation from supply chain management processes and legislation; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW240

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

(1)Whether (a) the City of Ekurhuleni has a mobile electricity substation and (b) the substation is operational; (2) what are the reasons the mobile substation was not used during the recent Glen Marais substation outage; (3) whether the City of Ekurhuleni tried to borrow and/or hire any mobile substations during the Glen Marais outage from any entity; if not, why not; if so, (a) who did the City of Ekurhuleni approach, (b) what is the cost of hiring such machinery and (c) what are the reasons the City of Ekurhuleni did not hire such machinery in order to alleviate the inconvenience of thousands of residents; (4) what number of batteries for substations has the City of Ekurhuleni purchased in the past five financial years?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW392

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2851 on 20 November 2018, the specified municipalities completed their investigations; if not, (a) which municipality’s investigation is still outstanding and (b) by what date will it be completed; if so, (2) whether the specified municipalities have tabled the reports in their respective Councils; if not, (a) which municipality has not yet tabled the report in the Council and (b) by what date will it be tabled; if so, what are the details of the recommendations contained in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW355

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

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) she and (ii) her deputies planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW409

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What number of municipalities have implemented the cost containment measures as gazetted for implementation with effect from 1 July 2019?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW239

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

With regard to the recent fire at the Glen Marais substation, situated within the boundaries of the City of Ekurhuleni, (a) on which date was the substation last inspected and preventative maintenance conducted in order to ensure it met with the minimum safety standards as stipulated by the International Electrotechnical Commission, (b) whether he can provide Mr M Waters with all maintenance records signed by the responsible engineer, (c) when was the substation built and the switchgear installed, (d) was the battery trip unit in working order, (e)(i) when last were the batteries replaced and (ii) whether he can provide Mr M Waters with proof of inspection and maintenance records and (f) what are the reasons that the City of Ekurhuleni engineers initially failed to clean the substation after the fire to ensure that the new switchgear would not be contaminated with carbon and root?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW399

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What (a) are the qualifications and (b) is the relevant experience of each (i) municipal manager, (ii) chief financial officer, (iii) technical manager, (iv) planning manager and (v) electrical engineer of certain municipalities (names furnished) in Limpopo; (2) whether each of the specified municipalities has a department responsible for parks; if so, what duties are performed by the departments?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW406

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the total (a) number and (b) extent of all local state-owned land parcels that was lost to illegal land invasions (i) in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2019?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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01 August 2019 - NW270

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

31 July 2019 - NW236

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With regard to targets set for tourism for the next three years, what (a) targets have been set for (i) international tourism and (ii) local tourism, (b) steps have been taken to achieve the targets and (c) monitoring and measuring mechanisms exist to measure the targets?

Reply:

a) Tourism Targets for next 3 years for international and local tourism.

(i) International:

2019: - 11,4 million

2020: - 11,9 million

2021: - 12,3 million

(ii) Local tourism – Holiday trips

2019: - 2,7 million

2020: - 2,8 million

2021: - 2,9 million

b) Steps taken to achieve targets

South African Tourism has developed a recovery plan to ensure targets are met. The plan looks at areas that require intensive focus to turn around the current performance. The areas of focus were determined through an analysis of markets that have not been performing as expected and has negatively impacted performance relative to the targets. The analysis also identified markets that are showing opportunity for increased growth and these need to be exploited. The recovery plan identifies six points to focus on to achieve the aggressive growth needed to meet the targets. The 6-points are:

  1. Focus on prioritized markets and segments which includes India, China, Nigeria, USA, UK, Germany and Australia
  2. Craft a brand campaign to improve top of mind awareness
  3. Driving Conversion through partnerships with trade
  4. Enhanced focus on Domestic Tourism
  5. Industry partnerships
  6. Intergovernmental relationships

c) Monitoring and measuring mechanisms

SA Tourism has multiple platforms for monitoring performance of targets:

  • Monthly EXCO meetings where each executive provides a monthly update on the implementation of the APP;
  • Organisational Performance Reviews held quarterly chaired by the CEO;
  • Quarterly Performance Reports which show the performance of SA Tourism against its APP targets and are reviewed by Board and the Department of Tourism.

31 July 2019 - NW326

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to each tourism site that has become dilapidated in the past three years, (a) why have the specified sites become dilapidated, (b) what is being done to restore the sites to optimal condition and (c)(i) what are the timelines and/or time frames and deadlines to restore each site, (ii) how is this being monitored and (iii) by whom in each case?

Reply:

(a)-(c)

The Department does not own or operate any tourism products, and can thus not account for the state of any tourism products. However, in the course of preparations for the Jobs Summit in 2018, the Department initiated a process to supplement a maintenance programme for major state owned products. This programme will train SMMEs with a focus on women, youth and cooperatives to undertake regular maintenance. In recognition of the tourism values of our National Parks, the three year programme is being piloted in National Parks, in collaboration with SANParks. Subsequent rollout of this programme will require a dedicated budget allocation, to prevent deterioration of products.

 

31 July 2019 - NW228

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he intends to introduce amending legislation in the National Assembly to devolve police powers to provincial governments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister does not intend to introduce amendments to any legislation in the National Assembly to devolve police powers to provincial governments. The devolving of police powers to provincial governments will be in contravention of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 ("the Constitution") which states that the "national police service must be structured to function in the national, provincial and, where appropriate, local spheres of government".

Section 205(2) of the Constitution states that "National legislation must establish the powers and functions of the police service and must enable to discharge its responsibilities effectively, taking into account the requirement of the provinces". This has been effected by the promulgation of the South African Police Service Act, 1995.

Section 205(3) of the Constitution makes provision for the duties of the police as follows: "to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, and to uphold and enforce the law".

Section 206(1) of the Constitution requires that the Minister must take into account "the policing needs and priorities of the province as determined by the provincial executive".

Section 206(3) state as follows:

"Each province is entitled-

( a) to monitor police conduct;

(b) to oversee the effectiveness and efficiency of the police service, including receiving reports on the police service;

(c) to promote good relations between the police and community;

(d) to assess the effectiveness of visible policing; and

(e) to liaise with the Cabinet member responsible for policing with respect to crime and policing in the Province."

Section 207(1) of the Constitution provides that the President appoints a National Commissioner of Police to control and manage the police service under the direction of the Minister of Police.

In terms of section 207(3) of the Constitution, the National Commissioner is then responsible for appointing a Provincial Commissioner of Police in each Province to manage and oversee policing in the Province. The Provincial Commissioner is expected to report to the Provincial Legislature and the MEC responsible for Policing.

Section 207(4) of the Constitution makes it clearer that Provincial Commissioners are responsible for policing in their provinces as prescribed by national legislation and subject to the power of the national commissioner to exercise control over and manage the police service.
The Constitution introduced the concept of cooperative government, structured in the national, provincial and local spheres, which is distinctive, interdependent and interrelated. This implies that all spheres of government must conduct their business within the spirit and principles of cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations.

While the Constitution makes it clear that policing is a national competency, Provinces have a huge role to play in the maintenance of law and order, reduction in crime as well as policing in general. As provided in section 207(5) of the Constitution, the Provincial Commissioner is required to account to the provincial legislature on an annual basis on the state of policing in the province.

ADV. DA BELL

Chief Director: Legislation

Date:

Reply to question 228 recommended/not recommended

MR. AP RAPEA
Secretary for Police Service
Date: 2019/07/23

Reply to question 228 recommended


GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/07/24

31 July 2019 - NW235

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With regard to performance agreements for her and the Deputy Minister, what are the (a) key performance indicators, (b) measuring and monitoring mechanisms and (c) timelines, milestones and deadlines in this regard?

Reply:

Approval of the MTSF by Cabinet provides a basis for the Minister and Deputy Minister’s performance agreements. As such, the Minister and the Deputy Minister’s performance agreements for the current term will be finalised in line with the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), which is due to be approved by Cabinet in August 2019.

(a) Key Performance Indicators

Not applicable

(b) Measuring and Monitoring mechanisms

Not applicable

(c) Timelines, milestones and deadlines

Not applicable

31 July 2019 - NW315

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What number of persons were employed by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (i) in each of the past four years and (ii) since 1 January 2019 to conduct gradings, (b) where did and does each person conduct gradings and (c) what qualifications are required in order to perform on-site gradings; (2) whether each of the specified persons possessed the necessary qualifications to conduct on-site gradings; if not, (a) why not, in each case and (b) what number of the persons did not possess the necessary qualifications; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) Number of persons employed by Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

1 January 2015

1 January 2016

1 January 2017

1 January 2018

1 January 2019

38

45

40

40

59

(b) Where did each person conduct gradings

The Assessors are located throughout the country and can conduct gradings within each province they can assess and have been allocated to.

(c) What qualifications are required in order to perform on –site gradings?

Comprehensive training is provided by the TGCSA to shortlisted candidates in order to assess tourism products effectively. All learners need to achieve an 80% pass mark in order to be accredited as Grading assessors. Furthermore, the successful candidate needs to possess the following:

  • A post-Matric qualification in Tourism and/or Quality Management;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the hospitality industry is strictly necessary with proven and demonstrable knowledge of domestic or international quality standards in accommodation and tourism products;
  • Previous quality grading experience in tourism and accommodation products would be an advantage;
  • Sales and / or marketing experience;
  • Tourist/guest experience in tourism products;
  • Previously Disadvantaged individuals will be given preference;
  • Excellent computer literacy; and
  • Proven ability to operate independently for extended periods, without close supervision.

2. Whether each of the specified persons possessed the necessary qualifications to conduct on-site gradings:

All candidates possessed the necessary qualifications.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

31 July 2019 - NW116

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What is the current status of case number CAS 1042/07/16 opened in Sandton;(2) have the relevant persons provided feedback to the complainant; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) have the relevant persons provided feedback to the complainant; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the SA Police Service has made contact with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA); if not, why not; if so, what was the response of the HPCSA?

Reply:

(1)(2)(3) The requested information is not readily available, as it needs to be verified and obtained from the province. A request is, hereby, made for an extension of two weeks, in order to provide a verified and accurate response.

Reply to question 116 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2019/07/16

Reply to question 116 approved/not approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/07/24

31 July 2019 - NW9

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

What is the plan of his department regarding the regularity with which crime statistics will be released?

Reply:

The issue on the regularity of crime statistics release has been discussed at various meetings, in the Portfolio Committee on Police, in the previous financial years. However, Section 218 (f) of the Interim Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993 (Act No. 200 of 1993) provides that, "subject to the directions of the Minister of Safety and Security, the National Commissioner will be responsible for the keeping and provision of crime intelligence data, criminal records and statistics".

The above section has been retained, in terms of item 24 of Schedule 6 to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996).

Hence, it is only the Minister who can pronounce on the matter.
 

Reply to question 9 recommended
GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2019-07-16

Reply to question 9 approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019-07-24

31 July 2019 - NW76

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What total number of members does the Anti-Gang Unit have and (b) where are they located?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

Province

(a) Total number of members

(b) Location

Eastern Cape

60 members

10111 Centre, Port Elizabeth

Free State

8 members (Task Team)

Provincial office, Bloemfontein

Gauteng

18 members

Provincial Detective ServiceOrganised Crime, Aeroton,

Johannesburg

KwaZulu-Natal

20 members (Task Team)

Provincial office, Durban

Limpopo

None

Not applicable

Mpumalanga

None

Not applicable

Northern Cape

None

Not applicable

North West

None

Not applicable

Western Cape

171 members

Faure, Western Cape


Reply to question 76 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2019/07/16


Reply to question 76 approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/07/24

31 July 2019 - NW316

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)What are the relevant details of the (a) breakdown of the total remuneration package received by on-site graders employed by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) and (b)(i) various income brackets and (ii) criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for the various income brackets; (2) what (a) number of days does it take the TGCSA to grade a place of accommodation once an application is received and (b) is the average cost for receiving the grading; (3) what are the relevant details of the criteria that needs to be met in order to receive a star grading from the lowest to highest grading? NW1282E

Reply:

1. (a) Total remuneration package for on-site graders

  • The Grading Assessors are remunerated on a commission-only basis.
  • Accredited Assessors are not permanent staff and are contracted for 36months with specific deliverables and duties governed by Service Provider Agreements.

(b) (i) various income brackets

Should an assessor have between 0 – 100 properties in his/her portfolio, they will invoice the TGCSA 50% of the establishments’ grading fee. If they have more than 100 properties, they will invoice 55% of the grading fee. If more than 200 properties, they will receive 60% of the grading fee. Over 300 properties, the Assessor will be paid 65%. The commission is only paid out if the assessor has submitted properties to the Monthly Property Approvals EXCO Meeting.

The Assessors are required to cover the costs of transport and communication from the fee paid for the assessment.

(ii) Criteria to be met in order to qualify for various income brackets

  • Only individuals who hold a hospitality qualification and have suitable experience in the application of hospitality operating standards are considered for contracts.
  • An assessor needs to have undergone training and achieved an 80% pass rate before the TGCSA enters into a Service Provider Agreement. The Grading Assessor must also ensure that they are registered on the National Treasury’s Central Supplier Database (CSD);
  • If an assessor has a property portfolio of less than 200, they need to ensure that they grade a minimum of 24 new properties annually until they get to a minimum portfolio of 200.
  • Where an assessor has a portfolio of 200 or more properties, they need to ensure that they achieve a minimum of 95% of their establishments renewals.
  • To ensure that establishments are allocated to Assessors fairly, and to ensure that Assessors are not inundated with establishments to assess and to ensure service delivery standards are maintained, the assessor’s portfolio monitored carefully and may be limited in size.

(2) (a) Numbers of days to grade a accommodations once the applications is received

  • The assessment of an establishment after receiving the application thereof is reliant on a number of factors i.e. application process; Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP)funding; payment of outstanding invoice. The Establishment Assessment can only be done once an Establishment is assigned to an Assessor; the Assessor must then schedule assessment appointment and update Grading System:
    • The Assessment must be scheduled within 5 calendar days of assignment of Establishments to the Assessor;
    • The Assessor must conduct the grading assessment within the prescribed time frames:
      • For new applications – As soon as possible but not longer than 4 calendar months from the date of the invoice payment reflecting on Grading System;
      • For renewals – from the date of the invoice payment reflecting on Grading System and Establishment assigned to the Assessor but before the Monthly Property Approvals EXCO Meeting within the month of expiry;
      • If Assessors do not adhere to the stipulated times, the properties will be retrieved from their system and reallocated to other Assessors to ensure that business processes are followed.

(b) Average cost to grade

Grading fees are determined by three (3) variables, namely number of rooms, category of the establishment and the average room rate the said property charges its’ client. The average cost to grade a small accommodation establishment is approximately R3 500.00 should no discount be applied for by the property.

3. What is the detail of the criteria to be met to receive a star grading from the lowest to the highest grading

There is lengthy set of Core Requirements and Quality Standards that are utilised by the Assessors when conducting assessments. These Requirements and Standards cover specific areas of assessments which are clearly outlined in the published Grading Criteria. A copy can be provided but are also available on the TGCSA Website for reference.

Establishments are assessed according to the type of accommodation they provide. There are currently 7 category groupings of the 13 types of establishments:

1. Formal Accommodation

1.1 Hotel

1.2 Small Hotel

1.3 Boutique Hotel

1.4 Apartment Hotel

2. Guest Accommodation

2.1 Bed & Breakfast

2.2 Guest House

2.3 Country House

3. Self-Catering

3.1 Self- Catering Exclusive

3.2 Self- Catering Shared

4. Backpacker and Hostelling

5. Caravan and Camping

6. Venues

7. Game and Nature Lodges

Each of the above category has its core requirements and quality standards and the grading criteria to be met in order for an establishment to be successfully accredited.

STAR LEVELS

A brief description of what each star level represents is as follows:

NO. OF STARS

POINT ALLOCATION

OUTCOME

 

880 – 1000

Outstanding quality and luxurious accommodation matching the best international standards. 5 Star Premium is reserved for properties who far exceed core requirements and quality standards in the five star sector.

 

740 – 879

Excellent quality in the overall standard of facilities, furnishings, service and guest care.

 

580 – 739

Very good quality in the overall standard of facilities, furnishings, service and guest care.

 

440 – 579

Good quality in the overall standard of facilities, furnishings, service and guest care.

 

300 – 439

Acceptable basic quality in the overall standard of furnishings, service and guest care.

 

31 July 2019 - NW238

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What are the monthly statistics of international tourist arrivals in the past three years and since 1 January 2019 to date, (b) where did these international tourists arrive in each month, (c) what targets were set, (d) how did the targets measure up to actual arrivals in each month and (e)(i) what is being done to ensure that targets set are met and (ii) how is this measured?

Reply:

a) Monthly statistics of international tourist arrivals in the past three years and since 1 January 2019 to date see the link below

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW238Monthly_Stats.pdf

Source: Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

b) Where did these international tourists arrive in each month? see the link below for 2016:

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW238Internation_tourist_arrival_2016.pdf

Source: Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

 see the link below for 2017: 

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW238Internation_tourist_arrival_2017.pdf

Source: Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

 see the link below for 2018:

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW238Internation_tourist_arrival_2018.pdf

Source: Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

 see the link below for 2019:

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW238Internation_tourist_arrival_2019.pdf

Source: Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

c) What targets were set?

Targets are set on a quarterly basis and are detailed in the table below responding to question d).

d) How did the targets measure up to actual arrivals in each month?

Measured since the 5 in 5 strategy was implemented

Source: South African Tourism Annual Performance Plan 2019-20; Statistics SA, P0351 Tourism & Migration Monthly reports

e) (i) What is being done to ensure that targets set are met?

South African Tourism has developed a recovery plan to ensure we meet our targets. The plan looks at areas that require intensive focus to turn around the current performance. The areas of focus were determined through an analysis of markets that have not been performing as expected and has negatively impacted performance relative to targets. The analysis also identified markets that are showing opportunity for increased growth and these need to be exploited. The recovery plan identifies six points to focus on to achieve the aggressive growth needed to meet the targets. The 6-points are:

  1. Focus on prioritized markets and segments which includes India, China, Nigeria, USA, UK, Germany and Australia
  2. Craft a brand campaign to improve top of mind awareness
  3. Driving Conversion through partnerships with trade
  4. Enhanced focus on Domestic Tourism
  5. Industry partnerships
  6. Intergovernmental relationships

(ii) how is this measured?

Performance is measured through the tourist arrivals statistics as reported monthly by Statistics SA through the report P0351 Tourism & Migration.

31 July 2019 - NW88

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Police

Whether any information and technology systems of any government department and/or entity were hacked in the past five years; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

An extension is hereby requested, in order to ensure the thorough processing of the abovementioned question. The requested extension is necessary as The Head: Crime Registrar and the Division: Technology Management Services (TMS), have been engaged, in order to obtain accurate statistics, for the period 2014/2015 to 2018/2019. The statistics must be examined, in order to respond with the relevant details, per case. Feedback will be provided by 31 July 2019.


Reply to question 88 recommended


GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2019/07/16

Reply to question 88 approved/not approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/07/24

31 July 2019 - NW30

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

With regard to case number 973/07/2011 reported at the Wierdaburg Police Station, (a) what progress has been made in investigating the murder, (b) who is the current investigating officer and (c) what number of arrests have been made?

Reply:

(a) The case docket was investigated and submitted to the Inquest Court for a decision. The Inquest Court found that there was no prima facie case against any person and a J56 was issued, in terms of the Inquests Act, 1959 (Act No. 58 of 1959). An offence of culpable homicide was registered and not murder.

(b) In the interest of cases being investigated without fear or favour, the particulars of the investigating officer cannot be divulged.

(c) No arrest was made, however, a warning statement was obtained from the other driver that was involved in the accident. A J56 was issued by the Inquest Court, on 15 January 2013. The docket was filed, on 17 April 2013.

Reply to question 30 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date
:


Reply to question 30 approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date
: 2019/07/24

 

 

31 July 2019 - NW115

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of holding cells are there at (i) Crystal Park Police Station and (ii) Putfontein Police Station and (b) what is the (i) current condition of the holding cells and (ii) holding capacity for each cell at each specified police station?

Reply:

{a)(i)(ii) and (b)(i)(ii)

 

(a) Number of holding cells

(b)(i) Current condition of the holding cells

(b)(ii)

Holding capacity for each cell

(a)(i)

Crystal Park Police Station

Two holding cells

Closed. Not fit for human habitation.

10

 

One temporary holding cell.

The cell is in poor condition, however, it is currently utilised temporarily before holding cell. the suspects are transported to more suitable holding cells.

Five

(a)(ii)
Putfontein Police Station

None.

Not applicable

Not applicable


Reply to question 115 recommended
 

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2019/07/16


Reply to question 115 approved


GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date: 2019/08/06

31 July 2019 - NW237

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to targets set for tourism for the next three years, (a) what countries of origin are being focused on, (b)(i) why and (ii) how have the specified countries been selected in each case and (c) what is being done to market the country in these markets?

Reply:

a)  Countries of origin being focussed on

There are 44 countries that SA Tourism focusses on as identified through its Marketing Investment Framework.

Americas

Europe

Asia, Australasia and

Middle East

Africa

Argentina

Brazil

Canada

USA

Austria

Belgium

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

Norway

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

UK

Australia

China

India

Japan

Malaysia

New Zealand

Singapore

Turkey

UAE

Angola

Botswana

DRC

Ethiopia

Ghana

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Nigeria

Eswatini

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

Zimbabwe

b) i) Why were these countries selected

These countries ranked highly in the South African Tourism’s Marketing Investment Framework. The Marketing Investment Framework brings together the elements of the target (i.e., the what?), markets (i.e., the where?) and investment (i.e., the how?), and has prioritised 44 countries where South African Tourism should invest.

ii) How were these countries selected

The selected countries were selected based on the attractiveness and South Africa’s ability to win. Market attractiveness is assessed on socio-economic indicators as well as the outbound tourism potential. South Africa’s ability to win is determined based on how easy it is for South Africa to operate and perform in each market. Here we consider our visa regime for each country, South Africa’s diplomatic centres in each country and air connectivity between the country and South Africa.

c) What is been done to market the country (SA) jn these markets?

SA Tourism’s major marketing activities covers brand building initiatives as well as strategic partnerships to drive sales. SA Tourism has developed and launched brand campaigns in the various markets, worked with trade partners to develop deal-driven campaigns and joint marketing campaigns, educated the trade to better sell South Africa, hosted trade and media on familiarisation trips. This work is supported by stakeholder engagements, PR campaigns to drive brand positivity, events and activations that raise the profile of South Africa as a tourism destination. Furthermore, South African Tourism conducts active training through targeted programmes across the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) network (embassies and consulates) to enable them to actively promote tourism to South Africa.

31 July 2019 - NW179

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Police

By what date will (a) additional vehicles be supplied to the Mondeor Police Station in Johannesburg, (b) the staff vacancies that exist be filled and (c) additional bulletproof vests be provided at the specified police station?

Reply:

(a) One vehicle will be supplied to the Mondeor Police Station, by 30 July 2019.

(b) The station is overstaffed, by two personnel. The staff establishment for the Mondeor Police Station, is 189 and the current personnel strength, is 191.

(c) On 23 January 2019, a total of 27 bullet-proof vests were provided to the Mondeor Police Station.
 

Reply to question 179 recommended/not recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date
: 2019/07/22

Reply to question 179 approved/not approved

GENERAL BH CELE (MP)
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date
: 2019/07/24

30 July 2019 - NW145

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether, with regard to the current and future plans to roll out a 5G network, a term used to reference the next generation of high-speed mobile networks, she has been informed of the potential risks to humans when the specified technology is turned into use for weapons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has any plans in place to ensure that the technology will not be used against the Republic’s civilians; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plans?

Reply:

  • S/No
  • 5G Network
  • Service Provider/s
  • Monetary Value
  • Remarks
 

a.

b.

c.

d.

1

The current and future plans to roll out a 5G Network, a terms used to reference the next generation of high- speed mobile networks. She has been informed of the potential risks to humans when the specified technology is turned into use of weapons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details.

None

None

The Department of Defence (DOD) is not rolling out nor planning to roll out any cellular network technologies including 5G in the foreseeable future. Currently the DOD is only a user of the cellular systems and services through Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C.

       

The custodian of the roll out of 5G network resides in the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services and thus that department is responsible for the total scope of the threat assessment, risk management and related counter measures across the entire scope of the network sphere in the

entire country”.

2

Whether she has any plans in place to ensure that the technology will not be used against the Republic’s civilians; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plans?

None

None

The DOD is aware of the identified dangers and risks pertaining to the 5G technology roll-out. It is the DOD policy to invest only on tested and matured

technologies that are safe in accordance to international best practices.

30 July 2019 - NW140

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the new instances of SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) card fraud which have been reported, what (a) is she and/or her department doing regarding reports that the elderly are being sent from pillar to post in order to lodge a single complaint without SASSA or the SA Post Office taking responsibility, (b) plan is in place to combat further corruption and stop fraudulent transactions from taking place on the SASSA cards of the grant recipients and (c) are the reasons for the delay in investigations that take up to six months before finalisation?

Reply:

(a) Any social grant beneficiary who experiences challenges with the receipt of the social grant should report to the nearest SASSA office or Post Office. The beneficiary will be required to complete a standardised affidavit, and submit this, together with a certified copy of both sides of the SASSA card in his/her possession, as well as a certified copy of his/her identity document to the officials. If these documents are submitted to SASSA, then they are submitted to the Post Office Fraud Unit. After a preliminary investigation, SAPO will refund the affected beneficiary with the amount lost. The full criminal investigation will continue and prosecutions will be made once all the facts are known.

The above processes have been made known to all of the local SASSA offices as well as the Post Office staff, in order to try an ensure that beneficiaries are not sent from pillar to post in trying to have these matters resolved.

(b) Both SASSA and SAPO are constantly endeavouring to improve the system controls, to prevent the continuation of this fraud. Issues which are being addressed by SASSA include:

  • Roll out of biometric registration for all users who access the Socpen system, which is used to register new beneficiaries and generate payments. This biometric information will then be required to access the system, ensuring that there is non-repudiation for all transactions processed on the system.
  • Implementation of a verification process for all changes to the method of payment elected by the beneficiary. This will mean that the change will not be implemented until verified by a second official, but that the initial method of payment will continue to remain in force until the change is verified, so as not to disrupt payments.
  • Implementation of a daily bank verification where the details of the beneficiary (name, surname and identity number) is confirmed by the banks as matching those of the bank account into which the social grant is paid prior to payment extraction. Any records where the information does not match, apart from the payments to beneficiaries who receive payments through registered institutions, will not be extracted until such time as the record has been corrected. This will prevent payment into a bank account which does not belong to the beneficiary.
  • Establishment of a working team, together with South African Reserve Bank, Bankserve, Banking Association of South Africa and South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) to identify trends and weaknesses in the administrative processes, which will inform additional measures which should be implemented.

SAPO has implemented an automated card management system, which enables them to track each and every SASSA card, from point of receipt at their Head Office, to issuing to individual beneficiaries. This will enable the immediate blocking of any lost or stolen cards so that these cannot be issued to unsuspecting beneficiaries.

(c) As a result of the extensive delays in the investigations, SAPO has agreed to refund beneficiaries within 14 days of the fraud having been reported and the relevant documents as outlined in point (a) above having been submitted. The criminal investigation will continue, but should not impact negatively on the beneficiary.

The delays in dealing with the initial number of cases reported was a result of the need to establish processes and ensure accountability for dealing with these matters, which were not foreseen when the service was initially implemented. The backlog is currently being worked down, so that the time frame of 14 days for reimbursement, as agreed to, will be met.

 

Approved by the Minister on Date……………………….

30 July 2019 - NW276

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

What (a) total amount was budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

1. (a) R14 941 573.00.

(b) (i) – (v) Please refer to the attached table.

30 July 2019 - NW269

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Communications

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) R 16, 235 million

(b) See table below:-

(i) TOTAL REMUNERATION

(ii) SALARY

LEVEL

(iii) JOB TITLE

(iv) QUALIFICATION

(v) JOB DESCRIPTION

R 1,521,591 pa

15 -

Compensation level III

Special Advisor

National Senior Certificate

National Diploma: Electrical Engineering

Master of Arts: ICT Policy & Regulation

Special Advisor to Minister

R 1,251,183 pa

14

Chief of Staff

National Senior Certificate Bachelor of Arts

Higher Diploma in Education MA: Public Health

BA Hons: African Languages in Communications

Diploma in Media Management

Postgraduate Diploma: Monitoring

and Evaluation

Program in Monitoring and

Evaluation

Diploma in Project Management

Chief of Staff

R 1,073,202 pa

13

Parliamentary and Cabinet Support

National Senior Certificate

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws

Certificate in Money Laundering Control

Advanced Public Project Management

Parliamentary and Cabinet Support

R 1,057,326 pa

13

Media Liaison

National Senior Certificate

Media Liaison

   

Officer

                          BCOM: Marketing

                          BCOM Hons: Communications

Officer

R 733,257 pa

11

Cabinet and Parliamentary

Officer

                          National Senior Certificate

Cabinet and Parliamentary

Officer

R 755,418 pa

Acting allowance paid against first notch of SL 13

R 1,057,326

11

(acting in level 13 post and receives an acting allowance)

Acting PA to Minister

National Senior Certificate

BCOM: Human Resource

Management

Diploma in Transport Management

Personal Assistant to Minister

R 733,257 pa

11

Community Outreach Officer

National Senior Certificate Primary Teachers Diploma Certificate: Report Writing Certificate: Basic Fire Fighter

Certificate: Project Management

Community Outreach Officer

R 733,257 pa

11

Portfolio Co- ordinator

National Senior Certificate

BA: Corporate Communications

Portfolio Co- ordinator

R 376,596 pa

9

Assistant Appointment Secretary

National Senior Certificate Certificate Basic Fire Fighter Secretary Skills Course Certificate: Commercial Law Diploma in Business Management

Assistant Appointment Secretary

R 257,508 pa

7

Secretary/Rece ptionist

National Senior Certificate

BA: Environmental Management

Secretary/Receptio nist

R 257,508 pa

7

Registry Clerk

National Senior Certificate Certificate in HR

Registry Clerk

R 224,626 pa

3

Domestic Worker

Grade 11

Domestic Worker: Cape Town Residence

R 224,626 pa

3

Domestic Worker

Grade 11

Domestic Worker: Pretoria Residence

R 109, 534 pa +

37%

2

Food Aid

Grade 11 Auxiliary Nursing

Food Aid

MS STELLA NDABEBI-ABRAHAMS MINISTER

30 July 2019 - NW197

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the increase in the number of fraud cases reported by pensioners and recipients of the SA Social Security Agency grants in general, (a) what is the total number of cases that have been (i) reported and (ii) resolved in the past 12 months to date and (b) what amount has been recovered?

Reply:

(a)(i) As at 28 June, a total of 20 787 fraud cases had been registered with the South African Post Office

(ii) Of these, 12 432 social grant beneficiaries have been reimbursed for the losses they suffered, to the total value of R21 779 451, 47. None of the cases can be considered resolved, despite the beneficiaries having been reimbursed, as the criminal investigations are still underway.

(b) No amounts have been recovered, as this is dependent on the outcome of the criminal investigation.

 

Approved by the Minister on Date……………………….

30 July 2019 - NW59

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does her department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property, (c) for how long has each property been rented and (d) from whom is each property rented?

Reply:

1. (a) The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans has under her custodianship seven thousand one hundred and fifteen buildings, fifty eight properties (land portions) and one hundred and forty six facilities.

More work is being done to determine the value and the purpose for which each one is used.

 

30 July 2019 - NW207

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the total number of vacancies in (i) her department and (ii) each of the provincial departments reporting to her and (b) by what date will the vacancies be filled in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) The strength for the FY2019/20 of the Department of Defence (DOD) is 74,901. The strength at 30 June 2019 was 74,053. The vacancy rate at 30 June 2019 was 848 (military and civilian).

(b) The military posts will be filled in January 2020 with the annual Military Skills Development Intake and the civilian posts are advertised and filled according the Department of Public Service and Administration processes.

 

30 July 2019 - NW208

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on undue and/or extended periods of sick leave and (b) cost to the Government in each case?

Reply:

(a) According to the Department of Defence policies on Leave of Absence; (i.e. DODI/PERS/18/2000 Edition No: 3A and DODI/POL&PLAN/00036/2001 Edition No 2) a member has 36 working days normal sick leave in a three-year cycle where after a member is entitled to temporary and permanent incapacity leave. The previous sick leave cycle started on 01 January 2016 and ended on 31 December 2018. A total of 5 290 DOD officials were on extended periods of sick leave over the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

(b) The estimated cost of the extended sick leave for the reporting period is R123 110 000.