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02 December 2019 - NW1474

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether (a) her department and /or (b) any entity reporting to her signed any contractual agreements with a certain company (name furnished) and/or any of their affiliates from the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Parliament with regard to the three parliamentary villages; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what (aa) was the nature of the contract, (bb) is the monetary value of each contract, (cc) are the details of the process that was undertaken for the signing of each contract, (dd) was the amount of each tender quote and (ii) who (aa) are the company owners and (bb) tendered for each contract that was awarded?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

In respect of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that DPWI has an agreement with Broll Property Group (Pty) Ltd from the period of the 5th Parliament and part of the period of the 6th Parliament.

(i) (aa) The company was appointed to provide facilities management services for all official residences for Members of the Executive, including all three (3) Parliamentary Villages.

(bb) The monetary value is R420 000 000.00, including VAT.

(ccb) The details of the procurement process that was followed for this contract are outlined in ANNEXURE A, enclosed.

(ii) (aa) See ANNEXURE A, paragraph 23, page 9.

(bb) See the answer in (ii) (aa) above.

In respect of the Entities reporting to the Department:

(b) The Department has informed me that none of the four public entities that report to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure have entered into contractual agreements with the said company or its affiliates during the stipulated period. As such (i) (aa), (bb), (ccc), (dd) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) fall away.

02 December 2019 - NW1454

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 652 on 16 September 2019, she is now in a position to indicate whether her department is aware of outstanding payments to third parties such as pension funds, medical aids and the SA Revenue Service by various municipalities; if so, will she provide Mr W W Wessels with a list of the relevant municipalities and each amount owed to each third party; (2) whether her department has a plan in place to intervene in the specified municipalities that are allegedly guilty of utilising third party deductions for operational expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has been informed of syndicates of municipal officials who paid third party deductions to their own bank accounts; if not, will her department investigate the allegations; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) how is her department assisting municipal officials who are at retirement age but whose pensions are affected by the non-payment of contributions by the municipalities to the respective pension funds?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1247

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

Whether, with reference to the reply of the former Minister to question 607 on 22 March 2019, the City of Ekurhuleni has provided the information; if not, what steps/action does she intend taking to ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni provides the requested information account?

Reply:

The information was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

1. Waste Management Services are transport reliant and depends largely on Mechanical Workshops for repairs and maintenance to ensure the availability of vehicles when breakdowns are experienced. It is thus imperative to have maximum vehicle availability at all times in order to deliver seamless services. Due to turnaround times of repairs, it sometimes becomes a challenge to be on schedule owing to the shortage of trucks.

2. (a)Twice.

(b) Kempton Park.

(c) Shortage of vehicles due to breakdowns.

(d) It is the endeavour of the department to ensure that residents receive at least one service per week in accordance with the National Domestic Waste Collection Standards. Whenever backlogs are created the City, re-allocates resources within the next day or same week to deal with the existing backlogs. In such instances, residents are informed about the challenges experienced and when to take out their bins for collection.

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02 December 2019 - NW1504

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to section 12A of Schedule 1: Code of Conduct for Councillors, of the Local Government Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 as amended, which provides that a councillor may not be in arrears to the municipality for rates and service charges for a period longer than three months, what number of councillors’ outstanding debt is currently longer than 90 days overdue for each (a) local authority and (b) province; (2) what number of such councillors who are in arrears have been subjected to a disciplinary process in each specified council; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1476

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department has undertaken any impact assessment study to ascertain how effective and efficient her department and the entities reporting to her will implement its new mandate after the pronouncement was made by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, of the reconfigured department; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the findings of the study and (b) will she furnish Mrs S P Kopane with copies of the study?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

No. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has not undertaken any impact assessment study to ascertain how effective and efficient the Department and its Entities will implement its new mandate. However, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is currently engaging through the Department of Public Service and Administration’s National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) processes that provides guidance with regard to the reconfigured Department. This process is further based on principles articulating that Departmental organisational structures are limited to the realignment of macro organisational structures and that functions will be transferred with staff and resources, including budget. Where a need for additional resources is identified, the necessary stakeholders will be engaged, i.e. National Treasury and the Minister for the Department of Public Service and Administration.

(a) and (b) Fall away.

02 December 2019 - NW1464

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) is the reason for the increase in the number of bucket toilets from 8628 to 8672 in the Northern Cape in the past year and (b) total number of bucket toilets and/or ventilated improved pit toilets still exists in (a) Loeriesfontein, (b) Brandvlei and (c) Williston?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1523

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) impact has the current drought across various areas of the Republic had on the ability of the provinces to deliver on their approved human settlement business plans and (b) plans are in place to ensure provinces deliver on their approved human settlement business plans?

Reply:

a) Thus far the full impact of the prevailing drought has not yet been felt on the human settlements delivery value chain nor on the approved human settlement business plans of provinces.

The National Department of Human Settlements has approved nine (9) Provincial Plans for the 2019/20 financial year to the value of R18 779 815 billion. These plans will yield over 140 000 new housing opportunities (units and sites).

The Department recognises that South Africa has limited and erratic rainfall and is essentially a dry and drought-prone country. To mitigate this risk, the Department has Technical Guidelines for the Construction of Stand Alone Residential Dwellings Financed through National Housing Programmes (Housing Code, 2009), which details amongst others Design Considerations for Efficient Water Systems in Low Cost Housing; and the use of Water Saving Devices and Technologies.

In the rural areas, beneficiaries of new state subsidised houses are provided with rain water harvesting system consisting of a 2 500 litre water tank to mitigate water shortages and drought conditions.

Furthermore, the Department of Water and Sanitation is embarking on various measures to educate water users and businesses at large to work with government to reduce water usage and save as much water as possible.

Other interventions being implemented includes desalination, groundwater optimisation, water conservation and demand management, and re-use optimisation.

Where necessary, water restrictions are being implemented by various municipalities across the country to ensure that there is reduced water consumption and that taps do not run dry.

(b) In view of the fact that the current drought conditions have not had effect on the implementation of the human settlements development plans, there is no need, at this stage, for drought related measures to mitigate the delivery of the approved human settlement business plans.

02 December 2019 - NW1587

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

What number of applications by foreign nationals and/or asylum seekers were (a) received in each of the past six years respectively and (b) were processed in each of the specified calendar years?

Reply:

a) The registered new arrivals for the past 6 years are as follows:

Year

Total

2013

70 010

2014

71 914

2015

62 159

2016

35 377

2017

24 174

2018

18 354

b) The following totals were processed up to first level of adjudication in the past 6 years.

2013

68 241

2014

75 733

2015

60 640

2016

41 241

2017

27 980

2018

18 104

It must be noted that Adjudication is not based on the year of NIIS registration, this will mean that cases not finalized in the year of registration may be processed in subsequent years, this may result in more cases processed up to first level of adjudication than newcomers registered

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02 December 2019 - NW1628

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) are the reasons that no mobile units are currently in operational status within Gauteng and (b)(i) total number of mobile units are parked at the Germiston and Braamfontein regional offices and not being used and (ii) are the reasons that the mobile units are parked and not utilised; (2) (a) are the mobile units equipped to do applications for the new smart id cards, (b) what total number of field workers are allocated to the Gauteng Department of Home Affairs and what are their duties and (c) how often are the systems offline during a week in Gauteng. What extended hours are offered for the community? (3) What (a) are the details of the staff compliment and staff shortages in each Home Affairs office in Gauteng and (b) number of funded positions have not been filled; (4) On what date is it envisaged that the Boksburg Home Affairs offices will be completed and the department will move in?

Reply:

(1)(a) Gauteng has eleven (11) mobile units and all are not yet modernised. The mobile units have been decommissioned as they are still operating on the old manual system. Currently four (4) trucks have been refurbished and modernisation equipment is being installed and one (1) is equipped with live capture system and it is envisaged that it will be connected to the SITA/ MTN network by latest 29 November 2019.

(b)(i) Two (2) mobile units which are not modernised are currently parked at Germiston Office. There is no mobile unit parked at Braamfontein office, being the Provincial Office, as it is not an office to serve the public.

(b)(ii) Mobile units are in a process of being modernised and refurbished to meet the required and current operational model.

(2)(a) Yes.

(b) There are eight (8) mobile operators and six (6) support staff and their duties is to drive to schools, informal settlements and communities and assist them with applications for enabling documents.

(c) There are regular system interruptions in the Province but the Regional IT Managers are always on site to give support and ensure system stability. There are no extended hours worked by officials, other than on voluntary basis after hours and over weekends.

(3)(a) The current staff compliment is 1249 and the staff shortage is 124 in Gauteng.

(b) There is only one funded vacant position of a Regional IT Manager: Westrand that has not been filled.

(4)  June 2020 is envisaged for occupation, as currently the tender process to acquire the alternative accommodation is near completion.

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02 December 2019 - NW1527

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

(a) What was the total cost of travel incurred by her department in bringing officials from her department to attend a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on (i) 29 October 2019 and (ii) 5 November 2019 and (b) what number of officials from her department were present at each of the specified meetings?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1579

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Whether any municipal manager, employed in any municipality in the Northern Cape, currently lacks the requisite qualifications or experience to meet the criteria to be employed as a municipal manager; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. According to information provided by the MEC responsible for local government in the Northern Cape Province, there are currently two (2) municipal managers that are employed who either lack the requisite qualifications and/or experience.

The details of the 2 municipal managers are as follows:

NO.

MUNICIPALITY

NAME OF MUNICIPAL MANAGER

QUALIFICATIONS

EXPERIENCE

DETAILS/

COMMENTS

(i)

Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality

Mr. Jan Johannes Fortuin

B.A

Hons.

2 years and 8 months

The appointed Municipal Manager holds a BA degree and meets the minimum qualifications for the post but did not meet the 5 years’ experience as prescribed in the Regulations on appointment and conditions of employment for senior managers of 2014.

(ii)

ZF Mgcawu District Municipality

Mr. Gilbert Lategan

Diploma in Education Management Certificate

24 years’ experience as Senior Manager

The appointed Municipal Manager holds a Diploma in Education Management and has more than 5 years’ experience at senior management level.

The incumbent does not meet the requisite qualifications as prescribed by the Regulations.

THANK YOU

02 December 2019 - NW1461

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

(1)(a) Which tenders did the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality award to certain companies (names and details furnished) in each of the past six financial years and (b)(i) which services were rendered and (ii) what was the cost of the rendered services in each specified financial year; (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 Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is not governing tender awards in municipalities.

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02 December 2019 - NW1572

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1)Whether any sporting codes, teams, federations and/or persons that comply with international criteria have been excluded from qualifying for and/or competing in the 2020 Olympic Games which is to be held in Tokyo, Japan, due to qualifying criteria set by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC); if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what amount in funding has his department made available to support the South African athletes who will compete in the 2020 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games; (3) whether SASCOC amended its qualifying criteria for any sporting code to qualify for the Olympic Games since the 2012 Olympic Games; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) which sporting codes no longer qualify to compete in the Olympic Games due to more stringent criteria set by SASCOC; (4) which federations are affected by the higher qualifying criteria set by SASCOC to compete in the Olympic Games than those set internationally? NW2898E

Reply:

(1) The SASCOC General Assembly, is the only forum authorised to consider the selection criteria and take decision which may have a bearing on the codes to be included or excluded. However, for codes such as Canoeing and Rugby the deadline for submission of their qualifications for acceptance with the Tokyo Games Organising Committee has passed.

(2) The Department has not made available any specific amount in funding to support the South African athletes who will compete in the 2020 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games. This is due the fact that SASCOC has not finalized and submitted its team sizes.

(3)(a)(b) SASCOC did not amend its selection criteria for any specific code. The criteria have been stringent since the Olympic Games in 2012.

(4) Canoeing and Rugby are the codes affected by the qualifying criteria set by SASCOC to compete in the Olympic Games than those set internationally.

02 December 2019 - NW1618

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has been informed that the executive council assigned the Director-General (DG) of the Free State province and the Head of Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the province as co-administrators of the Masilonyana Local Municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) on what legislative provisions did the executive council rely when it applied the intervention as the administrator is not present in the municipality; (3) considering the fact that the specified municipality received three consecutive disclaimers, (a) what are the details of how this arrangement was arrived at for this administration has been in power for two and a half years and for 10 months no administrator was active or present in the municipality, except for one council meeting that the DG attended and (b) why has no Chief Financial Officer or technical director been appointed in the municipality for three years of consecutive disclaimers; (4) whether she has been informed that the municipality paid its Eskom account into a wrong account; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) (a) whether the money that was paid into a wrong account has been recovered and (b) what consequence management action has been taken against the person(s) responsible for the gross negligence?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1573

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts andCulture

(1)(a) What number of officials from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) will attend the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in Japan, (b) in what capacity will each official attend, (c)(i) what number of additional persons will attend the Games at SASCOC’s expense and (ii) in what capacity in each case; (2) whether any family members will travel with SASCOC officials; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the (a) total estimated cost for the SASCOC delegation that will attend the 2020 Olympic Games and (b) detailed breakdown of the estimated cost in terms of travel, accommodation, daily allowances and any other specified related expense; (4) what (a) number of persons will be competing in the various sporting codes at the 2020 Olympic Games and (b) is the estimated cost that will be incurred by SASCOC in funding the specified persons to compete?

Reply:

(1)(a) The number of officials from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) that will attend the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in Japan will depend on the final team size. The priority is that all resources are applied to ensure that all qualifying athletes are sent to the Olympic Games.

(b) The support team will include the accredited Chef De Mission and Games Coordinators who are SASCOC employees. They will be part of the Team and will be accredited and accommodated in the athlete’s village together with all the athlete. (c)(i)(ii) At this point no additional officials (including board members) have been identified to attend the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

(2) SASCOC will not incur any costs for any family members to attend the Olympic Games.

(3)(a)(b) There will be no SASCOC delegation other than Team Management attending the 2020 Olympics and no costs will be incurred in this regard. The costs for Team South Africa including Team Management will be finalized after the team sizes have been determined.

(4)(a) The number of (persons) athletes is still to be finalised based on the selection criteria and qualifications.

(b) It is estimated that that the cost of delivering the team to the Olympics will be R37m and the Paralympics will cost R17m respectively.

02 December 2019 - NW1505

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether his department has offices in the townships of Umlazi and Chatsworth; if not, why not; if so, what services do they offer; (2) On what date does his department intend to have offices closer to the people in the specified townships in order to accelerate the delivery of services that his department provides?

Reply:

(1&2) Umlazi - Currently the Department has a small office at the Magistrate’s Court in Umlazi rendering the following services: Birth and Death registration, Amendments, Rectifications and Green Barcoded IDs; the Department is however looking at relocating the current Prospecton Medium Office to Umlazi and modernise the office. The Department is currently in negotiations with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, the Ethekwini metro Municipality to obtain suitable premises. A possible Public Works premises has been identified but it needs substantial renovations. We aim to have the new office in Umlazi fully functional and operational by the end of the 2021/22 financial year. The reason for these extended projections is that the building identified needs extensive renovations and there is a dependency on Public Works to finalise and move forward with the project.

Chatsworth – The Department has a Medium office situated in the Chatsworth area operating from the SASSA building in the centre of Chatsworth. We are already operational in this area with the following services: Birth, Marriages and Death registration, Amendments, Rectifications, and Green Barcoded IDs. The Department is planning to modernize the office in the next financial year (2020/21).

(2) Engagements are currently underway with the Provincial Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, as they are custodians, and have to authorise any renovations and reconfigurations of the building under their control.

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02 December 2019 - NW1546

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

(a) What number of Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) passed broad-based black economic empowerment verification over the past year, (b) how does this compare to the number of companies in the past 10 financial years and (c) what number of QSEs from Level 1 to 8 (i) complied and (ii) did not comply with the verification in the past 10 financial years?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

“A firm with an annual total revenue of between R10 million and R50 million is classified as a Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) under the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act 53 of 2003) (the B-BBEE Act).

QSE’s which are majority-owned by black people, do not require verification by a B-BBEE verification professional, and can instead self-certify their status through a standard affidavit. Any misrepresentation in terms of the above constitutes a criminal offence as set out in the B-BBEE Act as amended. A QSE which is 100% owned by black people qualifies automatically for Level 1 B-BBEE status recognition. A QSE which is 51% owned by black people qualifies automatically for Level 2 B-BBEE status recognition.

If 50% or less of an entity’s issued share capital is held by black people, as defined under B-BBEE Act, the entity is required to verify their B-BBEE status using a B-BBEE verification professional.

The B-BBEE Commission became operational in 2016 and one of their functions is to monitor the trends on B-BBEE implementation in the economy. Before the operation of the B-BBEE Commission there was no centralised database which monitor B-BBEE implementation in both the private and public sector. Therefore, the only reliable data on verification for QSEs is for the 2017 and 2018 financial year (Financial year runs from April to March) when the B-BBEE Commission became operational and commenced with the collection of data. This data on QSEs is captured on the B-BBEE Commission’s Portal by the Verification Agencies.

According to the B-BBEE Commission’s National Status and Trends on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Report published on 31 March 2019, for the 2018 financial year, there were 588 verified QSEs. QSEs which self-certify are not required to file their status with the B-BBEE Commission and hence are not captured in the Report. There were 851 verified QSEs captured in 2017. The decrease is explained to be largely due to the expansion of the self-certification process for QSEs with 51% or higher ownership by black people.”

The table below provided by the Commission shows the distribution of QSEs by B-BBEE status for those that have been verified by B-BBEE verification professional:

 

Overall Contribution Levels: QSE Entities

Overall Contributions Levels: QSE Entities B-BBEE Status

Percentage of certificate B-BBEE Level (2018)

Percentage of certificate B-BBEE Level (2017)

Level 1

9.69%

12.74%

Level 2

11.05%

10.33%

Level 3

8.33%

6.43%

Level 4

7,48%

9.64%

Level 5

4.42%

3.21%

Level 6

2.72%

4.36%

Level 7

4.76%

4.94%

Level 8

12.76%

10.91%

Non-Compliant

38.78%

37.43%

Grand Total

100%

100%

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02 December 2019 - NW1253

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Khanyile, Mr S to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) extent of the current backlog in the number of applications for South African visas and (b) breakdown of each category of visa applications for which a backlog exists?

Reply:

It will be premature to answer your question now. The Department will finalise a reconciliation report by 30 November 2019 after confirmation that all applicants received their outcomes.

In 2014, the Department introduced an online application system, Visa Adjudication System. The system had glitches in the beginning such as frequent offline and damaged electronic files. As such, some applications would appear as pending even though they were finalised manually. Hence, the numbers may mislead if the is no reconciliation.

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02 December 2019 - NW1337

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

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 188 by the former Minister on 25 March 2019 and her reply to question 331 on 1 August 2019, the City of Ekurhuleni has now provided the information; if not, what steps/action does she intend taking to ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni provides the requested information?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1196

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the Foreign Mission Observation Report that was submitted by the Auditor-General to his Department in March 2018, highlighting risks that were identified, what are the details of the interventions that have been undertaken by his department on the (a) applications for passports and identify documents that have been outstanding for a long time, (b) applications dispatched from missions of which his department has no record, (c) training of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation staff who assist with the visa application process, (d) lack of access to virtual private server for mission officials to perform proper risk profile assessment, (e) applications received directly by missions, where Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) is available, and paid in cash creating a fraud risk, (f) overriding of Home Affairs officials by heads of missions, particularly where fraudulent documents are involved in the application, (g) allegations that Indian nationals are receiving free permits without supporting applications, (h) challenges of the citizens of the Republic struggling to get responses regarding their application status and (i) VFS passing fraudulent documents with applications put through his department?

Reply:

a) A working group has been established by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) respectively, aimed at reducing the turn-around time for applications lodged in foreign missions. This process will integrate the workflow of DIRCO and that of DHA into one workflow. This process will be concluded as soon as possible. Furthermore, there is a process underway to restructure and automate passport dispatch which will result in the current work team being deployed to augment the citizenship and passports applications administration.

b) Unfortunately there is currently no automated application process and track and trace system from the mission to DIRCO thereby the Department is not able to track any application until it arrives at the Department’s processing centre in Pretoria. This matter is the subject of discussion at the monthly meetings of the Working Group.

c) The training of officials is co-ordinated between the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO). The officials at the Missions have been trained and where there is a need for further training. DIRCO will indicate to the Department.

d) The Missions are connected to the Visa and Entry stop list on the electronic Visa Processing System which allows the Missions to do the risk profiling.

e) All visa applications in Lubumbashi are submitted through Visa Facilitation Services. Both the Mission and the Visa Facilitation Company are aware of this process.

f) The Department has not come across any overriding of decisions by officials which involves submission of fraudulent documents. However, the Head of the Mission constantly discusses matters of mutual interest as he/she is the Representative of the South African Government and takes responsibility for all functions of government in the Mission.

g) Indian nationals are exempted from paying visa processing fees but are however subject to the prescribed visa requirements.

h) The Department is able to provide status update on applications lodged in Foreign Missions only once the applications are in its possession. Also to speed up communication between the Department of Home Affairs and Foreign Missions, generic email addresses have been established for each Mission so that if there are non-complaint applications, messages are sent through emails to the relevant Mission informing them of such instead of sending the hard copy applications back to the Mission through the diplomatic bag. A checklist will also be submitted to DIRCO for onward transmission to Missions to assist with the quality assurance process. The above Working Group has also agreed to send one communication about turn-around times to reduce enquiries about the status of applications.

i) VFS performs front office functions of accepting applications on behalf of the Department, transmits such applications to the Mission and hand over outcomes to the clients. The adjudication process is performed by officials at the Missions. This includes verification of supporting documents.

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02 December 2019 - NW1479

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

What (a) further work has a certain legal firm (name furnished) done for the Competition Commission (i) in the (aa) 2017-18 and (bb) 2018-19 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019 and (b) was the nature and value of the work done?

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply by the Commissioner of the Competition Commission, Mr Tembinkosi Bonakele, to the question, which follows below:

a) “Ndzabandzaba Attorneys assisted the Commission on litigation of cartel cases, which are currently before the Competition Tribunal and higher courts in respect of which the law firm was briefed or engaged by the Commission in the previous financial years.

b) Please refer to the table below for responses to (i)-(aa)- (bb) and (ii) – (b).”

(i)-(aa), (bb) & (ii) Financial Year

(b) Nature of Work

(b) Value

2017/2018

Litigation of cartel cases

R 27 746 004,33

2018/2019

Litigation of cartel cases

R 32 344 202,95

2019/2020

Litigation of cartel cases

R 5 943 501,84

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02 December 2019 - NW1361

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details furnished in each case) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did his department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?

Reply:

All registers and Logis were checked and these names could not be found or traced on any of the Departmental registers or the Central Supplier Database.

It is therefore not clear if these are Sole Proprietors or shareholders in companies, as there were no companies registered under these names perhaps because they are not companies, but directors. Perhaps if the company names can be given that may enable the department to verify the directors/ownership.

02 December 2019 - NW1477

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) What (a) measures has her department put in place to strengthen the oversight and regulatory role of the Council for Built Environment (CBE) over the Engineering Council of South Africa, (b) measures has the CBE put in place to ensure enforcement, alignment and adherence to transformation policies of the built environment professions and (c) incentives have been offered to private built environment companies to assist with internships and to make sure that the graduates are professionally registered; (2) whether the CBE has a register or tracking instrument of the built environment graduates becoming registered professionals; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) (a) In 2013 the Department finalised the Policy Framework for Professional Registration, to ensure among others, that professional councils are consistent in the application of registration standards and policies and also to ensure transparency in the process of professional registration. The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has been instrumental in enforcing the application of the Policy Framework. Part of the CBE’s oversight over the professional councils entails ensuring compliance to principles of good governance, as well as the consistent application of policies. The process followed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) of assessing applications of prospective professional registration applicants is based on Council approved policies and standards that have been benchmarked to policies and standards applied across the globe by countries that are members of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). The latter conducts periodic reviews of ECSA processes to ensure that they are fair, ethical and transparent.

(b) With regard to transformation, the Department has got information through research conducted by the CBE that the manner in which the Built Environment Industry is configured currently is inimical to transformation objectives and perpetuates and entrenches the existing racial inequalities. For instance, through the tendering system black professionals compete with white professionals who have got more resources are thus more enabled to acquire work. The inaccessibility to work opportunities for black firms has a detrimental effect in the transformation of the Built Environment Industry in that even black candidates for professional registration more often than not tend to find opportunities for work and training in black-owned firms.

The CBE does work with the Construction Industry Education and Training Authority (CETA) to drive transformational objectives. Mentors are assigned to candidates and roadshows are conducted to provide a mature route to professional registration. But, the challenge is influencing the private sector. CETA funding is available to assist candidates. However, black candidates have difficulties in securing work and mentors in white owned companies, thus transformation becomes stagnant.

(c) The CBE has a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme and it entails supporting interns from the Universities of Technology (UoTs) to undertake WIL, to complete the practical training requirement of their tertiary qualifications. The CBE provides funding for stipends as incentives to private built environment companies to assist with placement in internships.

(2) The CBE has identified the gap of not having a centralised tool to manage, store, monitor, track and report on the applications and registration of different types of stakeholders including the Students, Candidates, Professional and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). CBE has initiated a project to develop an integrated system that will be used by all six professional councils. The target is to have this system by 31 March 2020 with the population thereof to take place afterwards. The Pilot of the system has been signed-off by the three councils for usage.

02 December 2019 - NW1529

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With regard to the impact of foreign nationals on local economic development, how can her department assist municipalities to effectively have credible data on the movements of foreign nationals within their jurisdiction; (2) what initiatives have there been within municipalities to communicate the status of immigrants to local communities in order to reduce outbreaks of violent clashes between foreign nationals and local communities and to ultimately integrate migrants into local communities?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1463

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

On what date will the sanitation backlog be addressed in the (a) Hantam Local Municipality and (b) Karoo Highlands Local Municipality with specific reference to the eradication of bucket and/or ventilated improved pit toilets in (i) Loeriesfontein, (ii) Brandvlei, (iii) Fraserburg, (iv) Sutherland and (v) Williston?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1608

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

(1)With reference to the reply of the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation to question 994 on 4 November 2019, has her department been informed that the rehabilitation project for the Jan Smuts Dam in Brakpan has failed; (2) whether her department will provide a breakdown of the total amount that was spent on the specified project; (3) whether her department has been informed that the specified dam is overgrown with hyacinth; (4) by what date will her department take concrete steps to rehabilitate the dam; (5) what (a) budget and (b) time frame has her department put in place for the rehabilitation of the dam?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1502

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 449 on 16 September 2019, she is now in a position to indicate what number of (a) firearms and (b) ammunition were separately (i) stolen and/or (ii) lost in each of the past five financial years in every metro's metro police; (2) what was the (a) type and/or (b) calibre of the specified (i) firearms and (ii) ammunition that were (aa) stolen and/or (bb) lost in each case; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1472

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) With reference to her reply to question 861 on 20 September 2019, what are the details of the four properties listed for agricultural purposes where the user department is Rural Development and Land Reform in terms of the (a) farm name and (b) size of the farm; (2) whether the farm has been allocated to a beneficiary; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether the farm is productive; if not, why not; if so, what is being done by her department to ensure that the farm becomes productive?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. As per the Immovable Asset Sector Guide: The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) shall record all facilities constructed and used by the national government on land where DPWI is not the custodian.

The four properties in question are constructed on land under the custodianship of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform.

(a) and (b)

Details on farm names and the size of the land parcels are listed below.

FARM NAME

LAND DESCRIPTION

SIZE OF THE FARM ( HA)

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1194 GRAAFF REINET RD

3.4261

2), 3) The user department, i.e. the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform, should be able to respond to these questions.

02 December 2019 - NW1462

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the fact that the Kareeberg Local Municipality in the Northern Cape only spent 14% of the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant funds it was allocated, (a) what was the outcome of the court case involving the unsuccessful bidder and (b) how long will the residents of Van Wyksvlei be without water considering that the municipality decided not to budget for the project in the next financial year?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1547

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What steps has his department taken to comply with the order handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in May 2019, which declares the exclusion of domestic workers in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, Act 130 of 1993, to be unconstitutional?

Reply:

The Compensation of Injuries on Duty Amendment Act has been finalised and will be presented to Parliament. The definition of ‘employee’ has been amended to include that of domestic workers. The revenue model included private household as a surplus’

02 December 2019 - NW1553

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

(a) What is the name of the original contractor referred to in a certain newspaper article (name and details furnished), (b) what legal action is the City of Ekurhuleni taking against the specified contractor for the R19 million irregular expenditure, (c) which other contracts does the contractor have with the City of Ekurhuleni and (d) will the contractor be blacklisted in order for the company to never work in any sphere of Government again?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1552

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

(1)What number of cable thefts did the City of Ekurhuleni experience (a) in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019; (2) what (a) total number of cases were reported with the SA Police Service and (b) are the case numbers of the specified cases; (3) whether the City of Ekurhuleni is insured against cable theft; if not, why not; if so, does the insurance company require a case number before each claim is paid out?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1305

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) What number of asylum seekers who are currently registered in the Republic are alive and within the borders of the Republic; (2) Whether the Republic receives any monetary amount for each asylum seeker, if so, (a) from which organisation and (b) what amount in each case?

Reply:

1. The total number of asylum seekers actively extending their Section 22 permits as at 30 June 2019 were 186 210. By law all asylum seekers are expected to remain within the borders of South Africa.

2. The government does not receive any monetary amount for asylum seekers.

END

02 December 2019 - NW1626

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What assistance is given to victims of natural disasters; (2) whether her department has a full programme given to the metropolitan municipalities through their disaster management sections; (2) whether trauma counselling is provided to victims of natural disasters?

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

02 December 2019 - NW1571

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What are the specific circumstances in the Republic that are different from those of the other countries to motivate the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to set more stringent criteria as set by the International Canoe Federation; (2) whether he has found that it is reasonable and fair to take away the South African athletes hard earned Olympic positions after they got the positions without financial assistance from SASCOC; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what are the reasons that the canoe sprinters are not allowed to participate using their own funding if funding is a problem for SASCOC; (4) whether SASCOC will urgently review their decision and reclaim the positions for the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether SASCOC will allow the athletes to apply from the International Olympic Committee to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games as Authorised Neutral Athletes if SASCOC cannot assist them to participate? NW2897E

Reply:

1. Since Beijing 2008 where South Africa took all athletes who qualified and only got one medal, SASCOC General Assembly took a decision to make the selection policies more stringent in order to ensure that the athletes/teams selected to represent South Africa at the Olympic Games would be more competitive. The more stringent selection policy would contribute to ensuring that South Africa has a better chance of achieving honour for our country by taking those athletes that feature more prominently on the world rankings within their respective codes.

2. The selection policies are decided by engagement and in agreement with the respective national federations. They are not unilaterally decided by SASCOC. Whilst participating at the Olympic and Paralympic Games is admirable it is important that South Africa send a competitive team.

3. It is not a funding issue; the athletes did not qualify as per the agreed policy. Canoeing South Africa, represented by their President negotiated and signed the selection policy with SASCOC. They would then have the duty to communicate this to their athletes. It was only subsequent to the signing of the agreed selection policy that their athletes did not qualify, in terms of the policy. The canoeing fraternity then wanted to change the agreed and signed policy to accommodate those athletes that did not qualify.

4. The Selection Policy and criteria is considered at the SASCOC General Assembly only.

5. As per the Olympic Charter (Article 27, rule 3), SASCOC as the National Olympic Committee of South Africa, in good standing with and recognised by the IOC, is the only one authorised to enter South African athletes to the Olympic Games. The IOC would not accept entries unless they are signed off by the NOC. Only athletes whose NOC’s are suspended are afforded the opportunity to enter as Neutral Athletes.

02 December 2019 - NW1404

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Whether, with reference to the replies to question 1448 on 21 July 2017 and 2210 on 30 October 2017, the planned upgrades to the Windsor Pump Station at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, including but not limited to upgrades to the (a) generator and (b) prevention of more water outages have been completed; if not, why not; (2) What is the (a) total cost of the upgrades to this pump station and (b) amount budgeted for the upgrades? NW2618E

Reply:

The information was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

1. (a) That it be noted that subsequent to challenges of power failure at Windsor pump station, the City of Ekurhuleni procured 500KVA diesel generator to mitigate power failure challenges and since then the supply has been efficient. The generator is being serviced at least twice a year per the schedule and also depending on the usage.

(b) That it be noted that the City of Ekurhuleni is in engagements with Rand Water for the construction of 30ML reservoir to complement existing storage. The 30 ML reservoir water storage retention period, and at this stage Geotechnical report has been completed and Professional Service Provider appointed is at detailed design stage.

2. (a) The pump station upgrade cost depends on the size of the water tower and the bulk 400mm diameter line which are at detail design stage. Once the design is completed, we will prepare a bill of quantities to allow for the project estimation cost.

(b) Due to the criticalness of this project, the City of Ekurhuleni has budgeted over R50 Million for the project to take off the ground and we are ready to identify further financial reserves should the need arise.

END

02 December 2019 - NW1403

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the reply to question 2211 on 30 October 2017, (a) on what date was the last inspection for possible structural damages of the Windsor Water Tower situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) who conducted the inspection, (c) what were the findings, (d) by what date will repairs to the tower take place and (e) what are the projected costs of any repairs?

Reply:

The information was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

(a) The last structural inspection was last conducted in October 2018.

(b) The inspection was conducted by the appointed consultant through the City’s aqua leap programme. The consultant’s name is Southern Ambition Consulting Engineers.

(c) Two options were given. One option recommends that the tower be refurbished at a high cost and 5 years after the refurbishment, further refurbishment be done again. The second option recommends that another tower be constructed to replace the existing one where a life span of 70 years will be achieved.

(d) The city opted for the replacement option after a cost benefit analysis. The design is currently in the process of approval for the implementation of a new tower. A panel of contractors to implement the project is already appointed by the City.

(e) The projected costs for option 1 which is to refurbish the tower to last 5 years before another refurbishment, is R17 000 000.00 and the approval of design reports to replace the tower are currently underway. Final costing will be determined once approvals are finalised.

END.

02 December 2019 - NW553

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Transport

What was the total cost of the N2/N3 Information Corridor Roadshow across KwaZulu-Natal?

Reply:

The N2/N3 Information Corridor Roadshows was held to inform small to medium-sized construction, engineering and related industry businesses of the estimated 15 000 job opportunities available for SMMEs on the planned N2/N3 projects, and enable their registration in database of potential SMME’s. The workshops were held over a period of five (5) days at 3 venues in Pietermaritzburg, Hammarsdale and Durban during June 2019, with estimated 11 000 attendees targeted.

The total cost incurred pre- and during the workshops was R19 075 507,20. This amount covered the costs for the following services: event logistics, printed booklets, pre-event advertising and digital media buying.

Cost breakdown per item

 

Item

Amount

SMME workshops logistics

R16 170 402,47

Booklet detailing projects

R23 440,00

SMME Radio production

R12 190,00

SMME Print production

R30 576,20

Radio mainstream placement

R1 420 503,43

Radio community placement

R365 430,21

community print placement

R437 496,17

mainstream print placement

R600 468,72

digital placement

R15 000,00

Total

R19 075 507,20

   

Attendance and participation report

Area

Number of people

Pietermaritzburg: two days event

2500

Hammarsdale:one day event

1000

Durban: two days event

2500

Total attendance

6000

Breakdown of items and costs

SERVICE

COMPANIES

COST excl VAT

APPOINTED SP

ADDITIONAL COSTS/

Venue Hire (Pietermaritzburg)

Msunduzi Municipality

R13 190,00

 

 

Venue Hire and Food/Beverage Rights (Durban)

The Sharks Stadium

R204 400,00

 

 
 

Tags for delegates

Promotional Plastics

R8 375,00

 

 
 

The real house of Pure Events

Unresponsive Bids

 

 

 

Goodie bags for the event

The Paper Packaging Place

R39 500,00

 

 
 

The real house of Pure Events

Unresponsive Bids

 

 
 

Promoters and Event registration Assistants

Spotlight

R103 000,00

Spotlight

R3 000 Additional hours due to over-subscription in Durban

 

K-BAM Activation

R104 535,00

 

 
 

Exige Promotion and Events

R122 200,00

 

 
 

Catering: Pietermaritzburg

Sandisamambatha

R1 600 000,00

 

 
 

K&T Event Co-ordinators

R720 000,00

 

 
 

Nomarondo Projects

R396 000,00

Nomarondo

 
 

Catering: Durban

Ocassion Shiner

R1 157 500,00

Occasion Shiner

Additional R248 940,76 for catering due to event over-subscription

 

Singangawe

R1 826 000,00

 

 
 

Kwadanki Investments

R1 420 800,00

 

 

  

Catering: Hammarsdale

Nto's Catering

R310 500,00

 

 
 

Ingqayi Trading

 

 

 
 

Nuh-Weh Trading Enterprise

 

 

 
 

Photography: Hammarsdale

Inathi Kangwane Group

R6 800,00

Inathi Kangwane Group

 
 

Howard S Productions

R9 595,00

 

 
 

BSB Productions

R7 775,00

 

 

  

Photography: Durban

Inathi Kangwane Group

R13 600,00

Inathi Kangwane Group

 
 

Limile Media

R16 000,00

 

 
 

Wild Cam

Non-Responsive Bid

 

 
 

Media 757

R19 000,00

 

 
 

SANRAL SMME Stand

KD Events

R199 677,24

KD Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Pietermaritzburg

Inathi Kangwane Group

R13 600,00

Inathi Kangwane Group

 
 

BSB Productions

R15 500,00

 

 
 

Howard S Production

R19 251,00

 

 
 

Safety Officer: All 3 events

uBhejane Projects

R87 200,00

uBhejane

 
 

Structures: Hammarsdale and Durban

Uzimatu Events and Comms

R2 605 000,00

Uzimatu

 
 

Rawknait Concepts

R5 200 000,00

 

 
 

Dlaliphi

Unresponsive bid

 

 
 

Structures: PMB

Wanda Ennies

R 4 920 000,00

Wanda Ennies

 
 

Rawknait Concepts

R5 200 000,00

 

 
 

Umgungundlovu Events and Municipality

R5 200 000,00

 

 
 

Wi-Fi

360 Advanced Technology

R68 000,00

360 Advanced Technology

 
 

Maxposure

Unresponsive Bid

 

 
 

Digital FWD

R141 200,00

 

 
 

Furniture: Pietermaritzburg

Nomarondo Projects

R599 800,00

Nomarondo

 
 

Bongathina Trading

R750 200,00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition shell schemes

Scan Display

R140 736,00

Scan Display

 
 

Expo Solutions

Unresponsive Bid

 

 
 

KD Events

Unresponsive Bid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master of Ceremonies

Fortune Nkwanyana

R75 000,00

Fortune

 
 

Sihle Bolani

R117 000,00

 

 
 

Fezile Makhanya

R175 000,00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sound and PA System

SG Works

R606 800,00

 

 
 

Rawknait Concepts

R504 128,95

 

 
 

Chulumanco

R470 398,74

Chulumanco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Recording and Videography

Lorile Media

R232 070,00

Lorile

 
 

Bantu Afrika Productions

R445 800,00

 

 
 

Kutaya Productions

R432 457,50

 

 

02 December 2019 - NW1481

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since her reply to question 1315 on 4 November 2019, she has received and/or sourced the requested information; if not, why not; 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

02 December 2019 - NW1475

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) Whether any (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers are occupying houses in both parliamentary villages and ministerial houses at the same time; if so, what are the (i) details of each minister and/or Deputy Minister and (ii) reasons that the Ministers or Deputy Ministers occupy the houses simultaneously?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. (a) No Ministers are occupying a house in Parliamentary Villages

(b) No Deputy Ministers are occupying a house in Parliamentary Villages

29 November 2019 - NW1563

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What number of deaths have been recorded as a result of medical negligence across the Republic in the past five years?

Reply:

Information is still being sourced from provinces to enable us to respond to this question. The final response will be submitted to Parliament as soon as the relevant information has been received from provinces.

END.

29 November 2019 - NW1559

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Health

What progress has his department made in establishing Ketlaphela, the state-owned pharmaceutical company that will supply anti-retroviral drugs to his department as the former President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, announced during the state of the nation address in 2016?

Reply:

The establishment of the State-owned company Ketlaphela was led by the Department of Science and Technology. The initial plans were to establish a State-owned active pharmaceutical ingredients company producing the API’s for the widely used ARVs. After the expression of interest advert for companies to partner on API production, there was no economically viable proposal.

The project has since been taken over by NECSA with a change in focus towards medicines formulation and packaging as an initial step toward final API production. The business case in this regard suggests that this approach would be economically viable. The Department of Energy would be able to provide full details regarding progress with Ketlaphela given that it is now with that Department.

END.

29 November 2019 - NW1621

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of (a) clinics and (b) hospitals are in the Northern Cape; (2) what total number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses are employed at each (i) hospital and (ii) clinic; (3) (a) who received the contract to build and/or upgrade the Good Hope Clinic and (b) how far is the building/upgrade of the clinic?

Reply:

1. (a) 161 clinics based on the Ideal clinic database (on the software) and

(b) 14 hospitals based on the regulation relating to categories of hospitals 2012 in the Northern Cape province.

2. (a) (i) Total doctors employed in hospitals in Northern Cape as at end October 2019

Medical Officer employed in Hospital as at October 2019

Northern Cape

Medical Officer

54

 

Medical Officer (Community Service)

17

 

Medical Specialist

1

Northern Cape Total

 

72

(ii) Total doctors employed in clinics in Northern Cape as at end October 2019

Medical Officers employed in Clinics as at October 2019

Northern Cape

Medical Officer

1

b) (i) Total nurses employed in hospitals in Northern Cape as at end October 2019

Nurse Professionals employed in Hospital as at October 2019

Northern Cape

Assistant Manager Nursing (Head Nursing Service)

3

 

Clinical Nurse Practitioner (Prim H Care)

3

 

Nursing Assistant

168

 

Operational Manager Nursing (General)

11

 

Operational Manager Nursing (Primary H Care)

1

 

Operational Manager Nursing (Speciality Unit)

4

 

Professional Nurse

250

 

Professional Nurse ( Speciality Nursing)

37

 

Professional Nurse (Community Service)

29

 

Staff Nurse

64

Northern Cape Total

 

570

(ii) Total nurses employed in clinics in Northern Cape as at end October 2019

Nurse Professions employed in Clinics as at October 2019

Northern Cape

Staff Nurse

37

 

Assistant Manager Nursing (Primary H Care)

3

 

Professional Nurse

162

 

Deputy Manager Nursing (Level 1 & 2 Hospital)

1

 

Professional Nurse ( Speciality Nursing)

2

 

Nursing Assistant

173

 

Professional Nurse (Community Service)

20

 

Operational Manager Nursing (General)

17

 

Assistant Manager Nursing Area

1

 

Operational Manager Nursing (Primary H Care)

89

 

Clinical Nurse Practitioner (Prim H Care)

111

Northern Cape total

 

616

3. Good Hope is a mobile point in Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape province. The community from the village has been requesting the department to build a clinic for them. The department could not build it due to budgetary constraints. The community is being serviced through a mobile clinic which visits once per month.

(a) There is nobody who has been awarded a contract to build and/or upgrade the Good Hope clinic;

(b) Due to the fact that there was no tender awarded to anyone, there is no progress on the building/upgrade of the clinic.

END.

29 November 2019 - NW1566

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What are the guidelines and/or protocols that provinces should have in place to ensure safety (a) at health facilities and (b) of Emergency Medical Services personnel; (2) does his department require any basic level safety requirements to be met by each province; (3) what total number of healthcare professionals have been killed in the line of duty by patients and/or criminals in the past five years?

Reply:

1. (a) Health Facilities

The Department has security guards in all the health facilities. The purpose is to protect both the staff and the patients on continuous basis. The security guards conduct patrol in the health facilities throughout the day. The Ideal Hospital Realisation and Management Framework and the Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance as well as the Office of Health Standards Compliance, have measures compelling all health facilities to introduce safety and security features. The health facilities have been declared gun free ones. These are measured at regular intervals by means of inspections and reports being submitted.

(b) Emergency Medical Services Personnel

  • Through engagement with the National Joint Intelligence Structures, a PROJOC instruction was issued that SAPS is required to escort ambulances to calls in volatile areas.
  • Provinces are required to establish a response protocol to areas identified as hot zones.
  • A comprehensive National EMS Safety Guideline is in place to ensure that the (EMS) personnel work in an environment consistent with accepted minimum safety and security standards. This encompasses the development of provincial EMS safety plans and of mainstreaming the individual and collective sense of security and safety awareness and responsibility.
  • A National EMS Safety Forum has recently been considered to advise the National and Provincial Departments of Health on safety challenges, undertaking risk assessments and proposing risk reduction measures in addition to mitigating, developing, maintaining, updating and implementing safety protocols and standard operating procedures according to the changing situation, where necessary.

2. Each province is required to develop and implement their respective Safety Plan in line with the National EMS Safety Guideline depending on the level of threat/incidents in their respective provinces. The guideline is as follows:

STRATEGIC FOCUS

OUTPUT

ACTIVITIES

SUCCESS PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Focus on Staff

Staff Preparedness

  • Promote staff operational readiness
  • Staff are encouraged to take part in Wellness Initiatives.

Reduce the risk to staff member being targeted by criminals

 

Staff Vigilance / Awareness

  • Staff members to be sensitised in vigilance and awareness of surroundings

Staff members have access to all information regarding high risk zones

 

Staff Resilience

  • Regular debriefing and mental health training sessions to be attended by staff members

Mentally fit staff

 

Staff Safety Course

  • A Safety course is currently being developed

Awareness & Preparedness of EMS in hostile situations

Focus on Community

Informal

  • Awareness campaigns within communities highlighting challenges with regards to limitations and barriers and implementation of red zones

Staff members will be familiar to community members and a level of trust can be built between all parties.

 

Formal

  • Active participation in Community Police forums, neighbourhood watches and farm watches – meeting scheduled with agenda item tabled

Greater awareness within the community of incidents that have occurred. Also to provide support to staff that needs to testify

Focus on Management

Before the incident

  • Keep staff informed of all pertinent activities within their district so as to increase their vigilance and awareness.

Ensuring a fluid process during and after an incident

 

During the Incident

  • Immediate response of officers to scene of incident if safe, or to place of safety

Ensuring staff support

 

Post Incident

  • Staff wellness to investigate a more proactive and efficient external staff support service for ongoing management of individuals that have been subjected to traumatic incidents especially attacks on their person

Supported staff members will feel they are able to contribute to the service and this will assist in their recovery.

 

Provincial

  • Regular stakeholders meeting with the Community Police Forum (CPF), Business South Africa, Private Security in the identified affected areas;

Regular feedback to staff on stakeholder meetings.

 

National

  • Regular feedback to NHC -TAC on prevention and mitigation strategy to reduce the attacks on EMS.

Support from NHC-TAC.

Monitoring on the implementation of the Emergency Medical Support in Hostile Environments) training.

National and Provincial feedback on Health Care In Danger Project

Focus on Technology

 
  • Panic button located in the front and rear of vehicles to be tested on a regular basis to check their status
  • Use of social media/ digital media,
  • Use digital media to campaign with other platforms on the management of EMS
  • Safety Vest specifications were approved at the National Committee for EMS meeting held on the 15th October 2019

Improved responsiveness and confidence in service capacity

Ensure safety and protection for EMS personnel.

 

3. One EMS personnel was fatality shot in Gauteng Province in 2017, and one security guard in Limpopo province

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29 November 2019 - NW1622

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

What number of ambulances are available in the Northern Cape?

Reply:

The Northern Cape has 88 ambulances available for operations.

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29 November 2019 - NW1565

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the current waiting period for treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer from time of diagnosis to first phase of treatment?

Reply:

Treatment of different types of cancer differ by province, facility and type of cancer The estimated waiting period for patients diagnosed with cervical cancer ranges from 6-11 weeks and for prostate cancer 11-28 weeks.

Waiting times at selected hospitals such as Frere Hospital, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Livingstone Hospital, Polokwane Hospital ranges between 6 to 8 weeks. In Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Universitas Hospitals the waiting times are between 12-14 weeks.

We are currently conducting an audit on cancer services and the outcome will be made available once the audit is completed.

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29 November 2019 - NW1623

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with compliance certificates for each (a) clinic and (b) hospital in the Northern Cape?

Reply:

We have requested information from the Province to enable me to respond to this question. The response will be submitted as soon as the Province has sent us the details.

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29 November 2019 - NW1567

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What total number of healthcare professionals are on incapacity leave for longer than one year in each province, (b) what are the posts that they occupy and (c) at what cost has their leave been to each provincial health department?

Reply:

Information is still being sourced from Provinces. The answer will be submitted to Parliament as soon as the information is received from Provinces.

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29 November 2019 - NW1564

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What number of government health care facilities in each province offer reproductive healthcare, including termination of pregnancies, pap smears and mammograms?

Reply:

All primary health facilities are providing sexual and reproductive health services however the table below is for Termination of Pregnancy facilities:

Public Health Facilities Providing TOP services per Province

Eastern Cape

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Cacadu District

 
  1. Andres Vosloo hospital

Nelson Mandela Bay

 

1. Dora Ndiza hospital

2. Uitenhage provincial hospital

Amathole District

 

1. Madwaleni hospital

2. S.S Gida hospital

3. Frere hospital

4. Cecilia-Makwane hospital

5. Empilweni-Gompo CHC

6. Elliotdale CHC

7. Ngqamakwe CHC

UKhahlamba

 

1. Empilisweni hospital

2. Toylor-Bequest hospital

OR Tambo

 

1. Umthata-General hospital

2. St Pats hospital

3. St Barnaba’s hospital

4. St Liz hospital

5. Nessie Night hospital

6. Qumbu CHC

Chris Hani

 

1. Cofimvaba CHC

2. Cala Hospital

3. Elliot hospital

4. Cradock hospital

6. Glen Grey hospital

Gauteng

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Ekurhuleni

 

1. Natalspruit hospital

2. Tembisa hospital

3. Pholosong hospital

4. Far Eastrand hospital

5. Germiston hospital

6. Nokuthela-Ngwenya CHC

7. Jabulane-Dumane CHC

8. Pholopark CHC

Sedibeng

 

1. Sebokeng hospital

2. Kopanong hospital

3. Heidelberg hospital

4. Johan Heyns CHC

Tshwane

 

5.Kalafong hospital

2. George-Mokhari hospital

3.Odi hospital

4. Tshwane-district hospital

5. Phedisong 4 CHC

6. Laudium CHC

7. Soshanguve CHC

8. Kgabo CHC

City of Johannesburg

 

1. Chris-Hani Baragwaneth

2. Charlotte-Maxeke hospital

3. Raheema-Moosa hospital

4. Edenvale hospital

5. Hilbrow CHC

6. Chawelo CHC

7. ZolaCHC

8. Lenasia South CHC

West Rand

 

1. Leratong hospital

2. Dr-Yusuf-Dadoo hospital

3. Carltonville hospital

Free Sate

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Lejweleputswa

 

1. Bongani hospital

Thabo Mofutsanyane

 

1. Elizabeth Ross

Motheo

 

1. National hospital

Fezile Dabi

 

1. Matsimaholo

Limpopo

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Capricorn

 

1. Batlokwa

2. Lebowakgomo

3. Mankweng

4. Polokwane

5. Seshigo

6. WF Nnobel

7. Ratshatsha CHC

8. Rethabile

9. Mamottshwa clinic

Mopani

 

1. C N Phathudi

2. Kgapane

3. Letaba

4. Maphutha L Malatji

5. Nkhensani

6. Sekororo

7. Van Velden

Duiwelskloof Clinic

  1. Duiwelskloof CHC
  2. Shilivane CHC
  3. Bolobedu Clinic
  1. Raphahleol Clinic

Sekhukhune

 
  1. Jane Furse
  1. Matlala
  1. Mecklenburg
  1. Philadephia

Vhembe

 
  1. Dolnald Fraser
  1. Elim
  1. Louis Tritchardt
  1. Malamulele
  1. Siloam
  1. Tshilidzini
  1. Makhado CHC
  1. Thohoyandou CHC

Waterberg

 
  1. Ellisras Hospital
  1. FH Odendaal (Nylstroom) Hospital
  1. Mookgopong CHC
  1. Voortrekker Memorial Hospital
  1. Warmbaths Hospital

Mpumalanga

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Nkangala

 
  1. Mammethlake hospital
  1. Kwamhlanga hospital

Gert Sibande

 
  1. Bethal hospital

Northern Cape

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Frances Baard

 
  1. Galeshwe CHC

John Taolo Gaetsewe

 
  1. Tshwaragano level 1 hospital

Siyanda

 
  1. Gordonia level 1 hospital
  1. Askam CHC

Kwa-Zulu Natal

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

UThungulu

 
  1. Ngwelezane hospital
  1. Mbongolwane hospital
  1. Catherine Booth hospital

Zululand

 
  1. Nkonjeni hospital

UMkhanyakude

 
  1. Bethesda hospital

UGu

 
  1. GJ Crookes hospital

EThekwini

 
  1. Prince Mushiyeni hospital
  1. Wentworth hospital
  1. Addington hospital

ILembe

 
  1. Maphumulo hospital

UMgungundlovu

 
  1. Edendale hospital
  1. Northdale hospital
  1. Applesboch hospital

UThukela

 
  1. Escourt hospital
  1. Emawusi hospital

Amajuba

 
  1. Newcasle hospital

Sisonke

 
  1. Christ the King hospital
  1. St Appllinaris hospital
  1. EG Usher hospital

North West

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Dr K Kaunda

 
  1. Klerksdorp hospital
  1. Potchefstroom hospital
  1. Grace Mkhomo CHC
  1. Nic Bodenstein hospital

Dr RS Mopati

 
  1. Taung hospital
  1. Vryburg hospital
  1. Sweitzereneke hospital
  1. loemhof hospital

Dr M Molema

 
  1. Mafikeng hospital
  1. Gelukspan hospital
  1. Thusong hospital
  1. Ottosdal CHC
  1. Delareyville CHC
  1. Sannieshoff CHC
  1. Ratlou CHC
  1. Montshioa Stdt CHC

Bojanala

 
  1. Phokeng CHC
  1. Mogwase CHC
  1. Makapanstad CHC
  1. George Stegman hospital
  1. Lethlabile CHC
  1. JS Tabane hospital

Western Cape

 

Designated Facilities Providing TOP services

Cape Town Metro

 
  1. Groote Schuur hospital
  1. Somerset hospital
  1. Wesfleur hospital
  1. False Bay hospital
  1. Victoria hospital
  1. 2 Military hospital
  1. GF Jooste hospital
  1. Michell’s Plain CHC
  1. Carnation-ward Lentegeur hospital
  1. Karl Bremer hospital
  1. Tygerburg hospital
  1. Eerste River hospital
  1. Helderburg hospital
  1. Michael hospital
  1. Mapongwana CHC
  1. Nolungile clinic
  1. Kuayasa clinic

West Coast District

 
  1. Clan William Hospital
  1. Swartland Hospital
  1. Vredenburg Hospital
  1. Vredendal Hospital

Cape Wine lands District

 
  1. Paarl Hospital
  1. TC Newman CDC
  1. Stellenbosch Hospital
  1. Ceres Hospital
  1. Worcester Hospital
  1. Montagu Hospital
 

Overberg District

 
  1. Caledon Hospital
  1. Hermanus Hospital
  1. Otto-du-Plessis Hospital

pap smears services

All primary health care facilities are providing Pap Smear services

Mammogram services

Province

Facilities

Limpopo

  1. Pietersburg Hospital
  1. Mankweng Hospital

Mpumalanga

  1. Witbank Hospital
  1. Rob Ferreira Hospital

Free State

  1. Universitas Hospital;
  1. Pelenomi Hospital

North West

  1. Klerksdorp Tshepong Complex
  1. Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital
  1. Mahikeng Provincial Hospital

Western Cape

  1. Groote Schuur Hospital
  1. Tygerberg Hospital

Northern Cape

  1. Kimberly Hospital

Eastern Cape

None

Gauteng

  1. Chris Hani Hospital
  1. Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
  1. George Mukhari Hospital
  1. Kalafong Hospital
  1. Mamelodi Hospital
  1. Steve Biko Hospital
  1. Tembisa Hospital
  1. Helen joseph Hospital
  1. Rahima Moosa Hospital
  1. Sebokeng Hospital
  1. Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

KwaZulu Natal

  1. Ngwelezane Hospital
  1. Addington Hospital
  1. Prince Albert Luthuli Hospital
  1. Ngwelezane Hospital
  1. Greys Hospital
  1. RK Khan Hospital
  1. Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Annexure A: Current Facilities Providing Oncology Treatment and Availability of Equipment (NDoH Audit, 2017)

Province

Facility

Chemo-therapy

Radiation Oncology

Paediatric Oncology

Contracting

No of Linacs

Eastern Cape

Frere Hospital

X

X

X

 

1

 

Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

X

   

Yes

 
 

Livingstone Hospital

X

X

X

 

2

Free State

Universitas Hospital

X

X

X

 

2

Gauteng

Steve Biko Hospital

X

X

X

 

3

 

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

X

X

X

 

4

 

Chris Hani Baragwabath Academic Hospital

   

X

   
 

Kalafong Hospital

X

       

Kwa Zulu Natal

Greys Hospital

X

X

X

 

1

 

Addington Hospital

X

   

Yes

 
 

Ngwelezane Hospital

X

   

Yes

 
 

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

X

X

 

Yes

3

Limpopo

Polokwane Hospital

X

X

X

Yes

1

Mpumalanga

Rob Ferreira Hospital

X

   

Yes

 

Northern Cape

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital

X

X

X

Yes

 

Western Cape

Tygerberg

X

X

   

3

 

Groote Schuur

X

X

   

3

 

George Hospital

X

X

 

Yes

 
 

Red Cross Hospital

   

X

   

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29 November 2019 - NW1634

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What progress has his department made in implementing the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017 – 2022; (2) how does his department intend to address the issue of noncommunicable diseases that have been identified as forming part of the quadruple burden of diseases; (3) what (a) number of Gene Xpert TB diagnosis machines has his department acquired, (b) is the coverage of the machines and (c) has he found to be the impact of the machines on TB (i) testing and (ii) treatment?

Reply:

(1) The South African National AIDS Council secretariat is currently finalising the midterm report against activities and targets set in the National Strategic Plan, 2017-2022. Highlights of the review were presented, on 23 November 2019, to the SANAC Extended Plenary meeting, co-chaired by the Deputy President and Ms Steve Letsike representing civil society. Once the midterm report is finalised copies can be made available to Members of Parliament.

In brief, South Africa has made progress against the various pillars of Strategic Plan as reflected by data on reduction in new infections as well as access to antiretroviral treatment. With respect to HIV incidence, the number of new infections has fallen from 270,000 in 2012 to 222,000 in 2018. Whilst this reduction is welcome it is clearly too slow and more needs to be done to reduce new infections.

The mother to child transmission rates at 10 weeks postpartum have declined to 0.74% which means that fewer children are being born HIV positive. Although condom distribution has increased, condom utilisation is on the decline, particularly in the 15-24 year old age group. Combination prevention and differentiated service delivery, addressing the needs of each target population in a more holistic and comprehensive way, has been prioritised.

In terms of treatment, South Africa has reached the 5 million people on treatment. The majority of the patients are in the public sector (4.8 million) with the remainder in the private sector. With respect to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets (90% of people with HIV know their status, 90% of these on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment virally suppressed), the country has reached 91-71-88. This means that South Africa has achieved the 1st 90, and is steadily progressing towards achieving the 2nd and 3rd 90’s. Three districts (in KwaZulu-Natal) have reached the 90-90-90 targets with another 14 nation-wide likely to reach this target by March 2020.

We need to test and treat more men and young people and retention on treatment continues to be a challenge which government and its partners are working on. Internal and external migration together with a lack of an electronic information system across the health system are contributory to a higher than acceptable percentage of patients retained in care.

The burden of tuberculosis remains large with South Africa being one of the high burden countries. We have recently completed the first ever national TB prevalence survey and the results are currently being verified by the World Health Organisation. Once verified we will have a better understanding of the TB incidence and prevalence rates. The TB prevalence survey report can also be made available to Members of Parliament once finalised. From routine data we know that notifications are on the decline but that we are still missing an estimated 160,000 patients – as for HIV, we are missing young people as well as men. Efforts are underway to intensify screening, testing and initiation of young people and men on treatment and finding the missing TB patients.

(2) The Department intends addressing the issue of non-communicable diseases that have been identified as forming part of the quadruple burden of disease through the National Strategic Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases 2020-2035 which is in the process of being approved. This Strategy aims to strengthen existing initiatives on the prevention and control on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Such initiatives include:

PREVENTION AND PROMOTION

South Africa has taken a number of legislative/regulatory/policy steps to prevent NCDs. Specific preventive interventions include (by main risk factors):

Tobacco

a. A new Draft Control of Tobacco Products and electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been tabled;

b. The key areas that the Bill will regulate are:

- restrictions on public smoking;

- the sale and advertising of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems;

- the prohibition on financial or other support;

- the prohibition of vending machines;

- the standardisation of the packaging and appearance of tobacco products; and electronic delivery systems; and

- restriction on the sale of products.

Diet

a. A regulation on Trans-fats in Foodstuffs was passed in 2011 (R127). According to this regulation the trans-fat content of any oils and fats cannot exceed two grams per 100 grams. Products with higher trans fats levels are prohibited from entering or being sold in the country.

b. A regulation on reduction of sodium in 13 categories of foodstuffs that are the most common source of sodium for the majority of South Africans was passed in 2013 (R214) and amended in October 2017.

c. A levy on sugar sweetened beverages (Health promotion levy) was passed in 2018. The levy is foxed at 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds 4g per 100ml. Fruit juice is exempt.

d. South Africa adopted a Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Obesity in South Africa (2015-2020).

e. National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Week took place annually from 09 to 15 and 15 to 19 October respectively. For the past three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) the Department of Health campaigns focused on the importance of eating regular, healthy meals to prevent obesity and consequently non-communicable diseases and to promote health.

Physical activity

a. The Country commemorates the Move for Health campaign on an annual basis on the 10th of May. The campaign is led by the Sport and Recreation South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Health.

b. The Department of Sports and Recreation hosts an annual Big Walk on the first Sunday of October each year. The Big Walk is the South African version of the World Walking Day. Since 2012 it has taken place in all provincial capital cities with more than thirty thousand (30,000) participants in 2017.

c. The Cabinet of South Africa also declared the first Friday of October as the National Recreation Day since 2014. The campaign is targeting all Citizens to be physically active.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme

a. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme was launched in 2014 by the National Department of Health in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, as part of primary prevention against cervical cancer.

b. The aim was to target an estimated 550,000 girls in grade 4, aged 9 years in 17,000 public and special schools, before they were exposed to HPV infection.

c. A bivalent vaccine (Cervarix) is given at five to six month intervals using a campaign approach implemented through the Integrated School Health Programme.

d. The first round is conducted during February to March and the second round in August to September of each year.

e. Between 2014 when this programme started and February 2019 a total of one million nine hundred and thirty four thousand six hundred and thirty five (1,934,635) Grade 4 girls had received Dose 1 and one million two hundred and seven thousand four hundred and seventy seven (1,207,4077) Dose 2.

HEALTH SYSTEMS IMPROVEMENT

a. An Integrated Clinical Services Management Model that incorporates all chronic diseases, whether communicable or non-communicable, was introduced through the Ideal Clinic initiative. This means that patients are seen for whatever chronic disease they have, including for multiple conditions, at the same visit. As of 2018, 97,2% of clinics had reorganized with designated consulting areas for management of chronic conditions and had patient appointment systems for people with chronic conditions (up from 87% and 73% respectively in 2017).

b. Medicine for many patients that are stable on Non Communicable Diseases medication are provided through the Centralised Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) model.

c. Together with the Affordable Medicines Directorate (AMD), concerted efforts have been made to improve drug availability at hospital and primary care levels and systems are in place to monitor medicine stock outs.

(3) (a) Table 1: The provincial distribution of GeneXpert devices in South Africa

PROVINCE

GX4

GX16

GX48

GX80

Total

Eastern Cape

17

28

0

2

47

Free State

11

9

0

1

21

Gauteng

25

27

1

2

55

KwaZulu-Natal

25

51

0

1

77

Limpopo

19

25

0

0

44

Mpumalanga

3

14

0

1

18

North West

8

17

0

0

25

Northern Cape

2

6

0

0

8

Western Cape

17

13

0

1

31

Total

127

190

1

8

326

(3) (b) The National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) laboratory were mapped in Figure 1 to show the coverage of laboratories in South Africa. This was generated using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates provided by the National Priority Programme (NPP).

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Figure 1: The geographic coverage of NHLS laboratories across South Africa

(3) (c) (i)-(ii) The impact of GeneXpert has been:

- Early diagnosis of TB and initiation of treatment resulting in reduction in deaths from 33,300 patients (in 2011) to 16,133 (in 2017), a 51% reduction in deaths due to TB;

- The universal drug susceptibility testing for all patients has enabled early triage of patients with rifampicin resistant TB to appropriate second line treatment. This has resulted in a reduction in treatment failure from 5 062 (in 2011) to 934 (in 2017); and

- Reduction in number of patients hospitalised for DS and DR-TB, saving on hospitalisation costs.

Figure 2 summarises the progress of the GeneXpert program over time from March 2011 to September 2019. This was generated using the monthly data provided to the Research and Development team by the NPP. The figure shows a general decrease of both Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB) detection (despite seasonal trends of increased MTB detection in the winter months) and Refampicin-resistant Tuberculosis (RIF) resistance. The “trace”/MTB Indeterminate rate is relatively consistent.

The yearly NPP reported figures for the GeneXpert program are shown in Tables 2 and 3. Table 2 shows the operational programmatic indicators for test outcomes. Table 3 shows the RIF outcomes for MTB detected tests.

Figure 2: The temporal progression of the GeneXpert program at national level. The figure shows the number of tests (for both Xpert MTB/RIF and Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra), the MTB detection rate, “trace”/MTB Indeterminate rate and RIF resistance rate.

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