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14 August 2017 - NW2224

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

(1)Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any other subsidiary entity reporting to him sponsored the events of (i) a certain organisation (name furnished) and/or (ii) a certain conference (name and details furnished); if so, what (aa) was the total cost and (bb) were the reasons for this in each case; (2) whether any staff members of (a) his department and/or (b) any other subsidiary entity reporting to him attended any events linked to the specified conference; if so, what (i) costs were incurred and (ii) are the relevant details?NW2456E

Reply:

Response from the Department

1. (a) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb)

Neither the department nor its entities made any sponsorship towards the events as mentioned.

2. (a) (i) (ii)

No staff members from the department or its entities attended any events linked to the specified conferences.

3. (a) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb)

Neither the department nor its entities made any sponsorship towards the events as mentioned.

4. (a) (i) (ii)

No staff members from the department or its entities attended any events linked to the specified conferences.

11 August 2017 - NW2079

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entities reporting to him are funding, including by way of discretionary funding, any institution of research and development (i) domestically and/or (ii) internationally; if so, (aa)(aaa) what are the names of the specified institutions and (bbb) what are their functions, (bb) from what date has his department or any entity reporting to him been funding them and (cc) what amount has his department contributed towards such funding?

Reply:

a) No institutions are funded by way of ‘discretionary funding’.

b) No dti entities fund institutions by way of ‘discretionary funding’.

(i)(aa)(aaa)(bbb)(bb)(cc)

The department works to promote industrialisation and transformation and respond to unemployment, poverty and inequality. The strategic direction of this work is derived from the National Development plan and is underpinned by outcome 4, outcome 7 and outcome 11. In supporting the implementation of the higher-impact industrial policy action plan, the department conducts research on industrial development, growth and equity through the following institutions.

  • The Industrial Policy Support Fund (IPSF), is a fund administered by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The fund is utilised for a range of industrial development research programmes and projects to support the work set out in successive iterations of the Industrial Policy Action Plan.
  • Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is a non-profit organisation, which undertakes a wide range of economic and industrial research, training and support work for government-wide initiatives. This work is not ‘discretionary’ but conforms in general to the research needs and imperatives of the department as part of governments industrialisation effort and as set out in successive iterations of the Industrial Policy Action Plan. All TIPS expenditure is subject to external independent audit as required under the Companies Act. Funds have been transferred to TIPS on an annual basis as set out in Table 1 from 2013.
  • NEDLAC Trade and Industry Chamber: TIC is a NEDLAC’s Chamber that is responsible for processing legislation with a potential socio-economic impact prior to introduction to Parliament. In 1998, TIC established the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (FRIDGE) with the objective of funding research into the competitiveness of local industries and firms in order to access international markets and attract investment into the South African economy. The initial funding was provided by the Japanese government. When the Japanese funding ended in 2003, the dti was tasked to provide support because of the type of research produced, which was in line with its mandate the MoA was terminated in September 2014

(a) ii) No international institutions are funded for the purposes of research and

development.

(a) bb) Table 1: Institutions of research and development funded by the Department of Trade and Industry

Institutions

PERIOD & TOTAL AMOUNT

 

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Industrial Policy Support Fund (IPSF), IDC

R16 000 000.00

R10 046 000.00

R14 111 000.00

Trade & Industrial Policies Strategies (TIPS)

R 14 570 000.00

R 22745 684.21

R26 220 771.93

       

NEDLAC Trade & Industry Chamber (funded through IDC)

R 724 000.00

R 1 982 919.00

R 0

Grand total

R 31 294  000.00

R 34 774 603.21

R 40 331 771.93

       

11 August 2017 - NW2263

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

a) With reference to his reply to question 1866 on 23 June 2017, which (a) countries and (b) territories do not have trade attachés?

Reply:

a) The complete list of countries and territories where there are no trade attachés is attached.

04 August 2017 - NW1993

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the top five products by category and rand value that South Africa imported in 2013, 2014, and 2015?

Reply:

Category: Agriculture

2013

Category: Agriculture

2014

Category: Agriculture

2015

 

R'million

 

R'million

 

R'million

Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed {kg}

6,281

Other Wheat and meslin

5,004

Other Wheat and meslin

6,016

Other Wheat and meslin:

3,702

Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed {kg}

4,390

Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed {kg}

5,361

Other Cuts and offal, frozen

2,038

Other Cuts and offal, frozen

2,282

Cuts and offal, frozen:

1,763

Mechanically deboned meat {u}

712

Mechanically deboned meat {u}

728

Other Maize (corn):

1,673

Of barley {kg}

591

Sunflower seeds, whether or not broken {kg}

632

Other Live bovine animals

1,063

The top five products by categories and rand value imported are as follows:

Category: Fishing

2013

Category: Fishing

2014

Category: Fishing

2015

 

R'million

 

R'million

 

R'million

Other shrimps and prawns {kg}

508

Other shrimps and prawns

551

Other shrimps and prawns

486

Hake (merluccius spp, urophycis spp) {kg}

224

Jack and horse mackerel (trachurus spp) {kg}

313

Jack and horse mackerel (trachurus spp) {kg}

410

Jack and horse mackerel (trachurus spp) {kg}

208

Other Fish, frozen (excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 0304)

243

Other Fish, frozen (excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 0304):

315

Other Molluscs, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; smoked molluscs

141

Other Molluscs, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; smoked molluscs

215

Sardines (sardina pilchardus, sardinops spp), sardinella (sardinella spp), brisling or sprats (sprattus sprattus) {kg}

275

Other Fish, frozen (excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 0304):

138

Hake (merluccius spp, urophycis spp) {kg}

197

Other {kg} or Molluscs, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; smoked molluscs

252

Category: Mineral products

2013

Category: Mineral products

2014

Category: Mineral products

2015

 

R'million

 

R'million

 

R'million

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude

142,050

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude

175,840

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude

98,451

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (excluding crude)

62,574

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (excluding crude)

63,309

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (excluding crude)

59,296

Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons

3,089

Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons:

4,579

Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons:

4,413

Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal

2,839

Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal:

2,864

Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal:

2,632

Electrical energy 1000 kwh

1,500

Electrical energy 1000 kwh

2,358

Electrical energy 1000 kwh

2,603

Category: Forestry

2013

Category: Forestry

2014

Category: Forestry

2015

 

R'million

 

R'million

 

R'million

Other live plants (including their roots), cuttings and slips; mushroom spawn

53

Other live plants (including their roots), cuttings and slips; mushroom spawn

60

Other live plants (including their roots), cuttings and slips; mushroom spawn

61

Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns and rhizomes, dormant {u}

35

Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns and rhizomes, dormant {u}

35

Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns and rhizomes, dormant {u}

36

Other plants and Unrooted cuttings and slips {u}

29

Other plants and Unrooted cuttings and slips {u}

28

Other plants and Unrooted cuttings and slips {u}

27

Other {kg} or Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached

17

Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached

16

Roses {kg}

18

Roses {kg}

14

Roses {kg}

15

Other Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached

18

Category: Manufacturing

2013

Category: Manufacturing

2014

Category: Manufacturing

2015

 

R'million

 

R'million

 

R'million

Machinery and Equipments

249,936

Machinery and Equipments

254,208

Machinery and Equipments

277,722

Petroleum Products

212,143

Petroleum Products

249,404

Petroleum Products

167,697

Chemicals

92,594

Chemicals

101,459

Chemicals

111,975

Vehicles

88,509

Vehicles

88,866

Vehicles

91,389

Metal Products

30,196

Clothing

32,272

Metal Products

39,007

05 July 2017 - NW2009

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

Has his department ever provided funding through an incentive or any other means to a certain company (name furnished) in the Eastern Cape; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The department has supported the referred company. This support was for an investment project valued at R7.6 Million to expand and improve machinery and equipment through the manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme.

05 July 2017 - NW2008

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

With reference to the release of the latest Mining Charter by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr M J Zwane, what consultations were held between the Minister of Mineral Resources, him and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission in relation to the provisions around the definitions of a black person to qualify for BBBEE status?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources did not have any consultation with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission regarding the Reviewed Mining Charter of 2017. However, the Department of Mineral Resources has consulted with the Department of Trade and Industry on the definition of “Black Person”. The Department advises all departments/Charter Councils to adopt the definitions used in the BEE Act 53 of 2003 as amended by Act 46 of 2013.

“Black People is a generic term which means Africans, Coloureds and Indians –

(a) who are citizens of the Republic of South Africa by birth or descent; or

(b) who became citizens of the Republic of South Africa by naturalisation –

 (i) before 27 April 1994; or

 (ii) on or after 27 April 1994 and who would have been entitled to acquire citizenship by naturalisation prior to that date;”

29 June 2017 - NW1925

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

What (a) were the reasons for lowering the threshold for registrations with the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Council from R100 million to R25 million and (b) mechanisms have been put in place to deal with retrospective applications from 1 October 2014?

Reply:

Response (a)

Following consultations with institutions such as the Competition Commission, the BEE Commission, a threshold of R100m was determined based on Combined Annual Turnover and/or Combined Asset Value on 08 November 2016. The Minister subsequently issued Government Gazette No. 40410, Notice 748 of 2016, thresholds for Major B-BBEE Transactions for a 30-day public commentary period. Amongst others, the rationale for the R100m was that it will ensure all transactions by mainly large entities (those with annual revenue greater than R50m) in terms of the Codes are covered. However, with the exception of small and medium entities which if their combined annual turnover is below R100m, would be excluded and consequently for monitoring and reporting purposes would go un-tracked. Furthermore, the Notice highlighted the Documentary Requirements for Registering a Major B-BBEE Transaction.

In addition, the majority of the comments received during the public commentary period focused on the use of the combined Turnover and/or Asset Value not being an appropriate measure to determine a threshold. The argument is that if the combined Turnover and/or Asset Value are used, any transaction, regardless of the actual size of the transaction, when the proposed threshold based on the parties’ assets or turnover is exceeded, will have to be registered. This would have effectively meant that all changes in the shareholding traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange for listed companies, will have to be measured to identify the compliance impact on the Ownership element (Code 100). Should such transaction have an impact as mentioned above, it should be reported to the BEE Commission. This process would have an unintended consequence to assess the Ownership scorecard impact for each trade and to be then reported. Following this, the dti refined the principle by basing the measurement on the “Transaction Value” as this is more appropriate considering the context of what needs to be registered. The Threshold is R25 million based on Transaction Value which will be registered by parties to the Transaction as a collective. As mentioned above, the threshold was thus lowered to R25million in order to proactively alleviate any potential fronting practices even at small and medium sized enterprise level.

The registration of the mentioned deals is not with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Council but rather a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission. The role of the B-BBEE Presidential Advisory Council is to advise the President and government on the design and implementation of the B-BBEE policy, amongst others.

Furthermore, the rationale for maintenance of a registry for major B-BBEE transactions is a matter of transformation imperative which is ideal for qualitative and quantitative valuable records keeping; data of these transactions might also be used to measure the extent of transformation in South Africa especially with regard to the Ownership and Control elements.

The threshold will enable the B-BBEE Commission to have a broad overview of all the transactions that are taking place in the country and to deal with potential fronting practices.

Response (b)

The B-BBEE Commission has been established in 2015 under the ambit of the dti to oversee the implementation of B-BBEE Legislation within South Africa.

The B-BBEE Regulations published on 06 June 2016, outlines the procedures of engaging with the B-BBEE Commission as well as indicates the process to follow when registering a Major Transaction with the B-BBEE Commission.

The B-BBEE Commission has already issued an Explanatory Notice 01 of 2017 indicating the documentation requirements in order to register a Major B-BBEE Transaction.

The B-BBEE Commission has competent staff members and the capacity to manage the process of registering all Major B-BBEE Transactions including those that will be registered retrospectively. The retrospective transactions are for registering only and not necessarily for assessment. However, the B-BBEE Commission has the discretion to assess any Major B-BBEE Transaction to ensure that it is aligned to B-BBEE Legislation. These include voluntarily registrations of any Major B-BBEE transaction consistent with the threshold, concluded before 24th October 2014 with the B-BBEE Commission.

29 June 2017 - NW1890

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed, (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

Reply:

Response from the Department

The department did not make use of any transactional advisors for the above mentioned period.

Response from the Entities

Entity

b

b(i)

b(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

Transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Big Innovations Business Group (Pty) Ltd

Opt-Out Register tender

R 3 588 534.00

R1 098 745.45 has been paid

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

Transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

PMSA Quantity Surveyors (Pty)Ltd

Space planning and reconstruction of the NCT’s offices

R2 414 338.31

R354 255.00 has been paid

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Gambling Board (NGB)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

Transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Delloitte Consortium

NMISA T0008 (14-15) – Appointment of a transaction advisor for NMISA accommodation and equipment – Public Private Partnership Project

R14 667 271.00

R6 284 009.74 has been paid

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

27 June 2017 - NW1926

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

(a) What are the terms of reference for the Poultry Task Team established by Government in January 2017, (b)(i) how many times has the task team met since its establishment and (ii) on which dates, (c)(i) which stakeholders has the task team met with and (ii) on which dates and (d) by when will the findings of the task team be made available?

Reply:

a) There are no formal terms of reference. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), through its 14 sectors desks routinely establishes working groups or task teams with industry stakeholders to address critical issues in sectors of the manufacturing economy. The Poultry Task Team (PTT) was established in January 2017 to seek a collaborative approach to resolving issues in the primary production section of the poultry sub-sector, taking into consideration economic data and factors across the entire value chain. In so doing to design, develop and deploy as and where appropriate, collaborative measures to resolve these issues. The PTT includes representatives of government departments (Trade and Industry; Economic Development and Agriculture Forestry and Fishing); representatives of the South African Poultry Organisation and labour (Food and Allied Workers Union) as well as the Industrial Development Corporation and technical experts from the not for profit, section 21 company; Trade and Industrial Policy Studies (TIPS), contracted by the dti to undertake this work. From time to time government departments represented on the Task Team meet separately to formulate government approaches to the work and as and where appropriate brief other government agencies such as the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC). In all instances government officials take into consideration the separate constitutional mandates and functions of the government departments and agencies which work together to achieve optimal socio-economic outcomes for South Africa and safeguard the integrity and independence of regulatory institutions such as ITAC. Government also seeks to secure collaborative arrangements with private sector entities. This process also recognises the independence of these entities.

b.i) The Task Team has met on 5 occasions,

b.ii) on the following dates: 16 February 2017; 09 March 2017; 06 April 2017; 16 May 2017 and 08 June 2017

c.i) Government has met with the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE); provided a formal briefing to the Commissioners of the International Trade Administration Commission after receiving a request to do so, briefed both the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations and briefed and participated in the public hearings of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry. In the latter instance all the Submissions made by a wide variety of stakeholders have been factored into the work of government and in its engagements with stakeholders, including those represented on the Task Team.

c.ii) The dates of these engagements are:

Association of Meat Importers and Exporters – 15 February 2017 and 11 May 2017 (EDD and the dti)

International Trade Administration Commission – 13 February 2017 and 13 June 2017 (the dti)

Select Committee on Trade and International Relations – 01 February 2017 (EDD .the dti and DAFF)

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry – 23 March 2017; 02 May 2017 and 09 May 2017 (the dti)

This list does not include bilateral meetings which may have been held by individual government departments with companies in the poultry sector including on-site inspections and visits.

d) In keeping with similar collaborative engagements in other sectors of the economy the Task Team does not come up with a set of ‘findings’. An example would be in the steel sector where there is extensive and ongoing, long-term work and collaborative engagements with the private sector. In this regard details of the ongoing work of government and with respect to its engagements in the Poultry Task Team, are a matter of public record since they were presented to Parliament on two occasions in considerable detail. Specific policy announcements by government on particular policy interventions such as the recently announced Agro-processing Incentive will be made, as and when this work on each measure has been completed, and as and where appropriate.

Reciprocal, private sector measures and interventions to save jobs, increase investment and exports, secure empowerment objectives and so forth, have and will be made by the private sector as and when such institutions consider it appropriate to do so. In this regard government respects the commercial and legal independence of industry associations, trade unions and companies, including with respect to those matters with which government may not be in agreement and whether or not they may have or may not have been discussed in the Task Team.

26 June 2017 - NW1801

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Which entities reporting to him (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each board and (bb) of those board members of each entity are female;

Reply:

 

Entity

1(a)

1(b)

(b)(i)(aa)

(b(i)(bb)

bb(ii)(aa)

bb(ii)(bb)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Companies Tribunal (CT)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

Yes

N/A

Chairperson

01/07/2009

Chairperson

30/11/2016 (extended until the recruitment process to appoint the new chairperson has been finalised)

Five (5) members

One (1) female

     

Executive Director

01/09/2013

Executive Director

31/08/2016 (re-appointed for another three years: 01/09/2016-31/08/2019)

   
     

1x Non-Executive Director

01/12/2013

1x Non-Executive Director

30/11/2016 (extended until the recruitment process to appoint new non-executive directors has been finalised)

   
     

1 x National Treasury Representative

01/08/2014

1x National Treasury Representative

31/07/2017 (extended to serve another term: 01/08/2017-31/07/2020)

   
     

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

01/06/2017

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

For as long as he holds the same position in the Department

   

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

Yes

N/A

Chairperson

01/12/2015

Chairperson

30/11/2018

Six (6) members

Five (5) females

     

3x Non-Executive Trustees

16/12/2009

3x Non-Executive Trustees

02/11/2017 (served three terms)

   
     

2x Executive Trustees (CEO & CFO)

01/07/2013 (CFO)

2x Executive Trustees (CEO & CFO)

CFO-For as long as she holds the same position in the entity

   
       

26/09/2012 (CEO)

 

30/06/2019

   

National Gambling Board (NGB)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Yes

N\A

Chairperson

02/12/2009

Chairperson

01/12/2014 (Term extended until the recruitment process to appoint a chairperson has been concluded)

Eight (8) members

Four (4) females

     

1x Non-Executive Board Member

01/09/2012

1x Non-Executive Board Member

14/09/2017

   
     

4x Non-Executive Board Members

01/04/2017

Non-Executive Board Members

31/03/2022

   
     

1x Executive Board Member (Commissioner)

15/09/2012

1x Executive Board Member (Commissioner)

14/09/2017 (re-appointed from 01/10/2017-30/09/2022)

   
     

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

01/04/2017

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

For the duration of her current position held at the dti

   

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

Yes

N/A

Chairperson

14/05/2008

Chairperson

13/05/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 14//05/2013-30/09/2018)

Eleven (11) members

Three (3) females

     

4x Non-Executive Directors

14/05/2008

4x Non-Executive Directors

13/05/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 14//05/2013-30/09/2018)

   
     

2x Non-Executive Directors

14/05/2013

2x Non-Executive Directors

13/05/2018

   
     

1x Non-Executive Director

17/06/2015

1x Non-Executive Director

28/02/2020

   
     

1x Non-Executive Director

01/10/2017

1x Non-Executive Director

30/09/2020

   
     

Executive Director (CEO)

01/09/2013

Executive Director (CEO)

31/08/2018

   
     

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

14/05/2008

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

13/05/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 14//05/2013-30/09/2018)

   

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

   

Chairperson

26/08/2014

Chairperson

25/08/2019

Nine (9) members

Five (5) females

     

3x Non-Executive Director

26/08/2009

3x Non-Executive Director

25/08/2014 (Re-appointed for second term from 26/08/2014-25/08/2019)

   
     

2x Non-Executive Directors

26/08/2014

2x None-Executive Directors

25/08/2019

   
     

Executive Director (CEO)

07/09/2009

Executive Director (CEO)

06/09/2014 (Re-appointed for second term from 07/09/2014-06/09/2019)

   
     

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

26/08/2014

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

25/08/2019

   

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Yes

N/A

Chairperson

01/12/2008

Chairperson

30/11/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 01/12/2013-30/11/2018)

Twelve (12) members

Four (4) females

     

9x Non-Executive Directors

01/12/2008

9x Non-Executive Directors

30/11/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 01/12/2013-30/11/2018)

   
     

Executive Director (CEO)

01/06/2010

Executive Director (CEO)

31/05/2015 (Re-appointment for second term from 01/06/2015-31/05/2020)

   
     

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

04/07/2012

1x Department of Trade and Industry Representative

30/11/2013 (Re-appointed for second term from 01/12/2013-30/11/2018)

   

(2) with reference to entities that do not have boards in place, (a) who is responsible for appointing the board and (b) when will a board be appointed?NW2009E

Entity

2(a)

2(b)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

Companies Tribunal (CT)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

National Gambling Board (NGB)

Minister

The entity is placed under administration. The amended legislation does not cater for the Board

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

N/A

Establishing legislation does not cater for the Board

23 June 2017 - NW1846

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

(a) What is the (i) current backlog for the national lottery funding applications submitted to date and (ii) monetary value of the specified applications to date; (b) on what date will the applications be resolved; and (c) how will the backlog be resolved? NW2056E

Reply:

According to the information received from National Lotteries Commission-

Response:

(a) (i) As at 19th June 2017, there were a total of 5953 applications awaiting adjudication relating to the 2015 call for applications.

(ii) The total amount requested by applicants is approximately R11,3 billion.

(b) The NLC anticipates to have completed the backlog by the 31 July 2017.

(c) In order to expedite the processing of these applications, the following interventions are in place:

Appointment of full time Distributing Agency members for all sectors (Sport and Recreation still to be finalised) resulting in increased rate of adjudication.

Administrative processing of non-compliant applications according to delegated authority framework.

Restructuring of the Grant Funding Division aligned to the revised business model of the Open Call system.

Re-engineering of the application process to avoid backlogs in future.

Modernisation of the information technology (IT) platform.

23 June 2017 - NW1866

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) Which (i) missions and/or (ii) embassies do not have trade attachés and (b) what are the reasons?

Reply:

(a) the dti operates Foreign Economic Offices in 48 missions (against 120 total SA Missions and Embassies situated globally) which are located in 44 countries around the world. These offices are located based on the market prioritization of the Department with 13 located in Africa, 14 in Europe, 12 in Asia, 6 in the Americas and 3 in the Middle East. Currently the Department employs 30 South African diplomatic officials, in addition to 62 Locally Recruited Personnel. The Department in collaboration with Dirco is also going through a detailed exercise on how the two Departments can collaborate to ensure the optimal sharing of resources abroad.

(b) The location of the dti offices is driven by largely 2 factors which are (i) the country’s economic priorities informed by various policies that include Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), the Integrated National Export Strategy (INES), National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Strategy, Trade Policy Strategy Framework amongst others and (ii) The allocation of available human and financial resources which require prioritisation of locations based on the biggest contribution to the fulfilment of the economic priorities as mentioned in (i).

Annexure to (b)

(i) South Africa’s Economic Priorities

  • Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)

The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) is guided by the vision of the National Development Plan and is also a key implementation component of the President’s Nine Point Plan. The policy provides guidance on priority industries for the industrialisation, economic growth and transformation of the South African economy. The priority industries as defined by IPAP, then guides the department in terms of regions and countries that offer potential for partnerships in the implementation of the IPAP. These partnerships are normally in terms of attracting foreign direct investments, technology transfer, opening of export markets and promotion of business partnerships between South African companies and their foreign counterparts.

  • Integrated National Export Strategy (INES)

The Integrated National Export Strategy builds on IPAP to identify sectors, industries and services based on comparative and competitive advantages that best positions the country as an export economy. The process also ensures that South Africa can build on its competitive industries to better position its companies in the international export markets whilst ensuring that domestic competitiveness translates into international competitiveness.

Part of the implementation of INES is the prioritisation of products and markets that best offer the best export opportunity for South Africa and her companies in the international markets. The prioritisation of key products and markets also takes into account the various transformation policies of the countries which include support to Black Industrialist, Small and Medium Enterprises, Women and Youth Enterprises. the dti will continue to leverage market opportunities to benefit South Africa’s economic development priorities in targeted markets and building on its Market Diversification Strategy to ensure that South Africa’s exports to conventional markets stabilise and ensure higher export growth to emerging markets. The Foreign Economic Offices is crucial in its contribution towards increasing the demand for South African goods and services through market diversification, prioritisation and access and strengthening strategic export and investment promotion mechanisms through enhancing South Africa’s value-proposition. The variables eventually play a key role in the decision of the prioritisation of locations of the dti offices internationally.

(ii) Resource Allocation

Over the past few years the government has had to introduce a number of austerity measures within government departments with the aim to curb the increase in public expenditure. the dti has been affected by these measures which have meant the available resources to operate foreign offices have not grown with the increase in inflation and exchange rate related costs. For this reason, the Department has to frequently review its global footprint with the aim to locate in markets where the biggest return is possible based on the country’s economic priorities. The budget currently available to the Department mitigates against any further expansion of the dti’s global foot print of Foreign Economic Offices abroad.

20 June 2017 - NW1596

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) How many patents were registered in 2016 and (b) how many of the specified patents were registered by (i) Black, (ii) Coloured and (iii) Indian South Africans?

Reply:

(a) During the 2016 calendar year, there were 9033 patent applications (provisional and complete) filed at CIPC and 4307 complete applications granted in 2016. Provisional patent applications contain only the specification of the invention and are valid for only 12 months in order to allow the inventor to work further on their invention. They do not proceed to grant. Complete patent applications contain both the specifications and claims of the invention. The said application will proceed to grant once it complies with all relevant formal requirements. The granted patent is valid for 20 years if renewed annually and the prescribed renewal fee is paid.

(b) In terms of the South African Patent Act 57 of 1978, as amended, the complete patent applications must be filed by a Patent Attorney or Patent Agent. Therefore, CIPC does not have data based on the racial demographics as applicants can either be a natural person or juristic person.

20 June 2017 - NW1777

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Does (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to him make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid, and (cc) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Response (a)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)

The Minister and Deputy Minister make use only of the security services offered in terms of the Ministerial Handbook. Such security services are provided only to the Minister and Deputy Minister and not family or staff members.

(aa) VIP Drivers/Protectors are appointed to provide security and driving services to the Minister/Deputy Minister.

(bb) The South African Police Services (SAPS) is responsible for the payment of such services.

(cc) These services comply with the provisions of the Ministerial Handbook.

(c) c(i) c(ii) c(iii) (aa) (bb) (cc)

The Head of the dti’s listed entities do not make use of security services paid for by the state for themselves, nor their families nor any of their staff members.

20 June 2017 - NW1742

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether any staff of (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

Response for the Department and Entities

No approval is granted for employees to conduct business with the state. In addition the “Standard Bidding Document SBD 4” covers the declaration of interest and the requirement stipulated therein eliminate the risk of anyone doing business with the state.

13 June 2017 - NW1637

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

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2518 on 15 November 2016, a further socio-economic impact assessment on the proposed National Liquor Amendment Bill 2016 was conducted; if so, (a) when was this presented to Cabinet and (b) what were the main economic effects highlighted in the study; 2) Why was the socio-economic impact assessment report on the (a) final Liquor Policy and (b) proposed Bill not sent to the National Economic Development and Labour Council, causing the discussion around the proposed Bill to deadlock?

Reply:

(1) (a) The socio-economic impact assessment (SEIAS) on the proposed National Liquor Amendment Bill, 2016 (Bill) was conducted. The Bill together with the SEIAS report will be submitted to Cabinet for introduction into Parliament.

(2) (a) The SEIAS on the final Liquor Policy was never requested for submission to NEDLAC.

(b) The SEIAS on the Bill was requested by the Business constituency, but not by the Executive Director for all NEDLAC constituencies. In order to facilitate the conclusion of the NEDLAC report, the dti sent the SEIAS report to the Executive Director for discussion at NEDLAC. A date for the meeting is still to be set.

 

 

07 June 2017 - NW1542

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

(1)With reference to the 46 projects that have been approved for the Black Industrialist Programme, as announced in his budget speech in the National Assembly on 23 May 2017, what (a) are the names of the (i) companies and (ii) beneficial owners of the specified companies who will benefit from this programme and (b) does each of the specified companies produce?

Reply:

The Black Industrialist Policy was approved by Cabinet to support black entrepreneurs in the manufacturing sector of the economy, who have the potential to grow, invest and create jobs. These entrepreneurs must have identified an opportunity, own industrial capacity and are providing long term strategic and operational leadership to their business. The scheme focuses on sectors we believe are the corner stones of the country’s economy now and in the future as identified in the IPAP.

The names of the approved black industrialists will be published along with all the beneficiaries of incentive programmes for 2016/17 following the annual audit by the Auditor-General.

07 June 2017 - NW1578

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a) How many black industrialists have already been funded by the black industrialist programme and (b) in respect of the specified industrialists, (i) who is each of the specified persons, with reference in each instance to the (aa) firm, (bb) board members and (cc) shareholders, (ii) what amount was given to each, (iii) what was the purpose of the funding in each instance and (iv) how many job opportunities have been and will be created; (2) how many applications for funding have been received to date that have not yet been funded?NW1779E

Reply:

46 Black Industrialists have been approved for funding. As with all dti incentive schemes the Black industrialist scheme is a cost sharing grant. Of the approved black industrialists, 13 have been paid on a cost sharing basis towards capital investment costs, post investment support and business development services to the tune of R212 Million. Of the paid projects 1443 jobs have been supported.

07 June 2017 - NW1543

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

(1)Whether the new R1 billion incentive programme for agri-processing, announced during the Debate on Vote 34 – Trade and Industry, Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly on 23 May 2017, is an entirely new budget allocation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) will the specified incentive programme be funded by a virement from other incentive programmes; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, (a) from which other incentive programmes, (b) what will be the total amount in each case and (c) why has a similar commitment to the continuation of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme not been made?

Reply:

The MCEP is one of the key programmes of IPAP to encourage manufacturers to upgrade their production facilities in a manner that sustains employment and maximises value addition in the short to medium term. The Agro Processing sector was the highest beneficiary of the programme, resulting in a number of economic benefits including higher quality products, improved customer responsiveness, greater productivity and improved profitability. Most retained jobs and indirect jobs from the support emanated from this sector. Given the importance of Agro processing to revitalise rural economies, its relative low barrier to entry for new entrants, the need to provide post drought Agri input market access, the dti has prioritised competitiveness enhancement support for this sector. Unlike the previous MCEP which only catered for expansions, the support will enable both new and existing firms to invest in better technology and expand their facilities in a manner that retains and creates new job. Agro Processing Support Scheme will be funded from the additional 2017 MTEF allocation for manufacturing incentives.

The MCEP comprised of two sub-programmes namely production incentive and the Industrial Loan facility managed by the dti and IDC. The industrial loan facility was re-launched in September 2016 and continues to support qualifying manufacturing companies.

06 June 2017 - NW1534

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

What are the detailed reasons for shortlisting each of the three (3) candidates for chairperson of the NLC as presented to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

Reply:

Each candidate was shortlisted based on their skills, experience and expertise.

01 June 2017 - NW1514

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY Question 1514 Mrs E N Ntlangwini to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What number of (a) companies have divested from the country since 2012 in respect of all their industries and (b) jobs were lost when the specified companies divested from the country?

Reply:

the dti has facilitated numerous investments since 2012 and we are not aware of any of these companies divesting since then.

The General Motors decision is due to a commercial decision by its Head-Quarters in terms of its future global operations. Such divestment may also based on restructuring of the companies, mergers & acquisitions and general restrictive global market conditions.

Invest SA, offers as part of its services investor facilitation and aftercare and we are paying particular attention on the retention and maintenance of investment in the country. We have engaged with the steel sector, companies such as AMSA, Highveld, SC Smelters and well as companies in the renewables sector.

31 May 2017 - NW1397

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

(a) What amount did the National Empowerment Fund’s sponsorship of the Black Business Council (BBC) event on 15 May 2017 cost, (b) which person(s) or organisation approached the BBC for this sponsorship and (c) what are the full relevant details of the processes followed in expending the amount in this way?

Reply:

(a) What amount did the National Empowerment Fund’s sponsorship of the Black Business Council (BBC) event on 15 May 2017 cost?

The NEF approved sponsorship of R150 000 including VAT, totalling R171 000.

(b) Which person(s) or organisation approached the BBC for this sponsorship?

The Acting CEO of the BBC approached the NEF for the sponsorship. BBC correspondence to the NEF dated 11 May 2017 states that:

“We have invited the Minister of Finance, Honourable Malusi Gigaba to be our guest speaker and engage the Black Business Council fraternity on a number of issues.”

The BBC therefore approached the NEF, as an entity with the mandate of driving the implementation of black economic empowerment policies, to be part of an engagement with the Minister of Finance on issues affecting black entrepreneurs in South Africa.

(c) What are the full relevant details of the processes followed in expending the amount in this way?

The NEF approved the sponsorship in accordance with its internal policies.

31 May 2017 - NW1509

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (Bell Pottinger) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

 

Neither the department nor its Entities procured any services or made any payments to Bell Pottinger or any other public relations firm.

11 May 2017 - NW966

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Has the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college been a beneficiary of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund over the past three financial years; if so, what (a) amount(s) have been allocated to the college, (b) development project(s) are linked to this funding and (c) audited financial statements have been submitted to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) to date; (2) has the NLC conducted a site visit or visits to the specified college to verify the information provided by the college; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details; (3) (a) what amounts have been transferred to the college to date and (b) has the NLC found that the college met the conditions linked to the grants

Reply:

(1) No funding has been allocated to the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training College over the past three financial years.

(2) No site visit was conducted as the organisation has not been funded.

(3) As mentioned above no amount has been transferred to the West Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training College over the past three financial years.

11 May 2017 - NW1052

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a) What was the budget allocation for the Centurion Aerospace Village in the (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17 financial years, (b) what is the total number of jobs that were created; (2) whether any new (a) construction and/or (b) earthworks has been undertaken on the Centurion Aerospace Village site; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?NW1182E

Reply:

(1) (a) The budget allocation was (i) R17.5 million and (ii) R18.4 million which was allocated for operational expenditure only. No funds were provided for infrastructure.

      (b) None

(2) (a) No

      (b) The external bulk electrical works tender has been issued on 6 April 2017 and will commence shortly.

06 April 2017 - NW942

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy;

Reply:

Entity

1(a)

1(b)

1(c)

(i)

(ii)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

The Chief Executive Officer post does not exist

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post does not exist

Not applicable

Not applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

The Chief Executive Officer post does not exist

The Chief Financial Officer post does not exist

The Chief Operating Officer post does not exist

Not applicable

Not applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently not vacant

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently not vacant

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

The Chief Executive Officer post does not exist

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently not vacant

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently vacant

The position has been vacant for 1 year 9 months

The vacancy is due to funding constraints

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post does not exist

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Gambling Board (NGB)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post does not exist

The position has been vacant since April 2014

The Entity is currently under Administration.

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently not vacant

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently not vacant

The post was vacated from 31 March 2017

The incumbent resigned

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post is currently vacant

CEO – 5 Months

CFO – 3 Months

COO – Post created but never filled

CEO – Resignation

CFO – Resignation

COO – Never filled

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

The Chief Executive Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Financial Officer post is currently not vacant

The Chief Operating Officer post does not exist

Not applicable

Not applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

None

None

None

Not applicable

Not applicable

(2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled;

Entity

2

2(a)

2(b)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

The vacancy has not been advertised

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Gambling Board (NGB)

The vacany has been advertised

The interviews are not yet done

After proclamation of the National Gambling Amendment Act

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

The vacancy has been advertised

Interviews are planned to take place in May 2017

The vacancy is expected to be filled by August 2017

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

CEO - post adverstised

CFO - Post advertised

COO - post not advertised

CEO – Interviews are not yet done

CFO – Interviews were done

Relevant processes to address the vacancies are underway

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Entity

3(a)

3(b)

3(c)

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Companies Tribunal (CT)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Commission (NCC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Consumer Tribunal (NCT)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Credit Regulator (NCR)

No one is acting in the position

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Gambling Board (NGB)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)

The process to appoint an acting Chief Financial Officer is underway, the previous incumbent ‘s last day of employment was on 31 March 2017

Not applicable

Not applicable

National Regulator For Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

2 people (CEO and CFO)

CEO – 5 Months

CFO – 3 Months

Recruitment process not yet finalised

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

 

06 April 2017 - NW886

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

(1)With reference to his reply to question 473 on 15 March 2017, (a) who requested the payments, (b) was there a contract in place, (c) what are the details of the services that the Black Business Council (BBC) delivered and (d) what (i) competitive and (ii) open processes were followed in awarding the BBC the specified amount; (2) whether the BBC has been audited by (a) his department and/or (b) the Auditor-General; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. With reference to his reply to question 473 on 15 March 2017,

a) Who requested the payments?

In the recent past organised business was fragmented in South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry was crucial in the facilitation of the merger of the business structures to form Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). The formation was critical to government because it created a platform for government to engage unified business. The Department further committed to fund the BUSA during their establishment period.

Following the split in BUSA in 2011, the Department deemed it necessary to continue the support of organised business in the form of the Black Business Council (BBC) as it was a new formation that carried the interests of its membership that had a direct interest linked to the economic transformation mandate of the Department.

The BBC approached the Department to present areas of collaboration and to request funding for specific projects that relate to the Black Economic Empowerment and the Black Industrialist Programme. Before any considerations for funding were made, the department requested the BBC to present a business plan detailing projects and costing.

The Department assessed the business plan and once satisfied commenced a process of obtaining an approval from National Treasury

in accordance with paragraph 6.3.1 of the Treasury Regulations.

The National Treasury approved the creation of a transfer payment budget line for the BBC within Budget Vote 36 of the Department. It also important to highlight that a transfer payment is defined as an un-requited transaction that differs from the procurement of goods and services and is appropriated separately as per the Appropriations Act.

b) Was there a contract in place?

Following the approval of the transfer payment budget line by National Treasury, the Department entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the BBC.

c) What are the details of the services that the Black Business Council (BBC) delivered? And

The MoA with BBC details the areas of collaboration in respect to the implementation of the Black Industrialists programme. According to the agreement, Projects consist of the Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Framework development, the Resource Centre and the Customer Relations Management component.

Furthermore, the BBC is required to provide reports based on approved yearly project plans. The BBC is further required to provide Audited Financial Statements.

d) What (i) competitive and (ii) open processes were followed in awarding the BBC the specified amount?

The payment to the BBC is an un-requited transaction that differs from the procurement of goods and services. As such, no procurement process is required.

2) Whether the BBC has been audited by (a) his department and/or (b) the Auditor-General; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

(a) & (b) The department does not perform a separate audit for the transfer payment to the BBC as it is included as part of the annual statutory audit by the Auditor General. Furthermore, in exercising oversight over the transfer payment, an MoA is in place.

 

28 March 2017 - NW709

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participated in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

1Neither the Department nor its Entities participated in the dialogue with the President and thus no amount was spent.

2. Neither the Department nor its Entities participated in the auction of the souvenirs and thus no items were purchased.

15 March 2017 - NW473

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether his department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

No services were procured and no payments were made to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund.

d(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)

Over the past 3 years, a transfer payment of R7 million was paid to the Black Business Council as appropriated. The objective of the transfer payment was to strengthen and promote advocacy and the roll-out of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 46 of 2013 and in particular, the Black Industrialist Programme.

08 March 2017 - NW377

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) his deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) (b) (c) (d) (i) (aaa) (bbb) (bb) 

Minister Davies

No vehicles were purchased for Minister Davies during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years. New vehicles were purchased in the 2016-17 financial year due to the fact that the existing vehicles had exceeded 120 000 kilometers and were deemed to be in violation of the security regulation and transport policy for Executive Authorities.

Make

Model

Price

Purchase Date

Toyota Fortuner

2016

R625 718.94

28 July 2016

Toyota Fortuner

2016

R623 788.94

28 July 2016

(a) (b) (c) (d) (ii) (aa) (aaa) (bbb) (bb)

Deputy Minister Masina

No vehicles were purchased for Deputy Minister Masina for the 2014-15 financial years. The vehicles below were purchased in the 2015-16 financial year. No other vehicles were purchased after 1 April 2016.

Make

Model

Price

Purchase Date

BMW X5

2014

R966 112.14

27 November 2015

BMW X5

2015

R900 309.48

22 December 2015

 

01 March 2017 - NW239

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What are the reasons that the application for funding by the Edenvale Child Welfare from the Ithuba National Lottery that was lodged in 2015 is taking so long to adjudicate, (b) on what date was the application received and (c) what is the total number of other applications for funding that still have to be adjudicated before the specified application can be processed?

Reply:

(a) Reasons for delay in adjudication

In the 2015 Call for Applications, the NLC received approximately 22 000 requests for funding. The NLC is responsible for providing administrative support to the respective Distributing Agencies (DAs) who are entrusted with adjudicating these applications. The administrative leg for this application has been completed and it is still awaiting adjudication by the Charities Distributing Agency (CDA). The current CDA members are part time, and only adjudicate when they are able to sit, which depends on availability of the members.

(b) The application was received on 12 November 2015.

(c) Of the 22000 applications received, Edenvale Child Welfare is the 16931 application in the queue.

22 February 2017 - NW205

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

When will the matters before the National Consumer Tribunal relating to certain banks, Nedbank Limited and Standard Bank South Africa be finalised?

Reply:

The matter between NCR v Nedbank was referred to the National Consumer Tribunal on September 2015. Pleadings were due to close on 19 October 2015. The Respondent however, filed for a Condonation application on 22 January 2016 to extend the time period for the filling of its answering affidavit. The NCT is still considering the Application for Condonation which was rendered complete on 02 December 2016. The matter still needs to be set down for pre-hearing after the Condonation ruling is issued. The Tribunal anticipates the Condonation ruling being issued to the parties before the end of February 2017. The pre-hearing will be set down in April 2017 with the hearing set down for June 2017 subject to the availability of both parties.

The matter between NCR v Standard Bank was referred to the National Consumer Tribunal in July 2015. The matter has been set down for a hearing on 26, 27 and 28 July 2017. The judgment may be issued during August 2017.

22 February 2017 - NW206

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Has the investigation by the National Credit Regulator into a Satinsky (Pty) Ltd been finalised; if not, by what date will it be finalised; if so, what are the findings of the investigation; (2) Will any criminal charges be pursued against any of the perpetrators; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Have any (a) fines and/or (b) settlements been agreed to; if so, what are the relevant details? NW218E

Reply:

1.  The investigation into Satinsky 128 (Pty) Ltd (Satinsky) was finalised by the NCR. The NCR referred the case to the National Consumer Tribunal in October 2014. The matter has not been finally set down for a hearing, due to incomplete filing initially. In terms of the NCT current records the matter has lapsed and the process to reopen the matter is being initiated.

2. No criminal charges will be pursued. The contravention is not a criminal offense.

3. The matter is still pending at the NCT.

22 February 2017 - NW204

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)(a) What remedial action was decided in case NCT/26396/2015/140(1), between the National Credit Regulator and ABSA Bank Ltd, which was heard by the National Consumer Tribunal on 21 November 2016 and (b) what fines were imposed; (2) whether the consumers affected by the specified case will benefit in any way from the outcome; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what way and (b) why was this not communicated to the affected consumers; (3) whether any (a) fines, (b) settlements and/or (c) criminal charges were pursued against any person found guilty in the case; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?NW216E

Reply:

(1)(a) The matter was settled between the NCR and ABSA Bank Ltd on the basis that ABSA pay an administrative fine.

(1)(b) A fine of R10 000 000.00 (Ten million Rands) was imposed.

(2)(a) The consumers will benefit as follows – ABSA to:

    (i) Write-off the cost of credit on credit agreements.

   (ii) Restructure repayments for consumers who are currently in arrears.

   (iii) Rescind any civil court judgments against consumers at own cost.

    (iv) Instruct the credit bureaus to remove adverse listings from the credit records of consumers.

(2)(b) ABSA is required to submit to the NCR an audit report confirming compliance with the terms of the agreement and once the audit report is submitted, the NCR will inform the affected consumers.

(3) The alleged contravention is not a criminal offence; therefore no criminal charges were pursued.

 

16 February 2017 - NW79

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

With reference to the announcement that his department will spend R216 million upgrading a further five industrial parks, (a) what concessions have been secured from the relevant (i) local councils and (ii) provinces with respect to rebates and (b) did any companies commit in writing to investing in any of these parks; (2) has a business plan been drawn up to support the specified investment; if not, why not and if so, what are the relevant details?NW83E

Reply:

1. The revitalization of the industrial parks was informed by a scoping exercise in 2015 which was followed by a detailed assessment conducted in 2016. Further the dti facilitated a symposium involving all the industrial parks as well as the local councils and provincial representatives. The purpose of the symposium was to strengthen collaboration across all stakeholders including development of future funding models for the sustainability of the Industrial parks. Standard operating procedures for the industrial parks are being developed which will detail amongst other things funding models including the implementation of concessions and rebates. In addition, the development of an investor handbook is underway to be completed by March 2018.

2. An implementation plan was drawn up outlining a phased approach to be followed in revitalizing the industrial parks. This included prioritizing the critical infrastructure needs of the various industrial parks. The first and second phases provide for security and bulk infrastructure upgrades whilst the last two phases will address the investor specific infrastructure needs including top structure upgrades and strengthening the management capacity in the industrial parks. In addition, the dti is supporting the firms located in the industrial parks through the cluster development programme to enhance their competitiveness.

16 February 2017 - NW119

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Finance to question 1969 on 15 December 2016, which banks that are registered with the SA Reserve Bank offer home loans in respect of land owned by traditional and/or communal authorities?

Reply:

According to the National Credit Regulator -

The credit providers that offer the loans as stated above and are registered with the NCR are the following:

  • Ithala Limited
  • Risima Housing Finance Corporation
  • VBS Mutual Bank

16 February 2017 - NW81

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

With reference to his reply to question 2688 on 5 December 2016, regarding the R200 000 virement for the Progressive Youth in Business (PYB) (a) which persons or organisations requested the virement, (b) what was the R100 000 of the virement remaining after the transfer to a certain company (name furnished) used for, (c) why did the adjustment budget refer to the PYB, which is directly affiliated to a certain political organisation (name furnished), (d) what was the specific involvement of the PYB in the application for and awarding of this grant, (e) what is his department’s policy for sponsorship and (f) why was this application not redirected to the appropriate development finance institutions, such as the National Empowerment Fund?

Reply:

a) There was no virement requested by any organization. In accordance with the PFMA, the dti shifted funds from goods and services to Household: Gifts & Sponsorship line item to cater for the sponsorship requests received.

b) The remainder of the funds has not been used.

c) Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering submitted a proposal of funding in a form of a donation for the launch of a mobile ICT application at the dti and the request was considered in terms of the sponsorship policy and the premise of potential value and contribution towards the strategic objectives of the dti.

d) Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering was introduced to the Special Economic Zones & Economic Transformation Division of the dti by Progressive Youth in Business (PYB), who although is indicated as such in the in the adjustment budget, did not receive funding for this project. Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering was approved and paid R100 000

e) The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the National Treasury Regulations (NTR) provide broad guidelines for managing contributions towards sponsorships and gifts. This policy aims to provide guidelines that dti staff may follow when making donations. The policy is based on the PFMA and aims to support and complement the dti's Fraud Prevention Plan, as well as its code of conduct for government officials. The aim of sponsorship must always be to advance the dti’s aims, as defined in the Estimates of National Expenditure (Vote 32), and the aims of its supportive programmes.

f) The company applied for the donation to cover the launch of the Mobile based Application initiative that will serve as a platform to connect youth led initiatives with government departments, DFIs, JSE listed companies amongst others in providing access to information, technical and expert advice as well as improved access to incentives.

.

07 December 2016 - NW2703

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Was there any public participation and consultation with regard to the new SA Bureau of Standards policy on number plates; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what form did the participation and consultation take place, (b) which organisations participated and (c) on what dates did the participation and consultation take place; (2) (a) when will a national standard be concluded, (b) where can the original specifications be accessed, (c) what testing has been conducted on number plates in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (d) what were the test results in each of the specified years?NW3194E

Reply:

1. Yes, there was public participation and consultations with affected stakeholders in the number plate industry.

(a) Participation and consultation took place in the form of meetings with affected stakeholders.

(b) The number plate industry, comprising number plate blankers/manufacturers and embossers participated in the meetings with the SABS. The industry was represented by South African Number Plate Association, the Number Plate Association of South Africa, the Retail Motor Industry Organisation(RMI) and the companies Uniplate, New Number Plate Requisites and ARGA. Meetings were also held with all the provincial transport departments except those of the North West and the Western Cape provinces.

(c) Meetings were held on 8 February 2016, 10 February 2016, 06 April 2016 and 18 April 2016 with the various stakeholders mentioned in (b) above.

2. (a) Number plates are controlled by the existing South African National Standard (SANS) 1116. There are no new national standards being developed to control number plates.

(b) The original specifications that are contained in SANS 1116 can be assessed through the SABS Sales Office in Pretoria and also through the SABS regional offices. These specifications can also be assessed on the SABS online webstore.

(c) Responses to the following sub questions: i, ii and iii and also (d) are all captured in tabular form below.

Summary of tests conducted in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16

Tests conducted according to SANS 1116-2 and 4

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Current failures

License Numbers (characters)

   

X

X

Setting out characters

   

X

 

Color and luminance factors

   

X

 

License number and border

   

X

 

Graphics

   

x

X

Workmanship

   

x

 

Retro-reflective material

   

x

 

Resistance to weathering

   

x

 

Resistance to scratching

x

x

x

 

Resistance to bending

x

x

x

 

Resistance to impact (applies only to plastic number plates)

x

x

x

 

Resistance to abrasion (applies to aluminium number plate)

x

x

x

 

Packing

   

X

X

05 December 2016 - NW2688

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

With reference to page 264 of the 2016 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure regarding his department, (a) what is the reason for the R200 000 virement for the Progressive Youth in Business, (b) what is the specified amount intended for, (c) what process was followed in awarding the amount and (d) who are the (i) directors and (ii) office-bearers of the Progressive Youth in Business?

Reply:

(a) the dti received a proposal for the development of a Mobile Application from Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering. During the Adjustment Estimates of National Expenditure, a virement of R200 000.00 was requested with an intention to provide funding towards projects for youth economic empowerment. Of the R200 000.00, R100 000.00 was allocated to Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering in-line with the dti sponsorship policy. The remaining R100 000.00 will be used for other strategic core functions in-line with the mandate of the dti.

(b) The amount was meant for a Mobile based Application initiative that will serve as a platform to connect youth led initiatives with government departments, DFIs, JSE listed companies amongst others in providing access to information, technical and expert advice as well as improved access to incentives.

(c) the dti policy, process and procedures for sponsorship was followed.

(d) The Executive Director for Regoapele Capital wealth Engineering is Mr O Moshori.

30 November 2016 - NW2648

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

What was the waiting time for each application for Letters of Authority submitted to his department by a certain company (name furnished) (a) in the (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015 calendar years and (b) since 1 January 2016?

Reply:

(a) (i) 2014 - 5 LoA’s were issued as follows:-

Date applied              Date Issued          No. of working days

20/10/2013                  2014/1/27                                      74

13/3/2014                    2014/6/14                                       69

12/6/2014                    2014/7/30                                       49

12/6/2014                    2014/7/30                                        49

29/10/2014                  2014/10/29                                    112

(ii) 2015 - 3 LOA’s were issued as follows:-

Date applied           Date Issued            No. of working days

5/8/2014                   2015/6/14                                   225

5/8/2014                   2015/6/14                                   225

5/8/2014                   2015/6/14                                   225

(b) 2016 - No LOA applications were received in this financial year

30 November 2016 - NW2647

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

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2142 on 19 October 2016, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications eliminated the backlog of applications for Letters of Authority that are older than 120 calendar days by the deadline of 14 November 2016; if not, (a) why was the specified deadline not met, (b) what is the current status of the specified backlog, (c) why did he not inform Mr G G Hill-Lewis that the deadline would be missed as undertaken in the specified reply, (d) what are the full relevant details of all steps he is taking to address the backlog urgently and (e) by what date will the backlog be eliminated; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, the backlog of applications for Letters of Authority that are older than 120 calendar days were not eliminated by the deadline of 14 November 2016 that was given to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry;

(a) The complexity of the required skills, human resource and systems interventions to deal with the backlog have taken longer than anticipated.

(b) The backlog on 30 October 2016 was 1615.

(c) The meeting to inform the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on progress is scheduled for 29 November 2016.

(d) The NRCS has taken the following steps to address the backlog as a matter of urgency.

(i) Separation of administrative from technical processes Progress: The NRCS has developed and implemented administrative and technical evaluation checklists and processes.

(ii) Develop and piloted risk-based approach - Low Risk: Renewals, Local Manufacturers and Low Risk Application in terms of Products, Companies and Countries - Progress: Implemented RBA on Low Risk Applications, Implemented RBA on Renewal Applications; Medium Risk: Products, Companies and Countries, Progress: Piloting RBA on Medium Risk Applications; High Risk: Products, Companies and Countries; Different approval routes used based on risk classification.

(iii) Human ResourcesProgress: LOA approvals section resources have increased from 5 to 7 inspectors; Additional 2 candidate inspectors – Short-listing completed, recruitment process underway; 4 more positions are being created to further increase the staff complement to 13 inspectors. Overtime has also been approved to assist with the reduction in the backlog in the short-term.

Progress is reported to the Director-General bi–weekly through the oversight process led by the Group COO and the Deputy Director General.

(e) the backlog will be eliminated by 31 March 2017.

30 November 2016 - NW2642

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

With reference to his reply to question 2518 on 15 November 2016, on what date will he make the specified socio-economic study available to the public?

Reply:

The Liquor Amendment Bill will be submitted to Cabinet in the first quarter of 2017. In terms of the cabinet process, the Socio Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) report must accompany all legislation. Once approved by Cabinet, the SEIAS report will be made available.

15 November 2016 - NW2518

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

Whether an economic impact assessment was conducted for the proposed draft Liquor Amendment Bill; if not, why not; if so,(a) how many jobs could be lost if the specified Bill is passed, (b) what financial implications will the passing of the Bill have and (c) where can the report of the specified assessment be accessed?

Reply:

A socio economic impact assessment (SEIA) was conducted on the final Liquor Policy and approved by Cabinet on 14 September 2016. The SEIA report was submitted to the Cabinet Secretariat.

As the Hon Member is aware, the National Liquor Amendment Bill, 2016 was published for wider consultation. The consultation process ends on 30 November 2016. the dti will review the comments received and will endeavor to conduct a further socio economic impact assessment on the Bill, if required.

10 November 2016 - NW2425

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

What memoranda of understanding in terms of (a) rebates and (b) incentives have been secured from (i) local governments and (ii) provinces to attract business for the revitalisation of the country’s industrial parks?

Reply:

the dti has allocated R281 million for this programme to date. This money is being used for critical infrastructure upgrades. There are budget constraints, and funding as well as other non-financial support mechanisms are being discussed. The first engagement was held in the form of discussions with stakeholders through a symposium held on 12-13 October 2016 at the DBSA in Midrand. Further engagements with local government and provinces are planned for early next year.

08 November 2016 - NW2424

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

(1)Whether any application was made for a Special Economic Zone in the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal; if so, what are the relevant details; if not, (2) Whether any (a) formal and/or (b) informal interactions have taken place between (i) the specified district municipality, (ii) the Ugu South Coast Development Agency and (iii) his department in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. The Department of Trade and Industry has not received any application for a Special Economic Zone from the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal,

2. There has not been any interaction, formal or informal, between the dti and the Ugu District Municipality or with Ugu South Coast Development Agency.

 

 

03 November 2016 - NW2377

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether, given the sluggish South African economy and low projected growth, he will consider collecting evidence-based data around economic models that work and that do not work, from some special economic zones, in collaboration with the Minisiter of Labour, attempting to relax labour regulations and in that limited geographic space to determine whether it does not result in more job opportunities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Since the introduction of the new Special Economic Zones Policy and the introduction of a new package of incentives for SEZ investments; the overall investment performance of South Africa’s special economic zones has improved significantly. For example, total secured investments in the 4 operational IDZs increased from R19, 7 billion at the beginning of the 2016 to R41, 2 billion at the end of October 2016. In addition, the total investment commitments from the not yet operational zones (including the newly designated) stands at over R70 billion. The dti is confident that this improved investment performance of South Africa’s special economic zones will soon translate into a stronger contribution to GDP, value-added exports and employment.

In implementing the SEZ Programme, the dti is aware that continuous learning and innovation have to be, and are; central to our efforts to improve the performance of all special economic zones. Therefore, there are lessons from both the domestic and international experiences in the planning, design, development, management and operations of special economic zones. When the time is right, department will review both the SEZ Policy and its instruments; taking into account all the lessons from both the domestic and international experiences.

However, the dti does not have any intention to introduce a different labour market policy in special economic zones. There are no indications that the current labour market policy has negative impact on the performance of our special economic zones.

 

 

01 November 2016 - NW2370

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) submitted a copy of its constitution to him; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard; (2) whether the CCIFSA submitted annual financial statements for the (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 financial years; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, on what date(s) were the specified annual financial statements submitted to him; (3) whether his department provided any form of funding, assistance, sponsorships and/or assets to the CCIFSA since the establishment of the federation in 2014; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (a) what was the value of the funding, assistance, sponsorships and/or assets provided to the CCIFSA, (b) for what purposes and (c) has he found that the specified purposes were met? NW2705E

Reply:

According to the information received from National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the dti: CCRD -

The Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division together with the NLC have never funded the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), as a result

(1) Not applicable.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

According to the information received from National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the dti: CCRD -

The Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division together with the NLC have never funded the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), as a result

(1) Not applicable.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

01 November 2016 - NW2316

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

(a)(b) (aa) The Department of Trade and Industry received and completed two hundred and fifty five (255) investigations since 1 January 2009 to date. Of the 255 investigations, sixty one (61) related to the Entities of the dti.

Period

the dti Cases

Entity Cases

Total Cases

Jan-Dec 2009

37

17

54

Jan-Dec 2010

49

5

54

Jan-Dec 2011

26

10

36

Jan-Dec 2012

23

5

28

Jan-Dec 2013

20

9

29

Jan-Dec 2014

19

5

24

Jan-Dec 2015

13

7

20

Jan-Oct 2016

7

3

10

Total cases

255

(bb) The subject of the forensic audits varied from conflict of interest, fraud, corruption and bribery, irregular and unauthorised expenditure, procurement irregularities, incentive scheme fraud, and alleged unethical behaviour.

(ccc) Two hundred and forty nine (249) cases relating to the period 01 January 2009 to date have been finalised. Six cases relating to the period 01 January 2016 to date are in progress. Certain investigations were outsourced to Grant Thornton, Nexus Forensics, Ubuntu Business Advisory Services (UBAC) and Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting (GFIA). The majority of investigations were conducted by the in-house forensic audit unit within the Internal Audit Chief Directorate at the dti.

(ii)

(ii)

ENTITY

(aa)

Name

(bb)

Subject matter

(cc)

Dates of conclusion

(a)

Internal

(b)

External

NRCS

 

1. Investigation into possible conflict of interest

Investigation into possible conflict of interest

March 2013

-

External

 

2. Investigation report into the taxed bill of costs

Investigation report into the taxed bill of costs

June 2014

Internal

-

 

3. Preliminary Investigation to determine compliance with the NRCS subsistence and travel policy

Preliminary Investigation to determine compliance with the NRCS subsistence and travel policy

June 2014

Internal

-

 

4. Preliminary investigation report into staff concerns

Preliminary investigation report into staff concerns

Feb 2016

Internal

-

 

5. Independent assessment on recruitment and selection process

Independent assessment on recruitment and selection process

Sept 2015

Internal

-

 

6. Investigation towards costs relating to services rendered

Investigation towards costs relating to services rendered

Aug 2014

Internal

-

 

7. Investigation into the matters relating to technical specialist

investigation into the matters relating to technical specialist

March 2015 In Progress

-

External

 

8. Preliminary-investigation report into the matter of the approval of audit payment

Preliminary-investigation report into the matter of the approval of audit payment

Sept 2015

Internal

-

 

9. Preliminary Investigation of the allegations relating to the electrotechnical inspector

Preliminary Investigation of the allegations relating to the electrotechnical inspector

April 2015

Internal

-

 

10. Independent assessment on an appointment

independent assessment on an appointment

May 2016

Internal

-

 

11. Industry trading without LOA

Industry trading without LOA

Oct 2015

In progress

-

External

 

12. Inspector disclosure of confidential information

Inspector disclosure of confidential information

Jan 2016

In progress

-

External

 

13. Industry defrauding NRCS with regard to testing of weighbridges

Industry defrauding NRCS with regard to testing of weighbridges

Feb 2016

In progress

-

External

 

14. Products not complying with NRCS Compulsory Specifications

Products not complying with NRCS Compulsory Specifications

March 2016

In progress

-

External

 

15. Alleged corruption / unethical behavior by inspector

Alleged corruption / unethical behavior by inspector

Sept 2015

In progress

-

External

 

16. Investigation of two members of staff

Investigation of two members of staff

Aug 2015

-

External

 

17. Grant Thornton Report- JDE Fraud Case

Grant Thornton Report- JDE Fraud Case

May 2012

Follow up being made with SAPS with regard to prosecution and arrest of suspect. Currently await SAPS

-

External

 

18. Provision of forensic investigation services in relation to the allegations of irregularities and mismanagement at NRCS

Provision of forensic investigation services in relation to the allegations of irregularities and mismanagement at NRCS

March 2013

-

External

 

19. Investigation of possible irregularities with regard to procurement practices in the corporate services department of the NRCS

Investigation of possible irregularities with regard to procurement practices in the corporate services department of the NRCS

March 2010

-

External

 

20. Forensic Investigations into alleged irregularities in the tendering process at NRCS

Forensic Investigations into alleged irregularities in the tendering process at NRCS

February 2011

-

External

 

21. Forensic Investigation into allegations of irregularities

Investigation into allegations of irregularities

January 2011

-

External

 

22. Investigation into donor funding

Investigation into donor funding

November 2015

-

External

NMISA, ECIC, NCC, CT and NCT

 

NIL

-

-

-

-

NEF

 

1. Investigation into possible fraudulent payments

Staff member of a NEF funded entity made certain fraudulent payments into accounts

May 2015

Internal

-

 

2. Facilities

Staff member extorting payments/services from a service provider

April 2014

Internal

-

 

3. Forensic investigation into various allegations made by an anonymous whistle-blower

Allegations of improper conduct and irregularities relating to decisions made by the organisation and some of its employees

November 2013

-

External

 

4. Allegations of misconduct by a staff member

Review of allegations of improper/unlawful sms sent to a client.

September 2011

-

External

 

5. Corruption & misconduct by two employees

Irregularities concerning allegations relating to two staff members

August 2011

-

External

 

6. Corruption & misconduct by an employee

Allegations regarding certain unethical behaviour by an employee

June 2011

-

External

NCR

 

1. Allegations of misconduct levelled against a Senior Manager

Breach of National Treasury Regulations, specifically with regards to supply chain management; Fraud; Misrepresentation; non-compliance with procurement policy; conflict of interest; gross negligence in the performance of duties

November 2011

-

External

 

2. Allegations of misconduct

Corruption, racism, nepotism, unethical conduct and inappropriate relations with a service provider

February 2013

-

External

SANAS

 
  1. Investigation into possible fraud

Fraudulent bank account details

September 2014

-

External

NGB

 

1. Unauthorised Amendments to a tender document

Investigation into unauthorised changes effected to a tender document

August 2014

Internal

-

 

2. Conflict of interest

Unauthorised work conducted by an official within the NGB that was not disclosed and/or approved by the NGB

September 2014

Internal

-

NLC

 

1. Corporate Business Insight Awareness cc report

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

Urgency and sensitivity - as recommended by SARS

August 2012

-

External

 

2. Fraud unit reports

Beneficiary related alleged fraud investigations.

July, August

Internal

-

 

3. Ens Forensics & Ra Russel Adviser report

Forensic Investigation of the leak and Destruction of Confidential Documents

August 2013

-

External

 

4. Nexus reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation.

December 2013

-

External

 

5. Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo( SNG) reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation.

November

2013

-

External

 

6. Kwinana reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

November 2013

-

External

 

7. Gobodo Forensic Investigative Accounting(GFIA) report

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April 2013

-

External

 

8. KPMG reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

June 2013

-

External

 

9. Fraud unit reports

Beneficiary related alleged fraud investigations.

July, August 2013

Internal

-

 

10. Nexus reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April 2014

-

External

 

11. Nexus report

Forensic report on conflict of interest between beneficiary and junior staff member

Conflict of interest between beneficiary and junior staff member

Beneficiary related forensic investigation.

September 2014

September 2014

August2014

-

External

 

12. Kwinana report

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

January

,February, April 2014

-

External

 

13. Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo( SNG) reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April, March, May 2014

-

External

 

14. Gobodo Forensic Investigative Accounting(GFIA) report

Forensic report on conflict of interest between beneficiary and junior staff member

April 2014

-

External

 

15. KPMG reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April, May, June 2014

-

External

 

16. Fraud unit reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

Jan to Dec 2014

Internal

-

 

17. Sizwe Ntsaluba report

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

July2015

-

External

 

18. Forensic unit reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

February-December 2015

Internal

-

 

19. Gobodo Forensic Investigative Accounting(GFIA) report

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April 2015

-

External

 

20. Nexus reports

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

April 2015

-

External

 

21. Forensic unit report

Beneficiary related forensic investigation

January 2016 to date

Internal

-

 

22. Sam Ledwaba attorneys report

Forensic investigation on a key management staff member received from the Hotline

June 2016

-

External

SABS

 

1. Investigation on the alleged loss of documents at the SABS

An investigation into the alleged loss of documents at the SABS premises.

August 2016

-

External

 

2. Investigation on the alleged misconduct and non-adherence to the SABS policies

An investigation into the alleged appointment of suppliers without following SABS policies and procedures regarding contract management

July 2016

-

External

 

3. Investigation on the process followed pertaining to the renewal/re-issue of permits to one of the SABS client

An investigation into the alleged lack of due diligence by SABS staff members when issuing SABS permit to the client.

September 2015

-

External

 

4. Investigation on the allegations of bribery and manipulation of data results

Investigation into allegation of bribery and manipulation of data results or test reports

February 2015

-

External

 

5. Investigation into allegations of unethical conduct

Investigation on the alleged unethical conduct by one of the SABS employees

February 2015

-

External

 

6. Investigation into possible fraud in the procurement practices at the SABS

Investigation into allegations of possible fraud regarding suppliers registrations process

May 2013

-

External

 

7. Investigation on the allegations of conflict of interest at the SABS.

Investigation conducted into the alleged conflict of interest and corporate governance

July 2013

-

External

 

8. Investigation on the alleged manipulation of supplier bank accounts

Investigation into fraudulent activities by SABS staff member.

December 2011

-

External

CIPC

 

Investigation launched by the dti

Investigation into possible procurement irregularities

Sub Judice

-

External

19 October 2016 - NW2142

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

Noting the circumstances around the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, (a) how will he ensure that the current backlog in the processing of the applications for a Letter of Authority is dealt with as speedily as possible and (b) what is the time frame for handling the specified backlog?

Reply:

(a) An Acting CEO; Advocate Edward Mamadisi, from the Legal Services section of the dti, has been appointed and commenced duties on Monday 17th October. Advocate Mamadisi will be supported by staff from within the dti and the process will be the subject of an oversight process led by the Group COO and the Deputy Director General; Industrial Development Division.

(b) Based on a thorough assessment of the backlog of applications; existing capacity and operational constraints a target date for dealing with the backlog will be ascertained and communicated, if it is at variance with the date given to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.

30 September 2016 - NW2111

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(i) (aa) (bb) (aaa) (bbb)

No spending was recorded in the department on advertising with the Africa News Network Channel or with the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s television channels in the 2015-16 financial year and from 1 April 2016 to date.

(ii) (bb) (aaa) (bbb)

The spending on advertising with the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations was R511 382.91 in the 2015-16 financial year and R659 226 from 1 April 2016 to date related to key areas of the dti’s work programme.

(iii) (aa) (bb) (aaa) (bbb)

No spending was recorded in the department on advertising with the national commercial radio stations, television channels and community television channels in the 2015-16 financial year and from 1 April 2016 to date.

(iv) (bb) (aaa) (bbb)

The spending on advertising on community radio stations for the 2015-16 financial year was R388 787 and R1 772 419.33 from 1 April 2016 to date on advertising campaigns.

Response from the Entities

ENTITY

QUESTIONS

RESPONSES

NLC

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb)

 

(aa) television channels

R900 000.00

R1 193 607.36

 

(bb) radio stations

R6076288.60

R887583.07

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

R994790.00

R117 655.00

 

NEF

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

R901 867.68

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

R28 096.50

R7 200.00

 

ECIC

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

(aaa)

(bbb)

 

(aa) television channels

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

R78 156.00

R52 104.00

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

R333 606.00

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

SABS

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 
 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

NGB

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

R141,684.90

 

NCT

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

(aaa)

(bbb)

 

(aa) television channels

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

SANAS

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations and

R37 962.00

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

NRCS

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

R472 701.00

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

CT

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

R122 586.07

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

NCC

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

R2 110 719.48

 

(bb) radio stations

R1 513 511.26

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

CIPC

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

R463 879.68

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

NCR

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

R33 610.00

R502 321.88

NMISA

(i) Africa News Network 7 channel

(aaa)

(bbb)

   

-

-

 

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

 

(aa) television channels

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-

 

(iii) national commercial radio stations

-

 

(iv) community

(aaa) 2015-16 fy

(bbb) since 1 April 2016

 

(aa) television

-

-

 

(bb) radio stations

-

-