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17 September 2018 - NW2358

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What number of water treatment plants does the Government own, (b) where is each plant located, (c) what number of the specified water treatment plants is operational and (d) what is each water treatment plant’s daily capacity?

Reply:

a) The number of water treatment plants owned by Government is a total of 1137 inclusive of boreholes. Refer to Annexure A.

b) Refer to Annexure A.

c) The number of water treatment plants that are operational is a total of 1084 and 53 are not operational. Refer to Annexure A.

d) Refer to Annexure A.

17 September 2018 - NW2356

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Which municipalities in each province are presently the top 10 water consumers?

Reply:

The municipalities that are presently the top 10 water consumers in each province are listed per table below. In most of the cases there is a direct relation between demand and the population served by a particular municipality. Refer to Annexure A for the top 10 water consumers in each province.

14 August 2018 - NW1673

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, have been referred to the (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by (aa) his department and (bb) each entity reporting to him for further investigation since the Act was assented to and (b) what number of the specified cases have (i) been investigated by SAPS and DPCI, (ii) been followed up by the respective accounting officers and (iii) resulted in a conviction in each specified financial year since 2004?

Reply:

Refer to the table below for the consolidated response from the Department and Entities reporting to me regarding number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities.

Entity

(a)(i)

(a)(ii)

(b)(i)

(b)(ii)

(b)(iii)

Department of Water and sanitation

The numbers of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, which have been referred to the SA Police Service (SAPS) by our Department, are Twelve (12) cases.

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by our Department.

Refer to (a) above.

Our Department is continuously following up regularly with SAPS regarding the Twelve (12) cases to ensure that investigations are still taking place.

No conviction relating to the cases for the periods 2012/2013 until 2017/2018 financial years which are still in progress with SAPS.

Amatola Water

None

None

None

None

None

Bloem Water

None

One (1) case of fraud and corruption is under investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Bloemfontein Free State against an employee who has since terminated her services by taking early retirement.

One (1): case is still being investigated

The matter is followed-up periodically

The incumbent is no longer an employee of Bloem Water

No conviction: investigation is on-going

Lepelle Northern Water

The number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, which have been referred to the SA Police Service (SAPS) by our Entity, is 1 (one).

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Lepelle Northern Water.

Refer to (a) above.

Our Entity is continuously following up regularly with SAPS regarding the one case to ensure that investigations are still taking place.

No conviction relating to the case.

Magalies Water

1. Two (2) Cases of corruption and fraud were reported to the SAPS in 2013 against an employee who has since then, resigned.

2. The two (2) Cases were back then consolidated into one (1) Case (Case Number OBD598072014).

3. With all the periodical requests for feedback from the SAPS, we get a standard answer that investigation is still on- going.

4. We are of the opinion that the Police have not made any progress with respect to the finalisation of this Case.

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Magalies Water.

Only the 2-in-1 Case referred to under (a)(i) (Case Number OBD598072014) which is still being investigated by the SAPS since in 2013.

Periodic follow ups on this one (1) Case (Case Number OBD598072014) of 2013 continue; but

2. The incumbent is also no longer an employee of Magalies Water.

The response already showing in this Section hold true for Magalies Water.

Mhlathuze Water

None

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Mhlathuze Water

Refer to (a) above.

Refer to (a) above.

Refer to (a) above.

Overberg Water

There is only one case reported in June 2018 but still in discussion with the SAP on the alleged fraud and corruption.

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Overberg Water.

Refer to (a) above.

Refer to (a) above.

No conviction relating to the cases for the periods 2012/2013 until 2017/2018 financial years which are still in progress with SAPS.

Rand Water

Fourteen (14) cases were reported to the SAPS over the period 2004 to 2018

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Rand Water.

  1. Eight (8) cases of fraud were reported to the SAPS over the period.
  1. One (1) case of embezzlement was reported to the SAPS
  1. Five (5) cases of theft were reported to the SAPS

The entity is continuously following up regularly with SAPS regarding the cases to ensure that investigations are still taking place.

  1. One (1) case of Fraud in 2008
  1. Two (2) cases of Theft in 2012
  1. Two (2) cases of Theft in 2016

Sedibeng Water

The numbers of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, which have been referred to the SA Police Service (SAPS) by our Department, are five (5) cases.

One (1) Section 34 complaint was lodged with the DPCI.

Refer to (a) above.

The entity is continuously following up regularly with SAPS regarding the five (5) cases to ensure that investigations are still taking place.

There were no case reported for the period 2012/2013 until 2016/2017 financial years. The new cases reported in 2017/18 are still under investigation and the entity is following up with SAPS on the progress.

Umgeni Water

The number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, which have been referred to the SA Police Service (SAPS) by our Department, is one (1) case.

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by Umgeni Water.

Refer to (a) above.

The case is at PMB High court

No conviction relating to this case – still in progress

WRC

None

There are no cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by WRC.

Refer to (a) above.

Owed to the fact that our Institution had Zero (0) cases, it was not necessary to follow up regularly with SAPS to ensure that investigations are still taking place.

Owed to the fact that our Institution had Zero (0) cases, it was not necessary for convictions relating to the cases for the periods 2012/2013 until 2017/2018 financial year.

TCTA

The number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, which have been referred to the SA Police Service (SAPS) by our Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority are 2 (two).

There are two cases referred to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority.

• First case referred to DPCI was mandated to SAPS Commercial Crimes for investigation and prosecution. The case reference is State vs Mbeba (Ref. IR2014/11/108).

• The second case that was referred to DPCI for criminal investigation involves the former Chief Executive Officer of TCTA on allegations of corruption. The second allegation involves fronting Intelligent Water Solutions (‘IWS’). The case number is Lyttelton CAS 29/12/2017.

Refer to (a) above.

Trans- Caledon Tunnel Authority continuously follow up regularly with SAPS regarding all the cases to ensure that investigations and prosecution take place.

There were no convictions relating to the two cases for the periods 2012/2013 until 2017/2018 financial years.

• The case of the State vs Mbeba (Ref. IR2014/11/108), was withdrawn therefore no conviction was secured.

• The case which involves the former Chief Executive Officer of TCTA and Intelligent Water Solutions (‘IWS’) (CAS 29/12/2017) is still under investigation.

14 August 2018 - NW1791

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Hugo, Mr RT to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What number of bucket toilets still exist (a) in the country and (b) in each (i) province and (ii) metropolitan municipality; (2) (a) what number of bucket toilets were replaced in each of the past three financial years and (b) what was the cost for each unit built as a replacement?

Reply:

(1)(a) There are currently 14 539 buckets in the formalised settlements in the country and will be eradicated in this current year, 95% have top structures and 85 to 95% internal reticulation complete.

(1)(b)(i) Refer to the table below for the numbers in each province currently at a total of 14 539 buckets:

Financial Year 2018/19

Number of buckets to be eradicated

Free State

10837

Northern Cape

3702

TOTAL

14 539

(1)(b)(ii) There are no Buckets that exist in the formalised settlements of Metropolitan Municipalities; however this is an on-going process to verify existing buckets.

(2)(a) Refer to the table below for the number of buckets eradicated:

Financial Year

Number of buckets were eradicated

2014/2015

A total of 20581 buckets were eradicated

2015/2016

A total of 1 838 buckets were eradicated

2016/2017

A total of 6 978 buckets were eradicated

2017/2018

A total of 8 313 buckets were eradicated

TOTAL

A total of 37 710 Buckets were eradicated

(2)(b) The National average for the provision of a waterborne toilet is R15 000.

14 August 2018 - NW1997

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) number of water quality tests did the Rand Water conduct in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (i) in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16, (cc) 2016-17 and (dd) 2017-18 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) were the results of each test; (2) will he furnish Mrs A M Dreyer with copies of each quality test?

Reply:

(1)(a) Refer to the table below for the number of water quality tests did the Rand Water conduct in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for the financial years in question.

(1)(a)(i)(aa) 2014-15

(1)(a)(i)(bb) 2015-16

(1)(a)(i)(cc) 2016-17

(1)(a)(i)(dd) 2017-18

(1)(a)(ii) since 1 April 2018

44358 (July to June)

46563 (July to June)

49837 (July to June)

54137 (July to June)

Information Included in (1)(a)(i)(dd)

(1)(b) Refer to Annexure A for all water quality test results for the financial years in question are attached

(2) Yes, the water quality reports for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for the financial years in question will be made available to the Hounorable Member.

14 August 2018 - NW1708

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What total amount of land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him in each province is (i) vacant and (ii) unused or has no purpose and (b) what is the (i) location and (ii) size of each specified plot of land; (2) (a) how much of the land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him has been leased out for private use and (b) what is the (i) Rand value of each lease and (ii)(aa) location and (bb) size of each piece of land?

Reply:

(1)(a) In terms of Section 1(1)(x) of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act no. 36 of 1998) (NWA) the Department owns the land on which a government waterworks is situated. The Department owns, manages and controls 320 state own dams (government waterworks) country wide. The extent of the land required is determined scientifically up to the dam boundary line of each dam which includes the full supply level, the 1:100 year flood line and a buffer line. In terms of GIAMA, the disposal policies of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the National Department of Public Works (NDPW) the excess land must be transferred to NDPW. The Minister only acquires the minimum land required for the government waterworks in order to manage, operate and maintain the dams. In relation to ownership, the Minister has exclusive rights on the land within the government waterworks and the water source is regarded as national assets which must be protected in terms of the NWA. Refer to Annexure A for the amount of land owned by the entities.

(1)(b) Refer to Annexure A for the amount of land owned by the entities.

(2)(a) The Department currently does not have existing legal lease agreements in place as they have expired. However, the Department is currently in the process of appointing a Service Provider to develop a policy that will be used when dealing with leasing of land within the government waterworks. It is anticipated that the policy will be finalised by November 2018 and the leasing of land within the government waterworks will therefore resume.

(2)(b) Refer to Annexure A for the amount of land owned by the entities that have been leased out.

13 July 2018 - NW1924

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of entities reporting to him in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

Refer to the table below for the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of the entities reporting to me.

Entity

(1)(a)

(1)(a)(i)

(1)(a)(ii)

(1)(b)

(2)

           

Amatola Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Bloem Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Lepelle Northern Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Magalies Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Mhlathuze Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Overberg Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Rand Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Sedibeng Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Umgeni Water

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

WRC

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

TCTA

1

There was 1 reported incident in March 2016.

None

The incident was reported at stage two of a grievance process which started as a performance management dispute between a male supervisor and a female subordinate.

The incident was investigated by an independent forensic investigator who concluded that on a balance of probability, it is unlikely that any act of sexual harassment occurred.

Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA)

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA)

None

None

None

None

Falls Away

13 July 2018 - NW2042

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by his department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; (2) Whether all vehicles owned by his department have tracking devices installed?

Reply:

(1)(a) Our Department had one (1) vehicle accident reported during the 2015/16 financial year. There have not been any vehicle accidents reported for the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18.

(1)(b) The cost of repairing the vehicle was R313 294.86.

(1)(c) No vehicle has been written off in our Department.

(2) Our Departments vehicles have no tracking device installed on them.

13 July 2018 - NW1612

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

Whether any employees from his department were seconded and/or transferred to any district municipality in Limpopo (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, (i) what are the relevant details of the (aa) name, (bb) job title and (cc) salary of each such employee and (ii) to which district municipality was each employee seconded and/or transferred in each case; (2) whether any of the specified employees still appear on his department’s payroll or organogram; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any agreement and/or memorandum of understanding has been put in place to facilitate the secondment and/or transfer of the employees; if so, will he furnish Mr L J Basson with a copy thereof?

Reply:

1. No, there were no employees seconded and/or transferred to any district municipality in Limpopo for the past three financial years and since 1 April 2018.

2. Falls away.

3. Falls away.

02 July 2018 - NW1330

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

(1)With reference to the reply to question 475 on 31 March 2016, (a) by what date will the first phase of the Madibeng Water Purification Plant be completed and (b) at what cost; (2) (a) by what date will construction on the second module of 20 megalitres of the specified plant begin and (b) (i) by what date will construction be completed and (ii) at what cost; (3) whether any plans have been put in place to build additional reservoirs in Madibeng; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what date, (b) where and (c) at what cost; (4) Whether any new pipelines will be built to carry water to existing reservoirs in Madibeng; (5) by what date will the pipeline from the pump station at the Crocodile River to the plant be built?

Reply:

(1)(a) The first phase of the Madibeng Water Purification Plant is projected to be completed by 31 March 2019 provided that an additional R100 million is made available in the current financial year for electrical and mechanical works of the plant.

(1)(b) The estimated cost for completion of the first phase of the Madibeng Water Purification Plant is R528 million.

(2)(a) The construction of additional 20 megalitres (second module) will commence in the financial year 2022/23.

(2)(b)(i) The construction is projected to be completed by the end of 2025/26 financial year.

(2)(b)(ii) The estimated cost of R701 million for the second module of 20 megalitres of the specified plant.

(3) There are no plans to build additional reservoirs in Madibeng; there are currently enough existing reservoirs in Letlhabile, Sonop, Maboloka, Mothutlung, Ouskral, Madidi, Mmakau, Jericho, and Majakaneng.

(3)(a) Falls away.

(3)(b) Falls away.

(3)(c) Falls away.

(4) Yes, construction of new pipelines to carry water to existing reservoirs is projected to commence in 2019/20 financial year.

(5) The pipeline from the pump station at the Crocodile River to the plant to be completed by the end of 2018/19 financial year.

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02 July 2018 - NW1909

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his answer to question 383 on 4 May 2018, Sedibeng Water is involved in any capacity in the construction of sewage plants; if so, (a) at which sewage plants and (b) in what capacity; (2) who are the implementing agents, project managers and contractor of the construction of waste water treatment at Rooigrond in North West; (3) whether Sedibeng Water acts as the implementing agent at the Rooigrond project; if so, (a) on what date did the project commence, (b) what was the tender amount and (c) who is the successful tenderer; (4) (a) on what date is the project expected to be completed and (b) what is the present cost of the project to date; (5) whether he will make a statement regarding the matter?

Reply:

1. Our Department still maintains the Sedibeng Water is not involved in any construction of sewage plants through the Departments funding.

2. Our Department is not involved in the construction of the waste water treatment at Rooigrond in North West therefore, Request the Honourable Member to refer the question to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, who is in a better position to respond to issues relating to the contracting of Sedibeng Water Board for the construction of sewage plants in North West.

3. Falls Away.

4. Falls Away.

5. Falls Away.

02 July 2018 - NW1873

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

(1)(i) Our Department has reported one (1) incident of racism to the human resource which was investigated and the employee was found guilty and dismissed during the 2016/17 financial year.

(1)(ii) There were no incidents of racisms reported by entities reporting to me during the 2016/17 financial year.

(2) Falls Away.

02 July 2018 - NW1842

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied him on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to his department; (2) whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a);(b);(i);(ii), No

(aa);(bb);(aaa) and (bbb) and(cc);(aaa) and (bbb), Falls away;

2. Falls away.

04 June 2018 - NW1491

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr C M Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) he, (b) senior management service members in his department and/or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to him have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit.

Reply:

a) No.

b) No.

c) No.

29 May 2018 - NW1099

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him and (b)(i) is the name of each consultant, (ii) are the relevant details of the service provided in each case and (iii) is the (aa) start date, (bb) time period, (cc) monetary value in Rands of each contract and (dd) name and position of each individual who signed off on each contract?

Reply:

a) Refer to Annexure A for the number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by my Departments Main Account.

b) Refer to Annexure B for the number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by my Departments Water Trading Entity (WTE).

c) Refer to Annexure C for the number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by my Departments Entities.

21 May 2018 - NW1258

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

What is the (a) status of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II and (b) estimated (i) completion date and (ii) cost; (2) whether any contractors have been appointed; if so, what is the (a) name of the contractor and (b) contract price?

Reply:

(1) To date 13 contracts have been completed, 23 contracts are still in progress, 10 contracts are at evaluation stage and 1 contract is at tender stage. Refer to Annexure A for the estimated completion dates and estimated cost.

Contracts in Progress:

The Polihali Dam as well as the Polihali to Katse Transfer Tunnel design is progressing well. Presently the Geotechnical drilling contract is 3 months behind schedule. Alternatives are being considered to mitigate any delays this may have on the above-mentioned designs.

 

Infrastructure, Social and Environmental consultancy work in progress are the design of:

  • Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Western Corridor,
  • ESIA Dam and Tunnel site establishment areas,
  • Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Project Housing, main reservoir, Major bridges & road realignments (iv) RAP - Western access road and
  • Hydropower feasibility study now concentrating on the detailed feasibility of conventional hydropower generation at three sites.

Designs and tender documentation are ready to be issued by June 2018, of the following works are:

  • Western Access Road,
  • Power supply and Telecommunications.

Tender evaluation of the first three (3) construction contracts, were advertised in September and October 2017 are complete and is about to be awarded. The contract for the Advanced Infrastructure construction works are:

  • An Access Road,
  • Civil works at the Polihali Village accommodation area and,
  • The short Diversion Tunnel around the Dam wall to mitigate any delays when the Dam construction commences.

(2) No construction contracts have been awarded to date.

 

Annexure A

Phase II: Progress to date (Budget figures exclude escalation):

KEY items

Milestone dates

Budget at completion

Cost to date

Rand

%

Invoiced

Comment (Reference Program V11.0)

Administrative cost

Dec 2025

329 052 613

272 428 720

82.7

 

Advanced Infrastructure – design and supervision

Apr 2015 – Sept 2018

252 502 764

120 194 418

47.7

Average 2 months behind schedule. Budget includes supervision costs.

Advance Infrastructure – construction

May 2018 – Aug 2020

4 125 620 005

-

-

Various awards starts in May 2018

Polihali Dam - design & supervision

Jul 2017

465 103 216

13 541 039

2.9

Design on programme. Budget includes supervision costs.

Polihali Dam – construction

Feb 2020 (Start)

3 800 000 000

-

-

To be awarded by Feb 2020, Completion date - Dec 2025

Geotechnical investigations

Apr 2019

42 719 213

29 881 290

 

3 months behind due to flooding and cashflow problems. Alternatives considered

Diversion tunnel around dam wall – design and supervision

Sept 2016 – Sept 2019

82 460 557

22 883 723

27.8

On programme. Non critical item

Diversion tunnel around dam wall – construction

May 2018 – Sept 2019

-

-

-

To be awarded by end of May 2018

Polihali to Katse Tunnel - design and supervision

Nov 2017

920 000 000

-

-

Awarded in Nov 2017. Budget includes supervision costs.

Polihali to Katse Tunnel – construction

May 2020 (Start)

4 500 000 000

-

-

To be awarded by May 2020. Completion date – Feb 2026

Social development projects

Present to Dec 2024

128 722 147

39 862 675

40

3 months behind on average. Resettlements will be completed in time for construction

Environmental projects

Present to Dec 2024

53 646 560

26 837 363

50

Studies and designs on programme

Start impounding water in Polihali

Nov/Dec 2023

-

-

NA

On programme Ver 11.0

Water delivery into Katse Dam

By end Jan 2026

-

-

NA

Water in storage since Nov 2023

Volume of transfers to Katse Dam will be dependent on the agreement reached with Lesotho on the new Operational Rules of the LHWP

ESTIMATED COST AT COMPLETION INCLUDING ESCALATION AND CONTINGENCIES

 

24,326 bill

525 629 228

2.7%

Scheduled complete 3.48%

 

15 May 2018 - NW1259

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

(a) What is the current status of phase 2 of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project, (b) on what date will construction (i) start and (ii) be completed, (c) who will be responsible for the construction and (d) what is the estimated cost of phase 2 of the project?

Reply:

a) The project is at the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Phase. Public participation was undertaken and the Final Scoping Report was submitted to Department of Environmental Affairs in April 2018.

(b)(i) Construction is scheduled to start in January 2020.

(b)(ii) Water delivery is scheduled for January 2024. After construction, there is a Defects Notification Period of one year, and servitude rehabilitation of 2 years, and project close out is scheduled for May 2027

c) An open tender procurement process will be undertaken where the successful contractor will be responsible for construction.

The estimated cost is R 12.1 billion.

15 May 2018 - NW736

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will his department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; (2) (a) What is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in his department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, our Department has a Sexual Harassment Policy in place.

(1)(b) Falls away.

(a)(b)(i) The allegations are investigated by an Employee Relations Officer, who after completing the investigation, writes a report. The decision to take or not to take disciplinary action is based upon the recommendations of the investigation report.

(a)(b)(ii) Our Department implements recommended sanctions according to the Departmental Labour Relations Policy and Labour Relations Sanctioning Guidelines for the Public Service; the Policy and guidelines stipulate sanctions that include verbal and written warnings, suspension without pay and a dismissal depending on the nature and circumstances of the case.

(2)(a) Three (3) incidents were reported in the past three financial years. During the 2015/16 there were no reports; during the 2016/17 one (1) incident was reported; and, during 2017/18 two (2) incidents were reported.

(2)(b) Three (3) cases were opened; and, were all concluded. Out of the three (3) two (2) were withdrawn.

(c) In the one case that was not withdrawn, the Chairperson found the alleged perpetrator not guilty of sexual harassment.

15 May 2018 - NW1257

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

(a) What is the current status of the Clanwilliam Dam, (b) on what date will construction (i) start and (ii) be completed, (c) who will do the construction and (d) what is the estimated cost?

Reply:

(a) Site establishment activities for the Raising of Clanwilliam Dam project commenced in June 2014 and were completed in September 2016. Our Department has utilised its internal Construction Unit for the completion of the necessary site establishment activities. The bid for the appointment of a private sector construction contractor was issued on 26 August 2016 and closed on 9 November 2016. However, due to unavailability of funds for the construction phase of the project the tender bid could not be awarded.

(b)(i) The Minister has ordered a budget reprioritization to accommodate construction start this financial year.

(b)(ii) The Minister has instructed that construction should start within five (5) months from May 2018.

(c) The Minister does not want to speculate on completion day. The construction unit of the Department will spearhead the construction.

(d) The estimated construction cost for the Clanwilliam Dam Raising only, is R2 200 million (2016).

04 May 2018 - NW383

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether any contracts for the erection of sewage plants were awarded to Sedibeng Water in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18 financial years in the North West Province; if so, (a) which contracts were awarded, (b) where in North West were these erected, (c) what is the amount of the tender, (d) what is the name of the successful tenderer, (e) has the project been completed, if not, (f)by what date is it expected to be completed; if so, (g) what was the final costs? (2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. There were no contracts awarded for the erection of sewage plants to Sedibeng Water in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18 financial years in the North West Province.

(1)(a) Falls away.

(1)(b) Falls away.

(1)(c) Falls away.

(1)(d) Falls away.

(1)(e) Falls away.

(1)(f) Falls away.

(1)(g) Falls away.

2. Falls away.

23 April 2018 - NW218

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the (a) total number of dams in the country, (b) exact location of each dam, (c) capacity of each dam, (d) date on which each dam became operational, (e) current level of each dam and (f) name of the owner of each dam?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF WATER AND SANITATION

(a) Table below gives a breakdown summary of total number of dams in the country as well as ownership status as per dam register published on 31 December 2017.

Ownership sector

Total number of registered dams

State

854

Department of Water & Sanitation

322

Municipalities

333

Other state departments

76

Water Boards

123

Private sector

4 657

Mines, industries, business

335

Agriculture

4 322

Total

5 511

(b) Dam location per Province is given in the table below. A detailed location of each dam is supplemented in Columns G to O of the dam register, submitted as Annexure A.

Province

Total number of registered dams

North West

92

Gauteng

187

Limpopo

458

Kwazulu-Natal

1090

Eastern Cape

789

Western Cape

1572

Northern Cape

130

Mpumalanga

675

Free State

518

Total

5 511

(c) The table below gives a cumulative summary of dam capacities per ownership sector. From the table it can be seen that state dams store 94% of all available water resources in the country, whereas private sector store the remaining 6%.

Ownership sector

Total capacity in (m3 x 109)

% total capacity

State

31.35

94

Department of Water & Sanitation

29.35

88.0

Municipalities

1.0

3.0

Other state departments

0.2

0.6

Water Boards

0.8

2.4

Private sector

2.06

6.0

Mines, industries, business

0.5

1.5

Agriculture

1.56

4.5

Total

33.41

100

(d) Dam register is submitted as an Annexure A of this reply, for all practical purpose, the date in which the dam became operational is taken as the date of completion which is given in Column R of the dam register.

(e) Dam levels are submitted as Annexure B of the reply. It should be noted that only dam levels owned by my Department are submitted. My Department is unfortunately not in a position to furnish levels of privately owned dams.

(f) Owner's details are given in Column AD of the register

 

23 April 2018 - NW1002

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

How much land does (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him (i) own, (ii) have exclusive rights to and/or (iii) lease from the State to (aa) use and/or (bb) occupy?

Reply:

a) (i) In terms of Section 1(1)(x) of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act no. 36 of 1998) (NWA) the Minister owns the land on which a Government Waterwork is situated. The Minister owns, manages and controls 322 dams (Government Waterworks) country wide. The extent of the land is determined scientifically up to the dam boundary line of each dam which includes the full supply level, the 1:100 year flood line and a buffer line. All excess land must in terms of Government Immovable Asset Management Act (GIAMA) and the disposal policies of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the National Department of Public Works (NDPW) fall back to the NDPW.

(ii) In terms of ownership the Minister has exclusive rights on the land mentioned as above. No other Custodian Departments have any right over the mentioned land because Government Waterworks are National Assets and the water source must be protected in terms of the NWA.

(iii) None, due to the fact that the Minister acquires the minimum land needed for a Government Waterwork.

(aa) Refer to (a)(1)

(bb) Refer to (a)(1)

b) Refer to Annexure A for information regarding entities reporting to the Department.

ANNEXURE A

(b) How much land does the entities reporting to him

(i) own

(ii) have exclusive rights to and/or

(iii) lease from the State to

(aa) use and/or

(bb) occupy

Amatola Water

6 Lancaster Road Vincent East London-

R2 372 250.00

3 Lancaster Road Vincent East London-

R1 332 220.17

Albany Coast-

R1 705 213.00

Nahoon WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Laing WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Craighead Pumping Station (and related land and dwellings on site)

Glenmore WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Peddie Regional WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Gubu Dam (and related land and dwellings on site)

Wriggleswade Dam  (and related land and dwellings on site)

Rooikrantz WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Binfield WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Debe Nek WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Masincedane WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Upper Mnyameni WTW (and related land and dwellings on site)

Sandile WTW (and related land and dwellings on site

None

Public Works Port Elizabeth workshop – Harrower Road

Public Works Port Elizabeth workshop – Harrower Road

Bloem Water

44509.1479 Hectare

75338.89 hectare

There are no properties leased from the state

None

None

Lepelle Northern Water

2 hectares valued at R6.4 million situated in Polokwane area

2 hectares valued at R6.4 million situated in Polokwane area

There are no properties leased from the state

None

None

Magalies Water

24 properties, of which covers the area of 169 hectares, 15 of the properties own by Magalies Water are still registered with Department Public Works, and Magalies Water is in the process of transferring ownership.

Magalies Water has 226 servitudes endorsement in different properties, of which it covers 54 163M2 and 105 servitudes not registered, which covers the area of 307 hectares

There are no properties leased from the state

None

None

Mhlathuze Water

Portion 6 ERF 6724 Richards Bay Registration Division GU in the Richards Bay Transitional Local Council area, Province of KwaZulu-Natal on sub-divisional diagram S.G no. 2118/1997 in extent 2 5012 hectares;

Sub 4 of Lot 8723 Richards Bay (Extension No. 28) situated in the Richards Bay Transitional Local Council Area, Administrative District of Natal, Province of KwaZulu-Natal, in extent Three comma Three Five Nought One ( 3, 3501) hectares;

Portion 41 of Reserve 6 No.15 825 Registration Division GU Province of KwaZulu-Natal in extent 44,4332 ( Forty Four , Four Three Three Two) hectares;

ERF 960 Eshowe ( Extension Number 9 Registration Division GU Province of KwaZulu-Natal in extent 1534( One Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty Four) square metres;

Portion of ERF 1413 Eshowe Registration Division GU Province of KwaZulu-Natal in extent 1441( One Thousand Four Hundred and Forty One) square metres; and

Portion 1 of the farm Richards Bay No. 16990 GU situated in the Township of Richards Bay, Administrative District of KwaZulu- Natal in the extent 3 542(Three Thousand Five and Forty Two) square metres as indicated on SG Diagram 2009/1999.

Mhlathuze Water does not have land that it has exclusive right to use.

Mhlathuze Water does has have land that it is leasing from the State:

None

None

Overberg Water

No land is owned except the wastewater treatment works in three schemes and houses.

Servitude to access infrastructure in someone property such as the adjacent farm.

None

None

None

Rand Water

7778.798ha land owned

4072.006ha Servitudes

None

None

None

Sedibeng Water

R142,440,370.95 (Both Land and Buildings for Office and Plant Operations: Total value of all regions combined as at 31 March 2018. Land used for Offices, Purification Plants and Pump station area is 144.9H but government owned).

R1,088,122.85 (Servitudes where the pipeline is laid. Right to use the land-Estimated area is 5.17657 km²).

None

Refer to response in (b) (i) & (ii) above

Refer to response in (b) (i) & (ii) above

Umgeni Water

Properties own by Umgeni Water are 451

Umgeni Water has exclusive right over 473 properties

Umgeni Water is leasing no land from the State

None

None

Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Total freehold land owned: 1318.35 hectares

Land with exclusive rights: 675.39 hectares;

State Land: 1115.63 hectares

None

State Land: 1115.63 hectares

Water Research Commission (WRC)

Through its subsidiary ERF 706 Pty (Ltd) WRC is currently the registered owner of a property with a building situated in Gezina, Pretoria. This property together with the building was sold during the 2017/18 financial year and the transfer of ownership in the Deeds office is underway.

Yes, the WRC own the building and the land and at this stage has exclusive right of use until the transfer to the new owners occur and this should happen soon

The WRC does not lease land from the state

The WRC is currently leasing and using office space in 4 Daventry Street, Lynnwood Bridge, Pretoria as it has sold the property ERF706 in Gezina.

See response (aa) above

23 April 2018 - NW751

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a)What number of persons has (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him trained in the past five years, (b) for what purpose was each individual trained, (c) what was the cost of the training of each individual, (d) in which position was each individual who was trained employed and (e) what was the reason that each specified individual was not employed following training?

Reply:

a) The number of persons trained over the past five years are:

  1. Department
  1. Entities

14 449

22 920

b) The purpose for the training can be summarised as follows:

  1. Department
  1. Entities

Personal development plan (PDP): the PDPs of employees are informed by the key result areas of the individuals’ performance agreements. The employee and supervisor identify performance gaps as well as appropriate training and development interventions to address those gaps. The purpose of these training and development intervention seek to enhance the employees’ skills and competencies. The training interventions range from managerial, administrative to technical/professional training.

  • Health and safety
  • Inherent job requirements
  • Personal development plan
  • Employee career aspirations
  • Succession planning within the organisation and to improve technical skills within the water sector
  • Learnership / internship / apprenticeship/ graduate trainee programmes

c) The training costs vary depending on the selected course (i.e. career path), the level of qualification (i.e. unskilled, semi-skilled, specialist) and its duration. The average cost can be summarised as follows:

  1. Department
  1. Entities

R 5 603,36

R 12 163,49

d) The positions can be summarised as follows:

  1. Department
  1. Entities

The training for departmental employees represents officials from the lowest to the highest level in the department.

  • Graduate and experiential learning
  • Learnerships
  • Unskilled
  • Semi-skilled
  • Technical worker or junior management
  • Professional / specialist / middle management
  • Senior management
  • Top management

e)  The reasons that each specified individual was not employed following training are:

  1. Department
  1. Entities

Not applicable since the training was for departmental employees.

For the non-permanent employees (e.g. learnerships, internships) that could not be absorbed within the various entities, the reasons include but are not limited to

  • No available internal vacancies at the time of completing the training
  • Budget constraints

 

 

09 April 2018 - NW219

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum water levels at each dam in the country in each year since 1994?

Reply:

Attached is the table with the details of the (a) maximum and (b) minimum water levels at each DWS monitored dam in the county per province since 1994 (Annexure A).

In addition, a map summarizing the National Status of Water Resources since 1980 until 2017 is attached as Annexure B.

02 March 2018 - NW342

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on the promotion or celebration of the Year of O R Tambo 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 since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

There was no amount spent by my Department and each entity reporting to me towards celebrations of the Year of OR Tambo.

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01 March 2018 - NW3

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the current status of the intended augmentation of the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam, Voëlvlei Dam and Brandvlei Dam, respectively, (b) what has caused the postponement of the specified projects and (c) when will these projects be finalised?

Reply:

a) Clanwilliam Dam

Site establishment activities for the Raising of Clanwilliam Dam project commenced in June 2014 and were completed in September 2016. The remainder of the Scope of Works for the construction of the Raising of Clanwilliam Dam will be done by a private construction contractor. This contractor will be procured through a competitive bidding process is line with Government’s Supply Chain Policies and Regulations.

Berg River Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS)

Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has commenced with the implementation of the project. Stakeholder engagement is in progress including negotiations with the water users in order to develop offtake agreements. The procurement of the Engineering Professional Service Provider (PSP) is also in progress; the tender has been advertised and will close on 6 April 2018.

Brandvlei Dam

The final outcome of this proposed project will be an increase of the Brandvlei Dam`s canal by 30cm. This will allow and additional amount of water to be diverted during the winter months for storage which will bring an additional area under irrigation. Further phases to increase the yield can include the upgrading of the 30 year old Papenkuils pump station in the Breede River. This project is clearly linked to the National Development Plan (NDP) as well as the outcomes derived from it.

b) Clanwilliam Dam

The bid for the appointment of a private sector construction contractor was issued on 26 August 2016 and closed on 9 November 2016. However, due to unavailability of funds for the construction phase of the project, the tender bid could not be awarded.

Berg River Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS)

Unavailability of funding for the project delayed the project. My Department and TCTA are at advanced stage to secure funding and the National Treasury guarantees for the implementation of the project.

Brandvlei Dam

Unavailability of funding for the project delayed the project. The Provincial Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal for funding under the General Budget Support (GBS) component of the EU-funded National Development Support Programme for the first phase to raise the current canal with 30cm. No final decision was taken on the upgrading of the Papenkuils pump station.

c) Clanwilliam Dam

The construction phase of the project will commence when funding becomes available. In a bid to source funding, the project was submitted to National Treasury for inclusion in the budget facility for infrastructure for strategic projects.

Berg River Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS)

TCTA has adopted a fast tracked approach to project implementation and legislative requirements, including borrowing authority approvals which will result in construction commencing in October 2019 with water delivery milestone being achieved in March 2021.

Brandvlei Dam

As the DWS owns the Brandvlei Dam and associated infrastructure, they will be the lead agency responsible for the design of the infrastructure to be constructed, overseeing the construction and to identify and appoint the construction company (either in-house or externally). The Brandvlei Intergovernmental Steering Committee, consisting of 18 directly involved or affected organs of state, will oversee the implementation of this project.

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01 March 2018 - NW377

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the total amount that was (i) budgeted for and (ii) spent on her private office (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office in each of the specified periods?

Reply:

a) (i) The private office does not have a separate budget from that of the Ministry.

The budget and the expenditure of the private office is included in the budget of the Ministry which is reflected in the Annual Reports of the 2014/15, 2015/16 and the 2016/17 financial years

b) The remuneration of employees in the private office is included in the compensation of all employees in the department as reflected in the relevant annual reports.

The salary levels and job descriptions are in line with the guidelines provided by the Handbook for Members of the Executive as well the Public Service Regulations.

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21 February 2018 - NW8

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) was the rationale behind the directive from her department to Umgeni Water in terms of section 74(1) of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, to establish a desalination plant in the City of Cape Town, (b) were the legislative provisions she relied on when the directive was issued and (c) are the details of the progress with regard to the establishment of the desalination plant since the directive was issued?

Reply:

a) The Minister of Water and Sanitation can use the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Agencies/Entities reporting to her to be deployed in emergency situations such as a drought disaster. In the case of the Drought Disaster in the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town in particular, Umgeni Water has both the capacity and the expertise to execute an emergency desalination project and also to perform the operation and maintenance of the plan. Section 74 (1) of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998) provides distinctively for directive relating to a power which already resides with the institution and a power which the institution does not have at all but same assigned or delegated to it by way of a directive. The directive requires that UW performs both water resource and water services functions. It is in this regard that Section 74(1) of the National Water Act, 1998 was utilized as part of the Department of Water and Sanitation intervention.

b) Considering the nature of the services (scarce resources) to be provided by Umgeni Water to another organ of state, which will fulfil the right to access to sufficient water in terms of section 27 of the Constitution Act 108 of 1997 but also foster cooperative governance as per section 41 of the Constitution. The fact that the performance of duties assigned to Umgeni Water by the Directive are not in the business plan of Umgeni Water cannot be a legal impediment to enforce the Directive. In fact the purpose of the Directive is to assign or delegate those powers that are not in the business plan or allowable in terms of section 30(1) of the Water Services Act, 1997 (Act No. 108 of 1997) to Umgeni Water.

c) Yes. Following meetings between the Mayor of the City of Cape Town (CoCT) and Minister and the request by the Mayor for assistance, Minister issued a directive to UW on 11 December 2017 to procure a 10MLD plant as an emergency intervention for CoCT for siting in the harbour.

  • Umgeni Water has concluded their procurement process and has identified a preferred service provider.
  • The City of Cape Town have however recently requested that Minister delay the implementation of the desalination option so that they can assess the ground water availability once drilling has been completed, and also to find an alternate site for the plant.
  • A number of meetings have been held during the past 10 days to deal with the following issues:
    • Finalisation of the site for the establishment of the plant;
    • Electrical supply;
    • Connector infrastructure (sea intake, brine discharge and connection to the CoCT water supply system);
    • Regulatory requirements; and
    • Off-take agreement.

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21 February 2018 - NW6

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) plans has her department put in place in respect of the augmentation of existing and the development of new bulk water infrastructure to mitigate the effects of climate change on the provision of bulk water in the Western Cape Province and (b) is the status of the (i) plans and (ii) financing thereof?

Reply:

(a) My Department is working on the implementation of the Berg River-Voelvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS). This project augments the Western Cape Water Supply System that serves the Cape Town Metropolitan and surrounding smaller urban areas as well as irrigators in the area. In addition to the BRVAS project, various surface water schemes (e.g. the Michell’s Pass Diversion, Further Phases of the Vloevlei Dam Augmentation, Upper Wit River Diversion, Molenaars River Diversion and the Raising of the Lower Steenbras Dam) are at various stages of investigation for further augmentation of the system in the medium- to long-term.

(b)(i) Planning work for the BRVAS project has been concluded and environmental authorisation is expected by May 2018, if there are no snags with appeal process. However, considering the severe drought situation prevailing in the region, I have whilst awaiting the approval or finalization of the environmental authorization appointed the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) to secure funding and implement the project on a fast-track basis. The TCTA is currently engaging the City of Cape Town and other potential users of the water to finalize off-take agreements.

(b)(ii) The TCTA is currently engaging the National Treasury to obtain approval on a funding mechanism and the required guarantees.

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21 February 2018 - NW7

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the total amount of funding that has been allocated to the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality for the development of boreholes for the provision of water (a) in the (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017; (2) (a) what number of boreholes were intended to be developed, (b) what is the total number of boreholes that was developed and (c) have all the funding been accounted for since 1 April 2015?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) There is no amount of funding that has been allocated to Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the 2015-16 financial year.

(1)(a)(ii) There is a total amount of R15,000,000 that has been allocated to Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the 2016-17 financial year.

(b) The total amount of R15,000,000 has been allocated to Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality since 1 April 2017.

(2)(a) A total of 60 Boreholes are intended for development over a multi-year phased approach through Sedibeng Water as the Implementing Agent.

(2)(b) A total of 55 Boreholes have been drilled.

  • Two contractors have been appointed for equipping and construction of boreholes in Area 3 and Area 4.
  • 30 hand pumps were developed in the Qwaqwa area through support from the National Lottery.
  • In addition, the Department has provided 80,000 litres of storage for the supply of water from a municipal borehole in Bolata.

(2)(c) All work on the ground and payments made to date has been verified.

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21 February 2018 - NW50

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

With reference to the Pietermaritzburg High Court decision that the appointment of a certain person (name furnished) to the Mhlathuze Water Board was unlawful, what was the total cost spent by her department on (a) the appeal and (b) subsequent withdrawal of the appeal by her department following judgment in the matter of Makhanya v The Minister of Water and Sanitation and Mhlathuze Water Board?

Reply:

The total cost spent by My Department is R R1 331 829 .21 on the following:

a) Appeal is R518 367.79 excluding Mr Makhanya legal costs;

b) Mr Makhanya legal costs R813 461.42

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21 February 2018 - NW51

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

By what date will a new board for the Mhlathuze Water Board be appointed?

Reply:

My Department has commenced with processes to appoint a new Board of Mhlathuze Water Board. A submission for the appointment of a selection panel and a chairperson to consider all nominations received and make recommendations on Board appointments was completed. It is anticipated that the selection panel will commence and conclude its task by March 2018 and it is expected that the new Board will be appointed in April/May 2018, as it requires Cabinet concurrence.

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18 December 2017 - NW3594

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) My Department has currently a total of five (5) disputed unpaid invoices for more than 60 days at R 64 604.12; a total of two (2) disputed unpaid invoices for more than 90 days at R 883 101 646.14; and a total of 29 disputed unpaid invoices for more than 120 days at R 85 226 308.47.

It should be noted that there are various reasons for disputed invoices as follows:

  • Discrepancies with regards to the actual invoices;
  • Contractual arrangements;
  • Discrepancies regarding supplier details;
  • Discrepancies regarding banking details;
  • Work done not supported by a certified engineer; and
  • Unverifiable work.

(a)(ii) Refer to the table below for the total number of supplier invoices that are currently unpaid by my Entities:

 

Total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid

Total amount outstanding in each case

(aa)Total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid more than 30 days

720

R 116 677 218.85

(bb)Total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid more than 60 days

933

R 47 366 803.03

(cc)Total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid more than 90 days

571

R 170 050 648.10

(dd) Total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid more than 120 days

128

R 125 015 841.38

TOTAL AMOUNT

2352

R 459 110 511.36

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18 December 2017 - NW3923

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the total number of households that were moved to make space for the Nandoni Dam in Limpopo, (b) was a settlement agreement reached between her department and the households that were moved, (c) what is the total monetary value of the settlement, (d) what amount was given to each household and (e) what are the details of persons who have (i) received and (ii) not yet received the settlement as at 27 November 2017?

Reply:

a) The total number of households that were moved to make space for the Nandoni Dam is 465 (which included recognition of families desiring to separate/divorce, one Musanda, three churches, one clinic, two business; one government and community buildings). These structural replacements should were separate from the relocation of 2 100 subsistence farmers.

b) Yes, a settlement agreement was reached with the affected households/ community. The Relocation Action Plan (RAP) was developed with the project steering committee which comprised of provincial and territorial authorities.

c) The total monetary value of the settlement is R 8,005,248.79.

d) and (e)

It must be noted that the compensation system adopted to mitigate losses and other disadvantages caused by the project strived for reinstatement as a preferred option rather than monetary value. Where reinstatement was impractical or inadequate, resort was made to other forms of compensation. In addition to reinstatement, the following households were also compensated in monetary value.

See attached Annexure A.

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14 December 2017 - NW2906

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the detailed (a) breakdown of and (b) valuation for current and non-current assets and investments held by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her according to (aa) listed assets (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held and (bb) unlisted investments (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held by each of the entities, in each case breaking the current assets and investments down by 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and beyond 12 months?

Reply:

Refer to the table below for the detailed breakdown for the branch CFO: Main Account in my Department also refer to Annexure A for the detailed Breakdown from Construction Unit.

Main Account as at 31 August:

 

0-3 months

3-6 months

6-12 months

12 months

(a)(aa)(aaa) Breakdown of listed assets directly held

None

None

None

None

(a)(bbb)

Breakdown of listed assets indirectly held

None

None

None

None

(b) Valuation for current and non-current assets

None

None

Current assets

Non-Current Assets

(b)(bb)(aaa) Unlisted investments directly held

None

None

None

None

(b)(bb)(bbb) Unlisted investments indirectly held

None

None

None

None

Refer to Annexure B for the detailed breakdown for the Entities reporting to me.

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14 December 2017 - NW3501

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the current status of the construction of the Rietspruit Outfall Sewer Pipeline in Midvaal and Emfuleni which is currently threatening the construction of houses in Savanna City; (2) has a contractor been appointed; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will a contractor be appointed; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the planned completion date of the project?

Reply:

(1) Rietspruit Outfall Sewer Pipeline project has recently been incorporated into the Sedibeng Regional Sewer Scheme (SRSS) based on the recommendation of the SRSS Technical Feasibility Study review. Risimati Consulting Engineers Pty (Ltd) were appointed by Emfuleni Municipality before the project was incorporated into the SRSS and to date, about 50% of the detail design of the sewer pipeline has been completed. Since the project is now part of the SRSS and Rand Water is the Implementing Agent for SRSS, the Risimati contract is to be ceded to Rand Water. Currently the due diligence exercise is underway at Rand Water, and it is about 90% complete.

(2) No, the contractor has not yet been appointed. Once the Rasimati Consulting Engineers have completed the detail design of the sewer outfall pipeline, then a competent contractor to do the construction work will be appointed following Rand Water’s procurement process.

(3) Subject to availability of funds, the Rietspruit Outfall Sewer pipeline project will commence in the next financial year, and will run for a period of 3 years.

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14 December 2017 - NW3462

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)How many officials and/or employees in her department were granted permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings in the past three financial years; (2) are any of the officials and/or employees that have permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings doing business with the Government; if so, (a) what was the purpose of each business transaction, (b) when did each business transaction occur and (c) what was the value of each business transaction?

Reply:

(1) A total of 67 officials and/or employees in my Department have been granted permission to have businesses.

(2) No officials and/or employees have permission to do business with Government.

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14 December 2017 - NW2720

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

With reference to her reply to question 581 on 3 May 2017, (a) what is the current amount owed by her department to the 15 water boards and (b) in each case, (i) what is the name of the water board owed, (ii) what amount is outstanding and (iii) on what date will the amounts be paid?

Reply:

a) My Department is currently owing R47 803 754.46 to three (3) Water Boards as at 13 December 2017 as per the table below:

(b)(i) Name of Water Board

(b)(ii) Amount

(b)(iii) Expected date of payment

Sedibeng Water Board

R 29 930 475.82

20 December 2017

Rand Water Board

R 11 842 268.80

20 December 2017

Bloem Water Board

R 6 031 009.84

20 December 2017

Total

R 47 803 754.46

 

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04 December 2017 - NW3643

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the annual water usage in each province?

Reply:

The Department manages water per Water Management Area (and not per ‘province’). Below is summary of the total registered volume:

WMA

Sum of Registered Volumes (cubic metres) for period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31

BERG-OLIFANTS

1 341 739 433

BREEDE-GOURITZ

1 499 696 315

INKOMATI-USUTHU

2 479 490 938

LIMPOPO

2 153 656 956

MZIMVUBU-TSITSIKAMMA

1 914 733 771

OLIFANTS

1 900 596 161

ORANGE

2 120 134 824

PONGOLA-UMZIMKULU

2 694 816 103

VAAL

4 000 022 723

Grand Total

20 104 887 223

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04 December 2017 - NW3674

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether all the necessary water rights have been obtained for the Hoedspruit bulk water supply pipeline currently under construction in the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo; if not, (a) why not and (b) by which date will all the necessary water rights be obtained; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) who are the beneficiaries of the specified pipeline and (b) by which date will the pipeline deliver water for the first time to the beneficiaries?

Reply:

1. The Water Use License was issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation on 30 August 2015. The issued licence authorises the Mopani District Municipality to abstract a total volume of two million, six hundred and seventy six thousand (2 676 000) cubic metres per annum of water from the Blyde River for 38 villages in the Mopani District Municipality for domestic water supply.

2. Out of the 38 villages expected to benefit, the following villages are expected to benefit from Hoedspruit Bulk Water Supply:

  1. Drankensburg
  2. Drankenburg Park
  3. Extension 10 (Retirement Village)
  4. Extension 12 (Zandspruit Estate)
  5. Extension 8
  6. Hoedspruit Town
  7. Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate
  8. Extension 7 (Estimated)
  9. Raptors View
  10. Kampersrus
  11. Scotia

The Municipality is considering amendment of the scope of work, which will now make the completed work dependent on the merged and revised scope of work, which is subject to approval. The project in question is funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and is the municipality’s project where the Department plays a supporting role but do not implement the project.

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04 December 2017 - NW3631

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii) what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

a) The Minister hereby submits the land register which carries the DWS immovable water infrastructure. The land assets are grouped per type of use and are based on representative land areas that the DWS requires to host, access and maintain these assets. The fair values were calculated using representative land costs for urban and rural settlement areas, open rural land and tribal land.

The DWS is currently busy reconciling this register with the available title deeds, which is a time-consuming process, considering that not all title deeds and Surveyor-General (SG) diagrams are electronically available and that many of the tribal land areas still need to be formalized. The land asset register has been developed on the basis of control other than ownership.

The type of land ownership comprises: (Land Asset register attached)

  • State owned land where the DWS or DPW own the land due to permanent use such as:
  • Dam basins to store water and to cater for increased dam levels during flood events.
  • Administrative buildings such as offices, residential housing, workshops and stores.
  • Special facilities such as pump stations, water treatment works, reservoirs and wastewater works.

Servitudes on private and tribal land to carry the following types of infrastructure and to provide access to this infrastructure for operation and maintenance purposes:

  • Canals
  • Pipelines
  • Tunnels
  • Access roads to dams and other buildings

Servitudes for “backwater” events, when water levels in rivers exceed the normal flood lines due to the backwater effect of dams. These are only applicable upstream of dams.

b) The land area was calculated using the definition of control, meaning the minimum area that is required to accommodate the above water storage at dams, access to bulk distribution infrastructure and flood events. This considered representative servitude widths, where these are not available from title deeds, and representative unit costs of land.

 (i) Location is available on a GIS; attached tables summarize the location per DWS scheme, area office and operating cluster.

(ii) Size of each item on the land register is shown in square meters in each table.

 (iii) Use of the land is listed under the column “Facility Type Description”.

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04 December 2017 - NW3155

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Filtane, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1) When was she informed of the water crisis at the Butterworth Hospital in the Eastern Cape which resulted in patients being discharged to go home and suffer or probably die; (2) whether she notified the essential services such as the Butterworth Hospital of the water shortage; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has taken any urgent steps to address the water crisis in the specified hospital in order to avoid the loss of lives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) On 24 January 2017, I was informed of the water crisis pending drought disaster not limited to the Butterworth Hospital but for the entire Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. The Amathole District Municipality (DM) re-declared the drought in January 2017.

(2) Yes, essential services such as the Provincial Department of Health was kept abreast of the unfolding disaster through stakeholder meetings which included the Provincial Drought Technical Task Team, Provincial Sector Departments meetings and Joint Operation Committee meetings held in Butterworth where they were requested to make their own intervention plans as the Amathole DM made it clear that it would not have the capacity to provide the full water demand.

(3) Weekly dam levels have been provided by the Department to the Amathole DM and Provincial Disaster Management Centre. When the situation at Xilinxa Dam supplying Butterworth and surrounding areas became alarming, it was anticipated that it will have serious effect on the hospital and other institutions such as the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) campus. Regular drought water crisis meetings were held with the Amathole DM as the Water Services Authority and other key stakeholders, where they were requested to provide the drought intervention plans.

When the surface water supply to Butterworth (Xilinxa Dam and Gcuwa Dam) ran out completely, the Amathole DM prioritised carting of water to the Hospital. Owing to the logistics and costs of carting water from the nearest alternative source some 30km away, the Amathole DM was unable to meet the full demand at the hospital as well as to provide basic supply to all domestic consumers in Butterworth.

My Department has conducted drought awareness campaigns in Butterworth and has granted permission to the Amathole DM for the re-allocation of the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) funding to accommodate emergency water supply in Butterworth through the Butterworth Emergency Water Supply Scheme (pipeline from Tsomo River to Xilinxa Dam), water tankering and groundwater investigations, namely, hydrogeological investigations, drilling, testing and equipping of boreholes at Butterworth, Kotana, Ehlobo, Teko Springs and WSU.

My Department approached the Office of the Premier, Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and Provincial Treasury; as a result an amount of R 3 million has been pledged to assist Amathole DM with the drought.

Fortunately the water outage was short lived and the rain which fell from
8 to 9 October 2017 brought relief and the Gcuwa Dam was filled, but the Xilinxa Dam only rose to 7%, which will provide approximately 3 months supply. Butterworth is therefore not out of the crisis yet and needs close monitoring hence my Department has allocated Amathole DM with ten water tankers.

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04 December 2017 - NW3756

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her procured services from a certain company (name furnished); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case; (2) whether the specified company provided services related to international travel to (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (ii) what was the travel route and (iii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply:

1. None

2. My Department has not used Travel with Flair services 2016- 2017 for Main Account and Water Trading Entity (WTE).

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04 December 2017 - NW3673

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether the construction of the Hoedspruit bulk water supply pipeline in the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo was (a) put out to tender and (b) advertised; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) on which date(s), (ii) what were the outcomes of the supply chain management processes and (iii) what are the details of the project plan, including the phases of delivery of each component of the project; (2) (a) where is the starting point of the pipeline, (b) where will the water be treated, (c) what is the capacity of the pipeline, (d) what is the current status of the project and (e) from which water scheme will the water for the pipeline be sourced?

Reply:

1. The project in question is being implemented by the Mopani District Municipality and it is funded through Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) which is being administered by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA). The Department of Water and Sanitation was only involved during the recommendation of the Technical Report submitted to source funding for the project. The Technical Report was approved in 2013 and the following scope of work was completed by the Mopani District Municipality:

  • (a) New 5.94km long 400mm diameter steel pipeline starts from the connection point at Parma to the water treatment works site in Hoedspruit. The original scope of works as contained in the Technical Report was to treat raw water at Hoedspruit Water Treatment Works that was proposed to be built, however; the water will now be sourced from Blyde River and be treated at the new treatment works situated at Kampersrus.

2. Refer to the response provided in (1) above.

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04 December 2017 - NW3644

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the annual water usage in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities?

Reply:

The following are metros in respect to the question with their respective registered volumes:

Name

Province

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

Eastern Cape

City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality

Western Cape

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

Gauteng

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

Gauteng

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

Gauteng

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

KwaZulu-Natal

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

Free State

Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality

Eastern Cape

Registered Water User

Sum of Registered Volume (cubic metres): For 01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

BUFFALO CITY

72 310 000

CITY OF CAPE TOWN METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

317 700 000

EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN COUNCIL

60 000

ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY

1 417 520

MANGAUNG METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

14 957 254

NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY

132 443 822

TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

134 875 283

Grand Total

673 763 879

   

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13 November 2017 - NW3184

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Tlhaole, Mr L S to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the details including the ranks of service providers and/or contractors from which (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her procured services in the past five years; (2) what (a) service was provided by each service provider and/or contractor and (b) amount was each service provider and/or contractor paid; (3) (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid?

Reply:

1. Below is a summary of the number of service providers awarded contracts within the Water Trading Entity for the past five years: A detailed list is attached as Annexure A.

Financial Year

Number of service providers awarded

Value of contracts awarded

Number of black owned service providers

2012/2013

84

R 851 828 015,69

15

2013/2014

20

R 4 934 499,54

4

2014/2015

56

R 146 923 138,43

46

2015/2016

49

R1 042 073 454,66

32

2016/2017

73

R 2 577 015 536,13

53

TOTAL

282

R4 622 774 644,45

150

Below is a summary of the number of service providers awarded contracts in the Main Account for the past five years. A detailed list is attached as Annexure B.

FINANCIAL YEAR

Number of service providers awarded

Value of contracts awarded

Number of black owned service providers

2012-2013

27

R751 398 911.58

2

2013-2014

31

R1 102 770 352.49

8

2014-2015

30

R1 549 933 060.69

11

2015-2016

31

R1 833 330 569.24

12

2016-2017

64

R649 265 895.74

16

TOTAL

183

R5 886 698 789.74

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13 November 2017 - NW3324

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis; if not, (2) whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

(ii) Entity

(1)Whether the

(a) chief executive officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis,if not,

(b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to her are employed on a permanent basis,if not,

(2)whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so,

(a)what are the names of each of the officers

(b)when

       

(i) was each officer employed

(ii) will each officer’s contract end

Amatola Water

Fixed-term contract basis

Fixed-term contract basis

Ms. Asanda Gidana (Acting CEO)

CEO was appointed on an acting capacity as of 1 August 2017

until further notice

     

Ms. Kwandiwe Mviko(Acting CFO)

CFO was appointed on an acting capacity as of 21 August 2017

until further notice

Bloem Water

Fixed-term contract basis

Permanent

Dr L Moorosi

CEO was appointed on 15 April 2013

Yes, Contract will end 30 April 2018

     

Mr. OJ Stadler

CFO was appointed in October 1995

No, Contract is indefinite

Lepelle Northern Water

Fixed-term contract basis

Fixed-term contract basis

Mr. Phineas Legodi (CEO)

CEO was appointed on 1 January 2017

Yes, Contract will end 31December 2021

     

Ms. Sibongile Valoyi (Acting CFO)

CFO was appointed to act as of 1 August 2017

until further notice

Magalies Water

   

Mr Sandile Mkhize

CEO was appointed to act as of 9 September 2016.

until further notice

     

Ms K. Kgatuke,

Resigned on the 31 August 2017

Recruitment for the new CFO is currently in progress

Mhlathuze Water

Fixed term contract

Fixed term contract

Mr. Mthokozisi Pius Duze (aCEO)

8 June 2016

until further notice

     

Mr. Brian Ndaba (CFO)

1 November 2012

31 October 2018

Overberg Water

Fixed-term contract basis

Permanent

Mr Phakamani Buthelezi (acting CEO)

July 2017 Secondment

Undetermined

     

CFO post is put on an acting basis due to an administrative process.

CFO post is put on an acting basis due to an administrative process.

CFO post is put on an acting basis due to an administrative process.

Rand Water

Fixed term contract

Fixed term contract

Mr Dinizulu Kumalo Percival Sechemane (CEO)

1 September 2013

31 August 2018

     

Ms Matshidiso Sylvia Nyembe (CFO)

18 May 2014

17 May 2019

Sedibeng Water

Fixed-term contract basis

Permanent

Mr. Rembuluwani Tradewin Takalani (CEO)

CEO was appointed on 20 May 2014

Yes, Contract will end on 30 June 2019

     

Ms. Mpinane Shasha (CFO)

CFO was appointed on 1 February 2015

No, Contract is indefinite

Umgeni Water

Fixed term contract

Fixed term contract

Mr Thami Hlongwa (aCEO)

01 July 2013

30 June 2018

     

Mr Thami Hlongwa (CFO)

01 July 2013

30 June 2018

TCTA

Fixed-term contract basis

Fixed-term contract basis

Mr. NL Radzuma (Acting CE)

Acting CEO was appointed on 1 November 2016

February 2018, where after Mr. Radzuma will revert to his role as Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

     

Ms. H Nazeer (CFO)

CFO was appointed on 1 September 2016

Yes, Contract ends 31 August 2019

WRC

Fixed term contract

Permanent basis

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo

01 October 2011

30 September 2021

           

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13 November 2017 - NW3025

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the (a) total amount that was paid out in bonuses to employees in her department and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that was paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2016-17 financial year; (2) what is the (a) total estimated amount that will be paid out in bonuses to employees in her department and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that will be paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2017-18 financial year?

Reply:

1(a) 1.5% of the total provision for salaries is allocated towards performance reviews. This regulation is provided for by the Department of Public Service and Administration. My Department has complied with the regulation and a total of
1 961 employees qualified for performance bonuses.

(b) See table below for a detailed breakdown of payout to officials that qualified in the 2016/17 financial year.

SALARY LEVEL

TOTAL NUMBER OF OFFICIALS

AMOUNT PAID

2

191

R 1 006 931.58

3

166

R 1 109 388.28

4

67

R 462 316.22

5

159

R 1 530 318.61

6

252

R 2 742 637.89

7

313

R 4 238 651.31

8

238

R 3 776 621.45

9

114

R 2 138 783.22

10

171

R 4 054 542.86

11

107

R 2 807 539.15

12

181

R 6 501 801.50

13

1

R 58 092.84

14

1

R69 069.60

Grand Total

1961

R30 496 693

 

(2) Performance rewards for the 2017-18 financial year have not been finalized, as the financial year ends in March 2018.

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30 October 2017 - NW2721

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

(a) What is the current progress of the (i) blue and (ii) green drop assessments of her department, (b) by what date is the final assessment report expected, (c) what is the projected total cost of each assessment and (d) who will conduct the assessments in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) The Blue drop progress assessments for 2015 data have been completed and the progress assessments for 2016 data will only be initiated in the last quarter of 2017/18.

(ii) The Green drop progress assessments for 2015/16 are currently in progress.2015/16 are currently in progress.

(b) The blue drop progress assessment report for 2015 data is currently being edited and will be submitted for approval. The 2015/16 draft Green drop progress report will be developed in the first quarter of 2018/19.

(c) The blue drop and green drop progress assessments are currently being done internally.

(d) The full assessments will be done by departmental staff with the support of a service provider. The estimated cost of using external resources is R10.6 million for 2017/18 (blue drop progress and green drop full assessments).

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30 October 2017 - NW3110

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

What are the details of (a) the cost of the new technology implemented by Bloem Water to reduce electricity use, (b) the savings made in each month as a result of the implementation of the specified technology, (c) the total savings made since the implementation of the specified technology, (d) the running cost of the specified technology and (e) how the specified technology works?

Reply:

(a) The total cost for the Hydro Power project including (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Automation) amounted to R 2 604 215.00, this cost includes a Turbine which cost R1 000 000.00.

(b) An average monthly saving of R2 528.93 has been realised towards the Electricity costs of the Bloem Water Head Office block, these has been realised since the Hydro Power has been operational; especially during peak months of the winter season from 2016 to date.

(c) A total savings of R40 462.84 has been realised in the past 16 months, this includes the months where the Hydro Power was not operational because of the maintenance or repair activities.

(d) The total running costs, including repairs and maintenance over the past 16 months is R 162 721.00 [this includes some of the changes made during the first year of implementing the project where operational challenges were experienced as it was the first time such a project is implemented at any organisation (technology wise) in South Africa].

(e) The Brandkop Hydropower plant is a research project launched by Bloem Water in partnership with the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the University of Pretoria capable of producing 90kw/h of electricity used by the Head Office of Bloem Water. This is achieved through the use of the purified water passing through the pipeline before entering the main Reservoir Brandkop. The quality of treated water during the process is not compromised. The entire operation is controlled and monitored automatically by means of Programmable Logic Controllers and Telemetry systems which are operated at one of Bloem Water’s Treatment Works (Welbedacht Dam 150km away) by Process Controllers 24hrs, 7days a week.

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