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17 July 2023 - NW1560

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What progress has been made to address the serious shortage of office space at the High Court in Kimberley through the possible relocation of the Master of the High Court?

Reply:

The updated progress made to address the serious shortage of office space at the High Court in Kimberley through procurement of alternative office accommodation for Master of High Court is as follows:

    1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development received the request for confirmation of funding through an Actual Cost Analysis (ACA) on the 12 June 2023 from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) with regards to the procurement of an alternative accommodation for Master of High Court Kimberley.
    2. The approved Actual Cost Analysis was approved and forwarded to DPWI on the 22 June 2023.
    3. This will enable the DPWI to finalize the procurement of the alternative accommodation with the awarded bidder.

17 July 2023 - NW1585

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Transport

What total number of designated parking spots for truck and/or heavy duty vehicles are there in the Republic in each (a) province, (b) district and (c) town?

Reply:

There are no official designated parking spots for truck and/or heavy duty vehicles provided by SANRAL and the Provincial or Municipal Road Authorities. These are generally are located away from the Road Reserve at private trucks stops/service stations. As part of implementation of the Road Freight Strategy, research will be commissioned to identify the needs of road freight for parking and handling space on corridors and in urban areas.

However, truck stop are located in all the National Freight Corridors as well as the parallel provincial corridors in accordance to the traffic volumes on the corridors.

Corridor

Corridor Name

N1 South

Gauteng – Cape Town

N1 North

Gauteng – Beit bridge

N2 South

Cape Town - Durban

N2 Central

East London – Durban

N3

Gauteng - Durban

N4 West

Gauteng - Skilpadshek

N4 East

Gauteng - Lebombo

N5

Harrismith - Winburg

N6

East London – Bloemfontein

N7

Cape Town – Viooldrift

N8

Bloemfontein - Maseru

N9

George - Colesburg

N10

Britstown - Nakop

N11

Ladysmith – Groblersbrug

N12

Gauteng – Beaufort West

N14

Gauteng Springbok

N17

Gauteng - Oshoek

17 July 2023 - NW1281

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, in view of the experience the Republic had with the former president of Sudan, Mr Omar al-Bashir, who paid a visit to the Republic whilst having an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant of arrest issued against him, and in light of the upcoming visit of the Russian President, Mr Vladimir Putin, he intends to introduce a Bill with the aim of withdrawing the Republic’s participation in and membership of the ICC; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what legislative progress has been made with earlier attempts to disengage the Republic from the ICC?

Reply:

1. In October 2016, the 5th administration of South Africa took a decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“Rome Statute”). Following this decision, South Africa sent a written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

2. In February 2017, the North Gauteng High Court unanimously ruled that the withdrawal notification sent by South Africa to the United Nations was unconstitutional and invalid without prior parliamentary approval, and ordered the Government to rescind the notice with immediate effect. In line with the court decision, the South African government revoked its notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute in March 2017.

(a) There is currently no intention to introduce a Bill with the aim of withdrawing the Republic’s participation in and membership of the ICC.

(b) South Africa remains a full member of the ICC with all the rights and obligations that accrue to all members of the Rome Statute.

(c) The International Crimes Bill, introduced in Parliament in 2017, whose purpose was to withdraw South Africa from the ICC by repealing the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act 27 of 2002, has been withdrawn from Parliament.

17 July 2023 - NW1253

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Engelbrecht, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) On what exact date was his department informed that the body found in the cell of Thabo Bester had suffered blunt force trauma and showed no signs of smoke inhalation and (b)(i) by whom was his department so informed and (ii) via which medium?

Reply:

a) The National Commissioner was informed on 22 March 2023.

(b)(i) The notification was received from the DCS, Director: Contract Management.

(b)(ii) The notification was received by means of a written investigation report on the escape of the mentioned offender.

END

17 July 2023 - NW1283

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether (a) the National Treasury and/or (b) any of the entities reporting to him have any current contracts with the security company G4S; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) are the relevant details of the specified contracts and (ii) is the monetary value of each contract?

Reply:

1. NATIONAL TREASURY

  1. No

(a)(i)(ii) N/A

2. ASB

We do not have contracts with G4S.

3. CBDA

  1. CBDA does not have any contract with G4S. The CBDA is currently housed in National Treasury building with dependence on their security.
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable

 

4. DBSA

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has no security contract with the security firm G4S. The DBSA security officers are Bank employees.

5. FAIS OMBUD

We confirm that the Office of the FAIS Ombud does not have any contracts with G4S

6. FIC

(b) The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) does not currently have any contract in place with the security company G4S.

  1. Not applicable
  2. Not applicable

7. FSCA

The FSCA does not have any contract with G4S. The security company responsible for the FSCA premises is Tatanium Guarding Services.

8. GEPF

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) does not have a security contract with the company G4S.

9. GPAA

The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) can confirm that it has no contracts with G4S.

10. GTAC

GTAC does not have any contracts with the security company G4S.

11. IRBA

The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors does not have a contract with G4S and has no position in this regard.

12. LANDBANK

Land Bank does not have any contract with G4S.

13. OPFA

The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator does not have any current contracts with the security company G4S. Its offices are leased from a service provider/landlord who is responsible for building security.

14. PIC

The PIC has no contracts with G4S.

15. SARS

(b) SARS follows a competitive procurement process and awarded security related services to various service providers. G4S did not win any award from SARS and currently is NOT a service provider to the institution.

16. SASRIA

Sasria SOC Limited does not have any current contracts with the security company G4S.

17. OFFICE OF THE TAX OMBUD (OTO)

Whether (a) the National Treasury and/or

  • any of the entities reporting to him have any current contracts with the security company G4S;

The OTO does not have current contract with G4S.

  • if not, what is the position in this regard;

The OTO relies on and follows the SARS procurement policies and procedures including awarding of contracts.

17 July 2023 - NW815

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

Whether, in view of reports in August 2022 that the Republic was dealing with about 50 cases of extradition and related mutual legal assistance with other countries, he will provide an update and/or details on the total number of (a) cases and (b) successful extraditions; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. The Department is responsible for the processing of all incoming and outgoing requests for mutual legal assistance and extraditions to and from foreign states. Although detailed records are kept of all cases processed by the Department, due to the nature of these matters, some cases cannot be divulged due to the confidentiality and sensitive nature thereof and the fact that the matter has not yet been finalised.

2. Since August 2022, the Department received 78 new requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance.

17 July 2023 - NW1252

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Engelbrecht, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) On what date was his department informed that the body found in the cell of Mr Thabo Bester was not his and (b)(i) by whom was his department so informed and (ii) via which medium?

Reply:

a) The National Commissioner was informed on 22 March 2023.

(b)(i) The notification was received from the DCS, Director: Contract Management.

(b)(ii) The notification was received by means of a written investigation report on the escape of the mentioned offender.

END

17 July 2023 - NW948

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Zondo, Mr S S to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

In view of the reported 360 courts that were operating with partially functioning generators, and in light of the fact that his department issued 80 instructions for the installation of new generators in various courts across the Republic, what (a) is the detailed breakdown of the costs with regard to the installation and maintenance of the generators and (b) are the details of the 80 courts that were identified?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) The Generator Programme is aimed at rolling out 80 new generator installations at various courts in Limpopo, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng Provinces respectively. The projects are currently in the planning and design phase which entails the site inspections, status quo reporting, drawings, specifications and approvals including municipal approvals. The market prices and cost breakdowns are determined upon the conclusion of the procurement process which will take place upon the approval of the 2023/24 procurement plan, anticipated at 30 April 2023 and the completion of the planning and design phase. The anticipated cost estimates range from R400 000 to R2 000 000, which varies per facility. The size of the facility and cabling length to the main supply are some of the parameters that determine the cost, which varies per facility.

b) The detailed list of the 80 generator installations are shown below:

PROVINCE

REGIONAL OFFICE

DESCRIPTION

WCS NO

FREE STATE

PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

REVISED PI : BLOEMFONTEIN HIGH COURT: UPGRADING AND RENOVATING OF ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS INCLUDING BACK UP GENERATOR AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

54928

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR: VANDERBILJPARK, SEBOKENG AND VEREENIGING

54987

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

KIMBERLY HIGH COURT: APPOINTMENT OF CONSULTANT FOR PRE FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR

55044

FREE STATE

BLOEMFONTEIN

TSEKI: MAGISTRATE OFFICE: INSTALLATION OF BACK UP GENERATOR

55377

PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

FICKSBURG MAGISTRATE OFFICE: UPGRADING OF DB BOARD AND ELECTRICITY AND INSTALLATION OF AIR CONS SPILT UNITS AND BACK UP GENERATOR

055496

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO CARNAVON, WILLISTON, BRITSTOWN SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056551

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO PORT NOLLOTH, KENHARDT SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056549

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO HANOVER, DE AAR, NOUPORT, RICHMOND SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056526

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO SUTHERLAND, VICTORIA WEST SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056502

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO HARTSWATER SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056563

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO GRIEKWASTAD PRIESKA, DOUGLAS, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056561

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO BLUE DOWNS, MITCHELL'S PLAIN SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056570

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO GRABOUW HERMANUS GEORGE SOMERSET WEST UNIONDALE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056573

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO BISHOP LAVIS, KUILS RIVIER SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056565

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056566

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO KATHU, OLIFANTSHOEK SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056564

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

GALESHEWE MAGISTRATE COURT: A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER BE APPOINTED TO CONDUCT A COMPLETE STATUS QUO REPORT OF THE COURT AND A COST ESTIMATE FOR NEW MAJOR REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS

056669

KWA-ZULU NATAL PROVINCE

DURBAN

PIETERMARITZBURG HIGH COURT: INSTALLATION OF A GENERATOR

056689

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

LENASIA MAGISTRATE COURT: INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATOR

056676

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 3- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SABIE, ACORNHOEK, BUSHBUCKRIDGE MAGISTRATE COURTS:

056683

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 2- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SECUNDA AND OGIES MAGISTRATE COURTS

056682

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

CLUSTER 2 WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT CALITZDORP AND BEAUFORT WEST MAGISTRATE OFFICE

056686

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

CLUSTER 4 WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GERERATORS AT VANRHYSDORP AND VREDENDAL MAGISTRATE OFFICE

056690

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 2: MPUMALANGA PROVINCE: INSTALLATION OFBACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT OGIES AND SECUNDA MAGISTRATE COURTS

056682

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

CLUSTER 1 WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT BLUE DOWNS AND BISHOP LAVIS MAGISTRATE COURTS

056565

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT GRABOUW MAGISTRATE COURT

056573

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

CLUSTER 3 WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT GEORGE AND UNIONDALE MAGISTRATE COURTS

056687

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

MPUMALANGA

CLUSTER MPUMALANGA PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT PIET RETIEF AMSTERDAM CAROLINA AND ERMELO MAGISTRATE COURTS

056681

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

GAUTENG PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACK UP GENERATOR AT JEPPE MAGISTRATE OFFICE

056713

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

BOKSBURG MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS AND UPGRADING OF ELECTRICITY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR

054596

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATORS:VANDERBIJLPARK SEBOKENG AND VEREENIGING

054987

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR: SPRINGS,NIGEL, HILLBROW,DAVEYTON AND HEIDELBURG

054990

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR: SPRINGS,NIGEL, HILLBROW,DAVEYTON AND HEIDELBURG

054990

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR: SPRINGS,NIGEL, HILLBROW,DAVEYTON AND HEIDELBURG

054990

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR: SPRINGS,NIGEL, HILLBROW,DAVEYTON AND HEIDELBURG

054990

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

POLOKWANE

POLOKWANE HIGH COURT INTERIM MAINTENANCE FOR LIFTS, GENERATORS,FIRE DETECTION AND AIR CONDITIONERS

 

LIMPOPO PROVINCE

HEAD OFFICE

(D: CPM)

POLOKWANE MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE RECONSTRUCTION OF OFFICES, REPLACEMENT OF GENERATOR, FIRE EQUIPMENT, AIR CONDITIONERS,DAMAGED BY FIRE

055206

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

KUDUMANE MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE UPGRADING,REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS INCLUDING INSTALLATION OF WTER TANKS WITH ELECTRICAL PUMP AND GENERATOR SET

053756

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

CALVINIA MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR

053762

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

KURUMAN MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATOR

053764

FREE STATE PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

SASOLBURG MAGISTRATE COURT. INSTALLATION OF A GENERATOR

056519

FREE STATE PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

BETHLEHEM MAGISTRATE COURT. INSTALLATION OF A GENERATOR

056519

FREE STATE PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

KROONSTAD MAGISTRATE COURT. INSTALLATION OF A GEGERATOR

056520

FREE STATE PROVINCE

BLOEMFONTEIN

HARRISMITH MAGISTRATE COURT. INSTALLATION OF A GENERATOR

056521

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO CLANWILLIAM, ATLANTIS, MALMESBURY, VREDENBURG, VAN RHYNSDORP, VREDENDALE MOORREESBURG SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056571

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO BLUE DOWNS, MITCHELL'S PLAIN SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056570

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO GRABOUW HERMANUS GEORGE SOMERSET WEST UNIONDALE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056573

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056566

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056566

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056566

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056566

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

VARIOUS MO SWELLENDAM, MONTAGUE, HEIDELBERG, CALEDON, MOSSELBAY, ROBERTSON, BONNIEVALE. LADISMITH SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056566

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

ADDENDUM VARIOUS MO WARRINGTON, PAMPIERSTAD SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056563

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLEY

VARIOUS MO KATHU, OLIFANTSHOEK SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

WCS 056564

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 3- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SABIE, ACORNHOEK, BUSHBUCKRIDGE MAGISTRATE COURTS:

056681

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 3- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SABIE, ACORNHOEK, BUSHBUCKRIDGE MAGISTRATE COURTS:

056681

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 3- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SABIE, ACORNHOEK, BUSHBUCKRIDGE MAGISTRATE COURTS:

056681

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 2- MPUMALANGA PROVINCE- INTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT SECUNDA AND OGIES MAGISTRATE COURTS

056682

 

 

POMEROY MAGISTRATE COURT OFFICE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDIDTIONAL ACCOMMODATION REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS AND INSTALLATION OF A GENERATOR

056667

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER 2: MPUMALANGA PROVINCE: INSTALLATION OFBACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT OGIES AND SECUNDA MAGISTRATE COURTS

056682

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT GRABOUW MAGISTRATE COURT

056573

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER MPUMALANGA PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT PIET RETIEF AMSTERDAM CAROLINA AND ERMELO MAGISTRATE COURTS

056683

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO CARNAVON, WILLISTON, BRITSTOWN SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056551

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO CARNAVON, WILLISTON, BRITSTOWN SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056551

GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG

VARIOUS CENTRES (JOHANNESBURG REGION) MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STANDBY GENERATORS:VANDERBIJLPARK SEBOKENG AND VEREENIGING

054987

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

CAPE TOWN

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS AT GRABOUW MAGISTRATE COURT

056573

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO PORT NOLLOTH, KENHARDT SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056549

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO HANOVER, DE AAR, NOUPORT, RICHMOND SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056526

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO HANOVER, DE AAR, NOUPORT, RICHMOND SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056526

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO HANOVER, DE AAR, NOUPORT, RICHMOND SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056526

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO SUTHERLAND, VICTORIA WEST SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056502

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE

KIMBERLY

VARIOUS MO GRIEKWASTAD PRIESKA, DOUGLAS, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS

056561

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER MPUMALANGA PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT PIET RETIEF AMSTERDAM CAROLINA AND ERMELO MAGISTRATE COURTS

056683

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER MPUMALANGA PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT PIET RETIEF AMSTERDAM CAROLINA AND ERMELO MAGISTRATE COURTS

056683

MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

NELSPRUIT

CLUSTER MPUMALANGA PROVINCE INSTALLATION OF BACKUP GENERATORS AND UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SYSTEM AT PIET RETIEF AMSTERDAM CAROLINA AND ERMELO MAGISTRATE COURTS

056683

17 July 2023 - NW1565

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the reply to question 1606 on 16 July 2021 regarding the introduction of recycling in the parliamentary villages in Cape Town, wherein his predecessor undertook that all future facilities management contracts will include recycling and a contract was signed in 2022 with TEFLA to maintain the parliamentary villages and there is no evidence of any recycling initiatives being introduced in Acacia Park or any other parliamentary villages, what is the value of the facilities management contract signed with TEFLA; (2) whether provision has been made for recycling to be included in the specified contract; if not, and despite a commitment being made by his predecessor and/or her department that such a clause would form part of all facilities management contracts in the parliamentary villages, what measures are going to be introduced to ensure that recycling can be part of the waste collection services in the parliamentary villages with immediate effect; if so, why has it not been implemented?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) The recycling was included in the scope of work of Tefla under Waste Management Duties (WMD), however due to an existing contract having the same scope the services were excluded for three until the existing contract expire. The value of the Facilities Management contract signed with Tefla Group is R510 565 626,33.

(2) Recycling was included as part of the Facilities Management Contract (FMC) under Waste Management Duties (WMD). However, these services were excluded from the scope of TEFLA for the first three years of the contract with the intention to deal with them separately through an existing contract. The existing contract for waste management will expire in year three of the five year FM contract, at which point TEFLA will take over the services and implement them as per the service level agreement.

17 July 2023 - NW1106

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Zondo, Mr S S to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, following reports of damaged and dilapidated hospitals, his department, jointly with the Department of Health, has any plans for the refurbishment and/or remodeling of key hospitals; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With regard to plans for refurbishment and/or modeling of damaged and dilapidated hospitals, the matter can be best dealt with by our sister Department of Infrastructure Development, as it is not within the purview of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. Therefore, the question should be referred to the relevant MEC, accordingly.

14 July 2023 - NW2325

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What measures has his department adopted in the past two years to deal with and stop illegal mining, which has become popular amongst illegal immigrants recently?

Reply:

a) The National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998 (NEMA) provides for regulation of activities which cannot be undertaken without an Environmental Authorisation, such listed activities includes mining and prospecting activities. If any person conducts a listed activity without an approved Environmental Authorisation they are committing an offense in terms of section 49A of NEMA and can be prosecuted following an investigation.

b) The Department is working with law enforcement authorities to deal with the scourge of illegal mining. There are several multi-disciplinary and intelligence led operations which include the Depart of Home Affairs (Immigration) that have been successfully undertaken in various provinces in this financial year.

c) It should also be noted, especially with recent experiences in illegal mining, that the scourge has become an organised crime often led by sophisticated crime syndicates. Further operations are being planned together with law enforcement authorities to respond to challenges caused by illegal mining activities in the country.

d) The South African Police Service has also set up the Economic Infrastructure Task Team (EITT) which role is to address the scourge of crimes within the non-ferrous metals, essential infrastructure, critical infrastructure, extortion, and illegal mining. The Department of Minerals and Energy is working together with the envisaged unit with the immigration teams.

14 July 2023 - NW1931

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Following the visit of the Portfolio Committee of Employment and Labour to the Eastern Cape where the issue of unsafe queue conditions was raised, what steps has he taken to improve and/or remedy the situation, specifically at labour centres where persons are subjected to queueing on busy streets and must stand for long hours?

Reply:

Honourable Mkhonto, firstly, let me indicate to you that on this matter we do share the same concern. Secondly, let me thank you for making follow up on this issue after the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour conducted an oversight visit to the Eastern Cape Province. Sometimes, matters of this nature benefit from progress after the investment of some consistency on them.

It is also important to state, adding to our shared view above, that as a Minister of Employment and Labour, I consistently visit all our Labour Centres found in every corner of our country. And as I supposed to do, I intervene in so many matters, some of them right on the spot.

I must say that there are many of those that are a model in particular for the Department, in general for the government and the country. But as you perhaps know by now, that we are so transparent and open that we hide no weaknesses, that may hold back the progress that we all must work towards.

I happen to know one of the Labour Centres where you witnessed, what is in your question. In the East London Labour Centre the route of getting sponsorship from business became unviable. Then, in that Labour Centre, they started a procurement process for 3m x 6m Heavy Duty PVS Gazibo x 8. This happened in October 2022. As the procurement process was underway budgetary constraints held it back. But it has now resumed in 2023/2024 Financial Year. Administrative and operational processes of that are at an advance stage, to such an extent that 500 chairs for those whom the Department has to provide services to, have been procured and distributed to all Labour Centres, including East London Labour Centre.

On days when there is inclement weather, the East London Labour Centre accommodates workers and others at the basement. Let me conclude replying to your question by stating that, for me the approach on many of these matters is not one of dealing with the symptoms but the other of digging deep up until the root-causes are found and uprooted, and more often than not, this particular course necessary and desperately needed as it might be, seldom deliver immediate desired results, with outcome and impact that would have been envisaged. One of its challenges is that some parts of the solution lie on partners that can only be persuaded to cooperate. But with all of that stated, we are on course Honourable Mkhonto.

Once again, thank you for your question.

 

14 July 2023 - NW2524

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Herron, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 214 on 24 February 2023, regarding the partnership between Eskom and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), his department has any role to play in the just energy transmission programme (JETP); if not, why not; if so, (2) whether the retraining programme that is being implemented by Eskom and CPUT therefore is of no interest to his department as it has a role to play in the JEPT; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department has its own JETP; if not, (a) why not and (b) which department is responsible for ensuring a just transition in the energy supply chain; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether there are any plans to replicate or implement similar programmes as part of his department’s just energy transition plans; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details; (5) what total number of affected employees has his department targeted for retraining under its own JETP plan?

Reply:

1. As stated previously, the details of the partnership between Eskom and South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) could best be responded to by the relevant department. In so far as the JETP, the department continues to work with the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) and provides comments as and when it is necessary to do so.

2. The department is on record in saying that the transition programme is not an event but a process that should not be rushed as it has to adequately respond to the needs of the people, central to which is the issues of retention of jobs, skills and reskilling of people and ensuring that no one is worse of. To this effect, the department is conducting analysis on social impacts not only understand the extent of the impact, but to also inform the decision-making process on the protection of jobs, and the required skills and reskilling, including the issues of health.

3. The department has developed a Just Energy Transition Framework which forms the basis for developing indicators for monitoring the socio-economic impacts of the transition.

4. The analysis we are currently conducting on socio-economic impacts and the definition of indicators to monitor such impacts will outline the details of what actions the department will be taking in the next financial year.

5. Similarly, the analysis should inform us on this by the end of this financial year.

14 July 2023 - NW272

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What progress has been made to ensure that court proceedings will be recorded from 1 April 2023 onwards and (b) on what date will the existing extended contract come to an end?                                                                         [

Reply:

a) The Court Recording Technology (CRT), software and/or hardware licences belongs to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. The Maintenance and Support contract has been outsourced to an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company, namely, Datacentrix (PTY) Ltd. All court proceedings will always be recorded using this technology (CRT).

b) The current maintenance and support contract with Datacentrix came to an end on 26 June 2023, and has been renewed on a month to month basis until November 2023, so as to ensure that service delivery is not impacted, whilst awaiting the procurement processes to unfold for the longer term contract.

c) The longer term two-year maintenance and support contract is procured via SITA. SITA delays have been experienced in this regard and in mitigation the Department’s executive had met with SITA executive in February 2023. SITA executive had undertaken to fast track the procurement and provide regular feedback.

d) The bid (SITA RFB 2713-2022 ) was subsequently advertised and initially meant to close on 31 March 2023, however, due to an erratum that had to be issued by SITA, the bid closing date had to be extended to 05 May 2023. The bid has since been evaluated and is undergoing SITA quality assurance processes.

e) SITA has provided a project plan indicating that the final recommendation for award by the Department, will be submitted to the Department by 06 November 2023.

f) The existing contract has therefore been renewed on a month to month basis until November 2023, so as to ensure that service delivery is not impacted, whilst awaiting the SITA procurement processes to unfold.

14 July 2023 - NW204

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the details of the (a) destination and (b) total costs for (i) accommodation, (ii) travel and (iii) any other costs incurred for international travel of each (aa) Minister and (bb) Deputy Minister of her department since 1 June 2019; (2) what is the total cost incurred for domestic air travel for each (a) Minister and (b) Deputy Minister of her department since 1 June 2019?

Reply:

  1. (aa) Minister

(a)Destination

(b)(i)

Accommodation

cost

(ii)

Travel cost (Flights)

(iii)

Other costs (S & T, Incidental, DIRCO Expenditure: Road Transport,)

16th international inter-ministerial conference on South Africa cooperation in Pop Dev

30 August – 05 September 2019

Tunis, Tunisia

R 14 594.63

R 31 300.00

R 13 353.15

The Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Development (ICPD25)

10 -14 November 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

R 43 995.94

R 27 268.97

R 154 424.72

Global Entrepreneurship Congress

27 – 30 March 2022

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

R 39 475.14

R 137 885.00

R 52 186.29

SheDecides+5 Event and Nexus High-level Roundtable.

19 – 20 May 2022

Brussels, Belgium

R 56 400.00

R 82 543.00

R 59 727.84

3rd session of the specialized technical committee (STC) on health population and drug control.

12 – 13 September 2022

Geneva, Switzerland

R 29 226.89

R 150 862.00

R 86 250.35

Meeting with Maryland sister state committee members and Co-Host Side event on driving entrepreneurship agenda for Africa on the margins of the 77th United Nations General Assembly

18 – 23 September 2022

New York, USA

R 42 519.88 (this is for the Washington trip that happened at the same time as New York)

R 133 751.04 (this amount is for the New York leg of the USA trip)

R 9 827.00

 

High-level commission on the Nairobi summit

7 – 12 November 2022

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Minister’s Travel arrangements were sponsored and paid for by UNFPA.

  1. (bb) Deputy Minister

(a)Destination

(b)(i)

Accommodation

cost

(ii)

Travel cost

(iii)

Other costs (S & T, Incidental, DIRCO Expenditure: Road Transport,)

The 3rd Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Health, Population, and Drug Control,

26 July - 04 August 2019

Cairo, Egypt

R 7330.69

R 95 990.00

R 30 063.12

24th International AIDS Conference from

26 July- 04 August 2022

Montreal, Canada

R 496 600.00

R 98 841.00

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15th Conference of State to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 14-22 June 2022.

New York

R 1 193 149.00

R 111 700.00

R 561 094.56

TOTAL

     

(2)

 

Domestic Travel

  1. Minister

R 910 240.

  1. Deputy Minister

R 270 428.00

13 July 2023 - NW2473

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1) Considering the rising levels of gender-based violence and other crimes in institutions of higher learning and training, what are the reasons that his department is deferring the full implementation of the Safety and Security Minimum Norms and Standards to the 2024-25 financial year; (2) what steps is his department currently taking to ensure the safety and security of students and staff in institutions of higher learning and training across the Republic?

Reply:

The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) has been working towards finding mechanisms to address the scourge of violence on campuses. The work on the development of safety and security blueprint for universities which will serve as a framework for universities to have minimum norms and standards on the provision of safety and security measures at the universities is underway. The department is prioritising this project as soon the framework is adopted by all stakeholders it will be implemented even before the 2024-25 financial year.

In addition, there has been continuous engagements with universities to assess and understand the different threats experienced by universities and identify urgent matters that need to be addressed at institutions, including the need to improve protection of staff members and students. Funds have been made available in the Infrastructure Efficiency Grant (IEG) for safety and security projects submitted by universities to the Department. These include upgrading of universities security systems.

I also committed to establish a National Task Force (NTF) which will assist in the development of intervention strategies to assist with campus safety and security measures.

13 July 2023 - NW2334

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Finance

What new watertight measures has his department adopted to ensure that the monies allocated to various departments and ministries by the National Treasury are not misused through corruption? NW2669.

Reply:

Government has taken a number of steps since the era of state capture to strengthen the anti-corruption system, but even with such improvements, no system can be watertight against corruption. It is a fact that corruption has become deeply entrenched in all three spheres of government, at national, provincial and local government level and in public entities. We need to do more as a country to improve governance and oversight systems, but most importantly, to ensure that all accounting officers ensure that they always act in the public interest and spend funds for the purposes budgeted for. More broadly, that all in the public service in all three spheres of government, be it political office-bearers, legislators, councilors, accounting officers and authorities, and all officials and employees in the public sector, act honestly and with integrity at all times.

The President submitted to Parliament the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Zondo Commission, or more formally, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, on 22 October 2022. Many of these proposals are in the process of being implemented, and it is my view that both Parliament and Cabinet need to be more involved in overseeing its implementation. Government has also recognized that corruption is one of the highest risks facing any procurement process, and that we need to strengthen our planning, preventive and internal control systems, to reduce the scope of such corruption. In this respect, we are modernizing our procurement system, and also introduced a new Public Procurement Bill to give effect to the procurement-related recommendations of the Commission.

The Office of the Chief Procurement Office is also working closely with numerous stakeholders and partners such as the World Bank and OECD to learn the best lessons internationally and commencing with a review in collaboration with the OECD on the Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) to guide the modernisation process, by identifying areas of deficiencies and vulnerabilities in the current system. The National Treasury also maintains the Central Supplier Database for the government and has made improvements to improve compliance with regulations for state employees and restricted suppliers not to do business with the state. A transparency initiative was launched through the eTender portal where procurement opportunities and procurement data are shared with members of the public. The initial phase of Open Contract Data Standards has been implemented enabling civil society to have access to procurement data in an international standard making it easier for interpretation. Transparency improves accountability and the National Treasury is continuing to implement transparency initiatives for reducing corruption and improving oversight on procurement activities.

Accounting officers and authorities are at the heart of our spending and reporting system. Section 38(1)(a)(i) of the PFMA (and similarly section xxx of the MFMA) requires accounting officers and authorities to develop and maintain an effective, efficient, and transparent system of financial, risk management and internal control. Whilst it is the responsibility of accounting officers and authorities to ensure that funds appropriated or under their control are not misused, the National Treasury monitors the spending patterns of national departments monthly and reports to Parliament on a quarterly basis to assist Parliament and oversight committees of government with their oversight role. There are similar reporting responsibilities on provincial treasuries and for municipalities.

Aside from the executive in each government in any sphere improving its oversight system over their accounting officers and authorities, it is also important for Parliament and all other legislatures to better use the reporting system to strengthen the system of oversight and accountability, especially given that they are the last line of accountability for our oversight and monitoring system. It is also important that all accounting officers and authorities (and elected office-bearers) be accountable, and have effective risk management and internal control systems, as well as their audit committees, to assist them to identify corrupt or suspicious transactions. It is also critical that post-financial year mechanisms like the audit process focus on potential fraud and suspicious transactions, particularly in the procurement system, and differentiate between corruption and minor compliance transgressions that do not involve financial losses.

Below are some specific recent initiatives undertaken by the National Treasury in addressing corruption, misuse of funds, building capacity and ensuring that proper governance systems are developed and implemented by departments.

Capacity building initiatives

  • Chief Financial Officers accelerated programme – In recognising the capacity challenges in departments, the National Treasury developed a competency framework for financial management to build capacity of officials in technical and behavioural competencies. An accelerated programmes for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) was developed and piloted with the objective of enhancing the skills of CFOs and to equip new entrants from the private sector with public sector competencies. A Supply Chain Management Executive programme was also developed with the aim of providing an understanding of the key roles and responsibilities of all heads of procurement and CEOs. To improve governance, two capacity-building short learning programmes aimed at improving public sector internal auditors’ competencies in the ‘Development of Risk-Based Audit Plans’ and their ability to conduct Audit of Information Technology General Controls was developed and piloted.
  • Chartered Accountants Academy – The National Treasury continued to support the development of accounting professionals through the Chartered Accountants Academy (CAA). To date, the Academy has produced seventy-six (76) chartered accountants and National Treasury in partnership with the National School of Government is embarking on the journey to professionalize the public sector.

 

  • Public Sector Audit Committee Forum – National Treasury has continuously maintained its partnership with the Public Sector Audit Committee Forum (PSACF) which has developed several position papers and hosted virtual round table discussions to assist Audit Committee members to fulfil their roles effectively, efficiently, and independently.
  • Internal audit support – The National Treasury remains committed to advancing good governance through stakeholder engagements, provision of technical advice and implementation of legislative prescripts. The information sharing platform with chief audit executives and academia was convened to reflect on improving accountability and transparency in the South African public sector through continuous assurance. The standing MoU between the National Treasury and the Institute of Internal Auditors (South Africa) has made it possible for the National Treasury to participate in the latest review of the Global Internal Auditing Standards (public sector input) impacting the role and responsibilities of internal auditors and audit committees.

Specialised Audit Services

The National Treasury conducts specialised performance audits and forensic investigations to enforce financial management prescripts, ensure accountability, effective, efficient, and economical use of resources. The National Treasury assists the law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption and institute charges and assist with recovering proceeds of crime.

13 July 2023 - NW2495

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

With reference to the recommendations contained in the report submitted to him by Professor Norman Duncan, in which it is stated that students claimed that they were scammed by the employees of the Central University of Technology, (a) what steps will he take to intervene in the matter, (b) in what way will the involved parties be held accountable and (c) on what date is it envisaged that consequence management will take place?

Reply:

I have shared the Report with the Council of the University, as required by the Higher Education Act No 101 of 1997 as amended; and requested the Council to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Report.

I will then consider the response of the Council; and decide on the appropriate action as provided for and guided by the Higher Education Act, considering the interests of the Central University Technology (CUT) as a public higher education institution.

The Council of the University is the employer, and by law, it determines the conditions of service, disciplinary provisions, privileges, and functions of the employees of the public higher education institution, subject to the applicable labour law. Thus, I cannot respond to how and when the employees will be held accountable.

Notwithstanding above, the Act provides various mechanisms through which the Minister can intervene following the Report of the Independent Assessor; and ensuring that the findings are addressed, and recommendations are implemented. However, that process will follow receipt and proper consideration of the Response of the Council.

13 July 2023 - NW2390

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether the National Student Financial Aid Scheme has found that there are beneficiaries who received duplicate funding due to identity document fraud in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of beneficiaries received duplicate funding in the specified financial years, (b) was the total monetary value in Rand of the duplicate funding in each financial year and (c) are the names of the universities in which duplicate funding was found in each financial year?

Reply:

The Department has not been exposed to challenges with duplicate funding related to identity document fraud in the years 2021-2023 financial years. This may be attributed to the fact that NSFAS application processes confirm an applicant’s identity details with assistance of the Department of Home Affairs.

13 July 2023 - NW2482

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What (a) number of tenders did Eskom award using deviations that required the approval of the National Treasury in the period 1 December 2019 to 28 February 2023 and (b) are the details of tenders that (i) were approved and (ii) were not approved; (2) what (a) was the total monetary value of each of the tenders, (b) were the services for which each tender was awarded and (c) were the entities that were awarded the tenders?

Reply:

The office of the Chief Procurement Officer within the National Treasury has provided the following information:

  1. (a) The total number of tenders that Eskom awarded using deviations was 49. Details are attached as Annexure A. Please note that the list ends on 31 March 2022 as from 1 April 2022, organs of the state were not required to seek approval from the National Treasury.

(b) Details of tenders [(i) approved and (ii) not approved)] are attached as Annexure A.

  1. (a) Details of each tender’s monetary value (R76 266 103 275,27) are attached in Annexure A.

(b) Details of each service on awarded tenders are attached in Annexure A.

(c) Details of each entity awarded tender/s are attached in Annexure A.

13 July 2023 - NW2034

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George, Dr DT to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, following his remarks at a media briefing on 13 May 2023 which was hosted by Dr Sydney Mufamadi (details furnished) where he mentioned that the National Treasury had conducted calculations regarding the potential fallout from the incident involving the Lady R Russian vessel in Simon's Town, as brought to light by USA Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador R E Brigety, who stated that the ship was loaded with weapons, which is an incident which could risk the benefits of the Republic under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and potentially invite secondary sanctions, he will elaborate on the specific calculations made by the National Treasury regarding the potential economic impact if the Republic were to lose the benefits under AGOA due to the specified incident involving the docking and alleged loading of weapons onto the specified vessel in Simon's Town; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details regarding the extent of the secondary sanctions' impact on the financial flows of the Republic as calculated by the National Treasury?

Reply:


The calculations referred to relate to the potential financial and macroeconomic impact of the market response following the comments by US Ambassador R E Brigety on 11 May 2023. The National Treasury conducted a preliminary analysis of the possible macro-fiscal impact of South Africa’s geopolitical tensions related to SA-US relations, focusing primarily on the impact on the current fiscal framework. The analysis considered that there was a significant depreciation in the rand against the US dollar in May 2023, in part due to the pronouncements of the US Ambassador to South Africa regarding the Lady R vessel. The analysis considered the possible negative consequences of this on key macroeconomic variables including higher inflation rates, borrowing costs and, subsequently, bond yields – all of which weaken the fiscal position. A protracted materialization of the events assessed in this analysis will require the Minister and the National Treasury to consider possible measures in mitigation. An analysis of a potential loss of benefits under AGOA and/or the risk of secondary sanctions is being considered; however, given this work’s nature and required detail, this is expected to take some time.

13 July 2023 - NW1495

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Finance

What was the total percentage of spending by the National Treasury on small-medium and micro enterprises versus big businesses in the 2021-22 financial year?

Reply:

It is not possible to answer this question accurately as the payment system does not contain such classifications for size of business. What we can provide is our own estimate, which is that the total percentage of spending by the National Treasury on small-medium and micro enterprises is estimated to be 20% versus big businesses at 80% for all transactions in the 2021-22 financial year.

13 July 2023 - NW2497

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

With reference to the fatal stabbing of a female student at a residence of the Nelson Mandela University, (a) what steps does he intend to take to mainstream security features across all institutions of higher learning to avoid incidents of gender-based violence and femicide continue to haunt institutions of higher learning and (b) by what date will the efforts be initiated?

Reply:

The strategic interventions put in place by the Minister to combat gender violence and femicide in the sector include the publication of the Policy Framework to address Gender-Based Violence in the Post-School Education and Training System. The framework compels all PSET institutions to raise awareness about GBV; prevent the occurrence of GBV; and support survivors by having procedures for reporting and dealing with GBV.

Higher Health, which is the entity of the Department of Higher Education and Training has released a set of instruments that further strengthen the realisation of this policy framework. These include Procedural Guidelines on GBV, Sexual and Gender Related Misconduct in PSET Institutions; Protocol on Rape and Sexual Assault Cases in the PSET campuses; and Protocol on the PSET Code of Ethics. These instruments also serve as directives to all institutions to put the necessary infrastructure towards a comprehensive response on cases of sexual and gender misconduct, rape, sexual assaults across all our campuses.

All universities work cooperatively with Higher Health in implementing programmes towards addressing the challenges of sexual and gender-based violence within the PSET system. Its programme of implementation incorporates prevention, systems strengthening, capacity and skills building, care and support. In addition, I established the multisectoral PSET Gender-based Violence Technical Task Team to ensure the effective and coordinated implementation of the DHET GBV Policy Framework.

Funds have been made available in the Infrastructure Efficiency Grant (IEG) for safety and security projects submitted by universities to the Department. These include upgrading of universities security systems. I also committed to establish a National Task Force (NTF) which will assist in the development of intervention strategies to assist with campus safety and security measures.

With regards to the case of a student murdered at Nelson Mandela University, the university has confirmed that that perpetrator was arrested. The university with the assistance of Higher Health provided psychosocial support to affected students and staff.

13 July 2023 - NW2492

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Finance

(1) Which departments are the main drivers of the misalignment of the economic policy; (2) whether the misalignment of the economic policy is because the Government does not have legislation that enforces collaboration and coordination; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Honourable Member is asking a very vague question. All departments and public entities must act in terms of the law, and the law may have both economic and non-economic objectives, like social or developmental objectives, as well as constitutional objectives. So, for example, spending on school education or health is necessary, and cannot be regarded as “mis-aligned” because it is not directly related to an economic policy programme.  The Honourable Member is therefore requested to be more precise when asking such a question.

2. Not applicable, refer to (a) on the need for the question to be more precise.

12 July 2023 - NW2271

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

(1) What happens to the surviving dependents of military veterans who have now passed on after waiting since last year for the promised grants to be rolled out to them as beneficiaries without much success? (2) Whether such surviving dependents of beneficiaries will be accommodated in the specified grants; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details surrounding the matter?

Reply:

1) Section 5(2) of the Military Veterans Pension Benefit Regulations state that. Upon the death of a Military Veteran, a qualifying dependent / widow / widowers of a Military Veteran who immediately prior to his or her death, was in receipt of a pension benefit, may receive up to 50% of the pension benefit with effect from the first day of the month following immediately on the month in which the Military Veteran died, provided they are not receiving any form of State pension above the mentioned 50% threshold from the Military Veteran pension benefit.

2) This benefit is applicable to the main member as stipulated in Act 18 of 2011 in section S. (1) (h) of the benefits relating to a military veteran

12 July 2023 - NW1165

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she will receive military assistance from Russia to modernise the Republic’s capital military hardware; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

The modernisation of the SANDF prime mission equipment is a process that is within the planned and budgeted for capital acquisition programmes. Whilst there are considerations for the modernisation of the SANDF, there has been no approaches to Russia for such.

There is however in existence bilateral defence relations within the context of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation, within which the two countries’ defence establishments meet and have exchanges at various levels, including bilateral visits. All these are governed by the Defence Committee (DefCom), which is stipulated in the MoU referred to.

12 July 2023 - NW2284

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What are the details of the outcomes of the Second Board of Inquiry established to inquire into the non payment of the 815 members from the Umzimvubu Regiment who reported for training and deployment as part of Operation Prosper in response to the 2021 civil uprisings; (2) Whether the specified 815 reserve force and regimental members have received the remuneration due to them for the period that they were at their base; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Board of Inquiry (BOI) on Umzimvubu Regiment is with C SANDF’s legal office for review and assessment on the recommendations made by C Army, details of which can only be divulged on the conclusion of the review process.

2. The members have not yet been paid because the BOI is still with C SANDF’s legal office for a review process, which will give guidance as to future administrative actions to be implemented, including payment to deserving members.

12 July 2023 - NW2302

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Mthembu, Ms AH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Given that the latest SA National Defence Force (SANDF) morale survey found a neutral morale position of the Force, which were neither high levels of morale nor low levels, how will the SANDF improve the morale as it was identified that the procurement and quality purchases of SANDF equipment will be able to boost morale, in light of the SANDF and specifically the army facing constraints limited funds to make such a procurement of equipment?

Reply:

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12 July 2023 - NW1816

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the website of the Department of Military Veterans with regard to the pension of military veterans under the heading Military Veterans Pensions Frequently Asked Questions under point 13 regarding limitations and qualifications, where it is stated that former conscripts as well as volunteers of the SA National Defence Force do not qualify for the specified pension, which is contrary to the law that acknowledges this category as military veterans, what are the reasons for excluding this category of members, as it is contrary to the definition of a military veteran?

Reply:


1. The department has reviewed the policy based on the inputs received following the publishing and tabling of the draft regulations in Parliament in December 2022. The department has aligned the policy to the final 2023 Regulations following inputs received after gazetting the Regulations on the 25 April 2023.

2. The Military Veterans as defined in the Military Veterans Act 18 of 2011 will be eligible to apply for a military veteran's pension. The eligibility criteria has been defined as follows in the Regulations that were gazzeted on the 25 April 2023.

An individual must:-

a. meet the requirements of the definition in the Military Veterans Act 18 of 2011

b. be listed in the Military Veterans database

c. be a citizen of the Republic of South Africa

d. not be receiving any other state provided pension or social grant, unless

the pension currently being received is lower than the proposed amount

to be paid in the military veterans pension.

12 July 2023 - NW2509

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the reasons that the new uniform of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF is being Manufactured in other countries when the Republic is the most viable country to produce it?

Reply:

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12 July 2023 - NW1774

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Khoza, Mr AV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) In which region and/or country, other than the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique, has the Republic deployed soldiers, (b)(i) what total number of soldiers and (ii) at what total cost and (c) what total number of fatalities has the SA National Defence Force suffered on the missions to date?

Reply:

(a) The countries where the SANDF soldiers have been deployed in the past years are Lesotho, Burundi, Mozambique and Sudan.(b) Total number of:

(i) Soldiers deployed

a. Lesotho – 465

b. Burundi – 1 200

c. Sudan – 820

(ii) Costs incurred (period FY2000/01 to date) – Rb 5 325 961.

(c) Total number of fatalities the SANDF incurred during Peace Support Operations (PSO) deployments in 55. The fatalities incurred include personnel losses due to combat situations, illness, as well as vehicle accidents.

12 July 2023 - NW2418

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What programmes has she initiated to rejuvenate the SA National Defence Force due to a shortage of required skills related to the aged army personnel and constraints of the budget?

Reply:

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12 July 2023 - NW2315

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What progress has she made to resolve the problems faced to military veterans, which led to some military veterans allegedly taking some of the officials hostage?

Reply:

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12 July 2023 - NW2314

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department is leasing any land and/or properties; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total amount is her department paying per annum for leased land and/or properties and (b) security risk does the continued leasing of properties pose for the Republic?

Reply:

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12 July 2023 - NW1773

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Khoza, Mr AV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What total amount has the deployments of the SA National Defence Force in (a) Mozambique and (b) the Democratic Republic of the Congo cost the Republic to date, noting that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, has just extended the deployments?

Reply:

(a) Mozambique – R984 368 057.00.

(b) Democratic Republic of Congo – R 1 004 241 271.00.

12 July 2023 - NW2299

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Phetlhe, Ms P A to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In view of the 2023 Budget Vote wherein it was noted that R18,2 that is reprioritised over the next three years from the compensation of employees in the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) Support programme, to payment for capital assets such as ambulances , radiology machines and other deployable field medical equipment. What (a) plans will be put in place to acquire the specified resources and/or equipment speedily and bring it is service? (b) What steps will be taken to ensure that SAMHS improve management in reduction on overtime work?

Reply:

a) SAMHS has received Rm188 (and not R18,2) that was reprioritized from compensation of employees (overtime) for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). These funds are ring-fenced for the procurement of Main Medical Equipment and Prime Mission Equipment (Ambulances, Diagnostic Medical Equipment [X-ray] and Deployable Medical Equipment).

Rm60 is ring fenced for FY2023/24, Rm62 for FY2024/25 and Rm65 for FY2025/26.The procurement plan for the FY2023/23 is approved and the acquisition of specified equipment is in process. The process is being monitored by the Surgeon General and quarterly progress reports will be provided to the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (CSANDF) and National Treasury.

This allocation will help the SAMHS improve its overall combat readiness and to achieve better health outcomes.

b) Steps being taken, are the following: SAMHS is introducing more stringent control measures on overtime work. It is implementing a monitoring tool that (automatically) tracks overtime performance (how much time employees work and what they spent that time doing). By tracking overtime metrics, the organisation will get more insights into the impact of overtime on service delivery. The organisation is also reviewing the structure at each of its health care facilities to ensure that it has the required number of Health Care Professionals and support personnel (Current capacity levels do not allow for the provision of a 24hrs service without the use overtime dispensation). The process is expected to be completed before end of June 2024.

12 July 2023 - NW2480

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Smalle, Mr JF to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) has been the total (i) monetary value and (ii) percentage of the (aa) water and (bb) electricity losses recorded by her department for each municipality in the past three financial years and (b) contingency plans did (i) her department and (ii) specified municipalities put in place to curb the specified losses?

Reply:

The department does not have record of the water and electricity losses recorded for each municipality. The monitoring of water losses is done by Department of Water and Sanitation working with Municipalities. The monitoring of electricity losses is done by National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

End.

12 July 2023 - NW2140

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, considering that the former Minister, Dr N C Dlamini-Zuma, made the commitment during her Budget Vote in 2022 that her department would accelerate its support to municipalities which included R50,6 billion allocated through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant, all of the specified goals were reached by her department; if not, (a) what were the barriers and (b) how were they dealt with; if so, what total number of lives have been positively impacted by the specified initiative?

Reply:

Not all of the following specified goals in the Budget Vote in 2022 have been met yet:

  • The allocation of R50,6 billion through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) over the MTSF.
  • The delivery of basic services, roads, and social infrastructure for poor households in 218 municipalities through the MIG.
  • Directing 10% of the MIG at fulfilling the gap as it relates to repairs and maintenance and;
  • 5% of the MIG addressing Infrastructure Asset Management Planning.

The medium term expenditure figure is divided as follows:

2022/23

R‘000

2023/24

R’000

2024/25

R’000

Total

R‘000

17 545 049

18 330 970

19 150 183

55 026 202

The first specified goal above is on track as R17 545 049 000 was allocated and disbursed to municipalities in 2022/23 financial year. As the municipal financial year ended at the end of June 2023, the assessment of the rest of the specied goals above, which is the performance of the MIG in 2022/23 year, is currently underway to be finalised at the end of this quarter as required in terms of Section 10 (8) of the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA), 2023.

  1. The following are some of the common barriers to meeting the specified goals on the MIG programme in particular, and service delivery in general:
  • Challenges with the political leadership and environment, governance, institutional management, financial management. The assessment of the state of local government in 2021 and repeated in 2022 highlighted that all these challenges contribute to poor service delivery and implementation of programmes like the MIG.
  • Lack of capacity in municipalities especially professionally registered built environment practitioners to effectively manage infrastructure development remains a challenge.
  • Uncoordinated support to municipalities in terms of section 154 of the Constitution
  • Consequence management to non-MIG performers lead to communities being deprived of services when the non spent portion of the MIG grant is re-allocated to the spending municipalities.
  1. A number of interventions and measures were put in place to deal with the above-mentioned barriers including the following:
  • The implementation of the Municipal Support and Intervention Plan (MSIP) that was developed as a response to the State of Local Government Report of 2021. The MSIP provides action plans for all pillars that affect service delivery mentioned above and the implementation thereof, is done by all of government including provincial and national departments.
  • The Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) continues to deploy technical professionals through the Municipal Infrastructure support Agent (MISA) to support municipalities with infrastructure development throughout the project life cycle. To-date MISA has deployed 103 built environment professionals (86 of which are professionally registered with Statutory bodies as engineers and town planners) across all 9 provinces.
  • The implementation of the District Development Model (DDM) is beginning to bear fruit in the coordinated support towards local government. This is evidenced, among other iniatiatives, by the resuscitation of the Green Drop and Blue Drop programmes by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and consequent joint development of improvement plans for dysfunctional municipalities. The Green Drop Report was released in 2022 while the Blue Drop Watch Report was released in June 2023 by DWS. This assists in joint infrastructure grants management like the MIG and those administered by DWS like the Water Services Infrastructure Grant. This joint collaboration aims to ensure that over the MTSF the specified goals are met especially related to Asset Management Planning and repairs and maintenance.
  • The creation of the MIG 6B indirect grant has been included in the MIG Framework as a instrument aimed at ensuring that deserving communities are not disadvantaged by non-performing MIG receiving municipalities. This will see DCOG implementing projects on behalf of those perennial non-performing municipalities as a contribution towards specified goals.

End.

12 July 2023 - NW2300

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Legwase, Ms TI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) With Armscor as the contract manager, the SA National Defence Force and Denel having been instructed by the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans to make a final determination on the future of Project Hoefyster, what is the status of the project (details furnished) since the project is an important project for the refurbishment of the SA Army’s Infantry capability; (2) What will be the next steps towards making a final determination on the project?

Reply:

1. The SA Army gave approval for the completion of Phase 1 (Development) and the acceptance of the indicated specification deviations, as well as acceptance of the already manufactured 4 Section Variants Pre-Production Models (PPM’s) updated to the latest status.

2. The next step will be Phase 2 (Industrialisation/Production) that entails the initial delivery of 1 Battalion (88 Badger ICV vehicles) to the SA Army.
 

12 July 2023 - NW2287

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has held any engagements with the Minister of Human Settlements, Ms M T Kubayi, and/or the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms T Nkadimeng, to address the obstacles, like the unavailability of serviced sites and a lack of project management skills in provincial departments, that hamper the delivery of housing to military veterans, especially in provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the details of the (a) dates and (b) outcomes of the engagements?

Reply:


1. The Ministers haven’t met as yet. The two engagements held recently was the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements and the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans during the Human Settlements MINMEC session in Cape Town.

2. Following the Deputy Ministers’ engagement the two Departments teams held a two days strategic session on the 08th to 09th (Thursday and Friday) June 2023. Among issues discussed were;

a. upfront identification of the services sites during the national planning cycles

b. Linking the sites to the applicants when quantifying Annual performance plans

12 July 2023 - NW1647

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) Whether, with reference to the Chetty 491 housing project for military veterans in Port Elizabeth, a service-level agreement was signed between the Department of Human Settlement and the Department of Military Veterans; if not, why not; if so, are the specified houses built in line with the adequate housing requirements. (2) Whether she will furnish Mr M L Shelembe with a copy of the service-level agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date. (3) Which representative of the Department of Military Veterans will be monitoring the process to ensure that there is compliance?

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12 July 2023 - NW2301

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Beukes, Ms AJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In view of joint operations along the land borders of the Republic a well-trained and well-equipped SA National Defence Force with the National Treasury agreeing to supply R85 million for the purpose of acquiring borderline technology in the 2022-23 financial year, what (a) were the procurement challenges that prevented the acquisition of the specified technology in March 2023 and (b) steps will she take to prevent the challenges in future?

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11 July 2023 - NW2427

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

Whether, following the Estimates of National Expenditure 2023 shared by the National Treasury, that under Programme 4: Welfare Services Policy Development and Implementation Support Programme, her department will spend 7,2% of its budget over the medium term on consultants, her department intends to effect a skills transfer; if not, why not; if so, (a) how will the specified consultants transfer their skills to staff, (b) how long will the specified process take and (c) what total number of staff members will be impacted?

Reply:

Children’s Services

The contracted consultant is required to transfer its skills to the staff.

a) The contracted consultant will provide mentorship and training on how to conduct research to two (2) early career staff within the department.

b) The mentorship and training indicated in (a) will be conducted for a period of eight (8) months.

c) Two (2) staff members from the Department of Social Development will benefit from this process.

Children’s Legislation

a) The consultant appointed to develop a costed Implementation Plan for the National Child Care and Protection Policy will transfer skills for data collection approaches, and processes for developing implementation plans to the project manager. The consultant will further transfer skills to identified officials through capacity building session workshop.

The consultant appointed to develop Regulations for the Children’s Amendment Act transferred skills for legislative drafting to different business Units through focus group sessions.

b) The workshop for skills transfer for the development of costed Implementation Plan will take one day. Skills transfer for the drafting of Regulations has been completed.

c) The total number of officials impacted for skills transfer on the development of a costed Implementation Plan is six (6). The total number of staff impacted for skills transfer for developing regulations is 70.

Services to Families

(a) The consultant appointed for the development of the policy on homelessness will transfer skills through workshops, meetings, project documents, and public consultations with the key stakeholders working closely with the project team. Skills transfer and methodology have been included in the terms of reference.

The skills to be transferred include data collection and analysis; facilitation skills; project management; policy development, writing, and analysis skills; stakeholder analysis, engagement, and management; literature review; etc

(b) This process will be linked to the duration of the contract, which in this case is one (1) year

(c) Close to 30 officials, from both the task team and the technical team, will benefit from this process by the end of the project and this includes officials from other key national departments, provinces, and officials from National DSD. Yes, this is linked to a & b

Recruitment and Retention Strategy for SSP’s

  1. Skills transfer by consultants will be done through project team meetings, which are held after development of each deliverable for quality assurance purposes.
  2. The process is ongoing during the design and development phases and conducted over a period of three sessions per project (there are currently two projects) and each is allocated one day for skills transfer purposes.
  3. Three staff members will benefit from the skills transfer process (social work policy manager, social work policy developer and scholarship project coordinator).

Service Standards

(a) The consultant appointed to conduct a Readiness Assessment on the Implementation of the White Paper on Social Development will transfer skills to the project team through project engagement meetings on a continuous basis.

(b) The consultant will further transfer skills to identified officials within the national department of DSD through a training workshop. The workshop for skills transfer for the Readiness Assessment will take one day.

Four officials from the national department of DSD will be impacted.

(c) The consultant appointed for refining and editing the White Paper on Social Development will transfer skills to the project team on a continuous basis through project engagement meetings officials.

The consultant for refining and editing the White Paper on Social Development will further transfer skills to identified officials within the national department of DSD through a training workshop. The workshop for skills transfers for the Readiness Assessment will take one day.

Four officials from the national department of DSD will be impacted.

11 July 2023 - NW1813

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What percentage of (a) the population consumes less than 21 000 kilocalories each day and (b) children suffer from acute malnutrition in the Republic; (2) what total number of (a) adults and (b) children die of hunger each day; (3) what programmes and/or plans are in place to address the terrible crisis in both (a) major cities and (b) rural areas; (4) whether any programmes and/or plans have been rolled out to combat child hunger, malnutrition and undernutrition; if not, why not; if so, (a)(i) what programmes and (ii) where have they been rolled out and (b) what results have been gathered from the programmes?

Reply:

(1)(2)(3) The Department of Health monitors Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) cases through the National Health Information Management System. The member is advised to refer the question to the relevant Ministry of Health.

(4) South Africa has developed and implements an integrated and comprehensive National Food and Nutrition Security Plan for South Africa, which holistically addresses food and nutrition issues, focusing on the pre-conception period, the first 1000 days of life, Early Childhood Development, and appropriate feeding of vulnerable children in poor schools (quantile 1–3).

The Food Security and Nutrition Plan for South Africa reflects a common vision across government departments, with a unified goal, objectives, indicators and targets for monitoring progress. Under this plan various programmes under Strategic Objective 4, which relates to “Scaling up of high impact nutrition specific interventions targeting nutritionally vulnerable groups across the life cycle” are implemented.

This is to enable the country to address problems such as hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies that affect physical growth and cognitive development, especially among children, as directed by the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy.

The Department implements targeted social protection measures, which includes the provision of nutrition support services to the poor and vulnerable groups. Furthermore, social grants are paid in line with the social assistance act, 2004 (Act No. 13 of 2004) to alleviate the plight of most impoverished and vulnerable people in the country. More than 60 % expenditure on grants is used to buy food and this assist many households to not go to bed hungry.

DSD has Centre based feeding programmes most registered and funded as NPOs that support vulnerable groups through nutrition support and provide other psychosocial services as well. These includes Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs), Home Community Based Care Centres (HCBCs, Luncheon Clubs (LCs) etc.

11 July 2023 - NW2500

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department, in collaboration with any other relevant law enforcement agencies, engaged in any operation to curb the confiscation of the cards of SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries by loan sharks, shop owners, drug dealers and/or any other unscrupulous businesses over the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of cards were recovered in each province, (b) measures have been put in place to ensure that the practice is eliminated and (c) programmes has she put in place to educate SASSA beneficiaries about such unlawful arrangements?

Reply:

a) The illegal money-lending business is prevalent and has been detected across the provinces. The following are some of the instances of arrests of people who were found in possession of several SASSA cards. The table below shows a breakdown of the successes achieved to date:

TABLE 1: BREAKDOWN OF CASESREGARDING POSSESSION OF SASSA CARD(S)

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

NUMBER OF SASSA/

POSTBANK CARDS

DATE OF ARREST/

SENTENCING

1.

KwaZulu Natal: On 11 October 2020, SAPS arrested two suspects in a Pietermaritzburg operation and seized 495 SAPO/SASSA cards.

495

11th October 2020

2.

KwaZulu-Natal: Three (3) suspected moneylenders were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal with 50 SAPO/SASSA cards, 20 SAPO EasyPay cards and R34,000 cash in Umkomaas.

50

03rd June 2022

3.

Western Cape: On 09t February 2021, the Cape ‘fraud syndicate’ was busted after 49 SAPO/SASSA cards were found hidden in a chocolate box. The suspects were arrested in Mitchells Plain and Bo-Kaap by members of the Special Operations Team.

Further investigation of the suspects led the Special Operations team members to an address in Albow Gardens in Rugby where a further 191 SAPO/SASSA cards were seized.

240

09th February 2021

4.

Western Cape: One (1) suspected moneylender was arrested in Malmesbury, for possession of SAPO/SASSA cards.

40

27th June 2022

5.

Gauteng: On 01 May 2020 police arrested seven suspects in Tshwane with 91 SAPO/SASSA cards and nearly R191 671 in cash.

91

1st May 2020

6.

Gauteng: 31 suspected moneylenders were arrested in Springs, Gauteng with 256 SAPO/SASSA cards and 151 various bank cards.

The suspects were found in possession of R100, 000 in cash.

256 and 151 various bank cards.

04th August 2022

7.

Gauteng: Five (5) suspected moneylenders were arrested in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng with 1 X SAPO/SASSA card and 6 various bank cards. The suspects were found in possession of R36,270.00 in cash.

One (1) and 6 various bank cards.

02nd November 2022

8.

Gauteng: Five suspects were arrested in Brixton, Gauteng for being in possession of 250 SAPO/SASSA cards.

250

21st June 2023

9.

Eastern Cape: During May 2023, a multi-disciplinary team comprising of stakeholders focusing on loan sharks, led by the National Credit Regulator, involving SASSA, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and South African Police Services (SAPS) conducted an operation targeting loan sharks, with the sole aim of preventing illegal withholding of banking cards and identity documents. The operation led to the arrest of 17 suspects and the seizing of 106 SAPO/SASSA cards with cash of R401 800.00. Similar operations will be conducted nationally.

106

1st to 5th May 2023

b) As on record, the SASSA/SAPO card is owned and managed by the South African Postbank according to the South African Reserve Bank designation.

SASSA has no control over beneficiaries who encumber their grants nor does SASSA condone this act.

The practice of beneficiaries giving loan sharks and or loan sharks taking beneficiary cards is a contravention of Section 20 of the Social Assistance Act 13 of 2004 which states “a grant may not be transferred, ceded, pledged or in any other way encumbered or disposed of unless the Minister on good grounds in writing consents thereto”, and also read in conjunction with Section 133, Section 90(2) (l) and Section 91(b) of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005.

This matter is regulated by section 35 of the Act, which prohibits credit providers and other persons conducting and marketing credit provider services within areas of Agency Offices and pay points. Section 35 of the Act (1) subject to the provisions of section 10(1) and (2) of the Act states;

a) a person must not market or offer any form of credit , whether or not that person is registered as a credit provider, within any Agency offices or pay-point for the purpose of soliciting or enticing a beneficiary to engage in any form of credit granting, funeral scheme or life insurance scheme; b) the card must not be ceded, pledged or retained to secure a loan, repayment of loan debt or payment of a funeral or insurance premium.

Specifically in response to the question, an ongoing collaborative effort led by the National Credit Regulator in the main, involving the SAPS, Postbank and SASSA has culminated in several arrests of suspected loan sharks who were found in possession of SASSA cards (as detailed under paragraph number (a)/ or above). Additional measures, in the form of programmes, are detailed herein under.

c) Besides efforts of participating in a multidisciplinary enforcement mechanism as indicated above (paragraph b), SASSA continuously communicates with social grants beneficiaries through various channels to discourage them from dealing with loan sharks. There are ongoing media awareness campaigns directed at all social grant beneficiaries not to hand over their SAPO/SASSA cards to anyone.

SASSA also conducts awareness sessions among its employees so that they can share the information with grant beneficiaries and the broader public.

In tandem with the above, measures to combat the phenomenon of loan sharks preying on social grant beneficiaries and to prevent this type of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Social Assistance Act, SASSA takes concerted steps to coordinate and approach this task under the leadership of the National Credit Regulator, with the involvement of stakeholders, such as, Postbank and SAPS, among others, to appraise them of the gravity of the money lending activities and request that stiff sentences, within the ambit of the law, are meted out by the courts.

11 July 2023 - NW1707

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Khakhau, Ms KL to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she will furnish Ms K L Khakhau with a comprehensive breakdown of the procurement allocation of (a) her department and (b) every entity reporting to her in terms of the percentages allocated to (i) small-, medium- and micro-enterprises, (ii) cooperatives, (iii) township enterprises and (iv) rural enterprises with a view to evaluating the effectiveness of the set-aside policy of the Government in fostering an inclusive and diverse economic landscape (details furnished) in the (aa) 2021-22 financial year and (bb) since 1 April 2023?

Reply:

DSD

The National Department of Social Development made provisions in terms of the allocation of its procurement spend in terms of the following procurement spend categories:

  • Black Owned businesses
  • Women-owned businesses
  • Youth-owned businesses
  • Businesses in Rural or Township areas
  • Businesses owned by persons living with disabilities

The table below depicts the percentage spent and the rand value for the 2022/23 financial year for each of the categories indicated above.

Year

Total spend

Black Owned

Women Owned

Youth Owned

Disability

Rural/Township

21/22

R358,75

146,620 000

R71,830 000

R24, 100 000

R510 000

R10 530 000

   

40,9%

20%

6,7%

0,1%

2,9%

22/23

R383,2 Mil

R150,770 000

R 103,620 000

R 16,850 000

R 400 000

R 10,590 000

   

39,3%

27%

4,3%

0,1%

2,8%

23/24

31,86 Mil

R9,830 000

R5,150 000

R1, 730 000

R120 000

R2,710 000

   

30,8%

16,1%

5,4%

0,4%

8,5%

NB for 2023/24 the amounts included are up to 13 June 2023.

SASSA

SASSA did not make provision for procurement allocation in respect of the three (3) categories as specified in the above question, NAPQ 1707 of 2023. However, the below figures depict the total expenditure towards the below designated groups. The total percentage spent for the designated groups in the 2022/2023 Financial Year is nine percent (9%).

Please note that National Treasury Practice Note Number SCM 2 of 2006, on the prohibition of set-asides was only repealed with effect from 16 January 2023, to align with Regulations, 2022. 

(i) Total SMME/ EME expenditure is R 334,206,197.88

(ii) National Treasury Central Supplier Database does not make provision for Cooperatives as a category.

(iii) Total Township enterprise expenditure is R 281,214,251.33

(iv) Total rural expenditure is R 22,698,907.28

NDA

b) The procurement percentage allocation was against a total of R 26 574 444 and R 30 234 710 for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years respectively. It is broken down as follows:

(i) R 23 908 290 and R 22 421 761 were allocated towards Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises which constitute 79,1% and 84,4% for the aa) 2021-22 and bb) 2022-23 financial years respectively.

(ii) R 124 942 and R 10 735 were allocated towards Cooperatives which constitutes 0,4% and 0,04% for the aa) 2021-22 and bb) 2022-23 financial years respectively.

(iii) R 845 319 and R 1 977 836 was allocated towards Township Enterprises which constitutes 2,8% and 7,4% for the aa) 2021-22 and bb) 2022-23 financial years respectively; and

(iv) R 504 377 and R 723 234 were allocated towards Rural Enterprises which constitutes 1,7% and 2,7% for the aa) 2021-22 and bb) 2022-23 financial years respectively.

The table below provides a detailed breakdown of the procurement spend per category for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years.

 

11 July 2023 - NW2370

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) How does a beneficiary who no longer requires the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant cancel the grant, (b) what number of beneficiaries stopped receiving the R350 SRD grant in (i) 2021, (ii) 2022 and (iii) 2023, (c) what number of cancellations have been (i) received and (ii) successfully cancelled for (aa) April 2023 and (bb) May 2023; (2) whether there is an option on the srd.sassa.gov.za website to cancel the grant for April 2023 and May 2023; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) how does the SA Social Security Agency ensure that the total number of applicants who are pending and/or declined is not skewed by the applicants who cannot cancel their grants?

Reply:

(1)(a) A beneficiary can cancel the COVID SRD grant by logging onto the platform (https://srd.sassa.gov.za) which they used to apply for the grant, select the cancel option and follow the prompts for cancellation. The cancellation is not based on a month, but a permanent cancellation. If cancelled, the client will need to reapply for the grant, if they need it in future.

(1)(b)(i), (1)(b)(ii), (1)(b)(iii) The number of grants which were stopped due to cancellations received for the years under this enquiry are:

(i) 2021 – 341 896

(ii) 2022 – 435 432

(iii) 2023 – 211 814

It should be noted that despite canceling the grants, quite a number of clients re-instate their grants at a later period in the same year. In this regard, SASSA is not able to indicate which of the above numbers were reinstated again as their might have been multiple cancellations and re-instatements per client.

Given the aforementioned explanation, SASSA unfortunately cannot answer this question without a significant amount of analysis of tens of millions of records, which will take a considerable amount of time. Given that the grant is not permanent and a client can receive it one month, then stop for a month or two due to them receiving other forms of assistance, (as alluded to above) and then qualify again for a few months; the analysis of the data is further complicated.

1 (c) the number of cancellations which have been (i) received

(aa) April 2023 – 169 635

(bb) May 2023 – 181 867

(ii) Successfully cancelled for

(aa) April 2023 - 169 635

(bb) May 2023 - 181 867

(2) There is an option to cancel the grant for April and May 2023 on the website. As indicated in 1(a), a beneficiary can cancel the COVID SRD grant by logging onto the platform (https://srd.sassa.gov.za) which they used to apply for the grant, select the cancel option and follow the prompts for cancellation.

(3) As indicated it is possible for clients to cancel their grants. Despite this, unfortunately there is no way for SASSA to know if a client no longer needs the grant and wants to cancel it, unless they inform SASSA. The process to cancel the grant is as easy as the process to apply, if not easier, and remains the responsibility of the beneficiary to notify SASSA if their circumstances change.

It is very likely that the reason why clients who no longer need the grant can be because they are receiving income. This will be picked up when SASSA checks income on a monthly basis before approving the grant for that month. Hence the numbers for “declined”, may be skewed by those who should have cancelled their grant. However, given the current economic situation in the country, these numbers are likely to be small, even negligible.

11 July 2023 - NW1851

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether the institutional subsidies that were awarded by her department to the successful applicants residing in Howell Road have been paid to a certain company (name furnished); if not, why not, if so, on what date were the subsidy payments made?

Reply:

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements approved and signed a contract with First Metro Housing Company in March 2001 to build 213 institutional housing units in Ethekwini Municipality. The project claims were processed between January 2002 to March 2006 in the amount of R 4,785,725.10.

Attached are the project claims related to the Howell Road Project.

11 July 2023 - NW1994

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether the implementation of the queue management system has been effective in light of the long queues that persist even though millions of Rand were spent on the specified system; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what total amount will it cost to implement the specified system in the whole Republic?

Reply:

1) The queue management project team is currently at the follow-up and evaluation stage of the project, post GO-LIVE. During this stage, the team is performing ongoing monitoring and system performance evaluation to provide support, additional training, and adjustments to local offices who have implemented the queue management system. This process will allow the team to establish the baseline in terms of current waiting times and be able to measure the effectiveness of the system.

However, it is important to note that a queue management system is about improving the efficiency of managing queues in the local office. These efficiencies mainly contribute to maintain order within the local office and may have a spill over effect on time spent in the office.

This collectively with other systems – such as the online application system (which reduces demand), the self-help kiosk that are to be rolled out later (to reduce the need for human interaction through self-service), express queues, as well as the ongoing capacitation offices with alternative energy supplier – are all part of the larger strategies to reduce times spent in queues.

(2) In 2022/23 SASSA did a pilot implementation of the system at approximately 23 offices and intends to extend this to another 27 offices in the current financial year. Different use-cases and scenarios are being evaluated. Part of this exercise will be a full costing for roll out at all the 422 local offices, however high-level costing suggest that it will cost approximately R52 million. This cost is for the hardware (computers, screens and printers) and consumables (paper, etc), thus the plan is to roll this out progressively over time within the existing baseline of the Agency.

11 July 2023 - NW2198

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)How does the National Development Agency (NDA) model contribute to poverty eradication; (2) what (a) criteria were used to identify the 24 783 organisations that would receive assistance from the NDA and (b) were the needs of the specified organisations on the basis of which they were mobilised, assessed and classified; (3) whether there was a country-wide call for proposals by the NDA; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what (a) type of assistance, financial or otherwise, was received from the NDA, (b) total budget was spent by the NDA in each year that the programme was in existence and (c) total budget is still to be spent by the NDA on the programme? NW2495E

Reply:

1. In order to contribute towards eradicating poverty, the NDA utilises Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as a vehicle to implement programmes, aimed at meeting the most critical development needs of poor communities. By capacitation, empowerment and engagements with CSOs, the NDA enhances the ability of CSOs to deliver a myriad of developmental interventions to communities they are located in, aimed at reducing levels of poverty and creating sustainable communities. The NDA’s aim is to create a functional, efficient, and integrated CSO sector through cooperation and strategic partnerships within the sector, aimed at benefiting CSOs, with the ultimate beneficiaries being individuals served by the CSOs.

Furthermore, the NDA’s strategic plan provides for it to collaborate and coordinate with the Department of Social Development, the South African Social Security Agency as well as other government departments and entities, funding organisation’s and the private sector to contribute effectively towards poverty eradication in poor communities.

(2) (a) There was no specific criteria to identify these CSOs. However, the 24 783 CSOs are part of our database which was created through the following interventions and activities:

  • Community Profiling;
  • Walk-ins to the NDA offices country-wide;
  • CSOs who have participated in NDA capacity building sessions and other events;
  • CSOs who participate in government wide events such as Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programmes (ICROP); and
  • Referrals from other departments and stakeholders.

(2) (b) Indeed, the first step is engagement with CSOs at a local level to identify developmental needs, possible interventions, referrals to other departments and supporting communities to develop community structures or formations to organise themselves.

The assessment process also includes classification of CSOs based on assessed needs as well as types and levels of interventions required to improve operations of the CSO.

3. There was no country-wide call for proposals by the NDA for grant funding, due to the limited budget allocated for grant funding, lest expectations be created in the sector. Instead, the NDA used programme formulation method to develop proposals for grant funding. Programme formulation is a grant making approach whereby the NDA engages communities in social facilitation with the view of creating grassroots structures that will ultimately be the mechanism for implementation of projects. The approach targets specific areas and sectors based on primary research on priority poverty pockets. The process is driven by the NDA staff in provinces, based on the assessment of the institutional capability and competencies of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and NGOs in identified localities. The NDA Development Practitioners assume an active role in the conceptualization and planning of projects. The approach is used mainly for CSOs funded through NDA’s resources.

Notwithstanding the above mentioned, the country-wide call for proposals was used specifically in soliciting proposals to implement the following projects:

  • The CARA Victim Empowerment Programme in the 2019/2020 financial year; and
  • The Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) Volunteer Programme.

(4) (a) In the last four Financial Years, the NDA has grant-funded 289 CSOs enabling them to address poverty relief to the vulnerable and poor in communities. Through the funding, the NDA makes inroads in ridding the society of the dire effects of poverty, especially in areas where these CSOs operate. The grant funding programme focuses on assisting CSOs with seed funding that enables them to provide services to communities. The funding specifically targets CSOs that do not meet funding requirements of most funding institutions. NDA aims to unlock their potential for more funding and increase their sustainability.

As a result of the NDA Grant funding, the following was achived:

• Children within ECD Centres were able to access ECD services which meet the norms and standards of the sector. This increased their development prospects and provided an opportunity for caregivers to be involved in economic activities;

• Household food security has been improved through support to communal food gardens and small-holder farmers;

• Household income from the funded CSOs and Co-operatives involved in economic activities has been increased thereby increasing the asset base in their respective communities;

Through the grant funding programme the NDA created work opportunities. These work opportunities ensure that economically disadvantaged families have their quality of life improved through participation in the NDA supported community projects.

4) (b) A total budget of R50 173 746 in grant funding was disbursed to CSOs as per provincial and annual breakdown in the table below.

(4) (c) there is no amount still to be disbursed to CSOs except what is in the budget for the current financial year 2023/2024 i.e. R 9 396 829.