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21 May 2021 - NW949

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2569 on 27 November 2020, any progress has been made on the investigation of each of the six children who died in three borrow pits in the Moretele Local Municipality, North West; if not, why not; if so, what (a) indications are there that there was negligence, (b) indications are there that stricter compliance and regulations are required, (c) measures will be put in place as a result and (d) support and assistance will be given to the families of the six children?

Reply:

The root causes could not be determined, this matter is not within the competency of the DMRE. Following the investigations that were undertaken by the Department’s Regional Office, it is evident that the incident took place on an area that was not authorised by the Department. It is alleged that the contractor who opened the borrow pit was contracted by the Department of Public Works for purpose of using the materials for road construction. Furthermore, the Department also learnt that upon completion of their activities, the contractor apparently had an intention to rehabilitate the area, it is alleged that the community did not support the issue of rehabilitation on the basis that the borrow pit will serve as water storage for their animals (cattles). Following the delisting of these activities In terms of the EIA Regulations, 2017 as amended and the associated Listing Notices, read also with section 106 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development, Act 28 of 2002, the Department of Public Works is now no longer required to apply for both the Environmental Authorisations/Mining Authorisations from this Department. Given this exemption, this Department is not a competent authority to deal with this matter.

(b) Considering that there were no Environmental Authorisations issued by the Department, the onus lies with the Department that appoints the contractor to ensure that the area is rehabilitated in a safe manner.

(c) See the previous remarks

(d) The Department is not an appropriate institution to determine this issue but the relevant Department can furnish clarity in this regard.

21 May 2021 - NW962

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, considering the ineffectiveness of the current SA Mineral Resources Administration (SAMRAD) system in providing up to date information on South Africa’s mining and prospecting rights, his department has ever considered discontinuing the SAMRAD system and replacing it with a Cadastre system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1129E

Reply:

The Department acknowledges that the current SAMRAD system has had some challenges and requires an overhaul. We have begun a process of procuring a Mining Cadastral System to ensure that there is a complete effective system in place.

21 May 2021 - NW623

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, taking into consideration the global shift towards cleaner fuel and energy consumption in an attempt to curb the global carbon footprint, his department has any plans in place to ensure that PetroSA starts producing cleaner fuel; if not, what are the reasons that no plans are in place; if so, what are the relevant details, including the (a) status of the specified project and (b) date by which implementation can be expected?

Reply:

PetroSA has plans in place that are targeting a new imported Liquefied Natural Gas supply to replace the depleting indigenous gas produced from its offshore gas fields for the last 30 years. Gas imports for the production of synthetic fuels are planned to start in 2022. The potential for longer term gas supply from newly discovered offshore gas fields is also being considered.

PetroSA is reviewing the potential to convert the Mossel Bay site to a ‘carbon free’ blue hydrogen production facility which will be explored in more detail when operation on imported Liquefied Natural Gas is completed. Operation on Liquefied Natural Gas will also enable PetroSA to recommission the Methcap renewable power facility installed to produce power from biogas which was in operation from 2004/5 until November 2020 (i.e. green electricity).

PetroSA fuel produced from processing of gas meets most of the CF2 specifications. However, capital investment will be required to meet the anticipated South African Clean Fuels 2 specifications.

PetroSA’s depleted offshore gasfields are also identified as the most promising carbon dioxide storage opportunity in South Africa to facilitate a lower carbon footprint. The ‘Atlas on geological storage of carbon dioxide in South Africa’ was completed together with the Council for Geoscience and major industry players highlights PetroSA’s existing infrastructure potential in this regard.

21 May 2021 - NW1189

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she has provided farmers who are leasing state-owned land with assurance that their leases will be renewed; if not, why not; if so, what mechanisms has she put to prevent arbitrary refusal to renew such leases?

Reply:

Yes. According to the provisions of the State land Lease and Disposal Policy as well as the Lease Contract, a lessee is eligible for a renewal of the lease agreement on state-owned land.

21 May 2021 - NW1150

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department is involved in any court cases against the Mthonjaneni Community Trust; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the total number of cases that her department is involved in and (b) are the relevant details of the dispute in each case?

Reply:

Yes.

a) One.

b) Pursuant to a claim by three communities in terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 22 of 1994, a consent order was granted by the Land Claims Court that the state acquire 10 properties in the Mthonjaneni area pending the resolution of a dispute regarding the properties between the Mthonjaneni Community and the Toggkry Community. The properties were duly acquired by the department and are managed in terms of the State Land Lease and Disposal Policy. The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) was appointed as caretaker of the properties, with the view to later appoint it as lessee pending the resolution of the above-mentioned dispute. The caretakership agreement with SAFDA was an interim measure to safeguard the properties and to ensure that farming operations continued on the properties. The Mthonjaneni Community Trust subsequently brought an application against the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development & 2 others (Case No LCC201/2013) seeking the following orders:

  • That the Minister and the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (the Commission) (the second respondent) immediately cease to harvest all crops on the relevant properties;
  • That a joint committee between the Mthonjaneni Community Trust and the department be established to determine various service providers to undertake the harvest of the timber;
  • That the Minister and the Commission ensure that an interest-bearing account is ringfenced for all funds generated by the lease or the farming operations; and
  • In the alternative, that the Minister and the Commission are directed to ensure that all funds that are generated from the farming operations as at date of transfer must be held in an interest-bearing account.

The department successfully defended the application in the Land Claims Court and the judge dismissed the application of the Mthonjaneni Community Trust with each party to pay their own costs. The transfer of the properties from the state to the beneficiaries is currently in progress and a further consent order with time frames are being negotiated with Cox and Partners Attorneys.

21 May 2021 - NW1016

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 404 on 1 March 2021, he can confirm if Additiv Solutions had met all the requirements for appointment for the Photonics Prototyping Facility Programme; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether Additiv Solutions in fact completed its project by 31 March 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) confirms that Additiv Solutions (Pty) Ltd met all the requirements for support from the Photonics Prototyping Facility that is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) National Laser Centre. As set out in the reply to question 404 in March 2021, the proposal was evaluated by the PPF Investment Committee, which includes industry experts and the DSI, and which evaluates and recommends proposals to be supported to the CSIR. Proposals are evaluated against the following criteria:

(a) Relevance and Impact (commercial relevance; feasibility; and significance of impact to the Photonics industry);

(b) Technical merit (clarity of objectives/motivation to use the PPF; novelty of technology; maturity of technology);

(c) Budget (alignment to tasks; and feasibility with existing infrastructure); and

(d) Management Plan (feasibility and efficiency of plan; and track record and team)

The proposal from Additiv Solutions (Pty) Ltd was evaluated by the PPF Investment Committee on 9 December 2019. The committee agreed that there was a clear need for lower cost 3D metal additive manufacturing machines, that the proposal met the requirements of technical merits, budget and the management plan. The proposal also met the requirements with respect to relevance and impact, but the committee did recognize that significant effort would be required with respect to market development and marketing, and that the prototype to be developed in this project would assist in this regard. The Committee agreed that the proposal from Additiv Solutions (Pty) Ltd therefore met the requirements for support from the PPF, and recommended it for approval.

2. The project was initially scheduled to be completed by 31 March 2021. However, there were delays with the procurement processes at the CSIR, which delayed the initial setup phase of the project. These delays were due to challenges with suppliers of hardware to the CSIR. The hardware necessary for this phase was delivered to the CSIR in December 2020 and February 2021 and this work is now completed. In the project scope, a prototype system had to be characterised, and then three subsequent "Beta" machines have to be characterised for Additiv Solutions. The prototype setup and characterisation is completed; the Beta 1 system is being characterised. This makes up the bulk of the work in the project and will completed by 31 May 2021. Additiv Solutions is also required to deliver 2 additional machines (Beta machines 2 and 3) to the PPF team for them to characterise the optical setup and complete all activities planned. This stage is dependent on Additiv Solutions and is expected to be completed by 30 June 2021. The project is on track, there are no remaining technical challenges.

3. This question relates to particular project at the CSIR. The Minister does not usually make statements on particular projects, and is not planning to do so in relation to the CSIR’s support to Additiv Solutions.

21 May 2021 - NW1234

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)Whether his department in collaboration with the Department of Health has proposed plans to vaccinate university students; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether there is (a) training and (b) an awareness drive to educate students on the vaccine options in future; if not, why not; if so, how soon can the students expect such options?

Reply:

(1) All higher education institutions will be included in the countrywide government phased plan to vaccinate all South African citizens. Higher Health, as the entity that supports the post-school sector in this area, will liaise with the Department of Health, and ensure regular communication with the sector on all matters relating to COVID-19 and vaccination. Higher Health, in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department of Higher Education and Training, and post-school institutions will ensure that all relevant plans and communication relating to vaccination are put in place effectively across the sector.

(2) Higher Health works with all post-school public institutions to support the training of institutional staff and peer mentors on many aspects of work, including COVID-19. This has included the distribution of information on the current phase of the vaccination programme and will include awareness raising at the appropriate times during the phased vaccination programme of government.

21 May 2021 - NW1212

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, in light of the outrage regarding the tracksuits worn by Team SA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, his department intervened to ensure that a similar mistake does not occur at the upcoming Olympics; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No. The Department did not intervene, as this is an administrative matter the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee is empowered to deal with.

Notwithstanding the latter, SASCOC indicated that they have secured a sponsorship from Mr Price Sport, with regards to the kit for the Tokyo Games. As part of the process the athletes have joined the Mr Price Sport design team to finalise the design of the kit. The kit design will therefore have full input from the Athletes who will be wearing it. SASCOC also indicated that the EThekwini Municipality has also provided professional designers to join the Mr Price Sport Team to design the opening ceremony outfits.

21 May 2021 - NW1069

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

What are the reasons and explanation of how over-enrolments occurred in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021?

Reply:

(a)  The audited data for 2019 indicates that 1 074 912 headcount students were enrolled, representing an under-enrolment of -6 178 headcounts in relation to the projected target of 1 081 090 set for 2019. This represents a -0.57% deviation from the 2019 target. Universities are permitted to move within a 2% band of their planned targets.

(b)  The Department has not yet received the 2020 final audited data from universities. This is only due at the end of July 2021 once they have finalised their graduate numbers and their external auditors have undertaken the audit of the data to be submitted to the Department. Thereafter the Department can undertake the comparison between the 2020 enrolment planning targets and the actual 2020 enrolments. However, UNISA did signal to the Department last year that they had over-enrolled in 2020. The Department has had a number of discussions with UNISA on over-enrolments both in 2018 and in 2020. 

(c)  The Department has not yet received data for the 2021 academic year, as universities will still enroll students in the second semester. The 2021 audited data will only be received at the end of July 2022.

21 May 2021 - NW1171

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1).In light of the alleged mismanagement of the funding from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme by the National Art Council (NAC), (a) what steps is he taking regarding the mismanagement of funds at National Arts Council and (b) who will be accountable; (2) whether his department has taken any legal steps against persons who are involved in the mismanagement of funding at the NAC; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the NAC paid close to R600 000 to foot the legal bills relating to the internal disciplinary hearing of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the reasons that the NAC paid the legal bills of the CEO, (b) what total amount did the NAC pay in this regard; (4) on what date is it envisaged that the (a) suspension and (b) disciplinary action relating to the (i) CEO and (ii) Chief Financial Officer will be finalised?

Reply:

1. (a). A forensic investigation into the handling of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) is being instituted by the Council of NAC. The findings of the report will be analysed and implemented in line with the governing legislation. If there is/are individual/s that may have transgressed in the management of the PESP rollout, consequence management will apply.

(b). The recommendations coming out of the Forensic investigation will determine further steps to be taken.

2. The Department has not taken any steps against any individual as the findings of Forensic investigation will determine the scale of the problem and what steps to take; and this will be done by the Council. My duty will be to play an oversight in ensuring that recommendations coming out of the Report are implemented and consequence management where applicable. However; also note that a legal opinion was sought on the matter of alleged conflict of interest by some Council members; to which it stated that there was no conflict of interest as adjudication was done under the previous Council.

3. The NAC did pay the legal bill relating to the internal disciplinary hearing of the Chief Executive Officer.

a) This was the re-imbursement paid to the CEO as she won the disciplinary hearing and Council agreed to settle her legal costs.

b) The amount paid was R594 500. The NAC Council approved the payment in 2020.

4. The National Arts Council has since instituted a Forensic investigation into the handling of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) by management. Once that process is finalised the Council will work with speed to adequately and swiftly act on the implementation of the recommendations of the Forensic Report including disciplinary hearing if that is part of the recommendations.

21 May 2021 - NW1242

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

Whether, given current challenges with energy supply and in light of current controversies and allegations of impropriety in the procurement of emergency energy supply through foreign floating power ships, he has alternative plans to ensure an uninterrupted and reliable supply of electricity to support post COVID-19 economic recovery; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Departments response to the current energy supply challenges consist of a number of interventions including procurement under the RIMPPPP (commonly known as emergency power). The interventions by the Department are follows:

  • We have amended regulations to enable municipalities to build or procure power from IPPs.
  • We have amended of Schedule 2 of ERA and therefore making exempting certain categories of generation for own use from the requirements to hold apply for a license.
  • We are working with IPPs and Eskom to ensure that projects signed under bid-window of renewable energy are completed as soon as possible. 1 200 megawatts of the 2 200 megawatts has already been connected to the grid. The remaining capacity is expected to be connected to the grid by not later than December 2021
  • We are procuring power from existing private generators through short-term contracts. Eskom is finalising the procurement of 128 megawatts and the Department is finalising an offer to purchase additional power from existing renewable energy IPPs.
  • We are proceeding with the procurement of 1 995 megawatts of power under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). Preferred bidders have been given until end of July 2020 to reach financial close. The Department is planning to conclude the signing of Power Purchase Agreements shortly after that.
  • We have issued Request for Proposal to procure 2 600 megawatts from renewable energy (Bid window 5)
  • We will be issuing additional Requests for Proposal for 9 213 megawatts from renewables, coal, gas, and battery storage. These will be done between now and March 2022.

 

21 May 2021 - NW1071

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

What (a) total number of students who are National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries (i) registered and (ii) completed their studies at institutions of higher learning in each of the past five academic years, (b) was the dropout rate of NSFAS-funded students in each of the specified academic years and (c) has he found to be the average dropout rate of NSFAS-funded students since the inception of the NSFAS?

Reply:

The NSFAS cohort study considers any student who received NSFAS funding at any point in time during their studies. The database of students who had received NSFAS funding in all previous years of study is mapped to the Higher Education Management Information System dataset. The NSFAS cohort study published in March 2020 considered all cohorts that entered the public higher education sector, i.e. universities, for the first time from the 2000 to 2017 academic years. The study found that the dropout rate for the 2009 NSFAS cohort was 22.2%, which is 9% lower than the national cohort average of 31.3%.

It should be noted that in order to determine how students, including NSFAS students, are performing, at least 4 years of data is required for a 3-year qualification and 5 years of data for 4-year qualification. The Department is currently in the process of updating the cohort report for this year.

21 May 2021 - NW1063

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

(a) How has he found the Auditor-General (AG) to have invoked the Public Audit Amendment Act, Act 5 of 2018, which gives the AG power to crack down on irregular and fraudulent expenditure, when auditing the entities which report to him, (b) what more than recommendations did the AG propose, who mentioned various times in his reports that consequence management does not take place in the entities and (c) if consequence management does not take place, (i) what is the next step and (ii) how is it enforced?

Reply:

ENTITY

AG ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT APPLIED

IF IT DID NOT TAKE PLACE, HOW IS IT ENFORCED

AFRIKAANSE TAALMUSEUM

The AG identified irregular expenditure during the audit as well as requested proof that an investigation was done regarding the previous irregular expenditure.

Although the AG has been asking for reports, letters and minutes relating to how the ATM handled identified irregular expenditure, in its recommendations, the AG did not mention any corrective steps it will be considering from their side against the Council or Management. This may be due to the nature of the irregular expenditure and the fact that it was due to administrative matters. Value for money was still achieved by the ATM.

Corrective steps have been taken against officials.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM

No findings applicable

N/A

N/A

WAR MUSEUM

no irregular or fraudulent expenditure incurred

N/A

N/A

UMSUNDUZI

Supply Chain Management

The UMsunduzi and Ncome Museum in order to remedy and to prevent the recurrent of this finding has appointed a Supply Chain Management Officer. With this appointment, the office of the CFO will be capacitated to deal with supply chain issues. To avoid further irregular payments and consequence management will be enforced.

 

FREEDOM PARK

 

Freedom Park has since constituted the Loss control committee to address the Irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure identified. The committee refer the investigated matters to Human Resources department for disciplinary process. Freedom Park has also concluded the forensic investigations to closure the raised irregular expenditures

Freedom Park has committed to continuously trained all the officials in SCM department and those officials who are responsible for the processing payments in Finance department. The SCM manager also conduct SCM policies and procures awareness on quarterly basis. Those who are charge with the responsibility of implementing consequence management will be accountable to the Executive Authority.

NELSON MANDELA MUSEUM

Nelson Mandela Museum has had no adverse findings with regards to its SCM processes and continues strengthening controls and processes to mitigate the risk flouting the PPPFA regulations.

N/A

N/A

PLAYHOUSE COMPANY

The Playhouse Company did not incur any irregular and fraudulent expenditure and the auditor general did not raise any findings in this regard. As such, no consequence management has been recommended.

N/A

N/A

SOUTH AFRICAN LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND

Please note that there has been no irregular expenditure or fraud at the SALB. Internal policies are aligned to National Treasury guidelines around this aspect and consequence management will be applied if these come to light.

N/A

N/A

ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM

The invocation of the Public Audit Amendment Act by the Auditor General, has not impacted Robben Island Museum on any issues currently.

N/A

N/A

SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE

Fraud was discovered in the prior years

Management immediately reported the matter to the relevant authorities, Council, the Minister of Arts and Culture, the SAPS (Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation), and the South African Revenue Services. The SAST instituted a forensic investigation, which was undertaken by an external and independent company, and the Auditor General was also informed. The AG supported the action taken and management will report back in the next audit to ensure that the consequence management taken is reflected in the audit report. The two employees that were involved in the fraud are no longer working at the SAST, one resigned while the other one was dismissed. Their provident fund payments have been attached and further criminal and civil proceedings are underway.

 

MARKET THEATRE FOUNDATION

History of irregular expenditure at MTF:

2019: R2,1 mil

2020: R35 887

2021: R201 775

Written warnings

Written warnings were issued for all incidences of irregular expenditure

incurred in 2019 and 2020. The expenditure incurred in 2021 was approved

by the Council of the MTF.

Consequence management did take place iro all irregular expenditure in

the past 3 years. No staff member has had repeat transgressions.

Fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R16 370 was incurred in 2020 and the

full amount was recovered from the staff members responsible.

No fraudulent expenditure was incurred in the 3 years.

 

IZIKO MUSEUMS OF SOUTH AFRICA

The recommendations of the AG, as contained in the Management Report, are followed. However, no recommendations have been made with respect to consequence management of material irregularities

N/A

N/A

NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION

The audit report has given management clear recommendation on implementing consequence management and also requested management to have timelines that must be followed. It further advise management to implement internal controls that will prevent non-compliance that lead to irregular expenditure or fruadlent one, though they clearly state in the report that their audit approach is not meant to detect fraud.

A forensic investigation was done in the past, in 2018/ 2019, when the irregular expenditure was incurred and also when there was suspicion of fraud and that resulted in the a number of executive leaving the NFVF. The NFVF continues to monitor irregular expenditure and investigate the SCM noncompliance that leads to irregular expenditure. If there is suspicion of fraud, the Council does take action to verify if indeed the fraud has taken place.

N/A

PAN SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGE BOARD

The AG has recommended that an investigation related to the identified irregular expenditure should be conducted and based on the result of the investigations, disciplinary steps to be taken against anyone to have the irregular expenditure or fail to comply with Treasury regulations.

The AG further stated that in terms of section 225 of the IESBA code, they have a responsibility to consider reporting identified and suspected non-compliance with laws and regulations to an appropriate authority and they have escalated the matter to the Board for them to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to address the non-compliance.

 

The AG proposed that Accounting Officer should urgently develop, review and approve policies. Implement controls to avoid Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure; The appointment of a permanent committee to deal with all the irregular, fruitless, Wasteful and unauthorized expenditure will assist the AO to enforce the consequence management with recommendations.

BOXING SOUTH AFRICA

The AG has not suggested or provided guidance other than the recommendation as stated in the Management Report.

BSA has in the past not adequately addressed matters of consequence management

The entity report to the Board and sub-committee of the Board including the Audit & Risk Management Committee any non-compliant matters that may lead to or constitute Irregular Expenditure on a quarterly basis.

2. The Internal Auditor report quarterly the outcome of any investigations to the Audit and Risk Management Committee .

3. The recommendations of the investigations shall be implemented and reported by Management to the Board and the Audit and Risk Management Committee on a quarterly basis.

4. All officials implicated by the outcome of the investigation shall be subjected to BSA internal disciplinary process , whilst monies owed to BSA will be recovered in terms of the Debtors Policy

PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE OF THE FREE STATE

Nothing more than recommendations was proposed

N/A

N/A

NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

The AG advised that officials should be kept abreast and informed of SCM and other relevant regulations to mitigate the risk irregular and fraudulent expenditure.

b) In prior years consequence management was not possible due to implicated officials leaving the employ of the NAC.

The NAC is taking a proactive approach in ensuring officials are trained on SCM and other relevant legislation. This will ensure due-diligence and compliance in relation to SCM, funding approvals and other relevant regulations.

i) Ensuring consequence management in cases of non-compliance will is added to the performance contract of Unit Heads.

ii) It is enforced through following procedures outlined in the NACs internal disciplinary policy.

SAIDS

The AGSA has recommended that Irregular expenditure be investigated to identify the root

cause and the necessary steps to remedy the root causes be taken or measure be put in

place to prevent similar incidents from taking occurring again.

The irregular expenditure was investigated, and it was found that there was no fraudulent and criminal conduct relating to the Irregular expenditure. The entity did NOT incur any financial losses as a result thereof. Training will be provided to the employees of the entity to improve their understanding and application of the PFMA and Treasury Regulations in relation to Supply Chain Management and Procurement.

N/A

DITSONG MUSEUMS OF SOUTH AFRICA

DMSA has a Financial Misconduct Disciplinary Committee which deals with all incidences of

irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure and the recommendations are tabled at both Audit

and Risk Committee (ARIC) and Council. However, this Committee was established before the

revisions to the PAA came into effect.

Consequence management does take place and the actions taken are reported at both the Audit and Risk Committee, Council and a report is included in the Annual Financial Statements.

(i) Action is taken against any staff member who has transgressed the PFMA and Treasury Regulations regarding irregular expenditure and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

(ii) Through verbal or written warnings and recovery of funds lost.

N/A

ARTSCAPE

The AG has identified cases of irregular expenditure and one case of fraud. This was brought to the attention of management and Council. It was recommended that the entity must attend to these cases through the Irregular Expenditure Framework. Artscape has disclosed such cases in the Annual Financial Statements and has submitted request for condonation to the National Treasury.

In one case where fraud was identified, the incumbent was charged, found guilty and was dismissed. Financial loss was also recovered from the said employee.

N/A

21 May 2021 - NW1064

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

In view of the Auditor-General (AG) report, wherein the AG states that supply chain management in his department is regressing, what steps will be taken against management who do not have the correct understanding and incorrectly interpreted the requirements of Treasury regulations and preferential procurement policy

Reply:

The Department is in a process of arranging training with the National School of Government for all senior managers and the induction workshop on Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes will be presented to all staff.

21 May 2021 - NW1036

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Following the projections by the Executive Director of the SA Institute of Professional Accountants at the beginning of the year, that the Republic may be more reliant on imports for fuel and fuel products as a result of various challenges including that all six South African refineries are under review, what steps has his department taken to intervene and ensure that the ordinary South African does not feel the consequences of such a move, in particular an unprecedented fuel hike? NW1219E

Reply:

One of the Petroleum refining companies has decided to close its refinery and convert is into an import terminal.

The Department believes that the refineries should remain operational not just used as storage, because this approach compromises the country with respect to numerous benefits such as employment creation, skills, enterprise development and other benefits that come with local manufacturing.

With respect to the pricing issue, the planned closure of the refinery will not affect pricing because the Basic Fuel Price (BFP) assumes that the product is being imported not produced locally.

21 May 2021 - NW1179

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) Whether he has found that a certain mining company (name furnished), which conducted mining activities south of the TC Esterhuysen Primary School, in Riverlea, Johannesburg, contravened mining regulations during its tenure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what specific actions did his department take in this regard, (b) on what date was action taken and (c) what is the status of the mining licence granted for the specified area; 2) Whether his department is involved in the rehabilitation of the site; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) Were contractors appointed to rehabilitate the site; if not, who will rehabilitate the site; if so, what are the relevant details; 4) (a) on what date will the rehabilitation operations on the site (i) commence and (ii) be completed and (b) what is the (i) source of rehabilitation funds and (ii) projected total cost of the rehabilitation process? NW1369E

Reply:

1. A company by the name of Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd had a mining right, dealt with under reference GP 30/5/1/2/2 (140) MR, issued in terms of the provisions of the MPRDA on 11 November 2008. The mining license expired/ lapsed in 2017. Prior to the lapsing of the validity of the mining license, Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd applied for a renewal of their licence, in terms of the provisions of the MPRDA. The Department refused to renew the mining licence. Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd then lodged an appeal against the Department’s decision to refuse to renew their licence.

a) Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd went into liquidation during the appeal process by the Department. The final decision on the appeal has not been finalised since the appellant went into liquidation and/ or business abandonment.

b) The Department issued several orders, instruction and notices in terms of the provisions of the MPRDA and NEMA, to Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd when the company was still in operation and when the company still existed.

c) Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd went under liquidation in 2018. The Department was not able to finalise the appeal since the appellant was liquidated.

(2) Yes, a rehabilitation programme was submitted by a company called Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd, wherein it proposed to rehabilitate many parts of the mining area of Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd, namely,

a) Backfilling of the open pit (which lies behind T.C Esterhuysen Primary School and George Harrison Park on R41 Main Reef Road).

b) Backfilling of the open pit (which lies south of the cement plant at approximately 300m from the CRG Plant area).

c) Levelling and cleaning of the CRG Plant Area.

(3) A company called Amatshe (Pty) Ltd provided a rehabilitation plan to backfill and rehabilitate areas that were left by Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd. On 03 December 2021, a directive was issued to Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd by this Department, in terms of section 28 of the NEMA, to rehabilitate the areas that were left in a degraded and unsafe state by the mining operation of Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd.

(4) (a) (i) Rehabilitation are anticipated to resume by June 2021 when all necessary access negotiations between the applicant and Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd have been completed.

(ii) The rehabilitation project will proceed for a period of at least 10 months. Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd.

(b) (i) Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd is rehabilitating for the account of the surface owner and the relevant costs of rehabilitation should be borne by the land owner or whoever the landowner deems fit and appropriate to help. In the case at hand, the costs are to be borne by Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd.

(ii) The rehabilitation programme submitted by Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd projected the cost of their rehabilitation project to be R10 400 000.00. In addition, the Department has about R44 774 902.01 held as financial provision provided by Central Rand Gold (Pty) Ltd which could still be used for rehabilitation purposes.

21 May 2021 - NW1192

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1) With reference to the budget cuts for all government departments in the 2020 21 financial year, including the Department of Higher Education and Training, what is the long-term plan of his department regarding (a) students’ historic debt and (b) safeguarding the integrity and financial sustainability of universities, given the billions owed to the institutions by students and the ongoing cuts on research and funding for universities experienced recently; (2) whether he is undertaking any consultations with other stakeholders and affected students regarding his department’s processes of addressing the plight of university students falling into the missing middle; if not, why not; if so, who is being consulted in making a holistic decision in addressing this issue?

Reply:

(1) In March 2021, the Department requested universities to complete a student debt survey template with the aim of providing the best possible data on the total student debt as at 30 December 2020. This work will feed into the review requested by Cabinet on government policy in relation to student financial aid, including the “missing middle” and the sustainability of institutional funding (block grants, earmarked and infrastructure funding). 

(2) The Minister will appoint a task team to review the sustainability of and options for the post-school education and training student financial aid system. The focus of the review will be on the sustainable modelling of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), as well as to explore a different public-private sector mechanism to enable better support for the “missing middle” income bracket. Once concluded this will be tabled for Cabinet’s consideration.

21 May 2021 - NW1250

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether the Government intends to assist indigent former students who owe universities for fees incurred after the National Student Financial Aid Scheme discontinued their funding; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Government has contributed R1.7 billion to NSFAS as a result of the due diligence exercise that was undertaken in 2018 towards the historic debt owed to universities by continuing or returning NSFAS qualifying students, registered in 2018.  This allocation specifically targets students who were subject to the R122 000 family income threshold and the NSFAS funding cap, and also covers students registered in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  In many cases, the amount of funding provided was insufficient to cover the actual fees and costs of the study, where the cost of the study was higher than the NSFAS cap. These students (referred to as capped students) therefore accrued debt with their institutions.

Students, including former qualifying NSFAS students, had to meet the academic progression criteria for the years being claimed for and had to sign an acknowledgment of debt with their institutions. Students (including former NSFAS students) who did not meet the NSFAS academic criteria do not qualify for continued funding.

This project is work in progress as it is subject to an audit process required by NSFAS and has not yet been finalised.

21 May 2021 - NW1065

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

Whether he has found that all the museums (a) under his department and (b) in the provinces have qualified curators; if not, what are the (i) names of the museums that do not and (ii) reasons for this; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(a). All Entities under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture have qualified Curators.

(i) n/a

(ii) n/a

 

 

21 May 2021 - NW1109

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to her reply to question 1486 on 18 August 2020, (a) what is the current status of the 13 buildings which her department was to hand over to the Minister of Social Development for the purpose of victim empowerment shelters to assist women, (b) which of the seven buildings that have been completely renovated are currently operational, (c) who is the appointed operational service provider for each building, (d) what are the reasons that completed shelters are not currently operational and (e) by what date will the specified shelters be operational; (2) by what date(s) does she envisage that the renovations of the remaining six buildings will (a) commence and (b) be completed in each case?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that the total number of buildings which have been renovated and ready for use by Department of Social Development (DSD) is twelve (12) instead of thirteen (13). The Department has renovated all 12 buildings for use by DSD. Currently seven (7) buildings have been handed over to provincial and national Departments of Social Development and are in operation.

(b) The list of the seven (7) buildings, which have been completely renovated and are operational, is provided on table A below:

Table A

No.

PROVINCE

PROPERTY ADDRESS

STATUS

       

1.

Western Cape

Albertina: 8 Aalwyn Street, Cape Town

Operational

2.

Western Cape

Laingsburg: 39 Voortrekker Road, Cape Town

Operational

3.

Western Cape

Aurora: 44 Long Street, Cape Town

Operational

4.

Western Cape

Aurora: 42 Long Street, Cape Town

Operational

5.

Western Cape

Mooreesburg: 16 Tuin Street St, Cape Town

Operational

6.

Western Cape

Heidelberg: 92 Van Riebeek Street, Cape Town

Operational

7.

Gauteng

Salvokop, Pretoria

Operational

(c) The Department has handed over the buildings to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development and National Department of Social Development (Salvokop) for operationalization. The Department, therefore, does not have information of service providers which have been appointed by DSD to operationalise the facilities.

(d) and (e) The Department is awaiting a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) from the Gauteng Provincial Department of Social Development and the Provincial Department of Infrastructure Development. This will inform the timelines for occupation and use.

2 (a) and (b) The renovations of the remaining five (5) buildings in Gauteng commenced during the 2020/2021 Financial Year and have since been completed.

 

21 May 2021 - NW1181

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) Whether his department has been informed of the open mine shaft directly south of the Zamampilo informal settlement at Riverlea, Johannesburg; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date will his department (a) inspect and (b) close the shaft; 2) Whether his department has plans in the interim to erect warnings and/or barriers around the shaft to prevent persons falling into it pending closure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

1. Yes, the Department has been informed of the open mine shaft directly south of the Zamampilo informal settlement at Riverlea, Johannesburg. Subsequently a site visit was conducted on a joint operation with South African Police Services because of the prevalence of illegal miners operating with the area. It was observed during the site visit that the said open mine shaft that was opened, is the same shaft that was rehabilitated, sealed off and fenced off by concrete palisade fencing. The resealing of the said shaft is being prioritised and will be completed within the current financial year.

2. Yes, the Department is putting interim measures in place including erecting warnings and conducting public awareness.

 

21 May 2021 - NW1135

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What measures is her department taking with regard to the outbreak of locust that is affecting crops in the Northern Cape and other parts of the Republic?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) implemented the commando system which includes training and appointing locust contractors to control the locust outbreak. DALRRD provides these contractors with pesticides, protective clothing and spraying pumps for effective control of the locust outbreak before they reach the crop lands. In addition, DALRRD further appoints the aerial locust spraying contractors to assist within areas where the outbreak is out of control and un-accessible.

21 May 2021 - NW1101

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)(a) What is the total number of technical and vocational education and training colleges that have a functional Employee Assistance Programme and (b) in each case, is there a funded position on the organogram to deal with the Employee Assistance Programme; (2) for those colleges that do not have Employee Assistance Programmes, what are the reasons that they do not have one in place; (3) whether the programme will be established; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) (a) what services does the Employee Assistance Programme provide to employees and (b) if no Employee Assistance Programme exists, what measures have been put in place to support employees who would ordinarily have used the programme?

Reply:

(1) The Department has developed a standardised organisational structure and Post Provision Norms (PPN) model for TVET colleges, which makes provision for a unit and funded post for Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) services within each TVET college. This model and standardised organisational structure is currently being implemented at a college level over 3 years in line with the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework budget. 

(2) The EHW unit at Head Office has been capacitating colleges whilst the PPN model was being developed and supporting the implementation of programmes in colleges.

Colleges were capacitated with 3-day EHW capacity-building workshops. There were 86 psychosocial interventions in TVET colleges. Processes of employee health and wellness were followed, which were agreed upon by labour structures within the Department.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and currently, the EHW unit has trauma counselled, tracked and traced 70 officials, and equipped colleges with various protocols in ensuring adherence to the prescripts of the Department of Public Service and Administration.

(3) The support functions and implementation of the EHW programmes does not depend on the establishment of an EHW unit, as it is the right of all members within the public service to be provided with health care services based on the Bill of Rights section 24 (a) and section 27 (i), as per the directive from the Minister of Public Service and Administration in Circular 1 of 2017 on Employee Health and Wellness.

(4) (a) The EHW programmes are based on the National Strategic Framework of Employee Health and Wellness of 2008. The programmes are as follows:

  • HIV, AIDS, TB & STI programmes.
  • The Health and Productivity Management programme focuses on the return on investment and other psychological, biological, medical and environmental challenges that impede officials to perform in the workplace. Implementation of this programme is done in tandem with leave determination policies, job access strategies, reasonable accommodation, employment equity and the Policy on the Implementation of Incapacity in the public service.
  • The Safety Health Environment Risk and Quality (SHERQ) programme is directed by Regulation 53 of the Public Service Regulation that heads of departments must establish and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees of the department and a safe and healthy service delivery environment for members of the public. This programme does not operate in isolation but is implemented with the COVID-19 master plan and protocols, and reasonable accommodation and buildings, e.g. maintenance schedules of lifts and equipment by facilities management and the Departmental SHERQ policy.
  • The Wellness Management Physical programme includes a sports policy whereby members of the Department can participate in healthy lifestyle programmes. Wellness Sporting Committees exist in colleges where a healthy lifestyle is promoted and ensuring that officials achieve a work-life balance. Daily body-mass-index screening is done as part of this programme.
  • The Financial Wellness programme comprises of National Treasury workshops for Departmental officials, including colleges, on savings and managing finances.
  • The Wellness Management Psychosocial programme cuts across all EHW interventions, implemented in conjunction with other Departmental programmes and customised for officials. Scheduled 8 of the Labour Relation Act is invoked in cases that need ill-health retirement.
  • The Organisational Wellness programme incorporates SHERQ as the environment can incapacitate a person; hence, reasonable accommodation is implemented in various ways and can lead to officials being re-allocated to other work or work terrain appropriate for wheelchair-bound officials.

(b)   The EHW programmes are being utilised and programmes are in place within the EHW work plans.

21 May 2021 - NW1172

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). With regard to the phase 1 and 2 COVID-19 sport relief funding allocation, what is the list of all those who have been paid, including the amount that each has been paid; (2) whether phase 1 is now completed; if not, why not; if so, (a) who was paid and (b) what amount in each case; (3) (a) what is the full list of those who are contracted on phase 2, including the names of those who were served with letters and those who have not yet been served, (b) what is the full list of all sport recipients, (c) on what date will payments be finalised for all sport beneficiaries, (d) on what date will payments be finalised for all those still waiting payment, (e) on what date will payments and letters be finalised for all those still under review to date, (f) on what date will those who have been rejected be notified and (g) what total amount was paid to all sport beneficiaries in phase 1 and phase 2?

Reply:

(1). The lists of beneficiaries for Phase 1 and 2 COVID-19 Relief are attached. For Phase 1 each applicant was paid an amount of R20,000.00 and for Phase 2 each applicant was paid an amount of R6,600.00.

(2). Yes Phase 1 was completed, (a). the list is provided as per (1) above, (b) each successful applicant was paid R20,000.00.

(3) Clarity is required in terms of this question to determine what the question is referring to regarding those who were contracted in Phase 2. No one was contracted in Phase 2.

21 May 2021 - NW1088

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What is the projected cost for a student at a university and/or technical and vocational education and training college for one year?

Reply:

The projected 2021 average full cost of study as reported by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is R59 508.00 per annum for public universities. It should be noted that this includes both distance and contact students. It also includes students on the DHET Grant (capped funding) and the DHET Bursary (fully subsidised) funding. 

The projected cost for a student at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college is R62 000.00 per annum which covers tuition and allowances. It is important to note that all TVET college students are provided with textbooks, consumables, and safety gear irrespective of whether or not a student is a NSFAS recipient.

21 May 2021 - NW1087

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(1)With the rapid expansion of the tertiary system that was not followed by the implementation of financial support for such an expansion from 1994 to date, (a) what are the reasons that the financial support was not implemented and (b) who made that decision; (2) whether there is a funding model that was ever created and/or revised to cater for the expansion; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The assumption that the rapid expansion of the tertiary system was not followed by the implementation of financial support is not a true reflection of the interventions that the Department has put in place to try to meet the system expansion. Government’s expenditure goal is to spend 1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product on university education. Given the trajectory seen over the past ten years, this target was achieved during the 2018/19 financial year. However, it is not clear if it will continue to be achieved.

(b)  Funding for the university sector is part of the budgetary processes of government and therefore competes with other government priorities such as health, social welfare, etc.

(2) The Department is aware of the systematic challenges and remains committed to being responsive to the constantly changing landscape within the post-school education and training system. The funding model or regulations are updated when the need arises. Post 1994, the Department revised the funding framework (Annexure A) and is in the process to develop a policy framework on fee regulation to manage the funding model accordingly to ensure it remains relevant. A policy review on student funding is also underway as requested by Cabinet.

20 May 2021 - NW1258

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What measures have been taken to maximise the communication and relationships with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in order to grow tourism, (b) how is the communication and relationships with the specified department (i) monitored and/or (ii) measured and (c) what have been the (i) successes and/or (ii) failures (aa) in the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021?

Reply:

a) Measures to maximize communication with DIRCO

Communication between the Department of Tourism and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is institutionalised and effective. The department works with DIRCO on matters pertaining to the implementation of tourism Bilateral and Multilateral Relations and Cooperation. The department working with South Africa Tourism and DIRCO provides support to South Africa’s missions to support tourism growth in pursuit of economic diplomacy.

b) (i) and (ii) How is communication monitored and measured?

Through management reporting.

c) (i) an ( ii) Success and failures of the (aa) past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021

(aa) Since the establishment of the standalone Department of Tourism the two departments work well together resulting in, amongst others, the identification of Tourism as a pillar of Economic Diplomacy.

(bb) Since the onset of COVID-19 both departments adjusted well to working remotely and have kept constant virtual contact.

20 May 2021 - NW1321

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether, considering that the tourism sector is still in dire financial straits, her department intends to extend the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS) payments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department has engaged with the Minister of Finance to extend TERS payments; if not, why not; if so, on what date will an answer be communicated on whether TERS payments will be extended or not?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism does not have the mandate on measures such as the Temporary Employer Relief Scheme (TERS). However, the Department of Employment and Labour have been engaging social partners at Nedlac and the tourism sector is also represented in those discussions. It is suggested that the Honourable member refers her question to the Minister of Employment and Labour.

  1. – (2) Not applicable

20 May 2021 - NW825

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether, with reference to the findings by the auditor-general that some government employees applied for the Social Relief of Distress grant (SRD), his department took any disciplinary and/or legal steps against the implicated government employees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether any steps have been taken to recover the monies from the implicated government employees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether any measures have been put in place to ensure that no government employee will be able to fraudulently and/or unlawfully apply for and/or receive the SRD grant; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No employees of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has been implicated, therefore the Department did not take any disciplinary and/or legal steps. Discipline management is a decentralised function and therefore the responsibility of each department to enforce the disciplinary code and take the necessary legal steps to recover public funds. The DPSA is only mandated to take action against its own employees when found guilty of wrongdoing through a disciplinary process.

2. The DPSA did not recover monies from the implicated public service employees. Before monies can be recovered from employees, an investigation must be finalised with sufficient evidence of criminality collected and recommending for monies to be recovered. The recovery of monies will then be effected through a court order. The mandate to investigate fraud, corruption and crime belongs solely to the South African Police Service, or under special circumstances to the Special Investigative Unit (SIU). The DPSA, including the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (PAEIDTAU), does not have a mandate to investigate crime or to recover monies from employees.

3. The DPSA established that all cases regarding government employees receiving Social Relief of Distress grants (SRD) were referred to the Fusion Centre, with a process embarked upon to analyse the data and to refer established cases to investigators. The Fusion Centre is an Anti-Corruption Task Team initiative, where resources of law enforcement agencies are pooled and coordinated to investigate and prosecute priority corruption cases. The DPSA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Intelligence Centre (who are involved in the Fusion Centre) in terms of which the DPSA will assist any investigations by identifying Public Service employees in corruption cases. In this regard, the DPSA will assist with the identification of Public Service employees from the SRD Grant cases, and after investigations established criminal conduct involving public service employees, the PAEIDTAU will monitor if national and provincial departments are taking disciplinary steps against the identified employees. The Department of Social Development will have to implement measures on their systems to prevent government employees to be able to fraudulently and/or unlawfully apply for and/or receive the SRD grants, as those systems are not managed or maintained by the DPSA.

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20 May 2021 - NW1259

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What measures have been taken to develop the pricing structures and systems for (i) local and (ii) international tourists, (b) at what stage is the process at present, (c) what has been achieved to date, (d) what are the (i) timelines, (ii) time frames and (iii) deadlines of the process and (e) how is the process (i) monitored and (ii) measured?

Reply:

The setting of prices falls within the ambit of the private sector. South African Tourism does engage the sector to consider special offers as part of the promotion activities they conduct i.e. Sho’t Left programme. Furthermore, The Minister of Tourism called for the sector to consider two-tier pricing model i.e one for Domestic tourist and one for International tourist. It has been encouraging to see a growing number of business responding to this call. For long term purposes, the policy review policy panel is also considering wether there is a need for a policy pronouncement on pricing.

(a) – (e) Not applicable

20 May 2021 - NW827

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, in light of the rising budget deficit of the Republic which has been made worse by the economic impact of COVID-19, necessitating a need for the rationalisation of Government expenditure through, among other considerations, a rationalisation of the public service headcount, his department has introduced a rationalisation process of the staff complement in the public service; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by what date is the rationalisation envisaged to be completed?

Reply:

The Department of Public Service and Administration has not introduced rationalisation of the Public Service headcount. Headcount increases have not been the main driver of the wage bill. Rationalisation of the Public Service headcount may adversely affect service delivery to citizens in critical sectors such health, education and policing amongst others. The 2021 Budget Review, has indicated that the government wage bill must be managed within the Fiscal Framework which assumes that compensation budget ceilings will be maintained.

Not applicable in terms of the response in (a).

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20 May 2021 - NW1260

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What measures have been taken to make the rating system compulsory and free, (b) at what stage is the process at present, (c) what has been achieved to date, (d) what are the (i) timelines, (ii) time frames and (iii) deadlines of the process and (e) how is the process (i) monitored and (ii) measured?

Reply:

No measures have been taken to make the grading system free and compulsory. The Minister has appointed a Policy Review process which will review all the areas of work by the department and this will include Grading.

(b) – (e) Not applicable

19 May 2021 - NW811

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Finance

With regard to the irregular expenditure incurred in respect of the personal protective equipment tenders awarded to a certain supplier (name and details furnished), what remedial actions does the National Treasury intend to take in each case (details furnished)?

Reply:

The numbers referenced in the document are BAS Payment numbers.

Please find attached the extract of BAS payments made by the National Department of Human Settlements and Water and Sanitation to Travel with Flair. These payments were consolidated payments which included other items and or services that were not Covid-19 related.

(a) PM-2420322, Total payment of R487 735.00 of which R103 000.00 was Covid related.

(b) PM-2420317, Total payment of R437 710.00 of which R126 875.00 was Covid related.

(c) PM-2420328, Total payment of R496 715.20 of which R59 830.00 was Covid related.

(d) PM-2420330, Total payment of R272 005.00 of which R135 000.00 was Covid related.

(e) PM-2420329, Total payment of R492 595.00 of which R253 750.00 was Covid related.

(f) PM-2420326, Total payment of R199 105.00 of which R125 750.00 was Covid related.

In all cases the Covid-19 related expenditure (in red text on Annexure A) is referring to “Consumables: Medical Kit”. Based in this payment information, the National Treasury cannot completely determine whether these payments constitute irregular expenditure.

The National Treasury will, however, request the Department of Human Settlements and Water and Sanitation to provide the details of the transactions to determine whether the transactions complied with National Treasury Instruction No. 05 of 2020/2021 which was applicable at the time of the transactions.

19 May 2021 - NW128

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to a certain letter and a list of unpaid invoices (details furnished), how does the National Treasury intend to make sure that all government departments at national, provincial and local level, as well as state-owned entities, adhere to the 30 days’ payment policy?

Reply:

a) On 2 December 2009, Cabinet resolved that departments must implement mechanisms to ensure that payments to suppliers are paid within 30 days from the date of receiving an invoice. On 22 November 2010, Cabinet reiterated its decision taken on 2 December 2009 regarding the payment of invoices.

b) In addition, the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD) resolved that the National Treasury must provide the Forum with regular reports on the extent of compliance by departments with the requirement to pay suppliers invoices within 30 days.

c) In November 2011, National Treasury published a Treasury Instruction Note No. 34 which emphasised the importance of the payment of suppliers timeously and enjoins departments to submit reports to their relevant treasuries each month with information related to the:

  • number and value of invoices paid after 30 days from the date of receiving invoices;
  • number and value of invoices that are older than 30 days which remained unpaid; and
  • reasons for late and / or non-payment of the invoices.

The National Treasury Instruction Note 34 further requires accounting officers to put systems in place to enable tracking of invoices received.

d) Since 2012, the National Treasury has been actively monitoring compliance with Treasury Regulation 8.2.3 and report quarterly on the level of non-compliance with the requirement to pay suppliers within 30 days as well as the recommendations to improve the level of compliance to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to present to the FOSAD. The National Treasury also submits an annual report to the Standing Committee of Public Accounts, Standing Committee of Finance and Cabinet. These reports are also shared with the Public Service Commission and Department of Small Business Development.

e) The National Treasury in its continued effort to assist public sector institutions to meet their contractual obligations and to remind heads of institutions of this requirement, issued a treasury circular on 23 March 2018 to urge heads of institutions to put measures in place to pay valid invoices and claims as required by the legislation, strengthen internal controls and monitor the implementation thereof, institute disciplinary steps against those employees who undermine the legislative requirement or set internal controls, and to remind relevant authorities that failure to take disciplinary steps against those employees constitute non-compliance and misconduct.

f) Some of the initiatives that the National Treasury took to address this matter are as follows:

  • The National Treasury in collaboration with DPME visited all provincial departments of Health to understand challenges that are faced by these departments in paying legitimate invoices within 30 days and to develop action plans to address identified challenges and improve compliance levels;
  • The National Treasury embarked on roadshows in certain provinces to encourage government departments at various levels to adhere to commitments made on payment of invoices within the stipulated 30-day period as a critical element to support SMMEs who do business with the state;
  • The National Treasury established a hotline where queries related to non-payment of invoices are received from suppliers. The National Treasury assists suppliers by following up with transgressing departments on reported late payment of invoices and provides feedback on to the supplier on (i) reasons for the delay and (ii) date payment will be effected. At a provincial level, the process is handled by the Office of the Provincial Accountant-General.
  • The National Treasury is in the process of finalising a guideline on payments within 30 days to assist accounting officers with measures to implement to improve the level of compliance and pay invoices on time and also improve their internal control systems in relation to processes and procedures to be followed when effecting payments.

g) Whilst it is not currently a legal requirement that public entities must settle their invoices within 30 days, it is considered a best practice. When amendments are effected to the Treasury Regulations, public entities will also be legally required to pay their invoices within 30 days from date of receipt of an invoice.

19 May 2021 - NW731

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether he and/or the National Treasury have taken any steps to assess the effectiveness of municipal audit committees constituted in terms of section 166 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003; if not, what steps does he intend to take for such an assessment to be done; if so, what are the relevant details of the findings of the assessment with regard to the failure of many municipal audit committees to prevent recurring financial and supply chain management related irregularities?

Reply:

The Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) section 5 mandates National Treasury to fulfil its responsibilities in terms of Chapter 13 of the Constitution and MFMA, to the extent necessary to comply with this requirement, the National Treasury may monitor and assess compliance by municipalities and municipal entities with the act; and any applicable standards of generally recognised accounting practice and uniform expenditure and revenue classification systems amongst others.

The National Treasury performs assessments on the establishment and the functioning of the audit committees in municipalities. The focus is on the Non-delegated municipalities, because of the size of their budgets and the types of services provided. The assessments are utilised to develop support programmes for audit committees and internal auditors in these municipalities. The review is performed annually and focuses on:

  • Establishment, membership and appointment
  • Skills, experience and training
  • Meetings of the committee
  • Resources
  • Relationship with council and management
  • Oversight responsibilities
  • Audit Committee assessments
  • Reporting

In terms of the oversight responsibilities of ensuring that management implements corrective action of previously reported findings by both Auditor-General and Internal Audit units, the National Treasury’s assessment found that the majority of the committees do track management’s efforts to implement corrective action, however, there is room for improvement on the rate at which management implements the recommendation from the auditors. This is one of the root causes for recurring or repeat findings from the auditors.

19 May 2021 - NW326

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)What number of cash-on-hand days did the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) have on 31 January 2021; (2) whether the CoE has failed to pay any portion of its (a) electricity and/or (b) water account within the stipulated 30-day period over the past 12 months, up to and including 31 January 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (i) what were the outstanding amounts that were not paid within 30 days, (ii) for what service(s) were the unpaid amounts and (iii) what is the current total amount outstanding for electricity and water?

Reply:

The National Treasury receives limited financial information from each of the municipalities and we therefore recommend that this detailed information is sourced directly from the finance division of the City of Ekurhuleni who is best placed to give the explanations required.

19 May 2021 - NW1045

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the finalisation of the document on the repositioning of the Travel Indaba, what (a) are the next immediate steps of the specified process, (b) are the (i) timelines, (ii) time frames and (iii) deadlines in this regard, (c) are the changes in the form and content of (i) Africa’s Travel Indaba, (ii) Meetings Africa and (iii) the Welcome Campaign and (d) are the contents of the Partnership Strategy that has been developed?

Reply:

a) What are the next immediate steps of the specified process.

SA Tourism conducted a study to determine the readiness of trade (supply side) to participate in future shows and buyers (demand side) to place business in the market (demand side).

Further studies were conduced to determine the viability of a Hybrid model which comprises of virtual & physical format of the trade shows. The outcome indicates that tangible ROI from meeting engagements needs to be derived for exhibitors and buyers.

The team is currenly finalising the proposed approach and dates for both Africa’s Travel Indaba and Meetings Africa to be hosted in 2021.

b) What are the (i) timelines, (ii) time frames and (iii) deadlines in this regard.

Given the current situation due to the global pandemic, physical participation, vaccine roll-out and travel restrictions, this is an ongoing evaluation to determine when the trade show can be hosted. No date has yet been established for the hosting of the show.

c) Changes in the form and content of:

(i) Africa’s Travel Indaba and (ii) Meetings Africa

The proposed approach is a Hybrid model which comprises the hosting of the platform in a combination of physical and virtual formats. Details will be communicated once finalized

(ii) The Welcome Programme

The Welcome Program seeks to inspire and educate South African tourism role players and ordinary South Africans to deliver exceptional visitor experience. This is done through authentic interactions and the delivery of great customer service.

As an extension of the Welcome Program is the “Make Someone’s Day” initiative, which is positioned to showcase and highlight the importance of trade in the tourism value chain. We create and sustain partnerships with the trade through information sharing, toolkit developments, training and fact sharing, including implementing key ports of entry activations.

d) Contents of the Partnership Policy that has been developed.

SA Tourism recognises the important role of strategic Partnerships in furthering the discharge of its legislative mandate by broadly leveraging opportunities, spend, reach and influence beyond traditional tourism source markets with a direct measurable correlation with tourism destination choice (destination brand strength), travel decision and transactions (arrivals) and in-market spend (GDP contribution).

The aim of this Policy is accordingly to regulate the participation of SA Tourism in any Partnerships by providing clear governing principles relating thereto in order to ensure that such Partnerships further entity’s legislative mandate, are aligned to its strategic objectives, add value and are conducted in a consistent and fair manner. The Partnership Policy focuses on five categories:

  • National Imperative Marketing Partnerships
  • Tourism Targets and Brand Strength Driver Partnerships
  • Market Development Driver Partnership
  • Bid Support Partnerships
  • Trade Partnerships

19 May 2021 - NW129

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1) What is the breakdown of the current Rand value of each national government department’s backlog for failure to pay service providers within 30 days, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999; (2) (a) what is the breakdown of the current Rand value of each provincial government’s backlog for failure to pay service providers within 30 days and (b) which provincial department has he found to be the worst offender in each case?

Reply:

National Departments

1. Table 1 below provides the total Rand value of invoices older than 30 days that were not paid as at 31 December 2020.

Table 1: National Departments: Rand value of Unpaid Invoices as at 31 December 2020

No.

National Department

Rand Value

1

Cooperative Governance

R 17,850

2

Police

R 71,674

3

Home Affairs

R 636,813

4

Statistics South Africa

R 832,404

5

Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

R 1,712,016

6

Mineral Resources and Energy

R 4,311,452

7

Public Works and Infrastructure including PMTE

R 51,673,929

8

Water and Sanitation including Trading Entity

R 357,636,505

Total Rand Value

R 416,892,642

Provincial Departments

(2)(a) Table 2 below provides the total Rand value of invoices older than 30 days that were not paid as at 31 December 2020.

Table 2: Provincial Departments: Rand value of Unpaid Invoices at the end of December 2020

No.

Provincial Government

Rand Value

1

Northern Cape

R 517,636

2

Western Cape

R 600,546

3

Limpopo

R 28,471,372

4

Mpumalanga

R 97,788,753

5

Kwazulu-Natal

R 104,363,510

6

Free State

R 112,778,551

7

North West

R 351,858,302

8

Gauteng

R 389,973,533

9

Eastern Cape

R 2,114,327,450

Total Rand Value

R 3,200,679,654

b) Table 3 below provides a list of provinces that are worst performing in terms of payment of suppliers within the prescribed period.

Table 3: Worst performing provincial departments in each province at the end of December 2020

No.

Provincial Government

Rand Value

31 December 2020

Worst offenders (Department)

Rand Value

31 March 2021

%

1

Northern Cape

R 517,636

Education

R 517,636

100%

2

Western Cape

R 600,546

Education

R 600,546

100%

3

Limpopo

R 28,471,372

Health

R 18,000,716

63%

4

Mpumalanga

R 97,788,753

Health

R 97,788,753

100%

5

Kwazulu-Natal

R 104,363,510

Education

R 71,235,451

68%

6

Free State

R 112,778,551

Health

R 64,549,129

57%

7

North West

R 351,858,302

Health

R 327,595,920

93%

8

Gauteng

R 389,973,533

Health

R 342,257,759

88%

9

Eastern Cape

R 2,114,327,450

Health

R 2,025,125,297

96%

   

R 3,200,679,654

 

R 2,947,671,207

92%

Provincial departments of Health and Education contributed 92% of the total rand value not paid by provincial departments as at December 2020.

19 May 2021 - NW1226

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What preparations has she made to protect both (a) teachers and (b) learners in schools against the third wave of the coronavirus?

Reply:

(a) and (b). The Minister and Department of Health have advised the country that the implementation of the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) is the most effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. To that end, the Department of Basic Education has developed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Management and Containment of COVID-19, which are used in the basic education sector.  Learners, teachers and non-teaching staff are provided orientation on the SOP.  Schools ensure that the SOP is adhered to, and that the COVID-19 cleaning and sanitising resources are available.  The wearing of face masks is mandatory in schools.  Screening is conducted for learners, staff and visitors.  All these measures continue to be emphasised so that schools remain a much safer environment for all.   

19 May 2021 - NW1047

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the complaints line of her department, (a) what is the total number of complaints received by her department in each month in the past three financial years, (b) what are the main categories of the specified complaints, (c) how were the complaints handled and/or resolved and (d) how would this be (i) measured and/or (ii) monitored?

Reply:

a) Total number of complaints received by the department in each month in the past three financial years.

Period/ Month

TOTAL NUMBER OF TOURIST COMPLAINTS MANAGED

 

2018/ 2019

2019/2020

2020/21

April

8

9

34

May

4

6

25

June

2

5

40

July

4

7

20

Aug

6

4

33

September

2

3

42

October

14

12

54

November

2

3

30

December

2

2

6

January

9

15

28

February

11

25

24

March

1

33

40

Total

65

124

376

(b) Refunds, rescheduling of reservations, service levels, alleged non-compliance with COVID19 protocols and acts of discrimination.

c) The Tourism Act, 2014 (Act No. 3 of 2014) makes provision for the Department of Tourism to put systems in place for dealing with complaints lodged by tourists in respect of tourism services, products or facilities. The Regulation on the Prescribed Manner and Procedure for Lodging and Dealing with Tourism Complaints outlines the process to be followed when managing tourism complaints.

The main focus is on mediation and amicable resolution of tourist complaints and that has proved to be effective. In cases where mediation fails, complaints are referred to other relevant structures for further intervention where applicable.

d) (i) and (ii) Database and records of all complaints received, managed and referred are kept and updated.

19 May 2021 - NW127

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, with reference to a certain letter and a list of unpaid invoices (details furnished), each specified invoice listed has been paid yet; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the National Treasury intends to pay the outstanding invoices; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Unpaid Invoices

The accounting officer for a department, trading entities or constitutional institutions are required in terms of section 38(1)(f) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999) to settle all contractual obligations and pay all money owing, including intergovernmental claims, within the prescribed or agreed period. Treasury Regulation 8.2.3 provides that “Unless determined otherwise in a contract or other agreement, all payments due to creditors must be settled within 30 days from receipt of an invoice or, in the case of civil claims, from the date of settlement or court judgement”.

Accounting authorities of public entities are required in terms of section 51(b)(iii) to manage the working capital of the public entity efficiently and economically.

A National Treasury Instruction Note No. 34 was issued to accounting officers of departments requesting exception reports to be submitted to their relevant treasuries on (a) number and value of invoices paid after 30 days from the date of receiving invoices, (b) number and value of invoices older than 30 days that has not been paid and (c) reasons for the late and/or non-payment of the invoices.

The National Treasury established a Call Centre to allow suppliers to log and report non-payment of invoices by government institutions for the National Treasury to take steps in ensuring that such suppliers are paid and make necessary follow-up with those respective institution to determine root cause for the non-payment of reported invoices that remain unpaid and facilitate and fast track the payment of those invoices with the relevant institution, the Call Centre can be accessed on the following address: 30daysqueries@treasury.gov.za.

Similarly, section 65 (2) (e) and 99 (2) (b) of the MFMA requires the accounting officer of the municipality and municipal entity to take all reasonable steps to ensure that all money owing by the municipality be paid within 30 days of receiving the relevant invoice or statement.

Information on invoices specified in the list will be followed up with the relevant institutions to ensure that payment is made.

2. Payment of unpaid invoices

Accounting officers, accounting authorities, municipal managers and accounting officer of municipal entities are entrusted with financial management responsibilities in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, Act No. 1 of 1999 (PFMA) and Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA) to ensure that all contractual obligations are met and that payment to suppliers are made on time. Accountability arrangements in terms of these two pieces of legislation require each institution to plan, budget, contract and pay for goods delivered and services rendered, and it is, therefore, the responsibility of the institution to ensure that all valid invoices paid on time.

The National Treasury does not make payments to supplier’s invoices that remain unpaid by other organs of state due to accountability arrangements embedded in the PFMA and the MFMA. The Call Centre is used to assist suppliers to ensure that organs of state adhere to legislative requirements and honor their contractual obligations.

19 May 2021 - NW1032

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What measures has her department put in place to ensure that all learners who are entitled to school feeding schemes are getting their meals every day?

Reply:

The National Department, in cooperation with Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), submitted approved business plans to the National Treasury for the new financial year with the subsequent release of funds to provinces in April 2021. Amidst COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure learners receive meals, the Programme is implemented using three feeding modalities (i) feeding learners attending school (ii) collection of meals by learners not attending school due to rotation, and (iii) collection of food item/parcels by learners and/or parents. Provinces monitor and support schools. 

19 May 2021 - NW1210

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Finance

Given the recent publication of the annual report of the SA Post Office’s financial results for 2019-20 financial year, which shows that the Post Office is technically insolvent, what is the National Treasury’s plan to return the Post Office to solvency?

Reply:

In terms section 51(1) of the Public Finance Management Act, the responsibility to, amongst others, manage revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities lie with the accounting authority. The executive authority of the South African Post Office is the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, who has the responsibility to oversee any plans to return the Post Office to solvency. The National Treasury cannot take over the functions of the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, and the accounting authority, who is the board of the Post Office.

19 May 2021 - NW1196

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

With regard to the Inter-Ministerial Committee co-chaired by him and the Minister of Home Affairs established in 2020, what measures have been put in place to effectively deal with issues of migration and labour since the inception of the committee?

Reply:

As the two Co-chairpersons, we have had a series of meetings with both the Technical Team and the IMC members to put together a discussion document and Action plan on policy intervention areas, short term, medium and long term measures.

We have submitted to Cabinet, policy areas that some of the IMC member department and intervention that we will be focusing on.

As for the Department of Employment and Labour, we committed to:

  • participate in the joint inspections that were to be conducted in the various sectors of our economy where we received or continue to receive high presence of undocumented foreign nationals.
  • Coordination of the Trucking and Road Freight Industries stand-off and ensuring the participation of the various stakeholders in the established Bargaining Council to resolve their disputes.
  • To develop and present a Draft National Labour Migration Policy as a sub-theme of the broader National Employment Policy that we have been tasked to develop.
  • To present Draft legislative provisions to realise proposals outlined in the Draft Policy.

We have done our part and I have instructed the Director General of the Department to convene a Technical Task Team meeting of the IMC to gather progress report from each of the member departments. We will be approaching the IMC to secure a sign-off on the second progress report that we are going to table to Cabinet somewhere in June 2021.

19 May 2021 - NW1130

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

(1)With reference to page 16 of the latest Annual Performance Plan of the Compensation Fund where it flags the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act 4 of 2013, as a threat within the legal environment, what has he found are the reasons that the Compensation Fund deems the specified Act a threat; (2) whether the Compensation Fund has found that the Act has proven to be an important safeguard against abuse of personal information; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The nature of operations of the Fund is such that it collects and processes large volumes of personal information of its clients (beneficiaries, and Medical Service Providers). The threat in the Annual Performance Plan was highlighted in the context of the risk of potential breach of personal information. In the event that such personal information is not adequately and safely managed/stored, it might fall into wrong hands and with the potential of being abused/misused.

2. Yes. The Act has proven to be an important safeguard against abuse of personal information. The Fund has developed and is implementing a compliance plan.

17 May 2021 - NW1206

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

With regard to the Inter-Ministerial Committee he chairs jointly with the Minister of Employment and Labour, what (a) progress has been made with regard to a review of complaints from citizens that many sectors such as the trucking, hospitality, beauty, security and delivery prefer to employ foreign nationals only, (b) is the long-term plan with regard to the special permits that were issued to the nationals of Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Angola and (c) is the vision and mission of the specified Inter-Ministerial Committee?

Reply:

a. After looking at the sectors mentioned by the honourable member, it was agreed that there needs to be an act that provide for quotas for nationals v/s non-nationals in those sectors. The officials have been tasked with a job to develop a bill to that effect.

b. For now they are being renewed until such time that the asylum seeker backlog has been cleared. Then a decision will be made. Remember that these permits were a results of the backlog which DHA could not handle.

c. The aim of the inter-ministerial committee is to advise Cabinet on what to do with the issue of migration seeing that most of the people asking for asylum are in fact just economic migrants.

END

17 May 2021 - NW1338

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, with regard to his reply to question 542 on 16 March 2021, he will now furnish Dr A Lotriet with the total number of persons who were (a) murdered, (b) arrested unlawfully and (c) assaulted with intent to do grievous bodily harm by the members of the SA National Defence Force (i) in the (aa) 2017-18, (bb) 2018-19 and (cc) 2019-20 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW1534E

Reply:

Please see the attached reply to question 542 attached as Annexure A.
 

17 May 2021 - NW1127

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

With respect to the second item on the list of external stakeholder's threats on page 46 of the Annual Performance Plan of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for 2021-22, (a) who are the civil society organisations that the CCMA is referring to and (b) what are the reasons that the CCMA perceives them as posing a threat to its independence?

Reply:

a) The CCMA has noticed an emerging trend where political parties with established labour desks/advice offices are representing parties in CCMA processes, making use of the expanded representation provision as per CCMA Rule 25(6). This trend is likely to continue as worker representativity across various workplaces is declining with vulnerable workers seeking or forming new associations to assist them.

b) The participation of political parties in CCMA processes may be perceived as political interference by the public, posing a risk to the perceived objectivity and independence of the CCMA

17 May 2021 - NW1205

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What total number of children of undocumented foreign nationals and/or illegal migrants are currently enrolled at government schools?

Reply:

According to the data collected through Learner Unit Record Information System (LURITS), there were approximately 301 217 undocumented immigrant learners in South African schools, in 2020. However, it is not known whether their parents were documented or not as it is not compulsory for parents to submit documentation before their children are admitted to a school. There is court case judgment regarding this matter. 

17 May 2021 - NW1194

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the Inter-Ministerial Committee co-chaired by him and the Minister of Employment and Labour established in 2020, what measures have been put in place to effectively deal with issues of migration and labour since the inception of the committee?

Reply:

a. After looking at the sectors mentioned by the honourable member, it was agreed that there needs to be an act that provide for quotas for nationals v/s non-nationals in those sectors. The officials have been tasked with a job to develop a bill to that effect.

b. For now they are being renewed until such time that the asylum seeker backlog has been cleared. Then a decision will be made. Remember that these permits were a results of the backlog which DHA could not handle.

c. The aim of the inter-ministerial committee is to advise Cabinet on what to do with the issue of migration seeing that most of the people asking for asylum are in fact just economic migrants.

END