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12 October 2020 - NW1694

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the breakdown of the allocation of title deeds in each municipality in each province; (2) what are the full relevant details of the number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province?

Reply:

  1. The provincial breakdown for the allocation of title deeds per province per municipality is attached as Annexure A.
  2. The number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province is attached as Annexure B.

Annexure B indicates the number of households per province that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR).

The total number of households per province are presented as follow:

  • Approved On Housing Subsidy System (HSS): indicates the total number of households on the NHNR that have completed subsidy application forms and these subsidy applications forms were approved against the relevant project.
  • On NHNR Only: indicates the total number of households that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the NHNR. These households have not completed the subsidy applications forms to date.

Please note that the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements is not utilizing the NHNR.

12 October 2020 - NW1881

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she will introduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations and allow sales at school events, taking into consideration the lessons learnt during the pandemic that increasing alcohol trading hours increases alcohol-related harm; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, I will notintroduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations. The Minister is however aware of the Liquor Products Amendment Bill and the Liquor Amendment Bill [B10B-2016] but would not be able to provide the requested details as these draft piece of legislation does not fall within the policy or legislative mandate assigned to the Minister of COGTA. Accordingly, it is best if the question is directed at the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition who is best placed to provide a response in terms of the draft Bill and the national liquor policy.

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12 October 2020 - NW1967

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

On what facts did she rely to take the decision to end drought relief, considering that someareas of the Republic are still drought-stricken and in great need of the relief assistance; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter. NW2521E

Reply:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) did not take a decision to end drought relief. The national state of disaster lapsed on 04 July 2020 according to its legislated timeframe. Kindly note that the decision not to extend the state of disaster was informed by the fact that pockets of drought that still exist in some parts of the country can be managed through existing legislation and contingency arrangements.

It is important to indicate that implementation of drought relief measures by relevant organs of state is currently underway with funding and resources from disaster grants within COGTA and budgets and grants of line-function organs of state to address drought and water scarcity conditions.

It is however important to note that disaster management cannot solely be achieved through disaster relief measures but the underpinning principle is disaster risk reduction measures which require of all relevant role players to prepare and implement Disaster Management Plans to mitigate the effects of any disaster including drought and water scarcity conditions. As such the declaration of a state of disaster is only an interim interventionist measure which cannot serve as a mainstay for managing disaster risks.

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12 October 2020 - NW1873

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the proposal to extend his department’s contract with VFS Global to process visa applications on its behalf for another 12 months, (a) what is the current status of the implementation of his department’s Central Adjudication Hub and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the Hub will be fully implemented?

Reply:

The Department established a Central Adjudication Hub at Head Office in November 2019 when it commenced with the testing of eVisa. Adjudication of eVisa applications from abroad was successfully tested at this Central Adjudication Hub. The eVisa is currently being tested in South Africa together with the Biometric Movement Control System (BMCS) and once these systems are fully implemented, the Central Adjudication Hub will also begin to adjudicate eVisa applications in a phased-in approach.

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12 October 2020 - NW1966

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

In light of the apparent growing number of municipalities that do not pay their employees’ medical aid and retirement fund contributions to the various retirement and medial aid funds, what steps are being taken by her department to ensure that all contributions are timeously paid, so that municipal employees are not being prejudiced and excluded from medical care through their medical funds and from receiving their just benefits from their retirement funds. (2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?NW2520E

Reply:

1. Section 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996) provides that the National Treasury must enforce compliance measures to ensure both transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government, by introducing generally recognised accounting practice, uniform expenditure classifications and uniform treasury norms and standards. All municipal bills fall within the scope of the National Treasury, therefore National Treasury not the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is in better position to respond the question correctly.

2. No. National Treasury which administers the legislation referred to above is better placed to issue a statement, if necessary.

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12 October 2020 - NW2098

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, prior to the amendment of the lockdown regulations promulgated on 20 April 2020, she relied on any (a) statutory, (b) regulatory and/or (c) other grounds on which the sale of cooked hot food was prohibited under Level 5 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) & (b) In the quest to contribute to protecting the public from the negative effects of Covid-19, the Minister relied on Section 27(2)(n) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).

(c) The Minister, through the NATJOINTS structures obtained advice and a legal opinion on the matter. The principle of the matter was also consulted with Cabinet Ministers through the various structures. The regulations were subsequently amended to bring legal clarity on the matter with a view to contribute to limiting the frequency of peoples’ movement in order to contribute towards flattening the curve of infections.

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12 October 2020 - NW1979

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Given that the community of Hammanskraal is drinking contaminated water due to the ageing Temba Water Treatment Plant which is unable to function properly, what (a) short-term plans does her department have to ensure the purification of the water for the specified community, (b) kind of maintenance has been identified by her department that is needed for the specified treatment plant and (c) steps is she taking to ensure that the treatment plant is functioning properly?

Reply:

(a) Water purification is a function that resides with the Water Services Authorities (municipalities) according to Water Services Act no 108, 1997.

(b) The Temba Water Treatment Plant has been upgraded and handed over to the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) in February 2020.

(c) The Department of Water and Sanitation monitors the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) by conducting technical inspections to ensure:

    • that the plant is operated by qualified Process Controllers and a qualified maintenance team;
    • availability of operational manual and operational log books.

12 October 2020 - NW1560

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What actions will her department take to recover the R3 billion in irregular expenditure incurred by the O.R. Tambo District Municipality.

Reply:

Section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act outline the process of treating irregular expenditure, which requires the municipality to recover irregular expenditure from the person liable for that expenditure unless the expenditure certified by the municipal council, after investigation by a council committee, as irrecoverable and written off by the council.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Cogta issued a notice to invoke section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act on the 17 June 2020 to investigate allegations of irregular expenditure. The Department will collaborate with the Province to ensure that the municipality complies with section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act which requires investigation of irregular expenditure.

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12 October 2020 - NW2076

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Why did her department order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof in Gauteng by the Red Ants without a court order; (2) whether she is aware of the lives lost during the eviction process; if so, what action will she take against those persons responsible for the specified deaths?

Reply:

(1) The National Department of Human Settlements did not order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof.

(2) Honourable Member, I learnt of the regrettable death of a man at the scene of the evictions in Fleurhof. I am informed that the matter is currently the subject of investigations by the relevant law enforcement agencies.

Further, the Honourable Member will recall that at the Portfolio Committee meeting of 6 October 2020 she asked me about the Fleurhof eviction and I promised to table a report on the matter once it has been finalised.

12 October 2020 - NW2112

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

With reference to his reply to question 1359 on 16 July 2020, what total amount has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee spent on High Performance of Sport, Preparation and Delivery of Team South Africa to multi-coded international events in each financial year since its inception to date?

Reply:

(a). In response to this question the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee indicated that due to or staff still working remotely, they will need more time to collate the information. They further indicated that they would only be able to retrieve information for the past 5 years.

12 October 2020 - NW1874

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What are the relevant details of the type of visa(s) issued to each of the Cuban medical personnel who arrived in the Republic around 27 April 2020 to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) in what time frame was each visa processed?

Reply:

The Cuban medical personnel who arrived in the Republic around 27 April 2020 to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic were issued with Treaty visas. These visas were issued until 27 April 2021 in terms of the Treaty Agreement between South Africa and Cuba.

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12 October 2020 - NW2110

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1). What (a) are the reasons that no South African spectators attended the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and (b) is the name of the person at the SASports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) who failed to meet the deadline to apply for travel tickets; (2). whether any Sascoc board members attended the specified games; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is the name of each member who attended, (b) was the cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other relevant expenses and (c) were the reasons for attending the games? NW2671E

Reply:

1. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated that;

a). No spectators attended the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi because no South African athletes were participating at the Games

b). There is no specific person who was supposed to apply for the travel tickets

2. SASCOC indicated no SASCOC Board member attended the Sochi Games because there were no South African athlete participating at the Games

12 October 2020 - NW2109

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Which travel agency qualified to run the Olympic hospitality programmes including selling packages to supporters for air tickets, event tickets and accommodation, (b) what are the criteria for selecting a qualifying agency, (c) on what date was the tender advertised and (d) what is the estimated monetary value of the contract in each financial year?

Reply:

(a). In response to this question the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) indicated that due to staff still working remotely, they will need more time to collate the information.

12 October 2020 - NW1745

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether municipalities currently provide free basic electricity under programmes other than the Free Basic Electricity programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) to whom and (b) what are the relevant details; (2) whether the installation and maintenance of electricity prepaid meters would be (a) subsidised by municipalities or (b) free under certain parameters; if not, why not; if so, (i) under what parameters and (ii) what are the relevant details; (3) whether municipalities prescribe electricity tariffs and rates to consumers in order to ensure that the most vulnerable and indigent communities receive free basic electricity; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what manner and (b) what are the relevant details?NW2131E

Reply:

1. The local government equitable share supports Government’s policy on free basic electricity programme by providing funding for municipalities to deliver free basic services like electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal to poor households.

2. The installation of prepaid meters is still at pilot phase now and as such the Department does not have details in terms of costs hence it cannot determine whether government will subsidise the cost or not.

3. No. Because municipalities are charging tariffs in terms of their tariffs policies approved by councils and have to be cost reflective.

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12 October 2020 - NW1338

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What measures has she taken to intervene in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality under section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, and/or any other empowering provision in respect of the (a) prolonged suspension of the municipal manager since September 2018, (b) failure of the municipal council to elect an executive mayor since December 2019 and (c) purported appointment of and/or assumption of office by a councillor in the position of an acting executive mayor?

Reply:

Section 139(7) of the Constitution was never invoked in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. In the 2018/19 financial year, the City experienced political challenges which resulted in the City Manager being suspended in October 2018 and the Mayor being removed from his position in December 2019. Based on the above challenges the National, Provincial COGTA, National Treasury and SALGA together with the Metro developed a Section154 support plan to ensure that the Metro remains functional so as to continue providing services to the communities. The support plan focused on service delivery, financial management, governance and service delivery.

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12 October 2020 - NW1471

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) measures has she put in place to stop the City of Cape Town from forcefully evicting people from their homes (i) during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (ii) in the middle of winter and (b) challenges has she encountered in the face of belligerent city councils who are adamant on evicting people from the homes despite her previous announcement that evictions would be disallowed during the lockdown to curb the spread of the virus?

Reply:

Honourable Member, we received a number of complaints regarding evictions and therefore ensured that the following regulations were issued for the duration of the lockdown period.

The Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act of 2002 by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, on 16 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43232) on the prohibition on evictions, states that “no person may be evicted from their place of residence. Regardless of whether it is a formal or informal residence or a farm dwelling, for the duration of the lockdown."

Moreover, Regulation 19 of the Regulations issued on 29 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43258) on the Prohibition on Evictions provides that:

“A competent court may grant an order for the eviction of any person from land or a home in terms of the provisions of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998: Provided that any order of eviction shall be stayed and suspended until the last day Alert Level 4, unless a court decides that it is not just and equitable to stay and suspend the order until the last day of the Alert Level 4 period”.

Although the said regulations were issued, the implementation thereof fall under different authorities. In upholding and affirming the regulations cited above, Imade a public appeal to municipalities and private property owners to suspend evictions during the lockdown and instead for all parties to prioritise measures aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have intervened in cases where we had been made aware of this and have also communicated these details to the public.

On 16 July 2020, I issued a media statement wherein I urged the City of Cape Town to adhere to the Alert Level 3 Regulations which prohibit the evictions of persons from their homes. I also confirmed my unwavering commitment to support the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements to provide basic services such as water and sanitation in their rollout of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Program.

12 October 2020 - NW2111

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee received any incident reports by any SA team doctors in the past three financial years; if so, (a) what is the total number of reports that were submitted, (b) who was implicated in each report and (c) what were the matters that were highlighted in each report?

Reply:

1. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated that they received reports from the Chief Medical Officer at each games

a) A total of 6 reports were submitted

b) and c) SASCOC indicated that the details of people implicated and matters highlighted cannot be provided due to the medical legal protocol confidentiality

12 October 2020 - NW2054

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the confirmation received with regard to the immigration status of the previous Executive Mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality (details furnished), his department has successfully taken further legal action against the Council of the Setsoto Local Municipality to enforce compliance with the Immigration Act, Act 13 of 2002; if not, what are the reasons for not taking further action; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The matter with regard to the Executive Mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality was investigated by the department and the outcome was communicated to the Mayor and the local municipality. Subsequent to this a court proceedings were initiated by the Mayor and pending the outcome of this process the department is not able to take further action.

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12 October 2020 - NW2108

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) are the details of the travel agencies that arrange trips for the SA SportsConfederation and Olympic Committee(SASCOC), (b) date (i) was the tender advertised and (ii) will a new tender be awarded and (c) is the total amount spent annually on the travel agency since it commenced to render the travel services to SASCOC?

Reply:

The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee has indicated that;

a) There is no specific travel agency that arrange trips for SASCOC

b) (i) No tender was advertised and (ii) no new tender will be awarded

c) No amount is spent on travel agency

SASCOC indicated that where possible they book directly online. For the major games they deal directly with airlines to facilitate the travel of the team.

12 October 2020 - NW2101

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What total number of work visas has been issued to citizens from (a) Chile, (b) Argentina, (c) India, (d) The People’s Republic of China, (e) Canada, (f) United States of America, (g) Russia and (h) Australia since 2016 in order to work in the mining sector of the Republic?

Reply:

  1. Chile – 06
  2. Argentina – 20
  3. India – 3547
  4. The People’s Republic of China – 507
  5. Canada – 71
  6. United States of America – 356
  7. Russia – 52
  8. Australia – 85

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12 October 2020 - NW1919

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

(a) Whether the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protectors report No 58 (details furnished); if not, why not and (b) what action does she intend taking to ensure that they fulfil the remedial action dictated by the Public Protector; if so, what action did the CoE take in respect of each individual’s remedial action dictated by the Public Protector?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the City of Ekurhuleni:

a) Yes, the City of Ekurhuleni meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protector’s report No 58.

b) The following actions were taken by the CoE in respect of the Public Protector’s Report No 58:

No

Remedial as per Report No 58

Remedial action taken by the CoE

7.1

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, disclose all irregular expenditure to the Council, Treasury and Auditor General incurred by Municipality in connection with the irregular appointment of Mr Mulder to the position of a Divisional Head Maintenance.

City of Ekurhuleni quarterly presents a report to Council on Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful (UIFW) expenditure as part of the SCM Policy implementation report which is quarterly sent to the provincial CoGTA, provincial Treasury and National Treasury.

7.2

Within 60 working days from the date of this report ensure that the Recruitment and Selection Policy of the Municipality is amended to provide for clarity and clear policy direction on the head-hunting process within the Municipality.

The revised Recruitment and Selection Policy of the City has already been presented at the Corporate and Share Service Oversight Workshop and is being processed to be presented before Council for approval in the near future.

7.3

Disciplinary processes are instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara within 60 working days from the date of this report, as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of section 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. However, Dr Mashazi should not be part of the disciplinary proceedings herself since she was a panel member of the interview herself.

No disciplinary proceeding could be instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara as Ms Gumbi resigned from the City several years before report No 58 was finalised and Ms Makara (an observer during the interview of Mr Mulder) was never employed by the City.

7.4

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, She (City Manager) initiates a judicial review process as prescribed in terms of sections 6 and 7 of the PAJA to set aside the appointment of Mr Mulder on the basis that he was irregularly appointed as per the job advertisement.

The Judicial Review Process which recommended against the appointment of Mr Mulder could not be embarked upon as his appointment and contract pertinent to the findings in Report 58 had long been terminated by the time the report was issued.

7.5

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members are instituted against Dr I Mashazi within 60 working days from the date of this for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. According to the schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of the municipal staff members, Dr I Mashazi acted contrary to section 2 (d) as she failed to act in the best interest of the Municipality during the appointment of Mr Mulder and such conduct compromised the credibility and integrity of the Municipality.

There was a disciplinary process and report was compiled and sent to Council advising on the outcome.

7.6

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Myeza for the final award of tender number A-IS (RW) 03-2012 for the upgrading and construction of roads and storm water infrastructure, without adhering to procurement processes as provided for in the MFMA.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individual because he left the employ of the City.

7.7

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Mulder, Mr van der Merwe, Mr Mohlabi, Mr Strydom, Mr Myeza and Mr Rautenbach for issuing appointment letters and making payments to contrators regarding tender number A-IS (RW) 05-2012 which was not approved by the former Municipal Manager: Mr Ngema.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individuals because all had left the employ of the City.

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02 October 2020 - NW2155

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

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services to question 776 on 8 June 2020, what are the (a) latest details regarding the case and (b) reasons that the principal of the school was summoned to court whereas it is the Department of Basic Education’s responsibility to replace asbestos classrooms?

Reply:

a) The latest details are that this matter is still ongoing. The School Principal in the presence of the Department of Employment and Labour handed the names and capacities of the Department of Basic Education officials over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

b) Then the NPA subpoenaed the Department of Basic Education officials regarding non-compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in some classrooms of that particular school.

02 October 2020 - NW1403

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)What number of (a) prospecting rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (2) of the prospecting rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued; (3) what number of (a) mining rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (4) of the mining rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued?

Reply:

(1) Two prospecting rights were issued

(b) There is no specified timeframe with regard to issuing of rights.

(2) Please see (1)(b) above

(3) No mining rights were issued since 01 April 2020

(4) Please see (3) above

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 October 2020 - NW2069

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Health

By what date will a certain person (name and details furnished) be suspended and investigated for allegedly misleading and covering up an unconsented sterilisation of a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

Information on this matter is still being sought from the provincial Department of Health to enable the Minister to respond to the question. The response will be furnished as soon as the relevant information has been solicited from the Province in this regard.

END.

02 October 2020 - NW1501

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What is the exact location and/or GPS co-ordinates of the national monument and memorial commissioned by the Mine Health and Safety Council in 2017; (2) Whether he will furnish Mrs C Phillips with the (a) confirmation of the total allocated budget of R4 800 000,00 including value-added tax and (b) total amount paid to a certain service provider (name furnished); if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?NW1872E

Reply:

1. Answer:The GPS co-ordinates, MHSC has experienced various delays in the finalisation of the projects especially on the approval of site location after the City of Joburg change in position on their original approval of site location for the projects. The details will be provided at the later stage the location of new MHSC offices is confirmed.

2. Answer: (a) Initial total project amount is confirmed to be R4 800 000,00 inclusive of value added Tax.

(b) Total amount paid to the service provider is R4 457 741.14 on original project plan. This excludes the additional costs incurred for additional technical R 191 291.32 for more technical work and storage costs.R 104 291.32 was spent onNew Site Additional Costs (Drawings, Design & Artworks) for Johannesburg Land Company application requirements R 87 000.32 Storage Costs as Result of Delays in Installation of the Monument. Therefore the total amount paid to date on the project is R 4 649 032,46.

02 October 2020 - NW2100

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What total number of regional offices of his department are still closed under Level 2 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

(a) No Regional Offices of DMRE are still closed under Level 2.

All sixteen (16) Regional Offices of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy are operating during lock down level 2. However, these offices are operating at the capacity of 30% to curb the spread of Covid-19.

02 October 2020 - NW1851

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Given that the African Development Bank approved funding to the Northern Cape amounting to R3 billion and further funding amounting to USD658 million from a Saudi Arabian renewable energy developer company ACWA Power, meant to create more than 800 jobs and supply power to more than 210 000 homes once operational, what (a) progress has been made to date on the 100MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, noting that the specified project was meant to be in its commissioning stage in 2018 and (b)(i) total number of jobs have been created and (ii) in what trades?

Reply:

The project in question has not yet reached financial close.Consequently there is no construction taking place and therefore no jobs to measure.

02 October 2020 - NW2055

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department is currently engaged in a contract with a service provider to supply services related to thesystems applications and products of any kind; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the scope of the agreement, (b) what is the name of the service provider, (c) where is the service provider based and (d) what is the value of the contract?

Reply:

Yes, theDepartment has a contract as follows:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

SAP Roadmap Implementation (Please see the attached business case)

Tech Mahindra SA

It is an international company that has it South African branch based in Gauteng, Midrand and its headquarters are in Pune, INDIA

Total Contract amount is R434 751 219.66

UIF is currently engaged in the following contracts:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

Biometric system implementation

(Supply thumbprint devices, implementation and support)

2Identify

Pretoria

Contract value R 8 748 559.85 for 3 years to Dec 2021

Ufiling and VO support and maintenance including system enhancements and System migration

Interfile

Randburg

Contract value R 123 950 737.50 for 3 years from August 2020 to Aug 2023

Queue Management System Implementation and support

Emerge Customer flow Management

Centurion

Contract value R49 366 744.28 for 3 years to August 2021

Provision of ICT Resources

Vindhya Systems

Sandton

Resources (in house)

R 51 030 840.30 3 years to August 2021

The Compensation Fund is currently engaged in:

What is the scope of the agreement

What is the name of the service provider

Where is the service provider based and

What is the value of the contract?

Development, maintenance and support of Claims management system (CompEasy) on SAP for Insurance (S4i) for a period of six years

Dimension Data.

Gauteng, Johannesburg

Contract value is R287 829 047.00

02 October 2020 - NW2067

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Health

What has been the state of the availability of beds in emergency centres in hospitals since the reopening of alcohol sales?

Reply:

Hospitals do not have beds in the emergency centers, and as such the information that is required is not available. The Department does however have a record of the head count for the casualty per province for the same period, which is reflected here below, which does not show marked change. This could be due to the fact that the opening of alcohol sales was for a shorter period with added restrictions, coupled with health education.

Province

Element

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

Eastern Cape

Casualty headcount - total

19 523

17 371

21 618

19 232

Free State

Casualty headcount - total

5378

6294

7036

6727

Gauteng

Casualty headcount - total

10 520

10 930

14 876

7 244

KwaZulu-Natal

Casualty headcount - total

23456

23966

25521

27460

Limpopo

Casualty headcount - total

17661

16584

18103

16147

Mpumalanga

Casualty headcount - total

12 096

13 705

15 312

13 686

Northern Cape

Casualty headcount - total

4 353

3 288

4 740

3 791

North West

Casualty headcount - total

7483

9652

10734

9330

Western Cape

Casualty headcount - total

5275

2701

1636

2391

South Africa

Casualty headcount - total

96 000

95 594

112 320

116 482

NB: Western Cape

The figures for Western Cape are low due to the fact that they conducted a sentinel trauma survey in the following hospitals to establish the trends in the number of alcohol induced injuries treated at hospitals: Michell’s Plain, Groote Schuur, George, Heideveld and Tygerberg Hospitals

END.

02 October 2020 - NW1822

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether any person has applied to his department for prospecting rights of diamond mines in Limpopo in the past two years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who is the applicant?

Reply:

List of application for Prospecting Rightlodged in Limpopo for the past two years

DATE LODGED

COMPANY

MINERAL

16 Feb 2018

KADOSH MINING PTY LTD

COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),GEMSTONE EXCEPT DIAMONDS,GOLD,PHOSPHATE,PGM

01 March 2018

DE BEERS CONDOLIDATED MINES PTY LTD

DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL), DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE)

27 Nov 2018

BOLDMAN MINING ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD

COAL,COPPER,DIAMOND,MAGNESITE,URANIUM

15 March 2019

GABBINS HOLDINGS PTY

DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE),DIAMOND ALLUVIAL),GOLD,PGM,SILVER

09 April 2019

KDB MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND (GENERAL)

15 April 2019

WIZA MINING PTY LTD

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

15 April 2019

BASADZI PELE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND PROJECTS

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

27 May 2019

ANGLO EXPLORATION HOLDINGS PTY LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND(GENERAL),GOLD,IRON,LIMESTONE,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,SILVER,TIN,ZINC

03 June 2019

VHARANANI MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND, GOLD

22 Aug 2019

NKUZI YA MANANGA GROUP PTY LTD

GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD ORE, TUNGSTEN ORE, ZINC ORE

21 Oct 2019

YUGASET PTY LTD

DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)

22 Oct 2019

Atok Mining House Pty Ltd Limpopo

COPPER ORE , DOLOMITE, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, SILICA SAND (GENERAL)

10 Dec 2019

ANOITED MINING (PTY) LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIENSION STONE, GOLD,IRON,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,METALLURGICAL,NICKEL,PGM,SILICA SAND (GENERAL),SILICA SAND (SILICA) SILICON,SILVER

17 Dec 2019

BARWA BA PHALADI MINING AND PROJECTS CC

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

17 Dec 2019

ON REEF INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

25 Feb 2020

BOO WANDO HOLDINGS

AGGREGATE,CHRONME,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMON (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE),GOLD,GRAVEL,IRON,NICKEL,PGM,RARE EARTHS,SILVER,SULPHUR(IN PYRITE)

27 Feb 2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

27 Feb2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

04 Mar 2020

MIHLOTI MINING (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

27 Mar 2020

TSHIKUNDA MINING (PTY) LTD

NICKEL,LEAD,IRON,GRAPHITE,GOLD,GARNET(GEMSTONE),GARNET(ABBASIVE),DIAMOND (KIMBERLIET), DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (GENERAL),COPPER,CORUNDUM, COBALT,BRYTES

24 April 2020   

MAFURI MINING CONSTRUCTION (MPUMALANGA) PTY LTD

COPPER, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD, Phosphate, URANIUM,
VERMICULITE

09 July 2020

MBOKOTO MIINING GROUP (PTY) LTD:

BRYTES, COBALT, COPPER ORE, CORUNDUM, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GARNET (ABRASIVE) ,GARNET (GEMSTONE) ,GOLD ORE ,IRON ORE, LEAD, NICKEL ORE

10 July 2020

MAKANYAGO GENERAL BUSSINESS ENETERPRISE

DIAMON (GENERAL)
DIAMOND
DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)
DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

17 July 2020

MAMPURU RED GRANITE INVESTMENTS

COBALT, COPPER ORE, DIAMON (GENERAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GOLD ORE, IRON ORE, MANGANESE ORE, NICKEL ORE QUARTZ (GEMSTONE), SILCRETE (SILICA), SILICA SAND (GENERAL) URANIUM ORE, VANADIUM ORE, VERMICULITE, ZINC ORE

29 July 2020

MARALE COMPANY PTY LTD

AGGREGATE, COAL, DIAMOND, PSEUDOCOAL, TORBANITE/OIL SHALE

 

01 October 2020 - NW1974

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What number of police stations have victim friendly rooms for gender-based violence and sexual crimes in the Republic; (2) whether his department will provide Mrs. D B Ngwenya with a list of the specified police stations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the level of capacitation of the police and professional staff working in the victim-friendly rooms?

Reply:

The details, with regard to the number of police stations, with victim friendly rooms (VFR’s), are reflected in the table below:

Summary of Victim Friendly Rooms: 30 June 2020

Categories

Provinces’

Total per

category

 

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LIM

MP

NC

MW

WC

 

Number of police stations, per province

198

111

143

184

104

90

91

63

151

1 155     

Number of police station• with VFRa, per province

159

84

137

154

93

84

70

74

151

1 006

Number of police stations without VFRa, per province but at which an alternate venue has been designated.

39

27

6

30

11

6

21

9

0

149

  1. The list of police stations, is attached as Annexure A. All police stations have frontline service members, working in community service centres (CSCs), who have been trained in one or more of the following learning programmes:

Basic Training in Domestic Violence.

    • Domestic Violence.
    • Victim Empowerment.
    • Sexual Offences.
    • Family Violence.
    • Vulnerable Children

A directive was sent to all the SAPS provincial commissioners, indicating that SAPS members, who are deployed in CSCs and VFRs must be prioritised for training in victim empowerment, first responder sexual offences and domestic violence learning programmes.

Reply to question 1974 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE:22/09/2020

Reply to question 1974 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 01/10/2020

Response to question in Parliament, number 1974 Annexure A
Response to question in Parliament, number 1974 Annexure A

01 October 2020 - NW2042

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to South Africa's Civil Aviation and Air Traffic Navigation Systems, (a) how are the standards of the Republic's airports maintained and (b) what are consequences when the standards are not maintained and/or complied with in respect of (i) instrument landing systems, (ii) very high frequency omni-directional range and (iii) distance-measuring equipment?

Reply:

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

a (i) (ii) (iii) The Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and in this case the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is required to maintain Air Navigation Systems (Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), Very High Frequency Omni-directional Radio Range (VOR) and Distance-Measuring Equipment (DME) in accordance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, Part 171 of the Civil Aviation Regulations and the SA-CATS 171. One of the SA-CATS 171 requirements is that all Air Navigation Systems must be subjected to periodic flight calibration, which is 150 days for the ILS and one (1) year for the VOR and DME. Each stipulated period has an automatic tolerance of 30 days. On expiry of the tolerance period, the ANSP can apply for 25 days extension if flight calibration of the system is not possible and provided that the system proved to be stable during three (3) consecutive flight calibrations which were conducted by an approved Flight Inspection Organisation. If flight calibration of the system is still not possible after expiry of the extended period, the ANSP can apply for an exemption for a period not exceeding 180 days.

b) The ANSP is required to switch off any Air Navigation System which cannot be operated in accordance with the prescribed standards and notify all users of the facility to avoid its usage in air navigation. This may result in some airports being downgraded. In addition, a NOTAM must be published to notify air crews of the status of facilities in the airports so that they plan their flights safeiy in relation to this status. Lastly the result of switching off the ILSes at airports means that pilots may not be able to land at airports when there are inclement weather conditions. However, operations at the airports can continue as required as there are prescribed safety standards that must be followed by pilots.

01 October 2020 - NW1957

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

Considering the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19, (a) how are social distancing measures enforced on aircraft and (b) what measures are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on aircraft?

Reply:

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

a) The front and back rowsof the aircraft are left open to ensure that if a suspected case is picked up on board the passenger will be isolated during flight. The 1,5 – 2metre social distancing is not applied inside the aircraft because the new generation aircraft are fitted withsophisticated air filters calledHigh-Efficiency-Particulate Air Filters / Arrestors (HEPA) which cleans the air in the aircraft every 3 minutes and purifies the air circulation with 99,99% efficiency. These filters have been proven through tests to provide air that meets the standards set for theatres in hospitals. This is a much higher rate of flow than people experience in other indoor environments and means that passengers are provided with about 80 times as much air as they need to breathe.

b) Additional risk mitigation measures are well articulated in the guidelines / protocols that were issued by the Minister of Transport and which are implemented by all air operators including airports. These protocols start as passengers arrive and enter the airport terminal building, to when the passengersaboard the aircraft and until they arrive at the destination. These measures include among others the following:

  • Screening of passengers as they enter the terminal building;
  • Compulsory wearing of masks;
  • Filling in of health declarations and collecting information for contact tracing purposes;
  • Markings of airport floors ensuring social distancing;
  • Regular sanitising and washing of hands and disinfection of all touchpoints e.g. check in counters, boarding, baggage trolleys, security check points etc.;
  • Self-service and contactless check-in and boarding processes;
  • Staggered boarding and disembarkation of passengers;
  • Compulsory wearing of masks on board an aircraft and throughout the journey;
  • Limited movement on board an aircraft;
  • On-board magazines distribution discontinued;
  • Pre-packaged meals where they are served;
  • Aircraft are disinfected before each flight, amongst others.

01 October 2020 - NW2040

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What measures have been undertaken to replace SA Civil Aviation Authority’s Calibration Cessna Citation aircraft which crashed in January 2020; (2) whether there are any South African aviation companies that have both the aircraft and pilot’s skills that will ensure accurate calibration of the Republic’s main airports; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) were any of the specified companies approached to provide a quote on instrumentation calibration at any major airport; if not, why not; if so, on what date will operations commence?

Reply:

1. The SACAA went on an open tender to procure the services of a service provider who can provide calibration services to the SACAA FIU clients.The tender was advertised on 19 February 2020 and ultimately closed on 17 March 2020. A service provider was appointed according to the PFMA requirements and they commenced work on 22 August 2020. The permanent replacement has been halted for about 12 months due to financial constraints as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. As far as the SACAA is aware there is no service provider for flight calibration in South Africa other than the SACAA FIU, neither is there an aircraft in South Africa that is fitted with a flight inspection system.Flight Inspection requires specific flight profiles to enable specific tests to certify a landing system, these flight profiles are not common to general flying procedures and requires specific pilot training as the flight profiles are done at very low levels. Unless a South African pilot is conducting the same type of flying overseas, the SACAA is not aware that there are any SA pilots who are current on flight calibration flying at the moment.

3. The SACAA advertised an open tender and there was more than one SA company who participated in the tender. A South African company was eventually appointed even though they are using an aircraft and crew from Europe. The operations with the flight calibration service provider started on the 22 August 2020 and continuing.

01 October 2020 - NW2014

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

What are details of the criteria used by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to absorb the existing security personnel?

Reply:

PRASA has a Recruitment and Selection policy which amongst other things details the minimum qualifications, experience and skills for advertised positions. It is also important to note that this was not an automatic absorption of security personnel, but a thorough, comprehensive and rigorous recruitment and selection process to identify fit for purpose security personnel.

In this regard, the minimum educational criteria was a Matric certificate or NQF Level 4 equivalent as well as minimum Grade C PSIRA registration. Other minimum requirements included clear criminal record with no pending cases, 6 months security operation experience, medically fit and clean bill of health. The candidates were also required to participate in physical activities including completing a 2.4 km run within a specified time frame.

01 October 2020 - NW457

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)On what grounds was parole granted to Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen in the case commonly known as the coffin case; (2) What legal provisions did he and/or his department rely upon when the parole for each person was subsequently revoked; (3) What legal provisions may his department rely upon to revoke a person’s parole when parole conditions were not violated; (4) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. The Witbank Parole Board granted offenders parole on the following grounds:

2. 

(i)Willem Oosthuizen

The offender has no previous conviction and has one disciplinary offence recorded against him. He underwent Anger Management and Cross Roads (life Skills) programmes and he also completed Human Resources Management N4. He qualified for twelve (12) months special remission of sentence and his support system is positive and suitable for parole requirements.

In addition, the offender was subjected to a compulsory pre-release programme and taking of DNA buccal sample. Parole was approved for
05 March 2020 to 26 October 2021.

(ii) Mr Theo Jackson

The offenderhas no disciplinary offence and no previous conviction recorded against him. He underwent Anger Management and Life Skills programmes and he also completed vegetables and plant production skills courses. He benefitted twelve (12) months special remission of sentenceand his support system is positive and suitable for parole requirements.

The offender was subjected to a compulsory pre-release programme and taking of DNA buccal sample.Parole was approved for 27 February 2020 to 26 October 2021.

However, it became apparent that placement on parole of these offenders was approved without their Correctional Sentence Plans being fully implemented as the Parole Board indicated that the offenders can do Victim Offender Dialogue at Community Corrections.

3. The decision of the Witbank Parole Board was referred to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board (Review Board) in accordance with section 75(8) of the Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act No. 111 of 1998) and this meant that the decision of the Witbank Parole Board was suspended pending the decision of the Review Board. Section 75(8) provides as follows:

(8) A decision of the Board is final except that the Minister, the National Commissioner or the Inspecting Judge may refer the matter to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board for reconsideration, in which case—

(a) the decision of the Board is suspended pending the outcome of the decision of the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board; and

The decision of the Witbank Parole Board was referred to the Review Board because Restorative Justice process was not held between the offenders and the victim as prescribed by their Correctional Sentence Plans and that the victim was not given a chance to make representations to the Witbank Parole Board in line with section 75(4) of Act 111 of 1998 read with section 299A of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977).

Parole placement was not revoked due to the fact that the offenders had violated parole conditions but it was revoked because the decision of the Witbank Parole Board in respect of these offenders was referred to the Review Board in line with section 75(8) of Act No. 111 of 1998.

A parolee remains a sentenced offender and parole is a privilege and not right that an offender can lay claim to.

4. No

END

01 October 2020 - NW2041

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to airport approach instrumentation and calibration, what (a) is the current grade status of each (i) airport and (ii) runway in the Republic, (b) are the details of the changes in the grading of each (i) airport and (ii) runway since 1 January 2020 and (c) is the due date of the next grading of each specified runway? NW2603E

Reply:

a) The current grade status of each (i) airport and (ii) runway in the Republic:

AIRPORT

RUNWAY

ILS CATEGORY

O.R.Tambo International Airport

RWY 03L

CAT II

 

RWY 21R

CAT II

 

RWY 03R

CAT II

 

RWY 03L

CAT II

Cape Town International Airport

RWY 01

CAT IIIB

 

RWY 19

CAT II

King Shaka International Airport

RWY 06

CAT II

 

RWY 24

CAT II

Port Elizabeth International Airport

RWY 08

CAT II

 

RWY 26

CAT II

East London Airport

RWY 11

CAT I

 

RWY 29

CAT I

George Airport

RWY 11

CAT I

 

RWY 29

CAT II

b) Details of the changes in the grading of each (i) airport and (ii) runway since 1 January 2020:

AIRPORT

RUNWAY

RUNWAY STATUS SINCE 1 JANUARY 2020

CURRENT STATUS

O.R.Tambo International Airport

RWY 03L

CAT II

CAT II

 

RWY 21R

CAT II

CAT II

 

RWY 03R

CAT II non available from 10 Aug to 23 Aug 2020

CAT II

 

RWY 03L

CAT II non available from 10 Aug to 23 Aug 2020

CAT II

Cape Town International Airport

RWY 01

Downgraded from CAT IIIB to CAT II from 14 Feb 2020 to 13 Aug 2020.

Non available from 13 Aug to 26 Aug 2020

CAT IIIB

 

RWY 19

CAT II non available from 13 Aug to 26 Aug 2020.

CAT II

King Shaka International Airport

RWY 06

CAT II non available from 29 April 2020.

In process of being flight calibrated by SACAA

 

RWY 24

CAT II non available from 2 July 2020.

In the process of being flight calibrated by SACAA

Port Elizabeth International Airport

RWY 08

CAT II non available from 17 Aug 2020.

Awaiting approval from SACAA

 

RWY

CAT II non available from 17 Aug 2020.

Awaiting approval from SACAA

East London Airport

RWY 11

CAT I non available from 17 Aug 2020.

Awaiting approval from SACAA

 

RWY 29

CAT I non available from 17 Aug 2020.

Awaiting approval from SACAA

George Airport

RWY 11

CAT I non available from 10 Jul 2020 to 29 Aug 2020.

CAT I

 

RWY 29

CAT II non available from 10 Jul 2020 to Aug 29 Aug 2020.

CAT II

(c) Due date of the next grading of each specified runway? NW2603E

ILS calibrations are valid for 180 days. Next scheduled flight calibration dates are available from SACAA.

01 October 2020 - NW2070

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has distributed the Covid-19 relief grant to the taxi industry; if not, by what date will the specified measure be implemented; if so, (a) what (i) total number of taxi owners have benefited from the specified grant to date and (ii) criteria were used to identify the qualifying taxi owners and (b) who have been the recipients?

Reply:

1. The Department secured a once-off relief fund to the tune of R1,135 million, as part of government’s response package. The funds werebased on a principle of ex gratia payment and were not intended to compensate for loss of income. The following conditions were put in place for operators to qualify for the relief:

  1. The taxi operation must be formally registered as a business entity,
  2. The business must be registered for Income Tax and other applicable taxes related to running a business in South Africa
  3. The registration process should also include registration of employees with the Unemployment Insurance Fund, Compensation Commission etc.
  4. They must be in possession of a valid Operating License or receipt as proof of application for an operating license.

The qualifying criteria was developed as an opportunity to formalise the taxi industry. The benefits of using the relief process as a springboard towards formalisation is that, once the industry is formalised, it would be equipped for future participation in, amongst others, subsidisation. In this regard, the Department solicited the services of the South African Revenue Service as the vendor and Implementation Agency to administer the disbursement of the relief funds primarily due to their experience and capacity in dealing with such systems but also to authenticate the registration of these operators as business entities. Regardless of extensive consultationsbetween the Department and the taxi industry, the industry objected the conditions put in place as qualifying criteria arguing that the conditions were too stringent. The relief process has since stalled and the funds have not been distributed to date.

2. Therefore:

a) i) No taxi owner has benefited from the scheme to date

ii) Qualifying criteria are as per 1.1 to 1.4 above

b) Funds have not been disbursed todate

01 October 2020 - NW1932

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

With regard to the total number of firearms handed over to SA Police Service during the firearm amnesty ending May 2020, what total number of the firearms (a) have been tested through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, (b) have been linked to the commission of a crime, (c) have been destroyed and (d) are subject to a license renewal application?

Reply:

a) A total of 7 170 amnesty firearms were tested through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), up until 31 May 2020.
b) The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) linked a total of 108 amnesty firearms to previously received ballistics cases, by means of the serial numbers. One amnesty firearm was linked to a previous case, by means of ballistics.
c) No firearms, which were handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) during the firearm amnesty, which ended on 31 May 2020, have been destroyed.
d) No firearms, which were handed over to the SAPS during the firearm amnesty, which ended on 31 May 2020, are subject to a license renewal application.

01 October 2020 - NW2063

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) total amount has been spent by his department on Covid-19-related expenditure, (b) services was the specified money used for and (c)(i) were the names of the service providers and (ii) process was used to choose the specified service providers?

Reply:

(a) The Department has spent a total of R31 342 694,01, to date.

(b)

DESCRIPTION

SERVICE PROVIDER

PROCESS FOLLOWED

(b)

(c)(i)

(c)(ii)

Public Transport: Activation at Taxi Ranks

Moloko Family Holdings

Competitive Quote Process

Public Transport: Round 1 - DOT assistance to the taxi industry and commuters

C Squared Consumer

Emergency procurement in terms of Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021 and Instruction Note 3 of 2016/2017. Competitive Quote Process

Public Transport: Round 2 - DOT assistance to the taxi industry and commuters (Multiple Award)

C Squared Consumer
Ecko-Green
Mistralog

Emergency procurement in terms of Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021 and Instruction Note 3 of 2016/2017. Competitive Quote Process

Ministry: Outreach and DLTC's: Face Shields and Sanitizers(Multiple Award)

Cherry Pickles
Morerishi Travel

Competitive Quote Process

PT: Assistance to DBE by providing Sanitizers and Disinfectant to Scholar Transport(Multiple Award)

Maputha Ba Africa
Atlas Paints

Emergency procurement in terms of Instruction Note 5 of 2020/2021 and Instruction Note 3 of 2016/2017. Competitive Quote Process

COO: PPE for DOT officials/internal use

Way 2 Go It Solutions

Competitive Quote Process

COO: PPE for DOT officials/internal use (Multiple Award)

Mistralog
Hamisa
Amet
Ecko-Green

Competitive Quote Process

COO: PPE for DOT officials/internal use

Tshwane Running Shop

Competitive Quote Process

Disinfecting of Forum Building

Rimone Wako Mzantsi
C Squared Consumer
I Riai Trading

Competitive Quote Process

01 October 2020 - NW2092

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether a tender process has been followed in order to replace the SA Civil Aviation Authority’s calibration Cessna Citation aircraft that crashed in January 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the closing date of the tender and (b) where was the tender advertised; (2) whether a successful bidder has been selected; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who is the successful bidder and (b) what are the details of experience of the successful bidder in terms of (i) qualifications and (ii) calibration equipment for aircrafts?

Reply:

1. South African Civil Aviation Authority has followed a tender process for the replacement of the Cessna Citation Aircraft that crashed in January 2020.Three separate tender bids were issued.

(a) irst tender was advertised on the 13 July 2018 and closed on the 10 August 2018

Second tender was advertised on the 12 April 2019 and closed on the 10 May 2019 and

Third tender was advertised on the 01 November 2019 and closed on the 22 November 2020.

(b) The tenders were advertised as follows:

  • First and Second tender - SACAA website and National Treasury e-Tender Portal.
  • Third tender - SACAA website, National Treasury e-Tender Portal and Tender Tiger (International Advertising portal).

2. Whether a successful bidder was selected:

(a)

  • The first tender was cancelled as none of the bidders met the functionality requirements of the bid;
  • The second tender was also cancelled as none of the bidders met the functionality requirements;
  • The third tender was also cancelled as the price for the successful bidder for a second-hand used aircraft was more expensive than a brand-new aircraft from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). After engagements with the National Treasury (NT), SACAA received approval from NT to acquire a new aircraft directly from the OEM manufacturer.

b) (i)

National Treasury approved that SACAA can purchase a new aircraft directly from the OEM as it is more cost effective than the tendered price for a used aircraft.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and SACAA’s financial position a Board decision was taken to delay the acquisition of the Aircraft until the next financial year.

No contract has been concluded with the OEM as yet.

b) (ii)

A separate tender will be issued for the calibration equipment and the process of the calibration is underway.

01 October 2020 - NW2012

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the total headcount of security personnel employed by companies that are currently providing security services to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa?

Reply:

The current headcount of security personnel employed by companies contracted by PRASA to provide security services is as follows:

#

Company

Complements

1

ComweziSecurity Services (62 Metrorail and 34 Main Line Passenger Services)

96

2

Chippa Training Academy (Company did not return to sites following the termination in April 2020)

157

3

Sechaba Security Services

268

4

Supreme Security Services

200

5

ChumaSecurity Services

200

Total

921

30 September 2020 - NW1803

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of refugees and permit holders have received Covid-19 relief and (b) which countries are the specified refugees and permit holders originally from?

Reply:

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) does not hold the mandate over Covid 19 relief payments. The responsible department is Social Development; therefore DHA is unable to respond to this matter.

END

30 September 2020 - NW1868

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Modise, Ms M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the fact that his department reported that it would progressively roll out the Border Management Authority (BMA) in phases and that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, has signed the Bill into law, what are the relevant details of the plans of his department to roll out in order to ensure a successful implementation of the BMA over the medium term?

Reply:

The Border Management Authority (BMA) Act of 2020 establishes the BMA, which will be responsible for the implementation of border law enforcement functions, except customs functions, at Ports of Entry and within the maritime and land border enforcement areas of the country.

A BMA Road Map is in place, which will guide the roll-out of the BMA over the short-, medium- and long-term. This 15- year road map is being implemented in an incremental manner over of six (6) phases. The immediate focus in 2020/21 and 2021/22 will be on the first three (3) phases that address:

  • Phase 1: Completing tasks from the Pre-Establishment Phase;
  • Phase 2: Undertaking tasks linked to the Planning and Establishment Phase; and
  • Phase 3: Commencing implementation of the Phase dealing with Initial Roll-Out of the BMA.

Each of these phases have specific identified tasks. Within the context of the limited funding made available to the BMA over the current 2020 MTEF of R109,5m, these priorities and tasks will be flexibly executed. The objective over the current term of government, i.e. 2020 – 2024, is to roll-out the BMA to eighteen (18) Ports of Entry and five (5) segments of the land border enforcement area.

Presently the Department of Home Affairs is focusing on the following immediate tasks:

  1. Finalisation of key BMA legislative instruments which will enable the implementation of the BMA, i.e;
  2. The BMA Commencement Proclamation; and
  3. A Section 97 Presidential Proclamation pertaining to the transfer of border law enforcement functions from relevant organs of state to the Minister of Home Affairs, who in turn will delegate these functions to the BMA.
  4. Preparations for the recruitment and appointment of a Commissioner and two Deputy Commissioners for the BMA. This is key as the Commissioner, in terms of the BMA Act 2020, is legally mandated to recruit and appoint officials of the BMA and the officers of the BMA Border Guard.
  5. Finalisation of separate Implementation Protocols, as required by the BMA Act 2020, between the BMA and the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Revenue Service (SARS), and the Department of Defence. These Protocols will inform the working relationship between the BMA and these organs of state.
  6. Urgent finalisation and implementation of a BMA Border Guard mobilisation, training and deployment strategy which will be implemented for the initial roll-out in 2020/21 across targeted segments of the land border law enforcement area.

END

30 September 2020 - NW1916

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1307 on 20 July 2020, his department put any measures in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic when it became aware of the outbreak in November 2019?

Reply:

I refer the Honourable member to the response I gave him in Parliamentary Question 1307 on the same matter. I have already responded by indicating there was no announcement of a COVID-19 outbreak in November 2019.

END

29 September 2020 - NW2116

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What total amount has the SA Broadcasting Corporation spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment in the past two financial years?

Reply:

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

Year

(a) Catering

(b) Entertainment

2019/20

R2 973 768,65

0

2018/19

R3 106 635,82

0

TOTAL

R6 080 404,47

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

     

29 September 2020 - NW2158

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

Whether she will furnish Mr N P Masipa with a list of appointed service providers to supply (a) Covid-19 Relief Fund Vouchers and (b) any other goods and/or services related to Covid-19 for the small-scale farmers; if not, why not; if so, (2) whether there were any regulations regarding the mark-up; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the details of how the prices of goods and/or services were determined and (b) was the agreed rate with the National Treasury and her department?

Reply:

1. Yes.

(a) The special paper for COVID-19 Relief Fund vouchers was procured from Government Printing Works.

(b) Please refer to the table below:

No

Supplier Name

Product

1

Black Dot Property Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mask Surgical 3 ply

2

Healthcare Waste Services (Pty) Ltd

Hygiene Soap 175g Bar

3

Imvukuzane Trading (Pty) Ltd

Cloth Mask

(2)(a)There were no regulations regarding the mark-up in relation to the production inputs. This is due to the fact that the Department did not appoint suppliers for the agricultural production inputs but had rather compiled a supplier list from where qualifying farmers can redeem their vouchers. In relation to the PPEs, there was no mark-up but National Treasury issued National Treasury Instruction Notes 08 of 2019/2020 dated 19 March 2020 and 05 of 2020/2021.Thementioned instruction notes placed price benchmarks for departments to adhere to.

(b) With regards to the procurement of PPEs, the Department had to comply with the National Treasury Instruction Notes 08 of 2019/2020 dated 19 March 2020 and 05 of 2020/2021. Thementioned instruction notes placed price benchmarks for departments to adhere to.

29 September 2020 - NW2138

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the full text of the investment mandate agreement between the Government Employees Pension Fund and the Public Investment Corporation?

Reply:

The investment mandate agreementappoints the PIC as an investment manager with the authority to act as its agent in the managing and administering the Investment portfolio within the constraints specified in the Agreement. The document is marked as confidential and cannot be made available.

29 September 2020 - NW2139

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the Mpati Commission’s finding that a review of the Government Employees Pension Fund investment mandate agreement with the Public Investment Corporation should be conducted, with an interim report produced by no later than the end of June 2020 (details furnished), (a) what progress has been made in this regard and (b) by what date will the interim report be published?

Reply:

(a) & (b)The GEPF had already prior to theMpati Commission Report being released began the process of an all-encompassing review the Investment Mandate. The GEPF aims to finalise the revised investment mandate agreement before the end of the 2020/21 financial year.

29 September 2020 - NW2137

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) Which non-core assets have been sold since February 2019, as was committed to in the main budget of 20 February 2019 and (b) what are the relevant details of each sale?

Reply:

Government has not sold any non-core assets to date, however, work in this regard remains ongoing.