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07 November 2022 - NW3253

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) is the current status of her department’s 50/50 policy, (b)(i) total number of schemes were established under the programme and (ii) was the total cost and (c) are the details of each scheme, with regard to (i) the total amount of funds that the Government injected into the scheme over time and (ii) an assessment report of the agricultural enterprise in line with the original business plan approved by her department?

Reply:

(a) Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is currently reviewing the 50/50 programme with a view to strengthening it.

(b)(i) Twelve (12) schemes were approved under the 50/50 programme.

(ii) R655 783 649.55.

(c)(i) Please refer to Annexure A.

(ii) None, since no such assessment was done.

07 November 2022 - NW3579

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) What noteworthy points were derived from the Dubai’s Department for Economy and Tourism’s first roadshow to South Africa in two years; (2) whether (a) SA Tourism and (b) Brand South Africa benefited from the roadshow; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

  1. and (2) The Roadshow was a mission to South Africa by UAE authorities. It would therefore not be prudent for South Africa to respond on the details of the mission.

 

07 November 2022 - NW3590

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

Whether, in light of the cancelled beef and sheep abattoir construction project in Butterworth, any remedial action will be taken regarding the farmers who requested the financial assistance in order to recapitalise the dilapidated old tannery and transform it into an abattoir; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether an alternative project will be implemented; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) consequence management measures will be implemented by her department in instances of wasteful expenditure emanating from the specified project?

Reply:

(1) No remedial action will be taken against the farmers as the beef and sheep abattoir construction project has not been cancelled but the contract with the appointed contractor was terminated due to challenges experienced in the project. After the contract was terminated, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) handed the project to the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to assist with the implementation. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between DALRRD and ECDC was signed in May 2020 and work is in progress.

(2) No; the construction of the abattoir will continue. ECDC has appointed a Consultant to resuscitate and bring the project to completion. The Consultant is busy with the Condition Assessment and Cost Report to complete the project. A termination account will be concluded, and the contractor will be referred to termination penalty clauses as per the SLA.

(a),(b) Falls away.

07 November 2022 - NW3849

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to her replies to questions (a)(i) 734, (ii) 1429 and (iii) 1608 on 13 October 2020, (b) 1608 on 3 August 2020 and (c) 1427 on 13 July 2020, any response was received from the Gauteng Department of Education; if not, what has she found are the reasons that the replies have not been received yet?

Reply:

Gauteng Department of Education has only responded to question NA734 (See Attached). The information that the Hon Member is requesting on the questions reside with the MEC for Gauteng Department of Education. To obtain the remaining information, the Hon Member is requested to refer the questions to the MEC for Gauteng.  

07 November 2022 - NW3597

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

With reference to her reply to question 1952 on 11 July 2022, will she furnish Mr N P Masipa with (a) a detailed breakdown of the costs of cattle that were bought by her department for farmers in each province in the past 10 years, (b) information of the recipients of the cattle and farm names in each province in the past 10 years and (c) the relevant details of the conditions of the farms as it pertains to water rights, grazing capacity and veld conditions; (2) whether all farms are still in production; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is being done to resuscitate the farms. (3) whether there was additional support besides the provision of cattle; if not, why not; if so, what additional support was provided. (4) what (a) is the total number of applications that were received in each year in each province, (b) number of applications was declined and (c) were the reasons for declining the applications?

Reply:

(1)(a),(b) Please refer to Annexure A.

(c) For cattle farming, a farmer is not required to have water rights, especially where there is no need to augment feeds through planted pastures which are under irrigation. The farms that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has supported rely on natural grazing. Where there is a need for additional feed due to discrepancies on the carrying capacity, farmers usually augment this with planted pastures done under dry land. As part of the support, farmers would be provided with summer and winter licks, beyond that, farmers would then have to bail grass and use it for feeding as well. When a business plan is developed, the number of animals that get approved is aligned to the carrying capacity of the farm.

(2) Yes; farms are still in production, however, at various levels, especially those that were supported during Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP) since they went through phases of drought.

(a),(b) Falls away.

(3) The support to these farms has been beyond just the provision of biological assets, in this case cattle. Additional support would include summer and winter licks, animal trailers, provision of on-farm infrastructure such as, fencing, boreholes, storage facilities, farm and labour houses, and operational costs, etc.

(4)(a),(b),(c) No applications were received. Since 2018 when the Land Development Support was introduced, DALRRD did not call for applications for support. DALRRD following the assessment conducted by the Entsika/Agricultural Research Council (ARC) identified and prioritised 262 farms that were categorised as medium and commercially viable to be supported. According to this system, support would then be provided to list of identified farms as per the categories mentioned earlier in line with the available budget and approved Annual Performance Plans (APPs.)

The model used by RADP never allowed for applications from individual farmers. However, the model was such that strategic partners would partner with the landowner selecting from the projects/ farms advertised. Later the model was expanded to include the mentorship programme to cover the farms that were not selected.

07 November 2022 - NW3541

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       In light of the pilot phase of the use of scripted lesson plans for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) which is drawing to an end and the previous research which has shown that the CSE programme was ineffective in addressing the sexual behaviour of students, what research (a) protocols have been built into the programme and (b) is being done to determine the effectiveness of the pilot programme; (2) whether her department will proceed to implement the CSE programme roll-out without research into the efficacy and/or impact of the pilot phase; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has been implementing CSE through Life Skills and Life Orientation learning arears since 2000. However, the assessment and classroom observation that were conducted by the late Dr Doug Kirby (one of the writers of the 2009 International Technical Guidance on Comprehensive Sexuality Education) revealed content gaps and low confidence to teach certain topics and content. In this regard, the DBE developed Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs) as a teacher resource to address content gaps and assist educators to deliver age appropriate Sexuality Education whilst addressing the capacity issues. The content and topics presented in the  Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement are informed by research.

07 November 2022 - NW3543

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What tourism marketing strategies aimed at international markets have taken place, (b) where did the specified marketing take place, (c) what criteria were used to select where marketing would take place, (d) who were the partners in this regard, (e) what criteria were used as to which partners would be used, (f) on what dates did the marketing take place and (g) at which tourism markets were the tourism strategies aimed in each (i) of the past three financial years and (ii) case?

Reply:

a) What tourism marketing strategies aimed at international markets have taken place?

The marketing strategies in key source markets are focused on delivering brand positioning campaigns to both consumers and the distribution channel (traditional tourism trade partners and non-traditional partners). These are designed to improve South Africa’s brand strength by creating awareness of the destination and its value proposition and by also showcasing value for money products, experiences and attractions.

Key strategic focus areas are:

(i) Consumer acquisition through:

  • the localising of the global marketing campaign.
  • optimising marketing investment through targeted and focused interventions in the selected markets.

(ii) Distribution channel strengthening and innovation through:

  • implementation of engagement initiatives to reconnect and maintain relationships with trade.
  • formation of strategic partnerships that offer opportunities, affinity and scale.
  • partnering with relevant stakeholders for ease of travel facilitation.

(iii) Supporting the transformation of the sector by:

  • diversifying of product offering in market to include SMMEs, the youth and Women in Tourism.
  • providing market access platforms for them to enter the market.

b) Where did the specified marketing take place?

South African Tourism has offices in 9 countries, globally operating as regional hubs servicing 24 key source markets and watchlist markets.

SA Tourism Country Offices

Countries They Service

South Africa Head Office

Central, East and Land Africa Hub: Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia

Nigeria Office

West Africa Hub: Nigeria and Ghana

North America Office

USA and Canada

South America Office (GSA)

Brazil

Germany Office

Germany, Austria and Switzerland

UK Office

UK and Ireland

France Office

France, Spain, Italy and Portugal

Netherlands Office

Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden

India Office

India

China Office

China

Japan Office

Japan

Australia Office

Australia and New Zealand

c) nWhat criteria were used to select where marketing would take place?

In early 2020, South African Tourism initiated a revision of the Marketing Prioritisation and Investment Framework, using 2019 as the base year to review the portfolio. The framework made use of 33 variables related to performance, outlook, South Africa’s ability to win in the market, return on past investments, and other criteria. A total of 24 markets were identified for prioritisation and were segmented into 16 growth and 8 defend markets, with an additional set of watchlist markets.

d) Who were the partners in this regard?

In collaborating with the distribution channel, SA Tourism maintains relationships with the channel partners already selling South Africa in market to help defend our market share (2019 levels). SA Tourism also taps into the growth opportunities created through the expansion of the distribution channel and the leveraging of e-commerce platforms and non-tourism partners.

e) What criteria were used as to which partners would be used?

SA Tourism has a partnership policy and partnership framework that guides the organisation on partnerships.

f) On what dates did the marketing take place?

SA Tourism’s marketing plans are approved annually for implementation between 01 April to 31 March fiscal period.

g) At which tourism markets were the tourism strategies aimed in each (i) of the past three financial years and (ii) case?

(i) and (ii) Tourism marketing strategies are targeted at the SA Tourism source markets as defined by the SA Tourism Investment Framework of 2020.

04 November 2022 - NW3756

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What was the total cost of the Online Application System for the Fishing Rights Allocation Process?

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04 November 2022 - NW3755

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether User Acceptance Testing was done on the online application system that was developed for ther Fishing Rights Allocation Process; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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04 November 2022 - NW3802

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What places, structures, memorials and sites in the Kruger National Park have been renamed in the past 12 months; (2) what processes were followed by her department and/or in conjunction with other departments to consult stakeholders, including local traditional leaders, prior to the naming and renaming of the specified places, structures, memorials and sites; (3) whether there were any objections received to any of the specified decisions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how were the objections responded to?

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04 November 2022 - NW3754

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What total number of appeals followed the completion of the Fishing Rights Allocation Process?

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04 November 2022 - NW3807

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What structures, buildings and memorials were erected and/or constructed in the Kruger National Park in the past 12 months; (2) what processes were followed by her department (a) on its own and (b) in conjunction with other departments to consult stakeholders, including local traditional leaders, prior to the erection of the aforementioned structures, buildings and memorials; (3) whether objections were received in respect of any of the specified structures, buildings and memorials; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how were the objections responded to?

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03 November 2022 - NW3506

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the Quarter One SA Crime Statistics for the 202122 financial year, pertaining to crimes committed against women, what is the total number of (a) successful convictions, (b) cases dismissed and/or acquitted as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the SA Police Service, (c) cases withdrawn by the victim and/or victim’s family, (d) cases awaiting trial, (e) cases awaiting sentencing and (f) cases still under investigation in each province for (i) murder, (ii) attempted murder, (iii) assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and (iv) common assault?

Reply:

The National Prosecutor Authority (NPA) is particularly concerned where children and women are the victims of crime and deals with such cases as matters of priority. The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit within the NPA is looking towards and assisting these victims in the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC’s) of South Africa. Sixty-one (61) TCC’s have already been established throughout the country. Safe spaces for such victims are created. These centres also provide improved services such as treatment and educational assistance to these victims. Prosecutors in court are attending to these matters as priority though it is difficult to keep record of all such cases especially when the crimes, as appears from the question above, are not committed solely due to the gender or age of the victim. The NPA is manually though recording data on both femicide as well as intimate femicide cases. Regarding crimes against women the NPA can supply the data on convictions and acquittals pertaining to femicide and intimate partner femicide only.

During the financial year 2021/22 (April to August 2022) the following was recorded:

a) There was a total of three hundred and ninety-six (396) successful convictions relating to femicide counts and three hundred and sixteen (316) convictions relating to intimate partner femicide counts.

b) There were twenty-four (24) acquittals relating to femicide counts and twenty-one (21) acquittals pertaining to intimate partner femicide counts. The reasons for the acquittals were not recorded and it cannot be confirmed that it was “as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the South African Police Service”.

c) The information regarding cases withdrawn by the victim and /or victim’s family is not recorded by the NPA and cannot be supplied.

d) The number of cases awaiting trial can also not be supplied as it is not recorded.

e) The number of cases awaiting sentencing is not available as it is not recorded.

F) The NPA is unable to supply information pertaining to cases still under investigation in each province for:

  1. Murder;
  2. Attempted murder;
  3. Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm; and
  4. Common assault as it is not recorded.

03 November 2022 - NW3628

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What court services have been affected following the collapse of the roof at the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court on 19 September 2022, (b) how has service delivery been affected within the specified court building, (c) how is the roof collapse impacting litigants, (d) what actions has his department taken to alleviate the negative service delivery effects of the roof collapse and (e) has the collapsed roof resulted in an increase in the court backlog?

Reply:

a) I have been informed that court services relating to maintenance, estates, small claims, cash hall where payment processes are done, clerk of the civil courts and the courtrooms for three (3) District Courts and two (2) Regional Courts, were affected.

b) Criminal matters, Family Law matters, and Civil matters were affected as Court cases were postponed where necessary in the first two weeks thereafter alternative accommodation was arranged for court sittings and services to be further rendered to the public.

c) The impact is that litigants now have to travel to alternative accommodation to receive their services and that is mainly for the court sittings that are now temporarily sitting at the alternative accommodation.

d) A contingency plan was compiled together with all the stakeholders at the magistrates’ court as follows:

(i) Potchefstroom Magistrate engaged JB Marks Municipality to assist in identifying alternative accommodation. The Municipality made the Town Hall and the Traffic Court available for use by the Department.

(ii) The District Courts B and E were accommodated at the Town Hall for all cases where the accused persons are out on bail or warning.

(iii) The Regional Court is accommodated at the Traffic Court for all cases where the accused persons are on bail or warning.

(iv) All Regional Court matters, where the accused persons are in custody including sexual offences related matters, are heard at the Regional Court.

(v) All the cases, whereby the accused persons are in custody including first appearance matters and bail applications, are dealt with at the only available court room, Regional Court 3.

(vi) The Children’s Court matters are dealt with at the boardroom of the Head of Court.

(vii) The rest of the Family Court matters (Domestic Violence and Protection from Harassment) including District Civil Court matters are dealt with at the dedicated Children’s Court.

(viii) The quasi-judicial functions (Small claims, Maintenance applications, Clerk of the Civil Court, Cash Hall, Offices for the Magistrates Regional and District and Public Prosecutors) are accommodated at the additional office space made available on the 1st floor.

(ix) Transport is made available to transport members of public, accused persons on bail/warning and witness to the respective alternative accommodation.

(x) To ensure effective implementation of the contingency plan, 08:00 morning meetings are held with all the JCPS stakeholders to discuss the circumstances prevailing on a daily basis.

e) Yes, the collapsed roof has resulted in an increase in court backlog. The NPA as well as the magistrates are prioritizing the matters on a weekly basis, in the alternative accommodation.

 

03 November 2022 - NW2841

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the Quarter One SA Crime Statistics for the 202122 financial year, pertaining to crimes committed against women, what is the total number of (a) successful convictions, (b) cases dismissed and/or acquitted as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the SA Police Service, (c) cases withdrawn by the victim and/or victim’s family, (d) cases awaiting trial, (e) cases awaiting sentencing and (f) cases still under investigation in each province for (i) murder, (ii) attempted murder, (iii) assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and (iv) common assault?

Reply:

The National Prosecutor Authority (NPA) is particularly concerned where children and women are the victims of crime and deals with such cases as matters of priority. The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit within the NPA is looking towards and assisting these victims in the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC’s) of South Africa. Sixty-one (61) TCC’s have already been established throughout the country. Safe spaces for such victims are created. These centres also provide improved services such as treatment and educational assistance to these victims. Prosecutors in court are attending to these matters as priority though it is difficult to keep record of all such cases especially when the crimes, as appears from the question above, are not committed solely due to the gender or age of the victim. The NPA is manually though recording data on both femicide as well as intimate femicide cases. Regarding crimes against women the NPA can supply the data on convictions and acquittals pertaining to femicide and intimate partner femicide only.

During the financial year 2021/22 (April to August 2022) the following was recorded:

a) There was a total of three hundred and ninety-six (396) successful convictions relating to femicide counts and three hundred and sixteen (316) convictions relating to intimate partner femicide counts.

b) There were twenty-four (24) acquittals relating to femicide counts and twenty-one (21) acquittals pertaining to intimate partner femicide counts. The reasons for the acquittals were not recorded and it cannot be confirmed that it was “as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the South African Police Service”.

c) The information regarding cases withdrawn by the victim and /or victim’s family is not recorded by the NPA and cannot be supplied.

d) The number of cases awaiting trial can also not be supplied as it is not recorded.

e) The number of cases awaiting sentencing is not available as it is not recorded.

f) The NPA is unable to supply information pertaining to cases still under investigation in each province for:

  1. Murder;
  2. Attempted murder;
  3. Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm; and
  4. Common assault as it is not recorded.

03 November 2022 - NW3335

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he will furnish Adv G Breytenbach with a full list of all Traditional Courts that are currently recognised in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) (a) where is each Traditional Court located and (b) who has presided over each specified court since 1 January 2018; (3) What are the details of the record-keeping processes in each court; (4) Whether the records are publicly accessible; if not, why

Reply:

I wish to inform the Honourable Member that the information requested at present, does not fall within the mandate and scope of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Currently, the information required in sub-questions (1) to (4) may be obtained from the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

As the Honourable Member is aware the Traditional Courts Bill, was passed by Parliament and referred to the President for assent and signature into an Act of Parliament.

Until the Bill is passed into law, there is no specific legislation that required the Traditional Courts, for instance, to keep records as is now provided for in the Traditional Courts Bill.

However, the matter is relevant for preparation on the implementation of the Act once assented to and signed into an Act of Parliament.

The Department is in a process of conducting an audit of what needs to be in place for the Bill to be implemented, and will consult with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as with the nine (9) Provincial Heads of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

03 November 2022 - NW3727

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

What (a) caused the collapse of a part of the roof of the Magistrate’s Court in Potchefstroom on 21 September 2022 and (b) steps has he found should have been taken to prevent the specified roof collapse from occurring?

Reply:

a) The Potchefstroom Magistrate Court was constructed in 1986. The office has been attending to minor repairs of the building through day to day maintenance, with the assistance from Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI). The court building experienced roof leakages over time due to cracked and damaged roof tiles. Part of the roof over the court rooms and the cash hall collapsed due to rotten roof trusses and damaged roof tiles.

b) The court is old and should have been maintained regularly to prevent it from dilapidating. The lack of timeous maintenance is what caused the roof to leak and the trusses to rot and eventually cave in.

DPWI registered a project for repairs and renovations for the whole court facility. The contractor was appointed and site handover date was 27 February 2020, over a period of 18 months. The contract amount was R23 million. The challenge to the roof was identified on the project scope and also discussed in project meetings. The delays to the project were caused by the Covid-19 national shut down, which also affected the construction industry; labour unrests and intimidation by local business forum. Following negotiations and the involvement of the Police Special Task Force Team, the contractor is now back on site effective August 2022. Due to the fact that the court facility is occupied, the project is being executed in phases. The contractor is currently on site and working on the cordoned part of the building, where staff members were moved to other floors and other offices within the building. The contractor had not yet commenced work on the portion where the roof has collapsed, as it is in the middle of the structure, which made it difficult for the contractor to program the works to start in the middle of the building.

03 November 2022 - NW3778

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What is the nature of support that his department is providing to the Legal Aid lawyers considering the volume of the work that they have to deal with?

Reply:

The following are some examples of the support offered by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (Department) to Legal Aid South Africa (SA):

1) Governance

The Department, through the Minister’s representative in the Legal Aid SA Board, is constantly kept abreast about Legal Aid SA affairs including its challenges occasioned by mandatory budget cuts, and timeously provide advice and support. In addition, I also avail myself whenever the Board of Legal Aid SA requests my intervention.

2. Service delivery

a) Court Operations

  1. Legal Aid SA is a key player in all the Justice Cluster Efficiency Enhancement Forums (National Efficiency Enhancement Committee, Provincial Efficiency Enhancement Committee, Regional Efficiency Enhancement Committee, and Lower Courts Efficiency Enhancement Committee).
  2. Legal Aid SA also partakes in the Department’s Court Rationalization Meetings.
  3. Legal Aid SA ‘s lack of adequate resources and lack of relief component is considered in the coordination of Court operations.

b) Special Projects Resources Funding

Where required, the Department provides Legal Aid SA with funding to undertake various special delivery programmes projects, such as Backlog Courts, Sexual Offences Courts and Commercial Crimes Court along with other stakeholders.

c) New Land Mandate

(i) The Department played a key role in the coordination of transfer of Land Rights function from Department of Agriculture to Legal Aid SA.

(ii) The Department ensured that the transfer of function is implemented in line with the Department of Public Service and Administration and National Treasury transfer of function frameworks.

3. Finance and budgeting

a) Supported Legal Aid SA in its submission to National Treasury pleading for exemption from budget reduction which has a direct impact on the case load

b) Coordinates meeting between Security Cluster departments/entities with National Treasury wherein departments budgets are presented and considered.

c) Availed funds to Legal Aid SA for Special Commercial Crimes Courts

d) Coordinated the transfer of R33m to from the Department of Agriculture to Legal Aid SA to fund the establishment of the Land Rights Management unit. If these funds were not secured, then Legal Aid SA would have had to use its funds to establish the Land Rights Management Unit.

e) Spearheaded the Land mandate Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget negotiations with National Treasury to ensure that the new mandate is adequately funded.

f) I have met with the Minister of Finance to present Legal Aid SA case on request for funding.

03 November 2022 - NW3505

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the Quarter One SA Crime Statistics for the 202122 financial year, pertaining to crimes committed against children, what is the total number of (a) successful convictions, (b) cases dismissed and/or acquitted as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the SA Police Service, (c) cases withdrawn by the victim and/or victim’s family, (d) cases awaiting trial, (e) cases awaiting sentencing and (f) cases still under investigation in each province for (i) murder, (ii) attempted murder, (iii) assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and (iv) common assault?

Reply:

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prioritises all GBVF matters, more especially where the victims are women and children. The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit within the NPA is tasked with, inter alia, ensuring increased access to justice for victims of GBV as well as optimal management of these matters in a victim-centric manner. This is done by providing pretrial services at its sixty-one (61) Thuthuzela Care Centres across the country. These one-stop centres provide essential psycho-social, medical and legal services, thus creating a safe space for the GBV victim and empowering them to transform into survivors. Whilst prosecutors in court are prioritising these matters, record is not kept of all crimes committed against women and children since not all crime is committed solely due to the gender or age of the victim.

During the financial year 2021/22 (April to August 2022) the following was not recorded in respect of crimes against children:

a) The total of successful convictions.

b) The total number of dismissals or acquittals. The reasons for the acquittals were not recorded and it cannot be confirmed that it was “as a result of poor or incomplete investigations by the South African Police Service (SAPS)”.

c) The information regarding cases withdrawn by the victim and /or victim’s family.

d) The number of cases awaiting trial.

e) The number of cases awaiting sentencing.

f) The NPA is unable to supply information pertaining to cases still under investigation in each province for:

  1. Murder;
  2. Attempted murder;
  3. Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm; and
  4. Common assault as it is not recorded by the NPA but the SAPS.

03 November 2022 - NW3638

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What qualifications, formal and/or otherwise, are required for appointment as an interpreter in the (a) lower and (b) high courts; (2) whether any assessment of interpreters’ work is carried out in real time court situations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what training is provided for interpreters who work in specialised courts?

Reply:

1. (a) Qualifications requirement for entry Level 5 Court Interpreters is Grade 12 (Matric) or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4, and good proficiency in the Indigenous Languages of the area in question.

Qualifications requirement for Senior Interpreters is a National Diploma in Legal Interpreting at NQF Level 5, and three (3) years’ practical experience in court interpreting or Matric/Grade 12 or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4 and ten (10) years’ practical experience in court interpreting. The good proficiency in the Indigenous languages of the area in question will also be a requirement.

Qualifications requirement for Principal Interpreters is a National Diploma in Legal Interpreting and five (5) years’ practical experience in court interpreting, Matric/Grade 12 or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4. Good proficiency in the Indigenous languages of the area in question is also a requirement

Qualifications requirements for Cluster Manager Language Service, is a National

Diploma in Legal Interpreting at NQF Level 5 and six (6) years’ practical experience in court interpreting, of which three (3) years should be at supervisory Level, Grade 12 or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4. Good proficiency in the Indigenous languages of the area in question is also a requirement.

Qualifications requirements for a Provincial Manager Language Service, is a Bachelor`s Degree/National Diploma in Legal Interpreting at NQF Level 6 and six (6) years’ practical experience in court interpreting, of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, Grade 12 or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4. Good proficiency in the Indigenous languages of the area in question is also a requirement.

b) The Admission requirements into Court Interpreting in the High Courts is Grade 12 and a National Diploma in Legal Interpreting or equivalent relevant qualification, on NQF level 6. A minimum of three (3) years practical experience in Court Interpreting/ or Grade 12 and minimum ten (10) years’ practical experience in Court Interpreting.

2. Assessment of Court Interpreters is always carried out in a real time court by Language Service managers when Court is in session. There is a standardized assessment/evaluation tool that assesses skills such as listening, memory retention, pronunciation, knowledge of both the Source Language and the Target Language, and turn-around time in encoding and decoding the message conveyed, etc. The tool also assists in determining the skills gap, and also informs the required training interventions.

All court interpreters enter into a Performance Agreement on an annual basis and assessments are conducted with the respective supervisor’s mid-year and on an annual basis. In addition, the management of Court Interpreters (Principal Interpreter/Cluster Manager) conducts assessments in real time while the Interpreter is in court conducting interpretation.

3. Court Interpreters who are placed in Specialised Courts are currently being offered an In-House training by the Justice College on Expert Evidence. The Course content includes, but not limited to, Forensic Pathology, Cyber-crimes, Ballistics and Toxicology, and Advance Interpreting.

The Department is currently engaging Institutions of Higher Learning and the Judiciary to craft a specialised Training Curriculum for the Specialised Courts, to cover areas such as dealing with vulnerable groups, recently introduced pieces of legislation relating to commercial crimes and Human Trafficking and also understanding Court Procedures, Legal Concepts and their Interpretation.

Training needs are identified based on the requirements of the specific Specialised Court. Training has been provided in the area of Legal Interpreting and, Expert Evidence.

02 November 2022 - NW3763

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Whether, considering that his department has been funding music festivals through the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, where it identified areas where employment creation is possible, he and/or his department followed up to ascertain if the monies given to the specified companies does indeed create a comprehensive drive to enhance social equity and competitiveness and encourage growth in employment-creating activities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Mr B S Madlingozi with a thorough, extensive report in this regard?

Reply:

(1). The Department funds music festivals in three different categories; National Flagships, Provincial Flagships, and the Cultural Events Open Call. These music festivals would vary from large scale, medium and smaller entry-level projects.

Music festivals are funded based on alignment into government mandate like job creation, enhancement of social equity and economic growth in areas where these projects are taking place. These projects would be implemented in line with the memorandum of agreements (MAOs) signed and the reporting should reflect the deliverables as agreed. The Department would also monitor that all procurement processes have been followed in the subcontracting processes that happens in this festival to ensure local economic empowerment and beneficiation of the SMMEs.

02 November 2022 - NW3619

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether, in light of the increasing demand for both potable and grey water, he will consider reintroducing the project that was shelved in 2021 which would have seen grey and potable water produced from the Acid Mine Drainage that is currently posing a threat to many buildings and homes in the eastern, central and western basins of the Witwatersrand; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation completed a feasibility study in 2013 for a long-term solution for Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand as per recommendation of the 2011 Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) report. The long-term solution that was recommended involved further treatment of the partially treated water currently produced in the AMD treatment plants through desalination for beneficial socio-economic uses. The department commenced with preparations towards implementation of the long-term solution in 2017, but this was later put on hold due to budget constraints.

The department recognises that a significant amount of time has passed from when the feasibility study was first finalised, and for this reason is currently completing other studies to ensure the relevance of the recommendations made in 2013. This work will culminate in a revised long-term solution to be considered for implementation.

Although financial constraints remain a major challenge, the Department is also in the process to re-establish the Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP) which was also put on hold with the long-term solution in 2017. The programme is being undertaken in partnership with other stakeholders such as Water Research Commission and Department of Science and Technology and is exploring alternative technologies which can provide solutions for the AMD problem in the long-term. The TDP will be integrated with the work done by the Development Bank of South Africa through the National Water Programme.

This process will take time as proper technology selection is imperative in ensuring the most cost-effective, technologically sound, and environmentally friendly solution is implemented.

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02 November 2022 - NW3780

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2522 on 10 October 2022, she will furnish Dr W J Boshoff with a complete list of all (a) supplementary funding, (b) donations and/or (c) other types of contribution towards the Social Cohesion and Equity in Education unit since 2019, with specific reference to the (i) donor and (ii) country of origin; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

The requested information is outlined in the attachment. It should be noted that none of these were direct payments and transfers to the Department of Basic Education (DBE). Each of the contributing partners managed their own financial contributions towards the corresponding projects.  

02 November 2022 - NW3822

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Nodada, Mr BB to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       In each year since 2005, what total number of learners in Grade 1 to Grade 11 were progressed (a) nationally and (b) provincially; (2) in each year since 2005, what total number of learners in Grade 1 to Grade 11 were progressed after the second registration for relevant grade (a) nationally and (b) provincially; (3) since 2005, (a) what impact has she found the progression policy has had on the learner dropout rate and (b) how has this been monitored and/or measured?

Reply:

(1) and (2) Please refer to the attached spreadsheet. 

(3) We have observed that drop-out rates have been declining over the years in the schooling system. While there has been no specific research on the link between the progression policy and changes in drop-out rates, the implementation of the progression policy is likely to be a contributing factor to the decline. Measurement and monitoring of attendance, absence and dropping out at school level of the school are done using SA-SAMs tools. School personnel then use this information to follow up and monitor individual learner to comply with policy and legislation on basic education participation.  

02 November 2022 - NW3782

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2522 on 10 October 2022, she will furnish Dr W J Boshoff with a complete list of all (a) supplementary funding, (b) donations and/or (c) other types of contribution towards the Social Inclusion in Education Working Group since 2019, with specific reference to the (i) donor and (ii) country of origin; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

The Social Inclusion in Education Working Group is a South African based group of like-minded civil society organisations and interest groups working in the space of social inclusion and diversity management. It is convened by the DBE on a voluntary association basis. It is an unfunded working group. Each of the members contributes resources for their own participation in the group towards the common purpose of the working group.

02 November 2022 - NW3834

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether he intends to establish a commission of enquiry into the reportedly increased drug abuse amongst various sports codes, including illegal substances such as cocaine, as reported in the Rapport newspaper on 2 and 9 October 2022, and according to the response by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport; if not, what policy changes are necessary to get rid of doping in sporting codes; if so, by what date will the commission be established?

Reply:

  1. No, I do not the powers to nor the intention to establish a commission of enquiry, and the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) agrees with me, not to establish it. SAIDS are collaborating with the South African Chapter of the International Society of Substance Abuse Professionals (ISSUP) to adapt its educational materials to provide detailed information pertaining to addiction and illicit drugs as part of the SAIDS Education Programme. No areas requiring policy change have been identified.

02 November 2022 - NW3847

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) whether membership fees for the SA Sport Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II) to the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (VIRTUS) are paid up to date, if not, (a) why not, (b) what is being done to ensure that the membership fees are paid and (c) by what date will payment be made in full. (2) whether he has been informed that if SASA-II’s membership fees to the international organisation, VIRTUS, are not paid in full South African athletes who are members of SASA-II will not be able to take part in the 2024 Paralympic Games; 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 application for Annual Grant funding submitted by the South African Sport Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II) includes a request for funding to cover outstanding affiliation fees owed to the VIRTUS (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) which is R15,000 and Sport Union Down Syndrome, which is R22,175. An indication is that these fees are for the period 2018 to date. SASA-II is affiliated with both VIRTUS and Sport Union Down Syndrome. Based on this it can therefore be deduced that affiliation fees to these International Organizations are not paid to date by SASA-II.

(a). The indication from SASA-II is that the organization is suspended by both International Organizations, therefore, making it impossible for them to renew their membership.

(b). SASA-II is engaging the relevant international bodies to address their suspension in order to be able to pay the affiliation fees. The Department would make available to SASA-II the affiliation fees amounting to R37,175. This is dependent on SASA-II meeting all compliance requirements.

(c). The date by which payment will be made cannot be determined because it is dependent on the lifting of SASA-II suspension status by international organizations.

02 November 2022 - NW3347

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to the sewerage plants in Musina, Makhado and Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality in Limpopo being altogether dysfunctional and spewing raw sewerage into rivers and water supplies in the towns and surrounding areas, resulting in the contamination of rivers, drinking water, irrigation dams and affecting the health of livestock in all areas, what (a) number of complaints has his department received with regard to the crisis and (b) actions have been taken against the municipalities, district municipalities and Lepelle Northern Water, to hold them accountable for the health risks, damage to the environment and losses of exportable crops and livestock; (2) what actions have been taken to ensure that the (a) crisis is immediately rectified and that sewerage plants are made properly functional and (b) rehabilitation of surrounding areas including underground water, rivers, irrigation dams, is urgently attended to; (3) what funds have been made available to compensate for losses and/or health issues of members of the public and businesses as a result of the incompetence of the municipalities and Lepelle Northern Water?

Reply:

1.  The Musina and Makhado Local Municipalities (LM) fall within the jurisdiction of Vhembe District Municipality (VDM). The VDM is the Water Service Authority (WSA) and Water Service Provider (WSP) to the two local municipalities. A total of three (3) complaints were received regarding (i) two (2) sewer spillages from manholes in the Makhado and Musina and; (ii) uncontrolled discharge of effluent from the Harper wastewater treatment works (WWTW) which is disturbing the construction of a nearby road. Both incidents from the manholes have since been resolved.

The 2022 Green Drop Report raised concerns regarding the overall poor state of wastewater services at Biaba, Waterval, Hlanganani, Makhado, Malamulele, Mhinga, Musina, Mutale, Nancefield, Rietvlei, Tshifulanani, Vleifontein and Vuwani systems and the consequential impact on respective water resources. A letter of non-compliance has been issued for the Water Services Authority to submit a detailed corrective action plan within 60 days of publishing the Green Drop Report. The plan must map the activities, responsible persons, timelines, and expected improvements as outlined in the Regulations. To date, no report has been received to date and the Department is engaging the WSA together with MISA and SALGA as indicated below.

In addition, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) conducted compliance monitoring Inspections at Musina WWTW Nancefield (08 March 2022) and Rietvlei WWTW (07 March 2022) to check compliance against the conditions of issued water use licences for these WWTWs. An investigation was also conducted on the 18 August 2022 at the Campbell sewage package plant an to ensure compliance of National Water Act.

  • The DWS has issued directives to VDM for non-compliance of the following wastewater systems that are under Musina and Makhado LMs:Musina WWTW and Nancefield WWTW - issued on the 25 March 2022
  • Harper WWTW and Makhado WWTW - issued on the 06 September 2021
  • Campbell sewage package plant - issued on the10 August 2022In response to the directives issued by the DWS, the Vhembe District Municipality has developed the corrective action plans to address challenges with the WWTWs. Actions to be taken by the VDM include:refurbishment of the WWTW systems
  • Improvement operation and maintenance of the existing infrastructure

Furthermore, the DWS has approved business plans to fund the refurbishment projects through the Water Service Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) within the current financial year. The department is monitoring the implementation of the projects which are still at initiation stage and expected to be completed by end of municipal financial year 2022/23.

(2) Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality falls within the jurisdiction of Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) which assume responsibility of water and sanitation services as the WSA and WSP. Four complaints were received from Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality regarding pollution emanating from Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). Administrative actions were taken against Sekhukhune District Municipality as a Water Service Authority for Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality.

  • Moganyaka Oxidation Ponds for which the DWSissued notice of intention to issue a directive dated 29 October 2021;– a follow up inspection was conducted on 15 June 2022 by the department who found that the issues identified in the notice had not been addressed. A directive is being prepared.
  • Dennilton WWTW for which the DWS issued notice of intention to issue a directive dated 31 July 2019; the department conducted a follow up inspection on 08 June 2022 to ascertain compliance with the provisions of the NWA. The municipality was further non-compliant with the directive in terms of Sections 19(3) and 53(1) of the National Water Act, 1998 which is an offence in terms of Section 151(1)(d) of the NWA. The case has been referred for an interdict against Sekhukhune District Municipality to ensure compliance with the directive for the Dennilton WWTW. Therefore, the Department has opened a criminal case for offences outlined in Section 151(1)(d), (i) and (j)) of the NWA. The criminal case will be opened against the Sekhukhune DM.

 

  • Nebo Oxidation Ponds in relation to a directive dated 04 May 2021; - DWS officials conducted a follow up inspection was conducted on 13 August 2020 and 05 November 2021 to ascertain compliance with a directive issued by the DWS. Most of the non-compliances had been rectified and the ponds were empty. The municipality indicated that the Oxidation Ponds will be utilized soon. The department officials recommended that the facility should be monitored continuously to ensure compliance with the directive issued to Greater Sekhukhune Municipality.
  • Ephraim Mogale WWTW in relation to a notice of intention to issue a directive dated 29 December 2021; DWS officials conducted a follow up inspection on 15 June 2022 to ascertain compliance with the provisions of NWA. A directive will be issued.
  • The 2022 Green Drop Report indicates that Marble Hall Wastewater system declined from a 62.3% score in 2013 to a 52% score in 2022. The inspectorate observed a lack of co-ordination amongst Lepelle Water (which is responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of four (4) WWTWs including Burgersfort, Groblersdal, Marble Hall, Steelpoort) and the WSA, which was noticeable during assessments. Plants operated by Lepelle Water achieved Green Drop scores of between 46% and 58% indicating a decline from 2013 Green Drop scores.

There were no compensation claims submitted to Vhembe DM regarding loss and/or health issues however the department availed funds to Vhembe DM through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to refurbish and improve operations and maintenance of the wastewater systems.

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02 November 2022 - NW3703

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons that the north and southwest areas of Johannesburg are experiencing inconsistent water supply; (2) whether the Government still has water agreements with Lesotho; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the reasons that the City of Johannesburg is experiencing shortage of water supply and (b) what measures of intervention have been taken to rectify the anomaly?

Reply:

1.  According to City of Johannesburg (COJ), two of Rand Water’s purification plants, namely, Zuikerbosh and Vereeniging as well as two major pumps stations (Palmiet and Eikenhof) supplying large parts of the city were affected by power failures. The municipality’s entity, Joburg Water, reported that Eikenhof system was not being operated to full capacity to boost the Palmiet system which was at a critical level. This has resulted in portions of the Eikenhof system, which supplies Crosby, Brixton, Hurst Hill, Crown Gardens and Eagles Nest systems to collapse completely on 4 October 2022.

During engagements with Rand Water, it was agreed that the Eikenhof system should be operated at full capacity and to no longer sustain the Palmiet system. This resulted in flows to Crosby, Brixton and Hurst Hill reservoirs being improved.

2. Yes, the Treaty between South Africa and Lesotho remains in force. The project generates hydroelectricity for the benefit of Lesotho citizens, while water is transferred to meet the water needs of South Africans. This water meets 60% of Gauteng’s water demand.

a) Rand Water’s operating philosophy is to maintain the reservoir levels between 60- 80%. This targeted range is intended to enable the network system to be resilient and respond to any challenges. Historically, during September to January, water consumption increases exponentially in Gauteng. It was with this understanding that wrote to the high consumers; City of Tshwane, City of Johannesburg, and City of Ekurhuleni; to encourage and plead for reduced consumption in anticipation of the increased demand for water. Despite these efforts, water consumption continued to increase significantly.

Rand Water’s overall water storage declined from 52% to 38%. Stemming from this decline, a meeting was convened with the Metros to notify them of the intention to apply Stage 1 restrictions. Despite these efforts, water storage levels continued to decline and that prompted Rand Water to apply Stage 2 restrictions. The anticipated heatwave informed the decision to escalate from Stage 1 to 2 (. The restrictions are necessary to stabilize the system and avoid total collapse of the systems.

b) It must be noted that Rand Water’s water treatment plants and booster sites are exempt from loadshedding. However, there are two (2) tertiary booster sites in the network that are subjected to loadshedding where diesel generators are used to manage the impact of loadshedding.

The approach for implementing restrictions involves communication on implementation of restrictions to all municipalities that are supplied by Rand Water and to implement restrictions to the three Metros which utilise approximately 80% of Rand Water’s supply, as well as:

    • Identifying major meters under each municipality that will be restricted (53 meters under Johannesburg, 57 under Ekurhuleni and 28 under Tshwane).
    • These meters are monitored over a period of two weeks to assess and review progress to achieve the desired results. As for the current stages two (30%) water supply restrictions that has been implemented effective from 04 October 2022, will be reviewed
    • If the performance of Rand Water’s supply has not improved after two weeks, the review of the implemented water supply restrictions will dictate if other municipalities will be included
  • If the performance of Rand Water’s supply does improve after two weeks, the review of the implemented water supply restrictions will dictate reduction to stage one (10%) or removal of restrictions.

These restrictions are aimed at restoring the overall reservoir storage capacity to approximately 60%. Rand Water has formally consulted with the affected municipalities to inform them of its intention to implement the restrictions. The situation is reviewed on an hourly basis and where improvements are made, Rand Water lifts the restrictions to provide reprieve. Rand Water’s consultation with the customers is designed to ensure that no areas are left without water for a prolonged period.

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02 November 2022 - NW3618

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he will implement mitigating measures and/or introduce national legislation to ensure that water purification plants and sewerage treatment plants throughout the Republic, including Rustenburg, can supply both potable water to residents and businesses and grey water to businesses that use grey water to lessen the burden on our scarce water resources?

Reply:

The Department aims to publish compulsory National Water and Sanitation norms and standards for public consultation drafted under Section 9 of the Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997. In the draft norms and standards, there is a provision for grey water management. It is therefore critical for the public and various stakeholders to provide comments once the regulations are published to shape these regulations to provide necessary guidance on how water and sanitation can be managed and provided efficiently.

Mitigation measures can be addressed by various water services authorities (WSAs) as prescribed in the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 under section 76 which prescribes mechanisms for provision of services. This section empowers the WSAs to provide these services based on the situation in a particular municipality on how water and sanitation services can be provided, and these includes grey water management, water reclamation, decentralised systems such as septic tanks among others.

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02 November 2022 - NW3781

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2522 on 10 October 2022, she will furnish Dr W J Boshoff with a complete list of all (a) supplementary funding, (b) donations and/or (c) other types of contribution towards the guidelines for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics since 2019, with specific reference to the (i) donor and (ii) country of origin; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

The development of the Draft Guidelines for the Socio-educational Inclusion of Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, Expression, and Sex Characteristics was funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2021/22 and the total cost was up to $15000 (approximate R270 000).

02 November 2022 - NW3542

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to tourism visa-free countries, (a) what research has been done in this regard, (b) what are the (i) results, (ii) outcomes and (iii) conclusions reached in the specified research, (c) which countries are presently visa-free (i) for South Africans upon arrival in their respective countries and (ii) upon arrival by their citizens in the Republic and (d) on what dates did visa-free agreements commence in each country with regard to sub-questions (c)(i) and (ii)?

Reply:

(a) The Department has not conducted any research regarding the visa free countries, therefore no results are available.

(b)(i-iii) There were no plans to conduct research in this area as most of the visa agreements were already concluded since 1992.

(c)(i–ii) The list of visa free countries is attached as Annexure A. RSA does not issue visas on arrival.

(c) Agreements are concluded on reciprocity principles based on bilateral agreements. These agreements are concluded as and when agreed upon

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02 November 2022 - NW3708

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

(1)Whether, given that section 11(2) of the National Arts Council Act, Act 56 of 1997, states that Advisory Panels shall consist of persons who have achieved distinction and/or have special knowledge and/or experience in the field of the arts in question, (a) this was indeed found to be the case and (b) due processes were followed; if not, why not, in each case; if so, will he furnish Mrs V van Dyk with the (i) original funding list and (ii) list with the changes made on it; (2) whether he has found that members of the National Arts Council were indeed found to be guilty of interfering in the processes of the allocation of funding to beneficiaries; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) whether he will move swiftly to act against any such member; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1(a) Panel Members appointed at the NAC were selected in accordance with the NAC Act. Advisory Panel Members have either achieved distinction and/or have special knowledge and/or experience in the field of the arts discipline required by the NAC.

(b) This was indeed the case

(c) Yes, due processes were followed in line with the National Arts Council act.

(i). There is only one list of approved beneficiaries at the NAC. The NAC list of approved funded beneficiaries has been published on the NAC’s website for transparency. Council approved 619 projects for approval, and this brings a total of 39 135 proposed jobs.

(ii). There is no list with changes.

(2). No member of Council has been found guilty of interfering with any process at the NAC in relation to the PESP 3.

(3). No action will be taken against any Council members.

02 November 2022 - NW3752

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What consequence management measures have been undertaken to deal with repeated fines by the Auditor-General for non-improvement pertaining to the implementation of consequence management and improved control on measures of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure?

Reply:

Measure to deal with consequence management on cases of Irregular Expenditure

  1. The Department has implemented consequence management through the Labour Relations. On some of the cases investigation was completed for officials in the Department, progressive disciplinary process was taken where final written warning and cautionary letters were issued. Other cases of disciplinary processes are still in progress
  2. For the irregular expenditure that affected the Implementing Agents the letters were issued to the CEOs of each Implementing Agent to provide response on consequence management taken and corrective action to improve the control environment especially within the Supply Chain Management. The progress reported so far is that the DBSA has received approval for condonation of R800 million on irregular expenditure incurred because of non- compliance with local content requirement.

Measure taken to deal with consequence management for fruitless and wasteful expenditure

  1. On consequence management of other cases; the disciplinary process within the Department is still in progress.
  2. The Adopt – a -school project , the process of recovery was followed as handled by the Legal Services and subsequently the arbitration process was taken, and final recommendation was obtained from senior counsel to write off the debt.
  3. The case on Kha Ri Gude, there was internal investigation in 2017/18 financial year, and the case was referred to the HAWKS, as it is still under investigation. There were some recoveries of some monies on stipend as payments were stopped.
  4. A case, for Department of Roads and Public Works (DRPW) – EC; it was investigated and referred to the HAWKS for further criminal prosecution.
  5. Other cases are still under investigation.

02 November 2022 - NW3556

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has been informed that the residents of Ward 59, Ogunjini, Verulam in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, have been without water supply for a number of years and that the water supplied by water tankers is insufficient to meet the requirements of the households of the specified community; if not, why not; if so, what measures is his department taking to intervene in the matter. (2) what is the average cost (a) per tanker to supply the community with water and (b) to sink boreholes to supply sufficient fresh water to the community. (3) whether his department would consider sinking boreholes to address the community’s water crises, should it prove to be cost beneficial; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1)  The residents of Ogunjini in Ward 59 of eThekwini Metro have been receiving water supply from a 1Ml/day Ogunjini water treatment works. A project implemented by the eThekwini Metro to upgrade the treatment plant to 2Ml/day is planned for completion by September 2023.

Eight 16 000 litre water tankers with a minimum of two loads per day, have been permanently deployed to the area by the eThekwini Metro. It is expected that this current deployment plan will remain in force until the completion of the treatment works upgrade.

(2) a) The current average cost per tanker to supply the community with water is estimated at R4 000 per day.

b) The cost to sink a borehole is estimated at R331,000 per borehole at varying capacity outputs to be determined upon testing.

(3) The municipality is currently implementing an emergency borehole rehabilitation and installation programme while a full roll-out of the programme is at tender stage. The Ogunjini areas have also been considered for this programme.

(4) The Department of Water and Sanitation will continue to monitor the water services supplied to the area by the Ethekwini Metro and provide support if required.

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02 November 2022 - NW3687

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What are the reasons that the Bela-Bela community in Limpopo experiences disruptions in water supply during load shedding, often three times in a day, without any notification?

Reply:

The Bela-Bela Local Municipality has been experiencing water supply disruptions owing to the impact of load shedding by ESKOM. The water purification plant is dependent on electricity to pump water from the source to the treatment plant and from the reservoirs to the network reticulation system.

Ageing infrastructure creates also exacerbates the problem of water shortages due to regular pipe bursts which contributes to water losses and shortages in the area.

The municipality is currently implementing water restrictions as and when necessary, because of high-water demand. Availability of water depends on the reservoir levels to avoid a situation where the taps would run dry.

The Bela-Bela Local Municipality has indicated that steps are taken to notify the community timeously about water supply interruptions.

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02 November 2022 - NW3749

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed that although the Hlanganani Primary School in Merafong City Local Municipality has a sink hole within its school premises, the specified school is still active, putting the learners in danger; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons that the school is still active and with no plans in place to relocate learners?

Reply:

The question asked falls within the purview of Gauteng Department of Education, the Hon Member is advised to refer the question to the respective province.

02 November 2022 - NW3835

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What progress has been made by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport to comply with the revised international anti-doping code relating to standards for testing and investigations as well as standards for education and awareness?

Reply:

  1. According to the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has been and is still fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and the applicable international standards.

02 November 2022 - NW3364

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has conducted recent investigations into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities that have either collapsed or are close to collapse; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has made additional funding available for the maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure for the specified municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) carries out a number of assessments into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities. These assessments enable the DWS to monitor the condition of municipal water and sanitation infrastructure through three incentive-based regulatory mechanisms:

  • The Green Drop Report, which focuses on sanitation (waste-water treatment systems and effluent quality)
  • The Blue Drop Report, which focuses on water (water treatment and water quality)
  • The No Drop Report, which focuses on non-revenue water and water losses through leakages

Findings of the 2022 Green Drop report 2022 indicated that 334 Wastewater Treatment Systems have been identified to be at critical state by achieving less than 30% during Green Drop Assessment. Letters of non-compliance in terms of green drop report audit findings have been sent to respective water services institutions responsible for the systems at critical state, requiring them to submit a detailed corrective action plans. To date, eighteen (18) municipalities responsible for 81 wastewater treatment systems have submitted action plans. The Department has also collaborated with SALGA and MISA to assist municipalities on the development of action plans.

In line with the National Water Resource Strategy and National Water and Sanitation Masterplan, the Department has also revived the No Drop Programme to facilitate the reduction of Non-Revenue Water and Actual Water Losses. Findings of the No Drop progress report will be published in March 2023. The department is also currently in the process of undertaking blue drop assessments in 1186 water supply systems. The final Detailed Blue Drop Report is targeted for release in March 2023.

The DWS also monitors the capacity of municipalities to deliver water and sanitation through the Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment (MuSSA); a web-based system that enables municipalities to conduct their self-assessment on critical aspects service delivery performance. The outcomes of the assessment position the Department and other sector role players to provide targeted support to local government through various support and intervention programmes aimed at improving services delivery, governance and business health. Priority areas are identified and addressed through the development of a Municipal Priority Action Plan (MPAP).

Lastly, Five-Year Reliability Water and Sanitation Plans will soon be rolled out in all forty-four (44) District Municipalities. The plans are meant to:

  • Ensure sustainable and reliable water services with the service-standard yardstick that has a 100% compliance to functionality, water security and effective governance to maintain appropriate levels of service delivery
  • Conduct primary situational assessments of the water services and infrastructure supply conditions and classify each situation into a reliability category. The solution options are then integrated to proposed projects, specifically integrating all funding programmes to alleviate new infrastructure needs and achieve reliability of water services.

2. According to Division of Revenue Act and grants frameworks, the Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants; managed by the DWS; do not fund any works related to operation and maintenance.

The department is looking at the current conditions of certain infrastructure and approached National Treasury to repurpose some portion of Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants to assist in the operation and maintenance of infrastructure.

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02 November 2022 - NW3464

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has conducted recent investigations into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities that have either collapsed or are close to collapse; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department has made additional funding available for the maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure for the specified municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) carries out a number of assessments into the state of water and sanitation infrastructure in the municipalities. These assessments enable the DWS to monitor the condition of municipal water and sanitation infrastructure through three incentive-based regulatory mechanisms:

  • The Green Drop Report, which focuses on sanitation (waste-water treatment systems and effluent quality)
  • The Blue Drop Report, which focuses on water (water treatment and water quality)
  • The No Drop Report, which focuses on non-revenue water and water losses through leakages

Findings of the 2022 Green Drop report 2022 indicated that 334 Wastewater Treatment Systems have been identified to be at critical state by achieving less than 30% during Green Drop Assessment. Letters of non-compliance in terms of green drop report audit findings have been sent to respective water services institutions responsible for the systems at critical state, requiring them to submit a detailed corrective action plans. To date, eighteen (18) municipalities responsible for 81 wastewater treatment systems have submitted action plans. The Department has also collaborated with SALGA and MISA to assist municipalities on the development of action plans.

In line with the National Water Resource Strategy and National Water and Sanitation Masterplan, the Department has also revived the No Drop Programme to facilitate the reduction of Non-Revenue Water and Actual Water Losses. Findings of the No Drop progress report will be published in March 2023. The department is also currently in the process of undertaking blue drop assessments in 1186 water supply systems. The final Detailed Blue Drop Report is targeted for release in March 2023.

The DWS also monitors the capacity of municipalities to deliver water and sanitation through the Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment (MuSSA); a web-based system that enables municipalities to conduct their self-assessment on critical aspects service delivery performance. The outcomes of the assessment position the Department and other sector role players to provide targeted support to local government through various support and intervention programmes aimed at improving services delivery, governance and business health. Priority areas are identified and addressed through the development of a Municipal Priority Action Plan (MPAP).

Lastly, Five-Year Reliability Water and Sanitation Plans will soon be rolled out in all forty-four (44) District Municipalities. The plans are meant to:

  • Ensure sustainable and reliable water services with the service-standard yardstick that has a 100% compliance to functionality, water security and effective governance to maintain appropriate levels of service delivery
  • Conduct primary situational assessments of the water services and infrastructure supply conditions and classify each situation into a reliability category. The solution options are then integrated to proposed projects, specifically integrating all funding programmes to alleviate new infrastructure needs and achieve reliability of water services.

2. According to Division of Revenue Act and grants frameworks, the Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants; managed by the DWS; do not fund any works related to operation and maintenance.

The department is looking at the current conditions of certain infrastructure and approached National Treasury to repurpose some portion of Regional Bulk Infrastructure and Water Services Infrastructure Grants to assist in the operation and maintenance of infrastructure.

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02 November 2022 - NW3793

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Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether there are any schools that were affected by the floods in (a) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) the Eastern Cape that will not be repaired on time for the final National Senior Certificate examinations in 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) reasons in each case?

Reply:

The question can best responded to by the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Departments of Education. The Hon member is therefore advised to refer the question to the respective provinces.  

02 November 2022 - NW3549

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to the report on Gravelotte Mines Geotechnical Concerns Pertaining to Flooding in April 2022, his department has been advised that ingress water is decanting anywhere else other than where the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and his department are aware of; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the ingress water has been tested; if not, why not; if so, what quantity of water is being treated by TCTA; (3) whether any water is prevented from coming in due to the pump failure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps is TCTA taking in this regard at the moment; (4) what (a) are the reasons that the information has not been made available, (b) are the interim plans for mitigation while the pumps cannot be made functional soon enough, (c) is the level of the water at the moment and (d) are the financial costs involved?

Reply:

1.  There have been no reports to the Department of Water and Sanitation that there are currently any decants elsewhere. There are also no decants at the Eastern Basin plant where the TCTA is abstracting and pumping from.

The water level in the void is monitored daily and was 43.06 metres below ground level as of 17 October 2022. The DWS has scheduled a site visit on 25 October 2022 to Gravelotte Mines to assess the situation

It should be noted that each mine is responsible for pumping and treating water within its own mining area and ensuring the safety of its personnel and the environment it holds a mining right for.

2. Mine impacted water / acid mine drainage water in the void is tested daily when the plant is operating, and groundwater tests are conducted quarterly through the use of boreholes. Due to the plant being offline, the frequency of ground water testing has been increased from quarterly to monthly.

Depending on the results, the frequency may be increased to ensure the DWS and TCTA monitors possible ground water contamination closely. As the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment plant is offline, no water is currently being treated.

3. Ingress control measures are the mandate of DMRE and as such, DMRE would be in a better position to provide more clarity regarding the projects it is currently working on to reduce the total amount of water flowing into the Witwatersrand voids.

4. (a) The information is made available to the various forums on a regular basis and the Department and TCTA further responds to all stakeholder queries as and when needed.

(b)TCTA in partnership with Gold-One has procured 3 new motors in July 2022 and the factory acceptance tests for the new motors were conducted successfully on 29 September 2022 in China. The motors will be shipped to RSA on 21 October 2022.

A service provider is busy servicing the pump and will also make the modifications to the pump to be compatible with the new motor from China. It is expected that the plant will be operational early December 2022.

(c) The level at the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment plant was 43.06 metres below surface as of 17 October 2022.

(d) The cost of operations and maintenance in the Eastern Basin for the financial year 2021-2022 was R72 million while the cost of repairing the motors to date is R15.5 million.

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02 November 2022 - NW3800

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

(1) With regard to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State, what (a) total number of (i) legal and (ii) disciplinary cases have been ongoing since 1 January 2019, (b)(i) is the status and (ii) are the reasons for each case and (c) total amount has been spent on each case, (2) what is the total cost spent on uplifting artists compared to the money spent on legal fees. (3) whether the recommendations of the Bonakude and Morar forensic reports have been implemented; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW4693E

Reply:

We are still following up on these matters, we will come back to the Member once the information is verified.

01 November 2022 - NW3906

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she intends to take any steps to intervene in the Rustenburg Local Municipality (a) so that it constructs roads and (b) provides water to the community of Block 50 towards the side of Choppies at Boitekong; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a)  It is responsibility of municipalities working together with Department Transport to construct roads; and

b)  It is responsibility of municipalities working together with Department Water and Sanitation to provide water to communities.

It is recommended that this question be transferred to the relevant Ministries of the above-mentioned departments for written reply.

31 October 2022 - NW3458

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether his department has recorded any train derailments in the (a) past two financial years and (b) current financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) number of train derailments occurred in each case and (ii) were the consequences of the specified derailments to the (aa) rail value chain, (bb) Transnet and (cc) the economy at large; 2. what (a) amount in Rand has been the effect to (i) Transnet and (ii) the economy and (b) were the costs of repairs in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) Railway Operators are required to report operational occurrences and

incidents as prescribed by South African National Standards (SANS) 3000-1 categories (Railway Safety Management standard) to the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).

The table below depicts a year-on-year comparison of derailments and the associated consequence for occurrences reported to the RSR. A total of 290 derailments during the movement of rolling stock were recorded during the 2021/22 reporting period. In addition, the data received indicates that there were ten (10) injuries and three (3) fatalities as a result of derailments recorded during the 2021/22 reporting period.

(b) The table below depicts the number of derailments during the movement of rolling stock for the first quarter of the 2022/23 reporting period. A year-on-year analysis reveals an increase from the fifty eight 58) derailments reported in the first quarter of 2021/22 compared to the current year under review at ninety one (91) derailments.

(aa) The geographical distribution of derailments by province can provide a substantive baseline to make inferences on the rail value chain. The data suggests that most derailments happen in Gauteng (51%), KwaZulu-Natal (17%), and Western Cape (12%). The rail value chain is adversely affected due to delays caused by such occurrences, often because of the time, it takes to clear the occupied sections.

(bb) Transnet Freight Rail reported a total of two hundred and twelve (212) derailments during the 2021/22 reporting period. This number represents 73% of the overall derailments reported by the railway industry.

(cc) An efficient railway industry creates significant economies of scale. The haulage of dry bulk freight and metal ore(s) are notably the most impacted sectors.

(2) The RSR is not required to by law and has not to date collected and verified information pertaining to the Rand amount in costs to the economy and the cost of repairs in each case for Transnet.

31 October 2022 - NW3443

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

By what date will the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom and his board be dismissed, due to them having failed the Republic and having kept the country in the dark for a longer period than any other Eskom CEO and board has before?

Reply:

After a review of the previous Eskom Board, the Minister announced the appointment of a new Board with a full complement of 15 directors, with effect from 1 October 2022, for a three-year term, subject to annual review. The new Board includes 13 new Non-executive Directors and two existing Executive Directors, namely the CEO and CFO.

In line with proper corporate governance, the performance management of the executive directors falls within the purview of the Board.

31 October 2022 - NW3485

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) holds any diamond mining licences and/or directorship in any diamond mining company while being the General Manager of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) names and (b) ownership details of the diamond mining companies; (2) whether he has found that this can be regarded as a conflict of interest, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to information received from Alexkor

  1. The person concerned has declared that he has private businesses which are dormant.
  2. He has completed the declaration of interest forms which indicate there is no conflict of interest since the companies are dormant.

 

 

31 October 2022 - NW3457

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

What has he found to be the details of the biggest stumbling blocks and/or challenges faced by the rail systems that have prevented the concept of cooperation between trucks and rail to come into fruition as the Road Freight Association (RFA) has had many discussions with his department over the past three decades and that major logistics members of the RFA had come forward with innovative concepts?

Reply:

Transnet Freight Rail, which falls under the shareholding of Department of Public Enterprises, largely owns and operates the country's freight rail infrastructure, locomotives and wagons.

The obsolete state of much of the rail infrastructure and rolling stock do not make it attractive for the private sector to shift cargo from road to rail. Safety and security, mainly due to rampant theft and vandalism of railway infrastructure is also a concern. The unavailability of rolling stock and locomotives is key for third party access and currently hinders new operators from operating on the rail network.

As the freight rail operator, Transnet Freight Rail is best positioned to engage with the innovative concepts proposed by stakeholders such as the Road Freight Association and to articulate what interventions can be implemented at an operational level to develop intermodal collaboration and to achieve road-to-rail shift of cargo. It should be noted that innovative concepts may also need to comply with relevant procurement legislation to ensure transparency, fairness and competitiveness.

The Department of Transport in terms of its mandate of developing policy and regulatory frameworks, has developed the National Rail Policy which was recently adopted by Cabinet. Inputs provided by the Road Freight Association have been considered in the development of the National Rail Policy. The National Rail Policy intends to place rail on a sound footing to play a meaningful role as a backbone of a seamlessly integrated transport value chain. The National Rail Policy introduces secondary interventions that will give effect to institutional repositioning and allows for on-rail competition. This will open up the rail market to other operators to compete and improve operational efficiency that is needed to improve service quality and encourage a shift from road to rail.

31 October 2022 - NW3484

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What were the reasons furnished by a certain person (name and details furnished) for the resignation; (2) what (a) were the reasons that the specified person took four Richtersveld community members to Dubai and India in 2017 and (b)(i) are the names and (ii) who paid for the travel arrangements?

Reply:

According to information received from Alexkor

1. The person resigned for personal reasons.

(2)(a) The information at my disposal is that the person (Company Secretary) accompanied the Board and the CPA representatives on a sales and marketing business trip to India (via Dubai). The purported objective of the trip was to meet with the leading diamond cutting and polishing companies in Surat and lobby them to set up diamond cutting and polishing units in the Northern Cape, as well as to meet with jewelers in Jaipur and lobby them to set up operations in South African and especially in the Northern Cape.

(b) The names of the community members who were on the trip are:

  • Mr Willem Vries (Sanddrif, Richtersveld);
  • Mr Dennis Farmer (Eksteenfontein, Richtersveld);
  • Mr Brian Koopman (Lekkersing, Richtersveld); and
  • Mr Ryno Thomas (Kuboes, Richtersveld).

(c) The trip was approved by the former Minister of Public Enterprises and was paid for by the Alexkor RMC Joint Venture.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3428

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Transport

What intervention has he made to deal with the increasing number of accidents involving truck drivers on South African roads?

Reply:

A national integrated plan identifying hazardous routes in each province has been developed. Law enforcement operations will be held along these routes by provincial and municipal traffic departments.

Mobile vehicle testing equipment will also be deployed along the routes to tests the roadworthiness of the trucks.

Block patrols will also be intensified to ensure that drivers conduct themselves appropriately and drive with due consideration for other road users.

The National Traffic Police will be deployed to assist provinces in areas where there is insufficient capacity.

Section 50 of the National Traffic Act, which empowers MECs to deal with repeat offenders, will be invoked to enable MECs to initiate investigations against operators and to obtain information about vehicle and driver fitness.

Regulations to strengthen the current rules relating to the operation of trucks on a public road, the construction and equipment of such vehicle and the conditions on which it may be operated are being considered.

Department of Transport is working closely with Department of Public Enterprises to move cargo from road to rail.

Sanral will implement engineering solution, where required, to provide median barrier to prevent vehicle from overtaking onto oncoming traffic.

Monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and reports will be analysed regularly to ensure that these interventions have the desired impact.