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06 April 2021 - NW699

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

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2817 on 21 December 2020, her department visited the Northern Cape in January 2021; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings?

Reply:

Yes, the visit was undertaken during the week of 23-26 March 2021 and the two districts being Namakwa and ZF Mgcau were visited. The findings of the visit was that indeed farmers who had applied for drought relief received vouchers to purchase fodder. A total of 3900 farmers across all categories have benefitted in all affected districts. The vouchers received by farmers were equivalent to more than 30 bags of fodder per farmer depending on the number of Livestock Units (LSUs) and this was confirmed by some farmers who were visited. The challenge reported by the farmers was that they are experiencing the aggressive infestation of Prosopis trees which consumes a lot of water. The province is working on this issue through the Land Care programme to eradicate the trees. The fodder bank project was also visited and it was indicated that more than 30 bales of 250kg were harvested and made available for the farmers. The fields were already being prepared for next planting of Lucerne which will be in May 2021. It was also observed that the recent summer rainfalls provided some relief in some areas across the province as there was noticeable veld improvement and also dams contained some rain water.

06 April 2021 - NW517

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)Whether any staff member in her Office (a) performed work outside normal working hours in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job and/or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her Office in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

(1) (a) Not in the Office of the Minister; (b) Not in the Office of the Minister as no employees requested approval to perform additional work; (i) not applicable; (ii) not applicable.

(2) Not in the Office of the Minister; all offers of employment stipulate that in terms of section 30(1) of the Public Service Act, 1994, they are required to obtain prior approval should they wish to perform any remunerative work outside the public service; (b) not applicable; (c) not applicable; (d) not applicable.

 

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW695

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) is the total amount that the National Lotteries Commission paid in legal expenses to outside service providers (i) in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years, (b) is the budget forecast for the 2020-21 financial year and (c) is the (i) breakdown of law firms that were used and (ii) total amount that was paid to each of law firm?

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission. I have requested the NLC provides a breakdown of the legal matters dealt with by the Commission and the total sum expanded on each specific legal matter, together with details of the law firm appointed.

Ms Mampane’s reply is as follows:

a) “The National Lotteries Commission is required to fulfil its mandate and ensure that the Commission performs its functions efficiently and effectively in compliance with this Act and any other applicable law. The budget spend over the past three financial years to ensure that the NLC provides guidance and support the Board applying the principles of openness and transparency, to advise the Minister on the efficacy of legislation pertaining to lotteries and ancillary matters, exercises its power to institute legal proceedings in order to properly discharge its functions and responsibilities, approach any court for any order the Board deems appropriate for effective regulation and enforcement of the Lotteries Act is detailed below. The rapid increase of the Legal and Investigations budget over the past three years is attributed to independent investigations as a result of increased media exposure and enforcement of the Third National Lotteries License, pursuant to ensuring that the National Lottery and Sport Pools are conducted with all due propriety and strictly in accordance with the Constitution, the Act, all other applicable law.”

FINANCIAL YEAR

LEGAL AND INVESTIGATIONS EXPENDITURE

 

2016-17

R13 397 783.00

 

2017-18

R11 382 274.00

 

2018-19

R20 622 898.00

 

2019-20

R30 544 437.00

b) “The Legal and investigations budget was reviewed to take into account Special Investigations Unit underway as well as the SkX Investigation commissioned by the NLC Board.”

FINANCIAL YEAR

LEGAL AND INVESTIGATIONS EXPENDITURE

2020-21

R36 500 000.00

c) “The following provides a total amount spent for law firms over the past four financial years, services procured in line with Public Finance Management Act prescripts.”

(i) Law Firms (Supplier Name)

(II) Total Amount Paid

Adams & Adams

R90,608.34

C Ngubane & Associates

R497,815.96

Circle Chambers Advocates

R864,655.38

Cowan Harper-Madikisela Attorneys

R857,360.26

Dabishi Nthambeleni Attorneys

R426,682.00

Denga Incorporated

R318,842.50

Diale Mogashoa Attorneys

R5,072,148.22

Gildemhuys Lessing Malatjie Inc

R2,317,053.99

Hammod Pole Attorneys

R1,631.36

Hogan Lovells

R2,689,296.40

Lawtons Africa

R2,438,352.70

Loliwe Attorneys

R278,797.02

Mafuyeka & Associates Inc

R448,500.00

Malatjie Kanyane Inc

R3,506,566.82

Malebye Motaung Mthembu Inc

R5,464,245.55

Manong Pilane Mokotedi Inc

R2,136,972.66

Maphosa Attorneys

R82,130.70

Mfenyane Attorneys

R119,503.50

ML Mateme Inc

R11,156,978.60

Moche Attorneys Inc

R3,121,699.23

Morare Thobenjane Incorporated

R4,972,993.38

Ndobela Lamola Inc

R19,036,324.49

Ngeno & Mteto Incorporated

R630,816.16

Nozuko Nxusani Inc

R133,405.56

NUPSAW

R247,337.01

Pabasa Adv Hor Modisa SC

R296,081.88

Padi Inc

R591,032.57

Poswa Inc

R535,353.24

RamulifhoInc Attorneys

R5,402,346.11

Raphela Incorporated

R550,039.89

Raphesu JL Attorneys

R816,816.00

Rooth and Wessels

R93,490.70

Rooth and Wessels

R253,135.81

Sekela Xabiso

R87,998.40

Sheriff Pretoria East

R118,916.33

Spoor and Fisher

R209,257.62

Voyi Ndumiso

R82,205.78

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06 April 2021 - NW716

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

With reference to COVID-19 pandemic which has forced her Office to look toward incorporating Fourth Industrial Revolution measures and methodologies toward meeting its targets and, given this cost saving, what innovative plans does her Office have going forward to ensure all targets are met despite the impact that COVID-19 has had on regular functioning to ensure that the rights and needs of the youth are met?

Reply:

  • NYDA to speak on the Covid-19 grant programme launched as a result of COVID;
  • NYDA to speak to the 1000 businesses in a 100 days, and how success was achieved despite Covid. And what are the plans going forward.
  • Department to mention how they managed to consult young people throughout the pandemic

The Department will continue to engage young people and other stakeholders using both physical and virtual means. This will enable us to meet our targets and also meet the constitutional obligation of consulting those affected by policies and laws. The right to consultation has been centermost during the pandemic through using technology to engage youth for them to provide input into policy and legislation being developed by the Department.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW831

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(a) What were the key issues emanating from the National Youth Machinery meeting (details furnished) and (b) who attended the meeting?

Reply:

(a) The key issues that are emanating from the National Youth Machinery meetings relate to progress on youth development interventions in the form of policies and programmes. In the meeting which was recently held on 02 March 2021, the following were discussed:

(i) Update on the launch of the National Youth Policy 2020-2030 (NYP2030) to create awareness on its approval and call for its implementation;

(ii) progress on the draft Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to track the implementation of the NYP2030. The aim was to solicit inputs from participants;

(iii) presentation on the Amendment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Bill to solicit inputs from participants. The NYDA Act is amended to optimise and intensify delivery of services to the youth by making the NYDA’s broad mandate to be more focused, improve its governance and increase its reach through establishing NYDA’s offices and district and local levels in line with the District Development Model;

(iii) update on the draft Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS) by the NYDA. The aim was to solicit further inputs from participants on the strategy which seeks to give effect to implementation of the NYP2030 through targeted programmes by government, business and civil society role players.

(iv) presentation of Techno girl Trust Program. The purpose of Techno Girl programme is to close the existing barriers of inadequate exposure of girls in the space of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The programme seek to reduce youth unemployment; provide second-chance; expose young people to 4IR; create needs innovative solutions; and provide youth with thorough training for businesses and employment opportunities. The purpose of the presentation was to solicit partnership in implementation of the programme.

(v) progress on the 4IR Youth Skills and Employment Initiative, which was presented to participants to appraise them that it will soon be presented to Cabinet. The initiative seeks to equip the youth with digital skills, so that South Africa and Africa, can reap the benefits from the 4th Industrial Revolution. The presentation was intended to encourage partnerships.

(b) The National Youth Machinery meeting was attended by youth focal persons in national line function departments; Offices of the Premiers; civil society organisations; South African Youth Council; and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). These attendees are the same participants who are targeted to attend all the National Youth Machinery meetings. The participants from business sector are also invited and attend the meetings on ad-hoc basis. The following are a list of organisations usually invited to send the representative/s to the meeting:

(i) Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (Chair and Secretariat);

(ii) Department of Social Development;

(iii) Department of Sports, Arts and Culture;

(iv) Department of Public Services Administration;

(v) Department of Home Affairs;

(vi) Department of Basic Education;

(vii) Department of Higher Education;

(viii) Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation;

(ix) Department of Economic;

(x) Department of Health;

(xi) Department of Minerals and Energy;

(xii) Department of International Relations and Cooperative Governance;

(xiii) Department of Small Business Development;

(xiv) Department of Employment and Labour;

(xv) Department of Justice and Correctional Services;

(xvi) Department of National Treasury;

(xvii) Department of Tourism;

(xviii) Department of Human Settlements;

(xix) South African Police Services;

(xx) Department of Communications and Digital Technologies;

(xxi) Department of Defence;

(xxii) Department of Employment and Labour;

(xxiii) Department of International Relations and Cooperation;

(xxiv) Department of Transport;

(xxv) Department of Public Works and Infrastructure;

(xxvi) Department of Small Business Development;

(xxvii) Department of Trade and Industry

(xxviii) Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation;

(xxix) Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services;

(xxx) Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs;

(xxxi) The Presidency;

(xxxii) Offices of the Premiers in all nine provinces;

(xxxiii) National Development Agency

(xxxiv) South African Youth Council

(xxxv) National non-Government Organisations

(xxxvi) South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

(xxxvii)Black Business Council

(xxxviii) Business Unity South Africa

(xxxix ) Development partners (e.g. UNFPA, UNICEF, GIZ)

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW718

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What will be the cost of advertising with regard to the Director-General of her Office and her Ministry’s media engagements and roadshows on the National Youth Programme?

Reply:

On media engagements and roadshows on the National Youth Programme, the Department has already had numerous radio and television engagement on the work it does. These has no cost associated. The cost of future media engagements will be determined only in the absence of invitations to interviews.

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Approved by Minister

Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP

Date _____________________

06 April 2021 - NW725

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

Whether her department was responsible for identifying beneficiaries for the stimulus support that was provided as part of the COVID-19 packages; if not, (a) who was responsible to identify the beneficiaries and (b) what criteria were used; (2) whether she will furnish Mrs A Steyn with the report that was produced in order to motivate for support packages of identified beneficiaries; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALLRD) was responsible for identifying the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) through an application process.

(a) Falls away.

(b) The Criteria used was dealt with in three distinct parts:

A: Compulsory Criteria;

B: Functional Criteria; and

C: Verification Criteria.

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(2) Yes. The information on support packages is provided below. The support packages to subsistence producers was determined by the agricultural economists based on the following production sizes:

Commodity

Production size required for support

Vegetable and fruit

1 ha or smaller (smaller than 100 meters x 100 meters or one soccer field);

Maize/soya/cotton/sugar/ grain products/ other

1ha or smaller (smaller than 100 meters x 100 meters or one soccer field)

Poultry

Broilers

100 broilers or less

 

Layers

50 layers or less

Livestock

Small Stock Units

25 animals or less

 

Large Stock Units

5 animals or less

NOTE:

  • Award sizes will range between R1000 and R9000, and are dependent on the commodity type applied for and verified production scale.
  • The size of the non-financial e-voucher will be determined by the current scale of production after physical verification by the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural development.

** Please note the verification process in underway **

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06 April 2021 - NW694

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What was the marketing budget of the National Lotteries Commission in each of the past 10 financial years?

Reply:

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission.

Ms Mampane’s reply is as follows:

FY

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

R’000

Information unavailable

31 819’

23 085’

40 075’

22 825’

29 179’

30 652’

59 121’

 

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06 April 2021 - NW693

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) is the total amount that was spent by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) on advertising placement and/or media spend over the past 10 financial years, (b) are the names of the media houses and/or publications in which the NLC purchased advertising placements over the past 10 years and (c) are the relevant annual amounts spent by the NLC on each media house and/or publication?

Reply:

I want to bring to the Honorable Member’s attention that this reply is the same to PQ 466 asked by the member on 26 February 2021.

Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission has furnished me with the reply to the question submitted.

Ms Mampane’s reply is as follows:

(a)

FY

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

R’000

965’

676’

2 181’

8 039’

9 610’

23 017’

5 396’

12 422’

16 968’

28 337’

(b) &(c)