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28 March 2017 - NW299

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

(1)(a) What is the actual situation and circumstances with regard to the invasion of government subsidised houses in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, by alleged military veterans, (b) who are these illegal occupants, (c) what are their (i) force and (ii) identity numbers and (d) to which former formation do they belong; (2) are these alleged Military Veterans duly registered and verified on the National Military Veterans Database; if not, why not; if so, what are their registration numbers; (3) have these alleged Military Veterans applied for the housing benefit in terms of Military Veterans Benefits Regulations; if so, (a) have they been approved by her department and (b) are they on the pre-approved military veteran housing beneficiary waiting list; (4) how many houses were invaded, damaged and vandalised

Reply:

1. (a), (b), (c), (i), (ii) and (d) The subsidised houses referred to in the question, fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Human Settlement. The honourable member is advised to pose the question to the Minister of Human Settlements.

(2), and (3). The Department of Military Veterans has no information on the details of the alleged Military Veterans who have invaded the government subsidised houses.

4. The Department of Military Veterans has no details on the number of houses invaded, damaged or vandalised.

28 March 2017 - NW335

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the 4 990 pre-approved military veterans for housing allocation, how many were members of the SANDF?

Reply:

The members of the SANDF listed in the Military veterans housing needs database are 131.

28 March 2017 - NW302

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the 4 990 pre-approved military veterans for housing allocation, how many belonged to (a) Umkhonto we Sizwe, (b) Azanian People’s Liberation Army, (c) Azanian National Liberation Army, (d) SA Defence Force, (e) Union Defence Force, (f) SA Cape Corps, (g) Transkei Special Forces, (h) Bophuthatswana Special Forces, (i) Venda Special Forces and (j) Ciskei Special Forces?

Reply:

The Department regards SA Cape Corps as part of SADF. The Department has no records of Special Forces mentioned under Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei. However the Department keeps records of the former Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei Defence Forces. The 4990 is broken down as follows;

(a) Umkhonto we Sizwe 2,205

(b) Azanian People’s Liberation Army 1,024

(c) Azanian National Liberation Army 99

(d) and (f) SA Defence Force and SA Cape Corps 1,320

(e) Union Defence Force 5

(g) Transkei Defence Force 97

(h) Bophuthatswana Defence Force 49

(i) Venda Defence Force 1

(j) Ciskei Defence Force which numbers 59

The South African National Defence Force members 131

28 March 2017 - NW301

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Does the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal have a housing policy in place to accommodate military veterans; if so, (a) where is the specified policy to be found, (b) how is the policy aligned with the housing policy/regulations of her department and (c) what consultation, cooperation and coordination have transpired between the specified municipality and her department with regard to the provisioning of housing for military veterans?

Reply:

(a) and (b) The honourable member is advised to pose the question to the honourable Minister of Human Settlements or the honourable Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affair.

(c) The Department of Military Veterans, Department of Human Settlements (National and Provincial) and Municipality are beginning a process of consultation with regard to cooperation and coordination for provisioning of housing for military veterans.

28 March 2017 - NW300

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

(1)Whether there was any breach of security during the alleged illegal housing invasion of government-subsidised houses allegedly by military veterans in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) were the illegal occupants (a) arrested for perpetrating the criminal activity and (b) evicted from the specified houses; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) was there any altercation and (ii) what are the further relevant details in each case; (3) was there confrontation between the illegal occupants and legal housing beneficiaries; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1), (2) and (3). The honourable member is advised to pose the question to the honourable Minister of Human Settlements.

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23 March 2017 - NW414

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

With reference to the visit by the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to the People’s Republic of China to attend the G20 Summit in September 2016, (a) why was Inkwazi not used to transport the President, (b) from which company was a flight chartered, (c) which airplane was chartered, (d) what was the nationality of each crew member aboard the flight and (e) what was the total cost for the entire charter?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

23 March 2017 - NW413

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

Whether Inkwazi aircraft made any trips in November 2016; if so, in each case (a) what was the purpose of the trip, (b) who were the passengers on board and (c) why was Inkwazi not used to transport the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, (i) on his state visit to Zimbabwe and (ii) to attend the funeral of the former president of the Republic of Cuba in November 2016?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

23 March 2017 - NW412

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

(1)Whether a SA Air Force aircraft was used to transport her and the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to attend the funeral of the late Mr Fidel Castro in the Republic of Cuba in November and December 2016; if not, (2) whether the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) chartered a private plane to transport her and the President on the specified trips; if so, (a) which company was used, (b) what did the specified chartered aircraft cost, (c) which aircraft were chartered and (d) what was the nationality of each crew member on board; (3) whether each of the specified crew members were vetted by the Intelligence Services of the SANDF; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether the specified charters were authorised in terms of National Treasury RT61 contract specifications; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

23 March 2017 - NW411

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

Whether any measures have been taken to (a) revive the 35 Squadron’s (i) Dakota or (ii) any other long-haul sea border patrol aircraft and/or (b) re-establish a squadron of patrol and response aircraft to ensure that the sea borders of South Africa are protected and that South Africa can carry out its international commitments in the southern sea oceans; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

23 March 2017 - NW233

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) How many members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) were deployed for the occasion of the State of the Nation Address from 6 to 12 February 2017, (b) which SANDF units did they represent, (c) how many members of each respective unit were deployed, (d) how many members were deployed on the parliamentary precinct on 9 February 2017, (e) which specific units did the specified members represent and (f) what are the specific reasons and motivations for the deployment of the members in each case?

Reply:

The response to be provided to this question currently forms the basis of a court case brought by the Democratic Alliance on 10 February 2017.  A response to this question will thus only be provided once the court case has been finalised.

23 March 2017 - NW410

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

(1)What are the overall objectives of hosting the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, given the budget constraints and enormous need for financial resources in the SA National Defence Force; (2) what was the (a) budget and (b) total actual cost of hosting the (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 Armed Forces Days; (3) why was the (a) Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality and (b) eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality selected to host the (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 Armed Forces Days respectively?

Reply:

(1) In 2012, the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), President J.G. Zuma, proclaimed that 21 February will be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day. It is to be a day on which the South African population honours men and women of the South African National Defence Force by affirming its support and gratitude to them for upholding the Constitution of the Republic and defending the territorial integrity of the Republic and protecting its people. It is fortunate the Armed Forces Day 2017 coincided with the centenary commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917. To reciprocate, the SANDF also uses this annual event to strengthen its relationship with the broader population and to reach out to local communities.

(2) The SANDF does not have an allocated budget for the Armed Forces Day and therefore the host Service (rotated amongst the Services on an annual basis) budgets for the corporate costs while all participating Services and Divisions budget for their participating members’ subsistence and travel costs.

     a) The guideline prescribes an estimated budget of RM25.

     b) The total actual cost of hosting is as follows:

     (i) For 2016 Armed Forces Day: R 20 845 897.00.

     (ii) For 2017 Armed Forces Day: R 24 777 028.00.

(3) Since its proclamation, the Armed Forces Day has been celebrated in five provinces, namely Gauteng, the Free State, the North West Province, Eastern Cape Province and KwaZulu Natal. It is the prerogative of the Chief of the South African Nation Defence Force to select the venue in which the Armed Forces Day is celebrated.

a) Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan in 2016 was part a provincial rotation; the venue was ideal for the host service, the SA Navy, to showcase its capabilities in a more tangible way than in the previous three years.

b) The eThekweni Metropolitan Municipality was recommended by the SA Army as the most suitable venue to celebrate the 2017 Armed Forces Day considering that it coincided with the centenary commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi.

23 March 2017 - NW623

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What is the difference between (i) an honorary colonel and (ii) a patron, (b) what number of civilians have been appointed in each case since 10 May 1994, (c) what criteria are used for appointing civilians in each case and (d) what are their current functions?

Reply:

1. The difference between a Honorary Colonel/Captain (SA Navy) and a Patron is:

a) a Honorary Colonel/Captain (SA Navy) is the conduit to foster, maintain or renew civilian local and regional connections of goodwill and support to Arms of Service/Formation/Base/Units of the SANDF.

b) Honorary Colonels/Captains (SA Navy) are draw cards to market the SANDF.

c) a Patron represents the Chief of the SA National Defence Force or Chiefs of Service, respectively.

d) a Patron is a delegated authority drawn from the General Staff ranks of the SANDF and Honorary Colonels/Captains (SA Navy) are identified from the Private or Public Sector.

e) a Patron provides organisational, co-ordination and implementation advice to Chief of the SA National Defence Force or Chiefs of Service whom they represent at a Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

2. The appointment of Honorary Colonels/Captains (SA Navy) in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is regulated by the Department of Defence Instruction: Pol and Plan No 49/2001. The appointment of Honorary Colonels is an established tradition in the SANDF and any person appointed in this capacity does not form part of the chain of command. Any prominent citizen of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) interested in the preparedness and well-being of the SANDF, and any unit in particular, may be considered for appointment. Such a person may not necessarily have any military experience. An appointment as an Honorary Colonel/Captain is purely a titular appointment and shall confer no military status or power of command.

3. Seventy Two (72) civilians have been appointed since 10 May 1994.

4. Criteria for Appointment. The requirement/criteria for all the appointed civilians as Honorary Colonels/Captains is as follows:

a) Age. Preferably over 40 years and below 75 years.

b) Residence. RSA.

c) Profile. Candidates shall be worthy of the appointment as determined by the vetting process.

d) Security Clearance. An appropriate security clearance.

5. Functions. The main current functions of Honorary Colonels are:

a) to foster esprit-de-corps,

b) maintaining regimental and unit traditions,

c) to foster civilian local and regional connections, goodwill and support,

d) provide advice to the Chiefs of the Services on matters which the respective Chiefs may refer to them,

e) assistance in the control of, or advice on, regimental/unit organisations, charities, funds, properties, museums and memorials,

f) maintenance of goodwill and liaison between all parts of the Services whether Regular Force, Reserve Force or any other constituents that may be established in the SANDF and

g) assisting in the recruitment of officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks into their particular regiments or unit and advice on the selection of unit commanders.

6. The appointment of Patrons in the South African National Defence Force is regulated by the Fundraising Act, 1978 (Act No 107 of 1978), SANDF Sports Policy HSP/D SPORT/103/13/B dated 13 June 1993 and Log 17 Pamphlet 2. Patrons are appointed by the Chief of the South African National Defence Force or Chiefs of Service, respectively to either a Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

7. Patrons are noteworthy members of the SANDF whom the Chief of the SANDF or Chiefs of Service deem it necessary to support the functions of a Board, Fund or Sporting Code. Patrons are mainly appointed from the General Staff or Senior Officers’ ranks of the SANDF to represent the Chief of the SA National Defence Force or Chiefs or Service, respectively.

8. Nineteen (19) General Staff and Senior Officers are delegated as either Board, Fund or Sporting Code Patron in the SANDF. 

9. Criteria of Appointment.

(a) Rank Level: General Staff or Senior Officer in the SANDF.

(b) Profile: Demonstrated ability to support the functions of a Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

(c) Mandating Authority: Delegated authority to represent the Chief of the SA National Defence or Chiefs of Service, respectively.

10. Functions. The main functions of Patrons are:

a) to foster esprit-de-corps,

b)act as ceremonial functionary at events or activities of the Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

c) promote the functions of the Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

d) act in an advisory capacity to Chief of the SA National Defence Force, Chiefs of Service, Chairperson of Board, Fund or Sporting Code.

e) kept abreast of development or requirements of the Board, Fund or Sporting Code iro its operations.

23 March 2017 - NW417

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Were any trips undertaken with Inkwazi in November 2016; if so, in each case (a) what was the purpose of the trip, (b) who were the passengers on board and (c) why was Inkwazi not used to transport the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, (i) on his state visit to Zimbabwe and (ii) for his attendance of the funeral of the former president of the Republic of Cuba in November 2016?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence

23 March 2017 - NW416

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) How many flights has Inkwazi undertaken in February 2017, and (b) in each case, (i) what was the reason for the flight and (ii) who were the passengers aboard the flight?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the movement of the VVIP and such information can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

23 March 2017 - NW415

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

(a) Why has Inkwazi not been used to transport members of the Executive even though it was confirmed that Inkwazi is operational and (b) for what alternative purposes has Inkwazi been used in the meantime?

Reply:

(a) The utilisation of the Inkwazi is an internal operational issue.

20 March 2017 - NW58

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

Whether the board of inquiry established into possible irregularities at the SA Air Force’s 21 Squadron has (a) completed the specified inquiry and (b) compiled a report with its findings; if not, by what date will the inquiry be completed; if so, (i) by what date will the specified report be made available to the (aa) Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and (bb) public, (ii) what were the main (aa) findings and (bb) recommendations of the report and (iii) what action has been taken to date to implement the recommendations?

Reply:

The Board of Inquiry is not completed yet

20 March 2017 - NW298

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

(1)(a) What is the condition of the perimeter security fences around the Silvermine Military Complex in Simon’s Town, Western Cape, (b) is there any alert detection system connected to the fences, (c) is there any siren attached to the fences in the event of a breach of security, (d) are there soldiers and security guards protecting this strategic facility and (e) are there surveillance cameras monitoring this facility; (2) is she aware of any breach of security at the specified facility; if so, what directives were issued from her office in this regard; (3) did the Officer Commanding of the specified facility take all the necessary measures to address the breach of security and report it to higher authorities when he was unable to resolve it?

Reply:

1. (a) It is in a serious state of disrepair.

(b) No.

(c) No.

(d) Yes.

(e) No.

2. N/A.

3. Yes.

20 March 2017 - NW297

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

What (a) is the strategic significance of the Silvermine Military Complex in Simon’s Town, Western Cape, to the SA Navy, (b) negative impact did the theft of cables and damage to antennae have on the effective communication with vessels at sea and otherwise, (c) maintenance and repairs took place after each incident and (d) are these reports available for inspection?

Reply:

1. (a) The primary function of Navcomcen Cape (NCC) at Silvermine Complex is to support strategic and tactical radio communication for the SA Navy. In addition, NCC also provides strategic HF Communications to the SA Air Force (SAAF).

In order to provide these functions, NCC comprises of an Upper and Lower Antennae Farms. The lower antenna farm was destroyed by fire and the repair solution to get this antenna farm back to operational status is currently in process. The antenna cables from the upper antenna farm runs underground through this field and was not damaged in the fire. It is these cables that were cut and stolen leaving the communication centre with a limited reception capability.

(b) NCC had limited reception capability due to the antenna cable theft and Navcomcen Durban (NCD) (standby communications centre) provided support as a back-up for reception services. However, NCC is still able to maintain daily strategic communications with SAS AMATOLA currently on OP KETANE and NCD provided communications for the SAN.

(c) The antenna and the perimeter fencing that were damaged in the fires have not been repaired. After the recent theft in Jan 17, repairs have been effected on one antenna which was fully restored. After the theft in Feb 17, the restored antenna was damaged again and awaiting further repairs.

(d) Yes.

20 March 2017 - NW296

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

(1)(a) How many burglaries occurred at the Silvermine Military Complex in Simon’s Town, Western Cape, since 1 January 2014, (b) what was stolen or vandalised in each instance and (c) what were the related costs of each incident; (2) whether any person was apprehended and/or arrested for any of the specified crimes; if so, what were the consequences in each case; (3) what remedial measures were put in place to prevent a future occurrence of theft and vandalism at the specified military complex?

Reply:

1. (a) There have been two burglary incidents at the Silvermine Military Complex.

(b) In the first incident copper cables and parts of antennas were stolen and the second incident cables were stolen.

(c) Cost of stolen equipment estimated at R50 000-00 in the first incident, whilst estimated value in the second incident, still being determined.

2. Security levels were escalated in the area by increasing security patrols by the Military Police and deploying additional SA Navy security personnel to the complex.

20 March 2017 - NW295

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

(1)Whether the Silvermine Military Complex in Simon’s Town, Western Cape, is a national key point; if not, why not; if so, what security measures are required for such a facility; (2) whether the required security measures are in place at the specified military complex; if not, what are the (a) shortcomings and (b) challenges; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No, it is not a national key point.

2. The security measures in place are considerable

20 March 2017 - NW59

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

With reference to her reply to oral question 268 on 16 November 2016, how many (a) C130s in the 28 Squadron and (b) Dakotas in the 35 Squadron are currently fully operational in the SA Air Force?

Reply:

a) Six of the nine C130s are operational with three of those six being serviceable.

b) None of the seven Dakotas are currently operational or serviceable due to the implementation of Air Worthiness Directive on the primary flight controls.

20 March 2017 - NW57

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

(1)With reference to the incident that took place on 4 November 2016 on the square outside the Nelson Mandela Bay City Hall (details furnished), why (a) were the SANDF members armed, (b) was the specified site targeted and (c) did the SANDF members allegedly attempt to drive over a municipal vehicle occupied by a member of the Mayoral Committee at the time; (2) whether the SANDF members were acting on orders from the SANDF headquarters; if not, on whose orders were they acting; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any of the SANDF members involved in the incident will be court-martialled for their actions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(a) Officer Commanding SA Army Support Base Eastern Cape instructed the members to be armed as per Army Doctrine.

(b) No, there was no specific site targeted. More than one family who stayed illegally was evicted. The Officer Commanding reported that the choice of delivering near the municipality was as requested by the lady being removed out of the military house.

(c) When the SANDF trucks were leaving, someone tried to block their way by putting a vehicle in front of them. The vehicle was left unoccupied, trying to block the way.

Orders were given by the Officer Commanding SA Army Support Base Eastern Cape.

The Board of Enquiry is currently at LEGSATO for legal advice once returned actions will be taken as been advised by LEGSATO.

25 January 2017 - NW2620

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

Is there a capped budgetary allocation for the upgrade of the military residence of a certain person (name and details furnished), who is stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) details of all upgrades made at the specified person’s residence and (b) related cost per upgrade?

Reply:

There is no capped budgetary allocation for individual military residential upgrades. Budgetary allocations wrt building and maintenance are centralised and, therefore, all repairs and day-to-day maintenance are done on request. This also includes emergency repairs. The house of Col Mongo, the Officer Commanding of the Unit is repaired as need arises. Depending on the condition of a house, where breakages and wear and tear takes place, houses are repaired. The following repairs were done in the official residence of the OC:

(a) 2012 Lifting of old floor covering and replacing with Novillon.

2012 Fitting of blinds to windows

2013 Renovation of bathroom and toilet.

2014 Paving

2015 Replacement of gutters.

2015 Replacement of burst geyser.

2015 Painting of the exterior (unit purchased paint and only labour was outsourced as the house is a double storey).

2016 Roof leaks repaired.

(b) The house needs much attention but since funds are not available, repairs are done in relation to wear and tear, OHS matters, etc. Paving was done as the house is surrounded by big trees from the neighbours causing permanent shade that kills the grass.

25 January 2017 - NW2378

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the 2015-16 Annual Report of her department which indicates that about 14 666 military veterans had access to health care in the past year, which represents a commendable increase from the 2014-15 financial year, as well as an increase of R28 569 000 to about R38 million in expenditure initially allocated to the subprogram me of health and wellness, (a) of the 14 666 military veterans, how many accessed services and (b) where did they access the services given the reported access problems linked to the court process related to the provision of health services beyond military hospitals; (2) what amount out of the amount that was spent in the 2015-16 financial year on the specified sub-programme (a) was for expenditure on health and wellness for the current financial year and (b) what amount was for previous years; (3) in view of the fact that there is no other service provider other than SA Military Health Services (SAMHS), (a) exactly which service providers were paid for which services delivered and (b) when were the services delivered; (4) (a) what amount of the payment that was made for the subprogram was paid to SAMHS and (b) for which years?

Reply:

Response (a) and (b): of the 14 666 the following military veterans accessed services:

Year

Authorised to access Health care

Number of military veterans Head Count at SAMHS Facilities

Accessed through road show conducted by MVHPA

Accessed through MVHPA doctors

Accessed through ZEAL Health doctors

2015/16

14666

4069

   

1096

2014/15

11514

3824

5479

1299

 

2013/14

4719

2526

2121

   

2012/13

 

691

     

2011/12

 

362

     

(2) what amount out of the amount that was spent in the 2015-16 financial year on the specified sub-programme (a) was for expenditure on health and wellness for the current financial year and (b) what amount was for previous years;

Response (2):

Service Provider

2015/16 invoices

Previous Financial Years

Total

SAMHS

R30 966 202.48

R24 500 000.00

R55 466 202.48

MVHPA

0

R826 320.85

R826 320.85

ZEAL

R474 984.63

 

R474 984.63

TOTAL

R31 441 187.11

R25 326 320.85

R56 767 507.96

(3) in view of the fact that there is no other service provider other than SA Military Health Services (SAMHS), (a) exactly which service providers were paid for which services delivered and (b) when were the services delivered;

Response (3):

ZEAL Health Innovations was procured for a 3 month contract (1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015) with a total payment of R 474 984.63 for provision of:

  1. Primary and Chronic health services and related medication for military veterans.
  2. Dedicated counselling services for military veterans and their dependent

(4) (a) what amount of the payment that was made for the subprogram was paid to SAMHS and (b) for which years?

Response (4):

Service Provider

2015/16

Previous Financial Years

TOTAL

SAMHS

R30 966 202.48

R24 500 000.00

R55 466 202.48

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28 December 2016 - NW2351

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

(1)With reference to the trip she undertook to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where she allegedly assisted a Burundian national, (name and details furnished), to travel with her back to South Africa in 2014, what are the (a) names of each (i) diplomatic, (ii) military and (iii) civilian passenger on board the flight to and from the DRC, including the Ethiopia leg, and (b) costs of the specified flights; (2) whether she and each specified passenger travelling with her were subjected to all immigration processes by the customs officers at the Waterkloof Airforce Base; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether the customs officers made any adverse immigration findings against any of the specified passengers travelling with her; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) whether any (a) communication took place and/or (b) arrangements were made to allow the immigration clearance of the specified person to South Africa upon her return from the specified trip; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

This matter is the subject of a police investigation, as per this member’s own press release, and as such responses are to be provided as part of that investigation.

14 December 2016 - NW2627

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Why has a certain person (name furnished), who is stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, not (a) been charged with misconduct and (b) appeared before a disciplinary committee for allegedly being regularly drunk on duty; (2) has any other member of staff at the specified base reported the unacceptable behaviour of the specified person before; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) is a certain Commanding Officer (name furnished), aware of the alleged misconduct that is taking place under his watch; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) and (b) No, the member was charged for AWOL and drunkness in October 2016.

2. Yes, the member was reported that he was drunk and the matter was addressed by his immediate supervisor.

3. Yes, the OC was aware and the OC since charged the member in October 2016 and even sent him to Military Correctional Services for one night.

14 December 2016 - NW2626

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) How many (i) SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members in each division are based at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, (ii) of the specified members in uniform in each division have been involved in traffic accidents (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016 and (iii) how many of the specified incidents (aa) have been investigated and (bb) remain unresolved, (b) what were the (i) outcomes and (ii) consequences of the resolved cases and (c) what were the total financial costs to the SANDF in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) 461 - Number of members in each division that are based in Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town.

     (ii) 73 – Number of uniform members involved in traffic accidents.

     (aa) 2014/15 – 14 traffic accidents

     2015/16 – 08 traffic accidents

     2016/17 – 08 traffic accidents

    (bb) Since April 2016

    (iii)  (aa) 03 vehicle accidents investigated.

    (bb) 04 cases unresolved

(b) (i) Cases include members with the state cover and members liable for damages as indicated.

    (ii) Cases include members with the state cover and members liable for damages as indicated.

(c) 2014/2015 – R42 295.19.

2015/2016 – R163 393.70.

2016/2017 – Cases still pending.

 

14 December 2016 - NW2625

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Have the supply chain management and procurement policies of her department been strictly adhered to at all times at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town; if not, why not; if so, what is the position in this regard; (2) has any (a) unauthorised, (b) irregular and/or (c) fruitless and wasteful expenditure been reported to have taken place at the specified military base (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016; if so, what are the relevant details of the expenditures; (3) were any consequence management measures put in place; (4) (a) what are the challenges in disposing of military vehicles that are beyond economical repair and (b) how will the challenges be resolved?

Reply:

1. Yes, the supply chain management and procurement policies are strictly adhered to and all required committees to approve acquisition are in place.

2. No, all acquisition matters are done through credible committees.

3. Measures are always in place as the unit follows the supply chain management prescript.

4. (a) Challenges:

(i) All the vehicles disposed of, must go through a process of eNaTIS and Microdotting. The vehicle must be cleared by SAPS.

(ii) The above-mentioned process is lengthy and time-consuming. Normally, vehicles that have been acquired recently have already gone through the above-mentioned processes. Therefore, during their disposal, they do not need to repeat the processes.

(iii) Vehicles that become BER (beyond repair) as a result of an accident cannot be disposed of immediately because of Board of Inquiry still needs to be convened and possible claims determined for claims for or against the state. Such vehicles will only be disposed of after the investigation is complete.

 

14 December 2016 - NW2624

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Why have the tools that were stolen from the 26 SA Military trucks at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, not been (i) reported and (ii) investigated and (b) what (i) tools were stolen and (b) is the value of each tool?

Reply:

(a) (i) No, the incident was reported and the Board of Inquiry was convened.

(ii) The matter is under investigation.

(b) (i) The outcome of the investigation will determine what tools inside the toolboxes were lost.

(ii) Matter is under investigation to determine value loss per tool.

14 December 2016 - NW2623

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether a certain person (name furnished), stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, has taken regular sick leave; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of sick leave taken by the specified person for each of the past three financial years in terms of the (a) duration, (b) nature of the illness, (c)(i) sick certificates issued and (ii) name of medical practitioner(s) who issued the certificates and (d) sick leave cycles?

Reply:

The details of the sickness of any member of SANDF are confidential. The SANDF cannot disclose the member’s duration, nature of the illness, sick certificates issued by medical practitioners.

14 December 2016 - NW2622

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

(a) How many grievances were lodged by staff members stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016, (b) what is the (i) nature and (ii) trend of the specified grievances and (c) how many of the grievances (i) were resolved and (ii) remain unresolved?

Reply:

(1) Grievances 2014:

(a) Number of grievances lodged by staff members: 07

(b) Nature and trend: placement, MEM, Pers Assess, Previous Grievance, Promotion, Acting Allowance

(c) (i) Resolved: 05

(ii) Unresolved: 02

(2) Grievances 2015:

(a) Number of grievances lodged by staff members: 03

(b) Nature and trend: Promotion and housing.

(c) (i) Resolved: 03

(ii) Unresolved: 00

(3) Grievances 2016:

(a) Number of grievances lodged by staff members: 02

(b) Nature and trend: Promotion and Performance Assessment

(c) (i) Resolved: 00

(ii) Unresolved: 02

14 December 2016 - NW2621

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

(1)(a) What are the (i) names and (ii) rank of persons stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, who received performance bonuses in each of the past three financial years, (b) what amounts did each person receive in each case, (c) how were the bonuses determined in each case, (d) which processes and procedures were followed in this regard and (e) who were the members of the assessment panels in each case; (2) are there any portfolios of evidence and motivations by the line superiors to award bonuses to the specified persons; if not, why not; if so, (3) are the specified files open for scrutiny; if not, why not; if so, where can they be accessed; (4) did a certain person (name and details furnished) also receive a performance bonus in each of the specified financial years; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details on each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) and (b) The names and ranks for uniformed members of the SANDF who received performance bonuses cannot be provided as it might compromise individual’s confidentiality and this also includes the amount received in each case.

Total number of members who received bonuses 2013 – 2015: 305

(2) Yes, there are portfolios of evidence and motivations, by the line superiors to award bonuses to the specified persons and it is actually contained in each member’s PMDS Booklet, as follows:

    1. Each individual score per KRA and GAF is motivated.
    1. Each superior has to have at least two compulsory interviews with his/her member, in order to highlight good or bad performances.
    1. Superiors also have the opportunity throughout the year of assessment to have performance related interviews with members, which can be captured in the PMDS Booklet.

(3) No, these PMDS booklets are not open for scrutiny by any persons other than the specific individual, the immediate supervisor, the Service Centre Manager, the Personnel Officer, members of the PMDS Moderating Board and the Officer Commanding. These PMDS Booklets are kept in filing cabinets in the office of the Warrant Officer in charge of PMDS Administration. These booklets can only be accessed by means of authority given by higher HQ via the Officer Commanding.

(4) No, Col M.R. Mongo did not receive a bonus in each of the specified financial years. He only received a bonus in 2012 and nothing since then. The Unit Officer Commanding is assessed by the GOC Support Formation, and nomination for a bonus comes from the GOC. The unit does not even capture the PMDS of the officer commanding.

14 December 2016 - NW2619

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

Has a certain person (name and details furnished) been suspended on full pay for the past six years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why has the investigation into the specified person’s case been delayed for such a long time, (b) what costs has the SA National Defence Force incurred for the specified suspension in terms of (i) remuneration paid to the specified person and (ii) costs to conduct the investigation, (c) what is the current status of the specified person and (d)(i) who fulfilled the duties and responsibilities of the specified person during the period of suspension and (ii) at what cost?

Reply:

Yes - 10926244PE Staff Sergeant K.C. Mbulawa – Mashalaba.(20 January 2011 to 31 October 2016)

(a) The ASB Western Cape had to await the outcome as it was a civilian court case which only took place on 04 April 2012.

(b) (b)(i) The member’s remuneration over the period 20 January 2011 to 31 October 2016 was: R 1 205 511 (Annual Bonus included).

         (ii) Nil.

(c) The member was administratively discharged wef 31 October 2016.

(d) (i) Her work was distributed among her colleagues.

     (ii) Nil.

14 December 2016 - NW2618

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

(1)(a) What is the total number of burglary incidents that occurred at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, in each year from 1 January 2014 to date, (b) what is the detailed breakdown of each burglary incident in terms of (i) the date on which it occurred, (ii) where it occurred at the base and (iii) what is the value of each item that was stolen, (c) what were the full details of the outcomes of the investigations conducted, including consequence management measures that were implemented; (2) whether she has found that there was collusion between staff and criminals; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) why (a) are the security guards not effective in combating the burglary incidents and (b) do they remain unarmed; (4) what is the total number of security guards that are on duty on a daily basis and what routine do the security guards follow to secure the military base; (5) does the military base comply with the security requirements according to the National Key Point legislation; if not, what are the full details of non-compliance?

Reply:

1. (a) The number of burglary incidents since 01 January 2014 is 23.

  (b) The burglaries occurred within the base on different dates.

   (c) The outcome of the investigation conducted:

    Theft of oil and negligence: 02 members were charged.

     The following are under investigation:

      - Theft of vehicle parts

      - Copper theft

      - Theft of Cannon camera

     - Breaking of window

    - Theft of toolbox

    - Theft of batteries

2. The military police is still investigating the cases and to date no evidence of collusion between staff and the criminals has been discovered.

3. (a) and (b) It must be noted that some of the members have been suspect in the investigation, some charged and some are the subject for investigation. Therefore our guards have done whatever they could in combating the burglary incidents. The arming and disarming of soldiers is not for public.

4. The total number of guards and the routine is not for public. The security of the military base is determined by the Guard Commander on duty after going through an analytical process regarding threats in the base.

5. Yes, our Military Bases comply with military security requirements. In terms of the National Key Point legislation, SAPS is tasked as the protecting authority and will be in a position to provide what is and what isn’t a key point.

08 December 2016 - NW2371

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to the findings of the Auditor-General in respect of the Annual Report of her department for the 2015-16 financial year, (a) there are claims that are being made and linked to the reported tender contract dispute on health and wellness services that was awarded to a certain company (name furnished), which is currently in court, as reported by her department; if so, what is the status of the commitment made by a certain person (details furnished) regarding the resolution of the dispute; (2) whether a risk assessment was done in relation to the specified court case with regard to the potential financial and human costs?

Reply:

Response (1):

Dates for the hearing of court cases are set by the judiciary. The department is finalizing its papers in this matter and hopes that a court date will be set for early 2017.

(2) Whether a risk assessment was done in relation to the specified court case with regard to the potential financial and human costs? NW2707E

Response (2): The merits of the case where looked into and the human and financial costs were taken into consideration by the before the matter was referred to Court.

08 December 2016 - NW2320

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, in respect of the Auditor-General’s 2015-2016 Annual Financial Report and with specific reference to her department, and in view of the general perception that public servants find it easy to be involved in fruitless litigation cases mainly because the State funds the cases and not the individuals behind them, there is a policy regulating the management of the litigious matters of her department; if so, who is responsible for litigation processes within her department; (2) how does her department account for the amount of R205 million regarding potential liability; (3) how many court cases is her department involved in; (4) whether her department conducts a risk profiling of the cases in order to assess their chances of success; (5) whether a cost-benefit analysis is done when cases are allowed to go to court; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Question 1: Whether, in respect of the AG’s 2015-2016 Annual Financial Report and with specific reference to her department, and in view of the general perception that public servants find it easy to be involved in fruitless litigation cases mainly because the State funds the cases and not the individuals behind them, there is a policy regulating the management of litigious matters of her department; if so, who is responsible for litigation processes within the department?

Answer 1:

Yes, the department has a “Policy on the Management and Administration of Civil Claims (Including Legal Representation and Legal Opinion) in the Department of Military Veterans”. The Director Legal Services is responsible for litigation processes within the department.

Question 2: How does her department account for the amount of R205 million regarding potential liability?

Answer 2: It is reported as a contingent liability in Note 16.1 to the 2015/16 Annual Financial Statements.

Question 3: How many court cases is the DMV involved in?

Answer 3: The DMV is involved in eight court cases; Of the eight cases, two relate to labour relations and six are contract related.

Question 4: Whether the department does conduct a risk profiling of the cases to assess chances of success?

Answer 4: Legal Services does determine the merits of each case and also attempts to mediate a matter in order to resolve it amicably without having to resort to litigation. This is done in conjunction with the State Attorney, where applicable.

Question 5: Whether there is a cost benefit analysis done when cases are allowed to go to Court, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not?

Answer 5: Yes a cost benefit analysis is done for all cases involving the department. The cost benefit analysis is also addressed in the mediation process where the department attempts to settle matters amicably without resorting to court. When a letter of demand is received the process starts to resolve the matters without court processes. Where summons was issued and parties have entered into a settlement agreement, the settlement agreement is then made an Order of Court. It is only in exceptional cases where matters are referred to Court for a decision.

08 December 2016 - NW2623

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether a certain person (name furnished), stationed at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, has taken regular sick leave; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of sick leave taken by the specified person for each of the past three financial years in terms of the (a) duration, (b) nature of the illness, (c)(i) sick certificates issued and (ii) name of medical practitioner(s) who issued the certificates and (d) sick leave cycles?

Reply:

Details as to the member’s medical condition cannot be disclosed as it would be a violation of doctor and patient privilege.

08 December 2016 - NW2617

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

(1)(a) Why do the security cameras at the (i) duty room of the Logistics/Procurement Division and (ii) soccer field of the Youngsfield Military Base in Wetton, Cape Town, remain dysfunctional, (b) (i) which company supplied the cameras and (ii) is there any warranty or guarantee on the faulty cameras, (c) what was the total cost of procuring the cameras and (d) what are the specifications of the cameras; (2) what are the reasons that no security cameras have been installed at the armoury which is considered a high risk; (3) after the findings of the assessment were reached, what are the details of the recommendations regarding the installation of security cameras after the assessment was concluded?

Reply:

Due to the security implications of this question, a response can only be provided in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

08 December 2016 - NW2558

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the 2015-16 report of the Auditor-General in respect of her department, which indicates that morale is low among employees, what has she found to be the cause and what is she and senior officials doing to improve the morale; (2) given the reported lack of relevant expertise on skills in the specified report, does her department have a policy regarding the recruitment of senior managers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) does her department have a fair and transparent recruitment policy that prevents patronage and allows capable candidates to be appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) by what date will existing vacancies be filled and (b) what is the cause of the delay in the appointment of a permanent director-general?

Reply:

Response

Question (1):

The department is busy with an employee satisfaction survey in order to identify issues affecting morale amongst employees. The department is also conducting a skills audit to ensure that employees are placed appropriately according to their skills. These will be reported once they are completed.

The newly appointed Acting Director-General has begun a process of interacting with employees to inform them key developments in the department engage in team building and improve morale.

Question (2) Given the reported lack of relevant expertise on skills in the specified report, does her department have a policy regarding the recruitment of senior managers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response

The Department has a Recruitment Policy and it is implemented in line with Public Service Commission requirements for Public Service Recruitment practices.

Question (3) Does her department have a fair and transparent recruitment policy that prevents patronage and allows capable candidates to be appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Response

All appointments within the department are done through the Public Service Regulations, Part VII. Procedures for Appointment, Promotions and Termination of Service. Our recruitment policy is transparent and fair.


Question (4): (a) By what date will existing vacancies be filled and (b) what is the cause of the delay in the appointment of permanent director-general

Response

(a) The department is in a process of filling all the posts and priority is being given to the two service delivery branches – Socio-Economic Support and Empowerment and Stakeholder Management. It is hoped this will be completed by the end of the financial year.

(b) The interview and evaluation processes for the appointment of the Director-General was completed. However, due to administrative challenges between DPSA and DMV the process was stalled. It is hoped that this post will be permanently filled soon.

08 December 2016 - NW2492

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the summary report which indicates that her department is still busy with investigations of irregular expenditure that occurred in 2015-16 financial year, (a) how far have the specified investigations gone and (b) by what date can a report on the specified investigations be expected; (2) what steps has she taken with regard to her department’s disregard of the recommendations of the Auditor-General and concerns of the Portfolio Committee on Defence; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what steps is her department taking to ensure that there is no poor performance with regard to rendering services to the destitute military veterans whilst the officials of the department receive performance bonuses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) does her department have a policy to hold officials personally responsible for delinquency or dereliction of duties; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) how does her department justify the approval of bonuses while there are outstanding performance contracts?

Reply:

(1) with reference to the summary report which indicates that her department is still busy with investigations of irregular expenditure that occurred in 2015-16 financial year, (a) how far have the specified investigations gone and (b) by what date can a report on the specified investigations be expected;

Response:

(1)(a) The Financial Misconduct Committee of DMV is busy considering each of the incidents. They will be reported to the Accounting Officer for action.

(1)(b) Scopa has given the Department till the middle of January to report on the investigations and consequent management actions taken. The Accounting Officer is aiming to complete these actions by the 15 January 2017.

(2) what steps has she taken with regard to her department’s disregard of the recommendations of the Auditor-General and concerns of the Portfolio Committee on Defence; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response:

(2) I am not aware of what issues the Honourable Member is referring to. However the Portfolio Committee has developed a dashboard of issues for the department to report on and the department is following this plan.

Question (3)

What steps is her department taking to ensure that there is no poor performance with regard to rendering services to the destitute military veterans whilst the officials of the department receive performance bonuses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response: I have ensured that a full complement of DDGs, a new CFO and an acting DG have been appointed. They have entered into performance agreements to which they are being held responsible.

The department is in the process of reviewing the organisational structure to address capacity issues. In addition to that the department has developed its service delivery model to enhance service delivery.

(4) does her department have a policy to hold officials personally responsible for delinquency or dereliction of duties; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response:

(4) The Department utilises the Public Service Prescripts; Public Service Act, SMS Handbook and Public Service Regulations to hold officials accountable. Regarding Finance and Supply Chain Management the PFMA and National Treasury Regulations are utilised.

(5) how does her department justify the approval of bonuses while there are outstanding performance contracts?

Response: The level 1-12 employees were paid performance bonuses after being assessed by their respective managers and supervisors. The department did not award performance bonuses for SMS Members. By direction of the then Acting Director-General employees were instructed to submit their Performance Agreements. All except one SMS member have submitted Performance Agreement by 1 December 2016.

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08 December 2016 - NW2491

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What steps has she taken to (a) monitor and (b) correct (i) the tangible capital asset register (ii) irregular expenditure (iii) organogram and (iv) reported failures as indicated by the Auditor-General in respect of the corporate services branch of her department; (2) has she called the Deputy Director-General to account for the poor performance in the corporate services; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) is there a policy regarding consequences for poor performance; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) has the irregular expenditure indicated in the 2015-16 report of the Auditor-General been reported to the National Treasury, if so, what action has been taken regarding the individuals responsible for the specified expenditure?

Reply:

(1) What steps has she taken to (a) monitor and (b) correct (i) the tangible capital asset register (ii) irregular expenditure (iii) organogram and (iv) reported failures as indicated by the Auditor-General in respect of the corporate services branch of her department;

Response:

(i) Assets Management:

(a) Monitoring: A permanent assets management unit has been approved by the Executive Committee. This unit will ensure that all assets of the department are fully accounted for all the times.

(b) Correction: During 2015/16 Financial Year, the assets register was reconstructed and reconciled with annual financial statement. The remaining item is the finalisation of the verification process which is currently at 80% completion.

(ii) Irregular expenditure:

(a) Monitoring: The registers have been compiled for each of the years and these are reconciled to the annual financial statements.

(b) Correction: The Irregular and Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure dates back to 2013/2014 financial year. The Financial Misconduct Panel has been formed and approved by the Accounting Officer. The Panel has been tasked to expedite the investigations. The timeline given by Executive Authority is 15 January 2017.

(iii) Organogram

(a) Monitoring: The organogram is closely monitored by HR with continuous engagements with branches concerned.

(b) Correction: The ideal organogram has been developed by the Department and continuous engagements with DPSA are in place.

(iv) Reported failures by AGSA

General failures as noticed by AGSA are as follows:

  • Percentage of staff attending training
  • Lack of consequence management to staff without Performance Agreements.
  • Vacancy Rate on funded posts
  • Non adherence to 30 days payment rule

(a) Monitoring: All of the above are presented at monthly management meetings. Where gaps may exist, action plans are put in place to correct such.

(b) Correction: The skills audit will be completed by the end of quarter four. All SMS performance agreements except for one, are in place. With the current funded structure where posts favours administration, a rebalancing exercise is being undertaken by the Department to address capacitation of Service delivery branches. This is being done whilst a consultative process is in place with DPSA. The issue of 30days payment rule is being addressed by re-looking and changing the invoice handling exercise.

08 December 2016 - NW2380

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With regard to the Military Veterans Health Practitioner’s Association (MVPHA), which was contracted by her department to deliver health and wellness services under a contract that was declared as irregular in the Auditor-General’s report for the 2013-14 financial year, (a) who is the MVPHA and (b) why was the specified company’s contract allowed to continue until the end of the 2014-15 financial year, despite the finding of illegality against it; (2) what is her department’s position with regard to the perception of double standards on how it deals with perceived or actual irregular service provider contracts, given the dispute on the current service provider contract that is currently in court; (3) whether she has found that there are personal relationships between the owners or managers of the company and current senior managers of (a) her department and/or (b) her Ministry; if so, (i) what is the nature of the relationship and (ii) has this been disclosed in any way; (4) (a) what amount was paid to the MVHPA and (b) when was the last payment made to them; (5) whether she has found that there are military veterans who might have died as a result of lack of access to health care services; if not, what has been done to investigate whether the lack of access to health care contributes to the deaths of military veterans; if so, how many military veterans have died as a result of lack of access to health care services?

Reply:

(1) (a) MVHPA is the Military Veterans Health Professional Association, a network of service providers which provided military veterans with access to primary healthcare services prior 2014.

(b) The Department of Military Veterans signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Military Veterans Health Professional Association (MVHPA) on the 23rd May 2013. This was followed by a partnership between DMV, South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) and MVHPA on a program to conduct healthcare assessment for all qualifying military veterans in order to obtain their disease profile as well as provision of related treatment and referral for appropriate level of healthcare. An agreement existed between MVHPA and SAMHS but no Service Level Agreement was in place to formalize the arrangement between DMV and MVHPA and hence the finding by the Auditor-General that the relationship was illegal, which rendered all payment transactions made to MVHPA irregular.

However the service still had to be rendered until another service provider was appointed.

Question (2)

What is her department’s position with regard to the perception of double standards on how it deals with perceived or actual irregular service provider contracts, given the dispute on the current service provider contract that is currently in court;

Response (2): The question refers to matter that is currently in court and is consequently sub judice. In terms of Rule 89 of the National Assembly, “No member may reflect upon the merits of any matter on which a judicial decision in a court of law is pending.”

Question (3)

whether she has found that there are personal relationships between theowners or managers of the company and current senior managers of (a) her department and/or (b) her Ministry; if so, (i) what is the nature of the relationship and (ii) has this been disclosed in any way;

Response (3):

No personal relationships have been disclosed and the department is not aware of any. The department is awaiting the outcome of a Public Service Commission investigation into this matter.

Question (4)

(a) what amount was paid to the MVHPA and (b) when was the last payment made to them;

Response (4):

(a) Total amount paid is R14 883 532.00. (b) The last payment was made on 17 October 2014.

Question (5)

whether she has found that there are military veterans who might have died as a result of lack of access to health care services; if not, what has been done to investigate whether the lack of access to health care contributes to the deaths of military veterans; if so, how many military veterans have died as a result of lack of access to health care services? NW2711E

Response (5):

The Department entered into an MoU with SAMHS to afford military veterans access to health care. The department is not aware of any cases where Military Veterans have died as a result of lack of access to health care services. If the honourable member knows of such cases he is encouraged to report them to the Minister.

08 December 2016 - NW2379

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, in light of the amount paid for services consumed in the 2015-16 financial year, as well as the suspended contract and the acknowledged inability of the SA Military Hospitals to meet primary health care needs (details furnished), the goal or objective of providing health and wellness services to military veterans was achieved in the specified year under review by merely stating the number of military veterans allowed to access services that they did not access; (2) why does her department link the increased expenditure in this subprogramme to the increased number of persons insured or assured to access services when neither was possible nor the reported expenditure is linked to the needs of the 14 666 military veterans?

Reply:

1) The Annual Performance Plan of the DMV for 2015/16, which was adopted by Parliament, set the target of providing 8000 military veterans with access to health care. As of 31st March 2016, 8 264 military veterans were authorised to access health care services adding to a total accumulative number of 14 666 as from the 2013/14 financial year to the 2015/16 financial year. This is the indicator the department reports on in the Annual Report and is aligned with Section 5 (1)(i) of the Military Veterans Act, Act 18 of 2011, which of speaks to “access to health care.” As part of its strategic planning processes the department is discussing other indicators which can be used to measure access to health care.

2): The expenditure incurred is for military veterans who have received the healthcare services.

08 December 2016 - NW2372

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Holomisa, Dr BH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the alleged legal dispute between the Department of Military Veterans and ZEAL (details furnished), and the march of the military veterans to her department on 6 April 2016 demanding health care (details furnished), how does she reconcile the return by her department of R234m to the National Treasury with the current reported expenditure of R67 million by end of the 2015-16 financial year under this sub programme;

Reply:

Response

The matter is sub judice and therefore no further comment is possible at present in terms of Rule 89 of the National Assembly which says, “No member may reflect upon the merits of any matter on which a judicial decision in a court of law is pending.”

(2) whether a certain person (name furnished) or any official of her department involved in the alleged irregular contract has been called to any disciplinary enquiry given the devastating consequences of the dispute; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response

The Public Service Commission is busy with an investigation into this contract and the processes followed in awarding it. DMV is awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

(3) whether she has found that corruption might be the real reason behind the dispute and these serious allegations levelled against a certain person (details furnished); if so,

Response

DMV is awaiting the outcome of the Public Service Commission investigation and will act on its recommendations.

(4) has her department investigated these serious allegations of corruption; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Response

DMV is awaiting the outcome of the Public Service Commission investigation and will act on its recommendations.

(5) whether her department provided protection for the whistle-blower in this matter as provided for in the Protected Disclosures Act, Act 26 of 2000; if so, (a) what steps has her department taken to ensure that the whistle-blower is not targeted and (b) what are her department’s plans to fight corruption? NW2708E

Response (5)

The investigation into the Zeal contract arises from internal processes of the department and steps I took as the Executive Authority in October 2015, after the matter was brought to my attention, to request the Public Service Commission to begin an investigation.

The Public Protector has confirmed in writing that an official of the DMV lodged a complaint to their office on 3 June 2016. As this disclosure was made long after I asked the Public Service Commission to investigate the matter, I am taking advice as to whether this can be considered a protected disclosure in terms of the Protected Disclosure Act of 2000.

14 November 2016 - NW2235

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

With reference to her reply to question 1708 on 11 October 2016, what was the (a) total amount spent on the trip of a certain person (name furnished) to the Republic of Cuba and (b) detailed breakdown of the specified amount in terms of (i) flight tickets, (ii) accommodation, (iii) car rental and (iv) any other relevant expenses?

Reply:

(a) and (b)

    (i) Flight tickets

     A total amount of R 442 643.52 was spent on flight tickets on the trip to Cuba by the CSANDF and his delegation from 13-19 June 2016.

    (ii) and (iii)

     Accommodation, car rental and all other expenses were catered for by the host.

11 November 2016 - NW2154

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

(1)Whether her department will lease five specialist maritime surveillance aircraft (details furnished) from a consortium led by Atlantis Aviation as part of the obligations of the SA Air Force (SAAF), as set out in the latest Defence Review, under Project Metsi/Kiepie; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details of (a) the tender process followed by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) to procure the specified aircraft, (b) the age of the aircraft in terms of (i) years flown and (ii) hours clocked to date, (c) the yearly (i) leasing and (ii) operating costs, (d) how the specified costs will be funded and (e) the date on which the aircraft will be operational in the SAAF; (2) whether she will make the tender notices published by Armscor available to Mr S J F Marais; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (3) whether a due diligence investigation was done prior to entering into an agreement with the specified consortium; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the outcome of the specified investigation; (4) whether she intends to procure permanent specialist maritime surveillance aircraft once the lease of the specified aircraft ends; if not, why not; if so, by what date will this take place; (5) whether the procurement of the specified aircraft has any impact on the need to replace some of the SAAF stock (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Questions 1-5

The SAAF has not leased aircrafts from the consortium led by Atlantis Aviation.

The SAAF was approached by Atlantis Aviation in the run-up to the AAD 2016 with the view to showcase the Donier 328.

The SAAF did not make any commitment to acquire these aircrafts after the assessment by our maritime specialists.

11 November 2016 - NW2153

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

(1)What is the main defence purpose of the temporary military base that has been set up on the outskirts of the residential area of Fouriesburg in the Free State; (2) whether there are any plans to (a) resettle the specified base further away from the specified residential area and/or (b) establish the base as a permanent base; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, (i) what are the relevant details, (ii) by what date will the base be moved and/or established permanently and (iii) what amount will it cost; (3) whether any complaints regarding unreasonable noise pollution originating from the base were received from residents of Fouriesburg; if not, what steps will she take to ensure that the specified residents do not experience discomfort due to the unreasonable noise pollution; if so, what steps has she taken to address the specified complaints; (4) whether any complaints regarding unreasonable noise pollution originating from the base have been lodged with the Fouriesburg Police Station; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) what steps has she taken to address the specified complaints?

Reply:

1. Fouriesburg was identified as an Operational Base facility to accommodate Force Structure Elements (FSE’s) on a rotational basis to effect Border Control as part of the South African National Defence Force’s Border Control Strategy. Utilization of this facility for this purpose was further augmented by a Cabinet decision and Directive to continue with Border Control Operations as well as a request from the Border communities. Fouriesburg forms part of fifteen (15) Operation Base Facilities that have been identified nationally.

2. (a) and (b)

There are no plans to resettle this facility from its current location as it was used previously and closed as part of the reduction of force levels. The base will be resuscitated to a permanent military base facility for utilization for border control operations.

Following an assessment by the National Department of Public Works and the Local municipality it was approved that the facility be re-established. The estimated costs will be R36 million for two financial years, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

3. Complaints have been received by a section of the population of Fouriesburg. The commanders are engaging the entire community to listen to their concerns including noise pollution.

4. There is no evidence of any complaints laid at the local SAPS Police Station.

10 November 2016 - NW2352

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

(1)With reference to the 2015-16 annual report of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), why did the payments to executive directors increase by 8,04% while revenue decreased by 7,6% and expenditure increased by 13.1%; (2) whether each (a) executive director and/or (b) management official of Armscor signed a performance agreement with her for the (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17 financial years; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (aa) are the relevant details and (bb) criteria are used to determine yearly (aaa) increases and/or (bbb) bonuses to the specified officials?

Reply:

(1) The payments to executive directors for the financial year ending 31 March 2016 included the once-off buy out of the future medical liability which were not included in the period ending 31 March 2015 and this result in the increase over and above the annual increase. This settlement of the future medical liability as negotiated with the employees and retirees of Armscor reduced the future liability for medical contributions after retirement significantly.

The biggest contributor to the decrease in the total revenue of Armscor was the decrease of the allocation to Armscor that is in accordance to the National Treasury baseline reduction. The increase in expenditure furthermore is mainly influenced by the recognition of actuarial losses on the medical liability buy-out that is a result of the settlement of the liability. If the impact thereof is excluded the operating expenditure increased with only 2.3%.

(2) All Armscor employees (including management) have an agreed Balanced Scorecard (BSC) that contains the individual’s performance criteria to be achieved. This is an annual process and it cascades down from the executive management which BSC’s are based on the goals and objectives that is contained in the Corporate Plan. Armscor only consider the payment of a performance bonus if the goals as set in the Corporate Plan are achieved (as agreed) and the funding is available. Individual performance bonuses are then based on a combination of the company achievement and the achievement of the individual’s performance criteria.

Annual increases are informed by market surveys and affordability. The increase also takes into consideration the agreement reached with Organised Labour. In this regard, the executive and senior management receive the same or lower increase percentage – as has been the case over the past few years - than members forming part of the bargaining unit as represented by Organised Labour.

 

10 November 2016 - NW2353

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

(1)With reference to page 128 of the 2015-16 annual report of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), (a) what are the (i) details of and (ii) justification for Armscor’s application of a 25% black equity selection criterion as a requirement for supply chain management in contravention of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, Act 5 of 2000, as amended, (b) what steps have been taken by (i) her and/or (ii) Armscor to address the R13,2 million incurred as a result of the specified policy and (c) how did the transactions established by the specified policy benefit (i) Armscor and (ii) the SA National Defence Force; (2) whether the specified transactions have been regulated yet; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Armscor applied the 25% Black equity requirement as a selection criterion until September 2014 when the application of this criterion was discontinued. The objective of this strategic intervention was to address the dire transformational challenges facing the local defence industry.

When Armscor introduced the qualifying BEE requirement, the Preferential Procurement Policy Regulations were not applicable to Schedule 2 and 3 Public Entities. In 2011, National Treasury introduced the revised Regulations which became applicable to, inter alia, schedule 2 public entities and these entities were however granted exemption until 7 December 2012 for implementation of the Regulations. Armscor aligned its policy with the revised Regulations immediately but retained the 25% black equity ownership requirement.

Discussions were then started with the National Treasury, through which National Treasury was made aware of Armscor’ s policy of 25% black equity ownership requirement. Whilst in discussions with the National Treasury and in the process of applying for exemption subsequent to those discussions, the Auditor General declared monies spent on contracts which were subject to the 25% BEE requirement irregular expenditure.

The 13.2 million reported represents expenditure incurred during the 2015/16 financial period as a result of contracts placed during the period that the 25% black equity requirement was applied.

(2) The expenditure incurred while applying the 25% black equity criterion was condoned by National Treasury on 19 July 2016. The 25% black equity ownership requirement application resulted in some previously disadvantaged groups or persons entering the economic stream through participation in the acquisition/procurement contracts funded from the SDA, GDA and Armscor operational expenditure. To this end, this intervention has made strides in changing the ownership landscape in the South African defence industry.

Finally, the application of the 25% black equity ownership qualifying requirement has to an extent amongst others assisted in seeking to establish and retain sovereign and strategic capability for the benefit of the SANDF in local empowered entities.

17 October 2016 - NW2086

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

2015/2016

 

Department of Defence

Department of Military Veterans

Medium

(amount in rand)

(amount in rand)

(i) Africa News Network

100 000.00

0.00

(ii) SABC

   

(aa)SABC TV

600.000

1 100 000.00

(bb) SABC Radio Stations

180.000

1 276 827.36

(iii) National commercial radio stations

R 0.00

R 0.00

(iv) Community

 

 

(aa) television

800 000.00

R 0.00

(bb) radio stations

128 000.00

756 000.00

TOTAL

1 808 000.00

3 132 827.36

01 APRIL 2016 TO DATE

 

Department of Defence

Department of Military Veterans

Medium

(amount in rand)

(amount in rand)

(i) Africa News Network

0.00

0.00

(vi) SABC

   

(aa)SABC TV

0.00

R 0.00

(bb) SABC Radio Stations

0.00

541 317.60

(vii) National commercial radio stations

0.00

545 208.00

(viii) Community

0.00

276 000.00

(aa) television

0.00

351 963.00

(bb) radio stations

0.00

 

TOTAL

0.00

1 714 488.60