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21 July 2015 - NW2497

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether any companies currently doing business with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa were found to be conducting (a) fraudulent and/or (b) illegal activities; if so, in each case, (i) what was the nature of such activities, (ii) when were such activities uncovered, (iii) what charges were brought as a result of such activities and (iv) what arrests were made in connection with such activities?

Reply:

Nether the department nor PRASA has given any information indicating of any investigation that can clarify the matter raised in the question.

21 July 2015 - NW2369

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the heavily polluted Olifants River in Mpumalanga, what impact is such pollution having on the wildlife in the Kruger National Park, particularly the aquatic animals living in and dependent on the specified river;

Reply:

  1. According to the assessment of the condition of aquatic animals, there is a negative impact especially on the fish which is used as an indicator for monitoring of river health.
  1. Yes, the Department is continuously taking action by conducting Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement of water users upstream of the Kruger National Park.
  1. No, there is no specific or single company that can be attributed to the impact on aquatic ecosystems as they are also impacted by natural disasters such as the recent floods in the lower Olifants, which caused damage to habitats of the aquatic animals.

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21 July 2015 - NW2520

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

How many (a) notices and (b) directives were issued to rights holders in each province in the (i) 2013/14 and (ii) 2014/15 financial years in response to (aa) noncompliance with (aaa) environmental management plans (EMPs) and (bbb) environmental management programmes (EMPRs) or (bb) mining or prospecting without an approved (aaa) EMP or (bbb) EMPR?

Reply:

(a) and (b) The Department of Environmental Affairs gives such notices and/or directives only in instances where there is non-compliance with specific Environmental Acts and EIA regulation.

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21 July 2015 - NW2132

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform:

(1) (a) With reference to his statement on land ceilings in his Debate on Vote 39, Rural Development and Land Reform, Appropriation Bill, on 8 May 2015, which organisations or stakeholders advised against land caps or ceilings during his consultation sessions, (b) on what basis was this advice not taken and (c) can copies of all such submissions be provided; (2) (a) which stakeholders supported the land caps or land ceilings and (b) can copies of all such submissions be provided? NW2443E

Reply:


(1)(a) Agri-SA and the Agri-Sector Unity Forum (ASUF). However, the positions of Agri-SA and Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAUSA) vacillated, particularly at the September 2014 Land Tenure Summit.

(b) The advice of all stakeholders, whether for or against the proposal, was taken into consideration.

(c) Please refer to Annexures A and B for copies of comments received from Agri-SA and ASUF.

(2)(a) The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) supported the ceilings proposals subject to certain conditions. The conditional support by AgBiz and TAUSA representatives was that, if implemented, the policy on ceilings should:

- Consider the technical determinants for each district;

- Consider a sliding scale of floors and ceilings, depending on the circumstance of each district;

- Be coordinated at district level through the District Land Committees; and

- Initially target the large land holders.

(b) Yes. Please refer to Annexures C, 5 and E for AFASA's, and AgBiz's submissions as

well as the Summit Report, with reference to:

- Page 6 - 13 on stakeholder inputs;

- Pages 20 and 25 - 27 on Commission 4 that address ceilings as well as final recommendations on the matter; and

- The AFASA proposals are further outlined in Section F on page 27.


Attached find here: Annexure A of NA-QUES 2132 of 2015
Annexure B of NA-QUES 2132 of 2015

21 July 2015 - NW1625

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) Which company was awarded the contract to build the Vuwani pipeline from the Levubu river in Limpopo, (b) what is the scope of the work to be completed by the company and (c) what were the time frames stipulated;

Reply:

(1)(a) PART A: WK Construction (company), PART B: Ascul Construction (company) and PART C: Murray and Dickson (company). In addition to these appointments in this project the following companies were appointed: Vuwani/Valdezia pipeline: Internal Department of Water and Sanitation Construction North, Design and construction monitoring: Bigen Africa Services (company), and Specialist Quality Control: QPI/TIS (company).

(1)(b) Refer to the table below for the scope of the work to be completed by the company:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

The supplying dam is Nandoni Dam. The Luvuvhu River Government Water Scheme will supply water for domestic use to the area between Makhado and Punda Maria in the Limpopo Province, to about 800 000 people (380 communities) with the potential of reaching 1.3 million people.

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(1)(c) The original completion date for Ascul Construction was 5 July 2013, however was further extended to 30 November 2013 with anticipated completion date for Part B being 31 March 2014. The last anticipated delivery date is 31 July 2015 as proposed by the project engineer design and construction monitoring engineer: Bigen Africa Services (company). With the Defect liability expected to start from August 2015 to 31 March 2016.

During the extension of the contract the original cost of the contract was not affected, as the extension was only for the duration of the contract. The project encountered some delays due to a number of reasons, including some financial difficulties by one of the companies; as a result, some sub-contractors withdrawing from site; inclement weather resulted in flooding of trenches and pipes and long delays were experienced to clean the pipes. Rainy conditions also prevented work and humid conditions prevented repair of linings and coatings, some land owners not allowing contractors into their land, strike action by communities, availability of water for hydraulic testing, pipeline deflection defects; delays in the supply of pipes and fittings; etc.

It is confirmed that construction progress is currently standing at 95% overall completion.

(2)(a) W0497-WTE: Levuvhu Rever GWS-Construction of the 800mm diameter Vuwanisteel pipeline was advertised on 01 February 2012 and closed on 01 March 2012.

(2)(b) The contract was awarded in March 2012 and the contract was signed by the representative of the Department on 20 April 2012 and by the Contractor on the 23 April 2012.

(3)(a) Refer to the table below for the value of the contract:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

(3)(b) Refer to the table below for the amount paid to the contracting company to date:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

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(4)(a) Refer to the table below for the amount of work that has been completed on the project:

Contract

Pipe Size

Chainages

Pipe Length

Percentage

Part A WK Construction

800mm Ø

CH 1 326 to 11 460

10 134 m

99%

Part B Ascul Construction

800mm Ø

CH 11 460 to 23 130

11 670 m

95%

Part C Murray & Dickson  

800mm Ø

CH 23 130 to 31 617

8 487 m

99%

900mm Ø

Valdezia Section

2 200 m

(4)(b) The construction progress is currently standing at 95% overall completion.

(4)(c) Contractor appointed will complete the project on 31 July 2015 with the Defect liability expected to start from August 2015 to 31 March 2016.

(5) Copies of the contracts as mentioned in (4)(a) are available for inspections.

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21 July 2015 - NW2427

2427 Mr K S Mubu to ask the Minister of Transport

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to it spend on advertising in (i) The Sowetan and (ii) The Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Department

(a) (aa)

(bb) (i) R280 740.96

(ii) R32 864.83

(cc) (i) 0

(ii) 0

Air Traffic & Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

I am imformed that ATNS has not advertised in any of the mentioned publications in the financial years indicated.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

(a) I am informed that it is not applicable and (b) the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s advertising spend in the (i)(aa) Sowetan was R0 in the 2012-13, R72 368,04 in the 2013-14 and (i)(cc) R23 118,62 in the 2014-15 financial years and in the (ii)(aa)(bb)(cc) Daily Sun it was R0 during the same periods.

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

I am informed that, “ACSA does not procure its advertising services with these newspapers directly, but uses marketing agencies who then choose respective newspapers”. ACSA therefore does not have records of amounts spent per newspaper.

(b) Road Accident Fund (RAF)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R133 966.87

R101 183.44

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R111 398.97

R269 472.04

(b) Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(b) Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R186 250.87

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R0. 00

(b) South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R64 943

R2 061 673

R1 565 367

(ii) The Daily Sun

R100 711

R2 711 834

R1 787 011

(b) Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)

(aa) 2012-13,

(bb) 2013-14, and

(cc) 2014-15 financial years:

(i) The Sowetan and

R0.00

R0. 00

R 89 706.12

(ii) The Daily Sun

R0.00

R0. 00

R 63 635.04

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

(b) I am informed that No payment was made to any of the newspapers for any of the period stated above.

(i) (ii) (aa) (bb) (cc) Falls away

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

  1. I am informed that Railway Safety Regulator has spent the following amounts on advertisement in The Sowetan (Times Media):
  1. 2012-13 R56 886, 00
  2. 2013-14 R0,00
  3. 2014-15 R132 481,68
  1. I am also informed that Railway Safety Regulator has not placed advertisements in The Daily Sun on the mentioned financial years.

Passenger Rail South Africa (PRASA)

  1. The Sowetan
  2. 2012-13 R0
  3. 2013-14 R0
  4. 2014-15 R104,470.71
  5. The Daily Sun
  6. 2012-13 R0
  7. 2013-14 R0
  8. 2014/15 R0


20 July 2015 - NW2514

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What are the (a) names and (b) details of companies that (i) won and (ii) lost all tenders issued by and through the University of Fort Hare in the (aa) 201314 and (bb) 201415 financial years?

Reply:

Responses provided by the University of Fort Hare are tabulated below:

(aa) Tenders issued in the 2013-14 financial year

Contract Reference number

(a) and (b) Names and details of companies

(i) successful

bidder/contractor

(ii) bidders who lost the

tender

  1. UFH-SCM02/2013
  • Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd
  • VX Telecom
  1. UFH-SCM03/2013
  • Simo Solutions CC & Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd (Joint Venture)
  • Gijima
  • Datacentrix
  • Business Connexion
  1. UFH-SCM09/2013
  • Ntinga Projects Managers
  • DPV Quantity Surveyors
  • Lurco Trading 307
  • Indwe Quantity Surveyors
  • Ntlonzi Investments
  • Aurecon SA
  • Bigen Africa
  • PD Naidoo & Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Ngonyama Okpanum
  • Zintle's Rural Development
  • EOH Mthombo
  • Dimension Data
  1. UFH-SCM10/2013
  • SFM Electrical and Refrigeration CC
  • Interpro Trading cc
  • Amatola Airconditioning
  • Electric Link
  • Flat-Foot Air conditioners
  1. UFH-SCM13/2013
  • First Technology (Pty) Ltd
  • Aloe Office and Business Equipment
  • Allied Business Solutions
  • Dimension Data
  • Datacentrix
  1. UFH-SCM14/2013
  • Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd
  • First Technology
  • Ubuntu Technologies
  • Datacentrix
  • Store Tech
  • Business Connexion
  1. UFH-SCM15/2013
  • Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd
  • Datacentrix
  • Dimension Data
  • First Technology
  • Ceos Technologies
  1. UFH-SCM17/2013
  • KPMG Incorporated
  • Aza Kopano
  • Rakoma & Associates
  • Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo
  • PWC
  • Marais and Smith
  • Delloite & Touche
  • Moore Stephens
  • Nexia Sabat
  • Umnotho Business Consultant

(bb) Tenders issued in the 2014-15 financial year

Contract Reference number

(a) and (b) Names and details of companies

(i) successful

bidder/contractor

(ii) bidders who lost the

tender

  1. UFH-SCM02/2014
  • Kamo Construction (Pty) Ltd
  • Thalami Consortium
  • Golden Rewards cc
  • Impelelo Construction cc
  • MIS Maintenance
  1. UFH-SCM16/2013
  • Itec East Cape (Pty) Ltd
  • Aloe Office and business equipment t/a Xerox
  • Northern Cape Printing & Stationery
  • Vitom Technologies
  • Penit Printing & Stationery
  • NRG Office Solutions
  • Morvest Eratis
  • Pinnacle Business Solutions
  1. UFH-SCM05/2013
  • Asag and Isondlo Investments (Joint venture)
  • Iyevest Group & Partners
  • Inframax/Africast
  • Escotek Consortium
  • Transtuct Building & Civil
  • LDM Consortium
  • Crowie Projects
  • Focus & Enza Consortium
  • VDZ Construction
  • Kao Consortium
  • SMADA Property Holdings
  • Majestic Silver Trading 118
  • Equicent
  • CBD Consortium - Bigen Africa

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2514 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

20 July 2015 - NW2516

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) When was a certain person (name and details furnished) employed by the University of Limpopo and (b) what are the specified person’s qualifications;

Reply:

The University of Limpopo has responded as follows:

  1. (a) Mr LL Lebelo was employed by the erstwhile University of the North, now the University

of Limpopo, on 1 June 1996.

(b) In 2014, the University embarked on a qualifications audit as Mr Lebelo could not

submit an original matriculation certificate.

  1. Managed Integrity Evaluation (Pty) Ltd was employed to perform the verification of his qualifications and was unable to verify his qualifications. He is currently subject to a disciplinary hearing.

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2516 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

17 July 2015 - NW2059

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any programmes to improve education about multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, specifically about the importance of testing; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Department of Health has several programmes and platforms that are being used to inform, educate and raise awareness about TB, including MDR-TB at community level.

(a)  The national and provincial TB programmes have Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation units with focal persons whose role is to, on a regular basis, disseminate information to members of the community on the importance of being screened, tested and treated for TB, including MDR-TB. Each of these units have focal persons who, sometimes with support from partner organisations, use various platforms including the media (radio, television, and print) to educate communities about TB. The units also disseminate information through posters, fliers and billboards and sometimes conduct door-to-door campaigns to engage household members on TB.

(b)  In 2010, during the advert of the FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa, the Department and Stellenbosch University conceptualised and implemented a communications platform called “Kick TB and HIV”, which uses community activations (campaign style) to educate members of the community on TB. Over the past year, 266 activations were conducted, and 467 817 people were reached.

(c)  The Deputy President launched, on 24 March 2015, a massive TB campaign that aims to mobilise millions of South Africans to be screened, tested and treated for TB, including MDR-TB.

(d) An integrated mass media communication and education campaign that will focus on HIV/AIDS, TB (including MRD-TB), maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, violence and injuries, has been developed and a tender is currently being evaluated to appoint a service provider to manage the campaign over the next 3 years.

END.

17 July 2015 - NW2264

12 JUNE 2015 Ms P T van Damme to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) During February 2010, the Department of Human Settlements paid out an amount of

R 1,873,347.53 for the remainder of an employee’s contract due to termination before the contractually stipulated date of termination.

(b) None.

17 July 2015 - NW2265

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of their contracts since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) how much has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) The department did not exist in the financial years of 2008/09 - 2009/10.

The department has not paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract since the 2010/11 financial year until date.

(aa) (i) – (iii) Not applicable

(b) SA Tourism has paid out the remainder of a contract.

(bb)

  1. R1 512 781.90 (R1,080 022.90 was paid out 2011/12 and R437 759 was paid out 2012/2013)
  2. Previous CEO, Ms T January-McLean 2011/12- 2012/13
  3. Separation by mutual agreement with the SAT Board

17 July 2015 - NW1716

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

Whether he had taken any action to engage the Government of the Eastern Cape to reverse its decision not to provide private clinics and pharmacies with free state-issued vaccines considering that this would impact negatively on poor working mothers who could not sacrifice being away from work and that it constituted a denial of right for children not to access vaccines in the most convenient way possible; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details and the outcome thereof?

Reply:

The Eastern Cape Province is considering this matter and will be making a decision shortly.

The key imperatives in considering this matter are:

  1. Our policy to provide Primary Health Care free at the point of delivery; and
  1. The need to increase our EPI coverage in a manner that also makes access to immunization services as easy as possible.

END.

17 July 2015 - NW2531

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether, in view of the lack of project management skills and controls, poor workmanship and in some cases no value for money associated with the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme projects in the tourism industry, his department has devised a plan to complete the poorly implemented projects; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

  1. Yes, forensic investigations were conducted in relation to non-compliance with the contractual agreements and suspected mismanagement of funds by project implementers. The department has decided on legal recourse in such cases. Where projects could not be completed due to cost escalations related to the changes in the built environment, the department will provide support for completion of such facilities based on availability of funds.

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  1. Yes, the department has undertaken a review of the Social Responsibility Implementation’s (SRI) planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes in relation to infrastructure projects to ensure closer alignment with the built environment requirements. SRI also undertakes continuous improvement based on annual audits and monitoring of project implementation.

(3) No, the department did not revise the method of appointment of project implementers. The appointment of implementers is governed by the public finance management requirements as contained in the Public Finance Management Act and its regulations.

(4) Thirteen projects have been subjected to forensic auditing.

17 July 2015 - NW2271

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What engagements have been undertaken by his department with the residents of Cool Air, uMshwathi Municipality, regarding the establishment of a municipal clinic at the local town hall;

Reply:

  1. The construction of Cool Air clinic was decided upon as part of the need to expand services to the underserved areas. The Cool Air clinic will be one of the clinics to be built out of the In-Kind-Grant in the 10 NHI Pilot Districts. Currently, the residents of Cool Air are serviced through the provision of a mobile clinic that visits the area twice a month as per schedule.
  1. (a) (i) The budget for the proposed clinic is R31 million;

(ii) The budget will be allocated during the 2016-2017 financial year.

(b) The clinic is expected to be in operation in 2018.

END.

16 July 2015 - NW1861

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) With reference to the protest action that was embarked on by staff members of the Fisheries sector of his department at the beginning of May, has a memorandum of grievances been handed over to his department; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of their grievances, (b) which grievances have been attended to, (c) what actions were taken when attending to each grievance, (d)(i) which grievances have not yet been attended to and (ii) why have they not been attended to? NW2082E

Reply:

(a) - Yes

The list of demands is as follows:

  1. All vacant positions including all other posts beyond 12 levels in DAFF must be filled no later than Friday, 1 May 2015 to fulfil all departmental mandates (Food Security, Job creation and Economic Growth) and an end to chronic staff shortage we have at the moment.
  2. Finalise the integration of the three sector branches ( Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).
  3. Union representation to ensure compliance to government legislation.
  4. Improve the skills development plans of the officials in the department.
  5. Prioritise the departmental visits including to remote offices and sites.
  6. Equal pay for work of equal value.
  7. Forensic investigation
  8. Implementation of the Public Service Commission recommendation against the irregular appointment of Ms L Bouwer, Director: Human Recources Management.
  9. Immediate changes in the employer’s delegation at Departmental Bargaining Chamber.
  10. Immediate implementation of the sent inputs of the reviewed policies.

(b) All the grievances have been attended to.

(c) A letter dated 7 March 2015 was forwarded to the Chairperson of NEHAWU addressing the demands contined in their memorundum dated 22 April 2015. The department responded as follows in each of the demands listed below:

  1. All vacant positions including all other posts beyond 12 levels in DAFF must be filling no later than Friday, 1 May 2015, to fulfil all departmental mandates (food security, job creation and economic growth) and an end to a chronic staff shortage we have at the moment.

Response from the department.

The Department has considered this demand. However, it is not possible to fill all the vacant positions on such short notice due to the recruitment and selection processes which must be complied with as well as the financial constraints as a result of the budget cuts.

2. Finalise the integration of the three sector branches (Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).

Response from the department.

The process of integration of the three branches has commenced and Organised Labour will continuously be consulted at the DBC in this regard.

3. Union representation to ensure compliance to government legislation.

Response from the department.

The Department has management structures and any issues with labour impact will be dealt with in terms of the Labour Relations Act, No. 66 of 1995, at the DBC and through the dispute resolution processes, where the need arises.

Furthermore, you are required to take note that as NEHAWU members you are also employees of the Department. No employees participate in management structures. The legitimate forum for consultation or engagement with unions is the DBC.

4.  Improve the skills development plans of the officials in the department.

Response from the department.

The Department has a HRD Strategy and a HR Plan. In addition, every employee has a Work Plan and Personal Development Plan in terms of the Employee Performance Management System (EPMDS). All individual cases should be dealt with in terms of the relevant policy and applicable procedures. In addition, the Department has an Internal Training and Development Committee (ITDC) at which Organised Labour is represented.

5.  Prioretise the departmental visits including to remote offices and sites.

Action taken by the department.

The Employer, with Organised Labour, conducted various operational visits to outside offices under the auspices of the DBC in the previous financial year. The proposed recommendations are due to be discussed at EXCO and MANCO due to their financial implications. Feedback will be provided at the DBC.

6.  Equal pay for work of equal value.

Response from the department.

The Department acknowledges this demand and will take the necessary steps to address the issue as it is also on the agenda of the DBC. Progress in this regard will be provided at this forum.

7.  Forensic investigation

Response from the department.

It is a legal requirement that all SMS members disclose their financial interests on an annual basis. The office of the Public Service Commission as well as the Office of the Auditor-General monitors such disclosures on an annual basis. It will be appreciated if NEHAWU could indicate the basis for the allegations to enable the Department to conduct forensic investigations.

8.  Implementation of the Public Service Commission recommendation against the irregular appointment of Ms L Bouwer, Director: Human Recources Management.

Response from the department.

A letter dated 25 October 2014 was forwarded to Mr M Mahamba, Branch Secretary of NEHAWU responding to the allegations regarding the appointment of the Director: Human Resources Management (Ms L Bouwer) without following the normal recruitment and selection processes.

9.  Immediate changes in the employer’s delegation at Departmental Bargaining Chamber.

Response from the department.

Employer representatives have been duly appointed to serve at the DBC.

10.  Immediate implemantation of the sent inputs of the reviewed policies.

Response from the department.

All relevant inputs on policies made at multilateral meetings needs the due policy development processes. In order to fast track the policy development process, it is advised that Organised Labour provides inputs at the first consultation process.

(d)(i) All the grievances have been addressed.

(d)(ii) Not applicable.

 

16 July 2015 - NW2491

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What is the total number of applications for unabridged birth certificates that have been received by his department during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 and (b) how many applications were received by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (2) how many of the specified applications for unabridged birth certificates were (a) processed and (b) issued by each (i) regional and (ii) branch office on a monthly basis; (3) how many applications for unabridged birth certificates can his department (a) process and (b) issue per day; (4) what is the Key Performance Indicator with regard to issuing unabridged birth certificates in terms of his department’s Annual Performance Plan; (5) what is the total amount received by his department in respect of applications for unabridged birth certificate applications during the period 1 May 2014 to 31 May 2015?

Reply:

(1)(a) There are 185 641 applications for Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) that have been received by the department during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015.

(1)(b)(i-ii) According to available information the number of UBC applications received and processed during the period 01 May 2014 to 31 May 2015 at the department’s 9 regions / provinces and ready for collection are as follows:

Eastern Cape: 11 408

Free State: 5 589

Gauteng: 75 685

Kwazulu-Natal: 39 952

Limpopo: 4 645

Mpumalanga: 7 401

North West: 4 967

Northern Cape: 2 527

Western Cape: 33 467

 

(3)(a) The processing of UBC is dependent on the number of applications lodged on a particular day, and is a voluntary process.

(3(b) The issuance per day is dependent on the number of clients that come forth after notification was given to them, via an sms, that the UBC application is ready for collection.

(4)    6 to 8 weeks.

(5)   185 641

15 July 2015 - NW2544

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the application made on 23 September 2014 by a certain person (name furnished) for a vault copy of his birth certificate which has still not been processed by the Department of Home Affairs (details furnished), (a) why has nothing as yet been forthcoming, despite repeated requests for information from his department, (b) on what date is the application expected to be completed and the certificate issued to the specified person, (c) what are the full reasons for the delay in issuing this document and (d) what steps have been taken to ensure that this type of delay and lack of feedback to applicants by his department does not occur in the future?

Reply:

(a-c) Applications for both a computerised unabridged and a vault copy of birth certificate were captured on the system on 6 October 2014. However, due to an oversight on the part of the official who received the application, only the computerised unabridged birth certificate was processed on 10 October 2014 and printed at the office of application on 13 October 2014. The vault copy was processed on 29 June 2015.

(d) The Department has put in place mechanisms where clients can enquire about the progress on their applications through its call centre. In addition it will strengthen the current controls and monitoring of these areas.

15 July 2015 - NW2378

Ms V van Dyk to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the cause of the delay in publishing the (a) policy and (b) policy directions for the rapid deployment and provisioning of electronic communications facilities as stipulated in the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014;

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

(1)(a)&(b) The development of the policy and policy directions have been delayed due to the complexity of the task and a lack of dedicated staff within the Department to carry out the extensive consultation required.

(2)(a) Analysys Mason

(2)(b) Analysys Mason was appointed through a process managed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) from National Treasury, who is assisting the Department with several aspects of the implementation of the National Broadband Policy (SA Connect).

(2)(c)(i) The contract price is R 3.65 million

(2)(c)(ii) The consultant has been appointed to assist the Department in developing the Rapid Deployment Policy and Policy Directions and to consult with affected stakeholders. It is expected that the Rapid Deployment Policy should have been developed by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

15 July 2015 - NW2311

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What amount has Sentech invested in building South Africa’s digital broadcasting infrastructure and application system before March 2015, (b) what amount of this equipment and these systems are still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranties and (c) how many are operating without a manufacturer’s warranty?

Reply:

I have been advised by Sentech as follows:

  1. R1 287 609 781. 84.

(b-c) The Manufactures warranties cover equipment for maximum period of 24 months. The table below provides a span of equipment for active components of the DTT networks. There is a total of 4712 DTT assets amounting to R447 663 469 that falls outside manufacturers’ warranties (highlighted in yellow) and a total of 3206 assets amounting to R324 058 305 falling within manufacturers’ warranty period (highlighted in green).

Acquisition year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Warranty expiry date

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Acquisition value

R63 056 479

R91 020 130

R82 065 010

R91 433 270

R120 088 580

R30 067 142

R229 562 145

R64 429 018

R771 721 774

Total assets

328

936

1551

583

1314

1655

1077

474

7918

Warranty status

Out of warranty period

Within warranty period

15 July 2015 - NW2515

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Is the Ernst and Young forensic report on the University of Limpopo for the 2013-14 financial year publically available; if not, why not, if so, which (a) department or (b) departmental official is the custodian of the report?

Reply:

No. The forensic report on the University of Limpopo for the 2013/14 financial year is not publically available as it contains confidential information with regards to untested allegations against individuals and in order to avoid the infringement of the fundamental rights of individuals mentioned in the report, I will not be able to release the report.

Compiler/contact persons:

Ext:

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

STATUS:

DATE:

REPLY TO QUESTION 2515 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

STATUS:

DATE:

15 July 2015 - NW2374

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What was the revenue received by the SA Post Office (SAPO) from the Universal Postal Union for each month from 1 June 2014 to 30 April 2015?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office as follows:-

SAPO does not receive revenue from Universal Postal Union.

15 July 2015 - NW2383

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) Which legal firm is conducting the disciplinary hearings in respect of his department’s staff members implicated in the Media Corner deal,

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

  1. The Office of the State Attorney instructed advocates from the Johannesburg Bar.

(b)The DG instructed the State Attorney, and the State Attorney appointed advocates.

(c)(i) Adv. M. Mooki (Initiator) - R 1100 per hour

Adv. Z. Z. Matebese (Chairperson) - R 1200 per hour

Adv. V. D. Ntsweni (Chairperson) – R 850 per hour

Adv. M. E. Mathaphuna (Chairperson) – R 750 per hour

Adv. M. A. Mavodze(Chairperson) – R 1050 per hour

Adv. M. S. Shaba (Chairperson) – R 1250 per hour

Adv. S. B. Mhlapo (Chairperson) – R 700 per hour

(c)(ii) Adv. M. Mooki (Initiator) – R 267 352.80

Adv. Z. Z. Matebese (Chairperson) – R 158 004

Adv. M. S. Shaba (Chairperson) – R 191 662.50

Adv. S. B. Mhlapo (Chairperson) – R 83 790

(iii) Yes, the payments of three chairpersons who have not yet submitted invoices.

15 July 2015 - NW2309

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Were any external consultants involved in Phase One of Government’s broadband roll-out plan; if so, (a) how were they chosen, (b) what was the scope of their involvement and (c) what amount were they paid? NW2670

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

  1. Yes, External consultants were sourced to assist and provide support in the development of the Business Case.

The CSIR was chosen as a result of its access to broadband infrastructure info at a national scale.

The Department’s primary support was provided by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which assisted with the infrastructure information used to conduct the infrastructure gap analysis.

(b) Through the assistance of the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) who facilitated a competitive procurement process for service providers, the Department was also able to source the assistance of Deloitte to provide financial and procurement advisory services. The support of Deloitte assisted the department with the development of a financial model that could cost the project as part of the development of the business case.

(c) CSIR was paid R 5,643,000 and Deloitte was paid R850, 000

15 July 2015 - NW2376

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Since his reply to question 416 on 27 March 2015, how many (a) persons are stationed and employed at the International
Mail Centre situated at Jet Park in Johannesburg as at 31 May 2015 and (b) of these persons are employed (i) as (aa) management, (bb) permanent, (cc) casual and (dd) temporary staff and (ii) by third parties such as the SA Police Service and the SA Revenue Service?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

  1. The total number of people employed at Johannesburg International Mail Centre (JIMC) is 237.

(b)(i) (aa) Management 5

(bb) Permanent 211

(cc) Casuals 21

15 July 2015 - NW2382

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the status of his department’s disciplinary hearings of staff involved in the Media Corner deal,

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

  1. One Deputy Director-General: Still in progress

One Deputy Director-General: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Personal Assistant: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Departmental Bid Adjudicating Committee: Still in progress

Departmental Bid Evaluation Committee: Still in progress

  1. 12
  1. Two employees: Salary level 15

One employee: Salary level 8

Six employees: Salary level 13

One employee: Salary level 14

One employee: Salary level 11

One employee: Salary level 9

15 July 2015 - NW2307

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What are the relevant details of Phase One of the Government’s broadband roll-out project, (b) what amount did it cost, (c) what is the breakdown of the amounts spent and (d) from which (i) department and/or (ii) programme were the funds allocated?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) Government will rollout broadband services in Eight District Municipalities targeting schools, health facilities, police stations, post offices and other government facilities. The eight districts are:

• Dr Kenneth Kaunda

• Gert Sibande

• O.R. Tambo

• Pixley ka Seme

• Thabo Mofutsanyane

• Umgungundlovu

• Umzinyathi

• Vhembe

This rollout programme represents the first phase of the national implementation of the Digital Development strategic pillar of South Africa Connect and it is delivered parallel to the programmes initiated by Gauteng and the Western Cape Province in an effort to deliver on the targets set in the National Broadband policy. The project will deliver the connectivity services via a mix of technologies in line with the South Africa Connect Policy objectives.

(b-d) National Treasury has allocated a total of R739 million over the MTEF for the programme. For the first phase, R200 Million has been allocated. The funds have been allocated as follows:

No

Year

DTPS Request

NT Allocation

1

2015/16

R 225 402 697

R 200 000 000

2

2016/17

R 516 343 210

R 268 300 000

3

2017/18

R 719 525 698

R 271 700 000

MTEF Sub-Totals

R 1 416 024 135

R 739 000 000

15 July 2015 - NW2375

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) How many foreign mail items were (i) received by the Johannesburg International Mail Centre in (aa) February, (bb) March and (cc) April 2015 and (ii) stopped for processing by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Division in each of the specified months and (b) what was the time period to process these items in each specified month;

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

1(a)(i) (aa) February 2015 - 56 161

(bb) March 2015 - 59 138

(cc) April 2015 - 60 010

(ii) All items are subject to import duties and are processed by SAPO. South African Revenue Service (SARS) stops items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

(b) The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

2. The South African Police Service (SAPS) work in conjunction with SARS to stop items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

No arrests have been made by SAPS for this period.

15 July 2015 - NW2373

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

With reference to the SA Post Office’s (SAPO) membership of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), has his department officially notified the UPU (a) of the split in the Ministry of Communications and (b) that SAPO now falls under his department; if so, when?

Reply:

(a) The Department is an active member of the UPU and is in regular communication with the International Bureau of the UPU. I have met with the Director-General of the UPU, Ambassador Bishar Hussein of Kenya, in South Africa on the 6 August 2014, and provided an update of developments within the administration of the South African government relating to Telecommunications and Postal Services. Previously officials from the UPU had also been briefed by officials from DTPS as they interact on an ongoing basis.

(b) As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is the responsible Department for postal matters, including South Africa’s membership of the UPU, it follows that SAPO falls under DTPS. The UPU has been requested to update their website to record the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, instead of the Department of Communications.

15 July 2015 - NW2310

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) How will the R270 million allocated to the broadband sub-programme in the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure support programme be spent in the 2015-16 financial year, (b) what tenders have been invited for the projects to be funded by this sub-programme and (c)(i) on what date were the tenders published and (ii) what is the number of the Government Gazette in which the tenders were published?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) R 21 million has been allocated for Broadband Planning; and

R 200 million has been allocated for South Africa Connect.

The department will be buying services for the 8 identified districts from a service provider.

(b) No tenders have been issued for the implementation of the programme.

(c) N/A

15 July 2015 - NW2492

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

With regard to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into the irregularities around the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished) and noting that an application to set aside this appointment is being opposed by both Universal Service and Access Agency SA (USAASA) as well as the specified person in the High Court in Gauteng, is USAASA paying the legal costs of the specified person; if so,

Reply:

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:-

  1. The USAASA Board took a resolution to oppose the SIU Court Application. Supporting affidavits deposed by the CEO were filed by the Agency in support of its defence and to answer to the allegations involving the CEO. The Agency is therefore paying all the legal costs.
  1. The CEO will not be held liable for any legal costs incurred in the event the application is unsuccessful. The reason for this is that, the CEO is not defending this matter in his personal capacity. The Board is defending the matter because it is the Board’s decision to appoint the CEO that is being challenged by the SIU. The Board’s decision to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi is what is at issue in this Court Case.
  1. No steps will be taken to recover the specified legal costs if a cost order is awarded against the Agency. The Agency is defending its own decision
  1. The Board, as the Accounting Authority, has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Agency. The Board exercised its mind with due diligence when it decided to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi as its CEO and when it took a resolution to defend that decision and oppose the SIU Court application.

15 July 2015 - NW2415

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to it spend on advertising in (i) The Sowetan and (ii) The Daily Sun in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and Entities as follows:-

DEPARTMENT

(a) Nil

  1. (i) SAPO R 95 722.20

SITA R 241 216.61

Others Nil

(b)(ii) SAPO - R813 297.29

Others Nil.

15 July 2015 - NW2308

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Which department or government entities were involved in the drafting of the (a) scope of the project and (b) business plan for Phase One of the Government’s Broadband Roll-out project?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) and (b) In the development of the Project scope; Phase 1 Business Case and Plan; the Department engaged and consulted critical stakeholders including State-Owned Companies (SOCs) of the department who provided insight into the national footprint of infrastructure as part of the effort to determine the infrastructure gap. Provincial departments also provided input on their broadband rollout plans to ensure that they align with South Africa Connect and are integrated into the common plan of the DTPS. The national Departments of Health, Basic Education, Rural Development, National Treasury through the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), South African Police Services and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) were consulted to develop the user requirement specification for the broadband services as part of the development of the business case.

14 July 2015 - NW2338

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the N11 road between Ladysmith and Fort Mistake in Kwazulu-Natal, (a) are there any plans to (i) rebuild and (ii) undertake major maintenance to the specified section of the road; if not; why not; if so, (aa) what are the relevant details of the work to be undertaken, (bb) when will the specified work begin, (cc) when will such work be completed, (dd) what is the budgeted cost of the specified work and (ee) when will the tender be advertised; (2) what provision has been made for general workers to be recruited from communities who live within 10km from the specified road; if no provision has been made, why not?

Reply:

  1. (i) (ii) The project consists of two phases: Rehabilitation of the N11 from Nkunzi River Bridge to One tree Hill which includes the sections between Sunset Rest and Fort Mistake. This phase of the project is 14,3 km long and was completed in April 2015. The total cost of the works were R255,5 million (rounded) including VAT and CPA.

The second phase between Ladysmith and Nkuzi River Bridge is in the design phase. The honourable member has unfortunately confused the locations of the project limits.

(aa) The first phase of the project that includes Sunset Rest and Fort Mistake consisted of, inter alia, the rehabilitation of the pavement and widening the cross section to 13,4 m. Your question NW2712E also makes reference to this portion of the road.

(bb)  As stated above, the first phase is complete. Construction of phase 2 will commence subsequent to the completion of the design and all relevant legislative permissions have been obtained; It is intended that this Contract commence around November 2015.

(cc) It is envisaged that the construction period will be between 18 and 24 months.

(dd)  The cost of construction is estimated at R850m.

(ee) The advertisement date will be determined once the design and legislative requirements have been finalised.

(2) SANRAL is committed to community development and allows for use of local labour on all its projects. The general labour will be recruited from the local communities.

14 July 2015 - NW2223

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether the Government had conducted any in depth analysis of townships and informal settlement areas to determine whether the residents who stay there were enjoying their full rights as set out in section 24(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

Yes

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The environment sector is mandated to ensure environmental sustainability in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No. 108 of 1996); the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA), as amended; as well as other Specific Environmental Management Acts (SEMAs). The right to a safe and healthy environment which is not dangerous to human life, which is enshrined in the Constitution, makes it imperative that there should be a balance between addressing the current development needs and protecting the natural environment. The principles set out in Chapter 1 of the Constitution lay a solid foundation on how environmental justice could be realised and participation in environmental governance ensured. The NEMA and all its SEMAs are all premised on these principles, and embedded in them are specific provisions, tools, systems and structures to ensure that the environmental right is realised and the above principles are adhered to.

In response to these legislative imperatives, the environmental sector (National and Provincial Departments of Environmental Affairs) in consultation with other stakeholders (South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and municipalities developed a five year Local Government Support Strategy for the Environment Sector, 2014-2019. In drafting the strategy, a survey was conducted to determine the level of capacity of municipalities to deal with environmental management and governance. The questionnaire specifically sought to determine the level of compliance by all 278 municipalities with NEMA and SEMAs. Questionnaires were differentiated in terms of municipal geographic location (inland/coastal) and environmental functions each municipality is expected to perform. The scores (converted into percentages) were then used to divide municipalities into three categories as follows: 0-29% = Establishment Phase, 30-59% = Consolidation Phase,
60% upwards = Sustainability Phase. The results of the survey were as follows:

  • Local Municipalities (LMs): 51% establishment phase, 41% consolidation phase, 8% sustainability phase
  • District Municipalities (DMs): 32% establishment phase, 48% consolidation phase, 20% sustainability phase
  • Metropolitan Municipalities (Metros): 0% establishment phase, 11% consolidation phase, 89% sustainability phase

Based on these findings, the implementation plan was developed to address challenges identified. In 2014/15, specific focus was given to the establishment and formalisation of environmental governance structures within municipalities to provide a platform of engagement with all citizens on environmental governance structures. These structures were successfully established and they are now operational. The performance of these structures is monitored through the 2015/16 Implementation Plan, and reports are provided to the relevant Intergovernmental Structures. Below is an outline of specific interventions for key thematic areas i.e. Air Quality and Climate Change; Waste Management.

  1. AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Prior to the advent of democracy, little was known about the quality of ambient air that the majority of the citizens of South Africa were breathing, as well as the potential health impact of that quality of air. However, since the dawn of democracy a number of measures have been put into motion to address this challenge. The use of coal and other energy sources that result in air pollution poses a major threat to citizens enjoying their full rights as set out in section 24(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act No. 39 of 2004) and the subsequent development of its National Framework for Air Quality Management in South Africa, the Department has facilitated, in partnership with the different spheres of government; the initiation of ambient air quality monitoring programmes.

The main objectives for monitoring are to provide information fundamental to decision-making; identifying air pollution that is non-compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); and defining intervention strategies to evaluate the efficacy of air quality management strategies. Ambient air quality monitoring is also being used to identify areas in need of restoration and their prioritisation, such as in the national air quality priority areas of Vaal Triangle, Highveld and Waterberg-Bojanala. Currently, there are close to 85 government owned ambient air quality monitoring stations across the country. The stations monitor a range of criteria pollutants, including ozone (O3), particulate matter (both PM10 and PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (nitrogen dioxide NO2, and nitric acid NO), lead (Pb), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and the relevant meteorological parameters.

The observations from the ambient air quality monitoring networks have informed the development of air quality management plans (AQMPs) by all spheres of government, in accordance with the air quality management challenges faced. Municipalities, for example, are required to have these AQMPs incorporated in their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs). This requirement elevates air quality issues in the planning processes of each of the municipalities.

The Department has developed priority area AQMPs, and has allocated specific funding for the implementation of these plans. In addition, and as part of the implementation of these plans, the Department has established Implementation Task Teams (ITTs) and Multi-Stakeholder Reference Group (MSRGs). These structures, amongst other things, facilitate the participation of communities in tackling air quality challenges facing them. There has been an increase in the participation of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in these areas, and the Department acknowledges that awareness is key in addressing air quality issues in these areas.

The Department is also in the final stages of developing the Strategy to Address Pollution in Dense, Low Income Communities. The objectives of this strategy are:

  • to establish a forum that will ensure that the interventions that address air pollution in dense low-income communities are carried out in a coordinated manner, with integration of policies and interventions from various departments/institutions;
  • to facilitate, through the forum, the implementation of interventions within air pollution priority areas in order to ensure the air that is not harmful to health and wellbeing;
  • to plan and co-ordinate the implementation of future interventions to address the problem; and
  • to monitor and report progress annually to the Minister of Environmental Affairs.

The strategy offers a great opportunity for all the identified role players to work together and improve on the gains made thus far in tackling air quality challenges that are faced by the citizens of the Republic.

2.  WASTE MANAGEMENT

Government through Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) undertakes surveys at different intervals to establish trends in many different aspects, including provision of services. The Department works closely with Stats SA in relation to monitoring waste service in the country.

Waste services seem to be low in rural areas. However, we have discovered that this could be due to lack of understanding of the different service levels for waste services. The National Waste Collection Standards prescribe different service levels for different geographic areas. The Department is therefore currently capacitating municipalities on these collection standards. Municipalities are in turn required to educate their communities to ensure accurate reporting.

The Department also developed a number of waste management tools/measures to protect the environment and human health of all South African citizens by making sure that impact is managed appropriately.

These include:

  • Waste Management and Classification Regulations; Norms and Standards for Assessment of Waste for Disposal; and Norms and Standards for Assessment of Landfill for waste disposal – which regulates the management classification of wastes in a manner that supports and implements the provisions of the Waste Act and prescribes the requirements and timeframes for management of certain wastes, among others.
  • Draft Healthcare Risk Waste Management Regulations – which sets minimum requirements for management of waste from healthcare facilities, from cradle to grave.
  • Licenses to ensure that facilities are operated in compliance with environmental legislation, ensuring that impacts are managed to protect the environment and human health.

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14 July 2015 - NW2237

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

 

(a) Yes

(aa)

(i) R580 597,82

(ii) Ms MP Mbengashe, Chief Director

(iii) The parties agreed to terminate the contract.

iSimangaliso

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African Weather Service

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African National Parks

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

South African National Biodiversity Institute

(b) No

(bb)

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

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14 July 2015 - NW2402

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

Since his reply to question 2324 on 18 June 2015, what progress has been made with regard to case 32/5/15 reported at the Edenvale Police Station?

Reply:

Edenvale CAS 32/05/2015, the matter is still under investigation. Positive fingerprints were lifted on the scene, but he owner of the fingerprints is still not identified; meaning that the suspect is still unknown. Once identified, he/she will be traced.

14 July 2015 - NW2351

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to the rebuilding and maintenance of the N11 road between Sunset Rest and Fort Mistake in KwaZulu-Natal which is complete or is nearing completion, (a) how many general workers (i) were or (ii) are recruited from communities who live within 10km of the road, (b) why were not all general workers recruited from local communities and (c) what are the relevant details of general workers who are not from the local communities?

Reply:

The contract for the rehabilitation of the N11 from Nkunzi River Bridge to One tree Hill was completed in April 2015.

(a)(i)&(ii) I do not see the significance of the 10 km distance; surely the honourable member is not suggesting that communities from within the locality of the project but beyond the 10 km that was approximately 14,3 km long, should not be employed.

(b) I trust that the honourable member is not suggesting that skilled labour is termed as general labour? In terms of the Contract, the contractor is permitted to bring onto site its skilled employees.

(c ) The general labourers were sourced from within the local communities.

14 July 2015 - NW2363

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the relevant details of each outstanding water use license agreement in respect of each province? (2) What is the (a) date on which the application for a water use license was made, (b) reason for delay and (c) expected date of finalisation?

Reply:

(1) The relevant details of outstanding water use licence applications (WULAs) in respect of each Province appear on Table 1 below.

Table 1: WULAs in process at the Department

Provincial Operation

Initial Assessment

Outstanding Information

Finalizing Assessment

Awaiting decision

Total

Eastern Cape

17

50

25

0

92

Free State

39

35

20

1

95

Gauteng

43

38

12

4

97

KwaZulu-Natal

6

33

10

0

49

Limpopo

52

24

125

0

201

Mpumalanga

266

30

31

1

328

Northern Cape

29

17

27

2

75

North West

123

38

40

0

201

Western Cape

121

10

57

0

188

Head Office

24

74

11

95

204

Total

720

349

358

103

1530

(2)(a) The year on which the application was made as depicted in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Year of application of water use licences in the Department

Provincial Operation

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Eastern Cape

0

11

8

26

30

17

92

Free State

0

16

16

22

41

0

95

Gauteng

3

12

23

15

43

1

97

KwaZulu-Natal

0

16

9

9

15

0

49

Limpopo

1

16

42

67

75

0

201

Mpumalanga

0

74

102

47

77

28

328

Northern Cape

0

2

13

23

28

9

75

North West

20

38

45

49

43

6

201

Western Cape

8

4

25

49

80

22

188

Head Office

96

67

27

13

1

0

204

Total

128

256

310

320

433

83

1530

(2)(b) Reasons for delays in water use licence applications are:

  • Outstanding information from applicants, mainly in a form of technical on site studies.
  • Complexity of applications and volumes of supporting documents.
  • Internal specialist inputs are intensive and hence the turnaround time is protracted.

(2)(c) The expected dates of completion of the water use licence application.

Table 3: Expected dates of completion of the water use licence applications per category

Category

Number of WULAs

Expected date of completion

Initial Assessment

720

30-Mar-16

Outstanding Information

349

30-Dec-15

Finalizing Assessment

358

31-Oct-15

Await decision

103

30-Sep-15

Total

1530

 

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14 July 2015 - NW2403

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Police

Since his reply to question 2324 on 18 June 2015, what progress has been made with regard to case 89/5/15 reported at the Edenvale Police Station?

Reply:

Edenvale CAS 89/05/2015. The fingerprints that were lifted are linked to the manager of the company because the vehicle that was hijacked is also the company car. The car was recovered and is at the pound. The vehicle circulation is cancelled. The suspects are unknown. Recovery statement is outstanding. The docket will be closed as undetected.

14 July 2015 - NW1849

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

How many public servants have successfully completed (a) Module 1 and (b) all the further modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme for public servants since its inception?

Reply:

(1) (a)(b) 10 087 public servants have successfully completed Module of the Compulsory Induction Programme and 3 685 public servants have completed all further Modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme.

14 July 2015 - NW2361

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether any Gauteng municipalities owe money to the SA National Roads Agency Limited for e-tolls; if so, (a) which municipalities and (b) what amount do they owe; (2) how many municipality vehicles are registered with an e-tag in respect of each municipality in Gauteng?

Reply:

There are municipalities with outstanding invoices. However, since it is an outstanding invoice, it may still be in process to be paid by the particular municipality and payment thereof is awaited.

(1)

(2) municipality vehicles are registered with an e-tag in respect of each municipality in Gauteng

(a) List of Municipalities

(b) Amount Owed

 

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

R351644

740

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

R1796445 & R41938.38 (two accounts)

no information found on System using search criteria as described

Sedibeng District Municipality

R4026.45

47

Emfuleni Local Municipality

R127685

No cars registered with an e-tag

Lesedi Local Municipality

R111294

26

Midvaal Local Municipality

R3395

110

As the honourable member is aware the new etoll dispensation makes provision for all debtors to qualify for a 60% discount. Thus all the above amounts will be reduced by 60%.

14 July 2015 - NW2495

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What has been the economic impact of the e-toll system on the Gauteng province since its introduction, (b) how was this impact measured and (c) how was the impact on traffic congestion on roads in Gauteng measured and ascertained?

Reply:

(a) I am informed that the overall economic impact was positive. As a result of the additional road capacity, delays on the road network were substantially decreased, and traffic growth of more than 20% in many instances could be accommodated. Improvements in travel speeds/reduced congestion was also confirmed by independent studies (refer to reports from Congestion survey by Tom Tom). Furthermore, the development that took place in the immediate vicinity of upgraded interchanges such as Lynnwood, Atterbury, Garsfontein, John Vorster, Allandale, etc reflects the positive impact the road improvement project had on Gauteng. As was demonstrated in various economic studies, the project renders a high return on investment and a B:C ratio of 8 to 1. The Panel to investigate the social and economic impact of the GFIP made amongst others the following conclusions (the full report is available from the Gauteng Province):

The impact of the GFIP in the GCR economy;

Reduced Travel time benefits:

  • 45 000 hours at morning peak
  • Average speed increase of 64 km/hr (without GFIP) to 100 km/hr (with GFIP)
  • Average speed increase on secondary routes from 40km/hr to 48 km/hr

Reduced vehicle operating costs (5% to 20% depending on route and distance)

  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Reduced maintenance costs

Improved logistics efficiencies

Improved travel conditions

  • Enhanced safety
  • Rapid response emergency services and prevention of secondary accidents (1 400 / month)

(b)Sees (a) above

(c) SANRAL has various counting stations on the freeway network as well as parallel routes to the freeway network that counts traffic on an ongoing basis. The graphs below provides an indication, based on the situation in 2014, what the impact of the GFIP on traffic speeds on both the freeways and supporting road network was with and without the toll roads as well as before and after the tolling of the freeways commenced.

As can be seen from the graphs below, the conditions on the freeways and alternative roads are substantially better than what it would have been if the GFIP was not implemented, even after toll collection commenced.

Freeways & Alternatives Routes. See Annexure A

14 July 2015 - NW2549

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1600 on 19 May 2015, whether she will provide relevant information regarding a certain case (details furnished) between certain persons (names and details furnished); (2) will she provide clarity regarding the arrangement with Prodiba which the article (details furnished) suggest are on a month by month agreement, specifically with respect to (a) the decryption keys and (b) any intention to license the decryption keys given the uncertainty around Prodiba; (3) how does her department intend dealing with companies interested in legally licensing the decryption keys from her department as the owner of such decryption keys in order to provide effective software solutions for the country’s businesses; (4) who would the prospective licensed users contact to discuss the criteria and process?

Reply:

  1. The Department does not have any relations with Prodiba and as such, any access of department property by Prodiba is illegal. You are therefore referred to the recent North Gauteng high Court order of the 22 April 2015, Case No. 34273/12 and the latest constitutional court judgment of the 27 May 2015.
  2. The Court order stated in (1) above refers, there is no month to month contract agreement between the Department and Prodiba, Note that as from the 5th May 2015, the Driving License Card Account (DLCA), a trading entity under the Department of Transport took over all services that were previously provided by Prodiba.
  3. The Department does not intend to, in the short to medium term, commercialize the use of the decryption key, especially given the provision of the POPI Act.
  4. Given the response in (3) above, there is therefore no contact persons in this regard

14 July 2015 - NW2420

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer to the response in NA 1128 published on 26 March 2015.

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14 July 2015 - NW1426

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Does her department have a Regulatory Burden Reduction strategy in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the strategy?

Reply:

Yes. Cabinet has recently approved the Socio Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) which is effective from 1 June 2015. The SEIAS requires that government departments must, before developing any policy, regulations and legislation, ensure that they take steps to minimize the unintended consequences of such policy, regulations and legislation, including unnecessary costs of implementation and compliance. The SEIAS further requires government departments to anticipate implementation risks and develop measures to mitigate such risks.

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14 July 2015 - NW1878

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Since 1 January 2015, has her department installed generators at any of (a) its offices or (b) the offices of the entities reporting to her as a result of load shedding; if so, what is the total cost of the (i) installation and (ii) running of these generators?

Reply:

No generators were installed at any of my Department’s and Entities offices for load shedding purposes.

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14 July 2015 - NW2499

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to her reply to Question 1750 on 26 May 2015, (a) what monitoring mechanisms exist to monitor the South African Taxi Council, (b) what were(i) the key performance areas and (ii) the actual key performance outcomes in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

(a) In terms of the PFMA, Act of 1999, with specific reference to section 38(j), The Department annual secures written assurance from SANTACO that it implements effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems. The aforesaid is in the form a Memorandum of Agreement signed annually between the Department and SANTACO. SANTACO receives the funding through quarterly payments, and they are also required to submit quarterly reports on expenditure.

(b) (i) The management and performance of SANTACO is overseen by its National Executive Committee. The Department in its Memorandum of Agreement oversees only the financial performance of SANTACO to ensure that there is transparency and accountability of the funds transferred.

(b)(aa) Please refer to response in (b) (i) above

(b) (cc) Please refer to response in (b) (i) above

 

14 July 2015 - NW2537

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

Whether the police were using regional Facebook sites, WhatsApp and Instagram, amongst other social media applications, as necessary tools to obtain instant information on criminal activities and to give out instant alerts either to warn people of crime or to request people to be on the lookout for criminals who were fleeing from crime scenes at that time; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Social media tools are active and being used within the SAPS. The following are the reasons SAPS has chosen to be active on social media platforms;

  • To offer the organisation a way of interacting with the citizens on issues relating to crime, and various events/campaigns.
  • To build a trustworthy relationship and a sense of community by engaging with each other thus improving the organization’s reputation with the community.
  • To provide a forum for people to ask questions and report crime/successes.
  • To spread knowledge quickly and with minimal effort that could protect your community, help catch suspects, find missing persons, etc.
  • To place crime alerts warning the public of criminals using specific modus operandi, vehicles to look out for etc.
  • Rapid exchange of information.
  • To provide public education.

14 July 2015 - NW2367

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether the cyanobacteria is present in the (a) Hartebeespoort Dam, (b) Vaal Dam, (c) Spitskop Dam, (d) Barberspan, (e) Koppies Dam and (f) Chrissiesmeer; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she can provide the results of each of the water tests done at each of the specified dams since 1 January 2011; if not, why not; if so, what are the results in each case; (3) whether she has taken any steps to resolve the problem of the presence of cyanobacteria in the specified dams; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what danger does the bacteria cyanobacteria pose to standing water bodies?

Reply:

  1. The Department does not currently monitor Barberspan or Chrissiesmeer for cyanobacteria, as they do not form part of the National Eutrophication Monitoring Programme (focused on dams). Both Barberspan and Chrissiesmeer are viewed as wetlands and will form part of the National Wetlands Monitoring Programme, which is currently being designed and will be implemented in 2016. For the other dams, the most recently available cyanobacterial counts are listed in the table below:

Dam

Cyanobacterial count (cells/ml)

(including Anabeana, Arthrospira, Cylindrospermopsis, Lyngbya, Merismopedia, Microcystis and Oscillatoria

Hartbeespoort

22 342

Vaal

33 524

Spitskop

7 851

Koppies

Not available

2. Results can be provided for all the dams since 2011 as requested, except Barberspan and Chrissiesmeer. The data information can be viewed on the Directorate’s website - https://www.dwa.gov.za/iwqs.

3. Addressing cyanobacteria in dams requires a multidisciplinary approach with its foundation in catchment management.  Nutrient loading resulting from run-off in catchment where the dam is located, is the main reason for cyanobacterial blooms.

This loading takes place as a result of, inter alia, overloaded and / or dysfunctional waste water treatment works and agricultural run-off. DWS addresses this through collaboration with and guidance to local authorities, whom is responsible for operating these waste water treatment works.  The Green Drop project is an example of this, where the efficient operation of wastewater treatment works by municipalities is audited and scored.  Based on the outcome of this evaluation, guidance is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to municipalities to assist them with adhering to the license conditions of the waste water treatment works. 

The DWS has also recently acquired the services of Cuban engineers to assist local municipalities with the improved operation of their waste water treatment works.

The Department developed a set of guidelines for eutrophication management, including best agricultural practices which, if implemented by farmers, will reduce the nutrient loading resulting from agricultural run-off.

A specific project on the Hartbeespoort Dam to address the water quality remediation, which includes the treatment of cyanobacterial blooms, is the Metsi a Me project.  This is a multidisciplinary project which addresses the remediation of dam specific water quality.

There is currently no similar scale projects on the other dams mentioned in the question, as these dams’ issues are addressed on a catchment base.

(4)    Cyanobacteria, when present in high numbers in the water column, and under conducive environmental conditions, can release a toxin, microcystin, which could pose a health risk if untreated water is consumed by humans and animals.  In addition, when the algal blooms die off and decompose, it can result in unpleasant smells, impacting on recreational users.                                        

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14 July 2015 - NW2546

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Police

Whether he has any plans to arrange for satellite police stations to be established in (a) Okholweni, Ward 1 in Nquthu, (b) Mfongosi, Ward 9 in Nkandla and (c) Emabhuqwini, Ward 2 in Nkandla, as the specified areas are plagued by stock theft and senseless murders; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a)  Okholweni: Ward 1

 

  • There is no place called Okholweni, the area is called Ukwalwini/ Ntabasibahle. Ward 1 is served by two stations namely Nquthu, and SAPS Ekombe. The biggest parts of Ward 1 are policed by SAPS Ekombe.
  • There are no plans to establish a satellite police station within the area.
  • The reasons are as follows:
  • During an Accessibility Study, consultation with the community was conducted by this office and there was no need/ request identified for the establishment of a Satellite police station in this area.
  • The area in question is within an 18km radius from the main police station. The province is currently focussing on areas with longer distances for prioritization of establishment of satellite police stations.
  • Melmoth Stock Theft Unit investigates all Stock Theft Related cases within the Ekombe policing precinct.

(b)Mfongosi: Ward 9:

  • There is already an established satellite station, Mfongosi under SAPS Ekombe.

(c)Emabhuqwini: Ward 2:

  • There are no plans to establish a satellite police station within the area.
  • The reasons are as follows:
  • During an Accessibility Study, consultation with the community was conducted by this office and there was no need/ request identified for the establishment of Satellite police stations in this area.
  • The area in question is within an 18km radius from the main police station. The province is currently focussing on areas with longer distances for prioritization of establishment of satellite police stations.
  • Melmoth Stock Theft Unit is investigates all Stock Theft Related cases within the Ekombe policing precinct.