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11 December 2014 - NW2764

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services:

(1) Whether he received an invitation to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia; if so, (2) Whether he attended any of the wedding festivities between 30 April and 3 May 2013; if so, (3) Whether he stayed overnight at the venue; if so, (a) what accommodation did he use, (b) who paid for the said accommodation, (c) what mode of transport did he use to attend the wedding festivities and (d) who paid for the travel costs? NW3416E

Reply:

 

(1) No.

(2) No.

(3) (a)- (d) falls away.

 

11 December 2014 - NW2653

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

Whether the recommendations made in the Ministerial Committee on Rural Education Report of 2005 were implemented; if not, (a) why not and (b) which recommendations were not implemented; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3298E

Reply:

Yes, all the key recommendations made in the Ministerial Committee on Rural Education Report of 2005 have been implemented through the various programmes that the Department is rolling out in all provinces.

11 December 2014 - NW2325

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether the Government’s (a) processes and (b) procedures were now in place to ensure that any state employee who (i) was dismissed from service on account of any impropriety or (ii) resigned to avoid being subjected to disciplinary proceedings had his or her details entered in an up-to-date register to preclude such a person from ever being employed within the public service again; if not, why not; if so, how was a certain person (name furnished) appointed as chief financial officer of a public entity (name furnished) after being suspended from a certain government department (name furnished)? NW2908E

Reply:

(a)(b) Government is in a process of revising the Public Service Disciplinary Code and Procedure and also Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook. This Disciplinary Code and Procedure has been tabled for negotiations at the Bargaining Council, (i)(ii) the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) working with the National Treasury will ensure that the PERSAL system respond to this kind of a need to ensure that public servants who commit acts of misconduct are precluded from entering the public service, including state institutions.

11 December 2014 - NW2460

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources:

How many work days has his department lost to (a) sick leave and (b) strike action in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

(a) The Department captured (lost) the following number of sick leave days in the years as indicated below:

(i) 15 767 in 2011/2012 financial year.

(ii) 15 646 in 2012/2013 financial year.

(iii) 21 214 in 2013/2014 financial year.


(b) The Department was not affected by any strike action during the periods indicated above.

 

 

Adv N.A Ramatlhodi
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:· .. ........ .. .. ./. ................ ./2014

11 December 2014 - NW2582

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

Whether she has ascertained through departmental inspections and any other means that (a) all schools had separate toilets for boys and girls, (b) all school toilets were clean. hygienic and functioning at all times, (c) all schools provided information in close proximity to toilets on how and why hands had to be thoroughly washed and dried as an essential habit to be acquired for good health. (d) all schools provided sanitary pads for girls and (e) all schools provided separate bins for the disposal of used sanitary pads; if not, why not: if so. what are the details of her enquiry into the matter of school toilets? NW3219E

Reply:

(a) The provision of sanitation facilities in the education sector is separated into male and female facilities. furthermore the Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for public School infrastructure provide guidance for the separation of these facilities based on the enrolment range per gender and the number of sanitary fixtures required to respond to the enrolment range, this addresses aspects on the number of boys & girls in a school against the number of toilets. basins. boys urinals. Grade R toilets and Unisex toilets catering for persons with disabilities.

(b) Yes. Not all toilets are clean, hygienic and functional at all times. Some areas use the pit system which is not easy to maintain. Another challenge that renders school toilets not functional at all times is the lack of water supply to schools. In some cases, the toilets are old, unrepaired and sewerage systems not being regularly serviced by local municipalities.

(c) Yes. during monitoring, one of the areas observed is whether learners practice hand washing before meals. Posters on hand washing and general hygiene which were developed and distributed to schools are often observed on display to be integrated in Life Orientation by educators. Nutrition Education is a key pillar of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).

(d) Schools are not obliged to provide sanitary pads for girls. There are programmes with external partners that provide sanitary pads and reproductive health programmes to selected disadvantaged schools.

(e) The Department does not have the details on the provision of bins to dispose of sanitary pads in schools.

11 December 2014 - NW2765

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

(1) Whether he received an invitation to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia; if so, (2) whether he attended any of the wedding festivities between 30 April and 3 May 2013; if so, (3) whether he stayed overnight at the venue; if so, (a) what accommodation did he use, (b) who paid for the said accommodation, (c) what mode of transport did he use to attend the wedding festivities and (d) who paid for the travel costs?

Reply:

(1) Yes. Members of the Executive usually receive invitations from individuals and institutions, invited in their private capacity or official capacity. Weddings are generally private.

(2) No.

(3) Falls away.

11 December 2014 - NW3008

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, with regard to the implementation of the Use official Language Policy Act, Act 12 of 2012 and since the reply of the Minister of Arts and Culture to question 990 on 6 June 2013, her department implemented the Act; if not, when will the Act be implemented; if so, which languages have been adopted as official languages of her department? NW3652E

Reply:

The Act is not yet implemented

The Department of Arts and Culture has extended the date of implementation to 2 May 2015.

The Act will probably be implemented on the above date.

09 December 2014 - NW1985

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Transport:

Why are there delays in the issuing of licenses by the SA Maritime Safety Authority?

Reply:

As far as we know there are no unnecessary delays in issuing of licenses and certificates. In this instance, clarity is requested as to which specific license is being referred to herein.

09 December 2014 - NW2672

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport:

(a) How is her department involved in the feasibility study on the expansion of the Gautrain, (b) what is the progress of the feasibility study to date and (c) when will this feasibility study be completed?

Reply:

(a) The Department is represented on the Gauteng Provincial Integrated Transport Planning Steering Committee established by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as well as the Project Steering Committee dealing with the detailed feasibility studies related to the expansion of the Gauteng rail network.

(b) The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport approved the 25 year Gauteng Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25) which, based on pre-feasibility studies, identified possible rail extension to the Gauteng rail network. The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is undertaking feasibility studies in terms of National Treasury's Public Private Partnership regulations and has appointed Transaction Advisors in October 2014.

(c) The feasibility is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2015.

09 December 2014 - NW2384

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Women in The Presidency:

(1) what are the details of the programmes that she will implement in the 2014-15 financial year to ensure that women are empowered economically; (2) what are the relevant targets and indicators?

Reply:

 (1) The department plays an oversight role and does not implement programs. However we will work closely with other government departments, agencies and the private sector to promote women's socio-economic empowerment in the country.

(2) Not applicable.

09 December 2014 - NW2670

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport:

With reference to her department's replies to question 480 on 25 July 2014 and question 1130 on 17 September 2014, has the report on the Gautrain tunnel water leakage been completed as indicated, if so, what (a) are the solutions listed in this report and (b) steps are being implemented as result of the specified report? nw3315e

Reply:

(a) The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has received a report titled Tunnel Remedial Works (Principles) from the Bombela Concession Company. The report sets out a preliminary proposal that the section of tunnel be lined with waterproof membrane. This concept consists in a double water-barrier system made of a waterproofing membrane over the full periphery of the tunnel liner and a concrete liner, with water-stops at construction joints.

(b) The specific details for the waterproofing is not yet available, however, Bombela has indicated that the operations plan and preliminary designs of the waterproofing will be ready by the end of November 2014. The detailed construction plans are likely to be ready by the end of March 2015.

09 December 2014 - NW2962

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Women in The Presidency:

Whether she intends to pay bonuses to staff in her department; if, (a) what criteria has been used to award bonuses, (b) how many members will be receiving bonuses,(c) what total amount will be spent on staff bonuses and (d) was this amount budgeted? NW3607E

Reply:

Chapter 4, clause 15.3 of the SMS Handbook guides the awarding of bonuses to SMS members while the DPSA Employee Performance Management and Development System Framework (for levels 12 and below) guides the awarding of bonuses to levels 12 and below. In terms of clause 9.5 of this framework, departments must not spend more than 1.5% of their remuneration budget for bonuses.

The information requested will be available in Annual Reports once these are tabled in Parliament.


Approved be Minister on
Date : 09/12/2014

03 December 2014 - NW2376

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

Whether, with regard to her reply to question 1572 on 10 October 2014, her department has subsequently been furnished with the relevant infom1ation? NW2968E

Reply:

Yes, the Gauteng Education Depa11ment has furnished the Minister's office with the relevant information. (See attached).

02 December 2014 - NW2741

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Did (a) his department and/or (b) any entities reporting to it owe money to any Gauteng municipalities at the end of the 2013-14 financial year; if so, in respect of each specified municipality (i) what is the name of the municipality, (ii) what was the total amount owed, (iii) what was the nature of the debt, (iv) for how long has the debt been outstanding and (v) what plans are in place to recover the debt owed to the municipality by (aa) his department and/or (bb} any entities reporting to it?

Reply:

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

a)Dept.

No

Falls away

b)Entities

Council for Geoscience
(CGS) No.

Falls away

 

MINTEK Yes.

City of Johannesburg
-

R2 181 508.72

Rates & Taxes and electricity consumption

Less than 30 days.

The outstanding amount has already been paid

 

State Diamond Trade (SDT), No

Falls Away

 

South African Diamonds and Precious Metals Regulator (SADPMR), No.

Falls Away

 

Mine Health and Safety Council {MHSC), No.

Falls Away

Adv. NA Ramatlhodi
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:-........./........./2014

01 December 2014 - NW2591

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of State Security:

What amount has his department spent on promotional magazines in the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years?

Reply:

The State Security Agency (SSA) did not spend any amount on promotional magazines for the period under review.

01 December 2014 - NW2377

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

With reference to her reply to question 1966 on 24 October 20 14, (a) what steps does she intend to take to ensure that Con Amore School adheres to the norms and standards for the distribution of teaching posts to schools and (b) by \\hat date will this be done?

Reply:

(a) The Post Provisioning process involves the declaration of a basket of posts by the MEC for the province. The posts are distributed by the Provincial Department of Education using the Post Provisioning model and tool. It must be noted that given the distributive nature of post provisioning the ideal class size cannot ah\a)S be achieved in all schools and classes.

The Learners at Con Amore School were correctly weighted as prescribed in the Norms and Standards for Post provisioning. The allocation for Con Amore School is captured the table below.

 

District

Emis

Name

Post Establishment 2014

Post Establishment 2015

     

Lle 2013

PL11

HOD

DEPUTY

PRINCIPAL

TOTAL
2014

Lle 2014

PL11

HOD

DEPUTY

PRINCIPAL

TOTAL
2015

EN

260075

CON AMRESKOOL/SCHOOL

314

18

7

2

1

28

324

18

8

2

1

29

This school will be gaining I post in 2015. No further steps need to be taken as the school has been informed as to their new post establishment for 2015. It is now the responsibility of the Principal to utilize allocated personnel effectively.

(b) The new post establishment for 2015 has been issued to the school with the effective date of I January 2015. The responsibility now lies with the Principal of the school to utilize the allocated personnel correctly.

28 November 2014 - NW1926

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Greyling, Mr LW to ask the Minister of Energy

(1) With reference to the reply to question 3125 on 11 December 2013 in respect of the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years, (i) when has (aa) she and (bb) the former Minister of Energy visited the Russian Federation and (ii) in respect of each visit, which (aa) persons, (bb) businesses and/or (cc) organisations accompanied them, (iii) what meetings were held during these visits and (iv) what was discussed during each of these meetings; (2) (a) what was the total cost of each visit, (b) what is the detailed breakdown of the costs involved and (c) who paid for each item respectively?

03 November 2014 - NW1838

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

(1) What were the legal costs incurred by each (a) local, (b) district and (c) metropolitan municipality in the (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14 financial years

Reply:

(1) The detailed report on legal costs expenditure is attached to this parliamentary question. Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 is as follows:

Attached find here: Legal costs incurred by municipalities per each province for financial years

30 October 2014 - NW1954

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Did she stay at Sun City Hotel in the North West during the Gupta wedding; if so, (a) who paid for the accommodation and (b) what was the cost?

Reply:

Not applicable.


 

Approved by the Minister on
Date: 28/10/2014