Questions and Replies

11 March 2019 - NW180

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 2188 on 26 June 2018, what is the status of the devolution of rail services from the national Government to metropolitan governments?

Reply:

With reference to the reply in Parliamentary Question 2188, the Department will develop a Devolution Strategy that would allow the Department to consider the viability of developing transport functions to Metropolitan Authorities. The current status concerning rail is that no rail service has been devolved to Metropolitan Authorities.

11 March 2019 - NW183

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) Why was an amount of R 5,7 billion moved to the SA National Roads Agency Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project in his department’s Medium-term Budget Policy Statement in October 2018, (b) what are the details of the purpose(s) for which the funds will be utilized and (c) why were the funds transferred from the non-toll network’s allocation; (2) whether he has found that the specified transfer of funds was based on a rational decision in the interest of all citizens considering the need for repairs on South Africa’s non-toll road network; if so, what are the relevant details? NW193E

Reply:

1. (a) Due to the SANRAL Toll portfolio experiencing financial difficulty and in order to ensure that SANRAL does not default on its payments to investors, as well as to continue with the maintenance of the toll network across the country, funds were transferred from the non-toll network to the Toll network.

(b) Falls away – refer to (a) above.

(c) Because no additional funding could be sourced from the National Treasury, this was part of a reprioritisation exercise until a permanent solution is generated by Government to deal with the e-Toll challenge.

2. Even though the non-payment by Gauteng road users has a severe impact on SANRAL’s sustainability, an event of default would have even more dire consequences for the country. This would result in SANRAL ‘s full debt of R47bn becoming due and payable to investors. It is however a fact that any money that is diverted from the non-toll network to support GFIP negatively affects road maintenance and improvements elsewhere in the country. This transfer was a necessary intervention while a permanent solution is sought by Government for the e-Toll challenge.

11 March 2019 - NW129

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

No expenditure was incurred by the Department of Health for the travel privileges of former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers and their spouses or late spouses during the period in question.

END.

11 March 2019 - NW170

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether any action will be or has been taken by SA Airways Technical and/or SA Airways against (a) a certain company (name furnished and (b) employees of certain company (name furnished) who allegedly acted in an unethical manner in the Open Water report on the SA Airways Technical Forensic Investigation regarding the awarding of long-term contract SAAT001/15 logistic services, dated 28 August 2017; if not, what are the detailed reasons for not taking action; if so, what are the relevant details of the action taken in each case?

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been forward to the State Owned Enterprise and the Ministry of Public Enterprises awaits their urgent response. Further information will be conveyed to Parliament as soon as the response is received.

11 March 2019 - NW104

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 353 for oral reply on 21 November 2018, he will furnish Mr M Waters with copies of the results of each water quality test conducted for each month during 2018 by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality; (2) which of the specified water quality tests failed to meet minimum standards?

Reply:

1. The response provided on 21 November 2018 to question 353 by the Department was adequately responded to. The Department monitors the data that is uploaded on the Integrated Regulatory Information System (IRIS) by both the Water Services Authority and Water Services Provider. Refer to the tables below for the compliance results for 2018:

Microbiological: Acute Health

Months

Compliance

Failures

Samples

January

98.9%

4

378

February

99.7%

1

351

March

97.6%

9

369

April

98.3%

6

353

May

99.7%

1

379

June

>99.9%

0

398

July

99.5%

2

386

August

>99.9%

0

392

September

>99.9%

0

383

October

99.7%

1

392

November

99.7%

1

390

December

99.4%

2

343

Total

99.4%

27

4 514

Chemical: Acute Health

Months

Compliance

Failures

Samples

January

>99.9%

0

101

February

>99.9%

0

92

March

>99.9%

0

92

April

>99.9%

0

84

May

>99.9%

0

88

June

>99.9%

0

96

July

>99.9%

0

92

August

>99.9%

0

92

September

>99.9%

0

88

October

>99.9%

0

92

November

>99.9%

0

92

December

>99.9%

0

80

Total

>99.9%

0

1 089

Chemical: Chronic Health

Months

Compliance

Failures

Samples

January

>99.9%

1

1 068

February

>99.9%

0

981

March

>99.9%

0

1 016

April

>99.9%

0

960

May

>99.9%

0

1 026

June

>99.9%

0

1 087

July

>99.9%

0

1 053

August

>99.9%

0

1 064

September

>99.9%

0

1 032

October

>99.9%

0

1 063

November

>99.9%

1

1 062

December

>99.9%

0

934

Total

>99.9%

2

12 346

Chemical -Non Health: Aesthetic

Months

Compliance

Failures

Samples

January

99.5%

3

293

February

97.7%

12

286

March

95.8%

23

289

April

95.9%

21

274

May

96.0%

22

287

June

97.9%

12

297

July

99.8%

1

295

August

>99.9%

0

294

September

>99.9%

0

292

October

>99.9%

0

297

November

>99.9%

0

303

December

>99.9%

0

271

Total

98.6%

94

314

Operational

Months

Compliance

Failures

Samples

January

98.8%

19

1 524

February

99.1%

13

1 428

March

98.9%

16

1 487

April

99.2%

11

1 418

May

99.5%

8

1 531

June

99.7%

4

1 596

July

99.1%

14

1 569

August

99.9%

2

1 591

September

99.5%

7

1 553

October

99.4%

10

1 585

November

99.6%

7

1 581

December

99.4%

9

1 392

Total

99.3%

120

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2. None, the water quality test as provided above proves that there were no tests that failed to meet minimum standards as they are well above 95% for each test conducted during 2018.

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11 March 2019 - NW155

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Health

(a) Whether any plans are in place with regard to the reported 200 vacant posts for critically required doctors and specialists at Gauteng’s four academic hospitals, (b) what are the reasons for the vacancies and (c) what steps are being immediately implemented by his department to mitigate against such a breakdown in critical medical service delivery in Gauteng?

Reply:

Honourable Member I am not sure which reported 200 vacant posts you are referring to. I discussed the matter with the MEC for Gauteng and she is also not sure where the figure of 200 is emerging from. Please help by specifying so that I can answer the question.

END.

11 March 2019 - NW96

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the reply to question 643 on 22 March 2018, what is the total (a) financial loss and (b) number of train coaches that were lost to (i) Metrorail and (ii) Shosholoza Meyl due to (aa) aging stock, (bb) vandalism, (cc) derailment and accidents and (dd) theft since 1 April 2018; (2) what is the total amount spent on the (a) maintenance of existing train coaches and (b) purchasing of new train coaches for Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl since April 2018?

Reply:

1. With reference to the reply to question 643 on 22 March 2018, the total (a) financial loss and (b) number of train coaches that were lost to (i) Metrorail and (ii) Shosholoza Meyl due to (aa) aging stock, (bb) vandalism, (cc) derailment and accidents and (dd) theft since 1 April 2018 are as follow:

 

Metrorail (i)

Shosholoza Meyl (ii)

Total

(a) Total Financial Loss

R624,905,000

R11,624,296

R636,529,296

(b)

(aa) Total coaches/locomotives lost due aging rolling stock

0 Coaches

0 Locomotives

613 Coaches

0 Locomotives

613 Coaches

(bb) Total coaches/locomotives lost due vandalism including theft and exclude coaches/locomotives waiting for quotations

127 Coaches

5 Locomotives

24 Coaches

5 Locomotives

151 Coaches

(cc) Total coaches/locomotives lost due to derailments and accidents

262 Coaches

0 Locomotives

9 Coaches

0 Locomotives

271 Coaches

(dd) Theft

550 Coaches

0 Locomotives

0 Coaches

0 Locomotives

550 Coaches

2. The total amount spent on the (a) maintenance of existing train coaches and (b) purchasing of new train coaches for Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl since April 2018, is:

 

Metrorail (i)

Shosholoza Meyl

Total

(a) maintenance of existing train coaches

R452,000,000

R273,733,363

R725,733,363

General Overhaul of existing coaches (heavy maintenance)

R1,102,000,000

R390,707,154

R1,492,707,154

(b) Purchase of new 6 car trains from Gibela

R220,280,535

R0

R220,280,535

11 March 2019 - NW63

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he has been informed that he has been implicated in testimony made under oath and in written documents by Mr Agrizzi at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo; if so, were the allegations made by Mr Agrizzi in respect of him true; (2) whether he declared any financial or material gifts from Bosasa as required by the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. No, I was neither informed, nor did I ever see or hear anywhere where Agrizzi implicates me in any testimony made under oath. However I saw somewhere on social media a list said to have been released by Agrizzi, whereby it says I contacted Bosasa and made enquiries about some systems or services they offer.

The statement that I contacted Bosasa is in fact false. I never contacted Bosasa. What happened was that the former Mayor of Mogale City, Mr Mpho Nawa, contacted me in 2015 and informed me that he had been invited by a company in Mogale City where he is Mayor, to go and view Hospital Information Management systems. He said he told them that he understood nothing about health information systems and at any rate had no jurisdiction over hospitals.

The Mayor then invited me to visit that company. On arrival I discovered that the company was in fact Bosasa. I had thought that Bosasa was only a catering company. But I found out there when they then showed me the systems, that they do many other things, other than catering. However regardless of their systems I was definitely not interested in getting the Department of Health involved with them in any other way because I read lots of stories about their irregularities with the catering contract in Correctional Services.

2. No, I declared nothing because I received nothing in the form of a gift or financial benefit or any other way from Bosasa.

END.

11 March 2019 - NW150

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Hugo, Mr RT to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

We wish to advise the Honorable member that we are in a process of finalizing the information required, response will be made available within seven working days.

11 March 2019 - NW12

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What are the details of the guidelines that have been issued by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority in respect of greenhouse requirements for the granting of a medical cannabis licence and (b) is there a limit on the amount of medicinal cannabis that can be (i) grown, (ii) cultivated and (iii) manufactured in terms of current licencing regulations?

Reply:

a) Granting of the cultivation license of cannabis for medicinal use in SA is not limited to greenhouse cultivation. Cultivation can take place in various settings either, indoor or outdoor. The applicant should meet the good agricultural practices as determined by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for food producing plants intended for human consumption. Measures to be considered during cultivation include but are not limited to:

• Soil and fertilizer or alternative growth medium/ substrate

• The reliance on irrigation

• The appropriate use of approved herbicides and pesticides

The applicant should ensure that crop integrity is maintained. This will ensure the correct quality control and identification of specific marker compounds at pre-determined concentrations for the Cannabis species. The applicant should ensure that cross-pollination of outdoor crops or where an enclosed air filtration system is not present have appropriate minimisation strategies in place. Furthermore, volunteer plants or rogue plants should be eradicated to ensure that the permitted crop size is not contaminated.

Security arrangements deployed at the proposed site will form an integral part of the conditions to be considered prior to the SAHPRA licence being issued and the Department of Health permit being granted. In addition, manufacturing of the products must be done in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) applicable to medicines which are further described in the SAHPRA Guideline, Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Medicines in South Africa. Applicants are invited to scrutinise specifically Annexure 7 which deals with the agricultural aspects relating to the production of starting materials derived from a plant.

(b) No limit has been determined yet. The applicant has to state in the application the size of the land to be cultivated which is linked to the off take agreement which have to be in place between the applicant and their customers. The customers will also be assessed for the suitability of handling the product.

The quantity required by the applicant as reflected in the off take agreements will then be used to determine the country requirements of medicinal cannabis which will eventually be used to feed into the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) quota. INCB is an international body responsible for the control of narcotics and psychotropic substances which are required for therapeutic and research purposes.

END.

11 March 2019 - NW228

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether, given the breakdown of democratic processes, the ongoing human rights violations and the humanitarian aid blockade currently underway in Venezuela, the Government will continue its support for the disputed President of Venezuela, Mr Nicholas Maduro; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what is the position of the Government regarding the ongoing human rights violations and the humanitarian aid blockade underway in Venezuela?

Reply:

(1) South Africa fully subscribes to the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, that is, equal rights and self-determination of peoples, sovereign equality and independence of all States, non-interference in the domestic affairs of States, prohibition of the threat or use of force and universal respect for, and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

South Africa remains concerned at the attempt by outsiders to evade Venezuela’s constitutional legal mechanisms and electoral processes. South Africa believes that any political grievances or disputes inside Venezuela should be resolved in a peaceful manner through the proper mechanisms and processes provided for in the constitution of Venezuela and its electoral laws, without external influence. This is regarded by South Africa as a standard and indeed best practice in all democracies that subscribe to the Rule of Law. South Africa also calls on all parties in Venezuela to participate in a national dialogue process to ensure unity and reconciliation, and in furtherance of a political solution to the situation.

South Africa is firmly against any attempts at undue or unconstitutional change of government in Venezuela. The UN Security Council (UNSC) should never be an instrument that validates unconstitutional changes of any Government. Instead, the UNSC should promote avenues that create an environment conducive to dialogue and cooperation that would ease the challenges and hardships faced by the people of Venezuela.

(2) South Africa echoes the statements made by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in Davos on 24 January 2019, where he urged for a de-escalation of tensions to prevent violence. South Africa further supports the Secretary-General’s call for the “urgent need for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue to address the protracted crisis in the country, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights”. South Africa is also concerned about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and the resultant migration that has taken place and the influx of Venezuelan asylum seekers to neighbouring countries. South Africa calls on the international community, as well as the relevant UN bodies to work with the Venezuelan government and its neighbours to assist those in need.

South Africa fully subscribes to the Viena Convention’s commitments on the promotion and protection of human rights as adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 25 June 1993 and all international laws governing humanitarian action which needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives

11 March 2019 - NW126

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(a)(i) The Department did not incur expenditure relating to travel for the former Ministers nor (ii) their spouses (b) (i) former Deputy Ministers (ii) their spouses, (c) former Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) former Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers for the period specified in the question.

 

11 March 2019 - NW149

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Hugo, Mr RT to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(a)(i) (i) R5,562.26 in 2017/2018

(a)(i) (ii) Nil

(a)(ii) (i) and (ii) Nil

(b)(i) (i) and (ii) Nil

(b)(ii) (i) and (ii) Nil

(c)(i) (i) and (ii) Nil

(c)(ii) (i) and (ii) Nil

(d)(i) (i) and (ii) Nil

(d)(ii) (i) and (ii) Nil

NOTES:

According to the 2007 Ministerial Handbook, the travel privileges of former Ministers / Deputy Ministers and their spouses / widows /widowers are administered and paid for by Parliament.

For former Minister ED Peters, who relinquished her office on 31 March 2017, a flight was booked to travel from OR Tambo International Airport to Kimberley on 11 April 2017 at a cost of R2,934.63. A return flight from Kimberley to OR Tambo International Airport on 15 April 2017 was added to the booking, bringing the total cost of the flights to an amount of R5,562.26. In an e-mail dated 11 April 2017, Travel Services indicated that the flights were part of the relocation of former Minister ED Peters as approved by the Chief of Staff.

11 March 2019 - NW220

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 800 on 23 May 2018, (a) why has a permanent board not been appointed for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, (b) what are the (i) main key performance indicators (KPIs) for the current interim board and (ii) deadlines for each KPI and (c) how will the process be monitored?

Reply:

(a) Because the process of appointing a full-term Board is not finalised as anticipated. The Minister appointed the interim Board of PRASA with effect from 12 April 2018 for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months as an interim measure while fast tracking the appointment of the new Board. However, the Minister is in a process of considering the relevant and suitable appointable candidates to the Board.

(b) The main KPI’s of the current Interim Board are the following:

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR (KPI)

PERFORMANCE TARGETS

  • Operational Generated Revenue
  • Improve Solvency ratio
  • Fleet Availability
  • Bus Servicing (On Time service rate)
  • Breakdowns per 60 000 km
  • Accidents per kilometres Travelled
  • Fatalities per number of passengers Transported
  • Injuries per number of passengers transported
  • Preliminary System design and implementation of business application
  • Increased passengers/ patronage growth (Long Distance Operations)
  • Reduced Passenger Complaints on Passengers transported
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023
  • 2019-2023

(ii) The deadlines for each KPI is 2023

(c) The Accounting Authority reports to the Department and National Treasury on a quarterly basis in accordance with the prescribed format stipulated as a directive in the National Treasury Institution Note No 2 of 2014/15

11 March 2019 - NW11

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the number of Medical Cannabis Licences that were issued to date and (b) are the names of the applicants and/or entities that were issued with licences; (2) what were the reasons for the delay to issue licences if none have been issued as applications have been opened since November of 2017 under the auspices of the Medicines Control Council, which is now the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority

Reply:

(1) (a) None;

(b) N/A

(2) Reasons for non issue of licences

Readiness of applicants – lack of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), lack of Quality Management Systems to be employed at their facilities, applicants do not have plans of where and to whom they are going to sell their produce, lack of basic security features. All these findings and other deficiencies of applications have been communicated to the applicants to address.

END.

11 March 2019 - NW108

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Environmental Affairs to question 3618 on 14 December 2018, (a) what plans are in place to ban microbeads in the country and (b) by what date will the ban come into effect?

Reply:

The regulations related to the labelling, advertising and cosmetics made in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 9172) were published for comment. SAHPRA has reviewed the comments submitted by various stakeholders, including those made by the Department of Environmental Affairs, on the harms and banning of microbeads in cosmetics. The updated evidence and motivations provided on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics and the stance of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the EU were reviewed and taken into account. The Authority has made a decision to ban the use of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics, in line with global regulatory jurisdictions. The banning of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics will follow a phased out approach, taking effect 18-24 months from the date of publication of the regulations.

END.

08 March 2019 - NW383

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Telecommunications, Postal Services and Communications

(a) What digital projects are rolled out on community media, (b) on what date were the projects rolled out, (c) in which provinces were the projects rolled out and (d) at what cost were the projects rolled out?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department of Communications as follows:

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has provided funds for websites for its print and broadcast projects through supporting the rollout of two digital news projects, as follows:

a) Name of digital project

b) Date project rolled out (funded)

c) Province in which project rolled out

d) Cost at which the projects were rolled out (MDDA funding)

Joburg Post Online

2016/2017

Gauteng

R 825,200.00

Kleva Nkeva Online www.clevankeva.co.za

2017/2018

Eastern Cape

R 935,979.00

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date: 08/03/2019

08 March 2019 - NW371

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications, Postal Services and Communications

(1)Whether, since the reply to question 90 on 12 March 2018, the new regulatory framework for community broadcasting has been finalised; if not, by what date will it be finalised; if so, (2) whether the moratorium on the issuing of new licences for community radio stations that has been in effect since 22 September 2015 has been lifted; if not, by what date will the moratorium be lifted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

1. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (the Authority/ICASA) is in a process of finalizing the regulatory framework for Community Broadcasting. The regulations are currently undergoing quality check process within ICASA. It is expected that the regulations will be published by 22nd of March 2019.

2. No, the moratorium has not been lifted.

No date has been set for lifting of the moratorium.

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

08 March 2019 - NW389

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Telecommunications, Postal Services and Communications

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan?

Reply:

The departments and entities have advised me as follows:

The departments of Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services as well as entities that report to me have not borrowed any money from the People’s Republic of China.

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

08 March 2019 - NW480

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department has been kept informed of the investigation of the murder and attempted murder of Mr Patrick Karegeya and Mr Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Gauteng allegedly at the hands of the Rwandan government in clear violation of the Republic’s sovereignty and rule of law; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department is (a) aware of the individuals who were involved in the specified murder and attempted murder and (b) working on declaring the persons involved persona non grata in the event that they are diplomats; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes, Honourable Member, we have been kept informed of the investigation on the death of Col Patrick Karegeya who was found dead in a hotel room at Michelangelo Towers in Sandton on 31 December 2013. The National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks are handling the matter to the extent that the case was recently submitted to the magistrate for an inquest.

(2) The Honourable Member would recall that on 6 March 2014 following the attempted assassination of Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, our Government declared three Rwandan diplomats and one Burundian diplomat persona non grata and expelled them from South Africa, for illegal activities inconsistent with their diplomatic work which was in violation of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention and Article 9 of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act. Our Government took that decision based on evidence from our security agencies pointing to the involvement of these diplomats in illegal activities.

08 March 2019 - NW421

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What reasons informed the recall of a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the official referred to in your question is amongst a number of officials from the Department of State Security whose expertise are required back home. The Minister of State Security requested me to release them and in the interests of our country, I acceded to her request.

08 March 2019 - NW130

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

The Department of Higher Education and Training is not responsible for the payment of travel privileges as contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook regarding former political beneficiaries in terms of Chapter 10 of the Handbook (Annexure A) travel privileges are administered and paid for by Parliament and the Secretary of Parliament may accordingly be approached or contacted for the provision of relevant details and administration relevant to these privileges.

In terms of Chapter 9, Paragraph2.2.1 approved travel expenditure defined within the application parameters of “special privileges” for former Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their spouses respectively, are indicated as follows:

(a)(i)  Minister, Dr B Nzimande:2017/18 financial year – R92 328 – 00; and

         Minister, Prof HB Mkhize: 2017/18 financial year – R47 472 – 00

(a)(ii) None

(b)(i) None

(ii) None

©(i) None

(d)(i) None

(ii) None

08 March 2019 - NW419

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) the National Lotteries Commission investigated matters related to the National Lottery’s alleged fraudulent funding of a Denzhe Primary Care as reported by GroundUp in an article published on 22 November 2018 under the heading “How a Hijacked organisation scored million from the Lottery”; if not, why not; if so, what was the outcome of the investigation?

Reply:

The report was received by the department and is currently being reviewed.

Except as explicitly state herein the Ministry: Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) does not express an opinion in respect of any factual representations. The opinion /memo provided is limited to the matters stated in it and may not be relied on upon by any person outside the dti or used for any other purpose neither in its intent or existence. It must not be disclosed to any other person without prior written approval other than by law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as limiting the rights of the dti to defend or oppose any claim or action against the dti."

It

07 March 2019 - NW308

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Buthelezi, EM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) (a) What was the total cost of the activities and exercises relating to Armed Forces Day, (b) what number of active members of the SA National Defence Force were deployed to the City of Cape Town for this project and (c) who authorised the activities and exercises; (2) whether an environmental impact study was conducted before commencing with the exercises; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The total costs relating to the activities and exercises of the 2019 Armed Forces Day cannot be disclosed currently as the Department is busy with reconciliation of all the expenses related to the Armed Forces Day.

(2) Environmental studies are conducted by our environmental division and environmental officials of the local authorities where the event will take place, and we always abide by the stringent bi-laws of each given municipality on environmental matters.

07 March 2019 - NW140

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Works

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

In accordance with Chapter 10 of the Ministerial Handbook, 2007: Travel Privileges of Former Ministers/Deputy Ministers and their Spouses, no expenditure was incurred by the Department of Public Works, as such expenditure is covered by Parliament. Therefore, the Secretary to Parliament is better placed to provide details in that regard.

07 March 2019 - NW87

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Labour

(1) What is the current status of the investigation into Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Claim G/1072893/3/006601820; (2) what are the names of the investigating officer(s) who was and/or were assigned to investigate the charges; (3) whether the case has been finalised; if not, what is the envisaged date for the finalisation of the case; if so, what are the details of the outcome of the case?

Reply:

Parliamentary question 87

 

87(1)

The incident was an explosion at Wilmar SA PTY LTD. The following individuals suffered injuries as follows:

NAME

INJURIES SUSTAINED

STATUS OF CLAIM

PROGRESS

Brandon Hylen

Fatal

Liability accepted.

Partial dependency documents requested, last dated request 2018.11.02.

Documents still not submitted by beneficiary.

R.T.P Berry

Smoke inhalation and soft tissue injury of back

Liability accepted

Final medical report requested Resumption report requested 09.07 2017. Documents requested still not submitted. No payment can be done without the requested documents.

Danie van Graan

Multiple superficial injuries sustained

Liability accepted

Final medical report and resumption report requested 09.07.2017. Documents still outstanding. No payment can be done without the requested documents.

Izelad van Graan

Foreign body in eye, ear and lung injuries.

Liability was accepted.

Final medical report and resumption report requested 09.07.2017. Documents still outstanding. Payment cannot be done until submission of the requested information.

Final medical report received without date fit for duty and no indication of any PD.

Thabo C. Lephale

Smoke inhalation , bronchospasm and lower back muscle

Liability accepted

Final medical report and resumption report were requested on the 09.07.2017.

Final medical report was submitted with no date of fit for duty and any permanent impairment indicated.

Edward K Mokotsi

Smoke and inhalation, soft tissue of the back.

Liability accepted.

Final medical report and resumption report requested on the 09.07.2017

Documents are still outstanding. .

07 March 2019 - NW332

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What number of qualified teachers have graduated from the country’s higher education system in each year since 1 January 1996?

Reply:

The Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) was introduced by the Department of Education in 2000 and started capturing information from the 1999 academic year onwards. Data for 1997 and 1998 has been sourced from archived documents, and the numbers include all graduates in teacher education.

Year

University and Technikons

Colleges of Education

1998

32 526

20 474

1997

16 148

20 578

1996

19 060

Not available

The data for 1999 to 2017 is only for initial teacher education. Teachers who have upgraded their qualifications are excluded.

Year

Initial Teacher Education Graduation Totals

2017

25 212

2016

22 150

2015

20 698

2014

19 124

2013

16 808

2012

13 740

2011

10 518

2010

7 863

2009

6 856

2008

5 939

2007

6 746

2006

5 909

2005

4 765

2004

4 994

2003

3 744

2002

5 416

2001

4 137

2000

3 783

1999

2 581

07 March 2019 - NW344

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)With reference to her reply to question 3389 on 5 December 2018, on what date (a) was the responsibility for adult basic education transferred to her department, (b) date did the negotiations regarding the post-provisioning model for community education and training (CET) colleges commence and (c) on what date does she expect to issue the post-provisioning model for the CET colleges; (2) whether she has found that the (a) work on the finalisation of the post-provisioning model for CET colleges was approached with the necessary urgency and (b) delays of more than a year were unavoidable and in the best interests of the learners and the country; if so, how was the conclusion reached in each case?

Reply:

1. (a) The function of Adult Education and Training (AET) was transferred to the Department of Higher Education and Training on 1 April 2015.

(b) The Post Provisioning Norms Task Team was established in April 2016.

(c) The finalisation of the post-provisioning model is subject to an extensive consultative process with stakeholders and bargaining councils scheduled to be completed by 30 September 2019 for implementation on 1 April 2020.

2. (a) The work was approached with urgency as the Task Team was set up within a year of the function shift.

(b) Immediately after the function shift, the Department undertook a process of understanding the challenges within the Adult Education and Training system. The scope of work for the task team is extensive given that Provincial Education Departments had varied approaches to the following matters:

  • Application of the minimum requirements for appointment
  • Nature of appointment
  • Salaries and types of payment
  • Working Hours
  • Leave
  • Performance management
  • Allowances

07 March 2019 - NW495

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

On what date is it envisaged that the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission’s investigation into G4S will be completed?

Reply:

The B-BBEE Commission received the complaint on 16 July 2018 and expects to finalise its investigation by 31 May 2019.

“Except as explicitly state herein the Ministry: Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) does not express an opinion in respect of any factual representations. The opinion /memo provided is limited to the matters stated in it and may not be relied on upon by any person outside the dti or used for any other purpose neither in its intent or existence. It must not be disclosed to any other person without prior written approval other than by law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as limiting the rights of the dti to defend or oppose any claim or action against the dti."

07 March 2019 - NW464

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the SA Reserve Bank served the Venda Building Society (VBS) Mutual Bank with any (a) notice, (b) directive and/or (c) other correspondence in terms of section 5 of the Mutual Banks Act, Act 124 of 1993, in the period 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2018; if so, (i) on what date was the correspondence sent, (ii) what was the nature of the correspondence and (iii) what was the response of the VBS Mutual Bank?

Reply:

The Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank has indicated to the National Treasury that the South African Reserve Bank did not serve VBS Mutual Bank with any (a) notice, (b) directive and/or (c) other correspondence in terms of section 5 of the Mutual Banks Act, Act 124 of 1993, in the period 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2018.

Section 5 of the Mutual Banks Act, 1993 (Act No. 124 of 1993) deals with the furnishing of information by mutual banks to the South African Reserve Bank (to the Prudential Authority or before 1 April 2018, the Registrar of Banks). It empowers the Prudential Authority (or previously, the Registrar) to direct a mutual bank or the holder of any interest in a mutual bank to provide it with information specified in a notice given to the mutual bank or the holder of the interest in the mutual bank, that the Prudential Authority (or previously, the Registrar) may reasonably require for the performance of the Prudential Authority’s (or previously, the Registrar’s) functions under the Mutual Banks Act.

The Prudential Authority (or previously the Registrar) may also direct a mutual bank or the holder of any interest in a mutual bank to provide it with a report by a public accountant as defined in section 1 of the Public Accountants’ and Auditors’ Act, 1991 (Act No. 80 of 1991), or by any other person with appropriate professional skill, on any relevant matter, to provide it with such information.

07 March 2019 - NW345

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

With reference to each technical vocational and training college, what (a) is the total number of students who have been approved for financing by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to date and (b) number of students received (i) their standard allowance of R1 950 on or before 8 February 2019 as presented to Parliament on 13 February 2019 and (ii) cash on or before 21 February 2019?

Reply:

a) The total number of students who have been approved for funding in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college sector is 382 888.

b) (i) The total number of students who received the standard upfront allowance of R1 950 on or before the 08 February 2019, based on registration confirmations, was 186 199.

(ii) The number of students who received allowance payments by 21 February 2019 was 23 238. This was due to administrative delays on the part of colleges.

The detailed breakdown per institution is reflected in the table below:

TVET College

Approved for funding

Upfront allowance payments by 8 Feb 2019

Allowance payments by

21 Feb 2019

1. Boland

7 424

4 140

57

2. Buffalo City

5 858

2 491

135

3. Capricorn

13 091

6 458

159

4. Central Johannesburg

5 557

3 534

104

5. Coastal KZN

11 997

5 855

1 122

6. College of cape town

7 852

3 237

701

7. Eastcape Midlands

6 796

3 924

194

8. Ehlanzeni

8 063

402

3 325

9. Ekurhuleni East

8 979

1 127

3 680

10. Ekurhuleni West

14 779

7 970

414

11. Elangeni

10 030

5 781

151

12. Esayidi

6 128

3 488

100

13. False Bay

5 073

2 625

160

14. Flavius Mareka

4 092

2 469

111

15. Gert Sibande

11 692

5 844

380

16. Goldfields

3 523

2 366

93

17. Ikhala

5 289

2 588

313

18. Ingwe

5 460

3 128

201

19. King Hintsa

3 459

1 788

201

19. King Sabata Dalindyebo

7 765

3 627

833

20. Lephalale

2 485

1 592

138

21. Letaba

5 991

3 167

88

22. Lovedale

4 378

0

0

23. Majuba

16 353

9 103

27

24. Maluti

8 983

4 746

254

25. Mnambithi

4 393

2 429

178

26. Mopani South East

6 582

3 791

205

27. Motheo

9 026

2 409

46

28. Mthashana

4 720

2 574

98

29. Nkangala

8 867

4 570

161

30. Northern Cape Rural

3 025

1 858

-

31. Northern Cape Urban

5 863

3 829

531

32. Northlink

12 629

6 627

371

33. Orbit

8 780

4 115

233

34. Port Elizabeth

5 900

3 469

100

35. Sedibeng

12 070

6 553

299

36. Sekhukhune

4 677

2 688

92

37. South Cape

5 107

2 755

143

38. South West Gauteng

15 616

8 035

602

39. Taletso

3 014

1 500

192

40. Thekwini

6 503

2 680

815

41. Tshwane North

11 725

5 920

389

42. Tshwane South

5 579

3 521

-

43. Umfolozi

8 239

4 238

248

44. Umgungundlovu

6 718

2 302

88

45. Vhembe

13 277

6 217

772

46. Vuselela

4 992

2 747

61

47. Waterberg

5 926

2 874

-

48. West Coast

7 256

-

4 305

49. Western

11 307

7 048

368

Total

382 888

186 199

23 238

It must be noted that the number of students “approved for funding” means provisionally funded. NSFAS is still waiting for registration data from colleges to confirm their final funding status. The upfront allowance was only paid to students whose registrations have been verified. Due to administrative difficulties experienced at colleges, some students were paid after 8 February 2019.

07 March 2019 - NW43

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has ever done an audit to determine the number of former SA Defence Force members who are currently serving in the SA National Defence Force; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the audit findings?

Reply:

The SANDF is the result of the successful integration of statutory and non-statutory forces during the 1990’s.  It is one of the best examples of integration in South Africa following our liberation struggle and those who integrated undertook to defend the country and sacrifice their lives in the ultimate confirmation of patriotism.  I will therefore not provide a response that seeks to break the SANDF down into individual components, whereas the SANDF represents a unified force and a unified South Africa. 

07 March 2019 - NW38

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Labour

(1) Why is a certain person paid a monthly salary instead of a lump sum since he has been employed; (2) whether the director-general has considered the specified persons request; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

(1) In terms of the manner of calculation of benefits as per the Compensation for Occupational Injuries & Diseases Act (Act), pensions are paid to all persons with a disability of 31% - 100% permanent disablement. The person in question was assessed to have a permanent disablement of 45% and qualified for a monthly pension paid to permanently disabled beneficiaries.

(2) In terms of the Act, the Director General prescribes the maximum amount that can be paid in lieu of a portion of the pension.

The current prescribed maximum is R 800.00 paid in lieu of the of the pension amount per month, which is referred to as commutation of the pension. This means that a portion of the monthly pension is paid as an advance, and future pensions are paid less the advanced amount.

The person applied for commutations as part of his monthly pension and it was approved on

(i) 04 August 2018 the person was paid an amount R74 718. An amount R400.00 was set off against his monthly pension

(ii) 02 August 2010 the person was paid an amount of R72 366. Further amount of R400.00 was set off against his monthly pension. A total amount of R800 was deducted from his monthly pension and currently receiving a monthly pension R 1764.08.

 

 

07 March 2019 - NW397

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)(a) What measures are being applied to calculate the (i) number of learners and (ii) cost-effectiveness of the community education and training (CET) college sector and (b) how do the various colleges rank in this respect; (2) for each CET college and for each level, what was the number of (a) subject entries, (b) learners who actually wrote external examinations and (c) learners that passed their external examinations or assessments in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and (iii) 2018?

Reply:

(1) The Community Education and Training (CET) colleges continue to be funded as they were before migration from the Provincial Education Departments. At the moment there are no measures applied to calculate both the number of students and cost allocation. The CET system continues to rely on headcount enrolments, as there has not been a determination of full-time equivalents. The Department is in the process of developing funding norms, which will inform the calculations, cost-effectiveness and the ranking colleges in terms of funding.

(2) Verified data for the 2018 exam cycle is not yet available.

2016 Academic Year

CET College

Number of Candidates

Wrote

Passed

Completion Rate (%)

Eastern Cape

11 155

6 937

2 720

39.2

Free State

4 216

3 682

1 205

32.7

Gauteng

14 392

10 792

3 381

31.3

KwaZulu-Natal

24 057

16 934

6 845

40.4

Limpopo

22 103

19 485

7 213

37.0

Mpumalanga

10 101

7 882

2 696

34.2

Northern Cape

2 165

1 856

519

28.0

North-West

9 226

8 116

2 502

30.8

Western Cape

3 075

2 421

943

39.0

Total

100 490

78 105

28 024

35.9

2017 Academic Year

CET College

Number of Candidates

Wrote

Passed

Completion Rate (%)

Eastern Cape

12 695

8 970

3 945

44.0

Free State

4 214

3 556

1 538

43.3

Gauteng

14 437

10 810

4 202

38.9

KwaZulu-Natal

21 560

15 013

6 296

41.9

Limpopo

9 121

8 783

1 968

22.4

Mpumalanga

10 436

7 949

3 113

39.2

Northern Cape

2 178

1 616

498

30.8

North-West

7 992

6 968

2 495

35.8

Western Cape

2 503

1 560

702

45.0

Total

85 136

65 225

24757

38.0

07 March 2019 - NW349

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) What number of (a) employees are currently on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (b) the specified employees have been on suspension for (i) more than six months but less than one year, (ii) more than one year but less than two years and (iii) two years or more; (2) what amount has been paid to employees who are on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (a) national and (b) provincial department (i) in the 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

REPLY ORIGINATOR:

Name:

Designation:

Contacts:

E-Mail:

Recommended / Not recommended

__________________

Prof. Richard Levin

Director General: Public Service and Administration

Date: _____________

Recommend / Not Recommend

_______________________

Dr Chane Pilane-Majake, MP

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

Approved/ Not approved

__________________

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, MP

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

07 March 2019 - NW486

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a)What is the status of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission’s investigation into the dispute between a certain person (name furnished) and a certain company (name and details furnished), (b) on what date was the case first brought to the commission and (c) on what date will the (i) investigation be completed and (ii) findings be released?

Reply:

According to the B-BBEE Commission:

(a) The matter has been investigated and the parties agreed to consider alternative dispute resolution in terms of regulation 15 (11) of the BBBEE Regulations. The draft alternative dispute resolution agreement was sent to the parties following a round-table meeting on 4 December 2018 and the B-BBEE Commission still has not received input on the draft alternative dispute resolution agreement from the complainant.

(b) The B-BBEE Commission received the complaint on 31 July 2017 from Mr. Aobakwe Tabe on behalf of his ailing mother Ms Ida Tabe.

(c) During the investigation, Hotazel Motors (Pty) Ltd requested the B-BBEE Commission to facilitate the resolution of this through regulation 15(11) of the B-BBEE Regulations. The complainant was consulted, both parties agreed to consider alternative dispute resolution, and it was made clear that in the event that this process fails to resolve the matter, the B-BBEE Commission will proceed to finalise the investigation and issue its findings, with or without recommendations. A round-table was held with all the parties, and the draft alternative dispute resolution agreement was drafted by the B-BBEE Commission as agreed and sent to all parties for their input and response on 4 December 2018. The alternative dispute resolution agreement was signed by Hotazel Motors (Pty) Ltd on 12 December 2018, however, Mr Aobakwe Tabe requested several additional documents which were duly furnished to him. The B-BBEE Commission still awaits feedback from Mr Aobakwe Tabe despite numerous follow-ups to date. If the B-BBEE Commission concludes that Mr Aobakwe Tabe has been afforded sufficient opportunity to respond but has not done so, the B-BBEE Commission will have no choice but to declare the alternative dispute resolution process unsuccessful and proceed to make its findings, with or without recommendations, on the matter as required in the B-BBEE Regulations and the B-BBEE Act.

(c)(i) The B-BBEE Commission will make its findings any time after the alternative dispute resolution process is declared unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the B-BBEE Commission has been affording indulgence to Mr Aobakwe Tabe to provide his input and response to the alternative dispute resolution agreement.

(c)(ii) The B-BBEE Commission is required to afford the respondent thirty (30) days to respond to the findings in terms of regulation 15 (13) of the B-BBEE Regulations prior to issuing its final findings, and thereafter it may publish its findings. The B-BBEE Commission is, however, not permitted to publish its findings if the respondent institutes a judicial review or if the period allowed for such process has not lapsed.

“Except as explicitly state herein the Ministry: Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) does not express an opinion in respect of any factual representations. The opinion /memo provided is limited to the matters stated in it and may not be relied on upon by any person outside the dti or used for any other purpose neither in its intent or existence. It must not be disclosed to any other person without prior written approval other than by law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as limiting the rights of the dti to defend or oppose any claim or action against the dti."

07 March 2019 - NW284

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

(a) (i) In respect of the Department of Public Works, 513 tender were held in 2018 and (b) 449 of the tender briefings were compulsory.

In respect of the Entities reporting to the Department of Public Works the information is as follows:

Name of Public Entity

(a) Number of tender briefings held in 2018

(b) Number of compulsory tender briefings in 2018

Agrément SA

4

4

Council for the Built Environment

None

Not Applicable

Independent Development Trust

97

97

Construction Industry Development Board

None

Not applicable

07 March 2019 - NW347

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the undertaking of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 21 September 2018 to drop the requirement for certain countries to hold visas in order to enter the country, (a) what are the names of the countries and (b) by what date will citizens of these countries be able to travel to the country without holding a visa?

Reply:

(a) On 25 September 2018, the Department of Home Affairs announced that discussions were taking place to conclude Visa Waiver Agreements with the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sao Tome & Principe, Tunisia, Saharawi, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Belarus, Georgia & Cuba.

(b) Negotiations are being finalised to conclude Visa Waiver Agreements by April 2019. An Official announcement will be made in this regard once the relevant countries have been notified through Diplomatic Channels.

07 March 2019 - NW348

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

What number of Public Service employees were employed in each provincial department of (a) education and (b) health (i) on the last day of the (aa) 2015-16, (bb) 2016-17 and (cc) 2017-18 financial years and (ii) on 28 February 2019?

Reply:

REPLY ORIGINATOR:

Name:

Designation:

Contacts:

E-Mail:

Recommended / Not recommended

__________________

Prof. Richard Levin

Director General: Public Service and Administration

Date: _____________

Recommend / Not Recommend

_______________________

Dr Chane Pilane-Majake, MP

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

Approved/ Not approved

__________________

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, MP

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

07 March 2019 - NW416

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What SA National Defence Force (i) equipment and (ii) manpower were utilised in the 2019 Armed Forces Day, (b) from where was the specified equipment and manpower deployed, (c) what was the total cost of the 2019 event and (d) how is this cost justified against the objectives and intended outcomes of the event?

Reply:

(a) All SANDF capabilities were utilised.

(b) From various units of the SANDF in the country

(c) The total costs relating to the activities and exercises of the 2019 Armed Forces Day cannot be disclosed currently as the Department is busy with reconciliation of all the expenses related to the Armed Forces Day.

(d) In 2012, the former President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency JG Zuma declared the 21 February of every year as Armed Forces Day which coincide with the sinking of the SS Mendi 101 years ago.

The proclamation has since seen the defence force holding this celebration of Armed Forces Day and commemoration of the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi.

In addition, this event is also used to test the ability of the SANDF to mobilise and move equipment and manpower to defend the country from any position in accordance to the doctrine.

06 March 2019 - NW134

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

The travel privileges of former Ministers/Deputy Ministers and their spouses are paid for and administered by Parliament and I would therefore suggest that the Honourable Member approach Parliament in this regard.

06 March 2019 - NW124

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

We do not have any former Ministers or Deputy Ministers for the time periods requested as the current appointees hold their portfolios since before the dates mentioned in the question.

06 March 2019 - NW528

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does his department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c)(i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property?

Reply:

(a) (i) –(iii) (aa) The department does not own any buildings, properties or facilities.

(bb) The Department of Tourism has a rental agreement with the Department of Public Works.

(b) What is the value and purpose of each

  1. Not applicable as the department does not own a building.
  2. As the department rents the property from the Department of Public Works the value of the property is not known.

(c ) (i) The department has rented the building since June 2011.

     (ii) The building has been rented from the Department of Public Works.

     (iii) The Department of Tourism pays the Department of Public Works a monthly rental fee of R 3 414 078.96

06 March 2019 - NW364

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Does a smart meter notify Eskom when it is (a) not being used and/or (b) being bypassed; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

(a) and (b)

The smart meters installed do allow for checking when not being used and whether these are being bypassed.

The details are:

Fully-fledged smart meters (but not all functions are enabled, as the system to manage these will only be finalised during the course of the next financial year) are installed in Sandton and Midrand and split meters with communication are installed in Soweto.

The fully-fledged smart meters do provide a signal when bypassed but these meters go offline and staff are then sent out to investigate, as there is no real time monitoring systems.

The installations in Soweto only provides a signal if there is tampering with the meter but the system has to be interrogated on a regular basis to check for tampering as there is no real time monitoring.

Meters in Soweto are installed in cubicles however these are continuously vandalised and in many cases, staff are not allowed/prevented to attend to the repair of the faults. This then prevents information been sent via the communications network to the system for fraud detection.

There are plans to install a Meter Data Management System (MDMS) that will have full control of the smart meter that will allow the customer to purchase electricity online, customers to view their usage, enable Eskom to see usage patterns, disconnection for non-payment and notification to the customer to reduce usage in case of low capacity. This system will provide real time monitoring.

06 March 2019 - NW168

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a) what is the current status of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 0f 2000 application lodged in September 2018 by a certain person (Mr IE Lebelo) on behalf of former Aventura employees for a copy of the Sale and Purchase Agreement of Aventura Bela Bela to Forever Resorts and (b) were any negotiations and/or was any deal struck in terms of which the Aventura employees would receive shares in the transaction?

Reply:

DPE response

a) The Department has decided to grant the request by Mr IE Lebelo for a copy of the Sale and Purchase Agreement.

b) No provision is made for Aventura employees to receive shares in the agreements entered into between the Department, Aventura and Forever Resorts Siyonwaba Consortium.

06 March 2019 - NW237

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Hlonyana, Mrs NKF to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What has he found to have been the financial impact of load shedding on the economy in the period 1 January 2018 to 12 February 2019?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

  1. Eskom cannot provide a financial estimate for the cost of load shedding. The last relevant study was conducted in 2008, where Deloitte was commissioned by Eskom to look at the economic impact and how to reduce the short-term economic losses. Various key assumptions used in this study are no longer applicable e.g. GDP contributions by various industries have changed drastically. The study indicated that the cost of load shedding was R9 515/MWh for all industries. However, this study is outdated and cannot be used to estimate financial impact of load shedding in 2019. The 2008 study is provided as Annexure A.

Eskom can confirm that for the period 01 January 2018 to 12 February 2019 there was a total of 316 030.33 MWh (over certain periods of the day over 18 days) that were impacted by load shedding.

06 March 2019 - NW263

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Mulaudzi, Mr TE to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) what number of the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

(i) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) conducted nine (9) tender briefing sessions in 2018 and seven (7) were compulsory tender briefings.

(ii) The entities under the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services informed me as follows:

A. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

The NPA advertised 16 tenders in 2018. Of these, there were 10 compulsory briefing sessions. Six (6) tenders did not require briefing sessions.

B. Legal Aid South Africa

The Legal Aid SA held 52 briefing sessions in the 2018 calendar year and only two (2) required compulsory tender briefings.

C. Special Investigating Unit (SIU)

The SIU advertised 38 tenders during the period, 1 April 2018 to date, and none required briefing sessions.

The Department of Correctional Services number of tender briefings were held in 2018 are as follows:

(a) Tender briefings held in 2018

(b) Number of briefing sessions compulsory

(i) His Department; and

(ii) Entities Reporting to him

Number of briefing sessions held in 2018

 

Head Office

5

5

Eastern Cape

7

7

Free State and Northern Cape

16

16

Gauteng

2

2

Kwazulu Natal

4

4

Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West

26

26

Western Cape

15

15

Total

75

75

The Office of the Chief Justice:

1. (a) Three (3) tender briefings were held during the 2018/2019 financial year;

(i) by the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ).

(b) Three (3) briefing sessions were compulsory.

06 March 2019 - NW262

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

In response to the Honourable Members’ question, my department advised as follows:

(a) (i) Eight (8) tender briefings were held in 2018 by the department.

(ii) One (1) tender briefing was held in 2018 for entity reporting to DIRCO.

(b) Eight (8) compulsory tender briefing were conducted in 2018.

06 March 2019 - NW366

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether Eskom has put any measures in place to address nonpayment of electricity connections by municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

Yes, Eskom has measures in place to address non-payment of electricity by municipalities.

Eskom has an electricity supply agreement (ESA) with each of the municipalities that it supplies electricity to in bulk. This agreement specifies the terms and conditions and obligations of the parties. On 01 July 2017 Eskom implemented a concession to the municipalities that allows them to pay their Bulk electricity account in 30 days from the date that it becomes due and no longer 15 days as per the original agreement (except for Metro’s). This was done in an attempt to allow the municipalities more time to collect their revenue from their customers before they have to pay Eskom.

Should the municipality not pay their account on time Eskom implements credit control measures that could end up in the municipality’s electricity supply been disconnected. The Eskom process also makes provision for negotiations to enter into a repayment plan over a period of time.

Should the municipalities fail to enter into such an agreement and/or fail to honour the terms of such agreement Eskom initiates an administrative process in line with the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) before the supply to the municipality can be terminated.

In terms of the ESA Eskom may disconnect the supply to the municipality completely however due to the impact to the customers and the economy Eskom opted to interrupt supply for limited hours of the day only.

Unfortunately, municipal customers, customer groupings, business chambers or even the municipality are getting interdicts against Eskom that prevents Eskom from interrupting the supply and thus from implementing its credit control measures. An escalation of the debt is very noticeable when this happens as the municipalities seem to take a payment holiday as soon as the interdict application is successful.

Notwithstanding the above, government continuous, through the Inter-Ministerial Task Team, Chaired by Minister Mkhize, developing and implementing plans to increase the capacity of municipalities to collect revenue.

05 March 2019 - NW288

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Tourism

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

Institution

(a)What number of tender Briefings held in 2018

(b) What number of the specific briefings were compulsory

(i)Department

Seven

Seven

(ii)Entity – South Africa Tourism

One

One