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31 October 2022 - NW3411

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) What (i) total number of public servants were dismissed from employment in the (aa) 2019-20, (bb) 2020-21 and (cc) 2021-22 financial years and (ii) are the reasons that they were dismissed, (b) is the breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (c) number of such public servants held senior positions within the Public Service?

Reply:

a) The total number of public servants who were dismissed from employment:

(i) (aa) 2019-20 2525

(bb) 2020-21 2295

(cc) 2021-22 3002

(ii) Reason for dismissal:

Reason for dismissal

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

Alcohol/Narcotic abuse

1

0

0

Criminal offence

0

0

3

Desertion

332

280

354

Dishonourable discharge

288

221

208

Falsifying documents

0

1

3

Insubordination

2

0

0

Misconduct not indicated

1,896

1,786

2,424

Perjury

0

1

1

Poor work performance

2

0

0

Professionally unqualified

0

1

0

Unsatisfactory attendance

4

5

9

Data source: PERSAL

b) Breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants:

(i) National Departments:

Name of Departments

SMS Member (Level)

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases received

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases finalised

Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development

14

1

0

Basic Education

0

0

0

Civilian Secretariat for Police

0

0

0

Communications and Digital Technologies

0

0

0

Cooperative Governance

14

1

0

 

14

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

14

1

0

Correctional Services

15

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

15

1

0

Defence

0

1

0

Employment Law

0

0

0

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environmental Affairs

0

0

0

Government Communications & Information Systems

0

0

0

Government Pensions Administration Agency

0

0

0

Government Printing Works

0

1

0

Health

0

3

0

Higher Education and Training, Science & Innovation

0

12

0

Home Affairs

15

1

0

 

14

1

0

 

13

1

0

 

13

1

 

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Human Settlement

0

0

0

Independent police Investigative Directorate

13

6

0

International Relations and Cooperation

0

1

0

Justice and Constitutional Development

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Military Veterans

14

4

0

Mineral Resources and Energy

0

0

0

National School of Government

0

0

0

National Treasury

0

0

0

National Prosecuting Authority

14

1

0

 

 

1

0

 

 

1

0

Office of Chief Justice

0

1

0

 

0

1

0

Planning , Monitoring and Evaluation

0

0

0

Public Enterprises

16

1

0

Public Service and Administration

15

1

0

Public Service Commission

0

0

0

Public Works and Infrastructure

 

16

1

0

 

0

1

0

Science and Innovation

0

1

0

Small Business Development

0

0

0

Social Development

0

0

0

South African Police Service

0

0

0

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

0

Statistics South Africa

0

0

0

Tourism

0

0

0

Trade and Industry and Competition

0

0

0

Traditional Affairs

0

0

0

Transport

0

0

0

Water and Sanitation

0

3

0

Women , Youth and Persons with Disabilities

0

0

0

The Presidency

13

1

0

TOTAL

19

79

0

(ii) Provincial Departments:

Provinces

Provincial Departments

Number of Precautionary suspensions received

SMS

Eastern Cape

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety

1

0

 

Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

0

0

 

Health

0

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works and Infrastructure

0

0

 

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

0

0

 

Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Transport

0

0

 

Total

1

0

Free State

Agriculture and Rural Development

3

0

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

DESTEA

1

1

 

Education

1

0

 

Health

7

0

 

Human Settlements

2

1

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Police, Roads and Transport

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

1

0

 

Public Works & Infrastructure

2

0

 

Social Development

1

1

 

Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation

0

0

 

Total

18

3

Gauteng

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

 

Education

4

 0

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 0

 

Community Safety

3

0

 

Economic Development

7

3

 

E-Government

0

0

 

Health

No report

No report

 

Human Settlements

No report

No report

 

Infrastructure Development

9

3

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Transport

No report

No report

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sports, Arts , Culture and Recreation

No report

No report

 

TOTAL

23

6

Kwazulu-Natal

Agriculture and Rural Development

6

1

 

Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Community Safety

0

0

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

3

1

 

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

2

2

 

Education

28

3

 

Health

22

1

 

Human Settlements

 

0

 

Office of the Premier

4

2

 

Social Development

7

5

 

Sport and Recreation

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works

1

1

 

Transport

2

2

 

Total

75

18

Limpopo

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

 

COGHSTA

0

0

 

Education

0

0

 

Health

9

0

 

Limpopo Depart. of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Transport and Community Safety.

0

0

 

Total

9

0

Mpumalanga

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environment Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety, Security and Liaison

4

0

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1

0

 

Culture, Sports and recreation

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

5

0

 

Health

14

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Public Works, Roads and Transport

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

 

Total

26

0

Northern Cape

Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform

No report

No report

 

Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

12

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works

4

 

 

Sports and Arts and Culture

0

0

 

Social Development

2

0

 

Health

10

0

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

 

Total

28

0

North West

Agriculture & Rural development

2

2

 

Arts , Culture Sports and Recreation

No report

No report

 

Corporative Governance & Traditional Affairs

0

0

 

Community Safety and Transport Management

0

0

 

Economic Development , Environment, Conservation & Tourism

1

0

 

Education

No report

No report

 

Health

12

2

 

Human Settlements (New department)

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Public Works and Roads

1

0

 

Social Development

No report

No report

 

Total

18

4

Western Cape

Agriculture

0

0

 

Community Safety

5

4

 

Cultural Affairs and Sport

0

0

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

 

Education

7

3

 

Environmental and Development Planning

0

0

 

Health

11

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

 

Local Government

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

 

Social Development

2

0

 

The Premier

3

0

 

Transport and Public Works

0

0

 

TOTAL

28

7

 

Grand Total

226

38

c) Number of SMS on precautionary suspension: 57

NOTE: The information used for this response was obtained from the FOSAD reports sent to the DPSA as at 30 June 2022.

End

31 October 2022 - NW3410

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether Alexkor has a (a) social and (b) labour plan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2)(a) who appointed a certain person (name furnished) as the General Manager of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture (PSJV), (b) what is the duration of the contract of the specified person, (c) where was the position advertised and (d) who else was interviewed for the position; (3) what are the reasons that the person (a) was appointed and (b) resigned from the PSJV shortly before a certain person (name furnished) got suspended; (4) whether there are any family relationships between the specified persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what are the reasons that no Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to fill the position of the person who resigned?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. Alexkor has a Social and Labour Plan (SLP). This is a requirement from the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002. The SLP projects are reported on in Quarterly Reports and Integrated Annual Reports.
  2. The PSJV Board appointed a certain person with effect from 1 August 2021 on a 5-year fixed term contract. This person was a former employee and met the requirements of the post. He was head hunted as the position needed to be filled immediately as an Operations Manager is a requirement of Section 3(1)(a) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996.
  3. This person was appointed to a critical position and resigned for personal reasons 5 years prior to a certain persons suspension and not shortly before he was suspended.
  4. The specified person (referred to 3(b)) is the brother in-law of the person (referred to 2(a)).
  5. The PSJV financial position is precarious and Mr T Fowler was interviewed by the PSJV Board and appointed as the interim CEO of the PSJV, in addition to serving as the interim CEO of Alexkor. There is no additional remuneration for the additional position.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3109

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the (a)(i) Boegoebaai Port and Green Hydrogen2 Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and (ii) Boegoebaai Port and Rail Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) and (b) Namakwa Mineral Processing SEZ, how will affected communities benefit directly should the SIP and SEZ projects be agreed upon?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(a) (i)(ii) and (b)

The planning phase of the port and Rail development has shown that there exists a potential of 13 000 jobs that will be required for the port construction. Transnet’s short-term goal is to prioritize the training, development, and skilling of the local community from Richtersveld.

31 October 2022 - NW3417

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Transport

Noting that the recent trucking accident has put into focus the need for a sustainable and working railway system to transport goods, in order to ease the congestion and accidents caused by trucks on the roads, what progress is being made in revitalising railway networks in the Republic?

Reply:

In order to ease congestion and accidents caused by trucks on the road, a key development in revitalising railway networks is the approval of the White Paper on National Rail Policy (Rail Policy) by Cabinet on 23 March 2022. The Department of Transport is responsible for creating the enabling policy and legislative frameworks and co-ordinating the implementation of these initiatives for the transport sector.

To promote the movement of cargo from road to rail, the Rail Policy introduces reforms to open up the space for private sector investment and equitable third-party access on the primary and secondary rail network. This will open up the rail market for other operators to compete and improve operational efficiencies and service quality which will attract cargo from road to rail.

A key player in the implementation of these reforms is Transnet, which falls on the shareholding of the Department of Public Enterprises, as it owns, operates and maintains the majority of the rail freight network in the country. The Department of Public Enterprises as part of its responsibility for the implementation of the National Rail Policy, must ensure optimal restructuring of Transnet’s rail relates businesses to ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency to make rail an attractive alternative for the movement of cargo from road to rail.

31 October 2022 - NW3110

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the (a) Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen2 Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Port and Rail Strategic Integrated Project and (b) Namakwa Mineral Processing SEZ, what steps will be taken to safeguard the sacred twin Boegoeberge against (i) the poaching of succulents and (ii) sand blown from the unrehabilitated historic tailings dam of Alexkor?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

This question does not apply to TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and should be redirected to the Northern Cape Provincial Government.

31 October 2022 - NW3273

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from Ladysmith to Colenso, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

The road is P1-10 from Ladysmith to Colenso and the maintenance activities are as follows for:

FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-2022

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work carried out

(e)(i) Expenditure 2021/22

1

R 230 338.00

Grass cutting

0 km to 14 km

June 2021

R 230 338

2

R 161 930.00

Installation and repair of Guardrails

0 km to 7 km

April 2021

R 161 930

The internal maintenance team was also involved in the pothole patching on this road throughout the year.

APRIL 2022 TO DATE

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work carried out

(e)(ii) Expenditure 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022

1

R 153 819.00

Line marking

9 km

September 2022

153 819.00

The internal maintenance teams have to date repaired 15 Signs and have repaired a total of 67 m2 of pothole repairs to date.

Future plans

There is allocation for a grass cutting and tree felling contractor to start the works in January 2023 with a total allocated budget of R968 100.00.

Under capital project we have anticipated to Reseal P1-10 for 11 km.

31 October 2022 - NW3345

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       With reference to his reply to question 654 on 5 April 2022 regarding liquid bulk storage in the Port of Ngqura and the Port of Port Elizabeth, and regarding the joint Transnet and Coega Development Corporation (CDC) development of the liquid bulk facilities in Zone 5 of the Special Economic Zone, (a) what are the details of the parcel/parcels of land that were (i) identified and (ii) chosen for the development, (b) on which parcel of land is the development being constructed, (c) what was the total cost of all land purchased for the specified development and (d) by what date is it envisaged that the development will be completed and commissioned; (2) what is the status of the appeal of the termination notice issued by Transnet National Ports Authority to Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd, Engen Petroleum Ltd and Total Energies Marketing South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Oil Majors); (3) whether the specified appeal process has affected the schedule for transferring the facility to the Port of Ngqura; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

(1)

a) (i) - (ii) The land that was identified and chosen for the development of the liquid bulk facility is Erf 312 in Zone 5 of the Coega SEZ, approximately 13 hectares.

b) Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has earmarked 20 hectares of land within the Port of Ngqura for the development of the liquid bulk facility.

c) TNPA has not purchased any piece of land outside the designated port limits of the Port of Ngqura for the development of the liquid bulk facility.

d) TNPA envisages completion and commissioning of the Port of Ngqura Liquid Bulk site by December 2026.

(2)

The Ports Regulator (PRSA) issued its record of decision (ROD) in respect of the appeal on 26 April 2022, in which it set aside TNPA’s decision to terminate the leases of Astron & Others and found that their lease had not been terminated by effluxion of time on 30 April 2022. TNPA advised the Oil Industry (Astron, Engen and Total) on 19 May 2022, that operations may continue as per the terms and conditions of the lease agreement and supplementary agreement.

(3)

The appeal process has not affected the commissioning of the site at the Port of Ngqura as the date of December 2026 was always an indicative date communicated to the stakeholders.

31 October 2022 - NW3413

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Following reports that Denel is going to need R3 billion to cover its funding gap over the next 12 to 18 months, what (a) factors were taken into account to make the determination and (b) plans has his department made to ensure that Denel gets the funding it needs in order to stay afloat?

Reply:

a) The total funding requirement is R5.2billion, Denel will be raising R1.8billion from disposal of non-core assets with over R900million already received in August 2022. Below is a breakdown of items the funds will be used for: 

  1. Funding to stabilise business (R977million)
  2. Funding for Growth and Sustainability (R900million)
  3. Current and Legacy obligations (R3326million)

b) The Department has applied and supported Denel’s funding request through the 2022 MTBPS and 2023 MTEF process. With regards to proceeds from non-core disposals, the Department is in constant communication with Denel on the progress made in order to fast-track the necessary PFMA approvals by the Minister.

31 October 2022 - NW3111

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) On what date was International Dredging and Mining (IDMH) appointed as a service provider; (2) whether the specified contract was awarded in terms of National Treasury regulations and the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and therefore put out to tender; if not, why not; if so, (3)(a)(i) who signed the IDMH contract and (ii) on what date, (b) what is the period of the contract and (c) is the contract with Alexkor or the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. The contract was signed on or about 09 September 2011.
  2. There was a rigorous tender process (based on stringent criteria) which was preceded by consultation with the Richtersveld community in early 2010, as indicated in the annual report of 2011. The procurement process was compliant with the PFMA and Treasury Regulations and there were no findings by the external auditors Price Waterhouse Coopers Inc.
  3. The contract was signed by the CEO at the time, Ms Khetiwe McClain on 09 Septemeber 2011. No end date is specified on the contract and this is currently being reviewed. The contract is with Alexkor SOC Limited for the benefit of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3019

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any steps have been taken against corrupt officials at Alexkor following the probe by the Special Investigating Unit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevance details; (2) what steps are being taken to counter zama-zama operations at (a) Alexkor mines, (b) PetroSA and (c) Eskom; (3) whether there are any plans to absorb zama-zama operators in an effort to regulate them; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to information received from ALEXKOR

  1. The SIU is still busy with its investigation. However, an interim briefing did not implicate officials employed by Alexkor nor the PSJV. Should the final report implicate any official appropriate action will be taken.
  2. Security at the mine has been increased and a special unit has been appointed to maintain safety and prevent illegal activity.
  3. An initiative through the Departments of Mineral Resource and Energy is in progress. Three local women have been identified and areas of work identified to accommodate them.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3148

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from its intersection with the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass to Ladysmith, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

1. The road P31 from the intersection with N3 Van Reenen’s pass to Ladysmith in the Alfred Duma local municipality has an extent of 28km. The maintenance repair for this road includes various maintenance activities listed in the table below.

No.

(a) Budgeted amount

(b) Detailed work to be carried

(c) Section of road to be repaired

(d) Date that work will be carried

(e) Expenditure

1

R 992 000

Blacktop patching (Pothole)

0.5km to 2.5km

November 2022

No expenditure to date

2

R 992 000

Line marking and road studs

0.00km to 3km

November 2022

No expenditure to date

31 October 2022 - NW2392

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What total number of taxis in Gauteng are registered (a) on the eNatis system with the Road Traffic Management Corporation and (b) with the Provincial Legislature Transport Department on the Register Admin System?

Reply:

a) The operating license information is stored on the Department’s Operating License Administration System (OLAS). According to OLAS the total number of taxis with valid operating licenses in Gauteng is:

  • Minibus Taxis = 31 723
  • Meter Taxis including ehailing = 7087.

The data on OLAS is also on the eNaTIS because for a taxi to acquire an operating licence it must have been registered on eNatis and have a vehicle licence.

b) The Registration Administrative System (RAS) is utilised to register taxi associations, their members and vehicles. The same number of operating licenses appearing on OLAS for Gauteng operators is captured on the RAS

31 October 2022 - NW2604

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) What are the details of the (a) budget, (b) expenditure and (c) entities that received the tender for fixing roads in (i) Limpopo, (ii) North West and (iii) Free State between 2014 and 2020; (2) what is the detailed information with regard to the (a) roads that were fixed and (b) amount that each road cost the department to repair in each case?

Reply:

The response for question 1 and 2 are as detailed below for Free State, Limpopo and North West.

Please see attached:

Annexure A- Free State Province

Annexure B: Limpopo Province; and

Annexure C: North West Province

31 October 2022 - NW2558

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 477 on 9 May 2022, his department has extended the deadline for senior managers to update their qualifications on the PERSAL system; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) at what stage will his department (a) employ punitive measures to address the issue of the slow pace of senior managers updating their qualifications on the PERSAL system and (b) conduct an investigation into the issue of senior managers within the Public Service who do not have the qualifications for the positions that they currently occupy?

Reply:

1. There was no extension provided to departments, departments are gradually responding to circular HRD0301 by updating data on PERSAL.

2. Below are the responses for question 2 (a) and (b):

a) PERSAL is specifically designed for payment of employees’ salaries. The capturing of qualifications on PERSAL is currently not mandatory and until such time, when capturing of qualification on PERSAL is made mandatory, the Department cannot employ any punitive measures.

b) The Department of Public Service and Administration continues to monitor compliance in terms of the implementation of the PSR, 2016 and the Directive on compulsory capacity development, mandatory training days and minimum entry requirements for members of senior management service. Individual letters are prepared to Head of Departments requesting them to provide proof of qualifications for Senior Managers who were appointed during the implementation of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 and the said Directive.

End

31 October 2022 - NW2871

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date is it envisaged that the R34 joining Empangeni and Melmoth in Cetshwayo District in KwaZulu-Natal will be fixed, in order to reduce the high number of car accidents in the specified area?

Reply:

The road R34 is P393

As a Short-term intervention, the local office has a maintenance contract responsible for the drain cleaning and verge maintenance in addition, the district has utilised the internal teams to repair the current potholes on the R34 on a regular basis.

As a Medium-Term intervention The Department does have a plan for the Rehabilitation of road P393. However, the department has appointed IDT as the implementing agent with the 1st batch of projects in the planning stage to be implemented later in 2022/23 financial year. P393(R34) is anticipated to be in the 2nd batch which considering design procurement and all the applicable stages will anticipate work on the ground in the 2024/25 financial year.

31 October 2022 - NW3282

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Essack, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether his department has taken any steps to establish an independent statutory body to make senior appointments at state-owned enterprises in order to address the scourge of cadre deployment, as recommended by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State: if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Zondo Commission recommends the establishment of a standing Appointment and Oversight Committee tasked to ensure, by way of a public hearing, that any person nominated for Board appointment or as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Procurement Officer of an SOE meets the professional, reputational and eligibility requirements for such a position. The Committee must also investigate and act upon any complaints received concerning the misconduct of any Board member or senior executive in the discharge of his or her duties.

Currently, the DPSA Guide on the Appointment of Persons to Boards of State and State-controlled Institutions is in place and is under review. Government will collectively deliberate on how the Guide can be enhanced to incorporate the recommendations of the Commission.

As a long-term intervention the SOE Bill and its regulations will codify the appointment process so that the principles and process become legally binding and those sanctions for non-compliance are put in place.

31 October 2022 - NW3414

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether the International Air Services Licensing Council has revoked the licences of the SA Airways due to lack of capacity to service aircrafts; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from SAA

The International Air Services Licensing Council has not revoked the licenses of South African Airways (SAA). SAA made representation to the International Air Services Licensing Council (The Council) on its current route allocation and the decision by the Council to review some of the frequencies on the routes that the airline is currently not serving.

SAA continues to ramp up its operations by bringing in additional equipment into the fleet. The airline assures members that the airline is not losing its route rights. SAA continues to operate its current network and schedule with 6 regional and 2 domestic destinations. Currently, the airline has deployed additional capacity on the Cape Town route to meet demand and we have increased the aircraft size on the Harare route.

There is no doubt that SAA still retains a high brand equity and customer loyalty, demonstrated by successful re-entry to regional and domestic markets, with positive occupancy rates.

31 October 2022 - NW3087

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the (a) O R Tambo International Airport, (b) Cape Town International Airport and (c) King Shaka International Airport, (i) by what date will the signage be updated and/or upgraded to clearly indicate which are the (aa) international and (bb) domestic terminals, (ii) what are the time frames, timelines, deadlines and milestones in this regard, (iii) what are the reasons that the signage has not been updated and upgraded to date and (iv) what are the interim arrangements that inform passengers of the specified information?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

ACSA acknowledges that from time to time some passengers may have difficulty in way finding; and where it is established that there are recurring problem areas, these are resolved at an operational level either by installing temporary or permanent new signage. Other initiatives taken to assist passengers are passenger agents who are on the floor as well as at strategically placed information desks located in the terminal.

We are also aware that there are opportunities for further enhancement of our signage in general, however this is not a current key priority. The limited funding that we have available for repairs, maintenance and capital projects is deployed to essential assets that need to be brought back into operations after being mothballed during COVID, and for asset maintenance and refurbishments to ensure operations are sustainable. As traffic recovers further, and the financial resources are made available we will embark on other projects that will further enhance our operations, signage being one of them. The signage interventions that will be considered for implementation at that stage includes fixed and variable electronic signage, further enhancements to the ACSA app way finding section, and floor maps.

 

31 October 2022 - NW3344

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 785 on 5 April 2022 regarding the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport, the projects for (a) terminal redevelopment, (b) landside parking and (c) increased capacity have been budgeted for in the Medium-Term Budget Expenditure Framework; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any consideration has been given to expedite the project; if not, why not; if so, by what date will all scheduled projects be (a) initiated and (b) completed?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

​3.1 Terminal Optimisation Project (R30 million)

  • 3.1.1 Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a project to optimise the terminal configuration of Chief Dawid Sturman airport was initiated. This project sought update and expand ablution facilities, provide additional security screening capacity and departure lounge capacity as well. There were also plans to improve the commercial facilities in the departure holding lounge (additional private lounge space and coffee shop).  The project had progressed to conceptual design stage, when the project was halted in 2020 and its contract terminated in April 2021 on account of COVID-19 and its impact on the financial sustainability of ACSA.
  • 3.1.2 We recently received a traffic outlook in August 2022 which validates the requirements of our capital programmes based on envisaged traffic demand. We therefore intend on re-initiating the project planning processes in early 2023, subject to funding availability. We will complete the design process, and the works are intended to be complete by 2026/2027. The construction period is extended as a result of the works being constructed within an operational environment. This near term project will allow ease of operations and will improve the passenger experience, as we commence work on a major terminal expansion which is required at the airport in the medium term.

3.2 Landside Optimization ​​(R17 million)

  • 3.2.1 A project to optimise landside parking was also initiated pre-COVID-19 and was similarly halted and its contract terminated. This project entails the re-organisation and optimisation of the existing parking. The boundary between car rental and public parking will be relocated, with parking re-assigned between car rental and public parking.  The ingress and egress layout will also be re-organised in-line with the parking reassignment. The project had reached detailed design stage and the project planning will be re-initiated (subject to funding availability) in early 2023, with completion expected in 2025.

​3.3  Major Terminal Expansion (R1,3 Billion)

  • 3.3.1  We had also partially completed a precinct plan for Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport prior to the COVID -19 pandemic. This precinct plan will inform the landside developments of a multi-storey parkade and the extent to which the full terminal building can be expanded towards the landside to create additional terminal depth.
  • 3.3.2 We intend on using these plans to initiate a major terminal expansion for the airport. The design processes for this terminal will commence in 2025. The project is intended to provide a new terminal module with a new processing facility. It is envisaged that the terminal development will entail the demolition of a part of the existing terminal and reconstruction of a new building on the existing site. The new building will have double the footprint of the existing terminal. Passenger loading bridges will be introduced. Due to the magnitude of this project, we anticipate a development period of 8 years including design, approvals, procurement and construction.
  • 3.3.3 Capital programmes for the next 5 years are currently under discussion with the aviation industry as part of the economic regulation processes. The extent to which this project can be expedited will be dependent on the overall financial position of ACSA, the capital profile for the group, as well as affordability and fundability considerations from industry.
  • 3.3.4 We also intend on reviewing the master plan for the airport within the medium term.

31 October 2022 - NW3369

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Madlingozi, Mr BS to ask the Minister of Transport

Following the Pongola accident, wherein 19 learners were killed on our roads, what immediate measures of intervention have been taken regarding the transportation of learners in bakkies?

Reply:

Integrated law enforcement operations will be scaled up targeting trucks, public transport and bakkies in Pongola and across all provinces including Pongola in KZN. These operations are monitored regularly to determine impact and to decide on further cause of action and interventions.

The KwaZulu Natal Road Inspectorate and the local municipal traffic officers are part of the integrated plan to address the question of bakkies transporting learners and freight in general.

The National Traffic Police will also be deployed on an ad-hoc basis to assist the province informed by analysis of traffic information to assist in areas with insufficient traffic policing capacity

Block patrols will also be undertaken to ensure considerate driving in the area.

The MEC in the province has been advised to invoke the provisions of Section 50 of the National Road Traffic Act to conduct investigations with a view of suspending the operators permit with regards to freight transport.

31 October 2022 - NW3274

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans of his department for the repair and maintenance of the R103 road in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality from Colenso to Estcourt, including the (a) amounts budgeted, (b) details of work to be done, (c) details of the sections of the road to be repaired, (d) details of dates that work will be carried out and (e) actual expenditure in the (i) 2021-22 financial year and (ii) period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022?

Reply:

The road from Colenso to Estcourt is P1-9

(a) The amount budgeted for the road is R 5 937 172.24

(b) The planned maintenance activity is blacktop patching on main road P1-9 from 6.000 km to18.000 km in Estcourt Area Office.

(c) The section of the road to be repaired is from 6.000km to 18.000km.

(d) The Projected start date is on 02 October 2022.

(e) There is no actual expenditure for (i) 2021-22 Financial Year and (ii) April 2022 to date for this project.

31 October 2022 - NW3125

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Given that in engagements with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and Transnet over the infrastructure failure which is causing mass amounts of sewage discharge into the harbour, rivers and beaches in Durban, the specified municipality and Transnet have put forth a plan to manage and resolve the critical sewage issue, (a) what are the relevant details of the specified plan and (b) will he furnish Ms H S Winkler with a copy of the plan?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

The matter is being handled by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality as it is their sewer pump that has failed. TNPA is the affected party in this case. It is recommended that the question be referred to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) as they are the responsible ministry in this instance. 

31 October 2022 - NW3152

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether Eskom will carry the costs of the infrastructure of a dedicated supply of electricity to the Ezakeni water pump station on the Thukela River in the Uthukela District Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details (2) whether Eskom has submitted a quotation to the Uthukela District Municipality for the provision of a dedicated supply of electricity to the specified pump station; if not, why not; if so, (3) what are details of the quotation given to the Uthukela District Municipality for the provision of a dedicated supply of electricity to the pump station, including the (a) funding requirements of Eskom and (b)(i) full costs and (ii) time it will take to construct and operationalise?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom:

  1. The supply requirements for the water infrastructure from Spioenkop dam to the raw water pump station is dedicated infrastructure for the sole use of Uthukela District Municipality, as such all cost needs to be recovered from the customer. Eskom does not carry the cost for dedicated infrastructure.
  2. Eskom submitted a cost estimate fee in March 2017 to Uthukela District Municipality, and there was no response to the letter.
  3. Scope of Works: To make the supply available, it was necessary to do the following work:
  • Remove the existing 10MVA transformer and replace it with a 20MVA transformer at Spioenkop substation and upgrade the protection from 3TM to 4TM (add diff protection).
  • Establish a new 22kV feeder bay at Spioenkop substation and build a foundation and all necessary civil works.
  • Build approximately 5 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the proposed feeder bay at Spioenkop substation to the proposed water treatment works plant.
  • Build approximately 2 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the proposed water treatment works to the proposed Command reservoir site and install a 50kVA transformer at the Command reservoir.
  • Build approximately 10 km of 22kV Hare conductor from the Command reservoir site to a raw water pump station.
  • Install a meter at all three points of supply.

NOTE:

On acceptance of the cost estimate fee and payment of the quotation fee below, Eskom will provide a budget quote. The Distribution standard connection charge is payable upfront before construction.

(b)(i) Full Cost:

The estimated charges are as follows, in 2017 Rand values:

Charge

Estimated value

Distribution Standard Connection Charge

R 15 456 473.36 + VAT = R 17 620 379.63

Quotation Fee

R 661 424.50

Security Deposit

R 2 549 000.00

(b)(ii) Completion is estimated from 12 to 24 months depending on long lead time materials.

31 October 2022 - NW3409

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a)(i) total number of public servants are currently on suspension with full pay and at (ii) cost to the Government, (b) is the breakdown of the specified number of suspended public servants in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (c) number of such public servants hold senior positions within the Public Service?

Reply:

a) (i) Total number of public servants currently on suspension with full pay: 305

(ii) Cost to the Government: R 130 964 676,15.

b) (i) Breakdown of suspended public servants in National Departments:

Name of Departments

SMS Member (Level)

Number of Precautionary suspensions cases received

Total cost for Precautionary suspensions

Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development

14

1

not indicated

Cooperative Governance

14

1

R 2,396,286.82

 

14

1

R 2,360,860.58

 

13

1

R 1,939,751.03

 

14

1

R 426,844.64

Correctional Services

15

1

R 309,095.63

 

13

1

R 182,511.67

 

15

1

R 238,714.49

Defence

0

1

R 356,171.50

Government Printing Works

0

1

R 22,752.59

Health

0

3

R 95,199.39

Higher Education and Training, Science & Innovation

0

12

R 2,549,231.00

Home Affairs

15

1

R 956,198.25

 

14

1

R 859,747.00

 

13

1

R 654,631.25

 

13

1

R 94,921.50

 

0

1

R 790,611.21

 

0

1

R 502,049.41

 

0

1

R 500,233.08

 

0

1

R 199,930.50

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 178,863.75

 

0

1

R 163,806.00

 

0

1

R 163,806.00

 

0

1

R 149,802.00

 

0

1

R 184,281.75

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 184,281.75

 

0

1

R 171,056.25

 

0

1

R 39,747.50

 

0

1

R 40,344.50

 

0

1

R 40,951.50

 

0

1

R 20,781.50

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 20,172.25

 

0

1

R 21,781.00

 

0

1

R 94,921.50

Independent police Investigative Directorate

13

6

R -

International Relations and Cooperation

0

1

R 3,158.38

Justice and Constitutional Development

0

1

R 642,798.67

 

0

1

R 1,773,149.72

 

0

1

R 2,654,793.91

Military Veterans

14

4

R 3,778,958.91

National Prosecuting Authority

14

1

R 292,528.70

 

 

1

R 235,925.36

 

 

1

R 53,470.45

Office of Chief Justice

0

1

R 2,985,711.13

 

0

1

R 94,841.55

Public Enterprises

16

1

R 28,734.95

Public Service and Administration

15

1

R 4,951,979.60

Public Works and Infrastructure

16

1

R 3,957,066.00

 

0

1

R 89,538.75

Science and Innovation

0

1

R 1,190,868,66

Water and Sanitation

0

3

R 15,651.08

The Presidency

13

1

R 215,374.05

TOTAL

19

79

R 40 257 345,63

       

(b) (i) Breakdown of suspended public servants in Provincial Departments:

Provinces

Provincial Departments

Number of Precautionary suspensions received

SMS

Total cost for Precautionary suspension

Eastern Cape

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

0

 

Community Safety

1

0

R 1,208,961.00

 

Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

0

0

0

 

Education

0

0

0

 

Health

0

0

0

 

Human Settlements

0

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

0

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

0

 

Roads and Public Works and Infrastructure

0

0

0

 

Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

0

0

0

 

Safety and Liaison

0

0

0

 

Social Development

0

0

0

 

Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

0

0

0

 

Transport

0

0

0

 

Total

1

0

R 1,208,961.00

Free State

Agriculture and Rural Development

3

0

R 2,659,259.57

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

DESTEA

1

1

R 12,551.07

 

Education

1

0

R 187,885.70

 

Health

7

0

R 805,249.33

 

Human Settlements

2

1

R 2,381,250.03

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Police, Roads and Transport

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

1

0

R 48,087.60

 

Public Works & Infrastructure

2

0

R 145,487.54

 

Social Development

1

1

R 41,871.61

 

Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation

0

0

R -

 

Total

18

3

R 6,281,642.45

Gauteng

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

R -

 

Education

4

 

 

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

 

 

 

 

Community Safety

3

0

R 117,978.71

 

Economic Development

7

3

R 5,650,621.08

 

E-Government

0

0

R -

 

Health

No report

No report

No report

 

Human Settlements

No report

No report

No report

 

Infrastructure Development

9

3

R 1,831,135.27

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Roads and Transport

No report

No report

No report

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Sports, Arts , Culture and Recreation

No report

No report

No report

 

TOTAL

23

6

R 7,599,735.06

Kwazulu-Natal

Agriculture and Rural Development

6

1

R 1,517,725.00

 

Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety

0

0

R -

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

3

1

R 2,380,756.00

 

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

2

2

R 819,973.00

 

Education

28

3

R 4,991,434.50

 

Health

22

1

R 3,305,739.53

 

Human Settlements

 

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

4

2

R 6,509,741.00

 

Social Development

7

5

R 8,394,222.35

 

Sport and Recreation

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works

1

1

R 3,376,082.40

 

Transport

2

2

R 2,235,369.80

 

Total

75

18

R 33,531,043.58

Limpopo

Agriculture and Rural Development

0

0

0

 

COGHSTA

0

0

R -

 

Education

0

0

R -

 

Health

9

0

R No cost indicated -

 

Limpopo Depart. of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Sports, Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Transport and Community Safety.

0

0

R -

 

Total

9

0

R -

Mpumalanga

Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environment Affairs

0

0

0

 

Community Safety, Security and Liaison

4

0

R 195,439.56

 

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1

0

R -

 

Culture, Sports and recreation

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

5

0

R 2,132,884.31

 

Health

14

0

Not indicated

 

Human Settlements

0

0

0

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

R 509,482.95

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

R -

 

Public Works, Roads and Transport

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

0

0

R -

 

Total

26

0

R 2,837,806.82

Northern Cape

Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform

No report

No report

No report

 

Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

12

0

R 5,713,629.00

 

Office of the Premier

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Roads and Public Works

4

 

R 36,189.00

 

Sports and Arts and Culture

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

2

0

R 270,956.56

 

Health

10

0

R 18,740,641.63

 

Transport, Safety and Liaison

0

0

R -

 

Total

28

0

R 24,761,416.19

North West

Agriculture & Rural development

2

2

R 429,472.00

 

Arts , Culture Sports and Recreation

No report

No report

No report

 

Corporative Governance & Traditional Affairs

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety and Transport Management

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development Environment, Conservation & Tourism

1

0

R 210,805.23

 

Education

No report

No report

No report

 

Health

12

2

R 11,473,472.27

 

Human Settlements (New department)

0

0

R -

 

Office of the Premier

2

0

R 263,485.50

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Public Works and Roads

1

0

R 167,346.62

 

Social Development

No report

No report

No report

 

Total

18

4

R 12,544,581.62

Western Cape

Agriculture

0

0

R -

 

Community Safety

5

4

R 672,487.25

 

Cultural Affairs and Sport

0

0

R -

 

Economic Development and Tourism

0

0

R -

 

Education

7

3

R 155,862.21

 

Environmental and Development Planning

0

0

R -

 

Health

11

0

R 473,464.83

 

Human Settlements

0

0

R -

 

Local Government

0

0

R -

 

Provincial Treasury

0

0

R -

 

Social Development

2

0

R 461,437.61

 

The Premier

3

0

R 178,891.90

 

Transport and Public Works

0

0

R -

 

TOTAL

28

7

R 1,942,143.80

 

Grand Total

226

38

R 90 707 330,52

c) Number of senior public servants on precautionary suspension: 57

NOTE: The information used for this response was obtained from the FOSAD reports sent to the DPSA as at 30 June 2022.

End

28 October 2022 - NW3676

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

In light of the fact that the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) has been at the helm as the implementing agency for the Telkom Towers project since 2015, and to date the project has not been completed despite numerous promises to do so, what are the reasons that the DBSA is still retained as an implementing agency despite the fact that the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure does not have jurisdiction over DBSA but the Independent Development Trust which is an entity within her department and has a responsibility to provide infrastructure according to its mandate?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Background

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (“DPWI”) was informed by the Telkom Retirement Fund (“TRF”) itself on 07th March 2015 that the subject property was still on the market, which led to the Department investigating the viability of the property and an eventual acquisition in 2015 for use as government accommodation.

The Telkom Towers Complex comprised of 10 buildings that measure 221,954m² with a gross lettable office accommodation area of 115,480m². There are 2234 parking bays totalling 60,624m². However, the PPS building which, until today, remains a National Key Point Building would not be available to a new owner as Telkom required to lease this building indefinitely.

The migration plan from SAPS into Telkom towers was delayed since December 2015.

Response

In order to respond to the immediate upgrade requirements for the Telkom Towers North Building and Annex buildings, a project was commenced through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (“DBSA”) as Implementing Agent to DPWI, in accordance with the SAPS migration plan. The site was handed over to the contractor on the 24th June 2019 and practical completion was obtained on 31st August 2021. The DBSA has not been an implementing agent for Telkom Towers since 2015, as they were only engaged to complete two buildings out of the entire complex.

The DBSA is a government owned entity and development finance institution under the National Treasury. The Independent Development Trust (“IDT”) is also a government owned entity under the DPWI. On or about 22 June 2022 the National Treasury approved the inclusion of IDT as an Implementing Agent for the DPWI. The DPWI and IDT are currently finalising the Memorandum of Agreement for collaboration and cooperation as an Implementing Agent on DPWI’s infrastructure portfolio.

28 October 2022 - NW3745

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

In view of recent reports of a 15-year old girl who was gang-raped in Gqeberha, Motherwell, being turned away from a clinic and told to go and open a case before she is treated, only to die on her way to open a case, what (a) are the consequence measures of his department for medical practitioners who display gross negligence that leads to the placing of those in need in danger and in some instances deadly health situations and (b) training is available for medical practitioners when handling sensitive health matters relating to women?

Reply:

(a) Cases of suspected transgression/misconduct are investigated in line with the Labour Relations Act and other labour related legislation and prescripts. Recommendations of investigation reports are implemented.

(b) Training and education on being sensitive to the needs of all patients is part of the undergraduate curricula of all health cadres. Inservice training on the management of sexual assault victims and gender-based violence is available to health workers.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3713

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the Ritshidze Data on the Free State report on challenges that make it hard to access the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) preventative treatment, which states the challenges and interventions needed to address the health access crisis in the province, while he is yet to make sustainable interventions in that direction after so many years, (a) what are the plans of his department concerning Free State healthcare issues and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the specified plans will take shape to address issues of access to healthcare in the province?

Reply:

The challenge with the question in respect of Retshidze is that it is general and as such it is difficult for the department to respond in a specific way. The table here below provides general responses in line with the areas that were covered by the Retshidze report.

 

a) The plans of the department concerning Free State Health Issues and (b) date to address the issues of access to health care are in the table below:

Item

Challenge raised by Ritshidze

  1. Plans of the department
  1. Date

Shortages of staff

  • 79% of facilities again reported being understaffed and unable to meet the needs of public healthcare users this year
  • There currently are budget pressure and as such the department is not able to appoint a new staff

The department will prioritize critical post for 2023/24 budget and over the MTEF

ART

  • 66% of PLHIV would like to collect ARVs closer to their home (66% last year)
  • The department is planning on increase pick up points for the ARVs so that the patients can collect their treatment closer home
  • The department will also reopen more adherence clubs that were affected during COVID19
  • Districts have developed differentiated of care models and welcome back campaigns towards reach 95-95-95

March 2023 extended to April 2023 for budget in the new financial year.

Infrastructure and cleanliness

  • 90% of facilities need some additional space
  • 25% of public healthcare users reported that facilities were “dirty
  • The infrastructure unit has received approval to allocate additional funding to maintenance and refurbishment of facilities earmarked for ideal clinic programme
  • The department has appointed EPWP to assist with cleaning at health facilities to argument the current shortages

March 2023

Waiting times

  • 4:31 hours was the average waiting time after the facility
  • The department planned to decant more patients who are more stable on treatment to reduce backlog waiting time

The department plans to appoint staff in the MTEF period

Men specific services

  • 9 sites had no male specific services at all
  • The department plan to pilot a men’s clinics to HIV and testing, , male medical circumcision and other services

April 2023

Availability of medication

  • 13% of respondents said they had left or knew someone who left empty handed (8% last year)
  • There are currently no shortage of ARV and monitored weekly using SVS
  • Facilities are implementing and monitoring redistribution to ensure sustainability of medicine .

Ongoing

Key population

  • 0% facilities report any key population specific services at all
  • The department has employed 25 peer educators to promote access for access for key population
  • Also do demand creation for key population
  • The plan is to expand the peer educators service over the METF to insure accessibility to key population

April 2023

Some of the key general activities and plans

  • Welcome back strategy was started in 2020/ 21 financial year but not fully implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The department planned to re- train all categories of staff.
  • To strengthen adherence to treatment through reviving adherence clubs.
  • Implementation of the track and tracing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
  • Monitoring of Medicine availability is done through Stock status report.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3732

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, considering that contraceptives is the most common medicine that was out of stock at public healthcare facilities in 2022, which may be catastrophic for some of the most vulnerable women in the Republic, and noting that the Stop Stockouts Project (SSP) acknowledges the significant efforts of his department to address such stockouts of all medicines (details furnished), his department has considered the recommendations of the SSP (details furnished); if not, (a) why not and (b) what alternatives have been considered to address the negative impacts of the specified stockouts; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Department of Health (NDOH) welcomes the initiative by SSP to investigate stockouts in the provinces and has considered the recommendations made in the SSP report. It should be noted that the overall medicine availability has improved significantly over the years, since 2014. In any supply chain, supply challenges do arise from time to time.

In the April to June 2022 period, the reporting period of the SSP report, contracted suppliers reported challenges impacting on the supply for some contraceptives. These challenges included Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) shortages, production delays and quality control issues which affected the manufacture of both tablets and implants. Additionally, the contract for the implants was ceded from one supplier to another, which resulted in interruptions in supply until the process was complete.

The NDOH continuously engages the suppliers to identify any possible supply challenges, to adjust the demand forecast (where necessary) and to work together to mitigate the risks. Furthermore, the NDOH established a decision-making forum where all provinces are represented; to identify interventions aimed at addressing any medicine supply challenges, to improve medicine availability and to reduce the potential impact of stock outs.

Where supply constraints are identified, the NDOH works with the provinces to identify and implement interventions to minimize stock outs and impact on patients. These interventions are informed by the cause of the supply challenge:

• Where the supply constraint is due to operational matters e.g., machine breakdown, labor unrest, theft, post importation testing, etc. the NDOH would source products from alternative local suppliers with registered products using the quotation process.

• Should the supply constraint result in a longer term supply challenge, such as regulatory matters including amendments to the dossier that requires approval from South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), including a change/addition of an active pharmaceutical ingredient source and/or manufacturing site, the transfer of ownership of dossiers which results in a change of marketing authorization, delays in the issuing of the permits for imported medicines, manufactured products requiring additional quality checks by SAHPRA, etc. and no alternative local suppliers with registered products are available; an application would be made to SAHPRA for the acquisition of unregistered medicines for human use in South Africa Act use in terms of Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act. For example, when the Medroxyprogesterone injection was unavailable, Section 21 was sourced to minimize impact on patients.

Since the publication of the report, the supply of all contraceptives has stabilized and the NDOH is not aware of any supply constraints for contraceptives at present. The overall medicine availability indicates that there is sufficient stock to meet the patient demand and is currently at 90.5%.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3688

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

Which steps of intervention has he taken regarding the crisis at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, where surgeries have been halted due to two broken air conditioners?

Reply:

Based on the recent feedback from Steve Biko Academic Hospital, a service provider was appointed at the beginning of October 2022 for the servicing of the chillers including air conditioners. The hospital has 5 out 6 chillers currently running at optimal levels. The two broken air conditioners has been fixed and the temperatures are now perfect in their theatres. And they are being monitored on a daily basis by the recently appointed service provider.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3445

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

By what date will the training of senior managers in the (a) Kagisano Molopo, (b) Ditsobotla, (c) Lekwa-teemane, (d) Mamusa and (e) Greater Taung Local Municipalities that are in the (i) Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality and (ii) Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality be completed by her department in order to capacitate municipal managers, senior managers and asset managers?

Reply:

The question by Honourable Member does not indicate what kind or type of training referred to in the above question. It is recommeded that the member be specific on what type of training is referring to in order for the department to respond accordingly.

28 October 2022 - NW3616

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a copy of the 2021-22 annual report for the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) what is the (a) total budget for the specified programme, (b) breakdown of all costs and (c) total amount that has been spent in the past five years?

Reply:

The National Department is consulting with the Provincial Departments of Health to get the full details and figures on this question. The response will be ready in a week or two and will be furnished to the Honourable Member as soon as it is ready.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3710

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of (a) hospitals and (b) clinics have contacted (i) Eskom and (ii) the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in order to ask for loadshedding exemption in (aa) emergency situations and (bb) during general loadshedding nationally and provincially; (2) what number of (a) hospitals and (b) clinics have been granted loadshedding exemption in (i) emergency situations and (ii) during general loadshedding nationally and provincially?

Reply:

(1)-(2) The National Department of Health has identified a priority list of health facilities that requires an urgent exemption either from Eskom or local municipalities. The Department has provided Eskom with a total of 212 priority hospitals across the country to be considered for possible exclusion from loadshedding on a phased approach, and 67% of them are supplied directly by municipalities, while Eskom supplies the remaining 33%. The current number of hospitals excluded from loadshedding across the country, has increased from 37 to 72 since the last public announcement by Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla in September, while more efforts are being made to implement exemption of health facilities in all the provinces as a matter of urgency in line with the commitment made to ensure that no province is left behind. The updated list of exempted facilities per provinces is as follows: Eastern Cape (7), Free State (14), Gauteng (17), KZN (15), Limpopo (10), Mpumalanga (4), Western Cape (4) Northern Cape (1), and North West (0).

The preliminary network analysis conducted revealed that, 28 hospitals in various provinces can be excluded from loadshedding by building new infrastructure at the estimated cost of R100 million. However, the team is investigating possible load curtailment for bigger hospitals as well as other alternative solutions.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3600

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department is responsible for the construction of the site establishment project taking place at the SA National Defence Force College of Intelligence in Waterkloof; if not, who is responsible for the construction of the project; if so, what are the relevant details in respect of the (a) main contractor, (b) number of persons employed who are (i) South African citizens and (ii) foreign nationals, (c) (i) professional quantity surveyor and (ii) project manager and (d) small, medium and micro enterprises appointed in respect of the 30% allocation for sub-contractors?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed that the project is being implemented by the Department of Defence and not the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

Therefore, (a), (b) (i) & (ii), (c) (i) & (ii) and (d), Fall away.

28 October 2022 - NW3654

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has any documented COVID-19 vaccine procurement guidelines in place; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The procurement of COVID-19 vaccines followed a two-step process:

1. Availability of clinical evidence from randomised controlled clinical trials which formed the basis of the Advisory from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 vaccines. This advisory is available on the SA Coronavirus website.

2. Procurement following prescripts of the Public Finance Management Act made available from National Treasury.

The procurement prescripts, available on the National Treasury website, are applicable to all government departments and are not unique to the NDoH.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3733

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of state hospitals and/or clinics require (a) infrastructure upgrading and (b) maintenance of existing infrastructure; (2) whether he will furnish Ms M D Hlengwa with an audit of all unstaffed positions in state hospitals and/or clinics; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Health Sector as the user of health facilities required by GIAMA to produce User Asset Management Plan (U-AMP) which reflect the condition of the health facilities. This followed by development of Infrastructure Programme Implementation Plan (IPMP), which is a three-year costed plan, which indicates how these facilities will be attended, to bring them back to acceptable standard. The U-AMP table below is indicating that there are 265 hospitals and 1903 primary health care facilities that requires a certain number of upgrades and additions. However, it should be noted that all active health facilities are budgeted for maintenance and repair in every financial year through Equitable Share and Hospital Revitalization Grant.

Number of Facilities that register conditional rating of C3 (C3: urgent attention) as per 2020 U-AMP

Province

Hospital

Primary Health Care

EC

43

325

FS

29

12

GP

32

98

KZN

66

486

LP

2

385

MP

30

237

NC

14

71

NW

21

218

WC

28

71

TOTAL

265

1903

2. The current overall vacancy posts for all health care workers, which are providing both health related (16 070) and administration (4 764) functions/services in hospitals and clinics are 20834 posts, in the public health sector (i.e. in all 9 Provinces including the National Department of health) as recorded on the 30 September 2022 PERSAL System date set.

 

These recorded posts are both funded and unfunded posts in the System. Due to constrained budgets, a systematic process of approving funding and advertisements of posts by accounting officers in consultation with Provincial Treasuries is ongoing. This is to avoid exceeding Cost of Employment (COE) budgets.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3715

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, with regard to the site establishment taking place at the SA National Defence Force College of Intelligence in Waterkloof, her department is constructing the project; if not, who is responsible for the construction of the project; if so, what are the relevant details in respect of the (a) scope of work, (b) project value, (c) localisation plan and framework of the main contractor and (d) appointment of the Chief Legal Officer?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed that the project in question is being implemented by the Department of Defence and not the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

Therefore, (a), (b), (c) and (d), Fall away.

28 October 2022 - NW3456

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the policy decision of her department to maintain the status quo of the Central Karoo Region with 15 wards and an insignificant number of residents as a district municipality, measured against many other municipalities with a total in excess of 70 wards with a high population density, congested into one district municipality?

Reply:

The responsibility to determine the category of municipalities resides with the Municipal Demarcation Board.

28 October 2022 - NW3712

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of students (a) have been enrolled, (b) have graduated, (c) have been employed by his department and (d) are currently still employed by his department since the inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme; (2) what (a) are the reasons for the termination of employment and (b) amount has the termination of employment cost his department since the inception of the specified programme; (3) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a breakdown of all expenses since the inception of the programme; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) amounts are still outstanding?

Reply:

1. (a) There are 3369 students recruited to the programme since inception.

b) A total of 2617 has graduated from the Programme.

c) The total of 2 617 students mentioned in (b) above, after completion of their integration in South African local universities are/were allocated to various health facilities for a two-year medical internship and then proceed to fulfil a one-year Community Service Programme in rural and underserved areas.

d) The National Department of Health has requested the numbers that are currently still employed form Provincial Departments of Health, since the PERSAL System does not have a functionality that provides such granular data since inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Programme.

2. (a) The doctors from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Programme assume appointment to the department as qualified medical doctors like any other doctor trained in South Africa, this also include termination of employment. The termination of duty is therefore based on grounds that are deemed necessary for termination in terms of the scope of practice of medical doctors or it may be voluntary as is the case with any other employee.

(b) This cannot be quantified specifically for the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical doctors.

(3) (a) Costs incurred when students in Cuba

The following are average costs incurred and are fixed cost per student per year, depending on the Rand/Dollar Exchange Rate at the time of transfer, is reflected below:

  • Preparatory (one year) : $2000.00 per students
  • 1st – 5th Year (per student) : $5000.00
  • Stipend (per student per year) : $2400.00
  • Additional costs include two return flight tickets during six years and additional flight ticket in case of death of immediate family member. The tickets cannot be costed as it also depends on the Rand/Dollar Exchange at the time.

Level

Tuition Fees

Meals & Acc.

Ave. cost Med. Ins.

Stipend

TOTAL

Preparatory

$6000.00

$6022

$450

$2400.00

$14, 872.00

1st – 2nd Year

$12, 500

$6022

$500

$2400.00

$21, 422.00

3rd – 4th Year

$11, 500

$6022

$500

$2400.00

$20, 422.00

5th Year

$13, 500

$6022

$600

$2400.00

$22, 522.00

b) Costs incurred for integration in the local Universities

Tuition fees charged by South African universities during the integration since inception until 2018 varied from one university to another. After the agreement signed with local universities, the cost of integration per student has been standardised since July 2018 and adjusted according to annual Consumer Price Index. Students have all to be in the clinical training platform for 18 months which translates into three (3) semesters. Additional costs include transportation of the final year students to local universities which depends on the mode of transport and distance to the university.

The following are the average costs incurred in South Africa:

  • July 2018 – June 2019 : R231 325.00 per student (R115 662.50 per semester).
  • July 2019 – June 2020 : R241 734.63 per student (R120 867.31 per semester).
  • July 2020 – June 2021 : R252 612.68 per student (R126 306.34 per semester).
  • July 2021 – June 2022 : R260 696.28 per student (R130 348.14 per semester).
  • July 2022 – June 2023 : R277 641.54 per student (R138 820.77 per semester).

Amount outstanding are not readily available for both Cuba and local Universities as we are in a process of receiving and paying invoices for the 2021 to 2022 financial year for Cuba, and 2022/ 2023 Financial year for local Universities.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3444

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

In light of the failure of the Municipal Managers from (a) Mamusa Local Municipality and (b) Maquassi Hills Local Municipality, what outcomes does her department intend for the section 139(7) constitutional intervention to yield in the North West?

Reply:

The Maquassi Hills and Mamusa Local Municipalities are currently not under intervention in terms of Section 139 (7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

  

28 October 2022 - NW3714

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What are the reasons that a 15-year old Zenizole Vena, an underage rape victim, was turned away at the Motherwell Clinic in the Eastern Cape due to her not having a case number and (b) which disciplinary measures have been taken against the nursing staff that were on duty on that specific day at the clinic; (2) whether the nurses have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The reasons will be established through a formal investigation.

(b) The staff involved will be subjected to a formal investigation in line with the Labour Relations Act and other labour related legislation and prescripts. Recommendations of investigation reports will be implemented.

(2) The nurse who was on duty when this incident occurred has not been suspended yet, because she has been on sick-leave ever since the incident. She will be served with the required disciplinary process communication instruments on her return. Should her absence be prolonged, the Eastern Cape Department of Health will serve her with these instruments while at home.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3565

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Zondo, Mr S S to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, considering that construction waste has been identified as one of the core problems in the construction industry across the world and in the Republic between five and eight million tons of construction waste are generated annually, as up to 30% of the material delivered to a construction site ends up as waste, and noting that neither national nor municipal legislation and/or regulations require contractors to have a waste management plan, as only a small fraction of the waste is reused or recycled, with the result that a large amount of waste is disposed of in landfills, which are rapidly reaching capacity in many places, her department intends to develop and enforce legislation and/or regulations around the issue of waste management; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

REPLY:

  • I have been informed by the Department that the Public Works Green Building Policy as approved and signed on the 31st of May 2018, in section 10.4, paragraph 3 states that DPWI will develop guidelines and minimum standards for the management and recycling of construction waste. These guidelines and minimum standards are incorporated into the relevant specifications for the construction works of DPWI throughout the procurement process.
  • Recoverable waste shall be dealt with before disposal to sites. The Department, through the Indigenous Knowledge Systems is planning to roll-out rammed earth techniques in utilising crushed and compacted construction waste including earthworks waste. The excess material shall be disposed of, spread, and roughly levelled where permitted on-site.
  • Within the DPWI’s procurement processes, credits shall be awarded to contractors who adhere to alternative and innovative greening ideas during construction including disposal of construction waste.
  • The Public Works Green Building policy, in terms of green procurement, stipulates that the DPWI will adopt the Green Building Public Procurement Policy where all contractors and/or sub-contractors are mandated to provide detailed Waste Management Plans in accordance to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as regulated by the National Environment Management Act 107 of 1998 and the Public Works Green Building Policy.
  • Furthermore, the Green Building National Framework, states that the Certification of green contractors and products will be adapted in the construction sector to ensure recognition as credited green building practitioners, contractors, or suppliers, hence this initiative will benefit the sector through materials that will not be disposed of, to the landfill sites and repurposed for other uses. It will also ensure confidence in the contractor’s ability and knowledge of disposing of construction waste.
  • In addition, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) is planning to develop a best practice or standard related to optimising the reuse of waste from construction. This will include the requirement for waste management plans.
  • In line with interdepartmental cooperation, DPWI provided an input to the Operation Phakisa work stream championed by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) regarding plans around the management of construction waste. The management of construction waste is expected to provide job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities.

28 October 2022 - NW3603

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the reply of the Minister of Finance to question 2330 on 20 July 2022, what percentage of the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) has his department received from the National Treasury in each financial year since the introduction of the HPL in 2018; (2) (a) how has his department spent the money in each financial year and (b) what portion of the budget received from HPL is levied towards (i) health awareness and (ii) health services; (3) what (a) diseases are prioritised with the specified allocation from the sugar tax and (b) strides have the programmes made in improving health in the Republic; (4) whether his department audits the success of the programmes on which the HPL is spent; if not, why not; if so, will he furnish Mrs M O Clarke with the past five annual reports of the programmes?

Reply:

1. Based on the figures below (revenue that National Treasury received from the Levy), it can be estimated to be about 2.2 %.

“In the revenue year 2021/22, the Health Promotion Levy (colloquially referred to as the sugar tax) contributed a total of R 2,259,832,000.00* in the revenue collections that were reported by the South African Revenue Service. The R 2,259,832,000.00* collected reflects R2, 182,323,000.00* in domestic levy and R77, 510,000.00* in an import levy. Overall the FY2021/22 collections represent a growth of 6.92% on the FY2020/21 collections of R2, 113,606,000.00 (R2, 046,177,000.00 domestic levy and R67, 429,000.00 in import levy). “

* All figures for FY2021/22 are preliminary pending auditing processes.

The following are the actual amounts that the Department received:

  • R50m in 2018/19
  • R40m in 2109/20
  • R49 699m in 2020/21
  • R53.5 in 2021/22
  • R48 366 00 in 2022/23

2. (a) The Department spent the HPL as follows

  • 2018/2019 :
    • Wellness Campaign to create awareness and screen for HIV, TB, Hypertension and Diabetes in all provinces (Cheka Impilo).
    • Events in provinces to raise awareness on Cancer and to introduce the provinces to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Strategy which was approved in 2017.
  • 2019/2020:
    • Funds were spent on expanding the scope and coverage of Cancer Awareness Campaigns to all provinces.
  • 2020/2021:
    • Spending on Campaigns was not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, funds were directed toward public education and awareness programs on Covid-19.
  • 2021/2022:
    • There was a continuation in the allocation of funds for public education programs on Covid-19.
    • Funds were spent on phase one of the National Dietary Intake Survey
    • SABC Side-by-Side Campaign on Child Health.
    • Planning for the National Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign
  • 2022/2023:
    • The HPL is being used to fund Phase two of the National Dietary Intake Study (NDIS).
    • National Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign. Funds will be used for the purchases of screening devices, consumables and community health worker training material for the Campaign. The key objective is for CHWs to screen for hypertension and diabetes and link patients to care.
    • Launch of the National Strategic Plan for NCDs and the commemoration of the World No Tobacco Day

(b) Hundred percent (100%) of the HPL levy is spent for health promotion, awareness, disease/injury prevention and disease related research.

3. (a) Non-communicable diseases (hypertension, diabetes, cancer, mental health), communicable diseases (HIV, TB, Covid-19, water and vector borne diseases), Violence and Injury

(b)

  • In 2021 PRICELESS reported evidence-based gains from the HPL, including
    • The national urban household purchases of taxable beverages by

volume fell by 51% (Kantar) with a 29 % decrease in sugar intake.

    • In a self-reported Langa survey of young adults ( 18- 39 y), on taxable

beverages showed a 37% reduction by volume and 31% decrease in sugar intake

    • In a Soweto Study of teenagers , young adults, and older adults, the frequency of Sugar Sweetened Beverages intake amongst heavy consumers fell from 10 beverages per week pre HPL to 4 beverages per week one year post HPL
  • As at August 2022, the country achieved 94% of the target population knowing their HIV status as part of the 90-90-90 targets. The achievement can be attributed to the Wellness Campaign (Cheka Impilo) that influences health seeking behaviour, including condom distribution and treatment adherence.
  • In 2022, the Department approved the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2022 – 2027 (NSP NCDs) which adopts an integrated person centered approach and is inclusive of population level interventions. The NSP NCDs aims to promote wellness, reduce modifiable risk behaviour, enhance management and control of non-communicable diseases in particular hypertension and diabetes and empower communities, patients and their families.
  • The 2022/23 Annual Performance Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 Reports confirm increased heath seeking behaviour as the total screened for diabetes for Q1 was 2 550 479 which increased to 6 242 487 in Q2 and Total screened for hypertension for Q1 was 2 654 572 which increased to 6 366 095.

4. (a) (i) The Department commenced the Dietary Intake survey in 2019 but it could not be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

     (ii) The Department completed the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in 2021.

(b) (i) The results of the Dietary Intake Survey will become available in June 2023.

(ii) The GATS results provide statistics on tobacco use, cessation, second hand smoke, economics and the role of other players in the environment including the media. This survey is available on the internet.

(c) Results from surveys (international and national) are used to inform strategies for combating burden of disease conditions.

.

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3806

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How does his department (a) monitor and (b) ensure that only qualified personnel perform specialised jobs in the public healthcare sector; (2) what number of unqualified personnel are employed in the (a) national and (b) provincial public healthcare sector since 1 January 2022?

Reply:

1. All appointments in the public health sector are advertised in accordance with job specifications that outlines required qualifications and the job description that assists in (a) monitoring that only qualifying applicants are recommended by the interviewing panel. Applicants are also required to submit their certified copies of qualifications prior to commencement of duty to the employer. This monitoring is further supported by a functionality on the PERSAL System that requires the employer to capture the qualifications of the incumbent against the position in question, (b) assuring that the recommended candidate has the right qualification and caries the required relevant skills and attributes that enables him/her to perform specialized jobs in the public health care sector.

2. There is 0 number of unqualified personnel employed in the (a) National and (b) Provincial public healthcare sector since 1 January 2022.

 

END.

28 October 2022 - NW3716

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the full breakdown of (a) the money mismanaged and/or misspent since the inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme, (b)(i) the number of officials involved and (ii) in what capacity and (c) how were the persons involved in the financial mismanagement disciplined in each relevant financial year in each case; (2) what is the full breakdown of the (a) audit investigations that have been undertaken since the inception of the programme and (b) outcomes of the investigations in each (i) province and (ii) financial year?

Reply:

(1) (a) The National Department is not aware of any mismanagement and/or misspent of funds by any of its officials on this programme. The funds are assigned to the programme and transferred to the Department of International Relations and Corporation and Cuba when received from the Province for students in Cuba.

In South Africa they are transferred to Universities by the National Department of Health for students.

(2) (a)(b)(i)(ii) There are no audit investigations we are aware of relating to the mismanagement or misspent of money for the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Collaboration Programme in the Department of Health.

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28 October 2022 - NW3711

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What programmes and processes have been put in place to ensure (a) the safety of the students in Cuba, (b) that they are not living in poor conditions, (c) that their mental health is prioritised and (d) that they are supported to study a very demanding course in a foreign language since the inception of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme; (2) (a) what does a bursary contract for the programme entail, (b) under what conditions can it be declared null and void and (c) what are the repercussions of declaring the bursary null and void for (i) the students and (ii) his department?

Reply:

1. (a) Before students leave for Cuba, they get orientation about their stay and study in Cuba and the socioeconomic status in Cuba and some of the strengths of the medical training, this includes safety measures, living conditions. Upon arrival in Cuba, the Cuban authorities also orientate them about safety issues.

(b) Students from South Africa receive 200 USD per month to supplement their needs over and above what they are provided for by the Universities in Cuba. South African students are also provided with additional essential items when a need arise, an example is during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest consignment was sent in June 2022 to alleviate challenges their challenges in Cuba.

(c) There are three support levels for students, from time to time, delegations from Provincial Health Departments including the MECs and Deputy Minister of Health, visit Cuba, and travel to various Provinces in Cuba to meet with the students. Where there is tragedy such as death of a student, or next of kin, Psychologist and/Psychiatrist are sent to Cuba where there are emergencies. All Provinces also provide online counselling of students from time to time. The Cuban authorities also provide psychological and psychiatric treatment for students, however where there is real need for students to come back home for further treatment, students are accompanied back home to receive that treatment.

(d) The following structures were also established to provide a support mechanism for integration of students from Cuba, these are:

i. The Ministerial task Team (MTT)

The MTT is comprised of Deans of Medical Schools/Health Sciences Faculties or their representatives, representatives from National Treasury and National Department of Higher Education and Technology. In developing an effective strategy for integration of large groups, the Minister of Health appointed the MTT whose terms of reference are:

  • To co-ordinate and facilitate the process of engagement with all stakeholders in order
  • To ddevelop comprehensive and detailed implementation plans for each province and associated university in order to ensure the successful re-integration of the students in the expanded Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme into the final year undergraduate medical programme.
  • To pprovide oversight, monitoring, evaluation and support to Provinces and Universities to ensure that deadlines as determined within these implementation plans are adhered to and met.
  • To develop and implement a Primary Health approach to under-graduate medical training and to ensure the transformation of undergraduate medical training to incorporate some of the strengths of the Cuban model of training.
  • To provide oversight to the process to ensure that quality standards as required by the HPCSA as well as the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba are met.
  • Facilitate communication and coordination between all stakeholders to overcome challenges and hurdles.

The MTT has a subcommittee Academic Review Committee (ARC) that:

  • focuses on Academic performance of students in all the Medical Schools/Health Sciences Faculties where they are allocated on their return.
  • All Universities participating in the Programme have appointed Academic Coordinators who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme.
  • These coordinators also monitor academic performance of the students including clinical practice and provide interventions at an operational level in terms of academic progress of students.

The Academic Coordinators have a direct link with the Academic Review Committee (ARC) which focuses on the Academic performance of the students in South Africa relation to:

  • students who are not progressing well and recommend remedial programmes
  • monitor progress of all students in the different levels in Cuba
  • Request for regular reports on students from all Universities
  • Advocate for issues of standardization amongst participating universities
  • Advocate for curriculum review, changes with focus on PHC & District Health Care through the Curriculum Subcommittee amongst others.

ii. Joint Academic meeting (JAM)

The JAM is an Academic structure is comprised of the Deans of Medical Schools/Health Science Faculties responsible for Medical Education in South Africa and the Medical Education University Deans in Cuba. It was established in 2010. Its function among others is to:

  • conduct of oversight in relation academic teaching, training, and learning including discussion around curriculum development and alignment to prepare the students when they return in South Africa.
  • share of experiences between the two countries in terms of academic performances of students but also looking at areas that need improvement.
  • monitor performance of students when they are in Cuba and their performance in South Africa after their return.
  • share and align policies, procedures applied in Cuba and where there is a need for alignment of review in the pursuit for academic excellence including good clinical practice amongst others.
  • The JAM is held annually alternating between the two countries. The first JAM was held in Cuba in 2010 followed by the second in Durban 2011 and the in 2019 at Walter Sisulu University from the 3 to 4 July University. The JAM was supposed to be held in CUBA in 2020 but could not materialize due to COVID-19, however it was held in Cuba from the 23 to the 24 October in 2022.

iii. South African Committee of Medical Deans (SACOMD)

This structure has been existing however in terms of the integration Programme the NMFC Programme is also discussed at meetings of SACOMD some of which relates to:

  • Expansion of the training platform for the re-integration process and future expansion.
  • Move towards Primary Health Care approach in teaching and training.
  • identify the requirements to expand the training platform.
  • Collaborates with Department of Health to monitor Memorandum of Agreements (MOU) signed between Universities and the Department of Health.

2. (a) The bursary contract elements are standard for all bursaries for the Department of Health. In terms of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Collaboration additional elements are added in the bursary contract:

  • running costs such as, return air tickets twice (during second and fourth year) during their training in Cuba for vacations in South Africa,
  • transportation costs for bereavement in SA (for close family members only), this is restricted to “immediate family member” referred to the parents/ legal guardian(s), brother(s); sister(s) and spouse of the bursar,
  • stipend whilst in Cuba, expended by the Department on behalf of the bursar
  • the bursar will be allocated to an authorised medical university on return to South Africa to complete his or her medical degree;
  • the bursar will complete his/her study at the University of the Republic of Cuba for the first six years of the course, and a designated university in South Africa for the final year of the course.

(b) The only condition where the bursary can be declared null, and void is when it is a fraudulent document.

(c) (i) If it is a fraudulent document, it should be terminated when this is known and confirmed and

(ii) the student might be liable for paying back the money or legal action will be taken against the student

 

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28 October 2022 - NW3737

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How long are the waiting lists for terminations of pregnancies at facilities that offer such services in (i) Gauteng and (ii) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) what plans have been put in place to ensure that women do not suffer the fate of carrying unwanted babies to term, due to the lack of access to termination services?

Reply:

(a) According to the Provincial Department of Health, there is no waiting time for first trimester clients, however the waiting time for second trimester clients is from one week to four weeks, and also there is no waiting time for both trimesters (first and second) for clients requesting ToP services.

(b) As part plan to ensure that women do not suffer the fate of carrying unwanted babies to term, due to the lack of access to termination services, the department has published information on the Termination of Pregnancy on various provincial websites, with the details of the facilities that offer the service. The facilities that provide the services further display the packages of services that are delivered including ToP.

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28 October 2022 - NW3646

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What was the total cost to the SA Police Service (SAPS) with regard to firearm-related court cases in the period 1 January 2018 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) ( a) in what year was each of the specified cases before the court, (b) what were the legal costs to the State for the legal representatives for (i) the SAPS and (ii) other parties in each case and (c) whether the SAPS won or lost the specified cases; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

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28 October 2022 - NW3731

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, in light of reports of patients at the Nkonjeni Hospital who received food full of ants, any health inspectors have been sent to the specified hospital to ensure that the quality of meals given to patients, as well as food preparation processes, meet the requirements for the minimum standards of his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any health inspectors have been sent to the hospital to ensure that cleaning equipment within the hospital and/or clinic meets the requirements for the minimum standards of his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, initial inspection was conducted on 07 October 2022 and a follow up on 24 October 2022 by health inspectors, now called Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Zululand District Municipality. The EHPs did not find any evidence of ants in food provided to patients. There is a pest controller providing pest control services in the kitchen. An inspection of food premises was done from the storage, preparation, transportation to the ward, to providing food to patients and was found to be complying with required prescripts. Patients were also interviewed to determine if there was any incident where food provided had ants and no patient witnessed that incident and no further complaint was received by the EHPs.

2. Yes, EHPs have visited the facility which was found to be in compliance with minimum standards as it is in possession of a valid Certificate of Acceptability issued for compliance with the provision of the Foodstuff Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972, as amended and its regulations. Furthermore, as a proactive prevention measure, a comprehensive report with recommendations to the facility on implementation of the clean-as- you-go principle including provision of rodent proof at the storeroom was compiled.

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28 October 2022 - NW3596

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Police

What is the progress in relation to case number CAS 753/08/20 opened at Sunnyside Police Station against 242 public servants who benefited from the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant?

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28 October 2022 - NW3805

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) signed a contract with a certain company (name furnished) for the transportation of blood samples and other medical specimens from 1 September 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the contract; (2) whether blood and other medical samples have been (a) collected from various clinics by the specified company and (b) delivered for analysis to laboratories since 1 September 2022; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will furnish Mrs M O Clarke with proof that (a) the company has special purpose vehicles for the transportation of medical specimens and (b) their drivers are all certified to transport dangerous goods; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether there was a written agreement between the NHLS and NEHAWU to (a) absorb medical transport companies like HEC Logistics and others into the new tender and/or (b) insource the companies into the NHLS; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date has the agreement been implemented?

Reply:

1. Yes, the NHLS has awarded a contract to ZaMlangeni Holdings for the transportation of blood samples and other medical specimen for a period of five years (05) years, with effect from 01 September 2022.

2. (a) The appointed service provider commenced with the service of collecting and transportation of medical specimen on 01 September 2022 and

(b) Delivered to all the laboratories for analysis. There was a seamless transition between the new and old service providers, however there were some teething problems on the first day in some areas. Management put interventions to resolve the challenges and avoid disruption of service. The services are currently running smooth in all areas across the country.

3. (a) The company has special purpose vehicles for the transportation of medical specimens and

(b) their drivers are all certified to transport dangerous goods. The pictures of the cars, licence discs and compliance certificates of the drivers are hereto attached.

4. The NHLS has not concluded any agreement with the majority union, NEHAWU for the absorption or takeover of the transport companies as those companies are not part of the NHLS / NEHAWU bargaining forum.

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