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08 June 2020 - NW480

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

With reference to her reply to oral question 71 on 11 March 2020, (a) which schools are on the list of 272 in the Chris Hani District Municipality to receive proper sanitation in the (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2020-21 and (iii) 2021-22 financial years, (b) who are the implementing agents in each case, (c) what is the cost of each project, (d) where is the funding obtained for each project and (e) on what date is each project expected to be (i) finalised and (ii) handed over?

Reply:

   

 

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

 

(a)

59

50 (Annexure B)

152

11 (Annexure C)

 

 

 

 

The verification process confirmed that these schools have a VIP ablutions which may require maintenance.

(b)

  • 58 Schools allocated to Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)
  • 1 School to The Mvula Tank (TMT)
  • 42 Schools allocated to TMT
  • 8 Schools to be donated by Assupol.
  • The 59 schools from the previous Financial Year (FY) 2019/20 to be completed in the current FY.

 

No Implimanting Agents (IA) has yet been allocated for these projects

 

 

(c)

See attached Annexure A

DBSA- 38 Schools, Contract Awarded

20 Schools under Planning

TMT: 1 School under construction

 

See attached Annexure B

No budget allocation

No budget allocation

Annexure C

(d)

  • National Treasury: Schools Infrastructure Backlog Grant (SIBG)

(e)

  • A revised schedule will be issued by the IAs, as the lockdown period has negatively affected the progress of the Project.

08 June 2020 - NW339

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Western Cape and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Western Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

City of Cape Town

254

115

115

2 446

Cape Winelands

 

40

40

21 473

Central Karoo

 

16

16

38 854

Garden Route

 

30

30

23 331

Overberg

 

24

24

12 239

West Coast

 

29

29

31 119

END.

08 June 2020 - NW447

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) What number of social workers, placed at and performing their duties at the Community Corrections Division of his department were in the employ of his department as at 29 February 2020. (2)What number of the Community Corrections Officers who are not registered social workers and who were placed at and performing their duties at the Community Corrections Division of his department were in the employ of his department as at 29 February 2020?

Reply:

1. Permanent Community Corrections Social Workers as at end of February 2020

REGION

FILLED

VACANT

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

19

0

19

Free State and Northern Cape

12

1

13

Gauteng

20

1

21

KwaZulu-Natal

18

1

19

Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West

25

1

26

Western Cape Region

22

3

25

GRAND TOTAL

116

7

123

Contract Social Workers as at end February 2020

REGION

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

4

   

Free State and Northern Cape

5

   

Gauteng

3

   

KwaZulu-Natal

2

   

Limpopo Mpumalanga and North West

3

   

Western Cape

4

   

GRAND TOTAL

21

   

(2) Permanent Community Corrections officers as at end of February 2020

REGION

FILLED

VACANT

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

214

30

244

Free State and Northern Cape

228

26

254

Gauteng

345

30

375

KwaZulu-Natal

249

26

275

Limpopo Mpumalanga and North West

386

25

411

Western Cape

310

50

360

GRAND TOTAL

1732

187

1919

END.

08 June 2020 - NW85

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What is the total number of (a) persons who are currently employed at each state-owned entity and/or public enterprise and (b) what number of the specified employees at state-owned entities or enterprises are appointed at (i) senior and (ii) middle management levels (2) What is the average remuneration package of employees appointed at (a) senior management and (b) middle management levels at state-owned entities or enterprises; (3) What is the current total amount spent on salaries for senior and middle management managers at state-owned entities or enterprises? NW91E

Reply:

According to the information received from Alexkor

(1)(a)

The number of employees are currently employed at ALEXKOR is 205 as at end of December 2019.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

12

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

9

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R3 323 538,75

(b)

Middle Management

R1 411 488,89

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R15 617 673,20

(b)

Middle Management

R4 873 830,00

 

According to the information received from Denel:

(1)(a) As at February 2020 the total workforce of Denel is 3426.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

45

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

700

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R2,653,454m

(b)

Middle Management

R958,088m

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R76,771,451m

(b)

Middle Management

R684,391,669m

REPLY:

According to the information received from Eskom

(1)(a)

The number of employees are currently employed at Eskom is 45353 as at end of December 2019.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

372

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

6734

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R1 846 032

(b)

Middle Management

R1 144 138

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R686 723 910

(b)

Middle Management

R7 616 533 256

 

According to the information received from SAFCOL

(1)(a)

The number of employees are currently employed at Safcol is 1479 as at end of December 2019.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

7

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

82

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R 131 726/ 1580 712 p/a

(b)

Middle Management

R 80 977/ 971 724 p/a

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R 7 643 211/ 91 718 532/pa

(b)

   

 

According to the information received from SAX

(1)(a)

The number of employees are currently employed at SAX is 671 as at end of December 2019.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

81

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

43

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R1 093 485 per annum

(b)

Middle Management

R598 330 per annum

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R16 828 815.00.

(b)

   

 

According to the information received from Transnet:

(1)(a)

The number of employees are currently employed at Transnet is 58051 as at end of December 2019.

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

1041

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

5296

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R 1 522 753

(b)

Middle Management

R 758 755

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R5.6 billion p/a

(b)

   

Response from SAA is still outstanding and will be submitted as soon as the information becomes available.

08 June 2020 - NW518

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What is the total number of (a) mortuaries in each province and (b) corpses that were received in each mortuary as a result of the COVID-19 virus; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has a database that includes mortuaries in hospitals, forensic pathology and private funeral undertakers. The database is updated on a daily basis as and when new information is received from provinces and municipality. The database as at 04 June 2020 is as follows:

Table 1: Database of number of Mortuaries in forensic pathology, hospitals and private funeral undertakers

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF MORTUARIES

Eastern Cape

374

Free State

279

Gauteng

440

Kwazulu Natal

522

Limpopo

242

Mpumalanga

229

North West

272

Northern Cape

150

Western Cape

189

Total

2697

(b) The attached table provides a record of corpses that were received in each mortuary as a result of COVID–19.

Table 2: Covid-19 deaths and mortuaries

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

GAUTENG

City of Tshwane

Pretoria East Hospital (Private)

Steve Biko Academic Hospital

Muslim Community (Pretoria and Central Muslim Burial)

2

 

Dr. George Mukhari

Rhulani Funerals

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

3

City of Johannesburg

     
 

Fourways Hospital (Private)

Poonees Funeral Undertaker- Cremation

1

 

Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital

Kupane Funeral Undertaker

1

 

Sunninghill

Chevra Kadisha

1

 

Chris H Chris Hani Baragwanath

Kwa Vusa Funeral Undertaker

1

 

Leratong Hospital

Associated funeral homes

1

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Vuyo Funeral Undertaker

1

 

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Nkanyiso Funerals

1

 

Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital

Lebowa Funeral Undertaker

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

8

Westrand District Municipality

Pinehaven Hospital (Private)

Krugersdorp Hospital (Private)

AVBOB - Krugersdorp

AVOBOB – Carltonville

2

1

 

Leratong Hospital

Sepotokele Funeral Parlour

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

4

City of Ekurhuleni

Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital

Lebowa Funeral and was transferred to Cape town

1

 

Morningside Mediclinic

J&S Funerals Boksburg

1

 

Unitas Hospital

Kupane Funeral Undertaker

1

 

Glynwood Private Hospital

Tembisa Hospital

Doves

2

 

Charllotte Mxeke Academic Hospital

Central Islamic Trust

1

 

Thelle Mogoerane

Phuthang Batho Funeral Service - Thokoza

1

 

Thelle Mogoerane

Surprise Funerals - Orange Farm

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

8

GRAND TOTAL GAUTENG

23 (As of 04 June 2020)

LIMPOPO

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

Capricorn

Netcare Pholosho

Lebowa funeral undertaker

1

 

Netcare Pholosho

Ruth Modiba funeral undertaker

1

Sekhukhune

Mojalefa Practice, Medi 24

Wivani funeral undertaker

1

GRAND TOTAL LIMPOPO

3 (As of 04 June 2020)

KWAZULU NATAL

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

Ethekwini

St Augustine’s Hospital

Nqaki Funeral Undertakers

1

 

Umhlanga Hospital

Newlands Funeral Undertakers

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Oakleigh Funeral Home

2

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Wyebank Funeral Undertakers

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Isipingo Funeral Undertakers

1

 

Parklands Hospital

Ndabes Dignified Funeral Undertakers

1

 

Life Entabeni

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services)Clairwood

1

 

Lenmed Shifa Hospital)

Bayview Muslim Services

1

 

Kingsway Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

IALCH

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services) Clairwood

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Cebolethu Funeral Services

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services) Clairwood

1

 

Parklands Hospital

Wyebank Funeral Undertakers

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Phoenix Funeral Undertaker

1

 

Umhlanga Hospital

Muslim Burial Society

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

KwaDabeka Clinic - RK Khan

Ndabes Funeral

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Shanleys Funeral Home

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services) Clairwood

1

 

Westville Hospital

Ndabes Funeral

1

 

St Augustine’s Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services) Clairwood

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Shanleys Funeral Home

1

 

Victoria Hospital

Mandeni Funeral parlour

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Wyebank Funeral Undertakers

1

 

Kingsway Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Khalidsha Bawa (Bayview Muslim Burial Services) Clairwood

1

 

Nu Shifa Hospital

Ethekwini Funeral Services

1

 

Crompton Hospital

Oakleigh Funeral Home

1

 

Umhlanga Hospitial

Ethekwini Funeral Services

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

Durdoc Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

 

Parklands Hospital

Mosaic Funeral Undetakers Ugu District

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Pinetown Funeral Services

1

 

IALCH

Bayview Muslim Burial Service

1

 

Entabeni Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

 

King Edward Hospital

Cebolethu Funeral Services

1

 

Isipingo

Doves Greyville

1

 

Lenmed Nu Shifa Hospital

Bayview Muslim Burial Service

1

 

Lenmed Ethekwini Heart Hospital

Wyebank Funeral Services

1

 

RK Khan Hospital

Cebolethu Funeral Services

1

 

IALCH

Oceans Funeral Services

1

 

Kingsway Hospital

Doves Greyville

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

46

King Cetshwayo

Ngwelezane Hospital

Notha Funeral Parlour

1

 

Netcare the Bay Hospital

Eshowe Crematorium

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

2

uThukela

Ladysmith Larvena Hospital

AVBOB

2

SUB-TOTAL

   

2

Ugu

Margate Private Hospital

Above All Funeral Undertakers

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

1

GRAND TOTAL KZN

51 (As of 04 June 2020)

WESTERN CAPE

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

Cape Town

Groote Schuur Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

Constantia Medi-clinic

Doves

2

 

Durbanville Medi-clinic

Peninsula Funeral Services

1

 

Heideveld Emergency Centre

Quest Funerals

1

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum

1

 

Community death

AVBOB

1

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Alijac Funeral Services

1

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Sweet Victor/Kabashe Funerals

1

 

Groote Schuur Hospital

AVBOB

1

 

Community death

AVBOB

1

 

Groote Schuur Hospital

Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum

2

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Uzuko/Keiza Funerals

1

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Amazizi/Lafuta Funerals

1

 

Tygerberg Hospital

Mthuthuzeli Funerals

1

 

Groote Schuur Hospital

AVBOB

3

Sub Total

   

19 (As of 25 April)

Cape Winelands DM

Ceres Hospital

Fourbeth Funerals

4

 

Worcester Hospital

Valley Funerals

1

 

Ceres Hospital

Ceres Funerals

4

 

Worcester Hospital

Undertaker: Avbob Worcester

1

 

Worcester Hospital

Undertaker: El Shaddai Begrafnisdienste

1

 

Paarl Hospital

Willy’s Funerals

8

 

Paarl Hospital

AVBOB

3

 

Paarl Hospital

Aubrey Solomon’s Funerals

1

 

Paarl Hospital

Paarl Muslim Jamaa

2

 

Paarl Hospital

I. Arm (undertaker from City of Cape Town)

1

 

Paarl Medi Clinic

Willy’s Funerals

1

 

Name of Facility not mentioned

Name of undertaker not mentioned

5

SUB-TOTAL

   

32 (As of 4 June 2020)

West Coast DM

No death recorded

 

0

Overberg DM

No death recorded

 

0

Central Karoo DM

No death recorded

 

0

Garden Route DM

No death recorded

 

0

GRAND TOTAL WC – Gross underreporting has been noted and the Province is currently correcting and updating the figures

51 (As of 04 June 2020)

FREE STATE

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

Mangaung Metro

Pelonomi Hospital

Molly

1

 

Medi Clinic

AVBOB

1

 

Medi Clinic

Bloemfontein Funerals

1

 

At home

AVBOB

1

 

National Hospital

AVBOB

1

GRANT TOTAL FREE STATE

5 (As of 25 April 2020)

EASTERN CAPE

District

Health Facility

Undertaker/Mortuary

Number of Mortal Remains received

Amathole DM

Frere Hospital, East London

AVBOB East London, transferred to AVBOB Butterworth

1

 

Life Beacon Bay

East London

Thuso Funeral Parlour

Idutywa

1

 

Stutterheim Hospital

Hospital Road

Hewu Funerals

Mlungisi Location

Stutterheim

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

3

OR Tambo DM

Died at home. New Payne Village, Mthatha, KSD LM

Phakamani Bantu, Payne Village, Mthatha, KSD LM

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

1

Nelson Mandela Bay

Mercantile Private Hospital

Vantyi and Vantyi Funeral Home, Zwide, Port Elizabeth

1

 

Livingstone Hospital

Fortuin Funeral Home, Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth

1

 

Lingstone Hospital, Port Elizabeth

Shweme Zilamkhonto, Zwide, Port Elizabeth

1

 

Livingstone Hospital, Port Elizabeth

Vantyi and Vantyi Funeral Home, Zwide, Port Elizabeth

1

SUB-TOTAL

   

4

Chris Hani DM

Frontier Hospital

Russel and Son Funeral Directors

5

 

Queenstown Private

Russel and Son Funeral Directors

3

 

East London Private Hospital

Russel and Son Funeral Directors

1

 

Frontier Hospital, Hewu Hospital & Frere Hospital

AVBOB, Komani

3

 

Cradock Hospital

Tusano Funerals

1

 

Middelburg Hospital, Greenacres Hospital

Middelburg Funerals

2

SUB-TOTAL

   

15

GRAND TOTAL EASTERN CAPE

23 (As of 4 June 2020)

MPUMALANGA

     

Gert Sibande

No death recorded

 

0

Ehlanzeni

No death recorded

 

0

Nkangala

No death recorded

 

0

GRANT TOTAL MPUMALANGA

0

NORTH WEST

     

Bojanala

JST Hospital

Name of undertaker not mentioned

1

Ngaka Modiri Molema

No death recorded

 

0

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

No death recorded

 

0

Dr Ruth Mogomotsi Mompati DM

No death recorded

 

0

GRAND TOTAL NORTH WEST

0

NORTHERN CAPE

     

Namakwa

No death recorded

   

Frances Baard DM

Jan Kenpdorp CHC

Kgalalelo

1

John Taolo Gaetsewe

No death recorded

   

Pixley ka Semme

No death recorded

   

ZF Mgcawu

No death recorded

   

GRAND TOTAL NORTHERN CAPE

1

2. A statement will be made on the matter as part of media statements to update the country on the outbreak.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW514

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)What (a) is the current status of the parole review process, (b) are the relevant details of the review process and (c) is the exact date of the finalisation of the review process; (2) What are the (a) criteria and (b) indicators to access the parole review system; (3) What is the composition of each parole board (a) in each area and (b) in each province; (4) (a) what are the terms of reference of parole boards and (b) on what date will the terms of reference be made public?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Position Paper on the Revised Parole System has been forwarded to the National Council of Correctional Services (NCCS) for consideration and to advise the Minister.

(1)(b) A Position Paper on the Revised Parole System was developed and consulted internally. A national consultation session was held with Parole Boards and a selected number of Case Management Committees as well as with NCCS, Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) and Medical Parole Advisory Board (MPAB).The NCCS hosted a round table discussion on the position paper, attended by the former Minister, former Deputy Minister, JICS, external stakeholders such as Sonke Gender Justice and Wits Justice Project. The position paper has been forwarded to the current NCCS for consideration.

(1)(c) The review process may result in some legislative amendments which will require consultation. The parole review process is receiving priority.

(2)(a) The parole review process looks at the parole process holistically and some of the matters that are considered include:

(i) Composition of the Parole Boards;

(ii) Review of the Parole Boards decision;

(iii) Minimum detention periods of offender serving for sexual and aggressive offences

(2)(b) The parole review process should allow relevant internal and external stakeholders to contribute. The outcome of the parole review process should adequately deal with all the challenges in the parole process.

(3)(a)&(b)

Fifty three (53) Parole Boards were established in terms of section 74 of the Correctional Services Act, 111 of 1998 on 1 October 2004 and it consist of:

  • Chairperson – Community member
  • Vice-Chairperson – Community member
  • DCS Representative – also act as Secretary
  • Two (2) x Community members
  • Co-option of SAPS

Each Parole Board country wide consists of 5 appointed members with SAPS to be co-opted to sit in meetings. The SAPS has identified a list of offences in which cases Parole Boards must request their attendance or inputs. Three (3) members of the Board constitute a quorum. One of whom must be the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson. In bigger areas such as Johannesburg, St Albans’ Leeuwkop, Kgoši Mampuru II and Durban two Parole Boards have being established in each area to deal with daily caseloads. Dedicated parole board facilities were provided for all Parole Boards nationally.

(4)(a) The primary task of the Parole Board is the responsible consideration and approval/disapproval of placement of offenders:

  • under correctional supervision;
  • on day parole;
  • Parole; and
  • Medical parole.
  • Setting of placement conditions where placement is approved
  • The granting of special remission of sentence to offenders for meritorious conduct.
  • Making submissions to the NCCS regarding offenders sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Making recommendations to Courts on offenders declared as dangerous criminals as well as conversions of sentence

(4)(b) The Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 which came into effect on
31 July 2004 in which section 74 specifically deals with the composition of the Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards and section 75 with the powers, functions and duties of Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards.

END

08 June 2020 - NW234

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       In view of his confirmation to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on 19 February 2020 that each state-owned entity (SOE) must be evaluated for viability, (a) by what date will the process of evaluating the 131 SOEs commence, (b) who will be carrying out the evaluation and (c) what will be the criteria for such evaluations; (2) (a) what does his department intend to achieve with the evaluations and (b) how will the evaluations be connected to the financial viability of the SOEs; (3) how does he intend to deal with SOEs that are found not to be adding value and/orthat are not financially viable?

Reply:

(1)

Government as a whole is concerned about the number of state-owned enterprises and entities, and their respective governance operational and financial status. A process of review has been discussed and the relevant departments are establishing which entities can be merged, closed or retained. This will be an on-going process with regular reports to government.

Once the Presidential SOC Council begins its work, further measures and initiatives will be put in place.

(2)

As above:

In addition, Boards as the accounting authority in terms of the PFMA, will also be responsible for ensuring operational performance and financial viability of entities.

(3)

Government, in consultation with the relevant Departments, will determine the response to financial and other issues. The example of restructuring of Eskom as a result of the governance, operational and financial challenges arising from corruption and state capture.

Government initiated a process to change the business model, restructure the generation, transmission and distribution components with a view to better transparency, and focus on operational performance and financial efficacy.

The repositioning of state owned entities will continue to receive intense focus – particularly, ensure that dependence on the fiscus is stopped.

08 June 2020 - NW374

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) number of contracts have been cancelled since the SA Airways was placed under business rescue, (b) is the name of each company whose contract was cancelled and (c) was the (i) value and (ii) term of each contract?

Reply:

The following information is provided by the Business Rescue Practitioners of the SAA: see the link

https://pmg.org.za/files/1/RNW374-200608.docx

 

08 June 2020 - NW5

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)What amount of diesel, indicated in (a) Litres and (b) Rand value, has Eskom used (i) In the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16, (cc) 2016-17, (dd) 2017-18 and (ee) 2018-19 financial years and (ii) Since 1 April 2019; (2) For what purposes was the diesel used in each specified financial year; (3) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

1. The table below provides the Eskom OCGT diesel usage.

Financial Year

Rand value, R'm[1]

Megalitres

1 April 2019 up to Jan 2020

                 3 268

            318.6

2018-19

                 3 768

            384.5

2017-18

                    320

              37.8

2016-17

                    340

10

2015-16

                 8 690

         1 247.8

2014-15

                 9 546

         1 178.6

 

2. At Eskom diesel is used as fuel to open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) and fleet.

3. As the power stations perform better and energy availability factor (EAF) improves to a higher level, the use of diesel must reach zero level.

08 June 2020 - NW332

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Free State and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Free State

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Mangaung Metro

132

25

65

7 250

Xhariep

 

15

60

9 810

Lejweleputswa

 

29

45

11 880

Fezile Dabi

 

27

65

10 705

Thabo Mofutsanyana

 

36

45

12 640

END.

08 June 2020 - NW515

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) is the total number of parole boards in each province, (b) areas does each parole board serve, (c) are the conditions on which perpetrators convicted of (i) rape, (ii) murder, (iii) housebreaking, (iv) carjacking, (v) theft of motor vehicles, (vi) house robbery and (vii) drug-related crimes are granted parole by the parole boards and (d) policy guides his department and/or the parole boards when granting a prisoner parole?

Reply:

a) What is the total number of parole boards in each province?

b) What areas does each parole board serve?

(a) REGION

NUMBER PAROLE BOARDS

(b)MANAGEMENT AREAS

CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

FS/NC

07

Bizzah Makhate

 

Bizzah Makhate, Ventersburg, Senekal, Bethlehem, Lindley, Harrismith, Hennenman, Hoopstad, Odendaalsrus, Virginia, Ficksburg

   

Colesburg

 

Colesburg, De Aar, Richmond, Victoria West, Hopetow

   

Goedemoed

 

Goedemoed, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Bethuli, Zastron

   

Groentpunt

 

Groentpunt, Vereeniging, Sasolburg, Frankfort, Parys, Heilbron

   

Grootvlei

 

Grootvlei, Brandfort, Boshof, Ladybrand, Winburg, Wepener, Mangaung (APOPS).

   

Kimberley

Kimberley, Barkley-West, Douglas

   

Upington

Upington, Springbok, Kuruman.

EC

09

Mthatha

Mthatha, Nggeleni, Mqanduli

   

Lusikisiki

Lusikisiki, Bizana, Mt Ayliff, Mt Fletcher, Mt Frere, Flaggstaff, Tabankulu, Umzimkulu

   

Sada

Sada, Queenstown, Barkley East, Sterkspruit, Butterworth, Idutywa, Willowvale, Lady Frere, Elliotdale, Nqamakwe, Cofimvaba, Engcobo, Dordrecht

   

Amathole

Amathole, Fort Beaufort, King Williams Town, Grahamstown, Stutterheim

   

East London

East London, Mdantsane

   

Cradock

Cradock, Burgersdorp, Middelburg, Somerset East, Graaff Reinet

   

Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Jansenville

   

St Albans x 2

St Albans, Port Elizabeth, Patensie

GP

11

Baviaanspoort

Baviaanspoort

   

Boksburg

Boksburg, Heidelberg

   

Johannesburg x 2

Johannesburg

   

Kgosi Mampuru II x 2

Kgosi Mampuru, Atteridgeville, Odi

   

Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp

   

Leeuwkop x 2

Leeuwkop

   

Modderbee

Modderbee, Nigel, Devon

   

Zonderwater

Zonderwater

KZN

8

Durban x 2

Durban, Umzinto

   

Empangeni

Empangeni, Qalakabusha, Mtunzini, Maphumulo, Stanger, Eshowe, Ingwavuma

   

Glencoe

Glencoe, Dundee, Bergville, Ladysmith, Estcourt, Greytown, Kranskop, Pomeroy

   

Kokstad

Kokstad, Matatiële, Port Shepstone

   

Ncome

Ncome, Vryheid, Nongoma, Melmoth, Nkandla

   

Pietermariztburg

Pietermariztburg, Sevontein, Ixopo, New Hanover

   

Waterval

Waterval, Utrecht, Ekuseni, Newcastle

WC

10

Allendale

Allendale, Staart van Paardeberg, Obiqua, Hawequa

   

Brandvlei

Brandvlei

   

Breederiver

Worcester, Dwarsrivier, Robertson, Warmbokkeveld

   

Drakenstein

Drakenstein, Stellenbosch

   

Overberg

Helderstroom, Caledon, Buffeljagsrivier, Swellendam

   

Pollsmoor x 2

Pollsmoor, Goodwood

   

Southern Cape

George, Oudtshoorn, Beaufort Wes, Ladismith, Prince Albert, Uniondale, Mossel Bay, Knysna

   

Voorberg

Voorberg, Calvinia, Van Rhynsdorp

   

West Coast

Malmesbury, Riebeeck West

LMN

08

Barberton

Barberton, Lydenburg, Nelspruit

   

Bethal

Bethal, Geluk, Standerton, Ermelo, Piet Retief, Volksrust

   

Klerksdorp

Klerksdorp, Christiana, Wolmaransstad, Potchefstroom

   

Polokwane

Polokwane, Modimolle, Tzaneen

   

Rooigrond

Rooigrond, Lichtenburg, Zeerust

   

Rustenburg

Rustenburg, Brits, Losperfontein, Mogwase

   

Thohoyandou

Thohoyandou, Louis Trichardt, Kutama Sinthumule (APOPS

   

Witbank

Witbank, Middelburg

Total

53

   

(c) What are the conditions on which perpetrators convicted of (i) rape, (ii) murder, (iii) housebreaking, (iv) carjacking, (v) theft of motor vehicles, (vi) house robbery and (vii) drug-related crimes are granted parole by the parole boards

Possible placement conditions used by Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards:

  • Placed under house detention;
  • Community service in order to facilitate restoration of the relationship between the sentenced offenders and the community;
  • Reside at a fixed address which has been approved after consultations with the Head Community Corrections;
  • Takes part in treatment, development and support programmes;
  • Participates in mediation between victim and offender or in family group conferencing;
  • In the case of a child, is subject to the additional conditions as contained in Section 69 of the Correctional Services Act (Act 111 of 1998);
  • Restricted to one or more magisterial districts;
  • Refrains from using alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Refrains from committing a criminal offence;
  • Refrains from visiting a particular place;
  • Refrains from making contact with a particular person or persons or threatening a particular person or persons by word or action;
  • Subject to monitoring and
  • Any other appropriate condition.

When placement conditions are considered, the merits of each case are taken into account including the type of offence the offender is serving for e.g. additional condition for offenders sentenced for sexual offences is that they should not work with children while out on parole.

(d) What Policy guides his department and/or the parole boards when granting a prisoner parole?

  • Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act No. 111 of 1998);
  • Correctional Services Act, 1959 (Act No. 8 of 1959);
  • Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977);
  • White Paper on Correction (2005); and
  • B-Order 1, Chapter 26 Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards.

END

08 June 2020 - NW501

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What progress has his department made in establishing the Office of Complaints and Ethics to deal with service-related complaints and allegations of corruption?

Reply:

Service delivery – related complaints:

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (Department) has an approved Integrated Complaints Management Framework aimed at providing guidance and procedures in the management of complaints received from members of the public. Amongst others, the Framework states that complaints shall be finalised within fourteen (14) working days of receipt of the complaint. A dedicated e-mail account, servicedelivery@justice.gov.za, has also been established so as to facilitate streamlining of incoming complaints. The Department is in a process of establishing a call centre which is part of the bigger citizen-engagement strategy, and this will be finalised over the MTSF.

Ethics Management:

The Department has put controls in place in order to promote Fraud and Corruption Prevention. Amongst those is the Anti-Corruption and Ethics Management Policy as well as the Whistle Blowing Policy. The Anti-Corruption and Ethics Management Policy proposes an integrated approach to the fight against corruption and management of ethics, coupled with continuous awareness creation through sessions, information posters and leaflets, etc.

The Department has taken the stance that the management of ethics and fighting corruption activities is the responsibility of all officials, however designated key role players such as the Director-General (Acting), Ethics Champion and Ethics Committee members, Integrity Management Unit are bestowed with the responsibility to ensure the effective and efficient management of ethics.

All allegations pertaining to corruption within the Department are being investigated by the Internal Forensic Audit Unit. If the investigation reveals that there is substance in the allegation, the matter will be referred to Human Resource Management for disciplinary action. The allegation is also referred to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency for criminal investigation, i.e. the South African Police Service or the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation. The Department will follow-up on the criminal investigation until it has reached its logical conclusion.

08 June 2020 - NW336

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in Mpumalanga and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

(a) (i) serviceable ambulances

(a) (ii) fully equipped ambulances

(aa) in each district municipality

(a) (ii) (bb) in each local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance services

134

EHLANZENI =48

Mbombela = 20

Ambulances are not restricted to a service Area

   

Nkomazi = 13

 
   

Thaba Chweu = 8

 
   

Bushbuckridge = 7

 
 

NKANGALA = 40

Emalahleni = 10

 
   

Steve Tshwete = 8

 
   

Emakhazeni = 6

 
   

Thembisile Hani = 4

 
   

Dr JS Moroka = 8

 
   

Victor Khanye = 4

 
 

GERT SIBANDE = 46

Mkhondo = 3

 
   

Albert Luthuli = 7

 
   

Msukaligwa = 5

 
   

Govan Mbeki = 12

 
   

Pixley Ka Seme = 7

 
   

Albert Luthuli = 4

 
   

Lekwa = 4

 
   

Dipaleseng = 4

 

END.

08 June 2020 - NW333

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in Gauteng and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Gauteng

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

City of Ekurhuleni

915

240

240

1 975

City of Johannesburg

 

168

168

1 645

City of Tshwane

 

160

160

6 298

Sedibeng

 

118

118

4 173

West Rand

 

118

118

4 087

END.

08 June 2020 - NW415

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)(a) What number of hospitals are ready to treat patients infected by the coronavirus and (b) does each hospital have the necessary equipment and supplies to ensure the safety of professional health staff; (2) what (a) number of public clinics are equipped to handle patients with the coronavirus and (b) precautions will be taken in the event of a breakout of the virus; (3) on what basis will the decision be made to ban travel to and out of the Republic; (4) what education campaign programmes are in place to ensure that South Africans are properly guided and informed with regard to the steps to take when they suspect they may have the disease?

Reply:

1. (a) The number of hospitals ready to treat COVID-19 patients is 262 hospitals.

(b) The Department conducts weekly audits on the availability, requirements and current equipment and commodities in hospitals. Where challenges are found they are highlighted to provincial officials to intervene.

2. (a) All (3467 Primary Health Care facilities/clinics) are provided with the national protocols through their provinces for handling corona virus suspected patients and are submitting individual questionnaires on their readiness to respond to the pandemic.

(b) Precautions to be taken in the event of an outbreak in Clinics include use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE's) by all staff; ensuring effective triage facilities are in place to separate patients with COVID-19 symptoms from those without symptoms, rapid and safe referral of patients to hospitals for patients who need to be hospitalised.

(3) The initial transmission of the COVID-19 virus was from imported cases from high risk countries. The ban on travel in/out of the country is purely to disrupt transmission from other countries, especially high risk countries.

(4) A comprehensive Risk Communication and Stakeholder Engagement (RCCE) Strategy has been developed as guided by the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organisation.

Some of the Objectives of this strategy are:

  • To ensure that people have the life-saving information they need to protect themselves and others (from the virus and to reduce its impact on health, social life, and the economy)
  • To ensure consistency in information and language from all partners and avoid misinformation/rumours.
  • To inform the general public how the public health response is being conducted and health authorities are being pro-active in monitoring, detecting, and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

To ensure participation of and engagement with relevant communities to work out barriers to the implementation and uptake of public health measures.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW500

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

In light of the President’s Emergency Response Plan, what measures are being put in place by his department in order to capacitate and equip survivors of gender-based violence; (2) What number of (a) prosecutors, (b) magistrates, (c) court officials and (d) other law enforcement officials has his department provided with gender-sensitive training; (3) In addition to the establishment of special courts and the hiring of additional court officials, what other measures has his department put in place to clear the backlog of criminal cases for rape and other forms of gender-based violence; (4) What mechanisms has his department put in place to ensure that court officials who fail to (a) inform a complainant of his or her rights, (b) consider the complaint as soon as is reasonably possible and (c) serve an interim protection order and the original warrant of arrest on the complainant as stipulated by the Domestic Violence Act, Act 116 of 1998, are held accountable?

Reply:

1. (a) Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach in giving effect to the President’s Emergency Response Plan. Therefore, measures that are undertaken by the department are part of a comprehensive plan by various departments and Organs of State to empower and equip survivors of gender-based violence.

(b) The Department developed a Risk Assessment Tool for victims of intimate partner violence. This Tool is intended to increase the reporting rate in domestic violence and most importantly, to encourage survivors to take legal action against perpetrators on domestic violence so as to avoid further domestic violence and potential intimate femicide. It is primarily intended to reduce the incidence of intimate femicide in the country by opening the eyes of a victim of domestic violence so that they are able to make an informed choice when deciding what recourse to take. Copies of the Risk Assessment Tool have been widely distributed at our courts for the benefit of victims of domestic violence when they come to court to report a matter. Training on the national codified instructions has been provided to domestic violence clerks. Specific focus on the risk assessment tool has also been provided within this training.

(c) The Sexual Offences Courts play a critical role in empowering survivors of gender-based violence. Through these courts, sexual offences including rape are prioritised and these courts have maintained high conviction rates with harsh sentences as a deterrent to these heinous crimes.

(d) From the side of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC) remain an important vehicle to support and equip survivors of gender based violence. Through the TCCs the services of various departments including departments of Health and Social Development are able to provide integrated support services as the investigation, prosecution and trial of cases in which they are involved unfold. It is for this reason that the NPA has been allocated additional funds from, amongst others, the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA) into which the proceeds of crime are deposited, to expand the TCCs from the current total number of 55 country-wide.

(e) The Department continues to conduct awareness campaigns through, amongst other media platforms, the radio to provide public education; information sessions, and dialogues in communities, at which survivors participate. A number of radio stations participate in these programmes which have a wider coverage. According to the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa 82% of the population in South Africa, are radio listeners, therefore the Department was able to reach an estimated 32 million South Africans through the use of radio.

2. (a) The table below reflects the training provided by the National Prosecuting Authority to prosecutors until the end of 2018/19:

Financial Year

No. of prosecutors trained (on Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Legislation)

Number of law enforcement officials and others (SAPS, DSD, DoH, etc.)

2013/14

212

564

2014/15

140

563

2015/16

265

711

2016/17

248

543

2017/18

153

469

2018/19

67

874

Total

1 085

3 724

(b) The on-going skills development of prosecutors, is to ensure updated and related expertise amongst prosecutors. Comprehensive training manuals were researched and developed in line with the latest developments in law. In particular, the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs unit has developed specialised training manuals for prosecutors, on sexual offences (including social context training), domestic violence, maintenance, child justice and trafficking in persons. In addition, the unit developed an integrated stakeholder manual for those directly involved at TCCs and Court preparation officers.

(c) Training has been conducted with domestic violence Clerks of Courts in four (4) provinces namely: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape on the National Codified Instructions of Domestic Violence. It is envisaged that this will assist clerks to provide an effective service to complainants when they arrive at court for recourse on domestic violence matters.

(d)  The South African Judicial Education Institute provides (SAJEI) gender sensitivity training to newly appointed and serving judicial officers. The exact number of judicial officers trained in the previous financial year has been requested from SAJEI. The Office of the Chief Justice has informed the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development that a total number of 187 District Magistrates were provided with gender-sensitive training during the 2019/20 financial year. The training programmes focused on Domestic Violence, Protection from Harassment Act and Older Persons Act.

(e) In the 2019/20 financial year the Justice College trained court officials as per the table below:

Programme

Court Officials

Equality Courts Training

34

Protection from Harassment

147

Sexual Offences and Child Justice Acts

36

3. (a) It is inevitable that the national state of disaster and subsequent national Lockdown declared by the President following the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic will lead to exponential increase in case backlogs across all the tiers of our court system. The Regional Court, which prior to the national lockdown experienced 6 801 cases, will be the most overburdened. The total Regional Court Cases currently, are 7 651, which is a difference of 850 cases.

(b) Whilst under the Alert level 5 Lockdown courts dealt mainly with postponement and bail applications, during Alert Level 4 Lockdown sexual offences and domestic violence have been prioritised for trial.

i) The Directions’ lists published under Alert Level 4 list sexual offences and gender-based violence cases in the Annexure of Permitted Services.

In terms of the adopted plan, the Department collates all cases that were postponed in absentia during the national state of disaster and Lockdown and those which were not placed on the roll due to the lockdown. These cases are collated on a weekly basis and placed on a priority roll of each court. The existing structured case flow management meetings occur through the Provincial Efficiency Enhancement Committee (PEECs chaired by Judges President), Regional Efficiency Enhancement Committee (REECs chaired by the Regional Court Presidents) and the District Efficiency Enhancement Committees (DEECs chaired by the Chief Magistrates in the districts). It will be recommended that the PEECs, REECs and DEECs where all stakeholders are represented, including the organised legal profession, will manage these cases in their quarterly meetings. 

ii) The priority roll in every court will incorporate all cases which have been listed on the Annexure to the Directions as Permitted Services under Level 4 Lockdown. These cases include corruption, including corruption relating to COVID 19 procurement, gender-based violence, robbery and other serious offences listed in the Annexure.

iii) Cases which are not placed on the priority roll will then be postponed for dates far away in the future. 

iv) Other mechanisms to resolve these cases, in particular civil cases, will be settled through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms. It is in this context that services of Judges discharged from active services and accredited mediators will be solicited. A protocol is being developed to enlist services of retired judges, and the office of the Solicitor-General is already inundated with requests for diversion of their disputes through ADR.

v) To enhance prioritization in the prosecution of sexual offence cases in all divisions, to support the following projects, were introduced:

a) Sexual offence cases DNA backlog project. This project is to focus on fast tracking outstanding court cases due to the unavailability of the DNA analysis reports, specifically those cases that involve children. This project is done in conjunction with SAPS FCS and the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and implemented in phases, to ensure that the backlog of these cases is reduced.

b) Sexual Offences cold cases project. The national project was initiated to relook at sexual offences “cold cases” that are not on the court rolls. This is to re-evaluate the content, with prosecutor-guided investigations and stakeholder cooperation with SAPS, with a view to placing fully investigated and prosecutable cases back on the court rolls. The project will be implemented in phases.

4. (a) In respect of (a) and (b) it is important to note that court officials who fail to inform a complainant of his or her rights, or consider the complaint as soon as is reasonably possible, are dealt with in terms of the existing performance management system which provides for disciplinary actions against any official who is found guilty of dereliction of duty.

(b) Interim protection orders and the original warrant of arrest relating thereto are served by police officers and there are regular structured meetings between the Department and SAPS management to address any glitches experienced in this regard.

08 June 2020 - NW375

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether the SA Airways (a) advertised and (b) awarded tender(s) for catering in all its aircraft since 1 January 2014; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was each tender (i) advertised and (ii) awarded, (b) what is the name of each company that was awarded a tender and (c) what is the monetary value of each tender

Reply:

The following information was provided by the Business Rescue Practitioners of South African Airways:

SAA advertised and awarded catering tenders from 01 January 2014 to July 2019. The links below include contracts that cover SAA’s global operations (Local, Regional and International):

https://pmg.org.za/files/1/RNW375-200608.docx

08 June 2020 - NW335

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in Limpopo and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Limpopo

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Capricorn

164

59

59

21 705

Waterberg

 

48

48

44 913

Sekhukhune

 

56

56

13 528

Mopani

 

73

73

20 011

Vhembe

 

64

64

25 597

END.

08 June 2020 - NW460

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to the transfer of baby Edward Erasmus between various hospitals (details furnished), (a) what were the complications during his birth, (b) what was done at the John Daniel Newberry Hospital to stabilise the baby during the complications, (c) why there was no oxygen available at the Dihlabeng Regional Hospital to assist the baby, (d) why did the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein send the baby to the Intensive Care Unit without informing the parents, (e) why was the life support machine disconnected without the consent of the parents and (f) why did the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein refuse to provide the postmortem certificate to the parents; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) The mother (21 years old) delivered the baby (the mother's third delivery) at Clocolan, JD Newberry District Hospital with a reported history of meconium stained liquor and Apgar score of 5/10 and 6/10 at 1 minute and 5 minutes respectively. The mother arrived un-booked as a result no ultrasound was done antenatally. The baby was preterm estimated gestation age of 34-35 weeks with low birth weight (1,98 kg). In addition the following were found: Dysmorphic features and multiple congenital anomalies, anorectal malformation - imperforate anus, bilateral renal malformation - confirmed by kidney ultrasound, severe respiratory distress - most likely due to lung hypoplasia during pregnancy and upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

(b)-(c) The patient was transferred to the Neonatal ICU at the Dihlabeng Regional Hospital where the baby was put on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to assist the baby to breathe. As the baby's respiratory distress worsened the medical officer decided to transfer the patient Universitas Academic Hospital.

(d) The baby's condition was critical and it was transported via air transport, given respiratory support via CPAP. On arrival at Universitas Academic Hospital the baby was admitted to the Neonatal ICU as his condition required life support - at no stage did parents raise the issue of objection to the baby being put on life support.

(e) The baby died while on life support machines and his parents were allowed to hold the baby whilst he was still intubated.

(f) A post-mortem was offered to the parents but they refused.

2. Yes.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW338

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Northern Cape and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Northern Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Frances Baard

85

18

18

12 836

John Taolo Gaetsiwe

 

11

11

27 322

Namakwa

 

24

24

126 836

Pixley ka Seme

 

20

20

103 411

Zf Mgcawu

 

12

12

102 484

END.

08 June 2020 - NW328

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether the proposal as stated by him at the 26th Investing in African Mining Indaba that the Government seeks to establish an alternative power generation entity outside of Eskom has been (a) discussed and (b) approved by the Cabinet; if not, why not; if so, on what date did this discussion and approval take place; 2) Where did the specified proposal originate from; 3) What is the proposed (a) structure, (b) mandate and (c) time line for the establishment of the new entity; 4) What are the relevant details of the envisaged reporting line of the entity to the national executive? NW482E

Reply:

2.. The single buyer model cannot be sustained, in respect of which Eskom is the sole aggregator and dispatcher of all the energy generated in the interconnected power system. This is due to Eskom’s poor balance sheet and its inability to carry the risks relating to long term power purchase agreements with other generators, without further encumbrance of the national revenue fund.

In the circumstances, it has become critical to find alternative models for the delivery of new generation capacity as required under the integrated resource plan. The entity that the Minister referred to at the Mining Indaba is aimed at complimenting the role that Eskom is unable to fulfil, in relation to new generation capacity. It is noteworthy that the entity could play the role of Buyer as well as developer of new power capacity, with or without private sector partners.

3. (a) (b)(c) work in regard to the structure has not been finalized and it would be premature to answer questions like mandate and timelines.

4. See (4) above

08 June 2020 - NW126

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)What total amount have certain persons (names furnished) been paid since their appointment as business rescue practitioners for the SA Airways (SAA); (2) whether the specified business rescue practitioners benefited from the Development Bank of Southern Africa equity bridge loan facility to SAA; if so, (a) what amount did they get paid for that specified intervention and (b) how are they paid?

Reply:

The following information was provided by the Business Rescue Practitioners of the South African Airways Response:

1. The business rescue practitioners have been paid in accordance with the hours worked and set down rate for business rescue practitioners. The amounts paid to Matuson & Associates and Adamantem as at 26 May 2020 are as follows:

Matuson and Associates – R22 208, 689

Adamantem (Pty) Ltd – R14 002,112

(2) The business rescue practitoners did not benefit from the intervention relating to the DBSA bridge facility, other than payment in the normal course of the business rescue process done based on hours spent on the transaction and set down rate for that practitioner.

08 June 2020 - NW459

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department intends to introduce legislation to allow it to continue paying disability grants to beneficiaries who are in the process of renewing their six-months disability grants; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will consider ensuring that the pension payout of a deceased pensioner is not terminated in the same month of death or the month after death to assist families to pay the debts incurred on funeral costs or other minor debts left behind by the deceased; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Ministerial Directive, No. 6(k)(vii) as amended and gazetted on 09 May 2020, states that:

“Temporary disability grants which lapsed in February and March 2020, must be reinstated and continue to be paid from the date they were suspended until end of October 2020; temporary disability grants which did not lapse during April 2020, as contemplated in directive (l)(v) must continue to be paid until end of October 2020; and temporary disability grants which are due to lapse in May 2020 and June 2020, must continue to be paid until end of October 2020”.

The Directive further makes provision for Care Dependency grants which lapsed during the period beginning from February to April 2020 must be reinstated and continue to be paid until end of October 2020; and Care Dependency grants which lapsed during May 2020 or are due to lapse when the care dependent child turns 18 years of age, will not lapse until end of October 2020 and must continue to be paid until end of October 2020.

2. This option at present is not being considered. Most of the elderly have funeral cover for this. What is of concern is that many households are currently depending on the income from the elderly’s grant and are left destitute when the elderly pass on. The COVID-19 pandemic has also perpetuated the problem with more people becoming financially distressed.

To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, the President announced a relief package in the form of a Special COVID -19 Social Relief grant to the value of R350.00 per month to individuals who are: South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered on the Department of Home Affairs database; the applicant should currently be residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa; be above the age of 18, unemployed; not receiving any form of income; not receiving any social grant; should not be receiving an unemployment insurance benefit and not qualifying to receive one; not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and other financial aid; not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and not residing in a government funded or subsidised institution. The benefit came into effect in May 2020 and will be paid to qualifying individuals from date of application until end of October 2020.

08 June 2020 - NW493

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and the porous borders of the Republic, (a) what number of quarantine centres have been established in each province, (b) what kind of infrastructure is being used in the specified centres, (c) has each centre been equipped with the necessary scanners and medical equipment to handle potential cases, (d) what number of staff have been formally trained in each province to deal with potential cases of the coronavirus and (e) what was the cost of the establishment of each centre?

Reply:

a) The first part of the question related to the number of Quarantine facilities that have been activated in the country and shown per province.

Province

NO OF SITES

NO OF BEDS

Eastern Cape

19

662

Free State

5

313

Gauteng

21

6236

KwaZulu Natal

48

1098

Limpopo

6

313

Mpumalanga

6

434

North West

6

188

Northern Cape

9

497

Western Cape

16

2537

Grand Total

136

12278

There are a number of sites on standby but is only activated as and when the Province deem it necessary to accommodate patients and or PUI's.

(b) There is currently 64 privately owned and 72 state owned facilities utilised. The following types of facilities are being utilised:

Type of facility

Number of Sites in this category

B&B

15

CARAVAN PARK/CAMP SITE

1

HEALTH FACILITY

52

HOTEL

38

LODGE

7

NATURE RESERVE LODGE

6

Other

1

RESORT

12

Training Centre

4

Grand Total

136

These sites were assessed for their suitability against a set of guidelines that looks at their locality, access to the site, ventilation, basic infrastructure requirements like access to electricity and water and then space for each occupant.

(c) There is a list of equipment requirements provided for in the guideline that include the following:

Minimum Equipment

Clinical gloves (latex, single-use gloves for clinical care)

N95 masks – only for aerosol generating procedures (taking of specimens)

Medical/Surgical masks

Aprons - disposable

Sharps containers

Red health risk waste bags to be in health care risk waste box with biohazard sign

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Liquid hand wash

Clean single-use towels (e.g. paper towels)

Cleaning gloves (reusable vinyl or rubber gloves for environmental cleaning)

Appropriate detergent for environmental cleaning and disinfectant for disinfection of surfaces, instruments or equipment

Large plastic bag for general waste (black or transparent)

Linen bags

Collection container for used equipment

What has been issued to each site is dependent on the type of site and their own commitment to the cause. In the Western Cape for example some privately owned sites only required masks, gloves, bioboxes and red bags. The rest were provided by the establishment themselves.

(d) A standard set of training is conducted by Provincial Departments of Health related to the following:

  • Training of healthcare professional on SOPs that needs to be followed at the quarantine centres for daily examination, movements in the facility, infection prevention control measures and use of PPE kit etc.
  • Paramedical staff (staff nurses, medics, pharmacist etc) need to be trained on SOPs to be followed at quarantine/isolation centres and use of PPE.
  • Support staff (housekeepers/cleaners, caterers, security staff, drivers and general duty staff) need to be trained on the use of masks, gloves, cleaning and disinfection procedures and use of PPE kit, etc.
  • When a new staff member is assigned to a quarantine/isolation site, it needs to be ensured that he/she has received proper training before undertaking the work.
  • All training should emphasise that all activities/procedures must be done under the strict monitoring and observation of trained specialists.

The exact numbers of people trained at these facilities is currently unknown.

(e) The costs associated at each of these centres varies and is dependent on the type of facility, who owns it and what the commitment is from each related to the cause. Private facilities in the hospitality industry is paid per person per night. For that they provide the full accommodation and catering support function, and the Provincial departments pick up the bill related to any clinical and waste management services. Costs associated with that range between R850 to R1200 per night per person. This includes accommodation and two meals per day.

For public facilities, again depending on the type of facility the cost would vary. From a priority perspective, public facilities already equipped with linen, beds and other basic furniture and services were first activated. In more dire times the Department is preparing public facilities by procurement of all beds, furnishing and operational equipment to activate facilities as a second priority. However, in the short term there is a heavy reliance on privately owned facilities where the moneys paid, also strengthened the tourism industry where no income could be generated.

The procurement of Health Technology equipment is also not done in bulk and at a rapid rate to make provision and address the demands that Covid-19 is placing on the department. Equipment is issued to where it is needed and includes Medical, Isolation and Quarantine facilities so to isolate the costs to only quarantine facilities is difficult at present.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW337

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the North West and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

North West

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati

119

17

17

43 700

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

 

18

18

14 642

Bojanala

 

11

11

18 333

Ngaka Modiri Molema

 

21

21

28 206

END.

08 June 2020 - NW331

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of (i) serviceable and (ii) fully equipped ambulances are being used in each (aa) district municipality and (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Eastern Cape and (b) area in square kilometres does each ambulance service?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Eastern Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

In each (aa) district, (bb) local municipality in the public health sector in the Province

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Alfred Nzo

447

65

65

10 731

Amathole

 

60

60

21 117

Buffalo City

 

45

45

2 750

Chris Hani

 

65

65

36 407

Joe Gqabi

 

45

45

25 617

Nelson Mandela Metro

 

40

40

1 957

OR Tambo

 

40

74

12 141

Sarah Baartman

 

53

53

58 245

END.

05 June 2020 - NW608

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

Whether any SA Police Service members applied for certain positions and were appointed to different positions than the ones they applied for; if so, (a) what (i) number of positions and (ii) rank in each case and (b) on what policy is this practice based?

Reply:

There were members who applied for certain positions and who were appointed to different positions than the ones they applied for, in the three post promotion processes, which were concluded in 2019/2020, namely:

(a)(i) Two positions.

(a)(ii) One Colonel and one Lieutenant Colonel.

(b) The administration of promotions in the South African Police Service (SAPS) is, inter a/ia, regulated by National Instruction, 3 of 2015, Promotion and Grade Progression of Employees of the Service, from Post Level 1 to Post Level 12 and from Constable up to Colonel, which requires employees to physically take up and function for a minimum period of two years in the post that he or she was promoted to. This National Instruction provides for a process of withdrawing a promotion, should such requirements not be complied with. However, there is also a provision for the National Commissioner, a Divisional Commissioner or Provincial Commissioner to transfer an employee from the new higher post to another vacant post on the same level, in the interest of service delivery.

2

Reply to question 608 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE SOEG
 

Reply to question 608 approved

GENERAL BH CELE
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date

05 June 2020 - NW932

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Whether her Department awarded any tender connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this ega‹d; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each Bnder awarded and (c) was the service and/or product \o be supplied by each business;

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

(For written reply)

QUESTION NO. 932(NW1221E}

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.17 of2020 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 May 2020

Mr P Mey (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

  1. Whether her Department awarded any tender connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this ega‹d; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each Bnder awarded and (c) was the service and/or product \o be supplied by each business;
  2. whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tandem; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case;
  3. 3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awaited the specified tender; and whether she will make a statement on the matter2

932. THE MINISTER OF FORE8TRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:

  1. Yes, the Department awarded tenders connected b the COVIŒ19 pandemic as follows:

(a) Name of the businesses/service

Provides

(b) Amount

R'000

(c) Service provided

Multisurge Pty Ltd, Promed

R1 008 780

1900 x (box of 50) masks surgical face

standard and 57 x digital body infrared thermometers.

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

R45 000

5 liters X 500 battle disinfectant

Kanga Business Management

R494 500

3500 Alcohol gel hand sanitisers and 250 boxes of surgical masks

Orange Juice Inve9tr«ent (Pty) Ltd T/A

X-Treme Cleaning Solutions

R138 500

Disinfecting, sanitisation and fogging Foretrust building.

  1. Yes, there was a deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures. The Department utilised the Instruction Note 3 of 2016/17, paragraph 8.2, which states that 'An emergency procurement may occur when there is a serious and unexpected situation that pose an immediate risk B health, life, property or environment which calls an urgency to action and there is insufficient time to invite competitive bids', as well as Instruction Note 5 of 2020/21 Emergency Procurement in response to National State of Disaster.
    1. The Department received a case of an official who were infected with COVID-19 and, as a result, the Department had to disinfect the building æ a matter of emergency.
    2. The Department approached four service providers to submit quotations on an emergency basis, and an order was issued b Orange Juice Investment Pty Ltd T/A X-Treme Cleaning Solutions au they submitted a quotation that met the Department specifications.

(sj

The reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender:

The Service Provider, as listed below, submitted quotations that met the Department procurement specifications and RTCOVID19-0@ s§ecificätÏ0FI9 B9 I6sued by National Treasury.

Name of the business /Service Provides

 

Multisurge(Pty) Ltd, Promed

  • Standard surgical face masks to be given to officials and visitors entering the building for protection against COVID-19.
  • Body thermometers infrared for the screening of officials and visitors when entering the Department.

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Disinfectant for the cleaning of surfaces in the

building.

Kanga Business Management

Alcohol gel hand sanitisers and surgical masks for the sanitising of hands and protection from the COVID-19 infection of officials and visitors

Names of the businesses/Service Providers

 
 

entering the building.

Orange Juice Investment Pty LB T/A X-Treme

Cleaning Solutions

Emergency sanitisation and logging of Foretrust

building.

4. The regulations on how departments must respond to COVID-19 have bean widely publicized by the various government department.

Regards

MS BD CREECY
MINISTER OF FORESTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DATES: 5/6/2020

05 June 2020 - NW702

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

Whether, there are sufficient face masks for all the police officers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what total number of face masks does each police officer get for a 12-hour shift?

Reply:

The needs forecast for masks to be utilised by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), is a minimum, but not limited to three masks for a 12 hours shift, dependent on the situation. Up to date, the SAPS has procured a total of 24 356 800 surgical face masks and 260 000 filtering face piece masks. All the provinces and divisions have been issued with sufficient stock and a buffer stock, of five percent, is secured nationally, for contingencies. There is a continuous replenishment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) by the SAPS Division: Supply Chain Management, with a forecast of PPE requirement, up to 31 March 2021.

Reply to question 702 recommended/not recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020-05-27

Reply to question 702 approved/not approved

MINISTER OFPOLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: /06/2020

05 June 2020 - NW911

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What steps is she taking to (a) assist small businesses with access to computers so that they can access Government support, (b) bring online (i) the unregistered businesses and (ii) those whose tax clearances are invalid and (c) ensure that the micro/informal economy is reserved only for South Africans?

Reply:

a) A number of Seda offices have desktop computers at their reception areas where SMMEs can have access to the internet. It is envisaged that the footprint of these will be expanded such as to expand access to the rest of the Offices. Where Seda does not have physical offices, there are co-location points set up with municipalities and other provincial and district entities where Seda Business Advisors visit according to scheduled intervals on a weekly basis.

b) (i)-(ii) The Department launched the first database of SMMEs in the country (www.smmesa.gov.za) which enables all SMMEs to register and receive a unique registration number. This is now linked to the application process for financial and non-financial support so that when an enterprise applies for support they do not have to fill information that is already on the database therefore as someone as someone enters the registration all the information is retrieved and the enterprise will only focus on providing information that is required for that particular application. The SMMESA already interfaces with SARS and UIF whilst work is underway to interface with CIPC (BizPortal) and CSD. All these measures will ensure that those businesses that are not registered are registered and their tax matters are compliant.

In addition, as part of Business Development Services, one of Seda’s priorities is to ensure that unregistered businesses are assisted with Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), SARS and UIF registration processes. This is done through CIPC’s BizPortal.

c)  The DSBD, ensures that all micro / informal businesses who are assisted by DSBD are owned by people with the valid 13-digit barcoded South African identity document. The Department has been tasked to provide the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) with guidelines on sectors that must be reserved for South Africans and this process is almost complete. The Department is working with DHA and the Department of Trade and Industry and Competition to ensure that these sectors are designated. Consultations are underway with the affected and relevant sectors.

 

 

05 June 2020 - NW916

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) – (c) To date, the Department did not issue any tenders related to COVID-19.

2. (a) – (b) The Department did procure some goods and services through deviation as well as through RT 15/2016 contract, in preparation for the lockdown and work from home / remote working environment, the Department deviated from the normal procurement processes to procure the following:

  • A total of 75 laptops and 75 laptop bags for officials that ordinarily used desktop computers but needed remote connection due to the lockdown. The reason for deviation was that the store that these were purchased from was the only retailor that was able to supply the required number and specifications at short notice, before 26 March 2020, following the President’s announcement of the lockdown, which was on 23 March 2020.
  • Data cards and Wi-Fi routers, 75 each, through the RT 15/2016. The RT 15/2016 is a contract that was awarded to a specific mobile service provider to supply and deliver mobile communication services for government, hence no other quotations were sourced.
  • A total of 1000 masks. The service provider was sourced from the list that was provided by National Treasury and was the only service provider who had the required stock to deliver before the lockdown that started on 26 March 2020, following the President’s announcement of 23 March 2020. This was to enable DSBD officials who may still be coming to the office to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

3. Not applicable, as no tenders were awarded.

4. No

 

05 June 2020 - NW277

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a)(i) What total amount in funding was approved by the Small Business and Innovation Fund by the end of December 2019 and (ii) to what number of small and medium enterprises was such funding allocated and (b) what is the (i) provincial and (ii) business sector breakdown of the approved beneficiaries?

Reply:

  1. i) Total SBIF approvals by December 2019 stood at R225 million

ii) This amount was approved under sefa’s SME Wholesale Lending channel, which is executed through intermediaries. The amount disbursed will be available by the end of April 2020 from sefa’s intermediary partners. The abovementioned information will provide developmental statistics relating to the number of SMMEs funded, the provincial spread as well as the amounts disbursed. Once received, this information will be shared accordingly.

 

05 June 2020 - NW725

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the President of the Republic

(1)With reference to his announcement on 15 March 2020, (a) on which existing Act of Parliament, regulation or provision of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, (a) did he rely to establish the National Command Council (NCC) to lead the Government’s national response to the coronavirus outbreak and (b) from which existing Act of Parliament, regulation or provision of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, does the NCC derive its power, responsibility, functions and duties;

Reply:

  1. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) – originally known as the NCC – was established as a committee of Cabinet by the Cabinet in its meeting of 15 March 2020.
  1. No.
  1. The NCCC coordinates government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCCC makes recommendations to Cabinet on measures required in terms of the national state of disaster. Cabinet makes the final decisions.

05 June 2020 - NW906

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Meshoe, Rev KR to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, as the Chairman of the African Union, he has given his support to recognise Madagascar’s sovereign right to use its own herbal remedies, which it has successfully produced and had been used for centuries in many African countries to cure those infected with Covid-19, even though the World Health Organisation is reportedly trying to prevent the use of such remedies until they have been tested and approved; if not, why not; if so, has he made his support public?

Reply:

The African Union (AU) is still in discussion with the Republic of Madagascar with a view to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficacy of the herbal remedy. Once furnished with the details, the AU, through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, will review the scientific data and make a determination as to whether or not to give support.

South Africa has a robust research and innovation programme in indigenous knowledge systems, and thus supports the development of remedies based on indigenous African herbs.

05 June 2020 - NW757

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)With reference to the total number of 16 000 applications which were received from businesses that applied for the Covid-19 Relief Fund of which 600 loans were granted, what are the names of the companies that received the 10 highest loans in each province; (2) what number of (a) stores were saved and (b) new jobs does her department envisage will be created; (3) (a) what number of applications for the Covid-19 Relief Fund were received from each metropolitan area and (b) how did her department go about in aligning the granting of loans to the hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; (4) whether it was not possible to grant smaller loans so that more of the 16 000 applicants could benefit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what plans does her department have in place to assist the remaining 15 400 applicants, where the companies are either on the verge of closing down or in dire need of start-up funds? NW959E

Reply:

1. The amount of loans approved for SMMEs ranged from as little as R13 200 to R500 000. The applicants had applied for salaries, rent and utility payments. Due to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), we are unable to share the details of the companies that received the highest loans in each province.

2. (a) We have recorded to date with respect to clients that have signed legal agreements with sefa R53 million in the wholesale and retail trade: repair of motor vehicles, motor cycles and personal and household goods; hotels and restaurants sector. Generally, the retail stores would be included in this category. There were 154 SMMEs in this category and 1,533 jobs were maintained.

(b) It is not possible to create new jobs in this current situation. All businesses are locked down. We can only maintain jobs and possibly create them after the lockdown period has been lifted.

3. a) The information was captured per town and not according to metropolitan area.

b) We created a scorecard, which sought to pre-qualify SMMEs based on the criteria that was established for COVID-19 Business Relief applicants. Based on the output of the scorecard, the SMME will be approved.

4. The loans are meant to provide relief to businesses, which are experiencing difficulties during the COVID-19 lockdown period. As the period of the lockdown was not known, it was decided that we provide 3 months relief depending on the circumstances of each applicant which has now been reduced to 2 months to try and cover as many people as possible. With respect to consideration to provide smaller amounts, this would have invariably not provided the required relief to some of the businesses. There are businesses that carry huge monthly costs, i.e. rent, salaries, and utilities, in excess of R100,000, which could not be satisfied by providing a fraction of their costs to cover their total cost structure. We hereby submit that all possible means were made to spread the rand evenly to accommodate as many SMMEs as possible.

5. The ability of the institution to provide further loans to the remaining SMMEs, which have not been provided with loans under the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund, depends upon receiving appropriate allocation for this purpose. Just to emphasise with the Relief Funds that are being provided are not start-up funds but are for existing businesses to assist them to pay operational costs for few months

05 June 2020 - NW712

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What are the reasons he saw the need to apologise to members of the Muslim community who had breached the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 regulations by congregating while such gatherings are prohibited and (b) why did he not see it appropriate to apologise to the households in the Eastern Cape where the SA Police Service officials kicked over drums of mqombothi and mocked the people’s ancestral rituals?

Reply:

  1. The Minister at the time apologised for what sounded on the video clip like derogatory remarks allegedly made by the arresting officers against the Islam Prophet Mohammed. It has however, since been established through departmental investigation (Mpumalanga SAPS) that the members were actually referring to one of the arrested congregants named Mohammed who was pointed out by his fellow congregants as the one who had convened the illegal gathering.

At no point did the Minister apologise for the arrest as in fact those congregants had contravened the COVID-19 Disaster Management Lockdown Regulations in relation to the prohibition of gatherings during the lockdown.

  1. In relation to the Eastern Cape question, once a crime is committed, in this instance the contravention of lockdown regulations, the location where such contravention occurs automatically becomes a crime scene. This status then allows police to confiscate or seize that which has been utilised by the alleged offenders during the commission of the crime or the contravention of the regulations, hence the alleged disposal of the traditional beer.

 

Approved/ not approved

GENERAL BH CELE, MP
MINISTER OF POLICE
DATES: 4/06/2020

05 June 2020 - NW726

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the President of the Republic

(1)What are the (a) names, (b) positions and (c) working titles of each member of the National Command Council (NCC) he announced on 15 March 2020;

Reply:

  1. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) – originally known as the National Command Council (NCC) – was initially composed of the following members:
  • President
  • Deputy President
  • Minister of Health
  • Minister in the Presidency
  • Minister of Basic Education
  • Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
  • Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
  • Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation
  • Minister of Home Affairs
  • Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation
  • Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
  • Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
  • Minister of Police
  • Minister of Public Service and Administration
  • Minister of Social Development
  • Minister of State Security
  • Minister of Tourism
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition
  • Minister of Transport

Other members of Cabinet were subsequently invited to attend NCCC meetings. It is supported by the Cabinet Secretariat and the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints).

  1. No.

05 June 2020 - NW785

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the President of the Republic

On what empirical evidence did the National Coronavirus Command Council rely to collectively (a) ban the sale of tobacco products during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (b) contradict the announcement he made on 23 April 2020 that the sale of tobacco products would be permitted during level 4 of the Government’s Risk-Adjusted Strategy by continuing to enforce the ban on the sale of tobacco products;

Reply:

The decision to promulgate the Disaster Management Regulations, including regulation 27 (of the Regulations), which prohibits the sale of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products was taken after careful consideration, not only of the submissions received, but also the relevant medical literature focusing inter alia on the effects of smoking on public and individual health, especially in the face of a respiratory illness such as Covid-19.

After my initial announcement on 23 April 2020, following representations that were made by various organisations and individuals and further consideration of relevant medical studies and advice, a different position was ultimately adopted by the National Coronavirus Command Council and thereafter by Cabinet before the regulations were promulgated.

At this stage, it is difficult to determine when the ban on the sale of tobacco and related products will be lifted. This will depend on such factors as the progression of the disease in South Africa, the readiness of our health systems and evolving knowledge on the nature and impact of the virus itself.

05 June 2020 - NW633

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

What measures has he put in place to ensure that there is no overcrowding of police cells by arrests conducted by the police during the national lockdown period to fight the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

There is no overcrowding in police cells because of arrests conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS), during the national lockdown period. Most o1the people who violate the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act, are released on a warning to appear in court (SAPS 496) and issued a J534 (admission of guilt fine) or given a J368 (police bail).

Reply to question 633 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020-05-27

Reply to question 633 approved/pro e

MINISTER OFPOLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 04/06/2020

05 June 2020 - NW634

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

What measures has he put in place to ensure that persons in the custody of the SA Police Service are tested for COVID-19?

Reply:

The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not test persons in custody, for COVID-19. The SAPS has put measures in place, at all police stations, to screen every person in custody.

Reply to question 634 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020-05-27

Reply to question 634 recommended

MINISTER OFPOLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 04/06/2020

05 June 2020 - NW775

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the announcement by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020 that the SA Police Service will increase visibility at identified tourist attraction sites, (a) which tourist attraction sites will have increased police visibility in each province, (b) what form will the increased

Reply:

(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)

The information needs to be obtained from the provincial commissioners and a request for the extension of an additional 10 working days, in which to provide the response, is requested.

2

Reply to question 775 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020-05-27

Reply to question 775 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 04/06/2020

05 June 2020 - NW781

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) number of applications have been received for funding relief through the Spaza Shops and General Dealers Support Scheme in each province since the implementation of the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, (b) number of the specified applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each case in each province and (c) was the Rand value of each (i) approved and (ii) rejected application in each case in each province?

Reply:

(a) – (c) The graph below contains a response to the breakdown asked for:

Province

Application

Approvals

Rand value of approvals

Declines

Rand value of declines

Referrals

KZN

895

400

1 400 000

33

115 500

43

NW

26

6

21 000

3

10500

3

GP

166

64

224 000

10

35000

1

LP

354

110

385 000

14

49000

28

NC

7

1

3 500

0

0

0

EC

322

65

227 500

4

14000

13

FS

45

8

28 000

1

3500

0

MP

40

10

35 000

0

0

2

WC

31

12

42 000

4

14000

0

TOTAL

1886

676

2 366 000

69

 

90

The referrals are applications are referred to Seda to assist with business development support and to prepare them for resubmissions. The declined are those applications that are from individuals who are not spaza shops and as well as those that are duplicates where people apply more than once.

05 June 2020 - NW419

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

(1)Whether he intends to take disciplinary action against a certain person (name furnished) for allegedly taking a certain person (details furnished) on four international trips without following standard procedure and regulations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

I have reviewed the media report on which the question from the Honourable Member is based and have received a report from the Deputy Minister on this matter. There are no grounds that I can see for the allegation that a certain person was taken on international trips without following standard procedure and regulations.

If the Honourable Member or any other person has evidence of a violation of the relevant prescripts, they are requested to make such information available.

04 June 2020 - NW890

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the guidelines for quarantine and isolation facilities in relation to Covid-19 exposure and infection in the Republic were only published on 5 May 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why was the specified document not published sooner and (b) what guidelines did quarantine and isolation facilities follow before the publication of this document on 5 May 2020?

Reply:

It is confirmed that the GUIDELINES FOR QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION IN RELATION TO COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND INFECTION was only approved on the 5th of May 2020.

(a) The guideline was developed by various stakeholders including the National Department of Health, North West University, Nelson Mandela University, Infection Control Africa Network from Stellenbosch University, Western Cape DoH, UCT and Bournemouth University of the UK. The process already started at the beginning of March. This was also informed by the minimum requirements as defined by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the WHO.

These were widely circulated to ensure that it is comprehensive and takes into account the various roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved. This obviously took some time to finalise and get all feedback incorporated.

(b) A guideline produced by the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) relevant to quarantine was used prior to the guideline approval.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW946

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to providing continued support to repatriated citizens at quarantine sites, his department has mechanisms in place to inform persons who are closely involved in repatriating South African citizens about which quarantine sites the repatriated citizens are or will be accommodated; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Health is not involved in determining which quarantine facility repatriates would be accommodated at. On receipt of request from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure (DPWI) selects the quarantine facility from the Master List, in accordance with pre-determined criteria. Port Health from the Department of Health is informed and would guide the repatriates in alignment with the instruction of DPWI to the facility indicated. This is as per the current Protocol document between the relevant government departments.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW945

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department is taking any steps to monitor how the supermarkets, malls and other entities that are accessed by the public are enforcing the Government’s regulations relating to (a) social distancing, (b) sanitising the hands of members of the public when entering and (c) the wearing of masks before allowing entry to such places; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, the Department is responding to the above asked questions through its Environmental Health Practitioners who are appointed by district municipaites and metropolitan municipalities to provide Municipal Health Services. These officials are appointed as law enforcers and they are responsible to monitior all the provisions of the disaster management regualtions as far as they relate to compliance with health requirements. Any health requirements that become regulated in the different alert levels become enforceable automatically because these officials are empowered to enforce these regulations.

(a)–(c) Environmental Health Practitioners monitor compliance on social distancing, sanitasing of hands and wearing of masks at all premises including supermarkets, malls and other public places during their routine inspections on all opened premises based on the alert level. Monitoring is also done at pension pay points, spaza shops and relief application centres. Management of the premises is held accountable for ensuring observation of these control measures as provided for in the Regulations 5(3) and 5(4). The support of owners of such entities to comply is largely positive.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW947

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there are any special considerations and/or arrangements that are in place to allow children and/or close relatives to visit a dying parent or family member who is accommodated in a quarantine site; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the officials and/or offices that members of the public can approach for assistance with such cases?

Reply:

Quarantine is for people or groups who are asymptomatic, but who may be infected with COVID-19. They are thus generally healthy. In cases where a patient has become ill, they would either be sent to an isolation facility if found to be positive, and if they are found to be critical would be admitted to a hospital for care. Quarantine facilities are thus utilised for healthy people that are awaiting the incubation period of the virus. As soon as a person becomes ill, they will be moved out of quarantine to obtain appropriate clinical care.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW987

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;

Reply:

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration did not publish any tenders in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic. The Department facilitated the procurement requirements in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic through a Request for Quotation (RFQ) process.

1(a) Not applicable.

1(b) Not applicable.

1(c) Not applicable.

  1. Not applicable.

2(a) Not applicable.

2(b) Not applicable.

  1. Not applicable.
  1. The Minister will make a statement on the matter should the need arise.

04 June 2020 - NW919

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender;

Reply:

1. The Logistics Division did not award any tenders for procurement connected to COVID-19. The process as stipulated in the National Treasury Instruction No. 8 of 2020/21 para 3.7.6 which states that “Institutions may approach any other supplier to obtain quotes and may procure from such suppliers on condition that-

a. the items are to the specifications as determined by the National Department of Health;

b. the prices are equal or lower than the prices in Annexure A and;

c. the supplier is registered in the Central Supplier Database.

04 June 2020 - NW912

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. No tenders were awarded related to COVID-19 pandemic, but Goods and Services are acquired following deviation emergency procedure.

a) Not applicable.

b) Not applicable.

c) Not applicable.

2. Yes, deviations were made from standards of supply chain management, not for tenders as there were no tenders awarded, but for Goods and Services acquired;

a) Because goods and services acquired during the Covid-19 pandemic were treated as health emergency hence deviation process was followed.

b) The details in each relevant case are as follows:

(i) Yellow Technical Services at the total cost of R10 521 141.65 for the supply, deliver, installation and commissioning of eight (8) static scanners, and Ninety-one (91) handheld scanners at various port of entry;

(ii) Mr First Aid (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R1 342 952.75 for the supply and delivery of personal protective equipment;

(iii) Protea Hotel Ranch Resort at the total cost of R11 256 000.00 for the provision of accommodation to place all persons repatriated from China as well as the support team involved in the repatriation under quarantine for a period of 14 days;

(iv) Fourth Door Holdings (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R1 447 074.90 to drive a public awareness and engagement campaign on coronavirus campaign using multiple communication platforms;

(v) Equal Edge Trading (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R3 600 000.00 to drive a public awareness and engagement campaign on coronavirus campaign using multiple communication platforms;

(vi) Intelligent Medical Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a Bluebird at the total cost of R18 193 920.00 for the provision of National Covid-19 surveillance and case management system in order to strengthen Covid-19 laboratory and hospital-based reporting for a period of six (6) months;

(vii)  Aurum Innova (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R2 929 000.00 for the expansion of scope of work to include Covid-19 screening;

(viii) Digital Vibes (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R35 906 450.00 for Covid-19 communication strategy;

(ix) Digital Vibes (Pty) Ltd at the total cost of R2 104 500.00 to conduct media interviews.

3. Not applicable as no tenders were awarded. Awards made for Goods and Services were due to emergency procurement responding to the COVID-19 outbreak;

4. There is no statement to be made.

END.