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02 November 2015 - NW3696

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) (a)How many pensioners of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund died during the period January 1, 2015 to September, 30 2015 (i)during each month and (ii)in total for the period; and (b) what was indicated on the death certificate as the cause of death in each of the cases mentioned?; ( 2 ) In how many cases where suicide was the cause of death, did such pensioners die during the period 1 November 2011 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, ( a) in total and (b) during each month ?

Reply:

  1. The information presented below is a summary of the information received from the Department of Home Affairs; no additional detail is provided.

Transport Pension Fund

 

2015

01

2015

02

2015

03

2015

04

2015

05

2015

06

2015

07

2015

08

2015

09

Total

PRASA Sub Fund

NATURAL CAUSES

1

 

1

       

1

2

5

 

UNNATURAL CAUSES

             

1

 

1

   

1

 

1

       

2

2

6

Transnet Sub Fund

NATURAL CAUSES

13

14

5

14

17

15

15

14

16

123

 

UNDER INVESTIGATION

     

1

         

1

 

UNNATURAL CAUSES

         

1

     

1

   

13

14

5

15

17

16

15

14

16

125

SAA Sub Fund

NATURAL CAUSES

           

1

   

1

               

1

   

1

Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund

ADVANCED CA. CERVIX

         

1

     

1

 

CEREBROVASCULAR INCIDENT

       

1

       

1

 

DEMENTIA

     

1

         

1

 

DIZZYNESS

   

1

           

1

 

HEART FAILURE

               

1

1

 

NATURAL CAUSES 

188

174

156

196

229

297

266

230

208

1944

 

PULMONARY EMBOLISM

           

1

   

1

 

UNDER INVESTIGATION

   

1

 

1

2

2

   

6

 

UNNATURAL CAUSES

8

3

5

2

2

3

2

1

4

30

   

196

177

163

199

233

303

271

231

213

1986

Total

 

210

191

169

214

250

319

287

247

231

2118

2. The nature of the “unnatural cause of death” is not provided by the Department of Home Affairs, and it is therefore not possible to provide the information requested in respect of suicide.

 

02 November 2015 - NW3735

Profile picture: Mackay, Mr G

Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What has been Eskom’s total electricity (a) generation and (b) demand figures for each day since 30 November 2014; (2) was there a decrease in electricity (a) generation and (b) demand in the specified period; if so, what were the reasons for this decrease?

Reply:

(1) Please take note of the following:

  • Eskom generation in the Eskom context is the electricity sent out from Eskom power stations plus imports across the border, being mainly the Cahora Bassa imports.
  • Customer demand in the Eskom context is the sum of Eskom generation, plus Independent Power Producer (IPP) generation (for IPPs selling their energy to Eskom, including renewables and some conventional generators), plus customer demand actions, being predominantly demand reduced either through contracted Demand Response or Interruptible Load Shedding; or load shedding.

(1)(a)

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2014/11/30

578 756

2014/12/01

630 963

2014/12/02

638 433

2014/12/03

647 476

2014/12/04

635 984

2014/12/05

612 986

2014/12/06

573 580

2014/12/07

572 699

2014/12/08

627 606

2014/12/09

644 498

2014/12/10

642 123

2014/12/11

641 043

2014/12/12

629 450

2014/12/13

605 528

2014/12/14

581 021

2014/12/15

621 518

2014/12/16

610 679

2014/12/17

623 169

2014/12/18

625 738

2014/12/19

620 630

2014/12/20

584 394

2014/12/21

571 936

2014/12/22

602 037

2014/12/23

592 089

2014/12/24

580 135

2014/12/25

537 821

2014/12/26

529 268

2014/12/27

546 364

2014/12/28

545 398

2014/12/29

564 978

2014/12/30

567 027

2014/12/31

570 693

2015/01/01

534 303

2015/01/02

558 219

2015/01/03

567 233

2015/01/04

563 298

2015/01/05

604 698

2015/01/06

621 243

2015/01/07

632 390

2015/01/08

632 665

2015/01/09

633 088

2015/01/10

606 775

2015/01/11

594 196

2015/01/12

641 883

2015/01/13

659 696

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/01/14

654 672

2015/01/15

653 681

2015/01/16

640 907

2015/01/17

609 410

2015/01/18

590 668

2015/01/19

646 069

2015/01/20

657 368

2015/01/21

661 808

2015/01/22

660 411

2015/01/23

657 848

2015/01/24

619 816

2015/01/25

606 225

2015/01/26

644 622

2015/01/27

648 116

2015/01/28

651 566

2015/01/29

659 784

2015/01/30

653 656

2015/01/31

611 674

2015/02/01

590 463

2015/02/02

639 638

2015/02/03

644 380

2015/02/04

641 530

2015/02/05

627 725

2015/02/06

635 242

2015/02/07

601 393

2015/02/08

590 178

2015/02/09

660 547

2015/02/10

674 361

2015/02/11

672 620

2015/02/12

684 395

2015/02/13

681 791

2015/02/14

609 675

2015/02/15

592 297

2015/02/16

659 581

2015/02/17

659 439

2015/02/18

660 731

2015/02/19

666 432

2015/02/20

669 626

2015/02/21

616 261

2015/02/22

603 605

2015/02/23

659 430

2015/02/24

671 780

2015/02/25

670 638

2015/02/26

646 383

2015/02/27

659 272

2015/02/28

614 049

2015/03/01

596 611

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/03/02

646 139

2015/03/03

655 131

2015/03/04

653 905

2015/03/05

654 915

2015/03/06

659 595

2015/03/07

624 880

2015/03/08

604 260

2015/03/09

658 244

2015/03/10

663 519

2015/03/11

669 379

2015/03/12

665 825

2015/03/13

669 401

2015/03/14

632 138

2015/03/15

604 051

2015/03/16

654 986

2015/03/17

662 898

2015/03/18

666 691

2015/03/19

666 581

2015/03/20

665 638

2015/03/21

620 301

2015/03/22

614 278

2015/03/23

666 732

2015/03/24

670 772

2015/03/25

658 540

2015/03/26

646 774

2015/03/27

651 994

2015/03/28

613 534

2015/03/29

592 406

2015/03/30

645 184

2015/03/31

653 596

2015/04/01

644 047

2015/04/02

630 578

2015/04/03

573 625

2015/04/04

564 804

2015/04/05

550 425

2015/04/06

561 540

2015/04/07

623 087

2015/04/08

642 058

2015/04/09

649 858

2015/04/10

651 494

2015/04/11

617 225

2015/04/12

572 859

2015/04/13

623 971

2015/04/14

614 182

2015/04/15

607 088

2015/04/16

624 413

2015/04/17

623 214

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/04/18

594 320

2015/04/19

590 557

2015/04/20

633 948

2015/04/21

644 856

2015/04/22

646 765

2015/04/23

644 561

2015/04/24

655 311

2015/04/25

607 875

2015/04/26

580 876

2015/04/27

598 433

2015/04/28

642 072

2015/04/29

640 837

2015/04/30

634 325

2015/05/01

592 895

2015/05/02

587 419

2015/05/03

591 139

2015/05/04

633 702

2015/05/05

644 061

2015/05/06

635 055

2015/05/07

645 770

2015/05/08

646 860

2015/05/09

602 641

2015/05/10

598 103

2015/05/11

653 257

2015/05/12

653 953

2015/05/13

649 259

2015/05/14

642 964

2015/05/15

647 772

2015/05/16

603 791

2015/05/17

581 184

2015/05/18

633 468

2015/05/19

645 843

2015/05/20

642 315

2015/05/21

626 664

2015/05/22

626 168

2015/05/23

594 155

2015/05/24

590 283

2015/05/25

646 513

2015/05/26

655 347

2015/05/27

658 980

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/05/28

656 093

2015/05/29

647 941

2015/05/30

607 979

2015/05/31

597 922

2015/06/01

635 557

2015/06/02

651 258

2015/06/03

656 137

2015/06/04

666 278

2015/06/05

680 469

2015/06/06

656 803

2015/06/07

631 345

2015/06/08

669 208

2015/06/09

678 704

2015/06/10

685 050

2015/06/11

684 724

2015/06/12

662 137

2015/06/13

636 584

2015/06/14

611 143

2015/06/15

644 926

2015/06/16

625 905

2015/06/17

673 569

2015/06/18

679 072

2015/06/19

674 545

2015/06/20

640 561

2015/06/21

624 080

2015/06/22

663 906

2015/06/23

669 845

2015/06/24

666 918

2015/06/25

668 623

2015/06/26

662 240

2015/06/27

642 001

2015/06/28

598 845

2015/06/29

662 150

2015/06/30

678 103

2015/07/01

669 141

2015/07/02

670 101

2015/07/03

665 420

2015/07/04

632 214

2015/07/05

615 172

2015/07/06

654 321

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/07/07

667 525

2015/07/08

663 161

2015/07/09

657 342

2015/07/10

653 336

2015/07/11

626 462

2015/07/12

606 680

2015/07/13

658 591

2015/07/14

674 178

2015/07/15

651 307

2015/07/16

657 591

2015/07/17

662 343

2015/07/18

634 578

2015/07/19

590 284

2015/07/20

649 609

2015/07/21

649 751

2015/07/22

668 486

2015/07/23

670 627

2015/07/24

658 947

2015/07/25

622 613

2015/07/26

609 759

2015/07/27

665 270

2015/07/28

671 639

2015/07/29

669 020

2015/07/30

657 291

2015/07/31

679 727

2015/08/01

637 311

2015/08/02

607 729

2015/08/03

636 299

2015/08/04

642 524

2015/08/05

651 050

2015/08/06

642 989

2015/08/07

646 820

2015/08/08

606 894

2015/08/09

583 584

2015/08/10

603 617

2015/08/11

657 160

2015/08/12

660 460

2015/08/13

646 812

2015/08/14

648 734

2015/08/15

602 957

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/08/17

626 974

2015/08/18

635 440

2015/08/19

634 955

2015/08/20

632 887

2015/08/21

623 709

2015/08/22

596 125

2015/08/23

582 524

2015/08/24

616 890

2015/08/25

620 678

2015/08/26

624 544

2015/08/27

622 084

2015/08/28

610 296

2015/08/29

578 111

2015/08/30

570 841

2015/08/31

615 499

2015/09/01

622 811

2015/09/02

628 798

2015/09/03

637 396

2015/09/04

659 525

2015/09/05

624 540

2015/09/06

592 077

2015/09/07

627 980

2015/09/08

644 515

2015/09/09

636 993

2015/09/10

635 199

2015/09/11

638 149

2015/09/12

615 652

2015/09/13

586 444

2015/09/14

620 244

2015/09/15

633 865

2015/09/16

631 170

2015/09/17

631 164

2015/09/18

636 441

2015/09/19

606 490

2015/09/20

594 972

2015/09/21

644 197

2015/09/22

640 287

2015/09/23

631 009

2015/09/24

591 012

2015/09/25

610 111

Date

Eskom Generation(MWh)

2015/09/26

592 081

2015/09/27

571 277

2015/09/28

617 732

2015/09/29

642 341

2015/09/30

639 808

2015/10/01

634 253

2015/10/02

638 957

2015/10/03

604 244

2015/10/04

584 857

2015/10/05

630 257

2015/10/06

645 349

2015/10/07

645 239

2015/10/08

642 990

2015/10/09

638 493

2015/10/10

599 265

2015/10/11

586 398

2015/10/12

632 374

2015/10/13

640 141

2015/10/14

644 053

2015/10/15

634 139

(1)(b)

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2014/11/30

614 773

2014/12/01

652 504

2014/12/02

658 698

2014/12/03

666 501

2014/12/04

667 600

2014/12/05

661 519

2014/12/06

631 278

2014/12/07

617 190

2014/12/08

659 295

2014/12/09

667 839

2014/12/10

662 811

2014/12/11

659 975

2014/12/12

651 849

2014/12/13

623 061

2014/12/14

602 952

2014/12/15

642 892

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2014/12/16

630 796

2014/12/17

641 361

2014/12/18

646 228

2014/12/19

640 496

2014/12/20

604 096

2014/12/21

593 812

2014/12/22

620 334

2014/12/23

614 089

2014/12/24

599 689

2014/12/25

559 594

2014/12/26

549 761

2014/12/27

562 026

2014/12/28

562 926

2014/12/29

582 607

2014/12/30

590 377

2014/12/31

591 629

2015/01/01

552 386

2015/01/02

578 062

2015/01/03

584 390

2015/01/04

580 635

2015/01/05

624 267

2015/01/06

641 990

2015/01/07

650 941

2015/01/08

654 458

2015/01/09

658 410

2015/01/10

624 717

2015/01/11

611 978

2015/01/12

664 274

2015/01/13

678 964

2015/01/14

676 747

2015/01/15

674 977

2015/01/16

667 243

2015/01/17

628 761

2015/01/18

611 902

2015/01/19

668 597

2015/01/20

678 586

2015/01/21

682 946

2015/01/22

681 396

2015/01/23

677 922

2015/01/24

638 834

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/01/25

623 534

2015/01/26

673 947

2015/01/27

681 891

2015/01/28

672 377

2015/01/29

676 011

2015/01/30

669 748

2015/01/31

630 383

2015/02/01

610 002

2015/02/02

660 164

2015/02/03

666 711

2015/02/04

681 407

2015/02/05

676 212

2015/02/06

674 520

2015/02/07

638 341

2015/02/08

625 706

2015/02/09

684 858

2015/02/10

696 146

2015/02/11

701 262

2015/02/12

704 915

2015/02/13

701 343

2015/02/14

662 979

2015/02/15

636 190

2015/02/16

678 073

2015/02/17

678 782

2015/02/18

683 821

2015/02/19

691 391

2015/02/20

690 313

2015/02/21

649 175

2015/02/22

629 863

2015/02/23

680 422

2015/02/24

690 519

2015/02/25

688 200

2015/02/26

693 423

2015/02/27

678 878

2015/02/28

632 385

2015/03/01

615 989

2015/03/02

669 051

2015/03/03

674 638

2015/03/04

675 675

2015/03/05

678 546

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/03/06

678 138

2015/03/07

644 353

2015/03/08

622 464

2015/03/09

677 087

2015/03/10

685 801

2015/03/11

687 776

2015/03/12

688 292

2015/03/13

689 000

2015/03/14

650 059

2015/03/15

625 750

2015/03/16

677 776

2015/03/17

684 592

2015/03/18

686 001

2015/03/19

687 755

2015/03/20

682 914

2015/03/21

644 010

2015/03/22

630 664

2015/03/23

683 404

2015/03/24

687 956

2015/03/25

685 945

2015/03/26

690 873

2015/03/27

669 502

2015/03/28

632 650

2015/03/29

608 103

2015/03/30

661 626

2015/03/31

669 967

2015/04/01

668 627

2015/04/02

651 398

2015/04/03

594 235

2015/04/04

590 128

2015/04/05

579 514

2015/04/06

589 727

2015/04/07

655 740

2015/04/08

666 176

2015/04/09

672 502

2015/04/10

672 108

2015/04/11

637 678

2015/04/12

619 241

2015/04/13

663 577

2015/04/14

677 597

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/04/15

677 271

2015/04/16

679 907

2015/04/17

671 634

2015/04/18

645 426

2015/04/19

630 322

2015/04/20

669 247

2015/04/21

679 860

2015/04/22

683 606

2015/04/23

679 504

2015/04/24

680 109

2015/04/25

635 071

2015/04/26

611 130

2015/04/27

624 250

2015/04/28

666 329

2015/04/29

668 547

2015/04/30

663 547

2015/05/01

617 955

2015/05/02

612 217

2015/05/03

617 004

2015/05/04

662 729

2015/05/05

679 554

2015/05/06

675 633

2015/05/07

686 368

2015/05/08

683 972

2015/05/09

653 427

2015/05/10

630 569

2015/05/11

680 763

2015/05/12

684 688

2015/05/13

683 584

2015/05/14

683 452

2015/05/15

680 843

2015/05/16

652 459

2015/05/17

627 987

2015/05/18

672 777

2015/05/19

682 316

2015/05/20

680 819

2015/05/21

684 597

2015/05/22

678 270

2015/05/23

649 686

2015/05/24

636 941

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/05/25

680 562

2015/05/26

691 093

2015/05/27

689 785

2015/05/28

687 883

2015/05/29

678 297

2015/05/30

636 299

2015/05/31

624 217

2015/06/01

663 832

2015/06/02

678 966

2015/06/03

687 834

2015/06/04

699 092

2015/06/05

702 533

2015/06/06

677 867

2015/06/07

653 802

2015/06/08

694 948

2015/06/09

703 928

2015/06/10

716 499

2015/06/11

716 836

2015/06/12

714 953

2015/06/13

661 765

2015/06/14

640 077

2015/06/15

673 059

2015/06/16

650 032

2015/06/17

706 515

2015/06/18

711 768

2015/06/19

705 245

2015/06/20

669 921

2015/06/21

650 940

2015/06/22

697 149

2015/06/23

706 460

2015/06/24

706 658

2015/06/25

706 221

2015/06/26

697 005

2015/06/27

672 992

2015/06/28

651 838

2015/06/29

688 460

2015/06/30

698 407

2015/07/01

692 949

2015/07/02

693 312

2015/07/03

690 260

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/07/04

653 354

2015/07/05

637 854

2015/07/06

679 880

2015/07/07

698 275

2015/07/08

692 722

2015/07/09

686 403

2015/07/10

682 469

2015/07/11

655 458

2015/07/12

635 239

2015/07/13

685 843

2015/07/14

698 754

2015/07/15

695 409

2015/07/16

691 166

2015/07/17

696 565

2015/07/18

660 855

2015/07/19

646 471

2015/07/20

683 527

2015/07/21

690 396

2015/07/22

699 851

2015/07/23

708 383

2015/07/24

701 131

2015/07/25

670 257

2015/07/26

651 721

2015/07/27

694 919

2015/07/28

700 715

2015/07/29

704 311

2015/07/30

698 663

2015/07/31

703 594

2015/08/01

661 007

2015/08/02

636 444

2015/08/03

682 407

2015/08/04

689 477

2015/08/05

692 994

2015/08/06

690 907

2015/08/07

678 144

2015/08/08

638 883

2015/08/09

614 219

2015/08/10

628 776

2015/08/11

681 094

2015/08/12

685 460

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/08/13

679 649

2015/08/14

677 149

2015/08/15

634 823

2015/08/16

607 120

2015/08/17

652 403

2015/08/18

660 354

2015/08/19

657 677

2015/08/20

657 116

2015/08/21

647 200

2015/08/22

617 489

2015/08/23

604 102

2015/08/24

644 647

2015/08/25

645 891

2015/08/26

646 045

2015/08/27

644 655

2015/08/28

634 684

2015/08/29

601 424

2015/08/30

591 426

2015/08/31

632 223

2015/09/01

669 042

2015/09/02

676 263

2015/09/03

682 373

2015/09/04

700 260

2015/09/05

661 441

2015/09/06

636 233

2015/09/07

675 372

2015/09/08

687 079

2015/09/09

677 477

2015/09/10

678 821

2015/09/11

678 059

2015/09/12

653 847

2015/09/13

629 895

2015/09/14

670 489

2015/09/15

679 680

2015/09/16

675 104

2015/09/17

676 985

2015/09/18

682 142

2015/09/19

653 659

2015/09/20

637 410

2015/09/21

688 762

Date

Customer Demand

MWh

2015/09/22

683 341

2015/09/23

673 321

2015/09/24

633 573

2015/09/25

650 464

2015/09/26

629 960

2015/09/27

617 185

2015/09/28

661 945

2015/09/29

675 770

2015/09/30

675 378

2015/10/01

662 080

2015/10/02

665 036

2015/10/03

630 343

2015/10/04

611 024

2015/10/05

658 813

2015/10/06

669 966

2015/10/07

670 396

2015/10/08

668 657

2015/10/09

670 214

2015/10/10

633 378

2015/10/11

615 977

2015/10/12

662 540

2015/10/13

671 910

2015/10/14

673 013

2015/10/15

667 974

(2) It is very difficult to comment on the increase or decrease in the electricity generation or demand as the period from November 2014 to October 2015 includes all the seasons and tariff periods; and no comparative period is given. In general, the demand has been normal.

(2)(a) There is a trend of somewhat reducing Eskom generation during the specified period, as IPPs are able to replace some of the Eskom generation (most of them are currently self-dispatched) the reliance on Eskom generation is reducing.

(2)(b) There are no abnormal trends seen over the specified period. The customer demand varies significantly depending on the weather, winter demand being higher than summer demand. This is true for both residential and industrial customers.

02 November 2015 - NW3729

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the detailed reasons for Denel’s acquisition of BAE Land Systems SA, which led to Denel exhausting its cash reserves; (2) what has been the detailed, real impact of the specified acquisition on the financial status of Denel; (3) will Denel’s exhaustion of cash reserves affect its employees and contractors; if so, what will the extent of this impact be; (4) will all (a) employees and (b) suppliers be paid on time and in full; (5) what total amount is owed by Denel to its contractors?

Reply:

(1) Cash Reserves

  1. The impression that the acquisition of Land System South Africa (LSSA) by Denel led to the exhaustion of Denel’s cash reserves is not correct. The acquisition was funded separately from Denel’s cash reserves. The acquisition is fully financed by financial institutions and has had no impact on the cash reserves of Denel.

Strategic Relevance of LSSA

i. LSSA is of critical sovereign importance to the country from a national security point of view, as the company is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and continues to support and maintain all strategic military vehicles and some landward logistical equipment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). These vehicles include the Olifant Main Battle Tank (weapon platform and turret); Ratel; Rooikat Platform; Samil logistic trucks; Casspir; Mamba; Hornet; G6 Platform and Floatable Foldable Bridging Systems (FFB).

ii. Secondly, acquiring LSSA into a state owned company such as Denel was logical for purposes of securing the design and manufacturing capability

iii. In addition, LSSA has a proven track record for financial self-sustainability through its renowned diversified market portfolio incorporating key strategic export markets which the Denel Group can leverage on.

Capabilities

i) The world class level 4 capability of LSSA, together with the world class level 5 systems integration capability of Denel, will open new markets for the design and production of multi-purpose armoured vehicles.

(2)

  • The immediate impact is the increase in total assets with the acquired asset of R855 million with a contra increase in Liabilities by the loan funding that asset of R855 million. There is therefore no impact on the net asset value, nor cash reserves of the company. The acquisition of LSSA is supported by a robust business case, which is expected to increase the net asset value of Denel by approximately R1 billion after payments of the loans and interest in the next 3 years.
  • Since the acquisition by Denel, LSSA has signed contracts to the value of about R1.5bn which are now in execution phase. Within a period of less than 6 months since the acquisition, LSSA‘s prospects have substantially increased from the business case Denel used to value the business. Therefore, Denel is convinced that the acquisition is complementary to its current business and makes good business sense.

(3) No cash exhaustion as a result of the acquisition has occurred. Denel’s cash balance as at the end of September 2015 is R1.4 billion (including the ring-fenced cash).

(4)

  • All employees have always been and will continue to be paid on time.
  • Denel’s order book has grown to levels that result in sales coverage of not less than 7 years. The order book level implies an average growth (year on year) of no less than 12% and as a normal course of business, organisations in this growth cycle will occasionally experience some normal day to day cash challenges. Denel continues to pay its suppliers on a daily basis. The SOC has entered into deferment agreements with a core of about 10% of its suppliers.

(5) As 30 September 2015, Denel owed contractors and/or suppliers an amount of R390 million. To date, Denel has paid an amount of R205 million. There are deferment agreements with the suppliers who have not yet been paid.

09 October 2015 - NW3566

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether any state-owned enterprise engaged the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years; if not, why not in each specified case; if so, in each specified case (i) what is the name of the state-owned enterprise, (ii) why were the specified services engaged, (iii) when did the specified services (aa) begin and (bb) end and (iv) what was the (aa) total amount and (bb) breakdown of the specified amount spent by each specified state-owned enterprise?          NW4233

Reply:

ALEXKOR SOC LTD:

Alexkor did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

DENEL SOC LTD:

 

Denel did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

SAFCOL SOC LTD:

SAFCOL did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years. 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS SOC LTD:

SA Express did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years.

TRANSNET SOC LTD:

Transnet did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15

(c) 2015-2016 R1 400 000.00.

ESKOM SOC LTD:

 

Eskom did not engage the services of Foresight Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in the in
the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years.

 

 

 

 

07 October 2015 - NW3589

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the Eskom’s coal-fired power stations and the fact that a number of the specified power stations will be decommissioned in the near future, does Eskom have plans in place to convert the specified coal-fired power stations into natural gas power stations; if not, why not; if so, (a) which power stations will be converted, (b) when will each of the specified power station be converted, (c) where will the natural gas be sourced from and (d) what is the projected cost of the specified conversions?

Reply:

The first coal-fired Power Station to be decommissioned will be Camden Power Station, anticipated to take place in 2020. Eskom has already commenced with a study to look at various options for the current coal fired Power Station fleet. There are currently no firm plans to convert from coal-fired to natural gas. Gas options will depend on the technical feasibility, availability of gas and environmental considerations.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

(d) Not applicable.

07 October 2015 - NW3410

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, since her reply to question 483 on 4 May 2015 and question 3010 on 1 September 2015, in the light of the poverty of the pensioners of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund, she will consider to expeditiously finalise the adjustment of the 2% rule for the specified pensioners and to urgently investigate the financial status of the specified pension funds in order to give these pensioners an inflation-linked increase at the beginning of 2016 that will be higher than the maximum increase of 2%; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will consider submitting an application for National Treasury to make a direct payment to these pensioners in order to bring financial relief; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, in the light of the financial situation of the pensioners, she will consider implementing on an annual basis the parliamentary finding on 1 November 2010 (details furnished) and recommendation regarding a financial injection, further bonuses and inflation-linked increases; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details??

Reply:

  1. As per the response provided to PQ 483, along with the Minister of Finance, I am currently considering the proposal to adjust the pension fund rules to amend the 2% rule and will provide a response in due course.
  2. The rules of the fund stipulate that only when the fund is unable to meet its financial obligations, will there be a requirement for Transnet to inject money into the fund. Should Transnet not be in a position to inject the required funds in order for the Pension fund to meet its financial obligations, then the state will be required to inject funds directly into the fund. At this stage, the fund is able to meet its financial obligations and accordingly there is no legal obligation in terms of the Legal Succession to the South African Transport Services Act of 1989, for either Transnet and/or the State to make a direct payment to the Pension Funds.
  3. Transnet has complied with the recommendations of the Portfolio Committee in as far as the payment of bonuses to the pensioners are concerned. Since 2010, Transnet has to date paid over R2.2 billion in ad hoc bonuses to the pensioners belonging to the TPF and TSDBF. With regard to the recommendation relating to financial injection and inflation-linked increases, please refer to paragraphs 1 and 2 of this response.

 

06 October 2015 - NW3583

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) How many contracts does Eskom have with a certain company (name and details furnished); (2) what is the (a) nature, (b) value and (c) details of each of the specified contracts; (3) have all the specified contracts followed the prescribed tender process; if not, what are the reasons for deviation from the prescribed tender process; (4) in respect of what other financial or business interests is Eskom directly and indirectly contracted with the businesses owned by a certain family?

Reply:

(1) Eskom has 1 (one) contract for the supply of coal with Tegeta Exploration and Resources.

(2) (a-c) The details of the contract are commercially sensitive as per contractual terms. The contract is for the supply of coal to Eskom.

(3) The contract followed the relevant governance process for the commodity in question.

(4) We are able to conduct a search based on companies information. The member is therefore requested to provide specific information.




END

22 September 2015 - NW3345

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any insurance money was paid out due to damages sustained after pressure tests at the Duvha Power Station; if not, why not; if so, what (a) amount was paid out for repair work, (b) amount was paid out due to loss of business and (c) other amounts were paid out by the insurers; (2) whether the full amount that was paid out for repairs to the damaged units was, indeed, utilised for the specified repairs; if not, (a) why not, (b) what amount was utilised for the repairs and (c) what was the remaining money used for; (3) whether any repair work on the damaged units has already commenced; if not, why not; if so, when will the repair work be completed; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The insurance claim has not yet been concluded and no money has been paid out.

(2) Not applicable as no money has been paid to Eskom.

(3) The Duvha Unit 3 Recovery Project execution strategy has not yet been approved by the Eskom Board. Only preservation and site preparation work has commenced. Timelines into recovery will only be definite once a service provider has been appointed.

(4) The relevant stakeholders will be kept abreast of these developments as required.



END 

22 September 2015 - NW3170

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What is her department’s position in respect of the statement by Eskom’s spokesperson that Eskom’s financial issues were only partly responsible for the country’s rolling blackouts; (2) whether this is an indication of a greater Government culpability in respect of the blackouts; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.   Eskom’s financial issues are responsible for load shedding in as far as limited funding for maintenance and restrictions on diesel purchases for Open Cycle Gas Turbines are concerned.

​2.  In the main load shedding has been caused by maintenance deferred in the past which resulted in a backlog of maintenance and decline in plant reliability.



END

22 September 2015 - NW3341

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Why did Transnet not pay out the bonus expected by the middle of 2015 to pensioners who are members of the Transport Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and are drawing a pension of R15 000 or less per year?

Reply:

As responded to in PQ3010 submitted on 27 August 2015, the ex gratia payments made by Transnet to qualifying pensioners of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund are discretionary amounts. No decision has been taken by Transnet to make a payment in the 2015 calendar year.




END

 

22 September 2015 - NW3343

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2926 on 25 August 2015, how many rail accidents involving (a) Spoornet, (b) Prasa and (c) Metrorail trains took place (i) in (aa) 2010, (bb) 2011, (cc) 2012, (dd) 2013 and (ee) 2014 and (ii) from 1 January 2015 until the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) how many passengers in each accident in each separate year (i) were injured and (ii) died, (b) where did each specified accident take place and (c) what was the cause of each specified accident; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

It should be noted that with reference to the question on the number of accidents, the Honourable member, Dr PJ Groenewald (FF-Plus) is asking the same question he had asked in PQ 2926 and I have already provided a response in that regard. The only difference is that this time Dr Groenewald focuses on PASSENGERS whereas in the previous PQ on this matter, his focus was on PERSONS in general. For the record, the Honourable member should take note that Transnet does not operate passenger trains at all and questions related to the operations of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) should be referred to the Minister of Transport.




END

22 September 2015 - NW3350

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether any (a) specified board member, (b) specified executive management member and (c) any other employee of any specified state owned entities travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

ALEXKOR:

Dates travelled: 28 March 2014 to 03 April 2014

(a) Chairperson

(b) Chief Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer

(c) None

(i) To explore and source funding on a potential collaboration project relating to Alexkor’s

diversification strategy.

(ii)    (aa) R231,475       TOTAL

        (bb) R167,961       Flights

R 63,514 Accommodation

R NIL Allowance

DENEL:

Dates travelled: 01 to 07 December 2014

(a) None

(b) Group Executive Business Development

(c) None

(i) Represented Denel as part of Presidential visit, combined with a follow-up visit to

the UAE and Saudi Arabia on business projects.

(ii) (aa) R 69 300.00 TOTAL

     (bb) R 45 000.00 (ESTIMATE) Flights

R 18 500.00 Accommodation

R 5 800.00 Allowance

 

Dates travelled: 27 to 29 August 2014

(a) None

(b) Group Executive Business Development

(c) None

(i) Represented Denel as part of the official Defence Committee meeting and to

meet on Denel business with Poly Technologies.

(ii) (aa) R 56 300.00 TOTAL

     (bb) R 45 000.00 (ESTIMATE) Flights

R 8 500.00 Accommodation

R 2 800.00 Allowance

SAFCOL:

Dates travelled: 09 to 15 January 2015

(a) Chairperson

(b) Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer

(c) District Manager

(i) The purpose of the trip was to visit China FOMA, a Chinese State Owned

company with the aim of exploring mutually beneficial projects.

(ii) (aa) R200 654.46 TOTAL

     (bb) R139 525.56 Flights

R NIL Accommodation

R 61 128.90 Allowance

SA EXPRESS:

a)  None
b)  None
c)  None
(i) R0
(ii)   (aa) R0
       (bb) R0

TRANSNET:

Two members from the Acquisition and Disposals Committee (a sub-committee of the Board) accompanied by five members of Transnet’s Executive Management travelled to China to, inter alia, confirm the facilities of locomotive bidders, commission locomotive prototypes and meet Transnet employees who were spending long periods of time in training and capacity building initiatives in China in line with the skills transfer clauses in the contract.

Approximately 185 trainees have been exposed to the training as a consequence of the locomotive contracts in China.

All costs related to such travel are capitalised as per the contract and are included in the cost of the contracts as announced.

ESKOM:

(a) No board member travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year.

(a)(i) Not applicable.

(a)(ii)(aa) Not applicable.

(a)(ii)(bb) Not applicable.

(b) Yes, 1 executive member travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial years.

(b)(i) The executive member travelled to China to attend the Annual GO2015 (organization for

large power grid operators, in excess of 50GW).

(b)(ii)(aa) R42 658.83.

(b)(ii)(bb)

Flight ticket

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

R33 482.00

R0

R2 675.83

R6 501.00

(c) Yes, 23 employees travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial years.

(c)(i)

The following employees travelled to China for the following purpose:

Employee

reason for trip

1

Observe supplier audit

2

Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) outward mission

3

Factory evaluations

4

Intergovernmental meeting

5

Observe supplier audit

6

Factory Acceptance Testing for equipment for Ingula

7

Observe supplier audit

8

Factory accreditation

9

Attend DTI Nuclear Energy Investments

10

Official Visit – Accompanying Minister of Energy

11

Factory Acceptance Testing for equipment for Ingula

12

Global efficiency lighting forum

13

IMWA conference in China (sponsored)

14

Factory accreditation

15

High Voltage (HV) testing

16

Executive Committee + Conference

17

IHA board meeting

18

Factory Evaluations

19

Accompany Minister of Energy on an official visit

20

Observe Supplier Audit

21

Accompany Minister of Energy on an official visit

22

Factory evaluations

23

Accompany Department of Energy

(c)(ii)(aa) R 552 254.44

(c)(ii)(bb)

No of Employee

Flight ticket

(R)

Transport

(R)

Accommodation

(R)

Meals

(R)

Total

(R)

1

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

2 265.13

24 861.30

2

16 440.78

440.00

26 060.00

327.03

43 267.81

3

6 616.00

0

9 968.12

217.62

16 801.74

4

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 380.20

34 611.37

5

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

2 007.05

24 603.22

6

11 144.00

0

4 861.52

1 166.82

17 172.34

7

13 946.17

3 315.00

8 650.00

2 355.80

28 266.97

8

31 611.00

1 060.20

7 138.36

236.84

40 046.40

9

11 899.00

0

6 251.60

285.65

18 436.25

10

16061.39

0

4652.90***

0

20 714.29

11

10 706.00

0

8400.00

1 034.00

20 140.00

12

*

*

*

*

0

12

**

**

**

**

0

14

13 343.00

0

9560.00

0

22 903.00

15

6 616.00

4 635.60

7 112.54

743.69

19 107.83

16

9 177.00

396.94

10 596.68

815.35

20 985.97

17

13 528.00

0

22 881.99

0

36 409.99

18

6 616.00

0

8 605.35

535.68

15 757.03

19

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 436.93

34 668.10

20

13 946.17

0

8 650.00

0

22 596.17

21

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

1 596.20

34 827.37

22

6 616.00

1 095.72

9 579.60

5 415.70

22 707.02

23

16 061.39

0

17 169.78

139.10

33 370.27

TOTAL

280 404.41

10 943.46

238 947.78

21 958.79

552 254.44

*Sponsored by UNEP

**Sponsored by UFS

***This amount was deducted from the employee’s salary.


END

 

11 September 2015 - NW3180

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)How many (a) flight stewards/stewardesses and (b) pilots of the SA Airways have been apprehended (i) in (aa) 2011, (bb) 2012, (cc) 2013 and (dd) 2014 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2015 up until the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) in which countries were the specified (i) flight stewards/stewardesses and (ii) pilots apprehended in each specified year (b) for which crimes were said persons (i) convicted or (ii) acquitted and (c) which cases have not yet been finalised; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

As the Honorable Member is most probably aware, SAA currently reports to National Treasury. The Honorable Member is thus advised to redirect her question to the Minister Finance.

 

11 September 2015 - NW3302

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Morapela, Mr K to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)         (a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) what is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) The total amount spent on air travel between Cape Town and Pretoria is R301968.46.

(ii) 45 trips have been undertaken by the Minister between Cape Town and Pretoria.

(1)(b)(i)(aa) Total amount spent on accommodation in Pretoria is R56 687.20.

(aa)(bb) No expenditure for her residence in Pretoria as the Department is not responsible for the maintenance thereof.

 

2(a)(i) The total amount spent on air travel by the Deputy Minister between Cape Town and

Pretoria is R353 601.69.

(ii) 65 trips have been undertaken by the Deputy Minister between Cape Town and

Pretoria.

 

(b)(i) No hotel accommodation was booked for the Deputy Minister in Cape Town and Pretoria.

(ii) (aa)(bb) No expenditure was incurred for the residence of the Deputy Minister in

Pretoria and Cape Town as the Department is not responsible for the maintenance thereof.

 

 

01 September 2015 - NW3010

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Since her reply to question 483 on 4 May 2015, what is the status of the process around the rule of a 2% increase for pensions paid to members of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund which will make it possible for these pension funds to pay increases of more than 2% to their members if the funds are available; (2) Why did Transnet not pay the customary bonus to pensioners earning R15 000 and less per year and, if it is still going to be paid, when will this bonus be paid; (3)(a) What travel benefits/concessions (i) were and (ii) are available for trips by (aa) train and (bb) aircraft for pensioners belonging to the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund and (3)(b) Why were the amendments introduced? NW3549E

Reply:

  1. The proposed rule amendments, which have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund as well as the Transnet Board of Directors, are currently being considered by myself and the Minister of Finance.

(2) The ex gratia payments made by Transnet to qualifying pensioners of the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transnet Sub Fund of the Transport Pension Fund are discretionary amounts. No decision has been taken by Transnet to make a payment in the 2015 calendar year.

(3)(a) Travel benefits/concessions available for trips by (aa) train and (bb) aircraft for pensioners belonging to the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund, are, to the extent provided for, contained in each individuals service conditions with Transnet at date of retirement.

(b) The travel benefits/concessions of retired employees of Transnet have not been amended. Employees on Management levels in Transnet relinquished their travel benefits/concessions in lieu of a percentage remuneration adjustment from approximately October 2006 until April 2007, when their remuneration was changed from a basic pay plus benefits dispensation to a total cost to company approach. As their conditions of employment had changed they were required to sign new contracts of employment. Thus, from the date of conversion, they also no longer qualified for travel benefits/concessions after retirement. Management level employees who joined Transnet from 2007 onwards were not entitled to free travel benefits. Despite these changes, employees on Non-Management levels have retained their travel benefits/concessions, both during their employment and upon retirement and these benefits have not been amended.

 

01 September 2015 - NW3007

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether she had (a) investigated the reasons for the resignation of senior post holders in the SA Airways during the period 1 January 2011 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) launched any investigation to examine the serious allegation by a specified person (name and details furnished) who resigned in July 2015 regarding alleged major unlawful interventions by nonexecutive board members in the supply chain; if not, why not, in each case; if so, in each case, what (i) are the details of (aa) irregularities and/or (bb) failed governance that were discovered by the specified investigations and (ii) action has she taken to address the alleged problems, interference and irregularities?

Reply:

As the Honorable Member is most probably aware, SAA currently reports to National Treasury. The Honorable Member is thus advised to redirect her question to the Minister Finance.

 

01 September 2015 - NW3001

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)    (a) How many electricity substations between Stilfontein and Orkney were stripped of material by zama-zamas in the past five years and (b) what were the costs in each case; (2) whether these cases of theft were reported to the SA Police Service; if not, why not; if so, how many cases; (3) whether any arrests were made in this regard; if not, why not; if so, how many; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1)(a) A total of 27 (twenty seven) substations have been impacted, at some substations incidents occurred more that than once, in total there have been 49 (forty nine) incidents in the past five years.

(b)

Incident no

Site / Scene of Crime

Total actual losses

1

Orkney, munic substation

R 1 000.00

2

Orkney, munic substation

R 800.00

3

Zandpan Shaft 1

R 150 000.00

4

Zandpan Shaft one 88 kv DS

R 6 500.00

5

Zandpan shaft on

R 10 000.00

6

Zandpan

R 300000.00

7

Stilfontein town substation

R 3 000.00

8

Buffels Pioneer

R 2 500.00

9

Harties no 8

R 10 000.00

10

Harties no 5 D.S

R 18 000.00

11

Western Reefs 4 D.S

R 8 990.00

12

Buffels East D.S

R 22 000.00

13

Western Reefs 4 D.S

R 35 000.00

14

Harties no 5 , 88kv D.S.

R 22 000.00

15

Harties Vent

R 400 000.00

16

Buffels Pioneer

R 11 000.00

17

Western reefs 4

R 30 000.00

18

Vaal Reefs 2

R 60 000.00

19

Western reefs 4

R 90 000.00

20

Harties 8 substation

R 2 500.00

21

Buffels Orangia

R 90 000.00

22

Buffels Mill

R 51 750.00

23

Buffels Mill

R 50 000.00

24

Harties 5 substation

R 80 000.00

25

Kanana substation

R 3 000.00

26

Stilfontein town substation

R 500 000.00

27

Harties no 8

R 5 000 000.00

28

Harties no 8

R 300 000.00

29

Harties no 8

R 2 250.00

30

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 70 000.00

31

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 12 612.00

32

Hartebeest sub station

R 17 000.00

33

Pioneer Substation

R 2 000.00

34

Buffels Pioneer 88kv D.S.

R 30 000.00

35

Buffels Pioneer

R 7 000.00

36

Scott shaft D.S

R 15 000.00

37

Buffels Mill 88 kv D.S

R 7 000.00

38

Orkney munic substation

R3 500 000.00

39

Matlosana Mall substation

R 40 000.00

40

Harties 4

R 15 000.00

41

Orkney Munic Substation

R 5 000.00

42

Harties Mill 88/11kw

1 200 000.00

43

Buffels Mill

R 8 000.00

44

Buffels Mill

R 1 726.00

45

Harties shaft

R 30 000.00

46

Harties mill

R 800 000.00

47

Matlosana mall substation

R 500 000.00

48

Buffels Pioneer

R 5050.00

49

Harties shaft 4

R 10 000.00

 

TOTAL LOSS

R13 513 678.00

(2) Yes, 49 (forty nine) cases were reported to the South African Police Services.

(3) Yes, 95 (ninety five) arrests were made.

 

(4) The criminal prosecution in this regard is the jurisdiction of Ministry of Police and have been reported as such.

28 August 2015 - NW3073

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a) How does her department and entities reporting to her define red tape and (b) what specific interventions and/or systems have been implemented to identify and reduce red tape in her department and the entities reporting to her.

Reply:

(a) Historically the concept of ‘red tape’ was introduced as an instrument for standardised, systematic procedures for bureaucratic approval across nation-states but in current times this concept has become synonymous with time-consuming, lengthy systems for issues that are simple to resolve.

(b) To eliminate the latter, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has ensured one consolidated approach for State Owned Company (SOC) to report to the Department based on key areas defined in the shareholder compacts and corporate plans.

These performance areas are reported on quarterly basis in the SOC quarterly reports to the Department with sector team engagements on any concerns or areas for improvement. With regard to the PFMA applications, the Department maintains a register which ensures adherence within the stipulated timelines.

Indeed, the intention with SOC quarterly reporting to DPE is for data accuracy to inform DPE decisions to fully optimise the SOC as key instruments of a developmental state.

 

25 August 2015 - NW2988

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Where does the Hendrina Power Station source its coal from since the withdrawal of Optimum Colliery’s mining licence; (2) does the specified power station source its coal from a stockpile; if so, (a) how long will the stockpile last, (b) how is the coal transported, (c) at what price is the coal delivered and (d) how does the specified price compare to the Optimum Colliery contract price; (3) will the closure of the colliery affect the power output of the specified power

Reply:

(1) The suspension of the mining license at Optimum Colliery’s commenced on Monday 3 August 2015 and was lifted on Friday 7 August 2015. As part of the normal contingency plans at all coal fired Power Stations, supply is supplemented from other sources. The specific details of supplemental suppliers are confidential.

(2) Yes.

(a) There is over 30 coal stock days at Hendrina Power Station (levels vary daily).

(b) Coal is transported by conveyor belt from Optimum Colliery and is trucked in from the supplementary sources.

(c) This information is commercially sensitive and it is subject to standard confidentiality clauses in Eskom’s agreements with suppliers. Therefore it cannot be disclosed.

(d) This information is commercially sensitive and it is subject to standard confidentiality clauses in Eskom’s agreements with suppliers. Therefore it cannot be disclosed.

(3) If the supply of coal is maintained through other sources then the generating capacity will stay the same.

25 August 2015 - NW2926

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

How many train accidents (a) occurred in ((i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013, and (v) 2014 and (b) have occurred since 1 January 2015; (2) (a) how many persons in each of the specified accidents in each specified year were (i) injured and (ii) killed, (b) where did the specified accidents take place and (c) what was the cause of each specified accident in each case; (3) Whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW3429E

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) 2010 = 3 train accidents

(ii) 2011 = 2 train accidents

(iii) 2012 = 3 train accidents

(iv) 2013 = 11 train accidents

(v) 2014 = 6 train accidents

(b) 7 train accidents.

(2 ) (a) (i) * 2010 = 3 employee injuries

* 2011 = no injuries

* 2012 = no injuries

* 2013 = 7 employee injuries

* 2014 = no injuries

since 1 January 2015 = 58 injuries (3 employee injuries and 55 3rd party injuries)

(ii) * 2010 = 6 employee fatalities

* 2011 = 2 employee fatalities

* 2012 = no fatalities

* 2013 = 3 employee fatalities

* 2014 = no fatalities

since 1 January 2015 = two 3rd party fatalities

(b) See annexure A

(c) See annexure A

(3) No, the Minister will not make a statement on the matter.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2705

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

(a) No

(a)(i) None

(a)(ii)(aa) R0

(a)(ii)(bb) R0

 

(b) Yes. Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe, Deputy Director-General: Manufacturing Enterprises, Mr Kgathatso Tlhakudi and Ms Vuyo Tlali, Chief Director: Manufacturing Enterprises travelled to China on 29 October – 01 November 2014

(b)(i) The delegation attended, and the Deputy Minister delivered an address at the 2014 World Investment Summit in Beijing (generally referred to as COFAIR). COFAIR 2014 was devoted to decrease or eliminate the information asymmetry between investors and investment attraction units, and create opportunities on initiatives for developers and investors in order to promote the worldwide optimal configuration on capital, project and resource. Such a platform is critical for the Department of Public Enterprises as it allows the department an opportunity to introduce new investors to the South African SOCs, and their capabilities.

(b)(ii)(aa) Total cost for the visit is R172, 102.07.

(b)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

Deputy Minister Mr Magwanishe

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R63, 092.14

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R11, 424.04

 

DDG: Manufacturing Enterprises Mr Tlhakudi

Flight (Business)

R39, 525.00

R54, 611.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143.10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

Personal Assistant to the Minister, Ms Makhanya

Flight (Economy)

R23, 355.00

R41, 441.81

 

Accommodation

R12, 143. 10

 
 

S&T

R5943.71

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R12, 194.72

R12, 194.72

Total costs

R172, 102.07

(c) Yes. Ms Matsietsi Mokholo, Acting Director-General, Ms Jacky Molisane, Deputy Director-General: Strategic Partnerships and Mr Mzwandile Radebe, Chief Director: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Relations travelled to China from 14 to 19 November 2014.

(c)(i) The purpose of the working visit was the formalization of the establishment of the SASAC/DPE Steering Committee and agree on the Plan of Action for the MOU signed on 03 December 2013. The team also went on the site visit to learn on the management of mega projects.

(c)(ii)(aa) The total cost for the visit is R159 020.21

(c)(ii)(bb)

Official

Item

Cost

Totals

DG Ms Mokholo – R37, 960.39

Flight (Business)

R35, 960.39

R56, 756.14

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6168.31

 

DDG: Strategic Partnerships Ms Molisane

Flight (Business)

R37, 960.39

R59, 245.25

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

Chief Director: Inter-Governmental and Stakeholder Relations Mr Radebe

Flight (Economy)

R10, 992.39

R29, 844.53

 

Accommodation

R14, 627.44

 
 

S&T

R6657.42

 

All delegation

Car rental for the delegation

R13, 174.29

R13, 174.29

Total costs

R159, 020.21

 

11 August 2015 - NW2572

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Will she provide a copy of the book entitled Defence Technology Made Easy, which was launched by Denel as part of the group’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

Yes, Denel will distribute copies of said book to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, at the tabling of its Annual Report 2014/15.

11 August 2015 - NW2571

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)       Has her department made any progress in developing alternative and innovative funding arrangements, in light of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s recent decision to dismiss Eskom’s latest tariff increase application; (2) what has she done to reduce Eskom’s dependence on funding from the fiscus since her appointment on 26 May 2014; (3) will she, in light of the restructuring and partial privatisation of Denel in 2002 that led the specified company experiencing a highly successful turnaround whilst remaining 100% state-owned, consider implementing a similar model for the urgent turnaround needed at Eskom; if not, what is her position with regard to the (a) privatisation and/or (b) partial privatisation of Eskom as a means of attracting private capital into the state-owned company; if so, will she concede that the privatisation or partial privatisation of Eskom is a reasonable capital-raising exercise as a way out of the company’s financial plights? NW2945E

Reply:

(1) Eskom will continue executing the funding plan as approved and where there is a gap as a result of the NERSA decision, bridging finance will be sought.

(2) Eskom continues to drive cost containment programmes to drive efficiencies and is reviewing the Eskom business model to optimally manage the operations.

(3)(a) Privatisation of Eskom in any form is not an option which is being considered as it is not aligned with current Government policy direction.

(3)(b) Options of raising capital in a more sustainable manner (other than full or partial privatisation of Eskom Company) are being evaluated and will be tabled for consideration by the relevant stakeholders of Eskom.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2561

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to her reply to question 1622 on 26 May 2015, (a) are there currently railway lines available to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga, (b) how many trucks in respect of each day will Eskom require to transport coal from the mines in Waterberg to the power stations in Mpumalanga and (c) what has been her assessment of the impact of the specified additional trucks on our already heavy congested roads?

Reply:

(a) There is rail infrastructure available; however the current capacity is limited.

(b) Eskom does not currently require coal from the Waterberg and will not use trucks if so required. The cost will be too high.

(c) This has not been considered as trucking of coal from the Waterberg has not been considered.

 

11 August 2015 - NW2774

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, in view of the state of affairs in many public enterprises, the Government intends to introduce legislation that will require that all managers holding posts or seeking appointments to management positions in public enterprises must have a recognised MBA qualification and for those persons who have the relevant qualification to have attended a required number of annual refresher MBA courses to keep abreast of the latest developments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department is in the process of developing the Government Shareholder Management (GSM) Bill, the Regulations of which will incorporate the current tools and frameworks of the Department and provide a guideline for the recruitment and appointment of Chief Executives.

While it is appreciated that recognized qualifications both generic and specific can be set as a broad guide, the qualification requirements will be informed by the role to be performed by the potential candidate of each State Owned Company (SOC). As a result; the legislation will not include MBA as the only qualifying criteria for potential appointment for a senior management position.

06 August 2015 - NW2560

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1501 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2559

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1200 on 12 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2558

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1275 on 19 May 2015, it is not in the interest of the public to disclose the requested information; if not, why not;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

06 August 2015 - NW2557

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1201 on 26 May 2015, what are the reasons for classifying the requested information as commercially sensitive;

Reply:

The disclosure of the information requested could compromise the confidentiality of the contracts that Eskom signed with third parties as some parts thereof are commercially sensitive.

27 July 2015 - NW2453

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) What are the detailed relevant reasons for suddenly and completely aborting theMmamabula Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) drafted between Eskom and the independent power producer, CIC Energy, which allowed for a potential electricity supply of 4 800MW and the proposed Mmamabula Energy project; (2) has she found that (a) the project could have contributed to preventing the occurrence of load-shedding and (b) aborting this project was a mistake; (3) who were the key decision-makers responsible for aborting this project

Reply:

(1) An intergovernmental agreement was signed between the governments of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Botswana in 2006. Further to this an MOU was signed between Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Eskom in 2006 giving effect to PPA discussions. Following this, the PPA negotiations commenced between Eskom and CIC Energy. CIC Energy presented a commercial offer to Eskom in March 2009. Eskom indicated that it would defer its decision on the offer until such time as an appropriate enabling environment had been created and the funding model resolved. These events were then superseded by the gazetting of the Integrated Resources Plan 2010 (IRP 2010) and the Regulations on New Power Generation projects by the Department of Energy (DoE). This put the onus of procurement on DoE. The Honorable Member is therefore advised to redirect this particular question to the Minister of Energy.

(2)(a) This is unknown. As an example the new and smaller Moropule B power plant in Botswana is experiencing significant time delays and performance issues. Assuming the construction of Mmamabula was concluded on time and performed reliably, the level of reduction in load shedding would have been commensurate with the capacity purchased by the RSA. Therefore, load shedding may not have been possible to prevent even with this project in commercial operation at this time.

(2)(b) I am not in a position to respond on the entire project as the power to stop or commence with the project lies with the developer. Eskom is not aware of whether or not the developer engaged with the DoE regarding advancing the project further. The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

(3) The Honorable Member is advised to redirect the question to the Minister of Energy.

13 July 2015 - NW2430

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES

(a) (i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) R 298 771.20

(cc) None

 

STATE-OWNED COMPANIES

TRANSNET

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) R 1 597 103.52

(bb) R 3 288 342.91

(cc) R 678 508.12

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

ALEXKOR

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

DENEL

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) R 114 000.00

(cc) R 758 456.48

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

SAFCOL

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

SAX

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

ESKOM

(b)(i) Sowetan

(aa) R 1 470 000.00

(bb) R 1 180 000.00

(cc) R 1 050 000.00

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) R 540 000.00

(bb) R 100 000.00

(cc) R 150 000.00

 

13 July 2015 - NW2401

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With regards to the tender for the construction of a dedicated cruise liner terminal at the Cape Town harbour (a) what are the reasons for the delay in awarding this tender and (b) when will the specified tender be awarded?

Reply:

(a) Transnet SOC Ltd (“Transnet”) strictly adheres to the set procurement procedures for good governance. The delay was due to the first RFP (“Request for a Proposal”) being declared a non-award as a result the bidders not achieving the minimum threshold as per the request. The second RFP closed on 5 February 2015 and Corporate Governance processes had to be adhered to and the preferred bidder was only approved on 28 May 2015.

(b) Transnet informed the preferred bidder of its appointment on 4 June 2015. The process of negotiating a suitable Terminal Operator Agreement with the preferred bidder and Transnet is currently underway. As announced on 1 July 2015, V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd was awarded the preferred bidder status.

 

03 July 2015 - NW2224

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether she will consider Eskom’s request not to impose load shedding on the country’s water pumps and related infrastructure so as to ensure safe and continuous water supply and services; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

It is the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and not the Minister of Public Enterprises that can make determinations on the exemption of infrastructure or customers’ load shedding, as the impact on other customers and the national power system needs to be considered. The National Code of Practice for emergency demand reduction (NRS048-9) addresses the manner in which critical loads are treated – including water systems (section 7).

03 July 2015 - NW2327

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether the law firm that has been appointed to audit Eskom has ever done any work for the Government, State organs or State institutions; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any South African or international directors of this law firm have ever done any work for the Government, State organs or State institutions; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Honourable member is referred to various government departments for a response on whether the firm has done any work for government. The Law firm (Dentons) has not previously been engaged by Eskom.

(2) As the Minister of Public Enterprises I am in no position to respond on whether the law firm has or not done any other work to various Government Departments and therefore request the Honourable member to direct the question to the relevant Government Department for a response.

03 July 2015 - NW2217

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether the Government had completed a detailed financial analysis to put an estimate on the final cost of Medupi Power Station; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Government’s financial analysis corresponds with independent estimates that Medupi Power Staton will have cost the Government R300 billion rand or 10 times its cost at the signing of the contract; if so, what is the Government’s own estimate of the final cost; (3) does the Government’s final cost estimate differ with the independently estimated cost of R300 billion; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what amount below or above that mark, (b) will the Government explain what consequences will flow for all those who allowed the target to be overshot by the specified amount and (c) what measures has the Government implemented from 2009 to control the runaway costs; (4) will she make a statement on the handling and management of Medupi Power Station from its implementation up until the latest specified date for which information is available in light of the Government’s own fiduciary responsibility for Medupi Power Station? NW2574E

Reply:

(1) Yes. The cost to completion on the Medupi Project, as with other long term projects, is reviewed on an ongoing basis. The current approved cost to completion is R105bn. The Board of Eskom has not approved any further revision to the R105bn. The most recent review of the costs is currently undergoing internal Governance scrutiny. Should an increase to the current cost of completion be required, the Board will seek the necessary Shareholder approval through the PFMA process.

(2) Eskom is not familiar with the details, assumptions or factors that have been considered in the independent estimate of R300 billion, hence Eskom is not in a position to comment on the credibility of the estimate. The current approved project cost to completion on the Medupi Project is R105 billion.

(3) Eskom’s final cost estimate differs from the quoted independent estimate.

    (a) Eskom’s current approved cost to completion of Medupi of R105bn is R195 billion below the above mentioned independent estimate.

      (b) The Government is aware that the Medupi project might have cost overruns due to the various factors and Eskom will provide the detail of cost overruns to the Department in due course when all the Government processes have been completed.

     (c) Eskom is consistently incorporating techniques to improve performance and manage costs. These ideas for improvement are derived from lessons learnt on other local and international projects. The following main cost control measures have been implemented:

• The introduction of additional supervisory resources to manage construction interfaces and the quality of on-site construction activities and off-site fabrication works.

• The strengthening of construction techniques within the project.

• Implementation of a robust claims management strategy.

• Improved Project oversight and streamlined decision making via the Eskom Board Build Program Review Committee and Eskom’s Executive Build Program Review Committee.

(4) The Minister will continue with the shareholder oversight pertaining to the progress of the Medupi Power Station project. The operational issues of the project are handled by the Eskom and quarterly progress is provided to the Department. The Department has undertaken a study to evaluate Eskom’s build programme and there has been lessons learned which are to be implemented to the build programme.