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24 August 2015 - NW2664

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2320 on 19 June 2015, (a) he or (b) his department has had any engagement with affected (i) individuals or (ii) groups regarding the Bophuthatswana Pension Fund; if so, in each case, (aa) with whom, (bb) when did such engagement(s) take place and (cc) what issues were raised; (2) whether he intends to investigate the alleged irregularities; if not, why not?

Reply:

(1)(2) No. The Government Pensions Administration Agency has confirmed that there has been no alleged loss regarding Bophuthatswana Pension change since the last response on 19 June 2015. As such, there are no engagements or investigations that have taken place.

12 August 2015 - NW2680

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)How many public service employees have completed official training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace either through the (a) National School of Government (NSG) or (b) any of the former government schools in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years;

Reply:

  1. The following training courses have been offered on “the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace” during the 2012-2015 period.

Course

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Totals

Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

80

111

198

-

389

Investigating and Presiding Skills

159

136

145

-

440

PILIR - Policy & Procedure on Incapacity Leave & Ill health

   

324

166

490

         

1319

(2) The NSG has three programmes related to management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace. The first is the Grievance and Disciplinary Action Procedures programme. This programme is accredited by the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) against 2 (two) registered unit standards which are 12139 and 11286. The number of public service employees successfully accredited for this programme is 86 from 2012-2015. The second programme is the Investigating and Presiding Skills programme. This programme is not accredited, and thus has no registration number. The third programme is on Policy on incapacity and ill-health (PILIR). This programme is also not accredited, and thus has no registration number

(3) The NSG conducts training needs analyses on middle and senior management level for national, provincial and local government entities. Education interventions and capacity requirements are determined against the senior and middle management competency frameworks developed by the DPSA as well as specialised competency requirements in areas such as finance, supply chain management and human resources – which deal with issues of managing discipline and incapacity amongst others. Learning and education programmes provided by the NSG therefore meet the needs of public servants regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues within the public service.

However, Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) reports from the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency (DPME) as well as various reports by the Public Service Commission (PSC) suggest that departments need to increase the numbers of supervisors and managers undergoing training. Also senior managers attending specific NSG programmes are of the view that their performance has improved, but further training in areas of Human Resource Management such as discipline management is necessary. MPAT reports have indicated the following with regards to the handling of disciplinary cases by all National Departments: 41% non-compliance with legal/regulatory standards; 39% partial compliance; 5% full compliance; and 15% full compliance while “doing things smartly”.

The NSG is currently piloting mandatory training for public service Managers and Supervisors beginning with Performance Management Development System (PMDS) training in an endeavour to further meet the training needs regarding HRM including discipline and incapacity management.

11 August 2015 - NW2588

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether the Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its report into the appointment of General Manager Fraud Compliance for the SA Social Security Agency; if so, (a) when was the report completed and (b) when was it sent to the Minister of Social Development; (2) whether the PSC received a legal opinion from the Department of Social Development to address the issues that were raised in the report; if so, (a) when was such a legal opinion received and (b) what was the PSC’s response in this regard; (3) what are the findings of the report; (4) can he provide a full and complete copy of the report?

Reply:

  1. The Public Service Commission submitted a draft report on the investigation into the appointment of the General Manager Fraud Compliance at the SA Social Security to the Minister of Social Development on 12 September 2013 for comments.

(2)(a) The Public Service Commission received a legal opinion on the draft report on the 14 October 2014

(2)(b) The Public Service Commission withdrew its draft report after consideration of the comments received from the Department of Social Development. The decision to withdraw the report was based on the fact that the Public Service Commission’s jurisdiction does not extend to public entities.

3.  The Public Service Commission did not issue a final report.

4.  There is no full and complete report by the Public Service Commission on the matter.

11 August 2015 - NW2636

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, given the fact that the Public Service already broadly reflects the national demographics of the country, he will consider scrapping affirmative action in the Public Service; if not, (a) why not and (b) which constitutional provisions are still forcing the Government to enforce affirmative action, when the requirement that the Public Service should broadly reflect the national demographics has already been achieved; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister for Public Service and Administration (MPSA) is not a custodian of the Employment Equity Act, (Act 55 of 1998). Compliance with the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998 (EEA) falls under the purview of the Minister of Labour who receives periodic compliance reports from all employers in the country, including state organs, much of the information requested in this question concerns compliance with the EEA. Therefore, the Minister of Labour is in a better position to reply to this question.

11 August 2015 - NW2685

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his 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) and (c) Yes. (i) The purpose of the visit was to lead an MPSA delegation to Beijing, China to attend the 2014 Global City Information Forum (GCIF) from 2 to 6 November 2014, (ii)(aa)(bb) auditing process has not been completed, the costs will covered in the 2014-2015 Audited Financial Statements of the Annual Report for the Department of Public Service and Administration to Parliament.

(b) No

11 August 2015 - NW2680

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)How many public service employees have completed official training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace either through the (a) National School of Government (NSG) or (b) any of the former government schools in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years; (2) were any of the specified training programmes accredited by the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA); if so, (a) what are the (i) names and (ii) registration numbers of these qualifications or modules on the national qualification framework and (b) how many public service employees were successfully credited through the (i) NSG and/or (ii) any former government schools for completion of the programmes by the SAQA; (3) has he found that his department is adequately meeting the training needs regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues within the public service; if not, what are his plans and targets in this regard?

Reply:

(1) The number of public service employees completed officials training programmes on the procedures, regulations and legislation regarding the management of discipline and incapacity issues in the workplace in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 financial years were included in the Annual Report of the Public Administration Leadership Academy and the National School of Government tabled in Parliament (iii) the auditing process on the 2014-2015 figures has not been completed, this figures will be included in the National School of Government 2014-2015 Annual Report to Parliament.

(2) The National School of Government is in contacts with the South African Qualifications Authority, Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Public Service Sector Education and Training Assurer for accreditation of its training programmes, a list of accredited training programme will be released once this process is completed.

(3) The Department of Public Service and Administration has developed a pool of expert to assist departments in relation to management of discipline, review of the policies to improve capacity of public servants to meet the requirements of the National Development Plan are at an advance stage, when completed, public servants will be required to undergo through these training programmes.

 

14 July 2015 - NW1849

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

How many public servants have successfully completed (a) Module 1 and (b) all the further modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme for public servants since its inception?

Reply:

(1) (a)(b) 10 087 public servants have successfully completed Module of the Compulsory Induction Programme and 3 685 public servants have completed all further Modules of the Compulsory Induction Programme.

12 December 2014 - NW2163

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) Have the revised proposals for the disciplinary code and regulations been submitted to the Public Service Bargaining Council; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was it submitted and (b) when can a decision on this matter be expected; (2) is he confident that a revised code will improve the turnaround time and serious backlogs currently experienced with disciplinary cases in the public service; if not, why not; if so, when will such an improvement be reflected in the statistics of the public service? NW2614E

Reply:

(1) (a)(b) Yes, the revised disciplinary code and procedure has been tabled for negotiation at the Public Service Bargaining Council during the negotiation, a decision on this matter can be expected when the negotiation is concluded.

(2) Yes, we are confident that the revised code will improve the turnaround time for concluding disciplinary cases in the public service, improvement will be reflected when the revised disciplinary code is fully implemented.

12 December 2014 - NW2799

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Filtane, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

How does he intend to mitigate against possible labour unrest resultant from non-approval of probations and payment of pay progression?

Reply:

To date nothing has been brought the attention of the department about possible industrial action as a result of non-approval of probations and payment of pay progression. However, if there are disputes emanating from the violation of some of the clauses in the conditions of service of employees, there are processes to be followed, which will enable for such issues to be resolved.

11 December 2014 - NW2325

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

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

Reply:

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

11 December 2014 - NW2765

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

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

Reply:

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

(2) No.

(3) Falls away.

11 December 2014 - NW2998

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Van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration:

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

Reply:

The Department is in the process of putting together a policy framework to enable effective implementation of the Use of Official Language Policy Act within the Department. It is envisaged that the policy will be adopted and implemented at the beginning of 2015