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26 June 2018 - NW1309

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) has his department done to uncover the source of unrest and protests in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape, which led to the death of a protestor at the hands of police and (b) steps is he taking to address the concerns raised by the people of Keiskammahoek about lack of service delivery to the town?

Reply:

Background of Amahlathi LM

The Amahlathi local municipality is a Category B municipality situated in the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape. It is bordered by the Chris Hani District to the north, Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality to the south, Mnquma and Great Kei to the east and Raymond Mhlaba to the west. Amahlathi municipality is an administrative area and it one of the six municipalities in the Amathole District. Amahlathi is an isiXhosa name that means “a place where many trees are grouped together to form a forest. It covers 4 505km² of land. The names of Cities and Towns surrounding the municipality are: Cathcart, Kei Road, Keiskammahoek and Stutterheim. The economic sectors active in the municipality are, namely: Community services (37%), finance (27%), manufacturing (18%), trade (10%), agriculture (4%), construction (2%), and transport (2%).

Political Management

African National Congress

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

24 seats

3 seats

3 seats

The majority party is the African National Congress.

(a) The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs visited the area of Keiskammahoek twice during 2018, and facilitated a coherent response to community concerns. The leadership of SANCO and the community committed themselves to work with the Provincial Government and an inclusive task team has been established, which is meant to monitor the implementation of the support plan by the Province and National Government.

It was discovered that the source of public unrest was as a result of the lack of feedback meetings between the municipality and the community including the sector department work planned for the community. It’s regrettable that a life was lost during the protests and the matter is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

(b) During the meeting with the community of Keiskammahoek delivered a petition that outlines their concerns regarding the services, namely; status of roads, hospital and housing projects. A follow-up feedback meeting with the community happened on the 13 May 2018, whereby all the provincial sector departments expected to address the pace of service delivery were present at the meeting to engage the community. As a result of the Minister’s intervention in the community of Keiskammahoek, a provincial Technical Task Team, led by the Head of Department of CoGTA in the Eastern Cape, was established to facilitate responses and the MEC is the overall political coordinator of the feedback given his responsibilities in the Provincial Executive Council.

The Petition Response Plan Document has been completed and the community representatives were engaged about the contents of the document for further improvement on the responses. Provincial Government is already dealing with some service delivery challenges in consultation with community representatives.

26 June 2018 - NW52

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

What is the total amount owed by each of the specified municipalities (details furnished) to Eskom as at the latest date for which information is available, (b) how much of the specified amounts are interest and (c) how old is the debt owed to Eskom in each case?

Reply:

(a)(b) (c) Annexure A: Attached provide details of total amount owed as at 30 September 2017, interest amount included in the total debt and age of debt for each of the 61 specified Municipalities.

Numerous requests were sent to Eskom requesting latest available information, to date we were not able to get the requested information.

With regard to the municipalities that are struggling to pay Eskom, the department is implementing the following interventions:

1. The simplified revenue plan

During the period 2016/17 financial year to 2017/18 financial year, the department has identified a total of 30 municipalities countrywide support on development and implementation of simplified revenue plans, from these 30 municipalities, three were from the North West Province i.e. Ditsobotla, Moses Kotane and Naledi local municipalities. The simplified revenue plan is aimed at achieving improved revenue management, reduction of municipal consumer debt, protection and enhancement of the municipality’s revenue collection potential.

The municipalities supported were assisted with the following initiatives that resulted on improvement of debt collection:

  • Focused initiatives on the highest owing debtors per municipality
  • Data authentication and purification of billing information
  • Review of credit and debt collection policies and by laws;
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • Tariff setting model for electricity and water and tariff policies
  • Indigent management.

The project has been extended to four more municipalities in the North West Province for the period 2018/19 to 2019/20 financial years, these are Kgetlengrivier; Maquassi Hills, Mamosa and Tswaing.

2. Property and consumer database

The department has also initiated a project on development of spatially enabled integrated property and consumer database for municipalities. The project focus is on municipal data integrity which will provide municipalities with a platform to access up to date data from a central point hosted by the department and once fully implemented will assist on improving the revenue collection.

3. Executive Intervention on the non-payment of Eskom and water service authorities

At an Executive level; the minister of CoGTA chairs an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMTT) which provides political direction on the non-payment of electricity and water debt. The IMTT was established to deal with Constitutional, Systemic and Structural Challenges in electricity reticulation. The scope was further extended to include bulk water related debt.

The IMTT was established based on the principles of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, 2005 (Act No 13 of 2005) and the members are: the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (as Chairperson). The Minister of Finance, the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, the Minister of Public Enterprises, the President of SALGA; and the Chairperson of the Eskom Board. The IMTT has so far achieved the following in making the bulk payments more affordable:

  • Reducing the interest rate charged on overdue municipal bulk accounts from prime plus 5% to prime plus 2.5%;
  • Payment terms being extended from 15 days to 30 days for municipal bulk accounts;
  • Payments received from municipalities being allocated to capital first then interest;
  • The rationalisation of municipal tariffs from eleven to three has been approved by the ESKOM Board and will be submitted to NERSA as part of the tariff approval process.

The South African fiscal framework is built on a clear set of functional (expenditure) assignments for basic local infrastructure services delivery such as water services, electricity distribution, solid waste, and local roads and transport in addition to important regulatory authority over spatial planning and development control. These functions are financed predominately through locally controlled revenue sources, such as user fees and the property tax.

Section 96(a) of the MSA, states that municipalities must collect all monies due and payable to it, while Section 96(b) empowers a municipality to undertake this debt collection in terms of adopting a credit control and debt collection policy. Even though that legislative provision is very clear, municipalities are in general still encountering challenges on the collection of outstanding debt.

Some municipalities are failing at effectively delivering services, billing for services and collecting the revenue due. Consequently, outstanding debtors are increasing and they are not able to maintain positive cash flows to pay creditors within the thirty days timeframe as legally prescribed.

The “culture of non-payment by consumers to municipalities affects and results to inability of municipalities to service its creditors. This has been evident in the increase in municipal creditors and debtors book.

It is evident that non- payment of municipal debtors is mostly due to the weaknesses on the municipal systems in implementing relevant sections of the legislations and the implementation of their credit control and debt collection policies.

The Department (DCoG) identified a strategic intervention aimed at enhancing the municipal revenue management and debt collection system in local government. The development and implementation of municipal-specific revenue plans was identified and is currently being rolled out in selected municipalities.

The selected municipalities are identified to be part of the Simplified Revenue Plan Project through the Back to Basics (B2B) programme and by assessing the level of outstanding debt of each of the municipalities. The funding for the project has been set aside from the Municipal Systems Improvement Grant (MSIG).

Project objective

The objective of the Simplified Revenue Plan Project (SRP) is to assist municipalities through Service Providers (SPs) to review and improve the generic replicable model of the revenue plan. Once that is done, the reviewed model would be rolled-out or implemented at each of the participating municipalities. The successful implementation of the revenue plan would result in improved revenue management, reduced municipal consumer debt and protection of municipal revenue.

Support to municipalities through the SRP

The following on-going support and assistance has been provided to municipalities:

  • Review and update of revenue policies and by-laws
  • Billing (accurate reading/capturing of electricity and water meters).
  • Monitoring of consumer/debtors accounts (debtors management)
  • Data cleansing and analysis
  • Indigent register management
  • Customer relations management
  • Administration ( Procedure manuals and implementation thereof)

The above support is informed by the initial assessment conducted by the SPs at the inception of the project; the assessment is made by testing the entire revenue management value chain of a municipality; identifying deficiencies and then developing a municipal specific plan to address them.

Impact thus far:

  • Continuous increase of municipal collection rate in most of the municipalities supported on phase 1 of the project during the implementation phase.
  • Data authentication and purification which translates to billing credibility going forward.
  • Substantial recovery of outstanding debt from all consumer groups.
  • Focused revenue collection initiative on the municipal the highest owing debtors resulted in the reduction of debtors over 90 days.
  • Payment of government debt to municipalities was also recorded.

Challenges

Lack of capacity in the revenue management cycle, be it metering, billing, customer care, disconnections, credit control and debt collection, etc.

  • A joint project with NT is being initiated to assess and define the revenue management minimum skills for municipalities.

The state of trading services’ infrastructure is a serious cause for concern; this infrastructure has been neglected over many years when it comes to maintenance and replacement where necessary.

  • The infrastructure challenges are being referred to MISA and the municipal infrastructure plans are reviewed to reflect the revenue producing infrastructure upgrades and maintenance.

Lack of political and management buy-in in some instances to play an active role on municipal revenue collection.

  • In phase 2 we have made it a requirement that the revenue function be a standing item on the council committee responsible for finance

Annexure A

Table 1: Detail of Total amount owed as at 30 September 2017; Interest amount included in the total debt and Age of debt for each of the 61 specified municipalities

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

EASTERN CAPE DEMARCATED PROVINCE

DR BEYERS NAUDÉ LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

34 314 514

144 721

16 113 394

13 948

10 014 233

8 172 939

0

INXUBA YETHEMBA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

44 366 135

1 708 631

8 143 502

0

8 691 147

4 476 280

23 055 206

KING SABATA DALINDYEBO MUNICIPALITY

101 074 779

2 519 227

26 047 098

23 608

36 482 726

28 979 573

9 541 775

MAKANA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

80 692 139

1 068 315

13 518 941

23 608

57 916 854

9 232 737

0

RAYMOND MHLABA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

86 036 077

10 664 307

8 878 971

0

9 965 114

7 555 083

59 636 909

WALTER SISULU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

138 606 259

10 634 195

59 771 861

0

13 292 532

12 707 811

52 834 055

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

FREE STATE DEMARCATED PROVINCE

DIHLABENG MUNICIPALITY

180 180 663

7 778 783

14 569 059

8 839

20 812 109

19 303 722

125 486 935

MANTSOPA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

108 883 481

6 073 916

11 363 022

0

136 829

14 222 622

83 161 009

MASILONYANA MUNICIPALITY

52 211 702

1 491 006

3 257 380

0

4 982 672

8 633 701

35 337 950

MOQHAKA MUNICIPALITY

208 988 335

2 121 533

50 004 209

0

31 607 857

31 584 934

95 791 336

NALA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

182 907 109

503 670

19 559 469

0

63 016

19 976 571

143 308 054

PHUMELELA MUNICIPALITY

91 174 674

11 407 608

3 778 192

59 839

4 481 108

4 601 654

78 253 880

TOKOLOGO LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

35 490 407

397 632

2 575 726

0

3 105 772

5 171 899

24 637 009

GAUTENG DEMARCATED PROVINCE

EMFULENI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

887 902 806

16 073 844

361 793 520

48 399

274 406 346

208 496 392

43 158 149

MERAFONG CITY LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

190 998 296

6 661 933

48 148 792

18 957

14 313 275

90 307 680

38 209 592

MOGALE CITY LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

144 676 691

4 549 116

51 367 949

0

93 251 256

57 486

0

RANDFONTEIN LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

129 670 297

6 257 784

34 979 634

0

94 690 663

0

0

WESTONARIA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

19 740 642

19 509

19 664 995

0

37 574

38 073

0

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

KWAZULU NATAL DEMARCATED PROVINCE

EDUMBE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

10 010 826

155 547

4 589 779

0

5 218 004

42 456

160 588

MPOFANA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

54 310 218

394 313

7 062 182

0

47 248 035

0

0

ULUNDI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

80 148 282

1 895 049

9 790 153

0

13 606 716

12 057 302

44 694 112

ZULULAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

1 227 575

2 403

539 316

688 259

0

0

0

               

LIMPOPO DEMARCATED PROVINCE

MODIMOLLE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

125 112 498

7 928 502

11 079 943

0

13 757 075

13 478 997

86 796 483

MOOKGOPHONG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

116 524 854

9 243 943

6 142 486

0

7 012 013

7 011 834

96 358 520

MUSINA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

108 486 434

5 712 634

12 913 565

0

10 890 200

12 683 955

71 998 715

THABAZIMBI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

234 082 664

18 052 760

12 678 566

613 799

0

8 976 294

211 814 005

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

MPUMALANGA DEMARCATED PROVINCE

ALBERT LUTHULI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

32 604 094

1 138 051

13 552 319

0

10 633 117

5 474 041

2 944 617

DIPALESENG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

43 090 511

1 985 290

14 288 462

315 662

10 737 751

7 737 832

10 010 804

EMAKHAZENI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

49 448 289

2 170 952

6 046 095

0

5 850 586

9 615 724

27 935 885

EMALAHLENI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

1 394 152 980

41 896 695

91 266 170

0

133 250 603

145 596 329

1 024 039 878

GOVAN MBEKI MUNICIPALITY

625 058 977

15 680 191

61 169 490

0

81 305 996

83 750 718

398 832 772

LEKWA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

419 338 081

12 584 465

44 370 553

790 601

49 036 497

45 445 515

279 694 916

MKHONDO LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

87 115 135

3 773 920

12 660 480

0

16 713 987

17 065 493

40 675 175

MSUKALIGWA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

142 222 603

3 390 920

24 270 565

0

117 952 038

0

0

THABA CHWEU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

428 302 648

7 861 794

34 778 688

0

19 489 235

17 817 195

356 217 531

VICTOR KHANYE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

39 493 244

1 289 041

10 265 317

0

14 711 919

14 516 008

0

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

NORTH WEST DEMARCATED PROVINCE

CITY OF MATLOSANA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

213 038 425

5 843 412

36 505 037

0

176 291 541

241 848

0

DITSOBOTLA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

253 931 599

13 839 721

20 025 581

25 121

17 181 418

16 473 194

200 226 285

KGETLENGRIVIER LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

61 344 312

4 565 248

7 408 245

0

4 592 008

4 590 027

44 754 032

LEKWA - TEEMANE

34 906 738

858 489

7 952 252

0

16 693 998

4 456 863

5 803 625

MAMUSA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

61 720 073

3 516 650

3 903 160

15 335

4 949 245

4 585 970

48 266 364

NALEDI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

254 809 233

17 819 567

10 305 481

0

23 983 445

13 684 245

206 836 062

RAMOTSHERE MOILOA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY (including Zeerust Waterworks)

25 011 848

1 085 610

5 786 046

0

19 056 027

169 776

0

TSWAING LOCAL MUNICIPALTY

74 347 281

5 578 434

8 763 774

41 290

5 510 089

5 848 426

54 183 702

VENTERSDORP LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

28 487 985

9 961

11 028 213

0

17 063 189

396 584

0

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL DEBT 30_Sep_2017

INTEREST

CURRENT DEBT

30 DAYS

60 DAYS

90 DAYS

>90 DAYS

NORTHERN CAPE DEMARCATED PROVINCE

DIKGATLONG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

57 144 069

4 571 615

3 094 917

0

4 004 001

7 394 627

42 650 524

EMTHANJENI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

25 499 235

674 932

6 679 526

160 137

8 128 160

8 113 536

2 417 876

GAMAGARA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

64 306 601

1 535 503

21 144 252

0

13 205 830

13 343 265

16 613 254

GA-SEGONYANA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

45 088 792

3 087 214

15 755 328

0

10 775 231

9 475 887

9 082 346

KAI !GARIB LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

117 636 009

6 325 057

15 786 644

0

7 642 127

7 008 675

87 198 563

KAMIESBERG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

7 071 005

277 195

953 374

96 019

970 848

760 389

4 290 375

KHAI-MA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

9 646 955

356 218

940 134

0

946 180

931 858

6 828 783

MAGARENG MUNICIPALITY

34 787 020

1 975 667

2 094 612

0

2 467 163

2 351 992

27 873 254

NAMA KHOI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

86 363 718

2 637 868

8 514 448

0

10 416 388

8 355 357

59 077 524

PHOKWANE MUNICIPALITY

13 477 667

204 232

10 780 967

0

409 185

395 067

1 892 449

RENOSTERBERG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

51 519 365

7 022 946

1 606 651

0

1 849 124

1 794 376

46 269 214

SIYANCUMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

105 818 693

7 375 505

9 867 262

0

5 627 054

5 639 561

84 684 816

SIYATHEMBA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

23 837 846

1 365 590

1 885 459

0

2 209 734

2 350 199

17 392 454

TSANTSABANE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

86 966 733

5 775 730

8 768 969

0

5 539 969

5 678 174

66 979 621

UBUNTU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

37 885 994

1 982 834

2 129 956

0

2 342 064

2 366 392

31 047 581

WESTERN CAPE DEMARCATED PROVINCE

KANNALAND LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

10 152 055

132 753

10 106 523

0

45 532

0

0

OUDTSHOORN LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

19 115 523

102 139

11 542 110

0

7 573 412

0

0

11 June 2018 - NW707

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether his department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will his department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; (2) (a) what is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in his department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty?

Reply:

The department has the Sexual harassment & assault policy in place.

Sexual harassment allegations will be dealt with following procedures in terms of the DPSA Policy and Procedures on the Management of Sexual Harassment in the Public Service, 2013. The following corrective action shall be taken if after the investigation it is determined that the allegation of harassment is valid:

a) A formal written apology

b) Counselling

c) Change of work assignment

d) Suspension or discharge

(i) No sexual harassment incidents were reported in the Department for the past three financial years.

(ii) Since 1 April 2017 no cases were reported

(iii) No sanctions were issued.

11 June 2018 - NW452

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) By what date will the vacancies for the (i) Municipal Manager, (ii) Chief Financial Officer and (iii) Technical Director at the Molemole Local Municipality in Limpopo be filled and (b) why have these vacancies not been filled yet; (2) whether any of the specified vacancies have been advertised; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the vacancies be advertised; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The following response is based on the information received from Molemole Local Municipality.

(1)(a)(i) The post of municipal manager has been filled and the incumbent started working on 1 March 2018.

(1)(a)(ii) The Chief Financial Officer’s position has not been filled, because the pool of candidates who applied could not meet the minimum prescribed requirements. The post was re-advertised on 13 March 2018.

(1)(a)(iii) The post of Director: Technical Services has been filled and the incumbent started working on 2 April 2018.

(2)(a) Please refer to (1)(a)(ii) above.

(2)(b) Please refer to (1)(a)(ii) above.

Sections 54A and 56 of the of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000) (“the Systems Act”) provide that –

a) if the post of a municipal manager or manager directly accountable to the municipal manager becomes vacant, the municipal council must advertise the post in a print-media circulating nationally and select from the pool of candidates a suitable person who complies with the prescribed requirements for appointment to the post;

b) a municipal council must appoint a municipal manager or manager directly accountable to the municipal manager;

c) a person appointed as a municipal manager or manager directly accountable to the municipal manager must at least have the skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications as prescribed;

d) a decision to appoint a municipal manager or manager directly accountable to the municipal manager is null and void if the person appointed does not meet the prescribed skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications;

e) the municipal council must within 14 days of appointment inform the MEC responsible for local government of the appointment process and outcome; and

f) the MEC for local government must within 14 days of receipt of the information referred to above and after satisfying himself/ herself that the appointment complies with the prescribed requirements and that the appointment was made in accordance with the Systems Act, submit a copy thereof to the Minister.

According to the information received from Molemole Local Municipality, the post of municipal manager has been filled and the incumbent started working on 1 March 2018. The Chief Financial Officer’s position has not been filled because the pool of candidates who applied could not meet the minimum prescribed requirements. The post was re-advertised on 13 March 2018. The post of Director: Technical Services has been filled and the incumbent started working on 2 April 2018.

11 June 2018 - NW1462

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr C M Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) he, (b) senior management service members in his department and/or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to him have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit;

Reply:

Currently the Department does not conduct lifestyle audits on its members of Senior Management Services. However, the Department uses the system of financial disclosures prescribed by the Public Service Regulation 2016, Section 18 (5). The system makes provision for disclosure of the following:

  • Shares
  • Equity
  • Loan accounts
  • Other financial interests
  • Income generating assets
  • Trusts
  • Directorships and Partnerships
  • Other remunerative work outside the employees’ department
  • Consultancies
  • Sponsorships
  • Gifts and Hospitality
  • Immovable property
  • Vehicles

The department has appointed an Ethics Officer and established an Ethics and Integrity Committee to deal with matters relating to ethics, fraud and corruption. It must be noted that financial interest disclosed by members of the Senior Management Services (SMS) are verified by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and PSC monitor compliance and manage any conflict of interest situation that might be identified through the disclosure of financial interests.

11 June 2018 - NW313

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on the promotion or celebration of the Year of O R Tambo on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

Neither the Department of Traditional Affairs nor the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) spent any money on the promotion or celebration of the Year of OR Tambo.

04 June 2018 - NW54

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

With reference to his reply to question 2991 on 30 October 2017, (a) what number of former councillors did not receive a statement reflecting how the gratuity was calculated, (b) what steps are being taken to address this and (c) by what date does he expect that the (i) remaining former councillors will receive the gratuity and (ii) balance of councillors will receive the statements?

Reply:

The Department:

(a) The number of non –returning councillors that did not receive their statements reflecting how the gratuity was paid is 63. (b) The Department has since resent statements to the municipalities for them to distribute it to the non-returning councillors. (c)(i) Department is aiming to send all the outstanding letters on or before 15 December 2017. (ii) The remaining non-returning councillors will receive their gratuities upon submitting the outstanding information (e.g. income tax numbers/proof that their tax matters are resolved.

31 May 2018 - NW1456

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that a full-time chief executive officer (CEO) of SA Maritime Safety Authority has not yet been appointed, (b) by what date will the CEO be appointed and (c) how are (i) decisions taken and (ii) functions executed in the absence of a full-time CEO?

Reply:

(a) What are the reasons that a full-time chief executive officer (CEO) of SA Maritime Safety Authority has not yet been appointed?

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) post was advertised, interviews were conducted, and the recommendations were made for the Minister’s approval and tabling it to Cabinet for concurrence. Therefore, the appointment process is yet to be finalised.

(b) By what date will the CEO be appointed?

Once Cabinet approves the recommendations, then the suitable candidate will be appointed. accordingly.

(c) How are (i) decisions taken and (ii) functions executed in the absence of a full-time CEO?

i) The position of a CEO is still vacant. No person is appointed in an acting CEO position.

ii) In the absence of the acting CEO, the COO is executing all the functions and takes the requisite decisions that a permanent CEO would.

30 April 2018 - NW976

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)How much land does (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him (i) own, (ii) have exclusive rights to and/or (iii) lease from the State to (aa) use and/or (bb) occupy?

Reply:

1. (a) (ii) (iii) (aa) (bb) The Department does not own or lease land. The office accommodation is leased through the Department of Public Works.

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA)

(b) (i) SALGA owns four(4) properties which consist of land and buildings as follows:

  • North West, Klerksdorp, Erf no.977 Wilkoppies Extension 21.
  • Gauteng, Stand no. 3278 Braamfontein.
  • Kwazulu Natal, Portion 654 of the Farm of Albinia No 957
  • Northern Cape, Stand no. 750 Kimberley.

(b) (ii) Not applicable

(b) (iii) Not applicable

(b) (aa)Not applicable

(b) (bb)Not applicable

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB)

(b)The Municipal Demarcation Board (i) do not own any land (ii) have no exclusive rights to and (iii) do not lease from the State.

SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES NETWORK (SACN)

(b) The South African Cities Network does (i) not own and/nor does it (ii) have exclusive right to and/or (iii) lease from the state to (aa) use or occupy land.

18 April 2018 - NW5

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In view of the application from the Western Cape provincial government in November 2015 for the province to be declared a drought disaster area, (a) what has he found to have been the rationale behind and reasons provided for the initial refusal of the specified application and (b)(i) why was the Cape Town Metro excluded from the five municipal areas subsequently approved for drought disaster status in January 2016 and (ii) has he found this to be the correct decision? NW6E

Reply:

In terms of section 41(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No 57 of 2002) (the DM Act), the responsibility for the declaration of a provincial state of disaster lies with the Premier of a province, after consultation with the other Members of the Executive Council (MECs). In light of the above, it is important to indicate that the Minister of Cooperative Governance does not have the responsibility to consider applications for disaster declarations. Accordingly, no application for the declaration of a provincial state of disaster was submitted by the Western Cape Provincial Government to the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and as such, the Minister did not refuse the application from the Western Cape provincial government in November 2015.

(a) Not Applicable.

(b)(i) According to records at the disposal of my department, the Department of Cooperative Governance records, the City of Cape Town was not included in the drought report submitted by the Western Cape province for November 2015 to be considered in the classification process in terms of section 23 of the DM Act.

(b)(ii) Not applicable.

Background Information

Notable is that the focus for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is on Disaster Risk Reduction measures regardless of whether disaster declarations in provinces and municipalities are in place or not. The department coordinates Disaster Risk Reduction measures, particularly on anticipating future disaster risk, reducing existing exposure, hazard or vulnerability as well as improving resilience within the communities in line with the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). In this case, the department is working closely with the relevant government departments and organs of state such as the South African weather Service (SAWS), Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as well as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the prediction of future risks and dissemination of early warnings and advisories to enable informed decision making and resilience within provinces and communities.

The department has appropriate institutional arrangements within the country for continuous engagements to enable inputs and feedback from the relevant stakeholders across the spheres of government for the enhancement of government programmes in line with the Batho Pele Principles.

18 April 2018 - NW957

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

With reference to his statement that 55 municipalities are classified as distressed and/or dysfunctional in his press conference on 20 March 2018, (a) which municipalities have been classified in this manner, (b) what is the primary cause or nature of the distress and/or dysfunctionality in each case and (c) what specific action(s) is his department taking to address the problem in each case?

Reply:

a) The Minister will table the names of 55 municipalities identified as dysfunctional during the next CoGTA budget vote speech. The annual MIG transfers of the identified municipalities were stopped at least twice in the past five years.

b) The primary causes of the distress and/or dysfunctionality can be traced to poor financial management, poor infrastructure management, and/or poor governance and administration. Part of the planned intervention will involve high level assessment of the actual causes in order to better inform interventions.

c) The Department is adopting a multi-pronged approach, which will includes:

  • Establishment and deployment of MISA District Support Teams;
  • Building a skills pipeline in local government; and
  • Strengthening financial viability through implementation of financial recovery plans.

18 April 2018 - NW2

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What was the total amount in funding that the Western Cape provincial government and its municipalities have requested from national government to mitigate the drought disaster, (b) what total amount has national government committed thereto and (c) what total amount of the funding has actually been made available?

Reply:

 

a) The Western Cape provincial government and municipalities requested a total amount of R138.3 million for drought intervention measures. (b) The Department of Cooperative Government (DCOG) committed an amount of R74.8 million from the Emergency Disaster Grants (c) An amount of R74.8 million was made available to the provincial government in August 2017. The details of the allocation are as follows:

(i) The Provincial Department of Agriculture was allocated R40 million for the provision and transportation of livestock feed to the affected farmers.

(ii) The allocations to municipalities for water infrastructure are as follows:

    1. City of Cape Town - R20.8 million
    2. Bitou Local Municipality – R10.9 million
    3. Theewaterskloof Local Municipality - R3.1 million.

Background Information

The allocated funds have assisted in alleviating the impact of drought situation and the province is reporting significant improvement with regard to the conditions on the ground. The department further establishes partnerships with the private sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) where intervention measures with significant impacts and contributions have been implemented within the province. The City of Cape Town has been able to avert chronic water scarcity situation, other municipalities such as Hessequa and George have moved from a red status to a green status in terms of drought and water shortages. The improvements are due to amongst other factors, the intervention measures by government, private sector and NGO’s, stringent water use and management measures as well as the rains received in some parts of the province.

Notable is that the focus for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (DCOGTA) is on Disaster Risk Reduction measures, particularly on anticipating future disaster risks, reducing existing exposure, hazard or vulnerability as well as improving resilience within the communities in line with the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). In this case, the department is working closely with the relevant government departments and organs of state such as the South African Weather Service (SAWS), Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as well as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the predictions of future risks and dissemination of warnings and advisories to enable informed decision making and resilience within provinces and communities.

The department has appropriate institutional arrangements within the country for continuous engagements to enable inputs and feedback from the relevant stakeholders across the spheres of government for the enhancement of government programmes in line with the Batho Pele Principles.

13 April 2018 - NW46

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs

What recommendations of the feasibility study (details furnished) compiled in July 2014, has the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council (a) implemented and (b) what was the cost of the feasibility study; (2) Have the (a) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council and/or the (b) Department of Transport given any subsidies to a certain company (name furnished) in the (i) 2014/15, (ii) 2015/16, (iii) 2016/17 and (iv) 2017/18 financial years; (3) What was the operating expenditure of the specified company in the (i) 2014/15, (ii) 2015/16, (iii) 2016/17 and (iv) 2017/18 financial years?

Reply:

The information was provided by Gauteng provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. The City of Ekurhuleni (COE) undertook a review and development of the governance and delivery model for its entities in 2012. The process was undertaken in terms of the Bus Options Study which cost R1 439 517.85. The review assessed the financial governance status of the municipal entities as well as consideration of reconfiguring the Brakpan Bus Company (BBC) SOC Limited, to improve service delivery and maximize funding and financial efficiencies, including the consideration of re-absorbing the entity functions into the COE. A further study was triggered in terms of Section 78 of the Municipal Systems Act, 32 of 2000, with the view to review and improve operational effectiveness, governance efficiencies and to determine the most appropriate model to deliver bus services within the City. The outcomes of the study have been presented to the Executive, and should be approved by Council within the current financial year. The feasibility study was concluded and the City of Ekurhuleni is in the process of preparing an item to council for approval of the desired option.

2. The Brakpan Bus Company received a grant of R5 million per year from City of Ekurhuleni for three consecutive years which are 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. This amount is for covering the shortfall from the subsidy received from Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport. In 2014/2015, financial year there was R7.7 million the City of Ekurhuleni has written off which emanate from expenses that Brakpan Bus Company was unable to pay in the financial year 2013/2014. These expenses are for services that City of Ekurhuleni supplies to Brakpan Bus Company which include diesel/fuel.

3. The operating expenditure of the Brakpan Bus Company for the financial years requested are as follows:

  • 2014/2015 R26 680 400 Audited financial statement
  • 2015/2016 R30 030 206 Audited financial statement
  • 2016/2017 R35 058 938 Audited financial statement
  • 2017/2018 R17 694 824 as per Q2 FS

05 April 2018 - NW686

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the three substations situated in (a) Jet Park Ward 17, (b) corner of Elberfield and Van Riebeeck Roads, Gerdview Ward 92 and (c) Meppen Road, Gerdview Ward 92 in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality that were recently hit by lightning were earthed; if not, why not, in each case; (2) what are the relevant details of the maintenance plan of all substations in the specified municipality; (3) whether he will provide Mr M Waters with a copy of the maintenance plan; (4) whether the municipality has the instruments to measure the gas levels at each substation; if not, (a) by what date will the municipality receive such instruments, (b) what number of instruments will be received and (c) how does the municipality measure gas levels at present; if so, what number of (i) substations use gas and (ii) instruments do the municipality currently have?

Reply:

1. (a), (b) and (c):

All substations within Ekurhuleni, including all electricity distribution equipment, are earthed in accordance with the standard design and engineering standards applicable to the relevant equipment.

2. Maintenance work is carried out in terms of the department’s approved maintenance plan which inter alia includes the following:-

PRIMARY SUBSTATION INSPECTIONS

SECONDARY SUBSTATION INSPECTIONS

MINIATURE SUBSTATION INSPECTIONS

KIOSK INSPECTIONS

BATTERY INSPECTIONS

TRANSFORMER TAPCHANGER MAINTENANCE

INFRA RED SCANNING

CABLE SHEATH TESTING

CABLE OIL PRESSURE READINGS

OIL SAMPLING

OVERHEAD LINE INSPECTIONS

PRIMARY SUB - INTRUSIVE MAINTENANCE

SECONDARY SUB - INTRUSIVE MAINTENANCE

MINIATURE SUBSTATION INTRUSIVE MAINTENANCE

FOLLOW UPS - HIGH PRIORITY

FOLLOW UPS - MEDIUM PRIORITY

FOLLOW UPS - LOW PRIORITY

OVER INSPECTIONS

PRIMARY SUB CLEANING

NETWORK OPTIMIZATION

3. Copy of the maintenance plan is attached to this response Annexure A.

(4) The Municipality has the instruments to measure the gas levels since gas filled equipment, for example circuit breakers, where installed in substations, are equipped with gas pressure monitoring instrumentation when purchased. These instruments are inspected as per the maintenance plan to ensure that the pressures are correct.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(c) The circuit breakers filled with Sulphur Hexafluoride gas (SF6) are equipped with gas monitoring instruments fitted to them

(i) The estimated number of substations that have SF6 filled circuit breakers are 51. These are mainly the Primary Substations.

(ii) The estimated number of circuit breakers filled with SF 6 gas monitoring equipment are 419.

NW760E

19 February 2018 - NW162

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the SA National Roads Agency has enough funds to finance the N2 Wild Coast toll road; if not, why has the work began; if so, (a) what is the total amount of funds that is available and (b) what are the relevant details of the sources of the specified funding?

Reply:

SANRAL already has a full allocation for the construction of the Mtentu and Msikaba mega-bridges, which are currently under construction and on tender respectively. SANRAL has also allocated sufficient funds for the construction of access roads, referred to as haul roads, to provide access to the bridge sites. SANRAL has over the past few years improved the brownfields section of the N2 between uMthatha and Port St Johns through its budget allocations. In addition, SANRAL has also allocated funds for community development projects that are intended to benefit communities along the N2 route alignment in the Wild Coast area.

Finally, as of 2017/18 Government has allocated funding for the construction of the greenfields section of the N2 from Port St Johns to Port Edward (see table below). This demonstrates Government’s commitment to the successful delivery of this important project in the Eastern Cape. The Minister of Transport will soon table the proposed toll model for the operations and maintenance of the N2 Wild Coast to Cabinet.

R’000

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

a) Allocated to projects

967 509

811 955

1 952 682

1 397 479

b) The source is government grants.

15 December 2017 - NW4000

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What number of title deeds (a) does the Limpopo Provincial Government still need to transfer in the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality and (b) have been transferred since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available within the department and the reply below was sourced from the Housing Development Agency and the Provincial Deeds Office in Limpopo Province.

There are a total number of 3594 units which still needs to be transferred by the Limpopo Provincial Government to Modimolle-Mookgopong local municipality. The breakdown is provided in the table below.

Municipality Name (amalgamation considered)

Place name

Number of title deeds

Modimolle Local Municipality

Phagameng Ext 8

22

 

Phagameng Ext 10

35

 

Phagameng Ext 4

413

 

Phagameng Ext 11

220

 

Phagameng Ext 12

716

 

Vaalwater

670

 

Vaalwater Ext 1

668

 

Vaalwater Ext 4

505

Mookhopong Local Municipality

Mookgopong Ext 5

345

Total outstanding title deeds

3 594

According to the records from the office of the Deeds Registry in Limpopo Province, there are no properties from the Provincial Government of Limpopo which were transferred to Modimolle-Mookgopong Local Municipality since 01 January 2017.

15 December 2017 - NW4007

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What have been the zoning types of Erf 11208 in the city of Johannesburg in the past five years and who has owned this portion of land in the past five financial years; and 2. Are there plans in place to use and /or develop the portion of land; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Upon receipt of this question, the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) approached the Department of Development Planning in the City of Johannesburg to request information pertaining to Erf 11208. In the response, the City has provided details in relation to the zoning history of Erf 11208 as per the table below:

ERF NUMBER

OWNERSHIP

ZONING

REZONING HISTORY

11208 Bramfischerville Ext 8

Rand Leases

Residential

None

11208 Cosmo City Ext 10

Mashile Aubrey

Residential 1

None

11208 Diepkloof

Motaung Elizabeth

Residential

None

11208 Dobsonville Ext 2

Mbatha Itumeleng and Velaphi

Residential

None

11208 Ivory Park Ext 10

City of Johannesburg

Residential

None

11208 Lenasia Ext 13

(now subdivided into 8 portions of Erf  12263)

Gauteng Provincial Housing Advisory Board

8 Residential 1 stands

The current rezoning application, submitted in 2014, which includes erven 11192 and 11206 is pended due to non-submission of a geotechnical report. The rezoning application is to increase the residential density from 1 house per stand to multi storey walk ups.

11208 Meadowlands

Tseleli Tsohleho

Residential

None

11208 Orange Farm Ext 7

Makhubu Phumuzile

Residential

None

11208 Orlando

Khumalo Bavelile

Residential

None

11208 Pimville Zone 2

Makau Paulina

Residential

None

11208 Stretford Ext 6

Bokaba Maurice

Residential

None

15 December 2017 - NW2614

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to reports that for the 10th consecutive year the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality has rolled over a R50 million-a-month security tender citing situations of emergency as the reason for deviating from proper procurement processes, (a) what were the situations of emergency that were proffered for the deviations over the past 10 years, (b) what are the names of companies that have benefitted from these deviations and (c) who are the owners/shareholders of the companies in question; (2) will his department undertake an investigation into this matter; if not why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The matter raised by the Honourable Member can best be responded to by the National Treasury, as the competent authority.

15 December 2017 - NW3596

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Do women own title deeds to land that falls in areas under the jurisdiction of traditional leadership;  if not, what are the (a) details of the barriers that women experience that prevent them from owning title deeds to land under the jurisdiction of traditional leadership and (b) further relevant details in this regard; if so, (i) how many (aa) women own title deeds in the specified areas and (bb) hectares does each woman own and (ii) where is the land situated; (2) whether he undertook any engagements with traditional leaders to promote female ownership of title deeds to land under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard; if so, what are the details of the (i) engagements and (ii) progress and results of such engagements to date?

Reply:

The Honourable Member needs to note that the matters that are being raised here, fall within the mandate of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. And the question should therefore be re-directed to it as the relevant authority.

15 December 2017 - NW2577

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

When are the application dates (a) opening and (b) closing for the board positions of all entities and councils reporting to him?

Reply:

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA) AND SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES NETWORK (SACN)

a) Not applicable. In respect of Salga, positions are filled through elective conference linked to the Local Government Elections while the board members of the SACN are mandated by their respective municipalities to form part of the board based on municipal council resolutions of each municipality.

b) Not applicable. Positions are filled through elective conference linked to the Local Government Elections.

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD

(a) (b) The applications for persons to be appointed as a member board are advertised in accordance with Section 8(1)(a) of the Municipal Demarcation Act, Act 27 of 1998.

COMMISSION FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND LINGUISTIC COMMUNITIES (CLR COMMISSION)

(a) (b) The current Commissioners were appointed in March 2014 for a five-year period, expiring in March 2019.

15 December 2017 - NW3945

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the advertising contracts at Bela-Bela Local Municipality in Limpopo (a) what is the name of (i) the current company and (ii) the previous company awarded the contract and (b) in each case (i) what are the contract duration dates, (ii)(aa) on what date and (bb) where was the contract advertised, (iii) what are all the relevant details of the process followed to award the specified contract, (iv) what is the total amount of the contract, (v) what amount has been paid to the company to date and (vi) who signed the contract on behalf of the municipality?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3807

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

(1)Whether any municipalities own mayoral residences; if so, in each case, (a) which municipalities own mayoral residences, (b) what is the value on the municipal valuation roll of each property, (c) what amount has been spent on each mayoral residence on renovations, refurbishments and remodeling in the past three financial years and (d) who currently occupies the specified properties; (2) whether any municipalities own any other residential properties that are occupied by municipal (a) councillors and/or (b) officials; if so, in each case, (i) which municipalities, (ii) what is the value of each specified property on the municipal valuation roll, (iii) what are the terms of the rental agreements entered into with the occupants and (iv) whether the occupants are up to date with the rent due on the properties?

Reply:

1. The requested information is not readily available and is being sourced from municipalities through provinces and will be provided later when received.

2. The requested information is not readily available and is being sourced from municipalities through provinces and will be provided later when received.

 

15 December 2017 - NW2786

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the closing of the bridges in (a) Central Avenue, (b) Van Riebeeck Avenue, (c) 4th Avenue and (d) 1st Avenue in Edenvale in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (i) what assessment of the structural damage to each specified bridge has been completed, (ii) what were the findings of each assessment, (iii) what will the cost be to rehabilitate each bridge and (iv) by what date (aa) does the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality intend to start repairing each bridge and (bb) will each bridge be re-opened?

Reply:

The response from Ekhurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is narrated underneath:

The Municipality appointed consultants to investigate the bridges. They had submitted the report to the Municipality. The answers are based on the report and Municipal comments.

(a) Central Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(b) Van Riebeeck Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(c) 4th Avenue

The bridge was not closed. Visual inspections by the relevant department of the municipality indicated that it appeared to be stable enough to allow traffic through it. This was confirmed by the appointed Consultants.

(d) 1st Avenue in Edenvale

This was the only bridge that was closed as the visual inspection indicated damage to the deck overlay. It is a small bridge constructed with culverts, which is the reason for closing the bridge until it could be certified as stable/ safe by specialist consultant. However, the bridge was opened for traffic after getting certification from the consultant.

(i) The appointed consultant assessed the stability and safety of the mentioned bridges for any movement/ displacement that could have taken place. They checked the stability of the abutments, floor slabs, approach roads and discharge/ downstream apron slabs. They also checked the extent of the erosion of the embankments and any movement/ damage to the decks/ overlays.

(ii) The consultant’s finding confirmed that all the bridges were structurally stable. They recommended that the upstream and downstream embankments require extensive rehabilitation due to the erosion and/ or flood damage to the areas around the wing walls.

(iii) The estimated costs for the remedial measure or to rehabilitate the bridges are as bellow:

(a) Central Avenue bridge: R 63 000 000.00 (it may vary depending on which design option is acceptable to the Consultants and Department of Water and Sanitation)

(b) Van Riebeeck Avenue bridge : R 300 000.00

(c)4th Avenue bridge/canal: R 5 600 000.00

(d) 1st Avenue bridge: R 800 000.00

(iv) The process has already been started. In order to execute the remedial measures designed by Specialist Consultants, approval from GDARD and Department of Water and Sanitation is required. These approvals and authorization requests have been submitted and approval is awaited.

(aa) Yes it does. The process has already been started. The municipality is awaiting the approvals and authorization of the design requests have been submitted and approval is awaited form GDARD and Department of Water and Sanitation.

(bb) All the bridges have been declared stable and have been open for traffic for quite some time now.

15 December 2017 - NW3210

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the alleged corruption involving officials of a certain political party (name and details furnished), (a) what are the circumstances, systems and processes that are applied by the Msunduzi Local Municipality in identifying candidates for one-year meter-reading contracts, (b) on what legislative provisions did the specified municipality rely when it applied the systems and processes and (c) of those contractors that are awarded the meter-reading contracts, how many of them are functionaries of the specified political party?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3965

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)In light of the cost containment measures contained in the National Treasury’s Municipal Finance Management Act Circular 82 dated 30 March 2016, on what statutory grounds did the uMngeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal rely when it spent an estimated R350 000 at a 4-star beachfront hotel in Durban from 23 to 26 April 2017 for a service delivery workshop; (2) (a) why was it necessary for the specified workshop to be hosted at the specified hotel, when a local venue was allegedly available at a cost of R45 000 and (b) has he found that the conducting of workshops outside of municipal facilities due to less distractions and better levels of concentration improve the outcomes of the workshops hosted by municipalities; (3) whether he intends to take any steps against the specified municipality for hosting the workshop at the hotel; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3809

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

(1)Whether the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality in Mpumalanga made any payments in the settlement of the outstanding debt it owes to Eskom either in (a) October and/or (b) November 2017; if not, why not; if so, (i) on which date(s) were payments made, (ii) what amount was paid in each case and (iii) were any adjustments, deviations and/or virements to make the specified amount available to pay Eskom approved by the council of the specified local municipality; (2) whether the municipality sourced any of the funds used to pay Eskom from any private individual, organisation and/or company; if not, where was the funding sourced from; if so; (3) whether any benefit was expected in return for providing the funds; if not, on what basis was the funding provided; if so, what benefit was promised and/or granted in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW2776

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the flooding in Edenvale in November 2016, on which date did the (a) Mayor, (b) Member of the Executive Council for Safety and (c) Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Safety visit Edenvale to assess the damage for themselves?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality through the Gauteng Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs provided the information:

The Emergency Management Services Department can confirm that the Executive Mayor, Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) Community Safety, other political office bearers and the Gauteng Premier did visit the areas that were affected by floods in the City of Ekurhuleni. However, the department cannot confirm whether the Executive Mayor and other political office bearers specifically visited Edenvale. The Office of the Executive Mayor and / or Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) Community Safety or the Chairperson of the Community Safety Portfolio is well placed to respond to the specific visit to Edenvale from Honourable E R Wilson from Democratic Alliance.

15 December 2017 - NW3999

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Is the Local Labour Forum in the Modimolle - Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo currently functional; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? Who is currently part of the Local Labour Forum? (3) (a) when last did the Local Labour Forum meet and (b) what was discussed?

Reply:

According to the information received from Limpopo Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs:

1. Yes, the Local Labour Forum in the Modimolle - Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo is currently functional.

2. Three Councillors, Trade unions (IMATU and SAMWU), Management (Municipal Manager, Manager: Corporate Services, Manager: Technical Services, Manager: Social Services, Area Manager: Vaalwater and Mookgophong: Legal, Human Resources and Labour Relations Officer.

3. (a) 16 October 2017 (postponed on 27 October 2017, 1 November 2017 and 28 November 2017.

(b) (i) New Limpopo Collective Agreement;

     (ii) Essential Service Agreement;

     (iii) Protective clothing;

     (iv) One job one salary;

     (v) Paid leave; and

     (vi) Progress report of job evaluation and placement.

 

15 December 2017 - NW3725

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Local Government and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of residences in the Lehurutshe area in North West currently (a) have running water, (b) have flush toilets and (c) still have pit toilets; (2) what steps his department is taking to improve the conditions of residents in the specified area; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW4001

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

a) Which (i) national and (ii) provincial departments owe money to the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality, (b) what amount is owed and (c) what is the age of the debt in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW2714

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

(1)Whether any municipalities which have made payment agreements with Eskom to address outstanding debt have defaulted on those agreements in each of the past three financial years; if so, (a) which municipalities defaulted and (b) what actions have been taken to assist these municipalities to meet their financial obligations in each case; (2) whether any of the specified municipalities are at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1)

Yes, there are municipalities which have made payment agreements (PA’s) with Eskom and have defaulted on those agreements in each of the past three financial years.

(1)(a)

Annexure A presents the municipalities which have made payment agreements with Eskom and have defaulted on those agreements at some point within each of the past three financial years.

(1)(b)

Eskom together with the intervention of national and provincial (Treasury and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs) have engaged municipalities in order to agree on realistic payment plans.

(2)

Yes, from the specified municipalities in Table 1 above there are municipalities at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom. Planned interruptions dates for municipalities at risk of having their electricity supply cut off by Eskom are presented in Table 1 below.

Table 1:

Province

Municipality

Planned Interruption Date

Free State

Nketoana

Mantsopa

Tokologo

Masilonyana

Nala

Dihlabeng

Moqhaka

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

27-Sep-17

Limpopo

Thabazimbi

21-Sep-17

Northern Cape

Siyancuma

Renosterberg

Thembelihle1

Tsantsabane

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

18-Sep-17

Although Thembelihle municipality electricity supply will be interrupted, the municipality does not have a payment arrangement with Eskom.

Annexure A:

Province

2015_2016 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2015/16 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2015/16 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

5

1. Maletswai (Now Walter Sisulu)

2. Nkonkobe (Now Raymond Mhlaba)

3. Nxuba (Now Raymond Mhlaba)

4. Makana

5. Gariep Municipality (Now Walter Sisulu)

0

5

Free State

8

1.  Dihlabeng

2.  Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Matjabeng

5. Nketoana

6. Maluti A Phofung

7. Metsimaholo Munic

8. Nala Local Munic

1

7

Gauteng

3

1.  Midvaal

2.  Randfontein

3. Westonaria

3

0

KZN

2

1. Abaqulusi

2. Ulundi

1

1

Limpopo

2

  1. Thabazimbi Munic
  1. Mookgophong

0

2

Province

2015_2016 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2015/16 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2015/16 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Mpumalanga

10

1. Emalahleni

2. Msukaligwa

3.  Govan Mbeki

4.  Lekwa

5.  Emakhazeni

6. Mkhondo

7. Nkomazi

8. Thaba Chweu

9. Chief Albert Luthuli

10. Umjindi

1

9

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Tswaing

8. Maquassi Hills

9. Madibeng

2

7

Northern Cape

11

1. Kamiesberg

2. Khara Hais

3. Khai - Ma

4.  Nama Khoi

5.  Renosterberg

6.  Tsantsabane

7.  Magareng

8. Siyathemba

9. Siyancuma

10. Dikgatlong

11. Ubuntu

3

8

Western Cape

3

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

3. Cederberg

2

1

Province

2016_2017 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2016/17 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2016/17 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

4

1. Dr Beyers Naude (Former Ikwezi)

2. Makana

3. Raymond Mhlaba

4. Walter Sisulu (former Gariep and Maletswai)

1

3

Free State

8

1. Dihlabeng

2. Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Moqhaka

5. Nala

6. Nketoana

7. Phumelela

8. Tokologo

2

6

Gauteng

7

1. Midvaal

2. Randfontein

3. Lesedi

4. Mogale City

5. Emfuleni

6. Merafong

7. Westonaria

7

0

KZN

4

1. Mpofana

2. eDumbe

3. Ulundi

4. Abaqulusi

3

1

Limpopo

5

1. Musina

2.  Bela-Bela

3. Modimolle

4. Mookgophong

5. Thabazimbi

0

5

Mpumalanga

11

1.    Emalahleni

2.    Msukaligwa

3.    Thaba Chweu

4.    Govan Mbeki

5.    Lekwa

6.    Emakhazeni

7.    Mkhondo

8.    Albert Lithuli

9. Dipalaseng

10. Victor Khanye

11. City of Mbombela

1

10

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Ramotshere

8. Tswaing

9. Ventersdorp

4

5

Northern Cape

18

1.   Kai Garib (Keimoes)

2.  Kai Garib (Kenhardt)

3.  Kai Garib (Kakamas)

4.    Kamiesberg

5.    Khai - Ma

6.    Nama Khoi

7.    Kgatelopele

8.    Renosterberg

9.  Tsantsabane

10. Magareng

11. Ga-Segonyana

12. Phokwane/Hartswater

13. Emthanjeni

14. Gamagara

15. Siyathemba

16. Siyancuma

17. Dikgatlong

18. Ubuntu

2

16

Western Cape

2

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

1

1

Province

2017_2018 Financial Year Municipal Payment arrangement list

 

Valid PA's in 2017/18 Fin Year

Municipality

Honouring PA’s in 2017/18 Fin Year

Number of municipalities who did not honour their agreements

Eastern Cape

5

1. Dr Beyers Naude (Former Ikwezi)

2. KSD

3. Makana

4. Raymond Mhlaba

5. Walter Sisulu (former Gariep and Maletswai)

1

4

Free State

8

1. Dihlabeng

2. Masilonyana

3. Mantsopa

4. Moqhaka

5. Nala

6. Nketoana

7. Phumelela

8.. Tokologo

1

7

Gauteng

4

1. Emfuleni

2. Merafong

3. Mogale City

4. Randfontein

0

4

KZN

6

1. eDumbe

2. Mpofana

3. Newcastle

4. Phongolo

5. Ulundi

6. Zululand

4

2

Limpopo

4

1. Modimolle

2.. Mookgophong

3. Musina

4. Thabazimbi

0

4

Mpumalanga

10

1. Albert Lithuli

2. Dipaleseng

3. Emakhazeni

4. Emalahleni

5. Govan Mbeki

6. Lekwa

7. Mkhondo

8. Msukaligwa

9. Thaba Chweu

10. Victor Khanye

0

10

North West

9

1. Ditsobotla

2. Kgetlengrivier

3. Lekwa-Teemane

4. Mamusa

5. Matlosana

6. Naledi

7. Ramotshere

8. Tswaing

9. Ventersdorp

2

7

Northern Cape

14

1. Dikgatlong

2. Emthanjeni

3. Gamagara

4. Ga-Segonyana

5. Kai Garib

6. Kgatelopele

7. Magareng

8. Nama Khoi

9. Phokwane/Hartswater

10. Renosterberg

11. Siyancuma

12. Siyathemba

13. Tsantsabane

14. Ubuntu

4

10

Western Cape

2

1. Oudtshoorn

2. Kannaland

1

1

15 December 2017 - NW3801

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Why (a) did he request the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to proclaim Special lnvestjgating Unit investigations into the finances of the (i) Sekhukhune District Municipality and (ii) Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality in Limpopo and (b) were the investigations subsequently withdrawn?

Reply:

(a) The allegations as contemplated in section 2(2) of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) ('SIU Act') were made to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in respect of the affairs of the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality and the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality ("the Municipalities"). The allegations pointed towards loss having been suffered by the two municipalities and as such had to be recovered. In order to recover the losses suffered by the municipalities, the SIU made an application to the President of the Republic of South Africa with the support of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in order to apply for a proclamation. The SIU deemed it necessary that the said allegations should be investigated, and civil proceedings emanating from such investigations should be adjudicated upon.

(b) The investigation in respect of the Proclamation in the two municipalities were never withdrawn and they are still on going.
 

15 December 2017 - NW3997

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) What is the total amount currently owed to Magalies Water by the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo according to the latest available information; (2) since 1 January 2017, (a) on what dates has the specified municipality paid Magalies Water and (b) what amount was paid on each date?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW2783

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the R10 million allocated by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and/or repair of priority roads and storm-water infrastructure that was damaged during the November 2016 flooding, what amount was spent on (a)(i) bridges and (ii) roads in Edenvale and (b) the Eastleigh spruit?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality through the Gauteng Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs provided the information:

The Roads and Storm Water Department of the City of Ekurhuleni appointed Consultants for the assessment of the roads and storm water infrastructure under its jurisdiction, damaged during the floods in Edenvale and Eastleigh Spruit at an estimated fees amount or R4, 3m from its own consulting fees budget allocation.

R 10 million was not allocated for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and/or repair of priority roads and storm-water infrastructure. The R10 million funding was earmarked within the disaster management vote to be used for the structural assessment, design and implementation of roads and storm water infrastructure projects following the flooding that occurred in November 2016. During the procurement process, it was realised that the earmarked allocation cannot be utilised as this may be against the municipal supply chain policies.

(a)(i) No amount was spent on the repair bridges. , roads in Edenvale and the Eastleigh spruit.

(ii) No amount was used to repair roads in Edenvale.

(b) No amount was used to repair the Eastleigh Spruit

15 December 2017 - NW2490

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

(1) (a) What amount of funding was budgeted for the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) stormwater infrastructure in each ward of Carolina in the Albert Luthuli Local Municipality in Mpumalanga in each of the past five municipal financial years and (b) what amount of the specified funding was spent on the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) stormwater infrastructure in each specified municipal financial year;

Reply:

The following response was provided by the Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality:

(1) (a) (i)(ii)

The municipality budgets for the maintenance and repair of (i) roads and (ii) storm-water infrastructure covering all wards. It doesn’t budget ward-wise.

The municipality budgeted a total amount of R 9 000,00 thousand for the past five years from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. The year-wise budget amounts are detailed below in thousand Rand:

Roads and storm-water maintenance budget for 2012-2017 period

2012/13

(000 )

2013/14

(000 )

2014/15

(000 )

2015/16 (000 )

2016/17

(000 )

TOTAL

(000 )

1 100,00

2 400,00

1 900,00

1 400,00

2 200,00

9 000,00

(1) (b)(i)(ii)

According to the municipality, it spent a total amount of R 2 500,00 thousand for the past five years from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. The year-wise expenditure amounts are detailed below in thousand Rand:

Expenditure for roads and storm-water during 2012-2017 period

2012/13

(000 )

2013/14

(000 )

2014/15

(000 )

2015/16 (000 )

2016/17

(000 )

TOTAL

(000 )

450,00

600,00

550,00

600,00

300,00

2 500,00

(2) According to the municipality, it allocated a total budget of R 1 800,00 thousand for the 2017-2018 financial year for maintenance and repair of roads and storm-water.

15 December 2017 - NW3211

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, in light of the submission by a certain person (name and details furnished) at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry that a multi-million rand tender to guard the Umgeni offices in Umzimkhulu was awarded to a security company in 2011 without following proper procedures (details furnished), he has found that the specified tender was awarded unlawfully; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the relevant details; (2) (a) was the specified company registered with the Security Industry Regulatory Authority and (b) what are the details of the circumstances that resulted in the monetary value of the tender being inflated?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3529

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What number of persons worked in the office of the (a) Mayor, (b) Speaker, (c) Chief Whip, (d) each Mayoral Committee Member and (f) each chairperson of a committee at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council, on (i) 1 August 2016 and (ii) 1 August 2017?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3487

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What steps has his department taken or intends to take with regard to serious allegations of sexual impropriety, grooming and abuse directed against a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3107

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

(1)Whether any municipalities have been late in paying (a) councillor salaries and/or (b) municipal staff salaries from 1 October 2016 to date; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, (i) which municipality and (ii) what was the reason for the late payment; (2) whether all outstanding amounts have now been paid; if not, what measures has each respective municipality put in place to ensure that the situation does not re-occur?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW3208

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the Moerane Commission of Inquiry regarding the political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, he will launch an investigation into the alleged corruption in the awarding of tenders presented as evidence by a certain official (name and details furnished) within the Harry Gwala District Municipality and surrounding local municipalities; if not, why not?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to request the relevant information from municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is received.

15 December 2017 - NW2346

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

(1)With reference to his reply to question 1588 on 21 July 2017, (a) what is the case number under which the matter, relating to the specified trip, appears on the court role and (b) on what grounds does the sub judice rule, as defined by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 18 May 2007 in the Midi Television case (details furnished), prevent him from answering the specified question as part of his constitutional obligation to account to Parliament in line with section 92 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; (2) whether, in light of his constitutional obligation to account to Parliament and the specified judgment, he will reconsider his response to question 1588 on 21 July 2017; if not, on what grounds; if so, what are the comprehensive details?

Reply:

1. The law enforcement agencies in particular the Hawks are investigating the so called Gupta leaked emails, this has been widely reported, Minister will not be commenting on any matter arising or related to the alleged Gupta leaked emails in order not to interfere with the due processes of the law.

2. The Minister is required by law to respect due process of the law which inter alia include investigations by law enforcement agencies and therefore I will not interfere with such investigation by making comments.

15 December 2017 - NW2782

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any national departments conducted an assessment of damage caused by the flood in the Edenvale area in November 2016; if not, why not; if so, (a) which departments conducted the assessment and (b) what is the cost of the damage; (2)will he provide Mr W Horn with a copy of the assessment report?

Reply:

(1)(a)Yes, the National Disaster Management Centre assessed the flooding.

(b) No costs were determined.

(2)Yes.

15 December 2017 - NW3615

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii) what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

a) (i)(ii)(iii)

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs does not own any land

b) (i)(ii)(iii)

The Department is still awaiting a response from entities reporting to me.

15 December 2017 - NW3505

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the details of the (a) land purchased by the Bela-Bela Local Municipality in Limpopo to deal with its housing backlog from 1 July 2011 to date, (b) purchase amount in each case, (c) municipal value of each piece of land and (d) person and/or entity the specified pieces of land were purchased from in each case; (2) whether housing development projects took place on each of the specified pieces of land; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The municipality has not purchased land on its own from the year 2011 to date. However, the Housing Development Agency (HDA) bought land to address housing backlogs in Bela- Bela. The land in question was registered in the Deeds Office by HDA. Size of the land is 72.5 hectors off stand 1491, portion 170 of the farm Roodepoort 467KR.

(b) The cost for the land as per the Deeds information is R65 400 000.00, the land is owned by HDA.

(c) In the municipal valuation roll these piece of land (stand 1491 Ext 25) is not valued.

(d) The previous owner of the land as per documents in the municipal record was Messrs SBNP Family Trust, Number IT3162/2004.

(2) HDA had finalised detail design of 1200 units in this area. The housing project has not yet started. Progress on this project matter can be provided by the HDA and Coghsta Limpopo.

15 December 2017 - NW2785

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) With regard to the Eastleigh river flowing through Edenvale within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (a) who is responsible to ensure that the river is cleared of invasive and/or alien vegetation and debris from the November 2016 flood, (b) why has the responsible authority not fulfilled their legal responsibilities, (c) what penalties can be imposed on the defaulting authority and (d) what action does he intend taking in this regard; (2) Whether the river will be cleared before the spring rains begin; if not why not; if so by what date?

Reply:

The response is still awaited from the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

04 December 2017 - NW3508

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

(1)Whether the (a) municipal manager and/or (b) chief financial officers (CFOs) of certain municipalities (details furnished) received a performance bonus in each of the past three financial years; if so, (i) which municipal managers and/or CFOs received a bonus, (ii) in which financial years were bonuses awarded and (iii) what was the amount of the bonus in each case; (2) whether each (a) municipal manager and (b) CFO of the specified municipalities meet the minimum competency requirements for the position; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether any of the positions of (a) municipal manager and/or (b) CFO in the specified municipalities were (i) vacant and/or (ii) occupied on an acting basis in the specified financial years; if so, for what period was the position vacant and/or occupied on an acting basis?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has, however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from the municipalities. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

04 December 2017 - NW3675

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

(1) Whether the (a) Kampersrus bulk water supply and (b) Kampersrus sewerage plant in the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo were (i) put out to tender and (ii) advertised; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (aa) on which date(s) and (bb) what (i) were the outcomes of the supply chain management processes and (ii) are the details of the project plans, including the phases of delivery of each component of each project; (2) what (a) is the projected capacity of each project, (b) is the current status of each project, (c) public participation processes were followed in each case and (d) are the cost implications to the district municipality for each phase of delivery of each component of each project? NW4106E

Reply:

The below response is based on a report submitted to the :National Department of Cooperative Governance ("Department") by the Mopani District Municipality in the Limpopo Province.

(1) (i) Yes, the Kampersrus bulk water supply and Kampersrus sewer plant projects in the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo Province were put out to tender.

(ii) Yes, the two projects above were advertised.

(aa) Kampersrus bulk water supply project was advertised on:

• Phase 1: 18 August 201 O;

• Phase 2: 20 August 2012; and

• Phase 3: 27 February 2015.

Kampersrus sewerage plant project was advertised on;

• 20 May 2013.

(bb) Outcome of the Kampersrus bulk water supply and Kampersrus sewer plant projects were as follows:

(i) Kampersrus bulk water supply project:

• Phase 1: Melrose Civil & Building Construction were appointed as contractors for this phase of the project;

• Phase 2: H&E Construction was appointed as contractor for this phase of the project; and

• Phase 3: Makasana Construction was appointed as contractor for this phase of the project.

Kampersrus sewerage plant project:

• Dala Mintirho JV appointed as contractors for the project (ii) Details of each project plans are as follows:

Kampersrus bulk water supply project:

• Phase 1: Construction of (a) 5,8 km of 160 mm diameter PVC line (b) 15 km of 110 mm diameter uPVC line. (c) 2Ml/day Water Treatment Package Plant (d) Booster Pump Station;

• Phase 2: Construction of (a) 650m of 160mm uPVC class 16 pipeline. (b) 2400m of 160mm class 12 pipeline (c) 3400m of 150mm K9 Ductile Iron Pipe (d) Pump installations at pump house. (e) 0,56 ML Pressed Steel Tank;

and

• Phase 3: Construction of (a) 8,3 km of 110 mm uPVC pipe (b) 1,2 km of 160mm uPVC pipe (c) 2 x 0,56 ML c/w pressed steel tanks (d) clear water pump station (e) installation of relocated package.

Kampersrus sewerage plant project:

• Construction of (a) one biological reactor, two settling tanks, one inlet and two pump stations, one RAS pump station, sludge drying beds, chlorine dosing room, maturation ponds, electrical and mechanical works.


(2) Status of the Kampersrus bulk water supply and Kampersrus sewerage plant projects:

(a) The Kampersrus bulk water supply has a water treatment plant capacity of two megaliters per day (2 Ml/day) and bulk lines, while the Kampersrus sewerage plant has a capacity of two megaliters per day (2 Ml/day).

(b) Status of the Kampersrus bulk water supply project: Bulk lines and Water Treatment works have been completed, however, the municipality is still awaiting the connection to the raw water abstraction point. The physical progress is currently at 98%; and

Status of the Kampersrus sewerage plant: The waste water treatment works have been completed and is awaiting upgrading of the transformer and electricity connection by Eskom. The physical progress is currently at 98%.

(c) Yes, public participation were followed in each case.

(d) Cost implications of each project:

Kampersrus bulk water supply project:
• Phase 1: R 6,318, 196.35;

• Phase 2: R 8,741,431.65;

• Phase 3: R14,365,674.28; and

Kampersrus sewerage plant project:

• R38, 749,585.14


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04 December 2017 - NW3492

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the impending water shortage disaster within the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, what were the circumstances and motivation that informed the National Disaster Management centre’s refusal to provide R500 million to the specified municipality to assist towards mitigating the disaster?

Reply:

The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) did not refuse to provide R500 million funding request from the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality to mitigate the impact of the disaster as a result of drought. The NDMC in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, mainly Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the Department of Water and Sanitation conducted disaster assessments in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality to determine the drought projects to be funded within the disaster grants. It is important to indicate that the disaster grants are conditional and allocated in line with the grant frameworks and the Division of Revenue Act (Act No. 3 of 2017). The NDMC only funded projects that fell within the grant frameworks conditions. The Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality were advised to refer other projects that are not in line with the conditions for the disaster grants to other existing programmes within government.

Additionally, the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality made a presentation to the NDMC where they indicated that they have reprioritized funds within their internal resources to address the drought conditions. Therefore, the funding request for the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality was granted based on the projects that complied with the grant framework conditions

04 December 2017 - NW3054

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)In which number of municipalities a qualified engineer has been appointed in (a) the works department, (b) infrastructure development and (c) the water works department; (2) (a) in which number of municipalities no engineer has been appointed in the specified divisions and (b) what are the reasons for this; (3) whether he will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has, however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from the municipalities. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

04 December 2017 - NW3338

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What number of engineers who are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa are employed full-time by municipalities, (b) what is the name of the municipality at which each specified engineer is employed and (c) what is the (i) race and (ii) gender of each engineer in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The Department has, however, engaged the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from the municipalities. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.