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08 June 2020 - NW126

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

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

Matuson and Associates – R22 208, 689

Adamantem (Pty) Ltd – R14 002,112

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

08 June 2020 - NW328

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

4. See (4) above

08 June 2020 - NW415

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the Objectives of this strategy are:

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

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

END.

08 June 2020 - NW338

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Northern Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Frances Baard

85

18

18

12 836

John Taolo Gaetsiwe

 

11

11

27 322

Namakwa

 

24

24

126 836

Pixley ka Seme

 

20

20

103 411

Zf Mgcawu

 

12

12

102 484

END.

08 June 2020 - NW335

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Limpopo

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Capricorn

164

59

59

21 705

Waterberg

 

48

48

44 913

Sekhukhune

 

56

56

13 528

Mopani

 

73

73

20 011

Vhembe

 

64

64

25 597

END.

08 June 2020 - NW374

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

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

 

08 June 2020 - NW375

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

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

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

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

08 June 2020 - NW331

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Eastern Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Alfred Nzo

447

65

65

10 731

Amathole

 

60

60

21 117

Buffalo City

 

45

45

2 750

Chris Hani

 

65

65

36 407

Joe Gqabi

 

45

45

25 617

Nelson Mandela Metro

 

40

40

1 957

OR Tambo

 

40

74

12 141

Sarah Baartman

 

53

53

58 245

END.

08 June 2020 - NW85

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

According to the information received from Alexkor

(1)(a)

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

12

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

9

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R3 323 538,75

(b)

Middle Management

R1 411 488,89

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R15 617 673,20

(b)

Middle Management

R4 873 830,00

 

According to the information received from Denel:

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

45

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

700

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R2,653,454m

(b)

Middle Management

R958,088m

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R76,771,451m

(b)

Middle Management

R684,391,669m

REPLY:

According to the information received from Eskom

(1)(a)

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

372

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

6734

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R1 846 032

(b)

Middle Management

R1 144 138

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

R686 723 910

(b)

Middle Management

R7 616 533 256

 

According to the information received from SAFCOL

(1)(a)

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

7

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

82

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R 131 726/ 1580 712 p/a

(b)

Middle Management

R 80 977/ 971 724 p/a

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R 7 643 211/ 91 718 532/pa

(b)

   

 

According to the information received from SAX

(1)(a)

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

81

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

43

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R1 093 485 per annum

(b)

Middle Management

R598 330 per annum

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R16 828 815.00.

(b)

   

 

According to the information received from Transnet:

(1)(a)

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

 

Level

Number of employees

(1)(b)(i)

Senior Management

1041

(1)(b)(ii)

Middle Management

5296

(2)

 

Level

Average remuneration

(a)

Senior Management

R 1 522 753

(b)

Middle Management

R 758 755

(3)

 

Level

Amount Salary Spent

(a)

Senior Management

Middle Management

R5.6 billion p/a

(b)

   

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

08 June 2020 - NW5

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

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

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

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

Financial Year

Rand value, R'm[1]

Megalitres

1 April 2019 up to Jan 2020

                 3 268

            318.6

2018-19

                 3 768

            384.5

2017-18

                    320

              37.8

2016-17

                    340

10

2015-16

                 8 690

         1 247.8

2014-15

                 9 546

         1 178.6

 

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

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

08 June 2020 - NW234

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

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

Reply:

(1)

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

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

(2)

As above:

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

(3)

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

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

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

08 June 2020 - NW339

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Western Cape

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

City of Cape Town

254

115

115

2 446

Cape Winelands

 

40

40

21 473

Central Karoo

 

16

16

38 854

Garden Route

 

30

30

23 331

Overberg

 

24

24

12 239

West Coast

 

29

29

31 119

END.

08 June 2020 - NW332

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Free State

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Mangaung Metro

132

25

65

7 250

Xhariep

 

15

60

9 810

Lejweleputswa

 

29

45

11 880

Fezile Dabi

 

27

65

10 705

Thabo Mofutsanyana

 

36

45

12 640

END.

08 June 2020 - NW336

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

(a) (i) serviceable ambulances

(a) (ii) fully equipped ambulances

(aa) in each district municipality

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance services

134

EHLANZENI =48

Mbombela = 20

Ambulances are not restricted to a service Area

   

Nkomazi = 13

 
   

Thaba Chweu = 8

 
   

Bushbuckridge = 7

 
 

NKANGALA = 40

Emalahleni = 10

 
   

Steve Tshwete = 8

 
   

Emakhazeni = 6

 
   

Thembisile Hani = 4

 
   

Dr JS Moroka = 8

 
   

Victor Khanye = 4

 
 

GERT SIBANDE = 46

Mkhondo = 3

 
   

Albert Luthuli = 7

 
   

Msukaligwa = 5

 
   

Govan Mbeki = 12

 
   

Pixley Ka Seme = 7

 
   

Albert Luthuli = 4

 
   

Lekwa = 4

 
   

Dipaleseng = 4

 

END.

08 June 2020 - NW333

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

Gauteng

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

City of Ekurhuleni

915

240

240

1 975

City of Johannesburg

 

168

168

1 645

City of Tshwane

 

160

160

6 298

Sedibeng

 

118

118

4 173

West Rand

 

118

118

4 087

END.

08 June 2020 - NW337

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard

North West

Districts

(a)(i) Serviceable ambulances

(a)(ii)

Fully equipped ambulances

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

(b) Area in square kilometres each ambulance service

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati

119

17

17

43 700

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

 

18

18

14 642

Bojanala

 

11

11

18 333

Ngaka Modiri Molema

 

21

21

28 206

END.

05 June 2020 - NW702

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

Reply to question 702 recommended/not recommended

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

Reply to question 702 approved/not approved

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

05 June 2020 - NW906

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Meshoe, Rev KR to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

05 June 2020 - NW633

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

Reply to question 633 recommended/

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

Reply to question 633 approved/pro e

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

05 June 2020 - NW634

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

Reply to question 634 recommended/

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

Reply to question 634 recommended

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

05 June 2020 - NW781

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

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

Reply:

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

Province

Application

Approvals

Rand value of approvals

Declines

Rand value of declines

Referrals

KZN

895

400

1 400 000

33

115 500

43

NW

26

6

21 000

3

10500

3

GP

166

64

224 000

10

35000

1

LP

354

110

385 000

14

49000

28

NC

7

1

3 500

0

0

0

EC

322

65

227 500

4

14000

13

FS

45

8

28 000

1

3500

0

MP

40

10

35 000

0

0

2

WC

31

12

42 000

4

14000

0

TOTAL

1886

676

2 366 000

69

 

90

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

05 June 2020 - NW419

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

05 June 2020 - NW277

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

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

Reply:

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

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

 

05 June 2020 - NW608

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Shembeni, Mr HA to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

(a)(i) Two positions.

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

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

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Reply to question 608 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE SOEG
 

Reply to question 608 approved

GENERAL BH CELE
MINISTER OF POLICE
Date

05 June 2020 - NW757

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05 June 2020 - NW712

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

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

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

 

Approved/ not approved

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

05 June 2020 - NW785

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

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

05 June 2020 - NW932

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

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

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

(For written reply)

QUESTION NO. 932(NW1221E}

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Name of the businesses/service

Provides

(b) Amount

R'000

(c) Service provided

Multisurge Pty Ltd, Promed

R1 008 780

1900 x (box of 50) masks surgical face

standard and 57 x digital body infrared thermometers.

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

R45 000

5 liters X 500 battle disinfectant

Kanga Business Management

R494 500

3500 Alcohol gel hand sanitisers and 250 boxes of surgical masks

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

X-Treme Cleaning Solutions

R138 500

Disinfecting, sanitisation and fogging Foretrust building.

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

(sj

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

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

Name of the business /Service Provides

 

Multisurge(Pty) Ltd, Promed

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

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Disinfectant for the cleaning of surfaces in the

building.

Kanga Business Management

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

Names of the businesses/Service Providers

 
 

entering the building.

Orange Juice Investment Pty LB T/A X-Treme

Cleaning Solutions

Emergency sanitisation and logging of Foretrust

building.

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

Regards

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

05 June 2020 - NW916

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

3. Not applicable, as no tenders were awarded.

4. No

 

05 June 2020 - NW775

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Police

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

Reply:

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

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

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Reply to question 775 recommended

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

Reply to question 775 approved/not approved

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

05 June 2020 - NW911

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

 

 

05 June 2020 - NW725

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

05 June 2020 - NW726

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the President of the Republic

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

Reply:

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

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

  1. No.

04 June 2020 - NW822

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What is the strategy to curb new community infections of the coronavirus since the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 has not manifested in tangible outcomes for reducing new infections in communities?

Reply:

The lockdown has been shown by modeling exercises to have had two impacts on the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown has reduced the peak of infections and shifted the epidemic curve to the right. This means that it is estimated that the number of infections at the peak will be lower and that it will happen later thus enabling the health system to have additional time to prepare for the peak of infections. In his address on 24 May, the President outlined measures to strengthen prevention and to intervene in the hotspot districts.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW839

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has worked with other departments to ensure that the necessary systems are in place to screen and/or test frontline staff (details furnished) daily to ensure their safety; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Workplaces in different sectors of the economy, other than essential services which have been operating during Level 5, are preparing for return to work in line with the Department of Employment and Labour directive (GN 43257 issued on 29 April 2020) and the Department of Public Service and Administration circular (Circular No. 18 of 2020 issued on 1 May 2020).

Symptom screening interventions and targeted testing of employees are proposed in the different notices. The national Department of Health and the NICD has provided guidelines on symptom screening and testing of all employees. The national Department of Health is not involved in the screening and/or testing of the frontline staff in the other departments and at local government level.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW945

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

END.

04 June 2020 - NW889

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the recent advertisement for a director-general by the Department of Small Business Development at a salary of R 1 978 533.00 (Level 16), he has found that it is justifiable to make new appointments at such exorbitant salary levels amidst the fiscal and economic crisis facing the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how is it justifiable;

Reply:

  1. The Public Service as an employer has made a number of interventions to reprioritise funding during the difficult and challenging economic conditions we are currently experiencing as a nation.

All posts in the Public Service are evaluated through the prescribed job grading system. The remuneration for a post is determined on the basis of a number of factors including, but not limited to, the principle of equal pay for work of equal value and the need to recruit and retain employees with appropriate skills and competencies.

All Directors-General in the Public Service are remunerated according to a standard salary structure that consists of a number of elements constituting total cost-to-employer packages (notches). The salary of R1 978 533 that was indicated for the Director-General of the Department of Small Business Development is the minimum notch of the standard salary level applicable to Directors-General.

  1. With regard to vacant senior management service (SMS) posts, it is important to note that once an SMS post becomes vacant, irrespective of the notch the previous incumbent held, the remuneration of the post reverts to the minimum notch of the salary level attached to the post. These salary levels are determined through the job grading system and ad hoc changes or downgrades to levels would severely compromise the job grading and remuneration regimes of the Public Service.

The salaries of public servants are protected in terms of the provisions of the Public Service Act, 1994. Section 34 of the Act provides that the salary of an employee shall not be reduced without his or her consent except in terms of section 38 of the Act (that deals with wrongly granted remuneration), an act of Parliament or a collective agreement. The size of the Public Service wage bill is being managed through a number of initiatives but the reduction of salaries of individual employees is not being considered.

  1. No statement on this matter is considered necessary at this point in time.

04 June 2020 - NW947

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

END.

04 June 2020 - NW778

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of persons are in need of rehabilitation due to an addiction problem and (b) are the top 10 addictions in the Republic?

Reply:

(a) Treatment demand data from the South African Medical Research Council collected through the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) and reported once in six months shows that the number of persons admitted for treatment across 84 treatment centres/programmes between July and December 2018 were 8,486. Between January and June 2019, 9,268 persons were admitted for treatment.

(b) The data from the SACENDU Project shows that the primary substances of use for all persons seeking treatment for substance use problems were the following:

  • Cannabis;
  • Alcohol;
  • Heroin/Nyaope;
  • Methamphetamine;
  • Mandrax;
  • Cocaine;
  • CAT;
  • Over the Counter and Prescription Medication (OCT-PRE);
  • Cannabis/Mandrax (White pipe); and
  • Inhalants.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW864

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies:

1) Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) Whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? (NW1071E)

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:

1.No, the department does not offer financial assistance and/or other relief to small businesses. The department has not budgeted for such.

2. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa [ICASA], an entity of the department, has written to licensees in an effort to ensure that they make communication services available to all South Africans. ICASA provided concessions or relaxations to enable the sector to meet the demands of business unusual environment brought about by COVID-19.

ICASA has exempted television broadcasting service licensees from compliance with the local television content quotas and specific advertising and programming requirements in terms of licence conditions during the National State of Disaster.

Sound broadcasting service licensees are exempted from compliance with specific programming requirements and promises of performance in terms of licence conditions during the National State of Disaster. However, sound broadcasting service licensees shall comply with the local content music quotas.

These exemptions will automatically cease three months after termination of the National State of Disaster.

MR J MTHEMBU, MP

ACTING MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 June 2020 - NW987

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

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

Reply:

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

1(a) Not applicable.

1(b) Not applicable.

1(c) Not applicable.

  1. Not applicable.

2(a) Not applicable.

2(b) Not applicable.

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

04 June 2020 - NW946

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

END.

04 June 2020 - NW890

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

END.

04 June 2020 - NW818

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that the Portfolio Committee on Health and the South African public in general are only being updated on basic statistics of Covid-19 deaths and all hospitals, clinics and laboratories allegedly signed confidentiality clauses to provide test- and death-related information to the Government only, he will furnish Mr P A van Staden with detailed figures of mortality that are not related to Covid-19 since 1 March 2020; if not, why not; (2) whether he will consider providing such figures to the Portfolio Committee on Health on a monthly basis, until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Republic; if not, why not; (3) whether he will make a statement on this matter?

Reply:

(1) Data on all causes of mortality is collected through death certificates from the Department of Home Affairs. These data are made available to the South African Medical Research Council’s Burden of Disease Unit which has published this data on its website – it is therefore in the public domain and anyone interested in this data can access the data freely. The quote below is from the website for the period 1 January to 12 May 2020 and published on 20 May 2020.

The weekly number of deaths of persons 1+ years of age up till 12 May 2020 are significantly lower than the number that would have been expected based on the historical data, mainly due to the decline in the number of deaths from unnatural causes. The number of deaths from unnatural causes (e.g. road traffic fatalities and homicide) was significantly lower during lockdown than projected on the basis of past trends, but appears to be increasing with the easing of lockdown. • Deaths from natural causes show no unusual sign of increase by 12 May 2020 among people less than 1-59 years nor those 60 years and over, and appear to be tracking consistently below the projected numbers” (Bradshaw et al, 20 May 2020).

(2) The Minister is willing to provide the information obtained from the Department of Home Affairs as noted above, monthly to the Portfolio Committee;

(3) We will make a statement on this matter.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW805

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Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What are the costs per day for each person who is placed under quarantine by the State; (2) whether he has found that the process of quarantine may be open to corruption; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The State’s position has always been to first utilise state-owned facilities before private facilities are to be utilised and thus, the cost per person per day would differ based on facility availability, type of facility and ownership.

In State-owned facilities the costs per day relate to the operationalisation of these sites. Here costs related to provision of food, clinical services, cleaning and waste management costs. On average the costs for somebody in a state-owned facility is R600 per person per day. This excludes laundry, medical waste removal and testing.

For Private-owned facilities the operational costs are included in the rate negotiated with the facilities and excludes all clinical services. The rate is negotiated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) for each site. The Provincial Department of Health provides the training, PPE and clinical services for these. These costs are carried by the Department of Health.

(2)       The National Department of Health (NDoH) does not tolerate or entertain corruption, and any allegations to this extent need to be reported to the anti-corruption helpline.  It also needs to be noted that the NDoH does not get involved in any contractual or payment arrangements to any private facilities related to quarantine or isolation for COVID-19, unless under exceptional circumstances. The DPWI is solely responsible for that.

State-owned facilities are operationalised by the DoH in order to ensure that we operate quarantine facilities as cost effectively as possible and advocate the use of state-owned facilities prior to using private facilities.

 

 

END.

04 June 2020 - NW919

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

04 June 2020 - NW838

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with a full report of the shortages of personal protective equipment and hand sanitisers in public health facilities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) how does his department intend to reimburse healthcare staff who are exceeding their overtime hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

1. Yes, of the 1 854 facilities reporting stock availability information, the overall availability at these facilities across all personal protective equipment including hand sanitisers is 62.7%.

There is stock available at all facilities in all provinces. However, there are some facilities that are reporting an out of stock of some items.

2. The Department allocates overtime within the prescribed Public Service Regulation of 2016 as amended, section 49(1)(c). However, should there be proof that there are healthcare workers who are or exceeded their planned overtime hours due to Covid-19, they will be reimbursed through a request for approval from the Department of Public Service and Administration to deviate from the regulation to exceed the 30% threshold of employees’ monthly salary or the limitation determined by the Minister of Public Service and Administration, whichever is the lesser.

The Department is committed in ensuring that all healthcare staff work within the prescribed regulations to avoid such, if occurred.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW870

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. The competence to assist Small Businesses is a constitutional mandate of the Department of Small Businesses. The Department of Health is mandated in terms of the National Health Act to provide a framework for structured uniform health system for South Africa. The Department does therefore not grant financial relief or resources to Small Businesses.

2. The raised question does not fall under the mandate of the Department of Health, but having said that the Department with National Treasury encourage all small businesses to register their details on the Central Supplier Database to be able to be contacted to for supplies of inter alia Personal Protective Equipment. To date more the database contains more than 7,000 registered suppliers.

END.

04 June 2020 - NW837

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) number of the Cuban medical personnel who arrived in the Republic around 27 April 2020 to assist the Government in the fight against Covid-19 will be allocated to each province and (b) criteria will be used to determine where in the Republic they will be deployed to render assistance; (2) (a) has the Cuban medical personnel been trained already and (b) will they have to be driven around?

Reply:

1. (a) The number of the Cuban medical personnel as distributed is attached as ANNEXURE A.

(b) The criteria used to determine the deployment of the Cuban Health Professionals across the Country is based on the epidemiological modelling data, current health service capacity as well as capacity required as the number of COVID-19 infections increase in the different provinces and current available skills within each province.

2. (a) Yes, the Cuban Medical personnel have been trained. Training was conducted for Cuban medical personnel prior to their deployment to Provinces. The training included an overview of the South African Health System, the demography and epidemiology of diseases in the 9 provinces, Covid-19.

The history of COVID-19 in South Africa and progress made was provided, more importantly, training focussed on all approved country guidelines for COVID-19, including Clinical Case Management and Infection Prevention and Control. The training materials are all available on the Knowledge Hub of the Department and is accessible to Cuban Health Professionals.

(b) Transportation for Cuban medical personnel to serving stations will be dealt with in accordance with the approved Policy for Travel and Transportation within the relevant Provincial Departments and Public Service Regulations.

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ANNEXURE A

CUBAN MEDICAL BRIGADE DISTRIBUTION LIST

 

 

Western Cape

Gauteng

Kwa Zulu Natal

Eastern Cape

Free State

Mpumalanga

Limpopo

North West

Northern Cape

National Department

TOTAL

Family Physician

18

17

17

12

10

8

8

8

7

0

105

Health Technology

4

4

4

4

3

3

3

3

2

0

30

Epidemiology

3

3

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

18

Biostatistics

3

4

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

3

21

Public Health Specialist*

 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

11

Biotechnologist

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

TOTALS

28

28

27

20

17

13

13

13

11

17

187

04 June 2020 - NW912

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

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

Reply:

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

a) Not applicable.

b) Not applicable.

c) Not applicable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. There is no statement to be made.

END.