Questions and Replies

02 November 2018 - NW2942

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

1) Whether, with reference to a media statement issued on 08 May 2018 by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Centenary Celebrations that the name of the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape is to be changed to the Nelson Mandela Dam, there are any plans to officially put such name change into effect; if so, by what date will this take place; (2) Whether his department has taken note of the petitions against such name change by the residents of the Renosterberg Local Municipality within which the dam falls, if not, why not, (3) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

REPLY:

  1. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) statement on 08 May 2018 was a pronouncement on the process that had been initiated by the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation as part of the Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Centenary Program.

Standardisation of geographical names is an administrative process that starts at local and provincial level and is finalised at the national sphere of government, where the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC) makes recommendations for my approval or rejection. At the moment the matter is still the subject of public participation and discussion at local and provincial levels of government, and it is not possible to predict the final recommendations and the date it will be escalated to the national level of government for my consideration;

2. My department is not aware of any petition as none has been brought to our attention.

3. There will be no statement to make on the matter until the application is officially submitted through the SAGNC for my consideration.

02 November 2018 - NW2925

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What (a) number of persons were evicted from government housing projects (i) in 2017 and (ii) since 1 January 2018 and (b) are the details of where the evictions took place in each case?

Reply:

REPLY

 

The following is the response to the question based on information provided by Provincial Department of Human Settlements:

  1. In Western Cape, the only evictions that occurred in the Province during 2017 and since 1 January 2018, where in the City of Cape Town and by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements, as per the details contained in the attached spread sheets, “Annexure B.
  2. In KwaZulu-Natal, a total of 104 tenants were evicted from state subsided housing projects. A total of 87 tenants were evicted in 2017 and 17 were evicted since 1 January 2018 to date. The details of the evictions are attached as per ‘Annexure C.
  3. In Northern Cape, no persons were evicted from state subsidised housing projects (i) in 2017 and (ii) since 1 January 2018.
  4. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has not activated any evictions from any state subsided housing projects in 2017 and to date.
  5. In Free State, no persons were evicted by the Department of Human Settlements in 2017. The Department of Human Settlements evicted 5 unlawful occupiers in 2018. The eviction order was granted in the High Court of South Africa Free State Division, Bloemfontein, on the 26th of April 2018 under case number 837/2018 against the unlawful occupiers of state subsidised houses in Sasolburg.
  6. The Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga has not evicted any persons in the year (i) 2017 and (ii) since January 2018. The Department secured an eviction order but has yet to execute such orders, in the following areas –                                                                                                      i)  Mjejane under Nkomazi Local Municipality, 32 sites                                                                              ii)Schoonspruit under eMakhazeni Local Municipality, approximately 64 sites

       7. In North West, no evictions were undertaken.

8. In Eastern Cape, one person was evicted from state subsidised housing project. The eviction took place in Mdantsane Cluster 1 (Masibabane). About +/- 500 cases are currently at the East London Magistrate Court for alleged illegal occupation of Fynbos Phase 1 and 2 projects.

9. In Limpopo, no persons were evicted from state subsidies housing projects (i) in 2017 and (ii) since 1 January 2018.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION NUMBER: PQ 2925 (NW3233E)

DATE OF PUBLICATION: FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2018

N CHAINEE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: HUMAN SETTLEMENTS STRATEGY AND PLANNING

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

M S TSHANGANA

DIRECTOR-GENERAL:

DATE:

_________________________________________________________________________

Approved/Not approved

N MFEKETO, M P

MINISTER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

DATE:

02 November 2018 - NW2924

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Hlonyana, Mrs NKF to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

With reference to her reply to question 1952 on 17 September 2018, (a) who are the 37 evictees that have been identified for assistance and (b) how have they been assisted?

Reply:

REPLY

(a) A list is attached hereto marked “Annexure A”, which contains the names of households against whom the social housing institution obtained court orders for evictions due to none payment of rental. These households have been identified in conjunction with the provincial department and City of Cape Town, to be investigated and analysed against relevant databases to ascertain where or not they can be assisted with alternative accommodation and or relocation into fully subsidised units.

(b) The households as per “Annexure A” form part of the initial group against whom eviction orders where obtained and alternative accommodation will be provided subject to the following:

b.1 the households must meet the qualifying criteria for allocation into fully subsided housing

c) The provincial department is currently processing the applications and has identified possible areas of relocation should the households qualify. All households who earn in excess of R3 500 per month will be processed in terms of the finance link individual subsidy programme.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION NUMBER: PQ 2924 (NW3232E)

DATE OF PUBLICATION: FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2018

N CHAINEE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: HUMAN SETTLEMENTS STRATEGY AND PLANNING

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

M S TSHANGANA

DIRECTOR-GENERAL:

DATE:

_________________________________________________________________________

Approved/Not approved

N MFEKETO, M P

MINISTER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

DATE:

02 November 2018 - NW2835

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Bozzoli, Dr B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) What number of the students who were awarded funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2018 academic year had not received their funding as at 20 September 2018 and (b) for what number of the specified students was funding (i) not yet paid to the institution due to (aa) a lack of registration data that must be received by NSFAS and (bb) the student not having signed a bursary agreement despite registration data having been received by NSFAS, (ii) paid to the institution, but not allocated to a student due to a lack of remittances sent with the payment to the institution and (iii) (aa) not yet received by the student for other reason(s) and (bb) what is the number of affected students in respect of each other reason?

Reply:

(a) A student only becomes eligible for funding once they have been approved as financially eligible by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and is academically eligible through the confirmation of registration by the relevant institution. As of 12 October 2018, 3 242 students, who had been confirmed as eligible for funding and signed their agreements, was being processed for payment.

(b) (i) (aa) The NSFAS system automatically generates a link for a student to sign their NSFAS Bursary Agreement once their registration data has been successfully matched to NSFAS data. NSFAS was waiting for registration data from institutions for 9 194 students who are financially eligible.

(bb) 48 104 Contracts issued to students remain unsigned.

(ii) Since 1 September 2018, payments to institutions were sent with remittance information. Reconciliations for earlier upfront payments are still in progress.

(iii) None.

02 November 2018 - NW2951

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) (a) What number of advisors does he currently have, (b) what is the name of each specified advisor and (c) on what date was each advisor appointed; 2) whether each advisor has declared his or her interests; if not, why not; if so, is the information on the specified interests available to the public?

Reply:

(1) (a) The Minister of Mineral Resources currently has two (2) advisors,

(b) Their names are Mr Sello Helepi and Advocate Sandile Nogxina,

(c) Advocate Sandile Nogxina was appointed on 27 February 2018 and Mr Sello Helepi on 12 March 2018.

(2) None of the advisors have declared their interests as they are not appointed in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994 and are therefore not required to declare their interests.

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2018

02 November 2018 - NW2955

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Hlonyana, Mrs NKF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Does his department and/or any of the entities reporting to him employ a certain person (name furnished) or contract his services; if so, (a) in what role and (b) what is the specified person’s total remuneration?

Reply:

Yes, Adv Sandile Nogxina is appointed within the Ministry of Mineral Resources

(a) As a Special Advisor to the Minister.

(b) Is remunerated on the first notch of salary level sixteen (16) R 1,880.736.

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2018