Questions and Replies

13 March 2019 - NW158

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What steps have been taken to give effect to the recommendations of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Taxation and Governance by SARS and (b) what is the current status of the specified steps?

Reply:

a) While SARS has taken some strides towards implementing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and is in engagement concerning others, there are certain recommendations that require Presidential approval and collaboration with National Treasury. However, from the time that the erstwhile Commissioner was suspended and the Acting Commissioner was appointed, SARS sought to repair and improve the administration of tax. The proceedings of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry ran concurrently with these endeavours taken by the Acting Commissioner and some of the recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry echo some of the initiatives started by the Acting Commissioner.  This includes re-establishing a healthy reporting relationship between the Minister of Finance and SARS and the formation of the Illicit Economy Unit, the Unit focusing on Large Business, and more recently, a Unit to assess and analyze taxpayer compliance levels.

b) The function to plan, facilitate and monitor implementation of the Commission’s recommendations will be assigned to a small unit that continues with this work, and which will report their progress to the permanent Commissioner.

13 March 2019 - NW280

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Finance

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) the National Treasury and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

(a) 10 Non-compulsory briefing sessions were held in 2018.

(b) Nil

ASB

The Accounting Standards Board held no tender briefings in 2018, as none of the goods and services procured meet the requirements for issuing tenders.

CBDA

In the 2018/19 financial year the Co-operative Banks Development Agency (CBDA) did not have any tender briefings.

The only tender briefing held by the CBDA was in the 2017/18 financial year, with tender number: NT 013-1-2017 and it was a non-compulsory briefing session.

FAIS OMBUD

The Office of the Ombud for Financial Services Providers (FAIS Ombud) would like to confirm that o tender briefings were held for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

FIC

(a) The FIC held 3 tender briefing sessions.

(b) All three (3) briefing sessions were compulsory

FSCA

(a) Eleven (11) briefing sessions were held.

(b) Seven (7) thereof were compulsory.

GEPF

(a) The GEPF held the following compulsory tender briefing meeting from 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018:

  • Strategic Investment Advisory Service
  • Legal Services
  • External Auditors

(b) The tender briefings were compulsory

GPAA

The Government Pensions Administration Agency had eleven compulsory briefing sessions in 2018.

IRBA

  1. One tender briefing session was held in 2018;
  2. The session was compulsory.

LAND BANK

Land Bank had 17 compulsory briefing sessions in 2018

PFA

The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator had 3 tender briefings for 2018 and were all not compulsory for prospective bidders to attend. The tenders relate to the procurement of Information Technology Infrastructure and Public Relations consultancy services.

PIC

(a) The PIC had 15 tender briefing sessions in 2018:

  • Open Tenders – 14 briefing sessions; and
  • Closed Bids – 1 briefing session.

(b) All of the briefing sessions stated above were compulsory.

SARS

(a)(i) NT to respond

(ii) SARS issued 31 tenders for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

(b) Out of the 31 tenders, 22 had tender briefings with 9 being compulsory and 13 being non-

compulsory.

SASRIA

Sasria SOC Ltd has not had any tender briefings during the period 01 April 2017 up to 31 March 2018.

TAX OMBUD

a) Only one (1) tender briefing was held in the year 2017/18 financial year and none in 2018/2019 financial year.

b) Yes, the tender briefing in 2017/2018 was compulsory.

13 March 2019 - NW69

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1) With reference to the reply to question 2762 on 9 January 2019, what are the relevant details of the reasons why the Public Investment Corporation Social and Ethics Committee considered the matter of a R7,81 million home loan by VBS Mutual Bank (VBS) to the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob G Zuma; (2) whether the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) granted a loan of R7,81 million to the VBS specifically for VBS to lend these funds to Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the conditions attached by the PIC to the loan and (b) which PIC client made these funds available; (3) whether VBS has met all conditions of the loan, including making all required interest and capital repayments; if not, what (a) are the relevant details of the VBS defaults and (b) action has been taken to recover the loan and interest from VBS; (4) has Mr Jacob G Zuma paid all required interest and capital payments on the loan?

Reply:

(1) The PIC’s Social and Ethics Committee (SEC) has never considered the home loan that VBS Mutual Bank (VBS) granted to former President Zuma. According to media reports, VBS advanced a loan to Mr Zuma in September 2016. The PIC had no knowledge of, nor was it party to, that transaction. In August 2017, the transaction referred to in the reply to Parliamentary Question 2762, was referred to the SEC due to the negative media coverage that followed after VBS granted the home loan to Mr Zuma. The SEC had to assess the reputational risk for the PIC when investing in VBS.

(2) The PIC did not grant any loan to VBS to be used to lend money to former President Zuma.

The rest of the questions fall away.

13 March 2019 - NW178

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 1635 on 12 June 2018, what (a) amount was paid out by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to victims of train crashes since 1 June 2018, (b) number of persons were (i) killed and (ii) injured in Prasa-related crashes in the specified time period and (c)(i) has he found to be the main causes of accidental deaths and injuries on the Prasa network, (ii) steps has his department taken to rectify the situation and (iii) are the deadlines, milestones, time frames and time lines in this regard?

Reply:

(a) R435,600-00 was paid out by PRASA to victims of train crashes since 1 June 2018.

(b) Train Crashes since 1 June 2018 to date (Open Line Collisions and Collisions with Motor Vehicles)

Open Line Collision

Date

  1. Injuries

(ii) Fatalities

June 2018

0

0

July 2018

0

0

August 2018

0

0

September 2018

112

0

October 2018

320

0

November 2018

0

0

December 2018

0

0

January 2019

817

3

TOTAL

1,249

3

(c) (i) Main causes of accidental deaths and injuries are collisions due to:

  • Human error
  • Signal failures because of theft and malicious damage to property
  • Poor supervision due to shortage of Section Managers

(ii) See table below for steps taken to rectify the situation.

(iii) See table below for deadlines, milestones, time frames and timelines.

 

(ii)

Safety Interventions

(iii)

Time Frames

Progress

1

Effective management of Human Factors.

On-going

The Recruitment of a Human Factors Specialist is in progress. The position was advertised in December 2018.

2

Filling of Safety Critical vacancies

On-going (Vacancies)

The process of filling the safety critical position is well underway and progressing very well in all the Regions. An amount of R33 million was set aside for this purpose.

3

Training of staff on Abnormal Working Conditions.

Annually

The initial training was completed in September 2018. The training is incorporated in the Refresher training manual for Safety Critical personnel within the Train Operations environment

4

Implementation of alternative method of train working only authorized by Section Managers.

Implemented in March 2018 and on going

Internal Functional Audits were conducted in all regions to monitor compliances and address identified gaps.

5

Allocation of additional security resources in identified hotspots for theft and vandalism.

On-going

Due to escalating theft and vandalism, Safety Patrollers and Safety Marshalls are deployed in some high incidents corridors.

7

Safety Awareness Campaigns

Monthly

Regional Campaigns are conducted monthly

8

Implementation of Board of Inquiry (BOI) Recommendations

As and when a BOI is instituted.

A complete assessment for recommendations of all previous incidents dating back to 2015 is in progress

13 March 2019 - NW36

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Finance

What amount is a certain person (name furnished) being paid?

Reply:

As advised by the Prudential Authority at the SA Reserve Bank, there were no payments made by the Prudential Authority (which managed the VBS curatorship) to certain person (name furnished), but were made to the curator SizweNtsalubaGobodo Advisory Services (Pty) Limited (SNG). A certain person (name furnished) acts as the representative for the curator. The total cost of curatorship for the period 12 March 2018 to 12 November 2018 amounted to R21,6 million, excluding VAT. VBS was placed in liquidation on 13 November 2018, so the curatorship ended on 12 November 2018.

The Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank (which took over the role of regulator from the Registrar on 1 April 2018) implemented various governance arrangements pertaining to the cost of curatorship at the commencement of the curatorship assignment. The governance arrangements include, inter alia, an agreement on charge-out rates, instituting a limit pertaining to the total curatorship fees for the initial 12-month period of the curatorship, as well as the management of potential conflict of interest that may arise from using other service providers.

13 March 2019 - NW169

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to the report of the Standing Committee on Finance on the Venda Pension Fund published in the Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports 172-2017 on 23 November 2017, has the plan submitted by his predecessor which sets clear timeframes for the implementation of the recommendations of the Public Protector been implemented in full; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the plan be implemented; if so, what are the details of the implementation; (2) whether the report of his predecessor to the National Assembly on the outcomes of the action plan that was due on 15 December 2017 was submitted; if not, what are the reasons that the report was not submitted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The National Treasury confirms that a full investigation was conducted in keeping with the Public Protector remedial action and a comprehensive report finalised on the privatisation of the Venda Pension Funds. The comprehensive report provides detail on the historical background, the process followed during the investigation in line with the Implementation Plan and findings thereof. The Implementation Plan was agreed by National Treasury and the Public Protector; and submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly for monitoring.

2. The Minister of Finance submitted the final comprehensive report on behalf of the State to Parliament and Public Protector on the 4th December 2018. The National Treasury awaits further communication and guidance from the Speaker of the National Assembly and Public Protector on this matter.

13 March 2019 - NW99

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply to question 2426 on 13 September 2018, (a) what number of (i) trains, (ii) coaches and (iii) locomotives have been vandalised (aa) in each month since 1 October 2018, (b) on what date did each incident take place and (c) what are the relevant details of the investigations that followed each incident, particularly with regard to the (i) outcomes and (ii) recommendations of each specified investigation?

Reply:

METRORAIL

(a) (i) 24 trains

(ii) The Metrorail fleet is made up of coaches that are not permanently coupled, the new fleet will have permanently coupled coaches and the system will thus record train sets.

The matrix’s below reflects Metrorail coaches vandalised. (Train set configuration = 10 to 12 coaches per train)

(aa) & (b) The data below reflects the date of the incident details for Metrorail Coaches

MAIN LINE PASSENGER SERVICE (MLPS)

The table below reflects the answers to question number (99), (a), (i) & (iii) for MLPS coaches. (Train set configuration: Average coaches per trains =21 including 2 locomotives)

THEFT & VANDALISM

COACH No.

REGION

DEPOT

LOCATION OF INCIDENT

INCIDENT DESCRIPTION

INCIDENT DATE

32146

W Cape

Braamfontein Yard

Vandalism of control box switch in Compartment G

1-Oct-18

35079

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6 and door locks

1-Oct-18

26289

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

1-Oct-18

26071

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen taps and water pipes

2-Oct-18

36257

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

2-Oct-18

32058

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

2-Oct-18

36159

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised windows and seats

3-Oct-18

36295

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

3-Oct-18

32136

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

3-Oct-18

25813

W Cape

Laingsburg

Window broken due to stone throwing.

3-Oct-18

32181

Gauteng

Hammasdale

Window broken due to stone throwing.

3-Oct-18

36052

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 1x control box for heaters

4-Oct-18

E1595

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

4-Oct-18

14342

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Theft of batteries x6 and door handles

4-Oct-18

33130

Gauteng

Natalspruit

Window broken due to stone throwing.

5-Oct-18

20521

W Cape

Braamfontein

Battery missing.

6-Oct-18

14343

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes

7-Oct-18

29001

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

7-Oct-18

35223

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen water pipes and fittings

8-Oct-18

29011

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6 and water fittings

8-Oct-18

26299

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

8-Oct-18

35160

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x2 and end door

9-Oct-18

26300

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Broken windows (all)

10-Oct-18

35101

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

stolen batteries x6

11-Oct-18

20515

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

2 x batteries missing

11-Oct-18

32036

W Cape

Westbury

Window broken due to stone throwing.

11-Oct-18

32128

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Vandalism of control box switch in Compartment F

12-Oct-18

35182

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stollen cables and copper pipes

12-Oct-18

E1417

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

12-Oct-18

36099

Gauteng

Germiston

Window broken due to stone throwing.

12-Oct-18

26290

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries and 4x toilet seats

13-Oct-18

35254

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

15-Oct-18

26342

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

15-Oct-18

35172

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

16-Oct-18

D34-823

Gauteng

Karsene West

Window broken due to stone throwing.

16-Oct-18

36129

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

18-Oct-18

36039

W Cape

Wolseley

Window broken due to stone throwing.

18-Oct-18

25839

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper cables

19-Oct-18

E18414

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

1 x battery missing

19-Oct-18

26431

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

21-Oct-18

26490

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

21-Oct-18

414

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

3 x batteries missing

21-Oct-18

32111

Gauteng

Paterson

Window broken due to stone throwing.

21-Oct-18

22229

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen end door and door handles

22-Oct-18

26310

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

22-Oct-18

32004

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 3x heaters from Compartments C, D and E

24-Oct-18

39034

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

24-Oct-18

36255

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

24-Oct-18

32100

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

24-Oct-18

20505

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

24-Oct-18

107

Gauteng

Mara

Window broken due to stone throwing.

25-Oct-18

E18-401

Gauteng

Union

Batteries stolen ( 4X batteries)

26-Oct-18

E18-410

Gauteng

Union

Batteries stolen ( 1 X battery )

26-Oct-18

26488

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

27-Oct-18

36304

W Cape

Hugueonot

Window broken due to stone throwing.

27-Oct-18

35249

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen ligjt fitting and batteries

28-Oct-18

35122

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen water pipes and fittings

28-Oct-18

20507

Gauteng

Braamfontein

Battery stolen.

28-Oct-18

20509

Gauteng

Sasolburg

Battery stolen &wing ligts not working 1.

28-Oct-18

36295

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

29-Oct-18

26296

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen light switches and toilet seats

29-Oct-18

149

W Cape

New Claire

Window broken due to stone throwing.

29-Oct-18

35010

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

30-Oct-18

35017

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

30-Oct-18

E18-413 E18-414

Gauteng

Spruitcrus

Batteries stolen, 4x on 18-403 and wires cut on E18-414.

31-Oct-18

36088 36301

W Cape

Hugenoit

Window broken due to stone throwing.

1-Nov-18

36241 36301

Gauteng

Doornfontein

Window broken due to stone throwing.

1-Nov-18

33090

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 2x heater in Compartments F and B

2-Nov-18

35194

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

2-Nov-18

20517

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

2-Nov-18

E1450

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

3-Nov-18

35002

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

4-Nov-18

36218

Gauteng

Germiston

Window broken due to stone throwing.

4-Nov-18

35033

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

5-Nov-18

35278

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

5-Nov-18

32095

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

5-Nov-18

36355

Gauteng

Queenstown

Window broken due to stone throwing.

7-Nov-18

35088

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

9-Nov-18

35026

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

11-Nov-18

35037

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised toilet equipment

11-Nov-18

35015

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

11-Nov-18

35232

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

11-Nov-18

32119

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

11-Nov-18

32094

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

11-Nov-18

32059

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

11-Nov-18

435 25147 36160

Gauteng

Peelton

Window broken due to stone throwing.

11-Nov-18

36231

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Nov-18

35040

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

13-Nov-18

36280

W Cape

Potchefstroom

Window broken due to stone throwing.

13-Nov-18

32188

Gauteng

Sasalburg

Window broken due to stone throwing.

15-Nov-18

26294

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

16-Nov-18

32076

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 5x heaters

19-Nov-18

35041

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

19-Nov-18

35091

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

19-Nov-18

2846

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

19-Nov-18

35299

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

20-Nov-18

808 403 23114

Gauteng

Oberholzer

Window broken due to stone throwing.

21-Nov-18

35009

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

22-Nov-18

35186

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

23-Nov-18

20516

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

23-Nov-18

32082

W Cape

Randfontein

Window broken due to stone throwing.

23-Nov-18

32024

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 3x heaters

24-Nov-18

E1411

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

25-Nov-18

26702

36355

36363

36160

32190

36355

436/263

Gauteng

Stutterheim

Window broken due to stone throwing.

26-Nov-18

32194

W Cape

Ariston

Window broken due to stone throwing.

26-Nov-18

56

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

1-Dec-18

32125

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 2x heaters in Compartments B and H

5-Dec-18

39012

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

5-Dec-18

35075

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

5-Dec-18

35107

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

5-Dec-18

35315

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

5-Dec-18

33005

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

5-Dec-18

21006

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

5-Dec-18

36105

W Cape

De Deroons

Window broken due to stone throwing.

5-Dec-18

36358

36205

Gauteng

Bloemfontein

Window broken due to stone throwing.

6-Dec-18

36255

Gauteng

Queenstown

Window broken due to stone throwing.

6-Dec-18

25060

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

7-Dec-18

32022

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

7-Dec-18

36277

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

11-Dec-18

36238

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

11-Dec-18

35248

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

11-Dec-18

35260

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

11-Dec-18

35188

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen light fittings and pipes

12-Dec-18

35001

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

12-Dec-18

35034

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

12-Dec-18

35061

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

12-Dec-18

35003

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

12-Dec-18

35165

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Dec-18

36253

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

12-Dec-18

36204

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Dec-18

26711

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Dec-18

32141

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

12-Dec-18

33006

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Dec-18

33059

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Dec-18

21053

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

12-Dec-18

32019

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 2x heaters in Compartments H and D

16-Dec-18

36215

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

16-Dec-18

36279

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

16-Dec-18

35243

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen electrical plugs and pipes

16-Dec-18

35004

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

16-Dec-18

36254

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

16-Dec-18

32107

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

16-Dec-18

21089

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

16-Dec-18

25799

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

18-Dec-18

25807

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

18-Dec-18

32117

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

18-Dec-18

32024

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

18-Dec-18

36283

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and toilet door

19-Dec-18

35012

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

19-Dec-18

410

W Cape

Orkney

Window broken due to stone throwing.

19-Dec-18

35098

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

24-Dec-18

36132

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

24-Dec-18

36190

Gauteng

Germiston

Window broken due to stone throwing.

24-Dec-18

36029

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

25-Dec-18

32003

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

25-Dec-18

20505

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

25-Dec-18

32114

W Cape

De Deroons

Window broken due to stone throwing.

25-Dec-18

32114

W Cape

Beaufort West

Window broken due to stone throwing.

25-Dec-18

32131

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 2x heaters in Compartments A and F. 1x Control switch stolen

26-Dec-18

36011

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalized end doors and stolen pipes

26-Dec-18

33027

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

26-Dec-18

20522

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

26-Dec-18

E1657

Gauteng

Gauteng

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

27-Dec-18

32188

W Cape

Wellington

Window broken due to stone throwing.

27-Dec-18

25725

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Vandalised seats and windows

30-Dec-18

32060

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

30-Dec-18

36321

Gauteng

Louistrichard

Window broken due to stone throwing.

30-Dec-18

18473

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

1-Jan-19

35008

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

2-Jan-19

36133

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

2-Jan-19

32017

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of 5x heaters

5-Jan-19

20514

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

7-Jan-19

25119

Gauteng

Queenstown

Window broken due to stone throwing.

9-Jan-19

22264

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

10-Jan-19

32089

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

11-Jan-19

35241

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

12-Jan-19

401

Gauteng

Angus

Window broken due to stone throwing.

13-Jan-19

E18401

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of Cab R10M and LT R10M

14-Jan-19

1468

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

15-Jan-19

25817

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen copper water pipes and fittings

15-Jan-19

E18-401

Gauteng

Empilisweni

Window broken due to stone throwing.

17-Jan-19

437

Gauteng

Sasolburg

Window broken due to stone throwing.

18-Jan-19

39102

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

19-Jan-19

32209

W Cape

Culemborg Yard

Stolen batteries x6

27-Jan-19

36205

Gauteng

Mpilisweni

Window broken due to stone throwing.

27-Jan-19

36352

Gauteng

Queenstown

Window broken due to stone throwing.

27-Jan-19

         

(iii) Locomotives that have been vandalised

The table below responds to (aa) &(b)

COACH No.

ASSET TYPE

REGION DEPOT

LOCATION OF INCIDENT

INCIDENT DESCRIPTION

INCIDENT DATE

E1595

6E1 LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

4-Oct-18

E7003

7E LOCO

Eastern Cape

East London

Stolen batteries, copper busbars, cut cables and copper pipes

12-Oct-18

E1417

6E1 LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen batteries

12-Oct-18

D34-823

34 CLASS DIESEL LOCO

Gauteng

Karsene West

Window broken due to stone throwing.

16-Oct-18

E7022

7E LOCO

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Stolen copper busbars, cut cables and copper pipes

14-Oct-18

E18414

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

1 x battery missing

19-Oct-18

E18-401

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Union

Batteries stolen ( 4X batteries)

26-Oct-18

E18-410

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Union

Batteries stolen ( 1 X battery )

26-Oct-18

E18-413

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Spruitcrus

Batteries stolen, 4x on 18-403 and wires cut on E18-414.

31-Oct-18

E18-414

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Spruitcrus

Batteries stolen, 4x on 18-403 and wires cut on E18-414.

31-Oct-18

E7009

7E LOCO

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Stolen copper busbars, cut cables and copper pipes

12-Oct-18

E1450

6E1 LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

3-Nov-18

E1411

6E1 LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

25-Nov-18

E7215

7E LOCO

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Stolen copper busbars, cut cables and copper pipes

3-Dec-18

E1657

6E1 LOCO

Gauteng

Gauteng

Stolen copper busbars and pipes

27-Dec-18

E18401

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Braamfontein Yard

Theft of Cab R10M and LT R10M

14-Jan-19

E18-401

18E LOCO

Gauteng

Empilisweni

Window broken due to stone throwing.

17-Jan-19

(c) (i) Each incident is reported to the Risk and security department at the MLCC (Main Line

Control Centre) where it is registered with a specific reference number. Internal Security investigates, and targets identified hot spots and executes special action plans to minimize the incidents.

(ii) Majority of the vandalism is theft of copper and aluminum train parts which has a high

monitory value at scrap dealers. Another challenge is stone throwing at trains en-route on certain corridors. Due to the numbers involved internal investigations are not done for each case. Cases are opened with SAPS with the available information. See attached Annexure with case numbers.

13 March 2019 - NW39

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the Public Affairs Research Institute has had any working relationship with the (a) National Treasury and/or (b) SA Revenue Service since 1 January 2010; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a) No

b) SA Revenue Service contracted the services of the Public Affairs Research Institute in 2011. This followed a request for quotation, RFQ 39/2010 for purposes of conducting a SARS Corruption Study on a national basis. This was awarded on the 02 February 2011 to the value of R799,755.00.

13 March 2019 - NW41

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether (a) the National Treasury and (b) any entities reporting to him contracted the services of certain companies (details furnished); if so, what was the (i) total monetary value of the contract and (ii) duration of the contract?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

(a) No

(i)(ii) N/A

ASB

The Accounting Standards Board has not contracted the services of any of the companies.

CBDA

The Co-operative Banks Development Agency has not contracted the services of any of the companies.

DBSA

(b) No.

(i) NIL

(ii) N/A

FIC

(b) The Financial Intelligence Centre has not contracted any services of companies as listed.

(i) Not applicable.

(ii) Not applicable.

FAIS OMBUD

Based on our records and scrutiny of the system, the FAIS Ombud can confirm that no contracts or services were utilized from the service providers listed.

FSCA

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (including the former Financial Services Board) has never engaged the entities named as their service providers or suppliers.

GEPF

The GEPF has not contracted any of the entities.

GPAA

According to our records, the Government Pensions Administration Agency and GEPF have no records of the above companies in our system.

IRBA

The IRBA hereby declares that we have not contracted any of the services from the companies listed.

PFA

Based on the information available at my disposal, the Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator has never contracted the services of the companies listed.

LAND BANK

Land Bank does not have any contracts in place with any of the companies listed above.

We have, however, utilized Eavesdropping Detection Services which is a division of Corporate Business and Insight Awareness on a once-off basis for confidential work for Technical Surveillance Counter Measures. This order was placed in December 2018. Payment of R53 241.32 was made to Corporate Business and Insight Awareness on 21 January 2019.

Corporate Business Insight and Awareness is a new supplier on our database and all the necessary screening including AML was conducted prior to them being loaded.

PIC

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) contracted the services of Corporate Business Insight and Awareness (CBIA) in the 2014/15 financial year.

(i) The total monetary value was R20 621.00.

(ii) This was a once-off assignment.

SARS

According to the SARS financial systems:

1. There is no indication that SARS contracted with Eavesdropping Detection Solutions (EDS.

2. There is no indication that SARS contracted with Cell Detect; or Business Espionage Countermeasures South Africa (BECSA).

3. SARS did make purchases from the vendor named Corporate Business Insight and Awareness (CBIA). The total payments made to CBIA are indicated below and these date back to the Financial Year 2006/2007 until Financial Year 2014/2015.

2006/2007

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

Grand Total

70 965.00

737 891.00

54 720.00

68 628.00

640 779.80

501 962.52

264 528.42

2 339 474.74

SASRIA

Sasria SOC Ltd is currently (and had previously) not contracted the services of the following companies:

TAX OMBUD

The Office of the Tax Ombud did not conduct any business or award any tender to any of the aforementioned companies.

13 March 2019 - NW68

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)       What (a) is the estimated loss of tax revenue due to the illicit trade in tobacco products in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 financial years and (b) are the relevant details of all action taken by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) in order to ensure that all taxes on the trade in tobacco products in South Africa are paid; (2) Whether Sars has done any research into the actual prices that tobacco products are being sold for; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) research conducted and (b) results of the research conducted?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i)   The estimated loss of tax revenue due to the illicit trade in tobacco products for the 2015/16 financial year was R6 billion compared to the estimated loss of R 4.1 billion for the 2014/15 financial year.

(ii)(iii) The estimated loss of tax revenue due to the illicit trade in tobacco products for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial year has not been concluded as yet.

(b) Steps taken by SARS to ensure that all taxes on the trade in tobacco products in South Africa are paid are:

  • SARS conducted Integrated Audits on the Tobacco industry for years up until 2015.
  • Amending section 113 of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, (the Act) with effect from 19 January 2017 to prohibit the importation of cigarettes with a mass of more than 1.2 kilogram per 1 000 cigarettes, and the manufacture of cigarettes of which the mass of the tobacco content exceeds 0.9 kilogram per 1 000 cigarettes.
  • SARS is finalising a draft rule amendment to the Act that will be published for public comment shortly to require functional tamper-proof product counters on all the tobacco manufacturing equipment used by the industry at any licensed tobacco excise manufacturing warehouse in the country.
  • SARS is in the process of modernising its current fiscal marker and implement technology that will provide information to SARS to enable SARS to track and trace cigarettes that are manufactured throughout the value chain.
  • SARS has an integrated Audit team that was established to audit traders across multiple taxes.

There is an increased focus on illicit tobacco and cigarette trade using a multi-pronged approach that includes:

  • Establishment of the Illicit Economy Unit with a multi-disciplinary team investigating allegations of non-compliance in the tobacco industry.
  • Integrated audits are performed by the Excise team.
  • Reviews of the existing licences are conducted in line with the new measure that is under consideration for implementation.
  • Targeted port risk alerts driven interventions on raw tobacco in order to follow the trail from foreign exporter to the consignee who is either the manufacturer of the importer who supplies the manufacturer, to ensure that we can align any thread of imported raw tobacco to the volumes of production per manufacturer.
  • Audit and inspections are being conducted on cigarette manufacturing machines to ensure that SARS has sight of manufacturing equipment and its production capacity.
  • Policy review is being envisaged to enforce the cigarette manufacturing machines counters usage, with possible withdrawal of licences should the counter be found not to be operational.
  • Increased inspections at targeted areas identified as being high risk regarding suspected illicit cigarettes sold.
  • Deployment of Customs inspectors at the manufacturing sites to inspect, monitor, record and develop an understanding of the entire manufacturing value chain from raw materials that form the inputs into production and the final products in relation to the excise account declared.

(2)(a)(b)  SARS does research on a regular basis aligned to its strategic approach and focus.

In line with this approach SARS is in the process of conducting research into the tobacco industry.

12 March 2019 - NW260

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

1) Tender briefings held in 2018 are as follows:

(a) Simons’ Town Procurement Service Centre – 60 tender briefings.

(b) Central Procurement Service Centre – 69 tender briefings.

2) All briefings were compulsory.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

The Department of Military Veterans had no tender briefings held in 2018.

OFFICE OF THE MILITARY OMBUD

The office of the Military Ombud did not hold any tender briefings in 2018.

ARMSCOR

Armscor held 10 tender briefings in 2018. One (1) was a published tender bid with a compulsory bidders briefing and nine (9) bids were published with non-compulsory bidders’ briefings.

DFSC

The DFSC did not hold any tenders briefings in 2018.

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

The Castle Control Board (CCB) did not hold any tenders briefings in 2018

12 March 2019 - NW135

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