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28 November 2017 - NW3727

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the community protest actions in the Matatiele region regarding the state of disrepair of the road network in the specified region, what (a) is his department’s assessment of the (i) access, (ii) district, (iii) regional and (iv) primary road networks in the greater Matatiele region and (b) plans are there to attend to the repairs and maintenance of the specified road networks?

Reply:

a) (i) (ii) (iii) and (iv) R56 commences just outside of Pietermaritzburg and navigate the eastern region of the KZN province. It consists of various sections of roads which are Main road P5; P416; N2; P609 and traverse the towns of Richmond, Ixopo, Umzimkhulu and Kokstad respectively, R56 then further extends outside the border of the KwaZulu Natal province to Matatiele.

The KwaZulu Natal Department of Transport embarked on an exercise to do Condition Assessment for the Province for the total paved network of approximately 7650 kilometres consisting of provincial and district roads.

Upon completion of the exercise, it was found that 66% of the entire network was not in a good condition. A priority list was deduced based on the severity of defects on the roads and using the limited available funding, rehabilitation measures were implemented.

Route 56 has always been a high priority as it forms part of a link between the provinces of KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and the country of Lesotho and over the years the KZN Department of Transport has done rehabilitation work to ensure safe transition and will continue to plan for maintenance activities accordingly.

b) Whilst 32 kilometers of P609 which is the nearest section of road from the KZN province region to the Eastern Cape boarder, towards Matatiele, it can be confirmed that the rehabilitation plans are only envisaged to commence during the 2020-21 financial year. With the current condition of the road being deemed as poor due to defects related to functionality, the structural capacity of the road is however relevantly sound and poses no risk to the design life of the road or any other unanticipated catastrophic failures. However, holding maintenance measures in a form of patching and pothole repairs where necessary will be conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure safe driving conditions.

28 November 2017 - NW3411

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the Prasa signalling systems and maintenance work after the Elandsfontein train crash, (a) why has maintenance work on the signalling systems stopped in some areas in Gauteng, (b) what is being done to resume and complete this work in each area respectively and (c) what are the timelines and deadlines for each area in this regard?

Reply:

a) The maintenance of the signalling system has never stopped in some areas in Gauteng. It has intensified working hand in hand with the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) with a dedicated joint team of inspectors from RSR and Metro-rail signalling technicians.

b) Refer to (a) above

c) Refer to (a) above

28 November 2017 - NW3817

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to Notice R776 of Gazette GG 34621 of 20 September 2011, which exempted the operation of motor vehicles in the transporting of International Organisation for Standardisation containers, specifically 40ft Hi Cube containers, from complying with the provision of regulation 224(b) of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 under the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996, (a)(i) what investigations have been done in this regard and (ii) what are the outcomes of such investigations and (b) what plans does his department have in place once the moratorium expires on 31 December 2018?

Reply:

(a) (i) It was not the role of the Department to conduct any investigation. The reprieve was to allow the operators to procure and ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Act.

   (ii) Not applicable, falls away

(b) The Department is going to ensure that the provisions of legislation is complied with because the industry was given time to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the prescribed legislation.

28 November 2017 - NW3814

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court of South Africa case 08744/2016 between a certain person (name furnished) and the Road Accident Fund, (a) on what date will payment be made to the plaintiff and (b) why has payment not yet been made to date?

Reply:

With regard to the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court of South Africa case 08744/2016 between a certain person (Rudolph Gerhardus steyn) and the Road Accident Fund, (a) the date of payment to the plaintiff is unknown, and (b) the payment has not yet been made because the amount of damages due to the claimant must still be agreed between the parties or ordered by the court, consequently payment is not yet due.

28 November 2017 - NW3820

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) How many times has he formally met the National Taxi Association since becoming a Minister of Transport, (b) on what dates did these meetings take place, (c) what was on the agenda of each respective meeting, (d) what was discussed at each of these meetings, (e) what resolutions were agreed to at each of these meetings and (f)(i) how will each of these resolutions be implemented and (ii) what are the respective timelines and milestones in each case?

Reply:

a) Two times;

b) 12 October 2017 and 16 October 2017;

c) Issues around Operating Licenses, System challenges, Legislation challenges, Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, Taxi Empowerment and Law Enforcement Challenges were raised as part of the discussion;

d) Refer to (c) above;

e) That the Department and NTA will continue to engage formally and informally on critical issues that affect the taxi industry and also rope in provinces where necessary; and

f) (i) Engagement will be ongoing.

(ii) Engagement will be ongoing.

28 November 2017 - NW3818

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) Why has the 2016-17 annual report of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa not been tabled, (b) by which date will the specified report be tabled and (c) what processes, procedures and mechanisms are in place to ensure that future annual reports are tabled on time?

Reply:

a) PRASA requested extension to submit because the audit was not funded.

b) Once the audit has been finalized it will be incorporated in the draft annual report, signed off and submitted.

c) The department held discussions with AGSA on measures to ensure that audits are finalised on time including placing reliance on Interim Audit.

28 November 2017 - NW3726

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is his department’s assessment of the condition of the R56 road between Kokstad and Matatiele and (b) what plans does his department have in place to attend to the repair and maintenance of the specified road?

Reply:

a) R56 between Kokstad and Matatiele is formally named in the Department as P609. The overall condition of this portion of R56 can be deemed being in a poor to very poor condition. A network level visual assessment of the road was carried out in June 2017.

The first 8 km’s of the road are in a very poor condition having a surface condition index of less than 25%. This section has very poor drainage, which has resulted in extensive crocodile cracking of a severe nature with scattered occurrences of pumping. The section also has severe longitudinal cracking and intermittent patch failure. Severe potholes were also identified as a common occurrence on this first 8km stretch.

The rest of the road, from km 8 to km 32 shows more or less the same kind of defects as the first uniform section but these defects can be described as being in the warning category. The average surface condition index for this section can be estimated to be about 40%, deeming this section as being in a poor condition. The potholes identified in the section are no more than a degree 3 collectively and they occur in isolated sections. The crocodile cracking as well as patch failure are still a major issue on this section as they were in the first.

b) Whilst 32 kilometers of P609 which is the nearest section of road from the KZN province region to the Eastern Cape boarder, towards Matateile, it can be confirmed that the rehabilitation plans are only envisaged to commence during the 2020-2021 financial year. With the current condition of the road being deemed as poor due to defects related to functionality, the structural capacity of the road is however relevantly sound and poses no risk to the design life of the road or any other unanticipated catastrophic failures. However, holding maintenance measures in a form of patching and pothole repairs where necessary will be conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure safe driving conditions.

28 November 2017 - NW3542

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to members of the Board of the Airports Company South Africa in the past three financial years, (a) what is the name of each member who (i) has been appointed, (ii) has been suspended, (iii) was reinstated and (iv) resigned and (b) what were the reasons for (i) suspension, (ii) reinstatement and (iii) resignation of each member in the specified period?

Reply:

(a)(i) 1. Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma

2. Ms Kate Mmatlou

3. Dr Matlhodi Steven Mabela

4. Ms Siyakhula Simelane

The following additional other members were re-appointed with effect from the 1 May 2016 for a period of three (3) years and their term lapses on 30 April 2019, and they are-

5. Ms Chwayita Mabude

6. Ms Bajabulile Luthuli

7. Adv. Kenosi Moroka and

8. Dr John Lamola

(a)(ii) None

(a)(iii) The following members were reinstated in May 2017 are-

  1. Adv Kenosi Moraka
  2. Ms Bajabulile Luthuli
  3. Chwayita Mabude
  4. Ms Kate Mmatlou

Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma and Dr John Lamola resigned from the ACSA Board during the 2016/17 financial year.

(b)(i) None, as there were no Board members that were suspended.

(ii) The current Minister considered the High Court ruling in the matter of Mr Popo Molefe and others v/s Minister of Transport, where the High Court ruling reinstated the former Board of PRASA, on the grounds that the former Minister had not complied with audi alterem partem principle, before dismissing the Board. Upon analysis of the process record for dismissing the four members, the Minister could not find any correspondence where the four ACSA Board members were afforded an opportunity to make representations. Thus, the current Minister reinstated them upon realizing that the audi principle was not complied with by the former Minister

(iii) Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma tendered his resignation from the ACSA Board because of his appointment as CEO at SANRAL and Dr John Lamola cited ethical considerations.

28 November 2017 - NW3499

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether the rotary uninterrupted back-up power supply support engine of the rail signalling system of the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) is functional; if not, by which date will it be functional; (2) (a) what number of the GNC’s 92 train stations have been commissioned with the new Siemens electronic interlocking system and (b) why were the specified stations commissioned with the specified system; (3) whether the GNC’s central traffic control centre satellite system is functional; if not, (a) what will the effect be on the operations of the GNC and (b) by which date will it be functional?

Reply:

  1. Yes, the GNC rotary generator is functional and working very well.
  2. (a)(b) To date, 20 stations are equipped with the new signalling electronic interlocking system. (b) The stations are commissioned with this new interlocking system to improve safety, reliability and operational flexibility.
  3. The GNC traffic control is functional. To date, the GNC operates the Irene, Olifantsfontein, Kaalfontein, Leralla and Tembisa corridor on a new signaling system. Currently, PRASA is moving the southern line which includes Midway – Residensia Corridor into the GNC. More stations will follow and be operated at the GNC once they are equipped with the new signaling system.

 

28 November 2017 - NW3656

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) By which date are the Gibela-built trains scheduled for delivery and (b) what number of the specified trains will be delivered; (2) whether the trains have been tested; if so, (a) on what date(s) and (b) what problems have been identified; (3) whether the trains can be used; if not, why not; if so, by which date; (4) whether the trains need any modifications for South African conditions; if so, what modifications; (5) in terms of the total number of trains to be delivered by Gibela, (a) is the price fixed to the total number of contracts or fixed to the delivery date and (b) is any hedging in place?

Reply:

1. (a) Delivery has been separated into 2 batches. PRASA accepted the first 18 trains

(manufactured in Brazil) from December 2016 until September 2017. These train-sets are already in operation in the north part of Gauteng

(b) The remaining 582 trains will be delivered from the Local Factory in Dunnottar Park, Ekurhuleni, with the first train expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018.

2. (a) The trains have been tested in accordance with the acceptance process between

PRASA, Gibela and the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR). The tests ensured that the trains meet PRASA’s specifications, including adherence to the Railway Safety Regulator standards. PRASA conducts tests on all trains before accepting them for operational use. These tests have been conducted in line with the delivery dates. Furthermore, the tests and results were submitted to the RSR before accepting the first train.

(b) There are no technical problems with the trains. The trains meet PRASA’s specification and RSR standards.

3. The trains are currently being used for operations between the Pienaarspoort and Pretoria corridor.

4. The trains have been manufactured specifically for PRASA, that is, they have been manufactured in line with PRASA’s specification and meet South African railway conditions.

5. (a) PRASA has contracted with Gibela for 600 New Trains for a fixed contract value of R59 billion (2014 prices).

    (b) Gibela has been responsible for hedging for the duration from FY2014/15 to FY2020/21.

 

28 November 2017 - NW3816

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

When will the SA National Roads Agency Limited reconstruct the demolished pedestrian bridge over the N1 adjacent to the bridge where Solomon Mahlangu Drive K69 crosses the N1 in Erasmusrand, Tshwane?

Reply:

The Tender for the construction of the new Bridge has closed, and SANRAL is currently busy with the tender evaluation and adjudication process. It is envisaged that construction of the bridge will commence in February 2018 and will be completed by February 2019.

27 November 2017 - NW3536

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) On what date will his department and the entities that report to him review their work and relationship with a certain company (KPMG), (b) how will the specified reviews take place, (c) who will be responsible for the reviews in each case, (d) what time lines, time frames and milestones have been set in this regard, (e) how far back will the reviews go and (f) what are the terms of reference and scope in each case; (2) what steps will his department and the entities reporting to him take in each case where the reviews uncover any irregular activity or action?

Reply:

Department

(1)(a) The Department has not used the KPMG services in the recent part.

(b) Not applicable

(c)(d)(e)(f) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

(1)(a) ACSA confirms that it has conducted and completed a review of its relationship with KPMG in light of market developments

(b) Contracts awarded and scope of work for each were identified and reviewed.

(c) Business unit management (users) and Finance were responsible for the reviews.

(d) The reviews have been completed.

(f) Review focused on determining the nature of work contracted for - ACSA confirms that KPMG are on a non-statutory panel and that KPMG are not used to undertake assurance work.

2. No irregular activity or action identified.

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

(1)(a) KPMG is currently managing ATNS’s fraud hotline. Their role is limited to logging of calls only. The responsibility to investigate calls as logged is mandated to the ATNS Internal Audit department. ATNS reviews the relationship with its service providers annually or as and when contracts are due for renewal.

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

(d) N/A

(e) N/A

(2) N/A

Cross-Border Road Transport Agency

The Cross-Border Road Transport does not have any work relationship with KPMG. Therefore, (1) Not applicable;

(2) not applicable.

Road Accident Fund

(1) (a) The Road Accident Fund (RAF) finalised an internal review into the work of KPMG and did not identify any quality concerns, but the Board intends to meet with KPMG on 23 November 2017 to discuss the parties’ continued relationship in light of the reputational risk that exists for the RAF, questions (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) are not applicable since no further reviews are planned, at this time;

(2) the internal review and standard supply chain management contract review processes performed by the RAF did not uncover any irregular activity or action on the part of KPMG, but should any such irregular activity or action come to light in future the RAF’s actions will be informed by the nature of the particular irregular activity or action; the specific contractual agreements in place; and, the law as it pertains to the particular irregular activity or action.

Road Traffic Infringement Agency

(1) (a) The review is scheduled for 22 December 2017

(b) The review will be in the form of an assessment of the deliverables, validity and quality thereof, in relation to the specifications for managing the anti-Fraud and Corruption Hotline.

(c) Legal and Risk Management units in the Agency

(d) 3 months from start to completion

(e) With effect from December 2015 when they were appointed.

(f) Review the terms of the contract for manning the anti-Fraud and Corruption Hotline.

(2) Termination of the contract

Road Traffic Management Corporation

The RTMC has no continuous relationship with KPMG

South African National Roads Agency Limited

(1)&(2) SANRAL’s contractual relationship with KPMG ended on 31 October 2017. KPMG provided tax advisory services to SANRAL from 1 May 2015. The assignments were mostly driven by SARS queries on compliance issues for VAT purposes. The submissions were reviewed by SANRAL and SARS. No further reviews will be conducted.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

The South African Civil Aviation Authority does not do any work with KPMG.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

1. (a) Prasa has no contract with KMPG

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d) Not applicable

(e) Not applicable

(f) Not applicable

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

1. (a) The RSR does not have any current contract or work performed for the past three years by KPMG

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d) Not applicable

(e) Not applicable

(f) Not applicable

2. Not applicable

Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA)

  1. (a) The Ports Regulator currently does not have a business/contractual relationship with KPMG and has not transacted with KPMG in the past, therefore there’s no need to review any working relationship. (b) N/A, (c) N/A, (d) N/A, (e) N/A and (f) N/A.
  2. N/A

South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

(1) The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) does not have (nor has it had in the last five years) any business relationship with KPMG.

(2) Given the recent negative publicity around KMPG, it is highly unlikely that SAMSA will be engaging the services of KPMG, not unless all matters pertaining to the negative publicity have been clarified by National Treasury.

23 November 2017 - NW3537

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to investigations into irregular and unauthorised expenditure by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, as instructed in the Public Protector’s report titled Derailed, (a) what investigations have been undertaken since the term of the Board ended on 31 July 2017, (b) what have the specified investigations revealed, (c) who has undertaken the investigations in each case and (d) what are the total costs in this regard?

Reply:

a) No further investigations by PRASA have been undertaken. All cases of R10 million and above have been transferred to National Treasury and stil not finalised

b) The investigations have not been finalized as indicated above

c) The National Treasury

d) No financial implication to PRASA as this cases have all been referred to National Treasury

23 November 2017 - NW3552

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the Road Traffic Management Corporation advertisement published in 2016 for traffic officers, (a) why were some applicants appointed without drivers’ licences, (b) why were some applicants appointed as senior inspectors when the advert calls for traffic officers (c) why were other applicants with driver’s licences not accepted?

Reply:

a) None of the Traffic Officers were appointed without a driver’s licenses

b) None (Refer to (a) above)

c) Not applicable

23 November 2017 - NW3553

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the approved ranking system currently used by the Road Traffic Management Corporation to rank its officers and (b)(i) on what date and (ii) by whom was the specified system approved?

Reply:

a) The ranking structure of the RTMC is part of the organizational structure and it consists of the ranks of constable, inspectors, supervisors, deputy chiefs and traffic chief

b) (i) approved on the 3rd July 2014

(ii) by the RTMC board

23 November 2017 - NW3541

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) infrastructural damage has been caused by the natural disaster in October 2017 to the infrastructure of his department and the entities reporting to him, (b) is the total cost of the damage, (c) is being done to replace and/or repair the damaged infrastructure and (d) measures have been put in place in the interim to ensure users of the damaged infrastructure are not disavantaged?

Reply:

Department

  1. No damage
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS)

  1. No damage
  1. N/a
  1. N/a
  1. N/a

Airport Company South Africa (ACSA)

Tabulated below is detailed and estimated cost of damage to our infrastructure during the recent adverse weather.

ORTIA

CTIA

KSIA

Regional

  • Smoke extraction unit on 4th floor of ACSA office building
  • Ceiling boards and carpets
  • 1 lucabon cladding panel
  • Eave panel at terminal dislodged and fell with no additional damage
  • Terminal building roof sheeting in selected area
  • Multi-storey parking building roof sheeting movement
  • Flooding in selected valve chambers
  • None

(b) Estimated cost of repair/replace/expert inspection and recertification/emergency procurement:

R7, 5million

(c) EAM Division at ACSA with repairs through various service providers, this will also entail condition assert of the integrity of structure and buildings.

(d) Airport Operations back to normal with affected areas isolated/ cordoned off public

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

SACAA had no infrastructural damage caused by the natural disaster in October 2017.

Cross-Border Road Transport Agency

(a) The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency has not had any infrastructural damage in October 2017 due to natural disaster.

(b) – (d) Not applicable

Road Accident Fund

(a) No infrastructural damage has been caused by the natural disaster in October 2017 to the infrastructure of the Road Accident Fund, paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) are therefore not applicable

Road Traffic Infringement Agency

  1. None
  2. Not Applicable
  3. Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Road Traffic Management Corporation

(a) No infrastructural damage has been caused by the natural disaster in October 2017 to the infrastructure of the Road Accident Fund, paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) are therefore not applicable

South African National Roads Agency Limited

  1. Kwazulu Natal: The visible damages caused to SANRAL road infrastructure during the recent October 2017 floods/storm in KZN are as follows:
  • Road signs were blown away,
  • Box and pipe Culverts and associated outlets structures were damaged,
  • Isolated erosion of road embankment, and
  • Damage to storm water channels.

Latent damages to the section of the road that was submerged under water during the storm is not possible to quantify at this early stage.Kwazulu Natal: The quantified visible damage is estimated at R7 470 800.00. This figure is an estimate and the final accurate cost will be known once all the repairs are complete.

  1. Kwazulu Natal: Cleaning up of debris on top of structures has been completed and currently still in progress with cleaning of debris underneath structures. The extensive repairs required on culverts and embankments has been assessed for safety by Professional Engineers and was found not to pose any immediate danger or disadvantage to users. The procurement process to repair these structures has commenced as per National Treasury regulations.

Gauteng: SANRAL has received the detailed independent evaluation report with regard to the flooding that occurred on N12 and N3 on 9th November 2016. The procurement processes to implement the recommend major remedial measures has commenced as per National Treasury regulations.

  1. Kwazulu Natal: As mentioned above, the damaged infrastructure was assessed by Professional Engineers and confirmed that it poses no immediate danger nor disadvantage to the users. Currently no SANRAL road or structure is still closed for users.

Gauteng: SANRAL is busy on-site with the implementing of the N12 minor remedial measures as was recommend by the independent evaluation report.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

a) The storm of 10 October 2017 caused significant damage to the PRASA infrastructure assets in the region. See collage below of some affected areas.