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08 December 2015 - NW4057

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the 1 343 military veterans who accessed counselling services and (b) to which former (i) non-statutory forces (names furnished) or (ii) statutory forces (names furnished) did each veteran belong?

Reply:

Due to the voluminous nature of the information requested, I would recommend that the member approaches the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and request to have this information tabled in a meeting of the Portfolio Committee in one of their sessions in 2016.

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 08 DECEMBER 2015

08 December 2015 - NW4155

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

(1)Whether any acquisition process for the purchasing of aircraft for (a) the President or (b) the VIP Unit of the SA Air Force has commenced; if so, (2) (a) when the acquisition process in each specified case (i) commenced and (ii) should be completed, (b)(i) what amount has been budgeted for each aircraft and (ii) from which budget item each separate aircraft will be funded and (c) when will the specified process be completed up until the acceptance of the specified tender is completed; (3) if the acquisition process has not yet commenced, when she envisages the process will commence; (4) whether she will make a statement regarding the matter? NW5028E

Reply:

  1. Yes
  2. (a)(i) The process underway has been initiated by Armscor to test the market for information through the issuance of RFI (Request for Information).

At this stage Armscor has only done the RFI (Request for Information), depending on the findings from the RFI, the process can stop or be moved to the next step which will be a request for Offer (RFO).

(ii) Same as previous answer.

(b)(i) There is no specific amount allocated to the project, the request for information will assist in terms of the budget.

(ii) As above.

(c) This will dependent on whether we go ahead with the project in the first place. So far no such decision has been made.

3. The outcome of the findings will provide guidance on the way forward.

4. No statement will be made

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 07 DECEMBER 2015

08 December 2015 - NW4058

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the 160 military veterans who received burial support and (b) to which former (i) non-statutory forces (names furnished) or (ii) statutory forces (names furnished) did each veteran belong?

Reply:

The information can be processed through the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans in the new year, as the beneficiaries names are considered confidential.

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 08 DECEMBER 2015

08 December 2015 - NW4050

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the 6 795 military veterans who were provided access to healthcare and (b) to which former (i) non-statutory forces (names furnished) or (ii) statutory forces (names furnished) did each veteran belong?

Reply:

Due to the voluminous nature of the information requested, I would recommend that the member approaches the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and request to have this information tabled in a meeting of the Portfolio Committee in one of their sessions in 2016

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 08 DECEMBER 2015

08 December 2015 - NW4056

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the 1 700 military veterans who accessed job opportunities and (b) to which former (i) non-statutory forces (names furnished) or (ii) statutory forces (names furnished) did each veteran belong?

Reply:

Due to the voluminous nature of the information requested, I would recommend that the member approaches the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and request to have this information tabled in a meeting of the Portfolio Committee in one of their sessions in 2016

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 08 DECEMBER 2015

08 December 2015 - NW4055

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her department’s 2014-15 Annual Report, (a) what are the names of the 97 military veterans’ co-operatives that were registered and (b) to which former (i) non-statutory forces (names furnished) or (ii) statutory forces (names furnished) did each veteran belong?

Reply:

The information can be processed through the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans in the new year, as the beneficiaries names are considered confidential.

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 08 DECEMBER 2015

22 October 2015 - NW3629

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What steps has she taken to address the grievances of the Khoisan Kingdom and All People Party regarding the re-integration of former Khoisan soldiers into the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

The integration process under the Termination of Integration Intake Act of 2001 terminated on 31 March 2002.

20 October 2015 - NW3510

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)How many times did the (a) President of the Republic, Mr. Jacob G Zuma and (b) the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, use privately chartered flights (i) in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) during the period 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) what was the cost of each flight during the specified periods and (b) in each case, what was the reason stated for using privately chartered flights as opposed to the state-sponsored means of air travel?

Reply:

(1) I cannot reply to the question as the information asked is by nature sensitive as it pertains to the movement of the State President. I will provide the information in a closed briefing of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence when it is duly convened.

20 October 2015 - NW3526

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What was the total cost of the Deputy President’s chartered flight for a state visit to Japan in August 2015?

Reply:

(1) I cannot reply to the question as the information asked is by nature sensitive as it pertains to the movement of the Deputy President. I will provide the information in a closed briefing of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence when it is duly convened.

19 October 2015 - NW3524

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether any new aircraft (a) have been or (b) are to be procured for use by the (i) President, Mr Jacob Zuma, or (ii) the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa; if so, in each specified case, what are the (aa) costs of the aircraft and (bb) reasons for their procurement; (2) whether any aircraft (a) have been or (b) are to be procured for use to transport the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to his residence in Nkandla; if so, in each case, what are the (i) costs of the aircraft and (ii) reasons for their procurement

Reply:

(1) Nothing procured yet but processes are in place for additional VVIP aircraft procurement.

(2) No

14 October 2015 - NW2969

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the refurbishment of the Beechcraft King Air B200 by ExecuJet Aviation Group which was handed over to the SA Air Force on 30 June 2015, (a) what (i) were the reasons why the specified aircraft required refurbishing, (ii) was the nature of the refurbishment and (iii) were the total costs of this refurbishing and (b) prior to the refurbishment, (i) when last was this aircraft refurbished and (ii) when is the next refurbishment scheduled to take place?

Reply:

(a)(i) Due to avionic obsolesce and interior degradation due to age.

(ii) Full avionic refurbishment and interior refurbishment.

(iii) Avionic refurbishment was R10.2 million and the interior refurbishment was R381000.

b) (i) Never before

(ii) No future refurbishment is planned.

14 October 2015 - NW1003

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)How many (a) flights and (b) ferry flights were undertaken by her predecessor using (i) chartered aircraft and (ii) any other specified aircraft operated by the (aa) SA Air Force and (bb) SA Air Force Reserve (aaa) in the (aaaa) 2010-11 (bbbb) 2011-12 and (cccc) 2012-13, (dddd) 2013-14 financial years and (bbb) from 1 April 2014 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) what (a) was the cost and (b) is the breakdown of such cost for each specified flight in each financial year?

Reply:

I responded to this question during the debate on the Adjustments Appropriation Bill of 2014, held on 20 November 2014, and I refer you to the Hansard and my detailed response to this question as captured therein.

14 October 2015 - NW1223

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she and/or her department handed over any documents to the Auditor-General relating to flights undertaken by the former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, on Gulfstream executive jets; if not, in each specified case, (a) why were the documents not handed to the Auditor-General, (b) what is the name of the person who did not hand over the documents to the Auditor-General and (c) what action is being taken against the person who did not hand over the documents to the Auditor-General; if so, in each specified case, when (i) was the request of the Auditor-General for such documents received by her department and (ii) were the documents handed over by her or her department?

Reply:

The Secretary of Defence cooperated with the Office of the Auditor General in relation to this matter.

14 October 2015 - NW2082

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

When did her department (a) reach an agreement with the Cuban government according to which Cubans in certain trades or professions can find work in South Africa, (b) when will this agreement expire and (c) if more than one agreement has been concluded, what are the time frames of each individual agreement; (2) (a) which trades or professions have been identified in each case and (b) how many Cubans in each specified trade or profession will be coming to South Africa; (3) whether the qualifications of the Cubans have been evaluated by the SA Qualifications Authority; if not, why not; if so, which qualifications (a) meet and (b) do not meet the requirements; whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

 

  1. A contract for the provision of professional and technical services was signed on 18 August 2014 and runs until March 2016. It must be categorically stated that this is not a contract for “certain trades or professions to find work in South Africa”, but is a skills exchange programme over a specific time period.
  2. The agreement identifies three areas of professional and technical services involving 93 Cuban specialists. Transport: 57 members working on maintenance, repair and preservation of military vehicles; Airforce: 18 engineers responsible for technical assistance on systems of combat aircrafts, transport aircrafts and helicopters; Military health services: 7 specialists advising on the improvement of military medical professional training.
  3. It was not necessary to undergo such verification given that these contracts are focused on skills exchange and not employment.

I will not make a statement on the matter.

14 October 2015 - NW2170

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Is her department currently involved in a work exchange and/or employment agreement with the Republic of Cuba; if so, (a) what number of Cuban nationals (i) are currently employed and (ii) are due to be employed by her department, (b) what specific work roles are envisaged for the Cuban nationals, (c) what are the specific skill sets of each of the Cuban nationals (i) currently employed and (ii) due to be employed, (d) what are the details of the process followed to ensure that the same skill set was or is not available in the country and amongst South African citizens and (e) what is the total cost of the (i) employment or (ii) prospective employment of such Cuban nationals?

Reply:

 

  1. Yes

(a)(i) and (ii) 93 Cuban nationals form part of a skills exchange programme not a contract of employment

(b) and (c) Transport: 57 members working on maintenance, repair and preservation of military vehicles; Airforce: 18 engineers responsible for technical assistance on systems of combat aircrafts, transport aircrafts and helicopters; Military health services: 7 specialists advising on the improvement of military medical professional training.

(d) This is not a contract of employment but an exchange of professional and technical skills.

(e) For the 2015/16 financial year a total of R150 million has been budgeted for this contract.

14 October 2015 - NW2525

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the cancelled contract with Airbus in respect of eight A400M military transport aircraft, the fact that Airbus agreed to refund the sum of €835 million to Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), and that an indemnity was subsequently provided to Denel by the Government, (a) why was an indemnity provided to Denel, (b) what were the respective obligations of Denel and Armscor to (aa) Airbus, (bb) each other and (cc) the Government in respect of the specified contract, 2) How many more such claims can be expected from Denel and (b) what are the (i) details of each one of the nine claims made to date by Denel in terms of the indemnity and (ii) what amount was paid to Denel in the respect of each claim; 3) Has oversight taken place in respect of each of the nine claims submitted by Denel; if not, why not; if so, in respect of each claim, (a)(i) when and (ii) where did such oversight take place, (b) who conducted such oversight and (c) has such oversight resulted in a reduction of the relevant claim; 4) what is the breakdown of the current R 63,1 million claim made by Denel?

Reply:

 

  1. Armscor is not aware of an indemnity provided to Denel by Government. The contract between Armscor and Airbus was cancelled and Airbus duly refunded Armscor its advanced payments accordingly and therefore no obligations on the part of Armscor arose as a consequence of the cancellation. Armscor is not aware of Denel and Government’s obligations.
  2. Armscor is not aware of the claims made by Denel and the amount paid for the claims. The query should be referred to Denel.
  3. Armscor is not aware of whether an oversight has taken place in respect to Denel’s claims. The question should be referred to Denel.

14 October 2015 - NW2618

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether there have been power outages in line with load shedding at the Camden Military Base; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Power outages at Camden Military Base experienced during the month of August have not been in line with load shedding. The power outages at Camden Military Base are attributed to the following: a) electrical copper cable theft and b) illegal electricity connections.

14 October 2015 - NW2619

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What benefits were due to the late (a) Lt. Col C Silson (details furnished) and (b) Cpl J S Ngubane (details furnished); (2) whether the benefits were disbursed in each specified case; if not, in each specified case, why not; if so, in each specified case, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) Pension, military pension, leave credits, Group Life Insurance Scheme; Injury on Duty (Rule 15)

(b)Pension, military pension, leave credits, injury on duty (Rule 15)

2. (a) Pension benefit: paid to the Master of the High Court and beneficiaries in June 2012 (details of payment not kept by DOD).

(b) Military pension – spouse is receiving it since November 2011

(c) Leave credits – set off against member’s outstanding departmental debt

(d) Group life insurance scheme – benefit paid on 12 January 2012

(e) Injury on duty – monthly amount paid since July 2014 as well as gratuity to spouse

(3) (a) Pension benefit: Pension benefit paid in various installments over the period October 2009 and August 2011. Gratuity and monthly pension payable.

(b) Military pension – being paid to beneficiaries since September 2009

(c) Leave credits - set off against member’s outstanding departmental debt

(d) Injury on duty – Spouse was paid gratuity and is receiving monthly pension since November 2014

14 October 2015 - NW2757

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Why did her department’s commitment to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans to finalise the military veterans database by end of 2014 not materialise; (2) what are reasons for projecting the finalisation of the database only by the end of the 2018-19 financial year; (3) (a) what exact process is being followed to verify the status of military veterans and (b) how are military veterans selected for such verifications; (4) how many military veterans of each of the specified former formations have been verified amongst the 22 800 people that are currently on the specified database?

Reply:

As of 1 October 2015 I have appointed a turnaround team at the Department of Military Veterans to focus on all the short comings of this Department and amongst others they will focus on the cleaning up of the database through verification.

14 October 2015 - NW2766

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)How does her department prioritise the most deserving military veterans given that the military veterans database is incomplete and persons on the database are yet to be verified; (2) (a) which certified personnel registers of the different military formations have been included in the current database and (b) what are the reasons for their inclusion; (3) is it a prerequisite for a military veteran to be registered on the database before he or she can apply for any benefit; if not, what (a) is the basis for the granting of benefits in this regard and (b) are the relevant details of persons who have received benefits without being on the database; (4) what process is followed should a military veteran applying for a benefit be on the database but not verified; (5) whether her department has taken any steps to prevent potential litigation from military veterans who are currently excluded from receiving benefits by virtue of not being included in the military veterans database?

Reply:

As of 1 October 2015 I have appointed a turnaround team at the Department of Military Veterans to focus on all the short comings of this Department and amongst others they will focus on the cleaning up of the database through verification. At present those military veterans who have been verified receive benefits and as the database is cleaned up more veterans will enjoy these benefits.

14 October 2015 - NW2815

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Why has she removed the three performance indicators of (a) attendance and participation of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans in relevant cluster meetings, (b) enterprise risk maturity level and (c) percentage public opinion on military veterans in her department’s annual report?

Reply:

The three indicators were removed during the 2015/16 financial year in response to guidance received from DPME and the Framework for Strategic Planning and Annual Performance Plans of the Department, in an effort for the Department to create performance indicators that are aligned to the national outcomes and reflect value for money.

14 October 2015 - NW2888

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

(1)Whether the chief financial officer (CFO) of her department is still on suspension; if not, what is the position in this regard; (2) whether the specified CFO was on suspension with full pay; if so, (a) what amount did he get paid while on suspension and (b) for how many months did he get paid while on suspension; (3) what were the reasons for the suspension?

Reply:

This disciplinary case has been finalized and the employee has been dismissed following the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

14 October 2015 - NW3005

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she intends to make a statement in Parliament to explain why (a) her department allowed 600 soldiers to remain at home while on the payroll of the SA National Defence Force and (b) nothing was done to speedily resolve the matter in a satisfactory and lawful manner in the intervening period; if not, why not; if so, when will she make a statement on this matter?

Reply:

This matter is the subject of ongoing litigation at present and therefore I will not make a statement on the matter at this stage.

14 October 2015 - NW3210

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Why is the SA Airforce recruiting pilots from the (a) SA Flight Training Academy and (b) Vukani Aviation project when the Department of Higher Education and Training has suspended all flights by student pilots it is funding due to safety reasons?

Reply:

The SAAF does not target any specific institution but people who have an interest in aviation.

14 October 2015 - NW3344

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

(1)How many fire arms of each (a) kind and (b) calibre of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have been (i) stolen and (ii) lost during the period (aa) 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 and (bb) 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015; (2) how much ammunition of each (a) kind and (b) calibre of the SANDF has been (i) stolen and (ii) lost during the period (aa) 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 and (bb) 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015; (3) whether any prosecutions and disciplinary actions were instituted; if not, why not; if so, (a) against how many persons and (b) what did such actions entail, in each case; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Stolen over the period 2013/14: 5 weapons

Lost over the period 2013/14: 3 weapons

Stolen over the period 2014/15: 8 weapons

Lost over the period 2014/15: 2 weapons

Total of 18 weapons were reported to Military Police Division:

(i) 8 x Z88 9 mm pistol

(ii) 1 x Star 9mm pistol

(iii) 1 x Baretta 9 mm pistol

(iv) 2 x 303 hunting rifle

(v) 6 x R4 rifles

(2) Ammunition lost or stolen over period 2013/14: 32 956 rounds

Ammunition lost or stolen over period 2014/15: 19 rounds

Types of ammunition: 9 mm sharp point; 5.56 mm and R4 rifle ammunition

(3) 12 people have been charged

(i) 1 x 9mm Z88 pistol stolen from Northern Military Police Region Head Quarters Duty room on 23/11/14.

  • Weapon was recovered by Special Investigation Branch two weeks after it was stolen. Suspect was arrested and charged and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

(ii) 1 x 9mm Z88 pistol with 30 rounds of ammunition was stolen on 28/08/13:

  • Suspect was charged and disciplinary action instituted. Outcome of criminal prosecution still awaited.

(iii) 1 x Z88 9 mm pistol lost on 16/12/13

  • Military Police investigating the case

(iv) 1 x R4 rifle without ammunition was stolen on 08/11/13

  • Weapon was recovered but the docket is still at LEGSATO for a decision

(v) 3 x R4 rifles, 1 x 9mm Star pistol and 1 x 9 mm Z88 pistol without ammunition was stolen on 11/06/14

  • The case is at LEGSATO for a decision

(vi) 1 x R4 rifle lost on 31/5/14

  • Suspect was found guilty and sentenced by Court of Military Judge

(vii) 2 x 3030 rifles were stolen on 11/01/14

  • The docket is still under investigation and the member was declared unfit to possess a firearm

(viii) 1 x 9mm Z88 pistol was lost on 26/07/13

  • Suspect found guilty and sentenced to R1500 fine and 180 days detention suspended for 3 years

(ix) 5 x 9mm rounds of ammunition was stolen and found on 30/10/14

  • Suspect has already been charged and case is proceeding to trial

(x) 1 x Baretta pistol lost on 16/9/13

  • Case still under investigation

(xi) 32400 x R4 sharp point ammunition stolen on 13/04/13

  • 5 suspects arrested and the trial is ongoing in Lenasia Magistrate Court

(xii) 3 x 9mm Z88 pistols without ammunition stolen on 18/07/14

  • Case is still under investigation

(xiii) 1 x R4 rifle lost on 23/01/15

  • Case is still under investigation

(xiv) 556 x 45 mm blank ammunition stolen on 01/03/14

  • Case docket sent to LEGSATO for a decision

(xv) 14 x cartridges box LMG belt links, Bomb stand attachments and bay stripping spring bellets stolen on 12/02/15

  • Suspects have been charged and case still under investigation

14 October 2015 - NW3664

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is her department’s policy position with regard to the integration of members of the former non-statutory self-defence units?

Reply:

Integration has long been closed.

14 October 2015 - NW3665

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) (a) What are the relevant details of the training and development programmes envisaged bu her department over the current Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period, (b) how many of the specified programmes have been (i) implemented and (ii) accredited, (c) how many (i) veterans and (ii) dependants have benefited from the specified programmes, (d) which educational institutions are involved in each programme and (e) what are the related costs for each learner and institution in each case: (2) (a) what skills audit has been conducted to date to determine which programmes are needed, (b) who conducted the audit and (c) what wre the costs; (3) (a) how many were the military veterans selected in respect of each programme and (b) waht wre the criteria for selection for each specified programme?

Reply:

1 (a) Co-operatives Training Programme and Skills Development Training Programme determined by the needs of individual military veteran.

(b) Co-operatives Training Programme - Both accredited by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) provided by accredited training providers from the Agency.

(c) Co-operatives Training Programme - Three hundred and sixty eight (368)

Skills development - 698

(d) None at the moment for Co-operatives Training Programme

Skills Development - Public and private institution and the maximum cost permitted to pay per student is R40 000.00

2. An audit was conducted on the type of businesses that military veterans own, what they would like to start and the support required to start and grow their businesses.

In terms of Skills Development no audit has been conducted because of the following reason; each military veteran advice the department on their areas which they need intervention on.

3. (a) and (b)

During the DMV roadshows, Military Veterans who attended the sessions in all Provinces were captured on attendance registers, questionnaires were distributed according to Military Veteran’s interest and a survey was conducted. The Military Veterans who showed interest in forming co-operatives were invited for this programme. The second group of Military Veterans was the ones who completed the “Aspiring” questionnaire and indicated interest in starting any form of business. The third group that was approached were the Military Veterans with informal businesses (Informal traders) and the last group was the ones with registered businesses but have not started operating and did not know how to get their businesses off the ground. A phoning exercise was embarked upon to establish whether the above-mentioned groups would like to form co-operatives. All these groups were then combined together to benefit in the Co-operatives Training Programme.

Not applicable to Skills Development.

14 October 2015 - NW3666

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the present status of the Department of Military Veterans’ Appeal Board, (b) what support does the specific department render to the Appeal Board, (c) what are the financial implications of each form of support rendered and (d) who are the members of the specified board?

Reply:

Members of the Appeals Board have been appointed on a part-time basis, as of 1 June 2015, for a period of five years.

Members of the Appeal Board not in the full-time service of the State shall receive remuneration in accordance with the scales provided for in Category B1of the Service Benefit Packages for Office-bearers of certain statutory and other institutions.

The Appeal Board is composed of five members and they are Mr. M. Msimang, who is the chairperson; Adv. C.O. Morolo; Mr. F. Hartzenberg; Adv. Fhedzisani and Ms Mkwanazi.

14 October 2015 - RNW2814

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What is the present status of her department’s Advisory Council on Military Veterans; (2) what (a) support services does the specified council render and (b) are the financial implications of each specified form of support rendered; (3) (a) who are the members of the specified council, (b) what are their qualifications and (c) which professional associations do they belong to; (4) (a) what positions do the specified members hold and (b) in which institutions (i) do they currently serve and/or (ii) have served?

Reply:

 

  1. Members of the Advisory Council have been appointed as of 1 October 2015 for a period of five years.
  2. The functions of the Council are set out in section 10 of the Military Veterans Act, 2011. Members of the Council serve part time and those not in the full time employment of the State receive an hourly remuneration rate set by National Treasury for Boards.
  3. and (4)

Name

Current Occupation

Mr Andile Apleni

Mkmva

Mr Kabelo Bokala

Aznla

Mr Tembile Magingxa

Sanmva

Ms P.M. Kubu

Mkmva

Mr Mbulelo Fihla

Aplamva

Mr Obbey Mabena

Mkmva

Ms Dudu Phama

Aplamva

Mr Mzwandile Vena

Private Business

Ms Ntsikelelo Khwezi

Mkmva

Mr Snuki Zikalala

Cosatu

Mr Miki Xayiya

Private Business

Ms Thandi Ndlovu-Molokwane

Private Business

Ms Vuyiswa Lieta

Mkmva

Mr Alex Mahapa

Dpsa

14 October 2015 - NW2970

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether command and control of the Airforce Base Waterkloof was, in part or in full, transferred to the African Union (AU) during the recent AU summit; if not, why was President Omar Al-Bashir allowed to use the specified Airforce base under the protection of the AU; if so, under what legislative provision was this done; (2) whether the specified Airforce base was utilised to transport any other African head of state in the same period; if not, why was the specified Airforce base only utilised for the transfer of the specified person?

Reply:

This matter is the subject of ongoing litigation at present.

14 October 2015 - NW40

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What was the (i) rank and (ii) designation of a certain person (name furnished) and (b) when did the specified person (i) commence and (ii) terminate the term of service in the SA Air Force and (c) how many flying hours did the specified person log as (i) the commander and/or (ii) a pilot on the Boeing Business Jet known as Inkwazi; (2) whether the specified person played any role in the procurement of the Boeing 777-Long Range jet; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details thereof; (3) whether the specified person (a) was vetted and (b) received a security clearance; if not, why not, in each specified case; if so, (i) when was the specified person vetted and (ii) what level of security clearance was received by the said person; (4) whether the specified person is a citizen of Swaziland; if not, what citizenship does the said person hold; if so, why was the specified person granted security clearance; (5) whether any disciplinary proceedings were instituted against the specified person; if so, what are the relevant details? NW41E

Reply:

Colonel Nhlanhla Dube left the employment of the South African Air Force in 2013, thus rendering the remainder of the question irrelevant.

22 September 2015 - NW2686

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

The information on international visits undertaken by both the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans are contained in the Annual Report that was tabled in Parliament.


END

22 September 2015 - NW3322

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

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

The information on travel and accommodation costs requested is contained in the respective 2014-15 Annual Report of the Department of Defence that was tabled in Parliament.


END

22 September 2015 - NW3275

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

(1)What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) what is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

The information on travel costs in both the Departments of Defence and Military Veterans is contained in their respective Annual Reports for the Financial Year 2014-15 that were tabled in Parliament.



END

22 September 2015 - NW3194

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What was the (a) total amount spent and (b) breakdown of the specified expenditure on each specified foreign Defence Attaché Residents in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) what was the (a) total amount spent and (b) breakdown of the specified expenditure on all foreign Defence Attaché Residents in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(1)&(2) The information requested is depicted in the Table hereunder:

Defence Attaché Residents

Total Expenditure

FY 14/15

Rental

Household

Furniture

Municipal

Services

43

32 228 545.00

27 143 511.00

105 480.00

4 979 554.00

 

 


END


 

08 September 2015 - NW2225

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

(1)Whether, since her reply to question 249 on 18 March 2014, the Commission of Inquiry into the Dakota Air Disaster of 5 December 2012, in which the aircraft crashed into Giant’s Castle, has now been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of the investigation; (2) whether the aircraft concerned deviated from its flight route; if so, what was the reason for this; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. Yes the inquiry was finalised on 28 March 2014, and the findings are as follows:
  • The Dakota Cargo crashed because it was flown at an altitude to low to provide sufficient terrain clearance and in weather that made visibility marginal.
  • The route flown also contributed to the accident as it did not ensure that the aircraft remain clear of the Drakensberg Mountains.
  • It was found that it was highly unlikely that a proper pre-flight crew briefing was held, which should have identified the flaws in the selected flight plan.
  • The aircraft was serviceable prior to the accident with no history of significant defects, and therefore did not contribute to the accident.

2. No, the Dakota aircraft did not deviate from the flight route.

3. No

08 September 2015 - NW2411

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in (i) Sowetan and (ii) Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Department of Defence

(i) Sowetan

(aa) R67.921.20

(bb) R 98.280.00

(cc) R 171.536.00

(ii) Daily Sun

(aa) R 00

(bb) R 00

(cc) R 98.280.00

08 September 2015 - NW2620

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the (a) Director: Promotion of Access to Information, (b) Deputy Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (c) Deputy Director: Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support, (d) Assistant Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (e) Assistant Director: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point, (f) Chief Administration Clerk: Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support and (g) Chief Administration Clerk: Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point have been appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) in respect of each specified position, (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) qualifications of the person who was appointed and (b) how many persons were (i) shortlisted and (ii) interviewed for each position?

Reply:

The information requested is depicted in the Table:

SN

Post

Advertisement Closing Date

Number of Members Shortlisted

Number of Members Interviewed

Comments

 

a

b

c

d

e

1

Director Promotion of Access to Information

11 July 2014

9

9 invited or interviews

5 Interviews held on 8 July 2015

4 Interviews to be held on 14 August 2015

2

Deputy Direction Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

10

8 Interviewed

2 Declined

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

3

Deputy Direction Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support

19 June 2014

8

6 Interviewed

1 Declined

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

4

Assistant Director Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

13

9 Interviewed

4 Declined

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

5

Assistant Director Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

4

3 Interviewed

1 Did not attend

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

6

Chief Administration Clerk Promotion of Access to Information Nodal Point

19 June 2014

5

4 Interviewed

1 Declined

Awaiting vetting status to appoint recommended candidate.

7

Chief Administration Clerk Promotion of Access to Information Policy and Support

19 June 2014

5

3 Interviewed

2 Declined

Mr F. Davhana was appointed and assumed duty on 6 July 2015. Mr Davhana has a BCom in Business Management meeting the criteria for the advertised post which required a Diploma/Certificate/NQF Level 4/5 (Supply Chain Management and Financial Management).

08 September 2015 - NW2731

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Why are four ministerial priorities not mentioned when comparing the 2012-16 Strategic Plan to the 2015-19 Strategic Plan?

Reply:

The Ministerial priorities that have been promulgated in the DOD Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 are related to Milestone 1 of the SA Defence Review 2014. It is emphasised that the priorities as reflected in the Strategic Plan for the fiscal years 2011/12 – 2015/16 are embedded in the following priorities which are as follows:

Strategic Leadership.

Defence Funding Model.

Organisational Renewal.

Human Resources Renewal.

Capability Renewal

Defence Industry.

Defence Commitments.

Prior to the promulgation of these latest Ministerial priorities, an assessment was made of all previous Ministerial priorities and their implementation progress. After such an assessment a determination was made that all the priorities that were not exhaustively implemented, be incorporated under the 2015 -2020 MOD&MV high level priorities.

No Ministerial priorities were dropped, but were however incorporated under the high level Ministerial priorities. The DOD will, at its presentation of the Defence Review Implementation Plan to Parliament, make this point visible.

08 September 2015 - NW2813

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the Air Force Base Swartkop is currently being used by any members of the SA National Defence Force as an operational airbase; if so, what are (a) the reasons for this, (b) the implications for (i) staffing and (ii) command of the specified base and (c) the cost of running the specified base?

Reply:

Yes the AIR Force Base Swartkop is being used as an operational airbase by the SA National Defence Force

(a) The Air Force Base Swartkop forms part of the South African Air Force Strategy and this is to ensure the uninterrupted force preparation and force employment activities in support of the mandate of the South African National Defence Force

(b) (i) The re-alignment of existing structures and posts has taken place to ensure effective command and control of the base is centralised under one command. No additional posts are currently.

(ii) Direct command of the greater Swartkop facility will fall under the Officer Commanding Swartkop

(iii) There are no additional costs for the SAAF since the resident force structure elements continue to function with funding from the current budget in accordance with the existing projections in the MTEF.

08 September 2015 - NW2992

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What (a) steps has her department taken to resolve disputes between members of a certain formation (name furnished) and (b) impact have the specified disputes had on the verification of the members of the specified formation?

Reply:

(a) All formations have their constitution which does accommodate dispute resolutions amongst their members. The Department is in the moment, finalising the dispute resolution mechanisms for those who want to appeal after they have been rejected by the department to enrol in the database. Processes are already in place.

(b) Individuals are expected to present themselves to the Department for inclusion in the National Military Veterans Database and the dispute will be between the Department and the individual.

08 September 2015 - NW2816

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Which contractors have been appointed by her department for the 2015-16 financial year and (b) what (i) services are provided by each specified contractor and (ii) are the related costs of each contract?

Reply:

SER NO

CONTRACTOR

SERVICES PROVIDED

RELATED COST

 

a

b

c

 

 

 

 

1 Mil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

CSIR

Transfer of Facility Management functions from the Department of Public Works to the Department of Defence

R 32 392 866.00

2

Tectura Architects

Professional consultant services for the Refurbishment and Upgrading of the 1st floor at 1 Military Hospital

R 40 536 138.24

 

 

   a.   Project Management services

 

 

 

   b.   Architectural services

 

 

 

   c.   Mechanical Engineering services

 

 

 

   d.   Electrical Engineering services

 

 

 

   e.   Civil Engineering services

 

 

 

   f.   Structural Engineering services

 

 

 

   g.   Quantity Surveying services

 

RWU KZN

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Treesaurus

Cutting of tree

R 2 900.00

2

Alu Solutions Glass & Aluminum

Replace rotten wooden door at 5 Bisley Close

R 4 750.00

3

Alu Solutions Glass & Aluminum

Replace old door at 22 Bisley Close

R 4 750.00

4

IZA Business Enterprise

Repair plugs lights, CBI breakers at 258 Bisley Close

R 4 820.00

5

Jacobs Roller Door

Install garage door at 258 Bisley Close

R 4 490.00

6

184 Alderberry Trading CC

Installation of cupboards at 85 Lagoon Drive

R 489 744.00

7

E Ramsamy T/A Bobby's Construction

Upgrading at 19 Anchetil

R 446 260.00

8

Kwa-Zulu Industrial Contractors CC

Renovation upgrade at 5 Parsons Rd

R 267 900.00

9

Kwa-Zulu Industrial Contractors CC

Renovation and repair at 55 Doble Rd

R 296 400.00

 

 

 

 

RWU EC

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Laundromat

Laundry services

R 11 959.00

2

Steiner Hygiene

Sanitary/Cleaning/Fumigation

R 15 552.00

3

Chubb Security

Security services

R 12 597.00

4

The courier and Freight Group

Courier services

R 4 271.00

5

Konica Minolta

Photocopy Machine

R 59 979.00

6

Vuka Uvuthulule Trading

General Building - Geyser

R 23 060.00

7

Bhugane

General Building - Electrical

R 9 840.00

 

 

 

 

 

RWU FS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Prekko Trd CC

Replace damage slabs with new slabs

R 2 021.98

2

Prekko Trd CC

Construction of partitioning 7.3x2.8 including door and aluminum frame

R 14 400.00

3

Mamello Trading

Constructing and installing of wooden counter at building 576 as per scope of work

R 8 000.00

4

F. Esterhuizen

Paint of x3 Theaters at 3 Mil Hospital as per scope of work

R 53 000.00

5

Servilline 58 CC

Completing of project Tempe Church Project 20/2014, waterproofing repair of gutters

R 29 684.00

6

Zulu Portia Trading

Laundry services for Log section

R 19 965.00

7

F. Esterhuizen

Upgrading of building 155, DOD Mobilization Centre, Project no 49/2015 Tender 14/2015

 

 

 

 

 

WTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Kurhula Events Management

Rendering catering services at DW Fmn, Works Training School, Attridgeville

R 4 092 449.67

2

Tradeworx 177 (PTY) Ltd T/A Sizani Gardens

Rendering garden services at DW Fmn, Works Training School, Attridgeville

R 1 723 439.00

3

Coltrane Mpho Supplies

Painting of walls and window frames at DW Fmn, Works Training School

R 279 864.00

4

Coltrane Mpho Supplies

Removal, Install and paint of walls & passages at DW Fmn, Works Training School

R 452 672.00

5

Dose Construction

Ready mix for recreational centre 

R 145 000.00

 

 

 

 

DW Fmn HQ Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Khanyoz Trading and Projects

Rendering garden services at DW Fmn HQ Unit

R 498 018.94

2

LLH Properties

Installation of paving for DW Fmn HQ

R 998 375.00

3

Sanqa Trading

Tree felling at DW Fmn HQ Unit

R 12 000.00

4

Tshwane South College

Technical Training for artisans

R 32 278 697.08

5

AB Logistics

Vehicle Hire

R 56 941.64

6

G - Fleet

Vehicle Hire

R 4 442 471.62

 

 

 

 

RWU GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

AK - RV Trading

Refurbishment of 7 Koos van Zyl str, General Kemp Hill

R 198 726.85

2

Dose Construction

Installation of kitchen cupboards, 3 Magazine str, Salvokop, Pretoria

R 240 000.00

3

ML Nkosi Electrical CC

Installation of windows, 3 Magazine str, Salvokop, Pretoria

R 242 000.00

4

Mashva Group

Upgrading of Personnel Service School, Officers Mess

R 285 900.00

5

Amper Sand Investments (Wilcote Midrand)

Renovations and repair of Edwin Swales Residential Area - Air Force Base Waterkloof

R 1 130 037.74

6

Thebanane Trading

Procurement and installation of burglar bars for RWU GP

R 160 000.00

7

AK ARV Trading PTY Ltd

Installation of Kitchen cupboards at Chaplain's residence

R 94 860.00

8

Stanleb Construction Projects

Installation of tiles at PS School officers accommodation

R 197 000.00

9

Jackson & Clifford Trading PTY

Tiling of floor using carpet tiles at PS School officers mess

R 225 010.00

 

10

Carpet Supplies & Décor Centre

Fitting of carpets at Chaplain General's house

R 27 489.00

11

Rosa IT Solutions

Replace old windows  - project no 1

R 29 950.00

12

Jackson & Clifford Trading PTY

Installation of carpets at PS School officers Mess

R 29 500.00

 

 

 

 

RWU NW

 

 

 

1

Planet (PTY) Ltd

Partitioning of offices & conference room

R 98 500.00

 

 

 

 

RWU WC

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Munathi Construction

Installation of palisade fencing and gates at building 99

R 28 500.00

 

 

 

 

DLM

 

 

 

 

1

Armscor (DDSI)

Logistics Policy Development: 4yr contract

RM18.5

         

 

REPLY:

 

08 September 2015 - NW2732

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the latest details of all service level agreements and memoranda of understanding signed by her department?

Reply:

Department of Defence

The following are in place:

Service Level Agreement between the DOD and Armscor concerning the services to be rendered by Armscor to the DOD.

Memorandum of Understanding between DOD and CSIR (DPSS) concerning the services to be rendered by CSIR.

Service Level Agreement between SITA and DOD concerning services to be rendered by SITA

08 September 2015 - NW2340

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) How (i) effective is her department’s communication and marketing strategy and (ii) is this measured objectively and (b) why have targets in respect of the specified strategy been amended from the previous year; (2) what (a) challenges have been experienced in respect of implementing the specified strategy and (b) has her department’s performance been with respect to implementing the specified strategy from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (3) what (a) human resources have been allocated to each provincial office for implementing the strategy, (b) systems and processes are implemented at each provincial office, (c) are the office hours of each provincial office, (d) materials and information are accessible from each provincial office and (e) are the qualifications of the staff members employed to implement the strategy; (4) whether any further training and development is being provided by her department with regard to the strategy; if so, what are the related costs; (5) (a) what are the current financial implications for each provincial office toward the implementation of the strategy, (b) why has Provincial Offices: Its Capacity and Accessibility not been listed as a key performance indicator and (c) how is the increase from R4 481 million to R8 780 million on communication being applied?

Reply:

  1. (1) (a) How (i)

The communications strategy is being rolled out and making some impact in so far as sharing information primarily through direct engagements using roadshows, stakeholder briefings with Military Veterans Associations including SANMVA the umbrella body as well as use of means such as media the website and publications. The fact that there is no national footprint and limitation of the communications structure limits capacity to reach the desired impact.

  1. Yes
  1. Targets were not amended. According to the Annual Performance Plan targets per Quarter, it is only the implementation and monitoring of the strategy.

(2)(a) The Department is currently the Department has a challenge with the organisational structure. This has limited the implementation of the Communication Strategy.

(2)(b) The Department is currently finalising its Q1 Performance review which will include amongst others, the implementation of the communication strategy. Furthermore, the Department is also running a communication campaign through GCIS. This communication campaign is focused at promoting the progress made by the Department thus far.

3.

(a) The current approved structure does not have communications staff members in provinces ,

(b) The current mode of communication with the provinces is through emails and telephones. The ICT is currently preparing for an intranet that will serve as a platform for internal communications at national and provincial level to assist in quicker relay of information to military veterans. The website capacity is also being beefed up.

(c) 07:30 – 16:30 pm are the official working hours though the officials go an extra mile and works on many occasions overtime and on weekends to cover and profile the departmental events.

(d) In the absence of physical structure of offices in provinces information is disseminated through Head Office.

(e) Not applicable

4. There is training and development planned for management and provincial coordinators to assist in the communication and marketing strategy implementation. The dates for training through a course with the School of Governance (former PALAMA) are between the 29th of July and the middle of August 2015. The current costs are R27 000

5.(a) Currently there is None.

(b) DMV is in a process of revisiting and reviewing the key performance indicators that will include that.

(c) The increase has been based on the DMV Annual Performance Plan as well as supporting key deliverables of the Department and the corporate communications programmes and activities. These include media engagements, advertorials, stakeholder engagements, use of own publications and media, branding and marketing as well as internal communications programmes. The budget is being reviewed to ensure that advertorials and other means such as social media are utilised more.

08 September 2015 - NW3055

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) How does (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) her department and (bbb) the entities reporting to her?

Reply:

1.a, (i) (ii) Red tape refers to the hindrance caused to service delivery by bureaucratic processes within Government.

(b) (i)(II) An example of an intervention to mitigate effect of red tape is: Payment to SMMEs within 30 days as required by the Presidency and the department of Small Business Development. The DOD has a fast track process (to counter) red tape and to make sure that the SMMEs are paid within 30 days after invoicing. This is done with an understanding of the impact on the SMMEs if payments are delayed.

08 September 2015 - NW3045

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to a recent United Nations Office of Internal Oversight report (details furnished) on sexual offences committed by peacekeepers, which identified members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as amongst major offending military forces, (a) what action has been taken in this regard and (b) what metrics have been employed to measure the success of interventions; (2) what is the number of reported sexual offences committed by members of the SANDF whilst on peacekeeping missions; (3) whether any members of the SANDF have faced disciplinary action for sexual offences committed whilst on peacekeeping missions; if so, (a) how many and (b) what was the outcome of said action in each case?

Reply:

Question 1(a). The Operations Support Legal Satellite Office (OSL) receives all incidents reported to the United Nations (UN) that involves allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against members of the SANDF. Upon receipt the OSL deploys a team to investigate such allegations and where prima facie evidence of a commission of an offence is disclosed, the necessary disciplinary action is instituted.

Question 1(b). This OSL provides monthly feedback to the UN on all pending sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) cases. It should be noted that the recent UN report highlights the fact that South Africa is the only country to do so.

Question 2. Number of reported cases: 14. All the allegations lodged at the UN were investigated. Out of the 14 reported matters in only two cases the evidence disclosed prima facie evidence. These matters were finalised and the rest of the matters were reported closed due to no prima facie evidence.

Question 3(a). Members that faced disciplinary action: 2

Question 3(b). In both cases the members were convicted by a military court

Question 4. The submissions for assignment of Regular Force members and Reserve Force members as Senior Military Judges and Military Judges in terms of Section 14 of the Military Discipline Supplementary Measures Act, Act 16 of 1999, is with the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans for consideration.

Question 5. The number of outstanding cases within the military justice system is 1 588 cases.

25 August 2015 - NW2971

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Why has her department failed to establish a health and wellness centre, as per its 2014 Annual Performance Plan; (2) What options were under consideration with reference to her department’s briefing to Parliament that her department was on the verge of procuring a centre; (3) What are the current associated costs for the specified centre; (4) (a) how many centres does her department plan to establish and (b) where will the specified centres be established, including the roll-out plan by the end of the 2015-16 financial year; (5) What is the sustainability plan for the specified centres in the long term?

Reply:

1) Acquisition of Infrastructure is done through the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Military Veterans does not have control over the process hence failure to acquire health and wellness centre as planned.

(2) The Department has made the financial provision for the establishment of the Health and Wellness Centre and had identified several sites in Gauteng which were submitted to the Department of Public Works, together with the specifications of the envisioned centre to fast track the procurement process as advised by DPW. Furthermore the Department is also considering the possibility of renting the Health and Wellness Sites and out-source the related services based on the specifications developed for the centre.

(3) Currently the Department has not incurred any costs but has reserved R19 million based on projections of the procurement and the management of the facility.

(4) (a) The ultimate plan for the Department is to establish one Health and Wellness Centre in each Province.

(b) The location of the Health and Wellness Centre will be based on the suitability of the sites, however for the 2015/16 period the Department plans to establish one centre in Gauteng.

(5) The department has developed a business plan which will inform the annual budget to ensure the sustainability of the program.

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25 August 2015 - NW2972

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What critical opportunities has her department (a) identified and (b) negotiated on behalf of military veterans in the 2015-16 financial year?

Reply:

(i) Registration of Co-operatives

The Department of Military Veterans has been tasked with ensuring that the registration of effective co-operatives continues to be deliverable for the Department in the 2015/16 financial year. In this regard, the Department has set a target for the establishment of at least 40 new co-operatives by the end of the financial year. The task involves the conducting of workshops to advise military veterans on the requirements for establishment of co-operatives. Thereafter, those interested are provided with a training workshop after which they are provided with the requisite documentation to allow for them to independently call their proposed co-operatives members together, complete the Constitution and applications forms and then to submit all the required documents to the DMV for registration of the co-operatives. In the interim, the DMV is engaging in discussion with various stakeholders for potential opportunities for economic participation and job opportunities for military veterans. All workshops and training of Co-operatives is done in conjunction with the Department of Small Business Development’s Small Enterprise Development Agency. A further critical opportunity identified is for the funding of small and medium enterprises and co-operatives of military veterans through the Small Enterprise Financing Agency, with whom the DMV has a signed MOU.

(ii) Alienation of Disposable Products from the Department of Defence

The Minister has identified a critical opportunity for Military Veterans to take part in the process for the disposal of old and non-usable stock from the Department of Defence. Through this opportunity, it is envisaged that many work opportunities and possibility for economic participation can be identified for military veterans. The DMV has been tasked with developing an entity to house the programme so that it is carefully managed to derive maximum benefit to all military veterans, SANMVA shall play a role as a stakeholder to this entity. At present, in planning towards achieving on this goal, the DMV has identified at least 31 military veterans to be trained as auctioneers, in conjunction with the Department of Defence, so that military veterans would have a clear knowledge of the different steps in the alienation of disposable materials from the Department of Defence. The training of the auctioneers is expected to commence before the end of August 2015. It is envisaged that a large proportion of the co-operatives currently listed on the business development and support register would be able to derive benefit from the Department of Defence Programme.

(iii) Training through MERSETA and SASSETA

(b) The Critical Opportunities Identified

(i) Department of Defence alienation of obsolete materials

The Department of Defence programme on the alienation of obsolete is a key initiative being negotiated by the Minister on behalf of Military Veterans as indicated above.

28 July 2015 - NW2349

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the present monitoring and evaluation capability within her department?

Reply:

The monitoring and evaluation component of the Department is currently at a level of a Sub-directorate, and consists of a Deputy Director and an Assistant Director. A process currently is underway with DPSA to review the organisational structure.

28 July 2015 - NW2527

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Did (a) she or (b) any officials from her department give instructions to any person or persons on duty at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, Gauteng, to (i) authorise and (ii) facilitate the departure of any (aa) diplomats or (bb) delegates from the base on 15 June 2015; if so, what are the name(s) of this person or persons; (2) did (a) she or (b) any official from her department give any instructions to any person or persons on duty at the airbase (i) not to disclose or (ii) conceal the identity of any (aa) diplomat, (bb) delegate or (cc) passenger on any aircraft departing from the airbase on 15 June 2015; if so, on what authority did she or any official from her department issue such a directive?

Reply:

I cannot reply to this question as the matters raised are currently sub judice.