Questions and Replies

18 September 2018 - NW2534

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether the Waste Bureau will be willing to spend 1.2 million € to provide a shredder to a certain company (name furnished) to commercialise off-the-road tyre processing at mine sites; if so, what amount will the company be paid for each kilogramme of shredded tyres?

Reply:

The Waste Bureau may consider providing pre-processing equipment to any of its service providers following the requisite procurement processes. The amount payable will be determined by the Tender Committee after evaluating the cost implications for such companies to provide the required services to the Waste Bureau.

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18 September 2018 - NW2485

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Which Home Affairs offices are (i) designated to be open on Saturdays in KwaZulu-Natal and (ii) not and (b) what are the reasons for the decision not to open the specified offices on Saturdays?

Reply:

a) (i), (ii) No offices are designated to be open on Saturdays in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and other provinces.

b) The withdrawal of working hours’ circular of 2015 on 15 June 2017 at the PSCBC led to the collapse of Saturday opening. The Department engaged organised labour on working hours at the Departmental Bargaining Chamber with a view to ensure service delivery is not affected and that our offices open on Saturday. The Department is in favour of a shift system to enable Saturday work within a 40 hour week (Monday – Saturday or Monday – Friday) but organized labour requires payment of overtime as the staff is not prepared to work ‘voluntary’ after completing their 40 hour work week Monday to Friday.

18 September 2018 - NW1861

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

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

1. (a) A total of two (2) incidents of racism were reported to the human resource office for the period 2016/2017

(i) Incident One (19 July 2016). Alleged harassment in the work place leading to a claim of racism. Outcome: The member requested the grievance to be closed on 11 May 2017.

(ii) Incident Two (16 August 2016). Alleged incident of racism. C SANDF took a decision that the Chief of the South African Air Force should investigate this matter and provide him with the detailed report. Outcome: The grievance is still open as the investigation is ongoing.

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

There were no racism incidents reported in the Department of Military Veterans since 2016 to date.

MILOMBUD

There was no case of racism reported within the Office of the Military Ombud during the specified period.

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

There were no cases of racism reported at the Castle Control Board

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

There were no cases of racism reported at the Defence Force Service Commission.

ARMSCOR

1) There was no case of racism that was reported at Armscor.

2) Not applicable.

18 September 2018 - NW2516

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on (i) advertising and/or (ii) communication services on the (aa) Africa News Network 7, now known as Afro Worldview and (bb) New Age newspaper, now known as Afro Voice, (aaa) in the (aaaa) 2016-17 and (bbbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

a) Department of Home Affairs

(i)(aa) R0

(i)(bb)(aaaa) R50,944.32 on advertising in support of the 2016/17 Mkhaya Migrants Awards Call for Nominations Media Campaign.

(i)(bb)(bbbb) Not Applicable

(i)(b)(bb) Not applicable

(ii)(aa-bb) R0 spent for communication services in (aaaa), (bbbb) and (bbb).

b) Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has not spent any moneys on (i) advertising and/or (ii) communication services on the Africa News Africa News Network 7, now known as Afro Worldview and (bb) New Age newspaper, now known as Afro Voice, (aaa) in the (aaaa) 2016-17 and (bbbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018.

b) Government Printing Works

(i) None

(ii) None

(aa) None

(bb) None

(aaa) None

(aaaa) Not applicable

(bbbb) Not applicable

(bbb) Not applicable

18 September 2018 - NW2535

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

With regard to Tyre Derived Fuel (TDF) suppliers, (a) who currently processes and supplies TDF to cement kilns, (b) who are the contracted TDF suppliers, (c) what offtake agreement is in place for TDF, (d) what amount is charged to each cement kiln per ton of TDF delivered to site, and (e) who transports the TDF to the cement kilns?

Reply:

a) To the best of my knowledge, only the Waste Bureau is providing TDF to cement kilns, and this is currently in the form of whole passenger tyres.

b) See (a) above.

c) The Waste Bureau is currently contracted with cement kilns as part of the approvals that were received from Treasury to be able to contract with service providers/operators that were previously contracted with the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) for a period of one year; and the contracts with cement kilns stipulate the quantities to be supplied, and this differs for each facility.

d) The Waste Bureau currently supplies whole passenger tyres to cement kilns (unprocessed), and there is no charge for this; the contract with cement kilns included a payment of R310 per ton of waste tyres co-processed in the kilns for the period from 01 October 2017 to 31 March 2018, and no payment from 01 April 2018 onwards.

e) The Waste Bureau transports waste tyres to cement kilns at its own cost.

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18 September 2018 - NW2448

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What is the (a) name of each investing company that has invested on land owned by (i) her Department and (ii) each entity reporting to her; and (b)(i) nature, (ii) value and (iii) length of each investment?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

(a) (i) Not Applicable

(b) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Not Applicable

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

(a) (ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Not Applicable

South African National Parks

(b) (i) 12 Concession Lodges, 31 Retail stores and Restaurants, 21 outdoor activities and amenities. All of these are Public Private Partnerships.

(ii) and (iii)

The values as expressed in the form of turnover and contract periods are listed below:

Concession Lodges

Net Income (2002 to 2018)

Start Date

End Date

Contract Period (Yrs)

         

Singita Lebombo - Kruger

119,264,139

Mar-02

Dec-32

29.3

Tinga Private Game Lodge - Kruger

36,734,738

Jan-02

Dec-21

19.0

Shishangeni Lodge - Kruger

32,183,969

Jan-02

Dec-21

19.0

Jock Safari Lodge - Kruger

26,850,097

Jul-01

Jun-21

19.0

Imbali Safari Lodge - Kruger

26,819,757

Jan-02

Dec-21

19.0

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger

18,547,103

Nov-01

Oct-21

19.0

Gorah Elephant Camp - Addo

14,372,935

Jan-01

Dec-25

23.7

Rhino Walking Safaris - Kruger

7,103,487

Jul-02

Jun-22

19.0

River Bend Country Lodge - Addo

5,342,465

Contractual

 

 

!Xaus Lodge - Kgalagadi

715,142

Contractual

 

 

Darlington Lodge - Addo

175,000

Contractual

 

 

Intsomi Lodge - Addo

46,285

Mar-14

 

 

Restaurants and Retail Concessions

Net Income (2002 to 2018)

Start Date

End Date

Contract Period (Yrs)

         

Cape Point Lease - TMNP

15,590,445

May-95

Jun-21

24.7

Roundhouse Concession - Table Mountain

4,738,264

Aug-02

Jul-27

23.7

Admin North Area - Rhodes Memorial

4,675,464

Nov-10

Oct-20

9.4

Quay 4 -Knysna - Knysna

4,021,099

Various

 

 

Koeelbay Concession - Table Mountain

4,991,650

Jan-04

Dec-23

18.9

Duinepos - West Coast

840,138

Aug-02

 

 

Rented facilities - Restaurants and Retail

Net Income (2002 to 2018)

Start Date

End Date

Contract Period (Yrs)

         

Kruger Park Shops - Tigers Eye

264,763,294

Feb-13

Jan-23

9.4

Addo Shop- Tigers Eye

30,615,334

Feb-13

Jan-23

9.4

Tsitsikamma Shop - Tigers Eye

22,469,296

Feb-13

Jan-23

9.4

Skukuza - Cattle Baron and Bistro

9,330,982

Oct-14

Sep-24

9.4

Mugg and Bean - Lower Sabie

6,476,084

Mar-14

Feb-24

9.4

Kgalagadi Shops & Restaurants - EJ Viljoen

5,386,056

Apr-14

 

 

Tsitsikamma Restaurant - Cattle Baron Seafood

4,260,129

Aug-14

Jul-24

9.4

Addo Restaurant - Cattle Baron Grill

4,035,647

Apr-14

Mar-24

9.4

Karoo Shop & Restaurant - Jan Viljoen

2,949,918

Dec-13

Nov-23

9.4

Augrabies Shop & Restaurant - Quiver Tree

2,166,081

Nov-12

Nov-22

9.5

Berg en Dal Restaurant - Select Events and Venues

1,867,662

Dec-13

Nov-23

9.4

Wimpy - Pretoriuskop

1,538,143

Mar-14

Mar-24

9.5

Staff Shop KNP - Stoffels and Pursad CC

1,353,454

Feb-13

 

 

West Coast – Geelbek Restaurant

1,113,719

Feb-13

 

 

Afsaal - The Bush Café

679,110

Jun-16

May-31

14.1

Tshokwane & Nkuhlu KNP- Outpost Picnics

622,578

Feb-13

 

 

Skukuza - Tindlovu Boskombuis

46,069

Interim

 

Tshokwane - The Traders Post

603,853

Oct-16

Sep-31

14.2

Tindlovu - Satara

206,439

Interim

 

Tindlovu - Olifants

112,653

Interim

 

Tindlovu - Letaba

111,881

Interim

 

Agulhus Lighthouse

100,116

Nov-12

 

 

Tokai Centre - Listers Tea Room

219,908

Contractual

 

Skukuza - Selati

0

Operations still to commence

 

Activities & Amenities

Net Income (2002 to 2018)

Start Date

End Date

Contract Period (Yrs)

         

TMACC - TMNP

281,474,077

Nov-26

Nov-25

 

MCA - TK Forest Income

4,500,803

Nov-18

Nov-21

2.8

Skukuza Airport Management Company

3,750,131

Jun-14

May-24

9.4

Untouched Adventures - Tsitsikamma

3,310,358

Oct-13

Oct-18

4.7

Knysna Forestry

3,118,211

Nov-11

Nov-21

9.5

Langebaan Houseboats - West Coast

1,926,179

Various

 

 

North Area - Absailing

1,355,916

Jun-15

May-20

4.7

Knysna Oyster Company - Knysna

1,039,767

Aug-02

 

 

Garden Route Catering and Resturant

695,512

Aug-02

 

 

Kraalbaai Houseboats - West Coast

509,109

Jun-17

May-27

9.4

Eden Adventure Canoe Trails - Wilderness

460,890

Jun-17

 

 

LNM Auto - Kruger

451,583

Jun-17

May-22

4.7

Skukuza - SPA

120,861

May-17

May-27

9.5

Canoe Trails - Augrabies

94,530

Jan-00

 

 

Park Manager - Tankwa - Tankwa Lodge

89,331

Aug-02

 

 

KNP Avis Rentals

830,236

Contractual

 

 

Wilderness - Segway Bike Tours

71,110

Mar-14

 

 

Admin Service - North TMNP

44,000

Mar-14

 

 

Park Manager - West Coast

24,081

Jun-17

 

 

MCA - Farleigh

16,200

Mar-14

 

 

South African National Biodiversity Institute

(a) (ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Not Applicable

South African Weather Service

(a) (ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Not Applicable

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18 September 2018 - NW2417

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Does her department provide costing guidelines for the construction of school toilets; if not, why not; if so, what is the guideline cost for the construction or installation of (a) enviro loos, (b) ventilated improved pit toilets, (c) flush toilets with septic tanks, (d) flush toilets connected to municipal lines, (e) mobile toilets, (f) chemical toilets and (g) the demolition of plain pit toilets; (2) have any provincial education departments been found to have exceeded the specified cost guidelines; if so, what action was taken by her department to investigate this overspending?

Reply:

1. (a), (b),(c), (d), (e), (f) & (g)

The Department of Basic Education has not developed costing guidelines for the construction of school toilets, however, National Treasury has developed the cost norms for the development of new schools and the upgrading of existing schools and this includes toilets. The cost model is a guide and it is subject to the designs that it is derived from. The cost model remains a guide and the cost of constructing an ablution facility based on the technology selected is largely determined by the market. The Department is in no position to dictate to the market as the cost can be influenced by different factors such as location, topography, scope of work, specifications, technology and mode of implementation, among others. Therefore the market rate remains the determining factor of construction cost for toilets and any other school buildings.

2. Not applicable.

18 September 2018 - NW2587

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1) (a)What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

Department of Environmental Affairs

1. (a) (i) 8 Deputy Directors-General

   (a) (ii) 35 Chief Directors

(aa) 0 Deputy Director-General and 3 Chief Director’s acting

(bb) 6 Deputy Director-General and 34 Chief Director’s permanent

(b) 4 Deputy Director-General and 15 Chief Director’s women

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

(2) (a) (i) One - Male

(ii) 7 (of which 4 are currently vacant)

(2) (b) 2 women

South African National Parks (SANParks)

(2) (a) (i) One - Male

(ii) 356

(2) (b) 137 women

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

(2) (a) (i) One - Women

(ii) 31

(2) (b) 16 women

South African Weather Service (SAWS)

(2) (a) (i) One - Male

(ii) 19

(2) (b) 8 women

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18 September 2018 - NW2533

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Is the Waste Bureau focusing on the mine site off-the-road (OTR) processing; if not, why is there a shredding machine located at the site of the Mogalakwena open-pit platinum mine; (2) is this to quickly boost the number of OTR tyres processed as reported to the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs; if so, (a) what amount was generated at each site from waste tyres and the processing of OTR tyres, given that the Mogalakwena Implats minesite is a privately owned operation and (b) to whom is the processed OTR material from these two machines supplied?

Reply:

1. The Waste Bureau intends to focus on mine site OTR pre-processing hence the purchase of shredding equipment. The shredding equipment at Mogalakwena mine was procured by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) and the Waste Bureau simply enabled continuation of the processing that began as a REDISA pilot project.

2. The shredding equipment at Mogalakwena mine was already in place and it made sense to continue with the preprocessing.

(a) 3 791 tons from Mogalakwena mine have been processed.

(b) The OTR shred is currently being consumed by pyrolysis plants.

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18 September 2018 - NW2647

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether each (a) municipal manager and (b) chief financial officer of each municipality in the country meet the minimum competencies as specified in regulations 15 and 18 of the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels; if not, in each case, (i) why not, (ii) which municipal managers and/or chief financial officers do not meet the minimum competencies and (iii) what steps have been taken to enforce compliance with these regulations?

Reply:

a) Not all municipal managers and chief finance officers in municipalities are compliant with the regulations, which is subject to on-going discussion, monitoring and reporting between national government, provinces and municipalities.

b) The Table 1 below indicates the levels of compliance for 257 municipalities across the nine provinces for the municipal manager (MM) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions, as provided by the municipalities.

(i) The information points to high vacancy rates, high staff turnover, and municipalities needing to expedite appointment processes.

(ii) See as reflected in the Table 1.

(iii) National Treasury has played an advocacy and supportive role to-date in promoting compliance of the regulations through engagements at various MM and CFO forums, including the MFMA joint meeting where Provincial Treasuries, Cooperative Governance, SALGA and office of the Auditor-General are represented.

TABLE 1

Status of the Minimum Competency Levels for MMs and CFOs as at 30 August 2018

Province

Number of Municipalities

Accounting

Officers

(AO)

AO Meet

Minimum Competency

Chief Financial Officers

(CFO)

CFO Meet Minimum Competency

Eastern Cape

39

27

11

26

11

Free State

23

20

9

25

13

Gauteng

11

11

6

25

3

KwaZulu- Natal

54

34

17

41

11

Limpopo

27

20

5

22

6

Mpumalanga

20

12

9

16

6

Northern Cape

22

29

12

27

7

North West

31

16

8

11

3

Western Cape

30

24

17

25

19

TOTAL

257

193

94

218

79

Source: National Treasury minimum competency levels database

The details of the municipalities’ municipal managers and CFOs that are not compliant have been attached as Annexure A to this response.

Additional resources have been sourced through donor funds for selected smaller municipalities and the Financial Management Grant is made available to all municipalities needing assistance. There are at least a 100 regionally based Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority accredited training providers listed on the National Treasury website to also support regional based training.

After extensive consultation processes, the Minister of Finance will promulgate an amendment to, amongst others, regulations 15 and 18 of the Municipal Minimum Competency Regulations, to allow all officials 18 months from date of appointment to obtain the relevant competency levels. It will be mandatory for all municipal councils to make the latter a condition of employment in the employment contracts of effected officials. These proposed amendments will be promulgated shortly.

18 September 2018 - NW2606

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Finance

What (a) number of Government’s suppliers had not been paid for six months as at 1 September 2018, (b) are the names of each supplier owed and (c) amount is each owed?

Reply:

a) The National Treasury do not maintain or have information on the number of Government’s suppliers not paid for six months as at 1 September 2018. Such information may only be obtained individually from the respective departments, constitutional institutions and public entities. The government financial system is only in place to determine when national and provincial departments have effected payments on the Basic Accounting System (BAS).

b) Information not available as stated above

c) Information not available as stated above.

18 September 2018 - NW2703

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

What (a) programmes to assist female victims of violence and abuse do her department and the entities reporting to her currently have in place and (b) is the purpose of each programme?

Reply:

The Department since 2016 has been rolling out National Dialogues on violence against women and children (VAWC) to better understand the lived experiences of various communities given the uniqueness of their context. So far, dialogues have been held in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and Western Cape as part of the 365 Days of Activism programme. This is a programmatic approach to raising awareness on violence against women.

The Department of Women (DoW) has made concerted efforts to engage various stakeholders particularly men’s organisations to partner with the Department as advocates for no VAWC. During the month of August, the Department also hosted a series of dialogues with women across all sectors. These included women in business, women living in rural areas, women in academia and a dialogue with men and boys. On the 9th of August, the department launched the Gender Based violence Robot to heighten awareness on early warning signs of domestic violence. The Robot has contact details of services available for victims of violence.

The dialogues are implemented in partnership with Premiers offices and local civil society organisations (CSOs) to ensure continuity and sustainability of community based interventions developed dialogue events by the Province, municipalities and implementing partners.

DoW is also a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Root Causes of Violence against Women and Children which was established by the Cabinet in May 2012 to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with this scourge. A Program of Action (POA) emanating from the work of this Committee, has been developed and is currently under review to close gaps identified though a diagnostic review process.

The Minister is in the process of reinstating the Gender Based Violence Council which will include government, NGOs, NPOs, and business so that we can have co-ordinated programs as per the CEDAW, AU and SADC protocol.

We are also trying to develop new indicators for reporting on crimes against women because presently crimes that are reported are those that are in the police systems.

A well-coordinated and reconfigured gender mainstreaming will help us to respond to all forms of violence and discrimination against women.

________________________

Ms BO Dlamini, MP

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women

Date:

18 September 2018 - NW2567

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in his department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to him and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

Department of Home Affairs

(1)(a)(i) Total number of Deputy Director-Generals employed in:

(1)(a)(i)(aa) An acting capacity: 3, of which 1 is a woman; and

(1)(a)(i)(bb) A permanent capacity: 4, of which 1 is a woman.

(1)(a)(ii) Total number of Chief Directors employed in:

(1)(a)(ii)(aa) An acting capacity: 3, of which 3 are woman; and

(1)(a)(ii)(bb) A permanent capacity: 28, of which 5 are woman.

(2)(a)(i)(b) Total number of Chief Executive Officers: 1 x Director-General (1 male, in an acting capacity); and

(2)(a)(ii)(b) Total number of Directors reporting to Minister: 0.

Electoral Commission

(1)(a)(i) 3 Deputy Chief Electoral Officers (equivalent of Deputy Director-General)

(1)(a)(i)(aa) None

(1)(a)(i)(bb) 3

(1)(b) 2

(1)(a)(ii) 16 Senior Managers (Equivalent of Chief Director)

(1)(a)(ii)(aa) 2

(1)(a)(ii)(bb) 14

(1)(b) 6

(2)(a)(i) 1 Chief Electoral Officer (Equivalent of Chief Executive Officer)

(2)(b)(i) None

(2)(a)(ii) 4 Commissioners (Equivalent of Board of Directors)

(2)(b)(ii) 1

Government Printing Works

(1)(a)(i) 4 Deputy Director-Generals (DDG)

(1)(a)(ii) 6 Chief Directors

(1)(a)(aa) 2

(1)(a)(bb) 8 (2 DDGs and 6 Chief Directors)

(1)(b) 6 (3 DDGs and 3 Chief Directors)

(2)(a)(i) 1

(2)(a)(ii) 0

(2)(b) 1

18 September 2018 - NW2571

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE”

1. (a) What is the total number of (i) Deputy Directors-General and (ii) Chief Directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in his department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; 2. (a) What is the total number of (i) Chief Executive Officers and (ii) Directors of each entity reporting to him and (b) what is the total number of women in each case? NW2861E

Reply:

1(a)(i) 4 x Deputy Directors-General

(aa). 1 x Acting Capacity

(bb). 3 x Permanent Capacity

(a)(ii). 19 x Chief Directors

(aa). 1 x Acting Capacity

(bb). 9 x Permanent Capacity

1(b). 2 x women Deputy Directors-General:

5 x women Chief Directors

 

As per the Cultural Institutions Act of 1998 The Accounting Officers are classified as Directors.

2(a)(i). 11 x Chief Executive Officers:

(ii). 14 x Directors:

(b). 05 x women Chief Executive Officers

06 x women Directors

18 September 2018 - NW2659

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to the reply to question 317 on 1 March 2017, has the work relating to the evaluation of the Integrated Strategy for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprises been completed yet; if not, by what date will it be completed; if so, by what date will the findings be made available to the public?

Reply:

The Evaluation Report on the Integrated Strategy for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprises has been completed. The Department of Small Business Development has also subsequently submitted a formal management response to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation indicating its acceptance of all recommendations. The management response was followed by an improvement plan on 31 July 2018, which plan details how the recommendations will be addressed. The Report will now be presented at the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) Cluster of the DGs on 20 September 2018 which will be followed by a submission to Cabinet for approval.

Recommended

Ms NZH Mpofu

Director-General: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

Approved

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, MP

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

Date:

18 September 2018 - NW2636

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

(1)        Whether his department drafted new inspection regulations on food safety; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the new regulations, (b) what is the intended specific purpose of each regulation, (c) which industries are affected by the new regulations, (d) how will the implementation of the new regulations be monitored and (e) what will the cost impact be on industry; (2) has his department put any measures in place to mitigate the cost impact; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether industry stakeholders were consulted prior to the promulgation of the new food safety regulations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2924E

Reply:

(1) The department has not recently drafted any new inspection regulations on food safety. The only food safety legislation administered by the department is the Meat Safety Act (Act No. 40 of 2000). The other food safety legislations are administered by the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) which is an entity under the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

18 September 2018 - NW2328

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved; (2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years and (ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed and (b)(i) what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages and (ii) what was the monetary value of each severance package?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE (SANBI)

Department of Environmental Affairs

  1. (a) (i) 18 active disputes currently.

1 on salary upgrade policies

1 on overtime policies

3 on perfomance management (PMDS) policies

7 on misconduct policies

4 on interpretation and application of policies

2 on treatment by managers

(b)

1 on upgrade from level 11 to level 12

1 on decision to dissaprove 100% payment of overtime worked prior to the 30% threshold

3 on PMDS (x1 perfomance incentives, x1 pay progression and x1 unfair reduction of scores)

7 misconduct (x 2 dishonest misrepresentation, x2 irregular procurement procedures, x1 unlawful removal of state property, x2 unfair suspension)

4 Interpretation of DPSA collective agreements on the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD)

2 unfair treatment (x1 request for transfer, x1 unfair discrimination).

(c)

1 upgrade -14 April 2015

1 unfair decision to dissaprove 100% overtime payment – 17 May 17

3 on PMDS:

perfomance incentives – 30 Jun 16

pay progression – 11 Apr 18 and

unfair reduction of scores – 11 Jul 18

7 misconduct cases:

1 dishonest misrepresentation – 19 Jan 17

1 dishonest misrepresentation – 26 Jun 16

1 irregular procurement procedures- 22 Feb 18

1 irregular procurement procedures – 11 Apr 18

1 unlawful removal of state property- 8 May 18

1 unfair suspension – 21 Nov 17

1 unfair suspension – 20 Jun 18

4 Interpretation and application of DPSA collective agreements (OSD)

10 Aug 17

23 Mar 18

23 May 18

11 Jul 18

2 unfair treatment:

1 request for transfer – 17 Aug 18

1 unfair discrimination – 17 May 18

(d) (i)

(ii) All disputes are pending at the General Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council

(GPSSBC) and Labour Court.

  1. (a) (i) 14

4 irregular procurement procedures.

1 poor work performance

1 irregular conduct

5 dishonest misrepresentation

1 abscondment

1 excessive absenteeism

1 unlawful removal of state property (theft)

(ii)

(b) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

(1) (a) (ii) None

(b) Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

(d) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(2) (a) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

(1) (a) (ii) 3

(b)

Dispute

Cause

1.

An alleged omission for Job Evaluation of a post

2.

Candidate not shortlisted for an advertised position

3.

Aggrieved with the outcome of the Job Evaluation results

(c)

Dispute

Nature

1.

Unfair Labour Practice

2.

Unfair Labour Practice

3

Unfair Labour Practice

(d) (i)

Dispute

Date reported

1.

10 January 2018

2.

18 December 2017

3’

30 April 2018

(ii)

Dispute

Date resolved

1.

Pending

2.

Pending

3

Pending

(2) (a) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

South African National Parks (SANParks)

(1) (a) (ii) 41

(b)

Dispute

Cause

 

Payment of Sundays and Public Holidays overtime

 

Non-Payment of overtime and sleep out allowance while on camping

 

Failure to comply and Implement Section 16.6.3.1 of the Condition of Service

 

Payment of Sundays and Public holidays overtime

 

Failure to profile the Dog Handlers as per the signed agreement

 

Unfair remuneration package after transfer

 

Unfair remuneration package after transfer

 

Non-Payment of Performance Bonus

 

Working as Trade Workers daily without complain but remunerated as General Workers

 

Refusal to sign employees’ contract without valid reason by the General Manager: Marula

 

Unfair treatment by Section Ranger

 

Unfair Labour Practice: want permanent positions

 

Proper PPE and relevant materials inside the ambulance

 

Unfair treatment

 

Unfair treatment by the Duty Manager

 

Grossly rude or abusive behaviour towards subordinate

 

Abuse of position and refused to be searched

 

Grave Dishonesty, Grossly rude behaviour towards subordinates, alternatively abuse of position, Failure to comply with existing orders/ standards or to obey rules and regulation, Inconsistence application of gate entering times

 

Accusation of theft, causing unpleasant working conditions

 

The aggrieved want housing allowance

 

Preferential treatment and abuse of power

 

Constant harassment while on duty and allegations of theft

 

Failure to comply with both HR tariff document and BCEA

 

Compliance with Human Capital Tariff document

 

Unfair Labour Practice: Condition of employment

 

Unfair treatment

 

Grave Dishonesty

 

Forgery/ Falsification of documentation

 

Unfair Treatment in terms of: Allocation of shifts, Inappropriate conduct, refusal to approve leave applications, intruding my privacy & sexual harassment

 

Grievance against supervisor

 

Grievance against supervisor

 

Grievance

 

Grievance against outcome of OD Phase 1 process

 

Grievance against outcome of OD Phase 1 process

 

Grievance : Unfair Labour Practice

 

Grievance

 

Grievance

 

Grievance

 

Grievance on allegation made

 

Grievance against recruitment process

 

Grievance

(c)

Dispute

Nature

 

Payment of Sundays and Public Holidays overtime

 

Non-Payment of overtime and sleep out allowance while on camping

 

Failure to comply and Implement Section 16.6.3.1 of the Condition of Service

 

Payment of Sundays and Public holidays overtime

 

Failure to profile the Dog Handlers as per the signed agreement

 

Unfair remuneration package after transfer

 

Unfair remuneration package after transfer

 

Non-Payment of Performance Bonus

 

Working as Trade Workers daily without complain but remunerated as General Workers

 

Refusal to sign employees’ contract without valid reason by the General Manager: Marula

 

Unfair treatment by Section Ranger

 

Unfair Labour Practice: want permanent positions

 

Proper PPE and relevant materials inside the ambulance

 

Unfair treatment

 

Unfair treatment by the Duty Manager

 

Grossly rude or abusive behaviour towards subordinate

 

Abuse of position and refused to be searched

 

Grave Dishonesty, Grossly rude behaviour towards subordinates, alternatively abuse of position, Failure to comply with existing orders/ standards or to obey rules and regulation, Inconsistence application of gate entering times

 

Accusation of theft, causing unpleasant working conditions

 

The aggrieved want housing allowance

 

Preferential treatment and abuse of power

 

Constant harassment while on duty and allegations of theft

 

Failure to comply with both HR tariff document and BCEA

 

Compliance with Human Capital Tariff document

 

Unfair Labour Practice: Condition of employment

 

Unfair treatment

 

Grave Dishonesty

 

Forgery/ Falsification of documentation

 

Unfair Treatment in terms of: Allocation of shifts, Inappropriate conduct, refusal to approve leave applications, intruding my privacy & sexual harassment

 

Grievance against supervisor

 

Grievance against supervisor

 

Grievance

 

Grievance against outcome of OD Phase 1 process

 

Grievance against outcome of OD Phase 1 process

 

Grievance : Unfair Labour Practice

 

Grievance

 

Grievance

 

Grievance

 

Grievance on allegation made

 

Grievance against recruitment process

 

Grievance

(d) (i)

Dispute

Date reported

 

09.03.2017

 

13.06.2017

 

08.12.2017

 

11.12.2017

 

16.01.2018

 

30.11.2017

 

01.12.2018

 

31.01.2018

 

09.02.2018

 

22.02.2018

 

27.02.2018

 

05.03.2018

 

09.03.2018

 

09.03.2018

 

12.03.2018

 

19.03.2018

 

27.03.2018

 

27.03.2018

 

27.03.2018

 

04.04.2018

 

11.04.2018

 

11.04.2018

 

16.04.2018

 

17.04.2018

 

04.05.2018

 

04.05.2018

 

07.05.2018

 

14.05.2018

 

04.06.2018

 

15.01.2018

 

10.04.2018

 

26.03.2018

 

19.01.2018

 

02.02.2018

 

07.05.2018

 

19.07.2017

 

11.06.2018

 

14.06.2018

 

15.06.2018

 

20.06.2018

 

27.06.2018

(ii)

Dispute

Date resolved

 

Pending

 

Pending

 

27.03.2018

 

11.12.2017

 

Pending

 

24.04.2018

 

24.04.2018

 

17.04.2018

 

24.04.2018

 

22.05.2018

 

24.04.2018

 

24.04.2018

 

Pending

 

12.04.2018

 

Pending

 

Pending

 

Pending

 

Pending

 

04.04.2018

 

14.06.208

 

Pending

 

17.04.2018

 

24.05.2018

 

17.07.2018

 

21.05.2018

 

18.05.2018

 

Pending

 

Pending

 

14.07.2018

 

24.05.2018

 

30.04.2018

 

22.05.2018

 

31.01.2018

 

28.04.2018

 

16.05.2018

 

12.06.2018

 

20.06.2018

 

03.07.2018

 

Pending

 

16.07.2018

 

27.07.2018

(2) (a) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

South African Weather Service (SAWS)

(1) (a) (ii) 1

(b)

Dispute

Cause

1.

Intoxication & Under Influence of Alcohol or Substance in the workplace

(c)

Dispute

Nature

1.

Misconduct

(d) (i)

Dispute

Date reported

1.

April 2018

(ii)

Dispute

Date resolved

1.

Pending

(2) (a) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

(b) (i) None

(ii) Not Applicable

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17 September 2018 - NW2193

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Groenewald, Mr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2187 on 18 June 2018, what criteria is followed by her department to determine which public servants can be offered early retirement packages; (2) what number of (a) black, (b) white, (c) coloured and (d) Indian employees in the Public Service comply with the stated criteria; (3) with reference to the number of service years in the Public Service, which is the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest service period to be rendered by public servants in order to qualify for the specified retirement packages; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Details on voluntary early retirement packages have not been concluded yet, consultations in this regard with relevant stakeholders is a work in progress, this consultation will also be extended to labour, once all process have been finalised, a communique will be issued

17 September 2018 - NW2524

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department received any requests from any African state to provide training to its presidential VIP protection units in each of the past five financial years and since 1 April 2018; if so, (a) which States submitted requests for assistance, (b) which department(s) provided training, (c) what number of persons were trained, (d) what was the duration of the training and (e) what total costs did the department(s) incur in terms of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation, (iii) food and (iv) transport for each training period; (2) whether the States that requested training contributed to the costs incurred; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) Yes, requests were received from the Central African Republic and the Republic of Liberia.

(b) The training for the Central African Republic is provided by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The request from the Republic of Liberia is still being considered, therefore, no further details are available with respect to this request.

(c) A Thirty-two (32) member team from the Central African Republic will be receiving training.

(d) The training for the Central African Republic team will be conducted for six (6) weeks.

(e) The total cost projected for training a team from the Central African Republic is R 1 765 800.00.

(i) The projected costs for flights is R 1 080 000.00.

(ii) The projected cost for accommodation is R 267 840.00. This amount includes projected cost for food.

(iii) Transport costs will be covered by SAPS.

(2) The Central African Republic will not make a contribution towards this training.

17 September 2018 - NW1872

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

1. What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources department/office in: (i) Her department; (ii) The entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 What (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) Was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigations in each case? (NW2032E)

Reply:

1. The Department of Sport and Recreation has (a) Zero cases of racism incidents reported to its HR Offices….. (i) Her department has zero cases of racism reported and (ii) the entities reporting to her also do not have any such cases that were reported, in the year 2016 and 2017:

No investigation was instituted, as there were not cases of racism reported.

MS T. XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION SA

17 September 2018 - NW2356

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Which municipalities in each province are presently the top 10 water consumers?

Reply:

The municipalities that are presently the top 10 water consumers in each province are listed per table below. In most of the cases there is a direct relation between demand and the population served by a particular municipality. Refer to Annexure A for the top 10 water consumers in each province.

17 September 2018 - NW2361

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) number of government employees on (i) national and (ii) provincial level on the PERSAL system are over the age of 60 years and (b) is the breakdown of the specified government employees in terms of (i) age, (ii) department and (iii) salary level?

Reply:

The National Treasury is a custodian of PERSAL System, as such, in a better position to provide the figures

17 September 2018 - NW2349

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any municipalities in the country have any agreements and/or contracts with a certain company (name furnished); if so, (a) what is the monetary value of each agreement and/or contract, (b) what services does the specified company offer in each case and (c) for what time period has the company been offering services in each case?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has sent letters to all the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government to engage municipalities to obtain the relevant information. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

17 September 2018 - NW2324

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved;

Reply:

Audited information in this regard will be submitted to parliament through annual reports, which will be tabled in parliament during this month of September 2018 as required by the parliamentary prescripts.

17 September 2018 - NW1485

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr C. Ramaphosa, to the debate on the state of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) she, (b) senior management services members in her department and/or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to her have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit? (2) Whether she will furnish Mr. RK Purdok with copies of the lifestyle audit reports?

Reply:

Minister Xasa fully supports the call by President Ramaphosa, for the public service to institute a lifestyle audit mechanism to monitor the lifestyles of personnel in the public service, especially the members of SMS and other senior people in the service of the public, including personnel at the leadership of state entities.

To this end, the Minister has noted the question from the Honourable Purdon (MPL), in relation to lifestyle audits. However, to date, the Minister has not found cause to institute any audits on the lifestyles of any personnel in the Ministry and neither is there cause to institute any such audits on the heads of entities, at this stage.

MS T. XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION SA

17 September 2018 - NW2512

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) Whether the SA Post Office (SAPO) has put a formal communications policy in place; if so, (2) are SAPO employees instructed not to engage with the media; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) have any SAPO employees been (a) threatened with dismissal and/or (b) dismissed for engaging with the media since the communications policy was introduced; if so, what are the details of the (i) name of the employee, (ii) nature of disciplinary action taken and (iii) date on which disciplinary action was taken? NW2799E

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(1) The Post Office has a Communications Policy that standardizes the processes for its internal organizational communications as well as its public corporate communications, including media relations. In addition, the Post Office has a dedicated Communications Business Unit. The policy has been updated to include guidelines and requirements for posts on social media, and the updated version is currently in the approval process.

(2) Structurally, the Communications Business Unit is the custodian of the media affairs function of the Post Office and in terms of the communications policy, individual employees’ media engagements are mandated to be channeled via this Business Unit.

In terms of the policy, only senior management, the Communication section and employees delegated by the Communication section may communicate with the media.

(3)(a) No SAPO employees have been threatened with dismissal for engaging with the media since the communication policy was introduced

(b) No SAPO employees were dismissed for engaging with the media since the policy was introduced.

(i)(ii)(iii) Not applicable

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2483

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)What is the total number of international trips that (a) she and (b) her department’s officials undertook since she took office on 26 February 2018; (2) what was the total costs of each international trip in terms of the airline used, class of travel, travel and subsistence budget and any other related cost; (3) what are the names and other relevant details of members of staff in her Office and other departmental officials who undertook each international trip; (4) what (a) was the purpose of each international trip, (b) were the expertise of the officials attending the international meetings or conferences, (c) value did the officials add to the conferences and (d) were the outcomes of each international trip undertaken; (5) will she provide Ms L L van der Merwe with a detailed report of each conference attended overseas? NW2634E

Reply:

a) The total number of international trips that were undertaken since the Minister took office on 26 February 2018 was five and the Minster attended one.

Refer to table below for response on bullet 2 & 3

No

Date

Destination

Purpose of trip

Officials

Air Travel

Accommodation

(all officials)

Travel and Subsistence

 

 

 

 

Name

Unit

Class

Cost

 

 

1

12 – 23 March 2018

New York

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62)

Minister BO Dlamini – (10-19 Mar 2018)

Ministry

Business

R91 351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R1 138 445

R30 475

Thokozani Dlamini - (10-19 Mar 2018)

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Business

R91 351

R27 712

Ms WR Tshabalala

DDG: Social Transformation & Economic Empowerment

Business

R153 359

R22 075

Ms A Griessel

DDG: Policy, Stakeholder Coordination & Knowledge Management

Business

R153 359

R22 075

L Oliphant

Ministry – Stakeholder

Business

R70 381

R22 075

Ms M Mefolo - (10-19 Mar 2018)

Ministry – Parliamentary Liaison Officer

Business

R118 799

R22 075

Ms E Maluleke

CD: Governance Transformation, Justice & Security

Business

R153 359

R22 075

Ms T Khosa

Dir: International Relations

Business

R153 359

R22 075

2

3 – 4 May 2018

Mauritius

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women’s Economic Empowerment Preparatory Workshop

Mr P Maponyane

Assistant Director: Economic Empowerment & Participation

Economy

R13 788

 

 

R8 400

RR2 726

Ms N Shitlhango

Senior Admin Officer: International Relations

Economy

R13 788

R2 726

3

7 – 9 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment

Ms XV Mathobela

CD: Office of the Director-General

Economy

R32 839

 

R31 000

R4 427

Mr B Thompson

Assistant Director: Strategic Management

Economy

R32 839

R3 830

4

10 – 11 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment - Minister’s Meeting

Ms E Maluleke

CD: Governance Transformation, Justice & Security

Economy

R32 425

R15 500

R2 947

5

27 – 28 June 2018

Kenya

UN Regional Consultation on the Progress to Localize Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ms A Griessel

DDG: Policy, Stakeholder Coordination & Knowledge Management

Economy

R68 345

 

 

R0

Ms ER Mailula

Senior Admin Officer: Office of the DDG – Social Transformation & Economic Empowerment

Economy

R10 974

R4 303

 

 

Refer to table for response on bullet 4

No

Date

Destination

A - Purpose of trip

Official

B - Expertise of official

C – Value add of official

D – Outcome of trip

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 – 23 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister BO Dlamini

Executive Authority

Provided strategic direction and leadership at the conference

A CSW report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thokozani Dlamini

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Ms WR Tshabalala

Strategist in gender issues and policy matters

Provided strategic and technical support to the Minister, Deputy Ministers and MECs who attended

Supervised officials on the work programme, and managed content development led the SA negotiation team

Ms A Griessel

Policy developer, analyst and M& E expertise

Provision of technical and content support to the Minister and part of the negotiation team

L Oliphant

Media expertise

Served as media liaison officer in collaboration with GCIS and DIRCO

Ms M Mefolo

Secretarial expertise

Ministerial Aid

D – Outcome of trip

Ms E Maluleke

Gender expert and strategist on mainstreaming

Provided technical support on content development including side events and participated during negotiations

A CSW report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

 

 

Ms T Khosa

International relations expertise

Provided International relations expertise and liaison with Embassy

2

3 – 4 May 2018

Mauritius

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women’s Economic Empowerment Preparatory Workshop

Mr P Maponyane

An economist

Provided technical support on economic analysis regarding opportunities within the IORA region for women

Ms N Shitlhango

Support staff

Provided administrative support to the assistant director

3

7 – 9 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment

Ms XV Mathobela

Ensure the issues negotiated upon and agreed upon find expression in the strategic plan(s) of the department

A strategic officer responsible for strategic planning in the department

Mr B Thompson

Strategic Planning Officer

An officer responsible for strategic planning in the department

4

10 – 11 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment - Minister’s Meeting

Ms E Maluleke

Gender expert and strategist on mainstreaming

Provided technical support on content development including side events and participated during negotiations

A CSW/62 report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

5

27 – 28 June 2018

Kenya

UN Regional Consultation on the Progress to Localize Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ms A Griessel

Policy developer, analyst and M& E expertise

Provision of technical and content support to the Minister and part of the negotiation team

Ms ER Mailula

Support staff

Provided administrative support to the Deputy Director General

Apart from the CSW/62 session there are international resolutions agreed upon on all sessions attended and negotiated upon, and are found on the web site of each conference/session.

Reply

 

 

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

 

 

 

17 September 2018 - NW2510

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) experienced any delays in certifying the results of students who completed the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training currently known as Community Education and Training (CET) qualification (a) in the (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 academic years and (b) since 1 January 2018; if so, in each case, what (aa) number of students were affected, (bb) were the reasons for the delays and (cc) number of the specified cases were resolved?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SITA as follows:

(a) i) Yes

ii) Yes

(b) Data not available

aa) 2016: 30 533

2017: 43 235

2018: Data not available

bb) The system has recently been taken over from the Department of Basic Education in 2013 and is still being developed for full functionality to include ability to track delayed certification. SITA has recently embarked on a process to improve and strengthen the CET system functionality.

cc) The capability of the system is now being enhanced to improve reporting on subsequently resolved cases. Hence data on subsequent resolutions is currently unavailable.

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2595

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)     (a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in his department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to him and (b) what is the total number of women in each case? NW2886E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

1. The information provided is as per the staff establishment of the Department on 31 August 2018:

(a)(i) six (6)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) four (4)

(a)(ii) twenty nine (29)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) twenty seven (27)

(b)(i) four (4)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) two (2)

(b)(ii) twelve (12)

(aa) one (1)_

(bb) eleven (11)

ENTITIES

(2) (a)(i) There are seven (7) Chief Executive Officers in the entities and none of them are women.

(ii) Number of directors of each entity

(b) Total number of women

Entity

Non-executive directors

Executive directors

 

SAPO

9

3

4 non-executive directors and 1 executive director

SENTECH

6

3

3 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

NEMISA

6

2

2 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

USAASA

5

2

2 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

BBI

7

2

4 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

SITA

10

2

4 non-executive directors and 1 executive director (CFO resigned)

ZADNA

9

1

5 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2300

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. With regard to the mega housing project in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, situated in Birchleigh North Extension 4, portion of portion 63 and portion of remaining extent of portion 39 of the farm Witfontein 15-IR to be known as Birchleigh North Ext 4 township, (a) what number of units are to be built and (b) on what date is the specified project set to (i) commence and (ii) be completed; (2) what number of (a) schools, (b) clinics and (c) parks are earmarked for the development

Reply:

(1) (a) Approximately 7195 units are earmarked for the Birchleigh Ext 4 Project, and the project is not ready to commence with construction at this stage. Information towards implementation will be communicated in due course.

(i) Professional Service Providers have been appointed to start with Detailed Designs which will be completed in June 2019. Construction will only commence in July 2019.

(ii) Three thousand units will be completed in 2021 and the rest in 2023.

(2)  The following land uses have been earmarked for the Birchleigh Ext 4 project:

  • 5 School Sites;
  • 1 Medical centre; and
  • 5 Open spaces (2 Parks).

17 September 2018 - NW2301

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has conducted an audit of all armoury of the Metro Police Department that has gone missing; if not, why not; if so, (a) what armoury has gone missing and (b) in which year was it reported missing; 2. will he furnish Ms T Gqada with a copy of the armoury audit report?

Reply:

(1) A comprehensive audit assessment of all Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department’s firearms is currently being conducted by the directorate responsible for priority crime investigations. The firearms audit assessment findings and the report thereof are expected to be presented to the Council during September 2018.

(2) Once the audit is completed, a copy of the firearms audit report will be made available.

17 September 2018 - NW2194

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Groenewald, Mr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether his department is at all involved in the building of the sewage plant at Rooigrond in North West; if so, in what capacity; (2) with reference to the specified sewage plant, (a) who is the implementation agent, (b) who is/are the project manager(s) and (c) who is the contractor; (3) (a) on what date did the project commence, (b) what was the initial tender amount and (c) to whom was the tender awarded; 4) (a) what is the expected date for the completion of the project and (b) how much do the project costs amount hitherto (5) whether he will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

1 a) The Department is not involved at all in the building of the sewage plant at Rooigrond in the North West. The project is Funded by the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in the povince through the Provincial Infrastructure Grant (PIG).

2. a) Sedibeng Water Board is the implementing agent.

b) King and Associates Consultant is the Project Management and Consulting Company

c) The contractor is CMS Water Engineering.

3. a) The project commenced on 23 October 2017.

b) The initial tender amount was R47,394,567.00.

c) The tender was awarded to CMS Water Engineering.

4. a) The expected date for the completion of the project is 27 September 2018.

b) The project costs amount to R36 789 380 as at 22 August 2018.

5. No

The project is to provide the bulk water and sanitation services to the existing 1000 households at Rooigrond and to make provision for servicing an additional 2000 low cost houses to be built in future. The overall progress on site is 61 % (As of end July 2018). Total number of local people employed in the project is 19 (14 youth with 13 male and 1 female; 5 adults with 4 males and 1 female).

17 September 2018 - NW2364

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Abrahams, Ms BL to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

In light of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her department and the Department of Basic Education to rekindle school sport in all the schools in the country, what (a) are the key features of the MOU and (b) measures has she and the Minister of Basic Education put in place to (i) monitor and (ii) evaluate its implementation?

Reply:

a) The key features of the MoU include among other thing:

  • Demarcation of roles: Updated to reflect the assignment of role players from Level 1-6.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: A complete overall of roles and responsibilities reflecting:
  • SGB’s powers need to be revised (Requires amendment to Schools Act)
  • School Committees should be run by teachers (Requires amendment to School Sport Structures policy)
  • Basic Education and Provinces must include School Sport as the strategic output.
  • SRSA and Provinces facilitate the establishment of School Sport structures, while DBE initiates the process.
  • DBE to provide basic sport infrastructure, SRSA to facilitate the provision of infrastructure through Sports Trust, National Lottery, MIG etc.
  • Teacher Unions & SGBs Associations to included in the ex JNTT and ex JPTT
  • Sport Code Committees to have a representation in the School Sport Coordinating Committees
  • Federations to ensure that School Sport has an associate membership in their structure.
  • Establishment of School Sport Coordinating Committee and its composition, Committee to be chaired by SRSA and DBE.
  • Provision of infrastructure and resource: The provision of using MIG to build some of the School Sport infrastructure
  • National School Sport Championships: (The three cycle is being highly contested, especially the break)
  • Discussions are underway to review model of cyclic championships
  • Sporting Codes reduction: The policy on prioritization on codes is being considered and once finalized it will be implemented.
  • Funding: DBE should take full responsibility of funding levels 1-3 whilst SRSA take care of levels 4-6.
  • Communication protocol: Across all levels DBE and SRSA officials should communicate their planned activities.

b) Measures that the Minister of Basic Education has put in place to:

(i) Monitor: Joint National Task Teams and Joint Provincial Task Teams are set up to bring both departments together and monitor progress made in implementing the programme and develop plans to address the challenges. Regular interactions for planning also take place between officials in DBE and SRSA.

(ii) Evaluate implementation: The DBE has various platforms of interacting with stakeholders on sports. However through the provincial departments of education, regular interactions are being held. SRSA gets these regular interactions and briefing from the DBE.

MS T XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION

17 September 2018 - NW2358

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What number of water treatment plants does the Government own, (b) where is each plant located, (c) what number of the specified water treatment plants is operational and (d) what is each water treatment plant’s daily capacity?

Reply:

a) The number of water treatment plants owned by Government is a total of 1137 inclusive of boreholes. Refer to Annexure A.

b) Refer to Annexure A.

c) The number of water treatment plants that are operational is a total of 1084 and 53 are not operational. Refer to Annexure A.

d) Refer to Annexure A.

17 September 2018 - NW2365

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Botes, Mr A to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

In light of the fact that one of the intentions of the meeting of Ministers of Sport in the BRICS was to host the Sport Council and finalise the BRICS Sport Charter that will allow the rotation of the BRICS games every four years, (a) what lessons were learnt from the BRICS Sport Council and (b) in what manner will the lessons contribute towards the imperatives of the National Development Plan's 2030 imperatives of (i) equal opportunity, (ii) inclusion and (iii) redress as well as outcome 14 on social cohesion and nation-building?

Reply:

South Africa did not host the BRICS Sport Council of Ministers due to the unavailability of other BRIC Sport Ministers to attend this meeting. However, it’s envisaged that the formation of the BRICS Sport Council of Ministers will assist in providing guidance on how the games should be run going forward. Ministers of Sport from the BRICS Nations responsible for Sport will be able to deliberate and agree on a number of areas pertaining to the games as it was operating in a vacuum since inception in 2016 in Goa, India. The BRICS Sport Charter and the MOU regarding the establishment of this Commission has been drafted and it’s to be deliberated during the BRICS Council of Sport Ministers meeting on the date to be determined by the Minister.

(a) The BRICS Games strengthens the relationship between the BRICS Countries

(b) The games contribute in the following:

(i) equal opportunity,

During the apartheid regime, black South African athletes were not provided/afforded an opportunity to participate in International sporting events to showcase their talents. Thus, the BRICS Games are seen as vehicle to address those disparities to afford our South African athletes an opportunity to compete with the rest of the world.

(ii) inclusion and

Our outcome 14 on social cohesion and nation building indicates that athletes should be afforded an opportunity to compete with the world despite their gender, race and class. Consequently, the BRICS Games seeks to find that balance in sport through the inclusion of every athlete determine to showcase his or her talent.

(iii) redress as well as outcome 14 on social cohesion and nation-building

Outcome 14 emphasized the importance of redress in sport. Redress is essential in sport as it seeks to address the imbalance of the past thereby building a society where opportunities are not defined by race, gender, class or religion.

 

MS T XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION

17 September 2018 - NW2582

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her Office and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

1. (a)(i) There are two Deputy Directors – General (DDGs) in the Department.

(ii)There are six Chief Directors in the Department and two Chief Directors in the Ministry whose employment contracts are linked to the term of office of the Minister.

(aa) The two DDGs and six Chief Directors are all employed on permanent basis. One of the DDG is currently the Acting Director General.

(b) Two DDGs are women and six Chief Directors are women. Out of eight Chief Directors; two are currently on suspension. There is one Acting Chief Director in the position of the suspended Chief Director: Cooperate Management; and no one acting in the position of Chief Director: Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach. Subsequently; there no capacity in the Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach Unit particularly the coordination of dialogues which are facilitated by the office of the Minister.

2. There are no entities reporting to the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women. The level of human resources head is Deputy Director and if there is a need he reports to the Minister.                                              

 

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

17 September 2018 - NW2299

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What is the name of the contactor who currently has the contract for refuse removal in the Kempton Park area within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality; (2) (a) on what date was the specified contract first awarded, (b) what is the monetary value of the contract, (c) how many persons tendered for the contract and (d) who from the municipality signed the contract?

Reply:

(1) The refuse collection services in Kempton Park Area are provided by the City (council employees using council owned vehicles). The services in this regard are rendered in-house thus there is no private contractor and/or service provider rendering refuse collection services on behalf of the City of Ekurhuleni.

(2) Responses to questions raised under (2) are non-existent as the services referred to are rendered in-house and have not been out-sourced.

17 September 2018 - NW2514

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

Whether the 35277 track and trace number of the SA Post Office is still operational; if not, what is the position in this regard, if so, what are the details of the (a) number of track and trace requests received in each month since 1 March 2018 and (b)(i) performance standards required and (ii) actual performance achieved in terms of the time taken to (aa) process a query, (bb) respond to a query and (cc) resolve a query?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. Yes, with the exception of Vodacom numbers that have not been working since June 2018. Vodacom service was suspended due to non- payment.

(a) CFG Track and Trace- 35277

Period

Number of Requests

Mar-18

11962

Apr-18

10735

May-18

5962

Jun-18

3760

Jul-18

4232

Aug-18

5413

 

(b)(i) A Customer sends an SMS with the parcel” tracking number” to the 35277 track and trace number the short code. A response displaying where the parcel is situated is sent back to the customer’s cell phone in less than a minute.

(ii)(aa)(bb)(cc) are of no relevance since the customer receives feedback from the 35277 number in less than a minute.

 

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2357

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What numbers of desalination plants are currently (a) in operation, (b) being built and (c) being planned to be built in the country?

Reply:

The number of desalination plants in the country is as follows:

(a) There are 6 in operation;

(b) There is a total of four (4) being built and

(c) There is a total of nineteen (19) under various stages of planning

17 September 2018 - NW2059

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in her department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) what number of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; 2) whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) what number (a) of employees in her department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); 4) what is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

1. Yes all members of the senior management service (SMS) declared their financial interests for the past year.

  1. (a) Not applicable.
  1. (b) Not applicable.
  1. (c) (i) Not applicable.
  1. (c) (ii) Not applicable.

2) No SMS Member charged. All Complied

3) (a) None. No Employee is suspended

3) (b) Not Applicable. No employee has been suspended.

4) Not Applicable. No employee has been suspended.

MINISTER T. XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION SA

17 September 2018 - NW2444

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What is the (a) name of each investing company that has invested on land owned by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her and (b)(i) nature, (ii) value and (iii) length of each investment?

Reply:

The Department of Public Service and Administration and its entities do not owned land

17 September 2018 - NW2321

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1) (a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved; (2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years and (ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed and (b)(i)what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages and (ii)what was the monetary value of each severance package? NW2498E

Reply:

(1) (a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by

(i) her department

The Department does not have dispute currently and not facing any disputes.

(ii) the entities reporting to her

South African Institute for Drug - Free Sport (SAIDS) does not have currently and not facing any disputes

Boxing South Africa (BSA) has five disputes

(b) what is the cause of each dispute

  • Termination of service following outcomes of disciplinary process on ground of misconduct. (4)
  • Dispute lodged by dismissed employee alleging non-payment of acting allowance at a time when employee was still in BSA employ. (1)

(c) what is the nature of each dispute

  • Disputed outcome of disciplinary process and allegations of unfair dismissal was logged. (4)
  • Allegations of unfair labour practice. (1)

(d) on what date was each dispute

(i) reported

four cases were reported in 2015

one case was reported in 2016

(ii) resolved

Five cases not resolved

(2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years

       5 employees were dismissed by the Department in the past five years.

(ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed

    three on abscondment

    one on fraud, corruption and misrepresentation

     one on Theft

(b)(i)what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages

    none

(ii)what was the monetary value of each severance package?

    none

MS. T XASA, MP

MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION

17 September 2018 - NW2475

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What are the pollution levels of each river in South Africa in the 2017-18 financial year?

Reply:

A total of 440 water monitoring sites in the nine (9) water management areas were monitored for chemical monitoring programme in 2017/18 financial year. Salinity levels for rivers were regarded as good to very good indicating moderate to less pollution in 80% of the coverage in the nine (9) water management areas.

17 September 2018 - NW2302

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What is the total number of Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers who (a) brought and (b) won their cases for promotion at the Johannesburg Labour Court in the past three financial years; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) the specified promotions that are still to be implemented by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and (ii) days that the municipality has in order to implement each promotion and (b) what are the reasons for the delay?

Reply:

1. There are no Labour Court judgements relating to promotions in the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department that have been issued by the Johannesburg Labour Court or any other Court that has jurisdiction to deal with matters of this nature.

2. Consequently, the City of Ekurhuleni has not received any order coming from the courts directing it to promote any employee in the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department.

17 September 2018 - NW2568

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) DDGs: There are two (2) Acting Deputy Directors-General (DDGs) currently.

(ii) CDs: There are two (2) Acting Chief Directors at this stage.

(bb) DDGs: There are sixteen (16) DDGs employed on a permanent capacity.

CDs: There are fifty five (55) Chief Directors employed on a permanent capacity.

(b) DDGs: Five (5) of the 16 DDGs are women.

CDs: Twenty eight (28) of the Chief Directors are women.

(2) (a) and (b) The African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund (ARF) does not have a chief executive officer or directors as per the Honourable Member’s question. ARF is not essentially an entity as contemplated in Schedule 3A and 3C of Public Finance Managment Act of 1999. It is a Fund that International Relations and Cooperation oversees. ARF has an Advisory Committee comprising of officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the National Treasury.

17 September 2018 - NW2656

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Government has an official position on the (a) alleged maltreatment of a certain person (name furnished), (b) deployment of the armed forces to Kasumbalesa and Kinshasa, who used violence to oppress peaceful supporters of the specified person, (c) use of controversial electronic voting machines despite domestic and international opposition, (d) credibility of voters’ rolls with particular reference to allegations of significant numbers of duplicates and/or (e) continued detention of political prisoners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) During President Ramaphosa’s visit to the DRC, President Kabila briefed the President about the matter of Mr Katumbi during which the government of the DRC explained their national legal requirements that prevented Mr Katumbi from registering in the national elections.

b) It should be noted that the deployment of the members of the DRC armed forces within the sovereign territory of the DRC remains a decision of the government of DRC. In this regard, South Africa, however, echoes the Statement of the UNSC of 17 August 2018 that underlined the importance of the entire Congolese political class and the institutions responsible for organizing elections to remain committed to ensure the success of the rest of the electoral process, leading to a peaceful transfer of power, in accordance with the Congolese constitution.

Further, South Africa also continues to encourage all Congolese stakeholders to create all the necessary conditions to ensure an environment conducive to the peaceful and inclusive conduct of political activities to ensure that the elections take place with the requisite conditions of transparency, credibility and inclusivity.

c) In terms of the concerns regarding the utilisation of electronic voting machines, it should be noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission of the DRC (CENI) gave a presentation on the preparations for the elections and the utilisation of the electronic voting machines to the SADC Double Troika Summit that took place in April 2018. The presentation was noted.

In addition, I wish to refer the Honourable Member to the Joint Communique issued by the Presidency on 10 August 2018 on the President’s Working Visit to the DRC, it states:

“The two Heads of State noted that the political and security situation is calm throughout the national territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and took note of the significant progress made in the ongoing electoral process in the country, with regard to the commitments made in accordance with the electoral calendar published on 5 November 2017 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and providing for the organization of presidential, legislative and provincial elections at the end this year.

The two Heads of State noted, among other things, the continued financing of the electoral process by the Congolese Government, which has just completed the stage of submitting candidatures for the presidential, legislative and provincial elections, in compliance with the constitutional rules and national laws of the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

e) The matter of the detention of any individual was not discussed during the meeting.

17 September 2018 - NW2708

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

What are the details of the country’s fuel reserves as at 1 September 2018?

Reply:

As at 01 September 2018, the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) terminal in Saldanha Bay was in possession of approximately 10.3 million barrels of crude oil whose legal title is a subject of a legal dispute between CEF (SOC) Ltd and three entities – Vitol SA, Glencore, and Talaveras.

17 September 2018 - NW2513

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)   Whether the (a)customer.service@postoffice.co.za and (b) jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za email addresses are still functional; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (2) What are the details of the (a) number of emails received by each email address in each month from 1 March 2018 to date, (b) number of SA Post Office employees assigned to process emails received in each case and (c)(i) performance standard required and (ii) actual performance achieved for each of the email addresses in terms of time taken to (aa) read an email, (bb) respond to an email and (cc) resolve a query? NW2800E

Reply:

I have been informed by the Post Office as follows:

(1)(a) The email addresses customer.service@postoffice.co.za and (b) jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za are still functional.

(2) The number of emails received from 1 March 2018 were as follows:

(a) (i) March 9721

(ii) April 5318

(iii) May 4794

(iv) June 6534

(v) July 3114

(vi) August 24440

(b) (i) Seven employees were assigned to process emails received in March, April, May and June 2018, two for distributing and five for responses.

(ii) July emails came through during the strike period. As a result, the inbox could not be cleared due to lack of access to the office or system.

(iii) A total of 24 440 emails came through at the height of the strike and only 10 000 were distributed resulting in a backlog of an estimated 14 440 emails as at August 2018.

(c) (i) System generated auto responses within 24 hours and agent to provide acknowledgement within 48 hours. Final outcome to be given within seven working days.

(ii)The actual performance for email addresses customer.service@postoffice.co.za and jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za has not been in accordance with standards in relation to (aa) time taken to read an email (bb) respond to an email enquiry and (cc) resolve a query, due to Operational backlogs at Mail Centres; the recent strike and the rise of E-commerce items at Johannesburg International Mail Centre (JIMC). A comprehensive review of the both the Customer Relation Management Programme as well as the Customer Care Centre is being undertaken.

Submitted for approval by

_________________________

Mr OMEGA SHELEMBE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

17 September 2018 - NW2501

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Ntombela, Mr MLD to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What progress has been recorded to date in the development of a framework that will inform the management of lifestyle audits in the Public Service?

Reply:

The Development of a framework on lifestyle audits on public service employees is at a consultative stage with sector departments and constitutional institutions such as the Public Service Commission. The consultations will also be extended to relevant stakeholders including labour. These consultations will assist us to produce a sustainable framework on the lifestyle audits, which is consistent with the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The lifestyle audits will further strengthen existing measures, which include declarations by the public service employees, the financial intelligence centres act, amongst others, the aim is to protect public service against any ills.

 

14 September 2018 - NW2717

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Government has a policy on the conditions and/or circumstances under which South Africa is willing to engage with perceived dictatorial leaders in Africa and beyond; if so, (a) do such leaders have to meet any requirements in order to enjoy the support of the Government and (b) did the Government take the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) refusal to permit Mr Moise Katumbi, an opposition party candidate, entry into the country into consideration while planning the President’s trip to the DRC, given that it posed an alleged fundamental threat to democratic processes in the DRC?

Reply:

(a) At the heart of South Africa’s foreign policy since 1994 is the promotion of democracy, rule of law, good governance and observance of human rights. South Africa therefore conducts her bilateral relations with the countries on the Continent and beyond desiring to achieve these objectives.

(b) The Working Visit of the President to the DRC was part of his courtesy visit to the region since he assumed office. The purpose of such visits is to consult on bilateral cooperation and issues of common interest. The matter of Mr Katumbi was part of bilateral discussions during which the Government of the DRC explained their national legal requirements that prevented Mr Katumbi from registering in the national elections. The explanation was noted.