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09 June 2020 - NW165

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has been informed of a meeting on 17 September 2019 between certain parties (names and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) whether he has been informed that a certain person has allegedly accepted a position which was followed by a favourable decision to the other party (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) whether he intends taking any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

Reply:

  1. No, I have not been informed of such meeting. Any individual meetings between a Judge and/or members of the public, would not be reported to my office.
  2. Neither have I been informed of any appointment to any position, accordingly.
  3. I have no power to take disciplinary action against Judges. This is done by the Judicial Service Commission.

08 June 2020 - NW855

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that her Department has been tasked with identifying potential quarantine sites for the Covid-19 crisis, the identification of private hotels and accommodation facilities as suitable quarantine facilities to supplement her Department’s sites is limited to those already assessed and accredited by the Department of Health; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) why is it only four- and five-star graded establishments that are identified as suitable quarantine facilities; (3) whether, in view of the fact that establishments identified as quarantine facilities may have to be activated at short notice, her Department has concluded any contracts with such establishments; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of the contracts and (b) is the notice period that needs to be observed before persons placed in quarantine may be admitted in such establishments; (4) whether the specified establishments will be allowed to accommodate guests other than quarantined persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the specified establishments will be required to quarantine persons for the full 14 days, especially repatriated South Africans; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the process that would need to be followed by a quarantined person who has negative test results to be released from quarantine before the 14 days have elapsed and (b) further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) receives and enters offered facilities by private hotels into a national database. The list is submitted to the Department of Health to conduct an assessment of the facilities in line with its guidelines for quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID 19: Exposure and Infections.

(2) No, not only four- and five-start graded establishments are used. There are hotels lower than four and five-star graded establishments that are offered, assessed and declared suitable quarantine facilities.

(3) The Department concludes agreements with establishments.

(a) Standard service level agreement outlining the obligations of both parties.

(b) There is no notice period. The Department issues a letter of appointment to the establishment upon receipt of confirmation of the number of people that will be quarantined from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

(4) The establishment also accommodates staff that will be serving the quarantined people. This includes medical staff.

(5) The DPWI does not decide how long people are required to stay at quarantine and isolation facilities. This decision is the responsibility of the Department of Health.

(a) not applicable

(b) not applicable

08 June 2020 - NW776

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Employment and Labour to question 1554 on 13 December 2019, regarding a matter referred to the Public Prosecutor in Kempton Park pertaining to asbestos classrooms at the Chloorkop Primary School, what (a) is the status of the matter, (b) is the case number and (c) was the outcome of the matter after it was finalised?

Reply:

a) The matter was never reported to the SAPS. Instead, the Department of Labour’s file (19005/27 September 2016) was opened as per the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In terms of the Act, Labour inspectors have the power to investigate certain health and safety issues and after completion, submit their findings to the NPA for a decision to prosecute or not.

The NPA became aware of the case when the Principal of Chloorkop Primary School was summoned by the Department of Labour to appear in court in January 2020 on certain Health and Safety provisions. The prosecution was not satisfied with the readiness of the case for enrolment and declined to enroll it.

b) Consequently, there is no case number.

c) The matter is not finalized, the senior public prosecutor has requested submission of the investigation file for a determination on whether or not to prosecute.

 

08 June 2020 - NW831

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) will only allocate COVID-19 funding relief to qualifying entities according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds will the IDC’s COVID-19 funding relief rely to only allocate such funding to entities according to the specified Act and (b) what form of COVID-19 funding relief will be made available to other entities? [

Reply:

During the Portfolio Committee meeting held on 26 May 2020, I addressed the overall approach by the Department to transformation. In short, transformation of the economy is both a social and economic imperative. The bitter legacy of the past has not been reversed – the process of colonial dispossession took place over more than 300 years and inherited privilege (assets, skills and networks) reproduces itself beyond the removal of apartheid laws. The Constitutional values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms require active steps for their realisation.

The economy’s long-term growth rate will remain constrained if the level of involvement by tens of millions of citizens, black South Africans, women and young people remains low. The purpose of affirmative processes and laws is to enable this base to be broadened.

In terms of section 3 (c) of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Act, the IDC has an explicit statutory mandate to promote the economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged communities and persons. This has not meant that the IDC provides funding only to black South Africans, as the Honourable Member well knows. But it does mean that the IDC must give special emphasis on the promotion of broad-based empowerment.

The qualifying criteria for COVID-19 funding are set with the primary consideration to increase the availability of essential critical personal protective equipment products to supply the local market, in order to save lives. Therefore, the funding criteria cater for ALL South African registered businesses that have capacity to supply the critical products, including but not exclusively for B-BBEE companies.

I am advised that the IDC has now approved R535,5m in funding from this envelope, of which R444m are for companies at which black South Africans hold either a controlling stake or have at least 25% equity.

We should be proud of efforts to broaden the base of the economy, promote entrepreneurship and to foster efforts at greater equity in the economy. Financial incentives should of course be only one of a number of elements to support wider levels of entrepreneurship in society in order to achieve these objectives. Transformation is good social policy. It is good economics too. Government has a legislative mandate to promote these measures and during 2019, an overwhelming majority of citizens voted for political parties which supported broad-based empowerment.

 

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08 June 2020 - NW798

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1) What criteria are used to determine which sector of business can become functional at each level of the national lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Effective, 1 June 2020 the entire country has moved to Alert Level 3, which permits a substantial amount of economic activity.

Each alert level reflects a careful balance between the risk of infection and the readiness of the healthcare system. President Ramaphosa outlined the five levels of the risk-adjusted framework when he addressed the nation on 23 April 2020. As indicated by the President, when he stated:

“Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

 

Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.”

When determining which economic activity may be permitted under each of the alert level, Government has considered a number of elements, including, but not limited to:

  • The level of social distancing which can be maintained between co-workers and/or customers during the ordinary course of business;
  • How essential the functioning of the sector is to other businesses, including its export profile and contribution to GDP and jobs
  • Whether the sector performs critical services in the value chain of other economic sectors in South Africa;
  • Whether the sector has been able to develop appropriate health and safety protocols and whether the sector has evidenced preparedness with regards to personal protective equipment;
  • Whether the opening of the sector will result in substantially greater demand for public transport, and whether the sector is able to manage this increased demand by staggering working hours, or providing private transportation options; and
  • The economic impact of re-opening the sector on both the sector itself and the broader economy.

A careful balancing had to be achieved between the legitimate desire of the sectors and investors concerned to reopen as rapidly as possible with the critical consideration of saving lives.

As I indicated in an earlier reply to a Parliamentary Question:

the dtic has been working closely with industry from manufacturing, construction and retail to get updates on infections and to identify solutions which can be rolled out to the industry.

The success of each level proposed, and the allocation of economic sectors in particular levels, is measured by the contribution to containing the spread of the virus and flattening of the curve of infections. Where necessary, changes are made to the extent of economic activity to the wider objectives of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

The industry classification system was explained at a joint meeting of Parliamentary Committees dealing with Trade, Industry and Competition portfolio, on 1 May 2020, setting out criteria and the application of the three systems in the country moving from Level 5 to Level 4.

Government has engaged with a number of organisations, from business associations, trade unions, political parties, premiers of provinces, individual businesses and religious institutions to receive feedback on the systems and to consider representations on proposed changes.

The incremental opening of certain sectors of the economy is intended to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure that any spikes in infections can be identified and managed. In addition, it has enabled a greater level of preparedness in society and in the health system than was the case at the start of the pandemic in South Africa.

In the run-up to the decision to move to Level 3, we engaged a number of sectors on these and other relevant considerations and looked too at the aggregate effect of multiple sectors resuming work at the same time. In addition, Government consulted organised Business, Labour and Community representatives at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) which represents big and small business; established and informal enterprises; a wide range of primary, industrial and service sectors; and community organisations.

Where certain economic activities remain restricted during Alert Level 3, Government is actively engaging with some of the sectors to conduct an appropriate risk assessment and develop the necessary health and safety protocols to enable the safe re-opening of the sector.

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08 June 2020 - NW1052

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether he has been informed of any coaches who have been charged with sexual misconduct against players of Netball South Africa (Netball SA) in any province in the past three financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) are there any outstanding cases and (b) what are the further relevant details; (2) whether he was informed of an incident of sexual misconduct involving a KwaZulu-Natal coach in 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, where did the incident allegedly occur; (3) whether there was any formal complaint that was lodged against the specified KwaZulu-Natal coach; if so, (a) who lodged the complaint, (b) what legal steps were initiated and (c) what action was taken by Netball SA in this regard? NW1342E

Reply:

The Minister has not been informed of any coaches who have been charged with sexual misconduct against players of Netball South Africa.

The Minister has not been informed of an incident of sexual misconduct involving a KwaZulu-Natal coach in 2018.

The Minister is not aware of any formal complaint that was lodged against the KwaZulu-Natal coach.

These are matters of conduct of the members of the federations which invariably make them administrative in nature. Therefore, fall within the ambit of the Federation to deal with. However as with any case of sexual misconduct, the Ministry condemn any such behaviour and urge the federations to take appropriate action to protect athletes and all involved in sport.

08 June 2020 - NW981

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether her department has made an intelligence assessment to determine whether the Republic is potentially at risk from the rise of radicalism in northern Mozambique; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is kindly referred to the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) where a reply to this Parliamentary Question has been logdged.

08 June 2020 - NW989

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there were no deviations from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department has awarded tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.

(a) The names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded are:

  • Pixely Entropy: Live Streaming Management Services
  • Roadshow Marketing – Logistics and Event Management Services; and
  • VWV Group (PTY) LTD – TV Production Management Services

(b) The amounts of each tender awarded are:

  • Pixely Entropy - R 488 750.00
  • Roadshow Marketing - R 824 300.00
  • VWV Group (PTY) LTD - R 1 483 113.88

(c) Services to be rendered by each business are:

Service provider 1: Live streaming service provider

Live streaming

  • A web-based TV portal platform for showcasing current and past events of DSAC;
  • A live stream platform which will become the go to link to drive regular audiences to the same “live venue” for all DSAC events;
  • A management of the loading of the live events before and after they happen; and
  • A management of the transmission of the live event ensuring the public has seamless reach and access to the platform.

Website Development and Management

  • To develop a web-based TV portal platform where live stream content will be housed and maintained;
  • To ensure the up keeping of content and advertising up-coming events on the website to the public;
  • To drive awareness of the platform’s content even when there are no live events scheduled; and
  • To ensure alignment between TV production and event management team regarding the sharing of footage needing to be live streamed.

Revenue Streams Generation Platforms

  • A network deal where data bundles promotion is offered to the public so that they access the content cheaper during the time that events are hosted;
  • Platform for packaging digital albums of live streamed events;
  • Ensuring provision of agnostic platforms (platforms which are not restricting access based on which network you are in) re. selling of artists’ content via digital platforms;
  • Selling of digital albums of live performances allowing artists to make money for every download or live streaming of their content post the event;
  • Promotion of content live streamed after the event so as to increase interest in the buying of digital albums produced after the event; and
  • Drive commercialization opportunities of getting more brands on board as sponsors thus enticing more audiences to visit the platform.

Service provider 2: Logistics and event management service provider

Green Room & Stage Technical Rider:

  • To identify and secure Green Room for hosting the live stream event;
  • To equip green room with the sound and visual technical rider and stage requirements for live performances (DJ set or singer’s requirements);
  • To provide audio set up requirements for hosting MC in the green room;
  • To provide audio and visual requirements for conducting live interviews through video/ Skype/ Instagram (or preferable mode) interviews in the green room; and
  • To provide the operational system for ensuring that social media content as event happens is streamed live to the green walls of the venue.

Booking Management of Artists and Catering

  • To directly liaise with and source and book artists to be featured for that event;
  • To engage with the artists/practitioners who want to live stream an event and arrange the event on DSAC’s behalf engaging with Live stream service provider as well as the TV production crew; and
  • To provide MC and up to 10 people catering requirements when needed.

Service provider 3: TV production management service provider

Recording of Live Events:

  • To provide camera crew for recording live performances in the green room;
  • To provide post production services of editing the content live streamed final cut of digital album; and
  • To ensure alignment between live stream service provider and camera crew providing footage of content during live stream.

Post Production of Digital Albums

  • To edit live stream material and produce digital album post event;
  • To supply material to live stream web-based portal; and
  • To supply material to network service provider for digital albums to be sold.

(2) There were no deviations from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tender

(3) The businesses were awarded tenders for the following reasons:

  • Service provider 1: Live streaming service provider
  • Service provider 2: Logistics and event management service provider
  • service provider 3: TV production management service provider

(4) No, the I will not make a statement on the matter.

08 June 2020 - NW914

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Since the start of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, what has been the total number of persons in (a) public and (b) private hospitals, in each province who (i) were treated for hunger-related diseases, (ii) have died due to hunger-related diseases and (iii) are still being treated for hunger-related diseases; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) The District Health Information System (DHIS) only collects nutrition-related data on severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children under 5 years of age. The DHIS data is available for March and April 2020 and reflects that nationally 991 children were admitted in public hospitals for SAM in March 2020. In comparison 1220 children under 5 were admitted with SAM in March 2019. In April 2020 596 children under 5 were admitted to public hospitals with SAM compared to 1118 in April 2019. These data show that the number of children admitted with SAM were lower in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Refer to Annexure 1.

(ii) According to the DHIS in March 2020 there were 83 SAM related deaths in public hospitals while in April 2020 there were 50. In comparison in March 2019 and April 2019 there were 91 SAM related deaths each month. As for SAM admissions, SAM deaths were lower in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Refer to Annexure 1.

(iii) The DHIS does record the number of children or adults currently being treated for hunger-related diseases.

(b) The National Department of Health has no data from the private hospitals on number of people treated for hunger-related diseases, died from hunger related diseases or still being treated for hunger-related diseases.

(2) The statement has already been made on this matter.

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08 June 2020 - NW992

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Given that the face of education is changing and that the perception exists that her department approaches education as a one-size-fits-all, which largely undermines alternative educational approaches such as cottage schools and/or independent tutor centres that may prove to be more flexible in meeting the current educational crisis, how is her department willing to engage with the specified alternative education providers and render its assistance to them; (2) whether the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is willing to offer the Quality Promotion meeting online and waive any fees, if fees are payable for the specified meeting?

Reply:

(1) The perception about the so-called “one-size-fits-all” approach to education that is alleged to be used by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) may have to have its merit put under scrutiny and be engaged on further. The DBE remains committed to engaging with whosoever displays a potential to contribute meaningfully in the quest for quality basic education provisioning in the country.

(2) The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is an autonomous entity and any intentions of engaging with it may have to be addressed directly to it.

08 June 2020 - NW876

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. Yes, the department will offer some form of relief/ assistance.

2. (a) The Covid 19 assistance will be allocated to qualifying businesses in line with the Small-Scale Mining Implementation Framework.

(b) All qualifying small scale mining companies will be assisted.

DDG: MPPP

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

08 June 2020 - NW960

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What amount in funding did each national sports federation receive from (a) the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, (b) the Department of Sports and Recreation, (c) the National Lottery, (d) the SA Sporting Trust and (e) any other organisation in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

The Federations have indicated that they are unable to provide information required. They cannot access the records at their offices owing to the lockdown. Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW883

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. No, the Department will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

2. No, there will be no financial or other relief to be allocated. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

08 June 2020 - NW1058

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether Netball South Africa (Netball SA) asked for a police clearance report on a certain person (name furnished) when it considered to reinstate the specified person; if not, why not; if so, was any legal opinions requested on the matter; (2) whether any psychological assessment was undertaken to evaluate the impact of the person’s possible return on the players; if so, what were the findings; (3) whether the person has been reappointed by Netball SA; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on whose recommendation was the person appointed and (b) in what capacity? NW1348E

Reply:

a) The Federation has indicated that it requires more time to retrieve the information due to the lockdown.

08 June 2020 - NW954

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) received a copy of the Pullinger Report; if so, (a) on what date did SASCOC consider the specified report and (b) what findings (i) were and (ii) were not implemented?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW955

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What (a) total amount has the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) spent on legal fees over the past 10 years on each court case, (b) was the nature of each specified case, (c) total amount was budgeted for legal costs in each year and (d) amount did SASCOC overspend on their legal budget in each year?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. . Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW1048

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether an assessment has been done by her department on the state of the fence along the South Africa-Zimbabwe border; if not, (a) on what date is it envisaged that an assessment will be undertaken and (b) is there an overall strategic plan by her department to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of border fences in totality; if so, what (i) is the overall condition of the fence, (ii) are the particular hotspot areas that require immediate attention and (iii) is the total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that an assessment was done for the +700km borderline fencing and patrol roads as part of town planning/ site clearance process for the integrated reconstruction of borderline fencing and patrol roads along the South Africa-Zimbabwe borderline.

b) Historically, the function to repair, maintain and construct border fences has been undertaken by various Government stakeholders which resulted in a fragmented planning for borderline fencing based on border incursion at the time A comprehensive approach to the entire border fencing scenario for South Africa is currently being informed as a priority by conducting a Site Assessment and Clearance, which will support feasibilities and the overall strategic plan to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of borderline fences in totality.

(i) Based on the condition assessments undertaken during the site clearance processes, the overall condition of the borderline fences is considered poor and porous.

(ii) Yes, according to the assessment mentioned above done there are hotspot areas that require maintenance and replacement of fencing where there are illegal crossings. From historical reports, the other areas of concern have been agricultural fences around portions of Lesotho (to stem livestock theft) as well as a portion of the northern border with Zimbabwe, a part of the border between South Africa and Mozambique adjacent to the Kruger National Park as well as portions of border between SA and Swaziland (for illegal entry to South Africa).

(iii) The total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year is R 21 million.

08 June 2020 - NW1032

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a)(i) On what date and (ii) how was the National Registrar of Tourist Guides appointed, (b) what are the details of other candidates who were available to be appointed as Registrar, (c) what criteria were used to appoint the Registrar, (d) why was the incumbent chosen as Registrar, (e) on what date (i) did the term of the current Registrar commence and (ii) will the term end and (f) what remuneration, infrastructure and facilities are provided for the Registrar?

Reply:

(a)(i) On what date and (ii) how was the National Registrar of Tour Guides appointed?

Ms Morongoe Ramphele, the National Registrar of Tourist Guides was appointed on 01 July 2017 by the Minister of Tourism and gazetted accordingly as per notice 768 of 2017.

(b) What are the details of other candidates who were available to be appointed as Registrar?

Not applicable. This is a designation and not an appointment that requires applications

(c) What criteria were used to appoint the Registrar?

Minister is empowered to designate an official of the department to serve as a Registrar of Tourist Guides in terms of Section 48 (1) of the Tourism Act., no 3 of 2014

(d) Why was the incumbent chosen as Registrar?

Section 48 (1) of the Tourism Act, no. 3 of 2014 states that the Minister must appoint a suitably qualified officer in the Department as the National Registrar and publish his or her name in the Government Gazette. There is a greater alignment between the Branch Tourism Sector Support Services, and the advancement of Tourist Guides’ development, promotion and governance of their work, hence the designation of the DDG thereof.

(e) On what date (i) did the term of the current Registrar commence and (ii) will the term end?

(i) 01 July 2017 (ii) Not applicable

(f) What remuneration, infrastructure and facilities are provided for the Registrar?

 

No additional remuneration infrastructure and facilities for the Registrar as it is a designation of an official

However, the Directorate: Tourist Guiding Management is responsible for the implementation of the guiding mandate with access to all the necessary infrastructure and facilities provided to all staff in the Department.

08 June 2020 - NW885

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; whether the COVID-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate COVID-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of COVID-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? [

Reply:

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) supported efforts by Government to provide relief to small businesses, in a number of ways. These include

  • Exemptions from certain provisions of the competition legislation to enable small retailers to meet together to discuss engagements with landlords on rental payments and evictions during the period
  • Exemptions from the same competition provisions to enable banks and financial institutions to meet to discuss ways of supporting customers, including small businesses, through among others payment holidays and other measures
  • Partnerships with development finance institutions to provide funding to among others small businesses
  • The issuing of Directions on a number of matters to support clarity and certainty to small businesses, and
  • Facilitating the local production of cloth face-masks by inter alia smaller businesses in the clothing industry.

The dtic mobilised resources for COVID-19 relief funding to support companies that are affected by the pandemic. The funding is implemented in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and Small Enterprise Financing Agency (sefa) as an industrial loan facility, to assist manufacturers of identified critical goods to combat the spread of corona virus. Furthermore, the department has granted an extension period for submission of applications and claims to companies affected by the pandemic across various incentive programmes administered by the Industrial Financing Branch.

During the Portfolio Committee meeting held on 26 May 2020, I addressed the overall approach by the Department to transformation. In short, transformation of the economy is both a social and economic imperative. The bitter legacy of the past has not been reversed – the process of colonial dispossession took place over more than 300 years and inherited privilege (assets, skills and networks) reproduces itself beyond the removal of apartheid laws. The Constitutional values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms require active steps for their realisation.

The goal of economic inclusion remain critical during the pandemic, as a number of smaller, more recently-established businesses owned by black South Africans, may be particularly vulnerable.

The economy’s long-term growth rate will remain constrained if the level of involvement by tens of millions of citizens, black South Africans, women and young people remains low. The purpose of affirmative processes and laws is to enable this base to be broadened and to foster wider levels of enterprise in society.

The funds deployed are available to all South African businesses, subject to the specific mandate of an entity. For example, the NEF provides funding to companies that meet its criteria, as set out in its legislation and policies. The IDC provides funding to black industrialists, in terms of section 3(c) of the Industrial Development Act. Both the IDC and NEF have also provided funding to companies with a mix of shareholding between black and white South Africans.

In addition to these efforts, the Department has also supported efforts to promote greater levels of local procurement, which can boost the participation of small businesses in the economy.

-END-

08 June 2020 - NW917

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;

Reply:

In accordance with procurement regulations, requests for quotations were sourced in relation to Covid-19 pandemic and the information is indicated in the table below.

(a) Name of the budiness

(b) Amount

(c) Service/ Product

Biologica Pharmaceuticals

R26 650.00

Mask surgical

Tripple N Medical

R2 044.00

Mask surgical

Ekhaya Investments

R11 500.00

Mask cloth

Evergreen Latex

R2 517.20

Gloves surgical and examination natural rubber

Lechoba Medicals

R15 187.50

Hand Sanitizers

Promed Technologies

R2 700.00

Disinfectant surface

Promed Technologies

R3 600.00

Temperature scanners

Multisurge

R4 600.00

Temperature scanners

Recreative Creativity

R27 950.00

Dispenser wipes

Oks iInvestment 2009

R89 700.00

Fumigation/ Building sanitization

Bizmak Trading

R17 000.00

Hand sanitizer dispensers

 

R39 000.00

Hand spray sanitizer

 

R6 000.00

Face shield

(2) Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case;

Answer:

There was no deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures.

(3)        What was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender;

Answer:

No tender was awarded in connection with Covid-19 pandemic. However, businesses awarded through request for quotations met the specifications and their prices were the cheapest from other competitors.

08 June 2020 - NW1051

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1)In what capacity was a certain person (name furnished) serving in Netball South Africa (Netball SA) in 2013; (2) whether the person was working with young girls at Netball SA; if so, (a) what age group was the person working with, (b) what complaints were brought against the person and (c) on what allegations was the person suspended and/or fired by the previous President of Netball SA; (3) (a)(i) on what basis and (ii) on whose suggestion did Netball SA want the person back, (b)(i) did anyone within Netball SA appeal against the suggestion and (ii) why and (c) on what date did discussions to bring the person back start? NW1341E

Reply:

The Federation has indicated that it requires more time to retrieve the information due to the lockdown.

08 June 2020 - NW926

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The Department awarded a tender for the the provision of water tanks and water to 3 500 schools to alleviate the COVID 19 pandemic; 

        (a)    Rand Water Board

        (b)    R600m

        (c)    Water tanks and water to 3 500 schools across the country

(2) There was deviation from normal tender processes 

         (a)    Because of the emergency nature situation as the provision of water was a prerequisite to the reopening of schools. 

         (b)    The procurement was done in terms of National Treasury Instruction No. 5 of 2020/2021, read with treasury Instruction 16A6.4 and National Treasury Practice Note 8 of 2007/2008.

(3)    The tender was awarded to Rand Water due to their proven track record of delivering huge projects within a short space and also because they are an entity of government through the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).  To regulate the business relationship, a trilateral agreement (Implementation Protocol) was signed between the DWS, Rand Water, and the Department of Basic Education.

(4)   Yes, I will make a statement on this matter.

08 June 2020 - NW934

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The department has not awarded any open tender related to Covid-19 pandemic, however, awarded 3 Purchase Orders to date for Covid-19 related personal protective equipment (PPE) and 1 Purchase Order for antivirus software for the Secure Video Conferencing Solution through quotation processes to the following companies (i) Bidvest Steiner, (ii) Inhlanhla Ga Tshwarelo, (iii) Lechoba Medical Supplies and Ubuntu Technologies.

(2) Deviation process was followed to provide Secure Video Conferencing Solution for Government on an urgent basis to allow work to continue while minimising the health risks posed by infectious Covid-19 pandemic.

(3) The reason for choosing the said Information Technology supplier is that the department already had contracts with the two companies (i) Nanoteq and (ii) TrueConf that provided infrastructure to the department on secure communications and video conferencing solutions respectively. Consequently, the department approached the two companies to increase the number of licences they were already providing to the department with a view to minimize the risk of the Covid -19 pandemic.

(4) Not at this stage

08 June 2020 - NW791

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) steps has his department taken to recruit volunteer (i) nurses and (ii) doctors for the fight against Covid-19 and (b) total number of volunteer (i) nurses and (ii) doctors have been recruited in each province?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) and (ii) The Health Sector has placed advertisements on National and Provincial platforms to recruit volunteers and retired health professions (i.e. nurses and doctors) for the fight against Covid-19.

2. The table below informs of number of volunteers (i) nurses and (ii) doctors recruited in each Province:

Province

Status of responding to Covid-19 to date

Eastern Cape

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However,

in response to Covid-19 a total of 669 Nurses and 3 Medical Doctors have been employed.

Free State

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However,

in response to Covid-19 a total of 533 Nurses and 1 Medical Doctor have been employed.

Gauteng

Gauteng has appointed 9 volunteers (5 MO; 2 nurses and 2 Admin clerks as data capturers). 1200 volunteers are enlisted but not deployed as yet due to them not covered by COIDA.

Appointments for COVID-19 has been done in two phases: have 1- 404 appointments have been made up of 360 nurses and 44 Medical Officers

Phase 2 is in the process of ensuring that 169 Doctors; 915 nurses and Allied health professionals are appointed to a tune of R500 m

KwaZulu-Natal

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However, the Province has advertised posts with a closing date of 5 June 2020 and can only commence with a selection process after the said date.

Limpopo

A number of health care professionals have submitted their documents as an indication of their willingness to join the department.

A database is being developed, and costed in line with the expected increases.

The necessary approvals to recruit and appoint will be concluded, so that as and when it is necessary, the health professionals will be activated for appointment.

To date no one has been recruited as the level infections are still low.

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Department of Health has not appointed either Nurses or Doctors as volunteers for the fight against COVID - 19. However, up to the 30 April 2020, a total number of 492 Nurses have been appointed on a six-month contract.

Northern Cape

The Province has not employed any volunteers to date. However, the Province have since appointed additional personnel on a sessional basis or on fixed term contracts.

North West

The Province has only managed to recruit nurses and doctors on contract and no volunteers have been recruited. Province have since appointed additional personnel on a sessional basis or on fixed term contracts:

18 Professional nurses

6 Sessional doctors

34 Environmental Health Practitioners

Western Cape

The Province has established an online Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS). A total number of volunteers appointed to date are:

(i) Nurses 460

(ii) Doctors 256

Others

i. Student Nurses 20

ii. Student Doctors 6

iii. Pharmacy 90

iv. Pharmacy Assistants 180

v. Emergency Care Practitioners 317

END

08 June 2020 - NW1050

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether, in light of the fact that the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) was a better organisation assisting the federations that needed representation at the International Olympic Committee, his department intends to (a) revive (i) NOCSA, (ii) NOCSA Able Bodies and (iii) NOCSA Disabled Bodies to accommodate smaller sporting codes, while allowing soccer, rugby and cricket, which are affiliated to International Federation of Association Football , World Rugby and the International Cricket Council respectively to manage themselves and (b) only deal with Commonwealth and Africa Games; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) Whether, with regard to the R70 million that NOCSA had in the bank when it was changed to SASCOC (details furnished), he intends to institute a forensic audit into how the money was spent; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what date and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

1 (a) Prompted by what was perceived to be poor performance of the South African Team at the 2000 Olympic Games, the then Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Ngconde Balfour convened a session of Stakeholders on 27th of November 2000. The result of this session was the appointment of the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) which was charged with the responsibility of investigating High Performance Sport in South Africa, identifying shortcomings in the system and formulate possible interventions. The outcome of this process saw the dissolution of the South African Sports Commission, Disability Sport South Africa, United School Sport Association of South Africa and the National Olympic Committee of South Africa to create the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee. This with the fundamental rationale of streamlining the sport structures in South Africa.

(b) In November 2011 the entire sport and recreation fraternity converged in Midrand to review the sport landscape and its pillars. This process resulted in the affirmation of the existing sport structures. The sector emerged with the National Sport and Recreation Plan which has guided sport and recreation development in the country thus far.

(c) It therefore follows that empirical evidence and a well thought out process would guide future review of the institutional and structural arrangement in sport with the sole purpose of optimizing administrative effectiveness and efficiency in order to promote performance of athletes and teams.

2) The Ministry has not been presented with any information and or tangible evidence relating to the use of R70,000,000 that NOCSA had in the bank account when changed to SASCOC that warrants an investigation including forensic audit.

08 June 2020 - NW789

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) is the total number of specialists who arrived in the Republic with the medical personnel from the Republic of Cuba on 27 April 2020 to assist the Republic in the fight against Covid-19, (b) are the respective fields of specialisation of each specialist and (c) are the details of the professional qualification(s) of each of the specified specialists; (2) what total number of the Cuban medical personnel are proficient in (a) English and/or (b) any other official South African language; (3) what is the (a) total cost associated with the deployment of the Cuban medical personnel in the Republic in the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 calendar years and (b) detailed itemised breakdown of how the costs were calculated?

Reply:

1. (a) To date the Republic of Cuba has availed 187 Medical Specialists who will be assisting South Africa in the response to Covid-19.

Epidemiology (Technologist)

Health Technology

Family Physician

Biostatistics Dr

Biotechnologist

Public Health Specialist

(b) The 187 Medical Specialists in the areas that the Country is unable to produce enough. These are qualified in Biostatistics, Epidemiologists, Family Physicians and Health Technologists

(c) Epidemiology (Technologist); Health Technology; Family Physician; Biostatistics, Biotechnologist and Public Health Specialist

2. All of them

3. The following table reflects the details in this regard

 

Activity

Number

Estimated Cost

Notes on the activities

Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

187

R734 100.00

It is a norm that the registration cost is paid by an individual health professional to the Council. However, as per the Government-to-Government Agreement, the South African pays the fee to the HPCSA and thereafter, deduct the full amount of registration from the individual health professionals’ first salary. This means there is no actual cost to be incurred by the South African Government, however it is a convenient process arranged to ensure that all of the professionals are registered accordingly.

Accommodation

187

 

Most Provinces have entered into agreements with providers for a 12 months period. Other provinces are only accommodating the brigade for May and June and then move them to hotspots Districts / communities. Therefore, the accommodation in these areas are still not confirmed, as negotiations are still underway. A table below shows the cost on accommodation where available. The Provinces will first consider Doctors quarters where the brigade will be stationed.

Salaries

187

R239 181 933

The estimated budget cost is informed by actual appointment levels of the Cuban Health Brigade as determined by their Registration category, which took into consideration years of experience. All the Family Physicians and Biostatisticians are appointed at Grade 2 of Medical Officer level and Epidemiology Technologists/ Health Technology and Public Health Specialists are at Deputy Director level while Biomedical Engineers are at ASD level. Table below give overall illustration of salary levels and numbers in each level.

 

ACCOMMODATION OF CUBAN BRIGADE IN PROVINCES

Province

Accomodation

Period

Costs

Eastern Cape

The brigade has been distributed in various Facilities across the Province. They are residing in B&Bs and should be accommodated for the full period of their contract

12 Months

R384 000.00

Free State

The brigade is currently accommodated at Premier Hotel in Bloemfontein, while going through orientation processes. They will be accommodated until end of June at Premier hotel.

After which from 1 July 2020, they will be distributed to facilities across the Province and they will be staying in Facility accommodation

May-June

July 2020-April 2021

R162 464.00

(R3500X17X10)

R595 000

Gauteng

The Brigade are accommodated at Burgers Park till 30 June 2020

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

15 May-30 June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

Negotiated rate at Burgers Park Hotel is R1000 per room include breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and hand sanitation

KwaZulu-Natal

Information from the Province will be submitted in due course.

   

Limpopo

The brigade is currently accommodated at Zanami Lodge (Polokwane), while being orientated.

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

19 May 2020 to June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

R252 000.00

Not yet finalised

Mpumalanga

Information outstanding

Want a formal letter to HOD

19 May-19 August

 

Northern Cape

The brigade is currently accommodated at B&B till June 2020

It is expected that they will be distributed across the Province from I July 2020 to April 2021. Accommodation will then to be Provided by Hospitals

May –June 2020

July 2020-April 2021

R320 000.00

(9X12000X11)

R1 188 000.00

2 Doctors are at an Official Accommodation

North West

The brigades have been distributed across the Provincial districts staying in B&Bs and others in Hospital Accommodation

June 2020 – April 2021

R 2 016 000

Western Cape

The brigade is currently accommodated at B&B called Icon Luxury Apartments for 12 months.

12 months

R1 200 000 p/a

 

OVERALL - CUBAN BRIGADE HEALTH WORKFORCE

   
     

Qualification

Agreed Post Classification (DPSA)

No

Total cost

Family Physician

MO Gr 2

116

172,767,798

Health Technology (IM)

Deputy Director: Information Management

32

25,941,166

Epidemiology Technologists (IM)

Deputy Director: Information Management

18

14,715,735

Biostatistics (Medical Doctors)

MO Gr 2

13

19,566,449

Public Health Specialist

DPSA salary level 11 (NON OSD)

2

2,231,276

Biomedical Engineer

ASD Salary level 9

5

2,773,887

Nurse

Gr3

1

528,852

 

 

187

239,181,933

END.

08 June 2020 - NW880

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her Department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will not be offering any form of Covid-19 or any other relief to small businesses, as no funding is allocated for such purpose.

2. The Department will not allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended, as such funding will not be per the purpose of the vote for the Department.

08 June 2020 - NW875

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the COVID-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The question is not relevant to the Department of Correctional Services as it falls under the scope of the Department of Small Business and Development

END

08 June 2020 - NW977

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to the total number of schools that were vandalised in each province since the start of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, (a) what is the name of each (i) primary and (ii) secondary school that was vandalised, (b) what is the extent of the damage in each case, (c) what number of (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools will not be able to reopen due to the damages, (d)(i) what number of learners are affected in each case and (ii) where will the affected learners be accommodated in order not to lose any more school time, (e) by what date will the affected schools be opening again and (f) what are the exact costs of the damages?

Reply:

The question has been referred to Provincial Departments of Education and a consolidated response will be provided as soon as it is received.

08 June 2020 - NW990

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (UMALUSI) is responsible for (a) curriculum development for existing qualifications, (b) the (i) development and (ii) introduction of new qualifications and (c) the development of the curricula for new qualifications; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether she has found that there is any uncertainty with regard to the overlapping statutory mandates of UMALUSI and her department for conducting input-based assessment of independent schools, but not providing sufficient assistance on how to improve; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of the uncertainty and (b) steps has she taken to resolve such uncertainty?

Reply:

(1)(a) No, responsible professional bodies such as the Department of Basic Education (DBE) are responsible for the development of curriculum/policy (National Education Policy Act, 27 of 1996)

(1)(b)(i) UMALUSI is not responsible for the development of new qualifications, but it is the responsibility of the DBE, and UMALUSI quality assures qualifications after which it submits them to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

(1)(b)(ii) DBE is responsible for introducing a new qualification that it has developed.

(1)(c) As indicated above, the DBE is responsible for the development of curricula for new qualifications and not UMALUSI. The latter is responsible for the quality assurance of both the curricula and qualifications.

(2) There is no uncertainty regarding the statutory mandate of UMALUSI and the Department of Basic Education regarding independent schools. The Regulations regarding the criteria for the Quality Assurance, Accreditation, Monitoring of Independent Schools and Private Assessment Bodies, published in Government Gazette no.41206 of 27 October 2017, clearly stipulates the role of UMALUSI and the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). The PEDs are responsible for the registration of independent schools which gives them the approval to operate as a school and thereafter they must be subjected to the accreditation process of UMALUSI which determines whether the independent school has the capacity to offer and manage the relevant qualification and the related curriculum. The Department has also developed Guidelines for the Registration and Accreditation of Independent Schools, which has been endorsed by Heads of Education Committee (HEDCOM) and needs to be approved by Council of Education Ministers (CEM) and this will further assist independent schools in understanding the relationship between registration and accreditation. The independent schools are supported by both the PEDs and UMALUSI to meet the criteria for registration as an independent school and to be accredited to offer the qualification. The DBE has also established a HEDCOM sub-committee for Independent Schools which addresses all concerns of the independent schooling sector at a national level.                     

08 June 2020 - NW975

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

What number of false-positive test results for Covid-19 were detected in each province since the declaration of a national state of disaster?

Reply:

There have been claims of false positive results, however, it is difficult to confirm the claims because the same sample needs to be tested to determine if there are inconsistent results. The results are determined by the amount of virus in the sample and this can differ if samples are taken at different times. The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) will conduct external quality assurance and proficiency testing schemes to determine the quality of results. Proficiency testing schemes are performed by providing participants with test samples for analysis and determine how closely their results agree with the accepted values. Regular participation in a proficiency testing scheme provides staff with an insight into their laboratory’s performance, benchmark performance with that of the other participant laboratories and demonstrate to end user of analytical data, regulatory bodies and accreditation bodies that there is a commitment to measuring quality.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW976

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What is the name of each person he consulted from the credit and banking sectors regarding the possible enactment of section 11 of the National Credit Amendment Act, Act 7 of 2019;

Reply:

The pandemic together with the impact that it has on the economy is placing consumers, workers, firms and vulnerable members of society under enormous pressure.

In order to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 as effective as possible and limit the damage to the economy, Government has taken a number of measures that have been publicised. Further measures continue to be under consideration.

During the course of addressing both the pandemic and the destructive and other effects of the disaster, the Ministry and Department has been reviewing provisions of legislation within its mandate, including the Competition Act and the National Credit Act, to identify measures that can be taken responsibly to support families and businesses in distress.

On 20 March 2020, I gazetted an exemption from sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act, to enable banks to meet and agree on terms to support consumers and small businesses in distress. This includes payment holidays and debt relief for businesses and individuals in financial distress; limitations set on asset repossessions of businesses and individuals in financial distress; and the extension of credit lines to individuals and businesses in financial distress.

In respect of the National Credit Act, while the Act imposes prudent measures to mitigate against reckless lending by credit providers, it also contains provisions that are aimed at assisting distressed consumers in cases of disaster or other unforeseen emergencies. These include both the emergency loan provisions; and the public interest loan provisions in the Act. I am advised that, in terms of the Act, the provisions relating to reckless credit equally do not apply to either emergency loans or public interest credit agreements.

In the initial discussion with the Department and the Credit Regulator, there was a recognition of the need for additional finance and facilities that would be required over the period of the COVID-19 national disaster; at the same time, both entities were concerned about the risk of over-indebtedness to vulnerable consumers which may result from reckless lending.

Officials from the Department thus engaged with a range of industry stakeholders on the most appropriate measures to provide additional access to finance to consumers in need, while mitigating any risks which may exist. These engagements included the following:

  • Ms Nomsa Motsegare, CEO of the National Credit Regulator;
  • Mr Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and CEO of the Prudential Authority;
  • Mr Lungisa Fuzile, CEO of Standard Bank South Africa;
  • Mr. Cas Coovadia, Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa at the time;
  • Ms. Marguerite Jacobs, General Manager responsible for Legislation & Regulatory Oversight for the Banking Association of South Africa;
  • Mr Abdul Waheed Patel of Ethicore, in their capacity as advisors to Microfinance South Africa; and
  • Mr Michael Lawrence, Executive Director of the National Clothing Retail Federation.

The National Credit Regulator also engaged with the South African Reserve Bank and relevant Government entities on the matter.

In the course of the discussion with stakeholders, it was clear that the provisions of the National Credit Act were not the only, nor the most important challenge for financial institutions to provide additional credit. Banks in such circumstances are concerned about the repayment of loans advanced. This was a key rationale for the launch of the R200 billion Loan Guarantee Scheme, as a joint effort by the Government, the SARB and commercial banks.

During the consultations, industry stakeholders advised that the emergency loan provisions of the Act would achieve similar objectives to the public interest credit agreement provisions; however further guidelines on the use of the emergency loan provisions would aid the industry.

In terms of the Act, an emergency loan is defined as a credit agreement entered into by a consumer to finance costs arising from or associated with—

  • a death, illness or medical condition;
  • unexpected loss or interruption of income; or
  • catastrophic loss of or damage to home or property due to fire, theft, or natural disaster,

affecting the consumer, a person who is dependent upon the consumer or a person for whom the consumer is financially responsible.

In terms of the Act, no further regulation is required to enable use of the emergency loan provisions, however “reasonable proof of the existence of the emergency” must be obtained and retained by the credit provider. While such “reasonable proof” is not defined in the Act, the National Credit Regulator published a circular on 21 May 2020, to provide guidelines to credit providers on the issuance of emergency loans, and the documentation which constitute “reasonable proof”. These guidelines can be found on the website of the NCR at https://ncr.org.za/documents/Circulars/Circular-05-of-2020-%20Emergency%20Loan%20Guideline.pdf.

The emergency loan definition provides for relief for many of the challenges which consumers will be experiencing during this Covid-19 national disaster, and which may have been specified in any regulation or declaration regarding section 11. Following consultation, I have accepted advice that the emergency loan provisions should be utilised as it requires no additional legislation.

Subsequent to the publication of the emergency loans guidelines, officials from the Department have further engaged with credit providers. I am advised that credit providers have welcomed the guidelines published by the NCR and that BASA have reported that banks have begun to use the emergency loan provisions.

The Department will continue to engage with the sector on the efficacy on these measures. Should the emergency loan provisions in the Act fail to address the challenges which consumers are facing, I may consider which other measures would contribute, and this may include relooking the value of invoking section 11 of the Act to define certain credit agreements as public interest credit agreements.

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08 June 2020 - NW1053

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

By what date will Netball South Africa table its financial statements with the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture?

Reply:

a) The Federation presents information including the financial statements upon invitation by the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture

08 June 2020 - NW956

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

What are the reasons that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee website is out of date?

Reply:

Despite numerous reminders, SASCOC has not been able to furnish the Department with information required to respond to this question. . Most organisations are still closed due to National Lock Down due to Covid19

08 June 2020 - NW957

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) What progress has her Department made on the investigation into the alleged scam around quarantine sites, where repatriated South African citizens were diverted from pre-arranged hotels to government quarantine facilities by officials from her Department, (b) which hotels had been procured for the specified repatriated citizens, (c) what number of persons were diverted, (d) what was the (i) negotiated cost per person for the hotels that had been procured and (ii) cost per person for the government accommodation and (e) did her Department incur any losses as a result of this action in respect of monies paid to the hotels in advance?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a) I have instituted investigations into this matter, and the Director-General for Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), Adv. Sam Vukela, has appointed an investigator. The investigation is currently underway.

(b) The DPWI procured the following hotels for the repatriates on the day,

• Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel

• Radisson Blu-Gautrain Hotel

(c) The Department of Health reportedly allocated the passengers to the available rooms at the following facilities;

• Eskom (70 rooms),

• Transnet Esselen park (80 rooms) and

• Telkom (30 rooms).

(d) (i) Negotiated cost per room for the Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel is R1138.50, and for the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel is R1000.00

(ii) DPWI did not contract with public facilities.

(e) (i) The Department informed me that DPWI did not incur any losses as no monies were paid in advance to the two hotels.

08 June 2020 - NW951

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What number of (a) Post Level 1 and (b) Post Level 2 teachers in each province has been promoted to the level of principal in each of the past three calendar years?

Reply:

(a) Post Level 1

PROVINCE

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

EASTERN CAPE                                     

60

215

150

425

FREE STATE                                       

3

12

8

23

GAUTENG                                          

3

2

12

17

KWAZULU/NATAL                                    

80

105

127

312

LIMPOPO PROVINCE                                 

76

116

3

195

MPUMALANGA                                       

12

12

13

37

NORTH WEST                                       

27

23

25

75

NORTHERN CAPE                                    

14

20

14

48

WESTERN CAPE                                     

5

5

24

34

TOTAL

280

510

376

1166

Source: PERSAL

 

(b) Post Level 2 

PROVINCE

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

EASTERN CAPE                     

81

172

144

397

FREE STATE                                       

13

28

19

60

GAUTENG                                          

13

20

19

52

KWAZULU/NATAL                                    

149

210

168

527

LIMPOPO PROVINCE                                  

168

319

7

494

MPUMALANGA                                       

28

55

47

130

NORTH WEST                                       

49

51

64

164

NORTHERN CAPE                                    

4

10

9

23

WESTERN CAPE                                      

18

29

37

84

TOTAL

523

894

514

1931

Source: PERSAL

08 June 2020 - NW942

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)In view of recent reports on the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Republic’s correctional centres ahead of the scheduled release of approximately 19 000 prisoners, what are the plans regarding the (a) containment and quarantine after the release and (b) re-testing of those who are released; (2) how will the released detainees be monitored in light of the current challenges in respect of the monitoring of parolees?

Reply:

(1)(a) Should the released detainees require quarantine after release, they will be managed by the Department of Health facilities in their respective districts within which they are staying.

(1)(b) Those who are released will not be re-tested in the Department unless they meet testing criteria as indicated in the Clinical Management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases:

  • a suspected COVID-19 case includes any person presenting with an acute (≤14 days) respiratory tract infection or
  • other clinical illness compatible with COVID-19, or
  • an asymptomatic person who is a close contact to a confirmed case or
  • presenting with COVID-19 key respiratory syndrome symptoms which consist of ANY of the following:
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • The loss of sense or smell or an altered sense of taste.
  • Other symptoms which may include fever, weakness, myalgia, or diarrhoea.

(2) Monitoring of parolees and probationers under lockdown regulation between level three (03) and five (05), will be conducted through telephonic monitoring system. The Department is in discussion with the JCPS Cluster to involve Community Policing Forum (CPFs) as part of monitoring mechanism.

All released parolees and probationers come with classification from the Parole Board. The Department will be guided by this classification of the released parolees and probationers.

If released parolees and probationers are categorised as low and medium risk during the current level four and three of the lock down, the Department will monitor them through telecommunication

If released parolees and probationers are classified by the Parole Board as maximum, the Department will physically monitor the released offenders throughout the lockdown period.

The current arrangement of monitoring only applies from level 3 to level 5 of the lockdown. When the lockdown goes to level 2 and level 1 the monitoring arrangements will change and all categories will be monitored physically.

END

08 June 2020 - NW821

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

Following the admission by the Office of The Presidency that information regarding Covid-19 was being withheld from the public, (a) what are the details of the information that is being withheld from the public, (b) how will the specified information affect public responses and (c) what is the true status of hospitals in handling the pandemic?

Reply:

(a)-(b) We are unsure which statement from the Presidency this question refers to. However there have been media requests for the modeling done by various groups to be made public. The National Department of Health convened a public symposium of all modelers on Thursday the 21st of May 2020 during which the models, together with the assumptions used for the modeling outputs were presented.

(c) Hospitals in the public sector are currently being prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. General beds are being repurposed into critical care beds and field hospitals are being built jin many provinces. In addition, a national ventilator project has been established by DTI and donations have been received (for example 1,000 ventilators donated by the US government - of which 50 have already been received).

END.

08 June 2020 - NW1046

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to the directive she issued on 26 March 2020 requiring that all Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees be paid during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 until 16 April 2020 (details furnished), organisations are exempted from paying EPWP employees from 16 April 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether EPWP employees can claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund after 16 April 2020; if so, (a) is the employer obligated to claim on behalf of the employee and (b) what other sources of income are available to EPWP employees who cannot work; (3) whether organisations are still required to pay the employees during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) measures are in place to monitor that this is being done, (b) measures will be taken against (i) companies and (ii) departments who do not pay their EPWP employees and (c) enforcement mechanisms are in place to ensure adherence?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) Subsequent to the Directive of 26 March 2020 and the Clarification Note of 29 March 2020 issued by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, on 13 May 2020 the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure issued a further Clarification Notes aligning the payment of EPWP workers with the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) benefit. This benefit is applicable for the duration of the lock down, subject to a valid EPWP contract in place and the conditions of C 19 TERS. The Clarification Note of 13 May 2020 was issued to all Accounting Officers coordinating and implementing the EPWP across all the three spheres of government advising the Accounting Officers of the applicability of the C19 TERS benefit. The circular clarified that participants who had valid contracts during the lockdown period whether paid or not in at work during the lockdown may claim through C19 TERS. This was to ensure that public bodies, who were financially under pressure, and could not pay the participants would now be in a position to pay the said participants.

(2) Yes. EPWP participants are entitled to Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits, subject to the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act, No. 63 of 2001. UIF can be claimed by participants in the event the EPWP contract had or will come to an ended and such participants are eligible for UIF benefits. In the event a valid contract exists, C 19 TERS applies.

(a) C 19 TERS, provides for the employer to claim on behalf of its employees. C19 TERS is not compulsory. It is a benefit to assist employers to pay employees during the lock down, protecting the employees from the adverse impact such as the loss of income or are required to take annual leave in terms of section 20 (10) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997.

(b) In the event an EPWP participant is not eligible for C 19 TERS and UIF benefits, then the participant may apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

(3) The payment of EPWP participants is addressed in point 1 and point 2 of this response.

(a) The monitoring of compliance by public bodies paying EPWP participants during the lockdown period has been developed and onc it would be institutionalised and public bodies informed through, a circular, on how to report this information in the EPWP Reporting System.

(b) (i) and (ii) The EPWP Ministerial Determination, section 13, places the responsibility of payments to EPWP participants on the employers. Section 12 and 13 of the EPWP Ministerial Determination further stipulates that all employers must keep a record of all payments made to workers. Thus, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), as the coordinator of the EPWP, is not mandated nor empowered to take any measures against companies or public body (employer) that have not paid their EPWP employees during the lockdown.

(c) The EPWP Ministerial Determination is sub-regulation to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997. The enforcement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 and its sub-regulation is the mandate of the Department of Employment and Labour.

08 June 2020 - NW887

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether his Office will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

The Minister in the Presidency is not responsible for Small Business Development. The member is kindly advised to refer her question to the Minister of Small Business Development.

Approved / Not agreed

hon. Jackson Mthembu, MP

Minister in the Presidency
Date:

08 June 2020 - NW833

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to the risk-adjusted approach, what (a) are the specific matrix indicators that he is looking at to make recommendations to advance to Level 3 and (b) thresholds need to be met at each point in the matrix in this regard?

Reply:

The Parliamentary Question was received prior to the move of the country from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3. As the Honourable Member will know, effective, 1 June 2020 the entire country has moved to Alert Level 3, which permits a substantial reopening of economic activity.

As I noted in a recent Parliamentary Question, each alert level reflects a careful balance between the risk of infection and the readiness of the healthcare system. President Ramaphosa outlined the five levels of the risk-adjusted framework when he addressed the nation on 23 April 2020. As indicated by the President, when he stated:

“Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

 

Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.”

When determining which economic activity may be permitted under each of the alert level, Government has considered a number of elements, including, but not limited to:

  • The level of social distancing which can be maintained between co-workers and/or customers during the ordinary course of business;
  • How essential the functioning of the sector is to other businesses, including its export profile and contribution to GDP and jobs
  • Whether the sector performs critical services in the value chain of other economic sectors in South Africa;
  • Whether the sector has been able to develop appropriate health and safety protocols and whether the sector has evidenced preparedness with regards to personal protective equipment;
  • Whether the opening of the sector will result in substantially greater demand for public transport, and whether the sector is able to manage this increased demand by staggering working hours, or providing private transportation options; and
  • The economic impact of re-opening the sector on both the sector itself and the broader economy.

A careful balancing had to be achieved between the legitimate desire of the sectors and investors concerned to reopen as rapidly as possible with the critical consideration of saving lives. In addition, the cumulative effect on health risks of reopening a number of different sectors and economic activities at the same time, had to be considered.

As I also indicated in an earlier reply to a Parliamentary Question:

the dtic has been working closely with industry from manufacturing, construction and retail to get updates on infections and to identify solutions which can be rolled out to the industry.

The success of each level proposed, and the allocation of economic sectors in particular levels, is measured by the contribution to containing the spread of the virus and flattening of the curve of infections. Where necessary, changes are made to the extent of economic activity to the wider objectives of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

The industry classification system was explained at a joint meeting of Parliamentary Committees dealing with Trade, Industry and Competition portfolio, on 1 May 2020, setting out criteria and the application of the three systems in the country moving from Level 5 to Level 4.

Government has engaged with a number of organisations, from business associations, trade unions, political parties, premiers of provinces, individual businesses and religious institutions to receive feedback on the systems and to consider representations on proposed changes.

The incremental opening of certain sectors of the economy is intended to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure that any spikes in infections can be identified and managed. In addition, it has enabled a greater level of preparedness in society and in the health system than was the case at the start of the pandemic in South Africa.

In the run-up to the decision to move to Level 3, we engaged a number of sectors on these and other relevant considerations. In addition, Government consulted organised Business, Labour and Community representatives at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) which represents big and small business; established and informal enterprises; a wide range of primary, industrial and service sectors; and community organisations.

- END -

08 June 2020 - NW824

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has plans to accredit laboratories in public hospitals to test for Covid-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date will hospitals be accredited?

Reply:

All the laboratories in public hospitals that test for COVID-19 are part of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). These laboratories are accredited with the Standard ISO 15189. Furthermore, all laboratories participate in the external quality assurance and proficiency testing schemes to ensure quality results.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW913

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me that it awarded tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. For purposes of the response a tender means a written offer or bid above a R500 000 threshold in a prescribed or stipulated form in response to an invitation by an organ of state for the provision of works, services or goods.

a) The names of the businesses to whom awards were made are indicated in Column C of attached Annexure A.

b) The amounts of each tender awarded are indicated in column D of Annexure A.

c) The service and/or product provided by each business is indicated in column B of Annexure A.

2. Yes, I was informed by the Department that there was a deviation from standard supply chain processes in awarding the tenders listed in Annexure A.

a) Recognising the declaration of the National State of Disaster by the State President due to the COVID 19 pandemic and a very high risk for loss of life (i.e. Death), negative health impact, negative economic impact and social impact in South Africa, it was deemed prudent to invoke the Departmental Emergency Procurement processes that deviate from standard supply chain procedures. This was done in line with Section 27(2)(L) of the Disaster Management Act, Act No. 57 of 2002, National Treasury Regulation 16A6.4 and National Treasury Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement COVID-19 in paragraph 3.5.1(i) that provide for the invocation of emergency procedures. In terms of the aforementioned NT Instruction Note, Accounting Officers are allowed to deviate from competitive bidding processes in cases that have been declared an emergency, without obtaining NT approval.

b) The relevant details for awarding in each case is indicated in column E of Annexure A.

3. The reasons for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender is indicated in column F of Annexure A.

4. No.

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DPWI)

ANNEXURE A: LIST OF TENDER (>R500 000.00) AWARDS CONNECTED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Column E

Column F

Serial No

Office

Commodity

Service Provider

Amount

Procurement Process

Reason for award to each business

1

CPT Regional Office

Procurement of 1000 hand sanitisers and servicing for 12 Months

Hornes Projects

R3 864 000.00

Emergency (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider installed all automatic hand sanitiser units and is also responsible for the servicing of the units for a 12 month period.

2

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Midlands District Municipality

Zulu Royal Civil Construction

R1 800 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

3

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in UMgungundlovu District Municipality

Themihlase

R1 877 246.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

4

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice.

Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Avellanche Projects

R1 885 987.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

5

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Ugu District Municipality

Kamanga Trading

R1 050 448.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

6

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Makumalou

R1 878 831.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

7

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Zululand District Municipality

Manceda Projects and Trading

R1 742 983.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

8

Head Office

Sanitiser - hand liquid

Crystal Pier Trading 148

R9 085 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer with ready stock available. Procured for 25 000 EPWP participants across the country. 7 service providers invited and 6 Quotations received.

9

Head Office

IT Server infrastructure

Odirile IT Holdings

R4 989 868.00

Emergency Procurement. Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months. Supplier compliance status was confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

10

Head Office

Video conference and virtual meeting rooms

YottaZetta

R2 932 500.00

Emergency Procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

11

Head Office

Remote management tools

Ikando t/a IT Master

R2 196 530.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

12

Head Office

Network / Security specialist

Tipp Focus Holdings

R2 382 800.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

13

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Infrastructure Contractor

Caledon River Properties t/a Magwa Construction

R37 176 844.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

14

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Principal Agent

Profteam cc

R3 259 071.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

15

Kimberley Regional Office

Installation and maintenance of 65 no touch hand sanitisers (automated dispensers plus monthly refills) for a period of 36 months.

Bidvest Steiner

R657 162.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

Initially awarded to (Rentokil-Initial) but could not fulfil the delivery of order, citing global shortage of the requested items. Shopping procedure was done with other service providers within Kimberley and only Steiner could secure the required units urgently for the Region.

16

Mmabatho Regional Office

Provision of sanitary services on a monthly basis for 12 months

Perfect Girlz

R994 529.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider offered the total solution at the most negotiable price

17

Pretoria Regional Office

Masks

Biological Pharmaceuticals

R2 132 000.00

National Treasury Contract: RT32-2019

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

18

Pretoria Regional Office

Cleaning services @ Momentum Building (DOJ)

Onkgopotse Enterprise

R553 631.00

Urgent Procurement (1 quote)

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

19

Pretoria Regional Office

Building Infrastructure Services, Salvokop Quarantine site

Labstyres (pty)ltd

R1 333 348.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Emergency work in response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 21 Lockdown at the Salvokop Isolation and Quarantine Centre. Service providers were appointed from Central Supplier Database and Construction Industrial Development Board respectively.

20

Pretoria Regional Office

Decontamination at CGO Building

 

MLA Consortia

 

R914 147.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Awarded on the basis of obtaining highest score

08 June 2020 - NW857

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, with reference to her decision that some sites identified by her Department and the provincial Department of public works for use as quarantine facilities are unsuitable for quarantine purposes, in particular the Eskom Training Facility in Midrand, she had visited the sites herself; if not, (a) what is the basis of her decision, (b) were the reports she received verified by her own officials following a site visit, (c) was she informed that the sites had already been used as much as four times for repatriated citizens, (d) who accredited the sites for use, (e) which protocols were used to accredit the sites and (f) why is there a difference between the perceived standards of suitability used by her Department and those used by the Department of Health in terms of the selection of sites for quarantine purposes; if so, what are the relevant details of her assessment?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Minister of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) did not declare any quarantine facility including Eskom Training Facility in Midrand unsuitable for purposes of quarantine. Such responsibility lies with the Department of Health.

b) Yes, only reports for facilities identified and availed from DPWI’s immovable asset register were verified by my Department’s officials. Eskom Training College is not one of them.

c) No, I was not informed.

d) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health

e) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health.

f) The determination of the suitability of the facility for use as a quarantine facility is the domain of Department of Health and not DPWI.

08 June 2020 - NW1049

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Whether, in light of the fact that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has endured several leadership and management scandals, and that a survey of most sports organisations allegedly shows negative sentiments towards SASCOC (details furnished), he has found that SASCOC is fulfilling the function it was set out to do; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The problems encountered by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have been well documented with the solutions clearly articulated in the Zulman Committee of Enquiry Report.

It is evident that the effectiveness and efficiency of the SASCOC has consequently been adversely affected by the administrative lapses articulated in the report. A view which has been held by the Ministry upon acceptance of the Zulman Committee of Enquiry Report.

It is on this basis that the Department has invested its efforts in working with SASCOC with a view of turning around the fortunes of the organisation in order to set it on a sound administrative position geared towards effective delivery of its mandate and betterment of South African high performance sport and sport in general.

Whilst progress has been made in terms of the implementation of critical reforms within SASCOC due cognisance is given to the fact that the most critical milestone of the Quadrennial General Meeting is still outstanding. It is the Department’s conviction that this would usher in an era of stability for the organisation.

08 June 2020 - NW900

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

Why do quarantine protocols relating to the testing of persons differ from one site and/or facility to the next, as persons in the different sites and/or facilities are tested either on arrival or only after the expiry of 11 to 14 days of quarantine?

Reply:

As per the approved GUIDELINES FOR QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION IN RELATION TO COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND INFECTION it states that: “Because some quarantined people might be COVID-19 positive (or might become positive during the quarantine period), individuals in quarantine facilities must be kept under individual quarantine (self-quarantine) within the facility. Those who develop symptoms {meet the person-under-investigation (PUI) criteria} should be tested and managed appropriately.” It also indicates the following: “The recommended duration of quarantine for COVID-19 exposure is 14 days from the time of exposure (close contact or entering the country). If the patient remains well during the period of quarantine, they do not need to test/retest at the end of the 14-day period.”

There are certain circumstances that necessitate testing and others that do not. Testing is dependent on the risk assessment of the individual at any specific point in time.

END.

08 June 2020 - NW878

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The government has put in place a support package for small businesses.

The Department of Small Business Development will provide the details of the support available. The support, is available from various departments, for example: Agriculture and Tourism

08 June 2020 - NW1043

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, given the disruption to the academic calendars for the years 2020 and 2021, her department has made any changes to the planned implementation of Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) in schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the further relevant details and (b) is the next phase and/or plan for the schools that were piloted for CSE?

Reply:

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is implemented through the Life Skills and Life Orientation subjects. In light of the disruptions of the school calendar due to COVID-19, CSE implementation in the pilot schools will be revised according to the amended Annual Teaching Plan (ATP) after re-opening. .

08 June 2020 - NW952

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her reply to question 61 for oral reply on 11 March 2020, of the total number of 88 685 learners who were allowed to participate in the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) dispensation, what number of learners (a) in each specified district participated in the MEOs, (b) wrote Matric and (c) were allowed to write MEOs in each specified school across the City of Ekurhuleni?

Reply:

With reference to her reply to question 61 for oral reply on 11 March 2020, of the total number of 88 685 learners who were allowed to participate in the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) dispensation, what number of learners (a) in each specified district participated in the MEOs, (b) wrote Matric and (c) were allowed to write MEOs in each specified school across the City of Ekurhuleni?                               

Response

Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO) candidates are learners that are progressed from Grade 11 to Grade 12; and therefore, are allowed to write three or more subjects in their first examination sitting, and the remaining subjects in the second examination sitting.  In the case of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination, as indicated by the Minister, there were 88 685 candidates that opted for the Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO).  These 88 685 candidates wrote three or more subjects in the 2019 NSC examination and they would have written the remaining subjects in the 2020 May/June examination.  However, with the National Lockdown emanating from COVID-19, the 2020 May/June examination has been re-scheduled to be written in October/November 2020, as a combined examination with the October/November 2020 examination.

(a) The number of MEO candidates per district for the October/November 2019 examination is provided as Annexure A.

(b) The number of candidates that would have written the 2020 May/June examination, so as to attain the NSC (Matric) will only be known after the 2020 October/November examination is written.

(c) The number of MEO candidates in the 2019 NSC examination for both the Ekhurhuleni North and Ekhurhuleni South districts is also provided as part of Annexure A.

08 June 2020 - NW902

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the budget constraints in the public health sector, particularly at provincial level, (a) what has it cost his department to accommodate repatriated South Africans at the quarantine sites to date and (b) from which budget(s) were or will the costs be paid?

Reply:

(a) The State’s position has always been to first utilise state-owned facilities before utilising private facilities, the cost would differ based on facility availability, type of facility and ownership thereof.

For private-owned facilities the operational costs are included in the rate negotiated with the facilities and excludes all clinical services. The rate is negotiated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) for each site and as such the National Department of Health does not get involved in this other than to provide the clinical and support services.

The costs therefore would be a combination of costs associated with the clinical services, support services and operationalisation of these sites as carried by the Department of Health and the procurement of private facilities as currently carried by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

(b) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure will be responsible for the infrastructure costs relating to quarantine facilities and the Department of Health will be responsible for the operationalization costs of the quarantine facilities.

END.