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04 July 2016 - NW577

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. What was the gross annual salary of (a) the municipal manager, (b) the chief financial officer and (c) each of the other managers (i) directly reporting to the municipal managers and/or (ii) appointed directly by Council of each (i) metropolitan, (ii) local and (iii) district municipality in the 2014-2015 financial year? 2. in each case, (a) what was the performance bonus paid to each of the specified officials in the specified financial year and (b) what other perks and/or benefits accrue to them? NW883E

Reply:

Information from Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga is outstanding and provinces were requested to submit the information. The information will be made available to the Honourable Member once available.

According to information received from the Provincial departments responsible for local government the following municipalities paid, the annual gross salaries, performances bonuses and perks and/or benefits to senior staff members during the year 2014/15 financial year .

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30 June 2016 - NW591

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4259 on 21 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities, if not, why not, if so, when will the information be made available as requested?

Reply:

With reference to the question of 21 December 2015 a request was made to all Metropolitan Municipalities to provide the relevant information as per the question. Most Metropolitan Municipalities responded to the request and those outstanding committed to provide the information when it is available.

The original question 4259 was and the following Metropolitan Municipalities replied:

(1) What amount of capital budget of each metropolitan municipality was spent on refurbishing infrastructure in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years;

(2) (a) what are the details of each project and (b) how much was spent on each project;

(3) whether any capital funds were used to pay salaries; if so, (a) why and (b) how much?

The information was provided by the respective Metropolitan Municipality:

NAME OF METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

(1)

(2)

(3)

 

(a)

2013-14

(b)

2014-15

(a)

(what are the details of each project)

(b)

(how much was spent on each project)

(a)

(any capital funds used to pay salaries, why)

(b)

(any capital funds used to pay salaries, how much)

Buffalo City

R13.3m

R36.7m

Refurbishing water infrastructure: the budget was spent on pipe replacement and water meter replacement programmes

R13.3m and R36.7m respectively

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

Nelson Mandela Bay

           

City of Tshwane

R24m

R18m

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

City of Joburg

R99 770m

R166 400m

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

Ekurhuleni

R963 719 157

R899 975 194

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

Yes, to reimburse employees cost of project managers directly involved in the capital projects as per GRAP standard

In 2013/14 financial year, a total amount of R33,403,241.00 was paid out for salaries of project managers; and

In 2014/15 financial year, a total amount of R69, 186,120.00 was paid out for salaries of project managers.

Mangaung

R257 348 123

R353 300 397

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

City of Cape Town

R229 949 091

R208 541 123

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

eThekweni

R1.199m

R1.287m

Schedule attached

Schedule attached

No capital funds were used to pay salaries

ANNEXURE A

CITY OF TSHWANE

  1. In the City of Tshwane the following amounts were allocated:
    1. In 2013/14 financial year, the total amount of R24 Million was allocated for refurbishment; and
    2. In 2014/16financial year, the total amount of R18 Million was allocated for refurbishment
  1. (a) what are the details of each project and (b) how much was spent on each project;

FINANCIAL YEAR

   

2013/14.

132 KV network infrastructure for the primary substation.

R15 million.

 

Rooiwal power station.

R9 million.

2014/15.

132 KV network infrastructure for the primary substation.

R10 million.

 

Rooiwal power station.

R8 million.

  1. All capital funds were never used for salaries.
    1. Not applicable.
    2. Not applicable.

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG

1. In the City of Tshwane the following amounts were allocated:

          (a) In 2013-14 financial year, the total amounted of R99 770 million was allocated.

          (b) In 2014-15 financial year, the total amount of R166 400 million was allocated.

2.Please refer attached Annexure A, for the list of projects.

3. All capital funds were never used for salaries.

     (a) Not applicable.

     (b) Not applicable.

EKURHULENI METRO MUNICIPALITY

1. In Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality the following amounts were allocated:

   (a) In 2013-14 financial year, the total amounted of R963, 719,157.00 was allocated.

    (b) In 2014-15 financial year, the total amount of R899, 975,194.00 was allocated.

2. Please refer attached Annexure B, for the list of projects.

3. Yes, capital funds were used to pay salaries.

     (a) To reimburse employees cost of project managers directly involved in the capital projects as per GRAP standard.

      (b) In 2013/14 financial year, a total amount of R33,403,241.00 was paid out for salaries of project managers; and

In 2014/14 financial year, a total amount of R69, 186,120.00 was paid out for salaries of project managers.

MANGAUNG METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

1. a. R 257 348 123.30

   b. R 353 300 397.35

2. a. 2013/14

Projects

Amount

REPLACEMENT OF OBSOLETE AND ILLEGAL SIGN

1 048 695.00

RESEALING OF STREETS

62 262 452.02

RESEALING OF STREETS

6 188 589.89

 

68 451 041.91

 

 

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEMS

11 811 479.10

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEM

13 035 016.49

 

24 846 495.59

 

 

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

31 995 893.97

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

20 642 497.61

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS: R

7 697 928.72

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS: T

5 000 000.00

REPLACE PUMPS MASELSPOORT

26 644 402.88

REPLACE WATER METERS AND FIRE HYDRANTS

28 520 434.98

REPLACE WATER METERS AND FIRE HYDRANTS

18 704 897.64

 

139 206 055.80

 

 

COMPUTER REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT

1 791 728.10

REPLACEMENT LAPTOPS FOR TECNICIANS (12)

104 481.00

REPLACEMENT OF 240 MM XLPE BETWEEN SUB A

13 183 628.49

REPLACEMENT OF 2 & 4 WAY FIBREGLASS BOX

197 293.20

REPLACEMENT OF BRITTLE OVERHEAD CONNECTI

349 490.40

REPLACEMENT OF LOW VOLTAGE DECREPIT 2 4

1 149 234.40

REPLACEMENT OF DECREPIT HAMILTON SUBSTAT

1 444 567.80

REPLACEMENT OF 11KV SWITCHGEARS FOR MAGI

1 303 171.26

NETWORK REFURBISHMENT

5 059 245.35

UPGRADE AND REFURBISHMENT OF CENTLEC COM

261 690.00

 

24 844 530.00

 

 

 

257 348 123.30

b. 2014/15

Projects

Amount

RESEALING OF STREETS

9 644 600.99

RESEALING OF STREETS

56 705 381.94

RESEALING OF STREETS

315 228.00

RESEALING OF STREETS

157 445.00

REPLACEMENT OF OBSOLETE AND ILLEGAL SIGN

4 799 899.44

REPLACEMENT OF OBSOLETE AND ILLEGAL SIGN

56 305.00

 

71 678 860.37

 

 

REFURBISHMENT OF OLD TOILETS

2 675 439.00

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEMS

28 771 174.45

REFURBISHMENT OF BLOEMSPRUIT WWTW

19 253 625.53

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEMS

8 618 373.09

REFURBISHMENT OF BLOEMSPRUIT WWTW

18 023 394.03

REFURBISHMENT OF BLOEMSPRUIT WWTW

-

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEM

25 761 468.53

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWER SYSTEMS

397 465.70

 

103 500 940.33

 

 

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

-

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

49 887 101.69

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

1 367 285.00

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS RE

3 782 296.88

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS AU

19 781 572.21

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

14 963 976.94

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS TE

4 678 798.55

REPLACEMENT/REFURBISHMENT OF VALVES IN B

3 295 819.10

REPLACEMENT/REFURBISHMENT OF WATERMAINS

23 528 182.73

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

12 973 895.00

REFURBISHMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS: R

2 302 071.00

REPLACEMENT OF WATER PIPES NOORDHOEK

3 999 999.88

 

140 560 998.98

 

 

TRANSFORMER REPLACEMENT

3 408 929.33

REPLACEMENT OF DECREPIT 11KV CABLE

1 045 476.29

REPLACEMENT OF 240 MM XLPE BETWEEN SUB A

5 845 657.41

REPLACEMENT OF 2 & 4 WAY FIBREGLASS BOX

273 499.88

REPLACEMENT OF BRITTLE OVERHEAD CONNECTI

738 133.88

REPLACEMENT OF LOW VOLTAGE DECREPIT 248

396 829.65

REPLACEMENT OF OIL PLANT

902 734.00

REPLACEMENT OF DECREPIT HAMILTON SUBSTAT

902 866.38

REPLACEMENT OF 110V BATTERIES FOR EAST Y

435 745.00

REPLACEMENT OF 11KV SWITCHGEARS FOR MAGI

575 275.88

REPLACEMENT OF 32V BATTERIES

365 360.46

NETWORK REFURBISHMENT

21 262 346.46

UPGRADE AND REFURBISHMENT OF CENTLEC COM

1 406 743.05

 

37 559 597.67

 

 

 

353 300 397.35

3. No Capital Funds were used to pay salaries.

30 June 2016 - NW587

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4256 on 21 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information, if not, why not, if so, when will this information be made available as requested?

Reply:

With reference to the question of 21 December 2015 a request was made to all Metropolitan Municipalities to provide the relevant information as per the question. Most Metropolitan Municipalities responded to the request and those outstanding committed to provide the information when it is available.

The original question 4256 was and the following Metropolitan Municipalities replied:

Whether each metropolitan municipality has taken any steps to enable citizens to become physically fit by (a) providing outdoor gym equipment, (b) initiating fitness programmes and/or (c) any other initiatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

The information was provided by the respective Metropolitan Municipality:

NAME OF METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

(a)

(b)

(c)

Buffalo City

n/a

n/a

n/a

Nelson Mandela Bay

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality we have installed Outdoor Equipment on the Beachfront as part of the Beach Development Upgrade by the Mandela Development Agency. The city is benefitting from the project by Sport and Recreation South Africa to deliver Outdoor Gym Equipment in certain municipalities. Outdoor Gym Equipment has been delivered in Motherwell and 2 more will be constructed in Zwide and Kwanobuhle in 2016. A MoU has been signed with the Minister of Sport’s Office for the delivery of the outdoor gyms.

The Sport and Recreation Directorate in partnership with a sport NGO, United Through Sport, has arranged the following programmes to promote active and healthy lifestyles:

  • Community Walks in Colchester, Helenvale, New Brighton, Walmer and Mqolomba Park in Kwanobuhle;
  • School holiday programmes with young people took place during the July school break at the following venues: Lilian Ngoyi Sport Centre, George Botha Sport Centre, Rosedale and Motherwell.

Activities on stage included:

  • Skipping challenge for participants aged 40+
  • Hoola-Hoop challenge for participants aged 40+
  • Soccer Ball tapping challenge for participants aged 10-
  • Soccer Ball heading challenge for participants aged 10-
  • Push-ups ladies challenge
  • Spot prizes for youngest and oldest participants

The Sport and Recreation Directorate has entered into a 3 year partnership agreement with EP Athletics to deliver a number of road races as part of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Project. The races are as follow:

  • 27/30 km Human Rights Run in commemoration of the Uitenhage Langa Massacre;
  • Freedom Run 10/5 km in Motherwell;
  • DIVA Run 10 km race for women only, in celebration of Women’s Month;
  • Gelvandale Run 15 km;
  • SA Half Marathon (2016/17) July month in celebration of Mandela Month – this event is sanctioned by Athletics South Africa and has been given Championship Status;
  • The Directorate has approved a budget of R1,380 000 for the implementation of this project.

The Sport and Recreation Directorate has entered into a 3 year Partnership with Iconage Holdings/Move-it, moving matters to implement its Get Ahead Sports Programme / GASP in 5 Primary Schools in Gelvandale / Helenvale. The programme is promoting Physical Education and Sport Development in three sporting codes, e.g. Football, Cricket and Tennis. The budget approved for this project is R400 000. The programme does not only focus on developing skills in these sport disciplines, but on life skills and improving their cognitive development.

City of Tshwane

Yes, The City of Tshwane has taken steps to enable the citizens to become physically fit by providing outdoor gym equipment in 4 of its 7 Regions. These gyms are installed through the City’s 2-Parks-Per-Ward Programme. The outdoor gyms have also been possible through the City’s partnership with the National Department of Sports, enabling 2 outdoor gyms in the City’s Regions to be installed, with one of the outdoor gyms being officially introduced by the Minister. Plans are afoot to install another outdoor gym in Region 7 (Ekangala), which should be completed late in the calendar year or early next year.

Yes, The City of Tshwane hosts events in partnership with the National and Provincial Departments of Sports to galvanize the public to keep fit and lead a healthy life style.

In the current financial year, the program is being rolled out across all the City’s Regions with events being hosted quarterly. Going forward, the City hopes to host such events more frequently in all the parks and/or open spaces easily accessible to the public.   

City of Joburg

The City of Johannesburg has been providing outdoor gym equipment since 2011/12 financial year.

The City has initiated 20 more fitness programmes since 2011/12 financial year.

The installation of green gyms is aligned to yearly capex allocation and is budget for. The City strikes a balance between greening, pathways, gym equipment etc. when designing a park with the allocated budget yearly.

Ekurhuleni

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has allocated an amount of R8 million for the installation of outdoor gym equipment to 60 public parks and open spaces in the current financial year (2015/16). This also includes gym equipment for disabled persons to selected parks.

The installation of the gym equipment will commence after the December recess (starting 15 January 2016) and will be completed by end of April 2016.

We also have an Aerobics programme running in 8 facilities throughout the metro, every Saturday morning. To date we have had 132 sessions were on average we have 100 participants per session.

Mangaung

The Municipality has established a Regional Park in Thaba Nchu which includes outdoor gym equipment.

Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding has been concluded between the Municipality and SARSA – Sports and Recreation South Africa in terms of which the National Department will provide outdoor gym equipment to a park in Botshabelo. This agreement will unfold and be implemented early in 2016.

All the Parks that the Municipality develops are multi facility parks which includes infrastructure such as netball courts, basketball courts, chess playing facilities, morabaraba facilities, skate board facilities, tennis courts and/or 5-a-side soccer fields.

The Municipality is also in the process of appointing a service provider to supply and install outdoor gym equipment to the Municipality for a period of 3 years. Prominent parks and facilities within the Municipality will then be provided with this equipment which will ultimately contribute to a more healthy community.

City of Cape Town

     

eThekweni

The Parks Department has undertaken and started to roll out Outdoor Gyms in many of the 103 wards throughout the City.

The Department sees fitness and wellness as an important component of all citizens’ wellbeing R1.199 million

The department has undertaken to erect 1 outdoor gym in each ward.R1.287 million

The City is planning to rollout 10 new sites per year.

30 June 2016 - NW580

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 440 on 17 March 2015, his department has received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities; if not, why not; if so, when will the information be made available as requested?

Reply:

Yes, the Department received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities. These are reflected below.

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO 2015/ 440

Hon BH Bhanga (DA) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

  1. For each metropolitan municipality, ( a ) what are the details of each forensic investigation that has been commissioned since 1 June 2011 and ( b ) what were the reasons for the commissioning of each investigation;
  2. Whether he can indicate if each forensic investigation is ( a ) complete or (b ) still ongoing;
  3. ( a ) has the report of each completed investigation been made public; if not, ( a ) why not and ( b ) when will the specified reports be made public; if so, ( i ) when was each report released and ( ii ) was each report tabled in Parliament;
  4. for each incomplete investigation, when will it be completed;
  5. What action has been undertaken by the Government in terms of the recommendations made in each forensic report?

It is important to highlight that most of the forensic reports were commissioned by metropolitan municipalities as a way of intensifying the fight against corruption and related offences in local government. The information below was received from the eight (8) metropolitan municipalities:

(1) The table below illustrates the response as per municipality:

Metropolitan Municipality

Response to 1 (a)

Response to 1 (b)

Buffalo City

Two (2) forensic investigations have been commissioned since 1 June 2011.

The investigations were prompted by allegations of tender irregularities regarding the awarding of two tenders.

City of Johannesburg

A total of 127 forensic investigations have been commissioned since 1 June 2011.

The investigations were initiated as a result of allegations of fraud, corruption, theft and other irregularities reported through the fraud hotline wherein members of the public and staff members are encouraged to report.

City of Tshwane

A total of 1056 forensic cases were registered between 2011 and 2015 financial years.

The City of Tshwane receives various verbal and/or written allegations of crimes/offences from a number of sources. The reporting tools include KPMG hotline, anonymous informants, management requests, provincial anti-corruption hotline, Office of the Public Protector, and the Presidential hotline.

Ekurhuleni

A total of 215 forensic investigations have been commissioned by the Municipality.

Forensic cases are investigated following allegations of possible fraud and corruption received through the municipality’s fraud hotline, the provincial and national hotlines, and allegations raised by management and the public.

eThekwini

1 (one) forensic investigation has been commissioned. The MEC for CoGTA KZN commissioned an investigation into allegations of maladministration, fraud and corruption alleged to have occurred at the municipality.

The MEC for CoGTA in KZN had reason to believe that maladministration, fraud and corruption had occurred at eThekwini Metro, which lead to the investigation being commissioned.

Nelson Mandela Bay

A total of 96 alleged fraud and corruption cases were received by the municipality, since 1 June 2011. The cases varied in complexity and magnitude.

The allegations reported related to fraud and corruption (which by nature could be criminal) and alleged mismanagement of public funds.

(2) The table below illustrates the response as per municipality:

Metropolitan Municipality

Response to (a)

Response to (b)

Buffalo City

Council took a resolution in 2014 to rescind its original resolution to investigate the two contracts due to procedural defects in the taking of the decision. This affected the validity of the investigation by the service provider as well as its findings.

Council has authorised MPAC to conduct an investigation regarding the irregular expenditure for the procurement of services arising from the defects in the original resolution(s). The investigation by Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) on irregular expenditure is ongoing.

City of Johannesburg

A total of 127 forensic investigations were closed.

28 are still ongoing.

City of Tshwane

A total of 636 forensic cases were finalised.

420 are still in progress.

Ekurhuleni

A total of 215 forensic investigations were conducted.

Some of the investigations for 2014/15 are still on-going.

eThekwini

One forensic investigation was conducted and completed.

N/A

Nelson Mandela Bay

A total of 57 of the reported forensic cases had been investigated and completed, i.e. 20 reports were issued and 37 cases closed.

39 Outstanding.

(3) The table below illustrates the response as per municipality:

Metropolitan Municipality

Response 3 ( a ) ( b ) ( i ) ( ii )

Buffalo City

The investigations by MPAC were not completed as no report was tabled in Council, since Council took a decision to rescind its original resolution to investigate the aforesaid contracts due to procedural defects in the taking of the decision. As a result, the report was not tabled in Council and not made public.

City of Johannesburg

The outcomes of the investigations are communicated to senior management (including the City Manager) who will then implement appropriate actions. In addition, the outcomes of the investigations are also communicated to the Group Audit Committee, MPAC and the Auditor -General. The reports were not tabled in Parliament.

City of Tshwane

Reports are tabled at various Council structures.

Ekurhuleni

The investigation reports are released to all relevant parties following the finalisation of the investigations. This finalisation process is then followed by the process of implementing recommendations. Reports are also tabled before the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), where necessary. The reports were not tabled in Parliament.

eThekwini

The forensic report was tabled in council and was made public in March 2014. The reports were not tabled Parliament.

Nelson Mandela Bay

Forensic reports are submitted by the NMBM’s Internal Audit Unit to the Accounting Officer and Legal Services. Reports are then tabled at various Council Structures i.e. Audit Committee meetings, Municipal Public Accounts Committee meetings and thereafter the resolutions of MPAC are tabled at Council meetings. The reports were not tabled in Parliament.

(4) & (5) The table below illustrates the response as per municipality:

Metropolitan Municipality

Response to (4)

Response to (5)

Buffalo City

For the reasons that Council rescinded its original resolution in 2014 to investigate the aforesaid contracts due to procedural defects, the investigation was therefore discontinued.

On this matter no action was taken arising from the investigation as Council rescinded its original decision.

City of Johannesburg

The completion time for investigations is difficult to predict due to the nature of each case under investigation. However, efforts are put in place to ensure timely completion.

The recommendations emanating from forensic reports are implemented through disciplinary processes, civil recovery, and criminal actions.

City of Tshwane

Same as above.

The recommendations emanating from forensic reports are implemented through disciplinary processes, civil recovery, and criminal actions. Disciplinary cases were finalised on 17 cases.

Ekurhuleni

Same as above.

The recommended actions have been taken by management and this includes improving the control environment as well as corrective measures instituted against the implicated officials.

eThekwini

Not applicable. The investigation at eThekwini Metro has been completed.

The recommendations emanating from the forensic report have been partially implemented. Further, some of the allegations are still being investigated by law enforcement agencies.

Nelson Mandela Bay

The completion time for investigations is difficult to predict due to the nature of each case under investigation. However, efforts are put in place to ensure timely completion. The NMBM has requested the Provincial Treasury to assist the NMBM with forensic matters in order to complete investigations.

Forensic reports are tabled at various Council Structures i.e. Audit Committee meetings, MPAC meetings, and thereafter the resolutions of MPAC are tabled at Council meetings. Action by the NMBM is implemented in accordance with these resolutions.

The City of Cape Town and Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality indicated that they are not in a position to accede to my request to release details regarding forensic investigations. The City of Cape Town indicated that releasing information relating to forensic investigations would compromise future investigations, and the implementation of recommendations contained in such reports.

20 June 2016 - NW1255

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 3567 on 20 October 2015, has he received the requested information yet; if not, why not; if so, by when will the specified information be communicated?

Reply:

The following information was provided by uMgungundlovu District Municipality:

1.An amount of R6 million was diverted in 2013 and R4 million was diverted in 2015. There are two reasons for the diversion. (1) The Municipality could not implement the project as a result of the delay in the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (2) The Municipality entered into a strategic partnership with Umgeni Water in terms of which R84 million was secured for the same project. Furthermore, the Municipality has set aside an additional R4 million for the same project for the additional reticulation pipeline.

2. It is the Mkhambathini Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) in Camperdown. This project is championed by Umgeni Water from their approved CAPEX.

3. The Municipal Manager, in partnership with KZN Cogta Officials, informed by the virement procedures as espoused in the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2013.

4. At the Executive Committee meeting held on 08 September 2015.

5. It must be mentioned that the grant funding in question is part of the Corridor Development Fund for Local Economic Development projects and not part of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. The Mandela Marathon is designed to promote local economic development goals and thus in line with the strategic objectives of the Corridor Development Fund. As such, no regulations relating to conditional grants were violated nor disregarded in this instance.                  

10 June 2016 - NW1188

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) How many consumer units received (i) water, (ii) electricity, (iii) sanitation and (iv) solid waste management services in each metropolitan municipality since 1 July 2015 and (b) how many of the specified units received the specified services for free in each specified metropolitan municipality?

Reply:

The Department of Cooperative Governance, as part of the 828 approach, monthly requests municipalities to report on the number of households receiving (i) water, (ii) electricity, (iii) sanitation and (iv) solid waste management services, new connection made and the number of households receiving free basic water and free basic electricity. The numbers in the table below are the average number of households that monthly received the service for the period July 2015 to March 2016:
 

Metro

How many households received electricity?

How many households were connected for the first time to the electricity system?

How many households received sanitation?

How many households received water?

How many households were connected for the first time to the water system?

How many households received Free Basic Water

How many households received Free Basic Electricity?

How many households have access to refuse removal?

Buffalo City

125787

95

219797

221169

23

52909

78032

161431

City of Cape Town

567481

362

897965

897965

545

897965

369060

706205

City of Johannesburg

493939

145

266246

414231

103

27445

22580

1001550

City of Tshwane

411773

359

618739

775660

1220

314500

213000

823388

Ekurhuleni

390969

1142

902332

908293

88

460204

208835

695987

Ethekwini

689270

895

699258

818201

227

613674

124883

945910

Mangaung

187328

33

115179

172500

21

23367

29744

206650

Nelson Mandela Bay

273311

122

295177

325302

127

76396

64555

317760

09 June 2016 - NW593

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4092 on 8 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities; if not, why not; if so, when will the information be made available as requested?

Reply:

There are various municipal officials and councillors who undertook international trips in the 2014/15 financial year and since 01 July 2015 in each metropolitan municipality. The following responses are from 6 metros who responded. The Department will forward input from the 2 outstanding metros once the information is made available.

The purpose of each trip, officials who undertook each trip, and the total cost of each trip including flights and accommodation in each metropolitan municipality is outlined in the attached Annexure below:

09 June 2016 - NW1479

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any commission investigated the legitimacy of the Sukazi chieftaincy in Mpumalanga; if not, why not; if so, what is the current status of the investigation; (2) Whether a report has been generated in this regard; if not, why not; if so, has the specified report been presented to the affected parties?

Reply:

  1. The Honourable Member is requested to note that the Provincial Committee on Disputes and Claims of Traditional Leadership in Mpumalanga did conduct an investigation with respect to the claim for traditional leadership that was lodged by Mr. ME Sukazi and others. The investigation was closed following the findings by the Committee.
  2. Yes, a report was generated but was not presented to the affected parties as they did not dispute the findings of the Committee. However, a letter dated 18 February 2015 from the Office of the Premier in Mpumalanga was forwarded to Mr. ME Sukazi and others informing them of the outcome of the investigation.

09 June 2016 - NW1482

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

QUESTION 1:(a) On which dates were fire hydrants for each fire station precinct in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality last inspected and(b) what are the further relevant details in this regard? (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The hydrants are inspected daily.
(b) According to the City of Ekurhuleni, maintenance of fire hydrants within its area of jurisdiction is a Service Delivery Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) issue and there is a comprehensive programme being implemented throughout the year. In terms of this comprehensive program, a target of 50 000 hydrants must be inspected annually, and this was exceeded as depicted in the table below.

(c) The City indicated that they have appointed a Professional Service Provider (PSP) who is responsible for the maintenance and servicing of fire hydrants. The PSP has 220 fieldworkers who are responsible for the maintenance and servicing of fire hydrants within the City. The business process that the City has adopted requires a fieldworker to locate (some hydrants are underground and some above ground) the hydrant, mark with paint, service or maintain, and geo- code the location of the hydrant on a Global Positioning System (GPS). This approach requires at least five visits to each hydrant. In view of this, the City has outlined that it is difficult and cumbersome for them to indicate the date of the last visit to each hydrant as a single visit is not enough to locate, mark with paint, maintain or service and geo-code the hydrant. According to the City, work areas are divided in line with the operational fire districts, which cover more than one fire station precinct. The following numbers of hydrants have been located, marked with paint, serviced/ maintained, tested and geo-coded per Service Delivery Area:
 

Service Delivery Areas

Name of the Fire Districts

Number of Hydrants Serviced

Financial year (FY) Period

Service Delivery Area 1

• Alberton /Thokoza
• Palm Ridge
• Sonkesizwe

12 473

2013/2014

   

12 620

2014/2015

   

11 332

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 2

• Wadeville/Katlehong
• Vosloorus

11 781

2013/2014

   

2 305

2014/2015

   

15 250

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 3

• Boksburg Central
• Germiston Central

8 912

2013/2014

   

5 036

2014/2015

   

10 556

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 4

• Edenvale
• Primrose
• Bedford view

10 320

2013/2014

   

5 777

2014/2015

   

16 009

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 5

• Kempton park
• Tembisa
• Commercial
• Olifantsfontein

6 544

2013/2014

   

18 921

2014/2015

   

14 104

201512016

Service Delivery Area 6

• Leon Ferreira
• Farrarmere
• Rynfield

8 735

2013/2014

   

6 897

2014/2015

   

20 262

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 7

• Brakpan
• Benoni
• Central Tsakane

8 292

2013/2014

   

7 058

2014/2015

   

16 516

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 8

• Springs
• Daveyton
• Etwatwa

9 213

2013/2014

   

1 442

2014/2015

   

16 097

2015/2016

Service Delivery Area 9

• Nigel
• Duduza
• Selection Park

8 946

2013/2014

   

10 000

2014/2015

   

16 097

2015/2016

07 June 2016 - NW1131

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

How many officers are currently employed by each of the metropolitan police department?

Reply:

(1) The following response is based on the information provided by eThekwini, Cape Town Metropolitan municipalities and Gauteng Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan municipalities indicated that they do not have a Metropolitan Police departments. Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has Security and Traffic Services which has about 600 employees. Buffalo City did not meet the deadline for submission of responses. However, the municipality has been requested to respond accordingly. The information will be delivered to the honourable member as soon as it is received.

(2) The number of officers are currently employed by each of the metropolitan police departments are provided below:

Metropolitan Municipality

Number of officers are currently employed each of the metropolitan police department

eThekwini

1866 officers

Cape Town

557 officers

Ekurhuleni

1375 officers

Johannesburg

3017 officers

Tshwane

3815 officers

Mangaung

No applicable

Nelson Mandela Bay

No applicable

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07 June 2016 - NW1253

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2984 on 22 September 2015, he has received the requested information yet; if not, why not; if so, by when will this information be communicated?

Reply:

The information was provided by uMshwathi Local Municipality and approved by Minister P Gordhan):

  (1) Yes, it was owned by the former Development Services Board (DSB) in 1994 – 1995.

    (a) It was transferred to Air Health Committee, then the Health Committee became Cool Air TLC in 1996 – 2000. In December 2000, the Cool Air TLC was amalgamated into uMshwathi Municipality.

   (b) There were four areas that were controlled by Development Services Board-Dalton, Cool Air, Wartburg and New Hanover, that were converted into Health Committees and the assets from DSB were handed over to these Health Committees.

  (2) The arrangements for Cool Air Secondary School is for them to book the hall in advance at no cost to the school.

 

07 June 2016 - NW969

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the Kabuso Investigative Report into the Makana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, (a) what action has he taken against those implicated in the report, (b) what plans does he have, if any, to recover any financial losses incurred by the guilty parties and (c) when will he table the Kabuso report, released in February 2010, in Parliament?

Reply:

The response below was provided by municipality:

(a) Following the recommendations of the Kabuso forensic report, the employment contracts of the Municipal Manager and Strategic Manager in the Office of the Mayor were terminated. Further, a committee was established consisting of councillors to address issues implicating councillors and an action plan was also submitted to Council in order to address issues implicating officials. This process is being coordinated by the Administrator.

(b) The municipality's legal representatives are engaging with those implicated with a view to recover the financial losses incurred by the municipality.

(c) I was not aware that the Kabuso report is supposed to be tabled in Parliament. The Administrator is dealing with this matter and would adhere to such a request.

07 June 2016 - NW1035

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) (a) How many (i) permanent and (ii) temporary employees are currently employed by the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) and (b) at what (i) salary band and (ii) skill level;(2) what is the detailed breakdown of the TMPD's expenditure for (a) the remuneration of councillors, (b) debt impairments, (c) contracted services and (d) depreciation and asset impairment (i) in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2015 to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

Attached please find here: Reply
 

07 June 2016 - NW1252

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2735 on 25 August 2015, he has received the requested information yet; if not, why not; if so, by when will this information be communicated?

Reply:

The response below is based on information received from the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality (as approved by Minister P Gordhan on 3rd Sep 2015)

 (a) The municipality allocated a total amount of R156 million for Zone Plans, i.e. block sum allocations to each ward, in the 2014-15 budget.

(b) (i) The funds allocated to each ward are utilized for the implementation of small projects that are identified by Councilors in consultation with ward residents. (ii) Wards benefiting have been reduced to 78 wards that have less developed municipal infrastructure and the budget allocation for each ward varies depending on the project identified. The 25 wards that were excluded are highly developed and have all the necessary municipal services.

(c) The quested information still needs to be discussed first at Council level as it relates to the 2014/15 financial year’s budget, which ended on 31 July 2015.

07 June 2016 - NW298

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether each metropolitan municipality has a municipal public accounts committee; if not, why not; if so, (a) is the committee chaired by a member of the opposition, (b) what is the name of the chairperson, (c) are meetings of the committee open to the public and (d) how are the specified meetings advertised?

Reply:

The responses below were received from the metropolitan municipalities:

All the Metropolitan Municipalities stated that they have a Municipal Public Accounts Committees.

The table below illustrates the responses to question (a), (b), (c) and (d) as per municipality.

Attached please find here: Table

 

07 June 2016 - NW705

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)How much did it cost to fund each district municipality to fulfil its mandates in the (a)(i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15 municipal financial years and (b) since 1 July 2015; (2) whether, with reference to the budget speech delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, on 24 February 2016, measures will be implemented to curb expenditure by each district municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any studies have been conducted to determine the viability of maintaining each district municipality whose entire income comes from the national fiscus; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes

Reply:

The question by the Honourable member should be directed to the National Treasury. The National Treasury manages the expenditure and the budgets of municipalities in line with the provisions in the Municipal Finance Management Act. Municipalities report budgetary matters in terms of s71 of the MFMA and are best placed to respond to matters relating to budget and expenditures of all municipalities.

07 June 2016 - NW1019

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and TraditionalAffairs

1. In each case where a municipality has been threatened with having the supply of electricity cut off by Eskom, was a payment agreement entered into with Eskom in order to avert such a cut-off; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps is his department taking to resolve the situation in each case; if so, in each case, when was each such an agreement reached and signed, (2) is the payment schedule (a) affordable and (b) reducing the specified municipalities' debt owed to Eskom; (3) has the specified municipalities complied with the terms of their respective agreements; if not, why not; (4) what is the current status of the inter-ministerial negotiations to resolve the impasse between municipalities and Eskom regarding (a) the billing period and (b) the interest charged by Eskom?.

Reply:

1 (a) (b). Yes, a process of entering into payment agreements between each of the affected municipalities is in its final stages. The Department of Co-operative Governance ((DCoG) in collaboration with Department of Public Enterprise (OPE), SALGA, Provincial COGTA's and Treasury conducted work sessions with the affected municipalities and Eskom. A detailed affordability analysis was conducted for each municipality taking into account its unique circumstances, the root causes for non-payment as well as other municipal commitments. This work resulted in new payment arrangements being drafted for Eskom's consideration. On approval by Eskom, these agreements will be formalised with municipalities by means of council resolutions. Eskom aims to have all the agreements in place with municipalities by end of May 2016.

2. (a). Yes, since the draft payment agreements were based on the affordability analysis; they will be affordable to municipalities.

(b) The debt will be reduced because one of the conditions of the agreements is that municipalities pay their current debt over and above the agreement amount to service outstanding debt. .

3. Eskom is still engaging and finalising discussions with the municipalities on agreed payment terms and to date there is no municipality that has finalised and signed the payment agreement with Eskom. Compliance will only be monitored once agreements are reached between Eskom and the municipalities.

4. During the inter-ministerial negotiations; Eskom made a commitment to consider waving the interest for municipalities who adhere to their payment terms and to consider reviewing the payment period. However; the response received from Eskom in that regard is as follows:
"Considering the Eskom financial situation and in line with the PFMA and MFMA requirements as well as the Supply Agreements held with our customers, Eskom has decided to continue to apply the 15 days payment period as well as charging Prime plus 5% on overdue amounts."

07 June 2016 - NW965

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since his reply to oral question 123 on 15 September 2014, he has taken any action to further investigate the findings of the Pikoli report, released in March 2013, into corruption in the Integrated Public Transport Plan in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the municipality:

The Pikoli report was considered by Counsel (Adv Ronassen), who provided legal opinion to the effect that the report was nothing else but a precursor to a full scale investigation. In light of the above, the full scale investigation is currently being conducted by the National Treasury.

07 June 2016 - NW1130

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

How many metropolitan police departments are there in South Africa, (b) what are their names and (c) how much funding was allocated to each of these metropolitan police departments (i) in the (aa) 2011-12, (bb) 2012-13 (cc) 2013-14 (dd) 2014-15 and (ee) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

Attached please find here: Reply
 

24 May 2016 - NW1189

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Bhanga, Mr BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What is the total number of water leakages that were (i) reported and (ii) fixed in each metropolitan municipality since 1 July 2015, (b) how many litres of water were lost due to the specified leakages in each case and (c) what was each metropolitan municipality’s average response time to fix the specified water leakages?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Metropolitan Municipalities,

(a) The total number of leakages that were (i) reported and (ii) fixed since 1 July 2015 are indicated below:

Buffalo City: leakages reported 1 928 and fixed 1 928;

City of Cape Town: leakages reported 27 500 and fixed 27 500;

City of Johannesburg: leakages reported 22 431 and fixed 22 408;

City of Tshwane: leakages reported 61 000 and fixed 56 000;

Ekurhuleni: leakages reported 31 857 and fixed 31 850;

eThekwini: leakages reported 104 960 and fixed 103 176;

Manguang: leakages reported 16 976 and fixed 13 442;

Nelson Mandela Bay: leakages reported 8 014 and fixed 8 014.

(b) The litres of water that were lost due to leakages since 1 July 2015:

Buffalo City: not measured;

City of Cape Town: 2 978 Million Litres;

City of Johannesburg: 11 531 Million Litres;

City of Tshwane: 64 000 Million Litres;

Ekurhuleni: 41 880 Million Litres;

eThekwini: 279 Million Litres per Day; (approximately 2,511 million)

Manguang: 3,658 Million Litres per Day; (approximately 32,922 million)

Nelson Mandela Bay: 34 000 Million Litres.

(c) The average response time to fix the leakages are:

Buffalo City: 3 hours;

City of Cape Town: less than 24 hours;

City of Johannesburg: 32 hours;

City of Tshwane: 48 hours;

Ekurhuleni: 47 hours;

eThekwini: 1 to 2 working days;

Manguang: 3 working days;

Nelson Mandela Bay: 4 hours.

24 May 2016 - NW1191

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the alleged trip he undertook to Dubai on or around 20 December 2015, (a) which of his passports were stamped by the customs officers for each (i) entry into Dubai and (ii) exit from South Africa and (b) what are the relevant flight details of the specified trip in terms of (i) flight number, (ii) date and (iii) class of travel?

Reply:

(a) Ministers private passport was used and stamped for:

    (i) entry into Dubai and

    (ii) exit from South Africa

(b) Minister travelled in his private capacity and the trip was paid for in his private capacity.

24 May 2016 - NW1190

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to the trip he reportedly undertook to Dubai on or around 20 December 2015, he (a) met with and/or (b) did business with (i) any member of the Gupta family and/or (ii) any other person associated with any member of the specified family; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case (aa) when and (bb) where did each specified interaction take place and (cc) what are the further relevant details; (2) whether he informed the (a) President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, and/or (b) Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite E Nkoana-Mashabane, about his reported trip before he departed for Dubai on or around 20 December 2015; if not, why not in each case; if so, in each case, (i) when and (ii) what was each specified person’s response and (iii) what brief, if any, did he receive from each of the specified persons; (3) whether he held any official meetings during his alleged visit to Dubai on or around 20 December 2015; if not, why not; if so, (a) what outcomes were achieved and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Minister can confirm that he was in Dubai during the month of December 2015. This was a private trip and no business meetings took place.

2. A letter was sent to the Presidency requesting leave as well as advising of overseas trip. There was no response or specific brief as it was a Private trip.

3. This was a private trip and no official meetings were held.

24 May 2016 - NW1192

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Mr Danny Jordaan, (a) instructed or (b) gave cause for an instruction to be issued that a certain billboards (details furnished) be removed; if not, from whom did this instruction originate; if so, on what legal provision did this instruction rely;

Reply:

According to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, the institution has not yet established who gave the instruction for the billboards to be removed and it is still investigating the matter.

10 May 2016 - NW705

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)How much did it cost to fund each district municipality to fulfil its mandates in the (a)(i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, (iii) 2013-14 and (iv) 2014-15 municipal financial years and (b) since 1 July 2015; (2) whether, with reference to the budget speech delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, on 24 February 2016, measures will be implemented to curb expenditure by each district municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any studies have been conducted to determine the viability of maintaining each district municipality whose entire income comes from the national fiscus; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes?

Reply:

The question by the Honourable member should be directed to the National Treasury. The National Treasury manages the expenditure and the budgets of municipalities in line with the provisions in the Municipal Finance Management Act. Municipalities report budgetary matters in terms of s71 of the MFMA and are best placed to respond to matters relating to budget and expenditures of all municipalities.

10 May 2016 - NW927

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Has (a) he and/or (b) his Deputy Ministers ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting?

Reply:

(a) (aa) (cc))(b)

The Minister and his Deputy Ministers have never met with members, employee and/or close associates of the Gupta family in their official capacities.  

(aa)(bb)(aaa)(bbb)(aaaa)(bbbb)(ccc) Not applicable

10 May 2016 - NW995

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to notices served by Eskom on the (a) Nketoana, (b) Masilonyana, (c) Tokologo, (d) Mantsopa, (e) Ngwathe, (f) Dihlabeng, (g) Nala and (h) Phumelela local municipalities in the Free State to suspend electricity supply by 30 March 2016 due to non-payment of their bulk electricity accounts, any of the specified municipalities’ equitable share was used to pay their outstanding Eskom accounts; if so, (i) which accounts were paid, (ii) what amounts were paid, (iii) on which dates were the payments made and (iv) what is the balance of the equitable share in each case?

Reply:

The requested information is not readily available within the department. We have however, since requested these municipalities to provide the information and will therefore submit to you as soon as it becomes available.

10 May 2016 - NW993

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to notices served by Eskom to the (a) Nketoana, (b) Masilonyana, (c) Tokologo, (d) Mantsopa, (e) Ngwathe, (f) Dihlabeng, (g) Nala and (h) Phumelela Local Municipalities in the Free State to suspend electricity supply by 30 March 2016 due to non-payment of their bulk electricity accounts, (i) what are the details of each agreement signed with Eskom and (ii) (aa) what amount has been paid to Eskom by each specified municipality and (bb) on what dates were the respective payments made since the agreements were signed?

Reply:

The requested information is not readily available within the department. We have however, since requested these municipalities to provide the information and will therefore submit to you as soon as it becomes available.

10 May 2016 - NW965

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since his reply to oral question 123 on 15 September 2014, he has taken any action to further investigate the findings of the Pikoli Report, released in March 2013, into corruption in the Integrated Public Transport Plan in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality:

The Pikoli report was considered by Counsel (Adv Ranassem), who provided legal opinion to the effect that the report was nothing else but a precursor to a full scale investigation. In light of the above, the full scale investigation is currently being conducted by the National Treasury.

 

10 May 2016 - NW968

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to Section 139 (1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, intervention in the Makana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, (a) what was the total cost to the Department for (i) the services of a certain person (Ms Pam Yako) and (ii) her replacement and (b) what are the full details of the specified costs in each case and (c) what is the current legal status of the intervention in terms of Section 139 (1)(b) in the specified municipality?

Reply:

According to the information provided by the Eastern Cape Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

a) (i) The total cost to the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape for the services of Ms Pam Yako, who was the Administrator in the municipality for a total period of nine months, was R3 089 928 .96.

(ii) Her replacement, a Senior Manager in the employ of the same department, was (and still is) remunerated at the normal level applicable to public servants at senior managerial level (Salary Level 13), because he is currently performing his functions in the municipality on secondment by the department.

b) According to the information we received from the abovementioned department, Ms Yako was paid an amount of R2 014 133. 76 for the first six months of her contract in the municipality. The payment was for work performed for four days per week for the first three months, each day calculated at eight hours at the DPSA rate of R2 568 per hour. It was also for work performed for three days per week for the second three months, each day still calculated at eight hours at the same DPSA rate of R2 568 per hour. Her contract was later extended for a period of three months. For this period (the last three months), she was remunerated at the DPSA rate of R 1 966 per hour for work performed for five days per week, each day constituting eight hours of work as usual, which amounts to R1 075 795. 20. When both amounts are combined, she was paid a total amount of R3 089 928 .96, as already reflected above.

As already stated, Ms Yako’s successor is remunerated at his current salary level (Salary Level 13) applicable to him as an employee of the provincial department occupying a senior managerial post.

c) In respect of the current legal status of the intervention, this intervention is still legal because it was approved by both my predecessor (Minister Pravin Gordhan) and the NCOP, in terms of the provisions of section 139(2) of the Constitution. The approval by Minister Gordhan and the NCOP came after the intervention was reinstated by the Provincial Executive a few weeks after it had been withdrawn following its disapproval by the NCOP.

10 May 2016 - NW994

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to notices served by Eskom to the (a) Nketoana, (b) Masilonyana, (c) Tokologo, (d) Mantsopa, (e) Ngwathe, (f) Dihlabeng, (g) Nala and (h) Phumelela Local Municipalities in the Free State to suspend electricity supply by 30 March 2016 due to non-payment of their bulk electricity accounts, (i) what is the current outstanding amount owed by each of the specified municipalities to Eskom (ii) when will the specified amount be paid (iii) what is the interest rate payable in each case and (iv) what are the conditions of the settlement agreement;

Reply:

The requested information is not readily available within the department. We have however, since requested these municipalities to provide the information and will therefore submit to you as soon as it becomes available.

10 May 2016 - NW969

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the Kabuso Investigative Report into the Makana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, (a) what action has he taken against those implicated in the report, (b) what plans does he have, if any, to recover any financial losses incurred by the guilty parties and (c) when will he table the Kabuso report, released in February 2010, in Parliament?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the Makana Local Municipality:

(a) Following the recommendations of the Kabuso forensic report, the employment contracts of the Municipal Manager and Strategic Manager in the Office of the Mayor were terminated. Further, a committee was established consisting of councillors to address issues implicating councillors and an action plan was also submitted to Council in order to address issues implicating officials. This process is being coordinated by the Administrator.

(b) The municipality’s legal representatives are engaging with those implicated with a view to recover the financial losses incurred by the municipality.

(c) The Administrator is dealing with this matter and would adhere to such a request.

 

25 April 2016 - NW1078

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Was he in Dubai at any time in December 2015; if so, (a) when and (b) what was the purpose of his visit; (2) Whether he held any meetings while in Dubai; if so, (a) what was the purpose of the specified meetings and (b) was any of the specified meetings with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma?

Reply:

(1) (2)

Minister can confirm that he was in Dubai during the month of December 2015. This was a private trip and no meetings were held where President Jacob Zuma or any member of the Gupta family was present.

25 April 2016 - NW964

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) How many vacancies currently exist in each department in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, (b) what are the relevant details in each case, (c) what plans does NMBM have in place to fill the specified vacancies? (2) What are the required number of civil engineers for the specified municipality? (3) What are the relevant details of the specified municipality’s expenditure on (a) consultants, (b) legal fees and (c) marketing and communications (i) in the (aa) 2011-12, (bb) 2012-13, (cc) 2013-14, (dd) 2014-15 and (ee) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(1)(a)

According to the municipality, currently total number of vacant positions is 1774, out of an approved staff establishment of 7 234.

(1)(b)

The table below provides a detailed summary of the vacancies per Directorate, as provided by the municipality:

Directorate

Vacancies

Public Health

290

Special Programmes

14

Office of the Chief Operating Officer

24

Infrastructure and Engineering

523

Electricity and Energy

219

Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture

146

Municipal Manager

5

Budget and Treasury

158

Safety and Security

161

Executive Mayor

12

Human Settlements

117

Corporate Services

105

Total =

1774

All recruitment processes were stopped with the implementation of a moratorium on the filling of vacancies on 18 June 2015, due to financial constraints.

(1) (c)

According to the Municipality, the moratorium on the filling of critical vacancies has now been uplifted. A Critical Vacancy Task Team was established in December 2015 consisting of top management in the Municipality. This Task Team has been mandated to priorize the filling of critical vacancies, especially during the 2015/16 municipal financial year.

As from 1 April 2016 to date, 150 recruitment notices are at various stages of the internal HR processes. These recruitment notices represent approximately 200 critical vacant positions. To date four adverts have been placed with a minimum of fifteen positions to go out on a weekly basis as from the end of April 2016.

(2)

According to the municipality, the required number of Civil Engineers is 5 (2 Roads, 2 Water and 1 Transport).

3 (a)

According to the Municipality, the éstimated expenditure on consultants in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13,2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 since 1 April 2016 is R846,200 000.

See table below for expenditure per year:

FINANCIAL YEAR

Costs of consultants R (000)

2011/12

135.5

2012/13

170.9

2013/14

185.6

2014/15

191.3

2015/16 ( April 2016)

162.9

Total

846.2

(3) (b)

According to the Municipality, during the financial years in question, a total of R94 597 647 was spent on legal fees. The details per annum are provided in the table below.

Legal expenses for 2011-12; 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R15 339 703

2012/13

R14 746 821

2013/14

R17 677 108

2014/15

R22 173 641

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R24 660 374

TOTAL

R94 597 647

(3) (c)

According to the Municipality, during the financial years in question, R27 439 424 was spent on marketing and communications. The details per annum are provided in the table below.

Marketing and communications expenditure for 2011-12; 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16

FINANCIAL YEAR

EXPENDITURE

2011/12

R7 150 996

2012/13

R2 718 742

2013/14

R4 714 848

2014/15

R7 152 258

2015/16

(at 19 April 2016)

R5 702 580

Total

R27 439 424

25 April 2016 - NW781

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether any municipalities currently under threat of having their electricity cut off by Eskom for non-payment are (a) under section 139 administration and/or (b) receiving support in terms of section 154 and/or (c) utilising a financial recovery plan imposed on the affected municipality in terms of section 139(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, (i) what is the status of the relevant interventions, (ii) when was it implemented and (iii) has there been any progress towards resolving the relevant municipality’s debt issue with Eskom?

Reply:

(a). On the list of affected municipalities that are currently under threat of disconnection by Eskom due to non-payment, Ventersdrop, Tswaing and Madibeng local municipality are the only municipalities that are under Section 139 of the Constitution.

(b). The Minister of CoGTA and the MEC in North West province have agreed to strengthen the capacity of the Administrators in Tswaing and Ventersdorp by developing Section 154 support packages. A political steering committee led by the Minister will be established to monitor and oversee the implementation of the 154 support package by the technical task team. The technical task team developed the terms of reference in February 2016 and the Administrators of Tswaing and Ventersdorp will be receiving support from the technical task team on identified areas of intervention.

(c). Yes; the affected municipalities under Section 139 of the Constitution do have financial recovery plans in place that are being monitored by the provincial treasuries.

(i). The intervention relevant to the municipal bulk electricity disconnections by Eskom in the various provinces triggered an intervention by Ministers of Cogta, Finance and Public Enterprises.

A task team was formed which constituted of Departments of Cooperative Governance, Public Enterprises, Eskom, SALGA, National Treasury and their provincial counterparts to conduct an in depth analysis into the financial status of the affected Municipalities in Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West Provinces.

The task team facilitated the development of new or revised agreements between the affected municipalities and Eskom. These are more realistic payment agreements after careful consideration of the individual municipality’s financial circumstances and taking into account other key creditors. The task team also proposed recovery plans for each municipality by identifying opportunities that will assist the municipalities to improve revenue collection and reduce non-revenue electricity.

The task team will continue to monitor adherence to the payment agreements and the implementation of the recovery plans.

(ii). The engagements with the affected municipalities were held during February and March 2016 as follows:

  • 15 -16 February 2016 for Northern Cape Municipalities;
  • 17 – 18 February 2016 for Free State Munuciplities
  • 25-26 February 2016 for Eastern Cape municipalities,
  • 26 January 2016 and 10 to 11 March 2016 for North West Municipalities;
  • 22 to 23 February and 29th of February 2016 to 04th March 2016 for Mpumalanga municipalities.

The monitoring will be a continuous process until the municipalities are up to date with their payments.

(iii). Yes; there has been progress because it is as a result of this intervention that the scheduled March 2016 disconnections were put on hold by Eskom on condition that the municipalities adhere to the payment agreements. Realistic payment plans have been signed between Eskom and most of the affected municipalities and the remaining are in the final stages of formalising the proposed agreements.

 

25 April 2016 - NW888

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Matlhoko, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Has he earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since his appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did he earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether his (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through his appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

  1. (2) (a)(b)

Minister has no additional business earning income from Government neither does his Spouse, children nor is he aware of any close family member/s.

12 April 2016 - NW308

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Do (a) senior managers and (b) financial and supply chain personnel of each metropolitan municipality comply with the minimum competencies set out in the Municipal Finance Management Act; Act 56 of 2003, if not, (i) has each specified municipality notified the relevant MEC in the relevant province of the non-compliance and applied for an extension, (ii) what steps has each specified metropolitan municipality taken to comply with the minimum competencies and (iii) by when would each specified metropolitan municipality comply with the minimum requirements set out in the Municipal Finance Management Act?

Reply:

The requested information is not readily available within the department. We are however, collating the information from both the Provincial CoGTA departments and the Metropolitan Municipalities and will submit as soon as we have concluded. The Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

12 April 2016 - NW570

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4090 on 8 December 2015, the requested information has been received from the metropolitan municipalities; if so, when will the specified information be made available?

Reply:

The question by the Honourable member should be directed to the National Treasury. The National Treasury manages the expenditure and the budgets of municipalities in line with the provisions in the Municipal Finance Management Act. Municipalities report budgetary matters in terms of s71 of the MFMA and are best placed to respond to matters relating to budget and expenditures of all municipalities.

 

12 April 2016 - NW572

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4095 on 8 December 2015, the requested information has been received from the Tlokwe Local Municipality; if so, when will the specified information be made available?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Tlokwe Local Municipalitie. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW582

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4186 on 21 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information; if not, why not; if so, when will the specified information be made available?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW566

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 4089 on 08 December 2015; has the outstanding information been received from the metropolitan municipalities, if not, why not; if so, when will this information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW565

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 4108 on 08 December 2015; has the outstanding information been received from the Tlokwe Local Municipality, if not, why not; if so, when will this information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Tlokwe City Local Municipality. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW568

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4145 on 8 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities, if so, when will the information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW751

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What was the total number of telephone calls made from each municipal office in the country on (i)(aa) 7 March 2015 and (bb) 8 March 2015 and (ii)(aa) 5 March 2016 and (bb) 6 March 2016 respectively and (b) how much did the total amount of telephone calls for each day cost; (2) (a) what was the total number of pool vehicle journeys undertaken by all pool vehicles in each municipality in the country on (i)(aa) 7 March 2015 and (bb) 8 March 2015 and (ii)(aa) 5 March 2016 and (bb) 6 March 2016 respectively, (b) what was the total distance travelled by pool vehicles of each municipality and (c) how much did the total amount of pool vehicle journeys cost for each day?

Reply:

The question by the Honourable Member is more on operational matters which the Ministry at the national level, does not monitor. The question can therefore best be responded to by the Municipal Managers and the Honourable Member may consider using his representation in those councils.

12 April 2016 - NW569

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4093 on 8 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information from the metropolitan municipalities, if so, when will the information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW574

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4104 on 8 December 2015, the information has been received from the Tlokwe City Local Municipality; if so, when will this information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Tlokwe Local Municipalitie. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW589

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 4264 on 21 December 2015, he has received the outstanding information from the Kannaland Local Municipality; if not, why not; if so, when will this information be made available?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Kannaland Local Municipality. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW793

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) Which Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) stations currently serve Wards (i) 9, (ii) 12, (iii) 19, (iv) 20, (v) 21, (vi) 22 and (vii) 22 in the City of Tshwane and (b) how many (i) officers and (ii) operational vehicles are at each of the specified stations; (2) whether there are any plans to establish a TMPD station to serve the community of Winterveldt in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Upon receipt of this question, we requested the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to provide information on this matter and are still awaiting. We will therefore keep the Honourable Member updated on progress.

12 April 2016 - NW587

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 4256 on 21 December 2015, his department has received the outstanding information; if not, why not; if so, when will this information be made available as requested?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW588

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 4257 on 21 December 2015, he has received the outstanding information from the three specified municipalities; if not, why not; if so, when will this information be made available; if not, why not?

Reply:

The requested information is yet to be received from the remaining three Metropolitan Municipalities. We are however, making efforts to follow-up on it and the Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.

 

12 April 2016 - NW313

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

(1)Does each metropolitan municipality have an external bursary fund; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what is the value of each specified external bursary fund in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial year; (3) how many external bursaries did each specified municipality award in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The requested information is not readily available within the department. We are however, collating the information from the Metropolitan Municipalities and will submit as soon as we have concluded. The Honourable Member will therefore be updated on progress.