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28 July 2015 - NW2528

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

With reference to the tour undertaken by the Cuban Five to South Africa, what amount did her department spend on (a) accommodation, (b) flights, (c) meals, (d) in-country transport and (e) entertainment for the five men and their family?

Reply:

R0

07 July 2015 - NW2031

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

(1) Which strategic initiatives did her department conclude on a (a) national, (b) continental and (c) international level in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) what (a) are the strategic objectives of each specified initiative and (b) role will the SA National Military Veterans Association play in this regard? NW2294E

Reply:

(1) (a) none

(b) none

(c) 1- Uganda

07 July 2015 - NW2226

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

(1)Whether the pilot of the Agusta helicopter that crashed in the Kruger National Park had passed all his training exams at the first attempt; if not, which exams were repeated and how many times were the specified exams repeated; (2) whether any problems were experienced with the pilot and recorded on his flight record, where he was addressed regarding certain procedures that he did not observe; if so, (a) what were the problems and (b) how were they addressed; (3) whether the commission of inquiry into the flying accident has been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of the investigation; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) on this matter is in its final stages of completion; the relevant replies to the Questions will be provided as soon as the process is concluded.

07 July 2015 - NW2030

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

(1) How many cases relating to her department were reported via the (a) National Anti-Corruption Hotline and (b) Presidential Hotline (i) in the (aa) 2013-14 and (bb) 2014-15 financial years and (ii) from 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) whether, in the case of each specified financial year or period, any of the reported cases resulted in (a) an investigation, (b) departmental disciplinary hearings and/or (c) referrals for criminal prosecution; if so, what was the outcome of each of the specified processes; (3) what criteria were adopted in the decision to investigate a complaint? NW2293E

Reply:

Department of Military Veterans

National Anti-Corruption Hotline

(1) (a) (i) (aa) 2013/14 - One case, (bb) 2014/15 None, (ii) None

(2) (a) None, (b) departmental disciplinary hearing conducted, outcome resulted in dismissal (c) None

(3) Labour Relations

Presidential Hotline

Number of case reported via the (b) Presidential Hotline in the 2013-14 Financial years as per reporting Platform the ITSM7 System, the DMV Department received a total of 106 incidents /cases

(I) 2014-15 Financial Years: The Department received 934 Cases

From 1 April 2015 up to the latest date for, which information is available, the DMV received only 3 calls. All the calls have so far been resolved. The DMV currently uphold 100% resolution rate on all calls logged within the Presidential hotline.

  1. All the reported cases (a) require that we liaise, consult and collaborate with relevant units that deal with that specific benefit within the DMV.

(b) none (c) none

2. All complaints come to the Presidential Hotline through the ITSM7 System. Cases are investigated as soon as are logged into the system in order to adhere to the Presidential Hotline Service standard of 3 day’s response time.

07 July 2015 - NW2343

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

(1)With reference to the 31 variables assessed by the former Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation’s Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) in the 2012-13 financial year, (a) what remedies have been implemented by her department to address the 15 weaknesses highlighted by the specified assessment results of the MPAT and (b) in the case of each weakness, list its corresponding corrective measure; (2) why did her department not appear before the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration as well as Performance Monitoring and Evaluation when invited to do so in the 2012-13 financial year; (3) what is the current MPAT assessment of her department?

Reply:

(1)

a) The Department of Defence utilises MPAT results to improve on its management practices and internal controls. This is achieved by means of continuously endeavouring to improve on good practice as per the prescribed MPAT standards.

b) After the DOD received the MPAT 1.3 (2012-13) results during mid-December 2014, a Departmental Instruction, approved by the Accounting Officer, was issued (DS/DPSP/R/501/13/4 dated 10 December 2014) to address the development of improvement plans. Key performance areas, which received a result of “partial compliance” or “non-compliance” with MPAT standards, had to compile an action plan to ensure improvement and/or full adherence to MPAT standards. Compliance with these action plans was monitored through the normal DOD’s performance reporting processes.

Improvement / actions to be taken to address the weaknesses as indicated by assessment results are listed in Appendix A.

2.  The Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration as well as Performance Monitoring and Evaluation took place on 05 November 2014 in the Strand Towers Hotel, Cape Town. Selected departments with poor MPAT results were invited to appear before this Committee, The DOD was not one of the departments invited to appear on that occasion.

3.  The moderated MPAT 1.4 results were received during the end of May 2015. The average DOD score is 2.1.

07 July 2015 - NW2390

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)      (a) How many operations have been conducted by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and (b) in which (i) cities and (ii) areas in each province have such operations been conducted since the inception of Operation Fiela; (2) how many suspects have been (a) arrested and (b) released by the SANDF (i) on bail or (ii) due to no charges being pressed as a result of this operation; (3) in the case of suspects still under detention, in each case, where is the SANDF detaining such suspects; (4) how many cases brought by the SANDF (a) are currently pending before court or (b) have resulted in convictions as a result of the operation; (5) how many (a) illegal firearms, (b) weapons and (c) illegal narcotics have been confiscated by the SANDF as a result of the operation?

Reply:

The question should be directed to the Minister of Police

07 July 2015 - NW2235

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

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) her department and (bb) entities reporting to her spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

According to the Department of Military Veterans

None

According to the Castle Control Board:

None