Questions and Replies

28 February 2019 - NW291

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What number of tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) what number of specified briefings were compulsory? RESPONSE: (i) SSA held eight (8) briefing sessions in 2018. (ii) Not applicable Eight (8) compulsory briefing sessions were held in 2018.

Reply:

a) (i) SSA held eight (8) briefing sessions in 2018.

(ii) Not applicable

b) Eight (8) compulsory briefing sessions were held in 2018.

28 February 2019 - NW285

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

(a) Tender Briefings: 242

(i) Department: 218

(ii) Entities: 24

Entity

No of tender briefings

Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB)

4

Office of the Valuer General (OVG)

2

Deeds Trading Account

18

(b) Compulsory Tender Briefings: 234

Department

214

ITB

4

OVG

2

Deeds Trading Account

14

28 February 2019 - NW72

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM

(1) With reference to the reply to question 2700 on 26 September 2017, (a) what are details of the total amount (i) actually paid to Okhahlamba Local Municipality up to 31 December 2018 and (ii) committed to be paid to the Okhahlamba Local Municipality for the Bergville Sports Complex project; (2) whether she will furnish Mr T J Brauteseth with a copy of the formal request from the Mayor of Okhahlamba Local Municipality dated 24 February 2018; (3) did any person or entity, including a certain company (name furnished) act as an agent for the Okhahlamba Local Municipality; if so, what are the details of such agent?

Reply:

1. (a)

(i) The Department contributed R20 million to the now successfully completed project which is approximately half of the total value of the project; the other half was funded by Okhahlamba Municipality. R20 million was paid in total to Okhahlamba Municipality, in 2 payments of R10 million during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years.

(ii) The agreement was to pay R20 million which has been paid already. The project is completed and so are the payments for this exemplary first class facility that provides amenities to youth and the larger rural community of Bergville.

2. No. The Department is not aware of such a request. The decision to support the project was made years prior to that date following engagements between officials of the Department and the Okhahlamba Local Municipality.

3. No.

27 February 2019 - NW266

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

a) (i) The following tender briefings were scheduled and concluded by the Department during 2018:

Bid Number

Number of tender briefings held in 2018

(b) Compulsory /
Non Compulsory

DHET118

1

Compulsory

DHET120

1

Compulsory

b) (ii) The entities reporting to the Department have provided the following responses to the questions posed:

Entity

Number of tender briefings held in 2018

(b) Compulsory /
non-compulsory

1. Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority

1

Compulsory

2. Banking Sector Education and Training Authority

13

12 Compulsory and 1 non-compulsory briefing

3. Construction Education and Training Authority

3

Compulsory

4. Council on Higher Education

5

Compulsory

5. Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority

2

Compulsory

6. Education Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority

3

Compulsory

7. Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority

4

Compulsory

8. Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority

6

Compulsory

9. Food and Beverage Sector Education and Training Authority

7

Compulsory

10. Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority

1

Compulsory

11. Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority

5

Compulsory

12. Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority

14

5 Compulsory and 9 non-compulsory briefings

13. Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority

1

Compulsory

14. Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority

3

Compulsory

15. Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority

4

Compulsory

16. Mining Qualification Authority

3

Compulsory

17. National Student Financial Aid Scheme

4

Compulsory

18. Public Sector Education and Training Authority

10

Compulsory

19. Quality Council for Trades and Occupations

2

Compulsory

20. South African Qualifications Authority

4

2 Compulsory and 2 non-compulsory briefings

21. Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority

14

Compulsory

22. Services Sector Education and Training Authority

10

Compulsory

23. Transport Education Training Authority

15

13 Compulsory and 2 non-compulsory briefings

24. Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority

4

Compulsory

27 February 2019 - NW394

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Nkomo, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether he can provide the (a) names and surnames and (b) dates of birth of the (i) company directors and (ii) managing directors of African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa Operations, since its inception in 1991 to date; (2) whether he can provide the (a) broad-based black economic empowerment certificates, (b) financial statements and (c) annual turnover of the specified company from the time of inception to date? NW418E

Reply:

1. (a) and (b)(i) Please refer to the enclosed Annexure A and (ii) CIPC does not have a record of the managing directors of African Global Operations.

(2) (a) CIPC cannot provide B-BBEE certificates. (b) CIPC can only provide the enclosed financial years statements referred to as Annexure B. (c) CIPC can only provide Turnover from 2005 at this stage as per the table below.

 

Year

Turnover total declared to CIPC[1]

2005

R133 434 460

2006

R248 349 915

2007

R390 507 954

2008

R445 554 000

2009

R467 509 494

2010

R432 884 566

2011

R345 212 894

2012

R0

2013

R648 181 225

2014

R753 166 122

2015

R818 397 894

2016

R806 893 890

2017

R115 497 288

Please note that according to the CIPC, the figures for 2015 and 2017 as provided by the companies as contained in the table below, differ from the recently received audited financial statements. The CIPC will be investigating the difference in figures.

27 February 2019 - NW32

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Finance

Has any (a) municipality, (b) state-owned entity and (c) department opened an account or deposited money in any other mutual bank other than the VBS Mutual Bank during the period 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) who opened such accounts or deposited money in a mutual bank, (ii) what amount was deposited in each case and (iii) in which mutual bank was the money deposited?

Reply:

a) According to information at our disposal there are only two other mutual banks operating in South Africa which are:

  1. GBS Mutual Bank; and
  2. Finbond Mutual Bank.

There are no records of any municipal investments for 01 January 2009 to 30 June 2014. Based on municipal reports submitted to the National Treasury from 01 July 2014 to December 2018, there were no municipal investments in either GBS Mutual Bank or Finbond Mutual Bank.

b) In terms of section 7(2) of the PFMA the above-mentioned banks are not approved in writing by the National Treasury.

  • Therefore, approval was not granted to national or provincial departments or national or provincial public entities to invest funds with these institutions.

In terms of section 7(3) of the PFMA Schedule 2 entities (SOE’s) may open bank accounts without the approval of the National treasury.

In terms of Treasury Regulation 31.2.1 The South African Library for the Blind reported that they held an account with GBS Mutual Bank. 

27 February 2019 - NW8

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2618 on 7 September 2017, he was informed of the proposed plan in due course to close the roads adjacent to the entrances of O R Tambo International Airport to the public because of security considerations; if not, what are the relevant details of the plan, including (a) the full explanation of the plan and concomitant periods of time, (b) the legal grounds on which the execution of the plan is based, (c) any traffic, social and economic impact studies undertaken in this regard, (d) any public participation opportunities in which role players were offered the chance to make inputs and (e) any workable alternatives for (i) travellers who will be affected by the intended plan and (ii) businesses conducting parking services from the specified airport; (2) whether he has been informed that the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has been in contact with the SA National Airport Parking Association (SANAPA) and that ACSA has given SANAPA an undertaking to participate in the process regarding the proposed road closures; (3) whether he has been informed of the current form of intimidation being conducted against parking operators by ACSA and the Ekurhuleni metro police, who allegedly are having cars picking up and dropping passengers at the entrances towed and stored, and that this has the result of random removal and storage of the cars of bona fide users of the pickup and drop-off points; if not, will he conduct an investigation in this regard; if so, (a) why is this happening and (b) what steps will he take in order to ensure that individuals are given a reasonable time to pick up or drop off passengers?

Reply:

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)

(1)(a) The terrorist attacks in the landside area of Brussels Airport on 22 March 2016 and Istanbul Airport on 28 June 2016, has brought aviation security sharply into focus from all aviation stakeholders, governments and the media. Ensuring the security of the traveling public is a top priority for ACSA. The appropriate authority has defined “landside.” To include areas of mass gathering inside or close to the terminal, where there is a regular concentration of people. There is collaboration with the appropriate authority responsible for civil aviation security matters and other security agencies to conduct risk and vulnerability assessment of Airports to determine if any adjustments to current security measures are warranted. This requirement is contained in our National Civil Aviation Security Programme that allocate responsibilities to state agencies. Engagement with the National and Airport Security Committees on appropriate measures to implement on specific threat scenarios.

(i) Metal barriers and bollards are being used to prevent drive-in attacks

(ii) The separation of vehicle drop-off and pickup areas from the terminal building

(iii) Relocation of vehicle parking close to the terminal building to open areas further from the buildings

(iv) Management of crowds around the landside areas to reduce gatherings of meters and greeters has been implemented.

(v) Security considerations have been considered for access areas such as balconies, terraces or windows that open, close to the terminal building where an active shooter or bomber might have access to crowded public areas by enhancement of patrols and CCTV surveillance.

(vi) Airport workers & passenger awareness & communication, there is a continuous reminder through the public-address system to passengers and visitors to be vigilant and report unattended baggage or suspicious behavior.

(vii) Security awareness training is provided for all Airport workers (both airport and non-airport employees, including those not involved directly in security) to recognize suspicious behavior, and provide a simple and quick means to report it.

(b) Airports Company South Africa is not obligated under any legal grounds to implement the restricted road access. This road is under the jurisdiction of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality. The municipality is charged with this legal responsibility. The management of O.R Tambo International Airport has raised its concerns and suggested that the airport controls the access and egress onto the airport frontage roads.

(i) Aviation-specific security regulations focus on the airside spaces (non-public spaces of airports accessible only to air passengers who hold a valid boarding pass and to security cleared staff). These regulations are designed to prevent unlawful interference with air transport. Landside spaces (airport spaces accessible to the public) are subject to general security regulations enacted by national civil aviation authority. It is therefore up to the national civil aviation authority to review and coordinate with airports to identify the appropriate measures that match their specific threat scenario.

(ii) A new set of standards regarding landside security are included in Amendment 15 to Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention (April 2017) which require States to ensure that landside areas are identified, that measures are established to mitigate and prevent attacks based on a risk assessment, that measures are appropriately coordinated, and that responsibilities are allocated within a State’s national civil aviation security programme.

(iii) Accompanying this standard is guidance material within Doc8973, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Manual, which provides additional information on how measures might be implemented. DOC 8973 states that no vehicle shall park within 50 meters from the terminal building.

(iv) The following list provides some best practices in detection, deterrence or mitigation of landside threats that reflect current ICAO guidance material and other industry best practices.

(v) Consider infrastructure and airport design features to mitigate the threat from attack. These might include:

(vi) bollards, flowerpots and other structures to prevent drive-in attacks

(vii) the separation of vehicle drop-off and pickup points from the terminal

(viii) Reduce access areas (such as terraces) where an active shooter or bomber might have access to crowded public areas.

(c) Studies was conducted by a traffic consultant in accordance to municipal by laws

(d) Public participation will be done prior to implementation

(e) Workable alternatives are:

(i) the separation of vehicle drop-off and pickup points from the terminal

(2) (a) none

3. (i) ASA and the Ekurhuleni metro police, doesn’t intimidate parking operators at the airports. In terms of ICAO Doc 9873 and National Civil Aviation Program vehicles cannot be left unattended on the roadway and within 50 meters from terminal building.

(ii) ACSA must ensure adequate road marking and appropriate signages in accordance to road ordinance act.

27 February 2019 - NW321

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What was the contribution of artificial intelligence to the gross domestic product in 2018?

Reply:

i) Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines. At the present time, there is no globally agreed methodology for calculating the contribution of artificial intelligence to gross domestic product (GDP).

ii) Nevertheless, it is expected that AI will impact economies in at least three inter-related ways. Firstly, on the production side the deployment of artificial intelligence capabilities will raise the productivity of firms by reducing costs, and/or production time, and/or improve product customisation.

iii) Secondly, on the consumption side artificial intelligence will upgrade or fundamentally modify traditional goods and/or services, thereby increasing their utility and value to consumers. In additional, artificial intelligence will likely reduce the time required for routine tasks to be concluded, thereby freeing consumers’ time which can be spent on other activities including consumption of other goods and services.

iv) According to Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), 2017, “AI to drive GDP gains of $15.7 trillion with productivity, personalisation improvements”, global GDP will be 14% higher in 2030 as a result of artificial intelligence.

27 February 2019 - NW184

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)With reference to the reply to question 3520 of 10 November 2017, on which specific date did (a) the Bus Rapid Transport kerbside and (b) trunk route both become fully operational; (2) have negotiations with taxi associations been completed; if not, what are the obstacles preventing finalisation of the negotiations; (3) on what date were all the pedestrian bridges (a) completed and (b) opened?

Reply:

(1) With reference to the reply to question 3520 of 10 November 2017, on which specific date did (a) the Bus Rapid Transport kerbside and (b) trunk route both become fully operational;

(a) The Kerbside operations of the City of Ekurhuleni’s Bus Transport commenced in October 2017 with an introductory service (operating with limited buses) which will be ramped up to full operations as the system matures.

(b) The trunk route is not fully operational. The operations of the trunk route have been delayed by the construction of median trunk stations and the stream crossing. The trunk route is expected to be fully operational early 2019/20 financial year.

(2) Have negotiations with taxi associations been completed; if not, what are the obstacles preventing finalisation of the negotiations;

Significant progress has been made regarding the negotiations with the Taxi industry, however the negotiations were suspended due to the expired contract of the Taxi Industry Technical Advisory (TITA) Team. The pending appointment of TITA and Market surveys are the main obstacles preventing the conclusion of the negotiations.

(3) On what date were all the pedestrian bridges (a) completed and (b) opened?

(a) The pedestrian bridges are still underway construction. The completion of the pedestrian bridges was delayed by design related issues including the bulk water pipeline which was detected during construction and plexiglass specifications.

(b) The planned completion date for pedestrian bridges is during May 2019.

27 February 2019 - NW34

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury awarded any contract to a certain company (name furnished) in the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017; if so, (a) what was the (i) duration, (ii) value and (iii) purpose of the specified contract and (b) was the contract approved by the relevant Minister in the specified period?

Reply:

(a)(i)(iii) and (b) No contract was awarded during the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017.

27 February 2019 - NW175

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Bozzoli, Dr B to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(1)With reference to the reply to question 647 on 11 April 2018 regarding the Rules and Guidelines for the Administration and Management of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Bursary Scheme, which was to be completed by no later than 30 September 2018, what led to the specified document only being released to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges on 14 December 2018; (2) has she found that the late release and downward changes in amounts when comparing the specified document with an earlier draft that was circulated, created risks for the management of budgets and learner-relationships at our public TVET colleges; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what new steps will her department introduce to prevent a re-occurrence of the continued late release of this important document to TVET colleges;

Reply:

1. The Department was exploring the possibility of converting the bursary tuition amount into a conditional grant to minimise the bursary administrative processes, which would have had an impact on the 2019 Bursary Rules and Guidelines. However, it was not possible to implement this for the 2019 academic year. In addition, the process of introducing standardised allowances for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges were also protracted.

2. The Department introduced a new category of allowance, i.e. a personal care allowance, for all bursary recipients to assist them with their necessities. The introduction of standardised allowances and a new category of allowance changed the amounts that were initially considered for travel and accommodation contained in the draft version that was sent out to colleges for their comments.

The Department, in collaboration with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), had numerous engagements with Principals and financial aid practitioners towards the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 to prepare for the administration of bursaries. In addition to the ongoing engagements with colleges, the Department also issued Circulars to all colleges which set out the immediate and key steps that colleges had to follow to ensure a smooth 2019 bursary application process.

3. Preparing the draft guideline documents for my approval by June at the latest.

4. Engagements with college Principals and Student Representative Councils will start in June 2019 to finalise the 2020 Bursary Rules and Guidelines, which the Department aims to release early in October 2019. Concluding all of these activities timeously will allow colleges and students to focus on teaching and learning rather than on student financial aid matters.

27 February 2019 - NW251

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What is the projected number of teachers that will graduate from the higher education institutions in each of the next three academic years?

Reply:

The targeted number of teacher education graduates for 2019 as approved in the mid-term review of the Enrolment Plan (2014 to 2019) is 20 414.

Universities are currently working on their new enrolment plans for the period 2020 to 2025 for approval by their Councils. These plans are due to be submitted to the Department on
15 April 2019 for consolidation and finalisation. Once the enrolment planning statement has been approved by the Minister, the enrolment and graduate targets for the next period will be made available.

26 February 2019 - NW325

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

How many tons of steel has the country produced in each of the past 15 years?

Reply:

Over the past 15 years, South Africa’s primary steel industry consisted of the following major flat and long steel producers: ArcelorMittal SA, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Cape Gate, Columbus Stainless Steel and SCAW. Small mini-mill players (Agni Steel, Fortune Steel, SA Steel Mills, Cape Town Iron and Steel Works and Veer Steel Mills have started operation in recent years.

The steel industry has been in decline in the last 15 years. Apart from weak demand, a major cause of the decline is the influx of steel imports which adversely affect the profitability and capacity utilization rates of the domestic steel producers. This trend has been aggravated over the years by massive global excess capacity, high production costs and aged plants.

The table and diagram below depict the decline from 2004 where production was 9.4 million tons per annum compared to current production of 6.3 million tons per annum in 2018. Highveld Steel and Vanadium closed in 2015 accounting for a reduction in 1 million tons per annum of steel capacity.

SA’s crude steel production per annum (2004-2018)

Year

SA Crude steel production (tonnes)

2004

9 405 568

2005

9 393 123

2006

9 603 324

2007

8 985 805

2008

8 154 958

2009

7 483 932

2010

7 616 762

2011

7 546 489

2012

6 938 400

2013

7 161 900

2014

6 412 200

2015

6 417 100

2016

6 141 300

2017

6 299 200

2018

6 328 300

Source: South African Institute of Iron and Steel

26 February 2019 - NW171

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Energy

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 494 on 20 April 2018 in which he indicated that trial runs to commence with the production of isotopes at Pelindaba resumed on 21 February 2018 after its temporary closing on 17 November 2017, full and uninterrupted production of all previously produced isotopes has been restored since then; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details, including dates, production rates and types of isotopes produced; (2) what (a) was the estimated loss of income suffered by a certain company (name furnished) to date because of the interruption in production and (b) effect has the closure had on the (i) customers and (ii) image of the specified company; (3) what (a) were the findings of the investigation commissioned by the board of the specified company regarding the closure of the facility and (b) recommendations and/or decisions flowed from the investigation; (4) whether he has found that the decisions taken by the board and subsequent remedial actions will prevent a reoccurrence of similar unplanned closures; if not, what more needs to be done to achieve certainty regarding future production; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Production of Medical Isotopes did resume in February 2018 with limited runs and stopped in May 2018 following another safety incident.

The plant resumed production in November 2018 and has been producing steadily for local customers and international customers. Both MO-99 and I-131 are produced and dispatched.

Major improvements have been made in maintenance of the old facilities and enhancement of safety culture is ongoing.

(2)(a) NTP Radioisotopes reported a profit of R108 million in 2018 compared to R184 million in 2017. The estimated loss for 2019 is R224 million. NTP is confident it will rebuild market share in 15 months.

(b) NTP Radioisotopes did not lose any customers during this period; however, market share has severely eroded. With the support of international backup supply partners.

(i) Its customers were supplied with product based on the NTP Radioisotopes contracts.

(ii) There is continuous effort to communicate with customers on production status.

(3)(a) The decisions taken by the Board to cease disciplinary processes of Senior Executives and to take them through a counselling process aimed at addressing the mistakes identified, has had a positive impact on the performance of NTP. They also indicated how the challenges were to be managed and committed to reporting periodically to the Board on the progress. Safety and Security is included in the agenda of Board meetings, and the return to service plans highlighted both operational efficiencies and improvement on safety and security standards.

(b) New strategies, plans and systems were developed to strengthen the safety standards and performance of the operations. International and local experts were also allowed to come and assess the operations. In particular, the Regulator played a crucial role in guarding and monitoring to ensure compliance. A culture of heightened safety awareness and performance has been established which will promote sustainability and ongoing growth and development of the company. The Minister of Energy and the Department promoted policy alignment between the various institutions responsible for the cycle of production to enhance compliance.

4. The plant is building on its history of outstanding excellence and performance under the leadership of the outstanding executives. The staff morale is high and the lessons learnt from many months of the shutdown have enhanced focus on both safety and performance. Production levels are increasing and the global market is responding positively.

26 February 2019 - NW67

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether, since she came into office in 2018, any persons or companies that donated to her ANC presidential campaign received government contracts; if so, (a) what are their names and (b)(i) which contracts were they awarded, (ii) when and (iii) what was the value of each government contract?

Reply:

Not to my knowledge.

  1. Not Applicable
  2. Not Applicable
   

Approved

Not

Approved

Approved

as amended

   

Comment:

Dr NC Dlamini-Zuma

Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

   

Date:

   

26 February 2019 - NW278

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Energy

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

a) (i) Twelve (12) tender briefings were held in 2018 as follows:

Number

Reference

Date

1.

DoE/001/2017/18

1 February 2018

2.

DoE/002/2017/18

3 April 2018

3.

DoE/003/2017/18

3 April 2018

4.

DoE/004/2017/18

5 April 2018

5.

DoE/005/2017/18

5 April 2018

6.

DoE/001/2018/19

3 May 2018

7.

DoE/002/2018/19

3 May 2018

8.

DoE/003/2018/19

15 May 2018

9.

DoE/004/2018/19

16 May 2018

10.

DoE/005/2018/19

28 May 2018

11.

DoE/006/2018/19

11 June 2018

12

DoE/007/2018/19

24 July 2018

b) Yes, all the twelve (12) briefings were compulsory.

Entity

a) (ii) Number of tender briefings held in 2018

b) The specified briefings were compulsory

Central Energy Fund (CEF)

86 (inclusive of PetroSA and SFF)

CEF 10 briefings – 9 compulsory

1 non-compulsory

SFF 11 briefings – All compulsory

PetroSA 65 briefings – 1 compulsory

17 non-compulsory

45 non-briefings

 

National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)

5

Yes

National Nuclear Regulator (NNR)

1

Yes

National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI)

None

N/A

South African National Energy Development

Institute (SANEDI)

7

Yes

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)

13

Yes

26 February 2019 - NW82

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

What is the name of the (a) company and (b) owner of the specified company who was awarded the contract by the Mopani District Municipality for drilling boreholes in Ward 6, Joppie Village, Tzaneen, where a toddler was found dead on 5 November 2018?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has a letter to all the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs to engage municipalities to provide the relevant information. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

26 February 2019 - NW89

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

(1)Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) is employed in any capacity within the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) and/or any other entity reporting to him; if so, (a) what position does the specified person hold and (b) on what basis was the specified person employed; (2) whether he has found that the specified person’s role within the specified political party does not pose a threat of a conflict of interest in any way with his position within MISA or another entity reporting to him; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The person referred to in the question, Mr Faiez Jacobs, is not employed by the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA). Mr Jacobs was, however, previously employed by MISA as a Programme Manager for the Western Cape Province on a consultancy contract from 2012 to August 2015. He resigned immediately after he was elected as the Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape in 2015.

(a) The person referred in the question is currently not occupying any position in MISA.

(b) As explained above, Mr Jacobs is currently not employed, in any way, by MISA.

(2) There is no threat of conflict of interest in relation to the person referred to in the question since he is not employed by MISA.

Thank you

 

26 February 2019 - NW58

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether,with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, his department and the entities reporting to him implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council resolution that all persons employed in the Public Service as Assistant Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 9 to level 10, That all Deputy Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 11 to level 12; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The resolution reached between parties in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council does not indicate that all Assistant Directors must have their salary levels’ upgraded from Level 9 to Level 10, and that all Deputy Directors must have their salary levels’ upgraded from Level 11 to Level 12.

Resolution 3 of 2009, sub-paragraph 3.6.3.2 states that “The commencing salary of all employees on posts not covered by an OSD as per PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2007, and 3 of 2008, who are appointed as Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors shall, with effect from 1 July 2010, be on salary levels 9 and 11 respectively”.

PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 paragraph 18.1 clause 3.6.3.2 amended Resolution 3 of 2009 to allow employees whose posts graded on salary levels 10 and 12 to be appointed and remunerated on salary levels 10 and 12 respectively. This resolution re-introduced salary levels 10 and 12 without abolishing salary levels 9 and 10, and without the intention that all employees at Assistant Director and Deputy Director Levels be upgraded to Level 10 and Level 12 respectively.

The Director General of the Department of Public Service and Administration clarified the implementation of the resolution through Circular 4 of 2014, dated 05/08/2014, which states that “Please note that this directive must be read in conjunction with PSCBC, Resolution 3 of 2009, DPSA Circulars 16/P dated 12 September 2011 and 25 February 2013. Furthermore, this Directive should not be interpreted as a general upgrading of all posts/jobs from salary level 9 to 10 and salary level 11 to 12”.

The Department has complied with the resolution and Directives of the DPSA.

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA), MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB) & SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES NETWORK (SACN)

Not applicable to SALGA, MDB and SACN, as the organizations do not fall under prescripts of the Department of Public Service and Administration.

Thank you

25 February 2019 - NW24

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Dlamini, Ms L to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to the reply to question 3720 on 7 December 2018, what number of shares does each shareholder hold in each oil refinery?

Reply:

Ownership of South African Refineries

Refineries

Ownership

Sapref

BP (50%) & Shell (50%)

Enref

Engen

Chevref

Astron Energy

Natref

Total SA (36%) & Sasol (64%)

Sasol

Sasol

PetroSA

PetroSA

25 February 2019 - NW94

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What is the name of each voting station where cases and/or complaints of malfunctioning or dysfunctional Zip-Zip Machines were received by the Electoral Commission of South Africa during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what was the outcome of each case and/or complaint?

Reply:

a) Reports of malfunctioning or dysfunctional zip-zip machines were received in 1.7% of our 22 263 voting stations during the 2016 local government elections. The analysis of the Electoral Commission is that data could not be retrieved from 393 machines. This equates to 1, 7% of the machines that were allocated to voting stations.

b) The zip–zip machine is primarily a voter registration device and as such it is not equipment that is mission critical on voting day. The machines are deployed on voting day to assist with the management of queues by providing a voter’s sequential index number on the voters’ roll and thus making it easier to locate the name of the voter on the roll.

25 February 2019 - NW31

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her last upgraded or updated, (b) what is the name of the company contracted to do the upgrades, (c) what was the monetary value of the contract and (d) what is the name of each IT system that was upgraded; (2) what is the (a) name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her and (b) value of the contract? NW36E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Departments as follows:

DTPS

1 (a) (i)What date did IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrades

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

2015

State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

R13 377 272, 80: broken down as follows:

Server Infrastructure: broken down as follows:

   

R7 566 411, 66

Server and related Hardware

   

R529 000, 00

Core Switch

   

R884 759, 00

Wi-Fi Solution

   

R172 158, 00

Project Management Fees

   

R4 224 943, 74

Labout Upgrade and Configuration (Incl. Assessment, Design, Build, Test and Implementation

Total

 

R13 377 272, 80

 

2 (a) (i) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

Internal Staff - maintenance of the server infrastructure and network infrastructure

No contract

SITA – Network Maintenance

R8 064 716, 75

Boxfusion - Leave Systems

R207 000, 00.

Institute for Performance Management - Electronic organisational performance management system

R205 000, 00.

DOC

  1. a) i) DOC has not upgraded any IT infrastructure during the requested period.
  2. a) i)Not Applicable

ENTITIES

BBI

1 (a) (ii)What date did IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

January 2018

Internally with the assistance of Neo Technologies.

R1 760 641.63.

Servers and firewalls

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

Internal IT department with the assistance of Neo Technologies.

The value of the co-source component is R2 865 542.40.

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA

a) (ii)What date did IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

13 June 2016

Techno Brain

R14, 048,161.00

Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Dynamix AX

  1. (a) (ii) Internal IT department.

(b) Not applicable

FILMS AND PUBLICATIONS BOARD (FPB)

1) (a) (ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

10/11/2016

DataCentrix

R 1 585 159.86

Server Equipment & Storage Upgrade

29/03/2018

XON Systems

R 473 506.25

Network & Wireless Equipment Upgrade

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

Discover Digital (Pty) Ltd: Online Content Regulation System (Develop & Maintain OCR System)

R 9 294 966.04

Tharolla (Pty) Ltd: Electronic Reporting Management System (Train, Support & Maintain ERMS System)

R 421 120.00

Tharolla (Pty) Ltd: Website Maintenance and Development (Support & Maintain Corporate Site)

R459 648.00

INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY OF SOUTH AFRICA (ICASA)

1)(a)(ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

March 2015

RIBEX

R2,644,006

  • CBARS (HR System)
  • New implementation

March 2016

Bytes Universal Systems

R1,400,000

  • JDE (Financial System)
  • Upgrade to latest version

May 2018

GEW Technologies

R 17,674,434

  • New Spectrum Management System
  • New implementation

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

GEW Technologies: Spectrum Management System

R1,892,468

EOH: JDE Financial System

R1,543,409

Vision Wave: CRM System

R493,350

SITA: Spectrum System

R 1,984,752

MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSITY AGENCY (MDDA)

1)(a)(ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

First half of the 2017 calendar year.

Bright Networks

R53 317.80

R71 749.00

R161 445.66

Biometrics

Network Cabling

Audio system

 

Bitco

R33 504.00 per month

R349 869.42

Fibre installation

Telephony

 

Why IT

R47 946.12

Back-up system

 

ISA(Information Security Architects)

R3 223.94 per month

IT Security

 

Datager

R143 864.54

Office 365

  1. (ii) (a) The MDDA carries out maintenance of its IT systems using the in-house resource. (b) Not applicable.

NEMISA

1) (a) (ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

June 2017

EOH Mthombo

R411 931.21.

Network infrastructure to cloud- based services,

July 2017

CBX Tech

R274 118.90.

Network infrastructure to Wi-Fi and switching/routing environment.

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

EOH Mthombo: Hosted Cloud Infrastructure

R2 058 766.98

CBX Tech: Network maintenance

Ad-hoc basis as and when required

SOUTH AFRCAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SABC)

1)(a)(ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

2016 / 2018

Datacentrix (PTY) Ltd

R 24 000 000

Replacement of Computer Equipment and Peripherals

2018 / 2019

EOH Mthombo (PTY) Ltd

R 12 000 000

Replacement of Computer Equipment and Peripherals

2018 / 2019

RFP to be issued

R 24 957 274

SABC Network Infrastructure Upgrade

2017 / 2018

Telkom SA

R 27 467 885

SABC WAN Upgrade

(Replacement of ATM with Metro Ethernet)

2015 / 2016

Intervate

R 2 712 492

CRM Dynamics 2016 System

2017 / 2018

GALIX Networking (PTY) Ltd

R 1 999 807

Enterprise Web Security Filtering Solution

2017 / 2018

Accenture (PTY) Ltd

R 4 269 839

SABC Learning Management System

2018 / 2019

Dimension Data

R 371 000

SABC Internet Router Upgrade

2018 / 2019

Bytes Business Solutions (Xerox)

R 48 711 020

(Over 5 Years)

SABC Managed Printing Solution

2018 / 2019

EOH Mthombo (PTY) Ltd

R 9 700 000

SABC Asset Management System

2018 / 2019

Fikon Treasury and I.T. (Pty) Ltd

R 4 900 000

Treasury Management System

2018 / 2019

RFQ to be issued

R 1 800 000

(Estimated Cost)

SABC Landmark Servers Hardware

2018 / 2019

Responses to RFP currently being evaluated

R 9 910 000

(Estimated Cost)

IT Service Management Solution

2018 / 2020

Responses to RFP currently being evaluated

R 81 439 868

(Estimated Cost)

SABC Corporate IT Storage Area Network

2018 / 2020

Responses to RFP currently being evaluated

R 75 769 247

(Estimated Cost)

Replacement of PABX Infrastructure

2018 / 2020

RFP to be issued

R 3 551 000

(Estimated Cost)

Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Content Management System

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

Dimension Data (Contracting in progress): Network Equipment - Maintenance and Support

R 4 799 771

Telspace: Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing

R 482 700

EOH Mthombo (PTY) Ltd: Symantec End Point Protection Suite ( this includes Mail Gateway , Anti-Virus and Symantec protection for exchange

R 1 528 800

IBM South Africa: Resilience Services (Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity)

R 450 900

IBM South Africa: Resilience Services (Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity)

R 225 450

GALIX Networking (PTY) Ltd: Enterprise Web Security Filtering Solution (this is a 25 Service Hours per year as needed On Call support Service )

R 1 999 807

IBM South Africa: IBM Software licensing SLR (settlement agreement) payable in six (6) equal instalments

R 53 000 000

Sithabile Technologies: Net Backup solution for open systems

R 983 726

Canon SA: Oce Printers – maintenance and support

R 1 409 264

Amcotec: Mainframe systems – maintenance and hardware support

R 1 509 064

Amcotec: IBM Tape Drives – maintenance and hardware support

R 760 284

Datacentrix: HP Production Servers - maintenance and hardware support

R 1 905 251

Dell EMC: Mailbox Exchange Servers - maintenance and hardware support

R 499 062

Hitachi Vantara: SAN – Mailbox & Active Directory Servers maintenance and hardware support

R 3 674 069

Hitachi Vantara: Leased SAN - maintenance and support

R 731 032

Microsoft: Microsoft licensing agreement

USD 1 600 000

ASG: Mobius licensing and support

R 30 771 768

Bateleur: Adastrip and E-strip software licensing and support

R 720 000

BIS: Netpass software licensing and support

USD 44 712

Computer Associates: ACF2 and CA-1 security and tape management

USD 78 689

IBM SA: Z-series software licensing and support

R 12 386 110

Software AG: Adabas/Natural software licensing and support

R 7 438 643

EOH Mthombo (PTY) Ltd: Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise licensing and support

R 3 104 200

Operative: IBMS maintenance and support agreement

GBP 164 000

SAPO

1) (a) (ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

2012

EMC Corporation

R66, 295 million

Supply of storage arrays, implementation services, maintenance

2012

IBM

R21, 5 million

Supply of IBM Power Systems, implementation services, maintenance

2012

Hewlett Packard (HP)

R21, 8 million

Supply of HP Blade Servers, implementation services, maintenance

2012

Cisco

R39, 1 million

Supply of network switches for SAPO Datacentre, implementation services, maintenance

2008

Cisco

R139, 855, 748

Supply of Cisco switches and routers, services and maintenance

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

Telkom/BCX

R978 million

SENTECH

Please refer to the spreadsheet Annexed hereto marked A attached hereto.

SITA

Please refer to Annexure B attached hereto.

USAASA

1)(a)(ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

01 July 2015

EOH Mthombo.

R48 560 956.44.

SAP ERP

2)(a)(ii). The contract with the previous service provider expired on 31 January 2019. The entity is still finalizing procurement processes for the prospective service provider.

ZADNA

1)(a)(ii)What date was IT infrastructure upgraded

(b) Name of company contracted to do upgrade

(c) Monetary value of contract (incl VAT)

(d) Name of each IT system upgraded

August 2016

BITCO

R7400 on a monthly basis.

Network and telephone systems

2 (a) (ii) Name of Company responsible for maintenance of IT systems

(b) Value of the contract

BITCO

R7 400 monthly

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW52

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Communications

What number of (a) television channels, (b) radio stations and (c) newspapers are funded by (i) her department and/or (ii) entities reporting to her?

Reply:

I been advised by the department as follows:

The Department of Communications [DoC] and entities reporting to the DoC have not funded any TV channels, radio stations and newspapers. However, the MDDA provides grant funding to qualifying community television, radio stations and community and small commercial media print newspapers and magazines.

In addition, the department funds, through appropriation, Channel Africa, a public radio station located within the SABC.

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW125

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I am advised that for the period set out in the Question, the Economic Development Department did not incur any expenditure relating to travel privileges of former members of the Executive after they left the Executive, nor were any expenses incurred by the Department in relation to the spouses or widows of former members of the Executive after they left the Executive.

-END-

25 February 2019 - NW120

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

Considering the extensive nature of the information required to answer the question by the Honourable Member, my office is working round the clock to verify the information and facts required but it is evident that it will take some time to conclude on this one. This is so because we will be taking people away from their stations on operation. As soon as that is done I will forward the Honourable Member the full and comprehensive response as required.

25 February 2019 - NW78

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) How long did the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) use the Evaton multi-purpose hall to pay out social grants, (b) what amount did SASSA spend in rentals during this period and (c) to whom were the rental amounts paid?

Reply:

a) The South African Social Security Agency has commenced with the utilisation of Evaton Multi-purpose hall to pay out social grants from February 2012 to December 2014 which is 35 months, from 2015 the agency moved to a different pay-point

b) SASSA spent an amount of R48 000.00 of which an additional amount of R9 600.00 was reimbursed to CPS in rentals during this period, since there was contract between SASSA and CPS for handing over of contractual payment of pay-points by SASSA.

c) The rental amounts were paid to Evaton Multi-Purpose Centre.

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

25 February 2019 - NW122

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I have advised by the Departments as follows:

DOC and DTPS

No expenditure has been incurred for travel privileges in respect of former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers since they were not entitled to these privileges because they were redeployed

in Parliament.

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW74

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to the tragedy of the devastation at culturally historical town Wupperthal by a fire recently, how will his department assist in rebuilding this cultural site?

Reply:

The Wupperthal Moravian Mission station was declared a conservation area in 1999 under the National Monuments Act, Act No 28 of 1969. The act was repealed and replaced by the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA), Act no 25 of 1999 in terms of which the management and safeguarding of South Africa’s tangible and intangible heritage is shared between the three spheres of Government. Heritage Western Cape is the Provincial Heritage Resources Agency (PHRA) responsible for safeguarding the heritage conservation of the Moravian Church in Wupperthal.

Heritage Western Cape is working closely with the Moravian Church, who owns the property, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, and the Cederberg Municipality in order to monitor the restoration work which is currently underway. Heritage Western Cape has visited the site as part of oversight. The South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) an entity of the Department of Arts and Culture stands ready to assist on this matter whichever way possible.

25 February 2019 - NW80

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her engaged the services of a certain company (name furnished) in each of the past 10 financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) were the reasons that the services of the specified company were required and (ii) was the (aa) total amount of fees that were paid to the company and (bb) detailed breakdown of the fees paid to the company in each specified financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:

The departments (DOC and DTPS) together with their entities reporting to them have not engaged the services of Goldman Sachs Company in the past 10 financial years.

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW367

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Energy

(1) Whether he owns any shares in an independent power producer (IPP); if so, in each case, what (a) is the name of the IPP and (b) are the details of the (i) ownership structure and (ii) amounts that are held in shares in each case; (2) whether he (a) holds any shares in and/or (b) has any other relationship with a certain company (name furnished); if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) No

(b) No

(i) No

(ii) No

(2) (a) No

(b) No

25 February 2019 - NW144

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(a)(i) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(a)(ii) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(b)(i) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(b)(ii) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(c) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(d) Refer to Annual Reports for 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

25 February 2019 - NW27

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her awarded any contracts and/or tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, in each case, (i) what service was provided, (ii) what was the (aa) value and (bb) length of the tender and/or contract, (iii) who approved the tender and/or contract and (iv) was the tender and/or contract in line with all National Treasury and departmental procurement guidelines?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Departments as follows:

DOC and DTPS

The departments have not awarded contracts and/or tenders to any of the listed companies.

ENTITIES

FPB, MDDA, BBI, NEMISA, .zaDNA & Sentech

These entities have not awarded contracts and/or tenders to any of the listed companies.

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA

Kindly note that Brand SA contracted Vox Telecommunications as indicated below:

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

Vox Telecommunications (PTY) Ltd.

Internet and Voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

R23,657.12 per month inclusive of VAT

36 months’ contract, extended for further one year

36 months’ contract was signed by Ms. Alice Puoane - Chief Financial Officer

One-year extension of contract was signed by Dr. Jonty Tshipa – Director: Corporate Service

No record available to confirm whether or not the contract was in line with all National Treasury and procurement guidelines

ICASA

Kindly note that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa contracted Vox Telecommunications as indicated below:

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

Vox Telecommunications

Provision of 20 Mbps Data Link 3 years from February 2015

R1 002 941.69

3 years from February 2015

3 years from February 2015

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Audio and Video Equipment - Once-off 2016

R542 969.69

Once off 2016 ( May 2016)

Bid Adjudication Committee ( PFMA) requirement(BAC)

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

20 Mbps Data Link Access for Nelspruit Office - 28 months until September 2018

R7 870.33

28 month until September 2018

BAC and CEO

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

ADSL & MPSL 5 years from April 2017

R7 270 099.20

5 Years from April 2017

BAC and CEO

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Network configuration changes - Once off

R2 052.00

Once off (September 2017)

SCM Manager and CFO

Yes

Total

8 825 932.91

       

SABC

Kindly note that SABC contracted the companies as indicated below:

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

Orion Telecom South Africa (Pty) Ltd(The supplier sent a notification of name change from Orion to Vox in May 2009. The company registration number as well as VAT number remained unchanged).

Telephone lines in the following Provincial Offices:

KZN, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape

R1,450,150.78

2009 to 2013

Provincial and Technical Managers and Head of Legal

Contracts were approved in line with Delegation of Authority Framework (DAF) applicable at the time.

Vox Telecommunications (Vox)

Telephone lines in the following Provincial Offices

KZN, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape

R2,180,047.15

2013 to 2018

Provincial and Technical Managers and Head of Legal

The contracts were continuation of subscriptions of initial contract entered into with Orion. The approval of the contract was done in line with Delegation of Authority Framework (DAF) applicable at the time. Subscriptions, water and lights, TV Licence Pay points and others similar services were part of exclusions as detailed in the Procurement Policy.

SAPO

Kindly note that SAPO contracted the companies as indicated below:

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

AFRAIT Pty (Ltd)

Supply Trailers

R14 134 720.00

9and a half months

GCEO

Yes

USAASA

Kindly note that the USAASA contracted Vox Telecommunications as indicated below:

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

Vox Telecommunications

Internet Connectivity equipment and Connectivity Services

R1 308 030.00

24 months

CEO, Mr Zami Nkosi

Yes

SITA

Name of the company

(i)Descriptions of services

(ii) aa. Value

(ii) bb. Length

(iii)Who approved the tender/contract

(iv)Tender/ Contract in line with the National Treasury

Vox Telecommunications

Annual maintenance of the email service for SA engineer formation

R1 773.68

1 year

Senior Manager

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Annual maintenance of the email service for SA engineer formation

R1 519.9

1 year

Senior Manager

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Annual maintenance of the email service for SA engineer formation

R1 463.05

1 year

Senior Manager

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Annual maintenance of the email service for SA engineer formation

R1 463.05

1 year

Senior Manager

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Digital Viewer Software Expert- SAPS Port Shepstone

R34 758.86

Details cannot be found on the archives of the entity and employees responsible are no longer at SITA.

Provincial HoD

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Digital Viewer Software Expert- SAPS Port Shepstone

R34 758.86

Details cannot be found on the archives of the entity and employees responsible are no longer at SITA.

Provincial HoD

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Digital Viewer Software Expert- SAPS Pietermaritzburg

R13 326.4

Once off

Provincial HoD

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Telephone handsets for the DoE in KZN

R347 367.3

Details cannot be found on the archives of the entity and employees responsible are no longer at SITA.

Provincial HoD

Yes

Vox Telecommunications

Training for the server administration for right fax

R12500

Details cannot be found on the archives of the entity and employees responsible are no longer at SITA.

HoD: Capital Management

Yes

Over and above the transactions listed in the attached table, in 2014 SITA published to the open market RFB 1316/2014 for off-net voice services for the agency. After evaluation and approval the tender was awarded for 3 years to Vox for the total amount of R10 425 600.00. The tender was approved by the Bid Adjudication Committee as per the SITA Delegation of Authority. In terms of the tender requirements, bidders were required to provide two options on the solution required and to price them separately. After award, it was realised that the bid price for the solution awarded to Vox was actually for the other option.

SITA attempted to withdraw the award. The decision to withdraw was challenged by Vox as it was of the view that it is entitled to the tender. SITA launched a counter application to have its decision set aside in order to approach the market. The Court set aside the award to Vox as it was based on the incorrect evaluation results.

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Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW160

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether any persons have been held accountable and responsible for the SA Social Security Agency’s 2012 illegal and unconstitutional awarding of a contract to Cash Paymaster Services in respect of the outsourcing of the payment of social grants; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

No person has been held accountable and responsible for the SASSA’s 2012 awarding of a contract to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in respect of the payment of social grants. This contract was subsequently found to be constitutionally invalid after the successful challenge of the award to CPS during January 2012. However the declaration of invalidity was suspended three (3) times, i.e first from the judgement of the Constitutional Court during November 2013, the second was during April 2017 when the contract was also extended and the third and last suspension of invalidity was during March 2018 to allow the phasing in of the South African Post Office (SAPO) as the entity to pay social grants.

SASSA’s focus was on attending to the court processes; complying with the orders of the Constitutional Court and facilitating the taking over of the payments of social grants by SAPO, and thus ensuring no interruption or minimal interruption of access to social grants by beneficiaries.

Since 2012 to date, there has been five accounting officers responsible for SASSA, with two on a permanent basis and the rest on acting positions. This not only caused instability at administrative leadership level, but made those in acting positions to prioritise the payment of social grants amongst other issues. Now that there is some degree of stability regarding the payment of social grants, SASSA is now in a position to attend to the outstanding residual issues. These include reviewing the award to CPS and determining if further investigation is necessary because prior to holding any person accountable and responsible for any conduct there must first be an investigation.

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

25 February 2019 - NW93

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) At which voting stations were complaints of electoral violence or intimidation made to the Electoral Commission of South Africa during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what (i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome in each case?

Reply:

a) The Electoral Commission recorded twenty seven (27) reports of violence and or intimidation at or in the vicinity of voting stations during the 2016 local government elections.

b) The incidents were reported to the South African Police Service through the local operation centres for resolution. In all the twenty seven (27) reported cases the voting stations were maintained open for voting

 

25 February 2019 - NW70

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether any action was taken in line with section 30 of the disciplinary enquiry report into the matter between SA Airways (SOC) Limited, Mr Musa Zwane and Ms Phumeza Nhantsi conducted by Adv N A Cassim SC, dated 19 June 2018, to ensure that these board members are prevented from acting as directors of any state-owned entities currently and in the future; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the action taken; (2) whether any action was taken in line with section 53 of the report to ensure that Ms D Myeni is held to account for allegedly orchestrating the whole transaction commencing with the funding of the R15 billion debt for an allegedly untoward purpose; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the action taken; (3) whether any action was taken in line with section 58 of the report to ensure that Mr Musa Zwane is not currently or in the future appointed as the chief executive officer of any company; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the action taken; (4) whether any action was taken in line with section 65 of the report regarding the conduct of Ms Phumeza Nhantsi to the relevant authorities; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the action taken?

Reply:

The Parliamentary question has been forward to South African Airways and the Ministry of Public Enterprises awaits their urgent response. The information will be conveyed to Parliament as soon as the response is received.

25 February 2019 - NW265

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

1. What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the whether the specified briefings were compulsory? (NW277E)

Reply:

1. (a)(i). My Department held ten (10) tenders briefings in the year 2018, (b) of the ten briefings eight (8) tenders briefing sessions were compulsory.

(a)(ii). In relation to entities reporting to me the information is slow coming as soon as I received them I will alert the honourable member.

25 February 2019 - NW59

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, her department and the entities reporting to her implemented the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council resolution that all persons employed in the Public Service as Assistant Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 9 to level 10, and that all Deputy Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 11 to level 12; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Departments has advised me as follows:

DoC

The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council Resolution 1 of 2012 applies to all posts/jobs that were graded on salary levels 10 and 12 between 01 July 2010 and 31 July 2012 and whose incumbents were appointed on salary level 9 and 11. The Resolution indicates that the incumbents be automatically upgraded to salary level 10 and 12 respectively with effect from 01 August 2012, subject to availability of supporting job evaluation results.

Since the Department of Communications was only established in April 2015, there are no employees that were affected by the above Resolution. The DoC entities are not covered by the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council.

DTPS

The department is not aware of a Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council Resolution in the Public Service or applicable to its entities that facilitates the movement of all persons employed on salary level 9 to level 10, and level 11 to lever 12.

The department does implement PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009 on a case by case basis, which contains the Grade Progression Model for employees on salary level 1 to 12 who are not covered by an Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD).

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW241

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

With reference to the reply to question 3720 on 7 December 2018, what number of shares does each shareholder hold in each oil refinery?

Reply:

Ownership of South African Refineries

Refineries

Ownership

Sapref

BP (50%) & Shell (50%)

Enref

Engen

Chevref

Astron Energy

Natref

Total SA (36%) & Sasol (64%)

Sasol

Sasol

PetroSA

PetroSA

25 February 2019 - NW269

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

Question

DSD

NDA

SASSA

(a)

3

24

26

       

(b)

3

6

20

________________________

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

25 February 2019 - NW240

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture”

1. What number of libraries are there in each, (a) Province and (b) Municipality?

Reply:

  1. (a) Below is the total number of libraries per province:

NO.

NAME OF PROVINCE

TOTAL NUMBER OF LIBRARIES

1

Eastern Cape

254

2

Free State

181

3

Gauteng

285

4

KwaZulu-Natal

274

5

Limpopo

89

6

Mpumalanga

117

7

Northern Cape

215

8

North West

131

9

Western Cape

373

TOTAL

1 919

  1. (b) Below is a total number of libraries per municipality:

NO.

NAME OF PROVINCE

NAME OF MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL NUMBER OF LIBRARIES

1.

Eastern Cape: 254

 

Matatiele

5

 

Mbizana

5

 

Ntabankulu

3

 

Umzimvubu

7

 

Amahlathi

7

 

Great Kei

4

 

Mbhashe

8

 

Mnquma

2

 

Ngqushwa

4

 

Raymond Mhlaba

9

 

Buffalo City Metro

26

 

Emalahleni

5

 

Engcobo

4

 

Inxuba Yethemba

6

 

Enoch Mgijima

12

 

Intsika Yethu

4

 

Sakhisizwe

2

 

Elundini

6

 

Senqu

11

 

Walter Sisulu

8

 

Nelson Mandela Metro

21

 

Ingquza Hill

5

 

King Sabata Dalindyebo

12

 

Mhontlo

5

 

Nyandeni

7

 

Port St John’s

4

 

Blue Crane

7

 

Dr Beyers Naude

13

 

Koukamma

10

 

Makana

7

 

Ndlambe

8

 

Sundays River Valley

4

 

Kouga

13

2.

Free State: 181

 

Letsemeng

7

 

Kopanong

13

 

Mohokare

7

 

Mangaung Metro

20

 

Mantsopa

7

 

Naledi

5

 

Matjhabeng

21

 

Masilonyana

6

 

Tokologo

3

 

Tswelopele

5

 

Nala

4

 

Dihlabeng

9

 

Setsoto

8

 

Nketoana

7

 

Maluti A Phofung

17

 

Phumelela

5

 

Moqhaka

11

 

Ngwathe

13

 

Metsimaholo

7

 

Mafube

6

3.

Gauteng: 285

 

Johannesburg Metro

91

 

Ekurhuleni

47

 

City of Tshwane

59

 

Lesedi

11

 

Midvaal

7

 

Emfuleni

15

 

Merafong

22

 

Rand West City

17

 

Mogale City

16

4.

KwaZulu-Natal: 274

 

Abaqulusi Municipality

4

 

Dannhauser Municipality

1

 

Edumbe Municipality

4

 

Alfred Duma Municipality

8

 

eNdumeni Municipality

4

 

Ethekwini Metro

90

 

Greater Kokstad Municipality

2

 

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality

19

 

Big 5 Hlabisa Municipality

3

 

Impendle Municipality

2

 

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality

5

 

Jozini Municipality

6

 

KwaDukuza Municipality

6

 

Mandeni Municipality

4

 

Maphumulo Municipality

1

 

Umfolozi Municipality

3

 

Mkhambathini Municipality

4

 

Mpofana Municipality

2

 

Msinga Municipality

2

 

Msunduzi Municipality

12

 

Mthonjaneni Municipality

1

 

Mtubatuba Municipality

3

 

Ndwedwe Municipality

3

 

Newcastle Municipality

8

 

Nkandla Municipality

4

 

Nongoma Municipality

2

 

Nquthu Municipality

6

 

Okhahlamba Municipality

4

 

Richmond Municipality

3

 

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality

2

 

Ulundi Municipality

2

 

Umdoni Municipality

9

 

uMgeni Municipality

5

 

Umhlabuyalingana Municipality

4

 

uMhlathuze Municipality

9

 

Umlalazi Municipality

6

 

Umshwati Municipality

3

 

Umtshezi Municipality

6

 

Umuziwabantu Municipality

2

 

Umvoti Municipality

2

 

uMzimkhulu Municipality

4

 

Uphongola Municipality

3

 

Utrecht Municipality

1

5.

Limpopo: 89

 

Waterberg District Municipality

23

 

Capricon District Municipality

18

 

Sekhukhune District Municipality

12

 

Tzaneen District Municipality

11

 

Vhembe District Municipality

14

 

Mopani District Municipality

11

     

6.

Mpumalanga: 117

 

Bushbuckridge

6

 

Mbombela

15

 

Nkomazi

7

 

Thabachweu

5

 

Albert Luthuli

7

 

Dipaleseng

3

 

Govan Mbeki

11

 

Lekwa

5

 

Mkhondo

4

 

Msukaligwa

8

 

Pixley ka Isaka Seme

6

 

JS Moroka

5

 

Emalahleni

10

 

Steve Tshwete

10

 

Thembisile Hani

6

 

Emakhazeni

6

 

Victor Khanye

3

7.

Northern Cape: 215

 

Magareng

6

 

Dikgatlong

5

 

Phokwane

4

 

Sol Plaatje

12

 

Afrisam Mine/Ulco

1

 

Gamagara

6

 

Gasegonyana

8

 

Joe Morolong

33

 

Nama Khoi

16

 

Richtersveld

6

 

Khai Ma

5

 

Karoo Hoogland

4

 

Kamiesberg

13

 

Hantam

7

 

Emthanjeni

6

 

Kareeberg

4

 

Renosterberg

6

 

Siyancuma

9

 

Siyathemba

5

 

Thembelihle

3

 

Ubuntu

7

 

Umsobomvu

5

 

Dawid Kruiper

19

 

Kai Garib

11

 

Kgatelopele

1

 

Kheis

6

 

Tsantsabane

6

 

Lime Acres Mine

1

8.

North West: 131

 

Madibeng

10

 
 

Moretele

4

 
 

Moses Kotane

6

 
 

Kgetleng Rivier

3

 
 

Rustenburg

14

 
 

JB Marks

12

 
 

Maquassi Hills

7

 
 

Matlosana

12

 
 

Greater Taung

5

 
 

Kagisano Molopo

8

 
 

Lekwa Teemane

4

 
 

Mamusa

5

 
 

Naledi

6

 
 

Ditsobotla

5

 
 

Mahikeng

10

 
 

Ratlou

9

 
 

Ramotshere Moiloa

4

 
 

Tswaing

7

 

9.

Western Cape: 373

 
 

Hermanus

25

 
 

Swellendam

31

 
 

Worcester

31

 
 

Beaufort-West

14

 
 

George

28

 
 

Mossel Bay

29

 
 

Oudtshoorn

14

 
 

Saldanha

34

 
 

Stellenbosch

36

 
 

Vanrhynsdorp

22

 
 

Blaauwberg

8

 
 

Cape Town

33

 
 

False Bay

16

 
 

Southern

22

 
 

Tygerberg

30

 

 

25 February 2019 - NW54

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Communications

What amount of the total budget of (a) her departments and (b) entities reporting to her is dedicated to the promotion of female sports?

Reply:

The departments have advised me as follows:

DoC and ENTITIES

a) The Department of Communications [DoC] and (b) entities reporting to the DoC do not have budget dedicated for the promotion of female sports, however, Banyana Banyana forms part of the SAFA contract under FIFA: 2018 U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup, which also includes other events, magazine shows etc.

Refer to the link table below please on the cost of broadcasting female sports for 2018 / 2019.

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW54_TABLE.pdf

DTPS and ENTITIES

The department does not allocate budget for sports on the basis of gender, but all sports related activities are budgeted for under the Employee Wellness Programmes of the department. The overall budget allocated for sports related activities for 2018/19 was R70 000 and R100 000 for 2019/20.

Sentech, USAASA, SAPO, NEMISA, ZADNA, BBI, did not budget any amount to promote female sports.

SITA has an Employee Wellness Programme (EWP) that has several pillars of wellness, which strive to among other things, meet the health and wellness needs of SITA employees through preventative and therapeutic measures. Under these programme; there are 19 sporting codes in which actively participate. The proposed budget to be factored at R1 500 per person multiplied by headcount 3210 less 12 board members is estimated at R4 797 000. Each sport code will thus be apportioned a budget of R252 473.68

_____________________________

Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

25 February 2019 - NW91

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) At which voting stations were extra ballot (i) papers and (ii) books requested due to too few ballots being available for the number of voters on the voters’ roll during the 2016 Local Government Elections and (b) what are the full relevant details in each case?

Reply:

A0 (i) and (ii)

During 2016 local government elections, reports of shortages of ballot papers and or books were recorded in at least 17 voting stations.

b) The applicable ballot provisioning in 2016 was based on an allocation of 100% of registered voters which also included a buffer allocation (as a consequence of rounding up of the number of ballots to the next 100 because books are printed in packs of 100). Voter turnout in 2016 was 58%. Shortages can therefore not be attributed to ballot printing shortages. The Electoral Commission is looking at additional ballot tracking mechanisms that will enable real time monitoring of ballot papers to obviate reports and perceptions of ballot shortages.

25 February 2019 - NW92

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) (a) At which voting stations were complaints lodged against the conduct or rulings of presiding officers during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what (i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome of each complaint; (2) what (a) number of investigations were opened into the conduct or rulings of presiding officers and (b)(i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome of each investigation?

Reply:

1. (a) Two hundred and five complaints and or objections were received during the 2016 local government elections.

(i) and (ii) The complaints and or objections raised varied matters related to the operations at voting stations. Following investigations by the Electoral Commission, hundred and seventy one complaints and or objections were dismissed for want of substance. A further twenty nine were withdrawn by the complainants /objectors. One objection was sustained by the Commission.

2. (a) The Electoral Commission investigated numerous instances of conduct related to presiding officers. The conduct of one hundred and twelve officers were found to have fallen short of the exacting standards required by the Electoral Commission. These officers have been flagged on the electoral staff system to ensure that they may not be deployed in the capacity of presiding officer in future elections.

22 February 2019 - NW114

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)By what date will her department make use of deaf poets and storytellers to record their stories for learners with hearing impairments to study; (2) what (a) number of educators in each province are qualified to teach SA Sign Language (SASL) and (b) steps will her department take to ensure that the specified educators are adequately trained to teach SASL; (3) what number of persons were used by her department in the development of the SASL curriculum and policies; (4) by what date does her department envisage having its own curriculum for SASL rather than copying the English curriculum?

Reply:

1. There is currently no fixed date for this exercise. However, this matter is on the agenda of the department.

2. (a) The database of teachers and their qualifications is kept and maintained by provinces. Such data could be sourced from Provincial Legislatures.

3. The Curriculum Management Team (CMT) that oversaw the development of SASL curriculum and policies consisted of 9 members. A writing team comprising five members was established and the team formed the core of the development process. SASL experts and phase specialists (e.g. SASL linguists from Universities and NGOs as well as SASL teachers) were co-opted during the development of specific areas of the curriculum.

4. The SASL Home Language curriculum was not copied from the English curriculum. The English Home Language curriculum is the Framework to which SASL and all other Home Languages are aligned, to ensure parity of esteem of all languages.

22 February 2019 - NW111

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 3619 on 4 December 2018, she will furnish Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi with a copy of the report of her department’s investigation into an alleged compromise of the Economics question papers for the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations; (2) whether any further investigations into the matter have been launched since her reply to question 3619 on 4 December 2018; if so, (a) on what date was the further investigation (i) launched and (ii) completed, (b) what are the (i) names and (ii) professional designations of each investigating officer and (c) what are the details of the outcome of the further investigation? NW116E

Reply:

1.  The investigation has been concluded and a detailed report on the findings of the investigation is attached as (Annexure A)

2. The reply to the Parliamentary question 3619, submitted on 4 December 2018 was a preliminary report which focussed on the support programme broadcast on Ukhozi FM.

(a) The further investigation (i) commenced on 11 December 2018 and was (ii) completed on 27 December 2018.

(b) The investigation was headed by the Director responsible for Public Examinations at the Department of Basic Education, and she was supported by a team of subject specialists, the DBE Data Manager, the DBE Irregularities Manager and the DBE Question Paper Manager. The details of the team are included as (Annexure B).

3. The outcome of the further investigation is as follows:

  • The credibility of the Economics Paper 1 and Paper 2, was not compromised given that learners were not given direct questions that appeared in the examination and were not asked to focus on particular questions. Hence, there was no unfair advantage to any group of candidates
  • Given the focus of the teaching and testing of Economics, which in the main provides learners with a pool of questions, it is possible for experienced teachers to predict some of the questions that may appear in the question paper, particularly the essays.
  • An analysis of learner performances does not show any anomalous trends. There is no significant improvement compared to 2017 and in some cases performance is actually lower.
  • It would appear that Economics has taken on an approach of providing learners with a pool of questions and this starts with the Examination Guideline that is based on a series of questions. In the same vein, all support programmes are dominated by questions. It would also appear that based on a historical analysis of the previous question papers, teachers and subject advisors are able to predict to some degree which questions will appear in the paper. Examination predictability is a phenomenon of most examinations and the DBE is actively working towards minimising examination predictability.

22 February 2019 - NW112

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)What number of newly (a) qualified teachers have (i) applied for, (ii) been granted and (iii) produced the SA Police Service (SAPS) Clearance Certificate to the SA Council of Educators (SACE) as part of the registration requirement and (b) appointed teachers in each province for the 2019 academic year are currently employed without the specified clearance certificate; (2) what (a) criteria has been set by SACE for SAPS officers to use when issuing the clearance certificate, (b) qualification is required by SAPS officers to conduct the interview and issue the certificate to an educator and (c) costs are involved for an educator applying for the certificate; (3) will it be required of teachers who are appointed to update this clearance certificate on a regular basis or is the certificate only required at the registration process; (4) on what date will the certificate be a requirement for incumbent teachers appointed by (a) the department and (b) school governing bodies? NW117E

Reply:

SACE RESPONSE

1(a)

(i) All in all, 2983 educators applied and updated their registration status from the 1st January 2019 when the requirement for the police clearance came into effect.

(ii) 2981 have been granted registration and 2 were not due to some criminal record.

(iii) 1854 produced the SAPS Clearance Certificate. 1127 were registered provisionally until the 30th June 2019, with proof of application for the SAPS Police Clearance. This move was necessitated by the slow turnaround time from the SAPS in issuing the clearance certificates and impacting negatively on the recruitment of newly qualified teachers into the schools.

1(b) SACE does not have information on the employment of newly qualified teachers.

(2) what (a) criteria has been set by SACE for SAPS officers to use when issuing the clearance certificate, (b) qualification is required by SAPS officers to conduct the interview and issue the certificate to an educator and (c) costs are involved for an educator applying for the certificate;

SACE RESPONSE

(a) As a third party, the SAPS’s Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management Centre (CR and CSMC) uses its own criteria to process and issue the clearance certificate.

(b) The police clearance certificate is issued purely on the basis of one’s criminal record from the SAPS’s Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management Centre (CR and CSMC).

(c) R114.00

(3) will it be required of teachers who are appointed to update this clearance certificate on a regular basis or is the certificate only required at the registration process;

SACE RESPONSE

In line with Council resolution, the SAPS clearance certificate is currently required for all the new registration applicants since the 01st January 2019.

(4) on what date will the certificate be a requirement for incumbent teachers appointed by (a) the department and (b) school governing bodies? NW117E

SACE RESPONSE

(4) There is no date set by Council for (a) and (b)

22 February 2019 - NW85

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether a certain person,( prison number: 204156644 ), who is currently serving a life sentence, qualifies to be considered for release on parole; if so, on what date did the specified person become eligible for release on parole; (2) whether the specified person has completed all the courses and programmes required to become eligible for release on parole; if not, which courses or programmes must still be completed; (3) what was the National Council for Correctional Services’ recommendation regarding the specified person’s eligibility for release on parole; (4) whether he has given consideration whether to grant the specified person parole; if so, (a) on what date did he consider the application, (b) what was the outcome of his decision and (c) on what date was the decision taken?

Reply:

1. Yes, offender (prison number: 204156644) is currently serving a life sentence at Qalakabusha Correctional Centre and was eligible for consideration on 26 September 2016.

(2) No, offender is still required to undergo individual psychotherapy with a Psychologist.

(3) The NCCS recommendations were that:

  • The offender should undergo intensive further therapy as recommended by the Psychologist;
  • The offender should be subjected to individual psychotherapy to address anger issues and the harm caused to the victim;
  • A copy of sentencing remarks in the case of CC145/04 to be obtained from the Pietermaritzburg High Court and attached when the profile is resubmitted. In the event the sentencing remarks cannot be obtained, all efforts to obtain same should be documented and a comprehensive report furnished detailing, inter alia, the reasons for failure to obtain such;
  • The offender should attend the Behaviour Modification programme;
  • The offender should be assisted to upskill vocationally/ educationally to assist him with prospects of obtaining employment once he is placed on parole. Certificates should be attached when the profile is resubmitted;
  • A copy of SAP62 should be included when the profile is resubmitted.

(4) Yes.

(a) 14 February 2018.

(b) A further profile should be submitted in 18 months with the expectation that all 6 recommendations as stated in question 3 would have been executed upon which placement on parole would be reconsidered.

(c) 14 February 2018.

22 February 2019 - NW113

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)What number of (a)(i) deaf and (ii) hearing impaired learners from each province enrolled for the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC), (b) the specified learners wrote the SA Sign Language (SASL) examination and (c) the specified learners obtained (i) an NSC pass and (ii) a Bachelor pass in SASL; (2) what number of learners from schools for the deaf and hearing impaired in each province were exposed to bridging courses in Grades 9, 10 and 11 to prepare for the unique grammar and structure of the SASL examination; (3) (a) what number of appointed markers had the pre-requisite qualifications to mark the final SASL examination papers in each province, (b) what are the details of the pre-requisite qualifications and (c) what number of years’ experience is required; (4) on what date will all schools in each province providing SASL as a home language be provided with sufficient textbooks; (5) what number of students who completed their NSC in SASL were approached by her department to assist educators with SASL?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) and (ii) The current examination system only has a record of Hearing Impaired Learners and does not distinguish between Deaf learners and Hearing Impaired Learners The total number of hearing impaired learners that enrolled for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination is 456.

(b) Of the 54 candidates that enrolled to write the 2018 NSC South African Sign Language Home Language (SASL HL) examination, 52 candidates wrote the examination.

(c) (i) 26 candidates achieved an NSC pass

(ii) 7 candidates achieved admission to Bachelor studies

Note that of the 52 candidates that wrote the SASL HL examination, only 28 candidates could be resulted in terms of the full qualification, given that the remaining 24 candidates did not write the full NSC subject package in 2018.

2. All the full time candidates who wrote SASL HL in the NSC 2018 examinations were exposed to the bridging Grade 9 and 10 programme. No bridging programme was developed for Grade 11.

The table below provides the school, province and number of learners who wrote the SASL examinations in 2018:

School

Province

Number of learners – Gr 12

Efata

EC

3

St Thomas

EC

10 (full time) + 6 (part time)

Bartimea

FS

4

Thiboloha

FS

2

Sizwile

GP

11

Fulton

KZN

3

Kwathintwa

KZN

8

St Martin

KZN

7

De-la-Bat

WC

1

Dominican (Wittebome)

WC

3

     

Total

10 schools

58

3. (a) (b) (c)

In terms of the policy relating to the appointment of markers, the marker must have at least a recognised three year post matric qualification which must include the subject concerned at second or third year level. In addition the marker must have extensive experience as an educator in the particular subject or a related area and at least two years teaching or other curriculum-related experience within the last 5 years at the appropriate level, and must be competent in the language of teaching and learning.

In terms of marker appointments for SASL HL, it was not expected that the DBE will be able to appoint markers that satisfy all of the above criteria given that this is the first year of implementation of this examination. All 15 markers have extensive experience as teachers of deaf learners and have a Teaching Qualification. Four (4) of the markers have a qualification in SASL – ranging from a short course qualification to an Honours Degree in SASL. Two Deaf Teaching Assistants were also appointed to assist the hearing markers with the translation of SASL. The Teaching Assistants were not involved directly in marking. The teaching assistants have a Matric qualification.

Given the limitations relating to the appointed markers, the marking of the 2018 NSC SASL HL examinations was centralised at the DBE to ensure stringent standardisation and quality assurance of the marking process.

(4) The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is responsible for the development of the South African Sign Language National Catalogue which is forwarded to provinces, districts and schools. The provinces and schools are responsible for procurement and delivery of these textbooks as required. The Catalogues referred to were developed in 2015 and 2017.

(5). The Department of Basic Education has not been approached by students as the function of teacher development resides with provinces.

21 February 2019 - NW139

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

The expenditure incurred by the Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their spouses in relation to the travel privileges contained in the Ministerial Handbook is as follows:

UNIT

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

MINISTER

2 138 218.88

729 629.20

440 533.08

372 689.32

706 540.29

1 400 826.41

DM

877 493.70

609 614.22

747 054.59

803 611.07

2 861 619.29

0.00

TOTAL

3 015 712.58

1 339 243.42

1 187 587.67

1 176 300.39

3 568 159.58

1 400 826.41

             
             

UNIT

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

MINISTER

1 977 244.49

726 936.05

440 533.08

372 689.32

706 540.29

1 176 109.62

SPOUSE

160 974.39

2 693.15

0.00

0.00

0.00

224 716.79

DM

359 238.73

520 610.20

607 131.48

640 361.46

2 506 030.87

0.00

DM SPOUSE

518 254.97

89 004.02

139 923.11

163 249.61

355 588.42

0.00

TOTAL

3 015 712.58

1 339 243.42

1 187 587.67

1 176 300.39

3 568 159.58

1 400 826.41

21 February 2019 - NW275

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

What number of (a) tender briefings was held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

DAFF

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had 34 compulsory tender briefings in 2018.

ARC

The ARC had 9 compulsory tender briefings in 2018.

PPECB

The PPECB had 1 compulsory tender briefing in 2018.

OBP

The number of Tenders for 2018 were (5) five and the compulsory briefing session attended were (4) four.

NAMC

No tender briefing was held by NAMC.

MLRF

The number of Tenders for 2018 were (2) two, one compulsory briefing session and one non-compulsory.