Questions and Replies

21 December 2018 - NW3768

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Finance

What number of board meetings did the Cooperative Banks Development Agency have in the (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 financial years?

Reply:

The Co-operative Banks Development Agency had three (3) meetings in the 2016-17 financial year and five (5) board meetings in the 2017-18 financial year.

 

21 December 2018 - NW3797

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1760 on 4 June 2018, the auditing processes on the expenditure during the period 2017-18 has been completed yet; if not, by what date is it envisaged to be completed; if so, what was the total expenditure incurred by the Government 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:

Every Government department is in better position to provide the total expenditure incurred relating to the travel privileges of spouses, widows or widowers of their former Ministers and Deputy Ministers in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

21 December 2018 - NW3910

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, her department and the entities reporting to her 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, 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 Grade Progression Model contemplated in PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009 has been implemented with effect from 1 April 2009.

  • What PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 in clause 18.1 seeks to achieve is the rectification of the agreement that was agreed upon in clause 3.6.3.2 of PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009.

The “movement from one salary level to another” in the Public Service is achieved in terms of in the following processes or circumstances:

(i) Through ‘Grade Progression’ from the salary level attached to an employee’s post to the next higher salary level only in recognition for long and loyal service, based on compliance with the prescribed service period and minimum performance standards. Grade progression is facilitated through PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009, and not Resolution 1 of 2012, which contains the Grade Progression Model for employees on salary levels 1 to 12 not covered by an Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD).

(ii) Through advertisement in the open media whereby appointment to a higher graded vacant post, is based on where an employee has applied for a higher graded vacancy, and has been the recommended candidate through an “open competition” process.

Grade progression of employees is continuing in terms of the Resolution as and when employees meet the qualifying criteria.

21 December 2018 - NW3850

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her contracted the services of a certain company, in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No.
  1. Falls away

21 December 2018 - NW3402

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether her department is in the process of developing a National Red Tape Reduction Strategy; if not, how does her department intend to relieve the red tape burden on small enterprises; if so, (a) what is the budget allocated for the development of the strategy, (b) by what date will the strategy be implemented and (c) will she furnish Mr H C C Krüger with a copy of the draft strategy; (2) has the pilot project for the roll-out of the Red Tape Guidelines for Municipalities been completed; if not, by what date will the pilot project be finished; if so, (a) what are the details of the successes achieved in reducing red tape in each of the 12 municipalities and (b) by what date will the successful elements of the pilot project be rolled out to the rest of the municipalities in the country; (3) will she be willing to review the Red Tape Reduction Private Members Bill introduced in 2017; if not, why not?”

Reply:

1.1 The urgent need for a National Strategy on Red Tape Reduction providing guidance on the Red Tape Reduction interventions and modalities, as well as providing a clear frame of reference on Red Tape Reduction is important.

1.2 To give immediate effect to and address this need, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has sought assistance and partnership with the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), a National Treasury Agency, to develop a National Red Tape Reduction Strategy. It is envisaged that this National Red Tape Reduction Strategy will provide clarity on the Red Tape Reduction interventions and methodologies prioritised by the country, and a clear Programme of Action (PoA) for the next Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) Cycle (2020-2024).

1.3 The Department has already hosted a National Red Tape Strategy Indaba (26-27 November 2018) to work with key stakeholders, to undertake a Diagnostic Assessment and an Environment Scan of key Red Tape Reduction initiatives in the country. The diagnosis also looked at what is already being done by various Government structures on the red tape.

(a) The cost of the project is estimated at R2 million.

(b) Given the complexity of this project, this assignment will span two financial years (2018/19 to 2019/20) and the draft National Red Tape Reduction Strategy will be completed by end of 2019 for consultation. The Strategy and Programme of Action will be implemented in the new MSTF Cycle (2020 – 2024).

(c) Yes. When the draft is concluded, it will be provided to all key stakeholders for insight and contribution.

(2)(a) Yes, the pilot project on Red Tape Reduction has long been completed, it was conducted between 2011 and 2012. The National Red Tape Reduction pilot involved 12 municipalities and the pilot was funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and with support from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). The report on the pilot provided some lessons including the need to have a strategy that will provide guidance across Government.

(2)(b) DSBD has already redesigned our Awareness and Assessment instruments in line with these findings from the pilot study.

(3) The Department’s perspective on the Red Tape Reduction Private Members Bill, is that it provides valuable input to the development of the strategy as a guide for the Reduction of Red Tape across the country. The Department’s take on the Bill is that it is premature since a strategic approach or framework needs to be developed first as a guiding document across all spheres of Government.

21 December 2018 - NW3767

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Chance, Mr R to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a) What progress has her department made with regard to ensuring compliance by government departments to provisions of the Public Finance and Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, concerning payment of suppliers within 30 days, (b) why has her department not implemented the Cooperatives Amendment Act, Act 6 of 2013, and (c) what international benchmarks informed the revised Schedule 1 of the National Definition for Small Enterprises in South Africa, as gazetted on 12 October 2018?”

Reply:

a) A process towards conducting a sample study is underway, emanating from the realisation that the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in its monitoring endeavours with compliance with public policy, intended its study to focus at the impact of failure to comply with the 30 day payment on suppliers. DPME had shared and requested Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) to input into the service requirements. DSBD had expanded the Terms of Reference (ToR) to cover the compliance aspect by Government Departments in this regard.

Over and above this research intervention, the Department has undertaken to also sample performance in terms of the 30 day payment, and at this stage, the evaluations team is sending letters to the respective selected Departments requested to participate in this evaluation process to provide information in terms of compliance with the 30 day payment.

Post the evaluation, findings will highlight the status of compliance and the types of challenges encountered in cases where non-compliance is found, identify gaps in the areas of part- compliance, together with lessons where full-compliance with the directive is evident. Recommendations will then be developed to inform types of interventions required.

b) The Co-operatives Amendment Bill was signed into an Act, i.e. Cooperatives Amendment Act No. 6 of 2013 on 2 August 2013 by the President and promulgated in Government Gazette No. 36729 dated 5 August 2013. Section 80 of the Act stipulates that the Act will come into operation on a date to be determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.

Before the Act could be proclaimed and come into effect, the regulations needed to be drafted so that when the State President proclaims, there are required processes and forms to implement the Act. The draft regulations and principles of good governance were approved by Minister on 26 June 2015 and published in Government Gazette No. 39019 and 32019 for public comment.

Comments received on the draft regulations and principles of good governance were incorporated in the final regulations and principles of good governance.

The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIAS) report on the regulations was successfully completed, and a letter granting permission for the submission of the SEIAS report and the regulations for further authorisation within the Department was issued by the Department of DPME on 31 March 2016.

The final regulations and principles of good governance supported by the DPME SEIAS and quality assurance letter was submitted to and approved by Minister in June 2016.

Due to the fact that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), who is responsible for the registration and administrative matters pertaining to compliance with legislative requirements by Co-operatives, was not ready for the practical implementation of the Amendment Act, the request for the proclamation of the Amendment Act through the publication of the regulation in the Gazette was delayed.

The transition from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to the DSBD in 2015 necessitated further consultation with key stakeholders in the sector.

c) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) undertook a study in December 2016 by reviewing, consolidating and updating research undertaken on the South African SMME Definition. The research methodology included desktop analysis and consultations.

Desktop analysis was focused on a comparative review of international case studies of countries with respect to the definition of small businesses across legal and regulatory frameworks. The outcome of this research was to generate recommendations on the updated SMME sector definition (thresholds, proxies and sectors) to be applied and communicated for public comment.

Analysis of multilateral organisations, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) did not reveal a universal definition of small and medium enterprises. Only that the World Bank uses a simple statistical definition (i.e. maximum 250 employees) for cross-national comparative analytical investigations as well as a more complex definition for project purposes

The European Union (EU) definition was also analysed. The EU has a similar approach to the National Small Enterprise Act (NSEA) in terms of applying three proxies: employment is in terms of Annual Work Units (AWU); annual turnover and annual balance. The EU provides a guideline for member countries however it is not clear how many members comply fully with the benchmark.

Referencing a study conducted across 120 countries reveals that:

  • Most, 98% of the sample, make use of the 'number of employees' proxy;
  • Half of the sample, 51%, make use of the 'assets/turnover/capital/investment' proxy; and
  • Only 21% of the sample make use of the sector or industry classification

Of the countries that use the employment proxy as the ‘official’ or, ‘commonly accepted’ definition of an SMME: micro enterprises are typically up to 10 employees, 10 to 100 employees for small enterprises and 100 to 250 employees for medium-sized enterprises. The upper threshold depends on the country.

In summary, the evidence suggested that there does not seem to be an international universal definition of small business that can be adopted by the NSEA, although the use of the employment proxy is most common. Definitions differ by country depending on the economic development context of the country in question; its ambition for supporting small business; and the way in which the definition of small business is to be used. The main consideration is that the definition needs to be context appropriate or “fit for purpose”.

20 December 2018 - NW3748

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 17 for oral reply on 15 March 2018, what (a) number of undocumented immigrants did his department deport from the country since 1 January 2018 and (b) was the total cost of deportations of undocumented immigrants?

Reply:

(a) 15 917

(b) R26,873,521.38

20 December 2018 - NW3883

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Public Works

What number of Expanded Public Works Programme employees are employed in each municipality as at the latest date for which information is available?

Reply:

In the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Phase 3 implemented from April 2014 – March 2019, 4 301 393 million work opportunities have been reported by the end of quarter 2 of 2018/19, translating to 67% achievement towards the 6 378 436 million work opportunities target for Phase 3 of the EPWP. This translates to a total of 137 294 participants at municipal level as of end of quarter 2 of 2018/19. The breakdown of the number of participants per municipality for the 2018/19 financial year is furnished as part of Annexure A.

20 December 2018 - NW3754

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of Municipal Outreach Coordinators will be employed for the 2019 General Election, (b) where will they be allocated and (c) what are the minimum qualifications needed?

Reply:

(a) 282

(b) The list of where Municipal Outreach Coordinators will be allocated is attached as Annexure A.

(c) Matric/N3 plus at least three years’ work experience and/or strong community mobilisation experience (i.e. facilitation skills or ability to educate and engage audiences of varying demographic descriptions and educational levels

20 December 2018 - NW3075

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) What number of (a) Custodian Immovable Asset Management plans were submitted to the National Treasury in the 2017-18 financial year and (b)(i) buildings and (ii) land parcels are covered by the plans; (2) what number of (a) User Immovable Asset Management plans were submitted to his department in the 2017-18 financial year and (b)(i) buildings and (ii) land parcels are covered by the plans; (3) which departments (a) submitted and (b) did not submit User Immovable Asset Management plans; (4) whether any action was taken against departments that did not submit User Immovable Asset Management plans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) The Department of Public Works, as custodian of Government immovable assets, submitted the Custodian Immoveable Asset Management Plan (C-AMP) to the National Treasury in the 2017/18 financial year.

(b) (i) The C-AMP covered 92 593 buildings in the portfolio of the Department of Public Works.

(ii) The C-AMP covered 31 146 registered and unregistered land parcels in the portfolio of the Department of Public Works.

(2) 17 User Immovable Asset Management Plans (U-AMPS) were submitted to the Department of Public Works by User departments.

(3)

NO.

USER

COMMENT

 

Defence

U-AMP received

 

Military Veterans

Draft U-AMP narrative and templates received

 

Human Settlements

U-AMP received

 

Social Development

U-AMP received

 

Trade and Industry

U-AMP received

 

Science and Technology

Only draft templates received

 

Health

Only draft templates received

 

Rural Development and Land Reform

U-AMP received

 

Higher Education and Training

U-AMP received

 

South African Social Security Agency

No U-AMP received

 

Transport

Draft U-AMP narrative and templates received

 

Sport and Recreation South Africa

No U-AMP received

 

Public Works

U-AMP received only for Land Ports of Entry. For Prestige and DPW only draft U-AMP narratives and templates received

 

Justice and Constitutional Development

U-AMP received

 

National Prosecuting Authority

U-AMP received

 

Public Protector

Only draft templates received

 

South African Police Services

No U-AMP received

 

Independent Police Investigative Directorate

No U-AMP received

 

Arts and Culture

No U-AMP received

 

Environmental Affairs

No U-AMP received

 

National Treasury

No U-AMP received

 

Correctional Services

No U-AMP received

 

Public Enterprises

No U-AMP received

 

Government Pension Fund Administration

No U-AMP received

 

Government Communication Information Systems

No U-AMP received

 

Statistics South Africa

No U-AMP received

 

Water and Sanitation

No U-AMP received

 

Home Affairs

No U-AMP received

 

Tourism

No U-AMP received

 

Labour

No U-AMP received

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Only templates received

 

Postal Services and Telecommunication

U-AMP received

 

Centre for Public Service Innovation

No U-AMP received

 

Public Service and Administration

No U-AMP received

 

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Draft U-AMP narrative and templates received

 

National School of Government

No U-AMP received

 

Women

No U-AMP received

 

Government Printing Works

No U-AMP received

 

Mineral Resources

No U-AMP received

 

Energy

No U-AMP received

 

Film and Publications Board

No U-AMP received

 

International Relations and Cooperation

No U-AMP received

(4) No action was taken against Users that did not submit their U-AMPS. However, letters of reminders were sent to the Users.

20 December 2018 - NW3784

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Mahlalela, Mr AF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any plans are in place to open a boarder gate between Namaacha and Mbuzini to enable easy mobility of the surrounding communities and boost tourism potential for those areas and enable the Mozambiquen citizens to have access to the Samora Machel Memorial; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the plans and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the boarder will be operational?

Reply:

The opening of a border post between Namaacha and Mbuzini has been discussed at Bi-National Commissions between South Africa and Mozambique.

As a result, Immigration officials have conducted an oversight visit to the area observing that the terrain and lack of suitable roads in the area, would significantly limit the feasibility of developing such a proposed port of entry.

For purposes of tourism the region is supported by the locality of the following ports of entry which are fully operational:

  • Mananga – approximately 60 kms
  • Lebombo – approximately 60 kms
  • Jeppe’s Reef – approximately 100 kms

During the annual commemoration of Samora Machel, special provision is made for cross-border movements by establishing a temporary crossing point that is approved by the Minister for the day of the memorial. This allows for individuals to pay their respects.

20 December 2018 - NW1718

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) (a) What total amount of land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him in each province is (i) vacant and (ii) unused or has no purpose and (b) what is the (i) location and (ii) size of each specified plot of land; (2) (a) how much of the land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him has been leased out for private use and (b) what is the (i) Rand value of each lease and (ii)(aa) location and (bb) size of each piece of land?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) and (ii) The Department of Public Works has a total of 9653 land parcels across the 9 Provinces of the country that are vacant and currently not in use.

(b) (i) and (ii) Specific property details for each of the 9653 properties are captured in the departments’ Immovable Asset Register (IAR).

(2) (a) The number of immovable assets leased out for private use is approximately 1 060. The number is not static due to the expiry of leases, as well as renewals and new leases.

(b) (i) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) Please refer to the attached Annexure A in order to see the number of properties leased out, the annual cost and income derived from these properties.

 

Information in respect the Four Public Entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works

Agrément South Africa (ASA)

1. (a) (i) and (ii) Does not own any land

(b) (i) and (ii) Falls away.

(2) (a) and (b) (i) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) Not applicable.

Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

(1) (a) (i) and (ii) Does not own any land.

(b) (i) and (ii) Falls away.

(2) (a) and (b) (i) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) Not applicable.

Construction Industry Development Board

(1) (a) (i) and (ii) Does not own any land.

(b) (i) and (ii) Falls away.

(2) (a) and (b) (i) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) Not applicable.

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

(1) (a) (i) and (ii) Does not own any land.

(b) (i) and (ii) Falls away.

(2) (a) and (b) (i) and (ii) (aa) and (bb) Not applicable.

20 December 2018 - NW3752

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) What is the total amount that his department spent on each ministerial house in (a) Pretoria and (b) Cape Town (i) in the 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018; (2) whether any renovations were conducted in any ministerial residence in the (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19 financial year; if not, when last were any renovations conducted; if so, (i) what was the (aa) nature and (bb) total cost of the renovations and (ii) which ministerial houses were renovated; (3) (a) what is the total monetary value of each ministerial residence that is currently managed by his department, (b) what is the location of each property and (c) what is the name of each Minister who occupies each property; (4) what are the details of each piece of furniture that was purchased for each ministerial residence managed by his department in the (a) 2017-18 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2018? NW4328E

Reply:

(1) (a) The total amount spend on maintenance on each ministerial house in Pretoria and Cape Town for the 2017/18 financial year is R14 589 975.93 and from April 2018 to date is R7 991 958.59. Maintenance on Pretoria Ministerial residences is done through day to day maintenance and in Cape Town through a facility management service provider.

(b) The total houses spent on maintenance for Ministerial houses in Cape Town in the 2017/2018 financial year is R31,261,964.14 and from 01 April 2018 to date is R14,433,092.79.

(2) (a), (b) and (c) The last renovations conducted were in the 2015/16 financial year to three houses and the total cost was R9 391 355.47. The works mainly comprised of security measures including the construction of boundary walls, guard huts, installation of cameras and monitors, as well installations of electric fences.

(3) (a) Using the municipal valuations the total monetary value of Ministerial residences in Pretoria is R116 720 199.50. and for Cape Town the total value is R824 735 471.00.

(b) and (c) For security I cannot disclose the locations of the Ministerial residences and the names of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers concerned.

(4) (a) The furniture items that were purchased for 2017-2018 financial year for Ministerial Houses in the Gauteng Province comprise 2x queen sized base and mattress set plus 2x single sixed base and mattress set to the total value of R87 381.00.

(b) From 1 April 2018 to date 4x oil heaters were purchased to the value of R9770.80

There were other furniture items purchased for Cape Town Ministerial Residences, including1x wing back chair; 1xTV stand; 1x 4 seater table; 4x all weather chairs; 2x seater leather sofa; 1x extra length bed set; 1x extra length mattress; 10x dining room chairs; 1x kitchen table; 8x kitchen chairs; 1x couch; 1x fridge; 1x freezer; 2x single bed sets; 1x queen sized bed set. By the time of providing this reply the values were not yet available.

It is important to note that the majority of the furniture items allocated to Ministers and Deputy Ministers are re-used furniture from Prestige stores.

20 December 2018 - NW3398

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1)With regard to Acacia Park, Pelican Park and Laboria Parliamentary Villages, (a) what are the criteria used for qualifying and being allocated a housing unit in each village and (b) what number of housing units are (i) available, (ii) currently occupied by Members of Parliament, (iii) occupied by bona fide parliamentary employees who qualify and have been allocated a housing unit, (iv) occupied by persons who do not qualify to stay in the villages and (v) currently vacant; (2) (a) when last was an audit done on all persons having access to each park and (b) what were the findings of the audit?

Reply:

(1) (a) The Parliamentary Villages in Cape Town accommodate Members of Parliament, Party Officials and Sessional Officials. Each Political Party represented in Parliament is allocated housing units for their designated Members in proportion to the number of seats the Parties hold in Parliament. Sessional Officials are Government employees who have been designated as such by the Heads of Departments for purposes of performing Parliamentary duties during Parliamentary sessions.

(b) (i) There are 493 housing units at Acacia Park, 65 at Laboria Park and 108 at Pelican Park.

(ii) 224 housing units are occupied by Members of Parliament at Acacia Park, 55 at Laboria Park and 63 at Pelican Park.

(iii) In terms of the information at our disposal, there are 2 officials designated by Political Parties as aides to Members of Parliament. Our records indicate that there is no Parliamentary employee occupying a housing unit at the Parliamentary villages.

(iv) There are 3 housing units that have been identified to be occupied by persons who are not the registered occupants of those housing units.

(v) There are 50 vacant housing units at Acacia Park, 2 units at Laboria Park and 11 at Pelican Park.

(2) (a) The auditing of persons accessing the Parliamentary villages has yet to be done. What has been done however is an audit of the occupancy of the housing units at each Parliamentary village.

(b) The audit was done partially. The results will be made available once the audit has been done completely.

20 December 2018 - NW2931

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works

(a) What (i) is the total number of employees that have been outsourced from private companies and/or contractors by (aa) his department and (bb) each entity reporting to him (aaa) in the past three financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018 and (ii) is the name of each company or contractor and (b) what amount is each employee paid?

Reply:

(a) (i) (aa) No employees have been outsourced from private companies and or contractors by the Department of Public Works in the last three financial years and since 01 April 2018 to date.

See below for information relating to the Public Entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works:

Entities:

 

Name of Entity

(bb)

a) i)

Total No. of employees outsourced

aaa)

bbb)

Since 01 April 2018

bbb)(ii)

Name of each Company was paid

Amount

Each employee is paid

 

Agrément SA (ASA)

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

     
   

1

N/A

N/A

 

1

Pako Holding

R29 000.00 p/m

   

1

N/A

N/A

 

1

Progressive Personnel

R32 000.00 p/m

   

1

N/A

N/A

1

 

Ntirho Human Capital

R35 000.00 p/m

   

1

N/A

N/A

 

1

Ada Recruitment

R32 900.00 p/m

   

1

N/A

N/A

1

 

Human Resource Capital

R30 000.00 p/m

Totals

 

5

     

3

 

R158 900.00

 

Name of Entity

(bb)

a) i)

Total No. of employees outsourced

aaa) past three financial years

 

bbb)

Since 01 April 2018

bbb)(ii)

Name of each Company was paid

Amount

Each employee is paid

 

Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

     
   

1

X

     

WeFindTalent

R24 170.96

   

1

X

     

Camelsa

R204 821.00

   

1

 

X

   

Raido

R6 946.43

   

1

 

X

   

Huvest

R9 006.00

   

1

 

X

   

Tamdeco

R4 483.05

   

1

 

X

   

Dante Personnel

R2 661.08

   

1

   

X

 

2ToneRecruitment

R2 529.00

   

1

   

X

 

Bogotsi

R38 422.04

Totals

 

8

     

0

 

R293 039.56

 

Name of Entity

(bb)

a) i)

Total No. of employees outsourced

aaa)

bbb)

Since 01 April 2018

bbb)(ii)

Name of each Company was paid

Amount

Each employee is paid

 

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

     
   

1

X

     

Pro Tem Capability (PTY) LTD

R24 076.80

   

2

 

X

   

Siyaya Placement CC

R33 600.00

R36 168.00

   

2

 

X

   

Kone Staffing Solutions

R61 560.00

R4 104.00

   

2

 

X

   

Tee Que Trading Services

R134 611.20

R78 796.80

   

1

     

X

Tee Que Trading Services

R142 272.00

   

2

 

X

   

Lemon Zest Consulting

R70 041.60

R39 398.40

   

2

   

X

 

Distinctive Audit Services

R176 640.00

R95 418.00

   

1

     

X

Distinctive Audit Services

R173 736.00

   

1

   

X

 

Freshminds Resourcing Solutions

R231 192.00

   

1

     

X

Dante Personnel Recruitment-JHB (PTY) LTD

R193 344.00

Totals

 

15

     

3

 

R1 494 958.80

 

Name of Entity

(bb)

a) i)

Total No. of employees outsourced

aaa) past three financial years

bbb)

Since 01 April 2018

bbb)(ii)

Name of each Company was paid

Amount

Each employee is paid

 

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

     
   

1

X

     

QUEST STAFFING SOLUTIONS

R295 475.68

   

1

X

       

R53 189.16

   

1

     

X

ACCSYS

R256 883.90

   

1

 

X

     

R63 690.00

   

1

 

X

 

   

R154 130.34

   

1

 

X

     

R69 155.01

   

1

 

X

     

R46 103.34

   

1

 

X

     

R63 690.00

   

1

   

X

   

R116,765.00

   

1

   

X

   

R48 731.00

   

1

   

X

   

R616 521.36

   

1

   

X

   

R 233 530.11

   

1

   

X

   

R109 644.75

   

1

   

X

   

R253 568.37

   

1

   

X

   

R253 568.37

   

1

     

X

HLABAHLOSILE

R433 333.32

   

1

     

X

 

R281 205.00

   

1

 

X

     

R46 103.34

   

1

 

X

     

R19 510.93

   

1

 

X

     

R51 376.76

   

1

 

X

     

R39 021.86

   

1

   

X

   

R308 260.68

   

1

   

X

   

R230 516.70

   

1

   

X

   

R758 333.31

   

1

   

X

   

R204 400.13

   

1

   

X

   

R214 620.23

   

1

   

X

   

R565 144.58

   

1

   

X

   

R209 742.40

   

1

   

X

   

R434 160.00

   

1

   

X

   

R214 620.23

   

1

   

X

   

R674 892.00

   

1

   

X

   

R207 575.68

   

1

   

X

   

R69 155.01

   

1

   

X

   

R114 683.25

   

1

   

X

   

R53 075.00

   

1

   

X

   

R92 905.00

   

1

   

X

   

R53 075.00

   

1

   

X

   

R144 000.00

   

1

 

X

   

LUMKA HOLDINGS

R18 581.84

   

1

 

X

     

R37 163.68

   

1

 

X

     

R55 079.5

   

1

   

X

   

R92 909.20

   

1

   

X

   

R74 327.36

   

1

   

X

   

R82 619.25

   

1

 

X

   

PINPOINTONE

R123 150.00

   

1

   

X

   

R492 600.00

   

1

     

X

 

R205 250

   

1

 

X

   

PHANDA PERSONNEL

R5 000.00

   

1

 

X

     

R5 000.00

   

1

   

X

   

R60 000.00

   

1

   

X

   

R55 000.00

   

1

   

X

   

R53 075.00

   

1

   

X

   

R116 765.00

   

1

   

X

   

R116 765.00

   

1

 

X

   

PROFILE RECRUITMENT

R123 150.00

   

1

 

X

     

R51 940.50

   

1

 

X

     

R74 305.00

   

1

 

X

     

R222 982.08

   

1

 

X

     

R63 906.00

   

1

 

X

     

R53 705.00

   

1

 

X

     

R72814.84

   

1

 

X

     

R222 982.08

   

1

 

X

     

R58 532.52

   

1

 

X

     

R63 690.00

   

1

 

X

     

R222 982.08

   

1

 

X

     

R82 080.00

   

1

 

X

     

R55 745.52

   

1

 

X

     

R25 898.55

   

1

 

X

     

R63. 690.00

   

1

   

X

   

R190 448.50

   

1

   

X

   

R116 765.00

   

1

   

X

   

R103 881.00

   

1

   

X

   

R 204 391.00

   

1

   

X

   

R34 627.00

   

1

   

X

   

R 344 049.75

   

1

   

X

   

R204 400.24

   

1

   

X

   

R 117 161.00

   

1

   

X

   

R 127 380.00

   

1

   

X

   

R364 074.20

   

1

   

X

   

R188 768.16

   

1

   

X

   

R382 277.50

   

1

   

X

   

R 204 400.24

   

1

   

X

   

R214 619.24

   

1

   

X

   

R127 380.00

   

1

   

X

   

R109 644.75

   

1

   

X

   

R185 818.40

   

1

   

X

   

R204 400.24

   

1

   

X

   

R150 480.00

   

1

   

X

   

R204 400.24

   

1

   

X

   

R155 391.30

   

1

   

X

   

R100 780.74

   

1

   

X

   

R100 311.93

   

1

   

X

   

R121 194.50

   

1

   

X

   

R344 049.75

   

1

   

X

   

R 40 669.44

   

1

   

X

   

R111 486.00

   

1

   

X

   

R116 765.00

   

1

   

X

   

R44 791.44

   

1

   

X

X

 

R191 138.75

   

1

     

X

 

R53 075.00

   

1

     

X

 

R53 075.00

   

1

     

X

 

R55 728.85

Totals

 

113

         

R16 250 720.96

20 December 2018 - NW1758

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Public Works

Which construction projects completed by the (a) Property Management Trading Entity and (b) Independent Development Trust (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018 are yet to be handed over to the user departments?

Reply:

(a) (i) and (ii) The Property Management Trading Entity does not have projects that were completed in the last three financial years that have not yet been handed over to User departments.

(b) (i) and (ii) The Independent Development Trust does not have projects that were completed in the last three financial years that have not yet been handed over to Client departments.

20 December 2018 - NW3635

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) number of applications for asylum that are outstanding from applicants who reside in Soweto and (b)(i) average delay in processing the applications and (ii) average duration of the applicants’ residence in the country in (aa) years, (bb) months and (cc) days?

Reply:

a) Since the capturing of residential addresses on the National Immigration Information System (NIIS) is currently not mandatory and the fact that asylum seekers are enjoying freedom of movement in the country, statistics on the number of applications for asylum from applicants residing in Soweto are not available.

(b)(i) There is no delay in the processing of applications by the Department (at the first instance adjudication – (refugee status determination stage). Based on cases where the application was registered in 2018 and adjudication was made, the average duration was 10 days (From 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2018).

(b)(ii) The average duration of an applicant’s residence as stipulated in the legislation is 180 days including internal appeals and reviews. However, given capacity challenges and current composition that led to backlogs at Refugee Appeal Board and Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs, it meant that the duration is extended to periods that cannot be predicted.

20 December 2018 - NW3803

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Works

What was the (a) address, (b) value, (c) size, (d) reason for not being utilised, (e) amount of rates and taxes paid on and (f) amount spent on the maintenance of each under-utilised and unutilised property owned by his department (i) in the (aa) 2015-16, (bb) 2016-17 and (cc) 2017-18 financial years and (iii) since 1 April 2018

Reply:

The estimated value of all vacant properties under the custodianship of the Department, based on the property use, type, condition and zoning amongst other valuable characteristics is R7,4 billion.

State-owned properties are vacant due to various reasons including the following:

  • Residential properties no longer required by Clients of the Department of Public Works;
  • Lack of demand for the utilisation of specific properties either by Government or the private sector; and
  • Lack of funds by the Department to rebuild, refurbish or develop the property for utilisation.

The Department pays rates and taxes to municipalities annually for all properties within a certain municipality and not on individual properties.

The Department commissions maintenance projects on utilised properties in line with the available funds. There is no maintenance budget for vacant properties.

20 December 2018 - NW3913

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Energy

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, 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 Department of Energy has implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council resolution 1 of 2012 in line with the directive issued by DPSA dated 25 February 2013 and 05 August 2014 respectively. This directive does not indicate that all Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors must be automatically upgraded to salary level 10 and 12 respectively. The directive state that “only employees serving in posts that were graded on salary levels 10 & 12 since the implementation of resolution 3 of 2009 up to and including 31 July 2012, be automatically absorbed into the regraded posts with effect from 1 August 2012, on condition that such posts were previously job evaluated and graded at salary levels 10 or 12 in terms of the revised job weight ranges as specified in terms of circular 16/p dated 12 September 2011

Entity

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, 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

Central Energy Fund

N/A

National Energy Regulator of South Africa

N/A

National Nuclear Regulator

N/A

National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute

N/A

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

N/A

South African National Energy Development Institute

N/A

Entity

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, 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

Central Energy Fund

N/A

National Energy Regulator of South Africa

N/A

National Nuclear Regulator

N/A

National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute

N/A

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

N/A

South African National Energy Development Institute

N/A

20 December 2018 - NW3725

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Mulaudzi, Mr TE to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the number of registered voters at each correctional facility in the country?

Reply:

The registration of persons serving custodial sentences in Correctional Centres will be conducted between 22nd and 23rd January 2019. The initiative will be undertaken with the support of the Department of Correctional Services following a cooperation agreement concluded between the two institutions.

The statistics will be available only after the referenced registration event.

20 December 2018 - NW3636

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of illegal immigrants who have been residing in Soweto have been deported since 1 January 2014, (b) which countries have they been deported to and (c) what number was deported to each country in terms of (i) gender and (ii) age group?

Reply:

Below are the statistics based on the deportations undertaken by the Soweto Inspectorate Unit.

2014 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABW EANS

MALES= 226

FEMALES= 10

236

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES - 436

FEMALES = 04

440

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES = 49

FEMALES =05

54

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 144

FEMALES = 03

147

20 TO 45

SWAZILAND

MALES - 0

FEMALES = 02

02

19 TO 44

CONGOLESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES =0

01

22 TO 45

NIGERIANS

MALES =01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 47

GAMBIAN

MALES = 01

FEMALE = 0

01

22 TO 45

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

23 TO 39

INDIA

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

20 TO 44

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES FOR THE YEAR 2014 WAS = 884

 

2015 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEAN

MALES= 147

FEMALES- 12

1 59

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICAN

MALES - 277

FEMALES - 13

290

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES - 74

FEMALES =27

101

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 155

FEMALES = 05

160

20 TO 45

NIGERIAN

MALES =03

FEMALES - 0

03

21 TO 44

UGANDAN

MALES = 04

FEMALE = 0

04

22 TO 45

CONGO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

19 TO 35

RWANDA

MALES = 02

FEMALE =0

02

23 TO 47

SWAZILAND

MALES - 01

FEMALE =01

02

22 TO 48

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALE — 01

02

23 TO 46

INDIAN

MALES =01

FEMALE = 0

01

21 TO 45

BANGLADESH

MALES = 02

FEMALES =0

02

22 TO 35

MOROCCO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 45

   

TOTAL = 728

DEPORTEES IN 2015

 

2016 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES- 45

FEMALES= 01

46

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 139

FEMALES = 01

140

21 TO 45

NIGERIA

MALES - 01

FEMALES -0

01

19 TO 38

MALAWIANS

MALES - 35

FEMALES = 03

38

20 TO 45

ZAMBIA

MALES = 03

FEMALES = 0

03

19 TO 44

BANGLADESH

MALES = 01

FEMALE =0

01

19 TO 45

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 229 FOR 2016

 

2017 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES =19

FEMALES = 06

25

18 TO 39

MOZAMBICANS

MALES =45

45

19 TO 45

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 49

EGYPTIANS

MALE =01

01

21 TO 49

NIGERIANS

MALE = 01

01

19 TO 45

UGANDAN

MALE = 01

01

21 TO 48

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 89

 

 

2018 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES= 10

FEMALES = 03

13

19 TO 45

ETHOPIANS

MALES = 01

01

20 TO 35

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 44

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 09

09

19 TO 36

LESOTHOS

MALES = 04

04

19 TO 40

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 43

 

Summary: Number of Deportees in 2014 is 884

Number of Deportees in 2015 is 728

Number of Deportees in 2016 is 229

Number of Deportees in 2017 is 89

Number of Deportees in 2018 is 43

20 December 2018 - NW3851

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Mr R K Purdon (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works

(1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) Whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In respect of the Department of Public Works:

1. (a) and (b )According to the records at our of the Department of Public Works as well as the Enties reporting the Department, no contracts were signed Bosasa/ African Global Operations in the last 10 financial years.

As such, (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) and (2) fall away.

19 December 2018 - NW644

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the Minister of Transport’s reply to question 3537 on 23 November 2017, what (a) progress has the National Treasury made with regard to each investigation into irregular and unauthorised expenditure by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, as instructed in the Public Protector’s report titled Derailed and (b) are the total costs to date in this regard?

Reply:

a)  National Treasury submitted the draft reports to PRASA on 25 April 2017. The PRASA Board requested time to consider the reports until 31 October 2017. The National Treasury was informed that PRASA had discovered additional documentation that must also be subjected to investigation. However, feedback is still awaited from PRASA on the draft reports that were submitted during April 2017.

b)  The total amount spent on the 13 companies was R24 174 529.

19 December 2018 - NW3371

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the SA Revenue Service removed a certain service provider for information technology services (name furnished) and replaced it with other specified service providers (names furnished) as contractors or service providers during the period 1 January 1999 up to 31 December 2009; if so, (a) what was the rationale behind this decision, (b) how was the specified rationale substantiated and (c) on what basis were both these companies selected; (2) (a) why was the contract extended for a period of 12 years, (b) has he found that the extension was legal or compliant with relevant legislation and regulations and (c) did either of the companies go through a tender process for the initial contract or the extension?

Reply:

1 a) Yes, SARS replaced Oracle with BBD through a deviation process;

This was due to the fact that Oracle UK initially offered to review the offering against SARS’ requirements. Alternative proposals were put forward, but it quickly became apparent that SARS’ functional needs as agreed with Siebel, far exceeded what Oracle intended to deliver regarding scope, cost and implementation timelines.

b) The replacement was justified as follows:

Extensive discussions were conducted with Oracle in an attempt to rescue the transaction and bring it back in line with SARS’ original understanding, namely that it:

  • be a turnkey solution including all required infrastructure, hardware/networks and integrated costs. The contractor would manage, for a fixed price and delivery timeline, the solution “end to end” and guarantee its performance when in production;
  • be capped within the cost limit;
  • Includes all the functionalities which formed part of Exco’s original understanding.
  • Notwithstanding the fact that it was telephonically confirmed to SARS’ representatives by Oracle, Oracle was not willing to provide SARS with an undertaking in line with the above.

c) Accenture – came into SARS through a tender process in 2005 to appoint a strategic partner to assist SARS with the Modernisation Programme

The 2006 SARS records that have been reviewed by the current procurement leadership team reflects that the selection of the three entities (i.e. IBM, Accenture and BB&D) was based on the industry knowledge of the then Strategy, Modernisation and Technology senior staff. In circumstances relating to the replacement of the Oracle transaction BB&D was then chosen from the listed primarily because of price consideration.

2 a) The reason for not inviting competitive bids and instead extending the service providers’ contracts (i.e. Accenture, BB&D and others) was considered to be due to exceptional reasons which mainly centred on the need for natural continuation of the projects where previous work was carried out by the same service providers, thus presenting a clear advantage over competition. SARS wanted to also ensure consistent engagement with the same service providers in order to avoid a risk of information being disclosed to the public as the project was linked to taxpayer and SARS employee’ information.

b) The extensions of both Accenture and BBD were legal and compliant with the relevant legislation and regulations.

c) Accenture was selected through a tender process. BB&D was appointed through a deviation.

19 December 2018 - NW3692

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) What number of institutions of technical and vocational education and training colleges have contracts with a certain company (name furnished) and (b) what (i) is the (aa) monetary value and (bb) duration of each contract and (ii) are the relevant details of the goods and services that the specified company provides in each case?

Reply:

This information is being individually sourced from the 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges as they are separate juristic entities and given that colleges will be closing for the festive season, the Department will be able to provide this information on or before 31 January 2019.

19 December 2018 - NW3724

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Dlamini, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a) What number of persons are employed by each state-owned enterprise and (b) What is each person’s position?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

(a)

Eskom Group, which includes Eskom Rotek Industries (ERI), as at the end of September 2018 had a headcount of 47 972.

(b)

Annexure A provides each person’s position.

19 December 2018 - NW3858

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him contracted the services of Bosasa now known as African Global Operations in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) Department

Contracted the service of Bosasa (African Global Operations) since 2008?

The Department of Tourism since its existence (01 April 2010) has never contracted the services of Bosasa (African Global Operations).

(i) – (v) Not applicable.

2.(a) Was there any irregular spending related to the contracts or condoned in each case? – Not applicable

 

(1)(b) South African Tourism

South African Tourism has not contracted Bosasa (African Global Operations) for any services for the period in question nor during any period earlier.

(i) – (v) Not applicable

(2)(b) Was there any irregular spending related to the contracts or condoned in each case?

Not applicable

 

19 December 2018 - NW2262

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Works

(a) What is the current amount that is outstanding in terms of rental income for each Ministerial residence, (b) which Ministers are in arrears, (c) what is the (i) location and (ii) description of each residence with outstanding rental income, (d) what is the cost of monthly rental of each of the specified residences and (e) what processes have been followed to collect outstanding debt?

Reply:

(a) The current total amount outstanding in terms of rental income for Ministerial residences is R1 214 064.23.

(b) In our analysis of how the Ministers ended up being in arrears, we found that there were a number of systemic flaws. The building up of arrears is largely not through faults of or negligence by the Ministers. It would therefore be unfair to name which Ministers are in arrears, save to mention that the problem is being addressed with the departments concerned.

(c) (i) and (ii) For security reasons we cannot disclose the location and description of each residence with outstanding rental income.

(d) The monthly rental cost for Ministerial residences ranges between R988.90 and R1 200.82.

(e) The challenge with collecting rental income for Ministerial residences is a systemic one. Once Ministerial residences have been allocated, the Department of Public Works submits the documents indicating the amounts payable monthly to the client departments, whose responsibility it is to action the stop orders from Ministers and Deputy Ministers’ monthly income. Despite numerous reminders some departments fail to action the stop orders leading to escalating debt. In the past I have engaged with Members of the Executive on the debt owed to the Department of Public Works and this was done with relative success. However, the challenge persists. Ministers are always willing to cooperate in terms of paying their monthly rentals. The challenge that we must resolve is a systemic one to ensure that the monthly rentals are collected without fail on an on-going basis.

19 December 2018 - NW3062

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the SA Revenue Service (Sars) conducted any due diligence investigations to check the qualifications of a certain person (name furnished) prior to appointing the specified person to the specified position; if not, why was due diligence not conducted; if so, (2) whether Sars found any inaccuracies; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) action was taken to correct the person’s qualifications for the specified position?

Reply:

1. A certain person (name furnished) was recruited through the utilization of services of an employment agency; she commenced her duties as a Chief Officer - DIST at SARS on May 1, 2017. As per the recruitment policy of SARS in July 2016, prior her appointment a due diligence on her qualifications as indicated on her CV was conducted. A due diligence was conducted on the following qualifications prior her appointment and were Verified:

  1. Diploma in Practical Accounting, Damelin, 1996
  2. Diploma in Bookkeeping, Damelin, 1996
  3. Diploma in Business Organization & Management, Damelin, 1997
  4. Diploma in Personnel Training and Management, Damelin, 1997
  5. Masters of Business Administration, University of North West, 2004

A due diligence was not conducted on the following foreign qualifications prior her appointment:

6. General Certificate of Education. University of Cambridge, 1985

7. Diploma in Information Technology, Square one, Data processing College, 1987.

SARS places responsibility for verification of Foreign Qualifications on the applicant through the South African Qualifications Authority and employment is conditional to these verifications.

2. Whether SARS found any inaccuracies; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) action was taken to correct the person’s qualifications for the specified position?

  • The General Certificate of Education issued by the University of Cambridge has been evaluated to be equivalent to NQF level 3 Intermediate Certificate by the South African Qualifications Authority. For ease of understanding the NQF level 3 Intermediate Certificate is equivalent to Grade 11 in the South African context. (Reference, SAQA National Qualifications Framework).
  • With regards to the Diploma in Information Technology issued by Square one, Data processing College, the employee has not provided SARS with an evaluation result by SAQA of this qualification.
  • The matter of the Employee’s qualifications has not yet been concluded as the employee is currently on an extended sick leave.

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19 December 2018 - NW3373

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What were the reasons for the purchase of a certain company (name furnished) by the SA Revenue Service (SARS), (b) who approved the purchase of the company and (c) what services did the company provide to SARS?

Reply:

a) SARS did not purchase a certain company (name furnished). A certain company (name furnished) was created and registered by SARS as a wholly owned State Owned Company (SOC) for the purpose of purchasing the business of Tatis Africa (Pty) Ltd and to employ the skilled staff of Tatis. Tatis Africa (Pty) Ltd subsequently changed its name to Tatis International (Pty) Ltd (Tatis), which comprised mainly of the intellectual property in the Tatis customs management solution software and its processes. A certain company (name furnished) also had to provide support and maintenance services to ADA (Luxembourg Customs), which at the time already had the software in operation. It was also intended to market the core customs solution through value-added resellers.

b) The Minister of Finance and Treasury approved the purchase of the business and assets of Tatis.

c) A certain company (name furnished) delivered the first phase of the modernisation programme to SARS in 2013, which is referred to as the iCBS (Interfront Customs and Border Management Solutions). It continued to support and maintain the iCBS, whilst at the same time adopting and modifying it by developing software for the new Customs Acts Programme.

19 December 2018 - NW3884

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Works

What amount has his department spent on repairing buildings it owns and/or has under its custodianship in each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

The department has an infrastructure programme dedicated for repairs, renovations and maintenance (Planned Maintenance) for facilities under its custodianship. There is also have a dedicated sub-programme for repair and maintenance (RAMP) of land ports of entries (LPOE) across the country. The main objective of RAMP is to address the backlog of repair and maintenance required to provide User Clients with effective and efficient facilities. The table below illustrates the expenditure in the past five financial years for both RAMP and the Planned Maintenance programme. It is quite apparent that there is a funding gap as the expenditure has been exceeding the allocations since the 2016/17 financial year, which attests to improved performance by the Department and the Property Mnagement trading Entity (PMTE).

EXPENDITURE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS:

Financial Year

Planned Maintenance

LPOE RAMP

 

Allocation

Expenditure

Allocation

Expenditure

2013/14

2 360 072 804

1 970 927 995

202 206 000

196 266 797

2014/15

2 126 616 045

2 100 393 417

142 000 000

137 163 660

2015/16

1 984 008 482

1 984 008 482

222 350 000

167 907 487

2016/17

1 947 939 201

2 000 192 365

169 193 000

203 529 542

2017/18

1 978 058 499

1 985 447 290

200 664 000

340 587 682

Total

10 396 695 031

10 040 969 549

936 413 000

1 045 455 168

19 December 2018 - NW3733

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, with reference to some of the departments in the Limpopo Provincial government that were placed under administration, any (a) officials from the (i) National Treasury and/or SA Revenue Service and/or (b) consultants appointed by the Minister of Finance were part of the team that worked in order to get the province out of administration; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what is the name of each official and/or consultant, (ii) on what date was each official and/or consultant appointed, (iii) what position did each official and/or consultant occupy and (iv) what were the responsibilities of each official and/or consultant; (2) whether the Public Affairs Research Institute worked with the administrator and the National Treasury as part of the team that worked for the Government when the Limpopo provincial department of health was placed under administration; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) The Minister of Finance appointed Dr Monde Tom, as the Accounting Officer for Provincial Treasury in terms of section 36(3) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 01 of 1999). This Head official of Provincial Treasury [Accounting Officer] was also the lead coordinator [Chief Administrator] of the overall intervention team. In turn, Dr Tom, as the lead administrator, was supported by a team of treasury officials who were seconded to the Limpopo Provincial Treasury to lead line function programmes. These officials are, Mr Khaya Ntimbela [Sustainable Resource Management]; Mr Ndoda Biyela [Assets, Liability and Transversal SCM]; Mr Mbuyi Dondashe [Financial Governance]; Ms Venita Haupt [Corporate Services]; and Mr Siphiwe Ndlovu [Intervention Secretariat and Liaison Head Official], but later seconded to lead Corporate Services. .Other officials appointed in terms of section 36(3) as Accounting Officers, included the administrators in Education, Roads and Transport, as well as Public Works departments, with the exception of the Health administrator, whose appointment did not include the replacement, but to support the then Head of Department [Accounting Officer], who had recently been appointed.

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) was working with Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in the National Treasury to support procurement reforms.

(1)(b)(i) The Director-General of the National Treasury appointed consultants such as Deloitte, ESP Consulting, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC), Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Auditors.

(1)(b)(ii) The timeframes for the appointments of the administrators and the secondment of support teams, as well as consultants, ranged from immediate to different intervals.

(1)(b)(iii) The treasury officials listed in paragraph (1)(a)(i) above were tasked to lead line function programmes in provincial treasury at Deputy Director-General level.

(1)(b)(iv) The positions of these officials ranged from lead administrator – heading the intervention and Accounting Officer, supported by the heads of programmes [DDGs] to execute treasury functions in terms of section 18 of the PFMA. These functions ranged from provincial budget preparation and oversight; revenue and cash management, transversal Supply Chain Management; overseeing of financial governance issues, dealing with audit issues; corporate services, to day-to-day treasury operations [HR/M, legal services etc.]; as well as providing secretariat services and liaison with stakeholders supporting the intervention. Each administrator had a team of support staff for effective implementation of the section 100(1)(b) intervention in each of the five provincial departments in Limpopo that were placed under administration.

The consultancy [Deloitte, ESP Consulting, PwC, ENSafrica and Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo], were appointed by National Treasury to support the intervention for verification of contracts and invoices, contract management and document review, and conducting forensic audits as well as forensic investigations where necessary.

The other appointments by the Minister of Finance, were those of administrators as Accounting Officers as requested by the Ministers responsible for those departments, namely, for the Department of Education – Mr Mzwandile Matthews; for the Department of Roads and Transport – Mr Mathabatha Mokonyama; and for the Department of Public Works – Mr B. Matutle, but later replaced by Mr Mbuyi Dondashe. Ms Valerie Rennie was appointed by the Minister of Health as an administrator, but was not recommended to the Minister of Finance for appointment as the Accounting Officer of the Department of Health in Limpopo.

(2) No, the Public Affairs Research Institute did not work with the administrators and National Treasury as part of the team, when the Limpopo provincial Department of Health was placed under administration.

19 December 2018 - NW3649

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Finance

Has the National Treasury, the Government Technical Advisory Centre and/or the SA Revenue Service awarded any contract to a certain institute (name furnished) since 1 January 2009; if so, what (a) was the contract for and (b) amount was paid to the institute?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

No contract was awarded since 1 January 2009.

GTAC

 

PARI contracts awarded and payments made up to October 2018

         
 

Contract Description

Duration

 

Amount paid

         

1

Provision of technical advisory services to the Eastern Cape Department of Education with the schools rationalisation project: knowledge management specialist

Nov 16 - Apr 19

 

999,798.61

         

2

The provision of action learning support to the Eastern Cape Department of Education turnaround project, focusing on supply chain improvement and culture change

Feb 14 - Feb 15

 

829,246.51

         

3

City Support Programme –Longitudinal studies, Case studies

Nov 14 - Nov 17

 

2,204,000.00

         

4

Expenditure and Performance Review of National Language Services - PanSALB, CRL and language services in the Dept of Arts & Culture

Nov 13- May 14

 

548,700.00

         
 

Total payments made

   

4,581,746.12

         

SARS

a) SARS awarded a contract to PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH INSTITUTE on 02 February 2011. This was for services to conduct a SARS Corruption study at a National level on a once off basis.

b) An amount of R799 755.00 was paid once off in 2011 for the services rendered.

19 December 2018 - NW3377

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he has been informed that members of the so-called Rogue Unit of the SA Revenue Service were allegedly given R150 million by a certain person (name furnished) allegedly to illegally install cameras and bugs at the offices of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and the SA Police Services in 2007; if not, what is the position in this regard; (2) whether they obtained the authority to do the alleged illegal installations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who authorised it?

Reply:

  1. I am not aware of an alleged payment of R150 million that was allegedly given to the members of the so called Rogue Unit.
  2. The Acting Commissioner has consulted with his Finance Team and they have confirmed that there is no record of the alleged R150 million payment flowing through the SARS Bank Accounts.
  3. The Acting-Commissioner furthermore informs me that to his knowledge, no installation of this nature occurred in the course of SARS operations and that no authority for the alleged installation was, as a result, requested from SARS or granted by SARS.

19 December 2018 - NW3485

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Finance

What qualifications and experience did a certain person (name furnished) have to be considered for appointment in certain positions (details furnished)?

Reply:

A certain person (name furnished) was appointed as Chief Officer Strategy, Enforcement and Enablement (SEE) on the 1/02/2011. The appointment was based on his extensive experience in enforcement within the Security Cluster. When he commenced his employment at SARS in 1999 he was appointed at a Chief Director level.

It is understood that the SARS qualification framework at that time made provision for either minimum qualifications and/or a number of years relevant experience as requirements for appointment. A certain person (name furnished) was then appointed on the basis of his experience.

In the 2009 Financial year three Senior SARS staff were designated as Deputy Commissioners of which Mr Ivan Pillay was one. He was never appointed as Commissioner but only Acted in that role.

According to SARS records, a certain person (name furnished) holds a grade 12 qualification.

Date

Job Title

Department

Grade

1999/04/01

Chief Director

Investigation Administration

DPSA Level 14

2000/06/01

Chief Director

Comp Si  Head Office

DPSA Level 14

2000/07/01

GM: COMPLIANCE

Comp Si  Head Office

9

2004/01/24

GM:ENFORCEMENT & RISK

Cmd: Compliance

9

2005/04/01

GM:ENFORCEMENT & RISK

Enforcement

9

2011/01/01

Chief Officer: Enforcement & Compl Risk

Enforcement & Compliance Risk

9

2011/02/01

Deputy Commissioner / Chief Officer: SEE

Office of the Commissioner

9

2012/05/01

CO: Strategy Enablement & Enforcement

Office of the Commissioner

9

2013/10/01

CO: Strategy Enablement & Communication

Office of the Commissioner

9

19 December 2018 - NW3679

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

(a) What number of institutions of technical and vocational education and training colleges have contracts with a certain company (name furnished) and (b) what (i) is the (aa) monetary value and (bb) duration of each contract and (ii) are the relevant details of the goods and services that the specified company provides in each case?

Reply:

The National Department of Public Works (NDPW) has taken a stance that all projects implemented by the department need to contribute towards the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The NDPW will consider the use of EPWP methodology in the erection of lighting and fencing at truck stops at the precincts of Government buildings and State-owned entities, when such projects are implemented by the Department and its entities.

19 December 2018 - NW3379

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether a certain person (name furnished) was given downloaded material during the period 1 January 1999 up to 31 December 2009 of the alleged illegal bugging of the offices of the SA Police Service and the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Acting Commissioner of SARS has informed me that SARS has no evidence of any such incident(s).

19 December 2018 - NW3406

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Following the pronouncements by the Government to accelerate the oceans economy, what steps will his department take in order to work with cities and harbour authorities to ensure that dedicated cruise tourism infrastructure becomes the catalyst to unlock the potential of the country as a global cruise tourism destination of choice?

Reply:

Tourism is a competency shared between national, provincial, and local government – and in this case, with the harbour authorities (i.e. Department of Public Enterprises - Transnet). The infrastructure developments and strategies that are part of the Coastal and Marine Tourism implementation plan are thus primarily owned by the two provinces/cities in question, together with Transnet. The objectives in these infrastructure developments were, inter alia, to offer new and modernised terminals that will provide an ideal gateway to a unique South African experience through the Ports of Durban and Cape Town in support of the tourism industry. In addition, this infrastructure served to provide modern reception facilities with safe, reliable and efficient marine services to enhance the visitor experience ensuring that cruise terminals in South Africa have:-

  • Sufficient tourist facilities, namely, integration of the creative industry (arts and crafts), retailers, restaurants, suppliers of fresh food, waste disposal facilities, luggage handling;
  • Tourist, family and child friendly facilities;
  • Sufficient and easy to access parking facilities for various modes of transport such as, metre taxis, shuttle service, tour operators, bus service etc.;
  • Safe and free walk ways for tourists / public to walk to the city and back to the terminal (tourist safety), (including city police / SAPS); and
  • Fast track the processing of tourist arrivals and departures at the cruise terminals (including Home Affairs).
  • Going forward, the Department intends to coordinate the development of a Cruise Tourism Maximisation Strategy, which will include all relevant stakeholders – (all) port cities, provinces, harbour authorities, local tourism authorities and tourism associations. The aim of this strategy will be to collate information, share views and insights and to develop tourism beyond cruise infrastructure. The intended outcomes include: -
    • More cruise liners docking for longer periods in South Africa;
    • Leverage economic spinoffs for tour operators, hotels, game reserves, lodges and attractions and related industries
    • Increased development of tourism and related products such as wine outlets, jewellery, arts and craft in close proximity of arrival facilities;
    • Opportunities to support trained chefs through the incubator programme to establish and run their own restaurants); and
    • Collaboration with neighbouring destinations along South Africa’s two coasts.

19 December 2018 - NW3922

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Tourism

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, 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 Department of Tourism has implemented the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2012 as per Department of Public Service Administration (DPSA) circular 4 of 2014. The implementation of Resolution 1 of 2012 was not an automatic upgrade for all persons employed on salary levels 9 and 11, however only those employees whose posts were job evaluated and graded at salary level 10 and 12 but placed at salary level 9 and 11 due to PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009. All employees who qualified in terms of the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 were upgraded. The total number of thirty-seven (37) employees, twenty (20) Deputy Directors and Seventeen (17) Assistant Directors were upgraded according to the Job Evaluation records.

The above resolution was not applicable to South African Tourism as the entity does not fall under the Public Service Act 103 of 1994.

19 December 2018 - NW3311

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)(a) On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) the National Treasury and (ii) entities reporting to him 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) (a) what is the name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) the National Treasury and (ii) entities reporting to him and (b) what is the value of the contract?

Reply:

NATIONAL TREASURY

(1)(a)(i) 21 December 2016

(1)(a)(i)(b) Storage Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (StorTech)

(1)(a)(i)(c) R13,574,635.87

National Treasury shares infrastructure with Government Technical Advisory Centre and Co-operative Banks Development Agency.

(1)(a)(i)(d) Underlying IT Infrastructure that supports all applications and services, was upgraded.

(2)(a)(i) Maintenance of the IT systems is done within National Treasury.

(2)(a)(i)(b) N/a

ASB

1. The Accounting Standards Board uses off-the-shelf software without any amendments or modifications. All the computers were upgraded to Windows 10 on 26 October 2018. The upgrades were done by ITWindows CC and the cost of the upgrade was R10 062.50.

2. All IT maintenance is outsourced to ITWindows CC and the monthly fee is R5 500. The contract is for a twelve-month period, but can be cancelled with a 30-day notice period.

CBDA

CBDA uses National Treasury IT infrastructure at no cost. Please see information below provided by the National Treasury.

Date when the information technology (IT) infrastructure procurement

21-Dec-16

Name of Service Provider

Stortech

Value of Requisition

R 13,574,635.87

Nature of goods

Underlying IT Infrastructure that supports all applications and services was upgraded

Maintenance

In-house

Note:

CBDA shares infrastructure with GTAC and National Treasury hence costs are shared

DBSA

  1. (a) (ii), (b) (c) (d)

DBSA applies the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes of reviewing and inviting bidders for ICT services every three years (3 years). Provisions are in place to also re-evaluate sole source vendors on a minimum annual basis. The core ICT systems and ICT infrastructure purchases done is shown on Section 1 of the below table.

Section 1. Update / Term Contracts

             

Core Infrastructure

Vendor

Update Date

Contract End Date

Value

Comments

Servers and Storage

Puleng Technologies

Jul-14

N/A

R7,452,017.29

Capex purchase of IBM Server/Storage equipment.

Local Area Network

Bytes Technologies

Jul-14

N/A

R11,519,640.00

Capex purchase of Cisco Network equipment.

Wi-Fi Network

Bytes Technologies

Sep-17

N/A

R7,582,621.38

Capex purchase of Cisco Wi-Fi equipment.

Telephone System

Gijima

Jan-16

N/A

R4,211,373.77

Capex purchase of NEC Telephone system

Multifunction Printers

Dido

May-18

Apr-21

R6,874,929.00

3 year agreement for the provision of multi-function printers

Backup and DR Services

Global Continuity SA

Apr-18

Mar-21

R3,705,300.00

3 year agreement for the provision of data backup and disaster recovery services

Internet Bandwidth and related services

Internet Solutions

May-18

Apr-21

R9,564,256.68

3 year agreement for the provision of Internet Bandwidth, hosting, APN, video conference bridge and web content filtering

Core Systems

Vendor

Update Date

Contract End Date

Value

Comments

SAP

SAP

Jul-16

N/A

R5,133,120.25

Last major update on Human Capital, Financials, Loans, Procurement

Quantum (Treasury System)

FIS Global

Apr-18

N/A

R3,090,675.00

Last major upgrade due to IFRS 9

  1. (a) (ii) (b)

The SCM processes are applied for ICT services for maintenance and support contracts. Section 2 and 3 covers the core ICT systems and ICT Infrastructure maintenance & support and licencing.

Section 2.Licenses

             

Software

Vendor

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

Value

Update Frequency

Last Update

Comments

Microsoft Productivity Tools - DBSA

Microsoft

Jul-16

Jun-19

$597,296.79

Monthly

Oct-18

3 year agreement for Microsoft Windows, Office, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Data Centre and Client Access Licenses

Microsoft Productivity Tools - IDD

First Technologies

Oct-17

Sep-20

R1,705,089.39

Monthly

Oct-18

3 year agreement for Microsoft Windows, Office and Client access licenses. Subscription licenses procured to allow for flexibility

Microsoft Server licenses

Microsoft

Jul-17

Jun-20

$344,355.48

Monthly

Oct-18

3 year agreement for Microsoft SQL licenses

SAP Licenses (ERP)

SAP

Feb-09

N/A

R3,653,043.00

Annually

Aug-18

Country Legislative Changes (e.g. Tax, Budget, etc.)
Vendor review conducted annually

Quantum (Treasury System) licenses

FIS Global

Dec-04

N/A

R1,900,000.00

OEM release schedule

Sep-18

OEM release schedule and Legislative (IFRS9)
Vendor review conducted annually

Section 3. Maintenance and Support

             

Core Infrastructure

Vendor

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

Value

Update Frequency

Last Update

Comments

Servers and Storage

IBM

May-17

May-19

R1,560,888.60

As per OEM release schedule

Jul-18

2 year maintenance contract for hardware and software support

Local Area Network

Datacentrix

Mar-18

Feb-21

R6,392,728.00

As per OEM release schedule

Aug-18

3 year maintenance for hardware and software support, combined into one contract including both Wi-Fi and LAN

Wi-Fi Network

Datacentrix

Mar-18

Feb-21

 

As per OEM release schedule

Jul-18

 

Core Systems

Vendor

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

Value

 

 

Comments

SAP

Gijima

May-17

Apr-20

R14,645,493.55

Monthly

Oct-18

3-year support and maintenance of SAP system

Quantum (Treasury System)

FIS Global

Apr-17

N/A

R312,500.00

 

Apr-18

Annual support and maintenance fee

FAIS OMBUD

  1. No upgrades being done.
  2. (a) Hubtech Investment is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT System

(b) R263 547.00

FIC

(1) The Financial Intelligence Centre’s information is as below:

(a)(ii)

Year

(b)

Supplier

(c)

Value

(d)

Description of  Infrastructure Hardware – Last 3 years

02/11/2015

Datacentrix

R 2 782 641.00

Cisco IPS

23/09/2015

Nambiti

R   169 269.20

Dell Server – Extra SQL host

04/12/2015

Sizwe

R   285 504.04

Cisco Routers

24/11/2015

Sithabile

R    315 903.39

Quantum Tape library

20/11/2015

Sizwe

R 1 534 947.64

Cisco Routers and Switches

24/03/2016

DEP Technologies

R    278 423.81

SAN storage upgrades

30/11/2016

Sizwe

R 2 607 191.95

Cisco Routers and Switches

16/10/2016

First Technology

R   187 567.85

VMWare Site recovery Manager

09/09/2016

DEP Technologies

R    225 818.82

VEEAM Backup software

02/12/2016

Edzenel Construction

R    160 611.06

Sophos firewalls

16/01/2017

JOS Electronics

R    142 249.18

Sophos Firewalls

16/02/2017

Dell

R    457 183.96

Dell Server Memory

23/03/2017

Sizwe

R 1 140 279.44 

Video Conferencing equipment

27/08/2018

Data Science

R 6 556 109.01

Pure SAN storage

(2)(ii) The Financial Intelligence Centre’s information is as below:

(a)

Supplier

(b)

Value

Business Connexion

R 1 188 482.28

Tendai Group

R  124 200.00

DEP

R 166 200.00

SITA

R 522 105.46

Sizwe

R 109 997.00

Dell

R1 419 449.08

FSCA

There were several information technology (IT) infrastructures upgrades over the past 3-4 years and this upgrade was driven by the need to refresh the aging technology that was about to reach end of useful and support life and were becoming uneconomical to maintain.

1. (a) The Information Technology (IT) infrastructure at the FSCA was upgraded as follows:

• The server and storage infrastructure in the production and in the disaster recovery environments were upgraded in March 2016 and March 2017;

• The server and storage infrastructure in the development and User Acceptance testing environments were upgraded in March 2018;

• The security and network optimisation and load balancing infrastructure (F5) was upgraded in September 2017 and in February 2018;

• The first phase of the audio visual equipment took place in June 2017 and the second phase of the upgrade is in progress. It is anticipated to be completed in February 2019;

• The network infrastructure is in the process of being upgraded with the anticipated project completion date March 2019.

(b) and (c) The infrastructure upgrades were conducted by different companies and the names of the companies contracted to do so as well as the monetary values are as follows:

 

   

( b )

( c )

IT infrastructure Upgrade

Date Completed

Contracted Company

Contract Value

Server infrastructure upgrade for the Production and DR environments

March 2016

Ubuntu Technologies

R 1 322 706.03

 

March 2016

Bytes Systems Integration

R 697  766.43

 

March 2017

Nambiti  Technologies

R 2 392 429.09

Server and storage infrastructure upgrade in the Non production environments. Additional servers for the Production and DR environments

March 2018

Aptronics (Pty) Ltd

R 13 586 783.61

Storage infrastructure for the production and DR environments

March 2016

Dell SA

R 7 930 160.00

Implementation of the wireless network at the FSCA head office

March 2017

Business Connexions

R 832 778.37

Server  and storage infrastructure for the new FSCA organization in the production and DR environments

March 2018

Aptronics (Pty) Ltd

R 7 959 089.16

Network virtualisation infrastructure (XSIGO) was replaced in the production environment

March 2018

Eclipse (Pty) Ltd

R 992 618.27

Security and network optimisation and load balancing infrastructure (F5 appliance ) in the production and DR environment

September 2017

XON (Pty) Ltd

R 3 907 780.18

 

March 2018

XON (Pty) Ltd

R 8 181 600.01

Audio visual equipment in the process of being upgraded in the production environment

June 2017

VOX Telecoms

R 564 106.18

 

March 2019

AE Solutions

R 2 372 507.50

Installation of server racks and network cabinets – Project in progress

March 2019

IT Master

R 2 005 954.60

Network infrastructure is in the process of being upgraded in the Non production, Production and DR environments

March 2019

Sizwe IT Group

R 4 661 860.89

Microsoft Skype for business is in the process of being upgraded pending approval

March 2019

Omega Solution

R 1 928 943.43

2. (a) The company contracted to maintain the IT systems, in particular the provision of desktop and infrastructure support services, is Aptronics (Pty) Ltd and the contract value is R30 million over a period of five years, which commenced on 09 December 2015.

GEPF

The Government Pensions Administration Agency provides ICT services to the GEPF.

GPAA

System

Last Upgraded

Name of company

Monetary Value of contract

Company currently responsible

Value of contract for current contract

1.CIVPEN

June 2014

(will be phased out/replaced by 2021)

Accenture

R 17 538 555

IBM (hardware is currently under a maintenance and support agreement with IBM until 30 September 2021)

R 4 812 506

2.ORACLE Infrastructure

March 2014

(Refresh planned for 2020)

Accenture

R 23 651 835

ORACLE (Currently under Oracle Premier Support until 31 March 2019 through SITA)

R 2 307 132

3.HP Infrastructure

April 2014

(Refresh planned for 2020)

EOH

R 23 995 085 Plus R 3 369 116

EOH (currently the equipment is still under a maintenance and Support contract with HP until 31 March 2020)

R 6 093 514 for all HP infrastructure

IRBA

Hardware

(1) (a) (ii) All significant hardware components are subject to the warranties from the manufacturer.

The Warranties still active no upgrades are required.

(b) Manufacturers are Dell and HP.

(c) Due to the warranty in place all defective parts are replaced at the cost of the manufacturer.

(d) Dell servers and HP switch.

(2) (a) (ii) Bytes Systems Integration a division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd.

(b) R4, 824 963.00 (Tender value from June 2017 to June 2022, a five year contract)

Software (Significant Systems)

(1) (a) (ii) Windows Server Updates - This is done weekly - 2 November 2018

FlowCentric - When updates are available - January 2016

AccPac - This is done annually - March 2018

(b) Windows Server Updates - Bytes Systems Integration

FlowCentric - FlowCentric (Pty) Ltd

AccPac - Lorge Consulting (Pty) Ltd

(c & d) Windows Server Updates - Included under 2 (b) under hardware

FlowCentric - R131 426.04 (2016)

AccPac - R30 245 (2018/19)

(2) (a) Windows Server Updates - Bytes Systems Integration

FlowCentric - FlowCentric (Pty) Ltd

AccPac - Lorge Consulting (Pty) Ltd

(b) Windows Server Updates - Included under 2 (b) under hardware

FlowCentric - R374 834 (Year to date)

AccPac - R8 115 (Previous financial year)

LAND BANK

Response to questions as follows:

  • Question (1) – see link Annexure “A’
  • Question (2) – see link Annexure “B”

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW3311_AnnexureB.pdf

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW3311_AnnexureB.pdf

 

PFA

(1) (a) July 2018

(b) Nambiti Technologies Pty (Ltd),

(c) Contract value amounts to R 983 040

(d) Provision of ICT equipment, installation and support for the data centre.

(2) (a)(ii) The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator has a service level agreement with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority for ICT support and maintenance. The following companies are used for ICT security management support:

  • Computer Security and Forensic Solutions Pty (Ltd) – Network protection and events monitoring and management
  • Check Point Software Technologies Ltd – Firewall management
  • Securicom Ltd – Email security management

PIC

(1)

(2) Other than the companies mentioned above, the PIC does not have any company that is responsible for the maintenance of IT systems.

SARS

Question 1 response

The SARS ICT Infrastructure is used to provide both support functions as well as enabling core business functions (processes). It is a heterogeneous infrastructure landscape consisting of various technology architectures sourced through formal procurement vehicles.

The SARS strategy for ICT infrastructure renewal is based on a rolling upgrade cycle in terms of infrastructure that reaches end of life in a fiscal year. This is used to request budget but actual implementation is subject to final budget approval that is not guaranteed.

Renewal of infrastructure and providing infrastructure support is categorised and handled in the following ways:

SARS follows formal procurement process to establish ICT service provider towers for a minimum of 3 years. Each tower has a formally appointed vendor for the provisioning of ICT services within that category:

Tower

Scope

Service Provider

D

Data Carrier Services

IS

V

Voice Carrier Services

IS

I

Internet and Hosting Services

Vodacom

SMS

SMS Carrier Services

MTN & Telkom

N

Network Support Services

Sizwe

S

Server Support Services

Gijima

E

End-user Device Support Services

Sizwe

From an infrastructure refresh perspective, SARS uses the appointed vendors listed above in combination with formal procurement tenders established by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA Transversals), SARS administered tenders as well as formally approved National Treasury tenders and exemptions to refresh ICT infrastructure that has reached replacement status for each fiscal year.

In terms of question 1) above the following ICT Infrastructure was updated/upgraded.

2015/16 financial year:

ICT Infrastructure CAPITAL Expenditure

Cost

Supplier

Security infrastructure

R43 593 554,00

IBM

Infrastructure licensing

R 8 964 259,00

Microsoft

Enterprise data storage

R 8 160 694,00

IBM

Transport network infrastructure

R 6 725 590,00

Cisco

IT facility infrastructure

R9 173 409,00

BTS, Merque Communications

End User Devices

R 2 342 702,00

Dell, Lenovo

Voice networking infrastructure

R 7 966 854,00

Cisco

Midrange servers capacity upgrades

R 3 361 006,00

IBM

Audio visual equipment

R 517 803,00

Other

Total

R90 805 871,00

2016/17 Financial year:

ICT Infrastructure CAPITAL Expenditure

Cost

Supplier

* IBM Software renewal

R97 616 255,00

IBM

*Midrange Servers

R52 728 191,00

IBM

*Enterprise  data storage

R81 829 559,00

IBM & Ubuntu

*Mainframe replacement

R18 936 395,00

IBM

Commodity class servers

R17 754 055,00

Microsoft

Digital signage solution

R13 693 901,00

Bytes 

End User Devices

R12 335 494,00

Dell, Lenovo

Transport network infrastructure

R 4 017 513,00

Cisco

Contact Centres data storage refresh

R 3 380 873,00

IBM 

Microsoft software licences

R 2 599 525,00

Microsoft

Total

R304 891 761,00

* These items reflect the 3 year IBM Enterprise Agreement and are the reason for the big escalation in capital expenditure

2017/18 financial year:

ICT Infrastructure CAPITAL Expenditure

Cost

Supplier

Refresh of end of life commodity class servers

R24 133 311,57

Dell

Backup storage capacity upgrade

R 4 116 941,60

EMC

IT Facilities and Offices, Generators

R 4 968 616,30

BTS, Merque Communications

IBM WebSphere renewal

R 3 955 745,58

IBM

Personal Computers - Monitors, Laptops and Desktops refresh

R 3 304 820,64

Dell, Lenovo

SAP Licenses

R32 904 235,00

SAP

Casewise Enterprise Architecture tool

R5 999 757,00

Casewise

VMWARE software capacity

R2 675 570,00

VMware

Total

R 82 058 997,69

2018/19 financial year:

ICT Infrastructure CAPITAL Expenditure

Cost

Supplier

Personal Computers - Monitors, Laptops and Desktops refresh

R15 841 566,00

Dell, Lenovo

Refresh of end of life commodity class servers

R14 851 195,84

Dell

Renewal of Enterprise Content Management Maintenance Services

R12 036 532,50

OpenText

Network Infrastructure Refresh

R10 441 869,38

Cisco

Contact Centre Media Servers Renewal

R 7 230 810,25

Radisys

Casewise Enterprise Architecture tool

R 996 511,00

Casewise

IT Facilities and Offices, Generators

R 4 140 644,32

BTS, Merque Communications

Total

R65 539 129,29

The 2018/19 infrastructure expenditure does not show current projects in execution as this is only shown upon project completion. One such example is the renewal of the eFiling infrastructure and migration to the new data centre with a total estimated value of R 197 m. Another example is the equipment for the Disaster Recovery Facilities with a total estimated value of R54m. Both these projects are expected to be completed in April 2019.

Question 2 response

As per question 2 above and in addition to the infrastructure hardware and software that enables and support the SARS business, the following Business Systems are also maintained and supported by external vendors.

Period covered

Business System

Description

Supplier

2018/19

Average Annual Maintenance and Support Value

3 Yrs Contracts values

         

BAU (Maintenance & Support)

Project and Capex

Procurement vehicle Total

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

eFiling

SARS premier digital channel for the submission of a variety of tax returns including VAT, PAYE, SDL, UIF, Income Tax, STC and Provisional Tax through the eFiling website.

Shandon Business Solutions

R 10 713 000

R 35 000 000

R 140 000 000

R 175 000 000

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

e@syFile™

SARS offline capability that assists the taxpayer to manage engagement with SARS and validate declarations in offline mode before sending them to SARS.

Ionize

R 15 659 000

R 50 000 000

R 45 000 000

R 95 000 000

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

ATP/Service Manager/IVR/Telephony/U3TM

A collective of integrated systems that offer Case Management, Workflows, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Telephony for Contact Centres and Master Entity capabilities.

BBD

R 45 651 000

R 128 000 000

R 355 000 000

R 483 000 000

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020

SAP (ERP, SRM, Sourcing, HR)

A collective of SAP modules that provide both revenue collection accounting functionality as well as corporate ERP (internal) capability.

SAP

R 35 196 000

R 129 796 838

R 160 554 000

R 290 350 838

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

iCBS (DPS, CPS)

The Customs ecosystem of capabilities to ensure processing of Customs declarations and other supporting functions

Interfront (SOC)

R 24 763 000

R 85 000 000

R 400 000 000

R 485 000 000

TOTALS **

     

R 131 982 000

R 427 796 838

R 1 100 554 000

R 1 528 350 838

** The above list does not include any SARS internally developed and maintained systems

** These totals are 3year procurement vehicle value

SASRIA

  1. Please refer below, at Table 1 for a reply.

Date last updated

Company responsible for upgrades

Monetary value

IT system

2018/08/01

Darktrace and Antegina

R 500 000

New security monitoring system to enhance our security

2016/09/01

AlienVault SIEM

R 500 000

New security management tool for internal and external vulnerability

2018/10/01

Data Guardian

R 150 000

Windows Server Upgrade Project and Commvault Disaster Recovery Live Sync

2016 -2018

Internet Solution

R 1 200 000

Management of comprehensive internet solution. External firewall management

2017/04/01

Metrofile

R 141 072

Backup Storage

2019/06/

Dimension Data

R 350 000

Expansion of the Wi-Fi including new WiFiless devices, WI-FI Expansion

Cisco ASA Firewall & VPN

2017/04/01

Ilanga

R 823 755

Annual IMS Services, Licenses and Maintenance

2018/04/01

DCX- Hewlett Packard/ESS Disaster Recovery/ DCX

R 225 014

Disaster Recovery Services and Hosting

2016/04/01

IDI Technology Solutions

R 23 000

GP- Great Plains Micro Dynamic Support and licenses

2018/04/01

Great Soft(Pty) Ltd

R 378 000

Subscription and Support to BoardPad Software

2017/06/30

GX Diesel

R 16 850

Generator Maintenance Services and Power generation

2014/05/26

Software AG South Africa (Pty)Ltd

R 498 000

ARIS Software Licenses, Support, Maintenance

2017/03/01

Seventynine Digital

R 41 400

Website Maintenance & Support

2016/10/06

Fraxion (Pty)Ltd

R 28 000

Fraxion Software License

2014/05/26

Software AG South Africa (Pty)Ltd

R 490 637

Renewal ARIS Software Licenses, Support, Maintenance

2018/02/01

Isometrix

R 94 000

Isometrix Upgrade & Annual Licenses

2018/04/01

Cortell Management Solutions

R 264 175

IBM Cognos Licenses renewals

2018/04/01

Intervate Solutions

R 980 000

Web Rates Calculator

2018/05/01

Dimension Data

R 110 000

WI-FI Expansion

2018/08/01

Dimension Data

R 150 000

Cisco ASA new Firewall & VPN upgrade

2018/08/01

Microsoft

R 1 100 000

New Office 365

2018/11/01

EOH

R 100 000

Cisco 3850 Catalyst Switches for network connectivity

2018/11/01

Bytes Technology

R 300 000

2x Brocade Fibre Switches to enhance storage capability

2018/11/01

Interconnect Systems

R 300 000

Setting up new office space: 34 Fricker Road, Cisco 3850 Catalyst Switches & WI-FI devices

 

TAX OMBUD

  1. The Office of the Tax Ombud utilizes the SARS IT infrastructure. All updates or upgrades are done by SARS.
  2. Maintenance of the IT systems is done by SARS.

19 December 2018 - NW3407

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Mr K P Robertson (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works:

(1) What are the details of (a) his department’s programme to release departmental property in the Bloubergstrand area, (b) the title of the property and (c) the size of the property; (2) whether the release of the property is for the purposes of restitution claims; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department has other properties that are designated to be released for purposes of land reform; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the name of each property and (b) what number of hectares is each property?

Reply:

(1) (a) The property in the Bloubergstrand area has been requested and earmarked for human settlements by the Housing Development Agency.

(b) The property is an unregistered portion of Erf 268, Blaauwbergstrand, known as Erf 1117, Blaauwbergstrand. Erf 268 and Erf 1117 share the title deed number: T1606/1953.1117

(c) The property measures 277.6009 Hectares in extent.

(2) No, the property is not required for restitution purposes. As indicated in (1) above, the property has been requested by the Housing Development Agency for human settlement purposes.

(3) Yes, the Department of Public Works has got other properties designated to be released for purposes of land reform.

(a) and (b) See attached hereto the list (Annexure A) with names of each property and extent.

19 December 2018 - NW3676

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Mr W W Wessels (FF Plus) to ask die Minister of Finance

(1) What is the number of taxpayers who declared capital profits regarding cryptocurrency to the SA Revenue Service during the tax years 2016, 2017 and 2018; (2) whether the National Treasury intends to introduce specific legislation, regulations and/or measures to (a) regulate the mining and trading of cryptocurrency in South Africa and (b) improve the levying of tax on the profits regarding cryptocurrency, as is already in place with the identification and levying of taxes on other traditional capital profits; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details and periods; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. SARS is not able to accurately trace the number of declaration pertaining to capital progits on cryptocurrency

The existing income tax return forms currently do not make provision for taxpayers to specifically declare capital profits regarding cryptocurrency trades, however work is underway within SARS to consider the amendment of the tax forms for the 2019 tax season in order to cater for the description of other assets (which will include cryptocurrencies) by means of a specific description field on the form.

Taxpayers who have made some form of declarations regarding cryptocurrency trades, have captured such trade as a form of “other trade income” or “other trade loss”, and have made reference to a description of digital/crypto currency trading (e.g. Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Zcash (ZEC) to name a few).

2. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a media release on 6 April 2018 clarifying that it would apply normal income tax rules to cryptocurrencies.

In line with the announcement made in Annexure C of the 2018 Budget Review, the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2018, proposes amendments with respect to the treatment of cryptocurrencies for income tax and value-added tax purposes.

These amendments ensure that that losses on cryptocurrencies may only be set off against profits from cryptocurrencies (otherwise known as ring-fencing), clarify that cryptocurrencies cannot be classed as personal use assets for capital gains tax purposes and treat cryptocurrencies as financial services for value-added tax purposes. Further, National

Treasury does not wish to pre-empt the work of the Intergovernmental Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group (CAR WG). The CAR WG is looking into all aspects of cryptocurrencies, related blockchain concepts and use cases. This is being done with a view towards developing a cohesive governmental understanding and response to cryptocurrencies.

In keeping with the development of a unified intergovernmental regulatory framework, the CAR WG has broad intergovernmental representation and includes representatives from the Financial Intelligence Centre, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, National Treasury, SA Reserve Bank and SARS. It is anticipated that, following broad industry comment and participation, the CAR WG will be ready to release a final research paper on the subject during the course of 2019. The OECD/G20’s Inclusive Framework on BEPS is also working on the tax challenges arising from digitalisation, which include the issue of cryptocurrencies. An interim report was issued earlier this year (https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/taxation/tax-challenges-arising-from-digitalisation-interim-report_9789264293083-en) with a view to issuing a final report in 2020.

3. N/A

19 December 2018 - NW3849

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1) Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom

(1)(b) Eskom has never had a contract with Bosasa (now known as Africa Global Operations) for the period in question.

(2) Due to Eskom not having a contract with said company no verification is

19 December 2018 - NW3313

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Public Works:

(1) (a) On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him 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) (a) what is the name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him and (b) what is the value of the contract?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) From 2014 to 2018

(b) the companies are, namely: Technology Corporate Management; Nambithi Technologies; EOH Mthombo; Odirile IT Holdings; Business Connexion; State Information Technology Agency; and Vodacom.

(c) Technology Corporate Management = R19 990 876.57

Nambithi Technologies = R13 626 624.77

EOH Mthombo = R12 131 776.84

Odirile IT Holdings = R20 459 128.48

Business Connexion = R127 418 715.24

State Information Technology Agency = R9 089 726.36

Vodacom = R5 539 284.36

(d) IT systems that were upgrade are as follows:

Name of the System

Service

Company

Value

1. Backup Infrastructure

Backup and recovery solution (2014-2017)

Technology Corporate Management

R19 990 876.57

2. Server Infrastructure

Regional servers (2014-17)

Nambithi Technologies

R13 626 624.77

 

V-Block replacement @ SITA (2017-18)

Odirile IT Holdings

R12 642 360.34

3.Data centres Infrastructure

Uninterrupted power supply and cooling (Head Office and Regions) (2017-18)

EOH Mthombo

R12 131 776.84

   

Odirile IT Holdings

R7 816 768.14

4. Network and Audio-visual Infrastructure

Procurement, installation and care pack service for the network equipment (2014)

Business Connexion

R127 418 715.24

 

Virtual Private Network (VPN) upgrade (2018)

State Information Technology Agency (per annum)

R9 089 726.36

 

Unified Communications (least cost routing and other related services): National Treasury Contract RT15 (2018)

Vodacom (per annum)

R5 539 284.36

 

Access Point Network Solution (User Mobile Data Services): National Treasury Contract RT15 (2018)

Vodacom per annum –

Paid per utilisation @ R0,1550 /MB

R325 560.00

(2) (a) (i)

State Information Technology Agency

Vodacom (Unified Communications (least cost routing and other related services): National Treasury Contract RT15)

Vodacom (Access Point Network Solution (User Mobile Data Services): National Treasury Contract RT15)

(b) (i)

State Information Technology Agency = R9 089 726.36 (per annum)

Vodacom (Vodacom (Unified Communications (least cost routing and other related services): National Treasury Contract RT15) = R5 539 284.36 (per annum)

Vodacom (Access Point Network Solution (User Mobile Data Services): National Treasury Contract RT15) = R325 560.00 (per annum)

Information pertaining to Public Entities reporting to the Minister of Public Works

Agrément South Africa (ASA)

(1)(a)(ii) Not applicable

Thus (b)(c)(d) as well as (2)(a)(ii) and (b) fall away.

Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

(1) (a) (ii) Last Upgrade Date

(1) (b) Service Provider

(1) (c) Contract Value

(1) (d) Details of the Upgraded Service

Contract Period

Service Type

Maintenance

(2)(a)(ii)(b)

September 2017

Data Centrix

R573 189.00

2 X Servers – HPE DL 380’s , supply and Setup for Virtual Environment

Once-Off

Infrastructure

 

N/A

April 2017

E-Novative Technologies

Africa

R1 053 538.00

Network and Telephone Setup New Offices, supply of Cisco Equipment, Wifi and Cabling

Once-Off

Infrastructure

N/A

1. September 2017

2. October 2018

Sage Computers Technologies

1. R281 786.00

2. R263 580.00

Laptop Refresh

Once-Off

Infrastructure

3yrs Warranty OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

May 2018

IEE (Intelligence Everywhere Enterprise)

R498 000.00

Disaster Recovery as-a-service (DRAAS) - the service procured includes (Hardware, Server Space, Disaster Recovery Team, Monitoring, Backup, Replication and 10 Seats Office Space, Support and Maintenance)

12 Months (Mar 2018 –Mar 2019)

Infrastructure

Included in the contract

Feb 2018

E-Novative Technologies

Africa

R299 221.00

Firewall Security Service – Security as-a-service = 24/7/365 Supply, Implement, Support and Maintenance – Fortigate Solution

36 Months ( Feb 2018 – Feb 2021)

Infrastructure - Security

Included in the contract

Nov 2017

Nashua Kopano

R379 612.00

2 X Big Photo Copier/ Printer Rental and 4 x Printers Outright Purchase

24 Months (Nov 2017 – Oct 2019)

Infrastructure

Included in the contract

May 2018

Pulego Communications

R385 000.00

Website and intranet Development, Support and Maintenance

24 Months (March 2018 – March 2020)

IT System

Included in the contract

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

(1)(a)(ii)

The system was upgraded to latest version on the 29th of March 2017.

(b) The company contracted to upgrade the system is nVisionIT as they were awarded a contract to maintain and support the system.

(c) The total amount of the contract was R656 600.00

(d) The name of the system upgraded is Microsoft Dynamics CRM and it was upgraded to a latest version (2016)

(2)(a)(ii)

The name of the service provider currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems is nVisionIT

(b) The total value of the contract is R4 912 110.00 for a period of 12 months.

Independent Development Trust (IDT) conducted several IT systems upgrades outlined as follows:

Wide Area Network Infrastructure upgrade:

The IT core network Infrastructure (Wide Area Network Infrastructure) for the IDT was last updated in March 2015. The name of the company contracted to do the upgrade was Telkom/BCX.

The contract value of the upgrade over three years (2015-2018) was R10 150 358.40.

The company currently doing the maintenance on the system is Telkom/BCX. Telkom provides the band width and maintains the network infrastructure for three years’ contract value.

The IDT also had a Financial Systems upgrade:

The financial systems were last upgraded in December 2013. The name of the company contracted to do the upgrade was Praxis. The contract value of the upgrade was R5 000 000. The IT system upgraded was Great Plains.

The company currently doing the maintenance of the financial system is Sethewo Pty Ltd. The contracted support rate is R 940.00 per hour. This includes support and general bugs fixing. The licence fee for Great Pains is R578 998.38 per annum.

IDT also conducted a Human Resources & Payroll Systems upgrade:

The Human Resources and Payroll systems were last upgraded in July 2017. The name of the company contracted to do the upgrade was Sage VIP. The contract value of the upgrade was R1 153 165.00. The IT System upgraded was Sage 300 Peope. The company currently doing the maintenance of the system is Sage VIP. The contracted support rate is R1 020.00 per hour. This includes support and general bugs fixing. The licence fee for Sage 300 People is R266 964.00.

19 December 2018 - NW3918

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Public Works

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, 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 Department of Public Works has implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2012, which amended PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009 regarding the grading of posts on salary levels 9/10 and 11/12.

All the affected employees were identified and consolidated submissions were approved and the affected employees were upgraded accordingly.

19 December 2018 - NW3384

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Galo, Mr MP to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the Government intends to use the contingency reserve to bail out underperforming state-owned entities; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any funds from the contingency reserve have been used before; if so, (a) what government programmes were targeted and (b) at what value; (3) (a) what amount is the gross net amount in the contingency reserve and (b) does the National Revenue Fund and the contingency reserve fall under the same consolidated account of national Government?

Reply:

1. The budget tabled in February provides for a contingency reserve for the three years of the medium term expenditure framework period. The contingency reserve is set aside, but not allocated in advance, to accommodate changes to the economic environment and to meet unforeseeable spending pressures. The contingency reserve for the outer years of the medium term expenditure framework period may also contain funds to effect policy priorities identified in subsequent budget processes which may include support for state-owned companies if the need arises.

In the middle of each fiscal year, the adjustments process provides an opportunity to make permissible revisions to the budget, in response to changes that have affected the planned government spending for that year. The adjusted budget may allocate unused funds, mainly from the contingency reserve, declared unspent funds, provisional allocation for contingencies not assigned to votes and projected underspending to offset additions to spending in form of roll-overs, unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure, self-financing expenditure as well as any announcements made by the Minister of Finance in the budget speech for which allocations are to be made in the adjustments budget and additional amounts that have been approved for particular types of spending, if that be the case.

2. Yes. The following adjustments were tabled for the 2018/19 financial year:

Adjustments to vote appropriations amount to an increase of R12 063.2 million, of which:

  • unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure

R 668.6 million

  • expenditure earmarked in the 2018 Budget speech for future allocation

R 9 687.9 million

  • roll-overs

R 258.0 million

  • self-financing expenditure

R 1 777.5 million

  • declared unspent funds (reductions to vote allocations)

R-328.8 million

Adjustments to estimates of direct charges against the National Revenue Fund amount to R1 372.7 million more than anticipated at the time of the budget, of which:

  • debt-service costs
  • National Revenue Fund payments

R 975.0 million

R 14.9 million

  • skills levy and sector education and training authorities

R 382.8 million

The adjustments to vote appropriations (R12.1 billion increase) and estimates of direct charges (R1.4 billion increase) are offset against the R6 billion provisional allocation for contingencies not assigned to votes and R8 billion contingency reserve set aside in the budget. In addition, the revised budget framework makes provision for approximately R2.7 billion in projected underspending at national government level, and R500 million in the local government repayment to the National Revenue Fund. The total estimated adjustments spending for 2018/19 thus decreases by R3.8 billion, from a budgeted R1 512.2 billion to a revised R1 508.4 billion.

The 2018 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure publication can be consulted for further information on each of the above adjustments.

3. (a) Over the 2019 MTEF R27billion has been set aside for the contingency reserve as follows

  • 2019/20: R7 billion
  • 2020/21: R8 billion
  • 2021/22: R12 billion

b) The contingency reserve is part of the main budget fiscal framework

18 December 2018 - NW3857

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; 2. Whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. For the exclusive knowledge of the State Security Minister and Deputy, the State Security Agency (SSA) has never contracted the services of Bosasa or African Global Operations, as it is know now.

2. Not applicable (N/A)

18 December 2018 - NW3925

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Groenewald, Mr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether a certain person (name furnished) worked at the State Security Agency (SSA) at any stage since 1 January 1994; if so, during which duration; 2. Whether the specified person instituted any claims against the SSA; if so, what are the relevant details of the claims; 3. Whether she intends to pay these claims; if no, why not; if so, by which date; 4. Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Information relating to members of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged.

It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) and the Inspector-General.

18 December 2018 - NW3861

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) No.

(1)(b) No.

(2) Falls away.

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18 December 2018 - NW3908

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

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, 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:

No, it should be noted that not all the Assistant Director and Deputy Director posts in this Department are on level 10 and 12. There are some that have been originally graded on post levels 9 and 11. The Job Evaluation information (generated through the Job Evaluation system) has been used to determine the grading of these jobs. Subsequently, the Job Evaluation results are factored into the approved organizational structure of the Department. Hence, the Job Evaluation database is created to reflect all the jobs, inclusive of all the Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors which are on 9, 10, 11 and 12.

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