Questions and Replies

12 September 2019 - NW509

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What is the total number of BMW 3 Series vehicles purchased by his department in July 2019, (b) who authorised the purchase of the vehicles in each department, (c) what was the total purchase price of each vehicle and (d) for (i) what purpose and (ii) whom was each vehicle purchased? (2) Whether his department secured any discounted purchase prices for the specified vehicles; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? (3) Whether he has found that the purchase of the specified vehicles complied with the National Treasury’s cost containment measures?

Reply:

(1) (a) None

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d)(i) Not applicable

(d)(ii) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

(3) Not applicable

12 September 2019 - NW513

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What total number of agricultural export protocols are outstanding, (b) from which dates have the protocols been outstanding, (c) why is each protocol still outstanding and (d) by what date is each outstanding protocol expected to be finalized?

Reply:

 

 

Response to Parliamentary Question

 

QUESTION NO.:

513/NW1506E

TO:

MINISTER

FROM:

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SUBJECT:

QUESTION 513/NW1506E FOR WRITTEN REPLY BY MRS A STEYN (DA) TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CLASSIFICATION:

CONFIDENTIAL

An export protocol is located at the end stage of a continuum of activities aimed at securing market access. An export protocol can only be concluded once the trade negotiations are finalised. At any given stage there are trade negotiations with trading partners and these are invariably at different stages of advancement within the market access continuum. Some market access requests for some commodities are at questionnaire (initial) stage, others are at health certification (final) stage. However, there are requests where negotiations have stalled. Trade negotiations on sanitary and phytosanitary matters do not unfold in a straight-line trajectory as there is consistent exchange of notes on scientific and technical facets. Moreover, any projected or assumed pathway or timeframe may be impeded, interrupted or curtailed by a range of factors. The table provided responds to questions 1 (a) (b) (c).

The dates given in this response are dependent vary depending on the complexity of the matter, and therefore the time it takes for the importing country to complete its risk analysis processes. For example the request to export beef to the USA had been going through a “Rule Making Process” of the USA for almost 10 years and was not even concluded when South Africa reported its 2011 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in KZN; following this South Africa was told to start the process from beginning.

With negotiations, the department sends a reminder shortly after the initial communication, if there is no response from the trade partner. If after one (or two) reminders there is still no response, the file is closed unless there is an indication of interest from the local industry.

Export Protocols

Country

Commodity Protocol outstanding

From which dates have the protocols been outstanding

(application date)

Why is each protocol still outstanding

By what date is each outstanding protocol expected to be finalised?

QUESTIONNAIRES

Australia

Ruminant semen and embryos

April 2015

Submitted FMD questionnaire response 20 April 2015. Australia has informed us on 23 July 2015 that they will not be able to evaluate the information for the next year, as resources had already been allocated elsewhere. Awaiting a response from Australia

Unknown

Indonesia

Beef

January 2016

Submitted questionnaire response on 29 January 2016. VPH still to submit dossiers on the establishments. Waiting for a response from Indonesia.

Unknown

Israel

Beef

May 2010

Beef questionnaire sent to Israel in May 2010. On 28 October 2015 Israel informed us that information is too old and process will only be restarted if there is interest from Israeli importers. Waiting for confirmation from Israel that there is Israeli interest.

Unknown

Japan

Beef

December 2015

Received questionnaire for completion. However, during prioritisation workshop with industry it was decided that it is an unlikely market, so it is on hold unless re-prioritised.

Unknown

Philippines

Beef

June 2016

Questionnaire in process of being completed.

Unknown

Singapore

Beef

April 2015

Singapore has indicated that they cannot allow importation from a country without negligible risk status for BSE. In January 2019, Singapore sent updated import requirements for BSE undetermined risk status countries. Singapore has expressed an interest in an inspection visit. However, South Africa has lost its OIE recognised Foot and Mouth Disease status and therefore, South Africa cannot host Singapore for the export of beef until the FMD free status has been regained.

Unknown

 

Lamb

 

Questionnaire was received. Was not prioritised at workshop with industry.

Unknown

Sri Lanka

Beef

August 2015

Sri Lanka indicated that they cannot import from a country without BSE negligible risk.

Unknown

Taiwan

Beef

July 2014

Sent information to Taiwan regarding the South Africa BSE status to check whether they would consider importing beef. Awaiting a response.

Unknown

Thailand

Beef

July 2017

Sent information on the FMD and BSE status of South Africa on 27 July 2017. Still awaiting a response.

Unknown

Vietnam

Beef

March 2015

Completed questionnaire submitted on 7 June 2016. Further information was requested which was sent on 17 March 2017. Awaiting a response.

Unknown

INSPECTION VISITS

Russia

Beef and mutton

March 2015

Inspection visit took place in March 2015. Inspection report indicated many concerns. South Africa cannot comply with Russia’s import requirements.

Unknown

Saudi Arabia

Beef and mutton

July 2016

Questionnaire response was submitted on 15 July 2016. An amended format of the questionnaire was requested. This was completed in 2017. Inspection visit to be arranged. Proposed dates for March 2017. The inspection visit had to be delayed due to lack of human resources. Thereafter, South Africa lost its Foot and Mouth Disease free status

Unknown

VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATE NEGOTIATIONS

Malaysia

Beef

September 2014

Inspection visit took place in October 2017. A VHC was prepared according to the requirements received from the Malaysia Veterinary Authority and is awaiting inputs from management. VHC must then be circulated to the Provincial Veterinary Services and can then be proposed to Malaysia for negotiation.

Unknown

Brazil

Bovine semen and embryos and ovine semen

June 2016

Proposed veterinary health certificates were submitted to Brazil for negotiation in 2017. A response requesting amendments was received on 22 March 2018. Preparing the amendments.

Expect to send amended VHCs to Brazil by the end of 2019.

Argentina

Bovine semen and embryos

March 2018

Proposed veterinary health certificates on 16 July 2018. Received a request for amendments on 2 August 2018. Preparing the amendments.

Expect to send amended VHCs to Argentina by the end of 2019.

MARKET ACCESS NEGOTIATIONS FOR PLANT AND PLANT PRODUCTS

China

Pears

2008

The draft Protocol was received from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China on 26 July 2019 and is being evaluated; upon confirmation of the whether South Africa is in a position to comply with the protocol, it will be taken through a consultation process with Industry.

Unknown

China

Soyabean

14 February 2019

Additional information on certain pests of concern had been requested by China; South Africa is currently compiling the required additional technical information.

Unknown

Japan

Avocado

17 December 2014

The draft Protocol and annexes with comments from MAFF were received in April 2019; feedback is being finalised.

Possibly by the end of September 2019, depending on when the response is completed and sent , and on feedback from Japan

Mexico

Table grapes

February 2006

Research on pest surveillance still needs to be conducted as requested by Mexico for one of the quarantine pests which occurs in the Table grape production areas of SA.

Unknown

Philippines

Citrus

August 2008

Feedback on the draft Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) report, draft phytosanitary requirements and proposed mitigation treatment measures for citrus fruits was provided to the Philippines on 11 July 2019.

Unknown

Taiwan

Avocado

November 2015

Additional information on certain pests of concern had been requested by The Taiwanese National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ); the relevant technical experts in SA are currently collating the information.

Unknown

Thailand

Apples

05 August 2016

Feedback on the pest list of Apples from South Africa to be exported to the Kingdom of Thailand had been communicated to Thailand on 24 May 2019.

Unknown

South Korea

Table grapes

September 2011

Additional information on specific risk management measures on listed quarantine pests of concern had been requested by the Republic of Korea in March 2019; research/ surveillance still need to be conducted in SA.

Unknown

USA

Avocado

23 July 2008

Mitigation measures for pests of concern were communicated in a letter of response to the USDA-APHIS on 28 June 2019.

Unknown

USA

Maize/ corn seed

12 June 2012

Additional information on specific risk management measures on listed quarantine pest of concern had been communicated on 17 May 2018; feedback is awaited from the USA.

Unknown

12 September 2019 - NW599

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Which South African companies with manufacturing capacity in the Republic are able to produce (a) train carriages and (b) train lines?

Reply:

A number of companies, both domestic and foreign-owned, have local manufacturing or related factories in South Africa. The following are some of the key local companies that assemble; refurbish; and/ or maintain locomotives, wagons and passenger trains:

  1. Transnet Engineering (TE) manufactures, refurbishes and maintains all classes of rail rolling stock at its various facilities across South Africa.2
  2. Gibela Rail Consortium is manufacturing the new trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) at their facility in Dunnottar, Nigel.
  3. Alstom Ubunye is previously known as Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW). They have capacity to manufacture and refurbish both locomotives and passenger coaches.
  4. TMH Africa is previously known as DCD Rolling Stock plant. This facility has the capacity to do the assembly, maintenance and modernisation of locomotives and wagons.
  5. Naledi Rail Engineering (Pty) Ltd has the capacity to refurbish passenger coaches for PRASA at their facility in Germiston.
  6. Wictra Holdings (Pty) Ltd has the capacity to refurbish passenger coaches for the PRASA and locomotives at their facilities in Cape Town (Brackenfell) and Boksburg (Dunswart).
  7. Traxtion Sheltam is involved in locomotive rebuild and overhaul at their facility in Rosslyn.
  8. African Rail and Traction Services (Pty) Ltd – the previous Grindrod facility – is involved in the repair, reconditioning and upgrading of locomotives and track-mobiles at their facility in Pretoria West.
  9. Amsted Rail (formerly owned by SCAW Metal) based in Boksburg produces cast wheels for the domestic rail industry
  10. Highveld Structural Steel produces rail-lines currently supplying to the mining industry.

There is a further number of companies in the supply chain at various levels that support the above mentioned companies with sub-systems; components; materials and associated services.

 

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12 September 2019 - NW550

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of positions are currently vacant in the boards of each of the different entities reporting to him?

Reply:

NAME OF ENTITY

VACANCIES

  1. SANRAL

1 Vacancy

  1. C-BRTA

There are currently 4 Vacancies

The Board term expired in May 2016 and was extended until 31 October 2019

  1. RTIA

7 Vacancies

  1. RTMC

None

  1. RAF

12 Vacancies

(Currently there is an Interim Board appointed)

  1. ACSA

2 Vacancies

  1. SACAA

None

  1. ATNS

None

  1. PRASA

12 Vacancies

(Currently there is an Interim Board appointed)

  1. RSR

2 Vacancies

  1. SAMSA

2 Vacancies

Board term expired 31 March 2019 and extended until 30 September 2019.

  1. Ports Regulator

The whole Board 12 Vacancies

12 September 2019 - NW459

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Police to question 335 on 14 August 2019, what (a) number of closed circuit television cameras are (i) installed and (ii) not in working order at each train station in each province and (b) are the reasons that the cameras are not working?

Reply:

a) (i) A total per region of installed CCTV cameras at PRASA managed railway stations is

highlighted in the table below:

Stations in provinces not listed in the table above are managed by Transnet.

(ii) As indicated in the table above in (a)(i), a total of 2 824 of the installed CCTV cameras

at PRASA managed railway stations are not in working order.

b). The reasons attributed to the non-functionality of CCTV cameras at PRASA managed railway stations can be categorized as follows:

  • Theft of electrical and telecommunication tables
  • Theft and vandalism of CCTV equipment
  • Delayed maintenance
  • CCTV project installation in progress / not completed yet

12 September 2019 - NW566

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Whether there are tariff exemptions on goods imported with the intention of doing humanitarian work; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether there are any (a) provisions within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) agreements that prevent the tariffs from being removed and (b) future plans within his department to remove tariffs on goods that are intended for humanitarian use; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Provision is made under Schedule 4 of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, that allows for tariff exemptions on goods imported under certain circumstances, including for charitable and welfare organisations. Attention is drawn on rebate item 405.04 as an example of this. The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) administers this provision to ensure that local jobs are not negatively affected and that markets are not disrupted. This is achieved through the application of set criteria.

South Africa is a Member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) that establishes a common customs area amongst Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. SACU has a common external tariff for imports coming into common customs area, and goods within SACU circulate freely without any tariffs. Changes to the external tariff – either increases or reductions - can be effected through the due process established under South Africa’s International Trade Administration Act. Nothing in the SACU Agreement prevents tariffs from being removed following the agreed process under the Act.

In terms of the Trade Protocol in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), over 99% of goods imported from the other SADC countries that are party to the SADC Trade Protocol enter South Africa/SACU free of any duty if those goods meet the terms of the agreed rule of origin.

Provision is already made for the rebate of duty for goods imported for humanitarian use. I am advised that the department currently has no plans to make any changes to this dispensation.

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12 September 2019 - NW500

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

What is the nature of the relationship amongst provinces to ensure that tourism targets are met in each province, (b) what communication mechanisms exist amongst provinces, (c) who is responsible for the (i) relationship and (ii) communication amongst provinces and (d) how are (i) performance and (ii) targets monitored?

Reply:

  1. - (d) The Matters raised in the question solely fall under the mandate of the provinces. The department is therefore not in the position to provide the required responses as they don’t fall under its areas of competency

12 September 2019 - NW494

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

What (a) number of public service employees are currently employed in each (i) national government, (ii) provincial government, (iii) local government and (iv) state-owned entity and (b) number of the specified public service employees are appointed in the (i) senior and (ii) middle management levels?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Public Service and Administration can only provide information on employees who are appointed on PERSAL. The information provided in the tables below excludes the Defence Force and the State Security Agency that do not make use of the PERSAL system. Information pertaining to local government and state own entities should be sourced from the Department of Cooperative Governance and the relevant oversight Departments for the state owned entities. Information on the number of appointments in the National and Provincial spheres is provided in the tables below:

  1. (i) and (ii) Table 1: All appointments in National and Provincial spheres

Sphere

Number of appointments (Including periodic and abnormal)

National

375 662

Provincial

1 018 788

Total

1 394 450

  1. (i) and (ii) Table 2: Appointments in the MMS and SMS in National and Provincial spheres

Sphere

Number

 

MMS

SMS

National

9554

5643

Provincial

8322

4131

Total

17 876

9 774

12 September 2019 - NW750

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Hinana, Mr N to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether his department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest; (2) Whether any gifts were distributed to guests attending any of the events; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the gifts distributed and (b) who sponsored the gifts?

Reply:

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration did not host any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate.
  2. N/A

12 September 2019 - NW426

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether the Public Service Commission has received the financial disclosures from each Director-General of each Government department for the current financial year; if not, (a) which Director-General has not submitted a financial disclosure yet, (b) from which department and (c) what action has the Commission taken to ensure that the Directors-General comply with the Financial Disclosure Framework?NW1398E

Reply:

 

As at 31 May 2019, the PSC received 45 financial disclosures forms of the Directors-General (DGs) at national and provincial level. Selected posts of DG were vacant.

  1. and (b) The PSC did not receive the financial disclosure forms of 8 DGs at national level. Of these, 7 DGs complied with Regulation 18(2) by disclosing their registrable interests on or before 30 April 2019, but their EAs did not submit copies of the financial disclosure forms to the PSC by 31 May 2019 as required by Regulation 18 (6). The extent of non-disclosure with the requirements of Regulation 18(2) and (6) is illustrated in Table 1 below.

Table 1: The extent of non-compliance by Heads of Department and/or EAs with the requirement to submit financial disclosure forms in respect of the 2018/2019 financial year

No.

DEPARTMENT

DATE OF DISCLOSURE BY THE HoD

DATE SUBMITTED TO THE PSC BY THE EA

1.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

29 April 2019

Complied

Not submitted to PSC

Not yet submitted to EA by Ethics Officer

2.

Communications

16 April 2019

Complied

Not submitted to PSC

Not yet submitted to EA by Ethics Officer

3.

Defence

26 April 2019

Complied

Not submitted to PSC

Submitted to EA by Ethics Officer on 03 May 2019

4.

Energy

15 April 2019

Complied

Not submitted to PSC

Submitted to EA by Ethics Officer on 31 May 2019

5.

Health

18 April 2019

Complied

Submitted to PSC by EA on 14 August 2019 (after due date)

6.

Public Enterprises

30 April 2019

Complied

Submitted to PSC by EA on 04 June 2019 (after due date)

7.

Public Service and Administration

26 April 2019

Complied

Not submitted to PSC

Submitted to EA by Ethics Officer on 14 May 2019

8.

State Security Agency

Citing security reasons

Not submitted to PSC

(C) The PSC is constant contact with the Ethics Officers reminding them to ensure that their respective departments comply with the Financial Disclosure Framework (FDF). Ethics Officers in departments have been assigned specific duties to assist the HoDs and EAs with the implementation of the FDF. The PSC continuously made follow-up with the Ethics Officers where the submission of financial disclosures was moving slowly. The Ethics Officers and SMS members are also sensitised on the importance of complying with the deadlines for the submission of the financial disclosures through workshops that are conducted in the departments.

12 September 2019 - NW757

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Khanyile, Mr S to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Whether his department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest; (2) Whether any gifts were distributed to guests attending any of the events; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the gifts distributed and (b) who sponsored the gifts?

Reply:

The departments of Economic Development and Trade and Industry did not host any event or function for the 2019 Budget Vote. No gifts were distributed.

-END-

12 September 2019 - NW721

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Why has there been no attempt to draft legislation around companion animal welfare in terms of backyard breeding when there is a huge problem with stray companion animals in the Republic?

Reply:

DAFF’S RESPONSE:

PQ.  721/NW1766E Ms H S Winkler (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

Why has there been no attempt to draft legislation around companion animal welfare in terms of backyard breeding when there is a huge problem with stray companion animals in the Republic? NW1766E

Animal welfare in South Africa, except for performing animals, is administered under the Animal Protection Act, 1962 (Act No.71 of 1962). The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has not considered drafting a separate legislation relating to companion animals.

12 September 2019 - NW549

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport

What total number of Manual Train Authorisations have been issued by the Railway Safety Regulator to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in each month since August 2018?

Reply:

The total number of Manual Train Authorisations (MTA’s) issued by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) since August 2018 are as follow:

MTA’s per province:

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF MTA’s

Eastern Cape

0

Gauteng

917 666

KwaZulu-Natal

322 885

Western Cape

248 783

Grand Total

1 489 334

MTA’s per province per month:

MONTH/ YEAR

GAUTENG

KZN

WC

TOTAL

August 2018

63,600

16,754

19,134

99,488

September 2018

67,063

22,111

19,715

108,889

October 2018

66,772

23,742

20,429

110,943

November 2018

84,358

26,589

17,873

128,820

December 2018

60,816

29,984

19,623

110,423

January 2019

92,046

32,424

27,574

152,044

February 2019

80,687

25,742

17,856

124,285

March 2019

87,279

28,297

32,929

148,505

April 2019

50,974

21,626

25,216

97,816

May 2019

90,215

24,621

16,184

131,020

June 2019

88,934

37,128

14,569

140,631

July 2019

84,922

33,867

17,681

136,470

TOTAL

917,666

322,885

248,783

1,489,334

12 September 2019 - NW526

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) What amount has his department (a) spent on the development of the Moloto Railway Corridor project to date and (b) transferred to the (i) Gauteng, (ii) Mpumalanga and (iii) Limpopo provincial governments to date? (2) Whether any feasibility and viability studies have been conducted yet; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details in each case and (b) will he furnish Mr T B Mabhena with copies of each study? (3)(a) Which consultants did his department employ in the development of the specified project, (b) what was the scope of each consultant’s contract and (c) did each consultant meet their contractual obligations?

Reply:

  1. (a) The Department of Transport spent R 10,199,673-88 in the 2013/14 and R7,680,457-17

in the 2014/15 financial year’s on undertaking a detailed feasibility study that was concluded in October 2014.

(b) (i) No funding was transferred by the Department of Transport to Gauteng Province for the development of the Moloto Railway Corridor project.

(ii) No funding was transferred by the Department of Transport to Mpumalanga Province for the development of the Moloto Railway Corridor project.

(iii) No funding was transferred by the Department of Transport to Limpopo Province for the development of the Moloto Railway Corridor project.

2. Please refer to the response in 1(a).

(a) The feasibility study on the Moloto Rail Corridor project was undertaken in terms of Treasury Regulation 16 of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 29 of 1999 (PFMA) and the Public Private Partnership Guidelines.

The feasibility considered the main axis of commuter movements in the study area along the R573 Moloto Road and R568 serving the numerous settlements located between Moloto village and the Siyabuswa area. The feasibility study came to the conclusion that the preferred solution is a 117 km Rapid Rail line on the line-haul section, a fleet of 226, 40-seater buses to provide the feeder and distribution services and 46 train sets to reduce the current 4 hours peak to 2 hours at operating speeds of a 120 km/h on a cape gauge network.

 

In October 2014, the feasibility report was endorsed by a Political Oversight Committee, with a directive that PRASA should submit a Treasury Approval 1 (TA 1) application to National Treasury for funding considerations. PRASA, subsequently submitted the TA 1 application to National Treasury on 30 October 2014.

(b) The Moloto Rail Corridor feasibility study has not been made available publicly. Access can be requested via the provision of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000.

3. (a)&(b) The Department appointed a consortium with SMEC as lead consultant and transportation

expert, Deloitte (Financial experts) and DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (Legal experts), assisted by sub-consultants SiVest (Environmental experts) and Demacon (Demographics, mapping and economics).

(c) The Consortium was appointed to undertake a detailed feasibility in terms of Treasury Regulation 16 of the PFMA and prepare a Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) application to National Treasury. The consortium met all the project contractual obligations, resulting in the feasibility and the TA1 application approved for submission to National Treasury in October 2014.

12 September 2019 - NW525

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What (i) is the current status of the construction project of the Vereeniging taxi rank, (ii) amount has the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) paid to contractors to date and (iii) is the scope of the work contracted and (b) when was payment last made by PRASA to any contractors; (2) Whether the contractors delivered the services agreed upon; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? NW1519E

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) The work is currently suspended due to contractual disputes between

Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport and the contractor. In September 2018 progress was measured at 83%.

(ii) The amount spent to date by PRASA on the consultants is R13,508,685-00.

(iii) The scope of the work contracted is for designs and construction

supervision, as well as occupational health and safety monitoring for the intermodal facility.

(b) Payment was last made on 27 April 2017.

(2). The contractor did not complete the work and as such, the work were suspended pending the way forward by the Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport.

12 September 2019 - NW512

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) What is the status of communication between her department and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) regarding the clarification on the interpretation of announcement 122 made on 23 July 2019, (b) by what date is it expected that the situation will be resolved and (c) what are the details of all steps taken by her department to communicate the outcomes of all interactions with the GACC to wool industry role players to avoid unnecessary panic?

Reply:

 

 

Response to Parliamentary Question

 

QUESTION NO.:

512/NW1505E

TO:

MINISTER

FROM:

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SUBJECT:

QUESTION 512/NW1505E FOR WRITTEN REPLY BY MR N P MASIPA (DA) TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CLASSIFICATION:

CONFIDENTIAL

 

   
   
   

DAFF’S RESPONSE:

PQ.  512/NW1505E MR N P Masipa (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

(a) What is the status of communication between her department and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) regarding the clarification on the interpretation of announcement 122 made on 23 July 2019, (b) by what date is it expected that the situation will be resolved and (c) what are the details of all steps taken by her department to communicate the outcomes of all interactions with the GACC to wool industry role players to avoid unnecessary panic? NW1505E

a) Letters seeking clarity on the wool exports and the health attestation were forwarded to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) General Administration of Customs of China by the department on the 12th of August 2019 and 19th of August 2019. A response to the letters was received through the South African Embassy in Beijing on the 22nd of August 2019. The interpretation of the response letter by the Embassy outlined that the Chinese government had replied with two main options for the South African government. The one option was to continue with the certificate as agreed upon before Announcement 122 of 23 July 2019. The second option was to propose a new health certificate. Pursuing the second option of proposing a new health certificate would have resulted in the suspension of trade on wool to PRC for the period of negotiation. The first option was the preferred option.

b) The situation is resolved. The industry has also accepted the option of South Africa continuing to certify according to the requirements as agreed before Announcement 122 of 23 July 2019. This option guarantees the clearing of the backlog created by the suspension of export of wool to China. However, the department, in line with Announcement 122 of 23 July 2019 is committed to continue engaging with the PRC on a new draft of the health certificate during a period where there would be minimal impact on wool exports to the PRC. The wool industry has affirmed this position and has requested that should discussions with the PRC commence, the industry should be consulted.

c) The Department held a meeting with representatives of Cape Wools and two wool buyer companies on the 15th of August 2019 to understand the challenges faced by industry. Subsequent to this meeting, a follow-up letter was forwarded to the PRC on the 9th August 2019. The Department also telephonically engaged the industry during the period when the response from the PRC was awaited. Upon receipt of a response from the PRC on 22nd August 2019, the industry was immediately informed telephonically and through an email. An official letter to this effect was also sent to the industry on 23rd August 2019. In its reply, the industry indicated that the existing health certificate will be utilized to address the backlog of wool exports in the stores.

12 September 2019 - NW527

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Transport

(1 ) Whether it is still his department’s position to develop the Moloto Rail Corridor project; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date will the first (a) track be laid and (b) train be operational; 2. (a) What number of public participation engagements has his department conducted with the Siyabuswa, KwaMhlanga, Moloto and surrounding communities in relation to the specified project, (b) what amount did his department spend on these public engagements and (c) on what date was the last public participation engagement held?

Reply:

  1. The Department’s position is that rapid rail provides the most feasible long term solution to address the transport challenges being experienced in the Moloto corridor. For the Department to pursue the implementation of the Moloto Rail Corridor project, funding will have to be reprioritised within Government.

(a) The construction of the rail line can only be undertaken once the detailed design of the rail line has been concluded and the required funding has been secured for construction.

(b) See (a) above.

2. (a) Seven (7) public engagements in the form of Imbizos were conducted with the Siyabuswa, KwaMhlanga, Moloto and surrounding communities. These were conducted as part of providing progress on the planned Moloto Rail Project and the overall exposure of the service delivery by Government and the Department of Transport’s public entities.

(b) The Department did not spend any amount on the hosting of the public engagements. As per the last part of the response in 2 (a), The costs of the public engagements were covered by the entities of the Department namely SANRAL, the Road Accident Fund and PRASA.

(c) The last public engagement was held on 5 June 2017.

12 September 2019 - NW581

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With reference to the R50 to R60 billion that he stated was allegedly lost to state capture, (a) what are the reasons he did not raise this figure at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (b) which companies and/or entities stole the R50-R60 billion and, (c) what are the reasons he did not open a case to report the illegal activity?

Reply:

(a) The evidence presented when I appeared at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture was based on information that was available to me at the time. Subsequent to my representations at the Commission, new information was brought to light by the forensic investigations completed by them estimating that R50-60 billion was stolen from them. The evidence presented before the Zondo Commission estimates the amount stolen to be within the R50-60 billion range.

(b) In my written reply to PQ No 11 that was published on 20 June 2019, I mentioned several successful civil recoveries registered by Eskom and Transnet, the amounts involved as well as the names of the companies that were ordered by the courts to return the funds stolen from the two SOCs. Therefore, in due course we will provide relevant details as some of the unfolding investigations are successfully concluded and specific companies and/or individuals held liable by the courts.

(c) Forensic reports concerning SOCs have been handed over to the Hawks and the SIU in order to determine those that must be held liable for the amounts stolen from the state.

12 September 2019 - NW722

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether his department has invested or intends to invest money in the Highveld Industrial Park near Emalahleni in Mpumalanga; if so, (a) what amount (i) was spent in the previous financial year and (ii) does his department intend to spend in the next financial year, (b) what number of (i) new businesses are assisted and (ii) new jobs are created in the project and (c) what (i) development and (ii) support measures is his department planning for entrepreneurs who are interested to start-up businesses in the industrial park? NW1767E

Reply:

 

The departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development have not invested money in the Highveld Industrial Park. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) provided loan funding to the structural steel mill located at Highveld Industrial Park during Business Rescue.

The Industrial Park currently has 51 tenants and 1 141 are jobs created.

Government through the IDC, sefa and the various incentive schemes on offer will consider suitable support upon request from individual businesses planning to locate or those that are located at the industrial park.

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12 September 2019 - NW545

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Regarding the amendment of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998, which places more than 30 wild animals within the legal purview of agriculture and, essentially, farming, (a) what are the reasons this has been done, (b) was there a public consultation process and (c) what research was undertaken by scientists in planning the amendment; (2) Whether, in view of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998, allowing improvement of genetically superior animals to increase production and performance, permitting breeders to manipulate breeding outcomes and also allowing artificial insemination to be used, her department has considered the implications of the change for the 33 species of wild animals listed in the Amendment; if not, why not; if so, what are the implications?

Reply:

 

 

Response to Parliamentary Question

 

QUESTION NO.:

545/NW1541E

TO:

MINISTER

FROM:

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SUBJECT:

QUESTION 545/NW1541E FOR WRITTEN REPLY BY MR M BAGRAIM (DA) TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CLASSIFICATION:

CONFIDENTIAL

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DAFF’S RESPONSE:

PQ.  545/NW1541E Mr M Bagraim (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

  1. Regarding the amendment of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998, which places more than 30 wild animals within the legal purview of agriculture and, essentially, farming, (a) what are the reasons this has been done, (b) was there a public consultation process and (c) what research was undertaken by scientists in planning the amendment;
  2. whether, in view of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998, allowing improvement of genetically superior animals to increase production and performance, permitting breeders to manipulate breeding outcomes and also allowing artificial insemination to be used, her department has considered the implications of the change for the 33 species of wild animals listed in the Amendment; if not, why not; if so, what are the implications? NW1541E

1 (a)The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) received a request from the industry in a letter dated 15 January 2017 to have game animals declared in terms Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act 62 of 1998). DAFF added the wildlife species to the list of Game animals regulated to under Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998) for game farming production. The species were then declared in the government gazette dated 17 May 2019. Industry is registered in terms of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998 to represent game breeders societies to ensure genetic purity and sustainable utilization; do research on feeding and nutrition; define and measure traits of economic importance; and study regulatory gaps on game for food production.

(b) The DAFF did not conduct public consultation on the declaration of these animals.

(c) No research was undertaken by scientists in planning to have the game animals

declared in terms Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act 62 of 1998). These animals are landraces (endemic) to South Africa, hence the declaration of landrace (a kind of animal indigenous to or developed in the Republic). However, research will be executed on the species based on research questions in areas such as genetic purity, feeding and nutrition.

2. The Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998, provides for improvement of genetically superior animals to increase production and performance. This act is progressive, and can therefore not be implemented to the detriment of animal (biological) genetic resources. Declaration of the animals is aimed at ensuring that these landraces are conserved. It is also important to indicate that, due to changing farming systems in South Africa, game animals are included as these are already part of farm animal production systems in the country.

12 September 2019 - NW689

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What investigations into the suspension of a certain person (details furnished) have been undertaken, (b) on what date did the specified investigations commence, (c) who is undertaking the investigations, (d) what are the costs of the investigations so far, (e) by what date will a final report in this regard be finalised and (f) why have no charges been laid to date against the specified person?

Reply:

(A) What investigations into the suspension of a certain person (details furnished) have been undertaken

A forensic investigation was instituted following allegations of impropriety made against the person received through the SA Tourism whistle-blowing hotline and protected disclosure.

(B) On what date did the specified investigations commence

6 May 2019

(C) Who is undertaking the investigations

Bowmans’ Forensic Investigations

(D) What are the costs of the investigations so far

The costs will be communicated in due course once process is concluded

(E) By what date will a final report in this regard be finalised

As Minister I gave concurrence to the request from board on the 15 July 2019

(F) Why have no charges been laid to date against the specified person

The specified person has been charged. An internal disciplinary enquiry is set-down for 5 – 10 days in the month of September 2019.

09 September 2019 - NW631

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Tourism

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?

Reply:

  1. Department of Tourism

(a)  What total amount was spent on

 

(aa) Cleaning

(bb) Security

(cc)Gardening Service

(aaa) 2017-18

R196 192.59

R1 535 155.56

R0.00

(bbb) 2018-19

R104 180.24

R1 547 499.65

R0.00

(b) What amount was paid for each Service provider to provide each specific service

Service Provider(s)

(aa) Cleaning

(bb) Security

(cc) Gardening Service

2017-2018

Service Provider no 1

R159 233.87

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider no 2

R15 273.72

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider no 3

R21 685.00

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider no 4

R0.00

R1 535 155.56

R0.00

2018-2019

Service Provider no 5:

R92 796.00

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider no 2

R11 384.24

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider no 4

R0.00

R1 547 499.65

R0.00

(c) Total amount that was paid to each Service provider

Service Provider(s)

Total Amount Paid

Service Provider no 1(Cleaning)

R 159 233.87

Service Provider no 4 (Security)

R3 082 655.21

Service Provider no 2 (Cleaning)

R 26 657.96

Service Provider no 3 (Cleaning)

R 21 685.00

Service Provider no 5 (Cleaning)

R 92 796.00

  1. South African Tourism

(a) What total amount was spent on

 

(aa) Cleaning

(bb) Security

(cc) gardening Service

(aaa) 2017-18

R 684 833.50

R 578 843.45

R 47 325

(bbb) 2018-19

R 699 799.54

R 624 846.04

R 95 400

 

(b) What amount was paid for each Service provider to provide each specific service

(c) Service Provider(s)

(aa) Cleaning

(bb) Security

(cc) gardening Service

2017-18

Service Provider No. 1

R 684 833.50

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider No. 2

R0.00

R 578 843.45

R0.00

Service Provider No. 3

R0.00

R0.00

R 20 985

Service Provider No. 4

R0.00

R0.00

R 26 340

2018-19

Service Provider No.1

R 699 799.54

R0.00

R0.00

Service Provider No.2

R0.00

R 624 846.04

R0.00

Service Provider No.4

R0.00

R0.00

R 95 400

(d) Total amount that was paid to each Service provider

Service Provider(s)

Total Amount Paid

Service Provider No. 3 (Garden Service)

R 20 985

Service Provider No.4 (Garden Service)

R 121 740

Service provider No. 2 (Security)

R 1 203 689.49

Service Provider no 1 (Cleaning Services)

R 1 384 633.04

06 September 2019 - NW715

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What measures and mechanisms did her department put in place and is implementing to enable, promote and expand small business access to private sector credit from commercial banks, specifically by having the State acting as surety and/or providing debt financing as collateral for eligible small, medium and micro enterprises?

Reply:

As announced during our tabling of the Department's Annual Performance Plan (2019/2020, the Department has adopted a new operational model which includes Access to Finance as a full programme. This programme extends to risk cover and business rescue, SMME contracting models, SMME payments, Common Application Templates, Blended Funding, SMME Funding Policy, financial sustainability and innovative funding facilities. These Initiatives will progressively be rolled out throughout the next five years jointly with the private sector. Currently the credit guarantee scheme which is called Khula Credit Guarantee Scheme that is implemented through sefa is in partnership with the private sector. This scheme offers guarantee to lenders on behalf of SME borrowers who would otherwise have their access impeded by the lack of collateral required by various financiers. We intend to upscale this programme as part of expanding various funding options for SMEs.

 

06 September 2019 - NW454

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Which schools in the Republic have been declared hotspots for crime and violence; (2) whether there are any interventions to curb crime and violence at the specified schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. See the attached list of schools declared as hotspots for the 2018/19 financial year.

Province

No of Schools

KwaZulu-Natal

202

Western Cape

147

Free State

90

Limpopo

22

Gauteng

251

Northern Cape

40

Eastern Cape

99

North West

80

Mpumalanga

414

TOTAL

2 345

2. The National School Safety Framework (NSSF) remains the Department of Basic Education (DBE) strategic response to school violence;

  1. It is a comprehensive approach that coordinates and consolidates all school safety interventions in the sector;
  2. It is based on a social ecological systems model which locates the school within its broader community;
  3. It relies on collaboration and partnership; and
  4. The INSPIRE framework provides further granularity to the NSSF focusing on seven (7) areas: Implementation and law enforcement; Norms and values; Safe environments; Parent and care-giver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; and Education and Life Skills.

The DBE also supports provinces to implement a number of interventions in response to crime and violence in schools; including for example:

  1. Strengthening the School Safety Committees through training to adequately respond to the challenges school face;
  2. Bullying prevention programmes roll-out in Eastern Cape
  3. Anti-gangsterism joint intervention programme with South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Education Region – Port Elizabeth;
  4. In partnership with SAPS, searches and seizures are randomly held to seize dangerous weapons in school campuses;
  5. Moral rejuvenation seminars held in all North West Education districts in partnership with the QLTC in the Office of the Premier;
  6. District Safety Coordinators trained on Protocols on prevention of Corporal Punishment and Sexual Abuse and Harassment of leaners in schools;
  7. After the National Summit on School violence hosted by Minister in 2018, five provinces (Gauteng, North West, Free State, Western Cape and Eastern Cape) have convened provincial summits to roll-out the Declaration and implementation of the recommendations to enhance safe learning environments and instil a culture of respect and discipline among leaners and educators.

06 September 2019 - NW737

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether her department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest; (2) whether any gifts were distributed to guests attending any of the events; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the gifts distributed and (b) who sponsored the gifts?

Reply:

a) The department didn’t host any event related to the 2019 budget vote

b) No gifts were distributed.

06 September 2019 - NW521

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)What (a) is the current status of the upgrades to the Lingcom Primary School in Graaff-Reinet and (b) are the details of the timeframes for the completion of the upgrades; (2) (a) what are the details of all outstanding amounts owed to the (i) main contractor and (ii) each other contractor or professional team and (b) by which date(s) will the outstanding amounts be settled; (3) what additional expenses has her department incurred for each month since the upgrade works were stopped?

Reply:

The information has been requested from the Eastern Cape Department of Education and the response will be provided as soon as it is received from the Province.

06 September 2019 - NW453

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1) With reference to the undocumented migrants who trade illegally within the borders of the Republic and her recent statements in this regard, what plans has her department put in place in order to identify all businesses run by undocumented migrants; (2) what is the annual contribution of the foreign-owned small businesses to the gross domestic product; (3) whether she has found reports that the Republic loses R7 billion annually in revenue due to foreign-owned tuck shops that have replaced the spaza shops run by South Africans are a true reflection of the facts; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?”

Reply:

1. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is participating in the National Joint Operational and Intelligent Structure which comprise of Home Affairs, South Africa Police Service, Intelligent Unit, South African Revenue Service and National Prosecuting Authority, which is aimed at addressing issues relating to undocumented migrants trading in South Africa as well as the production and dealing of illicit goods, among others.

The above mentioned multi stakeholder Task Team is working together with various Local Business Chambers to identify and quantify all businesses that are operated by undocumented migrants. As I announced during my budget vote speech, we are in the process of developing a database / repository of all informal businesses that are operating in South Africa.

2. The contribution of foreign-owned small businesses to Gross Domestic Product is unknown as they are part of the undeclared/ informal economy. Additionally, most businesses in the informal sector are unregistered, unlicensed and do not make use of banking and financial institutions. As such, these businesses do not pay tax as well.

As recently witnessed in news reports, some of the goods traded are counterfeit and in the food retail sector; most of the goods sold are not certified by health and other relevant authorities. It is therefore difficult to quantify the contribution of foreign-owned businesses to the local economy.

3. Spaza Shops in the Township and Rural Areas have grown to be predominately run by foreign nationals. There has been a decline in the number of South African owned shops due to reasons such as the lack of government support, which we seek to address as the Department of Small Business Development.

06 September 2019 - NW716

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What measures and mechanisms did her department put in place and is implementing to enable, promote and expand small business access to equity financing?”

Reply:

Improving investment readiness is key to both debt and equity financing. The Department through its entities has a number of programmes that aimed at ensuring that SMMEs are enabled to access equity financing. We have incubation programmes that we are implementing through Seda where we provide structured training on both technical and soft skills to SMMEs. There is also a mentorship programme that is offered through Seda where we get skilled individuals to offer mentorship support to SMMEs. The agency also runs an investor pitching initiative called “Pitch & Perfect”, to close the large gap between what entrepreneurs present and what investors are looking for.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Index, South Africa has higher innovation than the world average, but low risk capital and low start-up skills. Pitch & Perfect addresses these gaps, by providing annual seasons of both pitching masterclasses and pitching competitions at provincial and national level, to promote and enable investment readiness.

Through sefa, upon disbursement, if a client needs business support, sefa immediately assigns a mentor for a period of up to 12 months at sefa’s cost. In addition, sefa has an agreement with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) to assist eligible sefa clients with management accounts at no cost to sefa clients.

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06 September 2019 - NW110

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether, in line with the Government policy of taking services to the people, she will commit to the development of nonviable schools within the communities where they are located, rather than closing them down and incurring huge costs for transporting learners to the well-developed schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she would consider developing a policy on the special post provisioning norm for this category of schools, which usually have a very low student enrolment due to their historic deeply rural background; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Rationalisation of schools cannot be implemented in a blanket approach, but on a case by case approach. In general, non-viable schools are a disadvantage to learners as they cannot be provided with resources and sufficient number of educators, to ensure quality education at par with other schools. However, where circumstances dictate that such schools be retained in communities where they are located, such a determination will be dictated by its peculiar circumstance. As such, it will not be prudent to commit that all non-viable schools will be retained where they are located.

2. The Department continuously monitors the effectiveness of the post provisioning norms including the provisioning to small schools. Once it is decided that it is viable to maintain or establish a small school after considering both educational effectiveness and cost efficiency, the post provisioning norms assists in determining the number of posts to be provided to such a school. The current Post Provisioning Norms are under review to ensure that small schools are adequately addressed. This is being done together with stakeholders in the Education Labour Relations Council.

 

06 September 2019 - NW544

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MINISTRY PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Department of Public Works l Central Government Offices l 256 Madiba Street l Pretoria l Contact: +27 (0)12 406 2034 l +27 (0)12 406 1224 Private Bag X9155 l CAPE TOWN, 8001 l RSA 4th Floor Parliament Building l 120 Plain Street l CAPE TOWN l Tel: +27 21 468 6900 Fax: +27 21 462 4592 www.publicworks.gov.za NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NUMBER: 544 [NW1540E] INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.:10 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23 AUGUST 2019 DATE OF REPLY: 6 SEPTEMBER 2019 544.Mr M Bagraim (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: What (a) number of workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) are currently employed in the Senqu Local Municipality, (b) is the duration of employment of the workers, (c) is the monthly stipend paid to each worker and (d) method is used to appoint the EPWP workers? NW1540E ______________________________________________________________________________ REPLY: The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: A total of 159 work opportunities were reported by the Senqu Local Municipality in quarter 1 of 2019/20 financial year. The work opportunities reported were from three projects in the Infrastructure, Environment and Social Sectors. The average duration of work opportunities that were created in the Municipality as reported in quarter 1 of 2019/20 is 53 days. The average daily wage paid to participants in the Municipality was R98 per day. The suitable method of recruitment is determined by the public body responsible for the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Projects. However, Recruitment Guidelines have been developed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, which public bodies must follow to ensure fair, transparent and equitable recruitment of participants.

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. A total of 159 work opportunities were reported by the Senqu Local Municipality in quarter 1 of 2019/20 financial year. The work opportunities reported were from three projects in the Infrastructure, Environment and Social Sectors.
  1. The average duration of work opportunities that were created in the Municipality as reported in quarter 1 of 2019/20 is 53 days.
  1. The average daily wage paid to participants in the Municipality was R98 per day.
  1. The suitable method of recruitment is determined by the public body responsible for the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Projects. However, Recruitment Guidelines have been developed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, which public bodies must follow to ensure fair, transparent and equitable recruitment of participants.

06 September 2019 - NW152

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether her department has an instrument to measure the capacity and effectiveness of subject advisors whose job is to ensure that quality teaching and learning take place in schools; if not, what other mechanisms would help her department monitor effectiveness of what subject advisors do; if so, (a) are those instruments available across provinces and (b) are there consequences for non-compliance;

Reply:

The sector uses the instruments contained in the Education Management Service (EMS): Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for office-based educators as contained in the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) Collective Agreement No. 3 of 2017; as well as the job description of subject advisors as contained in Collective Agreement No. 4 of 2017 to measure the performance and effectiveness of subject advisors.

(a) Yes. As a national ELRC collective agreement, it is available across all provinces and implementation is mandatory. Subject advisors enter into, and sign annual performance agreements with their immediate supervisor. The agreements contain among others, the following:

  1. Key Result Areas (KRAs), which describe what is expected from the subject advisor in terms of the job description; and
  2. Core Management Criteria (CMCs); which are elements and standards used to describe and assess performance, taking into consideration knowledge, skills and attributes.

The performance agreement serves as the cornerstone of performance management of subject advisors at the individual level, while a workplan describes what will be achieved within particular timeframes through clearly defined activities and performance indicators.

(b) There are consequences for non-compliance as determined by the Labour Relations Act and the Employment of Educators Act, which prescribe the processes to be followed during such misconduct.

(2) whether her department has ways to prevent provinces from appointing persons who are not capable and/or suitably qualified and were not achieving good results during their teaching careers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1110E

Response

The process for the recruitment and selection of educators prescribed in relevant regulations, as stipulated in the Personnel Administrative Measures, Chapter B. The regulations prescribe educational requirements, statutory requirements, and experience required for appointment in education. The stipulated process includes the selection process, which involves formation of representative panels or Interview Committees that are responsible for the shortlisting a pool of suitable candidates and conducting interviews. It is the view of the department that the existing regulations and processes, are adequate to ensure that suitably qualified educators are appointed in every post.

06 September 2019 - NW444

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What is the total (a) number of schools that have been converted into inclusive schools and (b) monetary cost that has been incurred by her department in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The total number of schools that have been converted into inclusive schools is 832.

(b) The information is not readily available in the Department of Basic Education and it should be requested from the Provincial Education Departments.

06 September 2019 - NW441

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

(a) What number of learners have received (i) tablets and/or (ii) laptops from the Government since 1 January 2019 and (b) from which budget(s) was or were the devices bought?

Reply:

a) (i) and (ii)

The Departments of Basic Education and Telecommunications and Postal Services in collaboration with ICASA provided 105 (North West=55, Mpumalanga=21 and Gauteng =29) schools with ICT equipment as part of the Universal Service and Access Obligations (USAO). Each school received the following ICT equipment:

  • 24 x Tablets for learners;
  • 1 x Server loaded with DBE electronic content;
  • 2 x Teacher laptops;
  • 2 x Wi-Fi Access Points;
  • 1 x data projector; and
  • 1 x Mobile charging trolley.

b) The budget for the rollout of USAO solution is part of the Network Operators Licence Obligations imposed by ICASA.

Further information about the procurement of tablets and laptops should be requested from the Provincial Education Departments. The PDEs are responsible for the rollout of tablets and laptops to teachers.

 

06 September 2019 - NW627

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MINISTRY PUBLIC WORKS & INFRASTRUCTURE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Department of Public Works l Central Government Offices l 256 Madiba Street l Pretoria l Contact: +27 (0)12 406 2034 l +27 (0)12 406 1224 Private Bag X9155 l CAPE TOWN, 8001 l RSA 4th Floor Parliament Building l 120 Plain Street l CAPE TOWN l Tel: +27 21 468 6900 Fax: +27 21 462 4592 www.publicworks.gov.za NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NUMBER: 627 [NW1625E] INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.:10 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23 AUGUST 2019 DATE OF REPLY: 6 SEPTEMBER 2019 627.Ms A M Siwisa (EFF) asked the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?NW1625E ____________________________________________________________________ REPLY: The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has informed me as follows (aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent the following amounts for cleaning: R137 924 674.68 in 2017/2018 and R152 646 408.40 in 2018/2019; (bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent on security an amount of R 60 943 700.76 for 2017/2018 and R 78 892 407.32 for 2018/2019; (cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent on gardening an amount of R 103 312 968.54 for 2017/2018 and R 115 323 696.25 for 2018/2019. (b) and (c)See Annexure A (ii)Response in respect of the Public Entities report to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure: For Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),) (aa), (bb), (aaa), (bbb), (b) and (c) – (aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent the following amounts for cleaning: R1 578 228.50 in 2017/2018 and R1 696 746.46 in 2018/2019; (bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent on security an amount of R 244 667.91 for 2017/2018 and R 349 708.21 for 2018/2019; (cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent on gardening an amount of R 0 for 2017/2018 and R 0 for 2018/2019. (b) and (c) See Annexure B Council of the Built Environment (CBE) and the Agrément South Africa (ASA) The CBE and ASA did not have any expenditure on cleaning, gardening services or security during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years.- (b) and (c) See Annexure B For Independent Development Trust (IDT) (aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent the following amounts for cleaning: R1 578 228.50 in 2017/2018 and R1 696 746.46 in 2018/2019; (bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent on security an amount of R 244 667.91 for 2017/2018 and R 349 708.21 for 2018/2019; (cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent on gardening an amount of R 0 for 2017/2018 and R 0 for 2018/2019. (b) and (c) - See Annexure C

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has informed me as follows
  1. (aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent the following amounts for cleaning: R137 924 674.68 in 2017/2018 and R152 646 408.40 in 2018/2019;

(bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent on security an amount of

R 60 943 700.76 for 2017/2018 and R 78 892 407.32 for 2018/2019;

(cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The Department has spent on gardening an amount of

R 103 312 968.54 for 2017/2018 and R 115 323 696.25 for 2018/2019.

(b) and (c) See Annexure A

  1. (ii) Response in respect of the Public Entities report to the Department of

Public Works and Infrastructure:

  • For Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),) (aa), (bb), (aaa), (bbb), (b) and (c)

(aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent the following amounts for cleaning: R1 578 228.50 in 2017/2018 and R1 696 746.46 in 2018/2019;

(bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent on security an amount of R 244 667.91 for 2017/2018 and R 349 708.21 for 2018/2019;

(cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The three entities listed above have spent on gardening an amount of R 0 for 2017/2018 and R 0 for 2018/2019.

(b) and (c) See Annexure B

  • Council of the Built Environment (CBE) and the Agrément South Africa (ASA)

The CBE and ASA did not have any expenditure on cleaning, gardening services or security during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years.-

(b) and (c) See Annexure B

  • For Independent Development Trust (IDT)

(aa) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent the following amounts for cleaning: R1 578 228.50 in 2017/2018 and R1 696 746.46 in 2018/2019;

(bb) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent on security an amount of R 244 667.91 for 2017/2018 and R 349 708.21 for 2018/2019;

(cc) & (aaa) & (bbb) The IDT has spent on gardening an amount of R 0 for 2017/2018 and R 0 for 2018/2019.

(b) and (c) - See Annexure C

06 September 2019 - NW752

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether her department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest; (2) whether any gifts were distributed to guests attending any of the events; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the gifts distributed and (b) who sponsored the gifts?”

Reply:

1. Following the proceedings of the Budget vote held on 12 July 2019, the Minister hosted a brief Stakeholder engagement session.

(a) The Stakeholder engagement meeting was held in the Parliamentary precinct at Palm Court, Marks Building.

(b) The total cost spent was R17, 866.00.

(c) The Protection of Personal Information Act prohibits the sharing personal details of participants however, the invitees comprised of stakeholders from SMME Organisations and Cooperatives, Incubators, Corporate entities, members of the public and support staff.

(2) No gifts were distributed.

(a)&(b) Not applicable.

06 September 2019 - NW133

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

(a) What total number of educators that teach Grade 3 are currently employed by (i) her department and (ii) each provincial department of education and (b) what number of the specified educators (i) were tested for English language proficiency and (ii) passed the English language proficiency test in each province?

Reply:

(a) (i) The National Department of Basic Education does not employ teachers.

(ii) The Department does not routinely collect information on the actual number of educators by Grade as part of regular monitoring and reporting. The figures below are an estimation based on the number of Grade 3 classes.

PROVINCE

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF EDUCATORS

Eastern Cape

5 125

Free State

1 680

Gauteng Province

4 770

KwaZulu-Natal

6 528

Limpopo

3 510

Mpumalanga

2 306

Northern Cape

805

North West

1 911

Western Cape

3 071

Grand Total

29706

Source: Education Management Information System Data, 2018

(b) (i) 2018 Foundation Phase (FP) English First Additional Language (EFAL) teachers were tested nationwide on English with emphasis on reading.

(ii) 65% of these teachers did very well, while the remaining 35% is getting attention through the Primary School Reading Improvement Programme (PSRIP).

05 September 2019 - NW593

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

What number of students graduated with a degree in computer sciences in each of the past five academic years?

Reply:

The table below provides the number of students who graduated with an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information Science at public higher education institutions from 2013 to 2017.

Undergraduate Degree

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Computer and Information Science

2 531

2 670

2 746

2 617

2 843

05 September 2019 - NW619

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?

Reply:

a) (i) Dirco

Total Amount = R 6 793 492.69

b) (ii) ARF

Total Amount = R 0

Financial year 2017-18

(aa) Cleaning

Total amount paid: R 2 701 441.87

(bb) Security, None

(cc) Gardening, None

(bbb) Financial year 2018-19

(a) Cleaning

Total amount paid: R 2 639 082.47

(b) Security

Total amount paid: R 1 334 226.85

(c) Gardening

Total amount paid: R 118 741.50

05 September 2019 - NW655

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether, in light of the Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development of the Fifth Parliament, wherein Recommendation 15.3 states that there is a lack of a national legislative framework to deal with the dominance of foreign nationals in the micro economy (details furnished), she has found that public hearings need to be held to engage South Africans on the specified issue; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?””

Reply:

The Department of Trade and Industry back in 2013 drafted a Business Licensing Bill which amongst other things was developed:

  • To provide for a simple and enabling framework for procedures for application of licensing of business by setting national norms and standards; to provide for framework for co-operative governance and harmonisation of standard procedures and minimum, requirements for application of business licence;
  • To provide for framework for support monitoring and standard setting by national government in order to build local government into an efficient, frontline agency capable of integrating the activities of all spheres of government for the overall social and economic upliftment of communities in harmony with their local natural environment;
  • To provide for the appointment of inspectors; to provide for framework of penalties and administrative fines for non-compliance; and
  • To repeal the Businesses Act, 1991 and all proclamations, notices, regulations promulgated under that law; and to provide for matters connected therewith.  

The Bill went through the stages of the legislation development processes including the tabling in Parliament in 2014. However, due to dissatisfaction from the business formations, the Bill was sent back to the dti in 2014 for further consultations. The dti spent a greater part of 2014 consulting with business formations and other relevant stakeholders. The process of retabling the Bill was not finalised given the transfer of the mandate of small business development to the newly formed Department of Small Business which did not adequate capacity to finalise the process.

Therefore whether it is regulations or legislation that is aimed at dealing with the issues around managing the economic activities in the microeconomy I am of the view that it will not be necessary to undertake consultations for the third time on the same issues.

05 September 2019 - NW602

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the number of teaching and principal vacancies in each province?

Reply:

Province

Number of Principal Vacancies as at the end of June 2019

Number of Teaching Vacancies (Includes Deputy Principal, HOD and Post Level 1)

Eastern Cape

562

3 618

Free State

134

943

Gauteng

77

2 783

KwaZulu-Natal

322

758

Limpopo

697

6 124

Mpumalanga

113

237

North West

226

736

Northern Cape

37

195

Western Cape

234

1 211

Total

2 402

16 605

Source: Provincial Education Department Reporting, end of June 2019

05 September 2019 - NW559

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) whether she has been informed of CAS 25/3/2019 opened at the Brooklyn Police Station; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department has taken any measures against the ambassador regarding the charges; if not, what steps will be taken; if so, what are the relevant details? NW 1557E

Reply:

1. Honourable Berman, yes, I was informed of CAS 25/3/2019 opened at the Brooklyn Police Station.

A locally employed personnel at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Algeria to South Africa alleged that she has been a victim of sexual assault perpetuated by the Ambassador, and as such CAS 25/3/2019 was subsequently opened at the Brooklyn Police Station. The National Prosecuting Authority informed the Department on 19 July 2019 that it “has declined to prosecute the case”.

2. Based on the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department has not taken any measures against the Ambassador regarding the charges.

04 September 2019 - NW591

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Keetse, Mr PP to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

What number of (a) engineers and (b) architects graduated in each of the past five years?

Reply:

The table below provides the number of students who graduated with an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Architecture at public higher education institutions from 2013 to 2017.

Undergraduate Degree

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Engineering

11 441

12 058

12 470

12 386

12 956

Architects

798

846

792

820

862

04 September 2019 - NW467

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)Why did the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) decide to stop providing book vouchers and award cash grants for books to each student; (2) (a) what is the monetary value of the book grant received by each student for the 2019 academic year and (b) how was this amount calculated; (3) whether NSFAS has put any mechanisms in place to monitor that the cash grants are used for its designated purpose of purchasing books; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what is the position of NSFAS on the possibility that students are purchasing pirated or illegally photocopied books instead of legally published books?

Reply:

1. The learning materials allowance is only available to DHET bursary students at universities. NSFAS stopped book vouchers for a number of reasons:

  • Students have been the target of voucher scams on various campuses;
  • There were many commercial interests involved, with merchants providing services to students using vouchers for a fee;
  • Students were trading the book vouchers for cash outside many shops;
  • The voucher system was limited to selected merchants that monopolised the student market;
  • There was no space for students to choose where to purchase books, including from second-hand retailers; and
  • The book allowance was changed to a learning materials allowance so that students can also decide to purchase other learning support materials, including laptops and tablets.

In addition, the call to change book vouchers to cash was one of the many demands by the student leadership, as part of their input into the policy governing student funding.

2. (a) R5 000 is the monetary value of the learning materials allowance received by each full time NSFAS student on the new DHET bursary scheme for the 2019 academic year.

(b) The learning materials allowance is set by the Department in the annual guidelines and is based on an affordable and fair standardised amount.

3. NSFAS has no mechanism to monitor the spending of cash allowances by students. NSFAS believes that students should be treated as adults and have the financial freedom to withdraw the cash voucher and make an informed decision on how best to utilise the funds. The ultimate responsibility is in the hands of the students. In the process, NSFAS expects students to grow to be responsible citizens and take charge of their economic freedom.

There is a concern that book sales have declined with the change in the policy. NSFAS and the Department believe that it is necessary to conduct proper research to explore the patterns of textbook usage and buying amongst students, and will engage with the university sector on this matter.

4. Research is necessary to determine whether this is indeed happening and what the patterns of student behaviour are in this area. NSFAS funding is provided to support student success and NSFAS students have to meet academic criteria set by institutions. There are many factors that play a role in student success, and access to learning materials and other financial support are part of these factors.

04 September 2019 - NW466

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)What amount did each sector education and training authority (Seta) spend on catering (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019; (2) whether any norms that Setas need to adhere to regarding spending on catering have been put in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. According to the information provided by entities, the table below shows the amount spent by each Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) on catering (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019.

SETA Name

Amount spent on catering

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Since April 2019/20

Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA)

R107 718.92

R137 437.03

R106 070.02

R150 725.32

R222 450.00

R67 340.00

Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDPSETA)

R1 231 602.88

R1 503 452.23

R1 339 502.44

R1 574 235.83

R1 747 615.28

R6 861.18

Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET)

R19 634.00

R36 113.00

R35 600.00

R27 628.00

R74 568.00

R49 011.00

Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA)

R54 313.00

R98 080.00

R72 318.00

R28 392.00

R 73 921.00

R 32 575.00

Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)

R22 623.50

R86 929.70

R87 724.95

R157 001.94

R204 406.98

R64 950.00

Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)

R2 204 083.51

R1 729 209.51

R1 532 200.20

R2 835 886.74

R3 103 967.84

R639 708.32

Public Services Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA)

R347 369.64

R422 120.78

R384 334.67

R352 575.40

R473 486.08

R155 011.65

Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA)

R322 212.71

R249 702.42

R259 125.77

R334 222.54

R638 351.71

R196 704.18

Food and Beverages Sector Education and Training Authority (FOODBEV)

R58 000.00

R 94 000.00

R115 000.00

R117 000.00

R105 000.00

R71 000.00

Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA)

R477 193.14

R114 133.40

R63 630.00

R244 232.20

R513 745.45

R185 994.50

Transport Sector Education and Training Authority (TETA)

R131 172.07

R108 878.40

R80 413.35

R115 332.25

R76 817.65

R35 973.60

Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA)

R730 263.79

R709 479.70

R1 397 211.12

R464 805.85

R631 371.59

R209 527.26

Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA)

R125 174.71

R97 684.61

R474 641.09

R510 800.55

R752 426.20

R45 058.27

Manufacturing and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA)

R212 283.00

R290 260.00

R356 171.00

R409 215.00

R427 311.00

R243 115.00

Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)

R221 000.00

R267 000.00

R258 000.00

R353 000.00

R369 000.00

R155 000.00

Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AGRISETA)

R58 000.00

R94 000.00

R115 000.00

R117 000.00

R105 000.00

R71 000.00

Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA

Data not available

R298 202.89

R111 939.64

R259 684.55

R211 515.21

R61 734.55

Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA)

R146 373.83

R165 439.83

R105 011.75

R107 111.30

R66 160.20

R700.00

Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SERVICES SETA)

R559 582.00

R698 426.00

R1 056 252.00

R960 312.00

R1 220 218.00

R255 584.00

Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)

R408 622.01

R574 339.07

R457 839.98

R452 145.67

R235 002.56

R201 792.61

Media, Information and Communication Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA)

R54 000.00

R122 000.00

R117 000.00

R190 000.00

R249 000.00

R131 108.00

2. SETAs’ spending on catering is guided by the National Treasury Instruction 02 of 2016/17 on cost containment measures. The instruction stipulates that public entities may not incur catering expenses for internal meetings, unless approved otherwise by the relevant Accounting Officer or Accounting Authority. This excludes meetings held with employees of the same institution coming from other areas other than where the meeting is held. The public entity may incur catering expenses for official engagements that lasts for five (5) continuous hours or more, including the hosting of conferences, workshops, indabas, forums, recruitment interviews, training sessions or hearings, meetings relating to commissions or commissions of inquiry, and meetings hosted by the Accounting Officer or Accounting Authority including governance committee meetings.

04 September 2019 - NW594

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(a) What number of patents were filed in the Republic in 2018, (b) which industry or focus area filed a patent and (c) what number was filed by (i) the citizens of the Republic and (ii) foreigners?

Reply:

As a preface, this information is held by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic).

a) During the period 1 January to 31 December 2018, a total of 8 655 (eight thousand six hundred and fifty-five) patent applications were filed at the CIPC in the Republic.

Of these 1 884 (one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four) were provisional patent applications (first filing using the Paris Convention Priority), 1 142 (one thousand one hundred and fourty-two) were complete patent applications (which follow a provisional patent application and this application will proceed to grant) and 5 630 (five thousand six hundred and thirty) were Patent Cooperation Treaty national phase applications (an application filed in South Africa after filing an international application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation).

b) The following breakdown of industry areas were recorded [Note that a single application may cut across industry areas and thus more than one area may be designated for a single application].

INDUSTRY OF FOCUS

TOTAL

SECTION A (HUMAN NECESSITIES INCLUDING HEALTH, CLOTHING, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD)

2833

SECTION C (CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY)

2392

SECTION B (PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING)

1243

SECTION G (PHYSICS)

898

SECTION H (ELECTRICITY)

746

SECTION F (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING)

563

SECTION E (FIXED CONTRUCTIONS)

433

SECTION D (TEXTILES; PAPER)

112

c) Of the 8 655 applications filed, 2 447 (two thousand four hundred and forty-seven) were by South African nationals and 6 208 (six thousand two hundred and eight) by international applications.

04 September 2019 - NW303

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

By which date will the SA Post Office situated in Columbine Avenue in Mondeor, Johannesburg, reopen to the public; 2. Whether her Department has taken any steps to secure the premises (a) from trespassers and (b) against vandalism, if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? NW1269E

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. The Post Office situated in Columbine Avenue in Mondeor, Johannesburg will re-open on 01 November 2019.

2. (a) The Department provides oversight over SAPO and therefore, is not responsible for securing SAPO’s premises. However, SAPO has assured the Department that it has taken steps to secure the premises from trespassers, in that SAPO’s Security and Investigation Unit contacted the local SAPS for assistance and will continue to monitor the situation.

(b) Palisade fencing has been placed and lockable doors locked. The side gate is locked with a chain and lock.

 

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER

03 September 2019 - NW465

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural DevelopmentQUESTION

With reference to her reply to question 251 on 18 July 2019, what (a) is the name of each assignee designated in terms of section 2(3)(a) of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, Act 119 of 1990 and (b) are the relevant details of the process followed to designate each assignee to conduct inspection on regulated agricultural products destined for (i) export and (ii) sale locally?

Reply:

(a) Names and details of assignees designated by the Honourable Minister in terms of section 2(3) of the Agricultural Product Standards Act No. 119 of 1990 (“the APS Act”)

Assignee designated for inspection on all regulated products destined for export

Name

Date of designation

Products covered for inspection

Perishable Product Export Control Board (PPECB)

23 August 1991

Fresh fruits and vegetables, agronomy, animal and processed products intended for export

Assignees designated for local inspections

Name

Date of designation

Products covered for inspection

South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC)

30 January 1998

Classification and marking of meat intended for sale in South Africa

Product Control for Agriculture (PROKON)

18 March 1994

Potatoes intended for sale in South Africa

 

17 May 2016

Fresh fruits and vegetables intended for sale in South Africa

Impumelelo Agribusiness Solutions

09 December 2016

Processed products and canned processed products intended for sale in South Africa

Nejahmogul Technologies and Agric Services

09 December 2016

Dairy and dairy imitation products as well as edible ices intended for sale in South Africa

Agency for Food Safety

09 December 2016

Animal products (poultry and eggs) intended for sale in South Africa

Leaf Services

17 May 2016

Grains and grain products intended for sale in South Africa

(b) Designation of assignees

The process that is followed in terms of designation of the assignees is set out in section 2(3) of the APS Act. For purposes of transparency and competitive selection process, an invitation for prospective assignees accompanied by selection criteria, with respect to 2016 designation was publicized in the Government Gazette and national newspapers.

03 September 2019 - NW352

Weber, Mr WL to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural DevelopmentQUESTION

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) she and (ii) her deputies planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

*All reflected costs are estimate amounts.

*This is not an exhaustive list as a number of Ministerial interventions may be proposed based on the market dynamics for agricultural products and Minister may also be invited by her counterparts on a bilateral issues and those of global governance. therefore, this will be updated regularly.

Date

Destination

Purpose of trip

Delegation

Flights

Accommodation

Other Expenses

31 July – 6 August 2019

Benin

FAO conference

Minister

Private PA

DG Mlengana

Act DG Sadiki

R111 000

R60 000

R10 000

August 29-30 2019

Denmark

World Food Summit

To be confirmed

R50 000

R20 000

R34000

September 2019.

(To be confirmed with Botswana)

Gaborone, Botswana

Resolve bilateral issues on trade in agricultural products.

To be confirmed

R27 000

R24 000

R7 000

25 to 26 September 2019

Brasilia

9th BRICS Ministers of Agriculture meeting

To be confirmed

R50 000

Minister +3 to be paid by the host country

R10 000

September 25 - 26

Brazil

Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture of BRICS, to be held in Brasilia

To be confirmed

R50 000

Host country provide accommodation for the (Minister + 3 )

R10 000

October 2019

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA.

Attend the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment. Minister is the outgoing 2nd Vice Chairperson of the Bureau of this committee.

To be confirmed

 

R30 000

R20 000

R 13 000

November 2019 (To be confirmed by Presidency)

Windhoek, NAMIBIA.

Binational Commission (BNC) postponed from last year. Minister may be invited to the Joint Cooperation Commission (JCC) which precedes the BNC to accompany the DIRCO Minister.

To be confirmed

R26 000

R20 000

R7 000

22 November to 01 December 2019

Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE.

5th Agriculture and Animal Resource Fair

To be an effective international interlocutor for the agriculture of South Africa and effectively contribute towards the African Agenda

To be confirmed

R50 000

R20 000

R10 000

2020 venue and date not available yet

2021 venue and date not available yet

Russia

India

10th BRICS Ministers of Agriculture meeting

11th BRICS Ministers of Agriculture meeting

To be confirmed

R50 000

Minister +3 paid by the host country as per ToR

R10 000

2020 (date still to be confirmed

Zimbabwe

31st FAO Regional Conference

To be confirmed

R50 000

R15 000

R10 000

November

Date not confirmed yet

France

F’SAGRI Steering Committee meeting

Deputy Minister

To be confirmed

R50 000

R16000

R10 000

May 2020.

Saudi Arabia

G20 Ministers of Agriculture meeting

To be confirmed

R50 000

R20 000

R10 000

12 -16 July 2021

Italy, Rome

42nd session of the FAO Conference

To be confirmed

R50 000

R20 928

R6000

January 2020 (last week to be confirmed by the AU Commission)

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

African Union General Assembly

To be confirmed

R50 000

R20 000

R 10 000

2022 venue and date not available yet

China

12th BRICS Ministers of Agriculture meeting

To be confirmed

R50 000

Minister +7 paid by the host country as per ToR

R10 000

03 September 2019 - NW462

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the total number of his department’s mobile units in the Republic, (b) number of these mobile units are in operation, (c) geographic areas do the functional mobile units cover, (d) geographic areas are the non-functional mobile units supposed to cover and (e) was the average turnaround time in the last annual reporting cycle to repair faulty mobile units and return them to operation?

Reply:

a) The total number of mobile units in the country is 155 (hundred and fifty five). The number is made up of both the old 114 (hundred and fourteen) mobile units procured between 2005 and 2007 and the new 41 (forty one) mobile units procured between 2017 and 2019 respectively.

b) The total number of functional mobile units in the department is 100 (one hundred). The one hundred comprises of the old 59 (fifty nine) and new 41 (forty one) units. A total of 55 (fifty five) old mobile units are mechanically and economically irreparable, and as such, are earmarked for disposal.

c) The department's mobile units are utilised to complement the existing footprint. The units cover the deep rural and hard to reach areas where the department does not have sufficient coverage in all nine provinces.

d) All mobile units are strategically deployed to cover all rural and hard to reach areas in all 9 (nine) provinces in the republic.

e) The department did not repair any of the mobile units with mechanical problems as those 55 (fifty five) units had reached their end of life term and were economically irreparable. The distribution plan for the 100 (one hundred) units is as follows:

Eastern Cape 14, Free State 9, Gauteng 9, Kwa Zulu Natal 14, Limpopo 12, Mpumalanga 10, Northern Cape 10, North West 9 and Western Cape 10, Special Projects 3.

END

03 September 2019 - NW578

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether a certain person (Ms Daniel De Bruin ) was ever employed in her department as SA Consul General or in any other specified role; if so, on what date was the appointment made; (2) whether the specified person is still employed in that role; if not, on what date did she (a) stop being an employee and (b) receive her last pay check; (3) (a) what experience and qualifications did she have that qualified her for the job and (b) did she pass the necessary security clearance required for the job; (4) whether her department has at any time during her time in office received complaints regarding her behaviour towards staff or members of the public; if so what are the relevant details ; (5) whether her department has ever had to use government resources to defend the specified person in legal and/ or criminal matters; if so, (a) on what date, (b) where and (c) what amount of government money was used?NW1575E

Reply:

(1) Yes, appointed on 01 March 2015

(2)(a) 26 January 2019

(2)(b) 26 July 2019 but debt will be recovered from date of termination.

(3) (a) Ms De Bruin-Grady has the following qualifications: L.L.M. Studies, International Human Rights; Post-Graduate course in International Relations and International Diplomacy; Master of Law, International Human Rights Law. Relevant experience include the following: Commissioner - Cape Cod Human Rights Commission; ANC Lawyer’s Delegation; Participant in the Oxford University Foreign Service Program; and Patrice Lumumba Univeristy’s Head of ANC Women’s Section

(b) In terms of paragraph 4.1.3 of Chapter 5 of the Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS), Ms De Bruin is temporarily not eligible for any grade of security clearance as she had not been residing in South Africa for at least five (5) years

(4) Yes. A complaint was made by a member of staff alleging that Ms De Bruin-Grady had inter alia spoken to her in threatening terms, and that she

had been blocked from leaving an office. These allegation(s) were denied by Ms De Bruin- Grady. There were also other complaints about management of the

office and about actions that had been undertaken.

(5)Yes

(5)(a) October 2018 / November 2018 / January 2019

(5)(b) USA (Washington / Los Angeles)

(5)(c) R241 048.35