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09 July 2020 - NW1363

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

With reference to the Services Sector Education and Training Authority Services (SETA) Programme on Plumbing and Bricklaying running in Aberdeen that undertook to pay a stipend of R2,500 per month until September 2019 and thereafter R3,500 per month, what action can be taken against the service provider who has failed to meet the services SETA payment obligations for the months of July 2019 to December 2019 and from March 2020 onwards and for underpaying in January 2020 and February 2020 to one specific learner (name and details furnished) who despite numerous attempts at resolution, continues not to perform in this regard?

Reply:

The explanation received from the Services SETA is that the payment of stipends is based on attendance registers submitted by the training provider and/or host employer.  Accordingly, Mr Lizo April was paid as follows:

Period: July 2019 – December 2019

The learner was paid a stipend for each month, except for the months of September 2019 and November 2019 where attendance could not be confirmed by way of the attendance register.

Period: January 2020 and February 2020 

The Services SETA sent a communique to all stakeholders in December 2019 directing them to ensure that learners should only return to classes on 1 February 2020 and that no stipends would be paid for the month of January 2020, as learners were not expected to attend classes or workplaces in January 2020. It should be noted that learners were paid their full stipends in December 2019 although classes ended by or before 15 December 2019.   

The Services SETA did not receive the learner’s attendance register for the month of February 2020 from the host employer/training provider.

Period: March 2020 onwards

Attendance registers for the month of March 2020 was used as a basis to pay learners during the period of the lockdown.

The Services SETA did not receive the learner’s attendance register for the month of March 2020 from the host employer/training provider.

Action taken against a provider who fails to meet the payment obligations

In instances where a training provider repeatedly fails to meet the obligations as provided for in the service level agreement between the parties, the SETA investigates the non-compliance and where necessary institutes a legal process through either litigation or termination of the agreement in part or in full. The course of action is determined by the nature of the obligation breach.

Stipend amount of R2 500

The Services SETA pays an amount of R2 500 as a stipend to learners undertaking an apprenticeship. Any additional amount paid to the learner would have been from the training provider or host employer.

09 July 2020 - NW601

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Sindane, Mr P to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What number of evictions took place from housing provided by her department in the Republic since the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, announced the official lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (b) where did each eviction take place; (2) whether all evictions were legal with clear court orders indicating the date on which the order to evict was granted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she will take action against all municipalities or persons who conducted the specified evictions since the evictions constitute the deliberate violation of the lockdown regulations?

Reply:

(1) My department has advised me, after consulting with all provincial Human Settlements Departments that since the commencement of the national lockdown on 26 March 2020 to date, no evictions were executed against persons and or households who are beneficiaries of houses that have been provided by the National Department of Human Settlements.

(2) & (3) Fall away

 

08 July 2020 - NW1160

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

(1)Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; 2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Joint Ops:

1. The Joint Operations Division has done purchases of less than R500 000,00 with respect to support for COVID-19 (Op NOTLELA). The Joint Operations Financial System does not indicate where procurement is done as transactions are done via the Joint Support Base Garrison procurement system.

(a) The specified goods are as follows:

Ser

Description

Amount

Company

Unit

 

a

B

c

d

1

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R42,888,00

NALEDI CHEMICALS

Northern Cape

2

Individual Equipment

R90,000,00

SIB DIVISION (PTY) LTD

J OP HQ

3

Toiletry and Paper Products

R18,675,00

PROMED TECHNOLOGIES

Northern Cape

4

Oils/Gas, Greases and Lubricants

R50,000,00

WO Fuels and oils CC

Northern Cape

5

Packaging and Packaging Materials

R115,350,00

YOKOGAZA WT ENTERPRISE

Eastern Cape

6

Fuels and Solids

R482,500,00

Alakha Trading

Eastern Cape

7

Oil and Grease

R27,588,00

Piston Power Chemicals

Western Cape

8

M & R D-Vehicle BMJ824M

R6,383,00

 

Western Cape

9

Cleaning and Polishing Compound

R24,420,00

Aristocraft

North west

10

Cleaning and Polishing Compound

R43,592,00

Promotha Mechanical Engineering

Limpopo

11

Diesel

R786,000,00

   

12

Oils and greases; Cutting, Lubricant

R163,185,00

 

Limpopo

13

Storage Tanks

R11,280,00

AMP Services

Limpopo

14

Food Cooking, Baking and service

R31,305,00

RINE SUPPLIERS AND PROJECTS

Limpopo

15

Food Cooking. Baking and service

R34,320,00

MM and MA GENRAL TRADING

Limpopo

16

M & D: D-Vehicles BMJ834M

R12,351,00

   

17

Toilet Paper Products

R44,270,00

Lifhasi Group

Limpopo

18

Petrol 93 ULP

R82,860,00

Valspar Petroleum

North West

19

Photocopy Papers

R14,600,00

GOMOLEMO TRADING AND PROJECTS

Gauteng

20

M & R D-Vehicle

R13,200,00

KHOKHO'S TECH ENGINEERS

North West

21

M & R D-Vehicle

R6,312,00

KHOKHO'S TECH ENGINEERS

North West

22

ADP Supplies

R11,774,00

IPT

Free State

23

Household and Commercial Utility

R22,360,00

EXODEC 60CC

Gauteng

24

ADP Supplies

R85,999,00

EXODEC 60CC

Gauteng

25

Brooms, Brushes and Mops

R10,250,00

 

Western Cape

26

Brooms, Brushes and Mops

R10,250,00

LA TOLO

Eastern Cape

27

Cleaning and polishing compound

R35,301,00

Jipalayo Trading

Gauteng

28

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R64,300,00

Qhaphelu (PTY) LTD

Eastern Cape

30

Bags and Sacks

R8,990,00

SINEMIHLE ENTERPRISE

Eastern Cape

31

Toilet Paper Products

R32,992,00

Glycoless

Free State

32

General Building maintenance

R32,657,00

KOTIPULA BUSINESS ENTERPRICE

Limpopo

33

Batteries Non Rechargeable

R18,125,00

LAMDALE TRADING

KZN

34

Office Supplies

R56,859,00

SC AEROTECH

KZN

35

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R38,337,00

Umtapo General Dealer

KZN

36

Bags and Sacks

R29,250,00

NASMO MARKETING

KZN

37

Toilet Paper Products

R82,480,00

Glycoless

KZN

38

Toilet Paper Products

R18,540,00

Promed Technologies

Eastern Cape

39

Diesel

R558,400,00

   

40

Diesel

R116,480,00

   

41

Diesel

R307,120,00

   

42

Diesel

R156,970,00

   

43

Paper and Paper Board

R32,400,00

HAMBANATHI FOODS

KZN

44

Sanitation and Plumbing work

R875,778,00

INGELOS PROJECTS

Western Cape

45

Toilet Paper Products

R118,590,00

EMU MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Gauteng

46

Paper and Paper Board

R23,760,00

EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT

Gauteng

47

Sanitation and Plumbing Work

R116,840,00

KOPANO EVENT

Gauteng

2. A deviation occurred when 200 reflector jackets were procured for the Joint Tactical Headquarters (20 per J Tac HQ).

(a) This was an emergency procurement after a member of the SANDF lost his life whilst performing road block duties. A decision was then taken that all J Tac HQs must be issued with reflector jackets for as PPE.

(b) Proper emergency procurement processes were followed to procure the items. This matter was submitted for urgent consideration to the Joint Operations COVID-19 Procurement Logistics Cell and three Companies were invited.

a. SIB DIVISION (PTY) LTD R 90 000.

b. GROUP EFFORT WORX R 100 200.

c. MOTHUSI BUSINESS ENTER PRICE R 100 000.

3. All companies were selected form CSD data base and they conform to treasury regulations, and procedures. The lowest company was selected. This are the only items that were procured with deviation of procurement, the rest of the items were procured through procurement processes via the e-Procure system.

SA Army:

1. The SA Army has not directly purchased any good and/or services below R500 000 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. All equipment procured were obtained through either SAMHS or Logistics Division.

2. Not applicable. (See answer above)

3. Not Applicable. (See answer above)

4. No comment.

SAAF:

1. Everything that was procured in support of COVID-19 was under the amount of R500 000. All spending in the item segment of SCoA is recorded against the various appropriate FMS Item Codes depending on the use for the items or services procured. The SAAF has spent R616,018 to date on COVID-19 related goods and/or services (see Appendix A):

(a) The SA Air Force utilised a total of 117 regional suppliers in order to proceed with purchasing.

(b) The products that were procured are: thermo-scanners, cloth masks, surface disinfectant, sanitising dispensers.

2. There were no deviations from the standard Supply Chain Management procedures in the transactions. All procurement whether Government Order or Petty Cash were executed according to prescribed procurement prescripts.

3. Suppliers were approached that are supplied by the official Central Suppliers Database (CSD), where companies register themselves on the National Treasury database to be suppliers of specific items or can supply a service of a specific nature. If requirements were under R2 000 local suppliers within the local community were approached.

4. N/A

SA Navy:

1. Yes. (a)(b)(c) See Appendix B

2. No.

(a) Not Applicable.

(b) Not Applicable.

3. Not Applicable.

SAMHS:

1. The SAMHS did purchase goods and services below R500 000.

a) The companies that were utilised are reflected in Appendix C.

b) The amounts of all transactions are reflected in Appendix C.

c) The products and services procured are reflected in Appendix C.

2. Standard supply chain management processes were followed. Except for Price Quotations standing government contracts were utilised. When the contracted entity could not provide due to the national requirements other companies were requested to provide quotations in a comparative process, as prescribed. The Surgeon General is not in a position to express opinion on the process followed in terms of the two orders processed by the SA Army (order prefix 1H).

3. The rationale for the supplier utilised is premised on the following reason codes as indicated in Appendix A:

  1. RT refers to National Treasury Transversal Contracts.
  2. HP refers to Health Pharmaceutical Contracts.
  3. HM refers to Treasury Contracts.
  4. ROCD refers to Propriety Contract (Roche Diabetics).
  5. RT COVID-19 refers to Treasury Contract.
  6. AICC refers to Adcock Ingram Critical Care (This was a Price Quotation).
  7. PQ refers to Price Quotation.
  8. Del 3.2 refers to SA Army procurement entity.

Human Resources Division:

1. The HR Division expenditure on goods/services that were purchased connected to COVID-19 pandemic are as follows:

S/No

Description

Cost

Name of Supplier

Reason for Purchase

 

a

b

c

d

1

Medicated Cosmetics and Toiletries( Hand Sanitizer)

R7 460.00

Mr First Aid (Pty) Ltd

24-28th Avenue

Edenvale

Medical Supplies - the only supplier who had stock in hand to supply hand sanitizer with the correct alcohol content in March 2020 and delivery at short notice.

2

Clothing, Special Purpose(Cloth Masks)

R5 989.00

MTKP Designs(Pty) Ltd

Pierre van Rheyneveld

Pretoria

Purchase cloth masks for members on 05 May 2020 with delivery on short notice after announcement of Level 4 Lockdown.

 

Total

R13 499.00

   

2. The above goods were cash purchases Personal Protective Equipment (hand sanitizers and cloth masks) by the different HR Division entities following the announcement of the Lockdown Level 5 State of Disaster declared by the State President in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

3. It can be confirmed that no deviation on standard supply chain management procedures occurred.

Logistics Division:

1. The Logistics Division did purchase goods and services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. See the attached list (Appendix D) for the companies utilised for the purchasing of the specified goods and services, together with the amount of each transaction and the service and/or product that each company rendered.

2. With the purchasing of the goods and services the Logistics Division followed the process as stipulated in National Treasury Instruction No. 8 of 2020/21 (paragraph 3.7.6).

3. The purchasing of specified goods and services from the awarded companies was based on the availability of stock and the turnaround time of delivery from these companies.

Defence Intelligence:

1. Defence Intelligence (DI) procured goods below the amount of R500 000, 00 in order to implement Occupational Health and Safety measures iro COVID-19. The total amount for COVID-19 related procurement to date is R325 579, 30. The procurement (breakdown is reflected in Appendix E) was prior to the central distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

2. The reason for procuring from the respective companies was due to the fact that they were the most cost effective ito quotations provided.

CMIS Division:

  1. CMIS Div did not purchase any goods or service referred to in the letter and therefore submit a nil return.

Defence Reserves:

1. (a) The office of Defence Reserves purchased protective equipment in the beginning of the lockdown process on 20 April 2020.

(b) For the amount of R1 818.00 from Resuduac Bakrier Technology (Pty) Ltd.

(c) It is confirmed that the service/product was rendered.

2. There was no deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the transactions.

3. The company was selected by the Department.

4. Not applicable.

Special Force:

1. South African Special Forces did purchase goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic (see Appx F).

2. There were no deviation from the standard supply chain as three (3) quotations were obtained from the Suppliers that were approved by Chief Logistics.

3. A list of suppliers which have transversal contract with National Treasury and their address were provided to the Headquarters and were utilised.

Defence Corporate Communication:

1. One Touch Global - R5000,00 - Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

Purple Square Media - R5000,00 – Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

MJ Multimedia – R5000,00 – Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

Valhalla Pharmacy – R3750,00 – 3 Layer cloth masks.

2. No deviation.

3. Names were from database and best value for money as per PFMA requirements.

MP Division:

  1. (a, b & c) – 2020

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

S/N

Company

Amount

Product/Service

Remarks

 

a

b

c

d

1

FKJ Consultants

R 1 998.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

2

S&S Dienste

R16 000.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

3

Budget Shop

R 3 930.00

Surgical Gloves and Face Masks

Product Rendered

4

A’ Africa Pest Prevention

R 1 794.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

5

A’ Africa Pest Prevention

R 2 185.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

6

G Fox (Pty) LTD

R 4 918.21

Surgical Gloves, Face Masks, Face Shields & Eye Protections

Products Rendered

7

Clicks Humewood

R 1 999.99

Thermometer

Product Rendered

8

Conquest Cleaning Chemicals

R 1 975.00

Disinfectant

Product Rendered

9

Conquest Cleaning Chemicals

R 1 966.00

Face Masks

Product Rendered

10

Dischem

R 1  499.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

11

Ronette Sanitizer, Dischem, Ukhamba Lobuntu, Offtek Wonderboom

R 15 722.75

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

12

Makro

R 4 500.00

Surgical Gloves

Product Rendered

13

Aruzest T/A// Nizams

R 2 000.00

Spray Bottles

Product Rendered

14

Makro

R 1 999.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

15

Super Hygiene

R 1 512.00

Batteries for Thermometer

Product Rendered

16

Valhalla Genaral Dealer

R 3 960.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

17

FKJ Consultants

R 4 200.00

Surgical Gloves

Product Rendered

18

FKJ Consultants

R 4 200.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

19

Phi Development

R 23 104.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

20

Noko Health Care

R 707.25

Thermometer

Product Rendered

21

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 990.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

22

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 897.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

23

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 897.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

24

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 900.00

Face Screens

Product Rendered

25

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 963.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

26

Tahie Decor

R 1 990.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

27

Tshinetisi General Trading

R 1 800.00

Sprayer (16lt)

Product Rendered

28

Tshinetisi General Trading

R  950.00

Foot Dispenser

Product Rendered

29

Tshimetisi General Trading

R  950.00

Foot Dispenser

Product Rendered

30

Hustleberg Holdings

R 2 000.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

 

TOTAL

R 117 507.20

   

2 There was no deviation from the Supply Chain Management in any of the above-mentioned processes.

3. Goods were purchased from the specific Companies after proper procurement processes were followed and the Company that adhere to all the prescripts according to Quotations was chosen.

Defence HQ Unit:

The following table depicts the Department of Defence Headquarters Unit Covid 19 related purchases below the amount of R500 000.00:

S/No

NAME OF COMPANY

AMOUNT

ITEMS PROQURED

DIRECTORATE

01

Solanga Fashion Creations

R1 995.00

Cloth Masks

DFSC

02

One Touch Global

R5 000.00

Cloth Masks

DCC

03

WTC Belegings

R3 750.00

Sanitisers

VIS COMMS

04

MCB Designs

R4 680.00

Cloth Masks

SEC DEF

05

Zamatungwa

R936.00

Cloth Masks

SEC DEF

06

Seamstress Delights

R1 920.00

Cloth Masks

TRG COMM

07

All out Mask

R1 000.00

Cloth Masks

CMIS DIV

08

Clicks

R359.94

Sanitisers

DFSC

09

MJ Multimedia

R5 000.00

Sanitisers

DCC

10

Steel and Pipes

R1 800.00

Sanitisers

C FIN

11

Soap Chemicals

R3 240.00

Sanitisers

DOD HQ Unit

12

Zome chemicals

R1 920.00

Sanitisers

DOD HQ Unit

13

Group Shape

R1 818.00

Sanitisers

MP Division

14

Makro

R1 999.00

Sanitisers

DEF RES

15

Recevoir Trading

R5 000.00

Sanitisers

CDLS

16

The Promo Group

R4 988.00

Sanitisers

TRG COMM

17

Van Roma

R1 570.00

Sanitisers

HR DIV

18

Modern Packaging

R1 797.00

Sanitisers

HR DIV

19

Servest

R1 828.50

Sanitisers

HR DIV

20

West Pack Lifestyle Store

R4 500

Sanitiser Dispensers

DOD HQ Unit

2. There were no deviations from the standard Supply Chain Management Procedures in the transactions. The Petty cash process was used as all transactions complied with the Petty cash rules.

No statement will be made on this Parliamentary question.

08 July 2020 - NW1028

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

What is the motivation behind the amendment to the Meat Safety Act, Act 40 of 2000, to include threatened species in Schedule 1(2) for slaughter, consumption, sale and export?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) initiated and gazetted the draft proposed amendment to Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000) hereinafter referred to as “the Act”, in order to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting for “bushmeat” and to ensure that where slaughtering or hunting for either consumption, or sale for local or export trade, happens in a regulated environment that would ensure food safety, feed safety and adherence to welfare prescripts.

The Act does not make any decisions on which animals are to be slaughtered but ensures that should an animal listed in the schedule be slaughtered, all requirements stipulated in the Act would have to be complied with.

A decision on which animals can be slaughtered lies outside of the mandate of the Meat Safety Act. Legislation under the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, stipulates which wildlife animals are protected and endangered and therefore there is a regulatory framework on how to handle them, including their disposal and slaughter if that becomes a necessity. The slaughter of animals for human and animal consumption, as required under the Meat Safety Act is subject to permissions of relevant other legislation, including conservation, food control, environmental health and animal welfare legislations.

There may be instances where endangered animals have to be culled for conservation, animal welfare (e.g. injured), animal health (e.g. having a contagious non-zoonotic disease), environmental concerns (e.g., overgrazing) or other justifiable reasons, in line with provisions of all applicable legislation outside of the Meat Safety Act. In such instances, the products of such a culling operation, if intended for human consumption, would have been regulated under the Meat Safety Act and food hygiene would have been promoted and assured. The Act also controls the importation of meat and therefore the absence of a specific animal on the list; it means that the Meat Safety Act does not apply to meat and meat products of such an animal and therefore the Department does not have any regulatory control at the ports of entry for such products entering the country. In the absence of the listing of an animal under the Act, anyone can import such an animal without having to comply with provisions of the Meat Safety Ac

08 July 2020 - NW1322

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

What is the (a) average number of days taken to process (i) diagrammes, (ii) sectional plans and (iii) general plans within her department and (b)(i) current vacancy rate in the directorate responsible for the specified matters within her department and (ii) reason for the specified vacancy rate?

Reply:

(a) (i) 14 working days.

(ii) 14 working days.

(iii) 14 working days.

(b) (i) Vacancy rate as per PERSAL report is 11%.

(ii) Reasons for vacancy rate are:

    • resignations, retirement and dismissals;
    • lack of funding; and
    • shortage of specialized skills in the market.

 

08 July 2020 - NW1284

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

(a) What is the current vacancy rate of her department, (b) which programmes are mainly affected and (c) what measures has her department put in place to fill the vacancies and/or to ensure that service delivery is not hampered?

Reply:

a) 12.58 %.

b) Program 5 – Economic Development, Trade and Marketing.

c) The Department is in the process of finalising the merger of the former Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the agriculture component of the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. A procedure is in place for Branches to approach the Minister for approval to fill posts identified as critical and essential as per DPSA Circular 19 of 2020.

08 July 2020 - NW1151

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1)     Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development purchased goods and services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic by means of price quotations and or transversal contracts.

(a),(b),(c) Please refer to Annexure A.

2. Yes.

(a),(b) Please refer to Annexure A.

3. Please refer to Annexure A.

4. No.

08 July 2020 - NW1277

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With regard to the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, No 54 of 2003 (SDI Act), (a) why was the SDI Act omitted under the Legislative Mandates of her department’s 2020-21 Annual Performance Plan for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and (b) with no mention of the SDI Legislation under Part C: Institutional Performance Programme information and Programme 6: Land Administration making no reference to Spatial Data Infrastructure nor the statutory body appointed by her to deliver the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure, where does the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure function sit?

Reply:

a) The omission of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act (Act 54 of 2003) in the 2020 / 21 Annual Performance Plan (APP), was due to an administrative oversight and is being rectified in the revision of the APP of the Department which is currently being finalized.

b) The administrative functions with regard to the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act (Act 54 of 2003) and the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI) remains within the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in the Branch Spatial Planning and Land Use Management.

08 July 2020 - NW1341

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work outside normal working hours in addition to the responsibilities related to their official work in the (i) 2018-19 and (ii) 2019-20 financial years and (b) has been performing such work from 1 April 2020 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what total number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether official approval for such work was obtained from her department in each case; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved and (c) what (i) total number of contraventions of the policy were brought to the attention of her department in the (aa) 2018-19 and (bb) 2019-20 financial years and (ii) steps have been taken against transgressors?

Reply:

(1)

    (a) (i) 2018-19:  10 Officials performed work outside normal working hours.

    (a) (ii) 2019-20: 10 Officials performed work outside normal working hours.

 

    (b) (i)  As of 01/04/2020 the Department had ten valid permissions for other remunerative work.

    (b) (ii) The applicants comprised of 5 Senior Managers (3 Directors and 2 Chief Directors) and 5 Middle managers (1 Deputy Director and 4 Chief Education Specialists).

(2)

(a) Section 30 of the Public Service Act read with Regulations 13 and 24 of the Public Service Regulations, 2016, are applied in all instances.

(b) The Delegation for the approval of other remunerative work rests with the DG.

(c) (aa) 2018/19:  None

(bb) 2019/20:  2 officials have been identified. The investigation process is still in progress.


 

08 July 2020 - NW1326

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       Whether the National School Nutrition Programme has been available for all qualifying learners since schools re-opened on 8 June 2020; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what is the involvement of her department in the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee?

Reply:

(1) Since 08 June 2020, the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) was availed to Grade 7 and 12  learners, in order to adhere to the necessary social distancing, health and safety protocols. Since 22 June 2020, provinces have extended the programme to all qualifying learners, including those not yet back at school. 

(2) The Department of Basic Education is a key stakeholder in the country’s food and nutrition efforts. Three (3) officials represent the Department in the National Food and Nutrition Security Coordinating Committee. The Department’s participation has been consistent, dating back to 2015, when Cabinet directed that government departments must devise a unified approach to food and nutrition challenges. This led to the development of the National Food and Nutrition Security Plan by a task team, inclusive of DBE officials.

08 July 2020 - NW1199

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

(a) What number of (i) judgments and (ii) court orders were made against her department in the (aa) 2017-18 and (bb) 2018-19 financial years and (b) in each case, (i) what number of the specified judgments and court orders (aa) were implemented and (bb) await implementation by her department and (ii) what was the nature of the (aa) judgment and/or (bb) court order in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i),(ii) (aa) 2017-2018

- Agriculture: 3 judgments and 3 court orders

- Rural Development and Land Reform: 5 Judgments and 9 Court orders

 

(bb) 2018-2019

- Agriculture: 5 judgments and 6 court orders.

- Rural Development and Land Reform: 3 Judgments and 12 Court orders

 

(b) (i) (aa) Implemented

- Agriculture: All 8 judgments and 9 court orders implemented.

- Rural Development and Land Reform: 0 Judgements and 4 court orders implemented

(bb) Await implementation

- Agriculture: 0

- Rural Development and Land Reform: Please refer to Annexure B.

(ii) (aa),(bb) Please refer to Annexure A for Agriculture matters and Annexure B for Rural Development and Land Reform matters.

ANNEXURE A TO NA-QUESTION 1199 OF 2020

AGRICULTURE MATTERS

No

Case details

(i)(aa),(bb) Status of implementation

(ii)(aa) Nature of judgment

2017-2018 Judgments

1

B & B Properties (Pty) Ltd & others vs Dr Mcdonald Gayakaya

Implemented

Application to review and set aside the decision of the Director: Animal Health to test buffalos. The decision of the Director was reviewed and set aside.

2

Oluf Hendrik Erichsen N.O vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to take a decision on an application for export certification. The Minister finalised the matter by granting the certificate.

3

Eurosemillas S.A vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to instruct the Department to appoint a service provider who had been successful in the quote process. The Applicant succeeded and the Minister was ordered to instruct the Department accordingly.

2018-2019 Judgments

4

Lofty Du Bruyn N.O vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to register a right of way over the farm. The application was granted and the Minister approved the registration of the servitude.

5

Nanaga Property vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to review and set aside the decision of delegated authority to remove 10 Milkwood trees. The decision of the Minister was reviewed and set aside.

6

South African Veterinary Association vs the Speaker of the National Assembly and others

Implemented

Application to declare the amendment of the Medicine and Related Substances Control Act, 1995 (Act No.101 of 1995) unconstitutional. The Amendment was declared unconstitutional.

7.

HL Halls & Sons Properties and another vs The Minister and Others

Implemented

Application to review and set aside the decision of the Minister. The decision was referred back to the Minister for reconsideration.

8.

HL Hall & Sons Properties vs The Minister.

Implemented

Application to review and set aside the decision of the Minister. The decision referred was back to the Minister for reconsideration.

No

Case details

(i)(aa),(bb) Status of implementation

(ii)(aa) Nature of court order

2017-2018 court orders

1.

ALCARI 406 CC vs The Minister and others

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to finalise the appeal on a subdivision of land matter. The Court ordered the Minister to finalize the appeal.

2.

Zonnebloem Coal vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to finalise the appeal on a subdivision of land matter. The Court ordered the Minister to finalize the appeal.

3.

Meister Cold Store (Pty) Ltd vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to take a decision on an application for certification of a cold storage. The Court ordered the Minister to take a decision on the application for certification of its cold storage.

2018-2019 court orders

4

Xhalibile Kleinbooi Phindiso vs The Minister and others

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to sell specified land to the Applicant and others. The Court ordered the Minister to sell the land to the Applicant.

5

Federated Meats (Pty) Ltd vs The Minister

Implemented

Application of semi-urgency requesting an order to declare that the Applicant is entitled to use any approved laboratory to meet the statutory and the regulatory obligation for the testing of imported meat. The court ordered that the Applicant can use any approved Laboratory.

6

Sofiline (Pty) Ltd vs The Minister.

Implemented

Application to review and set aside the decision of the Minister not to grant approval for the subdivision of agricultural land. The court ordered the Minister to grant the application for subdivision of land.

7

TD Mashinini vs The Minister and others.

Implemented

Applicant made an application to Court for an order to compel the Minister to transfer specified property to him. The parties’ agreement for transfer of the farm to the Applicant was made the order of the court.

8

Maxrae Estates vs The Minister

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to take a decision on the appeal lodged for the subdivision of agricultural land. The court ordered the Minister to take a decision within sixty days (60).

9

Petrus Laubscher Coetzee & Others vs the Minister & Others

Implemented

Application to compel the Minister to transfer three portions of agricultural land into the names of the Applicants. The court ordered the Minister to transfer the three portions of land to the Applicants.

ANNEXURE B TO NA-QUES 1199 OF 2020

RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM MATTERS

No

Case details

(i)(aa),(bb) Status of implementation

(ii)(aa) Nature of judgment

2017-2018 Judgments

1

Felicity Audrey Stirling vs td

Respondent 2: The Registrar of Deeds: Pretoria

Respondent 3: Jose Luis Crujela Alvares

Orders complied with.

Full amount paid by the Branch Deeds Registration, of which an attempt will be made to recover 50% from the third respondent. State Attorney requested to initiate recovery proceedings against third Respondent.

The Registrar of Deeds was found to be negligent in its transfer of the property and was ordered, jointly and severally with the third Respondent to pay the First Respondent R3 830 397.58 together with interest in lieu of damages and legal costs.

2

Applicant: The Forum of Concerned Residents of the Naledi & Dr Ruth S Mompati Districts vs Minister and others

Subsequent to the settlement agreement reached by the parties, the Branch Deeds Registration embarked on a project to develop the Electronic Deeds Registration System, during which public consultation was undertaken.

Once the EDRS is ready to be implemented, the status quo in the Vryburg deeds registry can change.

Simultaneously, the Branch Deeds Registration intends opposing Part B of the application (to review and set aside the Minister’s decision to transfer the land parcels from Vryburg to Kimberley, to reduce the jurisdiction of the Vryburg deeds registry and to establish a deeds registry in Mahikeng).

Part B still pending.

As part of the alignment of the jurisdiction of deeds registries in South Africa, the Minister intended to transfer land parcels from the Vryburg deeds registry to the Kimberley deeds registry, as they are situated in the Northern Cape Province. The Applicants brought an urgent application interdicting the Minister from transferring the property (Part A) and that Minister’s decision to transfer the afore-mentioned properties be reviewed and set aside.

3

Graham Robert Herbert No and 4 others v Senqu Municipality, Registrar of Deeds and Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

A wholistic amendment of the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights 112 of 1991 will be undertaken in due course.

The Court ordered that section 25A is unconstitutional in so far as it does not extend the application of section 3 of the Act to the entire Republic. The court ordered that section 25A from 22 August 2019 must be read as if it makes no reference to section 3 of the Act.

4

Patrick S Mpaka v KSD Municipality &Minister of Police & the Minister

Land remains vacant and a subject of a Land Claim.

The Municipality sought to use a court order which was obtained in 2011 to effect evictions to illegal occupations which happened in 2017. The 2017 illegal occupants applied for an interdict in that the 2011 order did not apply to them. Interdict was granted.

5

Mopet 259
Trading CC vs
The Minister of DRDLR case No 541/2015

None

The Plaintiff issued summons against the Department claiming a sum of money allegedly for services rendered. The Court ordered absolution from the instance (Plaintiff failed to prove its case.)

2018-2019 Judgments

1

Nieuco properties 1005 (Pty) Ltd

Nieuco Properties must still refer the case to the North Gauteng High Court for the determination of the quantum.

Veld fire claim instituted against the Department in terms of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act, Act 101 of 1998 where a private farm was damaged by veld fires that started on a state owned farm. The case was initially decided in favour of the Department by the North Gauteng High Court however, Nieuco Properties lodged an appeal which was heard by the SCA on 31 August 2018 and judgment delivered in favour of Nieuco Properties on 21 September 2018.

2

Applicants: Pretoria Attorneys Association & 12 others vs The Minister and others

The Branch duly complied with the settlement agreement.

The Minister subsequently halted / terminated this process, following a legal opinion to the effect that the process followed may have been flawed.

Minister instructed that the re-alignment process be re-initiated, in accordance with all applicable legal strictures (including the provisions of PAJA).

The parties agreed that the Minister will not proceed with the alignment initiative in the Gauteng province until the Minister takes the decision to align the deeds registries in Gauteng in accordance with the prescripts of PAJA.

3

Hlekani Dudu Mukansi & Others vs Minister of RDLR Case Number 67142/2017

None

Matter received on 01 November 2017. Mr Mukansi brought an application in the High Court Pretoria for an order to compel the Dept, amongst others, to do whatever is necessary to process his application for a Township Development on, Pnt of Farm Greater Giyani 32.7395 Ha, 30,000 Ha, 150. 0000 Ha. Minister approved that matter be defended on 26 April 2018.

The application was dismissed.

No

Case details

(i)(aa),(bb) Status of implementation

(ii)(aa) Nature of court order

2017-2018 court orders

1.

Zuiping-Dithabaneng Community Traditional Council // Title Adjustment Commissioner & Oth

The designation of land and appointment of a Commissioner in terms of Act 111 of 1993 has been done and he is conducting a land rights enquiry in accordance with the Act.

The applicant required the appointment of the Commissioner in terms of Act 111 of 1993. The designation of land and appointment of a Commissioner in terms of Act 111 of 1993 has been done and he is conducting a land rights enquiry in accordance with the Act.

2.

M. M. Rahube // H. Rahube & Others

The Upgrading of Land Tenure Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on 6 May 2020. Parliament has until 30 April 2021 to enact the amendments.

On 30 October 2018 the Constitutional Court ordered Parliament to introduce a procedure for the determination of the rights of ownership and occupation of land to cure the constitutional invalidity of section 2 (1) of the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act 112 of 1991. Parliament was given until 30 April 2020.

Subsequent to the 2018 order, the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development applied for and was granted an extension of the suspension of the Constitutional Court’s declaration of invalidity for a further twelve months until 30 April 2021.

3

Boy Phillip Mokoena v JS Farm Trust and Director General of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (Case No LCC 191/17)

The Province is implementing the order. The matter is due to be presented to NLAACC for the acquisition of 60 Ha for the affected labour tenants.

Sub division of the affected land will be carried out before conveyancing is to occur.

The order is being observed in its entirety.

Boy Phillip Mokoena (plaintiff) is declared a labour tenant and awarded a portion of Farm Hamilberg;

DG ordered to ratify the settlement agreement.

4.

Hlalefo S Moshoeshoe v DPW and DRDLR

Conveyancers have been instructed and are currently busy with the transfer of the property.

The court ordered the transfer of the property to the Applicant.

5.

DRDLR vs Unlawful Occupiers of R/E & PTN 1 of Farm Nooitgedacht 11 JQ case no. 7212/2017

State Attorney to appoint sheriff to serve the court order.

The court ordered the eviction of the unlawful occupiers.

6.

Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform // Mamahule Traditional Authority, Dr Matsaung.

Case Number CCT179/16

The Department decided against evicting the community and is considering transferring the property to the Municipality for township development.

The Court “declared that the Mamahule Communal Property Association, the Mamahule Community, the Mamahule Traditional Authority and Occupiers of the Farm Kalkfontein 1001 LS are unlawful occupiers of the farm”.

7.

Alfred Shongwe / The DG of DRDLR & Others

The Applicant has been relocated to portion 3 of the farm Vaalpoort, temporary houses were constructed for the family. The Department is in the process of transferring the subdivided portion of the farm to the Shongwe family.

Mr Shongwe approached the Court for a declaratory order as a Labour Tenant and for the Department to provide him with a suitable accommodation.

Mr Shongwe was declared a Labour tenant and the Department was ordered to assist him in looking for, identifying and acquiring suitable land for him.

8.

Mzayifane Hadebe & Others /Minister of RDLR & Others

The gravel road leading to the Hadebe settlement has been completed. Nine houses were about to be completed as the country went into lockdown. The fencing of the 250 hectares of land awarded to the Hadebes, preparation of arable and the transfer of land to them is ongoing.

Mr Hadebe approached the Court for an order to compel the Department to build his family a house, construct the road leading to his homestead and also for the Department to register a Communal Property Association for the benefit of his family.

The Court granted the prayers as requested by Mr Hadebe..

9.

Asla Construction (PTY) Ltd vs The Minister Of Rural Development And Land Reform & Exeo Khokela Civil Engineering Construction(pty) ltd.

Implemented

The decision of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform taken on or about 13/02/2018 to disqualify ASLA Pty. Ltd. and award the tender to EXEO KHOKELA (Pty) Ltd was reviewed and set aside. The Department was directed to award the tender to ASLA (Pty) Ltd within 30 days of the date of the order. The Department was ordered to pay the costs in the application, such costs to include the cost of two counsel.

2018-2019 court orders

1

Bakgatla Ba Kgafela CPA vs DRDLR

Implemented

The court ordered that the DG should take all necessary steps to assist the CPA to hold the Annual General Meeting and monitor the election of the new executive committee. The CPA appealed the judgment at the constitutional court. The constitutional court dismissed the appeal.

2

Bhekindela Mwelase vs DG and Minister

The Special Master was appointed on 10 December 2019. On 29 May 2020, the Special Master submitted an implementation plan to the Land Claims Court and the Plan is under consideration by the Land Claims Court.

On 8 December 2016, the Land Claims Court issued an order in favour of the Applicants which ordered for the appointment of a Special Master.

The Department lodged an application for leave to appeal with the Land Claims Court and such was granted on 1 March 2017. The appeal was heard by the SCA on 13 March 2018 and the appeal was decided in favour of the Department on 17 August 2018. AFRA appealed to the Constitutional Court and on 20 August 2019, the court issued a judgment which re-instated the initial order of the Land Claims Court dated 8 December 2016.

3

JM Tshabalala vs DRDLR

Implemented

The applicants were seeking an order that the Minister and DG should acquire land on behalf of labour tenants and just and equitable compensation to be paid to the landowner.

4

Neels van Tonder Trust vs Mogabule (LCC04/2018)

The Order against the Minister could not be implemented because it was discovered that Mr. Magabole had alternative accommodation in Bronkholspruit and he moved there.

The applicant Mr. Van Tonder applied for eviction order against Mr. Magabole and his family.

Eviction Order was granted on 28/05/2018. The Department was ordered to provide alternative accommodation to Mr. Mogabodi in terms of section 4 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA).

5

Roodepoort Grondeienaarsvereeniging vs Roodepoort 63 Community (642/17 and 643/17)

The Department is in the process of complying with the court order in consultation with the City of Tshwane.

Rooderpoort Grondeinaarsvereening applied for an order to compel the City of Tshwane to evict the occupiers who has established a squatter camp in the City property which is adjacent to the applicant’s properties.

The High Court Granted the Order but the respondents took the matter on appeal and the decision of the High Court was overturned.

On appeal, the Supreme Court ordered the Minister to prepare and file a report with the High Court on the Department`s ability to provide the alternative accommodation as provided for in terms of section 4 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA).

6

Hlaniki Trust vs Daniel Sibanyoni (LCC59/2018)

Implemented

Hlaniki Trust applied for an eviction order against Mr. Sibanyoni who is an occupier.

During the proceeding, the Land Claims Court issued a directive order, ordering the Minister to submit a report on the Department’s ability to provide alternative accommodation in case of eviction.

7

Hupp Properties vs Moneni (308/2017)

The matter was heard and eviction granted. Mr Moneni moved into his RDP house.

The eviction order was granted against Mr Moneni and his family and the Minister was ordered to provide alternative accommodation for Mr. Moneni in terms of section 4 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA).

8

Land and Agricultural Bank

V CPAD Holdings PTY LTD, Alfred Mde, DRDLR and 4 Others

The Department has appointed a valuer to determine the value of the property so that it can satisfy the debt to Land Bank whilst retaining the property for purposes of Land Reform.

The Land Bank approached the court to vary a Forfeiture Order, which sought to transfer the property to the Department. This order was to include the protection of their interests as bondholders.

9

Anjucel & Another v Shadrack Bhekanini Ntshingila NO & others (Case no LCC 25/2019)

The Province is implementing the order. Approval for the acquisition of land in favour of the affected labour tenants is underway. A deed of sale has been signed and registration and transfer is due to occur soon.

The order is being observed in its entirety.

Shadrack Bhekanini (2nd resp) awarded a piece of farm Bloemhoek and registered in deeds office;

10

Makgari CPA vs DRDLR case number 5158/2018

Implementation is in progress

Matter received on 31 August 2018. Applicant, Makgari approached court, for the court to give a mandatory order directing the Department and Minister to register the applicant's CPA within 45 court days of the granting of the order. The Minister was ordered to register the CPA within 45 days of granting the court order.

11

M D Rakgase vs Minister of DRDLR case number 33497/2018

The land was sold to Mr Rakgase and transfer is under way.

Matter received on 13 June 2018. Mr Rakgase applied to the High Court to review the Minister's decision of refusing to sell to him Portions 0 (remaining extent and 1 of the Farm Nooitgedacht 11 JQ

The Minister was ordered to sell and transfer the farm to Mr Rakgase.

12

JC Prinsloo / The Minister of RDLR & Others LCC 177/16

The farm was acquired and is currently registered in the name of the State.

Default judgment was obtained against the Minister

State ordered to acquire portion 27 of the farm Welgekozen.

08 July 2020 - NW1423

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1042 on 15 June 2020, she intends to brief the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence on the Islamic insurgency activities in northern Mozambique; if not, why not; if so, by what date; 2) whether she intends to request that the briefing is given in a closed meeting; if so, why?

Reply:

1. All matters pertaining to National Security of other countries, especially within SADC Member States are presented and discussed at the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) as and when required.

07 July 2020 - NW908

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his public statement that the new economy after the Covid-19 pandemic should prioritise the employment of South Africans and its youth in particular, (a) what steps will he take to monitor and ensure that his pronouncements were not just grandstanding in the public gallery, (b) by what date will the monitoring measures be in place and steps be taken and (c) what measures has he put in place to enforce compliance?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised to seek more specific details on the matter with the department of Employment and Labour.

07 July 2020 - NW1255

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)In view of the fact that local service providers are being appointed in order to do deep cleaning at the clinics, (a) will he furnish Mrs M O Clarke with a list of the (i) service providers and (ii) clinics they are cleaning within the City of Ekurhuleni and (b) how often are the clinics being cleaned; (2) whether criteria have been put in place in terms of the deep cleaning process; if not, why not; if so, will he provide Mrs M O Clarke with the criteria that have been put in place?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) There is no list of the service providers that have been appointed in order to do deep cleaning at the clinics. Ekurhuleni Health District is using the Meridian Hygiene company to do deep cleaning at the clinics. A letter of appointment of Meridian Hygiene is attached as Annexure A.

(ii) Clinics they are cleaning within the City of Ekurhuleni are on the attached list (Annexure B)

(b) The clinics are fogged and deep cleaned each time there has been a positive case that has been reported in the facility. This is done in line with the guidelines issued by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC). The process of deep cleansing is being monitored by the Ekurhuleni Steering Committee Members and the Environmental Health Practitioners.

2. Yes. There are criteria that have been put in place in terms of the deep cleaning process guide. The attached document explains in detail the criteria that are being followed for deep cleaning. Please refer to part (iii) on the second page of Annexure B.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW969

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his reply to question 398 on 12 May 2020, where he indicated that the Provincial Executive Council in the North West has resolved to intervene in the Madibeng Local Municipality by invoking section 139 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality, (a) by what date will the financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in the specified municipality be completed and (b) what changes to the (i) municipality’s budget, (ii) revenue raising measures, (iii) spending limits and (iv) revenue targets will be effected?

Reply:

a) The preparation of the financial recovery plan for the Madibeng Local Municipality has not yet commenced. Due to the nature of the problems confronting the municipality, a multi-disciplinary team with experience in Financial Management, Human Resources, Legal Skills, Organizational Design and other competencies is required. Some of this expertise does not currently exist within the Municipal Finance Recovery Services Unit of the National Treasury and a process to recruit these skills externally is underway.

It is anticipated that a multi-disciplinary team will be on board by June 2020 and once imposed restrictions on travel are lifted and working conditions return to normal, the team will be able to assist the North West Provincial Treasury and the municipality in drafting a financial recovery plan. Alongside these appointments at National Treasury, the North West Provincial Treasury have also finalized a Terms of Reference for the appointment of specialists to provide assistance to the province in preparing financial recovery plans for the Madibeng municipality and other municipalities in the North West.

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) In order to determine the changes required, a diagnostic assessment will first have to be undertaken by the multi-disciplinary team. Only once this assessment is concluded, will it be possible to determine the changes required in terms of the budget, revenue raising measures, spending limits and revenue targets.

07 July 2020 - NW1171

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of clinics have a shortage of ARV drugs in Ekurhuleni and (b) is the name of each clinic?

Reply:

a) According to the information available on the National Surveillance centre, there are three clinics in Ekurhuleni that have reported a stock-out of the first line ARV, Tenofovir/emtricitabine/efavirenz (TEE).

TEE was reported out of stock at the following clinics:

  • Boksburg Civic Centre Clinic
  • Dawn Park Clinic
  • Palmridge Clinic

b) There is currently a supplier constraint with regards to TEE as the following suppliers have been unable supply the ordered quantities: Innovata Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd and MacCleods Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. However, available stock in the district from other facilities has been allocated to these facilities based on expected patient numbers.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1134

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital management, after being questioned on how occupational therapy pediatricians were affected, raised that more delays on sessions with children are the case, (a) what measures will his department put in place to ensure that delays in occupational therapy for children in particular is not delayed as this will have adverse results in their development even in the long term and (b) how will parents of children who undergo occupational therapy be capacitated to carry out some of the exercises and receive support from hospitals and clinics?

Reply:

a) Occupational therapy (OT) services for children are still running at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH).

  • Children who are admitted to the wards are still receiving in-patient therapy services as required. During these sessions, caregivers are trained in carrying out exercises with their children to ensure carry-over to the home environment. On discharge from the wards, caregivers are given follow-up appointments for OT should this be required, or they are referred to their closest facility for out-patient OT services;
  • Out-patient OT services are still running as follows:
    • New patients who are referred to the OT department, are seen on the day of referral. During this session, caregivers are trained in carrying out exercises as well as given a home program to ensure carry-over to the home environment;
    • Caregivers of current patients are called telephonically and given the option of coming to the hospital for their appointment. Should they wish to attend their appointment, they are seen at the Hospital as normal. Should they not want to bring the child to the Hospital for their OT appointment, caregivers are given an option:
  • They can bring their child for OT the next time they are at the Hospital for a Doctor’s appointment (four to six monthly), scan, collection of medication, etc. and the child will be seen by OT;
  • The caregiver can attend without the child and bring their concerns (verbal or video) which will be addressed by OT (if the caregiver is at the Hospital for something without the child such as collection of medication);
  • If a child has not been seen by OT for a month, their caregiver will be contacted telephonically to follow up on the home program as well as the child’s progress;
  • Caregivers who have not brought their child to see OT for more than three consecutive months, are encouraged to bring their child in due to the rapid development of children so that they can be trained in new exercises and given a home program that is appropriate for their child’s current developmental level;

- Children who have sustained burn injuries receive follow-up with the doctors weekly at the Hospital. Should they require OT services, such as splinting or scar management, they are seen in the OT department weekly after their doctor’s appointment. Once they are discharged from the doctor’s clinic, they are followed up as above for scar management, ensuring that the child has the necessary pressure garments and resources (silicone, cream, etc.) to last them until their next appointment (every second month).

b) All caregivers of children who receive OT services, are encouraged to carry out exercises daily in their home environment as part of their home exercise program. To ensure efficient carry-over, during face-to-face contact sessions, caregivers are shown the exercises they will need to carry out with their child and then given a chance to practice these before they return home and are expected to carry out the program independently.

Pamphlets of different exercises have been developed and parents are given the relevant pamphlets as a reminder of the exercises they need to carry-out daily.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW915

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the National Treasury awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. No tenders were awarded
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

07 July 2020 - NW1367

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of field hospitals have been built in each province since 1 March 2020?

Reply:

The total number of field hospitals that have been built in each Province since 1 March 2020 have been provided in the table below. The construction of the field hospitals is at different levels of completion, from site hand over to the completion of the construction of the hospital, and also includes utilization of the hospital. Most of these are the modification of the space in the existing hospitals.

PROVINCE

FIELD HOSPITAL

COMMENTS

Total Number per province

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth VW field hospital

The hospital is 35% complete and the completed section is being used for COVID-19 admissions.

1

Free State

Intra-Health Care Facilities for Surge

a) Universitas has converted the underground management parking to create a space for 110 beds. The contractor is currently on site.

b) House Idahlia has been identified for 60 High Care Beds. The contractor is currently on site.

c) Pelonomi hospital has been approved for 296 beds. The contractor is currently on site

d) Bongani hospital Nurses has been identified for 150 beds. Waiting for the awarding of the contract.

e) Itumeleng CHC has been approved for 200 beds. Waiting for the awarding of the contract.

f) Manapo Hospital Hall has been approved for 53 beds. Waiting for the awarding of the contract.

g) Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg has been approved for 95 beds. The contractor is on site

7 hospitals with

Gauteng

NASREC Field hospital

The department has approved and completed 500 beds and it is currently being used

1 with 500 beds

KZN

Royal Agriculture Showground field hospital

  • The field hospital in Pietermaritzburg is operational with 254 beds.
  • Ngwelezane hospital has been approved the construction of 113 beds, which are under construction.
  • General Justice Ginzenga Mapanza has been approved for 113 beds which are under construction.
  • Clairewood hospital has allocated 226 beds which are still under construction.

4 with 706 beds

Limpopo

 

Limpopo has not built any field hospitals as yet.

0

Mpumalanga

 

Mpumalanga has not built any field hospitals as yet

0

Northern Cape

 

Northern Cape has not built any field hospitals as yet

0

North West

Maseve Field hospital

This hospital has been approved for 200 beds in Rustenburg and it is 90% ready.

1 with 200 beds

Western Cape

 

a) CTICC has been approved for 870 beds and it is completed

b) Thusong has been approved for 68 beds and it is completed

c) Brackengate has been approved for 330 beds. The portion of the existing warehouse, design for the facility has been completed. Planned first patient admission will start on 7 July 2020.

3 with 1268 beds

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1256

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

What processes did his department put in place in order to provide assistance to the clinics in terms of local screening and testing within each area in the City of Ekurhuleni?

Reply:

Ekurhuleni Health District has employed fifty-two (52) Tracer Teams and one thousand and ninety-eight (1098) Community Health Care Workers. These teams are under the leadership of the District Health Management Offices of Ekurhuleni Health District. These teams assist the clinics to conduct screening and testing in the hotspots areas such as malls, informal settlements and hostels on a daily basis throughout the whole of the City of Ekurhuleni.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1135

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How does his department conduct training for health officials and personnel in tracing down contacts to be cognisant of stigmas that may arise, (b) what intervention does his department have in place to deal with the stigmatisation of Coronavirus and (c) how is the privacy of patients and contacts protected?

Reply:

(a) As part of training, healthcare workers and contact tracers were sensitized on how to assist cases and contacts to deal with stigma and its impact on their mental health and well-being. Stigma, as a major cause of discrimination and exclusion, affects people’s self-esteem, disrupts relationships and contributes directly to human rights abuses. Recognising the need for mental well-being during this period of Covid-19 pandemic, the National Department of Health has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on contact tracing in SA, which also include section on mental and psychological support to community during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The following aspects were covered during trainings:

  • When referring to people with COVID-19, do not attach the disease to any particular ethnicity or nationality. Be empathetic to all those who are affected, in and from any country. People who are affected by COVID-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness.
  • As part of health education, contacts are requested to seek information only from trusted sources and mainly so that they can take practical steps to prepare and protect themselves and their loved ones, should anyone in the household test positive for Covid-19.
  • In other households, psychosocial support is offered to the family members who are not working and who need to take care of child or elderly dependents.

In addition to what is listed earlier in terms of combating stigma and discrimination, here is what the Department of Health has done to assist people to cope, in order to reduce anxiety, namely:

  • Protect themselves and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support, as well as the helper.
  • Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried;
  • Gather information at regular intervals, from the Department of Health and NICD websites and local health authorities, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours;
  • Honour caretakers and health care workers supporting people affected by the disease in your community. Acknowledge the role they play to save lives and keep your loved ones safe.

National Contact Tracing Guidelines are currently being revised to emphasise the following issues that are covered during training:

    • Contact tracing should not be used punitively;
    • Contacts should be provided with details of how their information will be used, stored, and accessed, and how individuals will be protected from harmful disclosure or identification;
    • Contact tracing and associated steps, such as quarantine of contacts and isolation of cases, should not be associated with security measures, immigration issues, or other concerns outside the realm of public health.

(b) Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how Covid-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths. Stigma can also make people more likely to hide symptoms or illness, keep them from seeking health care immediately, and prevent individuals from adopting healthy behaviors. This means that stigma can make it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak. As part of training of healthcare workers and contact tracers, the National Contact Tracing Team help prevent stigma by ensuring that contact tracers in provinces and districts:

  • Always maintain the privacy and confidentiality of those seeking healthcare and those who may be part of any contact investigation;
  • Quickly communicate the risk, or lack of risk, from contact with products, people, and places;
  • Use of inclusive language and less stigmatizing terminology by sharing accurate information about how the virus spreads;
  • Use of social media to spread facts about how the new coronavirus disease is transmitted and treated, and how to prevent infection, including speaking out against negative behaviors and statements, including those on social media;
  • Engaging social influencers such as community leaders in prompting reflection about people who are stigmatized and how to support them, or respected celebrities to amplify messages that reduce stigma;
  • All health promotion materials show diverse communities being impacted and working together to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and do not reinforce stereotypes.
  • The use of news media and social media creates an environment in which the disease and its impact is openly and honestly discussed, to speak out against stereotyping groups of people who experience stigma;
  • Suggesting resources for mental health or other social support services for people who have experienced stigma or discrimination;
  • The contact tracers are expected to show empathy with those affected and make them understand the disease, and adopt effective practical measures to help keep themselves and their families safe.
  • The Department carefully communicates with the public on Covid-19 to aid public/community implementation of the preventive measures and to avoid fuelling fear and stigma.

(c) The privacy of patients and contacts is protected by the following:

 

  • Medical records of patients and contacts are subject to privacy and confidentiality. As part of training, healthcare workers and contact tracers are trained to better understand that patient information remains cordoned within the Prescripts of Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). All health care workers know that they are not supposed to divulge any information, of any patient in any media platforms. When such arise, there are legal implications to deal with the person divulging the information;
  • The databases that are also used should be encrypted so that the information storage becomes secure. More work still needs to be done to ensure all data sources are aligned across all the provinces;
  • All health care workers and contact tracers are expected to comply with Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions as outlined in the National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003). Covid-19 is a category 1 notifiable medical condition (Respiratory disease caused by a novel respiratory pathogen). Confidentiality, protection of health records, and offences and penalties are dealt with in Chapter 4 of the Regulation.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1132

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he will respond positively to nurses in emergency and casualty wards at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital who are calling for danger allowances because of exposure to psychiatric patients waiting for beds; if not, why not; if so, on what date will mediation take place; (2) what measures has his department put in place to increase infrastructural capacity for psychiatric patients and wards (a) at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and (b) other hospitals across the Republic as this is not stipulated in the annual Strategic Plan and Annual Perfomance Plan of his department?

Reply:

1. As the Minister of Health, one of my key responsibilities is to ensure the health and safety of all health workers. It is an obligation put on me not only by my conscience, but also by our own legislation regarding labour and occupational health and safety. We are also signatory to International Conventions on Labour, that underpin employee health and wellness management.

In terms of the Determination and Directive on Danger Allowance in the Public Service, dated July 2017 (PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2007 as amended by Resolution 4 of 2015) Part 2: PROVISION ON DANGER ALLOWANCE, employers pay standardized danger allowance to employees who in the course of their employment experience a genuine risk to their life because of exposure to psychiatric patients.

We are also fortunate as a country that over time we have established functional and effective structures and processes that involve both organized labour and employers whereby the labour and employment issues such as this call by the nurses should be presented and evaluated. In this regard I am confident that once presented to the Public Service Bargaining Council, the Department of Health will be advised accordingly.

2. (a) Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital currently has 165 acute gazette (approved) beds. The beds are sufficient for a Tertiary Academic Hospital. More beds need to be created in the Regional and District Hospitals and need to strengthen Community-based Psychiatric services.

(b) the Annual Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan for the Department talked about 80 hospitals to be revitalized or constructed over the MTEF. All these hospitals will have a dedicated mental health ward.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1018

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to his reply to question 398 on 12 May 2020, where he indicated that the Provincial Executive Council in the North West has resolved to intervene in the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality by invoking section 139 of the Local Government Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, to impose a financial recovery plan in the municipality, (a) by what date will the financial recovery plan aimed at improving financial management in the specified municipality be completed and (b) what changes to the (i) municipality’s budget, (ii) revenue-raising measures, (iii) spending limits and (iv) revenue targets will be effected?

Reply:

(a) The process to draft a financial recovery plan commences with a status quo analysis of the municipality after a formal request to draft such a financial recovery plan has been received by the National Treasury. To conduct the status quo analysis, a multi-disciplinary team is required with expertise in financial, legal, human resources and organizational development. The status quo is often conducted on-site as it is impossible to infer the extent of the problems in a municipality from an analysis of the financial statements only. As part of the process, interviews are conducted with key municipal officials and this is normally a week long process.

The COVID-19 pandemic regulations have placed restrictions on travel, thus delaying this particular process. To date, a multi-disciplinary team has been appointed by the National Treasury and assumed duties on the 1st June 2020. Once travel restrictions are lifted, an on-site status-quo assessment will be undertaken to commence with the preparation of the financial recovery plan for the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality.

In addition, the North West Provincial Treasury have also finalized Terms of Reference for the appointment of specialists to provide assistance to the province in the preparation of a financial recovery plan for the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality and other municipalities in the North West.

(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) Changes required to these measures will be determined once the status-quo assessment is finalized.

07 July 2020 - NW1368

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether the Scooter Project that was launched by the Eastern Cape Department of Health meets the basic criteria of patient transport; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department was consulted before the specified scooters were procured; if so, what brief was given to the province in this regard?

Reply:

1. No, the Scooter Project that was launched by the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) does not meet the basic criteria for patient transport as an ambulance. The purpose of this project by ECDOH is mainly for widening access to primary health care and delivering of chronic medicine for the most remote areas of the Eastern Cape Province.

2. The National Department of Health was not consulted on specifications before procurement of the scooters. However, the Province has been advised that none of these scooters will be used as ambulances because they do not meet the specific requirements as provided for in the EMS Regulations, such as, minimum patient compartment space and equipment requirements.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1150

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 912 on 4 June 2020, his department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes, the following tables reflect the details in this regard.

No.

(a)

(b)

(c)

1

Mobility Solutions

R208,725-00

Procurement of 300 Infra-red Portable Thermometers for all ports of entry to mitigate Covid-19 risks.

2

Unicore Holdings

R353,527-83

Procurement of 350 Infrared Portable Thermometers for screening at exit points at Ports of Entry.

3

Mabhelonke Enterprise (Pty) Ltd

R233,000-00

Printing of 800 000 Travel Health Questionnaires for Covid-19 screening at the Ports of Entry.

4

Vision Projects 2020

R230,000-00

Printing of 800 000 Health Questionnaires for Covid-19 screening at the Ports of Entry.

5

Moetswadi Trading Projects

R 35,000-00

Decontamination, cleaning and disinfection of 10 pool vehicles allocated to Port Health at OR Tambo International Airport.

2. Yes.

(a) The deviations were due to health emergency as a result of Covid-19 pandemic outbreak;

(b) Details in each case;

No.

Supplier Name

Amount

Description of goods or services

1

Tammy Taylor

R115,000-00

Procurement of 2000 cloth face masks for NDOH employees to ensure compliance to Covid-19 regulations.

2

ExecuJet Aviation

R142,760-99

Emergency procurement of a charter flight for 4 officials to travel from Lanseria to East London to conduct contact tracing, attend to epidemiological issues and PPE supply during the surge of Covid-19 in Eastern Cape.

3

Libera Management

R132,298.53

Procurement of various sizes of hand sanitizers for use at entrances, boardrooms and laboratories of the NDoH.

4

Tammy Taylor

R 46,000-00

Procurement 800 additional cloth face masks for NDOH employees to ensure compliance to Covid-19 regulations.

5

Libera Management

R 79,524.16

Emergency Cleaning Services at Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in Johannesburg due to Covid-19.

3. The following table reflects the details in this regard

No.

Supplier Name

Reasons that the goods and/ or services were from the specified companies

1.

Mobility Solutions

Due to Lockdown, most of suppliers were not open for business, as a result there was a limited access to suppliers. The Central Supplier Database (CSD) was used to identify the suppliers to render the required services.

2.

Unicore Holdings

 

3.

Mabhelonke Enterprise (Pty) Ltd

 

4.

Vision Projects 2020

 

5.

Moetswadi Trading Projects

 

6.

Tammy Taylor

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic most companies were not operating as a result of lockdown. This supplier was willing to provide the department with the quotation of cloth masks in preparation for return of employees as per requirements of Covid-19 regulations.

7.

ExecuJet Aviation

Only this supplier was urgently available to execute the urgent task at the time.

8.

Libera Management

Since this supplier is currently providing cleaning services In-house, they were requested to urgently procure the required items in line with Covid-19.

9.

Tammy Taylor

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic most companies were not operating as a result of lockdown. This supplier was willing to provide the department with the quotation of cloth masks in preparation for return of employees as per requirements of Covid-19 regulations.

10.

Libera Management

The supplier was approached on an emergency basis to disinfect Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in Johannesburg due to the fact they are currently contracted to provide the cleaning services for NDoH.

4. No there will be no statement.

 

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1170

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

What measures did his department put in place in terms of screening and testing at schools in Gauteng?

Reply:

The joint Integrated School Health Programme Task Team (ISHP TT) between the Departments of Health and of Basic Education developed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for COVID-19 Screening in South African Schools. This applies to all public and special schools in all provinces in the country.

The purpose of the SOP is to detect potential cases of COVID-19 and efficiently manage them to avoid further transmission and risk to other learners and school personnel.

There are four important aspects of the SOP:

  • To provide guidelines to the School Health Team, composed of a Professional Nurse and Enrolled Nurses, and the School Screening Team (non-clinical) staff comprising of Youth Brigades, the School Based Support Teams (SBST) are trained to screen learners and school staff for symptoms of COVID-19 including daily temperature monitoring;
  • To ensure that all learners who are identified as being symptomatic through screening are managed and referred appropriately;
  • To ensure that contact tracing is conducted for all those who test positive. It is the responsibility of the professional nurse and the School Health Team to liaise with the appropriate contact training team within the district;
  • The School Health Team and the School Screening team are required to work very closely with members of the SBST for co-ordination purposes within the school. If the school does not have an SBST, a member of the School Management Team should be nominated and designated to perform this role. Where there are insufficient school health teams to cover every school, a professional nurse from a local clinic may be nominated to provide support to the school (every school must have direct access to a named professional nurse).

All schools developed plans which were submitted to their District (Health and Education) to indicate readiness for school re-opening. These plans outline how they will manage the screening and testing including reporting and data management within the schools and districts.

Learner Health Questionnaires were also developed, translated into all official languages and distributed for parents to complete in order to identify children with comorbidities that put them at risk of contracting severe COVID-19. School principals are responsible to provide alternatives to face-to-face learning for these learners.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1136

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What measures has his department put in place to make quarantine facilities that he has earmarked for persons with Covid-19 infections fully compliant and ready to serve their purpose; (2) whether the specified quarantine facilities are equipped with (a) sufficient water, (b) electricity, (c) clean beds and bedding and (d) food; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the necessary inspections have been conducted to confirm that the quarantine facilities meet the minimum requirements of a quarantine facility; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) what is the total number of quarantine facilities earmarked for persons with Covid-19 infections and (b) where is each such facility located; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The process for assessing and preparing quarantine facilities is properly defined in the approved Guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation Facilities. This process entails the identification of possible sites, the assessment thereof and the operationalisation of said sites. Apart from that, there are also a few state-owned facilities that were earmarked and prepared. This entailed basic maintenance to the sites, procurement of beds, linen and kitchen equipment and then the operationalisation of these sites again with staff, catering where necessary, PPE and medical waste management services;

(2) Yes. Sufficient water, electricity, clean beds, bedding and food is a prerequisite for a quarantine facility. Prior to activation, sites are inspected specifically related to the above and a list of criteria as contained in the approved guidelines. Where facilities were found to not comply to these requirements, they are decommissioned and will not be utilised again.

(3) Yes. Various inspections are done. There is the initial assessment to determine if a facility would meet the requirements as per the guidelines provided. All facilities need to be assessed for suitability. These assessments are done either by the National Department of Health, National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure or their provincial counterparts.

Once activated, there is a quality assessment that is done to determine if the operational side is in place and that subsequent infection control protocols are followed. This is a relatively new function and they are only now engaging in doing these on-site audits.

Where complaints have been received, various teams have been sent to these facilities and report on the status of these that were assessed.

(4) (a) The following quarantine facilities have been activated in the provinces:

(b) PROVINCE

  1. NO OF SITES

NO OF BEDS

Eastern Cape

19

662

Free State

5

313

Gauteng

21

6236

KwaZulu-Natal

48

1098

Limpopo

6

313

Mpumalanga

6

434

North West

6

188

Northern Cape

9

497

Western Cape

16

2537

GRAND TOTAL

136

12278

(5) Yes. A statement will be made on the matter as part of media statements to update the country on the outbreak.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1019

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

By what date will the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality (a) complete and (b) submit the 2019-20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework budget to the National Treasury, which they were advised to revise after the National Treasury had assessed it and found it to be unfunded and unsustainable?

Reply:

(a)(b) The Lekwa-Teema Local Municipality revised the 2019/20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework as part of the Special Adjustments Budget process initiated by the National Treasury on 11 November 2019. Subsequent to the Provincial Treasury’s assessment, the municipality’s 2019/20 MTREF budget still reflected a negative cash position of R283.9 million from a negative balance of R313.5 million in the first year of the 2019/20 MTREF period.

Following the mid-year budget performance assessment in January 2020, the municipal council further adjusted the 2019/20 budget during February 2020 and adopted a short term financial plan.

However, it is important to note that all municipalities are now afforded a further opportunity to adjust their budgets in response to the changes in revenue and expenditure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for this process is 15 June 2020.

07 July 2020 - NW1366

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of persons have died in each province since 1 February 2020 due to (i) natural and (ii) unnatural causes and (b) was the cause of death in each specified case?

Reply:

a) Mortality data from the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics system permit the production of mortality statistics on a continuous basis and contribute to the understanding of the burden of disease at national, provincial and local geographic levels. The registration of deaths in South Africa falls under the mandate of the Department of Home Affairs. It is governed by the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1992 (Act No. 51 of 1992). The Act has been amended several times, with the last amendment made in 2010 [Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act (Act No. 18 of 2010)]. The principal Act states that after a death occurs, notice of death should be given as soon as practicable. To better enforce the registration of deaths, the 2014 regulations of the Act mandate the registration of deaths within 72 hours (three days) from date of occurrence. The principal Act further states that a medical practitioner should prescribe the cause of death if satisfied that the death was due to natural causes. However, if there is doubt that the death was due to natural causes, such a death must be reported to the police. After an investigation as to the circumstances of the death in terms of the Inquests Act, 1959 (Act No. 58 of 1959), the medical practitioner shall certify the cause of death. Upon completion of death registration, a death certificate is issued.

(i) Natural Deaths by Province

A total of 137 816 deaths form Natural causes were recorded for persons 1 year and older for the period, 1 February 2020 to 16 June 2020.

Province

Natural Deaths

Eastern Cape

22 241

Free State

8 817

Gauteng

26 941

KwaZulu-Natal

25 212

Limpopo

14 306

Mpumalanga

10 091

North West

8 711

Northern Cape

4 416

Western Cape

17 081

Total

137 816

Source: SAMRC

(ii) Unnatural Causes

A total of 13 866 Unnatural Deaths were recorded for the period, 1 February 2020 to 16 June 2020 at national level.

Province

Unnatural Deaths

Eastern Cape

2 173

Free State

662

Gauteng

2 946

KwaZulu-Natal

3 143

Limpopo

1 005

Mpumalanga

950

North West

628

Northern Cape

323

Western Cape

2 036

Total

13 866

Source: SAMRC

b) All death notification forms are collected by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) from Department of Home Affairs bi-weekly for capturing, processing, assessment, analysis and dissemination of statistical reports and datasets on mortality and causes of death. The last report released by Stats SA reported on deaths was in 2017, citing technical challenges as the reason. SAMRC sources only natural and unnatural causes of death data from the basic demographic information for all deaths registered on the National Population Register on a weekly basis for purposes of monitoring trends on behalf of the Department of Health. However, SAMRC is also not allowed to access detailed causes of death because it is confidential; and as a result the cause of death in each specified case cannot be provided.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1408

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

Whether she has been informed about the report of an independent specialist group hired by the former Minister to investigate maladministration in her department in the previous term; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the key (a) findings and (b) recommendations in the specified report?

Reply:

(a ) Former Minister L. Sisulu commissioned two reports by Independent entities. One report looked at matters relating to irregular expenditure in the Department. This report was done by a company named Open Waters. A second report compiled by a panel led by former Justice Minister, B. Mabandla focused on matters related to organisational culture. This included looking at matters related to allegations of sexual harassment and allegations related to human resource management.

(b) The Open Waters report identified breaches in financial management but arrived at conclusions and recommendations that were not consistent with the findings. The second report made recommendations related to improving overall management and leadership in the Department. Based on the recommendations that were not aligned with the findings from the Open Waters Report, I will be appointing an external team to assess whether the findings in the report do not warrant further investigation, including a more thorough forensic investigation in some areas. The recommendations that will emanate from this report will allow me to complement measures related to improving leadership and management issues that emerged from the report compiled by the team led by Ms. Mabandla. This team will use the findings in the two reports mentioned above as the basis for further investigation and recommendations. The findings in both reports will have to be treated as draft findings at this stage given the need for further investigations. Given that these are draft finding, no action is proposed until the team that I will appoint completes the process initiated by my predecessor.

07 July 2020 - NW1133

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the fact that the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital currently has water shortage and requires assistance with reservoirs (details furnished), (a) how does his department receive and resolve issues of water shortage in clinics and hospitals around the country and (b) by what date will his department attend to the issue of water shortage at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital?

Reply:

a) Clinics and hospitals across the country receive water from the municipal water reticulation system. These facilities do however have back up water supply to assist when the municipality is unable to supply. A total of 2 908 (94%) clinics have piped water, and 2 568 (83%) have backup water supply in case of emergency. Those that do not have piped water and backup water receive water through municipal tanker supply system. All hospitals are connected to the municipal water reticulation system and also have backup water reservoir for the days that there is no supply from the municipality.

b) Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital does not have water shortage. It has the main Reservoir supplying Laundry and the Boiler and numerous tanks around the Hospital. There is, however, a need for two more reservoirs to be devoted to supply Maternity and Accident and Emergency Areas. The project for water reservoir to expand the water supply for the Hospital is planned for during this 2020/2021 financial year. Whenever there is a shortage of water from the municipality, the Hospital is able to supply the affected sections from its reservoir.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW970

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Finance

By what date will the Madibeng Local Municipality (a) complete and (b) submit the 2019-20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework budget, which the National Treasury advised that it be revised after having assessed it and found it to be unfunded and unsustainable?

Reply:

(a)(b) The Madibeng Local Municipality revised their 2019/20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework as part of the Special Adjustments Budget process initiated by the National Treasury on 8 November 2019. Subsequent to the Provincial Treasury’s assessment, the municipality’s 2018/19 MTREF budget reflected a positive cash position of R69 million from a negative balance of R209 million in the first year of the 2019/20 MTREF period while the two outer years showed marginal surpluses. These surpluses are reflective of the municipality’s strategy to prioritise arrear debt owed to bulk suppliers.

Following the mid-year budget performance assessment in December 2019, the municipal council did not deem it necessary to further adjust the 2019/20 budget.

However, it is important to note that all municipalities are now afforded a further opportunity to adjust their budgets in response to the changes in revenue and expenditure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for this process is 15 June 2020.

07 July 2020 - NW1221

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Health

(1)How is his department working with the mines to conduct tracking and tracing in view of the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases at the mines; (2) whether there is any training conducted for miners to properly assist them with social distancing?

Reply:

1. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued Government Notice No. 43335 on the 18 May 2020 covering the Mandatory Code of Practice on the Mitigation and Management of the COVID-19 Outbreak. As part of the code of practice, the mines have a contact tracing programme for contacts of COVID-19 cases identified on the mine and works with the district communicable disease coordinator on tracing of contacts beyond the mine. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) contact tracing protocol is followed. The mines submit weekly reports to the Minerals Council South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Department of Health, on the number of miners screened, tested, those who have recovered and contacts traced for the index case;

2. The mines have a comprehensive programme on the Covid-19 response including risk assessments and public health interventions including social distancing. Communication materials and training is provided to the miners on the Covid-19 response and social distancing by the mining companies.

END.

07 July 2020 - NW1209

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of service contracts of doctors have not been renewed in each province in the period 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2020 and (b) are the reasons for not renewing the service contracts?

Reply:

The following table reflects the details in this regard.

Province

Contracts

Reasons

Eastern Cape

95

95 holders of the contracts were community service doctors whose statutory one year-contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

Free State

67

36 holders of the contracts opted to transfer to other Provinces after the contract expiry period due to personal reasons. The remaining 31 holders were community service doctors whose statutory one year contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

Gauteng

130

128 holders were community service doctors whose statutory one-year contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed, and 2 were sessional doctors positions converted to permanent appointments

KwaZulu-Natal

0

The Province did not have medical officers whose appointment contract ended during the reporting period.

Limpopo

34

5 holders of the contracts opted to transfer to other Provinces after the contract expiry period due to personal reasons. The remaining 29 were community service doctors whose statutory one year-contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

Mpumalanga

45

14 holders of the contracts were foreign nationals appointed on three-year contracts. At the end of contracts, they were not renewed because opportunities are first given to South African Citizens in terms of the Immigration Act of 2002. The remaining 31 were community service doctors whose statutory one year-contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

Northern Cape

72

72 holders were community service doctors whose statutory one year contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

North West

81

46 holders of contracts were not renewed as posts were converted to Permanent Posts to reduce the vacancy rate. The remaining 35 were community service doctors whose statutory one year contracts (non-renewable contracts) were completed.

Western Cape

54

39 were Medical Registrars that completed their training and are replaced with new registrations. The remaining 15 doctors’ contracts terminated at the end of contract after completing specific tasks as per agreements.

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07 July 2020 - NW1172

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that his department is erecting tents at Ekurhuleni to assist clinics with waiting areas to ensure social distancing criteria are in place, (a) which clinics in Ekurhuleni are being provided with the tents and (b) who got the tender as the service provider for erecting the tents?

Reply:

(a) The clinics in Ekurhuleni Health District Municipality which are being provided with tents are on the attached list (Annexure A)

(b) There was no tender that was awarded for the erection of the tents. These tents are erected by the Gauteng Provincial Infrastructure team, as part of the expansion of the space for the patients.

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06 July 2020 - NW1297

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What was the murder rate per 100 000 persons for (a) children, (b) women, (c) farmers and (d) men in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is responsible for the production of population estimates. The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not calculate the murder rate, per 100 000 persons, for (a), (b), (c) and (d), due to the complexity of the determination of the population estimates around those variables. Stats SA applies specific models and the SAPS does not have record of the models for population e6timates and computations. The crime statistics for 2019/2020 have not been published by the Minister of Police.

Reply to question 1297 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1297 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1298

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Police

What is the (a) name of each athlete in his department's Operational Excellence Courses Programme and (b) average monthly amount paid to an athlete for participating in the specified programme?

Reply:

  1. There are no South African Police Service (SAPS) athletes on an Operational Excellence Course Programme.
  1. Not applicable.

Reply to question 1298 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SREVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/07/02

Reply to question 1298 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL, BH CELE, MP

Date: 04/07/2020

06 July 2020 - NW1162

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

Whether her department has a strategy to assist existing small, micro and medium enterprises to start conducting business again after the devastating effects that Covid–19 had on their businesses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the department will start rolling out the assistance?

Reply:

To assist existing SMMEs to start conducting businesses again after the effects of Covid-19, the Department of Small Business Development has initiated various programmes to support both formal and informal businesses. The informal and micro-business support schemes include:

  1. The Spaza Support – this scheme is not only meant to su
  2. Small Scale Bakeries and Confectioneries Business Support Scheme;
  3. Small Scale and Micro Clothing, Textile and Leather Business Support Scheme; and
  4. Automotive Aftermarkets Support Scheme.

More dedicated interventions such as those for butcheries, informal restaurants, personal care support are being finalised to support the micro and informal businesses to ensure the most vulnerable sector, which employs the largest number of people is adequately supported. These schemes fit in well with the Cabinet approved Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme that the DSBD is expected to implement during this current financial year.

In addition, the Department of Small Business Development is finalising other interventions to support formal SMEs when they return back to business activities during and post-Covid-19 pandemic. These interventions include the Business Viability scheme, which is targeting businesses through the economic recovery phase as we will be ensuring that SMMEs are ready to adjust to the new ways of doing business and ensuring that their business processes are adjusted to suit the new ways of doing business. Another intervention is the small scale manufacturing scheme to support and bolster local manufacturing as part of the department’s localization programme.

Public announcements are made as and when a support programme is ready to be rolled out. The four interventions specified in the first paragraph above, were all in place by the 24 May 2020.

06 July 2020 - NW1244

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(1) What number of new SA Police Service (SAPS) officers have successfully completed training at the latest specified date; (2) what number of (a) active members of the SAPS and (b) SAPS reservists have been deployed during the different stages of the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19: (3) whether his department is on track in terms of training and recruitment to strengthen the police force; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what challenges have been experienced in terms of the filling of vacancies, recruitment and training of new SAPS members’?

Reply:

1. On 13 December 2019, a total of 4 971 new recruits successfully completed their training.

2(a)(b) Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and reservists were and are still deployed for routine operations, for policing services and the enforcement of the coronavirus (COVID-19) preventative measures. It is preferred/recommended that the figures are not provided, for security reasons.

3. The process of finalising the SAPS 2020 Trainee Intake was at an advanced stage. However, it was unfortunately suspended, until further notice, by the Minister of Police, due to the State of National Disaster and subsequent nationwide lockdown, which was announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruitment plan of the SAPS is currently being reviewed, in order to respond to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place, such as social distancing, restriction/suspension of large gatherings/meetings, etc..

4. The filling of other vacancies in the SAPS is continuing, however, it has not been po9sible to enlist new SAPS member6 to report for training at the various training academies in the country, due to the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols (social distancing, large gatherings/meetings, physical training, etc)

06 July 2020 - NW1156

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)With reference to her reply to question 916 on 5 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1456E

Reply:

1. (a) (c) The following goods were procured:

  • 75 Laptops and 75 Laptop bags from Massmart Stores for a total of R682 350.00.
  • 75 Data cards and 75 Wi-Fi routers through the RT 15/2016 (Vodacom) for R43 038.75.
  • 1000 Masks from Hlathi Developments and Enterprises (Pty) Ltd for R35 750.00

2. No

06 July 2020 - NW1205

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What progress has been made in the negotiations between the Seriti Holdings, Coalzar and the Industrial Development Corporation regarding the development of the New Largo Coal Fields?

Reply:

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO advises me that the acquisition transaction has been successfully executed and the project is currently in development, including a Bankable Feasibility Study is in the process of being finalised and negotiations are underway with all key stakeholders including Eskom. The IDC has concluded it negotiations with the parties and is now a 22.5% shareholder in New Largo Coal (Pty) Ltd (NLC).

By way of background, at the end of 2015, Anglo American plc announced it would be disposing of its coal assets as part of its restructuring and drive to reduce debt. Amongst the South African coal assets was New Largo Mine, which was at an advanced feasibility study stage at the time of disposal.

The IDC, CoalZar and with the Seriti Consortium agreed to co-bid for the purchase, with the purchase price and pre-implementation costs are being funded by shareholder loans. The purchase price was funded in proportion to shareholding. The IDC funding also included funding on behalf of Employee and Community Trusts and the bankable feasibility study review and completion. Seriti and Coalzar continue to fund the New Largo’s operational costs.

The mine will be strategically developed to support Eskom’s Kusile Power Station. Given New Largo Coal’s proximity to Kusile, I am advised by the IDC that it is well positioned as a supplier, and it is expected that Kusile will purchase approximately 70% of the company’s coal production.

The IDC decided to participate in the transaction, since in its view it facilitates the creation of a significant black industrialist in the coal mining space and supports its strategy of increasing production of energy minerals that ensure security of energy supply. I am advised that the project is expected to create 1 100 direct jobs and 478 construction jobs.

The IDC’s participation in the New Largo Coal project, brings the total value of approvals to black industrialists in the mining sector to R8,4 billion since 1 April 2015, supporting 29 deals (net) in the sector over the period. Total approvals to black industrialists across all sectors totals R25,2 billion since 1 April 2015.

 

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06 July 2020 - NW1140

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

1. With reference to his reply to question 923 on 2 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; 2. Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; 3. What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; 4. Whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW1440E QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY Question No 1140 Mr F J Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition With reference to his reply to question 923 on 2 June 2020, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; Whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW1440E REPLY I have been provided with the requested information by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department and following the tabling of the information, no statement appear to be necessary. The information supplied by the CFO is as follows: The service providers for the specified goods are as follows: Service provider Goods provided Total amount (R) Multisurge (Pty) Ltd Masks 69 000 Evergreen Gloves 2 493 Triple N Medical Supplies Gloves, masks, hand sanitiser 117 301   188 794 There were no deviations from standard supply chain management procedures. The procurement for PPE was done in line with the initial Instruction Note from NT in which NT identified and provided a list of suppliers on which the State could urgently procure PPE from identified suppliers. Procurement was assessed and awarded in line with National Treasury prescripts for procurement as per the Health and Safety guidelines issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. -End-

Reply:

I have been provided with the requested information by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department and following the tabling of the information, no statement appear to be necessary.

The information supplied by the CFO is as follows:

1. The service providers for the specified goods are as follows:

 

Service provider

Goods provided

Total amount (R)

Multisurge (Pty) Ltd

Masks

69 000

Evergreen

Gloves

2 493

Triple N Medical Supplies

Gloves, masks, hand sanitiser

117 301

 

 

188 794

2. There were no deviations from standard supply chain management procedures. The procurement for PPE was done in line with the initial Instruction Note from NT in which NT identified and provided a list of suppliers on which the State could urgently procure PPE from identified suppliers.

3. Procurement was assessed and awarded in line with National Treasury prescripts for procurement as per the Health and Safety guidelines issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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02 July 2020 - NW1287

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

(1)What is the estimated total cost to be incurred by (a) his department and (b) institutions of higher education and training to prepare for the reopening of their facilities after the easing of the hard lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; (2) whether (a) his department and/or (b) institutions of higher education and training will be employing additional staff to ensure that (i) social distancing and (ii) other essential health protections have been put in place; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has allocated R1.1 million and reprioritised R1.5 million for the management of COVID-19 within its offices, i.e. four buildings at head office and six regional offices. The budget is meant to cover the supply of masks to 3 800 employees, procurement of sanitisers, scanners, personal protective equipment for the cleaning staff, decontamination and deep cleaning of offices. In view of the capacity constraints in cleaning services, a service provider had to be procured for deep cleaning and augment the existing capacity for a three months period. In addition to the above, the Department is in the processes of procuring emergency and pyscho-social support services, stands for sanitisers with foot pedals, thermal cameras and digital scanners as the small hand-held scanners are proving to be unreliable. The additional needs will amount to R2.3 million. In total, the Department will incur expenses to the total value of R5.0 million

(b) Letters were sent to universities on 13 May 2020 requesting them to submit costed Teaching, Learning and Assessment Plans, as well as Campus Readiness Plans to the Department by 19 May 2020. Universities submitted costed Campus Readiness Plans, which varied considerably with respect to what institutions wanted to implement and with regards to the funding required and the equipment requested. Funding required varied from as little as R2.1 million to R 402.8 million. Some suggested items were large infrastructure changes that would not be possible. The total cost of the submitted plans was R1.85 billion. This was assessed as unrealistic as many items indicated were unnecessary.

The Department, in consultation with Higher Health who assessed these plans, decided that there are certain legitimate expenses that institutions will incur that they could not have been budgeted for prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Department should consider providing a second COVID-19 Responsiveness Grant (CRG-2) to assist institutions with these costs. The Minister has been requested to approve the re-prioritisation of R526.3 million from the 2020/21 earmarked grants not yet transferred to assist universities to pay for unbudgeted items for campus readiness and health and safety measures over the next period.   

TVET Colleges have been able to reprioritize approximately R780 million from their current 2020 operational budgets to assist with COVID 19 related expenditure.

Total cost to be incurred by Community Education and Training (CET) colleges is
R27 million to prepare for the reopening of their facilities after the easing of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

(2)  (a) The Department had planned to acquire additional capacity in the form of nurses within the Employee Health and Welfare unit but has since entered into a partnership with the Health and Welfare SETA for the provision of nursing services to do screening and contact tracing. The Department will be increasing its cleaning capacity by employing more cleaners at head office and in colleges, and in particular Community Learning Centres colleges that do not have dedicated cleaners as they are using the Department of Basic Education’s facilities.

(b) (i) Universities’ plans make provision for the employment of additional staff where required. All universities have made provision for physical distancing in their plans.

Social distancing has been prioritised in TVET colleges firstly through the staggered return of different student cohorts over a 7-week period, as well as through the splitting of classes and revision of timetables. These arrangements will not require additional lecturers.

The CET colleges are not employing additional staff; however, the following conditions have been applied in determining the resumption of classes. Only colleges that have satisfied the social distancing requirements have allowed staff and students to return effective from 23 June 2020. The return of different categories of CET college staff to their workstations and students to their learning sites is subject to readiness of the colleges and learning sites as well as appropriate social distancing measures put in place by colleges.

(ii) All universities have made provision for essential health and safety items. The Department has recommended to the Minister that funding through the proposed CRG -2 be approved for the following categories as advised by Higher Health: 

  • Requirements for environmental and regular cleaning in line with the health and safety protocols, including cleaning equipment and material and the appointment of additional cleaning staff.
  • Personal protective equipment appropriate for front-line staff, staff in university clinics and the general student and staff population.  
  • Internal isolation and quarantine facilities (levels 4 - 2 of the risk-adjusted strategy) and external facilities (only if this is necessary after level 1 has been announced and 100% of students have returned to the campus).
  • Clinical support in the form of locums at the university clinic, mental health support, etc.
  • Screening stations and equipment. This may include additional staff.

TVET colleges have been monitored over the last 6 weeks in terms of their readiness to receive staff and students. By mid-June 2020, all the protocols for COVID-19 compliance, as set out by the Department of Health and the Guidelines for PSET institutions for Management of COVID-19, were above 90% readiness. As at 26 June 2020, the state of readiness was at 98%. Higher Health trained staff across all colleges on implementing the protocols.

All CET colleges have assured the Department that personal protective equipment for staff and students were procured from the budget set aside to deal with COVID-19.

02 July 2020 - NW1303

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

By what date does she envisage will the list of prohibited fish species that apply to recreational fishing be aligned with the International Union for Conservator of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species?

Reply:

All the twelve (12) prohibited fish species that apply to the South African recreational fishing sector as listed in Table 4 of the Recreational Fishing Brochure have been listed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species under different categories.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY FISHERIE8 AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Date: 3/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1283

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

With reference to the shift that was approved by the National Treasury of R400 million from the Administration, Rural Development and Land Reform programmes of her department to Alpha and Land Bank at the end of the Fourth Quarter to fund small-scale farmers to address effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of food security, (a) where did the rest of the funds for the R1,3 billion Covid-19 grant come from and (b) what are the relevant details of the programmes and amounts shifted for Covid-19?

Reply:

a)  The R 1.3 billion Covid-19 grant came from different programmes of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

b) Please refer to the table below.

Programmes

Relevant Details

Amount

Programme 5

Land Reform

R 147 600 000

 

Agricultural Land Holdings Account (ALHA)

R 923 000 000

Programme 1

Administration

R 129 400 000

Programme 3

Rural Development

R 100 000 000

02 July 2020 - NW1276

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

In light of the fact that the Department is responsible for implementing control activities and operations on the Roodeplaat dam according to the 2014 Strategic Plan for the integrated Control of Aquatic Weeds in Roodeplaat Dam, what (a) control activities have been undertaken by the Department since the directive to local stakeholders to stop spraying, on 7 February 2020, (b) urgent actions will be taken to deal with the complete average of the rowing course by water hyacinth, and (c) process will be undertaken to ensure that reasonable expenses incurred by the community are reimbursed given that the community surrounding the Roodeplaat Dam needed b step in and fund water hyacinth control activities from December 2018 to February 2020to present an environmental crisis?

Reply:

The control of Roodeplaat Dam is covered under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Environment, forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), and the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSW&S). DHSW&S appointed DEFF as the implementing agent to control all Invasive Alien Species (AIS) on the dam, including Water Hyacinth (Eichhomia cassipes] which is the major aquatic weed present on the Roodeplaat Dam.

a) The 2014 Strategic Plan for the Control of Aquatics Weeds in Roodeplaat Dam is currently under review due to the National Water Act amendment regarding the application of Section 21 (i) and Section 21 (c) permit applications. This requires that any activities that are implemented on the dam needs to be approved by the DHSW&S. The directive to stop all spraying on Roodeplaat dam was given by the DHSW&S at a stakeholder's meeting held on the 7th of February 2020.


b) DEFF has been working on the permit needed to commence activities on the dam for the manual

removal, biological and potential harvesting of biomass. The Department submitted a proposal for a Section 21 (c) permit for the algal control programme that occurred In March 2020, prior the SA Rowing championships event. This was approved, and assisted the swing event to go ahead due to the removal of the cyanobacterial blooms on the dam. The COVID-19 lockdown temporarily stopped all implementation activities such as the manual removal of the Water Hyacinth biomass from the dam and the release of biocontroI agents.


c) DEFF is currently in the process of directly appointing contractors to manually remove the Water Hyacinth biomass on the dam, but first needs to ensure that and safety compliance measures are in place. Furthermore, COVID-18 risk assessment training must be done with the contractors before allowing them to start work again. The stakeholders around the dam agreed to assist in the control of the Water Hyacinth, in the stakeholder's meeting held on 7 February 2020. DHSW&S informed stakeholders of their responsibilities on the dam, ‹elating b the National Water Act. It was indicated that the stakeholders' assistance in this regard is a responsibility under the National Water Act and, as such, they will not be compensated.

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 3/07/2020

 

02 July 2020 - NW1301

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1) With reference to the reply to question 834 on 29 May 2020, (a) what progress has the Department made in establishing the stakeholder forum, (b) who has been invited to the specified forum, (c) how is the Department advertising for stakeholder inclusion on the platform, (d) who is the departmental contact person for queries on the stakeholder platform, and (e) is there a time-frame for the establishment of the stakeholder forum; and 2) whether there is a time-frame for th9 69Bbliahment and conclusion of a health study, given the urgency of the health concern in the area; if so, (a) by what date will the health study be commissioned, (b) who will be appointed to conduct the health study on air pollution in the South Durban Basin, and (c) wh0 I9 the contact person/s in the Department commissioned to initiate the health study?

Reply:

1 a) Progress in establishing the stakeholder forum has been severely impacted by the lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently a stakeholder mapping exercise i9 Underway aimed at ensuring that all affected stakeholders are part of the forum. This exercise is being undertaken in conjunction with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal Province, which have provided a database of existing air quality stakeholders in the South Durban Basin (SDB).

(b) The stakeholders that have been identified for the mapping exercise and inclusion in the forum are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) /Community Based 0ganÏ98tI0n8 (CBO's) that are active in air quality issues in the SDB, industry organisations in the SDB (specifically those who have an impact on air quality), departments responsible for air quality management across all three spheres of government, academia and any other interested and affected parties that may be identified in due course

(c) As already indicated, the Department is working closely with the municipal and provincial officials who have provided the Department with a database of existing air quality stakeholders. The database has been used to announce the establishment of the forum as well as the stakeholder mapping exercise currently under way. Prior to the lockdown restrictions, the plan was to hold community gatherings in the SDB as a means of introducing the forum. This plan will be implemented once the restrictions Ioosen up enough to allow community gatherings to take place

(d) The contact person in the Department is Vumile Senene (Director: Air Quality Management Service), Tel: (012) 399-9217, Email: vesenene@environment.gov.za

e) Completion of the initial stakeholder mapping and •on-boarding sessions' for stakeholders happened at the end of June 2020. The on-boarding sessions will assist the stakeholder to contribute to the terms of reference for the forum and other related aspects. The first virtual meeting will take place on 22 July 2020 and the Department has already sent out a letter to identified stakeholders introducing the forum.

(2) (a) The process to conduct the South Durban health study has been initiated by the department. The department, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the Provincial government are in the process of concluding the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the study. The TORs will then be consulted with the various stakeholders, which include indU9tdes, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and academia. The Department is determined to use available channels to expedite inputs from all affected and interested parties. As such the first stakeholder consultation will be conducted on 22 July 2020 and it will be a virtual meeting given the Covid-19 restrictions on both travel and meeting/gatherings .

b) Once the TORs are finalised, the government Supply Chain Management process will be followed to appoint a qualified and suitable service provider. Any potential service provider is allowed to submit a proposal, which will be evaluated following the Supply Chain Management process and National Treasury Regulations. The plan is to conclude the appointment of the service provider during this financial year and start the actual work in the next financial year (2021/22). Given the financial constraints and the experience with the precious health studies conducted in the Highveld and Vaal Triangle Air shed priority areas, this study is planned for a maximum of 36 months.

c) The National Air Quality Officer, Dr Thuli Khumalo, is the person responsible for the health study. Her contact details are: tkhumalo@encironment.gov.za Tel (012) 3998187.

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE EWIRONMENT

DATE: 2/07/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1273

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council (NAC) (a) created two senior positions of Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager and (b) appointed temporary staff into the specified positions; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, (i) who has been appointed in the positions, (ii) how long have they been with the NAC and (iii) what are their qualifications; (2) whether the Council approved the (a) creation of the positions and (b) appointments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the relevant details? NW1640E

Reply:

1. (a) No. The CEO did not create two senior positions of Compliance Manager and Covid-19 Manager.

(b) (i) – (iii) and (2) Falls off as indicated above.

02 July 2020 - NW1302

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

1. Whether beaches are open under Alert Level 3 to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing; if not, why not; if so, what as the relevant details; 2. whether there is a daily curfew for commercial, recreational and small-scale fisherfolk to operate; if so, what are the relevant details; 3. whether marine protected area that permit fishing are open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 4. whether harbours are open to fisherfolk with permits for recreational fishing; I not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; and 5. what regulations govern the number of individuals who are permitted on private fishing vessels

Reply:

 

  1. Beaches are open under Alert Level 3 to fisherfolk with permits for commercial, small-scale and recreational fishing.
  2. The Disaster Management Regulations and the Fisheries Directive under Alert Level 3 set no curfew for the operations of commercial, recreational and/or small-scale fisherfolk.
  3. During Lockdown Alert Level 3, Marine Protected Areas that are zoned for fishing are still open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing
  4. Commercial Fishing Harbour remain open to fisherfolk with permit for recreational fishing. Although it is important to note that due b security concerns, ports under the National Ports Authority (TNPA) remain heavily regulated, with some ports having a restriction on recreational fishing and others having designated and open areas for the public, with relevant permit, to fish.
  5. Determination of safe staffing levels (or the number of individuals who are permitted on private fishing vessels) is the e9pon9Ïbility of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), and this is done in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951) section 68(1),72a(2) and 194(1).

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 2/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1313

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 1057 on 19 June 2020, and the fact that most municipalities do not apply the principle of no-work-no-pay, resulting in unprotected illegal strikes, the Government engaged with the trade unions to protect the taxpayers and ensure that they receive value for money for taxes and rates that they pay by allowing municipal employees to rather claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in line with other citizens who are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Minister of Employment and Labour was neither asked nor replied to Question 1057 on 19 June 2020.