Questions and Replies

22 July 2019 - NW167

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether (a) a certain person (name and details furnished), (b) any family member(s) of the specified person and/or (c) any company, that the specified person is a (i) shareholder or (ii) director of, received any loans from the Industrial Development Corporation since 1 April 2005; if so, (aa) on what date was the loan granted, (bb) to which company or person, (cc) for what amount and (dd) what amount of the loan has been repaid to date in each case?

Reply:

The CEO of the IDC, Mr Tshokolo P. Nchocho, provided the following response to the question:

“The IDC has made funding available to two companies where the person referred to has either a shareholding or directorship therein.

The first company is Ruslyn Minerals (Pty) Limited, in which the person had an indirect shareholding. A loan from the IDC of R6 849 800 was made available in 2006. The company subsequently experienced financial difficulty when a key customer contract was cancelled. To date, the IDC has been repaid R7 982 848.43, which includes accrued interest and fees. An amount of R2 235 746.98 has been written off by the IDC.

The second company is Dartingo Trading 178 (Pty) Ltd, in which the person had an indirect shareholding. A loan of R115 500 000 was made available by the IDC to the company in 2009. The loan was used to purchase a share in a listed company on the ALTX board of the JSE. The company subsequently went into liquidation. As a result, to date no principal has been repaid to the IDC, and the IDC has taken the decision to write off the entire loan amount. The IDC is currently pursuing legal action against the directors of the company for recovery of funds.

Mr Nchocho has further advised that to the best of the IDC’s knowledge, no other funding has been made available to the person referred to, nor any family member.”

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22 July 2019 - NW192

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

(1).What programmes that promote the languages, culture and heritage of the Khoi and San has the Government implemented in each province in each of the past five years; (2). what programmes to protect and promote the cultural and indigenous knowledge systems of the Khoi and San has the Government implemented in each province in each of the past five years; (3). whether his department, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, has developed any study material to promote the education of the children of the Khoi and San community in their mother tongue in any school in each province since 1994; if so, in each province, (a) which schools and (b) in what dialect of the language; (4). what number of dialects are spoken by the Khoi and San in the Republic; (5). what number of Nama speakers are there in each province? NW1150E

Reply:

1 & 2.Through possible funding and strategic partnerships between PanSALB and my Department, PanSALB was able to initiate and support the following programmes in line with our mandate to ensure the promotion and development of Khoe and San languages.

(i) September 2013: Khoe and San languages Workshop and Strategic Partnership Meetings at Cape Town in the Western Cape.

(ii) Stakeholder engagement programmes, consultations, advancing PanSALB and KSNLB mandates by reaching out to Khoi and San communities. October 2015: Khoe and San Languages Heritage and Culture Celebration by PanSALB North West Provincial Office and NWPLC held at Vryburg in the North West Province.

  • Promotion of Khoe and San languages, cultures, traditions and information sharing sessions on this heritage.

(iii) September 2016: Khoe and San languages Workshop and Dialogue at Springbok in the Northern Cape.

  • Stakeholder engagement programmes, consultations, advancing PanSALB and KSNLB mandates by reaching out to Khoi and San communities.
  • Launching of the KhoeKhoegowab Dictionary Glossarium at Steinkopf.
  • Development and adoption of strategy for the promotion of Khoe and San languages.

(iv)  June 2017: Indigenous People’s Language Conference by PanSALB at Bloemfontein in the Free State

  • It was a national conference > aimed at information sharing and developments to all provinces by PanSALB in relation to Khoe and San languages.
  • Strategic partnerships and cross border relations at SADC level on progress and achievements with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

(v)      July/Aug 2018: PanSALB/KSNLB supported the CRL Commission Heritage Restitution programme for Khoi and San communities

  • Strategic partnership platform between PanSALB and CRL Commission reaching out to the Khoi and San communities of the Northern Cape based at Upington, Rietfontein and Andriesvale.
  • Programme aimed at encouragement for the true identity and restoration of the Khoi and San languages, cultures, traditions and heritage.

vi) September 2018: Khoe and San Languages Linguistic Awareness Campaign targeting Khoi and San communities at Joubertina, Graff Reinette, Langkloof in the Eastern Cape.

  • Stakeholders engagements, consultations, advancing PanSALB and KSNLB mandates as well as information sharing to Khoi and San communities.

vii) January 2019: Khoe and San Languages Linguistic Awareness Campaign targeting Khoi and San communities at Gamalakhe and Didima Rock Art Sites in KwaZulu Natal.

  • Stakeholders engagements, consultations, advancing PanSALB and KSNLB mandates as well as information sharing to Khoi and San communities.
  • Official Launching of 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages at Didima.

March 2018: PanSALB / KSNLB Nama Technical Committee Sessions held in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

  • Development and adaptation of Nama Spelling and Orthography Rules for South Africa from Namibia.

November 2018: PanSALB and the KSNLB strategic engagements meeting with NC Department of Education, NC Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, University of Namibia, Namibia Education, Sports and Cultural Affairs Department .

  • Twinning agreement between Namibia and Northern Cape Province (South Africa) on education and cultural programmes for Khoi and San communities.
  • Syllabus and Curriculum information exchange programmes.
  • Teaching and Teacher Development programmes by the University of Namibia for Northern Cape / South Africa.

2004 – 2012: Teaching of Khwedam as Mother Tongue at foundation phase in Platfontein near Kimberley at XunKhweSA Combined School with the support of PanSALB through Molteno Project for the development of Teaching and Learning study materials.

  • Teaching of Nama at various schools in the Northern Cape from Grade 1 to Grade 11 (Kuboes, Riemvasmaak, Steinkopf, Alexanderbay, Port Nolloth) and the provision of teaching and learning support materials through NADISA and SASI (Nama Development Institute of South Africa and South African San Institute).

4. PanSALB and the KSNLB can attest to the following spoken languages and not dialects in the case of the RSA.

  • Khwedam, !Xunthali, Nama and !Nuu languages.

4. PanSALB and the KSNLB uncovered Khoi communities that strongly identifies with Nama in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng and the KZN province.

We will rely on STATSSA Census results and other statistical information to determine the true identity and speakers of the Nama language in this regard.

22 July 2019 - NW157

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What is the total number of vacancies in (i) his department and (ii) each of the provincial departments reporting to him and tasked with tourism and (b) by what date will the vacancies be filled in each case?

Reply:

a) (i) 46 , excluding posts in the Office of the Minister and Deputy Minister

(ii) Provincial departments do not report to the Minister of Tourism

(b)  Government has initiated a ceiling on the compensation Budget. Therefore filling of vacant posts is dependent on the availability of the compensations budget. The department intend to fill the posts indicated below by 1 September 2019.

 

Job Title

Date to be filled ( 9 posts)

Admin Assistant: Supply Chain

01 September 2019

Personal Assistant: Research Policy and International Relations

01 September 2019

Admin Assistant: Research and Knowledge Management

01 September 2019

Admin Assistant: Policy Planning and Strategy

01 September 2019

Personal Assistant: Destination Development

01 September 2019

CD: Tourism Enhancement

01 September 2019

Admin Assistant: Tourism Enhancement

01 September 2019

CD: Tourism Sector HRD

01 September 2019

Admin Assistant: Tourism Sector HRD

01 September 2019

 

 

Vacant Positions that will be filled based on the availability of funds (37post):

DD: IT Audit

ASD: Risk and Integrity Management

Branch Coordinator

 Senior Health Practitioner

ASD: Buildings Management and Energy

DD: HR Planning

2x Cleaners

Communications Officer: Media and Electronic Communications

Registry Clerk

Communications Officer: Graphic Design

Legal Admin Officer MR1-5

ASD: Internal Communication

Legal Admin Officer MR1-5

DD: Internal Control and Compliance

Legal Admin Officer MR1-5

ASD: Asset Management

Snr Legal Admin Officer MR6

Snr State Accountant: Creditors, Travel, Accommodation and Subsistence

ASD: Monitoring and Data Management

Director: Bilateral Relations

ASD: Statistical Analysis

DD: Bilateral Relations and Cooperation

ASD: Policy Planning and Development

ASD: Bilateral Relations

ASD: Spatial Mapping and Database Management

Branch Coordinator

Spatial Mapping Officer

DD:BBBEE Liaison and Council Admin

Data Technologist

DD: Claims Capital Incentives

DD: Community Participation

ASD: Advocacy Awareness and Facilitation

DD: Tourism Guiding Growth and Development

Tourism Visitor Information Officer (ORTIA)

Admin Assistant: Tourism Visitor Services

Tourism Visitor Information Officer (KZN)

22 July 2019 - NW168

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

By what date will he release the report to the public of the investigation into allegations of corruption at the Competition Commission which he commissioned in or around February 2019?

Reply:

Following consultations between the National Treasury and the Economic Development Department, an investigation on the issues that were raised by the Auditor-General as findings in the 2017/18 Financial Year Audit was conducted.

The investigations are not yet completed. On completion of the investigation, the findings will be made public.

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22 July 2019 - NW191

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE”

Whether his department recognises Nama or Khoekhoegowab as a Khoisan language; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1149E

Reply:

Based on the advice of the Khoe Nama and San National Language Body (KSNLB), we do not have what we call a Khoisan language. We however speak of Khoe and San languages referring to a family of language groups under the Khoi communities and the San communities.

For South Africa, Nama is one of the Khoe group of languages and mostly spoken in the Northern Cape and Western Cape Provinces. It is richer and mostly developed, as compared to all the other languages within the same family group. We have people in the country that can speak, read, write and teach Nama.

In the Northern Cape areas (Kuboes, Lekkersing, Riemvasmaak, Eksteenfontein, Pella, Nabapeeb, Sandrift, Alexanderbay and Steinkopf) Nama was taught in almost 10 schools from Grade 1 to Grade 11 until 2012. Currently Nama is a pilot study for teaching and learning at Riemvasmaak and Kuboes Primary Schools in Grade 1 through efforts of the KSNLB, PanSALB, NC Department of Education, NC Department of Sports, Arts & Culture through the Twinning Agreement for support from Namibia.

The NC Department of Education is busy with a Curriculum and Syllabus for the standardised teaching of Nama in South Africa with the support of PanSALB and Namibia. They have appointed a Provincial Co-ordinator to oversee implementation of the Nama programme in schools and strategic partnerships in this regard.

As for KhoeKhoegowab, it is one of the Khoe and San languages encompassing Nama, Haillom and Damara and mostly used in Namibia and not in South Africa. It is a Khoe language. There is some work, efforts, strides, programmes and initiatives undertaken in the Western Cape province by the Universities (in particular the University of Cape Town) to teach, promote, research and develop KhoeKhoegowab. In 2016 through partnerships with the University of Namibia, PanSALB and the KSNLB launched the KhoeKhoegowab Dictionary Glossarium as a way to show commitment to the promotion, preservation, teaching and development of the Khoe and San languages.

19 July 2019 - NW160

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on a suspension and (b) cost to Government in each case? NW 1118E

Reply:

a) Currently there are no officials in the Department who are on suspension.

b) None

 

19 July 2019 - NW158

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on undue and/or extended periods of sick leave and (b) cost to Government in each case? NW 1116E

Reply:

(a)

CASE NUMBER

SALARY LEVEL

AMOUNT

1

07

R45 725.99

2

13

R192 308.37

3

12

R427 075.43

4

10

R84 541.79

5

10

R191 611.69

6

10

R97 756.50

7

13

R127 216.33

8

10

R192 880.78 (R74 600.83 + R118 279.95)

(b) R1,359,116.88

 

19 July 2019 - NW245

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

(1) (a) Why was her department’s blended finance programme suspended, (b) what number of applications were funded through the programme since its inception, (c) what was the average Rand value of grant support and loan provided to each client and (d) what was the average turnaround time from application to the disbursement of any loans and/or grants; (2) whether she has found that the suspension of her department’s blended finance programme has had a negative impact on the commercialisation of black emerging farmers and producers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) why could the review process not be conducted while continuing with the programme, (b) on what date did the review process start, (c) how long is it anticipated to take to finalise it and (d) when would the farmers start submitting applications going forward; (4) what are the full relevant details of the committee and/or panel constituted to perform the review? NW1204E

Reply:

1.(a) Why was her department’s blended finance programme suspended?

The Department noticed the need to address certain gaps that were identified during the implementation of the programme, hence the temporary suspension.

(b) What number of applications were funded through the programme since its inception:

Approval Date

Producer name

Approved BF amount by Funding Forum

 Amount drawn

Undrawn amount

20/02/2019

Tete Somahasti Trading Enterprise CC

R 7 000 000.00

 R7 000 000.00

 R                           -  

20/02/2019

FH Benade

R  4 000 000.00

 R4 000 000.00

 R                           -  

20/02/2019

Ditaung Agricultural Cooperative

R   35 500 000.00

 

R  35 500 000.00

20/02/2019

Mway Trading Enterprise

R   12 057 500.00

 

R   12 057 500.00

20/02/2019

ADK Poultry

R   4 710 310.00

 R  2 358 202.05

 R  2 352 107.95

20/02/2019

Moatswi Trust

R   2 713 933.00

 R   209 360.75

 R  2 504 572.25

01/03/2019

Sign Farming

R    22 750 000.00

 

R    22 750 000.00

 

 

R    88 731 743.00

 R  13 567 562.80

 R    75 164 180.20

NB: Those highlighted have been paid.

(c) What was the average Rand value of grant support and loan provided to each client and?

For these 4 transactions the:

Average project value – R10.054 mil

Average grant value – R4.606 mil

Average loan value - R5.449 mil

(d) What was the average turnaround time from application to the disbursement of any loans and/or grants;

Average turnaround time is 9 weeks

2. Whether she has found that the suspension of her department’s blended finance programme has had a negative impact on the commercialization of black emerging farmers and producers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

The aspirant beneficiaries of the programme are farmers/producers that are currently farming and could not have stopped their operations as the funding model’s intention is to support expansion of their operations towards commercialization, so the suspension would not adversely affect them negatively.

3.(a) Why could the review process not be conducted while continuing with the programme?

The review could not be conducted while continuing with the programme because there were policy and approval processes gaps that would have negatively affected further implementation should the programme had proceeded in its current form. In addition to that, the Department did not want to continue processing applications through a system that has gaps.

(b) On what date did the review process start?

The first meeting of the Task Team to review the funding model took place on 11 December 2018.

(c) How long is it anticipated to take to finalize it and?

The Task Team completed the assessment of gaps and the proposed revised model at the end of May 2019. However due to the merging of DAFF and DRDLR, the then DAFF’s Task Team work was extended to include members of the DRDLR to integrate the two processes and develop the policy and proposed funding model. The due date for the finalization of this task team work has been extended to the end of July 2019 and present to the Minister and thereafter Cabinet.

(d) When would the farmers start submitting applications going forward;

Once the Cabinet has approved the policy that guides this funding model. The revised model will specify clearly the date when the farmers may start sending applications through.

4. What are the full relevant details of the committee and/or panel constituted to perform the review?

4.1. Chief Director: Policy Development and Planning: Ms. B. Bopape - Chairperson

4.2. Chief Director: Cooperatives and Rural Enterprises: Ms Kwena Komape

4.3. CASP-Coordinator: Ms. E Mtshiza

4.4. Chief Director Development Finance: Mr N. Ramashia

4.5. Chief Director: Food Security: Dr J. Moeng

4.6. Director Plant Production: Mr T. Ramashala

4.7. Director: Programme Development Support: Ms R. Joemat

4.8. Director Small Scale Forestry: Mr T. Mathiane

4.9. Scientist Manager Animal Production: Dr N.B. Nengovhela

4.10. Director: Agro-processing: Mr. Victor Thindisa

4.11. Chief Director: Forestry Development and Regulations: Ms P. Nkhwashu.

4.12. Chief Director: Plant Production and Health: Dr. J. Japhta

4.13. Chief Director: Forestry Operations: Ms. M. Leseke

4.14. Chief Director: Financial Management: Ms Z. Lufele

4.15. Chief Director: National Extension Support Services: Mr B. Msomi

4.16. Chief Director Sector Capacity Development: Ms L. Botsheleng

4.17Chief Director Aquaculture and Economic Development: Mr B. Semoli

Secretariat – Deputy Director Development Finance – Ms. Vivian Pila.

18 July 2019 - NW15

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) are the (i) full names and (ii) details of the (aa) middle person supplier and (bb) original manufacturer of equipment, parts, consumables and services procured by (aaa) the SA Express and (bbb) its subsidiaries since 1 April 2017, (b) is the value of supplies of each commodity procured from each middle person supplier and (c) is the actual or estimated price premium paid for each commodity?

Reply:

This response is according to the information received from South African Express:

Response attached as Annexure A.

Specific details in part (c) relating to Namane Capital attached as Annexure B.

 

18 July 2019 - NW19

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What number of forensic social workers are currently employed by her department in each province, (b) where are the forensic social workers based, (c) which (i) official and (ii) other languages are the forensic social workers proficient in and (d) what is the average case load that each forensic social worker has to deal with in each month?

Reply:

a) The Department of Social Development does not employ Forensic social workers, however appoints probation officers and Assistant Probation officers in terms of Probation Services Act, no,116 of 1991 and operate within the criminal justice system to provide probation services and also within child justice system in terms of Child Justice Act no,75 of 2008

b) In South Africa forensic social work is a specialist area in social work, which implies that these social workers have additional registration to the generic social work registration as regulated by the South African Council of Social Service professions. Forensic Social Workers are currently employed by the South African Police Services and linked to detective units and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in the family advocate offices to conduct forensic services in probation and divorce cases.

18 July 2019 - NW251

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

Has a statutory service provider been appointed in terms of section 3(1A) (b)(ii) of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, Act 119 of 1990; if not, why not; if so, what (a) method was used to appoint the service provider and (b) are the details of the contract?

Reply:

No statutory service provider has been appointed in terms of section 3 (1A)(b)(ii) of the Agricultural Product Standards Act 119 of 1990, however, assignees have been designated by the Minister in terms of section 2 (3)(a) of the said Act as far back as 1991 until recently in 2016. A total of 7 assignees have thus far been designated to conduct inspection on regulated agricultural products destined for export and those that are sold locally. The empowering section that was used in the designation of assignees is the very same section 2 (3)(a) of the said Act. The obligations, duties and rights of parties, the assignee, the regulated community and that of the Honourable Minister, are set out in the said Act.

18 July 2019 - NW43

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What number of rehabilitation centres are run by the State in each province and (b) what is the capacity of each centre?

Reply:

There are 13 rehabilitation centres that are run by the state in 9 provinces.

Province

Name of centre

Bed capacity

Status

Gauteng

Dr Fabian and Florence treatment centre

300

Operational

Northern Cape

Northern Cape substance abuse treatment centre

40

Operational

North West

J.B. Marks treatment centre

40

Operational

 

Taung treatment centre

20

In the process of being operationalised

Western Cape

Kensington treatment centre

30

Operational

 

De Novo treatment centre

120

Operational

Eastern Cape

Ernest Malgas treatment centre

38

Operational

Mpumalanga

Swartfontein treatment centre

50

Operational

 

Nkangala treatment centre

50

In the process of being operationalised

Limpopo

Seshego treatment centre

72

Operational

Free State

Botshabelo treatment centre

40

Under construction

Kwa Zulu- Natal

Madadeni treatment centre

44

Operational

 

New lands treatment centre

100

Operational

18 July 2019 - NW176

Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether his department intends to conduct the lifestyle audits on all (a) Members of the Cabinet, (b) Deputy Ministers and (c) Directors-General; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) what is the state of preparedness for conducting the lifestyle audits, (ii) what are the terms of reference of the audits and (iii) by which date will the terms of reference be made public?

Reply:

(a)(b) The DPSA is not mandated to conduct lifestyle audits on members of the Executive, which includes members of Cabinet and Deputy Ministers.

(c) The newly established Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (called the “Ethics Enforcement Unit”) is mandated in terms of section 15 of the Public Administration Management Act, 2014 (PAMA), to conduct ethics profiles, which includes lifestyle audits, and includes all employees in the public administration, including Director-Generals.

(i) On 1 April 2019, a proclamation issued in terms of the Public Administration Management Act, 2014 (PAMA 2014) brought into effect the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (the “Ethics Enforcement Unit”).

The mandate of this Unit, in terms of section 15 of PAMA 2014, (see Tag A) is to:

  • support and provide technical assistance for the management of ethics, integrity and disciplinary matters relating to misconduct in the public administration;
  • develop norms and standards for the above;
  • build capacity around the disciplining of misconduct;
  • strengthen oversight of ethics, integrity and discipline; and to intervene in cases where systemic weaknesses are identified;
  • promote ethics and integrity; and
  • cooperate with other institutions and organs of state.

As such, this Unit is the legal custodian of all integrity testing information and is responsible for lifestyle audits and integrity testing in all spheres of government.

The Unit is currently incubated in the DPSA, with efforts underway to fund and staff it properly, through a process of internal reprioritisation and reorganisation. The first phase will commence from 01 September 2019, and will include lifestyle audits as a function.

ii)-iii) The Unit has identified lifestyle audits as a priority and during its incubation phase will focus on the Public Service. To this effect, the unit has drafted a Framework for conducting lifestyle audits on public service employees. The Framework will be presented for approval to the Minister of the Public Service and Administration, where after terms of reference will be developed. As soon as this is finalised, it will be announced.

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18 July 2019 - NW126

Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What number of public service employees have been found to have conducted business with the State in contravention of section 8 of the Public Administration Management Act, Act 11 of 2014, since its inception; (2) whether any of the specified public service employees were successfully prosecuted and subjected to a fine or imprisonment for contravening section 8 of the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether any of the public service employees have had their employment terminated for contravening section 8 of the Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The DPSA identified twenty public service employees who may have conducted business with the State and therefore, may be in contravention of section 8 of the Public Administration Management Act, 2014.
  2. No public service employees were prosecuted or fined for contravening section 8 of the specified Act. However, on 24 June 2019, the DPSA submitted a list of twenty employees referred to in paragraph 1, to both the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service and the National Director for Public Prosecutions, with a request to conduct the necessary investigations and possible prosecutions.
  3. No public service employee has had their employment terminated for contravening section 8 of the Act; as the identified cases still need to be investigated.

END

 

18 July 2019 - NW22

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Basson, Ms J to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)On what date was the last (a)(i) Blue Drop and (ii) Green Drop assessments conducted and (b) report (i) prepared and (ii) published in each case; (2) by what date will the next (a)(i) Blue Drop and (ii) Green Drop assessments be conducted and (b) report be (i) prepared and (ii) published?

Reply:

(1) (i) The last Blue Drop (BD) report assessments were conducted in 2014 and the report was published in January 2016.

(ii) The last Green Drop (GD) assessments were conducted in 2013 and the report was published in 2014.

(2) (a) &(b) My Department has advised me that there are no plans to conduct Blue Drop and Green Drop assessments in the current financial year due to capacity and financial constraints.

Honourable Member, I have been made aware that the Department is supposed to conduct Progress Assessment Tool (PAT) on a yearly basis to ensure that the Municipalities whose schemes were not compliant when the last Blue Drop and Green Drop Assessments were conducted do progressively address challenges identified.

I wish to appeal to the Honourable Member to afford me an opportunity to look into the capacity and financial challenges that may have hampered the conduct of these assessments on a regular basis.

 

17 July 2019 - NW122

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any persons whose asylum application was rejected due to fraudulent documents were arrested in each of the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any of the specified persons were assisted by his department to reapply for asylum; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. There is no person whose asylum application was rejected due to fraudulent documents was ever arrested in each of the past five years. In terms of Section 24 (3) of the Refugees Act 1998 (Act 108 of 1998) the Refugee Status Determination Officer (RSDO) must at the conclusion of the hearing either grant asylum, or reject the application as manifestly unfounded, abusive or fraudulent or reject such application as unfounded.

Section 1(xi) of the Refugees Act 1998 defines a fraudulent application for asylum as meaning an application for asylum based without reasonable cause on facts, information, documents or representations which the applicant knows to be false and which facts, information, documents or representations are intended to materially affect the outcome of the application.

Therefore decisions are taken on the basis of the adjudication of the asylum claim which may contain documents which the applicant knows to be false and which documents are intended to materially affect the outcome of the application. Fraudulent decisions like manifestly unfounded or abusive are referred to Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (SCRA) for automatically review. In the event such decision are upheld by SCRA, such applicant is then referred to Inspectorate for deportation.

2. It must be noted that any of the specified persons are finally rejected by SCRA, they are still at liberty to approach the courts for a judicial review if they so wish to do so.

END

17 July 2019 - NW132

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1193 on 17 May 2018, it is still her department’s policy not to collect or collate information regarding the (a) number of cases of assault by (i) learners on educators and support staff, (ii) educators and support staff on learners, (iii) educators on educators, (iv) support staff on support staff, (v) support staff on educators and (vi) educators on support staff have been reported in each province since 1 January 2019, (b) type of assault took place in each case and (c) remedial action was taken in each case; if not, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether any perpetrator was convicted criminally; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1);(2) This information is not routinely collected by the national department. The member is advised to request the information directly from the provincial departments.

17 July 2019 - NW109

Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether, in view of the need for adjustment in education due to the demands of the fourth industrial revolution, she intends to revive the laptop initiative which was discussed for a long period in the labour relations council and was later abandoned just before implementation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Teacher Laptop Initiative was part of a strategy to take forward the objective of improving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning.  After its announcement in 2009, the initiative was widely hailed as one of the critical steps towards the improvement of the quality of education. The initiative’s aim was to ensure that every teacher owns and uses a laptop, by providing them with a monthly allowance which will contribute to the purchase costs as well as the costs of connectivity.

2. Due to a number of challenges the Department did not launch this project.

3. STATE OF THE NATIONS ADDRESS (SONA) INJUNCTIONS

Based on the 2019 SONA injunctions, the DBE plans to provide each learner and teacher with an ICT device with access to digitised Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM).

3.1 A comprehensive ICT plan has been developed to provide a framework for an affordable and sustainable implementation of ICTs in education. The plan will be implemented in three phases, commencing with Phase 1 that will target multi-grade, multiphase, farm and selected rural schools (2020-2021). The Second Phase will target quintile 1 to 3 schools (2022-2023), and Phase 3 will target quintile 4 and 5 schools (2024). All Special schools will be accommodated in all phases according to the type of disability.

3.2 The DBE will work with other government departments, the private sector and social partners in the deployment of ICTs, and will drive a sector-wide campaign to maximise the benefit of e-Learning at all schools in the country.

4. FOCUS AREAS

Four areas have been identified from the e-Education White Paper (2004) as follows:

4.1 Digital content resource development (digitisation)

The DBE will invest in digital content development to ensure that high quality digital resources are available free of charge offline and online via the DBE Cloud, Thutong and other platforms. The basic education sector aims for a balance between ‘state-owned’ content resources, open education resources (OERs) and publisher-created (proprietary) content resources. The Department will continue with its initiative of digitising state-owned content resources.

4.2 ICT professional development for management, teaching and learning integration

The introduction of ICT in the education sector necessitates the professional development of all teachers, managers and educator support staff in the Provinces. This means the provision of appropriate training for teachers and managers before they attempt to introduce the use of ICT in the classrooms. The training of teachers will be guided by the Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning.

4.3 ICT infrastructure

The DBE plans to provide each learner and teacher with an ICT device to enhance teaching and learning. It should be noted that ICT infrastructure is fundamental to the implementation of e-Education and offers opportunities to access learning, redress inequalities and improve the quality of teaching and learning.

4.4 School connectivity

The Departments of Basic Education and Communications have developed a connectivity plan for schools. The plan seeks to provide cost-effective, secure and efficient connectivity that will advance the quality of teaching and learning in schools, specifically ensuring access to quality education.

 

17 July 2019 - NW138

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of his statement that he intends to revamp the Department of Home Affairs, what steps does he intend taking to address (a) long queues at Home Affairs offices, (b) the effectiveness of the Home Affairs IT systems which are often offline and (c) the country’s porous borders that have led to the mass influx of undocumented illegal migrants?

Reply:

a) In order to address long queues, the department has partnered with several stakeholders including, Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS) wherein causes of long queues were identified and the following strategies are to be implemented:

  • Continue to increase the footprint through e-channel, mobile offices, roll-out additional modernised offices to ultimately phase out the manual process, come up with kiosk counters (in future) and lastly consider a booking system at local offices.
  • re-open negotiations with organised labour as well as DPSA to allow the department to work on Saturdays through the introduction of a shift system as this will assist in reducing queues as most clients found themselves not able to visit DHA offices during the week.
  • Engage with SITA and other role-players to continue with the stabilization of the IT system. In addition, the department will improve system functionality through the introduction of an “offline” mode facility which will continue rendering services to clients even if the system is offline and
  • the department is in the process of prioritising filling of critical positions even though the department has not been in a position to fill vacant posts due to budget cuts.

b) The department is on a journey to modernise all the back end legacy systems and automate all front end processes to issue vital documents. To date the department has automated front end processes of issuing IDs, Passports, Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. The system development programme is ongoing and back end legacy systems are still to be completed to ensure full integration rather than the current multiple interfaces which are not ideal and causes intermittent downtimes.

The network infrastructure in which all the DHA systems run on is provided for by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and is often a cause of system downtime. A comprehensive assessment was done by SITA in the last financial year and produced a new network architecture and implementation plan which will provide a fully redundant and high availability network throughout the DHA footprint.

(c) The department has been mandated by Cabinet to establish the Border Management Authority (BMA) as a strategic intervention aimed at circumventing the challenges which prevail in the border environment that enable illegal migrants access into the country. As Parliament is aware, the BMA Bill is presently in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The intention is to fast-track this Bill for finalisation in 2019.

In the short-term, the BMA Project Management Office (PMO) in the Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the coordination and management of organs of state in the border environment. In this regard 17 Directors-General/Accounting Officers have signed a Multi-Party Agreement on Enhanced Border Coordination.

 

END

17 July 2019 - NW139

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What steps does he intend to take to deal with the perceived rampant and endemic corruption within his department which often leads to fraudulent documents being issued, putting at risk the integrity of the entire home affairs system, as well as the security of the State?

Reply:

The Department has a Branch, Counter Corruption & Security Services which is mandated to prevent and combat fraud and corruption as well as to promote organisational integrity within the DHA. Because people who commit fraud and corruption are motivated by a number of things, the Prevention Unit of the Branch undertakes awareness interventions aimed at educating officials about fraud, corruption and the negative consequences thereof through awareness initiatives that also promote ethical behaviour.

At the same time, wrongdoing needs to be addressed hence reported allegations of fraud and corruption involving officials are investigated. Once the allegations have been proved to be true through investigations, the matter is referred to Labour Relations for instituting of disciplinary against implicated officials. Line function managers are informed of methods used to commit fraud and corruption that are uncovered during investigation so that these can be addressed.

The Unit also undertakes the following proactive measures in its fight against fraud and corruption by officials:

  • Evaluation of Departmental processes in order to identify gaps that may contribute to fraud and corruption. Recommendations thereof are then sent to the relevant Branches for implementation, i.e. close the gaps.
  • Two processes are earmarked for the current financial year, Ports of Entry as well as Passports.
  • Vetting investigation of officials in order to determine their security competence in relation to the grading of their posts.
  • Threat and Risk Assessments are undertaken in line with the Minimum Physical Security Standards as well Minimum Information Security Standards. This is to ensure that our facilities and document management are in compliance with prescripts. Recommendations from these exercises are referred to the relevant office managers for implementation.

The Department also launched Operation Bvisa Masina (Weeding out the rot), which is a collaboration with other Law Enforcement Agencies in fighting fraud and prevention. During the previous financial year, 17 officials and 12 non-officials were arrested as a result of this Operation.

The Department is also working at integrating its systems as the non-integrated systems have been flagged as contributing factors to fraud and corruption.

 

END

17 July 2019 - NW151

Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

(1)Whether his department has plans in place to help provide accommodation for the students in technical and vocational education and training colleges to deal with unhealthy and dangerous squatting which in most cases expose students to drug abuse and other related criminal elements; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether all accommodation of the deserving students will be paid for or subsidised by his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the roll-out plan?

Reply:

1. The development of decent, affordable student housing for universities and TVET colleges is a priority of government. The Student Housing Infrastructure Programme has been developed to accelerate the provision of 300 000 beds over 10 years, which includes
100 000 beds for TVET college students. A pilot project is currently underway at the King Hintsa TVET College with the Lephalale and Northlink TVET Colleges forming the next projects in the pipeline. A further six colleges will be selected for consideration during the course of this year.

The Department is also assisting TVET colleges with the repairs and maintenance of existing student accommodation through the College Capital Infrastructure Efficiency Grant.

The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is also working towards supporting the development of student housing as part of their social housing developments.

2. Given the substantial increase in the bursary allocation from R2.437 billion in 2017 to R5.164 billion in 2018 and R6.517 billion in 2019 for the introduction of fee-free education, the Department is able to provide accommodation or travel allowances to qualifying TVET college students. In view of the increase in funding, the Department has standardised rates for allowances to ensure that TVET students’ basic needs are met to be successful in their studies.

NSFAS assesses the financial eligibility of all applicants while the colleges’ financial aid committee verifies the students’ supporting documents to make a determination on eligibility for either a travel or accommodation allowance. NSFAS pays out the allowances to students in accordance with the recommendation of the college financial aid committee, based on the College Bursary Rules and Guidelines developed by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

In 2018, approximately 115 000 students qualified for accommodation allowances.

17 July 2019 - NW150

Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)Whether there are any specific measures in place to ensure that provinces roll out the school nutrition programme in a manner that will benefit the learners as the legitimate beneficiaries rather than money disappearing into the pockets of the service providers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will promulgate national guidelines to determine how the service providers are selected in an equitable and fair manner to avoid provincial departments being taken to court while learners suffer all the time as it sometimes happen; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The national Department of Basic Education has a responsibility to oversee, guide, monitor and support the provinces in the implementation of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), and to ensure compliance with National Treasury regulations and the Conditional Grant Framework in particular. The Provincial Education Departments on the other hand, have a key responsibility to implement the programme in line with the applicable prescripts and guidance. Procurement of services for the NSNP is a provincial responsibility. To ensure that learners benefit maximally, the Conditional Grant Framework of the NSNP specifies the following conditions: the percentage of funds that are to be used for procurement and cooking of meals (feeding); the quality of school meals; as well responsibilities for districts and provinces with respect to monitoring and support to ensure adherence.

2. The selection of service providers in the NSNP is managed like all procurement processes in the public service. The selection is done by provinces in line with the Supply Chain Management (SCM) System processes and applicable prescripts. Where the procurement model is centralised (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Western Cape), an open tender process is followed. In the remaining provinces where the decentralised model is used and funds are transferred to schools, the 3 quotation system is mostly utilised, as determined by the ceiling price of the service in line with SCM prescripts. In all instances, procurement is required to be open, fair, transparent, equitable, effective and efficient, among others. The DBE has developed a guideline for schools on the management of NSNP funds which was disseminated to provinces and districts. School Management Teams were trained on the use of this guideline.

16 July 2019 - NW45

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What is the (a) name of each investment company that has invested in land owned by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her and (b)(i) nature, (ii) monetary value and (iii) duration of each investment?

Reply:

THE DEPARMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

The Department of Human Settlements and five of its six entities namely, Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS), Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), Housing and Development Agency (HDA) have advised me that they do not own land and therefore the question is not applicable to these. However, the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) has indicated that it owns various properties and further details are provided below:

A) The President Place which is situated at 78 President Street (Corner of Odendaal Street) in Germiston and that,

  1. The property is a mixed use building, residential and commercial space, comprising of 320 rental apartments of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms and 22 shops.
  2. Investment property in Germiston is worth R102 222 000.
  3. The duration of the investment is 10 years.

B. Investments in Cape Town and Upington

(a) (ii) The Cape Town Community Housing Company Pty Ltd (CTCHC), a company owned 100% by the NHFC.

(b) (i) CTCHC owns 1006 repossessed institutional subsidy houses, which are still occupied by the original beneficiaries. These houses are located in and around the Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain area, Cape Town. The CTCHC also owns 94 gap-market houses in Upington which are available for sale to qualifying beneficiaries.

(ii) The houses in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s have an approximate value of R 85 million and the ones in Upington are estimated to be worth R 4.6 million.

(iii) The houses are currently let on short-term rentals.

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION:

a) (i) As much as the department owns land, no investment company has invested on the land it owns.

(ii) Refer to the table below for responses from entities.

(a)(ii) Entity

(b)(i) Nature

(b)(ii) Value

(b)(iii) Length of each investment

Amatola Water

None

None

None

Bloem Water

None

None

None

Lepelle Northern Water

None

None

None

Magalies Water

Mhlathuze

None

None

None

Mhlathuze Water

None

None

None

Rand Water

None

None

None

Sedibeng Water

None

None

None

WRC

None

None

None

TCTA

None

None

None

BGCMA

None

None

None

IUCMA

None

None

None

Overberg Water

Transnet rent income for access to the servitude land of Overberg Water

Transnet R45 265.65 pa (annual escalation 8%)

Transnet: Area 338 hectares - indefinitely based on a five year review basis

 

Telkom rent income for access to the servitude land of Overberg Water

Telkom R51 757.49 pa (annual escalation 8%)

Telkom: Area 224 hectares - indefinitely based on a five year review basis

 

Vodacom rent income for access to the servitude land of Overberg Water

Vodacom R40 528.38.49 pa (annual escalation 10%)

Vodacom: Area 262 hectares - indefinitely based on a five year review basis

 

MTN rent income for access to the servitude land of Overberg Water

MTN R40 528.38.49 pa (annual escalation 12.38%)

MTN: Area 230.25 hectares - indefinitely based on a five year review basis

Umgeni Water

Brookdale farm in Howick: Cattle Farming

R 19 835.92

200.0408 hectares. 5 Years Lease duration

 

Doorenhoek farm (Pietermaritzburg): Sugarcane Farming

R18 163.11

297.4926 hectares. 10 Years Lease duration

16 July 2019 - NW44

Mohlala, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently faced by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her, (b) what is the (i) cause and (ii) nature of each dispute and (c) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved; (2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years and (ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed and (b) what (i) number of the specified employees were paid severance packages and (ii) was the monetary value of each severance package?

Reply:

Honourable Member, please find information provided to me by the Department of Human Settlements, of Water and Sanitation and the entities reporting to me.

A. HUMAN SETTLEMENTS:

(1) (a)(i)The Department is currently faced with three (3) disputes, with two of these (2) at conciliation stage and one (1) at arbitration stage.

(b)(i) The Causes of the two (2) disputes at Conciliation are as follows:

  • The 1st dispute arose from an employee who lodged a formal grievance on 22 October 2018 alleging wrongful conduct by the employer in a disciplinary hearing which impaired her dignity resulting in suffering and humiliation. The employee further sought compensation for her suffering and humiliation:
  • The grievance was investigated with recommendations on findings thereof supported and approved by the Head of Department.
  • The aggrieved employee was however dissatisfied with the outcome and opted to refer a dispute to the CCMA.
  • The CCMA considered that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter and advised the employee to refer the dispute to the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).
  • The 2nd dispute arose after an employee was placed on pre-cautionary suspension on 29 April 2019 pending conclusion of investigations into possible acts of misconduct, including incidents of gross financial misconduct, gross insubordination, gross dishonesty, gross misrepresentation, gross violation of prescripts and gross negligence that occurred between July 2018 to March 2019.

The Cause of the one (1) dispute at Arbitration is as follows:

  • The dispute arose from an employee who lodged a formal grievance on 4 December 2017 regarding the department’s failure to pay acting allowance in that the DDG: CS granted approval for the payment of an acting allowance, however, the Director-General advised that the post the employee was acting against did not exist and the employee must move back to her original post:
  • The grievance was investigated and recommendations on findings thereof supported and approved by the Head of Department.
  • The aggrieved employee was however dissatisfied with the outcome and opted to refer the dispute to the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).

(ii) The Nature of the two (2) disputes at Conciliation are as follows:

  • The 1st dispute is regarding an unfair labour practice relating to an occupational detriment and contravention of the Protected Disclosure Act;
  • The 2nd dispute is regarding an unfair labour practice relating to suspension.

The Nature of the dispute at Arbitration is as follows:

  • The dispute is regarding an unfair labour practice relating to the payment of benefits, i.e. the non-payment of an acting allowance.

(c) (i) The dates the two (2) disputes at Conciliation were reported:

  • One (1) dispute was reported to the GPSSBC on 11 April 2019.
  • One (1) dispute was reported to the GPSSBC on 20 May 2019.

The dates the dispute at Arbitration was reported:

  • One (1) dispute was reported to the GPSSBC on 6 June 2018.

(ii) Status on Resolution of the disputes

  • None of the disputes have been resolved.
  • The Department is awaiting notices of sit-down for the two (2) disputes referred for conciliation.
  • The dispute at arbitration is continuing in that parties are leading evidence and cross-examination.

(2) (a)(i) The Department dismissed four (4) employees in the past five years.

(ii) The four (4) dismissal by the Department were as follows:

  • One (1) employee was dismissed on 27 August 2014 after being charged and found guilty for the following:
    • Negligently mismanaging the finances of the state
    • False statements
    • Gross dereliction of duty
    • Prejudicing the administration of the Department
    • Fruitless expenditure of R114 100
  • Three (3) employees were dismissed on 23 May 2018, 1 June 2018 and 31 January 2019 respectively for absconding from the Public Service, in terms of Section 17(3)(a)(i) of the Public Service Act, 103 of 1994 .
  • A termination by virtue of the said provision is regarded, not as a dismissal, but a termination “by operation of law” and hence not arbitrable under the Labour Relations Act.

(b)(i) No employees were paid severance packages;

(ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

DHS Entities

Community Scheme Ombud Service

(1) (a)(ii) There is only one dispute being currently faced by the Community Scheme Ombud Service.

(b)(ii) The cause was subsequent to a precautionary suspension, pending an investigation.

(c)(ii) The nature of the labour dispute is: “Unfair suspension or disciplinary action”

(d)(i) The matter was reported to the CCMA on the 4th April 2019.

(d)(ii) The last set down for an arbitration was on the 25th June 2019. The matter was postponed to a date to be confirmed.

(2) (a) (i) Only one employee was dismissed in the past five years

(a) (ii) The employee was dismissed for poor performance.

(b) (i) No employees were paid severance packages.

(b) (ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

Estate Agency Affairs Board

The table below summaries the response to question 1(a) (b) (c) (d):

NO (a)

NATURE OF DISPUTE (c)

DATE REPORTED (d) (i)

STATUS OF THE MATTER (b)

OUTCOME (d) (ii)

1

Section 186(2) (a) - Unfair conduct - promotion/ demotion/ probation/ training/ benefits.

17 August 2018

The matter was scheduled for 4 September 2018 for In Limine/ Conciliation. The matter was not resolved and was scheduled for Con/Arb on 01 October 2018. Subsequently on 05 October 2018 a Jurisdictional Ruling was made for the matter to be heard by the Labour Court.

The matter was scheduled for 04 June 2019 with the Labour court, however on 27 May 2019 the EAAB received communication that the Labour Court removed the matter from the unopposed roll and the matter would not proceed as scheduled as it had been cancelled. This means NEHAWU may apply for a new court date, however no correspondence has been received in this regard thus far.

Pending

2

Section 186(2) (a) - Unfair conduct - promotion/ demotion/ probation/ training/ benefits.

20 December 2018

The matter was scheduled for In Limine on 09 January 2019. The matter resumed on 28 January 2019 where it the employee applied for condonation which was denied and the matter dismissed.

Resolved

3

Section 198B - Alleged unfair termination of contract.

30 November 2018

The matter was unresolved at conciliation and was referred for Arbitration on 28 February 2019 the applicants declared their intention to subpoena witnesses in support of their case. The commissioner postponed the matter to a later date in order to allow the witnesses to subpoenaed. The matter was rescheduled for Arbitration on 21 June 2019, however it was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Pending

4

Section 191(5) (a) (iii) - Reason for dismissal not known.

22 March 2019

The matter was scheduled for Arbitration on 24 April 2019 however the HR Department received a postponement notice on 17 April 2019. Details of the new date have not been communicated.

Pending

5

Section 198B - Alleged unfair termination of contract.

03 April 2019

The matter was referred for conciliation on 03 April 2019 remained unresolved. The matter was scheduled for Arbitration on 21 June 2019 where both parties presented. The Commissioner is yet to make a ruling on the matter.

Pending

6

Section 191(5)(a)(iii) - Reason for dismissal not known

04 June 2019

The employee lodged the dispute at the CCMA on 04 June 2019. The matter sat for Con/Arb on 24 June 2019 where the Commissioner recommended a Section 198B application to be aligned to the applicant’s dispute.

Pending

(2) (a)(i) 1 (One) – Audit Compliance Officer was dismissed on 13 June 2016.

(ii) Reasons for dismissal - Gross dishonesty and unauthorised use of company property

(b)(i) No employees paid severance packages

(ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

Housing Development Agency

(1) (a)(ii) Number of labour disputes are currently faced by the HDA are as follow:

  • Fixed Term Temp employment contract ended (x3)
  • Claim of Constructive Dismissal (x3)
  • Unfair Dismissal (x1)
  • Allegations of Misconduct (Disciplinary enquiry pending) (x3)
  • Suspensions (x5) – matters are in progress
  • Internal Grievance (x5) – internal matters will be managed as guided by the organisations’ policies and procedures

(b) (i) The Causes of the three (3) disputes are categorised as follows:

  • Fixed Term Employment Contracts:
  • Both employees were dissatisfied that their Fixed Term Temp Contract of employment was not renewed, and the dispute was referred to the CCMA by the employee on grounds of unfair labour practice in April 2019. The matter is still in progress with the CCMA. This matter is unresolved.
  • Claim of Constructive Dismissal matter:
  • This is after the employees were placed through the internal Disciplinary process where they were facing gross allegations of misconducts and resigned during the course of the proceedings and later approached CCMA claimed constructive dismissal in June 2019. CCMA dismissed the case and closed the matter.
  • Unfair Dismissal matter:
  • The employee was seconded to HDA for a specified period with a proviso to return to his primary employer at the end of the secondment period. It appears that the primary employer had backfilled the role permanently while the said employee was on secondment.

(c)(i) The employee has referred the matter to the CCMA as unfair dismissal which is still to be heard in July 2019.

(2) (a) (i) Five (x5) employees dismissed

(a) (ii) The five (5) dismissal by the Entity were as follows:

  • Three (x3) on Gross misconduct
  • One (x1) Insubordination and Incompatibility
  • One (x1) Gross Negligence and Misconduct

(b)(i) No employees were paid severance packages

(ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

National Home Builders Registration Council

The table below summaries the response to question (1) (a) (b) (c) (d)

CAUSE OF DISPUTE (b)(i)

NATURE OF DISPUTE (c)

DISPUTE LODGED DATE (d)(i)

DISPUTE RESOLVED DATE

(d) (ii)

Alleged unfair suspension

Unfair labour practice

25-Apr-18

Pending

Breach of fiduciary duties

Section 188A CCMA Enquiry

25-Jun-18

31-Jul-18

Alleged unfair suspension

Unfair labour practice

25-Apr-18

Pending

Alleged corruption

Unfair dismissal

10-Jul-18

27-Jul-18

Failure e to work

Disciplinary hearing -

13-Jul-18

27-Aug-18

according to

Misconduct

   

operating procedures

     

& carry out

     

reasonable and

     

lawful instruction

     

Gross dishonesty

Disciplinary hearing –

15-Aug-18

14-Nov-18

Gross negligence

Disciplinary hearing

- Misconduct

16-Aug-18

14-Nov-18

Failure to adhere to company policies

Disciplinary hearing - Misconduct

17-Jul-18

17-0ct-18

Failure to respond to emails without valid reasons

Disciplinary hearing - Misconduct

06-Jul-18

06-Jul-18

Behaving

unprofessionally

Disciplinary hearing - Misconduct

06-Jul-18

06-Jul-18

Failure to discharge duties and obligations with due diligence and in the best interest of the organization

Disciplinary hearing - Misconduct

04-Jul-18

31-Oct- 18

Failure to carry lawful and reasonable instruction

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

21-Jun-18

21-Jun-18

Failure to obey reasonable and lawful instruction

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

16-Apr-18

16-Apr-18

Negligence and carelessness of duties

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

25-0ct-18

25-0ct-18

Failure to conduct a pre-inspection to confirm status of construction

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

10-Sep-18

28-Jan-19

Not attending to work at the mobile office in Umtata

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

07-Dec-18

07-Dec-18

Equal pay for work of equal value-discrimination

Unfair labour practice

18-Dec-18

09-Jan-19

Dishonest behavior in capturing a stand number

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

14-Jan-19

14-Jan-19

Submission of incorrect information in that construction has commenced on site

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

11-Feb-19

12-Feb-19

Misrepresentation and failing to act in the best interest of the organisation

Disciplinary hearing – Misconduct

26-Apr-18

26-Apr-18

Unfair discrimination in recruitment process

Unfair discrimination

09-Sep-14

06-Feb-19

(2) (b)(i) No employees were paid severance packages

(ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

National Housing Finance Corporation

(1) (a) (ii) There are no disputes that the NHFC currently is facing

(b) (i) Not applicable

(c) (i) Not applicable

(d) (i) Not applicable

(d) (ii) Not applicable

(2) (a)(i) 2 (two) employees were terminated by the NHFC on issues of ill-health and poor performance , furthermore in and around 2014, the NHFC experienced a high cost to income ratio that would render it financially unsustainable if not addressed, the majority of the costs emanated from labour costs. The NHFC Board embarked on a company-wide restructuring that included recommendations on reducing the high labour cost. As a result, Management began consultation processes with the representatives of the union in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act. The outcome of these consultative processes resulted in Twenty Eight (28) employees accepting voluntary severance packages.

(b)(i) Twenty Eight (28) employees were paid Severance Pay, the other two (2) employees were not paid severance packages only the normal notice pay;

(ii) The total cost of the severance packages were R 22 264 381.80.

Social Housing Regulatory Authority

(1) (a)(ii) There is one dispute currently faced by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority.

(b)(i) Allegations of an unfair precautionary suspension.

(c)(i) The nature of the dispute is unfair labour practice.

(d)(i) The case was reported to the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on the 13 November 2018 and second case was reported to the CCMA on the 23rd June 2019 as well as the Labour Court on the 24th June 2019.

(d)(ii) On the first case, a postponement was granted by the Commissioner on the 24th June 2019 due to a change in legal representation, thus case is still pending the arbitration award. With regard to the second case, the CCMA case has not been heard yet but the labour Court has heard the matter on the 28 June 2019 and reserved the judgment to the 3rd of July 2019.

(2) (a)(i) Two (2) employees were dismissed by the department in 2018.

(a)(ii) Both employees were dismissed for absconding from the Public Service, in terms of Public Service Act Section 17(3) (a) (i). A termination by virtue of the said provision is regarded, not as a dismissal, but a termination “by operation of law” and hence not arbitrable under the Labour Relations Act.

(b)(i) No employees were paid severance packages

(b)(ii) Therefore a nil monetary value.

 

B. WATER AND SANITATION:

(1) The information relating to labour diputes provided by entities in the water and sanitation portfolio is attcahed as Annexure A.

The information availed by the Deparrment of Water and Sanitation is provided in the table below:

(a)(i) Number of labour disputes are currently faced by the Department

A total of 229 labour disputes.

(b)(i) Cause of dispute

  • Unfair Dismissal and suspensions: Theft; Mismanagement and embezzlement of state funds; Misuse of state Property; Gross Dishonestly
  • Unfair Labour Practice: Promotions and Benefits
  • Interpretation of collective agreement: movement of levels.
  • Discrimination for equal pay for equal work at equal value

(ii) Nature of each dispute

  • Total of Unfair Dismissal: 4
  • Unfair Dismissal outstanding at bargaining council: 1
  • Unfair Dismissal finalised: 3
  • Total of Unfair Labour Practice: Promotions and benefits and unfair suspensions: 133
  • Unfair Labour Practice outstanding at bargaining council: 94
  • Unfair Labour Practice finalised: 39

(c)(i) On what date was each dispute reported

Date reported: Unfair Dismissal

  • 28/09/2017
  • 26/04/2018
  • 25/5/2018
  • 18/08/2017

Date reported: Unfair Labour Practice: Promotions and benefits

  • 29/03/2019 total of 27
  • 18/05/2019 total of 70
  • 27/11/2018 total of 14
  • 20/04/2016 one case
  • 27/03/2017 total of 15
  • 26/04/2019 one case
  • 03/10/2017 total of 4
  • 07/05/2019 one case

Date reported: Interpretation of collective agreement

  • On 22/11/2018 total of 69
  • On 15/03/2019 total of 3
  • On 13/06/2019 total of 10
  • On 27/09/2017 total of 2
  • On 18/05/2019 one case
  • On 30/05/2019 one case
  • On 06/05/2019 total of 3
  • On 15/05/2019 one case

Date reported: Discrimination for equal pay for equal work at equal value

  • One 14/05/2019 one case matter still on going

(c)(ii) On what date was each dispute resolved

Date resolved: Unfair Dismissal

  • On 09/11/2018
  • On 07/03/2018
  • On 29/04/2019

Date Resolved: Unfair Labour Practice: Promotions and benefits

  • On 01/03/2019 total of 14
  • On 23/03/2019 one case
  • On 28/06/2018 a total of 2
  • On 09/05/2019 one case
  • On 23/07/2018 total of 15
  • On 07/03/2019 one case
  • 19/10/2018 total of 4;
  • 23/10/2018

Date Resolved: Interpretation of collective agreement

  • On 02/04/2019 total of 66;
  • On 11/05/2018 one case
  • On 21/09/2019 total of 2

(2) Information relating dismissal in the Department is provided in the table below:

(a)(i) The number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years

A total of 30 dismissal.

(ii) For what reason was each employee dismissed

  • Fraud a total of 8
  • Theft a total of 6
  • Assault a total of 4
  • Mismanagement and embezzlement of state funds a total of 3
  • Sexual Harassment a total of 1
  • Fraudulent qualification a total of 1
  • Absenteeism a total of 1
  • Irregular appointment in the Recruitment processes a total of 1
  • Gross dishonesty a total of 3
  • Misuse of state vehicle a total of 1
  • Racism a total of 1

(2)(a)(i) What number of the specified employees were paid severance packages

No severance packages was paid

(ii) was the monetary value of each severance package

No severance packages was paid

16 July 2019 - NW86

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to the reply to question 53 on 11 March 2019, what is the total number of persons living in each informal settlement in each province?

Reply:

The number of persons living in each informal settlement in each province are given in the attached Annexure A. The status of the information is as at November 2017, based on information provided by Provinces and some Metropolitan municipalities, as well as information gathered by the Department during the informal settlement assessments, categorisation and development of the upgrading plans.

16 July 2019 - NW120

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

(1) Whether any action will be taken against the South African Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Ms Z N Mandela, for tweeting messages contrary to the Government’s views on the weekend of 14 June 2019; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether she will take any steps to ensure that the (a) specified person’s messages are retracted and (b) correct messages relating to the Government’s policies are conveyed to the residents and potential investors of the Kingdom of Denmark; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1080E

Reply:

1. No further action is planned beyond the public statements I previously made concerning this matter . I informed the Ambassador to articulate policies of South Africa and that she needs to adhere to the Social Media Guidelines of the Department.

2. (a) I and the Department have reiterated Government Policy on the land issue.

(b) Government Policy on the land issue has not changed, and is readily accessible to residents and investors in Denmark, and all other interested parties.

16 July 2019 - NW104

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has found that the statements via Twitter by the South African ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Ms Z N Mandela, were inconsistent with the Government’s policy and outlook with regard to the land; if not, on what grounds did she reprimand the ambassador; if so , what are the relevant details? NW1061E

Reply:

1. On the matter of land ownership changing the Ambassador did not make any comments that directly linked to Government policy.

2. The Ambassador made some statements in the tweet that could be construed as personal and that made negative references to individuals she exchanged tweets with. I therefore advised her to always communicate in a manner that is consistent with our expectations as representative of South Africa and to have regards to the Social Media Guidelines of the Department.

 

16 July 2019 - NW103

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) At what stage is the process of the rationalisation of South African foreign mission with a view to reducing the number of such missions to save costs and (b) what is the projected saving to the State in the Medium – Term Expenditure Framework when the number of foreign missions are reduced? NW1060E

Reply:

a) Consultations on the rationalisation of South African foreign missions are ongoing.

b) Savings can only be determined once the process has been finalised.

16 July 2019 - NW60

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What percentage of water that was consumed in the Republic was recycled in each province in 2018?

Reply:

Water recycling is done by the Water Boards as Water Service Providers that are also operating Water Schemes on behalf of municipalities. The information provided to me by Water Boards in response to the Honourable Member is as follows:

Entities

What percentage of water that was consumed in the Republic was recycled in each province in 2018?

Amatola Water

Amatola Water does not recycle waste water as it is operating upstream of the water value chain in the bulk purification, distribution and storage space. Amatola Water’s processing methods at plant level involve an insignificant amount of water recycling which is approximately 1% of the raw water abstracted from source.

Bloem Water

Bloem Water Treatment works does not recycle consumed water at any of its plants; however during the purification stage water is backwashed and sent back to the catchment (Dams). This process is then metered and reported under unaccounted for water (apparent losses) which is one portion of the Non-Revenue Water for the Entity the other being water consumed by the Entity at Plants and the Head Office which is and average of 1.2%.

Lepelle Northern Water

Refer to Annexure A below for recycled water amounts by Lepelle Northern Water

Magalies Water

Magalies Water presents the quantities that constitutes 4,21% recycled water as a percentage of raw water abstracted for the period July 2018 up to 31 March 2019, for the 2018/19 financial year.

Mhlathuze Water

No recycled water activities.

Overberg Water

No recycled water activities.

Overberg Water only provides bulk drinking water to its customers mainly, the Hessequa and Theewaterskloof Municipalities and industrial agriculture.

Rand Water

Rand Water does not recycle water. However, our customers Tswane and Rustenburg do recycle water in their plants as follows:

Tswane:

Roodeplat pumping 30M;l/d (maximum capacity 60Mll/d)

Rietvliet pumping 36Ml/d (maximum capacity 40Ml/d)

Rustenburg:

Bospoort pumping 12M/d (maximum capacity 15Ml/d)

Sedibeng Water

15% of water consumed was recycled water in the North West.

Umgeni Water

The treated waste water effluent re-use is about 8% and the direct recycling is 2%

  • (At present all of Umgeni Water managed Waste Water plants discharge treated waste water to rivers that flow into downstream dams. In this way all of the treated waste water effluent is re-used / recovered in a downstream system (approximately 100Ml/d). This can be classed as indirect reuse.
  • Umgeni Water does not treat any wastewater to potable standards and hence do not have any direct reuse systems.
  • Umgeni Water has a 100% shareholding in Umgeni Water services (UWS) SOC Ltd. This subsidiary holds an 18.5% investment in Durban Water Recycling, with direct recycling volumes amounting to 30 Ml/d out of 1257 Ml/d (2%).

Annexure A

See the link: Lepelle Northern Water 

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW60_Annexure.pdf

16 July 2019 - NW46

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) On what date will the houses of the Msunduzi Local Municipality’s Wirewall Rectification Programme in Phase 4 be completed and (b) why has there been such a long delay in the construction of the houses?

Reply:

a) It is anticipated that the houses in the Msunduzi Local Municipality’s Wirewall Rectification Programme in Phase 4 project will be completed by 31 December 2020.

b) The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements terminated a contract with the original Service Provider, Masiqhame Trading 376cc in 2013 due to failure to perform in terms of the contractual agreement agreed to. Subsequently, the Msunduzi Local Municipality was instructed by the Provincial Department to procure the services of a new Service Provider to rectify the houses that were not completed by Masiqhame Trading 376cc. A contractual agreement was then entered into between the Msunduzi Local Municipality and the new Service Provider, Farfield Development for the rectification of the outstanding houses and the agreement was signed on 16 May 2016. It then came to the attention of the Local Municipality that some of the houses that were constructed by Masiqhame Trading 376cc were not built in accordance with the layout plan of the area. As a result, a Town Planner was appointed to re-design the project area and amend the zoning of the properties where required.

15 July 2019 - NW96

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What are the full relevant details of the steps he is taking, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, to ensure that the commercial cultivation of hemp in the Republic is legalised? NW948

Reply:

The response provided by my predecessor in August 2018, to a question by the Honourable Member, is still relevant.

I will request that updates be obtained from a task team led by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (“DALRRD”) looking at regulation for hemp and that further work be done to explore the commercial cultivation of hemp.

12 July 2019 - NW159

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the total number of vacancies in her department and (b) by what date will the specified vacancies be filled.NW 1117E

Reply:

(a) Total number of vacancies: 200

(b) We have

Placed a halt on the filling of current vacancies due to inadequate resources.

12 July 2019 - NW13

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What is the current total number of (a) foreign nationals and (b) undocumented migrants in South African prisons?

Reply:

a) There is a current total of 13 437 foreign nationals incarcerated in South African Correctional Centres.

b) Currently there is a total of 2 052 undocumented migrants/illegal immigrants incarcerated in South African Correctional Centres.

Foreign nationals, whether documented or undocumented, upon receiving custodial sentence are expected to serve their sentences in correctional centres within the Republic of South Africa (RSA) due to the fact that there is currently no Inter-State Transfer Agreement with other Countries. They are considered for placement after serving the prescribed minimum detention or non-parole period and if placement is approved, undocumented foreign nationals are deported back to their country of origin after Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has finalised deportation process. The documented foreign nationals are allowed to serve parole within the Republic of South Africa if their permits are not revoked by DHA.

11 July 2019 - NW105

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether, with reference to tourism being one of the drivers of the economy, her department has a system in place to encourage transformation in the tourism sector, particularly with regard to providing job opportunities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

In line with National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS), the efforts to grow tourism have in the main two interrelated priorities, which are inclusive growth and sector transformation. Inclusive growth will bring about employment creation, investment and GDP contribution. In this regard, in partnership with the industry and other stakeholders we will increase the number of tourists to our country and their expenditure on related goods and services during their trips. Government overall has also highly placed tourism on the priority list and a whole-of-government approach to tourism development and promotion will be applied to maximise on our growth potential. On transformation, there are a number of initiatives aimed at increased participation of black people in sector. These are access to finance, development of capabilities of South Africans in particular youth and women across the tourism value chain, enterprise and supplier development, and implementation of the B-BBEE tourism sector codes of good practice. The department will continue to take advantage of the expanded Public Works Programme to empower youth through development of skills while they also earn a stipend wage through job opportunities.

11 July 2019 - NW18

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) number of court intermediaries are currently employed by his department in each province, (b) court(s) do the intermediaries serve, (c) number of cases do the intermediaries attend to each month and (d) languages are the intermediaries proficient in?

Reply:

a) What number of court intermediaries is currently employed by the department in each province?

In the 2014/15 financial year, the Department created 185 permanent posts of court intermediaries and 9 permanent posts of Assistant Director (ASD) Intermediaries. The periodical recruitment process commenced in the 2015/16 financial year, and by the 2017/18 financial year, the Department had filled 179 of 185 posts of court intermediaries and 5 of 9 posts of ASD Intermediaries. However, due to the declining economy, austerity measures in budget allocations are persistently introduced, and in effect, constraining the Department’s plan to fill the remaining vacant posts. The current demand on social work services in the country has also resulted in the exodus of many intermediaries to better opportunities. As at 31 March 2019, the number of court intermediaries in permanent posts declined from 179 to 153, while the numerical capacity of the ASD intermediaries dropped from 5 to 4.

In bridging intermediary service gaps at our courts, the Department has recently introduced an automated Intermediary Diary Management System to ensure the shared use of the intermediaries within provinces and beyond. Through this system, the existing pool of intermediaries can be accessed by any court in the country, as and when the need arises, to match the special needs of the victim, often relating to language, age, disability, etc.

In strengthening further the existing human capital in intermediary services, the Department also utilises a pool of ad hoc intermediaries- mostly drawn from the NGO sector. This intervention also assists in relieving the pressure of unemployment in the country. In certain provinces, there are social workers employed by the Department of Social Development (DSD) who are released to assist, whenever the demand arises. The Table below gives a numerical spread of these services over all provinces in the country:

Province

DoJ&CD Intermediaries as at 31 Mar 2019

DSD Intermediaries

Total

 

Court Intermediaries

Assistant Director Intermediaries

Ad Hoc Intermediaries

   

Eastern Cape

16

1

-

-

17

Free State

10

-

3

2

15

Gauteng

12

1

27

16

56

KwaZulu-Natal

34

-

1

2

37

Limpopo

17

1

-

-

18

Mpumalanga

14

-

2

-

16

Northern Cape

9

-

-

-

9

North West

18

1

-

2

21

Western Cape

23

-

3

2

28

Total

153

4

36

24

217

b) What courts do the intermediaries serve?

In terms of section 170A of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No 51 of 1977), intermediary services are offered in any criminal proceedings pending before any court where it appears to such court that such proceedings would expose any witness under the biological or mental age of 18 years to undue mental stress or suffering if such witness testifies without support. Among all witnesses appearing in criminal proceedings held at our courts in the country, only children and persons with mental disabilities are entitled to intermediary services. Likewise, section 61(2) of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No 38 of 2005) also require the use of intermediary services when children testify in proceedings held in terms of this Act.

At present, intermediaries are spread over and shared between regional criminal courts and children’s courts, where the demand for this service is predominantly high. As at 31 March 2019, the country has 405 regional criminal courts of which 89 are the sexual offences courts. The childrens’ courts are operating at 309 magisterial district courts and some at the 332 branch/ periodical courts. Intermediaries also service our high courts, whenever the need arises. Currently, in South Africa there are 11 high court divisions with 5 local seats. As indicated, the service of intermediaries is subject to demand and may therefore not be a daily occurrence at a given court.

c) What number of cases do the intermediaries attend to each month?

The Department uses the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) for Intermediary Services to collect data from our courts. Currently, this system collects data of intermediary services offered at regional criminal courts and the children’s courts, where the demand for these services is currently highly concentrated. The statistics are collected in terms of people who receive these services and not in accordance to the cases registered at our courts. The plan is to increase the functionality of the ICMS and extend its scope to other cases. During the period of 12 months (i.e. 1 April 2018 to 31 Mar 2019) intermediaries rendered services to 14 907 children and 261 persons with mental disabilities who appeared in sexual offences and children’s courts proceedings held nationwide. The Table below gives the spread of these services over provinces per annum:

CASES WHERE INTERMEDIARY SERVICES WERE RENDERED: 2018/2019

Province

Sexual Offences

Children’s court

 

Child Witnesses

Child Victims

Mentally Disabled Witnesses

Mentally Disabled Victims

Witnesses

Victims

Total

EC

787

1 894

3

105

43

62

2 894

FS

451

890

1

5

54

64

1 465

GP

603

2 114

-

9

16

20

2 762

KZN

392

1 912

2

51

5

16

2 378

LIMP

269

640

6

15

21

23

974

MP

329

1 150

1

13

11

11

1 515

NW

198

585

1

11

61

30

886

NC

216

715

1

16

39

19

1 006

WC

340

915

4

17

4

8

1 288

TOTAL

3 585

10 815

19

242

254

253

15 168

The demand for the intermediary services differs from court to court and from month to month. In each month there are about 1 000 eligible persons who receive these services nationwide. Monthly statistics is only available in services rendered to child victims of sexual offences. Below is the number of child victims of sexual offences who received intermediary services per month in the 2018/ 19 financial year.

d) What languages are the intermediaries proficient in?

Intermediaries are appointed on the basis of proficiency in the language predominantly used at the courts they would be stationed at. With the recent introduction of the automated Intermediary Diary Management System, intermediaries are now booked for cases in accordance with the language needs of the victim/ witness and are shared throughout the country. This system is intended to avoid the unnecessary postponement of cases due to language shortages. Services are offered in all 11 official languages. For persons requiring sign language, ad hoc intermediaries are used. Below is a matrix showing language utilisation in each province:

Province

English

Afrikaans

Setwana

Sesotho

Isizulu

Siswati

Isixhosa

Isindebele

Tshivenda

Sepedi

Xitsonga

EC

216

70

1

27

50

0

257

5

0

0

1

FS

37

25

12

76

11

0

16

0

0

0

1

GP

116

73

72

84

172

6

89

9

17

77

33

KZN

209

9

0

11

275

0

74

0

0

0

1

LIMP

84

4

15

12

17

8

1

7

14

97

24

MPUM

55

10

5

6

63

39

0

23

0

44

11

NC

58

34

94

25

7

0

3

1

1

12

2

NW

55

97

75

0

0

0

22

0

0

1

1

WC

115

147

1

0

2

0

103

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

945

469

275

241

597

53

565

45

32

231

74

10 July 2019 - NW61

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of commuters used the services of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in each (a) province and (b) of the past five financial years?

Reply:

 

 

PRASA Rail

     

Metrorail Passenger Trips (Journeys)

       
 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Western Cape

174 934 932

163 002 997

127 745 294

75 074 682

46 986 046

Kwa Zulu Natal

78 810 656

78 783 593

71 536 136

63 443 383

55 060 960

Gauteng

252 807 231

197 743 040

164 871 194

117 603 876

99 972 237

East London

7 765 109

7 267 814

6 403 992

5 437 730

5 070 622

Port Elizabeth

1 691 877

1 582 061

1 466 963

1 333 550

1 411 218

TOTAL

516 009 805

448 379 505

372 023 579

262 893 221

208 501 083

           
           

Main Line Passenger Services (MLPS)

       

Number of passengers using the service

     
 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

MLPS

930 881

854 164

658 100

465 862

387 504

10 July 2019 - NW35

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a) What is the total number of teachers who have been trained in coding in the past academic year, (b) of the specified total number of teachers, what is the number of teachers trained in each province and (c) what level of training was offered in each case?

Reply:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has not conducted teacher training for coding, however some PEDs and individual schools have conducted training and this information may be obtained from PEDs. DBE has finalised Plans to deliver training of Teachers on coding. 

10 July 2019 - NW106

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he has any plan of action in place to ensure that security is strengthened at our train stations and on the trains to address disruptions, vandalism and damage to state property that has become a norm and to ensure that commuters not only use an efficient service but also a safe one; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

1. Currently PRASA has an approved Security Operational Plan which is based on five critical issues namely:

1.1 Stop non-compliance with the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements with emphasis on the Private Security Industry Regulating Act (PSIRA) and regulations and the Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa Act (RSR) and regulations to turn PRASA Protection Services around into a professional security service;

1.2 Stop the un-procedural selection and appointment of security officials who do not meet the minimum physical, training, fitness and other PSIRA qualification standards and turn the inefficiencies and other challenges caused by this practice around to comply with PRASA Company Policies;

1.3 Stop the scourge of theft and M.D.T.P (Malicious Damage To Property) which paralyses the business and will destroy our capacity and ability to meet our strategic objectives and performance targets determined by the Department of Transport;

1.4 Stop crime affecting our passengers and staff. Turn it around through joint operations with the police and other law enforcement agencies to meet our constitutional obligations, security performance and targets;

1.5 Stop the escalating operational security cost. Turn ineffective and inefficient security services (and the perceptions) around through the implementation of technology and the correct balance between own and contracted security services.

2. From the 1st of September 2019, Prasa will be employing new security companies, with new performance based contractual arrangement. The new agreements will include a heavy emphasis on reducing the vandalism and theft that is bedevilling our infrastructure.

3. A strong technology roll out is underway, in the form of CCTV, and other surveillance equipment. These are aimed to act as force multipliers to assist in areas where physical security cannot reach.

4. The new approved PRASA Group Security Strategy supports a different security outlook that fosters professionalism and a culture of sensitivity towards commuters and passengers alike.

5. This is supported by a new structure that is dedicated to give credence to the prioritization of security at stations.

09 July 2019 - NW52

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to each type of antiretroviral drug, for how long is it envisaged that the Government’s stockpile will last?

Reply:

The Department of Health currently stockpiles the first line treatment regimen (Tenofovir/metrictabine/efavirenze) which 90% of patients are prescribed on. There is adequate supplies of the first line treatment , 10 million units currently with no shortage of API at this time. The stockpile will last for eight (8) weeks.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW50

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of citizens have not received ARVs in the past three months as a result of the second-line ARV shortage and (b) are there any further expected shortages?

Reply:

(a) There is a shortage of the abacavir/lamivudine and zidovudine/lamivudine combination used in second line. The shortage meant that there was lesser stock than is ordinarily available but we do not have stock. There are 360 000 patients on both combinations that are in short supply. There is currently 558 382 (AL = 177 741 + ZL = 380 641) units of the second line regimen available as at 28 June 2019.

Additionally the contracted supplier is bringing 650 000 units in July 2019. The National Department of Health has implemented stock visibility system where we have sight of the medicine stock holding at facility level. We have managed this situation by asking facilities to reduce the quality dispensed. Some patients receive two/three months supply at a time and we have advice that patients are dispensed only 1 month treatment. Secondly, we have moved stock around between facilities with higher stock levels to facilities with less stock. Thirdly, we have proposed an alternative treatment regimen should the current second line regimen not be available;

(b) The global supply of lamivudine API remains erratic however, the new ARV tender commenced on the 1st July 2019 where we have contracted additional suppliers, which we anticipate will fill the gap.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW10

Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health

What support does he and/or his department intend to give in order to restore the dignity of the African people through the integration of traditional medicine in primary health care and the national health system?

Reply:

The Department of Health supports the integration of traditional medicine in primary health care and the national health system as follows:

(1) The Department of Health has taken steps towards the official recognition and inclusion of Traditional Medicine in the National Health System through relevant regulatory frameworks;

(2) The Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 (Act No. 22 of 2007) was enacted as one of the tools to assist the Department in achieving this goal. The objectives of the Act are:

(a) to establish the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa;

(b) to make provision for control of the registration, training and practices of Traditional Health Practitioners in South Africa;

(c) to serve and protect the interests of Practitioners and those of members of the public who use the services of Traditional Health Practitioners.

(3) In implementing the Act, the Department has appointed the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa. It was established to oversee the registration and regulation of the practice of Traditional Medicine by setting practice standards. This will assist in eliminating bogus practitioners and charlatans in the practice. The Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council has to ensure safety, efficacy and quality of services provided by Traditional Health Practitioners through the enforcement of the code of ethics and conduct.

(4) The Department has appointed the Registrar of the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa who assumed duty on 1 September 2017. The Registrar is the secretary and accounting officer of the Council and performs the functions assigned to him by the Interim Council in terms of the Act. Amongst his responsibilities is to set up institutional arrangements such as structures and systems for the registration of Traditional Health Practitioners. Registration of Traditional Health Practitioners will commence as soon as this office is capacitated and it is functional to carry out its mandate.

(5) Processes are underway to finalise the draft policy on Traditional Medicine in South Africa. The policy on Traditional Medicine will serve as a guide to avoid a clash between the traditional medicine system and western medicine. Within the context of primary health care, they should blend in a beneficial harmony, using the best features of each system, and compensating for weaknesses in each.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW2

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether he is aware of a proposed 2 dose Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK) ChAd155-RSV Vaccine Trial, to be conducted in the Republic (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) why is the Government exposing infants to (a) untested and (b) potentially fatal drugs for profit and ongoing science experimentation contrary to the protection contained in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996?

Reply:

(1) Yes. I am aware that the MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (based at the University of the Witwatersrand) is taking part in a multi-centre, multi-country study that aims to provide critical information on the safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity profile of the ChAd155-Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine in infants likely to be unexposed to RSV. Sites in European, South American and North American countries are also participating.

Although RSV infection is a leading cause of death in young children, interventions to protect children against RSV infection and to treat children who acquire RSV infection are not available. For this reason, the World Health Organisation ranked a vaccine against RSV as the most important vaccine that needs to be developed in order to protect children in low- and middle-income countries from preventable mortality.

(2) (a) The vaccine should not be regarded as untested. The immunogenicity, safety and reactogenicity of the ChAd155-RSV vaccine in healthy adults has been evaluated and determined to be satisfactory by an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC). A clinical study is currently being conducted in RSV-sero positive infants aged 12 to 23 months (study 204838 [RSV PED-002]) in Europe. The proposed study will only proceed if the safety profile of the current study is evaluated as being satisfactory by an IDMC. The study will be monitored by an IDMC at each step for safety, and any reports communicated to the regulatory authorities in real-time.

(b) There is no merit in the concern that children are being exposed to a dangerous vaccine, since this is a non-replicating vaccine and the vaccine itself cannot biologically cause any illness. As noted above, the trial will be conducted in line with clinical trial guidelines and will be strictly monitored to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

END.

09 July 2019 - NW36

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the recorded total number of (a) alcohol-related deaths and (b) children who have been born with foetal alcohol syndrome in (i) each province and (ii) each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)(i)-(ii) Table 1 below provide information on the numbers of alcohol related deaths in South Africa was obtained from the South African Medical Research Council, that was extracted from unit records of deaths provided by Statistics South Africa which are available up to 2016.

Table 1:

Number of registered deaths with underlying causes that is alcohol related by province, 2012-2016

PROVINCE

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

47

87

110

116

107

467

Free State

19

26

39

30

33

147

Gauteng

40

53

45

48

57

243

KwaZulu-Natal

65

76

73

83

75

372

Limpopo

20

15

18

23

20

96

Mpumalanga

18

12

16

22

11

79

North West

22

18

16

26

22

104

Northern Cape

21

33

36

30

29

149

Western Cape

118

120

129

123

139

629

TOTAL

370

440

482

501

493

2286

(b)(i)-(ii) Currently, data is available on the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome among grade-1 learners which is collected through surveys that were conducted in selected communities. Table 2 below provides a summary of the prevalence data that is available and was provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research[1]

Table 2:

Summary of the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome among grade-1 learners

PROVINCE

COMMUNITY

PREVELANCE RATE AS A PERCENTAGE

REFERENCE

Eastern Cape

Bethelsdorp,

Port Elizabeth

13,0

Olivier, et al., 2017a

 

Burgersdorp

6,2

Still to be published

Free State

Jacobsdal

12,9

Still to be published

Gauteng

Soweto,

Diepsloot,

Lenasia

2,6

Viljoen, 2001

Northern Cape

De Aar

11,9

Urban et al., 2008

 

Upington

7,4

Chersich et al., 2012b

 

Kimberley

6,4

Urban et al., 2015

 

Renosterberg Municipality

28,2

Olivier et al., 2017b

 

Hanover

20,8

Still to be published

Western Cape

Wellington

8,9

Viljoen, Gossage, Brooke, Adnams, Jones, Robinson ... & May, 2005

 

Aurora

10,0

Olivier et al., 2013

 

Witzenberg Sub-district

9,6

Olivier et al., 2016

 

Saldanha Bay Municipality

6,7

Olivier et al., 2016

 

Wellington,

Montague,

Ashton,

Robertson

13,5 - 20,8

May et al., 2016

END.

  1. Probst, C, Parry C, Wittchen H, Rehm J. The socioeconomic profile of alcohol-attributable mortality in South Africa: a modelling study. BMC Medicine. 2018; 16:97

09 July 2019 - NW37

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the total number of drug-related deaths that have been recorded (a) in each province and (b) in each of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)-(b) The table below reflects the total number of drug-related deaths in South Africa. This data has been extracted by the South African Medical Research Council from unit records of deaths provided by Statistics South Africa which is available up to 2016.

Number of registered deaths with underlying causes that is drug-related by province, 2012-2016

PROVINCE

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

TOTAL

Eastern Cape

25

24

56

38

34

177

Free State

26

21

23

14

26

110

Gauteng

42

46

56

82

88

314

KwaZulu-Natal

38

52

53

42

65

250

Limpopo

5

12

13

13

17

60

Mpumalanga

5

16

14

13

23

71

North West

13

23

13

12

15

76

Northern Cape

16

25

24

19

19

103

Western Cape

27

39

22

42

24

154

TOTAL

197

258

274

275

311

1315

END.

09 July 2019 - NW51

Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

What is the (a) name and (b) location of each (i) clinic and (ii) hospital that does not have 24/7 security?

Reply:

(a) The Name and Location

i) There are 429 Primary Health Care facilities that do not have 24 hours’ security in place.

ii) There is no hospital that does not have 24/7 security

A list with names and location of each facility is attached as Annexure A

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF FACILITIES

Eastern Cape

112

Free State

129

Gauteng

6

KwaZulu-Natal

22

Limpopo

15

Mpumalanga

15

Northern Cape

75

North West

34

Western Cape

21

END.

08 July 2019 - NW14

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) How does he intend to address the undocumented, migrant crisis and (b) what number of undocumented, illegal migrants have been repatriated (i) in the past year and (ii) to which countries?

Reply:

a) The department has an inspectorate unit which combats all forms of illegal migration. Improved biometric capability and more effective co-operation with other law enforcement agencies are amongst some of the efforts being improved on to combat illegal migration and department is also finalising the Border Management Authority Bill which will seek to strengthen efforts in preventing undocumented migrants from entering South Africa.

b) Attached is the list of undocumented migrants that have been deported and the countries they have been repatriated to.

END

08 July 2019 - NW95

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

Whether his department has made any progress to reduce the public wage bill; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes. During and post the 2018 Wage negotiations, economic realities and financial pressures were discussed with organised labour. The purpose was to jointly look at tangible measures going forward, to remain within the budgetary ceiling without negatively impacting on job security, as well as ensuring continuous efficient and effective functionality of departments within the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and beyond.

Numerous Human Resources (HR) related areas to reduce the Public Service wage bill have been jointly identified between the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and the National Treasury (NT) as follows:

(i) Organisational structures interim measures

Regulation 25(2) of the Public Service Regulations (PSR), 2016 confers the authority to executive authorities to determine their department’s organisational structures, define and create posts necessary to perform the relevant functions of the department, grade the proposed new jobs and to engage in human resources planning.

Organisational structure of each government departments will be finalised when the National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) Project has been concluded by the 6th Administration.

(ii) Creation and filling of posts

Due to the current financial constraints, executive authorities of the 5th Administration were encouraged to align their organisational structures with their respective personnel budgets, and to create posts within the available funds in the current MTEF. Furthermore, executive authorities were encouraged to only fill critical posts in terms of section 9 of the Public Service Act (PSA), 1994.

Where the creation of a post is based on the redirection of funding from an abolished post to another post, the redundant post must first be abolished before the creation of the newly funded post.

(iii) Employment of persons additional to the approved fixed establishment

Regulation 57(2) of the PSR, 2016 states that “an executive authority may, unless otherwise authorised by the Act, within the available budget and at a salary linked to a grade determined through job evaluation or as determined in an OSD, employ persons additional to the establishment”.

The employment of persons additional to the establishment shall not exceed 12 consecutive calendar months unless otherwise directed by the MPSA. Requests made for the extension or continuation of the employment for periods longer than 12 months, must be assessed against the original reasons for the employment of persons additional to the fixed establishment to reduce such expenditure if no longer necessary.

(iv) Posts in the Offices of Executive Authorities

Chapter 3 of the guide to Members of the Executive and regulation 66 of the Public Service Regulation (PSR), read in conjunction with section 9 of the Public Service Act (PSA) 1994, stipulates the standard configuration of Offices of executive authorities and the capacity requirements for such offices.

The DPSA has issued a circular informing government departments that appointment made to private office of Executive Authority or Deputy Minister in terms of Regulation 66 of the PSR should be linked to their term of office of the relevant Executive Authority or Deputy Minister.

(v) Granting of Early Retirement without penalty for employees between 55 and 60 years

Section 16(6) of the Public Service Act, 1994 as amended states that “an executive authority may at the request of an employee allow him or her to retire from the public service before reaching the age of 60, notwithstanding the absence of any reason for dismissal in terms of section 17(2) if sufficient reasons exist for the retirement”.

Granting of Early Retirement without penalty for employees is in response to a need identified by employees who wish to exist the public service before the official retirement age of 60 years.

The provision for applications for early retirement, where National Treasury provides funding support to departments, is limited to the period 01 April 2019 to 30 September 2019. An assessment will therefore be conducted to determine whether a further need for financial support for early Retirement is required by departments.

The DPSA and NT have between April and June 2019 concluded National, Provincial and Sectoral workshops with the relevant human resource officials to support implementation. In addition the requisite governance, financial and administrative tools, documentation and reporting templates have been issued to departments.

(vi) Decremental Budgets allocated for payment of Performance Bonus

Regulation 73(3) of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 states that “the Minister shall from time to time determine a percentage of a department’s remuneration budget that shall not be exceeded for the purpose of granting performance rewards. This regulation is supported by regulation 73(4) which states that “the Minister shall from time to time determine the maximum percentage reward to be granted to an employee or category of employees”.

A strategy to decrease the percentage of a department’s allocated remuneration budget for the payment of performance rewards has been developed together with the National Treasury.

The approved Incentive Policy Framework (2017), provides that departments may not utilise more than 1.5% of their annual remuneration budget for the payment of performance rewards. The strategy decreases the budget allocation as follows:

Financial Year

Maximum % of Remuneration Budget

2018/19

1.5%

2019/20

0.75%

2020/21

0.5%

2021/22

0%

Post 2022

To be determined based on the comprehensive review of all PMDSs for all categories of employees

The above initiatives are envisaged to support government’s approach to manage the wage bill. The DPSA and NT monitor the public service wage expenditure to identify new and further areas for potential savings.

08 July 2019 - NW72

Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of requests for asylum have been processed by his department in each of the past 10 financial years, (b) from which countries were the individuals whose asylum requests were granted and (c) what number of such requests is still outstanding?

Reply:

a) The total number of cases processed per year for the past 10 years (First instance adjudication):

Year

Total

2009

157 204

2010

77 071

2011

43 953

2012

63 228

2013

68 241

2014

75 733

2015

60 640

2016

41 241

2017

27 980

2018

18 104

b) The cases granted for the past 10 years per country according to the Departmental system is as below:

Country

Total

Somalia

36512

DRC

25953

Ethiopia

18022

Congo

4859

Zimbabwe

3432

Burundi

2774

Angola

2365

Eritrea

2096

Rwanda

1416

Bangladesh

563

Uganda

443

Cameroon

368

Kenya

143

Sudan

134

Zambia

69

Liberia

51

Syria

47

Palestine

41

Ivory Coast

37

Tanzania

32

Pakistan

28

Sierra Leone

19

Sri Lanka

15

Iraq

15

Russia

13

Togo

12

Nigeria

11

Ghana

11

Solomon Islands

10

Malawi

9

Swaziland

7

Central African Republic

7

Ukraine

7

Turkey

6

Egypt

6

Mali

6

India

6

Afghanistan

5

Other

5

Morocco

4

Estonia

4

Namibia

4

Yemen

3

Mozambique

3

Bulgaria

3

Myanmar (Burma)

3

Lebanon

3

Niger

3

Iran

3

Seychelles

3

China

2

Macau

2

Bahamas

2

Jordan

2

Gabon

2

Saint Kitts and Nevis

2

Comoros

2

Benin

2

Lesotho

2

Kyrgyzstan

1

Guinea Bissau

1

East Timor

1

Poland

1

Colombia

1

Brazil

1

Senegal

1

Chad

1

Oman

1

Algeria

1

Djibouti

1

Sweden

1

Cambodia

1

Libya

1

Principality of Andorra

1

Grand Total

99624

(c) As at 31 December 2018 there were 3 534 cases still to be processed by the Refugee Status Determination Officers.

END

08 July 2019 - NW121

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What are the basic requirements for asylum seekers to obtain a waiver certificate; (2) whether any personnel and/or agency is appointed to guide asylum seekers who want to legalise their stay in the Republic; if not, whether he will consider appointing such personnel and/or agency; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he can provide a detailed list of (a) the number of asylum centres and its addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic, (b) any and/or reasonable shelters that were erected and/or provided for asylum seekers by her department, (c) the number of asylum seekers and/or residency permit holders who have received full birth certificates and (d) asylum applications being rejected due to fraudulent documents; (4) whether any security personnel is provided at asylum centres; if so, (a) where and (b) what are the relevant details; (5) whether any difficulty in obtaining a full birth certificate for any asylum seeker has been eradicated; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The departmental legislation does not make provision for ‘waiver certificate’ as stated above. Rather, the department will issue an asylum transit visas to new asylum applicants that declare their intention to apply for asylum on arrival at designated ports of entry. The basic requirement is that a person must declare the intention to apply for asylum.

2. The department has personnel appointed at the Refugee Reception Centres for the above asked function in terms of section 8(2) that reads with section 21(1), (2) and (5) of the Refugee Act.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugee is the UN agency operating in South Africa with offices and implementing partners across the country that is also assisting new and existing asylum applicants through the asylum process. The agency is fully equipped and mandated to provide support to both clients and the department.

(3)(a) The department has five Refugee Reception Centres.

Addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic are as follows:

OFFICE

LOCATION

CENTRE MANAGER

CONTACT DETAILS

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

5th Floor, Custom House, Corner Heerengracht & Table Boulevard Streets, Cape Town

Akos Essel

Phone: 021 421 9173 / 9200

Mobile:

Email: Akos.Essel@dha.gov.za

Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Corner Eskia Mphahlele & Struben Streets, Pretoria

Bangwalang Chiloane

Phone: 012 395 4174 / 4000 

Email: Bangwalang.Chiloane@dha.gov.za

Durban Refugee Reception Office

137 Che Guevara Street, Durban

Naleen Balgobind

Phone: 031 362 1201

Mobile:

Email: Naleen.Balgobind@dha.gov.za

Musina Refugee Reception Office

8 Harold Grenfel Street, Musina

Jimmy Malemela

Phone: 015 534 5300
Mobile: 083 852 0104

Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office

10A Gidbaud Road, Sydenham, Lakeside

Sabelo Ngxitho

Phone: 041 404 8361/ 3

Mobile:

Email Sabelo.Ngxitho@dha.gov.za

(3)(b) The department does not provide shelter to asylum seekers and refugees.

 

(3)(c) Asylum seekers and refugees are not issued with full birth certificates, rather a recognition of birth that must be taken to the centre for a full asylum permit.

(3)(d) This category of decision/rejection does not exist in the Refugee Act.

(4)(a) All Centres have security personnel.

(4)(b) Centres have private security in uniform 24 hours, whilst the Department’s security personnel are present during the day.

(5) There are no difficulties in registering children of asylum seekers born in South Africa. Asylum seekers are issued with recognition of birth document. It is the responsibility of the parents to take such document and submit them to the Refugee Reception Centre with immediate effect to allow their children proper registration and issuance of the asylum permit.

 

END

08 July 2019 - NW17

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) With reference to the reply of the Minister of Police to question 3737 on 15 January 2019, (a) what are the (i) dates, (ii) details of contractors and (iii) costs of the latest renovations done at the Van Reenen Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) what number of days has it been since the renovations were last done at the specified police station; (2) has the police station been without water; if so, what are the details of why the police station did not have water; (3) (a) what are the reasons for (i) there being no permanent supply of clean water to the police station and (ii) the lack of permanent water supply not being resolved and (b) what arrangements have been made to provide a permanent supply of clean water to the police station?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

(a) (i) The completion date for the Van Reenen Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal was 07 November 2016.

(ii) The name of the contractor who finished the project was Emcakwini Construction & Fencing CC.

(iii) The cost of the renovation was R8 750 523.65.

(b) The number of days since the last renovation is 2 years, 7 months and 17 days (as at 24 June 2019).

2. The police station has had very limited water supply due to the following reasons:

(a) from an altitude perspective, the police station is built in a mountainous area and during the low rainfall season (i.e. winter months) the yield (water supply) of the boreholes drops considerably, as a result of the low water table;

(b) the existing water supply installation consists of 3 boreholes; 2 boreholes are approximately 50 metres outside the fence on the south eastern side of the police station, and a third is in the brick building between the houses in the precinct. All three boreholes were equipped with submersible pumps. The boreholes pump into a 24 000 litre steel tank, which is housed on an elevated (concrete) tank stand, which then supplies the police station with water.

3. (a) (i) There are various reasons that contribute to the police station not having permanent supply of clean water, due to the following circumstances:

  • The police station is situated remotely, across the N3 and in a mountainous area that does not have bulk municipal water supply.
  • The non-availability of bulk municipal water supply with sufficient pressure is the reason why the police station is fed through 3 boreholes.
  • The 3 boreholes, which are placed at 3 different strategic areas are not effective due to the low water table. The continuous recurrence indicates that there is not enough water yield due to the low water table in the mountain (especially in winter and low rainfall season).

(ii) The lack of permanent water supply is currently not resolved as the local municipality does not have a water bulk supply network with adequate pressure feeding the police station. The existing municipal bulk water supply pipeline runs on the opposite side of the N3 whereas the police station is situated across the N3 without access to the municipal supply; hence the use of boreholes.

(b) In order to provide a permanent supply of clean water supply to the police station, an inter-governmental agreement shall be put into place. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has commenced with an investigation into the permanent supply of clean water supply to the police station by entering into talks with SANRAL and the UThukela District Municipality, with a view to securing an agreement on the modalities to supply water from the municipal bulk water, through a new proposed pipeline that crosses the N3 servitude to feed the police station. At this stage it is anticipated that an inter-governmental agreement will be in place within a period of six months. The process is at an early stage and after the inter-governmental agreement has been reached a feasibility study will be necessary to define the scope, costs and implementation timelines prior to registration of a project for design and implementation.