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05 December 2022 - NW4403

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

What is the (a) total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in (i) her and (ii) each of the Deputy Minister’s private offices and (b) (i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person?

Reply:

(a) total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in

(i) Office of the Minister : 14 employees

(ii) Office of Deputy Minister 1: 9 employees

(ii) Office of Deputy Minister 2: 11 employees

(b) (i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person

Office of the Minister:

i) Job title

ii) Annual remuneration package

Chief of Staff

(SL14) R1 473 537 pa

Senior Secretary

(SL7) R269 214 pa

Administrative Secretary

(SL13) R1 302 102 pa

Private Secretary

(SL12) R1 070 169

Director: Media Liaison

(SL13) R1 302 102 pa

Parliamentary Liaison Officer

(SL13) R1 208 691 pa

Personal Assistant to the Chief of Staff

(SL8) R367 575 pa

Assistant Appointment Secretary

(SL10) R578 841 pa

Assistant Stakeholder Relations Officer

(SL9) R417 858 pa

Chief Registry Clerk

(SL7) R 281 514 pa

Driver/ Messenger

(SL5) R201 537 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Food Service Aid

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Office of Deputy Minister 1

  1. Job title
  1. Annual remuneration package

Head of Office

(SL13) R1 302 102 pa

Technical Specialist

(SL13) R1 105 383 pa

Private Secretary

(SL12) R964 257 pa

Parliamentary & Cabinet Coordination

(SL12) R1 070 169 pa

Community Outreach Officer

(SL11) R766 584 pa

Secretary

(SL7) R317 127 pa

Driver

(SL5) R207 639 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Office of Deputy Minister 2

i) Job title

ii) Annual remuneration package

Head of Office

(SL14) R1 347 606 pa

Technical Specialist

(SL13) R1 121 979 pa

Personal Assistant

(SL7) R269 214 pa

Private Secretary

(SL12) R908 502 pa

Parliamentary & Cabinet Coordination

(SL11) R766 584 pa

Community Outreach Officer

(SL11) R778 080 pa

Chief Registry Clerk

(SL7) R269 214 pa

Driver

(SL5) R181 599 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R130 092 pa

Domestic Worker

(SL3) R128 166 pa

Food Service Aid

(SL2) R107 196 pa

05 December 2022 - NW4320

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

(1)What interventions has his department undertaken in Hillbrow and other communities to ensure that all who live and work within the borders of the Republic are legally permitted to do so; (2) what is the position of his department on estimates by some that the Republic is home to approximately 15 million illegal and/or undocumented migrants; (3) how does his department intend to address the prevalence of undocumented and/or illegal migrants within communities; (4) whether he has found that the daily growing numbers of illegal and/or undocumented migrants is a national crisis as his department is unable to implement its immigration legislation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) The department’s inspectorate is fully engaged in immigration operations and inspections. Areas such as Hillbrow and other communities are regularly visited by immigration officials who conduct compliance. The Inspectorate unit deployed a dedicated team to Diepsloot from 6th April 2022 to 8th July 2022 where 1910 arrests were made for illegal migration. The department also conducts its own multi-stakeholder operation called “Operation Siyasibenta” on a monthly basis. On 11 November 2022 Siyasibenta operations were focused on farming areas around country with a total of 111 foreign nationals arrested for being undocumented.

(2) The department does not believe that figure is accurate as we have not been provided scientific evidence that it is so. The most credible source the department is aware of is the figures given by the Statistician General Risenga Maluleke where a figure of 3.95 million foreign nationals are said to be in South Africa according to their mid-year population estimates in 2021.

(3) The department will continue with its enforcement activities within the country as well as the deployment of the newly formed Border Guard of the Border Management Authority to the borders.

(4) The prevalence of undocumented migrants is a global due to push factors relating to either economic and environmental. The department is able to implement its legislation and has been doing so. In addition to this the department co-operates with other departments and foreign governments to tackle the problem.

END

05 December 2022 - NW4442

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Which steps of intervention have been taken to combat the long lines of freight trucks waiting to cross the Republic’s ports of entry?

Reply:

Border Management have identified the management of trucks along the highways, national roads and corridors towards the ports of entry as one of the factors affecting the operational dynamics in the legitimate facilitation of persons and goods.

The following planned responses as contingences were developed:

  1. The establishment of the integrated traffic management plan with all transport and traffic authorities in the respective corridors to ease traffic movements;
  2. Collaborating with stakeholders in the freight industry regarding the utilisation of truck holding areas and the diversion of trucks to these areas;
  3. The utilization of single lane processes towards the weighbridges for some controlled movements; and
  4. The deployment of dedicated traffic officers along the routes and corridors by Provincial and Local traffic authorities to ensure compliance and enforcement of traffic laws.

END

05 December 2022 - NW4549

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

Whether, in view of the large number of rural residents who have to walk long distances and take multiple forms of transport to reach the offices of his department and the modernisation of the Home Affairs systems such as the Branch Appointment Booking System (BABS), his department has any practical alternatives to those in rural areas who do not have access to smartphones, technology and/or consistent and reliable internet connection to secure themselves slots online; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Home Affairs’ Access Model has identified 778 mobile service points and the majority of them are in rural areas to service citizens; hence in the next financial year we will be buying additional mobile units to add to the current fleet and expand the footprint to ensure that citizens receive the services in their localities.

Secondly, all offices with BABS have been given tablets to assist citizens with booking and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is working on zero rating data requirements for government websites to enable citizens to access BABS on our website for free.

END

05 December 2022 - NW3748

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Police

What are the reasons that the SA Police Service failed to intercept the act of a women in Parow, who was on the verge of selling her 4 year –old child to paedophiles and which was only brought to the attention of the Government after the Federal Bureau of investigation intercepted the gruesome act of the mother?

Reply:

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05 December 2022 - NW4392

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What is the (a) total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in (i) her and (ii) the Deputy Minister’s private offices and (b)(i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person?

Reply:

(a)(i)

Total Nr = 11

(b)(i)

Job Titles:

(b)(ii)

Annual Remuneration Package:

1

Household Aid

R130,092.00

2

Household Aid

R130,092.00

3

Food Services Aid II

R128,166.00

4

Chief Registry Clerk

R285,735.00

5

Assistant Appointment and Administrative Secretary

R578,841.00

6

Parliamentary and Cabinet Officer

R922,137.00

7

Administrative Support and Coordinator

R978,726.00

8

Private and Appointment Secretary

R1,054,356.00

9

Portfolio Coordinator

R1,070,169.00

10

Media Liaison Officer

R1,173,231.00

11

Chief of Staff

R1,308,051.00

 

(a)(ii)

Total Nr = 9

 

 

1

Household Aid

R128,166.00

2

Household Aid

R130,092.00

3

Receptionist

R181,599.00

4

Driver/Messenger

R184,308.00

5

Chief Registry Clerk

R277,362.00

6

Parliamentary and Cabinet Support

R336,171.00

7

Community Outreach Officer

R766,584.00

8

Private and Appointment Secretary

R908,502.00

9

Head of Office

R1,105,383.00

05 December 2022 - NW4148

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Winkler, Ms HS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department plans to implement a digital nomad e-visa like the other 40 countries that have done so globally, including Namibia, in order to promote tourism; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  • The current visa categories are legislated by the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002. In its current form the Immigration Act does not make provision for digital nomad e-Visa. Therefore, there are no plans to implement a digital nomad e-visa.
  • The department has to date launched and piloted e-Visa System in 14 countries in line with the Government’s plans to streamline and modernize the visa application process to make it easier to travel to South Africa for tourism and short term business and work visits. The e-Visa System enables the prospective visitors to apply for a Visa online, while in their home countries without visiting the Mission.

END

02 December 2022 - NW4301

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises pu

With regard to the financial constraints and the operational limitations of Transnet, what sustainable measures will his department implement to commit to the pay increase granted to Transnet’s employees?

Reply:

According to the information received from Transnet

The salary increases will be funded through a combination of cost control measures, improvement of operational performance and the rebasing of tariffs in line with tariff methodology or customer contracts which allow for salary increases as pass-through costs.

Cost control measures have been implemented across the business to preserve cash without limiting expenditure in critical areas of the business.

Improvement in operational performance will be supported by the initiatives that are strategically driven to unlock the current binding constraints i.e., locomotives availability, theft, and vandalism challenges as well as the focus on infrastructure maintenance backlog.

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane P J Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister of Public Enterprises

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW4583

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the reasons that (a)(i) Engen and (ii) Sapref are issued a licence to import fuels when they are no longer manufacturing and/or refining and (b) the Government on its own capacity cannot take over?

Reply:

a) In terms of guidelines governing the import and export of crude oil, petroleum products and blending components every licensed manufacturer and wholesalers are allowed to import and export petroleum products.

South Africa is a net importer of petroleum product, meaning that even when these refineries were operating, they were expected to import certain portion of petroleum product.

b) There is nothing stopping state owned companies from importing petroleum products.

02 December 2022 - NW4373

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What (a) are the reasons that Eskom refuses to replace the transformers in informal areas in Ward 78, Ivory Park, notably in Extension 5 through to 13, and (b) of (i) households are affected by the transformers in Ward 78 and (ii) legally connected paying customers have been inconvenienced by the disconnection of power by both Eskom and City Power that has hampered service delivery?

Reply:

According to information received from Eskom:

a) Eskom is experiencing a very high number of incidents of illegal connections, meter bypassing and tampering, unauthorised operations on the network, infrastructure vandalism and theft, and the non-payment and non-purchasing of electricity tokens. This number is constantly on the rise. Over the years, Eskom repeatedly replaced and repaired failed equipment without holding customers accountable, even when the failure was because of illegal electricity activities. Eskom has since implemented stringent control measures, as it is financially unsustainable for Eskom to replace this equipment continuously, especially without any return on investment. The debt levels, however, continue to grow, and the operational costs, on the other hand, also keep accelerating exponentially, while the business takes further financial strain as Eskom has to keep repairing, refurbishing, or replacing infrastructure that breaks or is frequently vandalised. Eskom has also reinstated the Deferred Payment Arrangement (DPA) to accommodate customers who cannot immediately settle the R6 052,60 remedial fee for tampering with Eskom infrastructure, to allow those customers to pay the balance over a maximum period of six months.

Sixty per cent of customers who have been issued with remedial charge sheets must have made the upfront payment of R500 before supply can be restored. The 60% threshold is aimed at ensuring that most customers honour the payment to avoid repeated equipment failure.

It should also be noted that in Ivory Park there are a number of customers have illegally connected transformers to the Eskom network and are refusing Eskom entry into the area to remove these illegally connected transformers. Out of 158 failed transformers, Eskom has replaced 107 and is in the process of replacing the remaining 51. With that said, Eskom is not refusing to replace the failed transformers in Ivory Park, but merely following the equipment replacement process it has implemented for the reasons mentioned above.

(b)(i) The Eskom network is not configured according to wards. Therefore, Eskom is unable to provide the customer base according to wards. However, Eskom has a total of 24 446 customers in Ivory Park, of whom 12 001 are zero buyers (prepaid customers). This means that 49% of customers in Ivory Park are not buying electricity from registered electricity vendors.

(b)(ii)The frequent equipment failures unfortunately inconvenience law-abiding and paying customers of electricity in these areas, while costing Eskom billions of rands in damaged infrastructure and lost sales. Furthermore, to try and protect the customers who are paying for electricity, Eskom has tightened its existing measures, such as audits, maintenance, education and awareness campaigns, to avert failures that lead to unplanned and extended outages and also to influence and change the culture of non-payment and non-purchasing of electricity tokens.

Over and above trying to prevent inconveniencing paying customers, these control measures are also aimed at combating illegal connections, meter bypassing and tampering operations on the Eskom network, infrastructure theft and vandalism and other electricity-related crimes.

 

Remarks: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane P J Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW4379

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Essack, Mr F to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

With most renewable energy projects that are currently under development across the Republic located far from Eskom’s major transmission network, what (a) steps has Eskom taken to ensure that it will have the requisite transmission infrastructure in place when renewable energy projects start generating power and (b) is the current state of Eskom’s transmission expansion projects to date?

Reply:

According to Information Received from Eskom:

a) The Transmission Development Plan (TDP 2022) identified the new infrastructure required to implement the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019 and Eskom’s 2035 Corporate Strategy. However, it takes time to establish new transmission infrastructure (especially the building of long lines and substations), mainly due to servitude acquisitions and constructability challenges. Eskom is aware of these challenges and is making every effort to expedite the build programme by engaging key government and private stakeholders.

In the interim, Transmission has taken the following steps to assist Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and expedite the TDP implementation programme:

1. The Grid Connection Capacity Assessment (GCAC 2024) document on Eskom’s website provides an indication of available network capacity elsewhere on the system that could be considered for integration of renewable energy (RE) projects.

While network capacity may be limited/restricted in the broader Cape areas, there is available capacity inland, for example, Free State, North-West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo provinces, that can be considered for the integration of future RE IPPs.

2. Transmission is currently taking measures to “fast-track” projects across the network, especially in areas with interest and potential to integrate RE resources. These include the following:

2.1 A Programme Management Office (PMO) has been established that tracks, monitors, and reports on the deliverables from the various work streams.

a) There is positive movement in the engagements with DPE/DPWI to address servitude challenges by implementing expropriation with compensation at market value. Steps are in place to expedite the process going forward.

b)  Engagements with the dtic/NT to address opportunities for localisation and in cases of challenges with the local manufacturing and industry capacity, for example, for large transformers, exemptions are being considered to source from international suppliers.

c) Engagements with industry associations, for example, The Powerline Association of South Africa (POLASA) and the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), to increase preparation capacity to meet the TDP build requirements,

d) The majority of the capital expenditure for the first five years of the TDP was secured from Corporate Finance

e) Supplier engagement forums were held with industry participants to share the transmission build programme.

2.2 The TDP prioritised list of projects has been escalated to the PICC and SIP10 as critical infrastructure requirements for the country.

2.3 Ongoing and close working relationships with the DFFE to expedite the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) processes.

2.4 Ongoing discussions with DMRE/IPPO on the transmission network requirements to meet the RE procurement programmes.

2.5 Transmission is represented on the Electricity Crisis Committee (Natjoints Stream1) that was recently established to address Transmission grid strengthening challenges.

2.6 Finalising the Owner’s Engineer (OE) and EPC (turnkey) strategy to leverage our in-house capability to expedite the TDP roll-out programme.

(b) Eskom is placing a strong focus on the implementation of projects over the next five years. The analysis carried out reflects a requirement of approximately 2 890 km of extra high voltage lines and 60 transformers, requiring a capital investment of approximately R51 billion by FY2027. This requires that some challenges beyond Eskom’s full control, such as the lead time to obtain servitudes, among other relevant authorisations, and the country’s resource capacity be urgently addressed.

As at the end of October 2022, the total portfolio of Transmission’s expansion projects equated to 224 and is summarised as follows:

  • There are 45 projects in the execution phase that are under construction.
  • There are 56 projects in the definition phase that are finalising servitude acquisitions and detail engineering designs before achieving execution release approval.
  • There are 123 projects in the pre- and concept phases, that are projects in the early stages of development requiring EIA and conceptual level designs.

 

 

Remarks: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane Pravin Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW4584

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether he has been informed that Sasol has been trying to sell Natref; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, is the Central Energy Fund as it is the main entity on energy involved in this?

Reply:

The Department has not received any communication regarding the matter under question, we therefore cannot comment on Sasol’s intention to sell its stake at Natref.

02 December 2022 - NW4315

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

Whether, with reference to his department’s Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report which reflected that a number of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) did not submit their financial statements by the prescribed due date, he has found this as being indicative of the specified entities’ decline in quality of service and their performance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what systematic methods will his department provide for monitoring the performance of SOEs, more especially when it comes to their financial statements as per its mandate?

Reply:

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Report revealed that boards and senior executives were installed to systematically to collapse governance in Eskom, SAA, Transnet, Denel and Alexkor.  According to the Report, Board members and senior executives worked tirelessly to benefit the architects of state capture “by providing long term contracts, increasing scope and budget while completely flouting public procurement prescripts”.  The report published by the Commission indicates that “The evidence heard by the Commission revealed quite clearly that part of the reason why some of the state-owned companies have performed as badly as they have and why some rely on Government bail outs year in year out is the calibre of some of the people who are appointed as members of the Boards of these companies or who are their Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers”. The report unequivocally indicates that good governance was systematically and deliberately collapsed to enable the illegal diversion of resources from SOEs, which affected their financial and operational sustainability. The department and SOEs are working tirelessly to undo the impact of state capture by improving performance and the quality of service, some of which may take years to see the fruits thereof. 

It should therefore be noted that the factors that affect the ability of State-Owned Companies (SOC) with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to submit audited Annual Financial Statements (AFS) within the stipulated time are not as a result of decline in quality of service and their performance, but usually beyond the control of either the SOC or DPE. The main driver is going concern which requires funding. Therefore, SOC experiencing liquidity challenges have to develop mitigating factors and demonstrate sources of funding to ensure that they will be able to operate as a going concern over a period of twelve months.

The following have been the circumstances for specific SOCs with plans to remedy the situation:

1. SAA

The airline could not complete the AFS on a going concern basis for the 2017/18 financial year. This resulted in the airline being placed under business rescue from 6 December 2019 to 30 April 2021. The 2017/18 AFS were completed after the entity exited the business rescue. The Auditor-General is currently auditing the 2018/19 to 2021/22 AFS.

2. Denel

Denel continues to face liquidity challenges, which has resulted in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 AFS audits not being finalised. However, Denel has been allocated R3.4 billion to implement its turnaround plan. It has also commenced on disposing off non-core assets. This has enabled it to develop plans to conclude the outstanding audits over the 2022/23 and 2023/24 financial years.

3. Eskom

Eskom experienced delays in publishing the Group's 2022 Annual Financial Statements (AFS) due to the delay in the appointment of the new external auditor. The entity anticipates publishing the AFS not later than 31 December 2022 once the audit is completed.

4. Alexkor

The AGM relating to the 2020/21 financial year was only held in May 2022. As a result, there was a delay in appointing external auditors to audit Annual Financial Statement for the year ended 31 March 2022.

 

 

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane PJ. Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW3851

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

What (a) steps has he taken to recoup the R5 billion meant for youth skills development that has allegedly gone missing and (b) plans have been put in place to ensure that negligence and corruption of this nature no longer takes place?

Reply:

There are decisive steps which I took in addressing the detected malfeasance at the NSF. It must however be stated that the R5 billion quantum is not an accurate figure, the correct figure is much lesser than that.

At the time of the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) indicating that the AGSA audit process could not conclusively report on the NSF funded projects amounting to about R2.5 billion, I immediately placed the then Director-General and the Chief Executive Officer on precautionary suspensions.

Further to that I commissioned a forensic investigation on the financial affairs of the NSF to which NEXUS FORENSIC SERVICES was tasked.

The forensic report has since been received studied and presented to SCOPA and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee of Higher Education Science (PCHESI) and Innovation.

Critical consequence management action taken since the release of the report are:

1. DHET assisted by the State Attorney office has issued further precautionary suspension letters to internal official implicated by the forensic report with the intention of taking disciplinary actions.

2. A case of criminal investigation, as recommended in the forensic report has been opened with the South African Police Services.

3. Further to these interventions, and for the purpose of recouping the NSF funds from ill-gain, the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) has been brought on board. The results thereof will be civil action claims against all parties who corruptly benefitted from the NSF skills development funding system.

The forensic investigation, much as the AGSA also did point out, exposed the soft underbelly of the NSF business operating systems which may have contributed vastly to opportunistic malfeasance conducts.

I have since commissioned a Ministerial Task Team (MTT) to look at the reconfiguration of the NSF business operating model so that it becomes an effective, efficient, and economically efficient skills development entity.

The MTT has completed its task and has submitted a report to which the Director General of the DHET has been tasked to complete the processes of implementing the report by 31 July 2023. The report has been presented to PCHESI.

02 December 2022 - NW4149

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Health

Whether new units have been set up in the Bela-Bela Public Hospital in Limpopo; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the reasons that the new intensive care unit is not equipped with sufficient staff for the specified unit to be fully functional; if so, are the new units operational?

Reply:

(a) The Limpopo Provincial Department of Health has confirmed that there was no new ICU that was recently constructed for the Bela Bela hospital because the existing ICU is still in good condition.

(b) The existing intensive care unit is fully functional.

 

END.

02 December 2022 - NW4465

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether the (a) Compensation Fund (CF) and (b) Department of Labour intend to hold the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) accountable for the late and/or non-submission of financial information for audit purposes of the CF, with specific reference to unlisted investments made by the PIC on behalf of the CF; if not, why not; if so, how?

Reply:

Yes. The Investment Services Agreement between the Fund and the PIC is being reviewed to incorporate Penalties for non-compliance to the Service Levels and reporting requirements.

02 December 2022 - NW4160

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Regarding the tragic death of 15-year-old Zenizole Vena in Motherwell in Gqeberha (details furnished), what is the normal and/or standard procedure to be followed at a (a) public health facility and/or (b) police station when assisting a rape victim; (2) whether the standard procedures were followed in the specified person’s case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he has launched an investigation into the case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Department of Health is still consulting with the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health to gather all the information required to respond to this Question. The full response will be furnished to the Honourable Member and Parliament as soon as all details have been received from the Province.

 

END.

02 December 2022 - NW4302

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the relevant details of the much-needed repairs and maintenance to its existing fleet that Eskom will (a) make in the short term and (b) not be able to make due to financial constraints to secure a stable baseload generation?

Reply:

According to Information Received from Eskom:

a) Generation’s power plant units are required to undergo maintenance outages periodically to prevent future failures, address load losses, meet statutory requirements, and fix broken equipment.

The table below summarises the projected outages over the next five years in accordance with the capacity plan published in October 2022 and the plant maintenance philosophies of the stations.

FY of outage start and type of outage (count)

Type of outage

FY23

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

General Overhaul (GO)

15

12

12

6

13

Minor Overhaul (MO)

18

14

12

7

5

Interim Repairs (IR)

16

14

15

18

13

Inspections (IN)

16

11

20

9

12

TOTAL

65

51

59

40

43

 

b) The required outage budget for the next five years, FY2023 to FY2024, was R46 713 billion, compared to an affordability cap of R41, 800 billion (what Eskom could afford), resulting in an R4,913 billion financial constraint. Since then, the Chief Financial Officer has raised the affordability level to R44, 700 billion, reducing the gap to R2, 013 billion.

Eskom is working hard to stay within this restriction; but there are risks presented by this funding plan that may result in plant reliability challenges if all maintenance scopes are not completed. In addition, it does not allow for any scope variations in case of additional maintenance requirements discovered during outages.

 

Remarks: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane Pravin Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW4321

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Considering that his department spent R500 000 on a report that recommended that the national nuclear regulator be removed from his department and placed within the former department of environmental affairs, and noting the significant amount spent on the specified report and its findings, (a) what are the reasons that the nuclear regulator remains within his department and (b) by what date will it be (i) moved to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and/or (ii) constituted as an independent agency within the Government?

Reply:

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) was established as an independent Regulator through the National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999 (the NNR Act). This had evolved from Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS) that was housed within the then Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC), currently the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). The NNR plays a central role in ensuring safety in the use and handling of most “radioactive materials”, as defined in the NNR Act. In terms of section 8(1) of the NNR Act, the NNR is “governed and controlled” by its Board. The powers of the Board are extensive and it is placed at the centre of the most important decision-making functions of the NNR; and must direct and control the functions and operations of the NNR.

a) Following the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission in South Africa, the then Department of Energy undertook a process of reviewing its legislative framework to strengthen the effective independence of the Regulatory body. In October 2013, the Department commissioned a Feasibility Study at an estimated cost of about R500000 to be in a position to identify and establish where appropriate the following aspects:

  1. Legislation to ensure the effective independence of the National Nuclear Regulator (“NNR”) by ascertaining the best practice (through benchmarking) in enhancing the effective independence.
  2. The appropriate body in Government to which the NNR should be reporting; and
  3. The impact of moving the NNR to such a body.

The Feasibility Study indicated that thirty-one (31) countries operating nuclear power stations and international trends reveal that these countries’ nuclear safety regulators can be an integral part of the State’s governmental bureaucracy or in contrast, can be totally independent. These countries address the “effective independence” of their nuclear safety regulators taking into account the nuclear safety regulator’s Administrative Reporting Mechanisms, Funding Model and Regulatory Enforcement Measure. Taking these factors into account, proposed amendments to the NNR Act were considered prudent, noting the uniqueness of the nuclear industry, and required capacity within the appropriate Department.

(b)

(i) There is no date for any movement. The issue of effective independence of the regulator is being addressed through the strengthening of the statutory framework to ensure that the decisions of the NNR remain independent, given the existing reporting lines of the regulator. The NNR thus remains effectively independent and the perception that is not is unfounded.

(ii) Further amendments to the NNR Act have been proposed, amongst others, to strengthen the independence of the NNR, in particular removing any internal appeal to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on decisions of the NNR. These amendments will be facilitated through the legislative process.

02 December 2022 - NW4400

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What is the (a) total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in (i) his and (ii) the Deputy Minister’s private offices and (b)(i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person?

Reply:

a) What is the total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in the office of the Minister?

The office of the Minister has 14 employees as of 1 November 2022. Of the 14 employed staff, 1 employee (Chief of Staff) is a secondment from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

(ii) What is the total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in the office of the Deputy Minister?

The office of the Deputy Minister has 10 employees as of 1 November 2022. Of the 10 employed staff, 1 employee (Director: Technical Specialist) is held additional to the departmental establishment.

(b) (i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person in the office of the Minister:

 

Names and Surname

Job Title

Annual remuneration Package

1

Ms Mokgadi Tena

Chief of Staff (secondment)

R1 308 051.00

2

Ms Nomfundo Seoka

Administrative Secretary

R1 105 383.00

3

Ms Siphokazi Shoba

Parliamentary Liaison Officer

R1 190 826.00

4

Mr Ishmael Mnisi

Media Liaison Officer

R1 263 900.00

5

Ms Esther Rammutla

Private Secretary

R1 105 383.00

6

Mr Babulele Bingwa

Cabinet and Parliamentary Officer

R766 584.00

7

Ms Kalipa Dazela

Community Outreach, Media, and Digital Officer

R766 584.00

8

Ms Silindile Mncwabe

Assistant Private Secretary

R393 711.00

9

Ms Thembi Mdepa

Assistant Administrative Officer

R331 188.00

10

Ms Zanele Mavimbela

Receptionist

R269 214.00

11

Mr Mpho Masalesa

Registry Clerk

R181 599.00

12

Mr Karabo Lephothe

Messenger/Driver

R151 884.00

13

Ms Thandiwe Masondo

Household Aide

R128 166.00

14

Ms Eunice Ntombela

Household Aide

R128 166.00

b) (i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person in the office of the Deputy Minister:

 

Names and Surname

Job Title

Annual remuneration Package

1

Mr Bayanda Mzoneli

Head of Office

R1 495 641,00

2

Ms Florence Masebe

Director: Technical Specialist

R1 105 383.00

3

Ms Motshedisi Letuka

Private Secretary to the DM

R908 502.00

4

Mr Steve Mamphekgo

Parliamentary Officer

R766 584.00

5

Mr Mandla Tshabalala

Community Outreach Officer

R766 584.00

6

Mr Thulani Mayisela

Senior Registry Clerk

R269 214.00

7

Ms Keabaitse Mashaba

Receptionist

R269 214.00

8

Mr Stephens Mahlangu

Messenger/Driver

R151 884.00

9

Ms Manqoba Dube

Household Aid

R128 166.00

10

Ms Phumza Dlangamandla

Household Aid

R128 166.00

02 December 2022 - NW4383

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

What total number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges have their own student accommodation facilities?

Reply:

The Department has thirty-eight (38) Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges that have their own student accommodation facilities. The colleges are as follows:

TVET COLLEGES WITH STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

PROVINCE

COLLEGE NAME

EASTERN CAPE

Buffalo City TVET College

 

Ingwe TVET College

 

King Hintsa TVET College

 

KSD TVET College

 

Lovedale TVET College

 

Port Elizabeth TVET College

   

FREE STATE

Flavius Mareka TVET College

 

Maluti TVET College

   

GAUTENG

Central Johannesburg College

 

Ekurhuleni East TVET College

 

Tshwane North TVET

 

Tshwane South TVET College

 

South West Gauteng TVET College

   

KWAZULU NATAL

Elangeni TVET College

 

Mnambithi TVET College

 

Esayidi TVET College

 

Mthashana TVET College

 

Thekwini TVET College

 

Umfolozi TVET

 

Coastal KZN TVET College

   

LIMPOPO

Vhembe TVET College

 

Sekhukhune TVET College

 

Capricorn TVET College

 

Waterberg TVET College

   

MPUMALANGA

Ehlanzeni TVET College

 

Gert Sibande TVET College

 

Nkangala TVET College

   

NORTH WEST

Orbit TVET College

 

Taletso TVET College

 

Vuselela TVET College

   

NORTHERN CAPE

Northern Cape Urban TVET College

 

Northern Cape Rural TVET College

   

WESTERN CAPE

Boland College

 

College of Cape Town

 

False Bay TVET College

 

West Coast College

 

South Cape TVET College

 

Northlink College

02 December 2022 - NW4563

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether he has thought about investing in alternative energy sources like wind, solar energy production and battery storage, especially for government buildings and educational facilities that do not use much electricity, with the intention of feeding leftover energy to the Eskom energy grid; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is investing in energy efficiency in public buildings and infrastructure, and this covers high-energy efficient lights, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, and alternative energy such as hydrogen fuel cells. The energy efficiency measures are being implemented in various buildings of the municipalities, provincial and State-Owned Buildings with projects underway at the Lahae La SARS 9n Brooklyn, Tshwane Market, and in 45 municipalities. These energy efficiency measures are meant to reduce energy demand, thus ensure more energy is available for the productive sectors of our economy. We do also encourage all consumers of electricity to reduce consumption where possible as the first fuel before embarking on other interventions.

 

02 December 2022 - NW4308

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What are the relevant details of (a) the total number of hours that the hydroelectric power plants at the (i) Gariep Dam and (ii) Vanderkloof Dam have been running during the period 1 January 2021 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how much electricity has been generated during the specified period at each of the specified plants?

Reply:

According to information received from Eskom:

See the table below for the requested information.

Period: 1 January 2021 to 20 November 2022

Station

a) Operating hours

(b) Electricity generated (GWh)

(a)(i) Gariep

24 724.7

2 230.0

(a)(ii) Vanderkloof

15 895.8

1 928.7

Remarks: Approved / Not Approved

Jacky Molisane Pravin Gordhan, MP

Acting Director-General Minister

Date: Date:

02 December 2022 - NW4531

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Ngcobo, Mr SL to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether, with reference to community health workers who have been working as volunteers within the structures of the Department of Health for a long time, his department intends to engage with the specified department to action the possibility of paying the volunteers a stipend or salary to ensure social security; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

In response to your question, I think it is important that I firstly indicate that the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) regulate basic conditions of employment and minimum wages for employees and workers respectively.

An employee is defined in the BCEA as any person, excluding an independent contractor, who works for another person or for the state and who receives or is entitled to receive, any remuneration and includes any other person who in any manner assists in carrying on or conducting the business of an employer. The NMWA on the other hand, defines a worker as any person who works for another person and who receives or is entitled to receive any payment for that work whether in money or in kind.

Both these Acts however do not apply to a volunteer, which is defined in the Act as a person who performs work for another person or for an organisation serving a charitable purpose, who does not receive any remuneration.

Be that as it may, I have received a request from Dr MJ Phaahla, MP and Minister of Health, for my department to conduct an investigation into the conditions of employment of Community Health Workers so as to explore a sectoral determination as a way to regulate the conditions of employment for these workers.

This request is necessitated by the fact that there is currently no coherent dispensation for the employment of Community Health Workers and most of these workers are employed on conditional grant funded programmes, the Expanded Public Works (EPWP) and donor funded programmes, all of which have limited time terms and no sustainable funding.

Upon receiving this request, I have as per section 52(4) of BCEA directed the National Minimum Wage Commission to conduct an investigation into the conditions of employment in the sector concerned in order to establish the feasibility of introducing a sectoral determination that will regulate the conditions of employment for these workers

On completion of the investigation and after considering representations made by members of the public, the NMW Commission will prepare a report containing its recommendations on the matters which should be included in the sectoral determination for my consideration as per section 54 of the BCEA.

01 December 2022 - NW4260

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the recent handing over of buildings for shelters of gender-based violence and femicide victims in Gauteng and the Western Cape, in which municipalities are the shelters found; (2) whether she has found that the shelters are safe with no possibilities of perpetrators gaining access to the premises and putting the lives of victims in danger; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed that the shelters are in the following Municipalities:

Western Cape:

  • Albertinia Municipality
  • Bergrivier Municipality
  • Laingsburg Municipality
  • Swartland Municipality

Gauteng:

  • City of Johannesburg
  • City of Tshwane

2. The houses are currently safe as they are guarded by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. Once the houses/ shelters are handed over to the client, safeguarding of such assets becomes the responsibility of the User/ client department, Department of Social Development.

 
 

01 December 2022 - NW3976

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

With reference to his recent report to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services that the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) finalised 380 cases with 344 convictions, translating to a conviction rate of 90,5%, what (a) total number of the 380 cases were dealt with by each SCCU unit, (b) were the charges in each specific case, including the quantum, (c) was the identity of the accused in each of the 380 cases, (d) was the specific sentence of each accused in respect of convictions and (e) was the date of (i) enrolment and (ii) finalisation of each case?

Reply:

a) The finalised cases reported by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) include cases disposed-of within the dedicated commercial crimes courts as well as those finalised by the prosecutors of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) in other courts, as the NPA measures the performance of the Unit rather than the dedicated courts.

The NPA, in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) and the Judiciary, established various new dedicated commercial crime courts within the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West and Northern Cape Divisions to ensure that each province has at least one dedicated commercial crimes court. the work of the SCCU) within the NPA as well as the dedicated courts are closely monitored and part of agenda points not only within the different management structures of the NPA but also in the other departments. Collaboration is also done in the National Serious Commercial Crimes Steering Committee where all stakeholders participate in improving the conditions and expansion of the dedicated commercial crimes courts.

The table below provides details on the total number of cases dealt with by each Special Commercial Crimes Unit:

NEW DIVISION

NO. OF SCCU CONVISTIONS

Bloemfontein

10

Cape Town

33

Durban

47

ECD

39

Mmabatho

6

Mpumalanga

9

Mthatha

41

Pretoria

61

SCCU Johannesburg

89

SCCU Polokwane

9

Grand Total

344

b) The charges in each case from which the convictions were obtained is attached as Annexure “A”, and it also includes information relating to questions (c), (d) and (e). The data requested is kept manually and the information available, mostly from the dedicated commercial crime courts, has been extracted from the manual registers. The information relating to the quantum is not always included, neither manually or electronically, as it often creates ambiguity when an amount is indicated but in various instances the amount is indicative only of potential value and not actual prejudice sustained. It is also important to note that new selection criteria to adopt cases within the SCCU no longer focus on the quantum of cases but rather the intricacy of cases, national and international priority as well as other complexity- related criteria.

END

01 December 2022 - NW4340

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

What is the extent of land owned by (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her that (i) has exclusive rights and (ii) lease from the other state departments to (aa) use and (bb) occupy the land?

Reply:

a) The extent of land owned by the Department of agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is 17 293 976 hectares.

b) The entity reporting to the Department of agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in terms of the PFMA listing is the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Board, which owns no land, since the land vests in the Ingonyama as Trustee of Ingonyama Trust however, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) owns 14 739.65064 hectares, while Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) has approximately 43 hectares.

(i), (ii)(aa)(bb) Falls Away.

01 December 2022 - NW3682

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Noting how communal property associations are not regulated to an extent that they abuse the elderly beneficiaries out from an otherwise well-meaning restitution programme, what measures has she taken to extend the powers of her department, so as to deal with the office bearers of communal property associations who fleece the beneficiaries?

Reply:

Section 11 of the Communal Property Association Act 28 of 1996 provides for:

“An association or provisional association registered under this Act shall, at the prescribed times, furnish prescribed documents and information to the Director-General in order to enable him or her to monitor compliance with the provisions of the relevant constitution and this Act”.

The Director-General may undertake an inspection of the affairs of an association or provisional association. The Director General may; for the purposes of this ‘section-

  • inspect and remove for copying any records, reports and other documents relating to the affairs of an association or provisional association; and
  • subpoena persons who may have relevant information or documentation in respect of the affairs of an association or provisional association to appear before him or her to provide information or documentation in relation to the affairs of the association or provisional association, if the attendance of such persons cannot reasonably be procured otherwise.”

01 December 2022 - NW4367

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

Whether her department has signed memoranda of understanding and/or transversal agreements with any other departments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU’s) and/or transversal agreements with several departments and various agencies. The following table provides the details of the agreements signed with departments:

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

No.

Institutions

Detail of the agreement

1.

DSBD and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA)

The Parties undertake to collaborate in the area of Red Tape Reduction with the general understanding that red tape is defined as rules and regulations, administrative and management procedures and systems, which are not, or are no longer effective in achieving their intended objectives, and which therefore produce sub-optimal and undesired social outcomes.

1. DSBD work in a clear and disciplined relationship on Red Tape Reduction/Ease of doing Business between the DSBD and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Departments.

2. DSBD has developed a province specific Programmes of Action, addressing Capacity Building and other mechanisms, over a three-year cycle to provide this disciplined relations and collaborative action to reduce Red Tape and unleash the potential small businesses in this province.

3. The Programme of Action developed for the province is aligned with government’s “One Plan” district and metro model and finds expression in both the DSBD’s as well as the provincial partners’ Annual Performance Plans (APPs). This integrated planning, standardisation and alignment of indicators involves all relevant provincial and local government officials, including Provincial COGTA, in its execution.

4. This is a journey that provinces cannot take alone, EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP are integral partners to the process.

5. A separate TOR for the relationship governing the collaboration between Provincial EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP and in some instances also Provincial Treasuries are also required internally.

Geographical reach: Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

2.

Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET)

The Parties undertake to collaborate in the area of Red Tape Reduction with the general understanding that red tape is defined as rules and regulations, administrative and management procedures and systems, which are not, or are no longer, effective in achieving their intended objectives, and which therefore produce sub-optimal and undesired social outcomes.

1. DSBD work in a clear and disciplined relationship on Red Tape Reduction/Ease of doing Business between the DSBD and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Departments.

2. DSBD has developed a province specific Programmes of Action, addressing Capacity Building and other mechanisms, over a three-year cycle to provide this disciplined relations and collaborative action to reduce Red Tape and unleash the potential small businesses in this province.

3. The Programme of Action developed for the province is aligned with government’s “One Plan” district and metro model and finds expression in both the DSBD’s as well as the provincial partners’ Annual Performance Plans (APPs). This integrated planning, standardisation and alignment of indicators involves all relevant provincial and local government officials, including Provincial COGTA, in its execution.

4. This is a journey that provinces cannot take alone, EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP are integral partners to the process.

5. A separate TOR for the relationship governing the collaboration between Provincial EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP and in some instances also Provincial Treasuries are also required internally.

Geographical reach: Limpopo Province.

3.

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (NCDEDT)

The Parties undertake to collaborate in the area of Red Tape Reduction with the general understanding that Red Tape is defined as rules and regulations, administrative and management procedures and systems, which are not, or are no longer, effective in achieving their intended objectives, and which therefore produce sub-optimal and undesired socio-economic outcomes hampering investment and transformation of local economies.

1. DSBD work in a clear and disciplined relationship on Red Tape Reduction/Ease of doing Business between the DSBD and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Departments.

2. DSBD has developed a province specific Programmes of Action, addressing Capacity Building and other mechanisms, over a three-year cycle to provide this disciplined relations and collaborative action to reduce Red Tape and unleash the potential small businesses in this province.

3. The Programme of Action developed for the province is aligned with government’s “One Plan” district and metro model and finds expression in both the DSBD’s as well as the provincial partners’ Annual Performance Plans (APPs). This integrated planning, standardisation and alignment of indicators involves all relevant provincial and local government officials, including Provincial COGTA, in its execution.

4. This is a journey that provinces cannot take alone, EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP are integral partners to the process.

5. A separate TOR for the relationship governing the collaboration between Provincial EDTEA, COGTA, SALGA, OTP and in some instances also Provincial Treasuries are also required internally.

Geographical reach: Northern Cape

4.

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA)

Areas of collaboration

  • Assistance with market access, especially the integration of SMMEs and co-operatives to private sector value chains
  • Access with bulk buying in order to build the capacity of informal businesses to become competitive
  • Provision of Business Development Services to SMMEs and co-operatives
  • Cannabis development: the idea is to kickstart a Rapid Industrialisation of Cannabis, set up a Cannabis Incubator as well as stakeholder engagements operating in this industry.
  • Magwa-Majola Development Corridor: a need to develop SMMEs and co-operatives to participate in the Magwa Majola Agricultural Corridor.
  • Wild Coast Coastal Belt offers immense opportunities for the coastal communities.
  • Renewable Energy: there is a role for SMMEs and co-operatives to venture into this area: Forestry development, livestock development, agro-processing and provision of financial support in line with guidelines

Geographic reach: Eastern Cape province.

5.

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

Areas of collaboration:

Facilitate participation of SMMEs and Co-operatives within business value chains, especially those owned by women, youth and persons with disabilities within the following areas:

• Biodiversity Economy - wildlife, bioprospecting / biotrade, and ecotourism sectors,

• Chemicals and Waste Economy — Recycling Enterprise Support Programme (RESP); Refrigeration and air-conditioners (RAC) Programme;

• Green Economy (Climate Change & Air Quality);

• Forestry Masterplan;

• Fisheries Management (small scale fisheries and aquaculture as a sub sector of the Oceans Economy);

• Invasive Alien Plant and bush encroachment Biomass Economy (Environmental Programmes); and

• Environmental Protection and Infrastructure sector (Environmental Programmes).

• In line with the joint work plan, the two parties agreed to provide capacity building, skills development, production support, incubation, enterprise development, mentorship and training of SMMEs and Co-operatives sharing and securing resources (financial and non-financial resources), both parties further agreed to implement programmes nationally.

Geographical reach: National level.

6.

Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG)

This MOU formalises the intentions of both parties to work together in strengthening democratic and developmental local government, as well as promoting more effective, efficient and responsive local governance in South Africa and within Southern Africa, as determined by the Parties.

The Parties undertake to cooperate with each other in the following broad areas:

• Implementing the Cooperatives Support Development Programme through both DSBD and its agencies and further facilitate the establishment of sustainable cooperatives within viable economic conditions.

• Position cooperatives for radical economic transformation to facilitate active participation of cooperatives in mainstream economy; and facilitate access to funding and markets to identified cooperatives.

• Adequately invest on Local Economic Development at provincial and municipal levels to facilitate inclusion of Cooperatives Development Programmes in IDP’s, LED strategies and support at those levels; Central to this approach includes interventions like Assert Based Community Development, the NDP, Land reform policies, Integrated Develop Plans of municipalities; as well as the alignment of programmes and budgets of a number of various projects and spheres of government coordinated at Local Government level; Implement capacity enhancement and development programmes targeting LED Practitioners and Portfolio Committees in order to adequately support.

Geographic reach: MoU is pitched at National level but will be implemented both provincial and local levels piloting the arrangement in KZN.

7.

Eastern Cape Province Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT)

Areas of collaboration

The two departments undertake to collaborate in the areas of Red Tape Reduction with regard to small business cooperative development with focus on providing support to implementation of remedial actions to reduce time and costs of existing procedures and processes making them less complex and more cost and time efficient.

The agreement will also cover the following:

• Informal Economy interventions

• Cooperative development

• Sector specific interventions

• Innovation and digitization and

• Co-funding of projects

Geographic reach: The agreement will be implemented at a provincial level to support local initiatives within the jurisdiction of the Eastern Cape.

8.

Department of Economic Development – Western Cape

The MoU integrates the work of Seda that was part of the initial arrangement with the Western Cape

9.

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Effective implementation of the Ecosystem Development for Small Enterprises (EDSE) Programme

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

01 December 2022 - NW4518

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether the Expanded Public Works Programme has recorded any cases of sexual harassment against participants in the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) actions have been taken against the perpetrators?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) I have been informed that from the records and to the best of our knowledge, in the last five years, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is aware of one case of alleged sexual harassment against some of its participants.

The case was reported in August 2018 and involved female participants who were part of the Thaba Tshwane project that was implemented by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

It was alleged that the participants were being harassed by employees of the contractor on site.

No other cases of have been reported to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure from programme implementers.

It is expected that any cases of sexual harassment should be dealt with in terms of existing laws by the project implementers.

b) In the instance of the reported case, a letter was written to the contractor on the project informing them about the allegations in order to ensure that this was dealt with on site in terms of taking action against the perpetrators.

In terms of the existing institutional arrangements for the EPWP, any transgression happening at an implementation level should be dealt with at an operational levels by public bodies implementing EPWP Projects.

It should be noted that the rights against sexual harassment in the workplace are set out in the Labour Relations Act and Employment Equity Act. A Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases has been issued by the Department of Employment and Labour. In this Code, employers are encouraged to develop and implement policies on sexual harassment.

01 December 2022 - NW4578

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the total number of women who have benefited from land reform programmes in each (a) province and (b) of the past three financial years?

Reply:

(a), (b) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in line with the Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation Policy, allocated farms to 80 women amounting to 76 536 hectares in each province for the past three financial years. 10 052 female headed households benefited through the Restitution programme. Details for allocation per province are outlined in the tables below:

Redistribution:

Province

Hectares allocated to Females

Number of Females Allocated the Land

Eastern Cape

81

2

Free State

5,273

7

Gauteng

1,416

5

Kwazulu-Natal

5,921

14

Limpopo

5,043

5

Mpumalanga

2,227

9

North West

8,145

11

Northern Cape

40,913

13

Western Cape

7,517

14

Grand Total

76,536

80

Restitution:

Province

Female Headed Households

Eastern Cape

2 520

Free State

137

Gauteng

1 574

Kwazulu-Natal

2 245

Limpopo

2 194

Mpumalanga

1 014

Northern Cape

108

North West

74

Western Cape

186

TOTAL

10 052

01 December 2022 - NW4025

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What total number of generators were bought for official Ministerial homes; (2) whether each house was equipped with a generator; if not, what are the relevant details of how the generators were allocated to each (a) Minister and/or (b) Deputy Minister who benefited from the specified purchase; if so, what are the relevant details of which (a) Minister and/or (b) Deputy Minister derived this benefit; (3) whether any new generators have been purchased and/or installed since 1 July 2022; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) total amount has been spent on diesel to run the generators since 1 July 2022?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed that the total number of generators that were replaced due to redundancy for official Ministerial residences is 13.

2. Not all houses were equipped with generators:

a) The generators were replaced due to redundancy and was also too costly to maintain.

b) The generators were replaced due to redundancy and was also too costly to maintain.

3.a) 1 (one) generator has been procured and was installed on the 09 November 2022, and 3 (three) are still in the procurement stage.

b) The total amount of diesel spent is R784 135.00

01 December 2022 - NW4060

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether, with regard to the responsibilities of his department in relation to the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, Act 49 of 2003, he will furnish Ms N K Sharif with a statistical summary of the most common reasons provided by the Director-General (DG) for the rejection of applications in terms of section 2(3) of the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what total number of officials in the DG's office work on assessing and deciding upon the specified applications in terms of section (a) 2(1) and (b) 2(3) of the Act; (3) whether he will furnish Ms N K Sharif with copies of all standard operating procedures, guidelines, checklists and all other guiding documentation developed by his department to help officials in the office of the DG to take decisions in terms of section 2(3) of the Act; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what is the average turnaround time for the specified applications from submission by an applicant to a decision communicated to the specified applicant?

Reply:

  1. There is no statistical summary of rejected applications in terms of section 2(3) of the Act.
  2. Four (4) Officials
  3. The standard operating procedure (SOP) for the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status was signed in October 2020 and is applied by officials that process the applications. The Department is unable to provide a copy of the SOP due to the sensitivity of the procedures to be followed in this category of applications that involves the amendment of personal information. The documents required by the Department from applicants in this category are indicated under “Amendments” on the DHA website.
  4. The average turnaround time is 4-12 weeks

END

01 December 2022 - NW4512

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment signed a new lease agreement for the property called Knoflokskraal in the Western Cape; if not, what are the future plans regarding the specified property; if so, what is the term of the lease; (2) what plans are in place to manage the Khoisan people affected by the interdict?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) I have been informed that the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment did not enter a new Lease Agreement in respect of the property.

(2) A task team, consisting of National, Provincial and Local Government, established in August 2022, has had several meetings to discuss the future of the land.

01 December 2022 - NW4443

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Which steps of intervention has he taken towards the abolishment of all borders to promote free trade amongst African countries?

Reply:

The promotion of free trade amongst African countries does not require the abolishment of all borders but the continued implementation of regional and continental initiatives to manage the flow of goods.

The Department of Finance as the responsible Department can provide relevant information on the current initiatives to improve the facilitation of goods into and from South Africa to give effect to free trade amongst African countries.

The Border Management Agency is working closely with the South African Revenue Services to ensure the efficient facilitation of people and goods through our ports of entry.

END

01 December 2022 - NW3683

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

How has the African Continental Free Trade Area been used by her department as a policy instrument to gain markets for the Republic’s agricultural products?

Reply:

The Department has been part of the development and adoption of the agreed upon Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework. The Department will, therefore, consistently apply this to gain markets through the harmonised standards that align the African SPS system with international science-based standards, border processes, sharing of information and technical capacity building.

This Policy Framework is guided by the World Trade Organisation SPS Agreement and International Standards Setting Organisation (Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), International Office of Epizootics (OIE). Therefore, South African agricultural products will gain markets through the harmonised standards and the specific protocols that would be negotiated at a bilateral level.

The AfCFTA market access pillar has been concluded with only a few outstanding technical issues, particularly the finalization of tariff offers, rules of origin and customs-related matters. At a policy level, the Department will domesticate the relevant legal policy instrument to facilitate the effective implementation of the Agreement. The AfCFTA Sanitary and Phytosanitary Annex will be incorporated into the DALRRD’s policy to process trade under the AfCFTA Agreement. This will help to ensure smooth access to the African market while ensuring that good quality standards in respect of food, plant & animal health are maintained. The Department will further embark upon trade promotion programmes to ensure detailed awareness and knowledge of the AfCFTA agreement and its market access requirements.

Through an Interdepartmental forum including the South African Revenue Services and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (SARS and the dtic), the Department will also work to ensure that member countries respect and comply with the agreed rules of trade. Where implementation challenges arise, the Department, through this forum, will work to resolve them using the agreed legal instruments such as the Dispute Settlement Mechanism in the agreement.

01 December 2022 - NW4207

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the recruitment of 10 000 unemployed youth graduates to join the digitisation project of records of his department, (a) who was awarded the tender to assist with the appointments, (b) who makes the appointment decisions, (c) for each of phase 1, 2 and 3 list the (i) offices where the recruits will work and (ii) total number of recruits allocated to each specified office and (d) what is the status of procurement of (i) scanners and (ii) workstations for the specified project?

Reply:

a) The Department has not awarded any tender to assist with the recruitment process for the 10 000 unemployed youth graduates. However, the recruitment was facilitated by the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) through the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) Programme. The service was provided at no cost to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

b) Interview panels were set up by the DHA nationwide to interview candidates. Interview panels make recommendations for appointments.

c) The DHA adopted a phased approach for the recruitment of young unemployed graduates and as demonstrated in the table below, the allocation recruits will be per province rather than offices and is aligned to the volume of documents that require digitisation.

d) The procurement of equipment and software for the digitisation process was advertised via an open Request for Bid, which closed on 23 September 2022. The evaluation process to select a preferred provider for the duration of the project is in an advanced stage. Workstation procurement is being done through a SITA transversal contract for the 1st cohort and is due for delivery in December 2022.

END

01 December 2022 - NW3293

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) With regard to the increase in land invasions, more so in rural areas, what measures has her department put in place to ensure the security of land boundaries. (2) whether there have been stricter protective measures for (a) women and (b) persons of colour in the attempts to protect land; if not, why not, in each specified case; if so, what are the relevant details in each specified case; (3) what are the relevant details of the steps that are being taken by her department to ensure that agricultural land is not compromised for residential developments, and simultaneously attending to the needs of those who seek land for residential purposes?

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 3293

1. Where the farms belong to the state, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) makes use of the state land available by allocating the land in line with the Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation Policy to deserving beneficiaries. Furthermore, if the land is invaded, the Department engages the invaders and where there are no agreements, legal processes are taken to legally evict invaders from state farms.

2. No.

(a) and (b) There are no stricter measures for women and persons with colour. Measures put in place are applicable to everyone utilizing state farms.

3. DALRRD administers the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act (SALA), 1970 (Act No. 70 of 1970) to manage and preserve agricultural land for agricultural production.

Section 3(f) of SALA states that no area of jurisdiction, local area, development area, peri-urban area or other area referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of the definition of 'agricultural land' in section 1, shall be established on, or enlarged so as to include, any land which is agricultural land. As such DALRRD receives and evaluates change of land use applications, assesses the development application based on the agricultural planning factors such as land capability, grazing capacity and crop suitability. Should the proposed residential development lead to direct and cumulative impact on agricultural production, the developer is advised to consider alternative site for balanced utilization of the natural resources.

To strengthen DALRRD’s abilities to preserve agricultural land, DALRRD developed the Preservation and Development of Agricultural land Bill which is currently in the parliamentary process. The Bill calls for the delineation of high potential and unique agricultural land for agricultural protection and for the establishment of agricultural sector plans.

To address the needs of those who seek land for residential development, DALRRD has embarked on a process to delineate areas of high potential agricultural land for cultivation and grazing purposes in order to guide the development based on the land capabilities for optimal use. Areas of low potential are demarcated for uses other than agriculture to accommodate other socio-economic activities.

DALRRD has developed guidelines to guide municipalities when developing land use schemes noting their roles in implementing the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act No.16 of 2013), specifically section (24) which stipulates that municipalities must develop a wall-to-wall Land Use Scheme (LUS) aimed to regulate the use of land within a municipal area.

DALRRD collaborates with municipalities on development of land use schemes to ensure proper zoning regarding the use of high potential agricultural land for agricultural purposes is implemented. DALRRD’s involvement on the land use scheme will aid the municipality to implement a balanced mechanism to cater for developments and agriculture without compromising sustainability.

Finally, the Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation Policy is meant to allocate land for various purposes including for residential use.

01 December 2022 - NW4362

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) type of visa class was granted to all the occupants of the Russian yacht called Nord that is supposed to dock in the Cape Town harbour, (b) is the duration of each visa and (c) number of occupants are on the specified yacht?

Reply:

The yacht referred to has not docked at any of South Africa’s harbours. No pre-clearance application was received for such a yacht to dock at Cape Town harbour.

END

01 December 2022 - NW4170

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

Given the reduction to the budget of Legal Aid South Africa (LASA) of R534 670 over the 2021/22-2023/24 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period, what (a) was the justification for the specified reductions in LASA’s budget, (b) effect will the reductions have on service delivery rendered by LASA to indigent and vulnerable persons and (c) are the relevant details of any backlog in services rendered by LASA; (2) Whether LASA is able to provide effective services at all courts in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The National Treasury‘s mandatory baseline budget reductions were necessitated by the national fiscal constraints.

b) Any reductions in Legal Aid SA’s budget has an adverse impact as this affects the recruitment levels, i.e. number of employees as per approved establishment and consequently the court coverage.

c) There are no backlogs as pending matters’ turnaround times are monitored so that cases are not delayed unnecessarily.

2. Legal Aid SA is able to provide services at all courts in the Republic of South Africa through its practitioner per court model, meaning that there is a legal practitioner stationed in every court, responsible for taking all legal aid instructions in his/her or their assigned court. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development consults with Legal Aid SA whenever new courts are established, and provides necessary budget allocation.

END

01 December 2022 - NW4248

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Zondo, Mr S S to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that her department handed over 12 buildings between December 2019 and March 2020 to the Provincial Departments of Social Development of Gauteng and the Western Cape for use as shelters for gender-based violence victims, and in view of reports that her department has spent R1 960 411,84 to date on building and garden renovations for the six buildings in Gauteng while the buildings remain closed and unoccupied, she will furnish Mr S S Zondo with the details and/or an update on the occupation of the shelters by the Gauteng Department of Social Development; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department plans to retrieve some of the funds spent on the shelter whilst it remained unoccupied by the Gauteng Department of Social Development; if not, why not; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed that the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), the respective Provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD), and their respective Infrastructure Departments; after having engaged extensively, have agreed that the method of disposal of these shelters will be that of Donation. In the meantime, all parties have resolved that User Agreements will be signed. The signing of the User Agreements will enable DSD to occupy the aforementioned properties. The Agreements have been prepared and are being signed by the various parties.

2. DPWI is mandated to ensure that its assets are safeguarded and kept in good condition at all times. Furthermore, DPWI intends to provide the properties in a habitable state and ready for DSD to use by victims of gender-based violence and femicide.

DPWI will not be recovering any funds from DSD, due to the fact that the delay in occupation is not due to any of the Departments’ doing, but rather the fact that the three departments needed to finalize the governance structure of how the properties will be managed. It has now been agreed that the properties will be donated to the user departments and that User Agreements will be signed in the meantime as a governance structure to allow DSD to use the properties.

01 December 2022 - NW4437

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What measures of intervention has she taken with regard to managing the dispute that emanated from claims of the Qwabe clan lands by the Cele clan in Mthandeni to guard against possible spilling of blood in that area?

Reply:

The Cele Community lodged a land claim with the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights during the first window period to lodge land claims and the said claim was settled by the Commission in 2013 through land restoration. The land that has been restored to the Cele Community is as follows:

NO.

Property Description

Extent

Date of Registration

1

Ptn 7 of the Farm Lucasdale No 15690

50,0000

06 Jan 2010

2

Ptn 8 of the Farm Lucasdale No 15690

32.5573

10 Jul 2008

3

Farm Glendale C No 16996

183.8379

O6 August 2010

4

Remainder of the Farm Langespruit No 1180

1445.9431

10 Jul 2008

5

Remainder of Ptn 1 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

162.0266

10 Jul 2008

6

Remainder of Ptn 7 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

11.1288

26 Jul 2008

7

Portion 29 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

12.1406

25 Jul 2008

8

Portion 28 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

8.0937

08 Jan 2010

9

Portion 51 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

2.7236

10 Jul 2008

10

Portion 62 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

11.1288

04 Nov 2010

11

Remainder of the Farm Mount Albert No 3175

45.5308

10 Jul 2010

12

Portion 2 of the Farm Mount Albert No 3175

55.9723

10 Jul 2008

13

Portion 1 of the Farm Lot H No 3637

5414SQM

22 Aug 2008

14

Portion 2 of the Farm Lot H No 3637

2.9289

22 Aug 2008

15

Remainder of the Farm Taurus No 3841

188.7225

10 Jul 2008

16

Portion 5 of the Farm Taurus No 3841

4.0469

10 Jul 2008

17

Portion 9 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

12.1167

26 Jul 2008

18

Portion 15 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

20.2088

25 Jul 2008

19

Portion 27 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

8.0937

26 Jul 2008

20

Portion 29 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

4.0469

26 Jul 2008

21

Remainder of the Farm Rankin No 6543

37.4473

26 Jul 2008

22

Portion 9 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

10.1172

26 Jul 2008

23

Portion 10 of the Farm Hlangwini 3868

10.1172

26 Jul 2008

24

Remainder of Ptn 1 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

65.1878

 

25

Portion 26 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

20.2621

25 Jul 2008

26

Portion 17 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

6.0708

26 Jul 2008

27

Portion 12 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

117,3589

10 Jul 2008

28

Portion 16 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

20.2343

26 Jul 2008

29

Portion 27 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

4.0469

26 Jul 2008

30

Portion 28 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

16.1874

25 Jul 2008

31

Portion 17 of the Farm Badulsdale No 14004

10.1172

10 Sep 2008

32

Portion 6 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

81.0368

 

33

Portion 9 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

10.1172

26 Jul 2008

34

Portion 4 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

4.0469

29 Jul 2009

35

Portion 5 of the Farm ramsdale No 14536

20.2343

24 Jun 2011

36

Portion 11 of the Farm Langesboskop 15375

212.8510

04 Nov 2010

37

Portion 12 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

212.8214

04 Nov 2010

38

Portion 26 of the Farm Langesboskop No 15375

209.2871

04 Nov 2011

39

Portion 32 of the Farm Langesboskop No 15375

65.5670

04 Nov 2011

40

Portion 26 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

20.2621

25 Jul 2008

41

Portion 16 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

20.2103

 

42

Portion 1 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

65.1878

 

43

The Farm Glendale E No 17136

1019.1906

06 Aug 2010

44

The Farm Glendale F No 17137

456.8980

06 Aug 2010

45

Portion 12 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

12.1406

25 Nov 2011

46

Remainder of Portion 16 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

11.3312

25 Nov 2011

47

Portion 23 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

50.5868

14 Oct 2011

46

Portion 35 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

10.1172

04 Noember 2010

47

Portion 43 of the Farm Waterbosch No 1276

8094SQM

29 Jul 2009

48

Portion 4 of the Farm Waterbosch No 3772

7.6336

19 Aug 2013

49

Portion 5 of the Farm Linden No 3772

5.2676

10 Sep 2008

 

 

 

 

50

Remainder of Portion 2 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

5.0111

29 Jul 2009

51

Portion 5 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

9.1599

29 Jul 2009

52

Portion 6 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

35.2008

10 Sep 2008

53

Portion 10 of the Farm Hlangwini 3868

10.1172

26 Jul 2008

54

Portion 12 of the Farm Hlangwini No 3868

10.1174

10 Sep 2008

55

Portion 17 of the Farm Badulsdale No 14004

10.1172

20 Sep 2008

56

Portion 3 of the Farm Ramsdale No 14536

4.0469

29 Jul 2009

57

Portion 1 of the Farm Rankin No 6543

23.7396

22 Aug 2008

56

Portion 2 of the Farm Rankin No 6543

21.3522

22 Aug 2008

57

Rem of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

107.0744

26 Jul 2008

58

Portion 4 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

56.4917

26 Jul 2008

59

Portion 7 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

6.0703

06 Dec 2010

60

Portion 8 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

6.0703

06 Dec 2010

61

Portion 9 of the farm Badulsdale No 13004

6.0702

06 Dec 2010

62

Portion 10 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

6.0704

06 Dec 2010

63

Rem of Portion 16 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

20.2343

26 Jul 2008

64

Portion 27 of the Farm Badulsdale No 13004

4.0469

26 Jul 2008

65

Portion 1 of the Farm Kundale No 14535

18.4981

26 Jul 2008

66

Portion 13 of the Farm Langesboskop No 15375

514..8282

06 Dec 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

67

Portion 14 of the Farm Langesboskop No 15375

191.5772

29 Oct 2010

68

Portion 16 of the Farm Langesboskop No 15375

196.0397

29 Oct 2010

69

Portion 4 of the Farm Lucasdale No 15690

25.7175

10 Jul 2008

Similarly, the Qwabe Community lodged their land claim during the first window period of lodging land claims, but this claim has not yet been settled by the Commission. The properties that are the subject of the Qwabe land claim are as follows:

Number

Property

Number

1

Waterfall

1205

2

Glen Aryil

909

3

Lalucia

14634

4

Compensation

868

5

Lot

56931

6

La Mercy

15124

7

Doornkloof

1399

8

Hlangwini

3568

9

Badulsdale

13004

10

Hlanzane

3842

11

Licksdale

1180

12

Taurus

697

13

Grafton

2229

14

Hlanzane

3842

.

A comparative analysis of the properties that have been restored to Cele Community versus those that have been claimed by the Qwabe Community will reveal that there is no competition between the properties claimed by either of the two communities.

Finally, it is important to note that the restitution process deals with the restoration of land rights to individuals or communities who were dispossessed of their land rights after 19 June 1913, but does not extend to settling disputes regarding traditional boundaries of communities, which is what the dispute between the Qwabe Community and Cele Community may be about. The dispute about the jurisdictional boundaries must be referred to COGTA for resolution.

 

END

30 November 2022 - NW4152

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to the 200 farmers in Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality in the North West that were allocated land in an area of about 300 000 ha in the former South African Development Trust farms, who have been struggling with underground water since they were allocated those farms whereas the former department of Land Affairs commissioned a study that advised the department to provide bulk water services to those farmers around 2004, but nothing has happened thus far, (a) what are the reasons that her department has failed to ensure that bulk water is supplied to the farmers and (b) what was the amount in loss of production as a result of her department’s failure to ensure the provision of bulk water supply to the farmers?

Reply:

a) The provision of bulk water services is the mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The project for bulk water supply at the time, was initiated by the District Municipality, Department of Water Affairs and their associated water management entities with whom the competence for water management, supply and distribution resides. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) however, has a protocol in place with DWS on water for the sector related subject. DALRRD will therefore utilise this existing collaboration mechanism to refer this matter to DWS to look at the bulk water challenges for these producers.

Although water remains a scarce resource in the country and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District in particular, it should further be noted that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has always ensured that where possible, South African Development Trust farms are not severely affected, through the following interventions:

  • Some farmers were drilled boreholes to use underground water in areas where water is available;
  • Farmers are continuously encouraged to cooperate with each other to jointly address water scarcity challenge and that had made their farming businesses profitable;

b) There has never been reports of production losses in the area (cattle production area) hence a high number of emerging farmers in this district. However, DALRRD will engage DWS, who is mandated for bulk water provision, to determine what can be done to resolve this matter.

30 November 2022 - NW4454

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

(1)What (a) total number of students who applied for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding had their applications rejected in 2022 and (b) were the reasons for the rejection of their applications; (2) whether his department followed up on the students to see how many dropped out because they had no other means of paying for their fees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1) (a) A total of 143,117 applications were rejected in 2022.

1) (b) Below table presents the rejection reason and count of 2022 applications that have been rejected:

Rejection Reason

Count

Applicant is deceased as per DHA records

                    4

Financially Ineligible (household income exceeds threshold)

          48,549

Highest level of qualification at which NSFAS may fund has already been achieved

          18,069

Insufficient information provided as a result NSFAS cannot make a funding decision

          65,233

Invalid National ID and/or names and surnames provided

                 16

N+ Rule Exceeded

          10,525

Not compliant with the N+ Rule (funding pathway)

                 62

Not compliant with the Academic Eligibility Criteria

                    3

Not Eligible for NSFAS funding, funded by another funder

               656

Grand Total

       143,117

 

 

2.   Currently the Department produces the First-Time Entering Undergraduate Cohort Studies for Public Higher Education Institutions Report which provides a national overview of the dropout and throughput rates within the university sector annually. The Department does not follow-up on students who have not succeeded but is considering doing tracer-studies to establish where graduates and those who have dropped-out are doing.

30 November 2022 - NW3888

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether her department has any partnerships with Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) third-party providers for flood relief programmes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of her department’s partnerships with ESDs; (2) what total (a) number of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have applied for funding from the Floods Relief Programme provided by her department, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency and the Small Enterprise Development Agency and (b) amount has been distributed to the specified SMMEs? NW4846E

Reply:

(1) MTN is providing support to SMMEs affected by the floods. There is no formal partnership with them. In certain instances, their funding has complimented DSBD support because it helped SMMEs with restoring their infrastructure which falls outside the Department’s scope.

(2) Floods Relief Programme (Formal SMMEs)

One hundred and seventy-nine (179) applications have been assessed through the Floods Impact Assessment on site. One hundred and forty-four (144) applications have been approved with a total value of R52 318 837,57. Currently, one hundred and twenty seven (127) purchase orders were issued and ninety three (93) paid, amounting to R26 452 877.

Informal Sector Flood Relief Programme Challenges

Eastern Cape:

Alfred Nzo:

  • Alfred Nzo received applications from two (2) Municipalities namely Winnie Madikizela Mandela (WMMM) and Matatiele Municipality. All applications for Alfred Nzo have been adjudicated on 20 October 2022.

81 applications have been approved for Matatiele. The breakdown is as follows:-

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

25

Spaza

6

Salon

2

Clothing & Textile

2

Fast Food

9

Agriculture

16

Retail

21

TOTAL

81

374 applications have been approved for Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The breakdown is as follows :-

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

128

Spaza

173

Salon

12

Clothing & Textile

20

Fast Food

14

Agriculture

13

Retail

14

TOTAL

374

  • .

OR Tambo:

  • The panel approved 100 applications out of 281. The next step is to start the procurement process. The adjudication took place in mid-October 2022. The breakdown of the 100 approved applications is as follows:

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

83

Fast Food

11

Clothing & textile

4

Salon

2

TOTAL

100

Kwa-Zulu Natal: Ethekwini

The eThekwini and Ilembe adjudications were completed. The breakdown is on the following sectors:

  • Fruits & Vegetables (+ 404 applications); Arts and Craft (+ 409 applications); and Clothing & Textile (265 applications).
  • These three(3) sectors constitute 55% of the1,993 applications.

There were applications that were not processed because of information deficiencies by the applicants. sefa and Seda still continue to work with the applicants and also provide Business Support services where possible and there’s willingness to co-operate by SMMEs.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

30 November 2022 - NW3796

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Considering the looting of businesses that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July 2021, as well as the floods that occurred in April 2022, that have greatly impacted the livelihoods of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners, especially considering the quick succession of the specified events, (a) how has her department assisted SMEs that are in the food production industry to materially and financially recover after the looting and floods in KwaZulu-Natal, (b) what support programmes are available to the specified businesses and (c) how long will the businesses receive support from her department?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) had swiftly moved to assist SMMEs that had been impacted by the looting/riots in July 2021 or floods in 2022, through its two agencies: the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

(a)(b)&(c) 2021:

In July 2021 and to respond to the looting/riots in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, DSBD set aside R300m to assist the businesses through the establishment of Business Recovery Program (BRP) implemented by sefa. The BRP was structured to assist re-set-up / re-establish businesses that had suffered financial loss with blended finance (60% grant and 40% loan), funding range from R50 000 to R2 million. The loan portion was set at 5% interest rate per annum, 60 months repayment term and a maximum of 12 months capital and interest moratorium. In total, sefa approved R237 945 628 and disbursed R225 668 461 disbursed to all sectors and not food production only. Through a partnership with Nedbank, DSBD also set aside R40 million in BRP funds to focus on informal businesses. From the first tranche of R15 million allocated to Nedbank R14 463 000 was disbursed to 4844 informal business.

2022:

DSBD responded with a R50 million funding package for SMMEs affected by floods and this Fund was administered by Seda.

Floods Relief Programme (Formal SMME’s)

One hundred and seventy-nine (179) applications have been assessed through the Floods Impact Assessment on site. One hundred and forty-four (144) applications have been approved with a total value of R52 318 837,57. Currently, one hundred and twenty seven (127) purchase orders were issued and ninety three (93) paid, amounting to R26 452 877.

Informal Sector Flood Relief Programme Challenges

Eastern Cape:

Alfred Nzo:

  • Alfred Nzo received applications from two (2) Municipalities namely Winnie Madikizela Mandela (WMMM) and Matatiele Municipality. All applications for Alfred Nzo have been adjudicated on 20 October 2022.
  • 81 applications have been approved for Matatiele. The breakdown is as follows:-

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

25

Spaza

6

Salon

2

Clothing & Textile

2

Fast Food

9

Agriculture

16

Retail

21

TOTAL

81

  • 374 applications have been approved for Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The breakdown is as follows :-

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

128

Spaza

173

Salon

12

Clothing & Textile

20

Fast Food

14

Agriculture

13

Retail

14

TOTAL

374

OR Tambo:

  • The panel approved 100 applications out of 281. The next step is to start the procurement process. The adjudication took place in mid-October 2022. The breakdown of the 100 approved applications is as follows:

Sector

Number

Fruit & Veg

83

Fast Food

11

Clothing & textile

4

Saloon

2

TOTAL

100

Kwa-Zulu Natal: Ethekwini

The eThekwini and Ilembe adjudications were completed. The breakdown is on the following sectors:

  • Fruits & Vegetables (+ 404 applications); Arts and Craft (+ 409 applications); and Clothing & Textile (265 applications).
  • These three (3) sectors constitute 55% of the 1,993 applications.

There were applications that were not processed because of information deficiencies by the applicants. sefa and Seda still continue to work with the applicants and also provide Business Support services where possible and there’s willingness to co-operate by SMMEs.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

30 November 2022 - NW4150

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

What are the relevant details of her department’s readiness to deal with the season of locust outbreaks?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has appointed locust control contractors to control the locust outbreak in all locust outbreak areas in Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, and Western Cape Provinces.

Personal protective equipment for the locust control contractors has been procured. DALRRD will be providing spray pumps and pesticides for control of the locust outbreak.

DALRRD is also in the process of advertising a tender for appointment of a helicopter service provider to be on standby to complement the ground locust control contractors if a need arises.

30 November 2022 - NW4151

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department provides a subsidy and/or grant for commercial farmers who provide access to electricity and water for former farmworkers and their families who reside on the farm; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the extent of the subsidy?

Reply:

No,

The Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development does not provide any subsidy to commercial farmers in terms of the current legislation.

30 November 2022 - NW4153

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to the 2020-21 Annual Report wherein her department had set a target of 1 000 labour tenants applications to finalize, but only 108 applications were finalised, even though she had appointed a special master of labour tenants who has been working with her department to expedite the settlement of labour tenants land claim, (a) what total amount did her department spend on appointing the special master and (b) was there value for money in the appointment since her department failed dismally to meet the target of 1 000 claims to be finalised in the 2020-21 financial year?

Reply:

a) The Special Master was appointed by the Land Claims Court and not by the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development.

b) Falls away.

30 November 2022 - NW3760

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What measures has he and/or his department taken to encourage Accounting Officers to sign performance contracts and assessments to be in line with the regulatory framework for the Performance Management and Development System for Heads of Department?`

Reply:

The Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) is responsible to oversee and coordinate the entering into performance agreements and the performance evaluations of Heads of Department (HoDs) in line with the Directive on the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for HoDs. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) regularly issues communiques on the PMDS, and specifically on performance contracting and assessments. In order to facilitate the signing of performance agreements, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration in June 2021 directed that the online PMDS system, hosted and maintained by the DPME, is compulsory from the 2021/2022 performance cycle. The details were communicated by DPSA Circular 11 of 2021.

The Director-General of the DPSA conducts quarterly engagements with provincial HoDs and heads of corporate services where among other things the issues of compliance with the PMDS for HoDs and members of the SMS are emphasised. The DPSA in conjunction with the DPME also regularly conduct capacity building workshops with HoDs on request from departments and provincial governments. The next such workshop is planned on 3 November 2022 with the Northern Cape Provincial Government.

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