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21 November 2022 - NW4037

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2424 on 26 November 2021, wherein she stated that she \and her department, with support from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, had conducted a thorough investigation and had determined that the export referred to in the specified question were legal, and in light of the primarily commercial nature of the specified exports, as defined in the CITES Regulations and the CITES prohibition on export of Appendix I animal species for primary commercial purpose, (a) how has she found were the exports permissible under South African law and CITES regulations and (b) will she furnish Mr D W Bryant with relevant correspondence between her department and the CITES Secretariat;

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21 November 2022 - NW4039

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Considering that the organised land invasions at the forestry plantations in Grabouw and the inability of her department to prevent this from taking place, has led to the sites no longer being viable for forestry activities and her department having to hand them back to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, what is the closet estimate of both the (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs that have been lost as a result of the organised land invasions at the specified sites; (2) whether there are any similar sites in the Grabouw area where her department will be able to replicate the same scale of production and economic opportunity that has been lost on the invaded sites; if not, what is the position in this regard; what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department will provide all relevant information and evidence in their possession to the SA Police Service in terms of their new investigation into organisers of the land invasions as per case 1/09/2022 registered at the Grabouw Police Station; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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18 November 2022 - NW4106

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What contingency plans have been put in place to keep the mouth of St Lucia open?

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18 November 2022 - NW4038

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Following the commitment by a certain person (name furnished) to the Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment that the 87 vacant posts in the Kruger National Park will be filled by the end of the 2023 financial year, (a) what total number of posts have been advertised, (b) on what dates were they advertised and (c) what total number of the specified posts have been filled at the end of October 2022; (2) by what date she envisage the relevant rangers will be trained and deployed; (3) (a) what total number of vacant posts remain for fence monitors and (b) by what date does she envisage the specified vacancies will be filled?

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18 November 2022 - NW4104

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What total number of persons from the surrounding communities are currently employed at SANParks through the Expanded Public Works Programme?

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04 November 2022 - NW3755

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether User Acceptance Testing was done on the online application system that was developed for ther Fishing Rights Allocation Process; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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04 November 2022 - NW3807

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What structures, buildings and memorials were erected and/or constructed in the Kruger National Park in the past 12 months; (2) what processes were followed by her department (a) on its own and (b) in conjunction with other departments to consult stakeholders, including local traditional leaders, prior to the erection of the aforementioned structures, buildings and memorials; (3) whether objections were received in respect of any of the specified structures, buildings and memorials; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how were the objections responded to?

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04 November 2022 - NW3802

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What places, structures, memorials and sites in the Kruger National Park have been renamed in the past 12 months; (2) what processes were followed by her department and/or in conjunction with other departments to consult stakeholders, including local traditional leaders, prior to the naming and renaming of the specified places, structures, memorials and sites; (3) whether there were any objections received to any of the specified decisions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how were the objections responded to?

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04 November 2022 - NW3756

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What was the total cost of the Online Application System for the Fishing Rights Allocation Process?

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04 November 2022 - NW3754

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What total number of appeals followed the completion of the Fishing Rights Allocation Process?

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23 September 2022 - NW3072

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

In light of how deep sea mining interferences with the carbon storage and climate regulation funanction, what is the policy position of her department on deep-seabed mining ?

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23 September 2022 - NW3073

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Given that a cast number of marine protected areas (MPAs) are vital fishing areas for indigenous and traditional fishing communities, what (a0 procedures are followed in order to consult with communities as part of the process of declaring and area an MPA and (b) criteria are used to determine if an area should be protected?

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23 September 2022 - NW3050

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

What proactive measures have been taken to prevent imminent damage as a result of above-normal rainfall during the months of spring in the (a) Eastern Cape and (b) Western Cape, with particular focus on townships and/or informal settlements?

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08 September 2022 - NW2570

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

(1) What steps is her department taking to combat the Shot Hole Borer beetle in the Republic ? (2) what (a) insecurities and (b) sprays are allowed to be legally applied to (i) plantations and (ii) domestic trees given that many current sprays are only licensed for certain plantation species and not for all trees; (3) (a) how long will it take to amend current legislation to allow sprays to be licensed for all trees and (b) what steps are taken to expedite the process?

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08 September 2022 - NW2667

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) On what date did she last attend a meeting outside the structures of the Government to determine the deployment of personnel in public sector positions; (2) whether any appointment tp public sector positions were discussed and determined during her appearance at any forum that is private and external to the structures of the Government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details on which appointments were discussed and (b) other government matters were discussed during her last meeting at any such forum ?

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08 September 2022 - NW2585

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What are the details of any steps that have been and/or will be taken to ensure that the high number of disposable nappies, including the hundreds of thousands of nappies issued free to indigent person, are disposed of without polluting the environment, in particular in the rural areas, where there is no formal refuse removal service and where the used disposable nappies are thrown into the veld dams, water courses and/or rivers; (2) what are the details of any steps that have been taken and/or will be taken to ensure that general refuse is not dumped indiscriminatingly (a) in places such as streets, roads and urban public areas and (b) in rural areas where there are no municipal refuse removal services?

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08 September 2022 - NW2578

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, in light of the number of buildings that were previously used as fishing facilities in the Hout Bay harbour which have fallen derelict over the past few years posing a health and safety risk to local residents and business owners, there has been a decrease in the fishing productivity in the Hout Bay area over the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps are being taken to support the local fishing industry; (2) who is currently (a) contracted as a security provider for the derelict sites and (b) paying the contractor between her department and/or the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure; (3) whether she has recently met with her ministerial counterpart in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to discuss the future of the harbour; if not, why not; if so , what are the relevant details?

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08 September 2022 - NW2577

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether her department will construct additional launch areas for local small-scale fisheries who are facing serious challenges when launching boats into the ocean due to limited launch areas in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape, and have to travel long distance to find suitable launch sites and that is increasing their costs and impacting their catch; if not, why not; if so, where will the launch areas be located; (2) (a) what number of available launch sites currently exist for small-scale fisheries in the Northern Cape and (b) where are the sites located; (3) whether her department will investigate other options such as using launch sites located in privately managed areas such as the Alexcor sites in Alexander Bay; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

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08 September 2022 - NW2576

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether she will furnish Mr D W Bryant with the details in terms of the (a) number, (b) make, (c) age and (d) displacement of each marine protection and/or anti-poaching vessel that is in the service of her department and/or other relevant departments in order to face the significant challenges relating tto poaching syndicates in coastal marine areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what (a) are the details of the seaworthiness status of each vessel, (b) was the annual expenditure for all such vessels in the (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2020-21 and (iii) 2021-22 financial years and (c) is the budget allocated for the 2022-23 financial year?

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08 September 2022 - NW2527

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Given that wetlands have been identifies as playing a crucial role in climate change mitigation adaptation and biodiversity, what are the full, relevant details of the steps that have been taken by her department to ensure that wetlands in the Republic are adequately protected, sustainably managed and restored where necessary ?

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24 June 2022 - NW2264

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Given that concerns have been raised regarding the potential negative impact of increased numbers of elephant on forested areas and indigenous raptors populations in Kruger National Park (KNP), what is the current estimated elephant population of the KNP; (2) Whether any scientific evidence has emerged from clearly identifiable negative impacts on forested areas and populations of high nesting bird species as a result of increased elephant populations in the KNP; if not, what is the population in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the KNP still considers carrying capacities for animal species; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what would the capacity be for elephant?

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24 June 2022 - NW2265

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, following the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Forestry and Fisheries and the Environment held on 19 April 2022, minimum norms and standards for welfare are only being developed for the five species in the report of the High-Level Panel that was appointed to review policies, regulatory measures, practices and policy positions that are related to hunting , trade, captive keeping, management and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rihinoceros; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what norms and standards will apply for other animals; (2) by what date is it envisaged the norms and standards will be published for public participation; (3) (a) by what date is it envisaged the establishment of the Welfare Forum will be completed and (b) what is the role of the Welfare Forum, given that it is separate from the Wildlife Forum?

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24 June 2022 - NW2266

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1)Following the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries held on 19 April 2022, by what date is it envisaged that the amended wellbeing clause in the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, Act 10 of 2004, will come into effect; (2) whether she will furnish Mr D W Bryant with a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) referred to between her department and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what (a)(i) total number of meeting have been held with the DALRRD in terms of the MOU and (ii) were the dates of such meetings and (b) discussions have been held with the DALRRRD regarding (i) the role of the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and (ii) standard operating procedures?

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17 June 2022 - NW2207

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) What extent of land (a) in total is currently under the protected area network in the Republic and (b)(i) is state-owned and (ii) is under private protected areas; (2) what is the extent of the protected area network that has been secured via stewardship agreements?

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17 June 2022 - NW2168

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Given that the Table Mountain National Park (TMNO) falls under the jurisdiction of SA Nation Parks (SANParks) and is home to many wild animals, which can lead to conflict between humans and animal, what steps has the SANParks taken to manage dangerous animal species within the boundaries of the TMNP; (2) Whether SANParks has a Standard Operating Procedure and/or policy on fence line maintenance, including fire breaks; if not, why not, in each case; if so, does SANParks install fencing infrastructure in strategic areas where there is a potential conflict between humans and animals?

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17 June 2022 - NW2169

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Where will the animals be sourced from to supply the 12 abattoirs that have been opened as referred to by the SA National Parks?

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17 June 2022 - NW2167

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether tender E1590 that deals with the Working of Fire Programme was cancelled on 4 May 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the specified cancellation; (2) what total number of persons were employed by tender E1590?

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09 June 2022 - NW2095

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Whether, with respect to the hunting offtakes in the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) in the 2021-22 financial year and acknowledging that the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency and Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism are responsible for the approvals, she will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the (a) details of the offtakes recommended, commented on an/or supported by SA National Parks (SANParks) and /or Kruger National Park (KNP) within the APNR reserves of Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat and Balule in terms of annexure B of the Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) and the Great Kruger Hunting Protocol for the 2021 and 2022 hunting seasons or calendar years, (b) details of all SANParks/KNP’s oversight and evaluation criteria and resultant comments made in recommending, supporting and/or commenting on the offtakes, (c) Post Offtakes report for the specified years’ hunting seasons or calendar years, which are required in terms of The Great Kruger Hunting Protocol for Reserves where hunting takes place and the effective date on which this was implemented; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what dates?

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09 June 2022 - NW2114

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether she has been informed that in spite of a certain company (name furnished) being issued with a directive from her department to desist from building cofferdams without a dumping permit in terms off the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, Act 24 of 2008, the specified company continues to do so in spite of the terms and/or provisions of section 79(1)(d) of the specified Act that a person is guilty of a category one offence if that person dumps any waste at sea without a dumping permit; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps does her department intend take against the specified company that has been guilty of the specified offence continually since 2014,but now continues to commit the offence even after being issued with an official environmental directive from her department in order to stop the illegal activity?

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09 June 2022 - NW2096

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, with regard to the pollution of disposable diapers in the rivers of the Republic, nappies are classified as (a) hazardours waste or (b) general waste; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) What (a) happened to the EDANA Stewardship Programme for Absorbent Hygiene Product,(b) are the reasons absorbent hygienic product are considered non-hazardous and (c) happened to the incinerators at(i) schools and (ii) public facilities; (3) Given that disposable nappies are dangerous to the environment as they cannot dispose by themselves, what (a) plans has her department put in place to address the fact that rivers in the Republic have become the waste sight for disposable nappies and (b) processes does her department have in place to ensure diseases do not increase through the pollution of the waste in the rivers of the Republic?

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03 June 2022 - NW1975

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, in view of the success of the seal rehabilitation programme in the Dassen area along the West Coast that has led to an increase in the seal population which appears to have impacted fish stocks in the area, while recent high numbers of deaths of seals in the area have been attributed to low fish stocks leaving fisherfolk worried that their livelihoods may be at risk, any recent studies have been carried out by her department on th growth in the seal population in this area and its potential impact on fish stocks; if not, why not; if so, what were the results; (2) what impact has she found does natural predation have on the seal population in the area; (3) what is the current estimated population of seals in the Dassen Island area?

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03 June 2022 - NW1998

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Whether, in light of the oiling up of plastic which ends up in landfills and oceans and adversely affects the environment, her department plays any role in assisting the informal sector, including but not limited to waste-reclaimers and waste-preneurs who are sad to contribute up to 70% of recycling in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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03 June 2022 - NW1977

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether all the rhino horn stockpiles that are being kept at SA National Parks’ rhino stockpiles at a number of unidentified locations across the Republic have been profiled for DNA; if not, what percentage of the stockpiles have been (a) profiled and (b) entered into the Rhino DNA Index System database; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any theft from the stockpiles have been reported in the past two years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

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03 June 2022 - NW1976

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, with reference to the concerns that have again been raised regarding the health and welfare of Charlie, the elephant at the Pretoria Zoo, with civil society offering to rewild the current living conditions for Charlie are of a suitable standard; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether she will consider negotiating with the zoo and civil society to help rewild the elephant if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) What total number of elephants are currently residing in zoos in the Republic

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03 June 2022 - NW1946

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

With regard to Decision 14.69 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora which requires that facilities restrict their populations to the extent that they only support the conservation of wild tigers, what (a) proof does her department requires from the facilities in order to establish their contribution to conservation, (b0 total number of the facilities have been audited in terms of the requirement and (c) were the results thereof?

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27 May 2022 - NW1893

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether all animal-related research and/or management projects within SA National Parks are subject to a review by an animal ethics review committee and/or any relevant committee; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the composition of the committee in terms of (i) size, (ii) member affiliations and (iii) qualifications and (b) how often do the meetings of the specified committee take place; (2) what are the details of all animal-related research and/or animal management related projects approved in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019, (d) 2020 and (e) 2021?

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27 May 2022 - NW1895

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Whether, in light of the fact that resources gradients through the closure of certain waterholes form an integral component of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) management plan to protect and preserve biodiversity, and considering that the KNP shares open borders with the Associated Private Nature Reserves to create the Greater KNP, the management of resources gradients is included in any contractual agreement between the KNP and the neighbouring private reserves; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether there is a committee and/or any structure composed of the SA National Parks and its neighbouring protected areas within the Greater KNP where the management of resource gradients through the closure of waterholes are discussed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details

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27 May 2022 - NW1867

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

With reference to section 2(b) of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), Act 10 of 2004, that one of the objectives of NEMBA is to give effect to ratified international agreements relating to biodiversity which are binding on the Republic, and noting that it is the responsibility of her department to ensure compliance with NEMBA, with specific reference to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Resolution 12.1 (details furnished) that required the registration of all commercial breeding facilities for Appendix 1 species, what number of (a) tiger-breeding facilities (i) has her department been informed of and (ii) is registered with her department and (b) tiger are held at each facility that is (i) registered and (ii) mot registered with her department

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27 May 2022 - NW1868

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

With reference to the requirement to register breeding facilities, and noting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Resolution 12.5 (details furnished) that urge parties to ensure adequate management practices and controls to ensure tiger parts and derivatives do not enter the illegal trade, what (a) specified controls has her department implemented to ensure compliance with the resolution, (b) number of facilities have been audited in terms of the control and (c) were the results thereof?

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27 May 2022 - NW1894

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

Whether, in light of the fact that during November 2020, a survey was conducted by Lizette Moolman of SA National Parks to understand stakeholder expectations for a persistent elephant population in the Knysna forest and to collaboratively determined the desired management approach, (a) the results of the survey have been analysed and (b) a conclusion has been reached; if not, by what date is it envisaged that the analysis will be completed; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

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13 May 2022 - NW1577

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment:

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation Since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

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13 May 2022 - NW1614

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) With reference to her department’s press release of 25 February 2022, (a) what is meant by the term species fees and (b) who receives the species fees (2) what is the breakdown of the income generated from species fees totaling approximately R1,1 billion, broken down by (a) species and (b) recipients of such fees?

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13 May 2022 - NW1615

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

with reference to her department’s press release of 25 February 2022, (a) how was the figure of 418 000 per persons employed by the biodiversity economy in 2019 arrived at and (b) what (i) is the breakdown of the figure in terms of the relevant economic categories and (ii) number of the persons were employed directly in the hunting sector?

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13 May 2022 - NW1537

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment:

What system is in place, by which reports of the SA Weather Service which monitors possible severe weather conditions, are relayed to her department and taken to Cabinet to inform it to be on high alrt and act accordingly?

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13 May 2022 - NW1538

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment:

Which programmes have been put in place by her department to ensure that the general public moves away from single-use plastic?

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13 May 2022 - NW1516

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

(1) Given that post-use technology product are currently reported as being the fastest accumulation of waste products in the world, what are the full, relevant details of current intervention in place to recycle electronic waste, as well as interventions currently being discussed, to thereby also created a circular economy; (2) whether her department has collaborated with any other department to promote and/or facilitate e-waste recycling; if not, why not, if so what are the full, relevant details of her department’s collaboration with other department

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10 May 2022 - NW1446

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

(1) Whether, with reference to the press release of her department on 25 February 2022, wherein it was stated that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities, whereas it is given that almost all hunting in the Republic takes place on private land and on poorly managed provincial reserves, her department has studied the benefits of hunting to rural communities; if not, (a) why not and (b) what evidence does her department have to support the assertion that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities; if so, what are the relevant details of such studies; (2) what are the details of benefits that were received from trophy hunting by marginalised and impoverished rural communities in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020?

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06 May 2022 - NW1459

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

What (a) total number of parties (i) attended and (ii) participated at the SA National Parks Tourism Conference held on 31 March 2022, (b) are the names and relevant details of the participants in each instance, (c) was the objective of the conference and (d) was achieved at the conference?

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06 May 2022 - NW1447

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

With regard to press release of her department on 25 February 2022, wherein it was stated that income generated by trophy hunting is especially critical for marginalised and impoverished rural communities, whereas it is given that almost all hunting in the Republic takes place on private land and/or poorly managed provincial reserves, (a) how does regulated and sustained hunting incentivise communities to conserve valuable wildlife species when hunting rarely takes place on communal land and (b) what are the details of a supporting reference and/or studies for the figure of R1,4 billion which the press release claims the hunting sector conservatively contributed to the economy in 2019?

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06 May 2022 - NW1445

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

Noting that the export quota for 2022 has been set at 150 elephants and that, according to the press statement of her department of 25 February 2020, only a very small portion of the overall elephant population is hunted in a year, what (a) are the reason that a hunting quota of 150 elephants has been set, (b) number of elephants were hunted nationally in the (i) 2018, (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2020 calendar years and (c) number of elephants were destroyed nationally as Damage Causing Animals in each of the specified years?

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