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02 July 2020 - NW1276

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

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

Reply:

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

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


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

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


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

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 3/07/2020

 

02 July 2020 - NW1303

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

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

Reply:

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

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY FISHERIE8 AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Date: 3/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1302

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

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

Reply:

 

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

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DATE: 2/7/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1301

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards

MS B D CREECY,

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE EWIRONMENT

DATE: 2/07/2020

26 June 2020 - NW1167

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

With reference to the Kruger National Park and tourist camp sites, what (a) renovation and maintenance plans are in place for each camp for the current financial year, (b) are the timelines, deadlines and timeframes for each camp in this regard, and (c) budget has been allocated for each camp site in each case?

Reply:

 

1167. THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:

(a, b & c) On 24 June 2020 the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, delivered a Supplementary Budget in the National Assembly. Accordingly, all Departments and Entities are required to re-submit their Annual Performance Plans (APP’s).

Once the revised APP of SANParks is submitted to the National Assembly, further information on the maintenance budgets and projects will be available.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT DATE: 25 JUNE 2020

05 June 2020 - NW932

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Whether her Department awarded any tender connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this ega‹d; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each Bnder awarded and (c) was the service and/or product \o be supplied by each business;

Reply:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

(For written reply)

QUESTION NO. 932(NW1221E}

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.17 of2020 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 May 2020

Mr P Mey (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment:

  1. Whether her Department awarded any tender connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this ega‹d; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each Bnder awarded and (c) was the service and/or product \o be supplied by each business;
  2. whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tandem; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case;
  3. 3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awaited the specified tender; and whether she will make a statement on the matter2

932. THE MINISTER OF FORE8TRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:

  1. Yes, the Department awarded tenders connected b the COVIŒ19 pandemic as follows:

(a) Name of the businesses/service

Provides

(b) Amount

R'000

(c) Service provided

Multisurge Pty Ltd, Promed

R1 008 780

1900 x (box of 50) masks surgical face

standard and 57 x digital body infrared thermometers.

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

R45 000

5 liters X 500 battle disinfectant

Kanga Business Management

R494 500

3500 Alcohol gel hand sanitisers and 250 boxes of surgical masks

Orange Juice Inve9tr«ent (Pty) Ltd T/A

X-Treme Cleaning Solutions

R138 500

Disinfecting, sanitisation and fogging Foretrust building.

  1. Yes, there was a deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures. The Department utilised the Instruction Note 3 of 2016/17, paragraph 8.2, which states that 'An emergency procurement may occur when there is a serious and unexpected situation that pose an immediate risk B health, life, property or environment which calls an urgency to action and there is insufficient time to invite competitive bids', as well as Instruction Note 5 of 2020/21 Emergency Procurement in response to National State of Disaster.
    1. The Department received a case of an official who were infected with COVID-19 and, as a result, the Department had to disinfect the building æ a matter of emergency.
    2. The Department approached four service providers to submit quotations on an emergency basis, and an order was issued b Orange Juice Investment Pty Ltd T/A X-Treme Cleaning Solutions au they submitted a quotation that met the Department specifications.

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The reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender:

The Service Provider, as listed below, submitted quotations that met the Department procurement specifications and RTCOVID19-0@ s§ecificätÏ0FI9 B9 I6sued by National Treasury.

Name of the business /Service Provides

 

Multisurge(Pty) Ltd, Promed

  • Standard surgical face masks to be given to officials and visitors entering the building for protection against COVID-19.
  • Body thermometers infrared for the screening of officials and visitors when entering the Department.

Promed Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Disinfectant for the cleaning of surfaces in the

building.

Kanga Business Management

Alcohol gel hand sanitisers and surgical masks for the sanitising of hands and protection from the COVID-19 infection of officials and visitors

Names of the businesses/Service Providers

 
 

entering the building.

Orange Juice Investment Pty LB T/A X-Treme

Cleaning Solutions

Emergency sanitisation and logging of Foretrust

building.

4. The regulations on how departments must respond to COVID-19 have bean widely publicized by the various government department.

Regards

MS BD CREECY
MINISTER OF FORESTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DATES: 5/6/2020

29 May 2020 - NW834

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

(a) What criteria are necessary to declare an area a High Priority Air Quality Area, (b) has she considered declaring the South Durban Basin a High Priority Air Quality Area considering that the area has been identified as an air pollution hot spot with high incidences of respiratory illness, (c) what oversight does her Department exercise over the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in terms of monitoring compliance with the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004 (Act No. 39 of 2004, (d) how often does her Department exercise oversight over the specified municipality in terms of compliance with the specified Act, considering that her Department has been made aware of high levels of air pollution in the South Durban Basin and across the province, and (e)(1) what oversight and (ii) how often does her Department exercise oversight over municipalities in terms of their compliance with the specified Act?

Reply:

 

 

(b) 834. THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:

a) For the Minister to declare an area as a national air quality priority area, amongst other things:
• It must have exceedances of national ambient air quality standards;
• The Minister reasonably believes that such will be the case in the future; and
• it must extend beyond provincial boundaries

b) As indicated above, for an area to be declared to be declared as a priority area, it must extend beyond provincial boundaries. In the case of the South Durban Basin, the area falls entirely within the boundaries of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. As a consequence, it would be for the Membe of Executive Council (MEC) in the province to make such a declaration if the area needs the requirements as set out in Section 18 of the National Environmental Management : Air Quality Act, 2004 (Act No/ 39 of 2004)/

c) The national department provides and support to all municipalities in the execution of their air quality management duties and responsibilities through an intergovernmental forum called MINMEC, consisting of the Minister of Environment and the MECs responsible for Environment, as well as Mayors of metropolitan municipalities, relevant sector department and SALGA. Minmec meetings are held on a quarterly basis to ensure that policy coordination takes place.

Furthermore, the MINIMEC has established a technical forum called MINITECH, consisting of the Director General and provincial Heads of Department, relevant sector departments, metropolitan municipal managers and SALGA to provide formal technical support to the MINMEC, MINTCH, as the technical structures, informs and advises the Minister and MECs. MINTECH is informed by Working Groups consisting of national, provincial and local government officials ,Working Group 2 is designated for air quality management.

Through these structures sector targets are set, in line with relevant legislation, performance monitored and corrective measures taken by all three spheres of government according to the principles of cooperative government as set out in Chapter 3, section 41(1) of the Constitution. This section of the Constitution stipulates the principles of cooperative government and intergovernmental relations applicable to all spheres of government, and requires them (spheres of government) tp operate within the framework of mutual trust and good faith

d) The establishment for a meet on a quarterly basis

e) (i) and (ii) The Department is in the process of establishing a stakeholder forum in the area, with the view to bring together spheres of government, industry, NGOs/CBOs, academia and any othver interested and affected parties. The forum will provide a platform for all stakeholders to engage openly and transparently with a view to address air pollution concerns in the area.

In addition, the Department will be conducting a health study in the area in order to get a better understanding of the impact of air pollution on the residents of the area

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP
MINISTER OF FORESTORY FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 29/05/202

29 May 2020 - NW804

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

1) With regard to the Level 4 regulations on the relaxation of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 which came into effect on 1 May 2020, (a) on what date did she issue directives to clarify what the phrase 'all fishing allowed' means and (b)(i) what are the directives and (ii) on what grounds are they based; and (2) with regard to the internationally known sardine run which will take place soon, what considerations have been given to cater for the sardine run phenomenon in view of current lockdown regulations?

Reply:

804. THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:


1. (a) The Directions Regarding measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19, in particular relating to the Freshwater and Marine Fishing Sectors, were gazetted on 14 May 2020.

(b) (i) These Directions apply to:
■ Mariculture, commercial and small-scale fishing rights, permits and exemptions;
■ Commercial and small-scale fishing vessel licences;
■ Fishing Processing Establishments rights, permits and exemptions
■ Permits or exemptions to import or export fish; and
■ Recreational fishers

They provide for the prohibition of sports and recreational fishing activities, as well as for the extention of validity of permit, exemption or licence issued in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) prior to the national lockdown.

(ii) The Directives were based on the principle of restricting personnel movement other than for essential travel for work in terms of the alleviation provided for in Part A OF Table 1 of the Regulations as they pertain to fishing activities.

2. The KwaZulu Natal Sardine Beach Seine fishery is a fully fledged fishing sector with right holders fishing on commercial and small scale permits. During the upcoming Sardine Run, Rights Holders that operate in this sector, will operate in a similar manner as right holder in other commercial fishing sectors.

At the current lockdown alert level , access to beaches continue to remain restricted, and the Department will continue to work with all relevant Coastal Municipalities and Law Enforcement Officers to ensure that authorised fishers have access to beaches and there is compliance with the lockdown Regulations.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP
MINISTER OF FORESTORY FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 29/05/202
 

29 May 2020 - NW618

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

(1) what (a) is the total number of informal wet markets in the Republic and (b) steps will her department in association with other relevant departments take to avoid that such markets become incubators for dangerous pathogens and viruses as most recently seen regarding the circumstances for the suspected outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at a fish market in Wuhan, China; (2) whether she intends closing wet markets in the Republic; if not, what preventative measures will she put in place; if so, what are the full details of the effect that this will have on general food security generated by these markets?

Reply:

 


618. THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT REPLIES:

1(a). According to the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, there are no known formal or informal wet markets in the republic. However, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, section 162, Municipalities are responsible for the publication of relevant bylaws in their respective provinces, which would regulate activities associated with such markets. It should further be noted that the Meat Safety Act (Act No. 40 of 2000), enforced by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) regulates the meat product. Therefore, please refer further questions in this regard to municipalities and/or the DALRRD

1(b) Please see 1(a) above

2. Please 1(a) above

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP
MINISTER OF FORESTORY FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENT
DATE: 29/05/202

 

27 February 2020 - NW37

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

What was the total number of live (a) black rhino and (b) white rhino in the Republic on (i) 31 December 2015, (ii) 31 December 2016, (iii) 31 December 2017, (iv) 31 December 2018 and (v) 31 December 2019?37. THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES REPLIES:Rhino numbers are informed by a variety of sources. Specific complementary reports are the following:• Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland for both white and black rhino;

Reply:


Rhino numbers are informed by a variety of sources. Specific complementary reports are the following:

• Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland for both white and black rhino;

• the Non Detriment findings for both white and black rhino;

• a report from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups; and

• TRAFFIC to the CITES Secretariat pursuant to Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP17)

 

MS B D CREECY, MP
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
Date: 27/02/2020

08 November 2019 - NW1360

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether her department did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details furnished in each case) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did her department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?

Reply:

a) b) c) i) ii) The Department did not do any business with the relevant persons, companies and trusts for the past five financial years and current financial year.

 

aa) Not applicable.

bb) aaa) bbb) Not applicable.

 

08 November 2019 - NW1314

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

(I) Will the member of the South African Weather Service boast still be held personally liable for the finances spent on the six months salary in the premature termination of employment of a certain person (name and details furnished); (2) What are the relevant details of the allegations faced by the specified person?

Reply:

 

 

1. The Audited Financial Statement for the South African Weather Service (SAWS) for the period under consideration are available and the Auditor General has made no finding that the expenditure arising from the settlement of the dispute between the Board and the lower CEO amount to fruitless and wasteful expenditure. For his reason the SAWS Board, will not be held personally liable for this expenditure, as there is no legal basis to do so.

 

 

2. The Board removed the Chief Executive officer from office for, inter alia, failing to perform certain functions connected with the office of the Chief Executive Officer or b exercise those powers adequately, diligently and efficiently and because the was an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the Boast and the former Chief Executive Officer due b the following reasons:

  • A breakdown in communication occurred between the Chair of the Board and the former Chief Executive Officer;
  • The former Chief Executive Officer failed B, inter alia, attend meeting requested by the Chair;
  • Absenteeism on the part of the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for extended period during critical periods for the organisation;

  • Inability or unwillingness on the part of the CEO b finali9e matters ‹elated to her missing employment contract and performance agreement for 2016/17 and to confirm the date of conclusion of the employment contract as 31 March 2017;

Regatdc

MG BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:.. .].!.!.. .I#/.1

MTIQ\IAL A99EMBLY QUESTION NO. 1g14 IM2528E

08 November 2019 - NW1290

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

With reference B the Government Notice No 1317 and her establishment of an advisory committee known as the high level panel in kms of section 3A of the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998, whose mandate is to review policies, regulations and practices on matters related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros, what (a) is the name of each body that each member of the high-level panel is (i) affiliated to and (ii) a member of and (b) (i) qualifications and (ii) knowledge and/or experience served as the basic on which each member was selected

Reply:

 

The details of each member of the High-Level Panel are provided below:

  1. Ms Aadila Agjee

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to Centre for Environmental Rights

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of • Wildlife Project for Centre for Environmental Right NPC

(b)(i) Qualifications • Degree - Bachelor of Law (LLB)

    • Postgraduate LLM -Animal Rights Law

b)(II) Knowledge and experience Environmental legal matee, litigation, legal regulations

 

for welfaRe of wild animal9 and compliance, legislative review. Animal nghb and welfare legislation

Professor Brian Child

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body member of

‹b›‹i 4uaiirlcationx

b){II) Knowledge and experience

Mr Kule Chitepo

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

NATIOML A6SEfBLY

Global Environmental Fund

  • Biodiversity Panel Member
  • Scientific Advisory Panel of the Global Environmental Fund
  • University of Florida
  • Peace Parts Foundation’s Community

Development Programme

  • Biodiversity Panel Member on the Scientific and technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environmental Facility(2014-2018)
  • B.Sc. Honors - Agricultural Economics
  • M.Sc. - Agricultural & Forest Science
  • D.Phil. - Ecology

Nature Conservation, Communal Area management, Indigenous resources and Camp fie

Africa Resources Trust (ART) - Resources Africa

  • Chemonics International's Resilient Waters

IUCN Species Survival Commission (sustainable

use and livelihoods)

Resource Africa

  • Masters in Science - Environment and Development

Bachelor of Science - Renewable Resources

Trans-boundary biodiversity conservation expert, community development, policy development on rural communities, exposure to trade, Resource mobilization

 

Ms Ashleigh Doc

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(ii) Name of each body member of (b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

Mr Stewart Dorrington

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(li) Name of each body member of

•Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Nkosi Mpumalanga Gwadiso

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body members

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Kgosi Edward Mabalane

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body member of

UT xsseuatY

Endangered Wildlife Trust Admitted attorney

  • Master of Laws - Environmental
  • Postgraduate Certificate - Environmental 6 Sustainable Development
  • Degree - LLM - Environmental Law

Nature conservation, community empowerment, admitted attorney dealing with environmental issues, restorative justice

Professional Hunter Association of South Africa (PHASA)

  • Custodians of Professional Hunting & Conservation South Africa (CPHC-SA)
  • Hunting regulation and captive lion breeding

» FASA

Degree - Bachelor of Commerce

Wildlife conservation, Hunting and Game Farming

Amakhonjwayo Traditional Council

Amakhonjwayo Traditional Council

  • Traditional House of Leaders
  • Chairman of Agriculture
  • CONTRALESA

CONTRALESA investment holdings

Certificate - Businees Administration

Community Leadership, Community Development and

Human Rights Activist

Baphiring Nation-Mabaalstad

Moses Kotane Hospital - Board Member

QUESTION NO. 1200 W2501E

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

6. Mr Reuben Malema

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Dr Kelly Mamewick

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(li) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

MTIONAL AG6EMBLY

    • Village FM - Board Member
    • REMDEC (Community and Consultative Process Dispute Resolution Committee
    • HRM Mabalane Haven of Hope Foundation
    • Freedom Park-Board Member,
    • Provincial Contralessa Chairperson
    • Chairperson of HR & Remuneration Freedom Park Council
    • Groot Marico Biosphere Reserve Board
  • Certificate - Indigenous Law & Restorative Justice with Traditional Leaders
  • Certificate- Executive Leadership & Municipal Development Programme

Community Leadership, Mail & Guardian Top 200 young leader award, trained in Restrictive Justice

Empower Wildlife Ranching and South African Agricultural Industry Association (AGRI-SA)

Black Evolution Product (Game Meat Trade)

  • DAFF Ministerial advisory committee on Game

meat regulations

Food Security & BBG

  • Transformation Committee in Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA)

National Diploma - Business Management

Sustainable use of wildlife, Policy development in agriculture, Game meat regulations, Business management

IUCN African Lion Working Group

Southern African Wildlife Management Associate

IUCN Cat Specialist Group

  • IUCN Candid Specialist Group
  • Wildlife Forum
  • Doctorate - Ph.D. - Wildlife Management

I

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Ms Lulama Lorraine Matyolo

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

{a){II) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Mr Tebogo Mogashoa

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Mr Mavuso Msimang

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

tJATl0hAL A66Ef/IBLY

    • Masters - Wildlife Management

BSc Honors-Zoology

    • BSC Degree-Zoology & Botany

Carnivore Conservation & Biology of Cheetahs, Project Management, Data Management, Wildlife Trade

Attorneys Admission Board

    • National People & Part B Task Team
  • Deputy Secretary - Provincial People & Packs Forum (Western Cape)
  • Degree - Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree - LLB
  • Honors Degree - Business Administration
  • Certificate - Legislative drafting

Legal and Compliance related matters

Wildlife Ranching Association of SA

  • Wildlife Ranching Association of SA
  • Kwandwe Rhino Conservation Trust

Degree - Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Game Ranching, Investment in the SA economy through Wildlife sector, Wildlife farming

World Wide Fund for Nature SANParks

United Nations

Peace Parks Foundation

  • SANParks
  • African Parks Foundation, established in 2000
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
  • Peace Parks Foundation
  • WWF South Africa
  • Board's Social, Ethics & Transformation Committee

QJE6TDN NO. 12N W2501E

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

Dr Tshifhiwa Constance Nangammbi

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(iI) Knowledge and experience

  1. Ms Elizabeth Johanna Lizanne Nel

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(ii) Knowledge and experience

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    • Tourism Conservation Fund
    • Masters - Business Administration
    • Degree - Bachelor in Entomology & Biochemistry

Nature conservation, Institutional development, Tourism development, Chairman of Corruption watch, community development

The South African Council For Natural Scientific Professional(SACNASP)

The Parasitology Society of Southern Africa

    • UNITAS Malacologica
  • Zoological Society of Southern Africa
  • Doctorate - PhD. Zoology
  • Post-graduate Diploma- Higher Education

MasBrs of Science - Systematic 6 Biodiversity

  • BSc. Honors - Biological Sciences
  • Degree - Bachelor of Arts - Biology & Psychology

Curriculum Development in genetics, Piloting the establishment of a wildlife biological resource centre. Established the molecular genetics lab at UNIVEN. Empowerment of PDls and student

South African Hunters 6 Game Conservation

Association

Tshwane University of Technology IUCN Sustainable

Use & Livelihood Specialist Group

Southern African Wildlife Management Association

  • Southern African Wildlife Management

Association

  • Biodiversity Management(Scientific Services)

Limpopo Department of Economic Development

LEDET

MBA(Masters in Business Administration)

  • B.Sc. Hons. Wildlife Management

BSc Degree

Wildlife Conservation, Conservation lecture, IUCN specialist group, hunting, Wildlife management, Policy

QUESTION NO. 1200 NM501E

development, advocacy

  1. Ms Mmboneni Esther Netshivhongweni

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Professor Azwihangwisi Edward Nesamvuni (a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(li) Knowledge and experience

Wildlife Eco-Tourism Bio-Prospecting Association of South Africa (WEBSA)

Wildlife Ranches of South Africa (WRSA)

  • WEBSA
  • Board of Directors of the Professional Hunters'

Assoc.SA's(PHASA)

  • Conservation & Empowerment Fund
  • People and Parks
  • Master of Commerce
  • B. Comm Honors
  • B. Comm
  • Advanced Diploma- Professional Management

Sustainable Use of wildlife, Community conservation management

Professor Extra-Ordinary: Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at University of the Free State

South African Council for Natural Scientific

Professions

  • South African Society for Animal Science

Association of Feed Manufacturer of South Africa

  • South African Society of Agricultural Expansion

Doctorate - Ph.D. Animal Bleeding and Reproduction

  • Masters -Agriculture
  • Master - Business Administration

Bachelor of Science -Agriculture (Honors)

  • Bachelor of Science -Agriculture

Nature Conservation and Research in Animal Bleeding & Repuzluction

Advocate for Women in Conservation & Sustainable use and Strategic development & Implementation

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OUESTION NO. 1200 NW2501E

  1. Ms Sibusiswe Maureen Ngcobo

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(ii) Knowledge and experience

  1. Host Pheni Cyprian Ngove

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a){ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(ii) Knowledge and experience

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Kana U \/hulunge Mvelele

    • Member of the National Action Programme
    • Implementing initiatives related to Bio-trade
    • United Nations Convention to combat desertification in South Africa
    • Inter-governmental Science Policy platform on Biodiversity and Eco-system
    • Master - Social Science - Policy & Development
  • Bachelor - Home Economics

Diploma - Home Economics

  • Certificate in PFMA

Advocate for women participation in Conservation issues, Conservation and Sustainable use, Women in Conservator, Strategic development specialist and Implementation

Nghonyama Wildlife Africa

  • Institute of Dike of South Africa

Wildlife Ranching South Africa

  • People and Parks Organisation
  • Mabunda Community Game Reserve
  • LEDET Letaba Ranch Co Management

Limpopo Provincial House of Traditional Leaders

  • National Diploma - Public Administration & Management
  • Post-Graduate Diploma - Human Right
  • P0st Graduate Diploma- Labor Law
  • Post-Graduate Certificate - Local Government Law

Knowledge and Experience in matters relating to indigenous knowledge system in South Africa, Bleeding, community development

QUESTION NO. 12B0 NW2501E

  1. Mr Michael 't Sas Rolfes

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(ii) Name of each body member of

{b){l) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Professor Robert Hugh Slotow

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and axpe8ence

  1. Mr Deon Swart

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body member of

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

International Union for Conservation of Nature

    • IUCN Species Survival Commission African

Rhino Specialist Group

    • IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist

Group

    • MSc. - Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

MSc. - Environmental Resource Economic9

B. Com (Hons) - Business Economics

    • Diploma- Integrated Environmental

Management

Environmental resource economist, legal and illegal market for wildlife products. He is knowledgeable in sustainable use, an expert in the analysis of wildlife trade policy for high value species and works closely with both national and international bodies in biodiversity sector.

Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG)

Institute for Commercial Forestry Research

    • Sugar Milling Research Institute
    • KwaZulu-Natal Institute in Research TB & HIV/AIDS
    • Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)

Ph.D. - Biology

  • M.Sc. - Zoology
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) - Zoology
  • Bachelor of Science-Zoology

Research on genetics and conservation of large mammals. Specializes in Corporate Governance and species-related policy development, economics, animal physiology, welfare and protected areas management.

South African Predator Association (SAPA)

  • National Wildlife Forum
  • Provincial Wildlife Forum'
  • Hunting and Wildlife Association SA

African Lion Task team

QUESTION NO.1200 NW2501E

(b)(I) Qualifications

b)(ii) Knowledge and experience

  1. Inkosi Mabhudu Israel Tembe

(a)(i) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Ms Karen Tendler

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(II) Name of each body member of

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Diploma - Nature Conservation and Management

Wildlife Conservation, Policy Development, Conservation management, lion breeding and captive breeding, wildlife trade(local and international), monitoring and enforcement

  • The Tembe Traditional Council
  • Provincial House of Traditional Leaders
  • KwaZulu - Natal Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • UMkhanyakude Local House of Traditional Leader
  • Former Board member of iSimangalico
  • Former member of Wildlife Steering Committee of EKZNW
  • Diploma - Computer Course
  • Certificate - Management of International Criminal Prosecutions
  • Certificate - Leadership and Good Governance

Specializes in community development. Criminal Prosecutions. Training in SA Constitution, Community Development and Environmental Administration

National Council of Societies for the Presentation of Cruelty to Animals

  • SANParks Ethics and Animal Use and Care Committee
  • SABS code of Practice for Translocation and Capture of African Herbivores, Code on Zoo standard and animal experimentation
  • Advanced IWRC USA
  • NSPCA Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Unit

Rhino Response Project Coordinator

  • EWT 2012 -2015
  • Rhino Response Strategy

IFAW on wildlife rescue, response and ehabilita6on

  • Pretoria Biomedical Research Ethics Committee member

E\/\/T Conservation Management Committee

  • Committee for Elephant Welfare during the Tuli

0flE5TlQt NO. 12B0 NYf2 01E

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Mr Andries Lucas van Coffer

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to

(a)(ii) Name of each body member of

(b)(i) Qualifications

b)(II) Knowledge and experience

  1. Ms Pamela Bulelwa Yako

(a)(I) Name of each body affiliated to (a)(II) Name of each body member of

MTIOKAL ASSEMBLY

elephant cruelty case

National Diploma - Nature Conservation 6 Wildlife Management

Trained in Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Conservation, Pharmacology in wildlife rehabilitation. Rhino rearing and rehabilitation, Ethics of wildlife rehabilitation, Rearing and rehabilitating wildlife, Nursing and specialized nursing. Introduction to Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife nursing, fearing orphaned wildlife, Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitation 1&2, Rehabilitating raptors, Crisis management, Oil spill response, Wound management in wildlife, Pharmacology for Wildlife rehabilitate, Ethics, Wildlife we4e

Professional Hunter's Association of South Africa (PHASA) and Confederation of Hunter Association of South Africa (CHASA)

  • Tourism Business Council South Africa (TBCSA)

Ezemvelo KZN Honorary Officers Association

  • Board of Directors of the PHASA Conservation &

Empowerment Fund

Board of Directors of the Tourism Business Council

South Africa (TBCSA)

  • Registered national tour guide with SA Tourism (SAT)

PHASA Conservation & Empowerment Fund

  • Board of Zululand Rhino Reserve
  • Ezemvelo KZN Honorary Officer Association
  • Goss Estate Hunting Academy
  • National Diploma - Electronics
  • Diploma - Business Management
  • National Certificate - Toun9lTl Guiding

Specialist in agriculture and wildlife conservation, game farm management, community participation and hunting.

Zenande Leadership Consulting

  • Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism
  • Seriti Institute Board
  • South African Tourism Board

Former DG: (DEAT and DWAF)

  • DDG: Biodiversity & Conservation

QUESTION NO.1290 NW2501E

b)(ii) Knowledge and experience

Regards

  • Former Board ECPTA
  • Master in Business Leadership
  • Bachelor of Commerce - Industrial Sociology, Management and Economics

Municipal Support and Turnaround Specialist, Environmental policy development. Women empowerment. Municipal governance, stakeholder facilitation and financial strategy development and sustainability planning specialist.

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FlSHERIES

.

NATIONAL ASSE£/BLY QJE8TION NO. 1200

31 October 2019 - NW1185

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

Whether she intends taking action to ensure that Africa's most iconic species, the African lion, is fully protected in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what action will she take to (a) close legislative gaps in this regard and (b) enforce the relevant laws?

Reply:

Globally, African lion is listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. However, the wild lion population in South Africa is not under threat of extinction, as recent quantitative data found the population to be increasing stably. According to the Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (2016) which was a regional assessment, the

South African population is currently listed as Least Concern, whereas in 2004 the national Red List status of the South African population was Vulnerable. The change in the conservation status was due to an increase of the South African population, resulting from the successful conservation efforts in South Africa. Further, according to the regional Red List report, the lion population in four South African Development Community countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe) grew by an estimated 120/, whereas the lion population in the remaining African range countries declined by an estimated 61%.

(a) Activities involving African lion are currently well regulated in South Africa in terms of biodiversity conservation legislation, in order to ensure its protection and sustainable utilisation including, but not limited to:

  • The National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act(NEMBA), 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004): 
  • due to the fact that lion is included in the list of threatened or protected species, a permit is required for the carrying out of any restricted activity (such as hunting, catching, breeding, selling, transporting, exporting from or importing into the Republic of South Africa, and so forth) involving any specimen.
  • The Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations, 2007, promulgated under NEMBA, which:
    • require the compulsory registration of captive breeding facilities, rehabilitation facilities, sanctuaries, commercial exhibition facilities (such as zoos), or persons operating as wildlife traders;
    • require that measures be taken by captive breeding facilities to prevent hybridisation or inbreeding;
    • prohibit certain hunting-related activities; and

 

  • The CITES Regulations, 2010, promulgated under NEMBA, which require:
    • that the Scientific Authority must confirm whether the export of a specimen included in the appendices of CITES, including African lion, will be detrimental to the survival of a species;
    • the registration, marking and tagging of specimens;
    • the setting of quotas where applicable, and the management of the utilisation thereof.
    • the issuing of a separate permit for each consignment, to be valid for one consignment only, and the cancellation of a used permit;
    • reporting to the CITES Secretariat:

                          - annually on the international trade in specimens of species included in the appendices of CITES; and

                            - biennially on legislative, regulatory and administrative measures taken to enforce the provisions of CITES; and

  • Provincial conservation legislation.

The following legislation is aimed at preventing cruelty to lions:

  • Animals Protection Act, 1962 (Act No.71 of 1962), which aims at preventing cruelty to animals; and
  • Performing Animals Protection Act, 1935 (Act No. 24 of 1935), which regulates the training and performance of animals.

In addition to the legislative requirements referred to above, a number of conservation tools have been developed, either formally in terms of NEMBA, or informally as guidelines, aimed at the protection and conservation of lion, namely:

  • A non-detriment finding (NDF) by the Scientific Authority established by the then Minister. The NDF was published in the Gazette on 23 January 2018, and indicated that legal local and international trade pose a low to moderate, but non-detrimental, risk to the species in South Africa;
  • A Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the African lion (Panthera /eo) which was published in the Gazette on 02 December 2015 for implementation. The purpose of the BMP is to ensure the survival of lion in the wild. As part of the BMP, a metapopulation management plan has been developed to improve the management of the managed wild lions within South Africa; and
  • Guidelines for the implementation of a meta-population management plan for managed lions in South Africa, with specific reference to trophy hunting, which have been developed by the Scientific Authority. Currently, all managed wild lion populations are being assessed against the criteria to determine the effectiveness of the metapopulation management plan.

(b) The Department of Environmental Affairs coordinates its activities, as well as the implementation of its strategies and plans, through a number of formal structures, including the following:

  • Permit and Enforcement Planning Committee (PEPC), where permit information and enforcement actions are discussed with provincial conservation authorities;
  • National Biodiversity Investigators Forum (NBIF), where information on contraventions are shared and investigations coordinated at a broader level, with provincial conservation authorities, conservation entities and enforcement agencies;
  • Scientific Authority, that, among others:
    • makes NDFs on the impacts of international trade in specimens of species listed as TOPS or included in the appendices of CITES.
  • National African Lion Task Team (NALTT), to coordinate the implementation of the actions highlighted in the BMP for lion, with provincial and other conservation entities and industry.

Further actions to be taken aimed at the protection of lion, involve the following legislative developments:

  • An urgent amendment to NEMBA, as part of the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, 2017, which has been approved by the Portfolio Committee of Environmental Affairs of the 5* Administration, to include empowering provisions to regulate the well-being of faunal biological resources. The Minister responsible for the environment would be in a position to prohibit activities that may negatively impact on the welfare of lions.
  • As part of a more substantial amendment to NEMBA which is already underway, the penalty clause will be amended to include higher penalties for persons who are found guilty of offences involving wildlife trafficking, or offences commited as a member of a syndicate.
  • The enforcement of NEMBA, the TOPS Regulations and the CITES Regulations is done by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), or by ofcials who have been appointed in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) as Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs).
  • The Stock Theft Unit and Endangered Species Unit of SAPS have prioritised lion for investigations and enforcement actions. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations of the SAPS (also known as the Hawks) works closely with the EMIs from the department to investigate cases originating from O.R. Tambo International Airport, involving lion bones.

Regards

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES DATE:. ..... .!.....

29 October 2019 - NW1300

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

(1) Whether mining activities are prohibited or restricted in wetland areas in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the (a) legislative provisions relied upon when restricting or prohibiting mining, (b) process that needs to be followed in order to stop mining activities in Wetland areas and (c) mechanisms put in place by her department to rehabilitate an aha affected by mining activities in a we8and area (2) Whether portion 24 of the farm Boschmanspoort 159 IS in Mpumalanga is located within a wetland area?

Reply:

 

 

  1. Prohibitions or restrictions of activities are part of a series of environmental impact management measles aimed at facilitating sustainable development. Such measures should be applied within the constitutional framework and all other applicable laws as administered by all departments, but more specifically those responsible for minerals, environment and water

affairs. Most environmental issues are managed primal in terms of the overarching legislation which is National Environment Management Act, (Act 107 of 1998) (NENA) and its Specific Environmental Management Acts (SEMA’s).

Conservation of wetlands is access-cutting mandate and the management of impacts therefore depend on the nature the proposed activity. Legislative provisions that may be relevant to wetlands areas in the Republic are:

 

 

  • The National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998:
  • Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act28 of 2002

 

 

  • National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, Act 10 of200J

(b) Currently there is no “process to stop mining activities in wetland areas” in South Africa, unless the wetland is part of the protected area system. However, in terms of section 49 of Mineral Petroleum Resources Act 28 of 2002, the Minister of Minerals Resources and Energy may prohibit or restrict the granting of any reconnaissance permission, prospecting right, mining right or mining permit in respect of land identified by the Minister for such period and on such teas and conditions as the Minister may determine.

The EIA Regulations require that an EIA process be undertaken for ident8ed activities and submitted b the competent authority for consideration and informed decision-making. These Regulations regulate the procedure and criteria as contemplated in Chapter 5 of the NEMA

relating to the preparation, evaluation, submission, processing and consideration of, and decision on, applications for environmental authorizations for the commencement of activities, subjected to environmental impact assessment, in order B avoid or mitigate detrimental impact on the environment, and to optimize positive environmental impact, and for matters pertaining thereto. In this regard an application for environmental authorization may be refused. One of the many identified activities requiring an environmental authorization in terms of Listing Notice 1 of the EIA Regulations 2014 (as amended), is the following:

The infilling or depositing of any material of more than 10 cubic meters info, or dredging, excavation, removal or moving of soil, sand, shells, shell grit, pebbles or rock of more than 1O cubic meters from a watercourse; but excluding whets such infilling, depositing, dredging, excavation, removal or moving

(a) Will occur behind a comeback setback;

(b) Is for maintenance purposes undertaken in accordance with a maintenance management

(c) falls within the ambit activity 21 in this Notice, in which case that activity applies,

(d) occurs within existing ports or harbor that will not increase the development footprint of the port harbor; or

(e) where such development is related to the development of port or harbor, in which case actively 26 in Listing Notice 2 of 2014 applies'.

(c) In terms of section 41 of Mineral Petroleum Resources Act28 of 2002, the Minister of Minerals and Energy, before granting a mining or prospecting right, shall approve the environmental management plan or programmer. In terms of section 39 (4), financial provision for the rehabilitation or management of negative environmental impact has b be made by an applicant.

In addition, accosting to section 43 of Mineral Petroleum Resources Ad, Act 28 of 2002, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy may not issue a mining closure certificate until the permit holder of a prospecting or mining right takes responsible measures to address pollution or ecological degradation, including rehabilitation thereof.

(2) Accosting B information generated from the Departmental National Web Based Environmental Screening Tool, the South African National Biodiversity institute’s wetland maps and the attached screening report, Portion 24 of the Farm Boschmanspoort 159 IS, in the Mpumalanga province, is located within a Critical Biodiversity Area (CBA), although the web based survey tool does not indicate the presence of a wetland. Attached please find the two maps and the screening report supporting the response provided.

Regards

 

MB BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FI8HERIE9

DATE:. .).I!.. ........ . "

25 October 2019 - NW1069

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Whether, in view of the fact that the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was unable to resolve the matter of the long-term fishing rights in the abalone commercial sector since 2016, her department has made any progress with regard to the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP 2020); if not, by what date does she expect the (a) FRAP 2020 to be completed and (b) abalone fishing allocations to be finalised In order for harvesting to commence; if so, (2) has the abalone fishing sector been included In the FRAP 2020; If not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) On 04 September 2019, Cabinet endorsed the recommendation to extend the timeframes for dealing with the fishing rights in 12 commercial fishing secto11 which ~ due to expire on 31 December 2020. The FRAP process will therefore be extended until 31 December 2021.

During this time, the Department will conduct Socio-Economic Impact Analysis studies on the General Policy on the Allocation of Commercial Fishing Rights as well as the 12 sector-specific polices. The Department will also appoint a number of service providers ~ manage and observe the Rights Allocation process; to develop and manage the database; to assist with adjudications, and to conduct forensic Investigations and audits on the information provided by the applicants. The Department will ensure that the awarding of all the tenders as well as the actual decision-making during the allocation process Is open to public scrutiny. The Department will also use the additional time to ensure that the decision making is supported by credible scientific and sock>«:onomic information on all the fishing sectors due for reallocation.

(1)(b) The abalone fishery Is currently operating under exemption. A further exemption will be granted for the 2019n020 fishing season in order to allow for the harvesting of this resource.

(2) The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries decided to postpone the allocation of fishing rights in order to allow the time to engage meaningfully with interested and affected parties, with the aim of developing a roadmap and turnaround strategy involving a range of local and International stakeholders for the future sustainable management of fishing. To this end, we will appoint a special task team with speclflc terms of reference to take the process forward.

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 24/10/2019

25 October 2019 - NW1186

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Environment. Forestry and Fisheries

What progress has been made since her reply to question 33 on 04 July 2019 with reviewing the effectiveness of her Department's policies relating to the management of plastic waste?

Reply:

On 11 July 2019, as part of the Department's budget vote, I indicated that the management of waste, in particular single use plastic waste, Is a matter that also requires the most urgent and pressing attention.

The Plastic Bag Regulations and the plastic bag levy are two mechanisms Government has used to influence consumer behaviour and reduce littering. The Department is currently assessing single-use plastic products which include: plastic carrier bags, straws, earbuds, crockery and cutlery. The department will be conducting various stakeholder engagements in this regard.

In addition, the Department of Environmental Affairs Is in the final stages of completing a study on the review of the plastic carrier bag and flat bag policy Instruments in South Africa, with the aim of determining their effectiveness and to provide research evidence that may inform alternative policy instruments.

Strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders are also important as plastic pollution is a global issue which cannot be solved by Government alone. As a result, I have signed a partnership agreement with the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. Under the alliance, the Department is working on the implementation of the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CUP) in South Africa through the roll-out of the Source to Sea programme. The programme will be piloted in Ethekwini by the end of this financial year (2019).

The Department, in partnership with Plastics SA and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, will be hosting The Plastic Colloquium from 21 to 22 November 2019 in the Gauteng Province. The colloquium is positioned around six key working groups which are already established and Include:

1) Product standards validation/authentication/definition/labelling.

2) Product design, development and innovation.

3) Integration of the informal waste economy.

4) Biodegradable and compostable plastics.

5) Infrastructure.

6) Consumer Education and Awareness.

Regards

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
DATE: 24/10/2019
 

25 October 2019 - NW1163

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether her department incurred anyrelated to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2010; if so, in each case, (i) what coats were incurred and (ii) for what reason?

Reply:

Answer to (a); (b)

The Department did not Incur any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2010;

(b){i) No costs incurred;

(ii) Not applicable as no costs were incurred.

 

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTEROF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:... ..)!..'... .

13 September 2019 - NW738

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Environmental, Forestry and Fisheries

Whether her department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest;

Reply:

environmental aFairs

Department: Environmental Affairs

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

(For written reply)

QUESTION NO.738 {NW1783E}

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 12 of 2019

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06 September 2019

Mr G K Y Cachalia (DA) to ask the Minister of Environmental, Forestry and Fisheries:

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

738. THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

REPLIES:

  1. The Department did not host any event and/or function related to the 2019 Budget Vote debate.
    1. The Department served refreshments like coffee, tea, soft beverages and light snacks at the Parliament Media Centre;
    2. The total cost incurred in serving these amounted to R71 000;
    1. The attendees at this event were members of the Portfolio Committee, officials of the Department, members of the public who attended the debate and members of the media.
  1. No gifts were distributed to any guests or attendees.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: !.I..(.it. 7J'3

13 September 2019 - NW660

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

(a) When last did her department monitor the waste dumping sites at the (i) Macadamia Military Base, (ii) Louisville sewer plant, (iii) Tonga Hospital and (iv) Shongwe Hospital in Mpumalanga, (b) what were the results in each case and (c) on what date will her department do a follow-up monitoring on the sites; (2) Whether she will furnish Ms A M M Weber with copies of the monitoring reports?

Reply:

 

  1. Officials from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) have not conducted any monitoring at the Macadamia Military Base, Louisville sewer plant, Tonga Hospital and Shongwe Hospital in the Mpumalanga Province. These sites are not regulated in terms of the Waste Act, 2008 and as such, no waste licenses were issued by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. No auditing has therefore been conducted at these sites because they are not classified as waste facilities in terms of the Waste Act, 2008.

Departmental officials have consulted with compliance and enforcement officials from the following departments: National Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSWS)’s regional office in Mpumalanga, National Department of Health and the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Agriculture, Rural Land and Environmental Affairs (MDARLEA) with a view to determine the status quo at these sites.

In accordance with the response received from DHSWS’ Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA), the four sites mentioned above are Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW). These WWTW were monitored recently by the agency between the period March 2019 and June 2019. Monitoring reports are available from the IUCMA.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

05 September 2019 - NW480

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

(1) What is the square meterage and grade of office space for her department's Environment House in Pretoria; (2) What (a) number of office spaces does her department have in the Republic, (b) is the square meterage and grade in each case and (c) amount is paid for office rental in each case?

Reply:

1) 27 422 m2 and SAPOA Grade A

(2) (a) The Department has 24 (twenty four) office spaces in the Republic.

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05 September 2019 - NW457

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

Question : In view of the fact that no permit would be granted to a captive predator breeding facility unless it could demonstrate positive conservation value (details furnished), on what grounds has her department reissued permits for facilities that it found to be operating without permits; Question 2: What are the full relevant details of how positive conservation value is ascertained and determined? Question 3: With reference to the Non-Detrimental Finding of 2018 (details furnished), (a) why do the provincial authorities still issue licences for such facilities to continue operating and (b) what are the full relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(1) The Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations, which have been promulgated in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA) and commenced on 01 June 2007, compel the registration of captive breeding facilities involving listed TOPS. Listed species include predators, among others lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena and African wild dog. Permits for the carrying out of restricted activities (such as keeping, breeding, selling, conveying, exporting from the Republic, etc.) by registered captive breeding facilities are issued in terms NEMBA.

The existing TOPS Regulations (2007) do not prohibit the breeding of the above-mentioned predator species in captivity. The only requirement in respect of the issuance of a registration certificate for any captive breeding facility, is that the certificate must be issued subject to a condition that the person to whom the registration certificate is granted to, must:
(a) prevent hybridisation and or inbreeding;
(b) keep a studbook, where appropriate; and
(c) provide information relating to paragraphs (a) and (b) to the issuing authority within three months after the end of each calendar year.

Substantial amendments, including amendments relating to captive breeding facilities, have been proposed to the TOPS Regulations. These proposed amendments have not yet been promulgated, but are in the final stages of approval, as the draft amended regulations have already been tabled with the National Council of Provinces for approval.

The new/ amended TOPS Regulations will still contain the compulsory requirement relating to the registration of captive breeding facilities, as well as the compulsory requirement relating to the prevention of inbreeding and the keeping of studbooks by registered captive breeding facilities.

However, the new/ amended TOPS Regulations will further require that:

(a) an issuing authority must refuse to issue a permit for the breeding in captivity of specimens of listed large predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena and African wild dog), black rhinoceros or white rhinoceros, unless the applicant can demonstrate how the breeding in captivity of such specimens will contribute to the conservation of the particular species; and (b) the issuing authority must issue a permit subject to a condition that no specimens of critically endangered species or listed large predators originating from wild populations, may be introduced into captive breeding facilities, except for conservation purposes

(2) The draft amended TOPS Regulations do not prescribe the nature of the contribution to the conservation of the species involved, as each individual applicant would have to motivate the conservation contribution to which the particular application relates, and each application together with its motivation would have to be considered and decided upon, on a case-by-case basis. This approach provides flexibility in decision-making by the relevant issuing authority and would prevent a situation where a permit would have to be refused if an appropriate contribution has not been provided for in the regulations.

(3) (a) Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) are made by the Scientific Authority, which has been established in terms of section 60 of NEMBA by the Minister responsible for environmental management, and of which the members are appointed by the Minister in accordance with the TOPS Regulations. The purpose of a NDF is for the Scientific Authority to confirm whether or not an action would have a detrimental impact on the survival of a species in the wild.

Issuing authorities continue to issue permits for the breeding of lion in captivity, for the following reasons:

(i) The current TOPS Regulations do not provide any circumstances in which the breeding of listed predator species must be prohibited;

(ii) The NDF that was published in the Gazette on 23 January 2018 for commencement, and which relates to lion in particular, does not indicate that the breeding of lion in captivity is detrimental to the survival of lion in the wild in the current circumstances; and

(iii) In the current circumstances, the refusal of permits for the breeding of listed predator species does not meet the requirement of Section 57(2) of NEMBA, which provides that the Minister may prohibit the carrying out of a restricted activity which is of a nature that may negatively impact on the survival of a listed TOPS.

(b) Due to the fact that Members of the Executive Council responsible for the conservation of biodiversity in the respective provinces are the issuing authorities in terms of section 87 A of NEMBA for permits, as well as for the registration of breeding facilities in terms of the TOPS Regulations, the provincial conservation authorities are the holders of the full details of predator captive breeding facilities. In the absence of a national electronic permitting system, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries does not have the full details of these facilities.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 03/09/2019

05 September 2019 - NW443

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

(1) Which beaches lost their blue flag status in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018; And (2) whether any measures are in place to restore the blue flag status of the specified beaches; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The following beaches lost their Blue Flag status:
(a) 2016: Struisbaai Beach (Agulhas Municipality).

(b) 2017: Gouritsmond Beach (Hessequa Municipality); Santos Beach (Mossel Bay Municipality); Wilderness Beach (Garden Route District Municipality); Kleinemonde Beach (Ndlambe Municipality).
(c) 2018: No Blue Flag beaches lost their status in 2018.

(2) (a) 2016: Struisbaai Beach - The municipality opted not to apply in 2016 in order to carry out infrastructure upgrades at the site. Struisbaai became a Blue Flag beach again in 2017.
(b) 2017:
• Gouritsmond Beach - The municipality lost the Blue Flag status due to failed water quality. Gouritsmond became a Blue Flag beach again in 2018.

• Santos Beach - The municipality lost the Blue Flag status due to failed water quality. Santos Beach became a Blue Flag beach again in 2018.
• Wilderness Beach - The municipality did not apply to the programme in 2017 for unknown reasons. Wilderness Beach have submitted an application for Blue Flag status in 2019/20.
• Kleinemonde Beach - The municipality did not apply to the programme in 2017 due to budgetary constraints. Kleinemonde Beach has, since then, not returned to the programme.

 

Regards

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 01/09/2019

05 September 2019 - NW458

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

(1) What is the (a) impact of the declaration of the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area and (b) protection goal; (2) What is the impact of line fishing along the shore of the specified protected area; (3) Whether there is any portion within A and E that is restricted to line fishing; if so, why; (4) What regulations would be applicable in the designated area; (5) Is there any restriction on recreational off-shore fishermen launching their boats from within the marine protected area and returning with fish caught in the unprotected area?

Reply:

1 (a) The impact of the declaration is to provide much needed protection to habitats and species in the Marine Protected Areas. This does require limits being placed on certain activities and areas, which may have an impact on users, but which will also benefit users in the longer term. The MPA will be monitored to confirm whether the objectives are being reached .

1 (b) The purpose of declaring this marine protected area is:

• To contribute to a national, regional and global representative system of marine protected areas by conserving and protecting coastal and offshore benthic and pelagic ecosystems comprising of reef complex, deep reefs, and other ecosystems on the shelf and including threatened ecosystem types;

• to conserve and protect the biodiversity and ecological processes associated with these ecosystems, including protected, threatened or overexploited species such as tiger sharks, red steenbras, seventy four, geelbek and dusky kob and processes such as the sardine run;

• to facilitate species management and sustainable use of linefish, subtidal and intertidal resources by supporting fisheries recovery and enhanced species abundance in fished areas;

• to support the recovery of linefish and sharks by protecting spawning,

nursery, foraging, aggregation and refuge areas;

• to conserve and protect an area of life history importance for migratory species including seabirds, turtles, sharks, seabreams and other fish;

• to support sustainable nature-based tourism opportunities in the are through the protection of marine wildlife and maritime heritage;

• to protect and regulate a scenic area to support sustainable nature-based tourism, cultural and spiritual assets and a functionally connected coastal marine system to retain a land-ocean 'sense of place'; and

• to protect and provide an appropriate environment for research and monitoring particularly research on recovery of linefish, and also to promote and contribute to environmental education.

(2) A key impact of line-fishing from the shore is the removal of fish that are big and old enough to breed. This impact is greater for those fish species which are largely resident in an area and also where there are moderate or high numbers of fishers.

Lack of breeding fish rapidly leads to further declines in fish stocks and catches. Notake areas are the best proven tool to ensure that bigger fish can survive and breed in an area, leading to improved sustainability of catches outside the MPA (and within the controlled areas of the MPA). These no-take areas function more effectively when they are larger and therfore have a minimum size to be effective. The scientifically determined minimum size for a restricted zone in the region under consideration for linefish conservation is between 3-Skm coastline length.

(3) There are two inshore restricted (no-take) areas between points A and E (which mark the the northern and southern coastal boundaries of MPA respectively in the regulations). One is in the centre and one is in the south. The central area, named the Green Point Inshore Restricted Area, extends from the rocky point just north of the Mahlongwana Estuary to the white beacon on the Green Point Rocks.

The southern area, named the Rocky Point Inshore Restricted Area, extends from the white beacon at start of the rocky point at the southern end of the Rocky Bay Caravan Park to the north bank of the Mzimayi Estuary. These areas will protect vulnerable and over-exploited species of linefish, subtidal and intertidal resources and thus support fisheries recovery and enhanced species abundance in fished areas.

(4) The regulations applicable in the inshore restricted (no-take) areas are that collection of marine resources is not allowed. Specifically Regulation 7 (1) states No person may fish, or attempt to fish, in any Restricted Zone, including spearfishing and fishing for invertebrates or collecting or harvesting of intertidal organisms including any bait species. Further regulations give effect to this by restricting fishing gear and possession of fish in these areas.

(5) Yes. Off-shore fishermen launching their boats from within the marine protected area may only be in possession of or have on board a vessel the species listed in Annexure 2 to the regulations. They may not return to the MPA with any fish, except for the species listed in Annexure 2 to the regulations, even if these fish were caught outside the protected area.

 

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 03/09/2019

12 August 2019 - NW413

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Lorimer, Ms K to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1) What number of (a) persons were arrested for rhino poaching in each month since 1 January 2018 In the (I) Kruger National Park, (ii) Pilanesberg National Park and (ill) any other national park, (b) the specified persons were employed by the SA National Parks and (c) successful convictions were achieved; (2) what number of (a) white and (b) black rhinos were poached in each of the specified parks In ea~ month since 1 April 2018; (3) whether her department has put a plan In place to ensure the survival of rhino in the Republic;. If so, what are the relevant details? NW1385E

Reply:

(1) (a) Number of persons arrested for rhino poaching from 1 January 2018 to 31July 2019 in:

(i) Kruger National Park: 366 (three hundred and sixty six)

(II) Pilanesberg: 7 (seven)

(iii) any other national park: Mokala National Park, 3.(three)

(b) 15 (fifteen) of the specified persons were employed by SA National Parks

(c) Information on convictions should be sourced from the South African Police Service or National Prosecuting Authority.

 

(2) Number of:

(a) White rhino poached from 1April2018 to 31 July 2019:

Kruger National Park: 472 (four hundred and seventy two)

Mokala National Park: 1 (one)

Marakele National Park: 2 (two)

Pilanesberg: 28 (twenty eight)

(b) Black rhino poached from 1Aprll2018 to 31 July 2019:

Kruger National Park: 32 (thirty two)
Pilanesberg: 3 (three)


(3) Due to the persistent threat posed by rhino poaching, South Africa developed and Is implementing a holistic, Integrated and multidimensional response, involving various government departments, including the Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks, the provincial conservation and environmental departments and agencies. the South African Police Service (SAPS). the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), Customs Division of the South African Revenue Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Prosecuting Authority, the State Security Agency and other stakeholders such as the private rhino owners, the hunting industry and non-governmental organisations. The Implementation of the 2014

Integrated Management Plan combines the use of technology. extensive antipoaching work as well as the management of the rhino population. This approach also involves extensive international collaboration across our borders to ensure that rhino poachers are brought to book. This approach has seen a moderate decline of 91 (ninety one) Incidents from the same period last year.

Regards


MS BD CREECY. MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
DATE; 2019/08/12

12 August 2019 - NW411

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries:

(1) What are the details of the process followed by her Department to assess experimental fisheries; (2) what has she found to be the reasons why (a) smooth-hound and (b) soupfin sharks are still the main target species for the shark-fishing industry, even though her Department determined that these species' populations were endangered; and (3) what (a) number of (i) vessels and (II) fishers are working In the shark-fishing Industry, (b)(i) number of the specified vessels carried observers with them while fishing shark since 01 January 2016 and (ii) was the number of observers on each vessel on each trip, and (c) are the reasons for permitting any shark-fishing trips without observers being onboard the vessel?

Reply:

1. The Department has a Polley on 'The Establishment and Management of New Fisheries In South Africa' that is implemented by the New Fisheries Scientific Working Group, comprising of relevant experts to guide the establishment of new fisheries in a structured manner. The Policy outlines the operational protocol for the development of new fisheries in South Africa. The Protocol consists of three phases, Phase O: Information gatherlng1 Phase1 :  Implementation of the experimental fishery and Phase 2: Commercial fishery.
Each phase comprises of steps that need to be undertaken before a fishery can be classified fully as commercial and rights are allocated.Smoothhound and soupfin sharks are the main target of the demersal shark longline fishery as they were the most abundant demersal sharks, and markets for these were established.

The preliminary (2017) stock assessments Indicated that the soupfin and smooth-hound sharks are subject to overfishing. The Department is In the process of putting In place slot limits relating to length across a number of fishing sectors. This has been assessed as the most appropriate measure to return catches to sustainable levels.

The Department is In the process of conducting the SEIAS (Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Study) In order to tum this proposal into regulation in the commercial linefishery, the sector which is responsible for the majority of catches of these resources. Similar measure will be considered in the demersal shark longline fishery later In 2019.

2. There are:

(a) (i) 6 vessels operating in the sector.

(ii) Approximately 250 employees.

(b) (i) No shark long-line vessels have carried observers since 01 January 2016.

(ii) It Is not mandatory for the vessels In the Demersal Shark Long-line Fishery to carry observers on board. However, provision is made In the Permit Conditions for the Department to deploy observers In the event that unusual landings or fishing practices are detected.

Regards

MS BD CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 12/08/2019

12 August 2019 - NW412

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Whether she has found that long-line shark-fishers operated In marine reserves in the past five years without being stopped by her Department in collaboration with other relevant authorities; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what (a) are the full relevant details and (b) steps does she intend to take in this regard; (2) what number of (a) white sharks, (b) smooth sharks and (c) any other threatened, endangered and/or protected shark species have been reported (i) caught and (ii) landed by the experimental long-line shark-fishing operators since 01 January 2016; (3) whether she has found any discrepancies in the reporting of the caught shark numbers; if so, what are the relevant details; and (4) what are the details of the future of the long-line shark-fishing Industry?

Reply:

1. Yes.

(a) The Department Intercepted a vessel that was suspected of having illegally operated in the De Hoop Marine Protected Area. The skipper of the vessel was subsequenlty arrested and the catch was confiscated. A criminal case was subsequenlty opened In May 2019 at the Humewood Police Station, Port Elizabeth. The criminal case referred to above involved a vessel that was operating with a Demersal Shark Long-line Catch Permit. The apprehension was collaborative work conducted with other relevant State Security Agencies involving the South African Police Service as well as the National Prosecuting Authority. This case is currently before the courts for prosecution.

(b) While the investigation and criminal proceedings are underway, the Department is In the process of initiating proceedings under Section 28 of the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act. No. 18of1998).

2. The Demersal Shark Long-line fishery is not an experimental fishery, but a full commercial fishery that has been regulated separately, and rights have been allocated since 2006.

(a) The numbers of White sharks (i) caught in the demersal shark longline fishery since 2016 was (2) two. The number (ii) landed was (1) one. The first shark caught was released alive, and the most recently caught White Shark In May 2019 has been retained by the Department and will be used as training material in future CITES Appendix II identification Workshops.

(b) The numbers of smoothhound sharks (I) caught and (ii) landed by the demersal longline shark fishery were 17 558 in 2016, 18 298 in 2017, 30112 in 2018 and 11 796 in 2019.

(c) The numbers of other shark species, including threatened, endangered and/or protected shark species (i) O threatened, endangered and/or protected

Find here: (II) other shark species caught and landed by the demersal shark longing fishery were as follows:
 

12 August 2019 - NW344

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Whether, In respect of the Republic's listed terrestrial ecosystems, she can advise as to the delay regarding her department's publication of (a) estuarine, (b) freshwater and (c) marine ecosystems that are (i) threatened or (ii) protected; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply:

The National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004) provides for the listing of threatened or protected ecosystems. Listings will be conducted for terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems.


In December 2011, the national list of terrestrial ecosystems that were threatened and in need of protection was published in the Government Gazette. The assessment methodology for estuarine , freshwater and marine ecosystems had not been sufficiently robust to provide the basis for the listing of estuarine and freshwater ecosystems.

The National Biodiversity Assessment (2018) due to be released In September 2019, will provide a better basis for listing estuarine, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Regards

MS BD CREECY. MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
DATE; 2019/08/12

12 August 2019 - NW357

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What (a) number of official international trips is (I) she and (ii) her deputy planning to undertake In the 2019-2022 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (Iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (I) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

(a) Travel is confined to meetings, which are required in terms of the International Protocols of Agreement to which South Africa is a signatory. Therefore, It is not feasible to provide the detailed Information on official international trips for the 2019--2022 medium-term expenditure framework.

(i) The Minister is planning to undertake four official international trips while;
(ii) the Deputy Minister is planning to undertake five official trips for the period from 01 August to 31 December 2019.

Please find here: (b) (i), II), Iii), and (iv) The detailed information on the destination, date, purpose, number of officials in the delegation for the Minister and Deputy Minister Is listed in the table below.

12 August 2019 - NW410

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

(1) (a) What number of (i) lions are currently kept in predator-breeding farms across the Republic and (ii) farms or facilities across the Republic are involved In the breeding of predators and (b) what systems are In place to audit the captive lion breeding Industry in each province; (2) what Is the reason that the specified Industry has been allowed to continue when it is commonly accepted that the Industry has no conservation value and Is detrimental to the Republic's conservation record (details furnished); and (3) why has her Department not adhered to the strong recommendations and resolutions put forward by the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs in November 2018, which called for an end to the captive lion-breeding Industry in the Republic?

Reply:

(1) (a) In terms of section 87A of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA), the Members of the Executive Council (MECs) of the provinces who are responsible for the conservation of biodiversity are the issuing authorities for permits In respect of listed threatened or protected species, which, In this case, Includes the registration of captive lion breeding facilities. The following information is applicable, as reported by provincial issuing authorities in December 2017:

(i) There are approximately 7 979 lions in captivity in South Africa.
(ii) There are 366 captive facilities that are registered in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004):
Threatened or Protected Species Regulations, 2007.

The figures provided in (i) and (ii) are an Indication of all lions In captive facilities, which could be purely captive breeding facilities; or captive facilities that operate as a combination of captive breeding facilities and commercial exhibition facilities (zoos); or captive keeping facilities/zoos that do not specifically engage in breeding.

(b) A permit is required, in terms of NEMBA, to carry out any restricted activity involving a listed threatened or protected species. Since lions are currently listed as a vulnerable species in terms of sectio~ 56(1) of NEMBA, the permit requirements of NEMBA apply to all specimens of African lion, whether those specimens are In the wild or In a captive environment. Further, the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations, promulgated in terms of NEMBA in 2007, require that any captive breeding operation must be registered.

Officials from the provincial conservation authorities who have been appointed as Environmental Management Inspectors (EMls) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107of1998), are responsible for monitoring compliance with the provisions of NEMBA, as well as conditions of permits issued in terms of NEMBA and registrations Issued in terms of the TOPS Regulations. These EMls are also responsible for taking enforcement action in the case of non-compliance with NEMBA and the TOPS Regulations.

(2) A non-detrimental finding (NDF) made by a Scientific Authority, in respect of African lion and in terms of section 61(1)(d) of the National Environmental Management:

Biodiversity Act, 2004 (copy attached for ease of reference), indicates that there are currently no major threats to the wild and managed lion population of South Africa, whereas minor threats include over-utilisation, disease, poaching and conflict with communities around protected areas. The NDF further states that trophy hunting of captive-bred lions poses no threat to the wild population within South Africa, and .,it is thought that captive lions may in fact serve as a buffer to potential threats to wild lions by being the primary source for hunting trophies and derived products (such as bone).". The NDF was published in the Gazette, No. 41393. on 23 January 2018.

(3) The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries takes the resolutions and recommendations -of the Portfolio Committee (PC) on Environmental Affairs seriously. It is for this reason that the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Is finalising the appointment of a High-Level Panel to review the policies, legislation and practices In respect of the handling, management, breeding, hunting and trade involving, among others, lion.

Regards

MS BD CREECY. MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
DATE; 2019/08/12

05 August 2019 - NW312

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

Whether her department has set a deadline to remove the gear used for octopus fishing after imposing a temporary ban in False Bay; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether all live fish and other animals caught in the gear will be released; (3) Whether her department has a map of where all the gear was placed in order to ensure that all traps are removed; if not, how will her department ensure that all the traps are removed in order to combat the illegal fishing of octopus in False Bay?

Reply:

(1) The Permit Holders were instructed on 28 June 2019 to remove all octopus fishing gear with immediate effect. The process of removal of the entire octopus fishing gear in the False Bay area was completed on 11 July 2019.

(2) Permit Holders were allowed to retain all their catch.

(3) The Department has all the GPS coordinates where all the octopus gear was deployed. The Department also works with the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO) to ensure that all the areas where their octopus gear is deployed, are recorded on the Navigational Chats in support of safe navigation. All the 46 lines and 987 pots that were deployed, have been removed and the removal was monitored by the Fisheries Compliance Officers at the Kalk Bay Fishing Harbour.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW314

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

Whether she will consider introducing a ban, as she did in False Bay, on octopus fishing in Mossel Bay, in order to prevent any further deaths of whales; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

At this stage we are not considering a further ban. Our marine scientists are currently in discussion with licence holders on mitigation measures that can be introduced in all licensed areas. These options still require testing. If however entanglements are reported the situation will be re-evaluated. In line with the Permit conditions of Octopus Exploratory Fishing, if there are entanglements of cetaceans, operators are required to suspend their fishing operations.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW272

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a)

 

2019/20

 

Compensation

Operational

Total

 

R'000

R'000

R'000

Ministry Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

23 595

14 687

38 282

Minister

2 500

3 712

6 212

Ministerial Support

21 095

10 975

32 070

 

 

 

 

(b) i) ii) iii) iv) v)

 

NAME OF OFFICIAL

LEVEL

SALARY

POST NAME & JOB DESCRIPTION (Purpose)

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Feroze Shaik

L14

R1 327 974 pa

Chief of Staff:

To manage the office of and render a support service to the executive authority (EA).

B. Hon. Degree: Public Administration

2.

Mamonkwe Sipilica

L12

R922 335 pa

Private Secretary:

Provide assistance with secretarial services and support the EA with private obligations.

National Certificate:

Public Administration

National Diploma: Human Resource Management (Currently studying)

3.

Bongani Ngquba

L10

R646 193 pa

Stakeholder Relations Officer:

Provide assistance to the EA with community outreach and stakeholder relations management

National Diploma:

Productivity

4.

Liesel Jacobs

L9

R532 814 pa

Assistant Appointments Secretary:

Provide secretarial support to the EA

National Diploma:

Business Management

5.

Buchule Mbuli

L7

R443 929 pa

Secretary / Receptionist:

Provide secretarial support and Reception services to the EA.

B tech:

Public Management

6.

Gift Mnguni

L11

R863 748 pa

Cabinet and Parliamentary Officer:

To manage and coordinate matters

emanating from Parliament/ Cabinet / other legislative structures and community outreach

Certificate in Public Management

B. Degree:

Public Management

(Currently Studying)

7.

Sylvester Pandelani

L8

R528 654 pa

Registry Clerk:

Provide registry support services in the

office of the EA

Matric

Nat Diploma:

Public Management and Administration

(Currently Studying)

8.

Clifford Seanego

L6

R373 987 pa

Driver Messenger:

Provide messenger and driver services in the office of the EA

Matric

Certificate: Computer Literacy

9.

Nicholas Leontsinis

L11

R733 257pa

Media Content Manager:

To manage and coordinate the development of content for speeches/ inputs of the EA

Masters Degree: African Studies

BA Hon Degree

 

Regards

 

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

 

02 August 2019 - NW298

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(a) What are the legislative requirements concerning the operational aspects of the offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay; and (b) what number of (i) litres of oil have been spilled since the specified operation commenced, (ii) ships have docked alongside the bunkering ship since the specified operation commenced, and (iii) people are directly employed as a result of this bunkering operation?

Reply:

a) Offshore oil bunkering operations are authorised through the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Application requirements and procedures are outlined in SAMSA’s Marine Notice No. 4 of 2016, which also identifies Section 21 of the South African Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability) Act, 1981 (Act No. 6 of 1981) as the main piece of legislation authorising this activity. There is currently no gazetted regulation or authorisation process in place for this activity (and there is no process in place for public participation/consultation with interested and affected parties prior to authorisation.)  

If an incident impacting on the environment were to occur, as a result of the bunker operations, the responsible parties are required to submit reports to the Department as per Section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998).

b) (i) The Department is aware of two (2) oil spill incidents related to offshore bunkering in Algoa Bay. The first incident took place on 14 August 2016 wherein approximately 100 liters of oil was spilled. The second incident occurred on 6 July 2019 and, reportedly, 200 liters of oil was spilled. This latest incident is still under investigation by SAMSA, after which a confirmed volume of oil spilled will be reported. Further information can be obtained from SAMSA.

(ii) and (iii) SAMSA and Transnet National Ports Authority for the Port of Ngqura are the authorities who jointly authorise and monitor the bunkering activities in Algoa Bay, and will therefore be able to provide this information.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

02 August 2019 - NW313

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

(1)(a) On what scientific data did her department rely when setting its quotas for octopus fishing in South African waters; (b) on what date was the scientific data collected; and (c) who collected the data (2) Whether her department appointed any independent observers to attest to the accuracy and veracity of the scientific data; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.

(a) The purpose of the exploratory fishery is to gain scientific knowledge regarding octopus harvesting in various areas in terms of catch, effort, as well as seasonal trends and gear efficiency.No quota has been set for octopus fishing in South African waters. The octopus fishery is managed by effort (number of pots).

Effort for this fishery was determined and set below the sustainable levels based on data collected through a desktop study prior to the establishment of the exploratory phase of the fishery.

(b) The desktop studies were conducted in 2003 and 2004 prior to the first phase of the experimental fishery and were further inferred by a PhD thesis titled: A Development and Management Framework for a New Octopus Vulgaris Fishery in South Africa, which was published by Ané Oosthuizen of Rhodes University. The study focussed on the first phase of the theoretical framework and protocol and was implemented by using a proposed octopus pot fishery in South Africa as a case study.

This was followed by a scientific paper in 2004 titled Economic Feasibility of an Experimental Octopus Fishery in South Africa which was published in the South African Journal of Science 100(11). The Study generated baseline information necessary in the design of the experimental fishery, giving guidelines as to which vessels, fishing gear and markets would be most feasible. The proposed fishery, gear and vessel type, fishing techniques and expected catch rates were described, the results of market research were also outlined, as well as the estimated cost of fishing.

(c) The data was collected by Departmental officials.

(2) No. The infromation was considered was information that was available in the reports and published works from a variety of sources. With regard to the long-term future of whether or not the Department plans to set up a permanent octopus fishery, we have instructed our marine scientists to urgently review all existing scientific data to inform the way forward with regard to this fishery. This process must be complete within this financial year.

 

Regards

MS BARBARA CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE: 02/08/2019

26 July 2019 - NW215

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

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

Reply:

Department

a) No employees are on undue sick leave. Five employees are on approved incapacity leave due to injuries or illness.

b) The total cost to the department is as follows:

Employee

Period of absence

Cost

1

November 2018 to July 2019

R342 214.98

2

September 2018 to July

2019

R814 071.95

3

February to July 2019

R154 125.00

4

February to July 2019

R240933.60

5

February to July 2019

R138 725.82

Total

 

R1690 071.35

Branch: Fisheries

a) None.

b) None.

 

Branch: Forestry

(a) There are three officials in the Eastern Cape and one in Limpopo who applied for extended sick leave/temporary incapacity leave and receiving payment.

(c) Of cials who applied for extended sick leave are paid as follows:

No.

Province

Type of leave

Amount

1.

Limpopo and Mpumalanga (from

November 2017 to date)

Temporary Incapacity

leave

R136 065.00

2.

Eastern Cape (from December 2018 to

date)

Extended sick leave

R217 850.55

3.

Eastern Cape (from December 2018 to

date)

Extended sick leave

R238 756.75

4.

Eastern Cape (from June 2018 to date)

Extended sick leave

R196 330.59

Total:

   

R789 002.89

Regards

IIIS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

26 July 2019 - NW213

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(a) What is the total number of vacancies in (i) her department and (ii) each of the provincial departments reporting to her; and (b) by what date will the vacancies be filled?

Reply:

Due to the cost containment measures and after reaching a ceiling for compensation of employees, the Department of Environment embarked on a process to reprioritise positions and realignment of the organisational structure to enhance efficiency and eliminate duplication. The process has subsequently been concluded. The concurrence letter on realignment of the structure was issued by MPSA on 10 May 2019.

The department has commenced with the process of filling the vacancies within a year in line with the Public Service Regulations, 2016 and will continue to reduce the vacancy rate to a target of 8% by the end of the current financial year in line with the Annual Performance Plan.

(a) Department of Environment

  1. 211 vacancies
  2. None. There are no provincial departments reporting to me.

Branch: Fisheries

  1. 157 vacancies
  2. The Branch: Fisheries Management does not have provincial branches.

Branch: Forestry

  1. 13 vacant positions as of 01 July 2019.
  2. The Forestry Branch in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has vacant positions in the following Provinces:

Province

Number of vacancies

Forestry Management: Eastern Cape

292

Forestry Management: KwaZulu-Natal

61

Forestry Management: Mpumalanga and Limpopo

117

Forestry Management: Other Regions (Free State,

Gauteng, Northern Cape, North West & Western Cape)

19

Woodlands and Indigenous Forest Management

(Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo and Mpumalanga)

84

Total in Provinces

573

(b) Department of Environment

The department fills in vacancies on a continuous basis in line with the Public Service Regulations, 2016.

 

Branch: Fisheries & Forestry

The National Macro Organisation of Government process is still underway, which will guide whether all these posts are required and whether there is budget to fill them.

 

 

Regards

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

26 July 2019 - NW214

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What (a) is the total number of employees in his department who are being paid whilst they are on suspension and (b) is the total cost to the Government in each case?

Reply:

(A)

Department

Fisheries

Forestry

None

None

None

(B)

Department

Fisheries

Forestry

None

None

None

 

 

Regards

Ms. Barbara Creecy

Minister - Environment, Forestry & Fisheries Date : . . . . .

19 July 2019 - NW141

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

1. Whether, with regard to the current and future plans to roll out 5G, she has found that the electromagnetic fields have an impact on the ecosystem such as, but not limited to, birds, bees, wildlife and the environment; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. Whether she intends to take steps in order to protect the ecosystems of the Republic with regard to the added frequencies being emitted by 5G mobile networks; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Environmental Management Act, through the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations requires that activities which are deemed to have significant impacts on the environment be subjected to an impact assessment process. This process provides that the applicant willl have to carry out a study or studies where such infrastructure will be developed, to ascertain the types of impacts that such a development will have on the immediate environment and the biodiversity. These studies and the proposed mitigation measures are considered in deciding whether or not such developments can be allowed.

The roll out of 5G related infrustructure will therefore be site-specific and, as such, geographical context will inform the nature and extent of the impact required assessment. With respect to electromagnetic radiation, the Department takes guidance from the Department of Health, who have a dedicated unit that is mandated to consider the health effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Regards

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:

19 July 2019 - NW169

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Whether her department appealed the Western Cape High Court ruling against fishing quotas for West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL); if so, what a‹e the details of procedure in this case; if not, (2) Whether the court action will go ahead; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether, in light of the ruling, she has found that the total allowable catch figures are for WCRL quotas ears improperly set; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) On what scientific data did her department reply when it set the total allowable catch levels for WCRL (5) What steps has her department taken to stop the decline in the WCRL number to prevent it from becoming extinct?

Reply:

  1. Yes. However the department subsequently withdew the appeal application on 10
  2. The court action will not proceed as the department has withdrawn the appeal lodged against the ruling.

  3. I am guided in this matter by the court judgement wherein the judge bund, intar alia that: '..the 2017/18 TAC detorninaton of termination of 1924.08 tons waa unlawful....". The judge saw, among other things, the fact that the decision-maker failed b have egaxl B mandatory objectives and principles concerning the need for lobster to be potected from over-exploitation and for the exploitation of lobster to be ecologically sustainable. However, the judge stopped short of instructing the Department to reduce the TAC allocation as the 2017/18 West Coast Rock Lobster season had already closed.
  4. I am advised by the Department that the data considered in the scientific recommendation included:

(a) Commercial Catch Per Unit of Effort(CPUE);

(b) Somatic Growth Rata

(c) Fisheries Independant Monibring Survey(FIMS) Indices; and

(d) Poaching eatimatas.

(5)(a) West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) has been identified as one of the two priority species with a recovery plan and stately in place

(5)(b) These are improved eeea«›h and compliance efforts as well as a move forwards ensuring more effective cooperation with various lawenforcement agencies B reduce the levels of poaching. The Department has, through the Chief DiecBrate: Monitoring Control and Survaillance (MCS), embarked on a number of nearshore enforcement efforts to the WCRL and abalone sectors. This has been augmented by Operation Phakisa joint operators in partnership with South African Police Services (SAPS), the Department of Transport (Taxes), the Department of Home Affairs and various Municipal Metro Police.

Regards

MB B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:....!.... . .. .

11 July 2019 - NW113

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

What are the full relevant details of the (a) progress her department has made in the fight against abalone poaching along the Western Cape Coastline, particularly in the coastal communities of Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, Franskraal and Pearly Beach where abalone poaching remains rife and (b) additional steps that will be taken by her department in co-operation with the SA Police Service, law enforcement agencies and other specialised environmental law enforcement bodies to eradicate this scourge from the coastline?

Reply:

a) There has been an increase in the number of enforcement operations conducted in the Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, Franskraal and Pearly Beach areas which have been identified as hot spots for abalone poaching. During the 2018/19 financial year, 10 (ten) operations took place in the Overberg area in the Western Cape under Initiative 5 of Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy) — the Enhanced and Co-ordinated Compliance and Enforcement Programme. This initiative has created a platform to achieve an integrated and coordinated approach to ensure compliance with, inter alia, the South African Maritime Legislative and Regulatory frameworks within the coastal regions. These operations are a combination of proactive and reactive operations, focused in some instances on visible policing and, in others, are aimed at disrupting illegal activities and apprehending poachers.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OUESTION NO.33 NW990E

These operations resulted in arrests of some key role players and the confiscation and seizure of equipment used in illegal harvesting. Overall confiscations during Initiative S Phakisa operations for the 2018/19 financial year were R28 022 983, with the value of confiscated abalone and rock lobster being R21 317 365 and R675 050, respectively, with most of the abalone confiscated coming from the Overberg region. Confiscated equipment associated with illegal activity in the coastal region amounted to R5 052 160 for the same period. In the last six months, there have been four operations over 81 days, together with other law enforcement agencies where approximately 539 potential poachers were prevented from diving and 40 arrests were made.

b) The Department will continue to engage the South African Police Services around the approval and implementation of a medium-term deployment plan that will ask for additional resources in the affected areas to increase Government’s response to illegal harvesting of marine resources. In addition, we are looking at the dynamics driving demand, illicit exports and markets for illegal trade and obtaining a comprehensive threat assessment.

Operation Phakisa will also continue to undertake compliance and enforcement operations in the Overberg Region. Both proactive and reactive operations will be planned to ensure Government has a visible presence in the high-risks areas. The ongoing collaboration with the SANDF’s Operation Corona as a force multiplier will continue to have a positive impact on operations.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENYIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:.. .. ....... :..

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION NO. 33 N\/Y990E

11 July 2019 - NW125

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

(1) Whether any action is being taken to enforce compliance with the court order relating to the rehabilitation, maintenance and security of the Makhanda landfill site; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) Whether her Department conducts regular inspections of the landfill site to ensure compliance with relevant legislation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No action has been taken to enforce compliance with the court order by the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (previously the Department of Environmental Affairs) as it has not been involved in the legal proceedings which resulted in the court order competing, among others, the Municipality to undertake rehabilitation, maintenance and installation of security measures at the Makana landfill site.
  2. The Makana landfill site is a general landfill site and, accordingly, the regulatory duties, including taking compliance and enforcement action when non-compliances are detected, falls within the mandate of the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

This Department has contacted the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Developement, Environmental Affairs and Tourism who confirmed that they are actively engaging with the Makana Municipality, and that they undertook a compliance visit to the landfill site as recently as June 2019.

Regards

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

10 July 2019 - NW47

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

Who are the current 20 largest recipients of fishing quotas in terms of (a) total fishing quota and (b) type of fish?

04 July 2019 - NW33

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

Whether she intends to introduce legislation in the National Assembly to ban the use of single-use plastic in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, by what date does she intend to introduce the specified legislation?

Reply:

The National Environment Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), contains specific provisions under section 44 which controls single-use plastic products. The National Environment Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008), contains specific provisions under sections 17, 18, 28 and 29 to control the disposal of plastic products.

It is a matter of public record that the management of plastics in the world generally and in our own country, is sub-optimal. Consenquently this is an important area to which we must respond if we are to proctect our oceans.

The World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, observed could be “more plastics that fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050 if no action is taken immediately”.

The department has initiated a process to review the effectiveness of our policies relating to the management of plastic waste and to consider whether it is necessary to have a new policy direction.

This review includes discussions with the retail, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors as well as the paper and packaging industries on ways to combat the use of one time plastics and their disposal management.

We expect to conclude this process within the current financial year. At this point we will make further announcemnets on our approach to this important matter.

 

Regards,

Regards

ITIS B D CREECY, M

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

 

04 July 2019 - NW57

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Hlonyana, Ms NKF to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What tonnage and percentage of the timber produced in the country in 2018 was (a) immediately exported and (b) kept in the country for beneficiation?

Reply:

(a) Information on the exported timber for 2018 is currently not available. This information becomes available annually, around the month of November, through a Report on Commercial Timber Resources and Roundwood Processing in South Africa together with an Abstract of South African Forestry Facts. The only available reports are for the year 2016/2017.

(b) Information on tonnage of the timber kept in the country for beneficiation for 2018 is currently not available. This information becomes available annually, around the month of November, through a Report on Commercial Timber Resources and Roundwood Processing in South Africa together with an Abstract of South African Forestry Facts. The only available reports are for the year 2016/2017.

Regards

MS B CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION NO. 57 NW1O14E

04 July 2019 - NW49

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What is the total amount of revenue collected from the leasing of state-owned forests in the 2018-19 financial year?

Reply:

 

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) indirectly manages 230 264 hectares of State plantations (Category A) through lease agreements signed with four forestry companies. The companies are MTO Forestry (Pty) Ltd; Amathole Forestry (Pty) Ltd; SiyaQhubeka Forest (Pty) Ltd; and Singisi Forest Products (Pty) Ltd. In addition to this, an area of 187 320.27 hectares is managed by the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL), which is a State-owned company.

In January of every year, the forestry companies pay lease rental into the DAFF bank account. The lease rental money is then transferred and invested with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in an interest bearing account which is administered by DAFF. The balance as of 31 March 2019 is R788 397 015.

Rental Money collected during the 2018/19 financial year

Forestry

package

Leaseholder

Date of lease

signature

Extent (ha)

Lease rental collected

from 01 April 2018 to

31 March 2019 in Rands

MTO

MTO Pty Ltd.

24 Jan 2005

57 061(ha)

4 708 502,31

AMATHOLE

Amathole Pty Ltd

24-Jan-2005

25 405(ha)

3 273 446,00

SQF

SQF Pty Ltd

06 Mar 2001

21 956(ha)

14 113 388,54

SINGISI

Singisi Forests

Products Pty Ltd

06 Mar 2001

76 563(ha)

10 485 743,67

Total

32 581 080,40

Source: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Regards

 

MS B CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

DATE: . . ...

04 July 2019 - NW48

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

What is the total tonnes of (a) glass, (b) plastic and (c) paper that the Republic recycles in each financial year?

Reply:

 

 

   

2015 (Industry, Report)

2016 (Industry Report)

2017 (SoWI?)

(a)

Glass

286 thousand tonnes

278 thousand tonnes

1,9 million tonnes

(b)

Plastic

352 thousand tonnes

310 thousand tonnes

480 thousand tonnes

(c)

Paper

1,06 million tonnes

1,1 million tonnes

1,2 million tonnes

Regards

 

MS B D CREECY, MP

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DATE:.... . .*..) .t... .

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION NO. 48 NW1005E

18 April 2019 - NW793

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

(1)Whether her department brought the agreement between the National Research Foundation and SA National Parks to establish a new national park in the Northern Cape to any meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will her department bring the agreement to the Committee; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) what is the latest update on the due diligence regarding the specified agreement?

Reply:

(1) The agreement has not been brought to the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs.

(a) South African National Parks (SANParks) is still completing internal approval processes for the agreement; and

(b) the agreement will be tabled to the next Board meeting during 2019. Upon the completion of internal approval processes, the agreement will also be submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs for consideration, since the authority to establish new national parks rests with the Minister. Once the Minister has considered and given SANParks the green light to proceed with the project, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and SANParks will be ready to bring the agreement to the Committee.

(2) The agreement between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and SANParks for the possible establishment of a new national park around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio astronomy facility in the Northern Cape, should be considered as ongoing. The Business Plan for the establishment of the new national Park was considered and approved by the Board in 2018. The Board provided the Chief Executive Officer of SANParks with a mandate to negotiate the draft Contractual Agreement between SANParks and the NRF.

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18 April 2019 - NW792

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What are the details of (a) the strategy adopted by the (i) South African Weather Service and (ii) South African National Parks to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and (b) how the specified entities will use the Fourth Industrial Revolution to (i) track the movement of rhino horn, (ii) predict poaching, (iii) predict the migration of climate zones and (iv) predict where crops should be planted?

Reply:

a) (i) The South African Weather Service (SAWS), as the national meteorological service, operates under the authority of the South African Weather Sevice Act, 2001 (Act No. 8 of 2001), as amended, through the SAWS Amended Act, 2013 (Act No. 48 of 2013). As mandated, SAWS contribute to solutions that relate to extreme weather, natural disasters and climate change and variability. These solutions are fundamentally aimed at saving lives, infrastructure and property, as well as supporting socio-economic development and building societal resilience. To achieve this, SAWS has developed a five-year Strategic Plan (2019/20 – 2023/24) that is particularly aligned with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (hereafter 4-IR).

SAWS strategic plan is anchored on three pillars i.e., science, technology and services. These pillars are supported by the human capital (with requisite knowledge and skills which are suited for 4-IR), inter-institutional and multi/cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as global and regional linkages. The integration of all these systems with artificial intelligence, indigenous knowledge and machine learning are key to realising the SAWS mission of improving safety and quality of life of the people in South Africa in support of government’s priorities and programs such as the National 9 point Plan.

(ii) South African National Parks (SANParks) has an IT Strategy that seeks to leverage initiatives delivered over the past years and builds on the successes already achieved towards its desired future state. The strategy is adaptable to the changing technological trends moving towards the 4th industrial revolution. The implementation of the strategy towards this future state has realised a number of initiatives, such as building a sensory network (internet of things –IoT) in support of anti-poaching. SANParks management will continue to build on initiatives in the years to come.

b) (i) South African National Parks

SANParks does not have the capability to track rhino horn; however, we can track the movement of poachers and combat poaching as they enter the Park, in their pursuit for rhino horn. In addition, the horn can be traced back to its origin using chip technology, once it has been confiscated at or en route to destination.

(ii) In 2014, SANParks, more specifically the Kruger National Park (KNP), pioneered a multi-facetted program to enhance connectivity and situational awareness. These projects have now evolved to a system where the Internet of Things (IOT) approach resulted in the so called “smart park” concept. The core of this is the common and collaborative platform called C – MORE, developed at the CSIR jointly with Armscor and SANParks. This user friendly platform can be operated by all levels of management (rangers to park wardens) and all agencies involved in EAP, and specifically rhino protection, on any device ranging from smart phones to multi-screen computers in the operation rooms.

Through this system, information is streamed to allow surveillance, early warning, detection and tracking (SEDT), as well as fusion of all information and subsequent data from a suite of sensors. Current sensors include radar, magnetic, seismic, optronic, electronic and acoustic. These sensors can be in the rhino horn, on the rhino, on a fence, in the ground, on the ranger and on vehicles or air craft. It allows in time monitoring of animals, i.e. rhino; but also dogs utilised in the Anti-Poaching Units (APU), own forces and poachers. Intelligent collation and customised programs to process the data subsequently allows for the benefit of some Artificial Intelligence (AI) through predictive modelling in the form of heat maps, graphs, histograms and tables. This informs decision making and more intelligent deployment of resources based on validated trends.

(iii) In the context of the 4-IR, SAWS uses advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mobile Technology (MT), radar and satellite technologies, and High Performance Computing (HPC) for weather forecasting and climate predictions. Further, the institution runs earth system models on the HPC and processes weather and climate data and information for developing products and services for different climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, health, aviation, marine and for air quality and disaster risk reduction.

In addition, SAWS’ Integrated Service Strategic (ISS) approach integrates innovative technologies, physical, digital and biological systems to generate useful and innovative products and services. SAWS is actively implementing new weather deveopment programes to improve its capibilities in Early Warning Prediction (Weather and Climate), that includes Artifical Intelligence in Numerical Weather Prediction models and data management solutions for big data. SAWS also implemented a new Marine Research Business Unit that is active in implementing operational wave and storm surge forecasting along the coast of South Africa in support of operation PHAKISA.

In this regard, the analysis of long-term historical climatic trends and future climate projections are used for climate zoning. These results are used to derive agro-hydrological products such as heat and chill units, frost, evapotranspiration, as well as other products that are useful for identifying suitable sites and planting dates for different crops under current and future climates.

SAWS data, SANParks weather station records and satellite observations are being used to predict species’ future zones of climate suitability in combination with modeled future climate surfaces based on global circulation models, several of which have been statistically and/or dynamically downscaled for use at a South African scale through the CORDEX project
(e.g. Engelbrecht et al, CSIR, 2018). Species-specific models are being carried out on an ongoing basis by both South African and international researchers. Amongst the correlative species distribution models used to develop these are those that rely on artificial neural networks (ANN) to predict where species will be able to survive in the future. Principles of Network Flow are being used to identify the pathways of least resistance for each to use to move through the landscape in order to reach these, enabling SANParks to plan strategies to help this climate change adaptation. We hope to use several new and emerging technologies to monitor both climate change impacts and the effectiveness of our strategies to minimise them; these could include environmental DNA, additional satellite imagery (e.g. high-resolution Lidar), more sensitive and detailed weather monitoring and new technologies for measuring air and water quality.

(iv) The SAWS mobile applications (WeatherSmart APP and AgriCloud APP) are also mobile APPs showing SAWS weather forecasting products, which, for example, are used for planting dates of maize crop. SAWS is constantly exploring and implementing new digital avenues to get the products and services to the citizens of the country so that they can make informed decisions on climate impact. The same solutions are also used for agricultural operational activities. Most importantly, SAWS infrastructure and knowledge generation processes (e.g. development of data mining algorithms) are suitably integrated as early warning systems for weather and climate related extreme conditions such as flooding, droughts and heat waves; thanks to 4-IR.

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18 April 2019 - NW279

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Yako, Ms Y to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her Department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her; and (b) specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

Department of Environmental Affairs

(a) (i) Number of tender briefings in:

2017/18 = Eighteen(18); and

2018/19 = Sixteen(16)

Total = Thirty-four (34)

(b) 2017/18 = Seveteen (17); and

     2018/19 = Seven (7)

     Total = 24

 

iSimangaliso

(a) (ii) Number of tender briefings in:

2017/18 = None (0); and

2018/19 = One (1)

Total = One (1)

(b) One (1)

 

South African National Biodiversity Institute

(a) (ii) Number of tender briefings in:

2017/18 = Twenty-seven (27); and

2018/19 = Thirty-four (34)

Total = Sixty-one (61)

(b) Sixty (60)

 

South African National Parks

(a) (ii) Number of tender briefings in:

2017/18 = Thirty-five (35); and

2018/19 = Nineteen (19)

Total = Fifty-four (54)

(b) Fifty-two (52)

 

South African Weather Service

(a) (ii) Number of tender briefings in:

2017/18 = Nine (9); and

2018/19 = Nine (9)

Total = 18

(b) Seventeen (17)

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