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17 December 2020 - NW2583

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

On what date will the (a) eight new boreholes in Redirele, Derby, in the North West be electrified and provide water to the community and (b) pumps at the existing two boreholes be replaced and/or repaired?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the provision of water to communities is the responsibility of Water Services Authorities (municipalities). The electrification of the boreholes in Redirele Village, including the maintenance of boreholes is the responsibility of Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality (KRLM).

I wish to point out that the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled sustainably for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

17 December 2020 - NW2664

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has identified incidents where contractors were found to have been using underhanded practices to conduct unauthorised work on ablution and/or sanitation facilities in informal settlements to solicit payment from the council; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) in what total number of municipalities has the practice been identified as being rampant and (b) what measures has her department put in place to ensure that the procurement processes move along unaffected to effect the delivery of ablution and sanitation services?

Reply:

The Department of Human Settlements has not been made aware or received reports of “underhanded practices” referred to in the question.

I would be grateful if the Honourable Member could provide me with more information on this matter for my department to investigate it further alternatively, the Honourable Member is urged to report such incidences to the law enforcement agencies.

16 December 2020 - NW3066

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With regard to the District Development Model being touted as a panacea to address the dysfunctionality of the implementation of the Intergovernmental Relations and Co-operative Governance Framework to deal with concurrent functions of water resources and water services provision in the Republic, what are the relevant details of the (a) risks and (b) mitigation strategies that have been identified by her department to ensure the successful implementation of the District Development Model?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the District Development Model (DDM) will go a long way in ensuring an operational model for improved cooperative governance that promotes the need to shift to a joint development planning approach

The model was launched last year and as we were piloting it in a number of districts, the COVID-19 pandemic befell us and altered some of our plans.

The Departments of Water and Sanitation intends to take advantage of the model and work closely with COGTA to ensure its successful implementation. It intends to employ the following strategies:

  • the Department of Water and Sanitation working with COGTA, through the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA), will establish a Project Management Unit at a Provincial level that shall support all District Municipalities to roll out the Model.
  • DWS intends to work with District Municipalities in the planning and implementation of Infrastructure Projects, with MISA assisting in a support role for Monitoring and Evaluation of the DDM.
  • It will utilise integrated planning to address challenges of misalignment of plans of all Sector Plans, to enable all spheres to focus on One Plan at District Levels, financial resources appropriated correctly for each financial year outputs is crucial.
  • Identification of priorities over five-year term period, and development of integrated plans.
  • Long term (10 years) implementation plans that are aligned to the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan should also be developed
  • A Human Resource Plan to be developed for each District Municipality and Water Services Authorities in relation to critical skills including technical, financial and project management
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) must be encouraged for possible funding of the catalytic infrastructure projects.

16 December 2020 - NW3065

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In light of the fact that water resources management in the Republic is reliant on the ability of establishing catchment management agencies to devolve resource management from national to regional, what are the reasons that the Republic only has two established catchment management agencies?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation had initially planned to establish nineteen (19) Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs) but this number was later rationalised to nine (9) in March 2012.

In line with the 2013 Presidential Review Committee on State-owned Entities, the DWS has continued to review institutional arrangements for water sector entities, taking into account a number of principles in analysing the options to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs through consolidation and rationalisation of CMAs.

I have therefore recently approved a reconfiguration and establishment of six (6) CMAs as follows:

  • Inkomati-Pongola.
  • Breede-Gouritz-Olifants.
  • Limpopo-Olifants.
  • Mhlatuze-Umzimkhulu.
  • Vaal-Orange.
  • Mzimvubu-Tsitsikama.

Further, I have appointed Advisory Committees for the Breede-Gouritz-Olifants, Limpopo-Olifants, Mhlatuze-Umzimkhulu and Vaal-Orange CMAs in terms of section 81(3) of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998). The responsibility of the Advisory Committees is to recommend a list of organs of state and bodies representing different sectors within the Water Management Areas of the CMAs which should be represented on the Governing Boards of the proposed CMAs.

16 December 2020 - NW2954

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to her department's National Norms and Standards for Domestic Water and Sanitation Services: Version 3, published in Gazette Notice 982 in the Government Gazette 41100 of 8 September 2017 (details furnished), the status of the specified norms and standards is currently legal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will furnish Mr L J Basson with a (a) roadmap and (b) timeline on the date the public participation process will commence in which comments on the norms and standards will be sought; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the envisaged date when her department intends to (a) finalise and (b) approve the norms and standards for implementation?

Reply:

(1) The status of the National Norms and Standards for Domestic Water and Sanitation Services: Version 3 published in Gazette Notice 982 in the Government Gazette 41100 of 8 September 2017 for public comments has not been finalized and therefore it is not legal as yet. There were numerous concerns raised by stakeholders and such concerns were found to be material through a legal opinion that was sought by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) after the consultation process was finalized.

While the DWS is reviewing the National Norms and Standards for Domestic Water and Sanitation Services, the regulations relating to compulsory National Standards for Water and Sanitation Supply GNR.509 of 08 June 2001, issued in terms of the Water Services Act, Act 108 of 1997 remain legally applicable. Therefore, there is no lacuna in law.

(2) A roadmap and timelines on the date of the public participation process will be furnished to the Honourable Member once the norms and standard have been finalised.

(3) It is envisaged that the review or amendment of the norms and standards will be finalized and approved in the next financial year (2021/22).

16 December 2020 - NW2881

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With regard to her new proposal of giving persons land instead of houses, (a) on what date will the specified programme begin and (b) what assurances will she give that the programme will not further entrench apartheid spatial planning, wherein black people were forced to live in areas far away from city centres?

Reply:

(a) The rapid land release programme has commenced through the reprioritisation of the budget allocation for the 2020/21 Human Settlements Development Grant and the Urban Settlements Development Grant.

(b) The land that is released to beneficiaries to build houses for themselves is primarily identified within the declared priority development areas.

The priority development areas are intended to advance Human Settlements Spatial Transformation and Consolidation by ensuring that the delivery of housing is used to foster new integrated, functional and inclusive urban forms that can overcome apartheid spatial patterns.

Typically, these land parcels are well located areas that provide convenient access to social amenities such as schools, health facilities and job opportunities. For example, Elijah Barayi, Westonaria Borwa and Montrose Mega projects located within the Gauteng West Rand have serviced sites earmarked for Rapid Land Release as part of Mega human settlements development and make provision for the required socio-economic amenities.

Therefore, the Rapid Land Release Plan will not compromise the spatial transformation agenda.

16 December 2020 - NW2745

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

On what date is it envisaged that her department will finish building the incomplete Reconstruction and Development Project Houses at Ward 20 at Magolaneng in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Limpopo, as the houses have been standing incomplete for three years?

Reply:

Honourable Member, government is no longer building Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses. RDP houses were discontinued as soon as Cabinet adopted the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Sustainable Human Settlements in 2004 setting new standards for housing typologies for government houses referred to as BNG houses.

The Department Human Settlements in Limpopo has advised that the name of the village referred to in the question is Ga-Rantho, but it is commonly referred to as Magolaneng. The Magolaneng village is located in the area of jurisdiction of the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality in Ward 20. During 2017/18 a contractor was appointed to construct 230 houses of which 5 houses were to be constructed in Magolaneng village.

The contractor’s contract was terminated due to poor workmanship after 176 housing units were completed. Subsequently, two contractors were appointed in March 2020 to complete the units, however, due to the national lockdown work only commenced in August 2020.

The new contractors have started with construction in the nearby village of Mahlolwaneng and it is expected that they will then move to Ga-Rantho (Magolaneng) to finish the incomplete 5 houses.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year.

16 December 2020 - NW2143

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she was informed that her department conducted water tests on samples that were taken from Tlapeng Village in Ward 9 of the Greater Taung Local Municipality, North West, in 2012; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) has she been informed that to date her department has not released the report and (b) what are the results of the tests?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District (DM) is a Water Service Authority (WSA) with a mandate for the provision of water and sanitation services within its jurisdiction in the North West Province. The Municipality is responsible for ensuring good quality of potable water in the area. The Honourable Member is therefore referred to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) for the outcome of any tests carried out by the municipality.

16 December 2020 - NW2598

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she will provide proof and documentation of (a)(i) tender advertisements and/or (ii) requests for quotations and the placement thereof, (b) competitive bids received, (c) requests for quotations received and (d) all contracts of award for the purposes of the construction of Mdantsane temporary residential units for Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) I have been informed that a request for quotations was placed on the following panels: The Housing Development Agency’s panel of contractors, database for innovative technologies from the National Home Builders Registration Council, the database of Temporary Residential Accommodations (TRA’s) from the National Department of Human Settlements and databases of various Provincial Departments of Human Settlements. The request for proposals is attached as Annexure A.

(b) Not applicable.

(c)&(d) A total of 32 requests for quotations were received from prospective service providers. Further details of the quotations received are available for viewing at the premises of the HDA Head Office: Block A, 6-10 Riviera Road Office Park, Killarney. The records include personal information. This is in accordance with Section 19(1) of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013).

Further, I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing the Honourable Member with the names of the companies. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

 

16 December 2020 - NW3073

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With regard to the community of Ward 12 in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality, North West, who have been promised houses since 2005, and the fact that the specified municipality brought bricks and crusher to more than 50 houses at Lotwane, Niniva, Selosesha and Stateng sections in order to build Reconstruction and Development Programme houses, yet to date the municipality has not built those houses, what actions has she taken to ensure that the specified communities have houses?

Reply:

The North West Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs has indicated that the village is known as Ramokokastad which is located in Ward 12 in the area of jurisdiction of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality. Initially, the Peoples Housing Programme project consisted of 200 housing units of which 145 houses were constructed during 2004. In 2005, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) required all home builders to enrol building projects and therefore the project was stopped to enable the developers to meet the requirements. However, the developers failed to register as required by the NHBRC and the project was thus not completed.

In June 2019, the Provincial Department appointed a developer to unblock the project and to construct the remaining 55 houses. To date, 52 houses have been completed and the remaining 3 houses are at completion stage of which the installation of ceilings, painting and the clearing of rubble are in progress.

14 December 2020 - NW2894

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has done any investigation to find out what number of South Africans have benefited more than once from the Reconstruction and Development Programme houses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) number of persons have been given houses more than once and (b) steps has she taken to ensure that her department is able to correct this?

Reply:

Honourable member, government is no longer building Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses. RDP houses were discontinued as soon as Cabinet adopted the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Sustainable Human Settlements in 2004 setting new standards for housing typologies for government houses referred to as BNG houses.

(a) The National Department of Human Settlements has developed and instituted systems and measures to verify all subsidised housing subsidy applications against subsidy scheme qualification criteria, which ensures that a successful housing subsidy applicant is not approved to receive more than one subsidised housing opportunity.

The measures and systems in place referred to above include the Housing Subsidy System, which verifies all subsidised housing subsidy applications against a range of data sets, and the National Housing Subsidy Data Base (NHSDB), on which all successful housing subsidy applications are recorded. It is therefore not possible to obtain more than one subsidised housing subsidy opportunity. All subsidised housing applications are verified against the National Population Register, The Deeds Offices’ Title Deeds Register, the Government Unemployment Register, Government Employee Pension Fund, the Public Service PERSAL System and the NHSDB.

(b) Based on the abovementioned measures, there are no measures required.

14 December 2020 - NW2059

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total number of government-built shacks and/or Temporary Residential Units have been built by her department in the Republic since 1 January 2020 and (b) has been the total cost of each specified unit?

Reply:

According to the information received from Provincial Departments of Human Settlements, Temporary Residential Units (TRUs) have been delivered as per the table below:

Province

Municipality

Project

(a) Number of units completed

(b) Unit Cost

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City

Duncan Village

377

R64 441

Free State

Maluti-a-Phofung

Linda Mkhonto

638

R19 680.97

Gauteng

City of Tshwane

Mooiplaats Mamelodi

48

R64 441

   

Mamelodi Hostels

201

R64 441

 

City of Johannesburg

Ikemeleng

70

Donated units

Limpopo

Greater Tzaneen

Talana Hostel

40

R64 441

14 December 2020 - NW2750

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total number of social housing projects and/or schemes have been built in each municipality in Gauteng (i) in the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020, (b)(i) number of the housing projects were (aa) completed and (bb) occupied and (ii) on what date was each housing project completed and occupied, (c) procedure and/or mechanism was used to source the deserving beneficiaries and (d) are the key common challenges that are usually experienced in the process of identifying and selecting beneficiaries?

Reply:

(a) The social housing rental projects and/or schemes that have been constructed in municipalities in Gauteng are indicated below:

  • City of Tshwane – Three (3) namely Akasia, Little Manhattan and Castle Crest.
  • City of Ekhurhuleni – Two (2) namely Delville and Germiston Fire Station, Kempton Village, Carnival Gardens and Sondela
  • City Of Johannesburg – Six (6) namely Dobsonville, Plein Street, Turffontein, Devland Extension Two and City Deep,

(i) A total of 14 959 units were completed in twenty (20) projects across the country for the period April 2015 to March 2020.

(ii) Since 1 April 2020, no units were delivered, based on the delays which occurred as a result of the declaration of the National State of Disaster and various associated lockdowns. Further, the period for a development to complete all planning and funding approvals is approximately eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) months. Post this period a project is implemented, and actual delivery and handover of a unit to a beneficiary takes approximately another twelve (12) months.

(b)(i) The number of the Social Rental Housing projects that were;

(aa) Completed is none as a result of the impact of the declaration of the National State of Disaster.

(bb) Since 01st April 2020 no occupation of units were possible due to the impact of the National State of Disaster. Post the declaration of alert level one, project implementation will continue and once units are completed, they will be tenanted.

(ii) The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) have been requested to collate all the information required, and it will be sent to the Honourable Member, as soon as it is received

(c) The current policy requires that 30% of units in a project is allocated to primary beneficiaries which are households with an income of below R5 500. The Social Housing Institution (SHI) is required in terms of the Consolidate Capital Grant to submit tenant audits to the SHRA for verification, which is to ensure that occupation or tenanting of units complies with policy. A SHI is required to advertise the availability of accommodation using various media and communication platforms to allow for qualifying tenants and/or households, to then make application to be provided with an opportunity to rent. All applications are vetted according to the social housing qualification criteria in line with the Social Housing Act and the terms and conditions of the grant award contract.

(d) The unit size allocation versus the household income always creates challenges. The tenants would sign a lease agreement clearly stipulating that the social housing programme is for rental in perpetuity. However, the tenants would demand ownership which is not in keeping the social housing programme.

14 December 2020 - NW2974

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, in view of residents in the Ugu District Municiplity in KwaZulu-Natal who have to endure frequent water outages, leaving them without this basic necessity for several days, she intends to support and strengthen the capacity of the specified municipality in accordance with section 154 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, as complaints to the local relevant authorities are not receiving the required attention; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department will investigate the efficiency of local authorities to respond to the frequency of water outages and the specified district’s failure to deploy water tankers to the area during outages; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) provides financial support to the Ugu District Municipality in the form of the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to deal with its water supply challenges. Since the inception of the WSIG in the 2015/16 financial year up to the 2020/21 financial year, the DWS has allocated R378.68 million to the municipality.

An allocation of R50 million was provided to the municipality in the current financial year to implement the Non-Revenue Water Reduction Project aimed at reducing water losses. It is envisaged that the project will be completed by June 2021.

In addition the DWS is working with the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and Umgeni Water to support the Ugu DM in conducting an assessment of the most suitable water services provision arrangements in the area.

(2) The provincial CoGTA department is conducting an assessment of water services infrastructure to determine the refurbishment requirements and is in the process of developing a Provincial Water Master plan. These interventions will assist in aligning and prioritizing grant funding to effectively address the challenges being experienced. In order to address the significant challenges facing water services in the Ugu DM area, a task team has also recently been established.

10 December 2020 - NW2512

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department intends to build houses for the residents of the Foreman and Punters informal settlements in Ward 25 in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in Durban, who have been promised houses for the past 20 years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date?

Reply:

The eThekwini Metropolitan municipality has conducted pre-feasibility studies (Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study and Geo-technical study and Land Ownership) on the occupied land of Foreman and Punters informal settlements and the findings reveal that it is not feasible to develop the two informal settlements. Consequently, the process of land acquisition for the privately owned adjacent land is being undertaken to plan and develop. However, the incremental services are provided to the informal settlement.

Foreman and Punters Informal settlements is undevelopable due to unstable soil condition and people will be relocated to Cornubia Phase 2. Feasibility studies were conducted and the settlements are B2 categories according to the National Upgrade Support Programme (NUSP) which means that these will be complete relocations. The beneficiaries list is not approved, however there are ring fenced lists for both settlements which are used to monitor and ensure that these settlements are not growing.

These settlements have electricity, water standpipes and ablution facilities. The City assists the victims in cases of disaster incidents. Cornubia phase 2 project is currently at tender stage for services. The relocation is anticipated to commence by June 2022.

10 December 2020 - NW3031

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) Where does the Nzhelele Water Scheme project in the Musina Local Municipality start, (b) for how many kilometres does it run and (c) where does it end; (2) (a) what is the length of the cement canal in kilometres and (b) where does the cement part of the canal (i) start and (ii) end; (3) (a) on what date was the scheme constructed and (b) what (i) is the total amount of the budget that was allocated for the construction and (ii) were the actual costs?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Nzhelele Water Scheme starts at the site of the Nzhelele Dam. The canal section of the scheme starts 14 km downstream of the dam at coordinates 22°42'13.08"S 30° 6'19.49"E.

(b) The Nzhelele Canal is approximately 69 km in length.

(c) The Nzhelele Canal ends at the Doreen settlement at coordinates 22°29'52.40"S 30°15'5.98"E.

(2) The entire canal was constructed with concrete. The length of the canal is as indicated above in (1)(b).

(3) The Nzhelele Water Scheme was completed in 1960, and the department does not have information relating to the budget and actual costs of the scheme.

10 December 2020 - NW2884

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

By what date will she ensure that the community of Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, who has been without water for more than six years, gets bulk water infrastructure supply that will connect them to water?

Reply:

The town of Aliwal North has a reliable and sustainable water supply. However, the department is aware that the Joe Gqabi District Municipality (JGDM) has water distribution constraints to the extent that there is a moratorium on further developments until the water services are upgraded in line with the recently compiled Aliwal North Water Master Plan. The JGDM has short and medium term plans in line with the District’s Water Services Master Plan to improve water services as follows:

a) Alternative sources such as boreholes and springs are developed and utilised as alternate standby sources.

b) The Aliwal Spa Hot Water Springs have been identified as alternative raw water sources. However, pre-treatment of water from this source is required.

c) Projects for construction of two raw water off-channel storage dams at the water works (MIG funded) and replacement of asbestos cement bulk pipeline and leaking valves (WSIG funded) have already commenced

d) Funding is being sought for further short term plans to:

  • Build a new 2 Ml Clear Water Sump and install a high lift pump at the WTW,
  • Build a 1,2Ml reservoir and a 400kl elevated tank at the springs; and install a high pressure gravity main.

e) Medium Term Plans:

  • Upgrade of WTW by 2,5Ml and installation of a desalination/package plant at the springs,
  • Replacement of the old 200mm asbestos cement rising main and upgrade of pump station and main reservoir at the springs.

10 December 2020 - NW2876

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

How will her department ensure that action will be taken with regard to the (a) contamination of water, (b) rehabilitation of water infrastructure and (c) dysfunctional meter system in Clewer in the Emalahleni Local Municipality, Mpumalanga?

Reply:

a) Honourable Member, on 02 December 2020, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) conducted an investigation at Clewer in the Emalahleni Local Municipality. The investigation revealed that there was sewage overflow from a manhole located outside a residential property which is flowing into the tributary of Brugspruit River. In accordance with Section 19 (3) and 53 (1) of the National Water Act, the DWS issued a Directive to the Municipality to rectify the non- compliance identified in the area.

 

b) The administrative enforcement action will direct the Municipality to submit and implement an infrastructure rehabilitation plan in order to restore the quality of the water source.

(c) The investigators did not discover any dysfunctional meter system in the area. However, it should be noted that the DWS does not have a mandate to monitor meter systems in the municipality. The legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

10 December 2020 - NW2822

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

How effective has she found the COVID-19 interventions to have been in areas of water and sanitation supply to help the Republic to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

The COVID-19 Water intervention Programme (Phase 1) supplied about 1 335 million litres of water to targeted communities in the period between 28 March and 31 August 2020. These communities were thus provided with an interim form of water supply to assist the Water Services Authorities (municipalities) in their areas of jurisdiction. This intervention allowed these communities to have access to water to allow for hand washing and other hygiene purposes.

As a means to improve the sustainability and efficacy of these interventions, an allocation of R689 million from the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) was made directly to the relevant municipalities to connect the tanks to water sources and ensure sustainable water supply.

Further, it should be noted that the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

 

10 December 2020 - NW2597

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the relevant details of costs for services rendered of all tenders awarded by (a) her department and any entity reporting to her, and (b) the Housing Development Agency to a certain company (name furnished) during the period 1 May 2019 until 31 October 2020; (2) with reference to all specified tenders awarded, what are the relevant details of (a) tender advertisements in respect of any awards made, (b) all bids received in respect of each specified advertisement, (c) any authorised deviations from existing tender specifications in respect of tender awards, (d) any extensions granted in respect of contract terms, (e) any additional costs incurred on tender awards, (f) any additional costs added to extend scope

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) I have been informed that the National Department of Human Settlements, the Community Schemes Ombud Service, the Estate Agency Affairs Board, the National Housing Finance Corporation, the National Home Builders Registration Council, the Social Housing Regulatory Authority, and the Housing Development Agency have not awarded any tenders to the company referred to by the Honourable Member during the period 1 May 2019 to31 October 2020.

(2) Falls away.

10 December 2020 - NW2384

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has provided any assistance to the 700 families that were displaced by the floods in Mamelodi, Gauteng; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Three privately owned land parcels measuring 26.7471 hectares in Mamelodi Township were acquired to accommodate inter alia the Mamelodi flood victims. To date 155 households who mainly resided in churches and schools were relocated into permanent serviceable stands on a part of the acquired land parcels.

04 December 2020 - NW2446

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total amount has her department received in appropriations for drought relief measures from the National Treasury since 1 April 2016 and (b) are the details of how the drought relief appropriations were used in each case?

Reply:

The total amount received by the Department of Water and Sanitation in appropriations for drought relief measures from the National Treasury since 1 April 2016 to date is appended as Annexure A. The table below provides a summary:

a) Total amount received in appropriations for drought relief measures from the National Treasury

b) Details of how the drought relief appropriations were used in each case

Financial year 2016/17

No allocation

Financial year 2017/18 a total of R541 million was allocated

Water tankering

An amount of R500 million was received as additional budget in respect of unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure for the implementation of:

  • R200 million for the Butterworth Emergency Water Supply Scheme
  • R300 million for upgrading the capacity of the Thukela Goudertrouw Transfer Scheme (R300 million).

Additional funding was used to address unplanned and unforeseen emergency drought interventions related to the water crisis experienced in Butterworth and Mnquma Local Municipality in the Amathole District. The envisaged interventions entailed the design, construction and commissioning of a raw water rising main between Tsomo River and the catchment area to Xilinxa dam as a short term solution to address the water crisis in Butterworth.

Financial years 2018/19:

R1  billion was allocated

Conditional grants transferred to municipalities, including water tankering

Financial years 2019/20:

R473 million was allocated

The Schedule 6B allocation of the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) was earmarked for drought emergency interventions, drilling of new boreholes and resuscitations of old boreholes, water tankering, stock watering and project management fees.

Financial years 2020/21 a total of R972 million was allocated

The department has reprioritised the total amount of R666million from both Schedule 6B allocation of the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) towards drought emergency interventions such as drilling of new boreholes and resuscitations of old boreholes, water tankering, stock watering and project management fees.

The amount of R307 million was conditionally approved by the Minister of Finance, for inclusion in the second Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2020, as roll-over of unspent funds from the 2019/20 financial year to the 2020/21 financial year for the country-wide COVID-19 and drought emergency interventions. The amount of R307 million is additional budget to the earmarked funds of R666 million towards drought emergency interventions.

The amount of R307 million has been allocated budget to the Northern Cape region through Schedule 6B of the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) as part of the presidential commitments made on drought emergency interventions.

04 December 2020 - NW2525

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

(1)What (a) total number of mining companies have failed to adhere to strict water management practices, which includes the prevention of the pollution of groundwater resources and freshwater ecosystems and (b) are the names of the specified mining companies; (2) whether she has considered revoking their water use licences until the mining companies commit themselves to preventing the pollution of water resources; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation is regulating the mining companies through Water Use Authorisations (WUAs) as required by the National Water Act 36 of 1998. The WUAs impose conditions that promote sustainable and beneficial use of water resources. On an annual basis the Department undertakes compliance monitoring audits of the WUAs issued. The Department has developed a scoring system that is intended to assist in assessing compliance levels of the mining mines (see Table 1 below).

The level of compliance differs according to technical and administrative conditions. Mines that achieve scores of 50% or more are considered to be showing improvements in compliance. Mines that score less than 50% are regarded as having unacceptable level of compliance and are subjected to the enforcement process. The Department conducted compliance monitoring audits on four-hundred and seventy-six (476) mines from 2015/16 to 2019/20 financial years: Of the 476 mines audited, a total of one hundred and fifty-five (155) mines have scored less than 50% of compliance.

Table1: Score card

Score

Condition

Description

75-100%

Acceptable

Technical conditions are met in most circumstances; few administration actions should be undertaken.  Request proof of compliance electronically.

50-74%

Good but at risk

The implementation of water use conditions are implemented with several actions still outstanding.  Action plan required to ensure full compliance. Follow up audit required.

25-49%

Not acceptable

Compliance meets less than half of the substantive implementation and administrative actions in the license. Action plan required to ensure full compliance. Follow up audit required. Decision to be taken on improvement of compliance. If so, follow-up audit scheduled, if not, hand over for enforcement action.

0-24%

Not acceptable

User meets minimal conditions, both implementation and administrative actions in the license.  Decision to be taken if non-compliance is potentially or detrimental or fatal to water resource.  If fatal, hand over for enforcement action, if not an action plan required to ensure compliance. Follow up audit required and scheduled.

 

(b) Honourable Member, the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” prohibits Members of Parliament, including Members of the Executive, from providing names of people or companies. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(2) Since April 2015, the DWS undertook numerous administrative enforcement actions against mines that were found to have contravened the requirements of the National Water Act. The Department also issued a total number of two hundred and twenty-six (226) administrative actions and opened nine (9) criminal cases against non-compliant mines. Only fifty-two (52) of the two hundred and twenty-six (226) mines issued with administrative actions have water use authorizations. Subsequent to the enforcement actions by the DWS, forty-five (45) mines are in compliance with the requirements of the administrative actions. To date, no water use entitlements have been suspended or revoked due to non-compliance. However, this remains an option in case the administrative, civil and criminal processes do not achieve desired compliance.

04 December 2020 - NW2689

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the status of the Giyani water project that was suspended following investigations into the Lepelle Northern Water and subsequent arrests; (2) whether the residents have access to a safe and continuous water source; if not, what is the (a) projected timeline for the specified project to resume and (b) earliest date that residents can expect to be given a sanitary and continuous water source; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Water supply to Giyani villages is not reliable due to ageing infrastructure and unauthorized connections. The condition of the infrastructure results in frequent pipe bursts and water leakages. This has necessitated interventions to replace the dilapidated of 325km bulk pipelines and the Nandoni to Nsami pipeline project to ensure sustainable water supply. The Giyani water services project has resumed following the deployment of Department of Water and Sanitation’s Construction North Unit (DWS: CN) during February 2019. The overall progress for the bulk water distribution pipelines is at 54%. In parallel, the construction of the bulk pipeline from Nandoni water supply scheme that will augment water supply deficiencies in Nsami Scheme is also under construction and currently at 35% overall completion.

(2) The Mopani District Municipality as the responsible Water Services Authority (WSA) is responsible for providing water to the residents of Giyani through existing infrastructure which is augmented by completed boreholes and water carting. The refurbishment of the bulk water distribution system to 55 villages is under construction as indicated above. Completion of the various stages of the project is anticipated from March 2021 until March 2022. Further details relating to projects in the Giyani area are as follows:

  • 300km asbestos cement (AC) pipelines have been replaced with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipelines to curb water losses and enhance water supply efficiency. The installed bulk pipelines are not yet operational pending completion of ancillaries, pressure testing and commissioning for the completed sections.
  • The bulk water pipeline that will convey water from Nandoni water supply scheme to augment water supply in Giyani is anticipated to be completed by August 2022.
  • Two of the bulk distribution pipelines to Giyani town and 4 villages (Thomo, Mininginisi Block 2, Mhlava and Muyexe) are partially completed and operational. It is envisaged that these pipelines will be fully functional by March 2021.

04 December 2020 - NW2721

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1) Whether he will furnish Ms E L Powell with the names of all persons (a) currently (b) previously (i) permanently and/or (ii) temporarily employed as members of the National Rapid Response Task Teams (NRRTT) in the Departments of (aa) Water and Sanitation and (bb) Human Settlements since May 2019; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date; (2) on what statutory ground were appointments to the NRRTT made; (3) what is the (a) total cost to company remuneration of each employee in each week, month and year and (b) expense allowance such as travel and cell phone allowance of each employee; (4) whether any bonuses were paid to any employees; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(1) Honourable Member, the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” prohibits Members of Parliament, including Members of the Executive, from providing names of people or companies. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

Department of Water and Sanitation:

(2) Members of the NRRTT for Water and Sanitation are appointed in terms of Section 76(1) of the National Water Services Act.

(3) No travel allowances are provided for members of the NRRTT. However, Members of the NRRTT can submit claims when they have utilised own transport to undertake official duties.

(4) No bonuses were paid to members of the NRRTT. They are only remunerated for the hours worked, in keeping with the rates determined by the Minister for Public Service and Administration.

Department of Human Settlements:

(2) Appointments were done additional to the establishment as per Public Services Regulations.

(3) The members are remunerated at a daily rate of R5 549 per day for a maximum of 20 days per month for the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson and at a daily rate of R4 317 per day for a maximum of 12 days per month for all the other members.

Each payable on submission of individual monthly claims, substantiated with meetings attended (register) and reports on actual work done.

The Department has made a cellular phone allowance available to the members on a monthly basis, to the value of R1 200.00 per month on submission of valid invoice within 30 days, as per Departmental Cellular Phone Policy.

(4) There are no bonuses applicable to members of the National Rapid Response Task Team on Human Settlements.

04 December 2020 - NW2883

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to her reply to oral question 68 on 11 March 2020, by what date will she ensure that the water supply project, that was started five years ago, is completed so that the communities of Giyani who are living in more than fifty villages that do not have water, can have a water supply?

Reply:

Mopani District Municipality as the Water Services Authority is responsible for providing water to the residents of Giyani through existing unreliable infrastructure augmented by completed boreholes and water carting. The replacement of the unreliable bulk water distribution system to 55 villages is in progress. Completion of the various projects is anticipated from March 2021 until March 2022. Two of the bulk distribution pipelines to Giyani town and 4 villages (Thomo, Mninginisi Block 2, Mhlava and Muyexe) are partially completed and under operation. These pipelines will be fully functional by March 2021. The bulk water pipeline that will convey water from Nandoni water supply scheme to augment water supply in Giyani is anticipated to be completed by August 2022.

It should be noted that the water supply to Giyani villages is not reliable due to ageing infrastructure and unauthorized connections. The condition of the infrastructure results in pipe bursts and water leakages. This has necessitated interventions to replace the dilapidated of 325km bulk pipelines and the Nandoni to Nsami pipeline project to ensure sustainable water supply. To date, 300km asbestos cement (AC) pipelines have been replaced with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipelines to curb water losses and enhance water supply efficiency. The installed bulk pipelines are not yet operational pending completion of ancillaries, pressure testing and commissioning for the completed sections.

02 December 2020 - NW2599

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) is the name of the Chief Procurement Officer for the Housing Development Agency (HDA), (b) are the names and positions of all officials who are occupying acting positions at the HDA at the executive level, in respect of (i) the national HDA and (ii) all provincial HDA branches and (c) is the duration in which a specified position has not had a permanent incumbent?

Reply:

(a) The Housing Development Agency does not have a Chief Procurement Officer.

(b) At the HDA has an Acting Chief Executive Officer, Acting Senior Manager for Supply Chain, Acting Regional Manager for Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, and an Acting Provincial Manager for Limpopo.

I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing the Honourable Member with the names of the officials as requested. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(c) Chief Executive Officer: The position has been vacant since 31 December 2019.

Acting Senior Manager - Supply Chain: This position has been vacant since 1 August 2020.

Regional Manager – Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. The position has been vacant since 31 August 2020.

Provincial Manager – Limpopo: This position has been vacant since 2 October 2020.

 

02 December 2020 - NW2453

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Gumbi, Mr HS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What is the total annual water allocation from the Oranje-Fish River Tunnel scheme that diverts water from the Gariep Dam to the Fish River Valley to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) and (b) who or what manages the specified water allocation to NMBMM; (2) whether the NMBMM utilises its full water allocation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there is any possibility that the NMBMM may receive an increased annual water allocation in future; if so, what infrastructure upgrades has she found could possibly ensure increased efficiency and reduce water losses in the system that supplies NMBMM?

Reply:

(1)(a) The total annual water allocation from the Orange River System through the Oranje-Fish Tunnel scheme that diverts water from the Gariep Dam to the Fish and Sundays Rivers to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) is 58,3 million m3/annum.

(b) The water allocation is ensured through the Annual Operating Analysis of the Orange River System as well as Algoa Water Supply System, of which the NMBMM is part of the Stakeholders Operating Forum (SOF). The NMBMM operates the relevant infrastructure that provides potable water to municipal users.

(2) The NMBM is utilising its full allocation at present.

(3)(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) issued a license to NMBM to abstract a total of 58.3 million m3/a of water from the Orange River, with the proviso that the license could be reduced back to 22 million m3/a after 20 years (by 2031). However, NMBM has requested that the license be made permanent on account of its high capital investment. The potential for further allocation in line with potential efficiency savings, to be obtained along the OFS transfer route has been considered and can be considered further, depending on the success of efficiency measures introduced. An additional allocation of 18.25 million m3/a has been recommended, to be made available from water saved through efficiency measures introduced, which could potentially be developed as a Phase 4 of the Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme.

(b) The Orange River Project/Nooitgedacht Low-Level Scheme is one of the interventions with the following upgrades to possibly ensure increased efficiency and reduce water losses in the system that supplies NMBMM:

  • Concrete-lining of the 500 km of earth canals in the Great Fish River Water User Association (GFRWUA) area of jurisdiction by the Water Users Associations (WUA).
  • Improved measuring and monitoring in the GFRWUA and Lower Sundays River Water User Association (LSRWUA) areas of jurisdiction by DWS for flow measurements and the WUAs on actual water use measurements.
  • Removal of reeds along the Great Fish River by the WUAs and the working for programmes.
  • Optimisation of operational releases made at the Elandsdrift and De Mistkraal weirs to be implemented in a step-wise manner by DWS – this involves a revival of the existing Real-Time model.
  • Refurbishment of the Darlington Dam which is currently being evaluated by the Infrastructure unit of DWS.

27 November 2020 - NW1832

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

Whether her department will intervene and/or assist the community of Marikana, Ward 26 in Madibeng, North West, to ensure that they have access to an adequate water supply; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

Therefore, any assistance required by our communities is rendered by municipalities. Should a municipality have difficulties, it approaches the Water Board that services the area. In this case, Magalies Water would assist the municipality.

Notwithstanding the above, I have been informed that the Madibeng Local Municipality has procured and installed three (3) 10 000 litre water tanks to ensure access to clean water, and that these are filled with water on a regular basis.

 

27 November 2020 - NW2751

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

What are the details of her department’s short-term plan to ensure that the community of Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape has access to water, more especially that the draught has almost dried up the Orange River?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) does not consider the Orange River as being under drought conditions and there are no water restrictions imposed on water resource use in the upper Orange River catchment. Therefore, no special drought plans are under consideration. However, the Orange River does have seasonal variations in terms of flow, with lower flows experienced in late winter. Alternative sources such as boreholes and springs are developed and utilised as alternate standby sources.

The Department is aware that the Joe Gqabi District Municipality (JGDM) does have water distribution constraints to the extent that there is a moratorium on further developments until the water services are upgraded in line with the Aliwal North Water Master Plan. The Joe Gqabi District Municipality does have short and medium term plans to improve water services in the area as follows:

a) Two projects already commenced with are the construction of two raw water off-channel storage dams at the water works (MIG funded) and replacement of asbestos cement bulk pipeline and leaking valves (WSIG funded),

b) Funding is currently still being sought for further short term plans to:

  • Build a new 2 Ml Clear Water Sump and install a high lift pump at the WTW,
  • Build a 1,2Ml reservoir and a 400kl elevated tank at the springs; and install a high pressure gravity main.

c) Medium Term Plans:

  • Upgrade of WTW by 2,5Ml and installation of a desalination/package plant at the springs,
  • Replacement of the old 200mm asbestos cement rising main and upgrade of pump station and main reservoir at the springs.

27 November 2020 - NW2823

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

What measures has her department taken to assist (a) water boards and (b) municipalities to continue to supply clean and reliable drinking water to the residents with the tariff increase of 11,5% by her department?

Reply:

(a) There has been no increase (0%) on the Bulk Water Charges imposed on all Water Boards for the 2020/21 financial year. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has also committed R600m in relief funds that will be distributed to cash strapped Water Boards. These funds will also go some way in helping the Water Boards to absorb the increase in raw water charges.

(b) Significant concessions have been given to the Domestic and Industry Sector with regards to Raw Water Use Charges. In terms of Water Resource Management Charges (WRMC), if the charges had been approved in line with the policy (Raw Water Pricing Strategy), the charges would have been increased by a maximum of fifty-six percent (56%). In terms of Water Resource Infrastructure Charges (WRIC), a maximum increase of 16.5% would also have been approved. The Capital Unit Charge (CUC) which is the charged levied on users that take water from schemes that are funded off-budget has not been increased for the 2020/21 financial year. The zero percent (0%) increase has been imposed on those schemes that supply water to domestic users.

It is important to note that all these concessions have had a negative impact on the performance of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in relation to water resource management functions, water resource infrastructure development and maintenance. The DWS provides assistance to the municipalities through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) for the development of new infrastructure and refurbishment thereof to ensure provision of clean Water.

27 November 2020 - NW2659

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she has been informed that the community of Wards 1, 5 and 6 in Madibeng Municipality, North West, does not have access to clean piped water and that this has been the case for years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date is it envisaged that the specified wards will have access to clean piped water?

Reply:

Honourable Member, any assistance required by our communities is rendered by municipalities. Should a municipality have difficulties, it approaches the Water Board that services the area. In this case, Magalies Water would assist the municipality.

I wish to point out that the legislative mandate of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all people and the environment.

The Water Services Act, 1997 refers to municipalities as Water Service Authorities (WSAs) responsible for distribution (reticulation) of water and to supply sanitation services. The Water Services Act in section 3 outlines the right of access to basic water supply and sanitation which mandates that “everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation” and places the responsibility on Water Services Authorities to ensure that they develop a Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) to ensure the realisation of this right.

Section 11 of the Water Services Act, 1997 mandates that “every Water Services Authority has the duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.”

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26 November 2020 - NW1850

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has achieved the objective to which it committed in 2018, namely to complete the eradication of bucket toilets in the Free State; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has not been able to complete the Bucket Eradication Programme in the Free State Province for reasons beyond the control of the department. It is for this reason that I have appointed the Housing Development Agency (HDA) to assist with the backlog.

I have been informed that the backlog can be attributed to the procurement of materials on national tender and Works Quotations (WQ’s) below R500 000,00. In some cases, Works Quotations are rendered unsuccessful as bids received are non-responsive due to:

  • Prices for required materials being very expensive; or
  • Bids not being received on some tenders at all or an insufficient number of bids being received for competitive evaluation and award

In addition, cash flow and delivery (transport) challenges experienced by successful bidders delayed delivery of material to sites prior and during the lockdown period. However, this has since normalised and some materials have been received.

It should also be noted that Supply Chain Management processes are not geared towards the procurement of materials on short notice as all tenders needs to follow Section 217 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

26 November 2020 - NW1978

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

What (a) number of (i) financial and (ii) nonfinancial turnaround strategies has been taken by her department in the past five years and (b) are the relevant costs of the restructuring programmes and turnaround strategies when using external consultants to undertake these interventions?

Reply:

Department of Human Settlements (DHS):

a) There was one Turnaround Strategy and Restructuring Programme undertaken by my Department of Human Settlements in the past 5 years. This was undertaken to align the revised departmental mandate from focusing on housing to the development of Human Settlements, as well as to align personnel resources in response to the National reduction of Compensation of Employees Budget. The process needed an Organisational Structure Review and Alignment, where there were:

  • financial costs for the Organisational Structure Review and Alignment Project, which was done through an external service provider in 2016-2018, due to insufficient capacity internally;
  • non-financial costs for review of the MTSF Strategy, as it was done by existing internal personnel.

b) The total external service provider costs amounted to R706 299.16 for consultancy services for the Organisational Structure Review and Alignment Project. The deliverables concluded by the service provider included:

  1. Recommendations report
  2. Business Case
  3. Macro Organisational Structure
  4. Micro Organisational Structure
  5. Job Descriptions and reports
  6. Job Evaluation and reports
  7. Competency report
  8. Implementation Plan and Migration strategy
  9. Human Resource Plan (draft)
  10. Employment Equity Plan (draft)
  11. Project close-out report
  12. Costing model
  13. Project administration reports

Department of Water and Sanitation:

(a)(i) In 2019 the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in consultation with National Treasury, developed a financial turnaround strategy that is currently being implemented. DWS has not sought the services of consultants.

(ii) The department is currently in the process of reviewing its organisational structure using internal resources.

(b) The DWS has not sought the services of consultants for the review of the structure or the financial and non-financial turnaround strategies in the past five years.

25 November 2020 - NW716

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 34 on 13 March 2020, and given that professional consultants have been working on the project since 2012 or before and have already done most if not all the required planning and design work, the plans and designs already done for the project will be disregarded; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why; (2) what are the details of the work to be done on the feasibility study that is currently undertaken by Umgeni Water; (3) what are the tendered costs of the feasibility study; (4) what are the reasons that the feasibility study undertaken by Umgeni Water will take 24 months to complete?

Reply:

1. The consultant who undertook the Detailed Feasibility and Detailed Design of the project was appointed by uThukela District Municipality, not Umgeni Water, and had not considered whether there was sufficient resource (water) in Spioenkop Dam to support the project demands. As a result, the project could have been constructed but would not have had the raw water resource needed to supply the demand in the area. After much of the planning and detailed design had been completed, the Department of Water and Sanitation undertook a due diligence study to determine whether there would be sufficient water available in Spioenkop Dam to support the scheme. When it became apparent that there would not be sufficient resource available the project was discontinued in the planned format

(2) Umgeni Water has recently completed a Framework Tender process and now has a panel of consultants to draw from for planning and detailed design projects. A consultant will be appointed from this panel to undertake the Detailed Feasibility Study of the project and this appointment is likely to be made the end of 2020, after the completion of the Terms of Reference, which are currently being developed by the project team.

(3) The procurement process has not, as yet, been completed and hence it is not possible to present the expected costs of the detailed feasibility study for this project.

(4) The bulk water supply scheme to supply Ladysmith will be a large and complex project and will have to include the development of a new resource (dam) and appropriate bulk infrastructure to treat and supply the water. Large projects of this complexity take time to plan and implement and the risk of rushing or curtailing the process can have huge risk and capital consequences. The planning study would include, amongst others, an options analysis, water resource assessment for each option, water quality monitoring and assessment, process investigation, pipeline alignments, water treatment plant, pump station and reservoir positioning, land and geotech surveys, economic and financial analyses and environmental investigations. All of these studies take time to undertake and are important to fully investigate to ensure the success of the project.

19 November 2020 - NW2386

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What assistance does her department offer the community of Lwamondo-Habelemu outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo to have a stable supply of water?

Reply:

Any assistance with water required by our communities is rendered by municipalities. Should a municipality have difficulties, it approaches the Water Board that services the area. In this case, Lepelle Northern Water would assist the said municipality.

Notwithstanding, the information available on the matter raised by the Honourable Member, is that three (3) Eskom poles were damaged due to heavy rainfalls in the area since 07 October 2020, which affected the transmission of electricity.

However, Eskom reconnected the supply of electricity on 16 October 2020. Water is currently being pumped from the package plant and the supply is back to normality. The community is now receiving water without difficulties.

19 November 2020 - NW2501

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) total number of persons are currently on the housing waiting list, (b) is the breakdown of the waiting list in each province and (c) total number of houses is her department planning to build each year in the next 10 years?

Reply:

(a) In terms of our Constitutional delineation of responsibilities, municipalities are responsible for housing lists. The National Department of Human Settlements sets norms and standards, and monitor their implementation. Having realised the lack of capacity in certain municipalities, we decided to institute a National Housing Needs Register on which household can record their housing needs.

This National Housing Needs Register is different from a waiting list as it is used by provinces to select household who can be approached with an offer to apply for specific housing opportunities as these are created within Greenfield projects. Provinces and municipalities are encouraged to make use of the National Housing Needs Register system as it provides for a fair, transparent and just process of selection of prospective subsidy beneficiaries and allows for regional specific preferential selection criteria.

The System is linked to National Guidelines for the Allocation of Housing Opportunities created through the National Housing Programmes. The total number of households that have registered their need for adequate shelter as on 23 October 2020 is 2,537,968. The Honourable Member should note that the Western Cape does not utilize the National Housing Needs Register

(b) Below breakdown of number of households that have registered their need for adequate shelter per province as on 23 October 2020 on the National Housing Needs Register:

(c) The number of houses build by provinces depends on the HSDG budget allocation to each province every financial year. In the 2020/21 financial year the Department has planned to deliver the number of housing units and serviced as indicated below:

 

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Province

Total No of projects

Serviced sites

Housing Units

CRU (units)

FLISP

Planned sites

Planned units

Planned sites

Planned units

Eastern Cape

465

3 727

7 025

0

200

5 056

7 805

5 413

8 172

Free State

155

3 778

2 431

100

100

1 000

5 858

1 000

5 107

Gauteng

184

13 851

9 563

0

100

9 977

16 011

10 177

16 311

KwaZulu Natal

346

5 208

11 020

400

252

2 846

13 176

2 458

14 877

Limpopo

163

2 839

5 214

150

25

2 500

5 664

2 500

2 896

Mpumalanga

153

3 426

4 369

128

100

4 400

4 436

5 000

3 793

Northern Cape

47

2 329

376

190

20

4 352

909

2 470

103

North West

351

3 692

6 381

0

40

5 198

6 156

7 663

5 776

Western Cape

147

5 697

7 843

0

598

10 736

11 450

6 323

10 241

Nat Total

2011

44 547

54 222

968

1 435

46 065

71 465

43 004

67 276

 

Further to the above, the Department will through the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) deliver the following in the 2020/21 MTEF:

 

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Planned Social Housing Units

5 800

6 700

8 000

 

19 November 2020 - NW1645

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) What measures has her department put in place to ensure that there is sufficient sanitation at informal settlements across the Republic, where persons often share ablution facilities and (b) has she undertaken any study to determine what would be sufficient ablution facilities to enable the social distancing now required to combat Covid-19?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Human Settlements, working closely with provincial Departments of Human Settlements and municipalities has put in place a strategy and implementation plan to ensure that there is sufficient sanitation in informal settlements across the Republic, where persons often share ablution facilities. Informal settlements have been identified as high priority area for mass sanitisation disinfection. Areas to be disinfected include communal water collection points and communal toilet facilities. The response plan provides measures proposed through the current Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme (UISP) to immediately:

1. Minimise and mitigate the rate of COVID-19 infections and spread, through interventions in vulnerable households and communities, focused on informal settlements, hostels, inner-cities and backyards.

2. Enable households to observe physical and/or social distancing and self-isolation in terms of public health regulations.

3. Resettlement of identified dense and overcrowded settlements through the establishment of Transitional Residential Areas (TRAs).

4. Enhance implementation process of the projects currently underway with specific focus on projects benefiting informal settlements households.

(b) The Department together with Provinces have identified informal settlements without and those with limited services to determine what would be sufficient ablution facilities to enable the social distancing now required to combat Covid-19 by installing new or augmenting the existing basic services i.e. communal water points and communal toilet facilities. Additional action to mitigate COVID-19 has been established through a National Human Settlements Command Centre (NHSCC) that has been set up at the HDA. All Provinces and Metropolitan Municipalities are members of the NHSCC.

11 November 2020 - NW2524

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What (a) steps will she take to ensure that the residents of the Greater Letaba Local Municipality will have access to clean quality water and (b) are the reasons for the disruption in water supply at the specified municipality?

Reply:

a) The Greater Letaba Municipality Local Municipality falls within the Mopani District Municipality which is a Water Services Authority (WSA) and has a constitutional mandate to ensure adequate supply of clean water within its areas of jurisdiction including Greater Letaba Local Municipality.

The Greater Letaba Local Municipality has a total population of 247 739 residing in 132 villages and 3 towns namely Sekgosese, Modjadjiskloof and Kgapane which are serviced by two Water Treatment Works (WTW) both of which are currently performing at 72%. The details are as follows:

  • Politsi WTW which is operated by Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) with a design capacity of 5.5 Ml/d; currently producing 6 Ml/d. The plant abstracts raw water at Vergelegen Dam which is at 100.33%
  • The Modjadji WTW is operated by Mopani District Municipality which has a design capacity of 12 Ml/d and currently producing 7 Ml/d due to insufficient raw water from Modjadji Dam the level of which are currently at 11%.

The surface bulk water supply is augmented by 334 boreholes, 231 of which are operational and 103 are not operational. The details of the boreholes that are not operational are as follows:

  • 39 boreholes are awaiting ESKOM connections and application are in progress,
  • 4 boreholes were vandalized,
  • 7 boreholes collapsed,
  • 39 boreholes are dry and require funds for re-drilling.

The Mopani District Municipality is currently attending to 18 boreholes which require electrical and mechanical maintenance and 4 boreholes out of the 18 boreholes will augment the Modjadji WTW. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) and over the 2020/21 MTEF has allocated R45 000 000 to assist Mopani District Municipality which will also the Greater Letaba Local Municipality.

Furthermore, Mopani District Municipality is currently implementing 7 MIG water projects within Greater Letaba Local Municipality and the overall progress is at 52%. This is meant to address bulk pipeline development and reticulation within villages.

b) The following are the reasons for the disruption in water supply at the within Greater Letaba Local Municipality:

  • Modjadji Dam is currently at 11% and there are restrictions that are imposed by the Department which require users to reduce abstraction by 50%. This has reduced the performance of Modjadji WWTW by almost 50%.
  • The Greater Letaba Local Municipality currently has 103 non-functional boreholes as per details provided above.

 

10 November 2020 - NW2218

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the status of the 30-day payment within the Department of Water and Sanitation, (b) who are the suppliers that have not been paid within 30 days and (c) what is the value of the non-payments?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation has informed me that it has settled all commitments and liabilities relating to procured goods and services, including services provided in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

04 November 2020 - NW2196

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the Seraleng Housing Project situated along the Z543 Meriting, Rustenburg, GPS co-ordinates -25.592018, 27.254960, (a) what is the total amount her department paid for the specified project, (b) what is the name of the person into whose bank account her department paid the money and (c) will she provide the bank statement of the account; (2) whether her department owes any outstanding amount to the contractor; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, where is that money currently

Reply:

Honourable Member, please be advised that my Department did not appoint the contractor for the Seraleng Housing Project and therefore did not pay any money towards the project.

04 November 2020 - NW2195

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the Seraleng Housing Project situated along the Z543 Meriting, Rustenburg, GPS co-ordinates -25.592018, 27.254960, what is the (a) name of the company to whom her department awarded the tender to build the houses, (b) total number of houses that were planned for the specified project and (c) total amount of the tender that was awarded; (2) on what date did the (a) building of the houses commence and (b) project grind to a halt?

Reply:

(1)(a) The tender for the Seraleng Housing Project was not awarded by my Department but by the North West Provincial Department of Human Settlements. With regards to the request for name of a contractor involved in the housing project referred to in this question, I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing the Honourable Member with the name of the contractor. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(b) I am informed that the total number of houses to be built was 557.

(c) The total amount of the tender was R89 146 104.11

(2)(a) I am further advised that the building of houses commenced in October 2015 and

(b) the project was halted in 2018.

29 October 2020 - NW2077

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

Given that about 250 housing beneficiaries in the Missionvale Reconstruction and Development Programme project in Port Elizabeth are still waiting for houses to be built on concrete foundation slabs laid since 2014, (a) by what date will her department complete the construction of the specified houses, (b) what is the name of the contractor that was appointed to build the houses and (c) what total amount has the specified contractor been paid to date?

Reply:

(a) The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements (ECDHS) reported that the planned total yield of the Missionvale Project is 2 498, of which 2 291 housing units have been completed and the remaining balance is 207. The date for completion of the construction of the specified houses cannot be confirmed at this stage because the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) is yet to submit an application to the ECDHS for the unblocking of the project. The said application must be accompanied by proof which confirms that the bulk infrastructure services are fully functional.

(b) The ECDHS appointed Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality as the developer for the Missionvale Project. Subsequently, the NMBMM appointed Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) for the construction of the houses.

With regards to the request for name(s) of contractors involved in the housing project referred to in this question, I am constrained and prohibited by the document titled “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly” from providing the Honourable Member with the name of the contractor. The document referred to states that:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

(c) The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has advised that it has expended an amount of R157 639 933.26, to date, to the contractors for the work and value they created at the Missionvale Project.

29 October 2020 - NW2276

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

What (a) total number of wastewater treatment plants are in a serious state of decay in the Republic, (b) measures has she put in place to refurbish and maintain the specified plants and (c) impact will there be if she fails to refurbish and maintain the plants?

Reply:

(a) The total number of Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) that are in a state of decay in the Republic are 265

(b) Maintenance and refurbishment of Waste Water Treatment Works is the primary responsibility of the Water Service Authorities (WSAs), i.e. municipalities. However, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) works together with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to ensure that municipalities receive the necessary support and grant funding to refurbish and maintain their assets. Water Service Authorities, through their Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) allocation for water and sanitation, have allocated funding for the refurbishment of some of WWTW.

The Department also funds certain refurbishment and upgrading projects that meet the criteria of the different funding programmes such as Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG). Some of the specified plants have been included in these programs depending on availability of funds availed to the Regions. The intended outcome is to improve the performance of the plants which will, in turn, improve the quality of effluent discharged into the water resources.

Further, the DWS conducts regular inspections and requires local authorities to develop Operation and Maintenance plans as a mandatory activity. These plans must provide system operators in the municipalities with comprehensive guidelines, procedures, and the necessary technical references to efficiently operate wastewater plants. Local authorities are required to amend the plans whenever there is a change in the treatment works design, construction, operations or maintenance which substantially changes the treatment works operations and maintenance procedures.

(c) Non-functional Waste Water Treatment Plants leads to the pollution of water resources. Pollution contributes to the deterioration of water quality which impacts on the sustainability of the ecosystems in the water resources. Poor water quality increases water treatment costs. Pollution of water resources also poses a health risk to the citizens as high microbial counts in the water may cause waterborne diseases like diarrhoea which may lead to loss of life. It can also impact on the economy of the country since it is a risk to irrigated crops and exports market, and therefore can result in the loss of investors and business opportunities.

19 October 2020 - NW1977

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Given that the community of Motala Farm in Ward 15 in the Ethekwini region has been without houses and proper sanitation since the dawn of democracy and that even though land was identified on which to build them houses, nothing has been done, by what date does she envisage will her department build proper houses and provide sanitation to the specified community?

Reply:

Based on the information provided by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements, the project is at a pre-feasibility stage. An application was received by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements from eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which was duly processed and feedback was accordingly provided to the Metropolitan Municipality. The eThekwini Metro is currently incorporating all the comments received from the Provincial Department of Human Settlements, to ensure that the project meets the funding criteria for the Human Settlement Development Grant (HSDG).

The table below provides the timeframes and envisaged dates for the execution of project tasks which includes the construction of houses.

Activity

Time Frame

Approval of project implementation funding

February 2021

Detailed planning studies

October 2019 - June 2021

Pre – Implementation Submission Consultations

April 2021

Final planning application submission

May 2021

Planning approval

June 2021

Submission and approval of Tranche 2 application to Provincial Department

July – September 2021

Installation of Services

October 2021 - March 2022

Top structure construction

April 2022

12 October 2020 - NW2076

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

(1)Why did her department order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof in Gauteng by the Red Ants without a court order; (2) whether she is aware of the lives lost during the eviction process; if so, what action will she take against those persons responsible for the specified deaths?

Reply:

(1) The National Department of Human Settlements did not order the eviction of the residents of Fleurhof.

(2) Honourable Member, I learnt of the regrettable death of a man at the scene of the evictions in Fleurhof. I am informed that the matter is currently the subject of investigations by the relevant law enforcement agencies.

Further, the Honourable Member will recall that at the Portfolio Committee meeting of 6 October 2020 she asked me about the Fleurhof eviction and I promised to table a report on the matter once it has been finalised.

12 October 2020 - NW1694

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the breakdown of the allocation of title deeds in each municipality in each province; (2) what are the full relevant details of the number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province?

Reply:

  1. The provincial breakdown for the allocation of title deeds per province per municipality is attached as Annexure A.
  2. The number of persons who are still on the housing waiting list in each municipality in each province is attached as Annexure B.

Annexure B indicates the number of households per province that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR).

The total number of households per province are presented as follow:

  • Approved On Housing Subsidy System (HSS): indicates the total number of households on the NHNR that have completed subsidy application forms and these subsidy applications forms were approved against the relevant project.
  • On NHNR Only: indicates the total number of households that have registered their need for adequate shelter on the NHNR. These households have not completed the subsidy applications forms to date.

Please note that the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements is not utilizing the NHNR.

12 October 2020 - NW1979

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

Given that the community of Hammanskraal is drinking contaminated water due to the ageing Temba Water Treatment Plant which is unable to function properly, what (a) short-term plans does her department have to ensure the purification of the water for the specified community, (b) kind of maintenance has been identified by her department that is needed for the specified treatment plant and (c) steps is she taking to ensure that the treatment plant is functioning properly?

Reply:

(a) Water purification is a function that resides with the Water Services Authorities (municipalities) according to Water Services Act no 108, 1997.

(b) The Temba Water Treatment Plant has been upgraded and handed over to the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) in February 2020.

(c) The Department of Water and Sanitation monitors the Water Service Authority (the City of Tshwane) by conducting technical inspections to ensure:

    • that the plant is operated by qualified Process Controllers and a qualified maintenance team;
    • availability of operational manual and operational log books.

12 October 2020 - NW1471

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

What (a) measures has she put in place to stop the City of Cape Town from forcefully evicting people from their homes (i) during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (ii) in the middle of winter and (b) challenges has she encountered in the face of belligerent city councils who are adamant on evicting people from the homes despite her previous announcement that evictions would be disallowed during the lockdown to curb the spread of the virus?

Reply:

Honourable Member, we received a number of complaints regarding evictions and therefore ensured that the following regulations were issued for the duration of the lockdown period.

The Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act of 2002 by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, on 16 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43232) on the prohibition on evictions, states that “no person may be evicted from their place of residence. Regardless of whether it is a formal or informal residence or a farm dwelling, for the duration of the lockdown."

Moreover, Regulation 19 of the Regulations issued on 29 April 2020 (Regulations Gazette 43258) on the Prohibition on Evictions provides that:

“A competent court may grant an order for the eviction of any person from land or a home in terms of the provisions of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998: Provided that any order of eviction shall be stayed and suspended until the last day Alert Level 4, unless a court decides that it is not just and equitable to stay and suspend the order until the last day of the Alert Level 4 period”.

Although the said regulations were issued, the implementation thereof fall under different authorities. In upholding and affirming the regulations cited above, Imade a public appeal to municipalities and private property owners to suspend evictions during the lockdown and instead for all parties to prioritise measures aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have intervened in cases where we had been made aware of this and have also communicated these details to the public.

On 16 July 2020, I issued a media statement wherein I urged the City of Cape Town to adhere to the Alert Level 3 Regulations which prohibit the evictions of persons from their homes. I also confirmed my unwavering commitment to support the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements to provide basic services such as water and sanitation in their rollout of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Program.

29 September 2020 - NW1945

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether her department has allocated a budget for the construction of houses in Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, (a) what total number of houses will be built, (b) what progress has been made with regard to the various approvals including Water Use Licence Authorisation and (c) on what date is commencement envisaged; (2) whether, with reference to delays that may persist for more than six months, her department has contingency plans in place to assist with temporary relief housing for families who have nowhere to live, given that no houses have been built in the past 24 years in Nieu-Bethesda; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements (ECDHS) approved funding to the amount of R1 708 350, 70 for the planning and design stage of the construction of houses in Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. The planning and design stage is scheduled for completion by March 2022. The budget for internal services infrastructure will be allocated in 2022/23 financial year (October 2022) and the budget for the construction of houses will be allocated in the 2023/24 financial year.

(a) The initial number of houses to be built was 250, however, the project scope had to be reduced to 173 due to the surrounding wetland. Upon submission of the Basic Assessment Report (BAR) to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), the project was further reduced to 100 erven in order to move the development to a safety zone, further away from the wetland.

REQUIRED APPROVALS

PROGRESS

Layout Plan Approval

A large portion of the land bought by the Beyers Naude Local Municipality (BNLM) for development has upon investigation proven to be undevelopable due to an existing wetland that covers much of the area between Nieu Bethesda and Pienaarsig. The seasonal nature of the wetland was deemed to be problematic for development and has reduced the remaining developable land to only 100 erven that can be accommodated within the demarcated area. This required the town planner to go through several layout changes before the ideal layout could be agreed on with the available land. These options also had to be discussed with the community on more than one occasion.

The Layout Plan is currently with the BNLM and will be subjected to the requisite approval processes.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Approval

The Basic Assessment Report was revised and submitted to DEDEAT. Thereafter, the DEDEAT will issue a Record of Decision (RoD).

WULA

The Water Use Licence Application (WULA) documentation had been prepared for the original layout plan but a wetland was discovered on the initial project area. The discovery of the wetland prompted a revision of the WULA study. The revision of the study is underway.

Engineering Designs

The preliminary engineering designs for the provision of bulk infrastructure services were completed in May 2015.

Following the identification of a wetland on the planned development area, the final engineering designs had to be amended.

Land Survey

A Land Survey had already been done on the original layout plan on which some land portions were later declared undevelopable due to the wetland.

The Land Surveyor will survey additional areas which were not initially included in the planned developable area.

(b) The planning stage will be completed in March 2022 due to the process of Water Use Licence Application (WULA) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approvals. It is envisaged that the installation of services will start in October 2022 and the Construction of houses in April 2023.

(2) Yes, there is a contingency plan in place in terms of which the ECDHS, (Sarah Baartman Regional Office) has requested the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality to identify the destitute and vulnerable families in the area, who will be allocated with Temporary Residential Units (TRU). To this end, the municipality has identified and profiled seven destitute families who are scheduled to receive their TRUs by end of October 2020.