Questions and Replies

18 July 2019 - NW126

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

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

Reply:

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

END

 

18 July 2019 - NW176

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08 July 2019 - NW95

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

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

Reply:

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

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

(i) Organisational structures interim measures

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

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

(ii) Creation and filling of posts

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

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

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

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

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

(iv) Posts in the Offices of Executive Authorities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vi) Decremental Budgets allocated for payment of Performance Bonus

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

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

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

Financial Year

Maximum % of Remuneration Budget

2018/19

1.5%

2019/20

0.75%

2020/21

0.5%

2021/22

0%

Post 2022

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

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

25 March 2019 - NW674

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

With reference to the number of Senior Management Service members in the national departments who received gifts and/or sponsorships to the value of R5 103 874,26 as contained in the Public Service Commission Report released in February 2019, (a) which (i) directors-general, (ii) heads of departments, (iii) deputy directors-general, (iv) chief directors and (v) directors are implicated in each case and (b) what (i) was the value of each individual gift and/or sponsorship in each case and (ii) are the details of the sponsorship?

Reply:

Regulation 18 of the Public Service Regulations (PSR) require each Head of Department (HoD) to submit their disclosure forms including disclosure forms of officials in their department to the relevant Executive Authority (EA) of their Department, the EA and Head of Department to submit copies of these disclosures forms to the Public Service Commission. Therefore, each department is in a better position to provide details of these gifts and or sponsorship.

25 March 2019 - NW349

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What number of (a) employees are currently on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (b) the specified employees have been on suspension for (i) more than six months but less than one year, (ii) more than one year but less than two years and (iii) two years or more; (2) what amount has been paid to employees who are on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (a) national and (b) provincial department (i) in the 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

Auditing process on the amount and number of employees currently on suspension since 1 April 2018 has not been completed

 

 

25 March 2019 - NW516

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does her department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c)(i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property?

Reply:

(a) The number of:

(i) buildings: 2

(aa) own: 0

(bb) rent: 2

(ii) properties: 0

(iii) facilities: 0

(b) The value and purpose of each:

(i) owned: n/a

(ii) rented property:

  • Maponya Mall: Office Accomodation
  • Batho Pele House Office Accomodation

(iii) Value of the properties unknown

(c) (i) for how long has each property been rented,

  • Maponya Mall: February 2010
  • Batho Pele House December 2015

(ii) from whom is each property rented:

  • Maponya Mall: Department of Public Works
  • Batho Pele House Department of Public Works

(iii) what is the monthly rental fee for each property?

  • Maponya Mall: R510 889.88
  • Batho Pele House R3 227 378.00

25 March 2019 - NW676

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service Administration

What is the total number of members of the Senior Management Service in each provincial department who were involved in doing business with Government (a) in the 2017-18 financial year and (b) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

Verification process of the number of employees in the respective provincial government departments is at an advance stages of completion.

25 March 2019 - NW675

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

With regard to the 3 655 officials that were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities reported through the National Anti-Corruption Hotline and the recovery of R420 million from perpetrators in the period 1 September 2004 to 31 March 2018 as stated in the Public Service Commission Report tabled in February 2019 for the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) 2017-18 financial years, (i) which departments were affected, (ii) what total amounts were involved before recovery in each department, (iii) what total amounts were recovered in respect of each department and (iv) what total number of officials is still in the Public Service in each affected department?

Reply:

Each government department is in a better position to provide Parliament with total amounts recovered in their respective departments

11 March 2019 - NW348

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What number of Public Service employees were employed in each provincial department of (a) education and (b) health (i) on the last day of the (aa) 2015-16, (bb) 2016-17 and (cc) 2017-18 financial years and (ii) on 28 February 2019?

Reply:

The number of Public Service employees that were employed in each provincial department of (a) education and (b) health (i) on the last day of the (aa) 2015-16, (bb) 2016-17 and (cc) 2017-18 financial years and (ii) on 31 January 2019 (February 2019 information not available at time of compilation), were as follows:

11 March 2019 - NW540

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether she, since her reply to question 2193 on 17 September 2018, is now able to indicate which criteria will be followed by her department to determine which civil servants can be offered early retirement packages; (2) what number of (a) black, (b) white, (c) coloured and (d) Indian civil servants meet the specified criteria; (3) with reference to the number of years of service in the Public Service, which is the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest period of service required from civil servants in order to qualify for the specified retirement packages; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. In terms of Section 16 (6) of the Public Service Act, 1994, approval of early retirement is a function delegated to each Executive Authority. This means each Executive Authority uses his or her discretion to approve early retirement, taking into account the motivation furnished by the employee when applying for early retirement.

DPSA has however provided criteria to be considered by Executive Authority when approving early retirement which are as follows:

i) the applicant is aged 55 to 60 years

ii) here shall be no negative impact on the delivery of services by the department

iii) there shall be no skills deficit created within the department

iv) the Human Resources Planning needs were considered

v) potential future fiscal savings will be realised in terms of NT’s conditions, and

vi) consideration is given to functions that are not aligned to a department’s mandate, structure and post provisioning norms.

We still need to engage Labour before issuing the early retirement circular and guideline.

2. This information will only be available once the Executive Authority of each department approved the application they received from the employees in their departments.

3. When an employee retires, his or her pension benefits are determined by the number of years of pensionable service. An employee with less than ten years of service, only receives a once-off lump sum (gratuity), whereas an employee with more than ten years of service, receives both a gratuity and monthly pension (annuity). An employee with less that fifteen years actual service, does not qualify for continued post-retirement medical assistance.

4. Not at this stage.

11 March 2019 - NW273

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

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

Reply:

The Department of Public Service and Administration in 2018 held:

a) Four (4) Tender Briefings, and

b) All four (4) Tender Briefings were Compulsory.

07 March 2019 - NW349

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) What number of (a) employees are currently on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (i) national and (ii) provincial department and (b) the specified employees have been on suspension for (i) more than six months but less than one year, (ii) more than one year but less than two years and (iii) two years or more; (2) what amount has been paid to employees who are on suspension pending disciplinary action in each (a) national and (b) provincial department (i) in the 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

REPLY ORIGINATOR:

Name:

Designation:

Contacts:

E-Mail:

Recommended / Not recommended

__________________

Prof. Richard Levin

Director General: Public Service and Administration

Date: _____________

Recommend / Not Recommend

_______________________

Dr Chane Pilane-Majake, MP

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

Approved/ Not approved

__________________

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, MP

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

07 March 2019 - NW348

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

What number of Public Service employees were employed in each provincial department of (a) education and (b) health (i) on the last day of the (aa) 2015-16, (bb) 2016-17 and (cc) 2017-18 financial years and (ii) on 28 February 2019?

Reply:

REPLY ORIGINATOR:

Name:

Designation:

Contacts:

E-Mail:

Recommended / Not recommended

__________________

Prof. Richard Levin

Director General: Public Service and Administration

Date: _____________

Recommend / Not Recommend

_______________________

Dr Chane Pilane-Majake, MP

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

Approved/ Not approved

__________________

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, MP

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

21 December 2018 - NW3850

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her contracted the services of a certain company, in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No.
  1. Falls away

21 December 2018 - NW3910

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

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, her department and the entities reporting to her implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council resolution that all persons employed in the Public Service as Assistant Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 9 to level 10, and that all Deputy Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 11 to level 12; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Grade Progression Model contemplated in PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009 has been implemented with effect from 1 April 2009.

  • What PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 in clause 18.1 seeks to achieve is the rectification of the agreement that was agreed upon in clause 3.6.3.2 of PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009.

The “movement from one salary level to another” in the Public Service is achieved in terms of in the following processes or circumstances:

(i) Through ‘Grade Progression’ from the salary level attached to an employee’s post to the next higher salary level only in recognition for long and loyal service, based on compliance with the prescribed service period and minimum performance standards. Grade progression is facilitated through PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009, and not Resolution 1 of 2012, which contains the Grade Progression Model for employees on salary levels 1 to 12 not covered by an Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD).

(ii) Through advertisement in the open media whereby appointment to a higher graded vacant post, is based on where an employee has applied for a higher graded vacancy, and has been the recommended candidate through an “open competition” process.

Grade progression of employees is continuing in terms of the Resolution as and when employees meet the qualifying criteria.

21 December 2018 - NW3797

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1760 on 4 June 2018, the auditing processes on the expenditure during the period 2017-18 has been completed yet; if not, by what date is it envisaged to be completed; if so, what was the total expenditure incurred by the Government relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

Every Government department is in better position to provide the total expenditure incurred relating to the travel privileges of spouses, widows or widowers of their former Ministers and Deputy Ministers in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

03 December 2018 - NW3657

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2961 on 16 November 2018, what are the details of the response received on 26 June 2017; (2) will she provide Mr M Tshwaku with a copy of the response; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date will she provide the copy?

Reply:

Correspondence on the response referred to in this parliamentary Question was received from the Executive Authority of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Therefore, the DWS Executive Authority is in a better position to prove a copy of this correspondence to the Honourable Member.

03 December 2018 - NW3307

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)(a) On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her last upgraded or updated, (b) what is the name of the company contracted to do the upgrades, (c) what was the monetary value of the contract and (d) what is the name of each IT system that was upgraded; (2) (a) what is the name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her and (b) what is the value of the contract?

Reply:

Annual Reports of the (i) Department of Public Service and Administration and (ii) its entities tabled in Parliament recently include their Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure.

03 December 2018 - NW3493

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)How many private consultants had been appointed in each separate government department in the financial year (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17 and (f) 2017-18; (2) what is the cost associated with each listed consultant's contract in each specified financial year; (3) whether she will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

(1) Each separate government department is in a better position to provide response on consultant, which each government department has appointed.

(2) Refer to afore-mentioned response in paragraph (1)

(3) Not at this stage

16 November 2018 - NW2961

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

Has the Public Service Commission received a report from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on progress made with implementing the recommendations of its report titled Investigation into the Irregularity of the Appointment of DDGs at the Department of Water and Sanitation?

Reply:

Yes, the Public Service Commission received a response dated 26 June 2017 from the former Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms NP Mokonyane.

16 November 2018 - NW2934

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

(a) What (i) is the total number of employees that have been outsourced from private companies and/or contractors by (aa) her department and (bb) each entity reporting to her (aaa) in the past three financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018 and (ii) is the name of each company or contractor and (b) what amount is each employee paid?

Reply:

The Department and its entities have not outsourced any employees from private companies/or contractors in the past 3 years including 2018.

 

16 November 2018 - NW3121

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, since she served in Cabinet, she (a)(i) was ever influenced by any person and/or (ii) influenced any of her department’s employees to take any official administrative action on behalf of any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (b) attended any meeting where any of the specified persons were present; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Parliamentary document entitled Announcements, Tablings and Committee (ATC) Report dated 25 November 2016 state that “Questions may not refer to matters under consideration of a parliamentary committee….” Therefore, allegations have been submitted to the Parliament Joint Ethics Committee on the Minister in relation to the family referred to in this Parliamentary Question.

16 November 2018 - NW3170

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What number of public servants were held personally liable the past five financial years for any damage and/or legal costs that the State had to incur due to the actions of the specified public servants; (2) (a) Why did the State make payments in each respective financial year and (b) what amount (i) did the State have to pay for claims against the State and (ii) has been paid to the State by each specified public servant for his or her actions that had resulted in the claim; (3) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Since this parliamentary question is on public servants, therefore, every state department, which has public servants as its employees, is in a better position to account to Parliament on any damage and or legal cost incurred by the state due to actions of the specified public servants in their employ.  

16 November 2018 - NW3243

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

None

16 November 2018 - NW3275

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

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her awarded any contracts and/or tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, in each case, (i) what service was provided, (ii) what was the (aa) value and (bb) length of the tender and/or contract, (iii) who approved the tender and/or contract and (iv) was the tender and/or contract in line with all National Treasury and departmental procurement guidelines?

Reply:

Names of companies, which have been awarded contract and or tender by the Department and its entities, including details of contracts and or tender, such as services provided were submitted to Parliament in the form of Annual Reports, which were tabled in Parliament.

16 November 2018 - NW3455

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)(a) On what date did her department last conduct an audit of artwork owned by Government which is under her department’s curatorship and (b) what are the details of each artwork under the curatorship of her department according to the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice 103; (2) Whether any artworks under her department’s curatorship have gone missing (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) does not have artwork which belongs to Government.

(2) Falls away.

17 September 2018 - NW2361

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) number of government employees on (i) national and (ii) provincial level on the PERSAL system are over the age of 60 years and (b) is the breakdown of the specified government employees in terms of (i) age, (ii) department and (iii) salary level?

Reply:

The National Treasury is a custodian of PERSAL System, as such, in a better position to provide the figures

17 September 2018 - NW2324

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved;

Reply:

Audited information in this regard will be submitted to parliament through annual reports, which will be tabled in parliament during this month of September 2018 as required by the parliamentary prescripts.

17 September 2018 - NW2193

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) With reference to her reply to question 2187 on 18 June 2018, what criteria is followed by her department to determine which public servants can be offered early retirement packages; (2) what number of (a) black, (b) white, (c) coloured and (d) Indian employees in the Public Service comply with the stated criteria; (3) with reference to the number of service years in the Public Service, which is the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest service period to be rendered by public servants in order to qualify for the specified retirement packages; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Details on voluntary early retirement packages have not been concluded yet, consultations in this regard with relevant stakeholders is a work in progress, this consultation will also be extended to labour, once all process have been finalised, a communique will be issued

17 September 2018 - NW2501

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Ntombela, Mr MLD to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What progress has been recorded to date in the development of a framework that will inform the management of lifestyle audits in the Public Service?

Reply:

The Development of a framework on lifestyle audits on public service employees is at a consultative stage with sector departments and constitutional institutions such as the Public Service Commission. The consultations will also be extended to relevant stakeholders including labour. These consultations will assist us to produce a sustainable framework on the lifestyle audits, which is consistent with the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The lifestyle audits will further strengthen existing measures, which include declarations by the public service employees, the financial intelligence centres act, amongst others, the aim is to protect public service against any ills.

 

17 September 2018 - NW2444

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

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

Reply:

The Department of Public Service and Administration and its entities do not owned land

18 June 2018 - NW2147

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

Whether, with reference to the replies to questions 580 on 21 May 2018 and 1729 on 8 June 2018 (details furnished), the Public Service Commission has now received the letter referenced DS/R/104/29; if so, what steps have been taken by the Public Service Commission?

Reply:

According to the Public Service Commission, the letter has been received and a response thereof was sent to the author.

18 June 2018 - NW2058

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) With reference to her reply to question 1737 on 4 June 2018, what number (a) of employees in his department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for (i) less than 60 days, (ii) 60 to 90 days, (iii) 90 to 120 days and (iv) longer than 120 days; (2) what is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

1. Only one employee at level nine (9) is currently suspended on full salary for longer than 120 days

2. The service provision in relation to the suspended employee is being shared amongst DPSA employees, who continue to provide the required services during this period of suspension.

18 June 2018 - NW2187

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister Public Service and Administration

In light of the recently concluded three-year multi-term public service wage, which exceeds the provisions made in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, and the growing concerns over an escalating Public Service wage bill and a contracting economy which pose serious challenges to the already strained Government fiscal purse and the rating prospects of the country, what (a) cost containment measures will be implemented by her department in respect of the Public Service wage bill after the three-year agreement and (b) what has she found will be the impact of such measures on service delivery?

Reply:

In the 2018 State-of-the National Address, the President alluded to a review of configuration of government departments, this reconfiguration of government departments will amongst others reduce size of the public service, which will in turn reduce an increases of public service wage bill. The Department of Public Service and Administration is also putting together measures to contain huge increases of the public service wage bill, these measures include (i) employee-initiated severance package, (ii) early retirement without penalties, (iii) review of performance management and incentive system, (iv) centralised job grading and evaluation, (v) more effective management of allowances, including base amounts and frequency of adjustments, (vi) review of structure of government to reduce fragmentation, duplication of functions and elimination of redundant posts, amongst others, (vii) careful management of earnings growth including allowances, performance incentives and other benefits and also management of both headcount and earnings of public servants

All these measures will be implemented in a manner that avoids negative impact on the capacity of the state to deliver quality public services.

04 June 2018 - NW1414

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van der Westhuizen, Mr AP to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether there have been any talks and/or progress in the establishment of a separate bargaining council for the Department of Higher Education and Training; if not, what steps still need to be taken to establish the bargaining council; if so, what progress has been made in this regard; (2) which bargaining council(s) is/are currently responsible to deal with issues regarding the service conditions of public service staff employed by the Department of Higher Education and Training; (3) on what date did the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council or the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council receive the draft collective agreement on the service conditions of staff employed at community education and training centres as proposed by the Department of Higher Education and Training; (4) (a) which entity will deal with the proposed collective agreement in the meantime and (b) what would be a realistic timeline for an agreement on the service conditions of staff serving at community education and training colleges to be finalised?

Reply:

1. The Labour Relations Act, section 35-37 regulates the establishment of bargaining councils in the public service. The legislation provides for the establishment of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). It allows the PSCBC to designate Sectors. One of those sectors is the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC). As per the designation of the GPSSBC, the Department of Higher Education falls within the scope of the GPSSBC. The GPSSBC established Chambers for all of the National and Provincial Governments falling within their scope. Also for the Department of Higher Education.

2. Conditions of service for the Public Service are determined by the PSCBC. Sector Councils deal with Sector Specific issues that falls within the competency of the relevant Minister.

3. No such draft agreement was tabled in either of the Councils.

4. Such proposals will be dealt with through sector specific conditions of service.

 

04 June 2018 - NW1875

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

There was no incidents of racism recorded at the Department of Public Service and Administration and at the Centre for Public Service Innovation, only one incidents of the racism was recorded at the National School of Government, this incident was referred to the Human Rights Commission

04 June 2018 - NW1760

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What was the total expenditure incurred by the Government relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018? NW1917

Reply:

Auditing process on the expenditure incurred during the period 2017-2018 has not been completed

04 June 2018 - NW1830

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied her on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to her department; (2) whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, such expenditure has been covered under the heading foreign travel, in the Annual Reports submitted Parliament, auditing process on the expenditure incurred during the period 2017-2018 has not been completed, the President approved the travel

04 June 2018 - NW1761

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) From what date has the position of director-general in her department been vacant and (b)(i) what steps have been taken to fill the vacancy to date and (ii) on what date was each step taken?

Reply:

Position of the Director-General at the Department of Public Service and Administration became vacant on 01 February 2018, the position was advertised

04 June 2018 - NW1737

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in her department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) how many of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; (2) whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what number (a) of employees in her department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); (4) what is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

Declaration of interest by Members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) as required by the Public Service Regulations closed by 30 April 2018, and thereafter Public Service Commission continue with the process of amongst others verification of the information provided, the Department of Public Service and Administration will be in a better position to provide the figures when all processes have concluded.

04 June 2018 - NW1501

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) black, (ii) white, (iii) coloured and (iv) Indian persons are employed in the Public Service; (2) has she found that the provisions of affirmative action policies, the Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998, and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, have been met; if not, what is the position in this regard

Reply:

  1. As at 30 April 2018, the Public Service consist of 1 139 715 public servants. The Public Service largely mirrors the demographics of the country and consists of an African population of 81.4% (927 446), coloured population of 8.6% (98 333), White population of 7.5% (85 422) and the Asian population of 2.5% (28 514)

Public Servants by Race As on 30 April 2018

Race

Number

Percent

African

927,446

81.4

Asian

28,514

2.5

Coloured

98,333

8.6

White

85,422

7.5

Total

1,139,715

100.0

Table Public Servants by race as at 30 April 2018

Data Source: PERSAL, Compiled by the DPSA,

Excluding: Periodical and Abnormal type of appointments, Defence and State Security Agency and Additional to Establishment

2. Employment equity targets have successfully been met in terms of race. Number of employees in the Public Service has been fluctuating for the past five years which affects Affirmative Action Policy aggregate in terms of the targets. Employment of persons with disabilities in the public service has been consistently increasing, although not satisfactorily. The 2% equity target in terms of disability has not been reached and is currently standing at 0.95%.

04 June 2018 - NW1479

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Robertson, Mr K to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr C M Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) she, (b) senior management service members in her department and/or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to her have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit; (2) whether she will furnish Mr K P Robertson with copies of the lifestyle audit reports?

Reply:

1. No

2. Falls away

21 May 2018 - NW1058

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) What number of employees in the Public Service (a) in each government department and (b) at each post level is currently suspended on full salary; (2) What number of the specified employees (a) in each government department and (b) at each post level has currently been suspended for (i) less than 60 days, (ii) 60 to 90 days, (iii) 90 to 120 days and (iv) longer than 120 days; (3) What the total cost attached to the days of service losses amount to in each specified case; (4) Whether she will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

(1) (2) (3) Audit process on the figures with regard to the cost and the numbers referred has not been completed.

(4) Not at this stage

21 May 2018 - NW1266

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) What is the average salary in each (a) government department and (b) salary band for (i) male and (ii) female employees; (2) what number of (a) male and (b) female employees are employed in each (i) government department and (ii) salary band; (3) what number of (a) directors-general and (b) deputy directors-general are (i) men and (ii) women in each department?

Reply:

Each government department is in a better position to provide required details including representivity, demographic and total number of employees

21 May 2018 - NW1066

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What (a) number of employees are currently in the employ of the Government, (b) is the quantum of the annual salary and wage bill of the Government and (c) percentage of the Government’s operational and total spend, inclusive of capital, is allocated towards salaries and wages in the 2018-19 financial year?

Reply:

The National Treasury is in better position to provide a response in this regard, since the Treasury is responsible for finance to the State.

21 May 2018 - NW1073

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

(1)What number of public servants (a) qualify for the Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) housing subsidy and (b) receive the GEHS; (2) (a) on which salary scale does a public servant qualify for a housing subsidy, (b) what is the number of persons on each salary scale which qualify for a housing subsidy, (c) in what number of instances has the GEHS arranged housing finance for all public servants with registered financial services providers and (d) what is the (i) name of the financial services provider, (ii) value of finance provided and (iii) interest rate for the finance provided (aa) for each recipient and (bb) in total?

Reply:

1. (a) and (b) public servants on salary levels 1 to 10 are eligible to apply for housing allowance in terms of Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 7 of 2015, approximately 950 090 public servants are receiving Housing Allowance.

(2) (a) public servants on salary levels 1 to 10, certain educators on salary levels 11 and 12, Occupational Specific Dispensations and Department of Defence (administrated by PERSOL) qualify to apply for GEHS Housing Allowance. Public Service employees on salary levels 11 and higher receive a total cost to company package of which the housing allowance is included.

2. (b) and (b)

Salary level

Number of employees receiving the GEHS Housing Allowance as at 1 March 2018

1

1 721

2

51 462

3

68 031

4

31 060

5

181 054

6

88 061

7

228 887

8

113 852

9

81 683

10

42 809

All others

61 470

Total

  1. 090

2. (c) An arrangement has been made with SA Home Loans, however, each employee is required to submit application to SA Home Loans for consideration and processing.

21 May 2018 - NW992

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

How much land does (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her (i) own, (ii) have exclusive rights to and/or (iii) lease from the State to (aa) use and/or (bb) occupy?

Reply:

The department and entities reporting to the Minister for Public Service and Administration do not own land. The department of Public Works is responsible for the accommodation needs of the department and entities

26 February 2018 - NW124

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

Since she became the Minister on 31 March 2017, (a) how many overseas trips has (i) she, (ii) her Director-General, (iii) her Acting-Director General and (iv) senior managers of entities reporting to her undertaken, (b) what are the details of the programme for each visit, (c) in each case who accompanied (i) her and (ii) the senior specified managers and (d) what was the total cost of each overseas trip?

Reply:

Detailed answer to (a) – (d) attached as ANNEXURE A

 

Approved/ Not approved

MS AF MUTHAMBI, MP

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Date:

21 December 2017 - NW3234

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) Whether she was consulted by the Minister of Finance, Mr K M Gigaba, in line with the provisions of the Ministerial Handbook on the organizational structure of his private office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date she provide guidance to him and (b) what are the details of the guidance provided; (2) Whether the organizational structure of the office of the Minister of Finance complies with the relevant public service regulations as they are set out in the Ministerial Handbook; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.(a) and (b) There was consultation about the organizational structure.

2. Should there be anything contrary to the information referred in paragraph 1 above, report will be issued regarding compliance audit.

18 December 2017 - NW3619

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Mokause, Ms MO to ask the MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii), what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

  1. (a) and (b) The Department of Public Service and Administration and all three (3) entities in the portfolio do not own land.