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09 June 2020 - NW958

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

(1)(a) What role did she play in the decision-making process around the recent emergency upgrading of the Beitbridge border post fence and (b) who gave the final approval for the procurement to proceed; (2) whether she was given regular updates on the progress of the recent emergency upgrading of the specified fence; if so, what action did she take when red flags started to emerge?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1)(a) My role was limited to issuing a directive for the emergency securing of the South African Border to the Director General, Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy Director General: Construction Management. The first focus was on the Beitbridge Border Post and identified hotspots at this borderline between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

(b) The delegated authority for tender approval was the National Bid Adjudication Committee (NBAC).

(2) I received regular updates on the construction until completion. I also requested the Auditor-General of South Africa to do an independent audit and also asked the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s Internal Anti-Corruption Unit to do an investigation.

09 June 2020 - NW959

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

(a) What extraordinary expenditure has her Department incurred as a result of Covid-19 since the start of the new financial year, (b) from which budget and/or line item was the money sourced, (c) who authorised the expenditure and (d) what is the impact of the expenditure on the programme from which the money was taken?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, including its Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE), collectively referred to as “the Department”, has incurred, and continues to incur, both ordinary and extraordinary expenditure in line with its mandate the provision of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the cleaning of its facilities, decontamination of facilities (including Presidency and courts) and quarantine facilities as requested by Department of Health (DOH). To date, an amount of R 47 049 676 has been spent.

b) The money was sourced from various line items of the budget after taking into consideration the lower expenditure on items due to the lockdown. These included budget items on travel, recruitment, goods and services and infrastructure projects due to low or no expenditure due to lockdown. The funds were shifted in terms of the Disaster Management Act and its Regulations.

c) The expenditure was authorised in line with the Department’s finance delegations of authority at various branches at Head Office and the eleven (11) Regional Offices.

d) The impact is negligible, if any, as funds were shifted from programmes that had no activities due to inter alia the restrictions imposed by the national lockdown.

09 June 2020 - NW856

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

With reference to the price paid by her department for the recent upgrading of the Beitbridge border post fence, the quotation of which was based on a 2016 pricing which was amortised to bring it in line with 2020 pricing, (a) how did the contractor cover the additional security required during the construction, which was substantial and not originally costed into the quote, without changing the cost price and (b) what were the details of the mitigating factors for the high cost of the upgrading of the specified fence in the 2016 quote, when the cost of the construction was justified in part on the basis that it was a fast-track job which required additional workers and plant hire to meet the time frame?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that the matter of security on all material remained the responsibility of the contractor and the contractor covered the costs. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) remains responsible for securing the border.

b) The Department further informed me the mitigating measure was premised on the fact that the tender went through a competitive bidding process. With reference to the published tenders on the DPWI website, the tender for Beitbridge land port of entry (WCS052500) was awarded in October 2016. The costing was also premised on 2016 baseline. The rates are complex as they are inclusive, and the contractor covered the costs.

08 June 2020 - NW857

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

Whether, with reference to her decision that some sites identified by her Department and the provincial Department of public works for use as quarantine facilities are unsuitable for quarantine purposes, in particular the Eskom Training Facility in Midrand, she had visited the sites herself; if not, (a) what is the basis of her decision, (b) were the reports she received verified by her own officials following a site visit, (c) was she informed that the sites had already been used as much as four times for repatriated citizens, (d) who accredited the sites for use, (e) which protocols were used to accredit the sites and (f) why is there a difference between the perceived standards of suitability used by her Department and those used by the Department of Health in terms of the selection of sites for quarantine purposes; if so, what are the relevant details of her assessment?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Minister of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) did not declare any quarantine facility including Eskom Training Facility in Midrand unsuitable for purposes of quarantine. Such responsibility lies with the Department of Health.

b) Yes, only reports for facilities identified and availed from DPWI’s immovable asset register were verified by my Department’s officials. Eskom Training College is not one of them.

c) No, I was not informed.

d) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health

e) This information may be sourced from the Department of Health.

f) The determination of the suitability of the facility for use as a quarantine facility is the domain of Department of Health and not DPWI.

08 June 2020 - NW1048

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

Whether an assessment has been done by her department on the state of the fence along the South Africa-Zimbabwe border; if not, (a) on what date is it envisaged that an assessment will be undertaken and (b) is there an overall strategic plan by her department to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of border fences in totality; if so, what (i) is the overall condition of the fence, (ii) are the particular hotspot areas that require immediate attention and (iii) is the total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that an assessment was done for the +700km borderline fencing and patrol roads as part of town planning/ site clearance process for the integrated reconstruction of borderline fencing and patrol roads along the South Africa-Zimbabwe borderline.

b) Historically, the function to repair, maintain and construct border fences has been undertaken by various Government stakeholders which resulted in a fragmented planning for borderline fencing based on border incursion at the time A comprehensive approach to the entire border fencing scenario for South Africa is currently being informed as a priority by conducting a Site Assessment and Clearance, which will support feasibilities and the overall strategic plan to deal with the repair, maintenance and construction of borderline fences in totality.

(i) Based on the condition assessments undertaken during the site clearance processes, the overall condition of the borderline fences is considered poor and porous.

(ii) Yes, according to the assessment mentioned above done there are hotspot areas that require maintenance and replacement of fencing where there are illegal crossings. From historical reports, the other areas of concern have been agricultural fences around portions of Lesotho (to stem livestock theft) as well as a portion of the northern border with Zimbabwe, a part of the border between South Africa and Mozambique adjacent to the Kruger National Park as well as portions of border between SA and Swaziland (for illegal entry to South Africa).

(iii) The total budget allocation for the repair to border fences in the 2020-21 financial year is R 21 million.

08 June 2020 - NW1046

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the directive she issued on 26 March 2020 requiring that all Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees be paid during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 until 16 April 2020 (details furnished), organisations are exempted from paying EPWP employees from 16 April 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether EPWP employees can claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund after 16 April 2020; if so, (a) is the employer obligated to claim on behalf of the employee and (b) what other sources of income are available to EPWP employees who cannot work; (3) whether organisations are still required to pay the employees during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) measures are in place to monitor that this is being done, (b) measures will be taken against (i) companies and (ii) departments who do not pay their EPWP employees and (c) enforcement mechanisms are in place to ensure adherence?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) Subsequent to the Directive of 26 March 2020 and the Clarification Note of 29 March 2020 issued by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, on 13 May 2020 the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure issued a further Clarification Notes aligning the payment of EPWP workers with the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) benefit. This benefit is applicable for the duration of the lock down, subject to a valid EPWP contract in place and the conditions of C 19 TERS. The Clarification Note of 13 May 2020 was issued to all Accounting Officers coordinating and implementing the EPWP across all the three spheres of government advising the Accounting Officers of the applicability of the C19 TERS benefit. The circular clarified that participants who had valid contracts during the lockdown period whether paid or not in at work during the lockdown may claim through C19 TERS. This was to ensure that public bodies, who were financially under pressure, and could not pay the participants would now be in a position to pay the said participants.

(2) Yes. EPWP participants are entitled to Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits, subject to the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act, No. 63 of 2001. UIF can be claimed by participants in the event the EPWP contract had or will come to an ended and such participants are eligible for UIF benefits. In the event a valid contract exists, C 19 TERS applies.

(a) C 19 TERS, provides for the employer to claim on behalf of its employees. C19 TERS is not compulsory. It is a benefit to assist employers to pay employees during the lock down, protecting the employees from the adverse impact such as the loss of income or are required to take annual leave in terms of section 20 (10) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997.

(b) In the event an EPWP participant is not eligible for C 19 TERS and UIF benefits, then the participant may apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

(3) The payment of EPWP participants is addressed in point 1 and point 2 of this response.

(a) The monitoring of compliance by public bodies paying EPWP participants during the lockdown period has been developed and onc it would be institutionalised and public bodies informed through, a circular, on how to report this information in the EPWP Reporting System.

(b) (i) and (ii) The EPWP Ministerial Determination, section 13, places the responsibility of payments to EPWP participants on the employers. Section 12 and 13 of the EPWP Ministerial Determination further stipulates that all employers must keep a record of all payments made to workers. Thus, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), as the coordinator of the EPWP, is not mandated nor empowered to take any measures against companies or public body (employer) that have not paid their EPWP employees during the lockdown.

(c) The EPWP Ministerial Determination is sub-regulation to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997. The enforcement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 and its sub-regulation is the mandate of the Department of Employment and Labour.

08 June 2020 - NW880

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her Department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will not be offering any form of Covid-19 or any other relief to small businesses, as no funding is allocated for such purpose.

2. The Department will not allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended, as such funding will not be per the purpose of the vote for the Department.

08 June 2020 - NW913

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her Department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. Yes, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me that it awarded tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. For purposes of the response a tender means a written offer or bid above a R500 000 threshold in a prescribed or stipulated form in response to an invitation by an organ of state for the provision of works, services or goods.

a) The names of the businesses to whom awards were made are indicated in Column C of attached Annexure A.

b) The amounts of each tender awarded are indicated in column D of Annexure A.

c) The service and/or product provided by each business is indicated in column B of Annexure A.

2. Yes, I was informed by the Department that there was a deviation from standard supply chain processes in awarding the tenders listed in Annexure A.

a) Recognising the declaration of the National State of Disaster by the State President due to the COVID 19 pandemic and a very high risk for loss of life (i.e. Death), negative health impact, negative economic impact and social impact in South Africa, it was deemed prudent to invoke the Departmental Emergency Procurement processes that deviate from standard supply chain procedures. This was done in line with Section 27(2)(L) of the Disaster Management Act, Act No. 57 of 2002, National Treasury Regulation 16A6.4 and National Treasury Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement COVID-19 in paragraph 3.5.1(i) that provide for the invocation of emergency procedures. In terms of the aforementioned NT Instruction Note, Accounting Officers are allowed to deviate from competitive bidding processes in cases that have been declared an emergency, without obtaining NT approval.

b) The relevant details for awarding in each case is indicated in column E of Annexure A.

3. The reasons for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender is indicated in column F of Annexure A.

4. No.

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DPWI)

ANNEXURE A: LIST OF TENDER (>R500 000.00) AWARDS CONNECTED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Column E

Column F

Serial No

Office

Commodity

Service Provider

Amount

Procurement Process

Reason for award to each business

1

CPT Regional Office

Procurement of 1000 hand sanitisers and servicing for 12 Months

Hornes Projects

R3 864 000.00

Emergency (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider installed all automatic hand sanitiser units and is also responsible for the servicing of the units for a 12 month period.

2

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Midlands District Municipality

Zulu Royal Civil Construction

R1 800 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

3

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in UMgungundlovu District Municipality

Themihlase

R1 877 246.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

4

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice.

Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Avellanche Projects

R1 885 987.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

5

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Ugu District Municipality

Kamanga Trading

R1 050 448.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

6

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in EThekwini District Municipality

Makumalou

R1 878 831.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

7

DBN Regional Office

Decontamination of facilities to prevent & combat spread of Covid-19 - Justice. Magistrate Courts in Zululand District Municipality

Manceda Projects and Trading

R1 742 983.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer and lowest in price.

Minimum of at least 3 comparative quotes obtained

8

Head Office

Sanitiser - hand liquid

Crystal Pier Trading 148

R9 085 000.00

Emergency Procedure as per National Treasury Instruction No 08 of 2019/2020.

Service provider is the highest point scorer with ready stock available. Procured for 25 000 EPWP participants across the country. 7 service providers invited and 6 Quotations received.

9

Head Office

IT Server infrastructure

Odirile IT Holdings

R4 989 868.00

Emergency Procurement. Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months. Supplier compliance status was confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

10

Head Office

Video conference and virtual meeting rooms

YottaZetta

R2 932 500.00

Emergency Procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

11

Head Office

Remote management tools

Ikando t/a IT Master

R2 196 530.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

12

Head Office

Network / Security specialist

Tipp Focus Holdings

R2 382 800.00

Emergency procurement

Negotiated single source quotation

Supplier selected based on the similar service they provided to the Department for past 6 months and their status was also confirmed on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database. DPWI engaged with the service provider to provide pricing as per the solutions required and in ensuring value for money the solutions will also be used beyond lockdown and COVID-19

13

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Infrastructure Contractor

Caledon River Properties t/a Magwa Construction

R37 176 844.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

14

Head Office

Beitbridge phase 1 borderline infrastructure and installation: Principal Agent

Profteam cc

R3 259 071.00

(projected)

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider was already on site and the requirements were already in their previous BoQ – the old prices in the BOQ would be used thus reducing the procurement cost.

15

Kimberley Regional Office

Installation and maintenance of 65 no touch hand sanitisers (automated dispensers plus monthly refills) for a period of 36 months.

Bidvest Steiner

R657 162.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

Initially awarded to (Rentokil-Initial) but could not fulfil the delivery of order, citing global shortage of the requested items. Shopping procedure was done with other service providers within Kimberley and only Steiner could secure the required units urgently for the Region.

16

Mmabatho Regional Office

Provision of sanitary services on a monthly basis for 12 months

Perfect Girlz

R994 529.00

Emergency Procurement (Negotiated Procedure)

The service provider offered the total solution at the most negotiable price

17

Pretoria Regional Office

Masks

Biological Pharmaceuticals

R2 132 000.00

National Treasury Contract: RT32-2019

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

18

Pretoria Regional Office

Cleaning services @ Momentum Building (DOJ)

Onkgopotse Enterprise

R553 631.00

Urgent Procurement (1 quote)

Existing contract in place with the relevant service provider.

19

Pretoria Regional Office

Building Infrastructure Services, Salvokop Quarantine site

Labstyres (pty)ltd

R1 333 348.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Emergency work in response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 21 Lockdown at the Salvokop Isolation and Quarantine Centre. Service providers were appointed from Central Supplier Database and Construction Industrial Development Board respectively.

20

Pretoria Regional Office

Decontamination at CGO Building

 

MLA Consortia

 

R914 147.00

Emergency Delegation Procurement

Awarded on the basis of obtaining highest score

08 June 2020 - NW957

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

(a) What progress has her Department made on the investigation into the alleged scam around quarantine sites, where repatriated South African citizens were diverted from pre-arranged hotels to government quarantine facilities by officials from her Department, (b) which hotels had been procured for the specified repatriated citizens, (c) what number of persons were diverted, (d) what was the (i) negotiated cost per person for the hotels that had been procured and (ii) cost per person for the government accommodation and (e) did her Department incur any losses as a result of this action in respect of monies paid to the hotels in advance?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a) I have instituted investigations into this matter, and the Director-General for Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), Adv. Sam Vukela, has appointed an investigator. The investigation is currently underway.

(b) The DPWI procured the following hotels for the repatriates on the day,

• Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel

• Radisson Blu-Gautrain Hotel

(c) The Department of Health reportedly allocated the passengers to the available rooms at the following facilities;

• Eskom (70 rooms),

• Transnet Esselen park (80 rooms) and

• Telkom (30 rooms).

(d) (i) Negotiated cost per room for the Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel is R1138.50, and for the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel is R1000.00

(ii) DPWI did not contract with public facilities.

(e) (i) The Department informed me that DPWI did not incur any losses as no monies were paid in advance to the two hotels.

08 June 2020 - NW855

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

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that her Department has been tasked with identifying potential quarantine sites for the Covid-19 crisis, the identification of private hotels and accommodation facilities as suitable quarantine facilities to supplement her Department’s sites is limited to those already assessed and accredited by the Department of Health; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) why is it only four- and five-star graded establishments that are identified as suitable quarantine facilities; (3) whether, in view of the fact that establishments identified as quarantine facilities may have to be activated at short notice, her Department has concluded any contracts with such establishments; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of the contracts and (b) is the notice period that needs to be observed before persons placed in quarantine may be admitted in such establishments; (4) whether the specified establishments will be allowed to accommodate guests other than quarantined persons; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the specified establishments will be required to quarantine persons for the full 14 days, especially repatriated South Africans; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the process that would need to be followed by a quarantined person who has negative test results to be released from quarantine before the 14 days have elapsed and (b) further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) receives and enters offered facilities by private hotels into a national database. The list is submitted to the Department of Health to conduct an assessment of the facilities in line with its guidelines for quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID 19: Exposure and Infections.

(2) No, not only four- and five-start graded establishments are used. There are hotels lower than four and five-star graded establishments that are offered, assessed and declared suitable quarantine facilities.

(3) The Department concludes agreements with establishments.

(a) Standard service level agreement outlining the obligations of both parties.

(b) There is no notice period. The Department issues a letter of appointment to the establishment upon receipt of confirmation of the number of people that will be quarantined from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

(4) The establishment also accommodates staff that will be serving the quarantined people. This includes medical staff.

(5) The DPWI does not decide how long people are required to stay at quarantine and isolation facilities. This decision is the responsibility of the Department of Health.

(a) not applicable

(b) not applicable

01 June 2020 - NW746

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) What regulations did her Department rely on to bypass the normal adjudication process to appoint a certain company (details furnished) to do work on the Beit Bridge border post, (b) on what criteria was the decision made to appoint the specified service provider, (c) what were the specific skills and/or prior experience that identified the service provider as the preferred contractor, (d) what is the contractor’s track record with her Department, (e) is the contractor a preferred supplier, (f) was the contractor requested to scope and price the project before or after the appointment and (g) against what terms of reference were the scoping and pricing done?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Background

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me that it was in the early stages in the process of appointing a service provider prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, after the SANDF stated that their strategic borderline infrastructure is in a bad condition.

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on 15 March 2020 on the Covid-19 pandemic and the simultaneous declaration of a National State of Disaster

In accordance with Section 27(2) (L) of the Disaster Management Act, No 57 of 2002, I, issued a directive on 16 March 2020 for the emergency securing of the South African Border Posts.

Recognising the Ministerial Directive a site visit was held by DPWI and DOD officials on the 17 March 2020 at the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry resolved that:

  • The borderline fence was surveyed and it was evident that there entire fence line is won and parts are not structurally sound
  • The focus area for the borderline infrastructure installation will be 40kms (20kms on either side of Beitbridge)
  • Consideration that the existing service provider had a BOQ activities of a fence line and scheduled rates.

DPWI informed me that several options to meet the set deadline were discussed under emergency criteria.

The National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement Covid-19 in paragraph 3.5.1 (i) provides for the invocation of emergency procedures.

The Department informed me the emergency procurement process that entails the appointment of the required service providers through a negotiated procedure that was approved by National Bid Adjudication Committee (NBAC).

As the Minister, I have requested the Auditor-General to investigate whether due process was followed.

To reply to your question, see the refly below

(a) The Department informed me that the DPWI’s emergency procurement process to appoint the service provider was used as indicated above.

(b), (c) The motivation or reasons for appointment are as follows:

      • Recognising the declaration of the National State of Disaster, and the subsequent Ministerial Directive on this matter it was deemed prudent to invoke the Departmental Emergency Procurement processes that entail the appointment of the required service provider through a negotiated procedure that has prior approval of the duly Accounting Officers’ delegated authority being the NBAC
      • The service provider is currently appointed at the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry (LPOE), which is closest to the proposed Beitbridge borderline fence project
      • The contractor is experienced and holds a CIDB grading of 8CE
      • The contractor is already established onsite, and there will be no financial implications for establishment.
      • The consideration that the existing service provider had scheduled rates.

(d) The Department informed that the contractor’s track record is as follows:

WCS No

Client Description

Project Description

Status Description

048176

DPW – LPOE

Department Of Public Works: Land Ports Of Entry: Ramatlabama Bray And Makgobistad: Maintainance And Servicing Of Civil Mechanical And Electrical Installations.

Service Completed

048182

DPW-LPOE

Swartkopfontein Gate Port Of Entry: Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical And Electrical Installations.

Service Completed

048183

DPW-LPOE

Dpw: Kosi Bay Port Of Entry: Appointment Of Contractors: Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical And Electrical Installation

Service Completed

45604

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

Repair , Maintenance And Operations Of Water Sewerage Service

Final Delivery Stage

047935

DPW – LPOE

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, SERVICE CONTRACTS : Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Infrastructure And Installations

Service Completed

049251

DPW – LPOE

Skilpadshek: Bcocc: Maintenance And Upgrading Of Bui Ldings, Civil Infrastructure, Electrical Installations And M Mechanical Equipment.

Service Completed

049254

DPW – LPOE

Mahamba,Bothashoop And Emahlathini Poe. Bcocc: Mainte Nace And Upgrading Of Buildings,Civil Infrastructure,Electri Cal Installations And Mechanical Equipment.

Service Completed

049255

DPW – LPOE

Bcocc: Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings,Civil,Electrical And Mechanical Installations And Infrastructure.

Final Delivery Stage

052500

DPW - LPOE

Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical An D Electrical Infrstructure Installations

Construction Stage

052734

DPW – LPOE

Land Ports Of Entry: Groblers Bridge And Stockpoort: Appoint Ment Of Consultants: Maintenance And Servicing Of Building, Civil Mechanical And Electrical Infrastructure And Installa

Construction Stage

052982

DPW – LPOE

Bray, Makgobistad And Swartkopfontein: Maintenance, Servicin G And Repair Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical And Electrical Infrastructure And Installations

Construction Stage

052983

DPW – LPOE

Ramatlabama, Kopfontein And Derdepoort: 36 Months Maintenanc E, Servicing And Repair Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical And Electrical Infrastructure And Installations

Practical Completion Stage

053365

DPW – LPOE

Maintanance,Servicing And Repairs Of Buildings, Civil, Mechanical And Electrical Infrastructure And Installations

Construction Stage

054631

DPW – LPOE

36 Months Repairs, Maintenance And Servicing Of Buildings, C Ivil, Mechanical And Electrical Infrastructure And Installat Ions

Construction Stage

055769

DPW – LPOE

Beitbridge Borderline Base: :Sandf 40km Borderline Fence Infrastructure And Installation On The Borders Between Rsa And Zimbabwe

Construction Stage

(e) No, the contractor is not a preferred service provider. The Department has many projects, with several service providers.

(f) The DPWI informed me that scoping and pricing were prior to the appointment.

(g) The Department informed me that scoping was done at the site visit held by DPWI and DOD officials on the 17 March 2020 at the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry. The pricing was done using the Bill of Quantities as the pricing strategy.

01 June 2020 - NW476

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What measures and guidelines has she in collaboration with the Minister in The Presidency put in place to prevent financial mismanagement and fraud regarding State and official funerals in accordance with the instructions she gave in November 2019 and her report during the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on 3 March 2020; (2) on what date will the process be completed; (3) (a) what are the details of the expenditure limits or caps that have been placed on State and official funerals and (b) how were the limits determined; (4) what (a) is the total number of State and official funerals that her Department paid in the past two financial years and (b) amount was spent on each funeral; (5) with reference to the total expenditure on State and official funerals in the past two financial years, what (a) amount has been found to (i) comprise irregular expenditure and (ii) be deviations due to procurement shortcomings and (b) was the difference between the quoted amounts and the actual expenditure for each specified funeral?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1); (2) The work to finalise measures and guidelines is still in progress and meetings between myself and the Minister in the Presidency ongoing. The guidelines will be completed and first presented to the Cabinet for consideration before it is implemented.

(3) (a) The Department developed ‘Cost norms and standard for the provision of infrastructure for State and Official Funerals’ document that is aligned to the State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy Manual. The manual was sent to the Presidency for input and sign-off. However, the Department already started to implement the limits and caps on costs for State and Official funerals. Once Cabinet has approved the new funeral policy, it will be applied.

(4) (a) The total number of funerals that the Department paid for in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years is 15.

(b) The amount that was spent on each of the funeral is:

FUNERAL

DATE

AMOUNT SPENT

Mr Kgositsile

03/02/2018

R9 000 349.00

Ms Madikizela-Mandela

14/04/2018

R35 731 835.85

Mr Skweyiya

28/04/2018

R28 967 791.37

Mr Modise

28/06/2018

R11 440 661.84

Mrs Sobukwe

25/06/2018

R9 836 239.80

Minister Molelwa

06/10/2018

R4 798 163.30

Mr Mtshali

21/10/2018

R2 904 426.89

Ms Msimang

26/10/2018

R752 221.70

Mr Msimang

15/12/2018

R1 296 275.10

Mr Khumalo

26/02/2019

R863 942.10

General Maphoto

26/06/2018

R880 891.95

Mr Vincent Dube

07/09/2018

R497 651.00

Deputy Minister Hlongwe

21/09/2019

R972 237.53

Dr Richard Maponya

22/01/2020

R211 338.00

Dr Joseph Shabalala

23/02/2020

R391 230.00

TOTAL

 

R105 640829.02

(5) (a) (i) I was informed by the DPWI that the expenditure had not been subjected to all the necessary due diligence which apply within the Department for it to be correctly categorised.

FUNERAL

ACTUAL EXPENDITURE

5(a)(ii) DEVIATION

5(b) DIFF BTWN QUOTED AMOUNT AND ACUTAL EXP

Mr Kgositsile

R9 000 349.00

None

None

Ms Madikizela-Mandela

R35 731 835.85

R16 781 441.17

R1 980 614.48

Mr Skweyiya

R28 967 791.37

R4 162 078.90

R3 320 152.07

Mr Modise

R11 440 661.84

R3 870 198.50

R77 165.00

Mrs Sobukwe

R9 836 239.80

R160 813.30

R124 315.00

Minister Molelwa

R4 798 163.30

None

None

Mr Mtshali

R2 904 426.89

R53 130.00

R364 975.50

Ms Msimang

R752 221.70

None

None

Mr Msimang

R1 296 275.10

None

None

Mr Khumalo

R863 942.10

None

None

General Maphoto

R880 891.95

None

None

Mr Vincent Dube

R497 651.00

None

None

Deputy Minister Hlongwe

R972 237.53

None

None

Dr Richard Maponya

R211 338.00

None

None

Dr Joseph Shabalala

R391 230.00

None

None

 

25 May 2020 - NW787

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

In light of the fact that her Department has been tasked with identifying potential quarantine sites for the Covid-19 crisis, what (a) is the mandate of her Department with regard to (i) ensuring suitability of identified sites with the requirements of the Department of Health, (ii) the upgrading of sites to ensure their habitability and (iii) equipping sites with beds, bedding and other requirements and (b) are the costs associated with any of the specified activities?

Reply:

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

 

On 18 March 2020 Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs issued regulations of Section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and new regulations were published on 29 April 2020.

Regulation 7(3) of the Regulations published on 29 April 2020 mandates the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure concurrently with the Members of the Executive Council responsible for Public Works and the accounting officers of municipalities to identify and make available sites to be used as isolation and quarantine facilities as the need arises.

  1. (i) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is responsible for repairing and refurbishing sites from the Department’s immovable asset register which have been approved by Department of Health (DoH) as meeting the basic requirements to serve as quarantine or isolation site. Provinces and Municipalities are responsible for sites they identify. The DoH ensure the suitability of privately owned sites.
  1. DPWI upgrades identified sites from the Department’s immovable asset register which have been approved by the DoH to ensure habitability. The Department only executes the upgrading project upon approval of the site by the DoH as meeting the basic requirements.
  1. DPWI provide beds and linen for sites from the Department’s immovable asset register that have been assessed and approved by the Department of Health as suitable to be used as quarantine or isolation sites.
  1. From the list of 39 sites, two were approved by the Department of Health and the total costs associated with:
  • repair and refurbishment is R4 266 453.64
  • provision of beds and linen is R737 291.45

25 May 2020 - NW744

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

What (a) is the status of the number of youth already recruited (b) are the districts from where they were recruited in respect of the target of recruiting 20 400 youth to assist the Department of Health; (2) (a) (i) who is responsible for the training of these participants (ii) what are the costs of the training and (iii) what total number of participants have been trained since 1 February 2020, (b) what is the status of the procurement of the personal protective equipment for the participants before they embark on their activities, (c) what is the envisaged (i) start date for the participants to begin actively working and (ii) duration of the project. and (d)(i) who will be paying the participants and (ii) what is the rate of payment?

Reply:

 

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) (a) As at 27 April 2020, a total of 22 013 participants were recruited in all nine provinces in the country to participate in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) COVID-19 response, to assist the Department of Health. The majority of the participants recruited represents the youth category (16 – 35years). However, in exceptional cases, persons outside of the youth category were recruited as the Non-Profit Organisations were unable to get sufficient numbers of youth participants targeted in the programme. Of the participants recruited, 21 379 are youth with the remaining 634 outside of the youth category.

Of the 22 013 participants recruited 15 012 are female, and 7001 are male. The table below provides further detail of the 22 013 educational/qualification level.

Qualifications

Number of participants

Grade 10

1911

Grade 11

3460

Grade 12

16321

Post-school Certificates Including N levels

238

Diploma

44

Degree

39

Total

22 013

(1) (b) Yes, the 191 NPOs to be contracted to cover the 44 districts and 8 Metropolitan Municipalities in the country. In line with the EPWP Recruitment Guidelines, all the NPOs are required to recruit participants close to their place of residence.

2(a) (i) It was agreed, and it is a requirement, prior to EPWP participants beginning work, the Department of Health (DoH) will train EPWP participants. DoH officials stationed within the respective Public Health Centres, where the participants will be deployed, will undertake the training. Training will also include infection prevention control.

(ii) There is no cost to the training provided by the DOH.

(iii) The training is provided by the Department of Health and is ongoing.

(2)(b) Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) have been procured for about five weeks of work. Pending approval of budget requests from National Treasury, the remainder of the PPEs will be acquired. PPEs, including hand sanitisers, masks and gloves. The use of PPEs is mandatory.

(2)(c)(i) The project start date is still to be confirmed by the DoH after finalising logistical processes, including the notification of Provincial Health MECs and Executive Mayors.

(ii) The duration of the project is for three (3) months.

(2)(d)(i) The DPWI EPWP COVID-19 response participants will be paid by the DPWI through the EPWP NSS: NPO programme budget for 2020/21.

(ii) A daily wage of R101.00 will be paid to each participant. This is in line with a daily wage rate of the EPWP NSS NPO programme for 2020/21 financial year.

25 May 2020 - NW745

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

What mechanisms is her department putting in place to stimulate the construction sector in responding to the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to bring about (a) a phased reopening of the sector, (b) (i) the drafting of plans and (ii) implementation and enforcement of risk and mitigation plans sector-wide to prevent infections on sites, (c) the reopening of support organisations (details furnished) and (d) a plan around the infrastructure development spending that forms part of the medium-term expenditure framework?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a) (b)(i)(ii) (c) (d) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has worked with National Command Council on COVID-19 (NCC) and the several work streams in the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) to ensure the construction industry reopens as soon as possible. This included permitting all public works to resume in Level 4 and resuming construction industry on a greater scale during Level 3 from 1 June

The DPWI together with the Presidency’s Infrastructure and Investment Office is currently in the process of drafting an infrastructure economic recovery plan. This plan is aimed to stimulate and transform the construction industry increasing investment and economic participation, while investing in South Africa’s infrastructure.

As for DPWI’s entities:

AGREMENT SOUTH AFRICA

The entity has developed protocols for the return of staff members to the office. The protocols incorporate the requirement for staff to wear masks all the time; the suspension of physical meetings; screening of staff upon entry to the premises; and also managing the office space by making configurations to allow for physical distancing around common areas.

Agrement SA staff will for the most part continue to work remotely. The entity will apply the Business Continuity Plan, which incorporates the use of digital platforms to hold meetings, and applying digital options for various areas of the organisation’s operations. The organisation is exploring the feasibility of using electronic media to conduct scheduled quality inspection at sites where Agrement SA approved products are being used.

Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

The enity has developed Covid-19 Risk Mitigation measures for its employees which incorporate the following:

  • Provising suitable cleaning materials and protective personal equipment for the cleaning staff.
  • Provision of individual sanitizing products to staff members.
  • Notices around the office space with warning for staff to ensure that they keep their masks on and to sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Provision is also being made for all meetings to observe physical distancing requirements.

There have been interactions with key industry role players through their voluntary associations to develop plans to prevent infections on sites (although currently these sites are not yet opened due to the requirement for the construction sector to open up only at level 2 in terms of the Disaster Management Act regulations.)

The Professional Coucils have made preparations for the reopening of offices with phased return of staff to the office. Preparation have also been made for the office spaces to be Covid-19 safe, including deep cleaning of the offices, making a requirement for staff to wear masks all the time and sanitizing their hands frequently.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

On the phased reopening of the sector:

The CIDB will develop emergency procurement tools to fast track the backlogs in the infrastructure projects by helping clients to develop emergency procurement policies. Plans are underway for cidb and National Treasury to develop prescripts for advance payments on construction projects. The intention by cidb and National Treasury is to issue instructions to public sector clients to waive deposits for construction tenders.

A further planned intervention is the establishment of framework contracts to shorten the solicitation and evaluation periods. There will be additional support for the cidb Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement provisions through the categorisation of projects for streamlined and simplified evaluation criteria.

The cidb has implemented provisions to support contractors in terms of their registration with the cidb. Registration expiry dates have been extended. This enables contractors to be able to access opportunities during the lockdown and immediately after the lockdown.

The cidb has also developed a Covid-19 survey in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg to investigate the impact of the pandemic on the construction industry. This will assist the cidb in finding ways to help contractors mitigate the effect of the lockdown on their companies.

The drafting, implementation and enforcement of risk and mitigation plans sector-wide to prevent infections on sites:

The construction industry is known to be well organized and commitments by industry have been made. The Construction Health and Safety Accord signed by Government, Organised Labour and Organised Business further reinforces the considerations to prevent infections on sites.

Despite having and complying with the occupational health and safety laws and regulations, the industry will put additional measures in place to ensure the health and safety of employees on sites.

The mitigation measures relate to the following risks:

• Travelling to work on public transport

• Site access by non-employees

• Personal Hygiene on sites

• Adequacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

• Safety at Site meetings

The specific risk mitigation measures include:

• Keeping contractors informed of all new safety related legislations.

• Constant Health and safety presentations, seminars and conferences.

• Inform industry and the Department of Labour of relevant incident/accident statistics including costs and recommend preventative action.

• Assist and advise contractors on how to improve their safety management programme.

• Arrange safety related training courses for contractors and their employees off site.

• Assist contractors as and when required with incident and accident investigations and reports.

Independent Development Trust (IDT)

The IDT has developed and is already implementing a Back to Work Readiness Plan with clearly articulated guidelines for all its staff. The plan entails, among others, preparing and resourcing of the workplace to ensure that it is fully compliant with the published Department of Employment and Labour’s Workplace Preparedness guidelines. As part of the Plan, the return of staff to work is being staggered, augmented by remote work arrangements for certain categories of staff, where deemed necessary. The entity also has a Steering Committee in place that is monitoring and assessing daily the implementation of the Back to Work Readiness Plan.

25 May 2020 - NW788

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

(1) Who is responsible for the payment made to the private hotels and accommodation establishments that have been identified for use as quarantine facilities around the Republic to supplement her department’s properties; (2) whether any intermediaries such as a travel agent are being used to identify and book the specified sites; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) why is an intermediary required and (b) what are the average fees of the intermediaries; (3) whether the Government is paying the full rates for the sites; if not, what are the details of the (a) type of discount that the sites are providing and (b) suite of services that the sites are offering?

Reply:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is responsible for the payment to be made to the private hotels and accommodation establishment that have been identified and contracted by the Department based on the requirements of National Department of Health for use as quarantine facilities. No payment has been made thus far for any facility.

2. No intermediaries are used. The Departments Supply Chain Management Logistics Section is utilised for booking the hotels. The SCM unit utilises a DPWI Master Database List to identify quarantine facilities and invite quotes.

3. Government is not paying the full rates for sites.

(a) The rates paid by government have been negotiated between National Treasury, Department of Tourism, Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and the Industry represented by Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA). These rates are discounted and below the standard rate offered to government as per Star grading of the sites. Rates are per room.

aa. 1 Star R850-00 single and R1035-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

bb. 2 Star R950-00 single and R1135-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

cc. 3 Star R1050-00 single and R1235-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

dd. 4 Star R1200-00 single and R1385-00 sharing (exclu VAT)

 

(b) Services offered are dinner, lunch and breakfast included in the above rates.

20 May 2020 - NW797

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to her statement that a long-term project is underway between the various departments regarding the security of the Republic’s borders and that the specified project is currently in its inception phase (details furnished), (a) which departments are involved in the project, (b) what does the entire project entail and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the construction of the fence will commence; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is the lead Department with the provision of the borderline infrastructure. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is involved as the user client and is responsible in terms of the Defence Management Act to patrol the borderline fence.

(b) The Department is currently in a planning phase for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol road and fencing on the borderline between the Republic of South Africa and neighbouring countries.

The following planning activities are currently being undertaken:

  • ± 556km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA, Swaziland and Mozambique.
  • ±700km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
  • ±500km of borderline infrastructure: Site Clearance process for the upgrading and reconstruction of patrol roads and fencing on the borderline between RSA and Lesotho.

(c) Upon confirmation of funding, construction activities within eah of the above mentioned projects will be implemented.

2. Yes , I will provide additional information in due course after further engagement with the relevant departments including National Treasury.

20 May 2020 - NW644

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to her reply to question 304 on 19 March 2020, what are the details of the amounts owed by client departments to the Department’s Property Management Trading Entity as at (a) 31 March 2018, (b) 31 March 2019 and (c) 28 February 2020 including but not exclusively the details of (i) each client in respect of their, (aa) names, (bb) contact details and (cc) accounting officers’ names, (ii) dates on which the payments were made on behalf of each client, (iii) the expenditure incurred and paid for on behalf of each client and (iv) why clients had not paid within 30 days of the payments having been made on behalf of clients?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The amounts owed by client departments to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Property Management Trading Entity as at:

(a) As at 31 March 2018, the gross outstanding balance was R3.478 billion that included an amount of R2.367 billion for impairment. The amount disclosed in the annual report was a net balance of R1.111 billion. (Annexure A)

(b) As at 31 March 2019, the gross outstanding balance was R4.172 billion that included an amount of R2.590 billion for impairment. The amount disclosed in the annual report was a net balance of R1.582 billion.

(c) As at 28 February 2020, the gross outstanding balance (before impairment) was R7.282 billion that included an amount of R2.590 billion that was impaired on the 31 March 2019. The impairment amount for the year ended 31 March 2020 has not been calculated yet and will be calculated and disclosed in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020.

Impairment is an accounting requirement that requires the Entity to evaluate whether objective evidence exists as a result of one or more events (a loss event) that may impact on the recoverability of the amounts due and calculate an impairment loss based on future expected cash flows. It must be noted that amounts impaired do not mean that they have been written off by the Entity. There is continuous engagement with client departments to ensure that they pay the gross outstanding debt.

The details of the amount owed for 31 March 2018, 31 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 are listed in Annexure A attached.

(i) The details of each client with respect of their, (aa) names, (bb) contact details and (cc) accounting officers’ names, are attached as (Annexure B).

(ii) and (iii) the Table A below reflect the period in which the payments were made on behalf of each client and the expenditure incurred and paid for on behalf of each client.

Table A:

Ageing bracket

Amount

Current (0-30 days outstanding)

R 1 199 303 174.83

30 days

R 1 187 276 619.08

60 days

R 514 491 484.74

90 days

R 362 236 122.09

<1 year

R 1 507 012 265.46

1-3 years

R 1 622 432 217.30

3- 5 years

R 328 926 973.56

> 5 years

R 560 054 849.53

TOTAL

R 7 281 733 706.59

The current approved business model of the Entity is that expenditure is incurred on behalf of client department after which the amount is claimed. The expenditure that is incurred on behalf of client departments is for private leases, municipal services, client infrastructure spending (Capital allocation) and other recoverable infrastructure projects (referred to as PACE and CA). At the end of the month, all payment made are then consolidated as a claim/invoice and sent to each client department to reimburse the Entity within 30 days as prescribed by Treasury Regulations 8.2.3. The current model has been revised and communicated to all user departments, where each user department must sign Billing Agreement to pay quarterly in advance for certain services.

(iv) As at 28 February 2020, an amount of R7,282 billion was outstanding from national departments and other organs of the state (Annexure C). Some of the reasons cited by client departments not to pay the Department is due to:

• user departments dispute occupation,

• lack or insufficient budget;

• budget cuts by National Treasury;

In line with established inter-governmental framework principles, below are some of the intervention that the Department has put in place to recover the outstanding from client departments:

  • Request to National Treasury to intervene on clients that do not pay within 30 days;
  • The Minister wrote letters to her counterparts requesting them to ensure that their departments pay the outstanding balances;
  • An intergovernmental framework on billing and recovery has been implemented to address the outstanding debt; dispute resolution and advance billing for services rendered;
  • The Department has resolved to devolve municipal services to the client departments; and
  • National Treasury was requested to issue an instruction note for all user departments to pay quarterly in advance, ring-fence the budget for accommodation and consider allocating infrastructure and accommodation budget to the DPWI. National Treasury is still processing the request of the Department.

Annexure B

 

NAME OF DEPARTMENT

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

PHONE

FAX

E-MAIL

 

Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

Mr Mzamo Michael Mlengana

(012) 319 6503

(012) 319 7135

Phone 012 319 6503

Fax 012 319 7135

Email MortimerM@daff.gov.za

 

Arts and Culture

Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize

Director-General

(012) 441 3027

012 441 3735

directorgeneral@dac.gov.za

 

Basic Education

Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli

Director-General

(012) 357 4504

(012) 323 5837

0862 070 149

Mweli.M@dbe.gov.za;

 

Communications

Qinisile Delwa (Acting DG)

(012)  473 0418

(012) 473 0469

 

qinisile@doc.gov.za

 

 

Cooperative Governance

Mr Dan Metlana Mashitisho

Director-General

(012) 334 0518

(021) 469 6735

086 293 4966

Danm@cogta.gov.za

 

Correctional Services

Arthur Fraser, Mr

National Commissioner

(012) 305 8841

(012) 323 6149

Arthur.Fraser@dcs.gov.za

 

Civilian Secretariat for Police

Mr Alvin Rapea

Secretary of Police

(012) 393 2520

(012) 393 2536/8

Labi.Ndhlovu-Shakung@csp.gov.za

 

Defence

Dr Sam Gulube

Secretary for Defence

082 078 7707

(012) 355 6219

(012) 355 6220

(012) 347 7445

Sam.Gulube@dod.mil.za;

Secdef@dod.mil.za;

Maete.Lengolo@dod.mil.za

Moleboge.Mojapelo@dod.mil.za

 

Economic Development

Mr Monde Tom (Acting DG)

(012)  394 1045

012 394 5664

 

MTom@economic.gov.za;

NPShabane@economic.gov.za

WMasvanhise@economic.gov.za

 

Energy

Zulu Thabane, Mr

Director-General

(012)  406 7672

(012)  643 0932

Nokuthula.mbeje@energy.gov.za;

 

Environmental Affairs

Ms Nosipho Ngcaba

Director-General

(012)  310 3017

(012)  322 4832

nngcaba@environment.gov.za

 

GCIS

Ms Pumla Williams

(Acting DG: GCIS)

(012)  473 0245

012 473 0163

 

precian@gcis.gov.za;

 

Health

Anban Pillay, Dr

Acting Director-General

(012) 395 9150

(012)  395 8422

dg@health.gov.za;

 

Higher Education & Training

Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde

Director-General

082 705 9457

(012) 312 6349 /6350

012 312 5429

(012) 323 0291

Qonde.G@dhet.gov.za;

Moloisi.I@dhet.gov.za;

Mkhabela.S@dhet.gov.za

 

Home Affairs

Mr Jackie McKay

Director-General (Acting)

(012)  406 7070

086 512 7864

directorgeneral@dha.gov.za

 

Human Settlements

Mr Mbulelo Tshangana

Director-General

082 801 9708

(012)  421 1486

012 421 1486

086 546 0490

Mbulelo.tshangana@dhs.gov.za

Bongiwe.ngobese@dhs.gov.za

Moipone.ngoasheng@dhs.gov.za

 

Independent Police Investigative Directorate

Patrick Setshedi,Mr

Executive Director (Acting)

(012)  399 0026

(012) 399 0070

(012)  399 0144

086 630 0617

(012) 399 0144

tmahibila@ipid.gov.za
rmamabolo@ipid.gov.za
amphago@ipid.gov.za

 

International Relations & Cooperation

Mr Kgabo E Mahoai

Director-General

(012) 351 0363

(012)  351 0296

(012)  329 2242

(012) 329 2242

radebel@dirco.gov.za

mahoaik@dirco.gov.za;

moroej@dirco.gov.za

thabedes@dirco.gov.za

 

Justice and Constitutional Development

Director-General

JB Skosana (Acting), Adv

(012) 406 4701

(012) 406 4706/4

086 644 6406

bmusekwa@justice.gov.za;

bmlambo@justice.gov.za;

JSkosana@justice.gov.za

ckok@justice.gov.za;

 

Labour

Mr Thobile Lamati

Director-General

082 467 4315

082 886 2604

(012) 309 4126

(012) 309 4620

Thobile.Lamati@labour.gov.za;

Sandisiwe.kaba@labour.gov.za

 

Military Veterans

Director-General

Derrick Mgwebi (Acting), Mr

(012)  671 4783

(012) 264 3280

(012) 671 1108

Puseletso.mthombeni@dmv.gov.za;

odg@dmv.gov.za;

 

Mineral Resources

Adv Thabo Mokoena

Director-General

(012) 444 3880

(012) 643 0932

Mamabefu.Modipa@dmr.gov.za

Kwazi.mhlongo@dmr.gov.za;

 

National School of Government

Principal

Busani Ngcaweni, Mr

(012) 441 6079

012 441 6133

(012) 441 6044

dg.secretary@thensg.gov.za;

malefau.masemola@thensg.gov.za

 

National Treasury

Mr Dondo Mogajane

Director-General

(012)  351 5904

(012)  328 5145

Dondo.Mogajane@treasury.gov.za

Felicitas.Mogase@treasury.gov.za;

 

Planning Monitoring & Evaluation

Ms Nompumelelo Mpofu

Director-General

071 267 8748

Mr Tsediso Matona

Secretary for National Planning

(012) 312 0014

(012) 312 2261

 

Caroline@dpme.gov.za;

Ellen@dpme.gov.za

 

Public Enterprises

Director-General

Kgathatso (Acting) Tlhakudi, Mr

(012) 431 1035

021 469 6776 

(012) 431 1040

DGOffice@dpe.gov.za

 

Public Service and Administration

Ms Yoliswa Makhasi

Director-General

012 336 1279

012 469 5485

(012) 336 1088

086 632 2028

Puleng.sibanda@dpsa.gov.za

MonicaP@dpsa.gov.za;

Tsholofelo.Mathabathe@dpsa.gov.za;

 

Public Service Commission

Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana

Director-General

082 773 0432

082 261 8809

(012)  352 1025

(012) 352 1200

(012) 325 8322

086 647 9746

connieg@opsc.gov.za;

 

Public Works

Adv Sam Vukela

Director-General

(012)  406 1988

(012)  328 4217

(021)  465 1244

Sam.Vukela@dpw.gov.za

DG.PA@dpw.gov.za

Nompumelelo.Hlakula@dpw.gov.za

Manthekeleng.Monama@dpw.gov.za;

 

Rural Development and Land Reform

Director-General

Mdu Shabane, Mr

(012)  312 8503

(012) 312 8867

(012) 312 6072

(012) 323 6072

DGOffice@drdlr.gov.za

 

Science and Technology

Dr Phil Mjwara

Director-General

082 889 0971

(012 )843 6815

086 681 0006

phil.mjwara@dst.gov.za

Itshekeng.masilela@dst.gov.za

Nomkhosi.peter@dst.gov.za

Zanele.sithole@dst.gov.za

Bongiwe.kheswa@dst.gov.za;

 

Small Business Development

Acting Director-General

Lindokuhle Mkhumane, Mr

012 394 1433

 

LMkhumane@dsbd.gov.za

 

Social Development

Director-General

Mzolisi Toni (Acting), Mr

(012) 312 7647

 

SusanP@dsd.gov.za;

PaulK@dsd.gov.za

OsbourneM@dsd.gov.za  

WelheminahS@dsd.gov.za

WendyL@dsd.gov.za LebogangSh@dsd.gov.za

 

South African Police Service

(SAPS)

General KJ Sitole

National Police Commissioner
082 450 9206

012 400 6583


012 400 6890

 

MathebulaA@saps.gov.za ChiloaneM@saps.gov.za depnatcom@saps.gov.za sitolej@saps.gov.za

 

South African Revenue Services (SARS)

Commissioner

Edward Kieswetter, Mr

012 422 5174

(012) 422 5205

(012) 422 5160

012 452 9676

TMokhari@sars.gov.za

SisterM@sars.gov.za;

 

Sport and Recreation South Africa

Director-General

Sumayya Khan, Ms

(012)  304 5149

086 5748 039

sumayya@srsa.gov.za

 

Statistics South Africa

Mr Risenga Maluleke

Statistician-General

(012)  310 8075

(012)  321 7343

palil@statssa.gov.za;

Lenas@statssa.gov.za;

 

Telecommunications & Postal Services

Mr Robert Nkuna

Director-General

012) 427 8031

012 427 8167

(012) 427 8016

tmathebula@dtps.gov.za

rnkuna@dtps.gov.za;

 

The Presidency

Dr Cassius Lubisi

Director-General

(012)  300 5354

086 683 5354

Nokukhanya@presidency.gov.za;

Nelly@presidency.gov.za;

 

Tourism

Mr Victor Tharage

Director-General

083 387 3300

(012 ) 444 6379

(012) 444 6721

(012) 444 7040

vtharage@tourism.gov.za;

msibiya@tourism.gov.za;

mzwane@tourism.gov.za;

 

Trade and Industry

Mr Lionel October

Director-General

071 356 1135

(012) 394 3075

(012)  394 0323

loctober@thedti.gov.za;

emsiza@thedti.gov.za;

TMatshego@thedti.gov.za;

 

Traditional Affairs

Mr Mashwahle Diphofa

Director-General

(012) 334 4918

086 616 7586

AnnaM@cogta.gov.za;

charlesn@cogta.gov.za

ReshoketsweM@cogta.gov.za

 

Transport

Director-General

Alec Moemi, Mr

(012) 309 3172

(012) 328 5926

DirectorGeneral@dot.gov.za

phenyam@dot.gov.za;

 

Water & Sanitation

Director-General

Deborah Mochotlhi (Acting), Ms

(012) 336 8152

(012) 336 8850

MochotlhiD@dws.gov.za

 

Women

Director-General

Shoki Tshabalala (Acting), Ms

(012) 359 0071

(012) 323 5954

dg@women.gov.za

 

Government Pensions Administration Agency

(GPAA)

Chief Executive Officer

Krishen Sukdev, Mr

012 319 1007

012 326 2507

krishen.sukdev@gpaa.gov.za

 

Government Printing Works

Chief Executive Officer(Acting)

Thandi Moyo, Ms

012 748 6213

012 323 9746

Thandi.Moyo@gpw.gov.za

20 May 2020 - NW786

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

(1)What (a) is the total amount of the additional funding that the National Treasury has made available to her Department for measures to deal with Covid-19, (b) are the conditions linked to the specified funding and (c) is the funding being allocated to; (2) whether a business plan is required; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) whether a business plan is available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as at 12 May 2020 no additional funding has been allocated to the Department from National Treasury for DPWI to deal with Covid-19.

2. Not applicable, as the Department was not allocated the additional funding.

3. Not applicable, as the Department was not allocated the additional funding.

20 May 2020 - NW747

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1) Whether the specifications for the construction of the Beit Bridge border fence were designed by an engineer; if so, (a) were the materials used compliant with the specifications, (b) was the project signed off by the engineer, (c) will the engineer provide the supplier’s warranty to her Department and (d) what are the conditions of the warranty; if not, Friday, 1 May 2020 (2) whether the specifications were based on off-the-shelf products from a supplier; if not, who (a) designed and manufactured the materials and (b) will underwrite the warranty and (c) for what duration; if so, (i) was it a reputable supplier who can produce the specifications and the warranty, (ii) was the installation done according to the installation guide, (iii) will the warranty be underwritten by the supplier or the installer and (iv) what is the duration and terms of the warranty?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me the specifications for the border fence were designed and the material was quality checked by the Engineer for compliance.

(b) Yes, the Project was signed-off by the Engineer

(c) (d) The Department has requested the supplier’s warranty, and I will provide additional information in due course after receiving the information from the Department.

 

2. (a) The fence comprised of components available in the market and was based on off the shelf products from the suppliers.

(b), (c) (i) This item falls away as these were off the shelf products.

(c) (ii) The installation was done in accordance with the specification.

(iii) (iv) The details of the supplier’s warranty will be provided, as stated above. The contractor has a 12 months defects liability which covers material and quality defects.

20 May 2020 - NW743

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

(1) (a) Why was the Independent Development Trust (IDT) identified (details furnished) for an important task of managing the appointment of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) that apply to assist in the Government’s COVID-19 response, especially as she was convening an IDT Exit Strategy Task Team to look at the future of the IDT, and (b) where will funds for payment come from as the IDT does not receive grant funding from her Department; Friday, 1 May 2020? (2) whether the IDT has paid participants since 1 February 2020; if not, (a) why not, (b) what is the extent of outstanding payments and (c) what are the reasons for the delay in payment; if so, what are the relevant details of the payments made?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1(a) Initially the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) decided to recruit a youth brigade to assist at quarantine site. Over a period of a few weeks, the Department of Health requested the EPWP to assist with additional activities. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), considering the resources available to itself and its entities, decided to assist the Department of Health through Non-State Sector (NSS) Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) programme. This programme has been implemented by the Independent Development Trust (IDT) on behalf of DPWI for the past 10 years. The IDT was appointed to implement this project for three months while DPWI continues to make the necessary arrangement to implement the NSS: NPO programme inhouse. My approval for use of the IDT to implement this intiative, in the main, is premised on the fact that the budget to implement work through the NSS NPOs programme is still classified as a transfer to IDT. With the current fiscal constraints the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure could not fund the Department of Health request for assistance through any other budget allocation.

1(b) Over the MTEF 2020/21 to 2022/23 period, the budget to implement the NSS: NPOs programme is an earmarked transfer allocation to the IDT. For the 2020/21 financial year, a budget of R745.361 million is allocated for wage costs while the amount of R33.123 million is earmarked for the non-wage costs. Non-wage costs cover costs of the personal protective equipment (PPEs), NPO administration costs, etc. It is therefore through this allocation that the IDT will cover the expenses related to the implementation of the EPWP COVID-19 response to assist the Department of Health.

2. The Department has informed me that not all participants were paid. As at 1 February 2020, eighteen (18) out of 339 NPOs had not paid their participants’ stipends. Since then, the IDT assisted NPOs in correcting the reasons for non-payment and committed to paying these NPOs by 8 May 2020.

(a) The delays in the payment of these NPOs has been linked to (1) late submission of supporting documentation such as invoices by the NPOs prior to the lockdown period; (2) errors contained on invoices submitted by NPOs which were rejected by the payment system; (3) NPOs submitting invoices with amounts higher than their Purchase Order balances; and (4) NPO delays in re-submitting corrected documents according to the identified errors.

(b) As at the end of March 2020, a total amount of R189 529 797,45 was paid to 321 NPOs out of the 339 contracted NPOs. Eighteen (18) NPOs, through the assistance of IDT, have resolved the non-payment matters and IDT has begun a process to pay these NPOs the outstanding R6 919 447, 00 before the 08 May 2020.

(c)  This answer is provided in 2(a) above.

20 May 2020 - NW616

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What measures are being put in place to make the quarantine facilities, that she has earmarked for people with COVID-19 infections, fully compliant and ready to serve their purpose; (2) whether the quarantine facilities are equipped with (a) sufficient water, (b) electricity, (c) clean beds and bedding and (d) food; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the necessary inspections have been conducted to confirm that the quarantine facilities meet the minimum requirements of a quarantine facility; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) what is the total number of quarantine facilities earmarked for persons with Covid-19 infections and (b) where is each facility located; (5) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me from the list of 39 facilities that the DPWI has made available from its immovable asset register; only two were approved as meeting the basic requirements set by the Department of Health.

Both facilities were repaired and refurbished. Beds and linen were procured. The Gauteng Provincial Department of Health in the process of activating the two sites so that they may begin to operate as quarantine sites.

All identified private facilities are made available to the Department of Health. These are assessed by the Department of Health, and if found to be suitable for use as quarantine or isolation sites, Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is informed to consider contracting with the owners. Therefore, the responsibility to ensure that the private sector facilities are compliant and ready to serve as quarantine or isolation sites lies with the Department of Health.

2. DPWI has two sites which were approved by Department of Health as suitable to serve as quarantine or isolation sites, and both will be equipped with (a) sufficient water (b) electricity (c) new beds and linen upon activation by the Department of Health. (d) However, the provision of food is the sole responsibility of the Department of Health.

3. Yes, the inspection was conducted for facilities that were identified and availed by DPWI across the country. DPWI was part of the assessment team. However, the inspection of private facilities was done by the team as directed in paragraph 4.1 of the guideline document for quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID-19. The composition of the facility assessment team does not include DPWI.

4. (a) The Department of Health decides which facilities will have COVID 19 infected patients. Thus has no obligation to reveal this information to the Department. The Department only provides facilities for use as quarantine facilities or isolation sites. It has no knowledge of whether the patients are positive or not.

5. No.

20 May 2020 - NW612

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)what (a) is the estimated time frame to repair the damaged fencing of the border posts between the Republic and Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post, (b) will be the costs of the repairs and (c) what type of fencing (i) was damaged and (ii) will be used for repairs; (2) what measures will she put in place to ensure that the repaired fence will not be vandalised again; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure(DPWI) has informed me as follows:

1. (a) The timeframe to repair the damaged fence was one month.

(b) The tenders sum of the contractor was a projected R37 176 843.50

(c) (i) Town Planning Services issued a Provisional Site Clearance Certificate to allow for the maintenance of the fence. The existing fence was in bad condition, and it comprises of a fence with Razor Mesh, Coil Strips and Posts etc.

(ii) The particular project addresses the maintenance of the existing fence. The fence comprises of Tension Posts, Intermediate Posts, Straining wires, razor mesh and razor coils etc.

2. My Department has communicated as follows on the vandalism:

  • The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is responsible for security at the border fence.
  • Following a breach of security, whereby the contractor’s material was allegedly stolen, I wrote a letter to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (dated 4 April 2020), requesting her assistance in assigning SANDF officials to patrol the border fence line.
  • The response from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans came through a letter dated 7 April 2020, and it states that the C SANDF has undertaken to direct the SANDF Joint Operations Division, to address this security challenge on an urgent basis. This will cover the area where the fence is being erected and reinforce the existing private security elements on site.
  • The Director-General of DPWI wrote a letter to Secretary-General of Defence dated 15 April 2020 supplemented the Ministerial correspondences, requesting DOD Top Management to expedite patrol measures at this borderline
  • A follow-up letter from the Director-General of DPWI to Secretary-General of Defence dated 27 April 2020, requested the DOD to intensify patrol at the borderline fence between RSA and Zimbabwe.

3. Yes, I will consider in due course. The South African National Defence Force is responsible in terms of the Defence Management Act.

11 May 2020 - NW643

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With regard to the recent R37,2 million emergency procurement of a 40km fence alongside the Beitbridge Border Post in terms of Treasury Regulation 16A6.4, what (a) is a detailed description of the goods and services, (b) are the name(s) and company registration number(s) of the suppliers(s), (c) is the process that was undertaken to get quotes and (d) is the reason why palisade fencing was not considered?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has provided me with the following information regarding the emergency procurement of the 40km borderline:

a) The description of required goods/services includes repair and replace 40km of borderline infrastructure (match existing fence) between RSA/Zimbabwe. This comprised of a 1.8m fence.

b) The service providers contracted by the department are Caledon River Properties trading as Magwa Construction (Reg. 2017/430436/07) (“the Contractor”) and Profteam cc (Reg. 2017/058 188/23) (“the Principal Agent”).

c) The DPWI informed me as following:

  • DPWI was in the early stages in the process of appointing a service provider prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, after the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) stated that their strategic border infrastructure was in poor condition.
  • The particular project addresses the short to the medium-term solution. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a very high risk for loss of life (i.e. Death), adverse health impact, cross-border smuggling and crime, negative economic impact and social impact in South Africa.
  • Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on 15 March 2020 on the Covid-19 pandemic and the simultaneous declaration of a National State of Disaster
  • Under Section 27(2)(L) of the Disaster Management Act, No 57 of 2002, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, issued a directive on 16 March 2020 for the emergency securing of the South African Border Posts
  • Recognising the Ministerial Directive a site visit was held by DPWI and Department of Defence (DoD) officials on the 17 March 2020 at the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry.
  • Officials discussed several options to meet the set deadline under an emergency basis (criteria).
  • The National Treasury’s Instruction Note No. 08 of 2019/2020 Emergency Procurement during Covid-19 on paragraph 3.5.1 (i) provides for the invocation of emergency procedures.
  • It was prudent to invoke the emergency procurement process that entails the appointment of the required service providers through a negotiated procedure that was approved by NBAC.

d) The palisade fencing was not considered due to the fact that the aim of the project was to repair and replace the existing borderline fence.

30 April 2020 - NW565

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What is the breakdown of the number of persons, who have been employed for the construction of the 40 km Beitbridge border fence project, from villages including, but not limited to (a) Bennde Mutale, (b) Tshikuyu, (c) Masisi, (d) Tshedzhelani, (e) Gumbu, (f) Sigonde and (g) Madimbo?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that the contractor indicated that the villages mentioned, namely Bennde Mutale, Tshikuyu, Masisi, Tshedzhelani, Gumbu, Sigonde and Madimbo were situated at least 50 to 100km away from Beitbridge border fence site. The Curriculum Vitae (CVs) (as per the CVs) sourced from Musina Local Municipality, were for labourers residing locally in Musina.

DPWI informed me that approximately 160 site workers were sourced from the local municipality.

30 April 2020 - NW535

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

(1)(a) What type of events are currently taking place at Fernwood Estate in Newlands and (b) what is the (i) current operating budget and (ii) projected income to manage the estate; (2) What (a) are the future plans for the estate and (b) is the current market value of the estate?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that various government departments currently use Fernwood Estate for team buildings, meetings, training, end year functions, and Members of Parliament use the facility for private functions.

(b) (i) There is no operating budget.

(ii) There is no projected income.

2. (a) In 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 financial year the Department undertook an exercise of a feasibility study of the Fernwood Estate with the possibility of building Ministerial Residences at Fernwood Estate due to the increase of Cabinet then, the preliminary report of a feasibility study indicated that such exercise would be influenced by the following three items, namely:

  • Environmental application;
  • Heritage application;
  • And a planning application (Town planning/zoning); which was estimated to take approximately 18 months.

At present, there are no plans for Fernwood Estate.

(b) The current Municipal value of Fernwood land according to City of Cape Town Municipal valuation is R 205 353 431.00

30 April 2020 - NW552

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

(1) What amount did her department spend in the past five financial years on purchase of houses for (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers? (2) (a) In which suburb is each specified house located and (b) what number of bedrooms does each house have; (3) What amounts were paid by her department for renovations and / or upgrades to the houses; (4) What are the relevant details of the (a) renovations and / or upgrades and (b) cost of each house renovation and / or upgrade? NW722E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that DPWI spent R 11 790 000.00 for two houses in Cape Town and R26 500 000.00 for four houses in Pretoria during the past five financial years.

In respect of (a) and (b) please note that houses are not bought for a specific Minister or Deputy Minister, they can be occupied by any when the need arises. Different Ministers and Deputy Ministers have occupied these houses.

2. (a)

SUBURB

CAPE TOWN

PTA/JHB

Waterkloof

0

3

Athol

0

1

Milnerton

2

0

 

(b)  

AREA

HOUSE

NO OF BEDROOMS

Cape Town

House 1

4 Bedrooms

 

House 2

4 Bedrooms

Pretoria and JHB

House 1

4 Bedrooms

 

House 2

4 Bedrooms and Cottage

 

House 3

5 Bedrooms

 

House 4

5 Bedrooms

3. No renovation or upgrade was carried out.

4. None

(a) None

(b) None

 

09 April 2020 - NW510

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

Given that R3 million was transferred from Programme 4 to Programme 1 to cover legal services, what are the relevant details of the legal services to which the specified amount has been allocated?NW696E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me an amount of R3 million was transferred from Programme 4 to Programme 1 for goods and services to assist the Chief Directorate: Legal Services. The Department usedthese funds to procure the services of the legal advisers to support the Department with its process of finalising the Expropriation Bill.

The Department received 50 000 public comments after the Expropriation Bill, 2019 was published in December 2018.

Senior Counsel assisted the Department by analysing substantive issues raised in comments submitted to the DPWI and assisted with the drafting of clause 12(3) of the Bill.

09 April 2020 - NW509

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

Whether she has been informed that the contracts of 5 000 workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme in Gauteng are being terminated; if so, (a) how were the workers notified of thetermination of their contracts, (b) what is the reason for the termination of the contracts, (c) what are the projects and/or departments which will be affected by the terminations and (d) what measures will be taken to ensure that the projects and/or departments are not adversely affected by the terminations?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

As the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, I was not informed that the 5000 contracts, of participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme in Gauteng, were being terminated.

Each public body that implements an Expanded Public Works Programme is responsible for the recruitment and terminations of contracts of participants in a programme. However, in this particular case, I was subsequently informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that the matter was addressed by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and Property Management, as the coordinator of the EPWP in the Gauteng Province.

a) The participants were initially informed of the termination of their contracts by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and Property Management, via a text message. This was to be followed by letters from public bodies to the participants in their respective programmes.

b) The contracts of the affected participants had come to an end on 31 March 2020.

c) The following public bodies were affected by the termination of the EPWP participants:

Provincial Departments

Municipalities

Gauteng Department of Health

Sedibeng

Gauteng Department of Education

Merafong

Gauteng Department of Community Safety (SAPS)

Emfuleni

 

Rand West

 

West rand

d) The public bodies affected were informed in advance, by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and Property Management,of the contracts ending on 31 March 2020. The public bodies were advised to recruit new participants to avoid disruption of services.

08 April 2020 - NW510

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

Given that R3 million was transferred from Programme 4 to Programme 1 to cover legal services, what are the relevant details of the legal services to which the specified amount has been allocated?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me an amount of R3 million was transferred from Programme 4 to Programme 1 for goods and services to assist the Chief Directorate: Legal Services. The Department usedthese funds to procure the services of the legal advisers to support the Department with its process of finalising the Expropriation Bill.

The Department received 50 000 public comments after the Expropriation Bill, 2019 was published in December 2018.

Senior Counsel assisted the Department by analysing substantive issues raised in comments submitted to the DPWI and assisted with the drafting of clause 12(3) of the Bill.

08 April 2020 - NW491

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) Whether her department took a decision regarding the preservation for the long term of the abandoned and vandalised property owned by her department at 18 Market Street, Stellenbosch; if not, why has a decision not been taken; if so, what was the decision; (2) whether any steps have been taken by her department to curb the vandalism and illegal occupation of the specified property until a decision is taken; if not, why not; if so, what time line will be linked to this; (3) whether her department was informed that the house on the property has been assessed as a structure worthy of preservation; if so, what is her department’s plans for the future of the property?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed the Department of Public Works and infrastructuredecided to let out the property through an open tender process.

2. Yes, measures were put in place to install security burglar bars and guards on the property to prevent vandalism and illegal occupation.

3. Yes, the structural engineer is to assess the property and identify any repair that needs to bedone.

30 March 2020 - NW440

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

What measures does her Department have in place to ensure that (a) proper and accurate records of participants are kept in the Expanded Public Works Programme, (b) regular audits are done on the participants’ lists, (c) there are no ghost workers, (d) implementers are working within the budgeted allocations for the registered number of participants and (e) steps are taken to address non-compliance?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The following measures have been put in place to ensure the following:

(a) In terms of the Section 12(2) of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Ministerial Determination, every employer must keep all the records of each participant for at least three years after the completion of the EPWP project. In the current reporting procedures for theEPWP, public bodies are expected to scana certified Identity Document (ID) copy for every participant reported. This is to ensure that each ID numbers of the participants captured in the system are cross-referenced with the Home Affairs Database to safeguard that only valid ID numbers are reported. However, to address the audit findings issued by Audit General of South Africa which indicates that public bodies do not keep all records as per the requirements of the Ministerial Determination, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is upgrading the current EPWP reporting system to ensure all requisite documents are uploaded by public bodies when reporting on work opportunities created. In the interim, through public body visits which are conducted by the DPWI to verify information reported into the EPWP Reporting System, verification of records kept by public bodies as per the Ministerial Determination is done.In instances where there are gapsidentified on records kept by public bodies, these cases are recorded in an intervention registermaintained by the DPWI. Where there are persistent non-compliance which could not be resolved from interventions provided, such cases areescalatedto the Accounting Officers of public bodies for their attention and resolution.

(b)Through public body visits and site visits carried out by the Department, regular audits are done on participants lists on EPWP projects.In addition, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure also undertakes audits through its internal audit unit.

(c)The EPWP Reporting System is linked to the National Population Register of the Department of Home Affairs with the ability to do real-time validations of participants ID Numbers. Furthermore, actual site visits are conducted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to verify project and participants information.

(d) In the EPWP Reporting System, there are validity checks that exist which compare the budget captured against expenditure on projects. Should there be any discrepancies such as when the expenditure on a project exceeds the budget, the discrepancy is flagged and shared with the public body for verification.

(e) In order to address non-compliance, various steps are taken by the Department. For projects funded through the Incentive Grant, withholding of the Incentive Grant is effected in the cases of non-compliance with the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA) conditions. Whilst for any other non-compliance picked during site visits and public body visits, Accounting Officers of public bodies are informed of such non-compliance and intervention is sought to remedy the matter.Where written escalation proves to be in-effective, face-to-face engagements are conducted with the Accounting Officers of non-compliant public bodies. If solutions cannot be reached at an administrative level, such cases are escalated to political principals for their intervention.

30 March 2020 - NW508

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

(1) With reference to her statement during the Debate on Vote No 11 - Public Works and Infrastructure on 10 July 2019, what (a) are the criteria for the selection of the schools that will participate in the Mathematics and Science Programme, (b) is the duration of support for each school, (c) are the reasons that only 15 schools have been identified versus the 33 in the previous period and (d) number of learners from the participating schools have attended university and/or other higher educational institutions which can be attributed to the intervention of her department; (2) whether there is a standardised period for participation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what criteria would extend or shorten the period of support?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a)The criteria for the selection of the schools that will participate in the Mathematics and Science Programme are as follows:

  • Schools from disadvantaged communities (townships, farms, rural and informal settlements)
  • Good academic performance in schools (with learner achievement of 60% and above in Mathematics and Physical Science).
  • Schools with a potential to expand the provision of high quality Mathematics and Physical Science (teaching and learning).
  • Schools displaying a commitment to succeed and can-do attitude.

(b)The duration of support for each school is five (5) years.

(c)The reasons that only 15 schools have been identified versus the 33 in the previous period (2013-2019)is that thedepartment has not yet finalised the process to adopt new schools in 2020. The 15 schools are continuing from previous years. Adoption of new schools is concluded by 30 April every year. Target over the 2020-2024 MTSF is 44 schools.

(d) The number of learners from the participating schools has attended university and/or other higher education institutions which can be attributed to the DPWI intervention is 234.

2. Yes, there is a standardised period of participation, which is five (5) years. The period can be shortened due to lack of commitment of the schools, dysfunctional structures which lead to non-achievement of Schools Programme annual targets.

30 March 2020 - NW421

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

(1) (a) What number of houses are currently on the asset register of her Department, (b) where is each house located and (c) in which province is each house located; (2) who is (a) currently occupying each house and (b) responsible for allocating the houses; (3) whether the houses are habitable; if not, (a) what plans has her Department put in place to ensure that the houses are rendered habitable and (b) by what date does she envisage that the houses will be rendered habitable; if so, who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the houses?NW601E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me there are32 621 residential houses on the Department’s asset register.

(b),(c) The houses are located in the following provinces:

PROVINCE

NUMBER

EASTERN CAPE

2698

FREE STATE

2976

GAUTENG

4447

KWAZULU NATAL

4367

LIMPOPO

3777

MPUMALANGA

4631

NORTH WEST

2204

NORTHERN CAPE

2760

WESTERN CAPE

4761

TOTAL

32621

2. (a) These houses are used by various national user departments.

(b) The DPWI Regional Managers are responsible for allocating the houses.

3) (a) The status of the houses are as follows :

CONDITION

NUMBER

100% EXCELLENT (NO APPARENT DEFECTS / AS NEW)

241

80% GOOD (MINOR DEFECTS. SUPERFICIAL WEAR)

11530

60% FAIR (AVERAGE CONDITION. SURFACE DETERIORATION)

17553

40% POOR (SERIOUS STRUCTURAL DEFECTS)

2693

20% VERY POOR (UNFIT FOR OCCUPANCY)

604

TOTAL

32621

(b) Maintenance of the houses are carried out through a mixture of strategies

guided by a lease agreement, type of tenant and use of the property. A property identified by a government department is maintained utilising funding by the user department and DPWI for renovations, refurbishments and rehabilitation and day to day maintenance is carried out by DPWI. In instances where the houses are unoccupied, the maintenance is carried out to the external grounds and providing security for the properties. Houses being donated to other state institutions or NGOs are made habitable prior to donation.The houses are being made habitable on a need to need basis.

19 March 2020 - NW304

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the submission she made to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts that her department has an overdraft account with the SA Reserve Bank, (a) what are the relevant details of the account, (b) what is the name of the account holder, (c) on what date was the account opened and (d) who are the mandated signatories to the account; (2) what were the balances on the account at the end of each (a) financial year since the account was opened and (b) month in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years up to the end of February 2020; (3) on what legal basis (a) was the account opened and (b) does it continue to operate; (4) what are the relevant details on what the funds from the account have been used for thus far; (5) whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the accounting officer for illegally operating the account; if not, (a) why not and (b) why has the account not been closed?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1)(a)South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Paymaster General (PMG) Account, Type of account: Current Account, Account number: 8033-298-6, Branch code: 910145, Pretoria

(b) Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE)

(c) The request to open the bank account was made to National Treasury on the 26 February 2006 and approval was granted to operate the PMG account with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on 7 March 2006. The account was operationalised from April 2006.

(d) Chief Financial Officer, Mr Mandla Sithole; the Chief Director: Financial Planning and Budgets, Ms Juanita Prinsloo; and Director: Financial Accounting, Mr Kolobe Thomas Emmanuel Seletela.

(2)(a)

Date

Bank Balance

3/31/2007

( 851,374,703.46 )

3/31/2008

( 1,046,964,266.82 )

3/31/2009

( 1,499,519,234.86 )

3/31/2010

( 1,656,528,184.27 )

3/31/2011

( 1,291,797,347.89 )

3/31/2012

( 1,223,206,905.21 )

3/31/2013

( 1,401,077,845.82 )

3/31/2014

( 337,171,429.04 )

3/31/2015

( 660,557,325.79 )

3/31/2016

( 1,431,308,703.19 )

3/31/2017

( 1,124,206,307.37 )

(b)

Date 2018-19

Bank Balance

3/31/2018

(2,332,531,844.37)

4/30/2018

(1,454,496,012.66)

5/31/2018

(2,016,165,869.79)

6/30/2018

(2,328,239,436.22)

7/31/2018

(1,449,676,065.93)

8/31/2018

(1,994,489,779.03)

9/30/2018

(2,743,898,683.41)

10/31/2018

(2,195,767,094.81)

11/30/2018

(2,926,761,374.58)

12/31/2018

(3,524,851,312.39)

1/31/2019

(2,579,849,913.31)

2/28/2019

(2,831,643,872.82)

3/31/2019

(2,670,098,629.47)

Date 2019-20

Bank Balance

4/30/2019

( 1,290,128,154.71 )

5/31/2019

( 2,216,845,663.05 )

6/30/2019

( 2,108,231,745.36 )

7/31/2019

( 1,364,333,693.65 )

8/31/2019

( 1,706,096,148.11 )

9/30/2019

( 2,153,836,651.75 )

10/31/2019

( 1,337,075,183.16 )

11/30/2019

( 2,200,897,712.27 )

12/31/2019

( 3,820,937,183.91 )

1/31/2020

( 2,380,489,441.26 )

2/29/2020

( 2,816,940,398.38 )

(3)(a) The Paymaster General’s bank account was opened in terms of the approval granted by National Treasury on 14 March 2006 as one of the conditions for the establishment of the PMTE. The approval to establish the PMTE was granted by National Treasury in terms of Section 1 of the PFMA read with Treasury Regulations 19.

(b) It continues to operate as approved by National Treasury. The Paymaster General’s bank account is held with the South African Reserve Bank and is only used by PMTE to transact with client departments to make payments for claims that PMTE issue every month.

(4) The operating business model as approved by National Treasury was that PMTE incurs expenditure on daily basis rendering services on behalf of client departments after which it claims the said expenditure from those client departments. Claims to client departments are consolidated and issued every month. The expenditure that PMTE incurs on behalf of client departments includes infrastructure, maintenance and leasing, as part of the mandate of PMTE.

(5) (a) No disciplinary action was taken has been taken against the accounting officer since there is a legal basis to do so. It is incorrect that the accounting officer is “illegally operating the account” since the operating of the account, the business model to incur expenditure on behalf of client departments and claim after was approved by National Treasury. Furthermore, PMTE is required to submit monthly bank reconciliations to National Treasury and has been complying with this request.

(b) The account has not been closed since the account was opened and operated in line with the approvals of National Treasury. It must be noted that only client departments are allowed and permitted to make deposit for claims submitted by PMTE. PMTE also has a commercial bank account that was approved by National Treasury, and this account always has a positive bank balance. This account is used by other parties such as debtors to make a direct deposit to PMTE.

19 March 2020 - NW355

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

(1)Whether her department has a valid lease agreement with the SA Police Service (SAPS) for Excelsior Court, 97 Peter Mokaba Drive, Berea; if not, by what date will her department start with (a) evictions and (b) the renovations of the property; if so, (i) what steps is her department going to take to ensure that the SAPS meets its obligations in terms of evicting all tenants, rehousing the SAPS personnel and allowing her department to start renovating according to the decision taken in 2010-11 and (ii) on what date is it envisaged that the SAPS will meet the specified obligations; (2) does the SAPS pay rent to her department; if so, what is the (a) rental amount and (b) total amount that the SAPS owes in arrears?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that DPWI has no lease agreement with South African Police Services (SAPS) for Excelsior Court, 97 Peter Mokaba Drive, Berea. However, the relationship is managed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the entire state-owned asset portfolio which is allocated to SAPS. The MOU was duly signed by the Accounting Officers of both departments on 31 January 2006.

(a) SAPS, as an end-user, is responsible for the eviction and has reported to have initiated the eviction process.

(b) The renovations of the property is still pending the finalisation of the eviction process by SAPS and property being handed back to DPWI to commence with renovations. (i) There has been continuous high-level engagements between DPWI and SAPS which resulted in SAPS commencing with the evictions process. (ii) The finalisation of the eviction process is depended on the conclusion of the litigation process.

2. SAPS pays accommodation charges for the entire portfolio as per the 2006 devolution with an annual amount of R1 397 874 000.00 in the 2019/20 financial year. SAPS does not owe the DPWI on accommodation charges.

19 March 2020 - NW356

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

What (a) is the total number of (i) residential properties, (ii) business erven, (iii) government buildings and (iv) agricultural properties that are owned by her department in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality that are (aa) vacant, (bb) occupied and (cc) earmarked for disposal and (b) amount does her department owe the municipality in outstanding rates and services?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has informed me that the total number of properties owned by the Department in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality per category are as follows:

(i) Residential properties (1160)

(ii) Business erven (0)

(iii) Government buildings (1247)

(iv) Agricultural properties (5)

aa) Vacant (58)

bb) Occupied (2354)

cc) There are fifteen (15) properties earmarked for disposal for human settlements and one (1) property for restitution purposes within eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

b) DPWI owes the Municipality a total amount of R25 335 927,20, of which R23 387 788,12 relates to 293 properties. R338 139,07 is the current (less than 30 days) that is owed to the Municipality. The Department has disputed debt of R1 610 000,00 on one of the accounts with Municipality, and the Municipality is still investigating the dispute. DPWI informed me the confirmed amount will be settled as soon as the investigation has been concluded and both the Department and Municipality have agreed on the rate to be levied.

19 March 2020 - NW341

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

(1)In view of the statement in the progress report for the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) dated 26 February 2020 that registration with the SA Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is not mandatory, which resulted in many graduates seeing no value in registration, what measures is she and/or her department taking to elevate the image of SACAP and make registration compulsory; (2) what (a) measures is she and/or her department taking to encourage government departments and institutions responsible for infrastructure to assist graduates with vocational training to enable them to progress to professional registration and (b) is being done to increase access to vocational training opportunities within her department; (3) whether graduates are able to attain professional registration without having attained mentorship and vocational training; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether she has found that it is permissible that government departments responsible for infrastructure are employing architectural graduates who are not SACAP registered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what incentives exist for graduates to comply with the request to register with the CBE if her department flouts its own recommendations and hires unregistered graduates?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(1) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) wrote to all government departments responsible for infrastructure in South Africa in order to promote the benefits of using registered professionals in all their projects. SACAP is undertaking public awareness campaigns to all local Municipalities to ensure that only registered persons submit building plan applications for approval. SACAP also has planned workshops to promote the architectural profession to the public.

SACAP intends to access funding, mainly from the Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (CETA) to run a mentorship programme. A meeting has been arranged with CETA and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) to deal with funding for the mentorship programme. This will assist graduates that do not have mentors to access mentors and progress to professional registration.

(2) In ensuring that all Provincial Public Works departments are implementing the Skills Pipeline Strategy; DPWI has established the Public Works Sector Capacity Building Forum. This forum was established based on a research study that was undertaken by the National Department of Public Works to examine the causes underlying technical capacity constraints within the Public Works Family. The establishment of the forum was primarily to have a structured approach to accelerate the production of professionals by Public Works through the Built Environment Skills Pipeline Strategy. It is further aimed at fostering cooperation with other institutions in order to strengthen the efforts of building technical capacity for the state and impact on job creation. The forum meets on a quarterly basis.

Through this structure the department not only monitors and reports on the implementation of the Skills Pipeline Strategy; but also provides strategic support and guidance to the Provincial Public Works and other partners on implementing, evaluating and mobilising funding from Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs), Department of Higher Education, National Skills Fund (NSF) and other funders to help execute the Skills Pipeline strategy.

To ensure that there is massive vocational training, the DPWI is partnering with Technical Vocational Training Colleges to implement the Centre of Specialisation (Dual Apprenticeship program), and Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The aim is to ensure that trainees are able to complete their full qualification and obtain “trade test” (in the artisanal and or apprenticeship program) in different trades. The piloting of the Centre of Specialisation (Dual Apprenticeship program), will be extended to the Provincial Public Works in the incoming 2020/2021 financial year. Further to this, the department will be embarking on an exercise to adopt the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Standard for Developing Skills through Infrastructure Contracts as a policy. This standard puts a percentage (between 0.25 to 0.5%) of the contract value being set aside for developmental goals.

(3) Without Mentorship and Vocational Training trainees are unable to register as professionals. Mentorship is a critical component in the professionalisation process. The department executes different types of mentorship strategies i.e.

i) Internal mentorship:-mentors appointed solely for mentoring and existing employees who are qualified as professionals are experienced and passionate about the development of young people in this country;

ii) By forging collaborations with the Industry, through among others, entering into a memoranda of understanding with the private sector. The parties commit to training, development and mentorship by accommodating trainees for practical work exposure in their respective fields of study. These companies further expose departmental trainees in their private sector work, which also includes International assignments where applicable.

(4) Yes, it is permissible for Infrastructure Departments to appoint graduates for developmental purposes, namely, as former bursary holders who are appointed to serve back the bursary scheme obligation. Secondly, graduates are appointed as part of the Graduate Recruitment programme and offered Internship or Candidacy opportunities in the departments. Once in the Internship Programme, graduates are assisted to register as Candidates with SACAP to prepare them for the structured Candidacy Programme. In DPWI’s Architectural Services Unit all employees and trainees are registered with SACAP as Candidates or Professionals.

(5) The department employs unregistered graduates as per point 4 above for training purposes and seeing out the obligations as per the bursary contract. Posts that require professional registration have stringent requirements as per Occupational Specific Dispensation. The incentive to register for graduates is that Infrastructure implementing departments have high vacancy rates on professional posts. Professionalised graduates improve their chances of employability as professional skills remain scarce in the country.

16 March 2020 - NW209

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the proposed establishment of the Public Works Academy, (a) what is the main purpose of the academy, (b) how will this affect the National Development Plan of 2030, (c) on what date will the academy (i) be established and (ii) start to function and (d) what will be the total cost of implementation of the academy; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Following the presentation on the Academy by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) to the Portfolio Committee for Public Works and Infrastructure, I subsequently engaged with officials within the Department. Taking into consideration the financial implications of establishing the Academy, namely the cost-cutting measures by the Public Service, I found it prudent to discontinue the plan. However, the Skills Development (Technical Capacity Building) Programme within the Department will not be negatively impacted but rather be more focused and dedicated to the rollout of its skills programmes. The Department has a dedicated Professional Services Branch to drive this.

16 March 2020 - NW210

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Van Staden, Mr PA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)(a) In which provinces is the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) active, (b) what is the total number of EPWP workers who are currently employed in each (i) province and (ii) municipality and (c) what is the remuneration that is paid to each EPWP worker in each province; (2) whether there is a standard or job-specific task description(s) for each EPWP worker; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the contents of such task description(s); (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW285E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The Expanded Public Works Programme is implemented across all provinces.

(b) (i) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) informed me that a total of 309 600 work opportunities were created by the provincial sphere. (ii) While a total of 168 922 work opportunities were created in the municipal sphere, Table 1 below reflects a breakdown of work opportunities created from April 2019 – December 2019 per each sphere of government.

Table 1: Number of work opportunities per sphere of government (April – Dec 2019)

Province

 Municipal

 National

 Provincial

 Grand Total

 EC

         23 329

         65 820

         71 662

       160 811

 FS

           6 789

         33 849

         17 590

         58 228

 GP

         21 240

         32 821

         28 188

         82 249

 KN

         40 636

         66 239

         97 005

       203 880

 LP

         17 231

         42 459

         29 980

         89 670

 MP

         10 302

         36 785

         15 306

         62 393

 NC

           4 699

         25 029

           5 966

         35 694

 NW

           7 404

         26 132

         19 872

         53 408

 WC

         37 292

         30 033

         24 031

         91 356

 Grand Total

       168 922

       359 167

       309 600

       837 689

(c) The remuneration that is paid to each EPWP worker in each province as reported into the EPWP Reporting System in the same reporting period is reflected in table 2 below.

Table 2: Average participants daily wages per province per sphere

Province

Municipal

National

Provincial

Total

EC

R 115

R119

R120

R 118

FS

R 156

R110

R116

R 127

GP

R 138

R116

R140

R 131

KN

R 154

R113

R118

R 128

LP

R 148

R103

R135

R 129

MP

R 133

R105

R139

R 126

NC

R 133

R104

R117

R 118

NW

R 161

R102

R133

R 132

WC

R 148

R119

R172

R 146

Total

R 148

R111

R128

R 129

2. EPWP participants have a job-specific task description. The job descriptions are based on the task the participant is required to perform in the project. The tasks vary due to the scope of projects across different sectors in which EPWP is active.

3. No

16 March 2020 - NW274

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

Whether she has ordered or instructed for lifestyle audits to be undertaken within her department; if not, (a) by what date will the lifestyle audits be undertaken, (b) who will be audited and (c) what will be the consequences of any adverse findings or outcomes; if so, (i) who has been audited to date, (ii) who must still be audited, (iii) were there any adverse findings or outcomes and (iv) what are the consequences of such findings or outcomes?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Yes, I have instructed the department to initiate processes to conduct lifestyle audits, commencing with myself as political head, followed by the departmental executives and senior management members and middle management. The audit will be undertaken in four (4) phases from May 2020 with the assistance of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) following my request in this regard to the head of the SIU during December last year. 

 a) Phase 1 of the lifestyle audit is estimated to commence in April 2020.

 b) The lifestyle audits strategy will be implemented in four (4) phases, and as follows:

  • ➢ Phase 1: Minister and Deputy Minister, 
  • ➢ Phase 2: Director-General and Deputy Director-Generals,
  • ➢  Phase 3: Chief Directors, Supply Chain Management officials and other high-risk areas 
  • ➢  Phase 4: Directors and below as required. 

c) (i),(ii), (iii) and (iv) The lifestyle audits have not yet commenced, and as a result, there are no findings or outcomes. Where there is prima facie evidence of possible criminal conduct, the matter will be referred to SAPS for further investigation. Where there is a reason to pursue any civil action, the matter will be referred to the State Attorney for civil litigation or the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for civil recovery through the courts. Where there is a reason to pursue disciplinary action, the matter will be referred to the department for further disciplinary action

 

16 March 2020 - NW186

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Cognisant of the decision taken by her department to devolve the payment of municipal services accounts to the user departments with effect from 1 April 2020, what (a) is the total amount that is currently owed by government departments to Eskom and (b) amount is owed by each government department to Eskom?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) pays for electricity on behalf of user departments for properties under the custodianship of the Department. The significant number of properties get electricity from Municipalities and few directly from Eskom.

The Department is therefore only able to confirm for accounts where payments are made to Eskom on behalf of client departments for settlement of Eskom accounts. (See List A below)

b) According to the debtors age analysis dated 17 February 2020 received from Eskom, the DPWI owes an amount of R7.2 million for DPWI and the client departments where the payments of municipal servies is under its custodianship as follows:

Less than 30 days

30 + days

Total

919,454.66

6,316,741.36

7,236,196.02

The DPWI is in the process of validating and verifying the R7.2 million against its own records whilst continuing to pay invoices received for validated accounts.

Tabulated below is the rand value of payments made to Eskom and Municipalities in relation to Services. For Eskom it will be only for electricity, whereas for Municipalities, this will include electricity, water, sewerage and refuse services:

Municipal Expenditure 1 April 2019 to 31 January 2020

Supplier type

Municipal services

Property Rates

Grand Total

Eskom

473,644,667

-

473,644,667

Municipalities

2,581,190,340

727,408,713

3,308,599,054

Grand Total

3,054,835,007

727,408,713

3,782,243,720

List A:

  1. Agriculture reseach council
  2. Agriculture, Forest and Fish
  3. Arts and Culture
  4. Companies & intelec prop commission
  5. Centre for public service innovation
  6. Communications
  7. Coop govt and traditional affairs
  8. Correctional Services
  9. Defence
  10. Energy
  11. Environmental Affairs
  12. Film & Publication Board
  13. Financial and Fiscal Commission
  14. Gender Equality Commission
  15. Government Communications
  16. Government Pension Fund Administration
  17. Health
  18. Higher Education
  19. Home Affairs
  20. Human Rights Commission
  21. Human Settlements
  22. Independent Police Investigative Directorate
  23. Inter Relation and Coop (DIRCO)
  24. Justice and Constitutional Dev
  25. Labour
  26. Military Vetarans
  27. Minerals Resources
  28. National Prosecuting Authorithy
  29. National School of Government
  30. National Treasury
  31. Public Enterprises
  32. Public Protector
  33. Public Service and Administration
  34. Public Service Commission
  35. Public Works
  36. Rural dev and land affairs
  37. SA Police Services
  38. SAMAF
  39. SARS
  40. SASSA
  41. Science and Technology
  42. SITA
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10 March 2020 - CW56

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Michalakis, Mr G to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) With reference to her reply to Question 63 on 2 September 2019, (a) how much was paid to a certain company (name furnished), (b) what percentage of work was done by the said company and (c) why was the contract only terminated in August 2019; (2) whether a new contractor has been appointed; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the name of the new contractor and (b) why is the contractor not on site; (3) whether the contract was handed over in the second week of September 2019; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has informed me that the Development Bank of Southern Africa was implementing this project. (a) The Contractor, Soaring Summit Development (SSD), was awarded a contract of R69 745 826.97, of which R9 124 074.35 was spent on building work, civil works, electrical works and mechanical works for various buildings on the site.

(b) The percentage of works carried out by SSD was 8.2% of the scope at the time of termination.

(c) The DPWI informed me that under the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) of the Principle Building Agreement (PBA) contract, the contractor must be given notice first before the termination could be enacted. SSD was issued with several notices of non-performance and placed in Mora in November 2019, after that SSD provided a revised programme with a catch-up plan.

In January 2019, SSD exercised their rights under the contractor to cede the work to another contractor that will have the capacity to complete the work. The cession was finalised in March 2019 and the new contractor had to apply for a new construction permit before work could start on site. All this was done in the hope of continuing with work on-site, without a long pause and escalated cost associated with the appointment of a replacement contractor.

The new contractor commenced with work at the end of April 2019, and the progress was not satisfactory. The contractor was issued with notices as per the JBCC and given time to remedy the default. The contractor made commitments, but the non-performance was never remedied. The contractor was issued with a notice to terminate in July 2019 and issued with a termination letter thereafter. The prescripts of the contract had to be followed to the latter to avoid any legal ramifications from the contractor.

2. (a),(b) The Department has informed me that a replacement contractor has not been appointed and will be appointed as soon as DPWI issues a concurrence letter in March 2020. I have asked the Director-General Adv. Sam Vukela, to launch a full investigation into the matter.

3. Falls away

02 December 2019 - NW1475

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) Whether any (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers are occupying houses in both parliamentary villages and ministerial houses at the same time; if so, what are the (i) details of each minister and/or Deputy Minister and (ii) reasons that the Ministers or Deputy Ministers occupy the houses simultaneously?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. (a) No Ministers are occupying a house in Parliamentary Villages

(b) No Deputy Ministers are occupying a house in Parliamentary Villages

02 December 2019 - NW1640

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

(1) In view of the 460 vacancies that reportedly exist in the Property Management Trading Entity, what (a) is the impact on the ability of the entity to deliver on its mandate and (b) number of the specified positions are funded in the current financial year, (2) what (a) number of the specified positions are deemed critical, (b) measures are put in place to fill the critical positions and (c) are the time frames for filling the positions? NW2997E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) The the impact was softened by the pool of contract appointments made in critical areas like project construction, facilities management, and property management focusing on the leasing portfolio, amongst others. The Department had also ring-fenced approximately R200 million for identified priority positions to fill. Various factors delayed the finalisation of the filling of these positions including but the department has been granted approval to steam ahead and process these positions including the reconfiguration of DPWI.

(b) The number of the specified positions that are funded in the current financial year and staff establishment is 4 962. Permanent positions are 4 296 and contract positions are 666. The 460 vacancies are funded.

2. (a) The identified 268 posts are deemed critical covering various areas across the Property Management Trading Entity

(b) Approval has been granted for the Department to fill and conclude the process of filling of these positions by the end of the Financial Year 2019/20. A recruitment plan has been concluded to guide the process of filling. The huge pool of contract appointments against existing vacancies remains a challenge.

(c) Yes, there are timeframes as indicated in the response in 2(b) above that the process of filling of these priority positions is guided by the recruitment plan and will be concluded by the 31 March 2020.

02 December 2019 - NW1639

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

(1) What (a) was the rationale behind the decision to construct braai facilities at Ministerial residences and (b) number of houses received the braai facilities; (2) What was the (a) total cost of the braai facilities and (b) duration of the project; (3) Whether she has found that proper supply chain processes were followed in awarding the tender; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that in 2017 (a) The rationale was to enhance functionality and property value.

(b) There were three (3) Ministerial residences that received braai facilities

2. (a) The total cost for the three (3) braai facilities was R 523,985.51

(b) The duration for the contract was six months

3. This was an open tender procurement process. It was advertised under tender number: CPT1029/16

  • Advert date: 2 December 2016
  • Closing Date: 25 January 2017
  • There were eleven (11) bid documents received.
  • The average value of all acceptable tenders was: R 1 063 942.89
  • The lowest awarded contract value was: R 592 904. 48 ( Excl Vat)
  • The Department had omission/exclusions of R 133 268. 07 ( Excl Vat
  • The contract adjustment price became R 459 636. 41 (Excl vat)
  • The final contract value was: R 523 985. 51 (Inclusive Vat)

 

02 December 2019 - NW1638

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

(1) What are the details of the planned refurbishment and/or renovations of the three parliamentary villages, including (a) the scope of work at each village and (b) a detailed breakdown of the projected costs for each village; (2) whether supply chain procedures were followed; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details; (3) whether project role players have been appointed; if not, on what date is it envisaged that they will be appointed; if so, on what date were they appointed; (4) what are the envisaged (a) commencement dates and (b) completion dates at each village?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1638 (1) (a) The scope of work for the planned refurbishment project at the three parliamentary villages is as follows:

The project is meant to address the current Building Regulations in terms of refurbishments of each unit. The scope of work for the project includes but not limited to, the following:

  • General building renovations and maintenance (internally and externally); this includes painting, tiling, floor coverings, roof coverings, brickwork, plastering windows and doors
  • Upgrading of the Electrical installation services, i.e. solar heaters, replacement of DB’s, rewiring of units
  • Upgrading the alarms and intercoms systems linking them to the gate security system
  • Structural work (where required), this will include repairs to the cracks, trusses and all related items
  • Reconfiguring bathrooms to allow for showers; each bathroom will have a combination of a bathtub and shower to accommodate the User Clients
  • Addressing the plumbing issues where necessary
  • Maintenance of Joinery items, this will include kitchen and bedroom cupboards, door handles, etc.
  • The replacement of kitchen appliances, stoves, etc. where necessary

The scope of work mainly focuses on maintenance items that are as a result of a lack of or periodic and routine maintenance of the identified units within the three (3) villages. These defects have been documented onto room data plans identifying the locations as well as the descriptions of the defects during the conditional assessments done by the professional team.

(a) The detailed breakdown of the project cost is as follows:

ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COST (excluding CPAP and fees)

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE IN THREE PARLIAMENTARY VILLAGES

1

Acacia Park renovations (A-D)

R 12,975,114.00

2

Acacia Park renovations (E)

R 7,360,865.00

3

Pelican Park renovations

R 13,056,490.00

5

Laboria Park renovations

R 11,223,805.00

6

Provisional Sums (inclusive of Joinery, Appliances,

R 9,173,000.00

9

Electrical & electronic [including mark-up]

R 6,200,000.00

11

EPWP

R 2,999,464.00

12

Preliminaries

R 10,494,497.00

14

Sub total

R 73,483,235.00

16

Escalation

R 5,992,928.00

17

Contingency allowance

R 3,937,808.00

 

Sub total

R 83,413,971.00

18

VAT 15%

R 12,517,496.00

 

GRAND CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATED COST

R 95,931,467.00

Further breakdown is as follows:

The refurbishment cost per unit is R 361 882. This cost is broken down as follows:

  • Kitchen upgrades R37 450
  • Bathroom upgrades(incl. showers and bath tubs) R56 536
  • Upgrading of all floors R20 094
  • Repair/redecorate walls internally & externally R39 834
  • Repair/replace doors, windows, burglar bars, gates & bedroom cupboards R11 923
  • Structural repairs to walls and floors R11 923
  • Redecorate/replace ceilings and cornices R17 204
  • Repair/replace/clean roofs, gutters, eaves, downpipes R46 937
  • Repair/replace paving, stormwater channels, yard walls and gates R26 174
  • Electrical compliance upgrade R41 479
  • New solar panels R19 270
  • New alarm system R7 008

Each house will be assessed before any work is carried out; the work will be done according to the needs of each unit.

2. The Department and the appointed Implementing Agency subscribes to the PFMA, CIDB standards of uniformity and all the governing procurement legislation for procuring service providers.

  • The Bid Specification Committee (BSC) approved the Procurement Plan for this project on 19 August 2019.
  • An open tender process was followed to solicit bids.
  • Tenders were advertised as through the following mediums:

(i) Government Tender Bulletin on 30 August 2019;

(ii) National Treasury e-Tender Portal Publication on 30 August 2019;

(iii) CIDB i-Tender on 29 August 2019; and

(iv) CDC Website on 30 August 2019.

  • Thirty-six (36) bid documents were collected from the CDC’s Cape Town Offices situated at South African Reserve Bank Building, Office 1101, 11th Floor, 60 St George’s Mall, Cape Town; from Friday, 30 August 2019.
  • A mandatory briefing meeting was conducted on Friday, 13th September 2019, at 14h00 at the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure, Customs House Building, Lower Heerengracht Street, 11th Floor, South Wing Boardroom, Cape Town, Western Cape, and was attended by CDC representatives, consultants, and Thirty-eight (38) prospective bidders.
  • The closing date for submission of bids was on 1 October 2019 at 12:00 as advertised in the Government Gazette, National Treasury e-Tender Portal, CIDB i-Tender, and on the CDC website.
  • Twenty (20) bids were received and there were no late submissions.
  • The bids were opened in public and the bid opening was attended by CDC representatives and bidders.
  • Evaluation of bids was done by at least three (3) CDC members of staff (Procurement Manager and two Project Managers after the opening of the bids)
  • BAC approval (Procurement Committee meeting) obtained on the 19th November 2019;
  • Final CDC EXMA approval is envisaged for the 28th November 2019
  • Letters of regret to be issued to unsuccessful bidders on the 28th November 2019 with 7 days appeal period.

3. All Consultancy was ceded over to the CDC by the DPWI for the implementation is envisaged for the appointment of the Contractor will be concluded by the 13th December 2019. The appointed contractor is expected to comply with security Clearance requirements by the 13th January 2020.

4. The schedule below depicts the current implementation plan for the project with the anticipated start and end dates

The appointed contractor shall submit a definitive Construction Project Schedule for CDC approval which is expected by the 13th January 2020

The detailed programme below illustrates the cycle of the units that will be renovated in every village with a time duration of 4 months for 50 units. This programme was workshopped with the DPWI as a decanting plan and also included in the tender document to inform contractors as to how the works in these units will be phased with decanting etc.

02 December 2019 - NW1477

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) What (a) measures has her department put in place to strengthen the oversight and regulatory role of the Council for Built Environment (CBE) over the Engineering Council of South Africa, (b) measures has the CBE put in place to ensure enforcement, alignment and adherence to transformation policies of the built environment professions and (c) incentives have been offered to private built environment companies to assist with internships and to make sure that the graduates are professionally registered; (2) whether the CBE has a register or tracking instrument of the built environment graduates becoming registered professionals; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) (a) In 2013 the Department finalised the Policy Framework for Professional Registration, to ensure among others, that professional councils are consistent in the application of registration standards and policies and also to ensure transparency in the process of professional registration. The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has been instrumental in enforcing the application of the Policy Framework. Part of the CBE’s oversight over the professional councils entails ensuring compliance to principles of good governance, as well as the consistent application of policies. The process followed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) of assessing applications of prospective professional registration applicants is based on Council approved policies and standards that have been benchmarked to policies and standards applied across the globe by countries that are members of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). The latter conducts periodic reviews of ECSA processes to ensure that they are fair, ethical and transparent.

(b) With regard to transformation, the Department has got information through research conducted by the CBE that the manner in which the Built Environment Industry is configured currently is inimical to transformation objectives and perpetuates and entrenches the existing racial inequalities. For instance, through the tendering system black professionals compete with white professionals who have got more resources are thus more enabled to acquire work. The inaccessibility to work opportunities for black firms has a detrimental effect in the transformation of the Built Environment Industry in that even black candidates for professional registration more often than not tend to find opportunities for work and training in black-owned firms.

The CBE does work with the Construction Industry Education and Training Authority (CETA) to drive transformational objectives. Mentors are assigned to candidates and roadshows are conducted to provide a mature route to professional registration. But, the challenge is influencing the private sector. CETA funding is available to assist candidates. However, black candidates have difficulties in securing work and mentors in white owned companies, thus transformation becomes stagnant.

(c) The CBE has a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme and it entails supporting interns from the Universities of Technology (UoTs) to undertake WIL, to complete the practical training requirement of their tertiary qualifications. The CBE provides funding for stipends as incentives to private built environment companies to assist with placement in internships.

(2) The CBE has identified the gap of not having a centralised tool to manage, store, monitor, track and report on the applications and registration of different types of stakeholders including the Students, Candidates, Professional and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). CBE has initiated a project to develop an integrated system that will be used by all six professional councils. The target is to have this system by 31 March 2020 with the population thereof to take place afterwards. The Pilot of the system has been signed-off by the three councils for usage.

02 December 2019 - NW1476

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department has undertaken any impact assessment study to ascertain how effective and efficient her department and the entities reporting to her will implement its new mandate after the pronouncement was made by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, of the reconfigured department; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the findings of the study and (b) will she furnish Mrs S P Kopane with copies of the study?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

No. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has not undertaken any impact assessment study to ascertain how effective and efficient the Department and its Entities will implement its new mandate. However, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is currently engaging through the Department of Public Service and Administration’s National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) processes that provides guidance with regard to the reconfigured Department. This process is further based on principles articulating that Departmental organisational structures are limited to the realignment of macro organisational structures and that functions will be transferred with staff and resources, including budget. Where a need for additional resources is identified, the necessary stakeholders will be engaged, i.e. National Treasury and the Minister for the Department of Public Service and Administration.

(a) and (b) Fall away.

02 December 2019 - NW1472

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

(1) With reference to her reply to question 861 on 20 September 2019, what are the details of the four properties listed for agricultural purposes where the user department is Rural Development and Land Reform in terms of the (a) farm name and (b) size of the farm; (2) whether the farm has been allocated to a beneficiary; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether the farm is productive; if not, why not; if so, what is being done by her department to ensure that the farm becomes productive?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. As per the Immovable Asset Sector Guide: The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) shall record all facilities constructed and used by the national government on land where DPWI is not the custodian.

The four properties in question are constructed on land under the custodianship of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform.

(a) and (b)

Details on farm names and the size of the land parcels are listed below.

FARM NAME

LAND DESCRIPTION

SIZE OF THE FARM ( HA)

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1198 GRAAFF REINET RD

1.7131

ADENDORP FARM

Ptn 0 Of ERF Adendorp No.1194 GRAAFF REINET RD

3.4261

2), 3) The user department, i.e. the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform, should be able to respond to these questions.