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04 June 2021 - NW220

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

Whether, with reference to the property owned by her department situated on the corner of Jubilee and Andries Pretorius Streets in Somerset West, which is currently vacant, damaged by fire and vandalised and is now boarded up as a result, her department has assessed the (a) extent of the damage to the building and (b) costs associated with repair and refurbishment; if not, (i) will her department consider alienating the property, (ii) what would the time frames be for such alienation and (iii) will her department consider donating the building to a non-profit organisation and/or non-government organisation for use as a shelter or other public benefit; if so, (aa) what are the costs, (bb) what are the details of the plan for the refurbishment, (cc) what are the associated time frames and (dd) what plans are in place for the building?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a) I am informed by the Department that it is in the process of assessing the extent of the damage to the building. On 17 February 2021 the Department initiated the process to undertake an Investment Analysis in order to ascertain the future utilization of the property as well as a Structural Report which will provide a full assessment of the damages.

(b) The cost for the repair and refurbishment of the dwelling will be established once the aforesaid reports have been finalised.

(i) The future of the property will be based on the outcome of the Investment Analysis.

ii) The Investment Analysis will be finalised by the end of June 2021. This will provide an investment solution for the property.

iii) Although the outcome of the Investment Analysis will provide a final way forward, the option of donating the building to a non-profit organisation and/or non-government organisation for use as a shelter or other public benefit could be a possibility.

aa) The costs are not yet known.

bb) The outcome of the Investment Analysis will provide a way forward.

cc) Timeframes can only be provided once a decision on the future of the property has been made.

dd) The future plans of the property will be based on the outcome of the Investment Analysis.

04 June 2021 - NW416

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

(1)What (a) are the arrears amounts owing to her department in respect of the Excelsior Court in Durban, (b) amount is owed to the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in outstanding rates and services and (c) are the time frames for finalisation of payment of any outstanding monies; (2) whether there are any client departments that would benefit from this property; 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. I have been informed by the Department that:

(a) It has been confirmed that there are no outstanding amounts.

(b) It has been confirmed that there are no outstanding amounts.

(c) N/A

2. The facility is currently allocated to the South African Police Services (SAPS) for purposes of residential accommodation. The SAPS wishes to hand back the facility to DPWI upon vacation of all their members. The SAPS is currently engaging in this process.

Subsequently, DPWI will allocate the facility to the Department of Defense (DoD) which has a need for residential accommodation for the SANDF. The SANDF Regional Facilities Interface Management (RFIM) office in Durban has verbally expressed their interest in the property and conducted a site visit in early 2020. They thereafter indicated that they will be engaging with their Headquarters to formally express their interest to DPWI and secure funding for renovations to the facility.

04 June 2021 - NW333

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

(1) Whether, with reference to Excelsior Court in Durban, the building has been returned to her department from the SA Police Service (SAPS); if not, on what date is the building set to revert to her department; if so, on what date was the building returned to her department; (2) whether there are any SAPS officials who are still legally and/or illegally residing in the building; if so, what, (a) number of persons are currently residing in the building in each case and (b) measures are being taken to remove these residents; (3) whether her department has commenced with an assessment of the state of the building; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) measures are being taken to protect persons from the dangers associated with the poor state of the building, including falling bricks and broken doors, (b) are the time frames for addressing the issues around the specified building, (c) are all the relevant details for each issue to be resolved and (d) plans does her department have for the (i) alienation of the property and/or (ii) refurbishment of the property?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that Excelsior Court has not been handed back to DPWI from the South African Police Services. The SAPS has reported that a court process is underway to evict the illegal occupants. The Department is still waiting for SAPS to finalise their eviction process.

2. (a) The Department does not have records of occupants of the building and is unable to provide accurate number thereof.

(b) SAPS Legal Services is in the process of evicting the illegal occupants through the Court Process.

3. The Department has not commenced with the assessment of the building due to illegal occupation.

(a) Several attempts were made to conduct routine maintenance on the property, but unfortunately property/items are repeatedly being vandalised and damaged by the occupants. DPWI is unable to take full responsibility in safe-guarding the property and it has no control over management due to continuous intimidation by the occupants. The SAPS was requested to prohibit persons from walking in the danger zone.

(b) The Department is unable to accurately respond on the time frame due to the court process on eviction of illegal occupants pursued by the SAPS.

(c) Upon finalisation of eviction process, the Department shall embark on an exercise to determine the highest and best use of the facility.

(d) (i) The Department does not have plans to alienate the property.

(ii) The Department shall conduct a full condition assessment of the facility once the eviction process is concluded by SAPS.

31 May 2021 - NW1414

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) are the total monthly operational costs of the Gautrain, (b) was the monthly net profit of the specified train from 1 January 2020 to 31 January 2021 and (c) amount the Gauteng municipalities need to subsidise the operational costs of the train in each month?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

The responsibility to monitor the operation of the Gautrain and any other mode of public transport is within the ambit of the National Department of Transport. It is therefore, recommended that Questions office should re-refer this question accordingly.

31 May 2021 - NW1426

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

(1)Whether the (a) Venning Park in Arcadia and (b) Magnolia Dell in Bailey's Muckleneuk are registered on her department’s Immovable Asset Register; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what plans will her department put in place to turn the specified green lungs parks into habitable parks where residents can feel safe and children can make appropriate use of play equipment in the areas; (3) whether her department will enter into a public-private partnership with residents of Tshwane to open an access-controlled botanical-type garden that will generate revenue to the benefit of both the City of Tshwane and her department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed by the Department that:

  1. The subject properties are owned and managed by the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
  2. The responsibility to maintain and ensure safety within the aforementioned parks is within the ambit of the Municipality.
  3. N/A

31 May 2021 - NW1359

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

(1)With regard to the Umkhamba Gardens School in Ladysmith KwaZulu-Natal, (a) what are the reasons that the water attenuation pool and associated equipment are not functioning fully and/or at all, (b) who is being held accountable for the failure of the construction to be completed and operational and (c) what was the construction (i) contract specifications and (ii) contract prices for the water attenuation pool and associated equipment; (2) what are the details of the action that has been taken to ensure that the water attenuation pool and the associated equipment are functioning correctly; (3) by what date will the (a) attenuation pool and its associated equipment be fully operational and (b) damage to the Alfred Duma Local Municipality's infrastructure including Shepstone Road caused by the non-functioning attenuation pool and associated equipment be repaired; (4) what are the details of the (a) damage done to the Alfred Duma municipal infrastructure including Shepstone Road as a result of the attenuation pool and its associated equipment not being fully operational and (b) costs to repair the damage to the Alfred Duma municipal infrastructure including Shepstone Road caused by the non-functioning water attenuation pool and associated equipment, (5) what are the details of any damage claims resulting from the non-operation of the attenuation pool and associated equipment that have been submitted by the specified municipality and/or any other person and/or entity?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed by the Department that the project in question was done by the KZN Provincial Department of Public Works, thus DPWI does not have details of the project as it was not done by them. It is therefore recommended that Questions office should re-refer the question to the relevant MEC.

21 May 2021 - NW1109

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to her reply to question 1486 on 18 August 2020, (a) what is the current status of the 13 buildings which her department was to hand over to the Minister of Social Development for the purpose of victim empowerment shelters to assist women, (b) which of the seven buildings that have been completely renovated are currently operational, (c) who is the appointed operational service provider for each building, (d) what are the reasons that completed shelters are not currently operational and (e) by what date will the specified shelters be operational; (2) by what date(s) does she envisage that the renovations of the remaining six buildings will (a) commence and (b) be completed in each case?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that the total number of buildings which have been renovated and ready for use by Department of Social Development (DSD) is twelve (12) instead of thirteen (13). The Department has renovated all 12 buildings for use by DSD. Currently seven (7) buildings have been handed over to provincial and national Departments of Social Development and are in operation.

(b) The list of the seven (7) buildings, which have been completely renovated and are operational, is provided on table A below:

Table A

No.

PROVINCE

PROPERTY ADDRESS

STATUS

       

1.

Western Cape

Albertina: 8 Aalwyn Street, Cape Town

Operational

2.

Western Cape

Laingsburg: 39 Voortrekker Road, Cape Town

Operational

3.

Western Cape

Aurora: 44 Long Street, Cape Town

Operational

4.

Western Cape

Aurora: 42 Long Street, Cape Town

Operational

5.

Western Cape

Mooreesburg: 16 Tuin Street St, Cape Town

Operational

6.

Western Cape

Heidelberg: 92 Van Riebeek Street, Cape Town

Operational

7.

Gauteng

Salvokop, Pretoria

Operational

(c) The Department has handed over the buildings to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development and National Department of Social Development (Salvokop) for operationalization. The Department, therefore, does not have information of service providers which have been appointed by DSD to operationalise the facilities.

(d) and (e) The Department is awaiting a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) from the Gauteng Provincial Department of Social Development and the Provincial Department of Infrastructure Development. This will inform the timelines for occupation and use.

2 (a) and (b) The renovations of the remaining five (5) buildings in Gauteng commenced during the 2020/2021 Financial Year and have since been completed.

 

10 May 2021 - NW968

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

(1) With regard to the (a) Mopani District Municipality and (b) Maruleng Local Municipality, (i) what is the status of the outstanding repairs to the water pipeline from Blyde River to the Hoedspruit Air Force Base and (ii) who is responsible for the repairs to the pipeline;- (2) what is the status of the contract signed in 2004 between her department and the Blyde River Water Utility Company (Pty) Ltd which runs until 2024; (3) what service level agreements are in place to ensure that the Department of Defence meets its financial commitments in respect of the water usage;- (4) whether the Maruleng Local Municipality is being charged for its water usage; if not, (a) why not and (b) who is paying the water usage; if so, (i) is it being metered correctly and (ii) who is invoicing for the water usage; (5) what (a) role will her department play in the completion of the Mametja-Sekororo bulk water project and (b) are the relevant details of the project including anticipated costs and anticipated completion dates?

Reply:

(1) (a,b,i,ii) I have been informed by the Department that DPWI is not aware of the status of the outstanding repairs to the water pipeline from the Blyde River to the Hoedspruit Air Force Base as this is the function of the Blyde River Water Utility Company (Pty) Ltd as stated in clause 6.1 of the Agreement, which states that the DPWI pays a specified amount to the water utility company in contribution to the maintenance and operating expenses of the pipeline.

(2) The contract is still in place. The only new development is that payments to the Blyde River Water Utility Company (Pty) Ltd are now effected by the User Department, the Department of Defence, as per the devolution of municipal services in July 2020.

(3) There is no service level agreement in this regard. As stated in the contract mentioned above, it was agreed that the Department of Water Affairs would take over after the expiry of the contract. Since the changes in legislation and district municipality as an entity that is regarded as the Water Services Authority, the DPWI has started to look at this agreement together with the Maruleng Local municipality, Mopani District Municipality and will also engage the Department of Water Affairs. Engagements have already started on the 17th March 2021 to address this issue.

(4) (a) No, the Maruleng Municipality used to pay the Department but has stopped paying since 2012 after floods impacted the water quality . The Department initiated meetings with the municipality to resolve the issue of payments without success. A meeting was held on 17 of March 2021 between DPWI, Mopani District Municipality and Maruleng Municipality to have a permanent solution to the matter and the Municipality has agreed to make the payments. Meetings are to continue with all stakeholders.

(b) The DPWI has been paying the Blyde River Water Utility Company for bulk water usage at the Hoedspruit base on behalf of the Department of Defence, which has now been transferred to the Department of Defence, as per the devolution of municipal services in July 2020.

(i) Yes, metering is available.

(ii) No, invoicing to the municipality stopped due to the dispute on water quality.

(5) (a,b) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has no role in the completion of the Mametja-Sekororo bulk water project.

10 May 2021 - NW871

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

With regard to the 1 Military Hospital in Gauteng, (a) on what date did the project to refurbish the first floor pharmacy and five operating theatres begin and (b) what (i) was the original budget for the project, (ii) was the original anticipated completion date for the project, (iii) are the reasons for the delay, (iv) is the new anticipated budget for completion, (v) is the new anticipated date for completion and (vi) mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that the Department of Defence is meeting its obligations in terms of client department roles such as timeous payments?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) I have been informed by the Department that the Pharmacy works were expected to start on 03 June 2010 but Department of Defence (DoD) only provided access to this area on the 15 June 2010.

b) i) The Project consisted of two main contracts with different budgets as follows:

  1. Building and Civil Works - R 95 104 000.00
  2. Electrical and Mechanical Works - R 108 889 292.22

ii) The project started off as a RAMP project, with an original date of completion being October 2009.

This original 36 months RAMP contract was during the course of the works and through scope changes initiated by DoD, converted to an upgrading project and the date of completion was revised to 30 November 2010.

The initial original scope and some of the additions which could be permitted under the contract were completed by the DPWI in 2011 and final account was taken in 2012.

iii) The project was riddled with many delays. Chief among these were the numerous Scope changes by the User Department and the late provision of access to the different areas of the buildings for works to be executed.

iv) The new anticipated budget for completion

Due to the high amount of scope changes requested by the DoD, which could not be accommodated within the ambit of a Variation Order or any other provision under the contract, it was decided that another project be registered and that new consultants be appointed to deal with the new additions/requirements.

During the planning phase for the new project, on request of DoD, the project was transferred from DPWI to DoD on 23 October 2014. The new budget for completion can be confirmed by DoD

v) The new anticipated date of completion is

The DoD will be able to confirm the new anticipated date of completion.

vi) Mechanisms put in place to ensure that DoD meets its obligations

The DoD has no obligations towards the Department with respect to this project as it has been transferred.

 

10 May 2021 - NW845

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the water provision to Hoedspruit from Blyde River that is facilitated by a pipeline carrying raw water from the river to the Hoedspruit Air Force Base, where the water is purified before being distributed to the Air Force Base and surrounding areas, (a) a certain engineering firm (name furnished) was contracted to maintain the 155km Lower Blyde Water Distribution Network; if not, who is contracted by her department in this regard; if so, (2) whether all payments to the specified company up are to date; if not, (a) what amounts are the arrears, (b) what are the reasons that the payments are in arrears, (c) what measures will be taken to ensure that the arrears are settled and (d) by what date is it envisaged that the arrears will be settled?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

  1. I have been advised by the Department that no, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has not contracted an engineering company to maintain the Lower Blyde Water Distribution Network.

The Department is however in the process of registering a project to maintain and repair water and sewer works for the preventative maintenance of pumps at Essex and the water purification plants at Hoedspruit Air Force Base which requires regular maintenance, such as pump maintenance, chlorine dosing system maintenance etc. The Department has also contracted the Blyde River Water Utility Company (Pty) Ltd for the conveyance of water from the Blyde River to the Hoedspruit Airforce Base.

  1. (a,b,c,d) The Department is not aware whether payments are up to date as the function of payments of municipal services, inclusive of water, has been devolved to the Department of Defence effective July 2020. In this regard, the last payment made by the DPWI to the Blyde River Water Utility Company was in July 2020.

10 May 2021 - NW753

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

(1)Whether, with regard to the water provision to Hoedspruit from Blyde River which is facilitated by a pipeline carrying raw water from the river to the Air Force Base, where the water is purified before being distributed to the Air Force Base, Hoedspruit and surrounds, the direct pipeline from the Blyde River to the Air Force Base which was allegedly damaged two years ago by a farmer digging a trench has been repaired; if not, what plans are there for the repairs to be done; if so, (a) on what date were the repairs done and (b) is this the main pipeline for raw water; (2) whether her department is using a pipeline linked to the Blyde Agricultural Irrigation System which is connected on the farm, Parma in place of the damaged pipe; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1) (a) I have been informed by the Department that DPWI is not aware of damages caused by a farmer and repairs done to the pipeline. However, a complaint was logged by the Hoedspruit Airforce Base for the repairs at the Essex pump station. This complaint was attended to on 30 May 2019 by Poppe Maphori JV Microzone and the job card was signed off accordingly by the client representative (FSGT Koekemoor) on 31 May 2019 for the amount of R51 06.00.

(b) No, the repairs were not on the main pipeline which is maintained by the Blyde River Water Utility Company (Pty) Ltd, but were at the Essex raw water pump station which is an alternative pipeline used when the mainline is not working. The main pipeline is a gravity line that supplies water to the Hoedspruit Air Force Base without the use of a pump station, whereas the Essex pump station is an alternative line that pumps water to the Air Force Base when the main line is not working.

2) Yes, Hoedspruit Air Force Base sources water from the Blyde River on a daily basis. The main pipeline that draws water to Hoedspruit Air Force Base is linked to the farmers (Parma) irrigation system. Parma is the farm where the main water pipeline runs through the agricultural irrigation system to the base.

The Essex station is the responsibility of DPWI and it pumps water much faster than the gravity line (main pipeline). Essex pump station is used as an alternative when the base experiences challenges with main pipeline (Blyde).

10 May 2021 - NW221

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

Whether, with reference to the current lease agreement with Abagold Ltd at the Hermanus Harbour, her department will (a) uphold the conditions of the lease and allow the lessee to apply for a 9-year and 11-month extension or (b) follow an alternative lease renewal process requiring an invitation to interested parties; if not, why not in each case; if so, on what date will the (i) decision be made as to which process will be followed and (ii) existing lessee be advised of the outcome of their application?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) I have been informed by the Department that the lessee can apply to renew the lease as per the conditions of the lease agreement.

b) Yes. If the decision is made to follow an open tender process, the lessee can apply when the property is advertised.

i) In terms of clause 2.2 of the Lease Agreement dated 15 November 2013 which is due to expire on 31 July 2022; this Department will facilitate a request for consideration for the relevant approval as to whether option a or b are to be followed. This process is anticipated to take approximately 3 months and expected to be finalized on or before 31 July 2021.

ii) The lessee will be advised of the outcome at the beginning of August 2021.

10 May 2021 - NW963

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

What (a) steps are being taken by her department to address the extremely high vacancy rate that is currently sitting at over 11% (i) across all sectors of her department and (ii) in the entities reporting to her, including the Property Management Trading Entity, (b) is the reason that the vacancy rate is so high, (c) total number of the vacancies are as a result of the Special Investigations Unit investigations into corruption and (d) is the status of the investigation process into the high-ranking members of her department and/or entities who are under investigation and still on full pay?

Reply:

The Minister of Public works and Infrastructure:

(a) I have been informed by the Department that DPWI is implementing a recruitment plan to accelerate the filling of all vacancies in the Main Vote and the PMTE. All five (5) vacant executive management positions have been advertised and include: Supply Chain Management, Facilities Management, Policy, Expanded Public Works programme (EPWP) and Inter-Governmental Relations. The position of the Head of ISA is awaiting approval and the concurrence by Cabinet. The vacancy rate target of the Department for the financial year 2020/21 is 12% and has improved to 11% which is more than 1% off the DPSA’s set norm of 10%. The Public Works and Infrastructure Portfolio Committee has also made a recommendation to the Department to conclude the recruitment process within the next three months.

(b) The high vacancy rate is as a result of the delays in the filling of positions due to various factors, both internal and external. External factors include the requirement to seek the permission from the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) to advertise and providing motivations before any advert can be considered. This was precipitated by the requirement to provide motivations to advertise only critical positions during the period of lockdown imposed by Government to stem the tide of the Covid-19 pandemic. The impact of the lockdown also meant that the approach to recruitment had to consider the use of virtual platforms to conduct online shortlisting and interviews. Internal factors included the elaborate processes to set up panels and ensure the availability of members at all times, amongst others.

(c) The SIU investigations did not have an impact on the vacancy rate.

(d) As a consequence of three major investigations, the Department has embarked on disciplinary action against a number of senior officials, complimented by court applications to reverse the irregular appointment of a further 12 officials, based on an investigation by the Public Service Commission, as well as action against certain officials with respect to service delivery transgressions.

Status on the disciplinary action of senior officials are as follows:

  • On the Beitbridge Border Fence investigation, 11 Senior Management Services members were charged on 24 February 2021 and the hearings were held on 21-22 April 2021, and 5 and 6 May respectively. The hearing for members of the Bid Adjudication Committee was postponed to 14, 15, 17 & 18 June 2021 for further testimony and cross examination of witnesses. The hearing of the three implicated Senior Officials has been postponed sine die pending the outcome and finalization of a court application to interdict the process brought by one of the officials.
  • On the State Funerals investigation, 2 Senior Management Services members were charged on 23 February 2021. The hearings have not been scheduled yet as the initiators of the disciplinary process are still securing witnesses and finalising outstanding information required by the Senior Council appointed to assist the Department.
  • On the Irregular Appointments of 12 SMS officials’ investigation by PSC, 13 officials of which 12 are at Senior Management Level, were served with charge sheets in September 2019 and the hearing is scheduled for 26 May 2021. Reasons for the delay is due to the fact that the Department has been dealing with a point in limine and not the actual trial.

The disciplinary action against the Director-General is being managed by the Presidency.

The disciplinary action against the Special Advisor is being managed by the State Attorney on behalf of the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. An Initiator and Chairperson have been appointed by the State Attorney and draft charges have been prepared.

All Disciplinary matters are ongoing and the time-lines are changing due to the availability of all role players and the employees.

WITH RESPECT TO THE ENTITIES REPORTING TO THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASCTURE:

Entity

(a) (ii) steps being taken to address the extremely high vacancy rate in the entities

(b) the reason that the vacancy rate is so high

(c) total number of the vacancies that are as a result of the Special Investigations Unit investigations into corruption

(d) the status of the investigation process into the high-ranking members of the entities who are under investigation and still on full pay?

Agrément South Africa

ASA, does not have a high vacancy rate. The positions that are not filled are due to recent resignations and the posts are currently in the process of being filled.

Vacancy rate is low, as ASA is relatively a small organisation.

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Council of the Built Environment

The current vacancy rate is 10%. The vacancy rate is high following the halting of the recruitment process due to budget costs.

A total of 4 positions are currently vacant. These are:

1. Senior Researcher

2. Legal Compliance Specialist

3. Senior IT Technician4.Strategic Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

4. Strategic Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

Not applicable

Not applicable

Construction Industry Development Board

(a) (ii)

Cidb is in the process of filling these positions in accordance with the available budget.

As such, we have identified 16 critical positions to be filled in the 2020/21 financial year.

Of these eight (8) appointments, interviews were conducted for two other positions and are at the competency and verification stage. We have also started with the recruitment process of four additional positions, and appointments will be made in the 2021/22 financial year.

CIDB has planned to fill its vacancies over the next three years, prioritizing critical positions while considering its available budget.

(b) Cidb underwent restructuring/ organizational development, and as a result, it has 153 vacant positions.

(c) Not applicable

(d) Not applicable

Independent Development Trust

The IDT is in the process of reconfiguration as endorsed by Cabinet.

The reason for the high vacancy rate at the IDT is attributed to the moratorium that was placed by the shareholder on filling of vacant positions.

There are no vacancies created by resignations directly linked the Special Investigations Unit investigations into corruption both in the current and previous financial year.

To the official knowledge of the IDT, there is none of its senior managers who are currently ‘under investigation’ and still on full pay.

23 April 2021 - NW857

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

(1) With reference to the fitment of all the houses within the Parliamentary villages, and in Acacia Park Parliamentary Village in particular, with alarm systems, but without one of these systems having been activated, what are the reasons why the alarm systems were installed without any means for them to contact either the SA Police Service (SAPS) office or an external security company; (2) whether an appropriate study was conducted prior to the installation of perimeter beams along the perimeter wall of the Acacia Park Parliamentary Village; if not, why not; if so, (3) was the terrain along the perimeter walls of the Acacia Park village ascertained through a surveillance study to be suitable for the installation of the perimeter security beams; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) which company was approved to install the security systems and perimeter security beams at Acacia Park; (4) whether the correct supply chain management and/or tender processes were followed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. I have been informed by the Department that the intruder alarms were removed and re-instated as part of the scope of work under contract WCS 045661/002 which was the refurbishment of Sessional Officials’ accommodation. The challenge however, was the ageing infrastructure at SAPS Rondebosch Static Protection Service, where not all intruder alarms reported the signal to the SAPS site office at Groote Schuur Estate. The Department is currently attending to these challenges and will resolve the intruder alarm and signal under the current MP maintenance project, WCS 046748.
  2. Yes, at the inception of the project in 2015, the appropriate study was done through the SAPS Security Assessment Report.
  3. Yes, the appropriate study was done through the SAPS Security Assessment Report. (a) It was recommended that the perimeter of the park must consist of the following:
  • Single welded mesh fence (high security fence);
  • Concrete plinth underneath;
  • Effective perimeter illumination for easy patrol and enhancement of cameras either during the night or adverse weather conditions, SANS 10389-2;
  • Beams were already fitted for detecting would-be intruders trying to tamper with the fence and/or for zone breaching;
  • The fence must, at all times, be free from holes and/or any sort of damages,
  • Vegetation around the fence was also not recommended; and
  • The placing and number of cameras, namely 17 (PTZ) Pan Tilt Zoom in Acacia Park, 6 fixed and 5 (PTZ) in Pelican Park and 7 fixed and 5 (PTZ) in Pelican Park.
  • (b) Liberty Technologies was sub-contracted by Bambana Management Services to install the security system and perimeter security beams at Acacia Park.
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  • 4. Yes, the correct tender process was followed. The open tender was advertised in line with sound supply chain management processes. The contract for the upgrading of the access control at the three Parliamentary Villages undertaken in 2015 amounted to R32 231 266.29 and the successful bidder was Bambana Management Services.

23 April 2021 - NW744

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

Whether, with reference to the Parliamentary Villages Management Board Act, Act 96 of 1998, which determines that the Management Board must meet at least every three months, the current Board is operating in accordance with the specified Act; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I have been informed by the Department that the Board is chaired by the Acting Director-General of the Department. The current Board is operating in accordance with the Parliamentary Villages Management Board Act, and held its inaugural meeting on the 16th September 2020. Subsequently, two meetings were held on the following dates: 23rd March 2021 and the 01st April 2021.

23 April 2021 - NW746

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

(a) How often does her department undertake regular maintenance at the Parliamentary Villages, (b) who replaced the previous contractor (name furnished) whose contract expired at the end of 2020, (c) what services does the current contractor provide, (d) does the current contractor have a permanent presence in the Villages, (e) what are the relevant details of the budget allocated to the contractor for the 2020-21 financial year and (f) were appropriate tender processes followed?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I am informed by the Department that:

  1. The Department undertakes maintenance on a day-to-day basis.
  2. The Department has various maintenance contractors appointed to render day-to-day maintenance according to their building disciplines.
  3. The current contractors provide:
      • Maintenance and Repairs to domestic appliances ie. fridges, stoves, etc.;
      • Maintenance to pumps, pools and irrigation systems;
      • Maintenance to fire detection / protection / suppression systems and access control (CCTV, automated doors / gates, PA systems, surveillance);
      • Maintenance and repairs to air-conditioning;
      • Buiding services;
      • Pest control;
      • Repairs and service to standby generators and electrical; and
      • Plumbing services.
  4. No, term contractors are available as and when required.
  5. The budget for services is R25 million.
  6. Yes, all tenders are advertised on the Government Tender Bulletin (National).

16 April 2021 - NW964

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

(1)With reference to the efforts made by her department to ensure that youth and women are empowered and given work opportunities by her department, what is the percentage of (a) women and (b) youth recruited and/or provided with work opportunities under the current Expanded Public Works Programme by public bodies; (2) whether her department has met its targets in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 December 2020, a total of 515 862 work opportunities have been reported through the EPWP Reporting System across all the spheres of Government and the four (4) EPWP sectors. Of the 515 862 work opportunities, 68% of work opportunities (i.e. 349 311) were for women empowered in the programme.

(b) In the same reporting period, 44% of work opportunities (i.e. 225 753) were accounted for youth empowerment.

 

2. The target for women is 60% and the target for youth is 55%, which means that the EPWP programme, which is coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has managed to exceed the women target, but has been unable to reach the youth target.

The rationale for achieving the targets on women participation is attributed to the nature of the Programmes implemented. For example, the Provincial Roads Programme has contributed 102 336 work opportunities out of the 515 862 work opportunities, this means 20% of the total work opportunities came from the Provincial Roads Programme. The Provincial Roads Programme is a routine road maintenance programme, mainly located in rural areas and has a 75% ratio of work opportunities (i.e. 77 037) going to women, whilst only attracting 23% youth (i.e. 23 826). Based on the nature of the work in this programme which entails cleaning of the road surface, clearing of drains & channels and clearing & cleaning of verges, a lot of youth do not find this type of programme attractive.

Furthermore, programmes such as the Home Based Community Care (HBCC) contributed 60 857 work opportunities toward the 515 862 work opportunities. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of work opportunities (i.e. 53 774) were awarded to women, whilst only 27% of the work opportunities were provided to the youth (i.e. 16 681). In this programme, the nature of work entails caring for the poor, elderly and sick through house visits, the provision of palliative care and patient referrals and most youth do not find this work attractive.

However, there are Programmes within EPWP that have high youth participation and these programmes are the National Youth Service, the NPO Programme, Tourism & Creative Industries, Mass Participation and Sustainable Land Based Livelihoods which are implemented on a smaller scale than the above-mentioned programmes and collectively contribute to 84 820 work opportunities.

30 March 2021 - NW858

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

(1)Whether she has been informed of challenges posed to the professional standing of female councillors in the SA Council for the Architectural Profession, (SACAP), particularly by their male counterparts; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) steps is she taking to protect female councillors from harassment by their male counterparts in SACAP and (b) policies are in place to protect whistle-blowers in SACAP; (2) whether she has been informed of allegations against the current President of SACAP relating to an abuse of power; if not, (a) why not and (b) how does she intend to go about addressing the matter; if so, what (i) policies are in place to address the abuse of junior employees by senior employees and (ii) anti-bullying policies are in place in the institution; (3) whether she has been informed of the governance challenges besetting the effective and efficient functioning of SACAP as a professional body; if so, what steps is her department taking to provide support to the entity to ensure effective running of the organisation?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department of the alleged challenges in the SACAP and have:

a) Directed that an independent investigation of the allegations of harassment of the female councillors by their male counterparts be carried out. After receiving such allegations from the complainant, I have afforded the SACAP Council an opportunity to provide a report responding to the allegations and how the Council is dealing with the matter. After receiving the response from the Council President, I deemed it necessary to have an independent investigation conducted. Such a decision is however still to be communicated with the Council as part of consultation.

b) The powers of the Minister to perform an oversight responsibility over the SACAP are limited in terms of the Architectural Profession Act, 2000 (Act No. 47 of 2000). The SACAP Council has its own Code of Conduct, which all its members are supposed to comply with. Therefore, the Minister must rely on general good practice to perform this oversight role, as well as the framework for the oversight over public entities, albeit SACAP, like the other five built environment professions reporting to the Minister, are not listed as public entities, but rather statutory bodies that perform regulatory functions on behalf of the State.

 

2. Please refer to 1(a) above.

c) The Minister exercises oversight over the Council which in turn has oversight on the SACAP Executive Management. The Minister does not deal with the matters affecting the employees of SACAP, as this is the function of the SACAP Council and Executive Management.

d) There are no anti-bullying policies developed for the Professional Councils. Professional Councils develop their own policies which are approved by their respective Council members. In this instance, the SACAP Council has a Code of Conduct, which all its members must comply with.

3. The Minister has been informed about the governance challenges besetting the effective and efficient functioning of SACAP as a professional body and is in consultation with the Council to address those alleged challenges.

30 March 2021 - NW870

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

(1)With regard to the budget for the 2021-22 financial year, wherein the Independent Development Trust (IDT) is identified as being operational, what plans has she drafted and/or implemented to ensure the financial viability of the entity for the 2021-22 financial year; (2) whether the IDT will remain the implementing agent for the Non-State Sector, Non-Profit Organisation and Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) for 2021-22 financial year; if not, who will take over this responsibility; if so, what amount has been budgeted to ensure that the full complement of persons are appointed; (3) (a) on what date will the instruction to commence be given by her department to the IDT, (b)(i) what are the reasons for the delays and (ii) how will the delays be mitigated, (c) what progress has been made on the appointment of a functional board of the IDT and (d) what are the current projects, excluding the EPWP programmes, that the IDT is involved with; (4) whether the board will be empowered to fulfil their mandate, including employing the requisite staff to ensure that the IDT succeeds; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether the IDT will be given new projects from her department as an implementing agent for the 2021-22 financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure :

(1) I have been informed by the Department that it has communicated with the National Treasury to seek concurrence to make available a sum of R115 million from its own baseline in order to fund the IDT for its operational cost shortfall. The management of this financial assistance will be monitored as part of the Executive Authority’s responsibility enshrined in Section 63(2) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) (Act no. 1 of 1999), as amended.

(2) Yes, the Independent Development Trust (IDT) is expected to implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Non-State Sector (NSS) Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) programme for the duration of the EPWP Phase 4 covering the 2019/20 – 2023/24 financial years based on the signed five (5) year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) allocation framework for period 2021/22 – 2023/24 allocated to the DPWI Budget Vote.

However, there are engagements currently underway to determine the future of IDT which will inform on whether the IDT will remain the implementing agent for the NSS NPO Programme in the 2021/22 financial year;

Noting that the process for the consideration of the reconfiguration of the IDT is currently underway, the DPWI is considering the institutional arrangement for the management of the implementation of the EPWP NSS NPO programme. As such, at this stage the Department cannot advise if there will be changes to this responsibility.

The EPWP NSS NPO programme has been allocated an amount of R1 069 928 000, inclusive of an amount of R49 514 000 as the management/intermediary fees in 2021/22 financial year. From this budget, an implementing agent is supposed to ensure that a full complement of staff is appointed to manage the implementation of the EPWP NSS NPO programme in all provinces.

(3) (a) Currently, the Department is pursuing consultative and administrative processes to ensure the issuing of the instruction letter and signing of contractual arrangements with regard to the NPO Programme by Quarter 1 of 2021/22.

(b) (i) The DPWI is considering the institutional arrangement for the management of the implementation of the EPWP NSS NPO programme and undertaking the required consultations. (ii) Consultations are already underway with the legal unit of DPWI within quarter 4 of 2020/21 and the engagements prior to the start of the financial year is viewed as a critical component for mitigating the delays.

(c) A Selection Panel was appointed in January 2021 to undertake the process of the nomination of the new board for appointment by the Executive Authority. The Selection Panel has, in terms of clause 8.3.1 of the IDT Trust Deed caused the call for the nominations to be published in two national newspapers on 14 February 2021 and closed on 01 March 2021. The Selection Panel is now in the process of determining the suitable candidates to be recommended to the Executive Authority for appointment to the IDT Board of Trustees by way of shortlisting and interviews. Once the Executive Authority has considered the recommended candidates, they will be subjected to a further process of consideration by the Cabinet for the purpose of giving concurrence on the Executive Authority approved individuals to be appointed as the new Board of Trustees for the IDT. Following Cabinet concurrence the approved candidates’ particulars will be submitted to the Master of the High Court, who will issue them with letters of authority, which upon receipt will allow the new trustees to start with their board duties.

(d) Kindly refer to Part C, section 14 of the IDT Annual Performance Plan 2021/22 for the list of projects to be implemented by the public entity.

(4) The Executive Authority, by allowing the nomination process to take effect, has carefully considered the need for the IDT to have the Accounting Authority to assume its fiduciary responsibility and take full charge of the IDT to fulfil its mandate. Considering that there is a process to reconfigure the entity, the Executive Authority will work closely with the Accounting Authority to map the future of the IDT.

(5) Part of the process of reconfiguring the IDT is a consideration on ways for the public entity to be self-sustainable. Working with the new board of the IDT, we will establish whether the IDT has the requisite capacity to take on additional work, including projects from my Department.

19 March 2021 - NW358

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What total number of police stations in the Republic have outstanding service accounts in terms of (i) water and (ii) electricity usages; b) in which provinces are the specified stations located; and c) what are the relevant details of the outstanding amounts with regard to each of the stations?

Reply:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is responsible for paying municipal services (electricity, water, refuse and sanitation) on behalf of client departments, including the South African Police Services (SAPS). The municipal accounts that DPWI has with various municipalities across the country are in the name of DPWI. On a monthly basis, DPWI receives the municipal accounts, verifies the accuracy of the property listed, confirms if it was not paid before, after which the invoices are processed. At the end of the month, a report is drawn from the system for all payments made on behalf of client department and invoices are issued against client departments, such as SAPS, to pay DPWI within 30 days. It takes an average of over 90 days for client departments to settle their invoices with DPWI as part of recovery on payments made on behalf of clients departments.

a) & b) I have been informed by the Department that the total number of police stations in the Republic that have outstanding current service accounts in terms of water and electricity usage and the provinces that they are located are captured in the table below:

Regional Office

Province

Number of Police Stations

Outstanding Water Service Accounts

Outstanding Electricity Service Accounts

Polokwane

Limpopo

109

R 170 791.32

R 1 818 618.59

Bloemfontein

Free State

49

R 716 341.79

R 5 406 809.17

Cape Town

Western Cape

315

R 985 000.00

R 755 545.00

Kimberley

Northern Cape

116

R 272 708.55

R 1 640 572.88

Mmabatho

North West

118

R 471 522.39

R 3 848 218.12

Nelspruit

Mpumalanga

87

R -

R -

Umtata

Eastern Cape

70

R 799 411.66

R 1 185 471.82

Durban

Kwa-Zulu Natal

23

R 12 878.44

R 534 412.98

Johannesburg

Gauteng

139

R 638 451.11

R 1 043 972.70

Pretoria

Gauteng

40

 R 1 936 990.52

R 1 828 873.53

Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape

18

R 187 370.34

R 189 966.47

Grand Total

1086

R 6 191 466.12

R 18 252 461.26

c) There are other services being rendered by DPWI such as refuse, sanitation and property rates that are being serviced and paid on a monthly basis by the department. Payments of invoices to suppliers and service providers including municipalities on services rendered remains key deliverables for DPWI and the Ministry.

In some instances, the outstanding accounts include certain charges where some municipalities have levied interest on certain accounts as a result of, what they believed, were overdue accounts while in actual fact payments were made and not timeously allocated by municipalities.

DPWI continues to have regular sessions (including remote sessions) about timeous allocations of monies paid and corrections of incorrect billed services with municipalities. The persistent challenge experienced by the department is where some municipalities do not have adequate ICT infrastructure to remotely connect and be able to address some queries raised by the department related to incorrect statements and/or outstanding amounts.

DPWI’s commitment to ensure that all valid invoices are settled within 30 days on receipt of statements and invoices, or the agreed period with stakeholders, remains unwavering, hence the improved trajectory over the past couple of months of settling invoices within 30 days.

19 March 2021 - NW751

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

With regard to the Construction Health and Safety Examinations offered by the SA Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions, (a) what total number of persons are (i) waiting to write the examinations and (ii) in the process of registering for the examinations, (b) what are the reasons for the delay in the examinations, (c) what steps have been taken to address the delay, (d) how often are the examinations offered and (e) on what date will the next examination take place?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(a)(i) I have been informed by the Department that the total number of the persons waiting to write the examinations is 1138.

(ii) The total number of persons in the process of registering for examinations is 2243.

(b) The examinations were delayed by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdowns which had restrictions on gatherings.

(c) The Council adopted the principle of first in first out (FIFO) to address the backlog of those who need to sit for examinations. In addition, the Council is currently developing an online examination portal which will be operational in the new financial year.

(d) Notwithstanding the Covid-19 challenges, under normal circumstances the examinations are conducted monthly.

(e) The next examinations will be conducted from 24 March 2021.

19 March 2021 - NW745

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

Whether, in light of the fact that in the 2019-20 financial year a total amount of R10,6-million meant for bus transportation was allocated to the Parliamentary Villages Management Board, and in view of the fact that Parliament operated on a hybrid system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, any of the money was re-appropriated to cover the COVID-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) was the exact amount re-appropriated to the COVID-19 fund and (b) exactly has the re-appropriated money been used for?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that none of the funds appropriated to the Parliamentary Villages Management Board meant for transport for the 2019-2020 financial year were re-appropriated to cover the COVID-19 pandemic. The transport service was and is still provided to Members of Parliament as and when required and any money not used, remain in the account of the Parliamentary Villages Management Board.

a) Not applicable.

b) Not applicable.

19 March 2021 - NW683

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

a) I have been informed by the Department that:

The DPWI has contracted the following security service providers to safe-guard vacant properties as well as occupied office buildings:

(a)(i) Name of the contracted security service provider

(a) (ii) Purpose of the service:

Physical Security Guarding Services & access control

(a)(iii) (Value of contract

(a)(iv) Duration of contract

Sedima Security & Cleaning Services

251 AVN Building

R496 800.00

04 months

1st Respond Security

25 Soutpansberg

R492 000.00

06 months

Maahlo Protection Service

261 D F Malan Drive

R359 993.70

06 Months

Blueprint Associates

1025 Kruger Avenue

R367 999.97

06 Months

Siyaqhuba Business Trading

Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) – Lotus Gardens

R496 800.00

06 Months

Motheo Mateane Trading

Thabatshwane Golf Course Sewage

R498 900.00

06 Months

Phikama M Projects

Toitskraal Sewerage

R498 499.20

06 Months

Gesmeg Trading

31 Fiddures Bronkospruit

R355 200.00

06 Months

Simaledi Holding

600 Church

R359 973.00

06 Months

Botladaka Cleaning & Security

Salvokop Land

R496 998.00

06 Months

Securi24 Investments

Thaba Tshwane Sewerage Plant

R498 209.94

06 Months

Great Minds Network

94 Tom Jenkins Drive

R340 860.00

06 Months

Mkhontubomvu Projects Services

70 Paul Kruger Street

R378 000.00

06 Months

Mochide Trading & Projects

Vlakplaas

R495 000.00

06 Months

Heaviest Trading & Projects

127 Magarita Street

R369 000.00

06 Months

Ianjus & Trading Projects

287 Albert Street

R349 140.00

06 Months

Good Purpose Construction

205 Sterlizia Street

R356 400.00

06 Months

Heaviest Trading

SAPS Bonaccord Road

R496 000.00

06 Months

Salane Trading

Radio Uitkyk

R490 800.00

06 Months

Kingslead Security Services

38 Church Street

R352 800.00

06months

Mupowashu Environmental Consultants

No 9 Bryntirion

R353 400.00

06 Months

Wakanda Consultant

Wallmansdall Sewage Plant

R498 630.00

06 Months

Security 24 Investments

Telkom Towers A

R497 900.00

01 Month

Good work Security

237 Carina Street

R353 280.00

06 Months

Dikgabo Dikopane Trading

Union Building

R499 000.00

02 Months

NSSD Security

386 Bosman Street

R358 524.00

06 Months

Mpetha Investment

39 ARC Riet Fontein

R482 400.00

06 Months

Sakhowethu Security

159 Church Street PWH

R497 000.00

02 Months

Simaledi Holdings

326 Magalies Kruin

R350 154.72

06 Months

Selane Security

Zonderwater Waste Treatment

R494 730.00

06 Months

Kharitende Business Trading & Projects

125 Pretorius Street

R497 750.00

06 Months

Khabs Security Services

270 Delphinus

R342 000.00

06 Months

Mafelelong Security

1016 Kruger Avenue

R364 320.00

06 Months

Ebenezer Security

115 Minaar Street

R498 525.00

06 Months

Cardura Trading Enterprise

692 Bodel Street

R360 180.00

06 Months

Khakhakha Trading & projects

18 Rooth Street

R357 000.00

06 Months

Forwex Services

54 Kordaat Street, Die Wilge Pretoria

R364 999.92

06 Months

Silver Trading (PTY) LTD

213 Matroesburg Street

R364 800.00

06 Months

Xileketsi Construction & Projects

322 Rigel street Waterkloof

R358 296.66

06 Months

Ebukhosini TP Security

12 Anselia street

R351 600.00

06 Months

GJJ Construction & Projects

590 Madiba street

R495 396.00

06 Months

Mmetla Group

375 Lawley street

R359 999.76

06 Months

Touhg Security Services

05 Adina street

R346 800.00

06 Months

Umusa Security & Cleaning Services

421 Ulundi street

R348 000.00

06 Months

Emanzini Construction & projects

600 Church

R392 260.00

06 Months

Great Minds Network

94 Tom Jenkins Drive

R340 860.00

06 Months

No turning Back Security

18 Rooth Street

R357 000.00

06 Months

SNK Security

598 Bombani Street

R360 318.00

06 Months

Step Up Business Solutions

157 Stapelia Waterkloof

R355 500.00

06 Months

Senior Quality Protection & Projects

Custom house Cape Town Regional Office

R360 020. 96

2 months

Senior Quality Protection & Projects

Parliamentary Towers

R255 793. 20

3 months

Vhakula Trading & Project (Pty) Ltd

Nieuwemeester Parking

R240 070.99

3 months

BC Security Solutions

Hope Street Parking

R398 136.12

6 months

Striving Mind Trading 519cc

Fernwood Recreational Centre

R414 111. 30

6 months

Striving Mind Trading 519 cc

St. Helena Bay building

R398 773.84

6 months

Mokato Security

Pepper Bay Saldahna Building

R272 624.82

3 months

Senior Quality Protection & Projects

Oudtshoorn Workshop

R405 041.86

6 months

BC Security Solutions

21 Almain Road vacant house

R497 206.72

6 months

Mokato Security

Farm 352, Jonkershoek

R219 530.06

3 months

BC Security Solutions

Dennehof Resort vacant houses and Buildings

R399 319 .51

6 months

Maile Consulting

Kimberley Regional Office building and Workshop

R9 051 478.64

3 years

Vhakula Trading & Projects

Vacant house at 3 Hoof Street, Ritchie, Kimberley

R431 050.04

12 months

Vuyani & Monwabisi Investments

Vacant house at 12 King Street, Springbok

R452 602.53

12 months

Sputulwana Trading and Projects

Vacant house at 8 Kemp Street, Hartswater

R337 343.00

10 months

Tugela Risk Management

Vacant house at 60 Vlamboom Street, Kathu

R404 934.85

12 months

Onalenna Security

Water Treatment Plant, Louisvale; Upington

R443 981 .54

12 months

Amathuba Security and Cleaning Services

Vacant house at 31 Rossouw Street, De Aar

R374 826.12

12 months

Mzansi Protection

Alberton Police Station

 R 220,000.00

3 months

Izwelethu Protection Services

No 19 Duplessis Avenue: Kempton Park, vacant house

R 423,200.00

08 Months

D Emandleni

No 126 Boeing Road: Bedfordview, vacant house

R 423,200.00

08 Months

Prosisec Security Group

No 79 Hendrik boom & Dromedaries, vacant house

R 378,000.00

08 Months

Tshapuks Trading

No 257 Cumberland Road: Kensington, vacant house

R 420,243.26

08 Months

Ianjus Trading &Projects

No 112 Commissioner Street: Boksburg, vacant house

R 435,597.28

08 Months

Dibakoane Security Services

No 55 Jordan Street: Heidelberg, vacant house

R 485,346.64

08 Months

Vhakula Trading & Projects

No 249 Cumberland Road: Kensington, vacant house

R 339,072.16

08 Months

OKS Investment

No 05 Birch Road Petit :Benoni , vacant house

R 386,860.00

08 Months

Kabela Trading

No 21 Unie Street:Heidelberg, vacant house

R 387,615.04

08 Months

MMNT SECURITY SERVICES

No 18 Van Riebeck: Alberton, vacant house

R 396,070.70

08 Months

Svoboda Security Services

No 48 Aida Street: Cyrildine, vacant house

R 495,789.47

08 Months

Bongiza Security Services

No 38 Best Street: Sophiatown, vacant house

R 430,790.00

08 Months

Matlharani Security Trading

Maraisburg Single Quarters

R 404,800.00

08 Months

Arise and Shine

No 15 Market Street: JHBC, vacant house

R 476,323.51

08 Months

Prosisec SECURITY SERVICES

No 42 Alida Street: De Deur, vacant house

R 368,000.00

08 Months

Kukanya Security Services

No 91 Main & Steyn Street: RANDFONTEIN, vacant house

R 432,759.04

08 Months

Sbu & Sbo Security Services

No 37 Frederick Street: Observatory, vacant house

R 476,470.71

08 Months

Victra Group of Companies

No 23 Wittenberg Street: Florida, vacant house

R 411,524.83

08 Months

Bongiza Security Services

No 54 Daniel Street: Debonair Park, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

PATKEY

No 78 Dave Street: Westonaria, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

Tolo Security Services

FAMILY COURT:JHBC

R 160,000.00

2 months

PATKEY

No 3 & 5 END STREET

R 160,000.00

2 months

Mushoma Security Services

ELSBURG Police Station

R 160,000.00

2 months

Tshaphuks Security

No 223 Berrymead: Ridgeway, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

MMNT Security Services

No 46 ALIDA STREET :DE DEUR, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

Dibakoane Diomonds Trading

Cnr Juta & Rissik street :JHBC,vacant building

R 160,000.00

2 months

Jugephaphi Construction

CNR Webber & Power Street: GERMISTON, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

Lungelo Protection Services

No 08 Helio Street: Naturena, vacant house

R 160,000.00

2 months

KMT Security and Events Management

Safe-guarding and access control of 2 Polokwane Regional Office Buildings

R5 600 000.00

24 months

Livhu na Mashudu Security Services

Safe-guarding and access control of Kareebase workshop

R483 540. 00

12 months

Uncommon Favour Consulting and Trading

Safe-guarding and access control of Bloemfontein Regional Office Building

R6 498 083.52

36 months

Uncommon Favour Consulting and Trading

Safe-guarding and access control of Bloemfontein Nursery

R3 190 200. 12

36 months

VMR Trading Enterprise Pty

Safe-guarding and access control of Bloemfontein Regional workshop

R3 060 000.00

36 months

Senzwa Security Services

Safe-guarding of property at 45 Don Thompson Drive, Fortgale, Mthatha

R267 293.52

06 months

Mpompo Security

Safe-guarding and access control of Mthatha Regional Office Building

R134 100.00

03 months

Nomandla Security Services 247 cc

Safe-guarding and access control of Durban Regional Office main Building and workshop

R11 176 344.00

36 months

Landa Agricultural & Construction

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 7 Hooper lane, Yellow wood Park

R370 715 .52

12 months

Maphuphu Security

Safe-guarding of DPWI owned vacant house, Weenen House, Retief Street

R222 650.04

12 months

Maphuphu Security

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 25 Carlton road, Ladysmith

R309 027. 96

12 months

The Greater 77

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 33 Marshall street, Pietermaritzburg

R278 400.00

12 months

Siyanqoba Security

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 9 Golf street house, Ladysmith

R300 164.76

12 months

Manciza Civil Contractor

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at Melmoth

R348 462.96

12 months

Echle Security

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 45 Bell street, Howick

R261 692.40

12 months

Echle Security

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house at 238 Pine street, PMB

R276 739.68

12 months

Silver Solutions Security

Safe-guarding the cancelled SAPS tender construction site in Queenswood

R96 267.90

01 month

Silver Solutions Security

Safe-guarding of protected site (Greydel Farm Forest Area)

R1 991 747.00

04 months

Silver Solution Security

Safe-guarding and access control of PE Regional Office Satellite Office in East London

R32 089.30

01 month

Msitwa Security

Safe-guarding and access control of PE Regional Office Building and the workshop

R993 200.00

04 months

HM Security &Armed Response

Safe-guarding and access control of Nelspruit Regional Office Building

R 1 958 400.00

12 months

Xilota Projects & Security

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned sawmill in Sabie, Mpumalanga

R1 833 468.00

12 months

Prosper 74 Trading & Projects

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house in Ermelo

R450 000.00

12 months

Sky Rocket Trading PTY (LTD)

Safe-guarding of vacant DPWI owned house in Bethal

R330 000.00

12 months

Makgobistad Security

Securing Old Labour Office Accommodation in Klerksdorp

R157 300.00

Two months

Kakapi Mushi Trading

Securing Lehurutshe DHA Old Building

R153 065.00

Two months

Best Enough Security

Securing Vrybug State House

R408 000.00

6 Months

Dibereki Trading

Securing Vrybug State House

R156 000.00

Two months

Dibereki Trading

Securing Vrybug State House

R156 000.00

Two months

Briliance Security

Securing Lichtenburg State House

R432 000.00

6 Months

BLTN Group

Securing State House in Mafikeng

R159 720.00

2 Months

Legend Security

Securing State house at 29 Gordon Street, Mafikeng

R158 139.46

2 Months

Sinike Trading

Securing State House in Mafikeng

R157 904.00

2 Months

Minatlou security

Securing State House in Mogwase

R158 026.00

Two Months

Androm Security

Securing State House in Schweizereneke

R154 880.00

Two Months

Sinike security

Securing State House in Wolmaranstad

R158 000.00

Two Months

Best For All Security

Securing State House in Brits

R158 752.00

Two Months

Best Enough Security

Rendering of Security Services at PC pelser Klersdorp

R1 416 000.00

24 Months

Makgobistatd

Renedering of Security Services at Mmabatho R/O Dada Motors Building

R178 000.00

Two Months

Red Neo Security

Renedering of Security Services at Mmabatho R/O 810 Albert Luthuli, Unit 3 Building

R240 000.00

Two Months

(b) Response in respect of Entities:

Agrément South Africa

Agrément South Africa does not make use of any private security company. The entity’s security is covered as part of the lease agreement with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR-appointed Security Company on the Campus where the entity is accommodated, services the tenants as well.

Council for the Built Environment

The Council for the Built Environment does not have contracts with private security firms.

1. Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

The CIDB (b) makes use of private security firms, as follows:

 

i) Name of each firm

ii) Purpose

iii) Value

iv) Duration

1

MAHLATJI MMETJI CLEANING AND SECURITY

Physical guarding

R440 334,67

6 months

2

RESTOCOM

Physical guarding

R499 500,00

6 months

3

DONALD MOGALE HOLDINGS

Physical guarding

R510 278,36

6 months

2. Independent Development Trust (IDT)

Yes, the IDT makes use of private security firms, as follows:

 

i) Name of each firm

ii) Purpose

iii) Value

iv) Duration

1

At its National Office, the IDT makes use of the services of Madiali Security and Projects CC

Provision of security services to primarily protect office assets and employees.

R531 780.74

Thirteen (13) and half months (15 days).

2

Limpopo regional office, the IDT makes use of the services of Mokato Security

Provision of security services to primarily protect office assets and employees.

R93 481.06

Six (6) months.

19 March 2021 - NW520

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De Villiers, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) I have been informed by the Department that there were 168 employees who applied for remunerative work in the Department over the past 5 financial years. Through investigation, 2 employees were found to perform remunerative work without approval.

(b) 1 April 2014 to date is more than 5 financial years and the legislation changed with the implementation of the amended Public Service Regulations, 2016.

(i) The list of employees below applied for approval for RWOPS per financial year:

Financial Year

Number

2016/2017

8

2017/2018

11

2018/2019

70

2019/2020

58

2020/2021

21

ii Employees per category per financial year:

Financial Year

Category

Number

2016/2017

SMS

Below SMS

3

5

2017/2018

SMS

Below SMS

1

10

2018/2019

SMS

Below SMS

8

62

2019/2020

SMS

Below SMS

7

51

2020/2021

SMS

Below SMS

3

18

*The 2 employees that did not have approval: 1 SMS and 1 below SMS.

2. Approval was obtained for 168 employees to perform other remunerative work outside the Public Service.

a) Approval was granted in line with the Public Service Act Section 30, Public Service Regulations, 2016, the Directive on other remunerative work outside the employee’s employment in the relevant Department, Directive on conducting business with an organ of state and recently in 2020 the Department of Public Service and Administration also issued a guide on the management of other remunerative work in the Public Service.

b) The Director-General approved levels below Senior Management and the Minister Senior Managers.

c) None of the 2 employees that were in contravention were brought to the attention of National Treasury.

d) Verbal and Written warnings were issued to the two affected employees.

08 March 2021 - NW62

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1857 on 30 October 2020, a certain company (name furnished) has provided reasons why her department must not recommend their restriction to the National Treasury; if not, has her department recommended to the National Treasury that the specified company be restricted from doing business with the State; if so, what were the reasons?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I’ve been informed by the Department that the service provider has not provided reasons nor made representations regarding restriction and as such, the department has not recommended restriction to National Treasury.

Upon receipt of the Departments letter dated 28 September 2020 notifying of the intent to restrict, the service provider through their attorneys requested on 16 October 2020 that the department provide them with all and any relevant information so as to enable them to make representations. The department acknowledged this request on 30 November 2020.

The departments Restriction Committee and Authority and the office of the acting Director-General has subsequently agreed on the documentation to be provided and this was submitted to the service provider on 12 February 2021. The department now awaits the representations that must be submitted within 14 days and upon receipt thereof, the Restriction Committee will progress the matter.

08 March 2021 - NW479

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What (a) is the status of the (i) Pefferville Post Office and (ii) John Bisseker Secondary School hostel in East London and (b) plans are in place for the specified facilities?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

(a)

(i) The Questions office should refer this part of the question to the Department of Communications; which is the relevant department that deals with Post Offices

(ii) This part of the question should be referred to the Department of Basic Education, which is the relevant department that deals with Schools;

(b) The relevant Ministers as indicated in (i) and (ii) will respond accordingly.

08 March 2021 - NW332

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

(1)What progress has been made on the sourcing of accommodation for the Detectives Branch of the Florida SA Police Services; (2) whether he has found that there will be sufficient floor space on-site to ensure that the Detectives Branch can function optimally; if not, what buildings have been identified as suitable for the needs of the Detective Branch; if so, what (a) plans have been made in respect of suitable structures to be erected and (b) impact will it have on existing structures; (3) whether there are buildings that have been identified off-site for the needs of the Detective branch; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) is there (i) sufficient floor area and (ii) secure parking in the identified buildings and (b) are the identified buildings safe for members of the public to access the detectives; (4) whether the identified buildings will require refurbishment prior to uptake; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (5) (a) what are the time frames for the finalisation of the specified process and (b) for what period is the current resolution envisaged to be utilised?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that no alternative accommodation has been acquired for Florida Detectives as yet due to non-responsive bids. There has been a joint walkabout between SAPS and DPWI to physically look for suitable accommodation in Florida and a suitable building was identified on corners of Jan Smuts and Jan Hofmeyer Avenue.

2. There have been investigations to establish whether (a) temporary structures can be placed on site at the current Florida police station site and (b) these have revealed that the available space will not be enough to accommodate the ± 500m² accommodation requirement for the detectives so the plan to continue with placement of temporary structures on site has been placed on hold.

3. (a) A suitable building has been identified on the corner of Jan Smuts and Jan Hofmeyer Avenue in Florida. (i) The building was identified by the Detectives Unit Commander for Florida detectives and it was established through a site inspection that there is enough floor space to accommodate the detectives’ current space requirements and also, enough space for future use should the need arise. This building is situated approximately 2km’s away from Florida police station and according to the Detective’s Unit Commander, will not cause much of an inconvenience in terms of their operations. (ii) The building has enough parking on site with parking bays available both underground and above ground (uncovered) at the identified premises.

(b) The condition of the building is fairly satisfactory and allows for easy implementation of access control to keep members and the public safe from any Occupational Health and Safety hazards.

4. The identified building will not require any refurbishment prior to uptake except for installation of IT and telephone lines which will be the responsibility of the tenant (SAPS).

5. (a) At the moment, it is difficult to determine how long the process of finalising this acquisition will take since SAPS has been requested to submit documentation to support a motivation to National Treasury for their accommodation to be procured on a negotiated process since previous open procurement strategies have not been successful.

(b) SAPS is intending for this facility to be leased for an initial period of 5 years whilst a long term property solution is being investigated.

08 March 2021 - NW331

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

(1)With reference to the Tafelkop Farmers, Hereford Irrigation Scheme in Groblersdal, what (a) progress has been made with regard to the finalisation of the title deeds for the farmers that were due to be handed over on 31 March 2020 and (b) total number of title deeds have been (i) registered by the conveyancers and (ii) handed over to individuals; (2) whether any delays were experienced; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the reasons for the specified delays; (3) what are the projected time frames for the resolution of any problems; (4) what is the proposed date by which all title deeds will be handed to the farmers

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) On 1 February 2021, 25 of 33 Title Deeds were registered in the names of 25 beneficiaries as received from the State Attorney.

(b) (i) 25 Title Deeds have been registered.

(ii) No Title Deeds have been handed over to individuals.

T2. here are delays with the Title Deeds for 6 beneficiaries whose Deed of Donations had to be signed again as 5 of the beneficiaries’ spouses, who jointly signed with them, have passed away and 1 had a matrimonial challenge. A further 2 beneficiaries do not comply, where 1 is not utilising the farm and has not completed the required documentation, and the other has a conflict in family as the original beneficiaries have passed on.

3. The deeds of donations for the 6 outstanding compliant title deeds have been handed over to the State Attorney to initiate the process of registering the land parcels into beneficiaries’ names. It is anticipated that the processes will be finalised within the next six months depending on all requirements for registration being addressed.

4. Progress on the finalisation of the title deeds for the Tafelkop farmers will be presented in the next Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform where a recommendation will be made for a joint handover ceremony led by the Deputy President with Ministers of Public Works & Infrastructure and Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development for the issuing of the 25 Title Deeds that have been registered.

08 March 2021 - NW313

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to the property known as Elwyn Court, Chelmsford Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town, her department has taken any steps to evict any occupant that is living in the specified property illegally and/or without paying rent; if not, why not; if so, what steps have been taken; (2) what steps does her department envisage to take in order to (a) rehabilitate the building and/or (b) dispose of this property and (c) in each case, on what date?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that the Department has taken steps to evict all illegal occupants from the specified property. The matter has been referred to the State Attorney for eviction.

2. There is a Project registered for the rehabilitation of the building.

a) This Project is currently in the planning stages

b) It is not currently intended for disposal

c) The administrative functions of the Project can continue, however the implementation and date of the physical hand over of the site is delayed due to the impending eviction. As such a start date for the rehabilitation cannot be confirmed.

08 March 2021 - NW312

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to the property known as Elwyn Court, Chelmsford Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town, the property has been declared a problem building by the municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) for what reason and (b) what steps did her department take to rectify the problem; (2) whether the specified property is occupied; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by whom and (b) do the occupants pay any rent?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that:

a) The Department, as owner of the property; was ordered in terms of section 6 (5) of the Problem Building By-Law of 2010 to repair, renovate, repaint, alter, close, demolish, secure, or remove all refuse from, the problem building.

b) As the property is unlawfully occupied, the Department handed over the matter to the Office of the State Attorney for eviction as well as engaged with the Department of Human Settlements and the Local Authority to undertake the profiling process of all the occupants and to provide alternative accommodation for the unlawful occupants in order for this office to prepare for eviction.

2. Yes.

a) Herewith the names of the unlawful occupants:

Item

NAME

IDENTITY NUMBER

1

Lerna Marneveld

 

2

Thembakazi queenie Mbolo

 

3

Colleen Booysen

 

4

Elizabeth Booysen

 

5

Vinzenzo Booysen

 

6

Mary Elizabeth Lang

 

7

Sean Charles Lang (spouse)

 

8

Brandon Owen Lang (adult child)

 

9

Gerhardus Wilhelmus Stoop

 

b) No, they are not paying any rental.

08 March 2021 - NW311

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her department owns a property known as Elwyn Court, Chelmsford Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so (a) on what date was the property acquired and (b) for what purpose; (2) whether the property is still used for the specified purpose; if not, for what purpose is it currently being used; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that the property is owned by the Department of Public Works and infrastructure.

a)  On the 1st December 1998

b) For residential accommodation for SAPS.

2. No; it is not being used for its originally intended purpose as it is at present illegally occupied. The Department has now initiated the eviction processes. Once the illegal occupants are evicted from the property; the building is due to be rehabilitated and included in the Prestige Residential Portfolio.

08 March 2021 - NW154

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2242 on 27 November 2020, the investigation by the Acting Director-General is complete; if not, by what date is it expected that the investigation will be complete; if so, what are the findings of the investigation; (2) whether her department intends to develop the specified property; if so (a) on what date, (b) for what purpose and (c) at what cost?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that the investigation has been concluded.

It was found that on her appointment as Director of Property Management in the Cape Town Regional Office on 15 January 2018, the official relocated from Durban to Cape Town. The official submitted a request to stay in the property while she would look for her own place in Cape Town. The request was approved in April 2018 for a three (3) month period, subject to a rental being paid as determined by the Department. The Property and Valuation unit of the Department was never requested to determine the market related rent and rent was never charged. The official also did not vacate the property after the agreed three (3) months lapsed.

On 12 November 2020, the official was given 30 days’ notice to vacate the property by 15 December 2021. When the official failed to vacate the property, a final notice was issued on 26 January 2021 to hand over the keys by 5 February 2021. The official was also informed that she would be liable for all outstanding rent.

On compassionate grounds, the official requested an extension to the end of February 2021 to vacate the property which was granted by the Accounting Officer. The official informed the Accounting Officer on 23 February 2021 that she had vacated the property and that the keys had been handed over.

The valuation unit of the Department is in the process of determining the market related rent, upon which the official will be served with a notice to pay the outstanding rental amount. Consequence management, including disciplinary action on why rental amounts were never determined and charged, and why the property was not vacated within the agreed to three (3) months will be implemented.

(2) I have been informed by the Department that it intends to develop this property.

(a) 2022/2023 Financial Year;

(b) For purposes of utilisation by Members of the Executive; and

(c) The cost is yet to be determined.

08 March 2021 - NW153

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2242 on 27 November 2020, what are the terms and conditions attached to the occupation of 62 Orchard Street in Newlands by the specified departmental official; (2) Whether her department has received any rental income in respect of the property; if not, why not; if so, what amount was received in each month since occupation?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that the terms and conditions attached to the occupation were that:

(a) the official can reside at the residence for a period of 3 months;

(b) the official will be liable for a monthly rental as determined by the Department for duration of her stay; and

(c) the residence should be made available for the renovations at any given moment.

(2) The Department has not yet received any monies as the rental amount was never determined and rent was never charged. The implicated official was responsible to determine the rent in terms of her job description. Consequence management, including disciplinary action and the recovery of rental owed, is in progress.

08 March 2021 - NW74

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether she will furnish Mr M N Nxumalo with the full relevant details of outstanding rental fees owed to her department to date; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) whether she will furnish Mr M N Nxumalo with the full relevant details of (a) persons and/or entities and (b) the nature of the agreement with her department?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that the outstanding rental owed to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) as at 31 January 2021 is R3 108 516 329 broken down as follows:

(i) Outstanding claims owed by User Departments for accommodation

The total outstanding claims owed by User Departments for accommodation is R3 108 516 329 broken down as follows:

  • The DPWI charges rental for the use of State properties by User Departments in line with the Devolution Framework approved by National Treasury. The outstanding balance owed by User Departments for state-owned accommodation is R1 926 228 416 as at 31 January 2021.
  • The DPWI also signs lease agreements with private landlords in instances where state properties are not available for use by the User Department, after which the Department recovers all costs related to these leases from the User Departments. The outstanding balance for leases is R1 182 287 913 as at 31 January 2021

(ii) Rental debtors is R101 046 999

These are persons and entities who are renting properties that are not being utilized by Government.

(iii) Prestige debtors is R7 849 565

These are persons who include members of the Executive, former members of the Executive, Members of Parliament, Directors-General, former Directors-General, officials required to be accommodated in Cape Town and/or Pretoria, and other eminent persons required to be provided with accommodation.

The abovementioned amounts may exclude money not yet allocated or cash in transit. At the beginning of the sixth administration, the Minister requested the Department to implement a debt recovery process.

2. (a) The full relevant details of persons and entities owing DPWI as at 31 January 2021 are found in attached Annexure A.

(b) The nature of the agreement is that these persons and entities are leasing properties from DPWI either as a benefit provided in various statutes. In case of properties occupied by User Departments, the agreements are governed by the Devolution Framework as approved by National Treasury.

25 February 2021 - NW176

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether there is a budget to repair the lift at the Germiston Police Station that has eight floors; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the budget and (b) on what date will the lift be repaired?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I am informed by the Department that budget is available for the maintenance of the lifts at the Germiston Police Station through a term contract.

Germiston Police Station vertical transportation service comprises of five lifts. All the lifts have reached and exceeded their end of lifespan and are over-due for a complete replacement.

Three lifts are out of service due to age and spares unavailability, the balance of two lifts are in service under the DPWI’s Johannesburg Region planned maintenance, however, only one lift is in operation as the other is currently switched off by the maintenance service provider whilst awaiting critical spare parts from the overseas suppliers.

a) The maintenance budget is available under a maintenance contract for the lifts under DPWI responsibility. Only two (2) of the five (5) lifts fleet in Germiston SAPS are repairable, though all have exceed their useful life and are beyond economic repair. The entire fleet needs to be replaced from a capital works fund to be provided by SAPS as a client.

b) A plan has been initiated to register a capital works project that will accommodate the replacement of the dilapidated lifts; this entails an instruction from the User Department (SAPS) together with funding allocations. The replacement period for the lifts is estimated at 12 to 18 months as lifts are being imported.

25 February 2021 - NW222

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the 89 Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) in the Eastern Cape that form part of the Non-State Sector Expanded Public Works Programme, the NPOs are required to pay Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) contributions on behalf of their participants; if not, why not; if so, are the contributions monitored by the Independent Development Trust; (2) whether the specified contribution from the NPOs are up to date; if not, (a) what measures are in place to ensure that outstanding monies are paid up on behalf of the participants and (b)(i) what total amount of outstanding contributions are owed for UIF and COIDA to her department and (ii) by which NPOs; (3) whether the stipend allocations are made in advance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what happens to any excess monies that are not paid over to participants in cases such as absenteeism, (b) how often are the calculations made as to the amount of excess monies held by the NPO and (c) is there a record of anticipated expenditure versus actual expenditure in respect of each NPO; (4) in cases where the stipend allocations are made in arrears, what are the time frames for payments to the NPOs for each payment period? NW225E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I am informed by the Department that to implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Non-State Sector Non-Profit Organisation (NPOs) programme in the Eastern Cape Province, a total of forty eight (48) NPOs were contracted for two years in the 2019/20 financial year. From April – November 2020, twenty four (24) NPOs were utilized to implement the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

Based on the contract signed between the intermediary the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the NPOs, there is an allocation paid to NPOs to ensure they pay the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) for participants contracted in the programme.

The payments done by the NPOs towards UIF and COIDA to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) are monitored by the IDT in the following manner:

  • Upon contracting, NPOs have to submit a valid Letter of Good Standing with the UIF and for COIDA to cover the period of the programme/project implementation.
  • NPOs also expected to submit a proof of payment of the UIF to DEL to the IDT before the allocation can be paid.

2. All twenty four 24 NPOs contracted to implement the EPWP COVID-19 response are up to date with the COIDA contributions. However, from these NPOs, three (3) NPOs are not up to date with the UIF contributions.

(a) To ensure all outstanding monies are paid on behalf of participants to UIF and COIDA, the IDT continues to remind and encourage NPOs to settle any outstanding payments as the existing contracts signed with the NPOs does not have any punitive measures to be enforced.

(b)

(i) There are no outstanding contributions owed to and by NPOs on COIDA. Only three (3) NPOs have outstanding contributions on UIF. The 3 NPOs submitted their invoices to the IDT in February 2021 for the payment of UIF they did on behalf of participants, while participants had finished working on 13 November 2020. No payment has been done yet by the IDT to the NPOs, as the NPOs have been requested to provide evidence that payment was done for participants during the implementation of the EPWP COVID-19 Response Project.

(ii) The three (3) NPOs mentioned above are indicated in table 1 below:

Table 1: NPOs with outstanding UIF Payments

Item

District Municipality

Name of NPO

UIF Allocation

UIF Amount Spent

UIF Amount Un-spent

1.

Alfred Nzo

Ixabiso Lomntu Aids Awareness & Home Base Care

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

2.

Alfred Nzo

Mount Frere Paralegal Advice Centre

R6,363.00

R0.00

R6,363.00

3.

Amathole

Ubabalo Lusanele Skills Centre

R5,641.86

R0.00

R5,641.86

3. Payment of stipends/wages to the NPOs are not made in advance. The payments to NPOs for participants stipends are based on claims submitted to the IDT for the work done supported by attendance registers.

a) The issue of excess monies does not apply in the NSS NPOs programme, as payments of stipends/wages are made on the basis of submission of the invoices which are supported by the attendance registers.

b) Calculations for payments held by NPOs on outstanding stipends/wages do not apply in the NPOs programme, as there are no advance payments made in the programme.

c) Yes, there are records of projected expenditure and actual expenditure for each NPO kept. Upon contracting, NPOs are allocated a budget based on the number of participants they should contract against the number of work days included in the contract. From this information, the IDT is able to project monthly expenditure for each NPO prior. For actual expenditure of projects, NPOs are also expected to submit invoices on monthly basis before payments can be done.

4) It takes 14 days to process the invoice of the NPO provided there are no corrections needed to be made by the NPO. The NPO invoice payment will exceed 14 days in cases where the NPOs have to make corrections. The turn-around time for payment depends on the speed of correction of the invoice by the NPOs. This varies from NPO-to-NPO. The IDT does not pay the NPO until all corrections / queries have been addressed.

25 February 2021 - NW183

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

(1)With reference to recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) after its oversight visit to the Beitbridge Border Post and the state of the fence built during 2020 by her department as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) what did her department’s Acting Director-General mean during the meeting of 2 February 2021 when he stated that her department’s Accounting Officer is only taking steps to ensure that all physical defects in the fence are rectified because Scopa recommended it and (b) what plans has her department put in place to rectify all the defects that it also admits exist; (2) in view of the recommendation that all supply chain management personnel be vetted and with Scopa now being told that this will take until March 2022, (a) what are the reasons for such a long delay with compliance with this recommendation and (b) what is being done to expedite this; (3) (a) what progress is being made on the recommendations to blacklist the principal contractor and the main contractor from doing business with the Government in terms of Regulation 14 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2017 and (b) why there is still a number of contracts with these companies in place? NW186E

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) To have an informed position on the feasibility of rectifying all physical defects of the Beitbridge Border fence, the Accounting Officer sanctioned a detailed Technical Condition Assessment of the constructed 40km border fence to determine the extent of material deficiencies and breaches. The assessment was undertaken during December 2020.

On 2 February 2021, the outcome of this assessment was reported against recommendation (b) of the Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on its oversight visit to Beitbridge Border Post, from 4 to 6 September 2020, dated 17 November 2020 (ATC of 19 November 2020), which stated that:

The Committee recommends that the Accounting Officer ensures that all physical defects are rectified in line with all applicable regulations,

(b) As the fence, in its current form, is not fit for purpose and in material non-compliance with the specifications, the Department has taken a decision not to entertain the possibility of any further repairs of the fence.

Any further border fence initiatives will be located in the context of the Integrated Border Management solution currently underway. In this regard, the site clearance process is aimed at being completed by June this year, from where the Department will embrace and utilise a best practice approach to border security in consultation with the Department of Defence (DoD). The relevant Request for Information (RFI) on the Integrated Border Fence Solutions will accordingly be published by the end of March 2021 to facilitate consultations for solutions.

2. (a) I am informed by the Department that Security Vetting is a lengthy process and usually takes 3 months or more to complete. The Department has 7 Vetting officials who must vet the outstanding 253 SCM and Bid Committee officials.

The vetting process includes the following steps:

 

      • The SCM officials must complete the Z204 Vetting forms and attach personal documents such as copies of bank statements (savings, investment, house loan, vehicles loan, business interests), copies of academic qualifications, as well as other relevant documents. 
      • Thereafter fieldwork interviews by the vetting officers commence, where they go around the country to interview references of the official who is being vetted. Thereafter follows a personal interview with the official and his/her supervisor. 
      • The vetting officer compiles the report from where the vetting files are submitted to the State Security Agency (SSA) to conduct a polygraph test.
      • After the polygraph test, the files go to the SSA Evaluation Unit to determine whether security clearance should be issued or not. 
      • It should be noted that the SSA has to cater for all Government Departments and SOEs where the standard SSA process for polygraph testing and evaluation can sometimes take up to a year or more.

The process outlined above, is what informed the anticipated timeframe of completing the vetting of SCM and Bid Committee officials by March 2022.

 

(b) The Accounting Officer requested that SSA consider the DPWI vetting files as top priority for the expedition of polygraph testing as well as evaluation of vetting files. The Minister has also requested that the process be concluded as soon as possible.

3. (a) It was recommended that the Principal Agent and the main contractor be restricted from doing business with Government subject to the application of the relevant due process and National Treasury concurrence, pursuant to the examination of the findings of the investigation that they acted in an irregular manner in their respective engagements with the DPWI.

The matter served before the Restriction Committee and Authority (RCAA) on 28 August 2020, after which detailed evidence contained in the Investigation Report was sought by the RCAA to enable it to continue its business. The Department was compelled to delay the release of this information and to reconstitute the composition of the RCAA recognising that the chairperson of the RCAA was one of the officials cited in the investigation report and subject to disciplinary action.

Another reason for delaying the release of the report to the RCAA, was to allow the Department to initiate and advance disciplinary processes before releasing the investigation report to third parties to protect the confidentiality of the information contained in the report.

On 11 February 2021 the department approved the final charges against the officials and formally reconstituted the RCAA to exclude from membership of the Committee any person who may have a conflict of interest. On 12 February 2021 the matter was tabled again with the RCAA and all the relevant reports and supporting evidence were provided to the committee to enable it to conclude its work.

The Committee has considered and studied the relevant investigation reports and issued letters to the contractor and consultant on 26 February 2021 requesting reasons why the Department should not recommend to National Treasury their restriction from doing business with the State. The RCAA has indicated that it will afford the respective service providers a period of 14 days to provide their written representations. The RCAA estimates that this process will be finalised by mid-March 2021.

(b) At this stage, the Department has not identified any justifiable grounds to terminate the existing contracts, as these contracts have been duly awarded. However, the Department is in the process of reviewing these contracts though its Internal Audit unit.

The Department is further seeking legal advice as to whether the conduct of the respective companies in relation to the Beitbridge contract constitutes sufficient grounds to seek termination of their remaining contracts with the Department. The matter is currently under legal review.

25 February 2021 - NW88

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether any of the 700 000 hectares of State land, that is currently being made available for farmers, falls under the control of her department, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how many hectares fall under the control of her department, (b) where is the land situated and (c) who is currently occupying the land?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The 700 000 hectares made available to farmers is under the control of the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD).

a) None of these hectares fall under the control of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure;

b) The land is situated throughout national and provincial spheres of government;

c) According to DALRRD, the land is vacant.

06 January 2021 - NW2415

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether any progress has been made on talks between her department and its counterparts in the justice and police departments towards creating a system to co-ordinate and share information and tracking disciplinary cases that have resulted in criminal charges against officials; if not, how soon would she be able to provide relevant details in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details on the talks towards creating the specified system?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has been working with various law enforcement agencies including the Hawks, SAPS, SIU, Assets Forfeiture Unit and the NPA. A Task Team consisting of members from these institutions has been established. The main responsibility of the Task Team is to ensure that the Department’s criminal referrals are prosecuted by NPA. The Department has been providing the list of criminal referrals to the Task Team for monitoring purposes. The Department further provides an update on the disciplinary cases to the Task Team for their noting and monitoring. The Task Team is also responsible for ensuring that there is no duplication of investigations. In the past, different organs of state would investigate the same matters without being aware of this. The Task Team sits once every quarter to discuss the progress on criminal referrals. The Task Team has also been reviewing some of the cases that were closed by NPA without the Department being informed of such a decision. The SIU is responsible for coordinating the meetings of the Task Team.

06 January 2021 - NW2236

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What (a) total number of ministerial houses does her department own for the use of Ministers and Deputy Ministers and (b) is the total number of the specified ministerial houses that are (i) currently still being used by former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers who have not vacated the properties and (ii) what are the names of the specified former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers who are still living in ministerial houses; (2) whether the specified former Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers are paying market-related rentals for the use of the houses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the total number of the ministerial houses which are vacant or standing empty; (4) whether any of the vacant houses are being rented and/or leased out to tenants or any person who is not a Minister or Deputy Minister; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) In Pretoria there are 63 houses for Ministers and Deputy Ministers, and in Cape Town there are 70 houses for Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

(b)(i) In Pretoria there is one house and in Cape Town there is none.

(ii) In Pretoria is former Deputy Minister Mr Gert Oosthuizen. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s acting Director General has written to Mr Oosthuizen to vacate the property by end of January 2021.

2. The valuation of the market related rental that the former Deputy Minister has paid so far R240 000.

3. In Pretoria there are nine houses that are vacant, two of the houses will be reallocated, one is reserved for the President of the Pan African Parliament and one house is reserved for decanting purposes.

In Cape Town there are seven vacant houses, three houses will be reallocated and one house has been reserved for decanting.

4. In Pretoria one house has been rented out to a Section 9 institution at a market rent of R60 000 a month.

06 January 2021 - NW2589

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

In view of the suspension of the Director-General (DG) of her department, what progress has been made in finalising the disciplinary hearing against the DG?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr MC Ramaphosa, has mandated the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu, to attend to the matter relating to Director-General Adv Sam Vukela. Minister Mthembu is best placed to provide an update on the matter.

27 November 2020 - NW2414

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What total number of officials at national and provincial level were charged and found guilty of (a) financial misconduct, (b) irregular expenditure, (c) failure to comply with procurement procedures, (d) abuse of sick leave, (e) poor work performance, (f) theft and (g) sexual misconduct; (2) What mechanisms are there for establishing a national blacklisting register which can be consulted by government institutions at a (a) national, (b) provincial and (c) municipal level to ensure that in the event that the specified officials were found guilty they would not be able to gain employment in the Public Service until after a 5-year blacklisting period?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI)

Financial years

2017/2018

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

a) Financial misconduct

b) Irregular expenditure

c) Failure to comply with procurement procedures,

43 employees found guilty

26out of 43 employees reported above committed irregular expenditure

24out of 43 employees reported above found guilty for non-compliance with procurement procedures

50employees found guilty

40 out of 50employees reported abovecommitted irregular expenditure

35 out of 50employees reported above found guilty of non-compliance to procurement procedures

27 employees found guilty

10 out of 27 employees reported above committed irregular expenditure

10 out of 27 reported above found guilty for non-compliance with procurement procedures

7 employees found guilty

2 out of 7 employees reported abovecommitted irregular expenditure

1 out of 7employees reported above found guilty of non-compliance with procurement procedures

d) Abuse of sick leave

0

0

0

0

e) Poor work performance

0

0

0

0

f) Theft

0

1employee found guilty of theft

2 employees found guilty of theft

0

g) Sexual misconduct

0

0

1 employee found guilty of sexual harassment

0

The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure does not have access to disciplinary records of Provincial Departments.

2. (a) The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) does not have a mechanisms for establishing a national blacklisting register which can be consulted by government institutions. The Department of Public Service and Administration(DPSA) is responsible for overseeing misconduct cases across government. The DPWI relies on the PERSAL system which is monitored by the DPSA together with the National Treasury upon which we are able to detect during appointments the status of employees who were either found guilty or not of misconduct in the public service.

The current mechanism (PERSAL System) is effective and reliable in providing disciplinary records of employees but it is utilized internally for the DPWI.

27 November 2020 - NW2242

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether her department owns a property at 62 Orchard Street, Newlands, Western Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the extent of the specified property and (b) who currently occupies the property?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Yes, the Department owns the property in question.

a) The site is made up of 4 erven and the total size is 3 830m².

b) It is currently occupied by the Departmental official (Director: Property Management in the Cape Town Regional Office)

I was informed that request to occupy the state-owned property was authorised in April 2018 by the then Regional Manager, Mr F Johnson, then Chief Director Mr B Kgasoane and Mr B Matutle, then Deputy Director-General IGC.

I have requested the Acting Director-General, Mr I Fazel, to investigate the matter.

27 November 2020 - NW2741

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With reference to the alleged poor workmanship by contractors appointed by her department on the Road P63-1 from Hebron Village running from the border of Gauteng and North West to Letlhabile near Brits as well as Road P34-6 from Jan Kempdorp to Christiana, for what amount were the contractors contracted to build the roads; (2) (a) what (i) amount will it cost to redo the specified roads and (ii) criteria were used to award the specified contracts to rebuild the roads and (b) how long is it envisaged that the completion of the roads will take?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Road construction is the responsibility of the Provincial Department therefore the question should be referred to the MEC of the relevant Province.

26 November 2020 - NW2538

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

(1)What number of former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers who were not included in the Cabinet announced by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 29 May 2019, are still living in official residences; (2) whether she will furnish Dr L A Schreiber with a list of full names of all such former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what total costs has her department incurred for providing official residential accommodation to former (a) Ministers and (b) Deputy Ministers since the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, constituted the current Cabinet on 29 May 2019?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

  1. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria there is one former Deputy Minister.
  2. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria we have Mr Gert C. Oosthuizen, former Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation.
  3. (a) None. (b) In Pretoria the Departments’ Valuations Unit made a determination for a market related rental to the value of R480,000.00 which has been raised as a debt against Mr Gert C. Oosthuizen, former Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation.

26 November 2020 - NW2591

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

What are the details of the measures that her department has put in place to prioritise the construction and/or renovation of SA Police Service stations

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

The Government Immovable Asset Management Act 19 of 2007 (GIAMA) requires custodians and users to observe principles of immovable asset management, as strategic asset strategic planning instruments including prioritization.

The department has put in place a number of programmes to prioritise the construction and/or renovation of SA Police Stations across the country namely, the Repair and Refurbishment Programme and Client Capital Programme.

Current Stages

Repair and Refurbishment

Client Capital

Total Per Stage

 

No. off

No. off

 

Design (Status 4)

56

150

206

Construction (Status 5B)

38

25

63

Total Per Programme

94

175

 

The department has a number of projects in the design phase and construction phase to respond to the client’s needs. The high level plans are as follows:

26 November 2020 - NW1268

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

What are the details of the (a) scope of work, (b) bill of quantities, (c) list of specifications from the client departments and (d)(i) progress and (ii) implementation reports from the project manager and/or contractor on certain bids that were awarded (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

With respect to the details requested for the projects, a summary of the attached documents is shown below for item (a) to (d):

Description

Document Attached

(a) Scope of Work

(b) Bills of Quantities

(c) List of Specifications

(d) Progress/

Implementation

report

H18/038AI – Awarded on 10 May 2019

Annexure A

Refer to Page 80, 99 and 107

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/034AI – Awarded on 10 May 2019

Annexure B

Refer to Page 78

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/026AI – Awarded on 26 April 2019

Annexure C

Refer to Scope of work document

N/A

Consultants Appointment

Refer to Procurement Instruction

N/A

H18/047AI – Awarded on 14 May 2019

Annexure D

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to list of specifications

Refer to completion certificate reports

H18/029AI – Awarded on 14 March 2019

Annexure E

Refer to Page 66 to 102

N/A

Consultants Appointment

N/A

Procurement Instruction received from Key Account Management

N/A

Contractor not yet appointed

H18/027AI – Awarded on 11 June 2019

Annexure F

Refer to Scope of work documentation

N/A

Consultants Appointment

Refer to Procurement Instruction

N/A

H16/022 – Awarded on 20 October 2016

Annexure G

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H16/075 – Awarded on 3 March 2017

Annexure H

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H15/043 – Awarded on 23 June 2016

Annexure I

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

H15/044 – Awarded on 23 June 2016

Annexure J

Refer to Scope of work document

Refer to BoQ document

Refer to tender document

Refer to progress report

26 November 2020 - NW2220

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

(1)(a) What type of entity is Infrastructure South Africa (ISA), (b) under which legislative prescript was the ISA established and (c) where in the organogram of her department does the ISA sit; (2) under what legislative prescripts was the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished) done? (3) whether the organisational structure for the ISA is available; if not, (a) who will draft the organogram and (b) by what date will the organogram be drafted; if so, will she provide Ms S J Graham with a copy of the organogram; (4) whether appointments will be made without an organogram being in place; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the position(s) in which appointments will be made (details furnished); (5) (a) where is the funding for the ISA emanating from, (b) how much funding has been allocated to ISA in the current financial year, (c) where is the budget and (d) how is the budget allocated?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. (a) ISA was not established as an entity but a function to oversee the implementation of the mandate of Infrastructure. It is part of the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (NDPWI) functional organisational structure reporting to the Minister, responsible for PICC & IDMS roles emanating from the National Macro Organisation of Government (NMOG) processes including the urgent need for targeted infrastructure investment.On the 27 May 2020, Cabinet resolved to create Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) to be housed within DPWI to serve the purpose of being a single-entry point and to ensure that DPWI has a system accounting for all infrastructure projects at all levels of government.

(b) Public Service Regulations, 25 (2)(a) states that, based on the strategic plan of the department, an executive authority shall determine the department’s organisational structure in terms of its core mandated and support function. Public Service Act, section 41 stipulates the alignment with the said regulations as well as the role of the Minister of Public Service and Administrations.

(c) The structure depicts ISA at a macro level within the department with the Head of ISA reporting to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.

2. Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is appointed in the Presidency on contract. The Ministerrequested the permission of the Presidency to utilize the expertise of Dr Ramokgopa in introducing the functions of Infrastructure within DPWI.

3. The start-up organisational structure of ISA was concluded by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and submitted to the Minister of Public Service and Administration for his concurrence in accordance with the Public Service Act and Regulations. The organisational has now been approved and ready for implementation.

4. The process of recruitment is currently underway. The positions of Head of ISA, Deputy Director Generals and Chief Directors was advertised on the 8 November 2020.

5. The Department has reprioritised the budget which was approved by National Treasury for an amount of R23.062m. The breakdown is as follows:

a) Compensation of Employees is an amount of R11.943 m

b) Goods and Services is an amount R11.119m

c) And (d) See Annexure A – Allocation letter.

26 November 2020 - NW2356

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

(1) What progress has been made in meeting the target of 25% set in her department’s 2020 Annual Performance Plan for new leases to be with black-owned properties; (2) whether her department intends entering into a lease with landlords who are not compliant with the requirements of Black Economic Empowerment in cases where (a) there are no black-owned properties in a certain area and (b) black-owned properties do not meet certain criteria; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether in cases where black-owned properties do not tender for a specific contract, her department will cancel the tender process and re-tender in order to allow for those businesses to participate; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) number of times would the procedure be followed and (b) other mechanisms would be used to ensure that the 25% target is met?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that the Department has thus far awarded a total of seven (7) lease contracts for the current financial year. Of these, five (5) have been awarded to black owned properties.

2. The Department continues to award leases to landlords who do not meet requirements of Black Economic Empowerment. The details are as provided in Annexure A (attached). It is not in the Empowerment Policy of the Department not to award any tender to landlords who do not meet requirements of the Black Economic Empowerment.

3.The Department will not cancel tender and restart the procurement processes solely on the basis of non-participation of bidders who comply with the requirements of Black Economic Empowerment.

Additionally, the cancellation of tenders are legislated in that departments are only allowed to cancel tenders in instances where due to changed circumstances there is no longer a need, funds are no longer available to cover the expenditure, no acceptable tender is received or there is a material irregularity in the tender process. Departments are only allowed to cancel a tender for the first time and thereafter any further cancellations must be approved by the National Treasury.

 

26 November 2020 - NW2571

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

(1)With reference to the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance breaking ground in April 2014 with an initial budget of R 165,4 million and a proposed completion date in October 2016, (a) what is the current anticipated cost of the specified centre, (b) what total amount of the new costs relate to expenditure on work already completed that is not up to standard, (c) what has been done to recover costs from the original contractor, (d) has work commenced on the project since the lockdown period was declared and (e) what is the current anticipated date of completion; (2) what total number of jobs have been created on the project to date; (3) what total number of small, medium and micro enterprises (a) have already been involved, (b) are currently contracted, (c) are local businesses in the Kouga Local Municipality and (d) are based in the Eastern Cape as compared to those that are from outside the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1.

a) I was informed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) that the current estimated cost to complete the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance project amounts to approximately R 200 million.

b) I am informed that at this stage of the project, no cost was paid for work that is not up to standard. The contractor disputed the non-payment of unsatisfactory work that had to be redone. The matter was referred to Mediation for a final recommendation.

c) An assignment of the contract took place between the original contractor and new contractor. The assignment of the contract was a decision between the two contractors, which was merely accepted and honored by the Department at their request. By accepting the assignment, the new contractor took over all contractual obligations and responsibilities from the original contractor. The assignment agreement indicated that all retention monies that was withheld by the Department must be released to the original contractor since the new contractor offered a variable Construction Guarantee of 10% of the project value. The new contractor would recover their losses from the original contractor.

d) The work did not commence immediately after the Lockdown period, due to the reasonthat the contractor cancelled the contract due to a payment that was not received in time as per the timeframe indicated in the Condition of Contract. After several engagements with the contractor, the contractor agreed to rescind the termination and started work on site on the 19 October 2020.

e) The anticipated completion date of the project is scheduled for May 2021.

2. A total number of 121 work opportunities were created on the project during the 2019/2020 financial year.

(3)

(a) A total number of 16 SMME’s were employed.

(b) 5 SMME’s are currently contracted and confirmed returning to site

(c 3 SMME’s are from local businesses in the Kouga Local Municipality

(d) 13 SMME’s are from the Eastern Cape, excluding the 3 above from Kouga Local Municipality. I am informed that there are no SMME’s from outside the Eastern Cape.