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07 January 2020 - NW1707

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she can provide Ms L L van der Merwe with a detailed list of the locations of the 22 shelters in the North West, which were referred to in her department's presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on Wednesday, 30 October 2019; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Department of Social Development (DSD) plays a leadership role to facilitate the establishment, coordination, and the implementation of the shelters/safe spaces for all victims of crime and violence.

Furthermore, the Department forms part of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster that has been given an important mandate to implement strategies and programmes that contribute towards priority 5 (social cohesion and safe communities) of the sixth government administration.

Is it therefore critical to note that due to the nature and sensitivity of the services rendered to victims of crime and violence, the Department is not in a position to provide the location of the shelters/safe houses/crisis centres since their safety is paramount.

Attached is Annexure A: Database for shelters/safe houses/ crisis centres.

07 January 2020 - NW1394

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

Since her speech during the Debate on Vote No 17 – Social Development on 11 July 2019, that more than 5 000 social workers who have been trained by the State remain unemployed, what progress has been made to secure employment of these social worker graduates?

Reply:

Respective provincial departments are engaging various provincial Treasuries to secure funding for appointment of social work scholarship graduates. In this regard by end September 2019 a total of 239 social work graduates were appointed by provinces as follows: Gauteng appointed 140 permanent, Western Cape appointed 14 on one year contract and 8 on 24 months internship, Northern Cape, North West and Eastern Cape also appointed 23, 21 and 31 graduates respectively on internships.

The Department secured special allocation of R93 million, which will be used by provincial departments of Social Development for employment of 200 social work graduates.

These graduates will be appointed to support the Gender Based Violence Programme.

The 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework baseline for the scholarship programme has been reduced, where funds will be shifted towards employment of scholarship graduates. The implication is that budget has been allocated for the next three years where R112.6 million will be allocated for 2020/21, R139.4 million for 2021/22 and R146.1 million for 2022/23. These funds will be shifted to provincial equitable share to sustain employment of 326 scholarship graduates.

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07 January 2020 - NW1091

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What is the current status of all court cases that her department brought against Cash Paymaster Services (CPS); (2) (a) how far is the process of paying back R316 million by CPS to the SA Social Security Agency and (b) what steps will she take against officials who paid CPS contrary to documentation confirming that all the money that was due to CPS had been paid?

Reply:

(1)   SASSA has instituted legal proceedings against CPS for the recovery of R 74 million payments made to CPS. In the months of February and March 2018 SASSA paid 2 160 678 and 2 388 403 beneficiaries respectively, directly into their bank accounts without using the services of CPS.

CPS has, upon receipt of the summons claiming payment of R 74 million, filed a notice of exception to SASSA`s particulars of claim, demanding that SASSA provides more facts (such as contractual basis and principles upon which the claim is based). SASSA amended its particulars of claim (by incorporating other terms of the contract [contract for the payment of social grant services concluded with CPS during 2012]) and filed the notice to amend on 27 September 2019. CPS has filed a notice of objection to SASSA`s amendment on 11 October 2019. This matter is still pending arguments in Court.

(2)(a)  SASSA has sent a letter to CPS on 10 October 2019 demanding that CPS implements paragraph 36.2 (ordering CPS to pay R 316 million with interests) of the High Court order since CPS`s appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has been dismissed. CPS indicated in its letter dated 14 October 2019 that it is preparing to appeal to the Constitutional Court (CC) against the SCA judgment. SASSA will await the outcome of the intended appeal and if the SCA judgment is not overturned, SASSA will enforce paragraph 36.2 of the High Court judgment.

(2)(b)  The official who authorised the R 316 million transaction (afforded CPS the right to claim R 316 million) is no longer in the employ of SASSA and it is only recently in  September 2019, that the Court made a ruling on the R316m payment which  was made in 2014.

 

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Mr M Toni

Acting Director-General: Dept. of Social Development

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Ms H Bogopane-Zulu

Deputy Minister: Dept. of Social Development

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Ms L Zulu, MP

Minister: Department of Social Development

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07 January 2020 - NW913

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she retained any of her predecessor’s Ministerial staff; if so, (a) what are the names and/or relevant details of staff members who were retained, (b) where have they been redeployed to and (c) what is their current (i) job description and (ii) remuneration package in each case?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Minister retained some of the officials who served the previous / former Minister, but also released some of the officials in accordance with the Ministerial Handbook.

2. It is key to indicate that prior the introduction of Ministerial Handbook there were officials across Ministerial portfolios which were appointed permanently within Offices of different Ministers hence the below categories of staff compliments within Minister’s Office:

2.1 Permanent Contract:

The Accounting Officer is bound to accommodate officials with permanent contractual agreement. Furthermore they can be approached by considering the skills, competencies and qualifications they possess for correct placement in the vacant posts within the department by following due processes. The department has then placed the six (6) officials within the available vacancies in line with their expertise, competencies and skills.

The Minister retained an official whose contract was linked to the former Minister’s term of office. Minister needed the official’s skills and competencies to continue performing the work within her office;

The Minister did not have a vacancy for the Chief of Staff and the department found a placement in the department for the official. Transitionally the official is being managed by the Deputy Director-General: Corporate Support Services whilst finding a permanent placement. Furthermore the final placement will be addressed through the processes of organisational reconfiguration. Below is the list of officials redeployed within the department:-

a) Initials and surname

b) Redeployment

(c)(i)Current job description

(c)(ii) Current remuneration package

Ms SP Baninzi

Chief Directorate: Auxiliary Services

Administrative Assistant

R316,791.00 p.a.

Mr MM Koma

Office of the Director-General

Director: Stakeholder Management, Donor Funding and Coordination

R1,105,641.00 p.a.

Ms V Mangcu

Chief Directorate: Legal Services

Director: Legal Services

R1,245,495.00 p.a.

Ms M Nkone

Office of the Director-General (Cape Town Office)

Food Aid Service

R145,281.00 p.a.

Mr HLH Xaba

Office of the Director-General

Senior Administrative Officer.

R376,596.00 p.a.

Ms S Gola

Chief Directorate: Information Management Systems Technology

Administrative/secretarial Support

R470,040.00 p.a.

Ms TM Zabo

Branch Corporate Support Services

Providing support to the Deputy Director-General: Corporate Support services

R1,495,956.00 p.a.

Mr D Sambamba

Chief Directorate: Legal Services

Director: Legal Services

R1,245,495.00

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Date……………………….

07 January 2020 - NW1452

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is her department’s plan to address the inconsistencies as well as delays in funding to shelters across provinces?

Reply:

The Department has embarked in process of developing a sector funding policy. The policy will provide guidelines to assist all Provinces to implement in a standardised way and address inconsistencies regarding funding. The draft sector funding policy was presented to MINMEC during the third quarter for consideration and approval. The MECs have not yet approved the policy and indicated the need for sufficient time to give the final inputs.

Furthermore, the Department developed the Victim Support Services (VSS) Policy and Bill which will be tabled to Cabinet during this financial year, 2019/20. The VSS Policy and Bill, amongst other elements, will be addressing the regulation of the provision of sheltering services.

The Department initiated a multi-year contracts approach to address the delays in funding of NGOs including shelters across provinces.

07 January 2020 - NW1453

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has considered a more systematic approach to training shelter personnel on issues related to gender-based violence such as the impact it has on, amongst others, women's mental health and substance abuse; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has developed a draft training and development framework that seeks to address capacity building plans across the sector as a systematic approach to training. The framework will be looking into three year period. The framework will be ready following consultations with various stakeholders by 31 March 2020. The framework will cover the various thematic areas such as training within Gender Based Violence, Substance Abuse, Mental health, etc.

 

23 December 2019 - NW1451

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, with reference to her 2019 budget speech where she stated that R50 million rand has been allocated from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account (Cara) to support shelters and the fact that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa in his address to protestors at Parliament promised increased funding for women's shelters and safe houses, (a) the increase that the President referred to is the same or additional to the Cara funding that she referred to and (b) her department is also ensuring that provinces increase allocations to shelters for victims of crime and violence; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a)Yes, the R50 million that the Minister of Social Development referred to during her budget speech is allocated from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account for funding of Non-Profit Organisations providing services to victims of crime and violence. Additional amount of R50 million has been recommended from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account as part of the Emergency Response Plan on Gender Based Violence. This funding will be used to fund Non-Governmental Organisations that provide direct services to victims and survivors of gender-based violence. The process of submitting the recommended additional amount of R50 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account for Cabinet approval is underway. (b) The Department of Social Development is also ensuring that provinces increase allocations for services to victims of crime and violence including shelters for victims of crime and violence. The provincial allocations for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework are as follows:

Provinces

MTEF Allocations

 

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

 

R’000

R’000

R’000

Eastern Cape

1 058 220

1 120 267

1 178 549

Free State

545 086

563 780

586 850

Gauteng

2 457 722

2 634 964

2 906 075

KwaZulu-Natal

1 600 679

1 705 787

1 796 502

Limpopo

991 860

1 048 534

1 141 305

Mpumalanga

673 557

745 092

806 043

Northern Cape

322 153

341 577

357 909

North West

531 800

578 602

613 132

Western Cape

804 918

845 940

884 365

Total

8 985 995

9 584 543

10 270 730

06 December 2019 - NW663

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she has been informed of the position expressed by an official of the South African Central Authority at an African regional and international conference held recently that the principle of subsidiarity necessitates that adoptable South African children be institutionalised within their communities rather than adopted into families outside of those communities or internationally; if so, what (a) is the position of Government on the issue, in light of (i) the principle that the child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every case involving that child, (ii) the constitutional right every child has to family life and (iii) the hierarchy of placement options that the Republic has committed itself to by acceding to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention in which institutionalisation is seen as the last resort, (b) steps will she take to formally retract the statement made by the official, (c) steps will she take to advise the Hague authorities and conference delegates of this retraction and that such statement is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and case precedent and (d) steps will she take to ensure that the specified official and all members of the department are empowered with the correct information regarding the applicability of the international legal principle of subsidiarity in the Republic; if not, (2) whether she will investigate the allegation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister has not been informed of the position expressed by an official who is from South African Central Authority, and represented the department at an African regional and international conference in April 2019 in Cape Town. The said official is holding the position of a Director and is responsible for adoptions and international social services. The official was requested to present to the conference on the situation of intercountry adoptions in the country. The presentation made was authorised by the relevant principals in the department, beforehand.

Amongst other things the presentation touched on the principle of subsidiarity, which basically means that children should be placed with families within the country before intercountry adoption could be considered which is in line with the best interest of the child to retain culture, language amongst other things.

(a)The government of South Africa requires that the principle of subsidiarity should be applied in all cases involving children; which states that “Children should be raised by his or her birth family or extended family whenever possible. If that is not possible other forms of permanent family care in the country of origin should be considered. Only after due consideration has been given to national solutions intercountry adoption should be considered.” This is as per section 47 of Guide no.1 of 2008, which relates to subsidiarity in The Guide to Good Practice on Inter Country Adoptions. This is also the position of the South African Government as signatories of the Hague convention.

(i)The Department’s position is consistent with the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoptions, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Children’s Act (Act no.38 of 2005) which are the guiding tools to render adoption services. As a result the Government upholds the principle that the best interests of the child are of paramount importance in every case when adoption is being facilitated.

(ii)The Department complies with the constitutional right as articulated in section 28 (1) (b) that every child has a right to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from family environment. Therefore when children are adopted this right is respected and upheld by the department.

(iii)The Department applies the hierarchy of placement options for children in a manner that befits the best interests of the children, in line with the principle of subsidiary and measures are taken to place the children within their country of origin first before intercountry adoption is considered. Institutionalisation is considered a last resort for children when suitable families cannot be found in the country. This is in line with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions.

(b) The presentation done by Director responsible for adoptions and international social services was in line with the position of South Africa, Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. The presentation touched on challenges experienced which amongst others included the implementation and compliance to the subsidiarity principle. This challenge sparked the discussion as the Director was requested by the Chair Person of the session Judge Connie Mocumi to clarify what subsidiarity principle means in simple terms. The department is of the view that there is no need to retract the statement or position made at the conference on subsidiarity as it is compliant with the position of South Africa. Here with attached is the presentation done, conclusions and recommendations made at the conference.

(c) The Department adhered to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions and authorities from the Hague Secretariat were present at the conference and did not object to the presentation made by the Director for adoptions and international social services on behalf of the Department. The department would like to confirm that the officials from Hague Secretariat are aware and understands the South African Government position.

(d) The Hague Secretariat fully understands the position of South Africa in relation to the principle of subsidiarity. South Africa acceded to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in December 2003. Since then the relationship between the Department and The Hague Secretariat has been good. So far there have not been challenges and concerns regarding the implementation of the Convention. As the result there is no need to take steps to empower officials on the applicability of the international legal principle of subsidiarity.

2. The department has taken a resolution not to investigate the allegations raised since what was presented is in line with The Hague convention guide to good practice and it’s also the position of the department on the principle of subsidiarity.

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25 November 2019 - NW1090

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of investigations have been launched into matters at the SA Social Security Agency (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019, (b) number of the specified investigations have been concluded, (c) costs have been incurred in conducting each specified investigation, (d) number of persons have been implicated in wrongdoing in finalised investigations and (e) disciplinary action has been taken against the specified persons?

Reply:

(a)(i)

Financial misconduct cases(i.e irregular expenditure, fruitles and wasteful expenditure as well as damages and loses)

Financial year

Number of investigation launched

2014-2015

929

2015-2016

723

2016-2017

823

2017-2018

908

2018-2019

348

Total

3731

Labour Relations

Financial year

Number of Investigations launched

2014-2015

11

2015-2016

70

2016-2017

131

2017-2018

364

2018-2019

357

Total

933

Fraud Investigations

Financial year

Number of investigation launched

2014-2015

1328

2015-2016

1122

2016-2017

511

2017-2018

446

2018-2019

565

Total

3972

 

(a)(ii)

Financial misconduct cases(i.e irregular expenditure, fruitles and wasteful expenditure as well as damages and loses)

Financial year

Number of investigation launched

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

99

   

Labour Relations

Financial year

Number of investigation launched

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

157

   

Fraud Investigations

Financial year

Number of investigation launched

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

223

   

(b)

Financial misconduct cases (i.e. Irregular expenditure, fruitless and wasteful expenditure as well as damages and loses)

Financial year

Number of specific investigation concluded

2014-2015

182

2015-2016

317

2016-2017

216

2017-2018

231

2018-2019

47

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

18

Total

1 011

Labour Relations

Financial year

Number of specific investigation concluded

2014-2015

11

2015-2016

70

2016-2017

126

2017-2018

295

2018-2019

311

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

152

Total

965

Fraud Investigations

Financial year

Number of specific investigation concluded

2014-2015

1328

2015-2016

1122

2016-2017

510

2017-2018

442

2018-2019

556

1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

200

Total

4158

(C)

Financial Misconduct and Labour Relations Cases

  • SASSA mainly utilises internal investigating officers for financial misconduct and labour relations cases and they are compensated through subsistence and travel allowance where necessary.
  • In the main desktop investigations where the affected officials submit written representation to conclude on the cases, cost are only limited to travel and subsistience.

Fraud Investigations

  • SASSA does not track expenditure per case/investigation, however the Total expenditure on Fraud investigations excluding COE over the above period of years up to 30 September 2019 is R 77 885 201.00

(d)

Financial misconduct cases(i.eirregular expenditure, fruitles and wasteful expenditure as well as damages and loses)

  • For the above financial years up to 30 September 2019, 411 officials were found negligent and liable for commiting financial misconduct

Labour Relations

  • 943 officials have been implicated in wrongdoing in finalised investigations

Fraud Investigations

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

9 beneficiaries, 337 officials, 5 Doctors, 5 private persons and 3 former SASSA officials

1 beneficiary, 22 officials and 3 private persons

38 beneficiaries, 195 officials, 53 money lenders, 7 private persons and 1 CPS official

73 beneficiaries, 52 SASSA officials, 5 former SASSA officials, 5 private persons. 1 CPS official and 6 public works officials

(e)

Financial Misconduct

  • With regards to financial misconduct cases, the officials found negligent were only held liable for the losses and not necessarily taken through disciplinary process. It is now recently that National Treasury issued the Irregular Expenditure Framework in May 2019 and Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure framework effective 01 November 2019 requiring that the disciplinary process be taken against officials who committed financial misconduct. The Agency is in the process of implementing the said frameworks.

Labour Relations

  • Disciplinary action has been taken against 813 officials for different acts of misconduct.

22 November 2019 - NW807

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the number of (a) registered early childhood development (ECD) centres, (b) registered ECD practitioners and (c) unregistered ECD centres in the Republic?

Reply:

(a) Registered early childhood development (ECD) centres.

Provinces

Status

1. Eastern Cape

2 795

2. Free State

971

3. Gauteng

1 717

4. Kwa-Zulu Natal

3 324

5. Limpopo

3 397

6. Mpumalanga

1 516

7. Northern Cape

351

8. North West

1 205

9. Western Cape

1 545

Totals

14 026

(b) Registered ECD practitioners

Practitioners are not registered with any Professional body. The below listed are practitioners employed within ECD centres.

Provinces

Status

Eastern Cape

2741

Free State

3 585

Gauteng

5 587

Kwa-Zulu Natal

5 887

Limpopo

4 229

Mpumalanga

4051

Northern Cape

639

North West

3 615

Western Cape

n/a

Totals

27 593

(c) Unregistered ECD centres in the Republic?

Provinces

Status

Eastern Cape

750

Free State

745

Gauteng

2 055

Kwa-Zulu Natal

493

Limpopo

139

Mpumalanga

491

Northern Cape

42

North West

600

Western Cape

2 321

Totals

6 886

22 November 2019 - NW1405

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

By what date will the vacancy of Director-General of her department be (a) advertised and (b) filled?

Reply:

a) The post will be advertised by 30 November 2019.

b) The filling of the post of Director-General is anticipated to be finalised by 31 March 2020.

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22 November 2019 - NW1395

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to reports that some shebeen owners confiscate the SA Social Security Agency cards of their patrons to keep the cards as surety for alcohol bought on credit, what plans does she have in place to ensure that grants are not continuously abused for purposes they are not meant for?

Reply:

Studies have shown that, in the main, the funds provided for social grants are utilised for the purposes intended. However, there will always be exceptions to this rule. It is the responsibility of every citizen to report abuse of social grants, wherever this is seen. All reports of grant abuse are followed up.

Where abuse is confirmed, SASSA has legislated powers to either stop payment of the grant, or to arrange for a procurator or welfare organisation to administer the grant on behalf of the beneficiary.

The retention of the SASSA card as surety for any debts is illegal. SASSA works closely with law enforcement agencies to address this wherever it is reported. There has been some success in addressing this, through arrests and criminal prosecution of people found in possession of multiple SASSA cards.

SASSA has implemented various measures to address possible abuse of social grants. Primary amongst these is the introduction of the new SASSA card, which prohibits EFT debits and stop orders off this account. This has addressed previous challenges, where the value of the grant was being eroded by debt and unauthorised deductions.

SASSA therefore appeals to all citizens to assist in the reporting of the abuse of social grants so that action may be taken.

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Date……………………….

22 November 2019 - NW1375

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Social Development

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

Reply:

(a), (b) and (c) The Department of Social Development did not do business with any person, companies and trusts mentioned in the Parliamentary Question.

22 November 2019 - NW1302

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of social grant pay points were (a) closed since 1 January 2017 and (b) in existence as at 30 June 2019?

Reply:

(a) As at 1 January 2017, SASSA had a total of 9 937 cash pay points. By April 2018, the number of pay points reduced to 7 963, with the removal of inactive and duplicated pay points. The duplication in counting came about as some pay points are serviced on more than one day per month and were counted per day rather than as distinct pay points. A total number of 6 223 pay points have been closed since April 2018, with a balance of 1 740 remaining active as at April 2019.

(b) As at 30 June 2019, a total of 1 740 registered cash pay points remain. However, in October 2019, 1 611 are still actively serviced.

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22 November 2019 - NW1216

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the reasons that the soup kitchen sponsored by her department in Loeriesfontein has been closed since March 2019; (2) what are the reasons that the soup kitchen sponsored by her department in Calvinia is investigated by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation?

Reply:

1. In terms of funding allocation, Loeriesfontein Soup Kitchen was approved for a three year funding (2017/18-2019/20) and the allocation was done as follows:

2017/2018 – Allocated amount of R107 652.

The organisation’s business plan was approved and a first tranche payment of R53 826 was paid on the 28th of August 2017. In order to process the 2nd tranche, the organisations are expected to submit the claims, but the organisation in question did not submit the required information. In that instance, the Department could not transfer funds as the organisation did not submit the necessary claim.

2018/2019 – Allocated amount of R154 812.

The first tranche payment of R77 406 was paid on the 5th of June 2018. Upon submission of quarterly report, and subsequent monitoring visits, there were concerns with the spending of funds. The organization was requested to submit evidence for utilization of funds with transactions totalling R65 942.76 from the period April 2018 to September 2018. By the end of the financial year, the organization failed to submit the required proof for utilization of funds, and also did not submit the required claim for the second tranche. For this reason the second tranche payment could not be released due to pending documents that were requested by the Department.

2019/2020 – Provisionally allocated amount of R156 612.

In an endeavour to assist the said organization, an amount of R156 612 was earmarked for the organization on condition that its status has improved. There were several attempts by the department to assist the organization to implement corrective measures and controls for better management of the organisation. However, the status of the organisation remained the same as they failed to implement the recommended corrective measures. Such a situation renders this organisation to be non-compliant.

It is on this basis that the funds that were earmarked for Loeriesfontein Soup Kitchen for 2019/20 were withheld as no proof was provided to convince the Department that the previous funding allocations were utilized towards the intended purpose. There are no justifiable reasons to allocate funding in such an instance as there is potential mismanagement of funds and failure by the organisation to comply with the funding requirement. The organization failed to comply with the financial and governance prescripts and the provisions of the SLA entered into with the department.

2. The Hantam Soup Kitchen (Calvinia) was approved for a three year funding and the allocation was as follows:

2017/2018 - An amount of R107 652 was approved for the soup kitchen. The first tranche payment of R53 826 was paid to the organisation for Soup Kitchen.

An amount of R485 400 was approved for Isibindi Stipends and a first tranche of R262 692 was paid.

An amount of R104 560 was approved for the Youth Service Centre and a first tranche of R52 280 was paid to the organisation.

The first tranche payment totalling an amount of R368 798 was transferred to the organisation for all their programs during the 2017/18 financial year.

On the 29th of May 2018 an internal investigation was conducted. The findings revealed that an amount of R82 676.88 was mismanaged by the Treasurer of Hantam Soup Kitchen (Calvinia). A case was registered with the South African Police Services with case number CAS 99/12/2017 hence the organisation is under police investigation.

Following the on-going investigation, the Department withdrew any further funding until their investigations are completed.

07 November 2019 - NW1178

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Hinana, Mr N to ask the Minister of Social Development

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

Reply:

a) None

b) (i) N/A

(ii) N/A

14 October 2019 - NW629

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?

Reply:

  1. Department of Social Development
 

(aa) cleaning

(bb) security

(cc) gardening services

Total amount

(aaa) 2017-18

R1,686,220.95

R4,008,972.62

0

R5,695,193.57

(bbb) 2018-19

R1,708,491.36

R3,560,031.15

0

R5,268,522.51

Total

R3,394,712.31

R7,569,003.77

0

R10,963,716.08

 

Period

Service Provider

Type of Service Rendered

(b) Amount Paid to each service provider

(c) Total amount paid to each service provider

2017-18

Khayalami Services

cleaning

R1,686,220.95

R2,994,692.15

2018-19

Khayalami Services

cleaning

R1,308,471.20

 

2018-19

Amoka Solutions

cleaning

R400,020.16

R400,020.16

2017-18

Sibongile Security Services

Security Services

R4,008,972.62

R4,008,972.62

2018-19

Mafoko Security Services

Security Services

R3,560,031.15

R3,560,031.15

  1. NDA
  1. (ii).What total amount has the National Development Agency an entity reporting to the Minister of Social spent on the following in 2017/18 and 2018/19:

(aa) Cleaning services

Nil

(bb) Security services

Nil

(cc) Gardening services

Nil

  1. What Amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service?

None

  1. What was the total amount paid to each of the service

providers?

None

  1. SASSA

(a), (ii), (aa), (bb), (cc), (aaa) and (bbb)

SASSA paid the following amounts on cleaning, security and gardening services in the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19 respectively

Audited AFS items

2017/18

2018/19

Cleaning

R86,348,723

R95,059,363

Security

R278,458,899

R278,492,220

Gardening services

R472,041

R544,727

Total

R365,279,663

R374,096,310

(b) and (c)

The amounts paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and the total amount was paid to each of the service providers were as follows:

 

CLEANING SERVICES PAYMENTS PER SUPPLIERS

Cleaning Services Suppliers

2017/18

2018/19

Total

Staza Cleaning Services

2,049,309.13

2,134,128.84

4,183,437.97

Kamatshika Services

5,104,244.46

7,256,968.02

12,361,212.48

Fholisani Projects CC

6,709,474.74

6,635,078.52

13,344,553.26

Masana Hygiene Services CC

5,293,956.86

8,256,250.64

13,550,207.50

Greystone Trading 389 CC T/A Pronto Kleen Cleaning Services

 

2,953,002.02

2,953,002.02

Kayser's Cleaning Services

12,280,525.91

13,113,170.21

25,393,696.12

Quintax Cleaning Services

 

10,027,281.81

10,027,281.81

Limpopo Supplements Traders

16,346,265.70

5,464,218.36

21,810,484.06

Ideal Lifestyle

6,883,216.53

6,466,925.89

13,350,142.42

Sbikokuhle Trading

666,753.96

 

666,753.96

Siphakahle Trading

351,133.34

 

351,133.34

Under-Rock Investment

322,992.00

 

322,992.00

Quickset Heel and Keybar

314,066.68

 

314,066.68

Sodiza Trading cc

727,332.00

847,050.00

1,574,382.00

Uzimatu J Events and Communication

2,468,720.00

4,665,500.00

7,134,220.00

Pronto Clean

 

2,953,002.02

2,953,002.02

S3 Architecture

459,804.00

 

459,804.00

Senior Quality Protection

29,100.00

 

29,100.00

Royal Serve

3,920,994.76

1,655,930.19

5,576,924.95

Social Dev WC

486,491.90

315,093.57

801,585.47

BSN Trading

1,251,920.00

472,000.00

1,723,920.00

Ha-Bene Trading Enterprise

501,300.00

 

501,300.00

LGM Logistics (PTY) LTD

929,268.00

307,032.00

1,236,300.00

Mathasani

265,899.84

 

265,899.84

Triadic projects (Pty) Ltd

454,080.00

283,631.92

737,711.92

Samilanga

789,400.00

513,110.00

1,302,510.00

Tempe Trading & Projects

234,021.92

 

234,021.92

Nozihle Cleaning services

621,637.32

 

621,637.32

Afrideco Enterprise

491,374.58

 

491,374.58

Magaba Investments

246,810.62

 

246,810.62

Lucob Cleaning

2,422,560.64

 

2,422,560.64

She Care

13,726,068.11

14,665,837.41

28,391,905.52

Sidakeni

 

1,008,000.00

1,008,000.00

LIGLA Events and Projects

 

599,973.60

599,973.60

KHALAFU

 

1,505,358.00

1,505,358.00

Elihl'Msomi Trading

 

1,276,499.98

1,276,499.98

Ha-BENE Trading Enterprise

 

307,320.00

307,320.00

Yellowdot

 

1,377,000.00

1,377,000.00

Total

86,348,723.00

95,059,363.00

181,408,086.00

GARDENING SERVICES PAYMENTS PER SUPPLIERS

Gardening Services

2017/18

2018/19

12Century Trading

6,500.00

 

2014 Joyce Trad

12,574.24

 

Amaqanya Trading Co.

2,000.00

 

Andy Com trading

4,800.00

 

Asehli Kule Ntaba Trading

7,900.00

 

Bathi Mahle

15,000.00

 

Blue Gum Group

10,000.00

 

Ciki 101 Holdings

21,000.00

 

Classy Acres PTY(ltd)

1,400.00

 

Cyve trading and projects

4,500.00

 

Donga dilika Genaral Trading

3,700.00

 

Endinako Kaphumaza Trading

10,500.00

 

Hlelo lamaqwathi

1,650.00

 

Llinge Lamakhuma General Trading

5,900.00

 

Lilo”s Trading

4,000.00

 

Luxizola Trading

2,000.00

 

Mhlabahlahla Projects

26,650.00

 

Nathi Sinakho trading Centre

27,670.84

 

Ncibane 2014

900.00

 

Neliphelanko Trading

10,500.00

 

Ngcabashe gardening and Cleaning serv

7,800.00

 

Pit Bav Solutions

8,500.00

 

Sango Civils

1,114.00

 

Shozi Dev Proj & Multi-Purpose Prim Coop

7,800.00

 

Sky Unique Trading

14,960.00

 

Solace Inv

11,500.00

 

T A Seun Trading

5,700.00

 

YY Construction and security Trading

1,500.00

 

Thombali (PTY) LTD

121,188.59

 

Vunalmlimi Farmers

112,833.33

 

3CW Trading

 

5,200.00

Aphumlile gen Trading

 

39,200.00

Bakhanyile Gen trading

 

22,500.00

Bells VMM Trad

 

30,000.00

Dalixhala Trad Ent

 

8,850.00

Dayimani Trad Ent

 

6,750.00

Dyalaza Trad Ent

 

7,200.00

Funmilayo Inv

 

9,000.00

Gadafi Const

 

2,550.00

Ha-Bene Trading Enterprise

 

108,075.82

Igqabi Security & Cleaning Serv

 

2,950.00

Mpumaphondo Proj

 

39,200.00

Nkhubha Inv

 

8,000.00

Noku Nobo Trad Ent

 

1,700.00

Olungaba Tradi

 

2,500.00

Pheluba Multi Serv

 

18,500.00

Plant The Seed

 

1,900.00

Prestige 7784

 

7,320.00

Saziso Contruct

 

450.00

Sbikokuhle Trading - KZN

 

5,200.00

Simgamlo Cons

 

6,000.00

Slona Trad

 

4,900.00

Som Trad Proj

 

3,500.00

Tio Cleaning & Gard Serv

 

10,000.00

Tulgo Trad CC

 

7,000.00

Ubabalo Lwenkosi Trad

 

9,960.00

Yausa Trad Ent

 

18,999.96

Zim Kwinana Multiservices

 

3,900.00

Zip zoro Trading

 

6,900.00

Gauteng Provincial Govern

 

64,030.67

4X Labours

 

1,695.36

Ashiwo

 

15,000.00

Sula Const

 

15,000.00

Nyankwayo

 

9,900.00

Zithonga zithatho Trad

 

5,349.99

Pest Control Technologies

 

35,545.20

Total Gardening services

472,041.00

544,727.00

14 October 2019 - NW372

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De Villiers, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) she and (ii) her deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

The Minister and Deputy Minister of Social Development attend a number of international meetings carrying out various obligations representing South Africa and the carrying pout the mandate of the department. These could be bilateral or multilateral in nature, i.e. at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional level; African Union/ continental level, at a BRICS or even United Nations Level amongst others.

These meetings do not all have pre-determined dates and the Ministry responds to these based on their strategic nature towards the fulfilment of the DSD mandate and carrying out the national agenda.

The purpose of each of these meeting s also differ with the associated themes but are aligned with the mandate of the Department. The Ministry adheres to stick financial behaviour in line with the National Treasury regulations and prescripts when determining the delegations to such meetings and is thus prudent on all related costs thereto.

14 October 2019 - NW662

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) Whether she intends to request that Parliament revives the Children’s Amendment Bill 2019 as gazetted on 25 February 2019; (2) Whether she has found that specific provisions of the proposed Bill will alleviate and/or remedy the foster care crisis identified in the order of the High Court that is to be effected by November 2019; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Why is her department overhauling the entire Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005, instead of just effecting the changes to remedy the foster care crisis as required by the High Court?

Reply:

(1) Yes, the Minister intends to request that Parliament revives the Children’s Amendment Bill 2019 as gazetted on 25 February 2019.

(2) The Minister strongly believes that provisions of the proposed Bill as outlined below will alleviate and/ or remedy the foster care crisis identified in the order of the High Court that is to be effected by November 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the Children’s Act No. 38 of 2005 by addressing weaknesses in the broader child care and protection system and the foster care system in particular. It also provides a basis for a comprehensive legal solution as ordered by the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria in November 2017, in the matter of The Centre for Child Law vs Minister of Social Development to deal with challenges relating to the provision and administration of foster care matters.

The clauses inserted in the Bill are informed by an analysis of the problem impacting on foster care that relate to human resources, financial resources and legislative provisions that provide a mechanism to manage the validity of foster care orders. The clauses will put the mechanisms and strengthen the critical points of the child care and protection system, diversifying the options to respond to various needs that children may present with.

These clauses will also benefit the foster care programme by providing various options to be accessed by children minimising the likelihood of some children being placed in foster care unnecessarily, ensuring that the constitutional right to inclusiveness is adhered to by the Bill. Furthermore, they ensure that mechanisms are put in place for strengthening the child protection system that will have a positive effect to the improvement of quality foster care services and putting mechanisms for the management of the duration of foster care orders in a sustainable manner.

Clause 25 seeks to amend section 45 of the Act by devolving guardianship matters for orphaned or abandoned children to children’s court. This clause strengthens accessibility for guardianship by extending the jurisdiction of guardianship matters to be dealt with by both the children’s court and the High Court. This will reduce the burden in the foster care case load as more children will be under the care of guardians.

Clause 57 amends section 105 to strengthen the quality assurance mechanism to improve the quality of child care and protection services. This clause will enhance the monitoring and quality assurance for the management of alternative care orders. By strengthening the quality assurance process, it is envisaged that foster care backlogs will be reduced and properly managed. Furthermore, this will ensure compliance with legislative provisions and also improve the quality of child care and protection services.

 

Clause 81 amends section 142 to enable the Minister to prescribe a system for quality child care and protection services. It empowers the Minister to put the mechanisms in place for strengthening and ensure the provision of quality child care and protection services including alternative care services.

Clause 89 amends section 156 to empower children’s courts to issue an order to place a child in the care of a parent or family member, if the court finds that that person is a suitable person to provide for the safety and well-being of the child. The administrative procedure for such placement will be outlined in regulations.

Clause 91 amends section 159 to provide a mechanism for the management of the validity of alternative care orders, which include foster care orders. This clause seeks to provide recourse for alternative care orders that lapse due to administrative shortfalls by empowering the courts to issue interim extension of alternative care orders that lapsed. This will ensure that children who were found to be in need of care and protection remain in alternative care while awaiting the full extension of the court order. Regulations will be drafted to outline the process and to ensure the accountability for the management of lapsing orders.

Clause 99 seeks to amend section 186 to make provision for monitoring long-term foster care placements. This clause empowers the children’s court to extend a foster care order for a period of more than two years with the purpose of creating stability in the child’s life. Furthermore, it empowers the court to issue an order for provision of supervision services if the court deems it necessary. This will address the challenges experienced where the courts were very reluctant to grant an order for more than two years without supervision. The clause therefore, empower the courts to monitor the court order issued for long-term foster care placements. Full utilisation of this section will reduce the burden in the system and address the challenges of lapsing orders.

(3) The Children’s Amendment Bill, 2019 seeks to address critical gaps and challenges in the underlying child care and protection system. Furthermore, it identifies several strategies to address these challenges efficiently and effectively. The Department took a broad and holistic approach towards the amendment of the Act and thus seeks through this Amendment Bill, to resolve other areas of defect in the Act.

The department started with the review process of the Act during 2011 and 2012 and subsequently drafted the comprehensive Children’s Amendment Bill in 2013. Policy matters that had legislative implications were halted whilst the Foster Care Ministerial Committee was undertaking an investigation, and the ECD, as well as the Child Care and Protection Policies were being drafted.

However, there were specific sections of the Act which were amended and the Minister Introduced the short-version Children’s Amendment Bill in Parliament. The Bill addressed court orders and urgent amendments that did not have policy or financial implications. The Bill was split and the process culminated in the Children’s Amendment Act, 2016 (Children’s Amendment Act No. 17 of 2016) and the Children’s Second Amendment Act, 2016 (Children’s Second Amendment Act No. 18 of 2016) which were promulgated on 26 January 2018.

The department has been in possession of the comprehensive Children’s Amendment Bill since 2013. Once the Foster Care Ministerial Committee finalised their investigation and the ECD as well as National Child Care and Protection Policy were finalised, the Minister deemed it necessary to proceed with the processing of the draft comprehensive Children’s Amendment Bill. The department cannot afford a piecemeal approach to amending the Children’s Act as there are other urgent amendments required to strengthen the child protection system.

01 October 2019 - NW570

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is her department’s plan to alleviate the problem of nongovernmental organisations that are closing due to non-payment of subsidies by her department?NW1567

Reply:

The Department of Social Development is primarily responsible for registration of all Non Profit Organizations in terms of NPO Act. The NPOs are registered to operate within a diverse range of sectors and are classified according to type of activities they are engaged in. Within the social development sector, entities need to comply with funding requirements in order to receive funding. The organizations that qualify for funding and are rendering services in line with the mandate of the Department are thus funded accordingly.

However, the sector experiences the ever present reality that funding is constrained. In order to address some of the challenges, the department reviewed its funding policy with the aim to guide the country’s response to the funding of NPOs; to facilitate transformation for the equitable distribution of services and resources; and to ensure effective and efficient service provision to the poor and vulnerable sectors of society.

It is hoped that in the long term, the policy will unlock provincial and national funds for more equitable funding of social services in all provinces. The policy further guides the department in terms of putting in place clear, predictable procedures that are transparent and fair, and above all to ensure that funding allocations are made on time.

01 October 2019 - NW569

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the recent statistics on the high level of drug abuse in society, what (a) is her department’s plans to deploy social workers to drug-ridden areas, (b) deviation programmes has her department put in place to combat substance abuse by the youth and (c) monitoring and evaluation tool is used by her department to assess the impact of the deviation programmes on substance abuse nationally?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Social Development (DSD) is currently rolling out Siyalulama Outreach Programme in provinces. The programme aims at providing people living in substance abuse hot spot areas with services. DSD implements this programme in partnership with other Government Departments and Community Based Organisations based on their availability and the issue being addressed. Professionals being employed in this programme includes Social Service Professionals, medical practitioners, law enforcement officials, educators, researchers, etc.

(b) DSD is also offering the following programmes to youth:

• Ke Moja Education and Awareness Programme which targets young people and children in and out of school. The programme seeks to create awareness and educate young people and children about the effects of drugs and other related substances. It provides them with skills to deal with substance abuse related challenges. The programme also informs youth about available government services and how to access them.

• The Institutions of Higher Learning Education and Awareness Programme targets students at institutions of higher learning particularly first year students. The aim of the programme is to create awareness and educate students about the effects of drugs and alcohol and also link them to services around their new social environment.

The Festive Season Education and Awareness Programme targets adults, youth, Children, women and other vulnerable groups. The purpose of the programme is to encourage children and youth in particular to have a drug and alcohol free festive season. This programme also seeks to protect children against neglect and accidents such as drowning during this period. The programme encourages parents to be more vigilant and protect their hard earned valuables and money during this time of the year.

(c) DSD together with the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation evaluated the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP) 2013-2017. The report was presented to Cabinet during March 2019. The study aimed at assessing the extent to which the NDMP has been implemented. The report was used during the review of the new NDMP. DSD together with the Medical Research Council are currently developing an electronic Service Quality Measurement (SQM). The paper based system has been developed and piloted. SQM will help the department to continuously measure the quality of treatment services in the Country. DSD also work with the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drugs (SACENDU) to produce statistical report on people who receive treatment services on a six monthly basis. DSD also contributes and receive a presentation on the Annual World Drug Report from the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. These reports helps to determine the trend of drug trafficking and use both locally and international.

01 October 2019 - NW571

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What total number of (a) enquiries have been recorded regarding offenders in the Child Protection Register in the past three years and (b) offenders are in the Child Protection Register; (2) whether she will furnish Mrs B S Masango with the provincial statistics of offenders as recorded in the Child Protection Register?

Reply:

1. (a) In the past three years (i.e. 2016/2017; 2017/2018 and 2018/2019) the total number of recorded enquiries on the Child Protection Register is 348 522;

1. (b) There is currently 1 475 recorded number of persons found unsuitable to work with children in the Child Protection Register;

2. Yes, I will gladly furnish the Honourable Masango with the provincial statistics of persons found unsuitable to work with children as recorded in the Child Protection Register.

 

01 October 2019 - NW572

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What does her department intend doing to show caregivers that they are officially acknowledged?

Reply:

1. The Department of Social Development acknowledges the role of Community Caregivers (CCGs) in the provision of comprehensive and quality social service within the home and community. The Department is developing a Policy Framework for Community Caregivers that aims to provide guidance towards the management of Community Caregivers as valued contributors to the broader delivery of comprehensive social development services.

The Policy Framework will provide a guidance for the recruitment and management of Community Caregivers; create an enabling environment by promoting fairness, transparency and recognition of Community Caregivers; clarify their roles, rights and responsibilities; and, strengthen partnerships between government, civil society and communities

2. The Department funds Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) that employ Community Caregivers to render services through the Home and Community Based Care programme (HCBC), which is one of the programmes participating in the Social Sector Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The programme focuses on creating work opportunities for Community Caregivers by ensuring that they receive monthly stipends, and receive accredited training that improves their skills and chances of getting permanent or productive jobs. Their stipends are based on the EPWP Ministerial Determination, which is reviewed on an annual basis.

3. The Department has developed the following three Skills Development Programmes for Community Caregivers:-

(i) Psychosocial Wellbeing Skills Development Programme which focuses on their psychosocial wellbeing.

(ii) Child Protection Skills Development Programme, to increase their understanding of child protection issues.

(iii) Supportive Supervision Skills Development Programme.

4. The Department, in collaboration with Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) and Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO) is developing a part qualification for Community Caregivers, i.e. developing a qualification on NQF level 2, with modules taken from NQF level 5, to accommodate those without qualifications. This initiative will chart a career path for CCGs as a cadre of the social service workforce through the formalisation of their training in order to improve the quality of services they provide in communities. Achieving formal recognition and career pathing for CCGs as a cadre of the service workforce will put them in good stead to access better opportunities in the job market.

01 October 2019 - NW666

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she has been informed of the current crisis affecting the Republic’s relations with the United States of America (USA) at the level of its Adoption Central Authorities, Congress and bilateral treaty partners, caused by a purported policy change by the Department of Home Affairs that prohibits adopted children leaving the Republic post-adoption; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) No, the Department of Social Development is not aware of the crisis extending to any other countries. (3) (a) Yes, the department’s policy position on adoption is aligned with The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption that the Republic has acceded as all intercountry adoptions adheres to the principles of the Hague Convention. (b) Yes, the department’s policy position on adoption is aligned with the bilateral work agreements that the SA Central Authority has concluded with the central authorities of several other countries. (c) Yes, the department’s policy position is aligned to the bilateral work agreements that child protection organisations in the Republic have entered into with international counterparts, with the endorsement of both governments; hence approval is made for the accredited child protection organisations to enter into working agreements with accredited foreign adoption agencies. (4) No, the Minister has not been informed that the effect of this so-called policy change physically separates families as this matter is still under discussion with her department’s central authority and the Department of Home Affairs.

Reply:

1. The Minister has not been informed about any crisis the Honourable member is referring to. However the Central Authority is always in contact and engaging in joint meetings with the Department of Home Affairs to address any adoption related matter at the level of the adoption central authority.

2. No, the Department of Social Development is not aware of the crisis extending to any other countries.

3. (a) Yes, the department’s policy position on adoption is aligned with The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption that the Republic has acceded as all intercountry adoptions adheres to the principles of the Hague Convention.

(b) Yes, the department’s policy position on adoption is aligned with the bilateral work agreements that the SA Central Authority has concluded with the central authorities of several other countries.

(c) Yes, the department’s policy position is aligned to the bilateral work agreements that child protection organisations in the Republic have entered into with international counterparts, with the endorsement of both governments; hence approval is made for the accredited child protection organisations to enter into working agreements with accredited foreign adoption agencies.

4. No, the Minister has not been informed that the effect of this so-called policy change physically separates families as this matter is still under discussion with her department’s central authority and the Department of Home Affairs.

01 October 2019 - NW805

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department has put any mechanisms in place to monitor that the norms and standards set out in the Regulations Regarding Older Persons, 2010, are adhered to; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) has she found that the norms and standards have been adhered to; (2) whether her department collects data on older persons to ensure that the Republic can benchmark itself against international data collected by the World Health Organisation, United Nations and other international organisations; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) when was the last set of data collated and (c) where can the data be accessed; (3) whether her department monitors the training of persons who care for older persons; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details, including the details of the training a person needs to complete to become a caregiver and (b) details of the institutions that offer the training; (4) whether her department monitors the facilities where caregivers work in the Republic; (5) what number of caregivers currently work in the Republic? NW1920E

Reply:

Yes, mechanisms have been put in place to monitor that the norms and standards set out in the Regulations are adhered to.

(1)(a) Regulation 11 (4) mandates that the Director-General, a Social Worker or a person designated by the Head of the Department (as per the delegations) must ensure that a registered residential facility is monitored and evaluated at least once annually as provided for in Section 22 of the Older Persons Act, 2006 (Older Persons Act No. 13 of 2006). The annual professional visit is aimed at ensuring continuous compliance with part 2 of the national norms and standards.

There are three levels of monitoring, viz.

District, Province and National levels.

In terms of Section 32 of the Older Persons Act No. 13 (2006), on Delegation of Powers, the Director-General has delegated the responsibility of monitoring as outlined in Section 15 and 22 of the Older Persons Act, to the Heads of Social Development (HODs) in Provinces.

The National Office of the Department, at varied times, randomly selects a few facilities to monitor compliance with the Older Persons Act, 2006, which is inclusive of unannounced visits.

(1)(b) It has been found that most of the residential facilities partially comply with the norms and standards. The findings are as follows:

(i) STRUCTURAL PRESCRIPTS

Most of the structures partially comply with the national norms and standards as they were built before the promulgation of the Older Persons Act, No 13 of 2006.

(ii) PROGRAMMES

Most of the facilities are compliant. However, there are gaps, especially in previously disadvantaged communities.

(2)(a) Data is collected annually or when there is a need in terms of the Older Persons Act, 2006. The Department also makes use of the data collected by Statistics South Africa and other research institutions such as the HSRC etc.

(2)(b) Data was collected in 2016/17 on the state of the services delivered to older persons in terms of the Older Persons Act, No 13 of 2006 since its implementation. The project was undertaken by the Department of Social Development in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. The research was titled “The Implementation Evaluation of the Older Persons Act, 13 of 2006” and is part of the National Evaluation Plan (NEP). This endeavour has enabled the collation of data relating to the implementation of the Act and thus elevated some critical issues on, i.e. the number of Older Persons accessing both Community Based Care and Support Services (CBCSS) and Residential Care Services, financial and human resource allocations, programmes for Older Persons implemented such as the protection of older persons, the Active Ageing Programme, Educational Programmes, Economic Programmes, Inter-generational Programmes etc.

Additionally, meetings were held with Statistics SA this year, (2019), with a view to update the existing data nationally.

(2)(c) The information is available in the Department of Social Development and at Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

(3)(a) The Department has developed an Accredited Training Manual for Standardisation of the Caregiver Training Programme. To this effect, the Department annually conducts training of caregivers in partnership with the appointed accredited service provider.

After the training has been conducted, the department provides mentoring of the trained caregivers in order to support the caregivers to ensure that they put theory into practice and also the completion of their practical Portfolios of Evidence.

(3)(b) Currently there is only one service provider (NICDAM) accredited by the Health and Welfare SITA.

(4) Yes. Monitoring is conducted to facilities rendering services to Older Persons, to assess compliance with regard to the national norms and standards.

(5) The Department does not have the total number of caregivers currently working in the Republic as they work in various sectors.

01 October 2019 - NW75

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number (a) of social workers were trained by her department in each of the past five years and (b) of those social workers were employed by her department?

Reply:

a) Total number of social workers trained by the department in each of the past five years is 21 932 as indicated in the table below.

Scholarship beneficiaries

Financial Year

Total

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

 

Trained

5 199

5 674

4 702

4 331

2 026

21 932

b) Total number employed by provincial departments of social development is 2 187 as indicated in the table below.

Scholarship beneficiaries

Financial Year

Total

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

 

Employed

509

279

393

712

294

2 187

03 September 2019 - NW350

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With regard to the announcement by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, that her department will receive R50 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account to strengthen civil society organisations working in the victim empowerment field, (a) which civil society organisations have been earmarked for the specified funding and (b) what amount in funding assistance will each specified organisation receive; (2) whether she intends to allocate any monetary amount towards the payment of social workers to ensure that no social worker working at a civil society organisation will earn less than the minimum wage?

Reply:

(1)(a) A call for proposals will be advertised for all Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Victim Empowerment Sector and those that are eligible will be considered. (b) the total amount of R40 million is allocated for transfers to CSOs which render services to victims of crime in all nine provinces. The specific allocation to individual organisation will be determined by the proposals submitted. Furthermore, R5 million is allocated for mentoring and coaching for emerging CSOs in order to build capacity of the small emerging CSOs in under resourced areas such as townships and rural areas and R5 million is for victim empowerment awareness campaign.

(2) The minimum wage of social workers within the COS’s space does not fall within the CARA funding mandate.

03 September 2019 - NW198

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) is the current total number of unemployed social work graduates nationally and (b) plans are in place to ensure that the social work graduates are employed without further delay?

Reply:

(a) The current number of unemployed social work graduates nationally is 7 583. This number is inclusive of graduates who were funded through the scholarship programme and those who paid their studies through varied other means.

(b) The department will utilize savings form the 2019 MTEF social work scholarshio training allocation to facilitate the appointment of 190 social work graduates by provincial department of social development. In addition, the department will, during the 2019/20 financial year finalise a strategy for the employment of social work graduates within the public and private sectors. This strategy will also be used to lobby the Department of Finance to allocate budget towards employment of social work graduates by various sector department.

12 August 2019 - NW244

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) (a) What are the reasons that the Kempton Park Child Welfare organisation closed down, (b) what number of cases was this welfare organisation dealing with and (c) who is now responsible for the cases; (2) (a) what number of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) closed during 2018, (b) what are their names, (c) where are they situated, (d) what are the reasons for the closure in each case and (e) what number of cases was each NGO dealing with at the time of their closure?

Reply:

1 (a) The reason for the closed down of Kempton Park Child Welfare was due to the non-payment of salaries for the period of November 2018 to January 2019. They received their salaries for January 2019 on the 2nd February 2019. A resolution was taken in the meeting held on the 15th February 2019 with the employees and the board of management to pay February and March 2019 salaries to cover for November and December 2018 salaries not paid. Due to the deficit that led to the unpaid salaries, it was agreed that there will be no salaries paid for 2 months (February and March 2019).

(b) Kempton Park Child Welfare has caseload of 308 cases, which is disaggregated as follows:

• Finalized Foster Care cases: 149

• Children placed in Child and Youth Care Centres: 40

• Lapsed foster care orders: 44

• New Foster care applications: 75

(c) During the strike, Ekurhuleni Social Development Kempton Park office was responsible temporarily for cases referred for social work intervention. Some of the social workers attached to Kempton Park Child Welfare attended to court cases while on strike. The staff/employees went back to work on the 21st February 2019 after they received salaries for November/December 2018 as per agreement.

2 (a) Eight (8) NGOs were closed during 2018.

(b) The name of organisations are as follows: (1) Tshitandani Child Care Foundation in Limpopo and (2) Cafda, (3) four Badisa offices (4) Child Welfare SA in Western Cape Province and (1) Child Welfare East London.

(c) Tshitandani Child Care Foundation is in Vhembe District in Limpopo Province; Cafda, the four Badisa Offices, Child Welfare SA are in the Western Cape Province (places affected is Riebeeck West and Lutzville areas in West Coast Region, Heidelberg and Ladysmith in Eden Karroo Region, Fisantekraal area in Metro North Region) and Child Welfare East London which is in East London.

(d) The reason for closure are voluntarily due to change of strategic focus and economic climate.

(e) 19 cases in Limpopo, between 200 and 4000 cases in Western Cape as informed by the province and 1418 cases in East London.

 

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12 August 2019 - NW196

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether, with regard to the low subsidies paid to non-profit organisations (NPOs) that provide vital services on behalf of the State, she intends to (a) prioritise and (b) review the funding model of NPOs, especially those that look after the interests of vulnerable women and children; (2) what plans will she and/or her department put in place to ensure that care workers and/or social workers do not earn less than the prescribed national minimum wage?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has embarked on the review of the sector funding policy and in the revised Policy, the Department has sought to align its policy to include a method of planning and prioritising developmental social services. A list of high priority prevention and early intervention focus areas will be developed within which the provinces must plan, budget and implement specific priority services. The prioritized list of social welfare services will be categorized according to their relative priority. The categorization and prioritization will ensure that services that are most important are ranked high and prioritized during the allocation of funds.

(b) As part of implementing the Funding Policy, the Department is testing the Sector Funding Policy in selected provinces with focus on services that address government’s core constitutional and statutory obligation to provide care and protection to children, older persons, and those who are most vulnerable. During the testing, process mapping will be conducted on the following services namely; child protection, services to older persons; gender-based violence and anti-substance abuse.

2. The Department conducted an audit of social sector employees within the funded NPOs in all nine Provinces earning below the national minimum wage. From this audit, a national database has been consolidated and submitted to National Treasury for analysis in order to determine the funding gap. The results of the data analysis will form part of a motivation on DSD budget submission that the department is preparing for submission to National Treasury for the 2020/2021 MTEF period.

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30 July 2019 - NW197

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the increase in the number of fraud cases reported by pensioners and recipients of the SA Social Security Agency grants in general, (a) what is the total number of cases that have been (i) reported and (ii) resolved in the past 12 months to date and (b) what amount has been recovered?

Reply:

(a)(i) As at 28 June, a total of 20 787 fraud cases had been registered with the South African Post Office

(ii) Of these, 12 432 social grant beneficiaries have been reimbursed for the losses they suffered, to the total value of R21 779 451, 47. None of the cases can be considered resolved, despite the beneficiaries having been reimbursed, as the criminal investigations are still underway.

(b) No amounts have been recovered, as this is dependent on the outcome of the criminal investigation.

 

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30 July 2019 - NW140

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the new instances of SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) card fraud which have been reported, what (a) is she and/or her department doing regarding reports that the elderly are being sent from pillar to post in order to lodge a single complaint without SASSA or the SA Post Office taking responsibility, (b) plan is in place to combat further corruption and stop fraudulent transactions from taking place on the SASSA cards of the grant recipients and (c) are the reasons for the delay in investigations that take up to six months before finalisation?

Reply:

(a) Any social grant beneficiary who experiences challenges with the receipt of the social grant should report to the nearest SASSA office or Post Office. The beneficiary will be required to complete a standardised affidavit, and submit this, together with a certified copy of both sides of the SASSA card in his/her possession, as well as a certified copy of his/her identity document to the officials. If these documents are submitted to SASSA, then they are submitted to the Post Office Fraud Unit. After a preliminary investigation, SAPO will refund the affected beneficiary with the amount lost. The full criminal investigation will continue and prosecutions will be made once all the facts are known.

The above processes have been made known to all of the local SASSA offices as well as the Post Office staff, in order to try an ensure that beneficiaries are not sent from pillar to post in trying to have these matters resolved.

(b) Both SASSA and SAPO are constantly endeavouring to improve the system controls, to prevent the continuation of this fraud. Issues which are being addressed by SASSA include:

  • Roll out of biometric registration for all users who access the Socpen system, which is used to register new beneficiaries and generate payments. This biometric information will then be required to access the system, ensuring that there is non-repudiation for all transactions processed on the system.
  • Implementation of a verification process for all changes to the method of payment elected by the beneficiary. This will mean that the change will not be implemented until verified by a second official, but that the initial method of payment will continue to remain in force until the change is verified, so as not to disrupt payments.
  • Implementation of a daily bank verification where the details of the beneficiary (name, surname and identity number) is confirmed by the banks as matching those of the bank account into which the social grant is paid prior to payment extraction. Any records where the information does not match, apart from the payments to beneficiaries who receive payments through registered institutions, will not be extracted until such time as the record has been corrected. This will prevent payment into a bank account which does not belong to the beneficiary.
  • Establishment of a working team, together with South African Reserve Bank, Bankserve, Banking Association of South Africa and South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) to identify trends and weaknesses in the administrative processes, which will inform additional measures which should be implemented.

SAPO has implemented an automated card management system, which enables them to track each and every SASSA card, from point of receipt at their Head Office, to issuing to individual beneficiaries. This will enable the immediate blocking of any lost or stolen cards so that these cannot be issued to unsuspecting beneficiaries.

(c) As a result of the extensive delays in the investigations, SAPO has agreed to refund beneficiaries within 14 days of the fraud having been reported and the relevant documents as outlined in point (a) above having been submitted. The criminal investigation will continue, but should not impact negatively on the beneficiary.

The delays in dealing with the initial number of cases reported was a result of the need to establish processes and ensure accountability for dealing with these matters, which were not foreseen when the service was initially implemented. The backlog is currently being worked down, so that the time frame of 14 days for reimbursement, as agreed to, will be met.

 

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18 July 2019 - NW19

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What number of forensic social workers are currently employed by her department in each province, (b) where are the forensic social workers based, (c) which (i) official and (ii) other languages are the forensic social workers proficient in and (d) what is the average case load that each forensic social worker has to deal with in each month?

Reply:

a) The Department of Social Development does not employ Forensic social workers, however appoints probation officers and Assistant Probation officers in terms of Probation Services Act, no,116 of 1991 and operate within the criminal justice system to provide probation services and also within child justice system in terms of Child Justice Act no,75 of 2008

b) In South Africa forensic social work is a specialist area in social work, which implies that these social workers have additional registration to the generic social work registration as regulated by the South African Council of Social Service professions. Forensic Social Workers are currently employed by the South African Police Services and linked to detective units and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in the family advocate offices to conduct forensic services in probation and divorce cases.

18 July 2019 - NW43

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What number of rehabilitation centres are run by the State in each province and (b) what is the capacity of each centre?

Reply:

There are 13 rehabilitation centres that are run by the state in 9 provinces.

Province

Name of centre

Bed capacity

Status

Gauteng

Dr Fabian and Florence treatment centre

300

Operational

Northern Cape

Northern Cape substance abuse treatment centre

40

Operational

North West

J.B. Marks treatment centre

40

Operational

 

Taung treatment centre

20

In the process of being operationalised

Western Cape

Kensington treatment centre

30

Operational

 

De Novo treatment centre

120

Operational

Eastern Cape

Ernest Malgas treatment centre

38

Operational

Mpumalanga

Swartfontein treatment centre

50

Operational

 

Nkangala treatment centre

50

In the process of being operationalised

Limpopo

Seshego treatment centre

72

Operational

Free State

Botshabelo treatment centre

40

Under construction

Kwa Zulu- Natal

Madadeni treatment centre

44

Operational

 

New lands treatment centre

100

Operational

26 March 2019 - NW512

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minlstar of Social Development

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

Reply:

(i) (ii) (iii)

(a) (i) 2 Buildings.

(ii) Leases 2 properties.

(iii) (aa) None.

(bb) 2.

(b) None.

(ii) To accommodate National Department of Social Development and the Social Security Branch at Harlequins Office Park.

(c)(i) The National Department of Social Development has lsased office accommodation since 2001.

Social Security Branch at Harlequins Office Park has leased office accommodation since 2000.

(ii) The National Department of Social Development has leased office accommodation f‹om the Human Science Reach Council (HSRC).

Social Security Branch at Harlequin6 Office Park has leased office accommodation from Delta Properties.

(iii) The National Department of Social Development has leased office accommodation from the Human Science Reach Council (HSRC) for

R2 284 518.83.

Social Security Branch at Harlequins Office Park has leased office accommodation from Delta Properties for R574 589.37

 

 

20 March 2019 - NW362

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What are the reasons that the Kempton Park Child Welfare organization closed down, (b) what number of cases was the specified organization dealing with and (c) who is responsible for the cases following the closure of the organization; (2) (a) what number of child welfare nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) closed down during 2018, (b) what is the name of each NGO that closed down, (c) where was each NGO situated, (d) what are the reasons for the closure in each case and (e) what number of cases was each NGO dealing with at the time of its closure?

Reply:

1. (a) The reason for the closed down of Kempton Park Child Welfare was due to the non-payment of salaries for the period of November 2018 to January 2019. They received their salaries for January 2019 on the 2nd February 2019. A resolution was taken in the meeting held on the 15th February 2019 with the employees and the board of management to pay February and March 2019 salaries to cover for November and December 2018 salaries not paid. Due to the deficit that led to the unpaid salaries, it was agreed that there will be no salaries paid for 2 months (February and March 2019).

(b) Kempton Park Child Welfare has caseload of 308 cases, which is disaggregated as follows:

  • Finalized Foster Care cases :149
  • Children placed in Child and Youth Care Centres: 40
  • Lapsed foster care orders: 44
  • New Foster care applications: 75

(c) During the strike, Ekurhuleni Social Development Kempton Park office was responsible temporarily for cases referred for social work intervention. Some of the social workers attached to Kempton Park Child Welfare attended to court cases while on strike. The staff/employees went back to work on the 21st February 2019 after they received salaries for November/December 2018 as per agreement.

2. (a) Eight (8) NGOs were closed during 2018.

(b) The name of organisations are as follows: (1) Tshitandani Child Care Foundation in Limpopo and (2) Cafda, (3) four Badisa offices (4) Child Welfare SA in Western Cape Province and (1) Child Welfare East London.

(c) Tshitandani Child Care Foundation is in Vhembe District in Limpopo Province; Cafda, the four Badisa Offices, Child Welfare SA are in the Western Cape Province (places affected is Riebeeck West and Lutzville areas in West Coast Region, Heidelberg and Ladysmith in Eden Karroo Region, Fisantekraal area in Metro North Region) and Child Welfare East London which is in East London.

(d) The reason for closure are voluntarily due to change of strategic focus and economic climate.

(e) 19 cases in Limpopo, between 200 and 4000 cases in Western Cape as informed by the province and 1418 cases in East London.

 

 

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20 March 2019 - NW754

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has conducted any studies in the Brazilian Bolsa Familia system; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what lessons have been learnt that could possibly be applied to the country’s social grant system?

Reply:

Yes.

The Department conducted an exploration study in 2012 on the feasibility of implementing a family grant instead of the existing social assistance system. The study reviewed existing family grants in both developed and developing nations and further evaluated the resulting costs, benefits, and operational implications. The study zoomed into the lessons of international experience that inform good practice that included the Brazilian Bolsa Familia Programme.

The study demonstrated that the design of a family grant as a replacement programme will pose significant constitutional, legislative and implementation complexities. The Constitution (section 27 in particular) is individual-based rather than household-based. Given the complex issues raised in the report and the cost of implementing an additional grant, a decision was taken not to consider the option.

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20 March 2019 - NW716

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and/or the former minister and (ii) her deputy and/or the former deputy minister (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(aa)(aaa) 2016/17

(i) her and/or the former minister

(ii) her deputy and/or the former deputy minister

(a) BMW

(a) Jeep Grand Cheroke

(b) 740i

(b) 6.4 SRT

(c) R 1 302 525.00

(c) R1 161 687.00

(d) 25/09/2016

(d) 29/07/2016

aa)(bbb) 2017/18

(i) her and/or the former minister

(ii) her deputy and/or the former deputy minister

(a) None

(a) None

(b) None

(b) None

(c) None

(c) None

(d) None

(d) None

aa)(bb) since April 2018

(i) her and/or the former minister

(ii) her deputy and/or the former deputy minister

(a) BMW

(a) BMW

(b) 740i

(b) 541i

(c) R1 308 861.00

(c) R778 508.61

(d) 28/04/2018

(d) 11/08/2018

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20 March 2019 - NW637

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What number of social grant recipients were added as grant recipients in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and (iii) 2018 and (b) to what type of grant was each recipient added?

Reply:

(a) (i) (ii) ( iii) and (b)The number of new grants added, per grant type, per financial year is indicated in the following table:

Grant Type

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Care Dependency Grant

17 159

17 453

17 528

15 692

Child Support Grant

907 747

838 749

866 718

818 007

Disability Grant

171 935

171 886

190 361

188 793

Foster Care Grant

47 863

45 778

43 749

38 055

Grant-In-Aid

41 953

45 794

48 090

48 396

Old Age Grant

227 360

237 384

242 908

243 069

War Veterans Grant

2

2

 

 

 

1 414 019

1 357 048

1 409 354

1 352 012

N.B: The above table is based on the number of newly approved social grant applications per financial year. The 2018/19 figures are for the months of April 2018 to February 2019, as the March 2019 figures are not yet available.

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20 March 2019 - NW498

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether, in follow up to the reply to question 3906 of 2018 on 15 January 2019 and with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, entities reporting to her implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council resolution that all (a) persons employed in the Public Service as Assistant Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 9 to level 10, and (b) Deputy Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 11 to level 12; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

SASSA RESPONSE:

Yes, SASSA implemented Resolution 1 of 2012 for part (a) and (b) of the question. However, DPSA issued Circular 4 of 2014 directing departments to implement Resolution 1 0f 2012 in a phases approach. Phase 1 was implemented in full, however, a number of implementation challenges were encountered regarding phase 2. These challenges resulted labour disputes, which landed at the CCMA and the Labour Court in Cape Town. The matter is set down in the Labour Court in Cape Town for 14 to 15 March 2019. SASSA will be guided by the decision of the Court in implementing the resolution further.

NDA RESPONSE:

(a) The NDA does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council. Therefore, that Council Resolution did not apply to NDA and accordingly was not implemented.

(b) Same answer as in (a) above.

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20 March 2019 - NW415

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether any action has been taken, be it departmentally and/or criminally, against a certain person (name and details furnished) following a forensic report that found that the specified person had received monetary kickbacks in respect of tenders that were awarded; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

  • The forensic investigation was conducted by Provincial Treasury on behalf of the Department of Social Development, KZN.
  • The report from Provincial Treasury indicates the following: -
  • The reports were completed and issued in October 2012 by that time Mr Dlomo had left the Department of Social Development and was employed at the National Intelligence Agency. The recommendation by Provincial Treasury was that the allegations and findings be forwarded to National Intelligence Agency for their consideration and action.
  • Regarding the criminal action, the case was registered against Mr Dlomo under Umbilo, case number 217/09/2010. The Investigating Officer is on record as being Captain Themba Sibiya. Following the Departments request for information, Provincial Treasury contacted Captain Sibiya who informed them that the case was still pending.
  • The Provincial Treasury then requested a written response as to the reason why the case was still pending. Captain Sibiya had agreed to provide the response but it has not been received as yet.
  • Furthermore, the former Minister of intelligence, Dr S. Cwele was officially informed about the outcome of the investigation and accordingly advised to implement the necessary action. To date the MEC for Finance or that of the Social Development did not receive any response from the Minister.

 

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20 March 2019 - NW330

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the (a) total number of social grant recipients and (b) type of grant received in each province as at 1 February 2019?

Reply:

a) The total number of grants recipients as at 1 February 2019 is 17 791 179

b) Type of grant received in each province as at 1 February 2019 is a follows:

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25 February 2019 - NW144

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

(a)(i) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(a)(ii) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(b)(i) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(b)(ii) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(c) Refer to Annual Reports for 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

(d) Refer to Annual Reports for 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18 financial years.

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25 February 2019 - NW78

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) How long did the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) use the Evaton multi-purpose hall to pay out social grants, (b) what amount did SASSA spend in rentals during this period and (c) to whom were the rental amounts paid?

Reply:

a) The South African Social Security Agency has commenced with the utilisation of Evaton Multi-purpose hall to pay out social grants from February 2012 to December 2014 which is 35 months, from 2015 the agency moved to a different pay-point

b) SASSA spent an amount of R48 000.00 of which an additional amount of R9 600.00 was reimbursed to CPS in rentals during this period, since there was contract between SASSA and CPS for handing over of contractual payment of pay-points by SASSA.

c) The rental amounts were paid to Evaton Multi-Purpose Centre.

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25 February 2019 - NW269

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

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

Reply:

Question

DSD

NDA

SASSA

(a)

3

24

26

       

(b)

3

6

20

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25 February 2019 - NW160

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether any persons have been held accountable and responsible for the SA Social Security Agency’s 2012 illegal and unconstitutional awarding of a contract to Cash Paymaster Services in respect of the outsourcing of the payment of social grants; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

No person has been held accountable and responsible for the SASSA’s 2012 awarding of a contract to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in respect of the payment of social grants. This contract was subsequently found to be constitutionally invalid after the successful challenge of the award to CPS during January 2012. However the declaration of invalidity was suspended three (3) times, i.e first from the judgement of the Constitutional Court during November 2013, the second was during April 2017 when the contract was also extended and the third and last suspension of invalidity was during March 2018 to allow the phasing in of the South African Post Office (SAPO) as the entity to pay social grants.

SASSA’s focus was on attending to the court processes; complying with the orders of the Constitutional Court and facilitating the taking over of the payments of social grants by SAPO, and thus ensuring no interruption or minimal interruption of access to social grants by beneficiaries.

Since 2012 to date, there has been five accounting officers responsible for SASSA, with two on a permanent basis and the rest on acting positions. This not only caused instability at administrative leadership level, but made those in acting positions to prioritise the payment of social grants amongst other issues. Now that there is some degree of stability regarding the payment of social grants, SASSA is now in a position to attend to the outstanding residual issues. These include reviewing the award to CPS and determining if further investigation is necessary because prior to holding any person accountable and responsible for any conduct there must first be an investigation.

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28 November 2018 - NW3526

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 2117 on 26 July 2018, what number of children aged 0-2 years are attending early childhood centres?

Reply:

preparatory

   
           

Province

Preschool/Nursery school/Grade 00 or 000

Crèche/Educare centre

Day mother/Gogo

Other

Total

Western Cape

12 009

49 988

25 524

2 782

90 303

Eastern Cape

24 704

38 173

23 374

*

86251

Northern Cape

1 681

7 564

5 068

*

14 313

Free State

6 141

29 583

9 653

5 465

50 842

Kwa-Zulu Natal

20 035

75 956

12 451

3 992

112 434

North West

8 788

27 172

*

*

35 960

Gauteng

49 219

170 028

73 087

12 469

304 803

Mpumalanga

11 953

34 642

15 678

*

62 273

Limpopo

2 771

67 716

41 441

*

111 928

RSA

137 301

500 822

206 276

24 708

869 107

 
   

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Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

19 November 2018 - NW3721

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

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

Reply:

a) NA

b) NA

i) NA

ii) NA

(aa) NA

(bb) NA

iii) NA

iv) NA

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Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

19 November 2018 - NW3295

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether certain persons (names and details furnished) receive pensions; if not, why not; (2) whether the specified persons ever applied for pension; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, was each specified person’s application ever processed?

Reply:

The table below indicates the status for each of the supplied identity numbers:

Name

ID Number

Status

BG Felem

471013 0518 087

Applied for grant for older persons in 2013, but this was not approved, because of the application of the means test

HM Fillis

480129 0073 086

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2010

AD Frost

531024 0022 085

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

NA Gcilitshana

461221 0519 086

In receipt of a grant for older persons at a reduced amount because of the application of the means test since 2016

LA Goncongo

381029 0265 080

In receipt of grant for older persons at a reduced amount since 2013

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Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

19 November 2018 - NW3298

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Mathys, Ms L to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) Whether certain persons (names and details furnished) receive pensions; if not, why not; (2) whether the specified persons ever applied for pension; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, was each specified person’s application ever processed?

Reply:

The table below indicates the status for each of the supplied identity numbers:

Name

ID Number

Status

BG Lubazana

471013 0518 087

Applied for grant for older persons in 2018, but application refused because of application of means test

NB Mafulo

530105 5760 083

In receipt of grant for older persons at reduced amount because of application of means test since 2018

Makamba

530608 0785 088

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

NE Makapela

480812 0773 082

In receipt of grant for older persons at a reduced amount because of the application of the means test since 2011

VP Malgas

500616 0494 086

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

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Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….