Questions and Replies

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.

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.

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 - 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

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.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - 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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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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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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19 November 2018 - NW3200

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Matiase, Mr NS 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

N C Matshoba

420619 0310 085

In receipt of both grant for older persons and grant in aid since 2013

R C Windvogel

610226 0121 084

No record of any application having been received or processed

NE Maye

441012 0438 087

Application made in 2015. Refused because of application of means test

N M Mayinje

480617 0651 083

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2012. Grant paid at reduced amount because of means test application

B L Mbele

471023 0552 085

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2010

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19 November 2018 - NW3202

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE 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

KE Mooi

350329 0164 086

In receipt of both grant for older persons since 2001, with grant in aid added in 2014

MD Mphala

511120 5483 084

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2016

NG Mtshemela

480928 0604 083

Applied for grant for older persons in 2016. Refused because of application of means test

N E Ncapayi

420402 0436 089

In receipt of grant for older persons at a reduced amount because of the means test application and grant in aid since 2011. Prior to that was in receipt of disability grant since 2003. Grant lapsed in 2017, as beneficiary passed away.

GN Mali

380707 0131 086

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2001

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19 November 2018 - NW3248

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Social Development

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

Reply:

Not applicable

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19 November 2018 - NW3271

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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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19 November 2018 - NW3293

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Moteka, Mr PG 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

HG Africa

630823 0200 082

In receipt of child support grant since 2007. Second child added in 2012. In receipt of a disability grant since 2009.

DL Arendse

460107 0130 084

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

NE Badi

381201 0266 083

Applied for grant for older persons in 1999, which was paid until 2004, when it was cancelled on review because of application of means test

HN Bafo

470205 0617 080

Applied for grant for older persons in 2017 which was refused because of application of means test

NP Bungane

481101 0565 089

No record of any application being received by SASSA

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19 November 2018 - NW3294

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Yako, Ms Y 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

NA Buwa

441128 0453 080

In receipt of grant for older persons at a reduced amount since 2012

DE Bruin

650325 0224 083

Was in receipt of a child support grant from 2006 until 2013, when it lapsed as it had not been collected for 3 consecutive months

NF Doro

411130 0230 084

In receipt of grant for older persons at reduced amount since 2017. Reduction in amount is as a result of application of means test

NV Duba

480417 0552 088

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2011

NC Dunga

560119 0158 089

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

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19 November 2018 - NW3299

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Paulsen, Mr N M 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

BE Malusi

391019 0262 086

No record of any application having been lodged with SASSA

P Maneli

481229 0646 088

No record of any application having been lodged with SASSA

E Mapoe

570719 0175 080

No record of any application having been lodged with SASSA

R N Masekwana

450923 0545 085

Application for grant for older persons applied for in 2017 but refused as a result of the application of the means test

TV Matchikwe

370122 0218 085

No record of any application having been lodged with SASSA

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19 November 2018 - NW3297

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV 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

MT Kenane

480605 5652 081

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2009

RE Klaasen

490205 0568 081

Applied for grant for older persons in 2013, but application refused because of application of means test

PN Landu

451125 0544 087

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

AE Lee

500919 0209 086

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2011

MV Limapi

461213 0537 085

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

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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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19 November 2018 - NW3296

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Khawula, Ms MS 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

NL Gubeva

470928 0625 080

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2016

SD Gunya

430928 0401 085

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

LE Hoko

490706 5301 089

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2011, with grant in aid added in 2014

S Jones

600309 0110 089

No record of any application having been received by SASSA

NI Kave

430512 0338 081

Application for grant for older persons done in 2016 but rejected because of application of the means test

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19 November 2018 - NW3300

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Matiase, Mr NS 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

N C Matshoba

420619 0310 085

In receipt of both grant for older persons and grant in aid since 2013

R C Windvogel

610226 0121 084

No record of any application having been received or processed

NE Maye

441012 0438 087

Application made in 2015. Refused because of application of means test

N M Mayinje

480617 0651 083

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2012. Grant paid at reduced amount because of means test application

B L Mbele

471023 0552 085

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2010

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19 November 2018 - NW3302

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE 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

KE Mooi

350329 0164 086

In receipt of both grant for older persons since 2001, with grant in aid added in 2014

MD Mphala

511120 5483 084

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2016

NG Mtshemela

480928 0604 083

Applied for grant for older persons in 2016. Refused because of application of means test

N E Ncapayi

420402 0436 089

In receipt of grant for older persons at a reduced amount because of the means test application and grant in aid since 2011. Prior to that was in receipt of disability grant since 2003. Grant lapsed in 2017, as beneficiary passed away.

GN Mali

380707 0131 086

In receipt of grant for older persons since 2001

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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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08 October 2018 - NW2731

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What criteria does her department use to determine whether a non-profit organisation should receive funding or not?

Reply:

My Department uses the NPO funding policy and guidelines to determine whether a Non-profit organisation should receive funding or not.

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04 October 2018 - NW2736

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the relevant details of the programmes that her department and the entities reporting to her currently have in place to support persons with disabilities and autism?

Reply:

Please refer to Annual Performance Plans 2018/19 of the Department of Social Development, National Development Agency and South African Social Security Agency as tabled in March 2018.

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04 October 2018 - NW2612

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

(a) What is the total number of graduates who were trained as social workers at the expense of the Government and (b) of the specified number of graduates, what is the total number of social workers who are still unemployed?

Reply:

a) The total number of social work graduates trained through the scholarship programme is 10 760.

b) Total number of graduates who are still unemployed is 4 192.

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04 October 2018 - NW2732

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the names of the persons who serve in her department’s Review Committee for Non-profit Organisations?

Reply:

N/A

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04 October 2018 - NW2730

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) is the total number of non-profit organisations that are funded by her department, particularly for people with disability and autism and (b) amount was allocated to each organisation in the 2017-18 financial year?

Reply:

a) The total number of non-profit organizations funded by the National Department of Social Development (NDSD) during the 2017-18 financial year are twenty-two (22) in number , and four (4) non - organisations are funded to deal with people with disabilities whilst only one (1) non - organisation is funded for autism.

b) The amounts allocated to each organization for 2017-18 financial year, particularly for services to people with disabilities and Autism are as follows:

No.

Name of organisation

2017/2018

1.

Autism South Africa (ASA)

R1 723 000

2.

Albinism Society of SA

(ASSA)

R 740 000

3.

South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH)

R1 000 000

4. 

DeafBlind South Africa (DBSA)

R 700 000

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04 October 2018 - NW2632

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department is taking any steps against former Acting Chief Executive Officer of the SA Social Security Agency, Ms Pearl Bhengu, following the recent findings of the Constitutional Court; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has not and does not intend taking any steps against former Acting Chief Executive Officer of the South African Social Security Agency, Ms Pearl Bhengu.

The Department cannot establish, from the findings of the Constitutional Court, any element upon which the Department can take any step against the former Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Pearl Bhengu.

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04 October 2018 - NW2735

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Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Has her department at any point engaged the Moonlight Foundation for Autism; if so, (2) whether any undertakings were agreed to and/or promises made at the specified engagements; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The department of social development funds non-profit organisations in line with the policy on financial management act (PFMA). Annually the department through advertisements, calls for non-profit organisations to submit applications in form of a business proposal for funding. MOOFA submitted an application for funding for the 2016/17 financial year. As an emerging organisation, the department funded them to the amount of R800 000 for the 2016/17 financial year in line with their business proposal.

2. In accordance with the Policy on financial award, the department requests for periodical progress reports, financial statements, supporting documentations and proof of evidence. Site visits are also conducted periodically to assess progress and achievements in line with the business proposal. The monitoring and evaluation was conducted as done with all funded organisations. Subsequently MOOFA applied for the 2017/18 financial year. However due to non-compliance (Outstanding documents were not furnished VIZ: expenditure and financial statements). They were not considered for funding for the 2017/18 financial year. MOOFA was advised that due to non-compliance, the application for the 2017/18 financial year was unsuccessful. The department was awaiting outstanding documents to reconcile their reports from MOOFA.

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12 September 2018 - NW2509

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Social Development

Why (a) is her department failing to pay non-profit organisations on time and (b) has her department’s funding to non-profit organisations been reduced while her department underspent on its budget in the first quarter of the current financial year?

Reply:

a) In the 2018/19 financial year National Department has introduced a new approach for funding NPOs over a period of three (3) years. A call for proposals for multi-year funding (2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21) was issued by the National Department of Social Development in order to solicit services of suitable NPOs to assist the Department in the implementation of various programmes in line with the core mandate of the Department.

This new approach resulted in delays as funding templates and internal processes had to be amended to accommodate the three year funding approach. This approach is expected to result in improved timing in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years and payments will be made on existing contracts and the processes for call for proposals, shortlisting, contracting will not be repeated.

In addition, delays in transfers to NPOs was due to the National Treasury Circular 21 on classification of expenditure as either transfer payments, goods and services or capital assets, the Department has to review its transfer payments budget as some of the planned transactions with NPOs should be classified as goods and services rather than transfer payments. This may result in shifting of funds from Transfer Payments to Goods and services. The Department is still in discussions with National Treasury for the way forward to resolve these challenges.

However, the delays in the transfers for HIV/AIDS organisations amounting to R62, 560 million has been proposed to be shifted to goods and services. The process is underway for National Treasury to effect such changes.

b) The Department’s transfer payment budget has not been reduced. The budget has increased from R132, 614 million in the 2017/18 financial year to R154,191 million in the 2018/19 financial year.

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12 September 2018 - NW2576

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case? NW2866E

Reply:

(1)(a)(i)(aa) The total number of deputy directors-general employed in an acting capacity is one (1).

(1)(a)(ii)(aa) There are no chief directors appointed in an acting capacity.

(1)(a)(i)(bb) The total number of deputy directors-general employed in a permanent capacity is six (6).

(1)(a)(ii)(bb) The total number of chief directors employed in a permanent capacity is twenty-six (26).

(1)(b) The total number women employed in a permanent capacity as deputy directors-general is three (3) and as chief directors fourteen (14).

REPLY: NDA

(2)(a)(i) The total number of chief executive officers in NDA is one (1)

(2)(a)(ii) The total number of Directors is ten (10)

(2)(b) Chief Executive officer is One (1)

Directors who are women is seven (7)

REPLY: SASSA

(2)(a)(i) The total number of chief executive officers is one (1)

(2)(a)(ii) Not applicable

(2)(b) Chief Executive Officers is zero (0)

Not applicable (0)

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12 September 2018 - NW2482

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

(1)With reference to the appointment of the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), what number of candidates were shortlisted for the position of COO at Sassa; (2) will she provide a (a) comprehensive report on the appointment procedure and processes followed and (b) a list of names and details of the scoring panel members who participated in the appointment of the new COO of Sassa; (3) if no panel existed, did she seek advice before making the appointment; (4) what rule in the Ministerial Handbook did she use to appoint her advisor to act as COO at Sassa, if no proper recruitment processes were followed; (5) whether she has been informed of any wrongdoing by the current COO of SASSA in previous positions in Government; if not, why not, if so, what are the further relevant details? NW2633E

Reply:

Not applicable

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03 September 2018 - NW2390

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

(1)Whether she has procured any new (a) furniture and (b) cutlery for her office or any offices of her department since her appointment as Minister of Social Development on 26 February 2018; if so, (i) what was wrong with the furniture and cutlery that was in the office before her appointment and (ii) what amount was spent to procure the respective items in each case; (2) will she provide Ms L L van der Merwe with a detailed report of the items and their respective costs; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether all purchases were made in compliance with National Treasury regulations; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) No furniture was procured for the Minister of Social Development.

(b) Crockery and cutlery were procured for the Minister’s official meetings and the hosting of VIP guests.

(i) There was no crockery and cutlery in those offices since it was long time it has not been purchased.

(ii) No furniture was procured;

(2) Crockery and cutlery amount was procured for R116, 528.56.

(3) Crockery and cutlery were purchased in compliance with National Treasury regulations.

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03 September 2018 - NW2469

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the total number of social grant recipients who received their grants after the scheduled date in (a) June, (b) July and (c) August 2018?

Reply:

No social grant recipients received their social grants after the scheduled date in the months indicated. It should be noted that social grants are available from the first of each month, and are available for collections during that month. Apart from the beneficiaries who collect their social grants in cash at designated pay points, no beneficiary has a specific date on which to collect the social grant. Therefore, as long as the grant is collected in the month in which it is due, there is no delayed payment.

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03 September 2018 - NW2391

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

(1)What (a) are the names, (b) is the total number and (c) is the purpose of workshops hosted by her department since her appointment on 26 February 2018; (2) What are the names and other relevant details of companies and service providers that were used for the purpose of hosting each specified workshop; (3) Whether she is related to any of the company owners and/or service providers that were used to host the workshops; if so, what are the relevant details? (4) Did her department request financial support from the National Treasury to host the workshops; if not, why not, if so, what was the response of the National Treasury; (5) Were all the workshops hosted by her department in compliance with National Treasury instructions and regulations, as well as applicable policies of the Supply Chain Management and Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999?

Reply:

All not applicable

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03 September 2018 - NW2398

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether she has found that there are currently any delays in respect of new SA Social Security registrations and the processing of new applications to the system; if so, (a) what are the reasons, (b) what are the details and (c) by which date does she expect the situation to be normalised; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. There have been some delays experienced by new applicants for social grants in being able to lodge applications, particularly in the Gauteng province.

A) This has been largely as a result of a labour dispute related to the function of biometric enrolment, which is a function SASSA has insourced, as part of the application process.

B) With the revision of grants administration processes, SASSA indicated its intention to take the biometrics of every applicant. Prior to the contract entered into with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), SASSA took fingerprints manually from every new applicant. With the new payment contract, it was decided to discontinue the taking of fingerprints, as CPS was doing this, to enable payments, and SASSA could use the fingerprints taken by the contractor for purposes of ensuring the integrity of the database, by eliminating duplications. Having both SASSA and CPS take fingerprints was seen as a duplication of effort.

With the contract with CPS having come to an end, SASSA is again required to take fingerprints, as the value of biometric data in eliminating duplicate payments and fraud has been extensively proven. A dispute has arisen with staff who feel this is not their responsibility, despite this having been done prior to the contract. This has impacted on the ability of some SASSA offices to process new applications.

C) The matter is being addressed with organised labour. In addition, an interim process has been developed to ensure that new applications can be processed, even while the matter is being addressed.

2. A full statement will be made once the matter has been resolved.

 

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03 September 2018 - NW2380

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has put any measures in place to ensure that there will be no problems in the issuing of grants going forward, which may result in beneficiaries not receiving their grants; if not, what are the implications thereof on the welfare of grant beneficiaries; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

SASSA is engaged in a transition project, to move the responsibility for the payment of social grants from Cash paymaster Services to the South African Post Office. This project is being managed according to an approved project plan. While every effort is made to ensure that there is no disruption to the payment of social grants, it is inevitable that the changes may result in some inconvenience or disruption to some beneficiaries.

The payment of social grants in the revised payment environment will take place in line with Regulation 21 to the Social Assistance Act, 2004. This means that beneficiaries have the choice to receive their grants directly into their personal bank accounts or through the new SASSA/SAPO card which is currently being rolled out.

The first focus area in the transition is to ensure that all those beneficiaries accessing their grants in cash at designated pay points have the new card and are able to access their grants, either through the National Payment System (NPS) infrastructure (merchants’ point of sale devices or bank ATMs); a post office outlet or at one of designated cash points which will remain. As part of the transition, a process of realignment of the cash pay points has taken place, and the number significantly reduced, since many of these have been in close proximity to NPS infrastructure. However, the commitment remains that beneficiaries will have an access point to receive their grants within a 5 kilometre radius.

In order to limit disruptions and mitigate the possibility of any grant beneficiary not being able to access his/her social grant, SASSA has developed a deployment strategy for staff at all levels within the organisation to man previously serviced pay points; large merchants and other areas where beneficiaries are found, to ensure that they are assisted in accessing their grants. Arrangements have also been made for the call centre to be available over the weekend of 1 and 2 September, which is the start of the payment cycle for September. These arrangements will remain in place until the end of this calendar year, to ensure that a smooth transition is achieved.

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Approved by the Minister on

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