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21 September 2020 - NW1350

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total number of food parcels did her department distribute in the City of Ekurhuleni since 26 March 2020 and (b) is the total breakdown of the number of food parcels distributed in each ward?

Reply:

a) The total number of food parcels distributed by SASSA and DSD in the City of Ekurhuleni since 26 March 2020 is 73 089 as reflected below, 2 929 by SASSA and 70 160by DSD.

b) Breakdown per ward of SASSA food parcels distributed is detailed in the table below:

Local Office Name

Number of parcels = 2929

Ward Number(s) or Local Office

Germiston

9

W33=1,W35=1, W38=1, W40=1, W41=1, W42=2, W45=2                

Benoni

12

Benoni/Daveyton

Tsakane

30

Tsakane

Vosloorus

43

W44=16, W46=11, W47=9, W107=7

Thokoza

118

W40=8, W47=6, W50=13, W54=14, W56=19, W58=21, W60=18, W109=19                

Benoni

24

Benoni/Daveyton

Germiston

27

W21=4, W41=4, W43=12, W93=7,                              

Tsakane

86

W84=86                          

Thokoza

66

W40=1, W45=1, W48=11, W49=4, W50=2, W51=12, W56=6, W57=5, W60=24                

Benoni

19

Benoni/Daveyton

Tembisa

50

W91=5, W13=9, W6=23, W104=7, W10=6                

Germiston

27

W35=19 , W42=3, W93=5

Germiston

18

W34=1 , W35=13 , W41=3, W45=1             

Benoni

30

Benoni/Daveyton

Springs

44

Springs

Kwa-Thema

62

Kwa-Thema

Thokoza

115

W37=4, W40=5, W48=9, W50=7, W51=10, W52=6, W53=6, W54=8, W57=9, W58=12, W60=7  (Thokoza)                             

Tembisa

40

W1=6, W91=8, W104=4, W5=22                             

Germiston

28

W21=14 , W34=3, W35=7, W36=2, W45=1, W32=1                                  

Benoni

38

Benoni/Daveyton

Vosloorus

135

W35=1, W41=3, W43=4, W44=39,W45=25, W46=2,W48=10,W47=2, W50=2,W58=1,W60=1, W64=3, W95=22   (Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe)                                

Tsakane

22

W83=5, W82=7, W81=10,                

Springs

16

W75=16                              

Kwa-Thema

11

W75=11                         

Duduza

21

W86=9, W87=7, W89=5                

Vosloorus

72

 Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe

Tembisa

37

W104=23, W14=4, W91=2, W13=4, W5=3, W7=1                                

Tembisa

47

W6=34, W14=5, W2=1, W11=1, W10=2, W102=1, W91=1, W1=1, W10=1                                

Thokoza

130

W37=3, W40=3, W48=9, W49=24,W50=24, W51=1,W52=20,W53=2, W54=6,W55=1,W56=4, W57=4, W58=2, W60=13, W61=7, W63=1, W103=2, W107=4                                   

Germiston

42

W21=10, W33=13, W34=10, W35=3, W40=1, W42=2, W53=1, W93=2                                                             

Benoni

21

W24=1, W25=2, W28=1, W29=1, W31=2, W68=2, W69=4, W70=3, W90=1, Benoni/Daveyton

Germiston

35

W21=12, W35=3, W38=1, W40=16, W93=2, W99=1                                                              

Tembisa

73

W2=3, W11=4, W14=20, W6=10, W12=9, W19=2, W90=2, W104=17, W5=3, W3=3, W9=2  (Tembisa)                                                           

Duduza

6

Duduza/Nigel

Tsakane

39

Tsakane

Kwa-Thema

17

W78=7, W79=10                         

Springs

37

Springs

Benoni

46

W24=1, W28=3, W29=9, W30=3, W31=5, W65=3, W66=1, W69=14, Benoni/Daveyton/Actonville

Vosloorus

62

Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe

Vosloorus

130

W95=31, W107=22, W41=8, W47=4, W45=10, W65=5, W63=1, W62=1, W61=1, (Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe)

Tembisa

61

W9=14, W5=4, W11=2, W91=17, W3=3, W6=3, W2=3, W1=6, W14=1, W4=4, W12=1, w9=3                                                     

Thokoza

139

W47=1, W48=5, W49=5, W50=40, W52=7, W55=7, W58=16, W63=45, W95=1, W103=1, W107=11   (Thokoza)                                                

Germiston

27

W21=8, W34=3, W35=5, W38=1, W40=3, W41=2, W42=1, W93=1, (Germiston/Reiger Park/Primrose)

Duduza

7

Duduza/Nigel

Kwa-Thema

8

Kwa-Thema

Springs

18

Springs

Tsakane

21

Tsakane

Benoni

35

W24=4, W35=2, W28=3, W29=2, W30=10, W65=6, W69=4, W71=2, W92=1, W125=1                               

Thokoza

57

W56=57                                                       

Vosloorus

71

W61=50, W62=21                                                      

Vosloorus

54

W95=54                                                      

Germiston

37

W15=1, W19=1, W21=3, W32=3, W34=5, W35=2, W39=2, W40=4, W41=1, W42=1, W53=1, W93=2, W99=4, (Germiston/Primrose/Reiger Park/Boksburg)                                                     

Germiston

39

W32=1, W35=14, W40=15, W41=1, (Germiston/Primrose/Reiger Park/Boksburg)                                  

Benoni

26

Benoni/Daveyton/Actonville

Benoni

60

W24=1, W25=1, W28=5, W29=5, W30=23, W31=1, W32=1, W65=8, W69=14, Benoni/Daveyton/Actonville

Germiston

9

W18=1, W21=2, W33=1, W35=2, W34=1, W40=2

Thokoza

40

Thokoza/Katlehong/Palm Ridge

Thokoza

50

Thokoza/Katlehong

Thokoza

50

Thokoza/Katlehong/Palm Ridge

Thokoza

50

Eden Park/Thokoza

Thokoza

52

Eden Park/Thokoza

Vosloorus

49

Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe

Vosloorus

84

Vosloorus/Zonkezizwe

                 

Total number of food parcels delivered

Ward Number(s)

883

1

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

7853

2

6

7

9

10

11

 

 

 

323

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

93

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

404

13

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

745

15

16

17

90

106

 

 

 

 

158

15

91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

446

18

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

769

21

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

353

21

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

430

22

32

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

99

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

766

24

110

108

 

 

 

 

 

 

511

25

96

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

1205

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

598

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5895

26

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

136

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

935

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

442

33

93

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

1040

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

885

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

552

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2745

36

35

93

 

 

 

 

 

 

332

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

173

39

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

441

40

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

940

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

883

41

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2554

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3485

44

64

45

94

102

47

 

 

 

33

49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1836

52

50

51

56

59

 

 

 

 

372

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200

54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

358

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1441

58

111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

102

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1481

61

62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600

62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1052

68

67

70

26

65

 

 

 

 

254

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

110

71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

554

72

75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250

76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

793

77

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

498

78

77

112

 

 

 

 

 

 

319

78

109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

684

79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3479

81

85

84

83

86

 

 

 

 

755

82

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1246

84

87

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

919

88

104

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1657

89

49

103

102

94

52

58

57

40

7568

89

57

55

63

58

40

49

46

48

871

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

439

93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

123

94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

891

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

394

97

105

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

912

99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200

107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

206

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70 160

Total Number of Food Parcels Distributed from April 2020- July 2020

 

 

National Assembly written Reply: 1350 of 2020

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

21 September 2020 - NW1983

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 829 on 11 June 2020, and the indication by the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) in a Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 13 May 2020 that it was in the process of restructuring its operating model, which will likely include a reduction in the number of SASSA’s regional offices, what (a) is the current organogram of SASSA which includes (i) regional, (ii) provincial and (iii) district offices, (b) are the full names and titles of the current managers at each specified office, (c) are the reporting lines for the managers in the offices and (d) is the physical addresses of the regional, provincial and district offices?

Reply:

(a)(b)and (c)

In line with the reply provided in Question 829, SASSA’s proposed operating model has not been implemented. However, the three existing Regional Executive Managers have been seconded on a temporary basis to manage additional Regions each for a period of six months. The secondments are in line with the Staffing Practices Policy of SASSA.

The full names and titles of the current managers at each specified office, and (c) the reporting lines for the managers in the offices are listed on the attached list (Annexures A1-A10)

The current Organisational Structure as approved by the Minister of Social Development comprises of Head Office (Pretoria) and nine (9) Regional Offices.The Agency’s organogram caters for 9 Regional (Provincial) Executive Managers that report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of SASSA (i.e., 1 Regional Executive Manager for each province). For ease of reference, the Organisational structure is attached below.

In each province/region there are a number of District Managers that are appointed and they report to the Regional Executive of the province/region. The diagram below depicts the high-level structure as approved which includes 9 provincial/regional offices. Attached are organograms demonstrating reporting lines of all the regional,provincial and districts offices, including reporting lines for managers.

Vacant posts;

  • Ms Dunkerley is managing functions of Grants operations and Policy implementation
  • Vacant Regional Executive Managers posts (6) have the 3 Regional Managers seconded as incumbents acting in clusters positions
  • GM Office of the CEO position is vacant, but has been advertised.
  • The position of COO is identified as a key and critical position,and funded, but currently vacant.

d) Physical Addresses Regional, Provincial and District Offices, please refer to (Annexure B)

National Assembly Written Reply: 1983 of 2020

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

21 September 2020 - NW1853

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

The SA Social Security Agency has reported that over 7 million Social Relief of Distress grant applications were received from May 2020 with just over 5 million applications approved and out of the 5 million approved applications, only 4 million applicants have been paid out, by what date will she ensure that all the approved applications are paid out?

Reply:

For the month of May the following represents the applications received and paid:

Many applications and queries were received after the special relief grant was announced, but after all duplicate applications were removed, 6 605 445 applications remained that represented a single, complete application per applicant.

These 6 605 445 applications were all validated against databases such as UIF, NSFAS, IRP-5, National Population Register, Social Grants, and Correctional Services. After reconsideration, 2 180 725 applications were rejected as they were found on the aforementioned databases as provided by the relevant Departments.

SASSA approved 4 424 720 applications to receive the grant.(The just over 5 million approved in the above question is only from June 2020). Clients whose applications failed as the personal information did not match that held by Home Affairs were then requested to correct their personal details (it must be reflected as per the National Population Register) and to provide their banking preferences. Once the clients provided their banking preferences the bank details are verified through National Treasury with the Banks. The delay in providing either updated personal details or banking details delays the payment process.

A number of clients requested their money to be paid into the accounts of other people (family members or spouses). SASSA can only pay into an account which is registered to the client. In an attempt to expedite matters, SASSA requested Post Bank to open accounts for the clients where the account details could not be verified.

Challenges experienced with the provision of banking details include the capturing of incorrect banking details (wrong account numbers, which could be attributed to finger faults or wrong account types). Unfortunately this delays the process of being able to pay the clients.

To date SASSA has paid 4 423 387 clients of the 4 424 720 approved for May. There are currently 1 333 clients who qualify for payment for the month of May which SASSA still needs to pay. The breakdown of this number is as follows:

826 clients who have recently provided SASSA with their banking details are with National Treasury for account verification with the banks.

The 507 remaining clients for May have been sent to a team of SASSA officials who are currently actively assisting these clients to provide SASSA with their banking details and correct personal details. They will be paid as and when the required information has been received and verified.

It is extremely important to note that the number of May applicants who are approved and paid for the grant might still increase as more applicants correct their banking information or even as SASSA proceeds with its reconsideration process. It therefor does not mean that SASSA did not pay all people months later, but should rather be seen as SASSA being able to increase the accessibility to the grant as SASSA assists these clients through reconsideration.

The validation process for every application is redone monthly, to ensure that everyone paid does indeed qualify for the grant.

National AssemblyWritten Reply: 1853 of 2020

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

17 September 2020 - NW1895

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a)(i) number of officials of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) have been (aa) suspended and/or (bb) fired for defrauding the institution over the past five financial years and (ii) amount has SASSA lost through fraud by officials in the specified period and (b) measures does she have in place to prevent fraud at SASSA?

Reply:

a) Number of officials suspended and dismissed because of different kinds of disciplinary sanctions

In response to the above mentioned question, a table as well as the graph were used in order to summarise the number of SASSA employees that have been suspended and dismissed for defrauding the Agency over the last 5 financial years

Table1: Different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years

Province

Number of employees on precautionary suspension

Number of employees suspended without pay as per disciplinary enquiry sanction/outcome

Number of employees dismissed for fraud

Grand totals per Regions

Eastern Cape

17

0

16

33

Free State

2

3

4

9

Gauteng

5

1

4

10

KwaZulu Natal

111

7

25

143

Limpopo

3

5

16

24

Mpumalanga

7

8

2

17

North West

6

0

7

13

Northern Cape

0

2

1

3

Western Cape

5

0

1

6

Total

156

26

76

258

For further ease of reference, the following graph was used to also depict the different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years.

Graph 1:Different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region for a period of 5 years

Analysis of the above mentioned Table and the Graph

  • A total number of 156, 26 and 76 cases were recoded in the last five financial years for precautionary suspension, suspension without pay and dismissals for fraud respectively;
  • A grand total of 258 cases were recorded in the last five years in all Regions
  • KwaZulu Natal recorded the highest numbers in precautionary and dismissal categories. Overall KZN accounts for 55% which is the highest as compared to other Regions
  • On the other hand Northern Cape and Western Cape recorded the lowest cases which accounts for 1.6% and 2.3% respectively
  • When it comes to suspension without pay, Mpumalanga recorded the highest number namely 8 followed by KZN with 7 cases
  • Both Limpopo and Eastern Cape recorded a total number of 16 cases in the category of employees dismissed for fraud. It is pleasing to note the firm stance taken by both Regions to ensure behavioral changes when it comes to fraud
  • It should be noted that there were no relataed cases recorded at Head Office

(a) ii. Amount of money lost through fraud

The total amount of money lost through fraud over the past 5 financial years is approximately R282, 476,193.

(b) Measures in place to prevent fraud at SASSA

SASSA has a Fraud Prevention Strategy that is premised on four key pillars, namely Prevention, Detection, Investigation and Resolution.

The following Fraud prevention measures and mechanisms are being implemented by SASSA:

(b)1 Policies and Procedures

The Agency has developed and is implementing various policies and procedures in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and supporting Treasury Regulations, to which all employees and other stakeholders are required to comply. This creates an environment which is conducive for good corporate governance and the prevention of fraud.

(b)2 Internal controls and compliance

Management regularly identifies significant fraud risks and implements process level controls, systems and procedures to identify and prevent fraud and corruption. Types of controls typically include:

  • Authorisation controls (approval of expenditure or grants)
  • Supervisory controls (supervising day-to-day operations)
  • Process controls
  • System controls
  • Financial controls.

A major control that was implemented since August 2019 is bank account verification to ensure that grant money is paid into the bank account of the rightful grant beneficiary.

SASSA is piloting a biometrics solution for staff who access the grants system in order to ensure that transactions are performed by authorised persons.

(b)3 Fraud Risk Identification and Assessment

Fraud risk identification and assessment is conducted at least annually in order to identify the inherent exposures to fraud within the current operating systems and procedures.

(b)4 Fraud awareness

The Agency conducts fraud and corruption awareness sessions and training for SASSA employees and the public in order to assist in the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption.

Line managers also share information on fraud prevention measures with employees under their supervision.

(b)5 Code of Conduct and Ethics

SASSA has a Code of Conduct that has been shared with all the employees. The Code is aimed at creating an ethical organization culture, which is essential for fraud prevention.

(b)6 Disciplinary Code and Procedures

The Agency’s Disciplinary Code establishes standards for the conduct of all employees and the relevant disciplinary procedures to be adopted for breaches of the code. Consistent and effective dealing with identified instances of misconduct through fraud and corruption serves to enforce Fraud Prevention, by acting as a deterrent to other employees.

(b)7 Employee Screening

SASSA screens employees during the recruitment process.

(b)8 Communication

SASSA uses various tools to communicate with internal and external stakeholders about some of the anti-fraud awareness messages. The appropriate communication of anti-fraud measures and their results is essential to build trust in the social security system.

(b)9 Partnerships with stakeholders

SASSA is working closely with stakeholders in the banking sector such as the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, SA Reserve Bank, SA Post Office, National Treasury, Banking Association of South Africa, Payment Association of South Africa and various commercial banks in order to prevent fraud targeting social grants money.

SASSA has been sharing data with other government entities in order to validate information supplied by grant applicants to prevent and minimise inclusion errors and fraud.

The Agency also works closely with law enforcement agencies in detecting and combating fraud.

(b)10 Detection

Combined assurance (management, internal and external assurance providers) measures are also being employed to detect fraud and corruption within the Agency. The Internal Audit function plays a vital role in the detection of fraud and corruption. The external audit function is an important control in the detection of fraud. Various controls are also implemented in order to correct the controls weaknesses identified by the Auditor General of South Africa.

SASSA also acts on fraud and corruption cases that are reported through the following mechanisms:

(a) Public Service Commission (PSC) Fraud Hotline

(b) SASSA General Customer Care Contact Centre

(c) Whistle Blowing.

Pro-active fraud detection reviews, utilising data analytics are conducted regularly within business units with a high risk of fraud and error based on historic instances or other risk factors. This acts as an important mechanism in the detection of incidences of fraud and corruption.A critical component of detecting fraud is mutual sharing of data between SASSA, SAPO and other entities.

17 September 2020 - NW1195

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has any contractual agreements with (a) a certain company (name furnished) and (b) its affiliates; if so, will she furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with the (i)(aa) memorandum of understanding and (bb) service-level agreements between her department and (aaa) the specified company and (bbb) its affiliates and (ii) names of the members of boards of directors of (aa) the specified company and (bb) its affiliates; if not, why not; if so, by what date, in each case?

Reply:

National Assembly written Reply: 1195 of 2020

(a)

Company

(b)

Affiliates

(i)(aa)(bb)(aaa)(bbb)

(ii)(aa)

(bb)

The Department of Social Development procured sanitizers for the officials from ECD Projects for the amount of R1379.50

N/A

N/A

Mr. Edward Schierhout

N/A

17 September 2020 - NW1327

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is her department’s involvement in the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee?

Reply:

The Department is part of the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee and is a lead department working on the Strategic Objective 3 together with the Department of Basic Education, Health; Home Affairs; Provinces and local government; Civil Society; Development Partners.

Strategic Objective 3

NFNSP Strategic Objective

Rationale

Strategic Objective 3. Expand targeted social protection measures and sustainable livelihood programmes

  • Social protection and sustainable livelihoods are essential for access to safe and nutritious food safe water, sanitation and health care.

 

Working with the Department of Health infants born in public & private health facilities are registered within 30 days in population register. This is intended to ensure that eligible children receive the Child Support Grant on time.

DSD amongst other things responsible to improve the child grant registration system. This is intended to ensure that eligible children are registered for Child Support Grant.

DSD is also developing an integrated social protection information system to improve access to social assistance programmes.

Under strategic objective 3, we also expandingthe network of feeding and food distribution centres. This include the National School Nutrition Programme implemented by Department of Basic Education, children (0-4 years) provided with food through ECDs and DSD centre based nutrition programmes.

 

17 September 2020 - NW1457

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Sukers, Ms ME to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What is the breakdown of the costs incurred by her department in theDemocratic Alliance court case and that of1000 Women Trust that was decided on 22 May 2020 in the Cape High Court over the enforced ban on soup kitchens and food distribution regulations and (b) how will these costs impact on her department; (2) whether the legal action could have been avoided through the less expensive and more fruitful course of consultation with the litigating parties; if not, why not; if so, (a) was the course of consultation with the litigating parties pursued and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department has not yet been invoiced for the applicant’s costs.

(b) The impact on the department will be that the legal costs are not budgeted for.

(2)  (a) No;

(b) The applicants launched an urgent court application based on internal document which were still being consulted. The department did engage the applicants but did not agree on the material facts. The applicants wanted to prevent the Minister from issuing directions of which she is empowered by the Constitution and by the relevant Disaster Management Act. The court had to pronounce on these fundamental issues and ordered that theMinister is entitled to issue directions in this regard and further that the applicants be afforded an opportunity to look at the final draft directions three days before gazetting.

17 September 2020 - NW1495

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

What steps will the SA Social Security Agency take to (a) proceed to back pay or catch up with the R350 grant payments that did not occur for the month of May and (b) ensure that payments are made to all approved applicants for the promised six months which ends in October 2020?

Reply:

a) SASSA is currently finalising all payments for applications approved for May 2020. Of the 4 424 720applications approved for payment in May, a total of 3 429 810 had been paid by 8 July 2020. The delay in paying the remainder was as a result of approximately 1 million additional applications being approved, after SASSA reconsidered all previously declined applications against the refreshed database received from UIF. These clients received new SMS messages requesting them to provide their banking details. SASSA will pay them as soon as wereceive theapplicant’s bank details, and National Treasury completes their accounts verification.

SASSA will request Post Bank to open accounts for those clients who have not provided their banking preferences after a period of 5 days from the date messages are sent to them.

b) Validations for the 938 554 applications received in June, as well as the 6 534 754 applications received in May will commence as from 15 July. Every application will be re-validated on a monthly basis to confirm that the applicant still qualifies to receive the grant, as circumstances could have changed in the interim. The payments for all those approved will be extracted and disbursed before end July. The July payments will then follow the same process and be disbursed by mid-August, with August payments being disbursed by end August. The payments will then be current, with payments for September and October being made in the month, for the month.

17 September 2020 - NW1896

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

How regularly does the SA Social Security Agency update its systems to ensure that all persons who receive grants (a) are alive and (b) meet the requirements to benefit from grants?

Reply:

a) All active grants are systematically checked against the Department of Home Affairs on a monthly basis, before payments are extracted for payment in the following month. All deaths which are registered with the Department of Home Affairs at the time of the monthly check result in the immediate cancellation of the grant.

b) Regulation 27(2) to the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, makes provision for SASSA to review a social grant

“(a) at any time where it has reason to believe that changes in the beneficiary’s financial circumstances may have occurred;

(b) on expiry of the validity of the identity document of a beneficiary, if the beneficiary is a refugee; or

(c) in case of a foster child grant, on expiry of the court order.”

In addition, Regulation 27(8) makes provision for the review of permanent disability grants when there is reason to believe that changes to the medical condition could have occurred.

The above reviews are all done to ensure that the beneficiary continues to qualify for the grant over time. There is not a set period for reviews provided for in legislation, so the discretion is with SASSA. Since we do not have the resources or capacity to review all grants annually, a policy to give effect to Regulation 27 has been developed and is implemented. In terms of this policy, the reviews are prioritised in terms of grants where the beneficiary information is likely to change, for example, financial reviews are done for clients who declared income on application which either affects the amount of the grant they receive, or is near the threshold limit.

Similarly, medical reviews for permanent disability grants are done in accordance with the recommendation of the assessing doctor, who is best placed to indicate if, and over what time frame, a change in the medical condition is likely to occur.

03 September 2020 - NW1670

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) is the commencement date of employment of the 1 809 social workers in each province and (b) are the terms of their contract?

Reply:

(a)

Province

Date of employment

Northern Cape

1 June 2020

Eastern Cape

1 June 2020

Western Cape

Province chose to use existing employees-not participate in project.

Limpopo

1 June 2020

Free State

1 June 2020

Mpumalanga

1 July 2020

North West

1 June and 1 July 2020

Gauteng

1 July and 16 July 2020

Kwa-Zulu Natal

1 June and 1 July 2020

(b) Social Workers have been employed for a period of three (3) months with a monthly remuneration of R6,000.00. It is important for the honourable Member to note that the Provincial Department of Social Development in the Western Cape refused to participate in this programme.

03 September 2020 - NW628

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether the SA Social Security Agency has put measures in place to ensure that mothers of newborn babies who qualify for social grants are able to register?

Reply:

Mothers with new born babies have been able to apply for the child support grant at SASSA local offices. The need for the care giver to register babies as soon after birth as possible has been emphasized in all communication, as research has shown that the positive benefits of the grant are significantly higher the earlier the grant is paid.

However, under Level 5 lockdown restrictions, SASSA local offices were closed. With the easing of restrictions under level 4, SASSA has progressively re-opened its local offices as from Monday 11 May 2020. The categories of clients who may be assisted under level 4 include mothers of new born babies.

The application service has continued under level 3 without any restriction on the age of the child, although mothers of new born babies are encouraged to apply as soon after the birth as possible.

In order to maintain social distancing and to limit the numbers of citizens who report to the local offices for a service, SASSA has designated specific days for specific grant types. Applications for grants for older persons are done on Mondays and Tuesdays, while applications for child support and foster child grants are attended to on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be used to complete work which could not be attended to before the lockdown, as well as any overflow from the previous days in the week.

SASSA is also currently working on accepting on-line applications for the above grant types. This will make it easier for mothers with very small babies to lodge applications without having to go to the local offices to do so in person. This functionality should be available in the course of July 2020 and would just provide an additional channel for applications, in addition to the face to face applications at local offices.

03 September 2020 - NW1241

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

Whether her department is on track to meeting its target of having 55 000 social workers employed by 2030 in accordance with the National Development Plan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I would like to inform the Honourable Member that the target of 55 000 projected in the National Development Plan, which you are referring to relates to social service professionals, not only social workers.

1. With regard to social workers, the Department has developed the Supply and Demand Model during the 2016/17 financial year. The model projects that in 2017, the country had 32 261 social service practitioners of which 18 733 were social workers

2. In terms of the model, universities are projected to supply the sector with social work graduates at an estimated rate of 23% between 2017 and 2030. This amounts to 3 600 social work graduates who are eligible for employment in the social development sector on an annual basis. There are currently 16 140 social work students registered for the Bachelor of Social Work degree in various universities.

3 Using the same model projections for the 2019-2024 MTSF it means that the social sectorwill have 43 577 social workers employed by 2023/24. Then in 2024 – 2030 MTSF the social development sector would have 65 177 social workers employed by 2030.

4. The model also projected a shortfall towards achieving the NDP target. In this regard, in 2017, the social development sector had a gap (shortage) of 9 167 social workers for the 2017 – 2019 MTSF period. The implication therefore is that for 2020 – 2024 MTSF period the gap would be 8 494 and for 2025 – 30 MTSF period it would be 7 456 social workers.

5. On an annual basis for the three MTSF cycles, social development sector required 1 833 for the 2017 – 2019 MTSF period, and will require 1698 for the 2020 – 24 and 1 491 for the 2025 – 2030 MTSF periods. Should the public service employ social workers and other social service practitioners at the projected rate, then the National Development Plan target of 55 000 is achievable by 2030.

6.The Department of Social Development is the main employer of social workers in the country.

There are currently 16 926 social workers employed by the Departments at both national and provincial departments. The employment rate by the Department will therefore be informed by the Sector Human Resource Plan and organisational structures of both National and Provincial Departments of Social Development.The project is included in the Sector Human Resource Plan for 2020/21

National Assembly written Reply: 1241 of 2020

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Approved by the Minister of Social Development

Date……………………….

03 September 2020 - NW1391

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department has a safety plan for orphaned and vulnerable youth exiting Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCC) once they turn 18 years old and are no longer protected by the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005, and subsidised by the State to stay in the specified centres; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified safety plan; (2) what number of residents over the age of 18 years is currently residing in each CYCC in each province; (3) whether residents over the age of 18 years utilise the same living, bedroom and bathroom facilities as residents who are under the age of 18 years; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what is the age of the oldest resident staying in a CYCC currently?

Reply:

(1) (a) Yes.The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 makes provision for an Alternative Care Programme which is inclusive of places of safety, foster care, child and youth care centres (residential care) for vulnerable children. Whilst in alternative care, these children must be provided with a plethora of services which includes among others, the provision of independent living programs. These services are designed to help children and young persons’ transition from alternative care to living independently as productive citizens through structured life skills and educational programmes.

There are transitional and independent living plans based on assessment conducted which focus on assessment of life skills in preparation for life skills training, basic education skills and other skills in preparation for post-secondary education. The assessment of skills is a critical step in designing an individualized independent living plan for any child which is to be reviewed after every six months. These plans indicate steps the child will take to meet his/her goal as well as to outline the task the child will undertake to meet specific challenges identified on his/her personal independent living assessment. The plan must be developed 90 days prior to the date the young person will be discharged from alternative care system at the age of 18 years or older.

There are important considerations when developing the plan. The plan must be based on the child’s strengths and needs with clearly outlined goals and objectives; identification and linking of the child with community services to turn to if he/she need assistance; connecting the child with the adult mentor in the community for mentorship, provision of support, advocacy and assistance with personal, academic and career development.

(b) Yes, Provincial departments are subsidising NGOs to provide services to children to remain in alternative care beyond the age of 18yrs in terms of Section 176(1). Children’s Act, Act 38/2005 makes provision that children turning 18 and are still busy with school can remain in a Child and Youth Care Centre until the age of 21 if they need to complete grade 12, should they prefer to. The court orders are extended in terms of Section 176 whilst the youth is still in school but once they have completed school (Grade 12) they are discharged in terms of Section 175.

(2)Table below indicates the number of residents over the age of 18 years who are currently residing in CYCCs in each province:

Province

Beyond 18yrs

Free State

59

North West

53

Gauteng

138

Eastern Cape

45

Western Cape

CYCC =71 & DSD CYCC =52

Limpopo

34

KZN

72

Northern Cape

3

Mpumalanga

64

(3)Table below outlines relevant details of residents over the age of 18 years utilising the same living, bedroom and bathroom facilities as residents who are under the age of 18 years:

Province

Response

Free State

All Residents are treated as children in the Youth Care Centre and therefore they all utilize the same facilities and abide by the same rules and standards that are expected from the younger children. The 18 year old youths are given a conduct contract to sign with the extension of their Section 176 order and they are fully aware that they are expected to conduct themselves like the children in the youth care centre for their duration of time in the Youth Care Centre, no exceptions to the rules is allowed.

North West

CYCCs differ in terms of their models. SOS is a household or family type of care and young person’s stay with others like typical siblings would. Other CYCCs resemble dormitories type where care givers are assigned to care for a particular number of children andare classified according to age. Mainly they reside together with others to foster sense of belonging.

Gauteng

No, children are placed as per their age group, and there is supervision at all times as per the Norms and standards.

Eastern Cape

This varies from one CYCC to another as it is determined by the number of those over 18, available infrastructure and equipment. However, those who move easily and quicker out of the centre create an opportunity for the long term placements. In some centres they are sharing with 14 year olds and above, in others they have their own bedrooms only sharing a communal kitchen, living room and bathroom which promotes the desired level of independence. Some where possible are allocated a room in the same block as the Child and Youth Care Workers / Caregivers.

Western Cape

CYCCs are responsible for the living arrangements of all residents within their care. Some CYCCs have independent living cottages on the premises, while others have dedicated rooms for those 18 and above. If they have a dedicated room they do share the living room and bathroom with other residents.

In terms of DSD own centres, the residents are placed in separate rooms and where sufficient numbers in a separate unit.

Limpopo

Living arrangement is done according to age group and over 18 years do not share bedrooms with the under 18 years. However, they utilize the same living and bathroom under the supervision of carers.

The children shower at specific times according to their ages and under the supervision of carers.

KZN

Residents are allocated cottage and are housed according to their age groups and gender. Youth aged 16yrs and over are grouped together. At some facilities those young people who are in matric have single rooms and other facilities have separate quarters for over 18 years.

Each young person has his/her own bed and living space.

Ablution facilities and living rooms are shared.

Northern Cape

1= has own room as he is also in matric

1=Shares room with 17-18yrs age group

1=There is only one room in the CYCC for all children, the child shares with other children.

Mpumalanga

  • In all the districts CYCCs children over the age of 18 reside in the senior sections for boys and girls separately.
  • In those centres where there are dormitories 18 year olds will share amongst each other.
  • Where there are houses a specific house will accommodate the 18 yearsand above and there will be a house for boys and house for girls.
  • In some CYCCs they rent a flat for them outside the premises of the centre and assist them in getting employment and sponsors for them until they are solely independent which is the maximum age of 23 though the number is not very high.

(4)Table below illustrates the age of the oldest resident currently staying in a CYCC:

Province

Response

Free State

20 years

North West

20years

Gauteng

21 years.

Eastern Cape

21 years old.

Western Cape

21 years old.

Limpopo

20 years

KZN

22 years

Northern Cape

19 years

Mpumalanga

23 years

03 September 2020 - NW1383

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders in relation to the Social Relief of Distress Grant; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses and/or service providers to whom the specified tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business and/or service provider; (2) whether standard procurement processes were followed; if not, why not; if so, what was the reason for each specified business and/or service provider to be awarded the specified tender; (3) whether her department awarded any tenders in relation to capacity increase on existing grant infrastructure; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses and/or service providers to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded, (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business and/or service provider; (4) whether the standard procurement processes were followed; if not, why not; (5) what was the reason for each specified business and/or service provider to be awarded the specified tender? NW1754E

Reply:

 

1. (a) No tender was awarded

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

2. Not applicable

3. (a) Tenders were awarded to Prosense, Vodacom and Govchat.

3. (b)

  • SASSA varied Prosense’s existing contract with R2, 9 million.
  • Vodacom was awarded R15 million for thetender through the existing National Treasury RT15 contract (RT15 is a Government Transversal contract to Supply and deliver mobile communication services to the State during the lockdown period 27 March to 16 April 2020)
  • Govchat services are rendered for free to SASSA

4. Yes, the standard procurement processes were followed.

5. - Prosense was appointed to build the APIS(Application Programming Interface system)for data validation and to develop website for Special SRD Grant (Social Relief of Distress Grant)

  • Vodacom was appointed to develop USSD platform (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data)for SRD Applications
  • Govchat was appointed to develop the Special SRD Application Platform for free

03 September 2020 - NW1497

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)On what date did applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant close; (2) whether the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) is still accepting and processing new applications; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether SASSA has picked up and dealt with any fraudulent activity since the operation of disbursing the SRD grant began; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full, relevant details?

Reply:

1. As the President Ramaphosa’s announcement the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant will be paid over a period of 6 months until the end of October 2020.

2. Applications are still being accepted through the Whatsapp channel (082 046 8553) and through the SASSA website (https://srd.sassa.gov.za). Of the total of 7 549 842 applications received to date, 6 534 754 were received in May; 938 554 for June and 31 534 for July (to 8 July 2020).

3. There have been no fraudulent activities picked up to date. There are a number of checks and balances built into the application and validation processes, which should ensure that only genuinely qualifying citizens benefit from this grant. In addition, the Auditor General is auditing all the application process and decisions and any anomalies identified will be investigated.

03 September 2020 - NW1640

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department considered a different payment method to beneficiaries of social grants, rather than having persons standing in long queues risking Covid-19 infections?

Reply:

All social grant beneficiaries receive their social grants in a bank account, whether this is their own personal account, or the SASSA card account. Once the money is available in the account, the beneficiary can withdraw the money at any time, everywhere in the country. There is no requirement for the beneficiaries to withdraw the money on the same day, or to withdraw all the cash at once.

Much of the communication SASSA has been doing is to have beneficiaries of social grants understand that there is no need for them to queue to withdraw cash, but that they can use their cards to pay for goods (the SASSA card is a fully functional debit card); that they can withdraw smaller amounts as and when they need this, or that they can go later in the month, when the queues are not as long.

The support of Honourable members in reinforcing this message will assist in changing beneficiary behaviours.

02 September 2020 - NW530

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Did she make the decision to appoint the current SA Social Security Agency Chief Executive Officer (SASSA CEO) alone; if not, who else was part of the decision making when appointing the CEO; (2) (a)(i) on what date and (ii) where were interviews held for the position of the SASSA CEO and (b) who were the candidates that were interviewed; (3) who formed part of the interview panel for the CEO position; (4) (a) what are the determining factors considered for the salary of this position, and (b)(i) what is the salary scale used for the CEO’s salary and (ii) when last did the salary scale change and (III) what changes were made to the salary scale?

Reply:

1. No, The SASSA CEO was appointed before my deployment in this portfolio.

According to the available records the recommendation to appoint the CEO of SASSA was made by an interview panel chaired by Ms Shabangu, the former Minister of Social Development. The interviewing panel comprised:

Mr T Nxesi, former Minister of Public Works,

Mrs A Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education; and

Mr V Madonsela, former Director-General: Justice and Constitutional Development.

Furthermore, concurrence was obtainedfrom Cabinet for the intended appointment of the CEO.

(2) According to the available records the below:

2 (a)(i) 18 December 2018.

(a)(ii) National Department of Social Development, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.

(2)(b) According to the available records the following were candidates: Ms SD Ntukwana, Ms BJ Memela-Khambula and Mr AS Mahlangu

(3) As Indicated above, the CEO appointed was before my deployment to the portfolio and therefore I am referring to the details.

(4)(a) The determining factors for the salary include amongst others, the level of responsibility, accountability and leadership capabilities, equivalent to that of a National Head of Department.

(4)(b)(i) SMS salary level 16 was used for the CEO’s salary (R 1 880 736.00 per annum).

(4)(b)(ii) 1 April 2019, with the cost of living adjustment.

(4)(b)(iii) Awarding of a total cost to employer package of R 2 650 000.00 per annum was offeredin line to the preferred candidate.

02 September 2020 - NW1543

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Zungula, Mr V to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she will (a) disclose the variance in the grant collections before the start of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 on 26 March 2020, and grant collections during the specified lockdown, (b) give an explanation of the reason(s) for the decline and/or increase variance in the collection of grants before the lockdown and during the lockdown and (c) highlight the regions where a huge decline in grant collections were experienced; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) On a monthly basis for the period prior to lockdown, approximately 0,5% of all grants paid are not collected.

The table below shows the number of SASSA accounts credited every month, the number of grants collected and the number not collected for the month prior to lockdown, and the months after lockdown.

Transfers into SASSA Card

 Month

Number of
SASSA cards Credited

Number of
Grants collected

Number of grants not collected

% Not collected

Mar-20

8,066,894

8,028,568

38,326

0.5

Apr-20

8,100,671

7,993,672

106,999

1.3

May-20

8,109,539

8,061,907

47,632

0.6

Jun-20

8,144,519

8,101,019

43,500

0.5

         

 

b) The increase in the number of uncollected grants in April was due to level 5 lockdown, where many beneficiaries were reluctant to leave their homes to access the grants.

The decrease in the number of uncollected grants in May and June is believed to be as a result of the relaxation of lockdown rules.

c) SASSA experiences non-collection of grants on monthly basis. The table belowindicates the top three(3) regions that experienced the highest number of decline in the collection of grants from March 2020 (before Covid-19 and lockdown) and April to June 2020 (during lockdown)

In April the high decline is caused by the total shutdown due to level 5 lockdown, beneficiaries were afraid to leave their homes to collect their grants

In May, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng remained with the highest number of grants not collected even though the number declined. Western Cape is the third highest due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases.

In June,the above provinces remained the highest but the overall number of grants not collected has reduced.

25 August 2020 - NW972

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What are the processes that were followed in constituting the technical task team of her department, (b) for how long was the team set up, (c) what amount has been paid to each task team member, (d) what are the details of the (i) terms of reference and (ii) reports of the task team and (e) what has been done with the recommendations of the reports?

Reply:

a) The Technical Committee for SASSA was appointed by the previous Minister of Social Development to assist SASSA in implementing the Constitutional Court judgement of 23rd March 2018 and to advice on business model review of SASSA.

Various Constitutional Court judgements in the course of 2017 made it clear that there were challenges with the existing contract with service providers for cash payment, without which SASSA would not be able to execute its mandate and the extra capacity for a period of time was required.

b) The Technical Committeewas appointed from May 2018 until October 2018

c) The members of the Technical Committee were paid as follows:

Name of Committee Member

Total Amount Paid

Ms.Dipuo Peters

R468,503.05

Ms ManokoNchwe

R449,040.00

Ms.Totsie Memela

R235,592.00

Mr.SelwynJehoma

R383,466.00

Ms.ZodwaManase

R348,580.00

Mr.SiphoShezi

R649,650.00

d) The Terms of Reference is attached for ease of reference

e) The six reports from the Technical Committee are attached for ease of reference

  • The project recommendations identified in the reports were implemented
  • Governance and Institutional Review is underway. The new Chief Executive Officer had to be appointed to drive the review.
  • The Agency is in the process of developing a business case for replacement of SOCPEN and also evaluating options and approach to replace the system depending on availability of budgetary resources.

25 August 2020 - NW1384

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, considering that her department now does not need to pre-approve plans to enable nongovernmental organisations to provide food relief to citizens in need, the regulation includes that takeaway and/or disposable containers would be acceptable for soup and food kitchens that can provide the specified take-away containers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what arethe relevant details; (2) whether homeless persons will be exempted from the requirement that soupkitchens and food parcel distributors provide the names and addresses of allrecipients, since homeless persons do not have an address (details furnished); ifnot, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1755E

Reply:

1. Yes, theDepartment (DSD) does not need to pre-approve plans to enable nongovernmental organisations to provide food relief to citizens in need. The DSD was rather seeking to better coordinate all food distribution activities and ensure vulnerable people receive food in a dignified manner in partnership with individuals and organizations involved in food distribution.

The permission of take away and/or disposable containers is acceptable for soup and food kitchens that can provide the specified take-away containers.

The measures introduced by DSD are not prohibitive but intended to protect the health and well-being of our people. Health inspectors had warned the food programme against use of inappropriate materials, hence the Department had provided cutlery and crockery in the centres. The take away provision was to enable centres to not have congestion whilst we striving for social distancing during the COVID-19 period.

2. No, the homeless persons are supported by the shelters and in the case where they do not have IDs and addresses our officials use their names to identify and register them. A portfolio of evidence is part of accounting for resources distributed by government and the soupkitchens and food parcel distributors providingfood to the homeless without addresses do still register the recipients using their names, surname and the centre or area they come from.

20 August 2020 - NW1561

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department is still issuing the food parcels that were distributed at the beginning of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus to indigent persons and those whose income was affected; if not, why not; if so, what number of persons does the programme reach in each month?

Reply:

Yes, The Department is still issuing the food parcels that were distributed at the beginning of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus to indigent persons and those whose income was affected;

From the beginning of Covid-19 response till the end of Quarter 1 (April - June), the programme has distributed a total of 800 968 food parcels to about 4 004 840persons.

The programme reach in each month is as follows:

March food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food parcels distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/household)

Eastern Cape

0

0

Free State

0

0

Gauteng

807

4 035

Kwa Zulu Natal

0

0

Limpopo

0

0

Mpumalanga

0

0

Northern Cape

0

0

North West

0

0

Western Cape

16 788

83 940

Total

17 595

87 975

April food parcel distribution to households per province

PROVINCE

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

8 054

40 270

Free State

14 732

73 660

Gauteng

58 944

294 720

Kwa Zulu Natal

20 156

100 780

Limpopo

36 772

183 860

Mpumalanga

27 817

139 085

Northern Cape

25 554

127 770

North West

18 396

91 980

Western Cape

44 518

222 590

Total

254 943

1 274 715

May food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

23 415

117 075

Free State

33 020

165100

Gauteng

106 598

532 990

Kwa Zulu Natal

12 120

60 600

Limpopo

52 692

263 460

Mpumalanga

56 212

281 060

Northern Cape

24 672

123 360

North West

7 638

38 190

Western Cape

22 780

113 900

Total

339 147

1 695 735

June food parcel distribution to households per province

Province

Food Parcels Distributed

Estimated number of people reached

(5/Household)

Eastern Cape

860

4 300

Free State

860

4 300

Gauteng

129 190

645 950

Kwa Zulu Natal

18 184

90 920

Limpopo

18 245

91 225

Mpumalanga

860

4 300

Northern Cape

860

4 300

North West

860

4 300

Western Cape

860

4 300

Total

170 779

853 895

19 August 2020 - NW1318

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of her department’s Covid-19 lockdown directives which continue to keep early childhood development (ECD) centres closed under alert level 3 risk-adjusted lockdown, resulting in many ECD centres being under severe financial strain and/or facing permanent closure, what financial and/or other relief packages will her department provide to registered ECD centres to assist them to re-open once they are allowed to; (2) whether her department will procure and/or financially subsidise personal protective equipment for the learners and staff at the ECD centres?

Reply:

(1) The Department of Social Development is not in the financial position to provide any additional financial support to registered ECD centres that remain closed under the state of national disaster as there is no budget specifically allocated for this purpose. However,on 9 May 2020, the Minister of Social Development issued Directions that “The Department must continue to subsidize the early childhood development centres during the state of national disaster” (See Government Notice 517 published in Government Gazette No 43300 of 9 May 2020). This Direction immediately waived the requirement that early childhood development programmes that already receive subsidy need to submit a new application for funding for the 2020/2021 financial while the national state of disaster is in place. The collective amount being paid annually towards this funding is R3.1 billion, targeting early childhood development programmes in poor communities in particular. This funding continues to be paid out to early childhood development centres through the nine provincial departments of social development, which is a provincial competency as contemplated in section 93(1) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. This is a significant step that is intended to buffer the impact of the measures implemented during the national state of disaster risk-adjusted lockdown.

(2) The Department is currently in discussion with the National Treasury to repurpose the current ECD infrastructure conditional grant towards supporting early childhood development programmes with personal protective equipment for personnel and staff. If successful, priority will be given to those unfunded registered ECD programmes serving poor communities as required in terms of section 93(4)(a) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005; and unregistered ECD programmes serving poor communities will also be considered. It should be noted that provision of ECD programmes is private and NPOdriven, government only regulates and subsidise these programmes.

19 August 2020 - NW1242

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

What number of social workers are currently employed by (a) the (i) State and (ii) private sector and (b) nongovernmental organisations?

Reply:

The number of social workers currently employed by

(a)(i) The State is 14 599.

(a)(ii) The department does not have statistics of social workers employed in the private sector.

(b) Non-governmental organisations is 1 970

19 August 2020 - NW1579

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) are the details of the origin and development of the Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) programmes to be implemented by the social services professionals (SSPs), (b) are the details regarding the training of SSPs in this SBC programme, (c) is the implementation plan of the SBC programme in communities across the Republic, (d) time lines are attached to the implementation of the SBC programme in communities across the Republic and (e) is the budget attached to the development, training and implementation of the programme?

Reply:

The HIV pandemic has over the years taught us that biomedical approaches alone are not able to prevent and stem out the spread of new infections, hence a multi-sectoral approach is required to respond to the epidemic.

a) In 2008, UNAIDS noted that new HIV infections were not declining in most countries including South Africa, but continued to increase rapidly. This therefore prompted UNAIDS to call uponall countries to engage in a ‘know your epidemic, know your response’ exercise to allow governments to understand the drivers of the epidemic in order to base HIV prevention efforts on evidence and not on perceptions.The Human Science Research Council (HSRC) therefore conducted a study called Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response in 2011 for South Africa. This study found that HIV is more than a health issue but a developmental issue because factors that fuel HIV&AIDS are due to human behaviour as well as social and structural in nature andtherefore a social approach was required in addressing these factors. This assisted South Africa to develop the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP) 2012-2016 which mandated the Department of Social Development (DSD) to lead the goal on addressing social and structural drivers of HIV because DSD’s mandate and commitment is on social transformation and we focus mainly on facilitating human development and improving the quality of lives of people by addressing the social and structural barriers to this quality of life.

DSD therefore developed a Compendium of Social and Behaviour Change programmes using the social ecology approachwhich aims at addressing all levels of society, including the individual, interpersonal relationships, family, communities, and systems. The social ecology model has enabled DSD to develop (1) social and behaviour change programmes that seek to address risky behaviours with a view to motivate behaviour change within individuals and social units by use of a range of educational, counseling, motivational, peer-group, skills-building approaches, and community normative approaches which are delivered in small interactive groups; as well as (2) incorporate structural strategies that already exist in the Department (such as social grants, poverty alleviation programmes) which seek to change the context that contributes to individuals’ vulnerability and risk to HIV. The following are the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes which DSD has developed: YOLO, ChommY, Families Matter programme, Men Championing Change programme, Boys Championing Change programme, Community Capacity Enhancement programme and Traditional Leaders programme. These programmes are implemented alongside DSD’s existing programmes that target the structural drivers of the pandemic e.g. social grants and food security programmes. These programmes target different target groups within the social ecology model.

b) The Department partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2011. This partnership assisted the Department to establish a Government Capacity Building and Support Program (GCBS) which aims at strengthening the capacity of the Department of Social Development to respond to HIV&AIDS. The GCBS programme assisted in training Social Services Professionals (SSPs) on the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes in the country. A Train-the-Trainer approach was adopted for each programme and this has ensured that each province has a pool of SSPs that are able to cascade and roll-out the trainings in each district.To-date, a total number of 1 694 SSPs were trained on the social and behaviour change programmes since 2017. The Department also partnered with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to roll-out the training of Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) on the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes.SANAC has to-date trained 557 SSPs in all 9 provinces since 2016. The Department had planned to train a further 300 SSPs for this financial year 2020/21, however this has been reviewed to 100 SSPs due to the lockdown restrictions since the trainings are face-to-face with interactive exercises and role-modelling. These trainings will commence in November 2020. Each SSP will be trained on each of the seven (7) social and behaviour change programmes mentioned under (a) above. Each training comprises a minimum of 4 days. This means that each SSP requires a total number of 28 days to complete the entire Compendium of Social and Behaviour Change programmes.

c) These seven (7)social and behaviour change programmes, mentioned above under (a), are implemented together as a package within the same given community, in an integrated manner. Each programme has a Facilitator’s Manual and a Participant’s Manual. The implementation of these programmes is complemented by other DSD existing programmes such as the KeMoja programme. TheDepartment is currently funding 17 NPOs in the country, since 2016, to implement the compendium of social and behaviour change programmes in 30 Districts which have the highest rate of new HIV infections. The NPOs have appointed SSPs that implement the programmes using different approaches which include interactive group facilitated workshops for the different target groups, as well as facilitated community dialogues which include YOLO Jam Sessions, Community Capacity Enhancement sessions, Boys Assemblies, Men’s Lounges, National and District Men’s Parliaments.

d) Implementation of these social and behaviour change programmes commenced in 2016 and is still continuing in all 9 provinces in the 30 districts in the country. Due to budgetary constraints, the Department is not able to expand the implementation of the programmes to all 52 districts.

e) The entire budget for the training and implementation of the social and behaviour change programmes for the 2020/21 financial year is R93m. This budget is for all nine (9) provinces and it is not enough to cater for all 52 Districts.

19 August 2020 - NW1562

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she has been informed that the Premier of Mpumalanga, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni allegedly divided the people of Dr J S Moroka Local Municipality in Nkangala by giving councillors of a certain organisation (name furnished) food parcels to distribute to only 14 of the 31 wards of the specified municipality at the beginning of May 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps has she taken in this regard?

Reply:

The Department is not aware of this allegation. The Department did not issue any food parcels to the Premier for distribution to any community.

19 August 2020 - NW1496

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, since the Minister of Finance, Mr T Mboweni, tabled the Special Adjustments Budget on 24 June 2020, she has found that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) is confident that it will be able to pay all 3,2 million approved applicants, including qualifying asylum-seekers, from the new revised budget that was provided to her department; (2) what total number of (a) asylum-seekers and/or (b) foreign nationals will receive the R350 grant from SASSA?

Reply:

1. Yes, the funding is adequate for the 3,2 million beneficiaries referred to. However, it should be noted that the number of approved applications now stand at 4 424 720. The budget is adequate to cover these and the projected number of asylum seekers and special permit holders who are expected to apply. Should these numbers increase in line with projections done by SASSA, the funds allocated will not be sufficient.

2. It’s not possible to predict exactly how many foreign nationals will receive the grant. We do however know that in the country there are:

(a) 173 036 refugees, of which 2 288 have been approved as at 15 July 2020; and

(b) 188 296 asylum seekers,

(c) 178 615 Special Permit Holders from Zimbabwe,

(d) 25 382 Special Permit Holders from Lesotho,

(e) 1 686 Special Permit Holders from Angola;

who may qualify for the Special Covid SRD if they meet the other qualifying criteria.

In addition, the special relief grant has been approved for 115 670 permanent residents in South Africa (non- South African citizens who hold permanent residence status).

19 August 2020 - NW1387

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

With reference to her reply to question 703 on 22 June 2020 regarding the value of the contracts awarded to service providers for the delivery and distribution of food parcels, what is the detailed breakdown of the products and services received according to each specified contract in each province?

Reply:

The content of the food parcels issued by SASSA in each province was standardised. The content of the food parcels is as follows:

Food item

Brand Name

Weight

Quantity

Maize Meal

Ace, white Star, Iwisa, Impala, Pitsana or equivalent in nutritional value.

12,5kg

1

Nutritional

Supplement

Movite Porridge or approved substitute with equivalent in nutritional value.

1 kg

2

Cooking Oil

Sunflower cooking oil or equivalent in nutritional value.

750 ml

2

Pilchards

Glendryck, Saldhana, Lucky Star or equivalent in nutritional value.

400 g tins

6

Soya Mince

Imana, Knorrox, Top Class, Vitamince, Mealtime, Trojan or equivalent in nutritional value.

1 kg

3

Sugar

Huletts, Illovo, Selati or equivalent in nutritional value.

2,5 kg

1

Sugar Beans

Econo, Imbo, Plaza, Olympic or equivalent in nutritional value.

2 kg

1

Bread Flour

Golden Cloud, Sasko, Snowflake or equivalent in nutritional value.

2,5 kg

1

Tea Bags

Five Roses, Glen, Teaspoon Tips, Joko, Trinco, Rooibos or equivalent in nutritional value.

100 tea bags

2

Yeast

NCP, Anchor, Super bake or equivalent in nutritional value.

10 g

2

Peanut Butter

Skippy, Black Cat, Yum Yum or equivalent nutritional value.

800g

1

Milk

Full cream powder milk (must be “Real Diary” OR

Full cream long life milk (1 box of 6 L).

1 kg

1 Box

1

6 L

Toothpaste

All brands acceptable (consider price).

100 g

2

Washing Soap(VI)

Sunlight Bar Soap or equivalent.

500g

2

Sanitary towels

All brands (consider price) 8 towels per pack.

Pack of 8

3

The services rendered by the contracted suppliers was to deliver food parcels on receipt of an order from SASSA.

The attached Annexure confirms the amount paid to each service provider for the provision of food parcels in the period of April and May. Payments made in June are not yet available, as the BAS system is not yet closed for the month of June.

19 August 2020 - NW1222

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

What amount did her department set aside to roll-out the Social Relief of Distress Grant?

Reply:

The budget for the Social Relief of Distress Grant in the current financial year department initially received is R3.4 billion for the roll-out of the COVID-19 Special Social Relief of Distress Grant. Following the Supplementary Budget allocations, the available amount has been increased to R11 billion. No additional administrative budget was provided, and SASSA has re-prioritised within the existing budget to be able to fund the development of the system, the communication channels and other administrative costs associated with the roll out of this grant.

19 August 2020 - NW1319

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What number of (a) new and (b) renewed SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant recipients are currently on waiting lists to see an assessment doctor in each province; (2) what is the prescribed duration in number of days and months that a grant recipient will need to wait to see an assessment doctor in each province; (3) what number of assessment doctors are currently assigned to each province; (4) how does her department and SASSA intend to address the growing backlog?

Reply:

1. All clients seeking to apply for disability related grants are booked at SASSA Local Offices using the Electronic Medical Assessment Statistical Template. Such clients are booked for an assessment at a particular assessment site on a particular date and there is no differentiation between new and existing beneficiaries. Thebooking is to assist the Agency to monitor service demands and monitor the time it takes for clients before they are assessed. As at 29 June 2020, status is as below:

Region

Assessments

Eastern Cape

835

Free State

309

Gauteng

2 553

KwaZulu-Natal

1 632

Limpopo

1 664

Mpumalanga

1 165

Northern Cape

359

North West

4 574

Western Cape

4 945

Total

19 053

2. SASSA strives to ensure that all clients booked are assessed within a month and clients waiting for more than a month are referred to as backlogs.Programme managers are required to come up with innovative measures to address backlogs and avoid the emergence of backlogs. The current numbers have been exacerbated as a result of the lockdown and closure of SASSA Local Offices under level 5; as well as the limited resources at local offices during levels 4 and 3.

3. SASSA implements a hybrid model for disability management, which relies on both contracted medical officers as well as medical officers from Department of Health. The numbers of doctors provided by Department of Health is not a fixed number – it depends on resources available within the various assessment sites.

The total number of doctors contracted directly by SASSA is 475 nationally. The number per province is indicated below:

Region

Contracted doctors

Eastern Cape

28

Free State

44

Gauteng

52

KwaZulu-Natal

134

Limpopo

72

Mpumalanga

27

Northern Cape

80

North West

28

Western Cape

10

Total

475

4. All requests for assessments are captured on the Electronic Medical Assessment Template (EMAST) which flags all clients waiting more than 30 days for an assessment from the date of booking. In such situations programme managers are expected to either add a resource in the form of a doctor, another assessment day within that week or recruit either doctor from other further areas and in certain instance ask for services of doctors from neighbouring provinces.

The backlog has been exacerbated as a result of the lockdown. Limited disability related services at Local Offices have resumed under Level 3 lockdown. A strategy has been developed to progressively resume with the assessment related activities as from 1 July 2020. The ability to provide these services does depend on the ability for assessments to be undertaken, as there is still limited access to health facilities.

The strategy prioritises the following categories of applicants in order of priority:

  • Those who were assessed prior to lockdown but who were unable to complete the application process;
  • Those who were booked for assessments but could not be seen as a result of the lockdown – these clients will be rebooked for assessments;
  • Urgent new applications, where the assessment is already done by the health facility and only the application needs to be done;
  • New applications in accordance with available capacity of assessing doctors.

The number of assessments booked per assessment schedule has been reduced to 20 from 40 to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols related to sanitation, social distancing and hygiene.

A particular challenge exists in Western Cape, where the majority of the assessments are undertaken in health facilities. The ability of SASSA to accept new applicants for disability grants is there for seriously, negatively impacted by this. In order to address this, SASSA Western Cape has been granted authority to deviate from normal tender processes by National Treasury to appoint doctors in the George and Boland areas through a closed bidding process by approaching all doctors listed on the HPCSA database as a fairness measure.

12 August 2020 - NW820

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department’s requirement of a bank account for the R350 SA Social Security Agency social relief of distress grants will disqualify an unemployed person who does not have a bank account from qualifying for such relief; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what will happen to the claims of unemployed persons who do not have a bank account?

Reply:

Having a bank account is not a requirement for an application for the special relief grant. Where an applicant does have a bank account, the benefit, if approved, will be paid directly into his / her bank account.

However, where the applicant does not have a bank account, he /she will receive a money transfer through one of the banks which are supporting SASSA with the implementation of this grant. The applicant will indicate which the most convenient bank is for him / her and the money transfer will be sent to his/her mobile phone, once the necessary checks have been done to ensure that it is indeed a mobile phone belonging to that applicant. The money transfer may then be cashed at the ATM and the funds used as required.

12 August 2020 - NW1324

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of the 2013-18 South African Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children which expired in 2018 at a time when incidents of violence against women and children are so high, by what date will the 2019-23 programme of action be tabled and/or published; (2) whether there is a report on the expired 2013-18 programme; if not, why not; if so, will she provide Ms B S Masango with the specified report?

Reply:

1. The Integrated Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children (POA: VAWC) was approved by Cabinet and published on 18 September 2013.

2. The 2013-2018 Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children was reviewed by the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation in 2016 through a diagnostic review.

3. The Draft reviewed Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children is attached.

12 August 2020 - NW264

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of children was taken away from their parents (a) without a court order and (b) with a court order in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

According to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005; Section 151 and 152, as well as Regulation 53 (1)(a)(b) gives the authority to the designated social worker or a police official to make a decision that is in the best interest of a child to effect removal of a child and places such a child in temporary safe care for the safety and well-being of the child. Such removal can either be by means of:

  • A court order (Section 151) where there is evidence given by a designated Social Worker that a child is in need of care and protection. Upon presentation of such evidence before the presiding officer; the presiding officer issues an order authoring a designated Social Worker to remove a child toa temporary safe care while the matter is being investigated.
  • Without a court order, which is an emergency removal situation through Section 152 and completion of Form 36 as prescribed in Regulation 53. Emergency removal is done in instances where there are reasonable grounds that the child is in need of care and protection and delays obtaining a court order for the removal and placing the child in temporary safe care may jeopardise the child’s safety and well-being.

The completed Form 36 must be submitted to the temporary safe care person or CYCC as soon as it is practical. The clerk of the children’s court must be informed about such a removal not later than the next court day.

Province

Year

Number of children taken away from their parents

Mpumalanga

 

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/2017

27

68

 

2017/2018

21

95

 

2018/2019

46

88

Free State

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

402

24

 

2017/18

432

48

 

2018/19

296

70

Limpopo

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

245

 

2017/18

0

243

 

2018/19

0

258

North West

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

46

 

2017/18

0

51

 

2018/19

0

66

Gauteng

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

25

836

 

2017/18

16

788

 

2018/19

26

953

Western Cape

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

New indicator

1 883

 

2017/18

4 694

1 793

 

2018/19

8 266

1 949

Eastern Cape

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

849

 

2017/18

0

653

 

2018/19

37

517

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

112

462

 

2017/18

121

658

 

2018/19

97

681

Total (eight provinces)

 

14,619

13,324

Northern Cape:

It is impossible to provide disaggregated data on the removal of children with or without court orders in the Northern Cape. It can be confirmed that the following number of children were removed in accordance with Section 151 and 152 of the Children’s Act, 38 of 2005.

Northern Cape

Year

Number of children removed with and without court orders

 

2016/17

134

 

2017/18

176

 

2018/19

93

Total

 

403

06 August 2020 - NW1280

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her department’s response to Covid-19 whereby the National Development Agency (NDA) will pay 120 civil society organisations R5 000 per month over a period of 6 months as an administration fee to manage 1 200 NDA volunteers, for what reasons did her department not engage and utilise the municipalities’ existing Expanded Public Works Programme databases for this Covid-19 action response?

Reply:

The National Development Agency Act 108 of 1998 (as amended) section 4(1) (d) gives the NDA duties and powers to “ create and maintain a database on civil society organisations, including, but not limited to, the scope and subject matter of their work and their geographical distribution, and share the information in that database with relevant organs of state and other stakeholders.” To this end the NDA has a database comprised of 15 858 CSOs that have been assessed and profiled. The CSOs that provided the volunteers were drawn from this database instead of the Municipalities’ existing Expanded Public Works Programme databases. Furthermore, the aim of using the NDA CSO database was to expand job opportunities to other young people who are not currently benefitting from any of government’s programs. The NDA does maintain strategic relationship with both the provincial and local governments in the implementation of its programmes.

05 August 2020 - NW1152

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; hether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered;

Yes, the Department did purchase goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.

(a)

(b)

(c)

Name of Company

Amount

Service/ Product rendered

EDS Projects

R 1,379.50

Hand sanitiser alcohol free for DSD officials

Time2go Transport and Logistics

R 116,000.00

Latex Powder Free disposable gloves for DSD officials

Time2go Transport and Logistics

R 196,000.00

Hand sanitiser 70% alcohol for DSD officials

Bioclin

R4,140.00

Surgical face masks

Lesole Facilities Management

R 299,700.00

30 000 Surgical face masks for daily visitors to DSD

302k Emporium

R 125,005.00

5000 cloth masks for DSD officials

Baltimore Media

R 38,822.85

Various items -Equipment for the COVID-19 isolation room

Democratic Cleaning Services

R 8,564.16

4 x sanitary refuse container - Medical waste removal

Amoka Solutions

R 478,818.60

Sanitising of the HSRC Building, Harlequins Office Park and GBV Centre on a monthly basis for three months

Sesla General Services

R33 474.00

Catering provided for training of social workers on COVID-19

Modifho-Fela

R34 960.00

Catering provided for training of Social Workers on COVID-19

Sizzling Catering

R15 870.00

Catering for training of social workers on COVID-19.

NICDAM

R313 030.00

Appointment of a facilitator for training of social workers on COVID-19.

Orion Hotels and Resorts

R182 183.00

Conference venue and facilities for the training of nurses and medical

practitioners in the 9 Provinces

Maribelo

R61 755.00

Catering service provided.

(2) Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the specified transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case;

 

(a)(b)

Name of Company

Why and what the relevant details in each case

EDS Projects

Deviation- due to urgency, only one quotation was received.

Time2go Transport and Logistics

Deviation- due to urgency, only one quotation was received.

Time2go Transport and Logistics

Deviation- due to urgency, only one quotation was received

Bioclin

Deviation- due to urgency, only one quotation was received

Amoka Solutions

Deviation- due to urgency, only one quotation was sourcedfrom the cleaning company.

NICDAM

Deviation- due to urgency and it was during lockdown.

Maribelo

Deviation- due to urgency and it was during lockdown.

Orion Hotels and Resorts

Deviation- only hotels with video conferencing which were prepared to avail themselves to assist the Department during lockdown.

Sizzling Catering

Deviation- due to urgency and it was during lockdown.

Sesla General Services

Deviation- due to urgency and it was during lockdown.

Modifho-Fela

Deviation- due to urgency and it was during lockdown.

(3)What were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies;

 

All good and services received were to ensure that DSD complies with Covid-19 Regulations and were procured to safeguard staff and to ensure conducive work environment for staff to return to work.

  • Sanitising of the HSRC Building, Harlequins Office Park and GBV Centre was an urgency as staff needed to return for duty.
  • Sanitisers, masks, gloves, hand sanitising machines, various items in the examination room were urgently required to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations.
  • Catering was provided for social workers during training and for war room and natjoint meetings held during lockdown.
  • Emergency procurement of the facilitator was done as social workers had to be trained onCOVID-19.

(4) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

At the right time, and when such a need arises, yes.

04 August 2020 - NW1025

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

What (a) measures does her department have in place to (i) identify homeless children and (ii) ensure that they go to school and (b) challenges has her department experienced in implementing the specified measures?

Reply:

(a)(i)According to the Department of Social Development’s prescripts homeless children are considered as street children. Therefore measures used to identify them are provided for in the Children’s Act 38/2005. For an example,section 191 (2)(k) makes provision for therapeutic intervention services for them.

Furthermore, section 150 (1) (c) makes room for street children to be found or identified as children in need of care and protection after the social worker has conducted the home investigation and recommended to Children’s Court that they be found children in need of care and protection.

(ii) Like any other child, street children are covered by section 28 of the Constitution of the Republic, 1996which guarantees right to education.

(b) Rendering services to street children is not easy because they have lived long on the street, have learnt street life and it may be difficult for them to live a normal life.

The department has developed Stabilization programme to assist the Child and Youth Care Centres to manage the behaviour of street children.

Furthermore the Department has developed Strategy and Guidelines on Drop in Centres to inform provision of services of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, which includes street children. The Department also developed a Strategy and Guidelines that inform various programmes for street children using the following levels of interventions: Prevention; Early Intervention; Statutory Services; Reunification and After Care.

At all levels, children are encouraged and motivated to attend school. It is compulsory for those who have been admitted in a child and youth care centre to attend school, therefore all of them do attend school once they are in a child and youth care centre.

The main challenge is that the street children are nomadic and most of the time they abscond from the intervention centres. They are used to uncontrolled environment.

31 July 2020 - NW1382

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Breedt, Ms T to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, with reference to the recent High Court ruling that extended the Social Relief of Distress Grant to asylum seekers and special permit holders, her department has made any additional resources and/or funding available to assist with the growing number of applicants for the grant; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) additional (i) funding and (ii) other resources are available and (b) is the total amount paid out to beneficiaries to date; (2) whether her department has made amendments to the criteria on which applicants are approved; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department keeps statistics on approved beneficiaries; if not, why not; if so, (4) whether she will provide Ms T Breedt witha breakdown on approved beneficiaries relating to (a) nationality, (b) racial demographic and (c) age; (5) whether her department gives preference to applicants based on certain criteria; if not, what are the reasons for declining applicants; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The initial allocation for the special relief grant of R350 per month from May to October 2020 was R3 457 696 700. Motivation was done to National treasury to indicate that this would not be sufficient. In the special adjustment budget of 24 June 2020, an additional amount of approximately R6 billion was provided for this relief grant.

(a)(i) An additional amount of approximately R6 billion was made available in the special adjustment budget for this grant. However, this is intended to cater for all who qualify, not only the asylum seekers and special permit holders.

(ii) No additional resources other than the current internal resources being used to implement the special relief grant have been made available.

(b) A total of R949 537 750 has been paid out to approved beneficiaries as at 30 June 2020

2. The Department of Social Development has amended the Directions to accommodate asylum seekers and special permit holders from Angola, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as directed by the court, and the revised Directions were published on 2 July 2020.

3. Yes, SASSA maintains statistics on all applications received, approved and declined.

4. Statistics are not maintained on racial demographics. The table below indicates the approved applications according to citizenship and age.

Age

SA Citizens

Permanent Residents

Refugees

Total

18

182 193

3 438

38

185 669

19

220 690

4 443

90

225 223

20

210 845

4 521

94

215 460

21

218 868

5 450

76

224 394

22

197 327

5 490

80

202 897

23

173 240

5 334

78

178 652

24

145 010

4 758

66

149 834

25

120 722

3 728

55

124 505

26

104 268

3 225

40

107 533

27

89 123

2 595

54

91 772

28

84 157

2 268

40

86 465

29

78 136

2 097

44

80 277

30

74 184

1 988

59

76 231

31

68 719

1 710

57

70 486

32

66 001

1 630

63

67 694

33

63 756

1 500

54

65 310

34

62 572

1 518

60

64 150

35

60 163

1 456

62

61 681

36

57 831

1 388

67

59 286

37

57 910

1 424

69

59 403

38

53 068

1 420

60

54 548

39

49 799

1 259

74

51 132

40

50 840

1 240

88

52 168

41

46 036

1 228

64

47 328

42

45 052

1 181

67

46 300

43

45 651

1 299

68

47 018

44

48 094

1 312

56

49 462

45

47 682

1 360

53

49 095

46

45 889

1 365

47

47 301

47

47 956

1 460

51

49 467

48

46 402

1 377

32

47 811

49

43 844

1 361

25

45 230

50

50 692

1 466

30

52 188

51

49 167

1 437

24

50 628

52

48 707

1 528

25

50 260

53

46 515

1 465

15

47 995

54

50 230

1 534

15

51 779

55

51 778

1 611

17

53 406

56

53 629

1 547

9

55 185

57

54 309

1 646

14

55 969

58

49 561

1 492

8

51 061

59

44 576

1 364

5

45 945

60

2 958

86

 

3 044

Grand Total

3 408 150

90 999

2 093

3 501 242

5. The qualification criteria for applicants to qualify for the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant is applied to all applicants. The gazetted criteria, including the recent amendment on 2 July 2020 is as follows:

A special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress of R350 per month may be provided for the period indicated herein to distressed individuals who are:

  • South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered on the Home Affairs database,and holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit dispensation and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum seekers whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020;
  • Residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
  • Above the age of 18;
  • Unemployed;
  • Not receiving any social grant;
  • Not receiving unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefit;
  • Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme;
  • Not in receipt of any other government COVID-19 response support; and
  • Not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.

Applicants are declined if they do not meet any of the above criteria.

31 July 2020 - NW1264

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What number of (a) new and (b) existing beneficiaries of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) are currently on the waiting list to see a SASSA-contracted assessment doctor in George, Riversdale, Knysna, Mossel Bay and PlettenbergBay; (2) For what period are SASSA beneficiaries expected to wait before they can be seen by a SASSA-contracted assessment doctor in the specified areas; (3) What number of SASSA contracted assessment doctors are assigned to the specified areas; (4) What are the reasons that SASSA only use SASSA-contracted doctors and not doctors from the Department of Health to see clients in the specified areas; (5) What measures have (a) SASSA and (b) her department put in place in order to address the backlog of SASSA beneficiaries waiting to see SASSA-contracted doctors in the specified areas?

Reply:

1. All clients seeking to apply for disability related grants are booked at SASSA Local Offices using the Electronic Medical Assessment Statistical Template. Such clients are booked for an assessment to a particular assessment site on a particular date and there is no differentiation on new and existing beneficiaries. This booking is to assist the Agency to monitor service demands and the time clients have to wait before they are assessed. At this stage clients awaiting an assessment who have already been booked for the specified offices are as below:

  • George: 1 385; Knysna: 120; Riversdale: 31, Mossel Bay: 125 and Plettenberg Bay: 32

2. SASSA strives to ensure that all clients booked are assessed within 30 days and clients waiting for longer than 30 days are referred to as backlogs, and programme managers are required to come up with innovative measures to avoid the emergence of backlogs.

3. The South African Social Security Agency contracts doctors provincially so as to allow for the flexibility to deploy such resources to deal with service demands at specific time periods and to allow for rotation as a risk mitigation strategy. SASSA has directly contracted a total of 10 doctors in the Western Cape. The Western Cape SASSA has a contract with all Provincial Health Districts so that the Department of Health doctors can conduct assessments for SASSA clients and claim an assessment fee for each assessment undertaken.

4. SASSA utilises a hybrid model for medial assessment for social grant assessments. This model relies on doctors from both the Department of Healthin accordance with a contract entered into as well as privately contracted medical officers. As reported, SASSA has only 10 privately contracted medical officers in Western Cape. There was an open tender advertised for services, but there was a very low response rate to the process that was undertaken. The Health District in the George area is not coping with the social assistance demands which has resulted in the large number of backlog assessments.

5. The Electronic Medical Assessment Template, flags all clients scheduled more than 30 days for an assessment from the date of booking. In such situations programme managers are expected to either add a resource in the form of a doctor, an additional assessment day within that week or utilise doctors from other areas in the province. In urgent cases, SASSA will request assistances from doctors contracted in other provinces.

In response to the shortage of contracted doctors, SASSA in the Western Cape has on 5 May 2020 been granted approval for deviation from normal tender processes by the National Treasury to appoint doctors in the George and Boland areas through a closed bidding process. The process to be followed is to approach all doctors listed on the Health Professions Council of South Africato ensure that the process is fair and transparent.

31 July 2020 - NW626

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of permits did her department issue to parents who are co-parenting and need to travel as co-parents living separately and (b) measures did her department put in place to ensure that parents who receive permits to travel as co-parents living separately do not abuse the permits issued?

Reply:

(a)(b) I would like to inform the honourable member that the Department of Social Development does not issue permits. The Departments of Home Affairs is responsible for this permits.

National Assembly written Reply: 626 of 2020

31 July 2020 - NW1196

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether her department conducted any feasibility study in respect of the employment of 1 809 Social Work graduates on a three-month contract; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was found to be the impact of the employment of the graduates in each province, (b)(i) on what date will the graduates commence employment in each province and (ii) where in each province will the graduates physically report for work on a daily basis and (c) who will be responsible for the screening and vetting of the graduates before they commence employment; ) whether all the 1 809 graduates have been trained in psychosocial support; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what (a) tools of trade will the graduates be provided with to perform their daily functions and (b) will be the duration of the training and induction process for the graduates once they report for duty; (4) what (a) is the current ratio of social work supervisor and social work manager to social worker in each province and (b) measurement tool will be used to measure the impact of the 1 809 graduates once their contract has ended?

Reply:

(1)(a) No, the Department did not conduct a formal feasibility study in respect of the employment of 1,809 Social Work graduates in view of the urgency to appoint and short duration of the contracts. The allocation of Social Work graduates was informed by the possible risk of the spread of the virus, the vastness and geographical spread of provinces, the population size and density of the province. It is too early to measure the impact.

(1)(b)(i) 1 June and 1 July 2020.

(1)(b)(ii) The Social Work graduates are reporting physically for work at respective district offices on a daily basis.

(1)(c) Social Work graduates have been employed on contract for 3 months additional to the post establishment of the Department. The screening and vetting is not conducted for short term contract appointments.

(2) Training in psychosocial support forms part of the studies towards obtaining the Social Work degree. Included in the study is the compulsory practical experience required to obtain the social work qualification.

(3)(a) The provinces are responsible for providing these social workers with tools of trade.

(3)(b) The induction will include amongst others the expectations, reporting lines and logistical arrangements. This would be done on the first day of assuming duty and would take approximately 2 to 3 hours.

(4)(a) Ratio of Social Work Supervisor to Social Workers

Province

Supervisor / SW Ratio

Eastern Cape

1: 14

Free State

1:9 & 1: 10

Gauteng

1:6 & 1: 10

Limpopo

1:8

Mpumalanga

1: 14

Northern Cape

1: 10

North West

1:13

KwaZulu-Natal

1:8

Western Cape

1 :6

(4)(b) The generic assessment tools available in government would be used.

31 July 2020 - NW1652

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the reopening of early childhood development centres across the Republic, what is the role of her department in ensuring that the specified facilities comply with Covid-19 regulations?

Reply:

The Minister of Social Development is the principal custodian of the Children's Act 38 of 2005 and has a legal and political obligation to ensure that all early childhood development programmes and/or partial care facilities are regulated as provided for in this Act.

The Minister of Social Development has in terms of the Regulations published Directions issued in terms of Regulation 4 (5) and (10) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19: Phased Return of Children to Early Childhood Development Programmes and Partial Care Facilities issued published by Government Notice No. 762 in Government Gazette No. 43520 of 10 July 2020, that in particular apply to early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities as part her and the Department of Social Development’s responsibilities to ensure compliance with the measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 as set out in the Regulations.

Furthermore, the Department of Social Development has issued on 23 June 2020 detailed Standard operating procedures and guidelines for an early childhood development programme and/or partial care facility that provides an after-school service on measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19.

The department has further repurposed ECD infrastructure conditional grant allocation for 2020/21 which amounts to 61 million to support ECD programmes that operates in rural areas and townships; and serves poor children.

The Department of Social Development together with the provincial Departments of Social Development has a continued responsibility to monitor that early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities that have reopened continue to comply with the prescribed measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19. This includes providing guidance and advice, as well as ensuring, when needed, that the required steps are taken when any of these programmes do not comply with the prescribed measures.

31 July 2020 - NW1578

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for early childhood development centres (ECDs) and programmes by her department, (a) what are the details of the qualifying criteria for ECDs to receive the procured PPEs, (b) how will the procured PPEs be allocated to ECDs across the Republic and (c) by what date will ECDs receive the procured PPEs?

Reply:

a) The ECD programmes that qualify to receive PPEs are those both registered and unfunded; and unregistered ECD programmes that are located in poor communities and serve children from poor households

b) Funding has been repurposed from the existing conditional grant allocation and each provincial Department of Social Development will source from their local cooperatives and Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) for the procurement of PPEs

c) The procurement process will take 4-6 weeks and already started the process on 29 June 2020. Expected delivery is mid-August 2020.

27 July 2020 - NW1279

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she will commit to date by when the (a) new Central Drug Authority board (CDA) will be appointed and (b) outstanding CDA Annual Report for the (i) 2018 – 2019 and (ii) 2019 – 2020 financial years will be published; if not, what interventions is she undertaking to ensure the specified outstanding items are submitted to (aa) Parliament and (bb) the substance abuse fraternity in the Republic; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

a) No, the Minister of Social Development cannot commit on the date on which she will appoint the members of the new board of the Central Drug Authority (CDA).The Minister will appoint the new members of the CDA board once the Parliamentary Committees: Social Portfolio Committee on Social Development and the Select Committee on Social Services have short-listed, interviewed and recommended the suitable candidates for the new CDA board. Based on the relevant Parliamentary Committees’ recommendations, the Minister will appoint new members of the CDA board. At present, the Minister is awaiting the recommendations from the Portfolio Committee on Social Development and the Select Committee on Social Services.

(b) Yes, the Minister of Social Development commits to submit the outstanding CDA Annual Report for :

(i) 2018 – 2019 financial year in September 2020. Prior developing the CDA Annual Report, the members of the CDA board have to receive the reports from the relevant stake holders outlining their achievements and challenges in implementing the National Drug Master Plan. Normally the commencement of developing the CDA Annual Report starts in April of each year, as it entails reporting the previous year efforts and initiatives relating to combating substance abuse. The delay in the submission of the report was caused by the late submission of stakeholders’ (Government Departments, Provinces and Non- Governmental Organisations) reports. The CDA does not have an electronic system to ensure the submission of reports on time; and

(ii) The 2019 – 2020 financial year in

December 2020. CDA Annual Report is still awaiting reports from Provincial Substance Abuse Forums and the National Departments. The delay in the submission of the reports is caused by competing mandates. Some stakeholders do not see the issue of addressing the scourge of substance abuse as part of their priorities. The current legislation, the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act (Act 70 of 2008) does not have consequences for late and non-reporting by stakeholders

(aa) the Department of Social Development has reviewed The Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008 to address the policy gaps including consequence management. The Draft Policy has been developed and currently being consulted with cluster departments. The Department is also in the process of developing system to ensure timeous reporting to parliament and

(bb) the Substance Abuse Fraternity

 

27 July 2020 - NW1040

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) mechanism does her department use to gauge and/or assess the impact of its various programmes on the lives of ordinary South Africans and (b) progress has her department made in implementing the National Drug Master Plan?

Reply:

(a) Apart from monitoring statistical trends such as the changes to poverty produced by STATSSA, the department also conducts periodical impact evaluations

The social development sector has institutionalised the results-based management approach in contributing to the desired developmental state as outlined in the National Development Plan vision 2030. The department has been committed to the use of evidence from evaluations to inform decision making by managers, improve policy formulation and programme performance.

The department has conducted a number of evaluation studies to measure the effectiveness, outcomes, sustainability and impacts of the services delivered to communities and especially poor and vulnerable households, as well as gather an understanding of the lessons to be learnt. A brief outline of the evaluations that have been conducted in the last five years is as follows:

  • Implementation evaluation of the Older Persons Act (OPA) to understand how the Older Persons Act 13 of 2006 is implemented (or how it is working) and how it can be strengthened. Evaluation report and the improvement plan have been completed and are in the process of Cabinet approval through the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation. Some of the findings were used in the review of the Older Persons Act.
  • Evaluation of You Only Live Once (YOLO) Programme to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the YOLO programme targeting 15-24 year olds and to determine the improvements to be made. The intention is to determine the immediate outcomes of the programme with regard to the extent to which YOLO contributes to increased knowledge, reduced negative attitudes and norms, reduction in risk behaviors’, and increased testing and adherence, all of which contribute to reducing HIV transmission. Evaluation report and the improvement plan has been completed. The findings were used to strengthen the programme.
  • Evaluation of NPO regulatory system to assess how effective the system of NPO delivery is and how it can be strengthened. Evaluation report and the improvement plan have been completed. Some of the findings of the evaluation will be used for the review of the NPO Act Evaluation report and the improvement plan have been approved by Cabinet. The Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation has been monitoring the progress on the implantation of the improvement plan.
  • Evaluation of Household Food and Nutrition programme to assess the appropriateness of the design and implementation of the national integrated food security strategy during the first year and to understand whether the strategy is addressing the issues of hunger in South Africa. An improvement plan was developed to ensure that findings and recommendations are used to strengthen the programme.

(b) The National Drug Master Plan provides a multisectoral blueprint for South Africa’s response to substance abuse. It is aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness and interventions in preventing substance abuse by providing a clear national policy statement, leadership and coordination of activities related to countering the substance abuse problem in South Africa. The implementation of the NDMP 2013 – 2017, ensured that South Africa reaffirmed its commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem in partnership with every local, national and international stakeholders. NDMP 2013 – 2017 was fully implemented. The implementation evaluation of NDMP 2013 – 2017 was conducted in order to understand whether, and how it has been implemented and how likely it is to facilitate efficient and effective service delivery across different institutions and programmes for reducing substance abuse. Amongst the recommendations provided from the implementation evaluation report were the following: The NDMP needs to be reviewed and harmonise its approaches; the Provincial Substance Abuse Forums and the Local Drug Action Committees be strengthened and it should have an Implementation Plan. The NDMP 2013 – 2017 was reviewed and NDMP 2019 – 2024. The NDMP 2019-2024 was approved by Cabinet in October 2019. Government Departments are currently being capacitated to implement the NDMP guided by the Implementation Plan

20 July 2020 - NW1010

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the 1200 volunteers recruited by the National Development Agency during the Covid-19 lockdown to assist her department with food distribution, educating families on Covid-19 presentations, verification of applicants for the special Covid-19 social relief grants to fast track the process of this grant over the next six months, what (a)(i) recruitment and (ii) screening processes were followed to select the volunteers, (b) qualifications were required for the selection criteria, (c) number of volunteers were recruited in each province, (d) are the details of the impact made by the volunteers and (e) are the details of the contracts that the volunteers signed?NW1299

Reply:

a) (i). The role of the National Development Agency is the building of the capacity of civil society to provide projects and programmes that alleviate poverty in communities. To this end the NDA has a database comprised of 15 858 CSOs that have been assessed and they provide different kinds of services in communities. In the fight against COVID-19, the NDA selected CSOs from its database as well as from youth-led organisations that are involved in the fight against gender-based violence. The selected Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) provide poverty eradication interventions within their local communities. Through a grant funding intervention, each of the CSOs has enlisted volunteers to reach almost all districts within the country, to facilitate various programmes during the lockdown period.

(ii) The NDA does not directly recruit and enter into an employment relationship with the volunteers. The Volunteers are selected and screened by the CSOs themselves and drawn from their own lists of community workers and filed workers.

b) The volunteers were not required to provide qualifications. However, they have the relevant skills for the work to be done and The CSOs and volunteers were provided training by already established provincial teams which include the Departments of Social Development, Health, SASSA and Municipalities.

c) number of volunteers were recruited in each province

Province

Number of Volunteers

Eastern Cape

92

Free State

40

Gauteng

10

KwaZulu Natal

130

Limpopo

60

Mpumalanga

50

North West

40

Northern Cape

40

Western Cape

110

d) The volunteers have reached a total number of 76679 households and have done the following:

  • assisting communities with distribution of food parcels, support of elderly and disabled persons;
  • dissemination of Covid-19 information at hot spots as well as door-to-door within communities. The volunteers also provide translations of the advocacy material
  • data collection in the households on useful information which can be shared with relevant departments and entities.
  • at an advanced level, and based on their competence, others are assisting with community screening interventions, counselling for Gender Based Violence cases and assisting people who need access to chronic medication to visit the health care facilities.
  • assisting communities with the various registrations to access government relief funds such at the SASSA special relief of distress funds and the Department of Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund for small scale farmers.

e) The NDA has an agreement with the CSOs and not with the volunteers. The appointment letter for the CSOs includes the roles and responsibilities of the CSO in terms of the management of the volunteers, monitoring of the volunteers and Reporting to the NDA.

20 July 2020 - NW844

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) Which sphere of Government is responsible for accommodating homeless persons, (b) what total amount has been allocated by her department to address this scourge within the boundaries of the City of Ekurhuleni, (c) what number of social workers within (i) Kempton Park, (ii) Edenvale and (iii) Boksburg are assigned to work with homeless persons and (d) what number of homeless persons are there in each specified town?

Reply:

(a) There is currently no clarity at National level in terms of the lead Department dealing with Homelessness. However, the Department of Social development in Gauteng, together with Municipalities are rendering services to homeless people.

(b) There is no specific budget allocated to the Department of Social development in Gauteng to deal with homeless people including for the City of Ekurhuleni.

(c) There are no specific social workers assigned to work with homeless people. Currently the Social Work Supervisors in the employment of the department are rendering services to the beneficiaries at the Shelter.

(d) There is no database for homeless people in the specified towns but registers are kept in the three shelters. Based on the Registers maintained at the three (3) Shelters for Homeless an average of 192 beneficiaries access the Shelters. This number constantly fluctuates due to the constant movement of the beneficiaries.

20 July 2020 - NW638

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Social Development

What measures has she put in place to enable the SA Social Security Agency to continue receiving applications during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply:

During the period in question, measures were put in place to ensure that the provision of essential services in particular, such payment of social grants, as well as the provision of social relief of distress in the form of food parcels continued uninterrupted.

20 July 2020 - NW402

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of children of school-going age are on the system of social development in each province?

Reply:

The number of children of school going age on the system of the Department of Social Development per province is as follows:

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF CHILDREN

TYPE OF SERVICES

Eastern Cape

81 006.

As April 2020, EC has a total number of 81 006 children under the age of 18 years placed in Foster Care can be regarded as following within the school going age (Early childhood development, primary and high school).

It must be noted that this number only refers to the number of children placed in Foster Care as confirmed by SASSA-SOCPEN database.

Free State

29 885

The children access various services from the Department.

KZN

68 186

65833 children placed in foster care and 2303 in child and youth care centres.

Gauteng

1,766540

177157 receiving child protection services, 4572 placed in child and youth care centres, 19253 accessing community based prevention and early intervention services, 2750 in crime and prevention support programmes, 751971 in substance abuse prevention and support, 810837 accessing poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood programmes.

Limpopo

815

(a) There are 555 children of school going age in Child and Youth Care Centres.

(b) 130 children are in secure care centres

(c) 66 Attend Vocational Workshop.

(d) 19 attend AET former ABET.

(e) 43 attend Primary school.

(f) 2 attend Secondary School

Mpumalanga

55 965

The children access various services from the Department.

Northern Cape

351

The children are placed in child and youth care centres: 14 enrolled in ECD centres, 325 in public schools, and 12 in school for children with special needs.

Western Cape

41081

36 251 children in foster care, 330 children in cluster foster care schemes, 4500 children in child and youth Care centres and secure care centres.

North West

344 426

28468 in foster care, 294604 recipients of child support grant, 755 in child and youth care centres, 114 in temporary safe care centres; and 21240 in drop-in centres.

TOTAL

   

20 July 2020 - NW1067

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

What total number of (a) applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant (i) has her department received to date, (ii)(aa) have been rejected and (bb) are still pending due to incomplete paperwork and (iii) were approved and (b) applicants have received their SRD grants to date?

Reply:

(a)(i) As at 15 June 2020, SASSA had received a total of 6 926 748 complete applications for the special relief grant.

(ii)(aa) A total of 3 277 660 have been rejected

(bb) A total of 1 048 380 are still being processed. All applications received are electronic, so no paperwork or supporting documents are required. The processing which is undertaken is the verification of the information against the multiple databases to ensure that the applicant is not in receipt of income from a social grant, UIF. NSFAS, a salary or a pension.

(iii) A total of 3 258 000 have been approved.

(b) A total of 1 095 090 have been paid as at 15 June 2020.

The difference between the number approved and those already paid is that there are various steps after approval before payment can take place. Applicants are only asked for bank details once the application is approved. Once the bank details are received, the correctness is verified by the banks before deposits can be effected, to ensure that the money goes to the right person. For clients who do not have bank accounts currently the payment is sent to the Post Office. Once the Post Office has opened the account, the applicants are sent notifications to collect their grants at specified Post Offices closer to their residential areas. SASSA will introduce money transfer to mobile numbers as soon as the contracts with banks are signed.

 

20 July 2020 - NW388

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of (a) rehabilitation centres have been budgeted for in each province in the current financial year and (b) unfinished government rehabilitation centres are there in each province?

Reply:

 

Province

(a)

(b)

1.

Eastern Cape

One

None

2.

Free State

One

One

3.

Gauteng

One

None

4.

KZN

Two

None

5.

Limpopo

One

None

6.

Mpumalanga

None

None

7.

North West

Two

One

8.

Northern Cape

One

None

9.

Western Cape

Two

None

       

20 July 2020 - NW940

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

(1)With regard to her department’s role as a vanguard of the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown period, what number of (a) applications for the new social relief grant have been (i) received, (ii) successfully processed and (iii) paid out and (b) foreign nationals have applied for the specified grant; (2) what number of foreign nationals have accessed food parcels since the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown was announced at the end of March 2020?

Reply:

1. (a)(i) A total of over 15,7 million applications have been received as at 15 June 2020, of which 6,9 million are complete applications.

(ii) 3, 258 000 have been successfully processed and approved for payment

(iii) 1 094 090 have been paid out as at 15 June 2020

(b) To date, the statistics show that 3,336 refugees and 173,898 permanent residents applied for the grant.

(2) A total of 112 foreign nationals have accessed food parcels through the SASSA SRD programme since the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown was announced at the end of March 2020.